Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Is the Left Becoming More Racist?

Obama and Holder discuss racism

Six years into the Obama presidency, six years marked by a constant barrage of criticism from the Right, it seems that those on the Left have finally decided that Barack Obama has fallen short of their messianic expectations.  It began as a trickle, and has yet to reach flood proportions, but criticism of Obama from the Left is beginning to grow.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) recently added her voice to the criticism of the administration’s response to the rise of the Islamic State, telling NBC’s “Meet the Press” I think I’ve learned one thing about this president, and that is: He’s very cautious – maybe in this instance too cautious”, and suggesting that the administration had been asleep at the switch as ISIS advanced on Iraq. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) spoke out against the administration’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as the handling of the Syrian conflict. Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Democrat who often runs as a Republican, also joined Rep. Smith on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to criticize the lack of leadership shown by President Obama.

Criticism of the Obama administration has not been limited to politicians however, as leaders of unions including the Teamsters, AFL-CIO, the International Association of Fire Fighters and several others have voiced complaints about Obamacare and the administration’s spending. Even traditionally supportive media outlets such as CNN, the New York Times, and others have recently leveled criticism of the President on a number of issues. Just last month Obama’s friend in Washington, The Washington Post, called out Obama on his plans to bypass Congress on Immigration reform saying “Obstinate, hopelessly partisan and incapable of problem-solving, Congress is a mess. But that doesn’t grant the president license to tear up the Constitution”.

It seems that Left is becoming more racist by the day.

For the past six years, and even longer if you consider the time during the 2008 Presidential campaign, those of us on the Right were accused of being racists for our opposition to Barack Obama’s election and to his policies after taking office. Indeed the very existence of the Tea Party was said to have been a result of the election of a black man to the White House. Even former Worst-President-In-History Jimmy Carter, who himself has criticized Obama on issues ranging from Obamacare to foreign policy, said "I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man".

Well guess what? Now the Left is just as racist as we are; imagine that.

The truth is, for those on the Left who now find themselves on the other side, that it is entirely possible to be critical of a person’s political ideology and policies regardless of their sex, skin color, sexual preference, religion, BMI, or favorite sports franchise. Did you really think that, if Obama was white that I would support his plans to turn America into his version of a Socialist Utopia? Do you really think I would oppose a black candidate who wanted to cut taxes, protect my Constitutional rights, maintain a strong military, reduce the size of government, and secure the borders? Neither I nor any other Conservative I know has the least bit of concern about having a black man in the White House; in fact, if Rep. Allen West chooses to run for President, he will most certainly be on my top 5 list of candidates. I would support Dr. Ben Carson for President except for his views on gun control. That doesn't make me a racist; it makes me a supporter of the Constitution. See the difference?

To claim, as the Left has been inclined to do, that any opposition to their policies (not just Obama’s) is based on racism is stupid, insulting, and intellectually lazy. It has, for way too long, been their fallback position when they are intellectually unable to defend their views. Rather than discuss the issues like adults, they have resorted to Rule 12 from Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – “RULE 12: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions”.

America is in dire need of a political process that works for the betterment of the country rather than the divisive and destructive one we have now. People have become accustomed to shirking political debate in public because it is viewed as being impolite. Unfortunately that leaves control of the government in the hands of those who have no clue who or what they are voting for. Political discourse is the backbone of a free society, and is key to the very survival of our republic. We cannot sustain honest and productive political discourse if we trade Robert’s Rules of Order for Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Now that we've all achieved the same level of racism, can we get on with discussing the real issues that affect our country?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

DHS Unaware of Border Threat?

While serving aboard nuclear submarines during Cold War I, we often operated in close proximity to Soviet naval vessels which were considered an imminent threat, and immediately upon detecting that threat we were called to “battle stations” to enable us to prepare for an attack if it should come. Due to our superior technology and tactics we were always able to shadow these vessels as needed without being detected, so we never came under attack. Being well equipped, well trained, and on the alert consistently kept the boat and the crew safe during some very dangerous times.

America has an imminent threat fast approaching and President Obama seems to think we’re in a liberty port.

Numerous news reports indicate there is a serious threat of attack by ISIS at one or more locations along our totally unprotected border with Mexico. A report by Judicial Watch issued yesterday reveals that it has been confirmed that ISIS is operating in Juarez, Mexico just across the border from El Paso, Texas, and are planning to attack the United States with car bombs and other explosive devices. Some portions of this are have reportedly been declared off limits for our border patrol agents because they are too dangerous, making it very likely that ISIS terrorists would be able to cross into the United States undetected to carry out their attacks. It should be noted that, once they are inside the U.S., their attacks will not necessarily be restricted to border regions. Additionally, we should not forget that ISIS has obtained nuclear, chemical and possibly biological materials that can be weaponized and used here on our soil.

In other news the President uncharacteristically cut short a fund raising trip, but apparently he only did so to attend a wedding.

In a leaked document obtained by Breitbart Texas officials issued a warning that ISIS was encouraging supporters to carry out attacks in the region, and suggested that a video by James O’Keefe led to interest in the region by the terrorist group. Apparently no one asked those officials if they believed ISIS had previously been unaware that our border with Mexico was unprotected, and judging from the response by the DHS, the United States government is still unaware of the situation.

On Friday, the United Kingdom raised its threat level from “substantial” to “severe”, the second highest possible threat level, in response to events in Iraq and Syria. Soon afterwards Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a press release effectively dismissing the move by the U.K. Home Secretary and assuring us that DHS is keeping a close eye on travelers arriving at airports, and more importantly, they are closely monitoring the activities of potential homegrown terrorists (aka Tea Party activists). No mention was made of securing the Mexican border.

I hope and pray I am wrong, but I firmly believe America will be the target of one or more significant attacks along our southern border, and most likely there will be fatalities. If and when that happens, it will not be the fault of James O’Keefe, nor will it be the fault of the border patrol, nor will it be Bush’s fault. The blame for any coming attack will lie solely with our Golfer-In-Chief Barack Obama.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hey Obama, Here’s Your Strategy

White House staff meeting
Apparently the President took exception to my characterization of his strategy for fighting radical Islam as “Whack-A-Mole” because in a statement later yesterday, Obama said “I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet." Mr. President, perhaps I should remind you that, as you so eloquently put it, the military has moved on from horses and bayonets.

During the campaign of 2008 Barack Obama was highly critical of Bush’s strategy in fighting the War on Terror, and that strategy might well have had some flaws, but at least Bush had a strategy. Obama’s admission that he had no strategy referred specifically to ISIS, but that distinction is indicative of his refusal to recognize that Islamic terrorism is a global issue, not just a localized problem. In his statement earlier this week to the American Legion Convention in Charlotte, Obama promised that he would hunt down and capture those responsible for hurting Americans, which clearly shows that he views the beheading of James Foley as a criminal act rather than an act of war. Denial is a dangerous thing, especially when it comes to war. If President Obama does not recognize that we have been and still are in a war with radical Islam, there is absolutely no chance that we can win it.

We are less than two weeks away from the anniversary of 9/11, and news reports indicate a “significant increase” in terrorist chatter similar to that which occurred about this time 13 years ago. We currently have no idea who is entering the country illegally, and have had no idea for a very long time, and even the Obama administration admits that members of ISIS have most likely already entered the country. Various news agencies have reported incidents of the ISIS flag being flown, including one in which a Chicago man was arrested after leading police on a chase through the city with an ISIS flag flying from his car window. The man reportedly then told police the car was rigged with explosives. During live coverage of the unrest in Ferguson Missouri, someone held up a sign behind CNN’s Jake Tapper that read “ISIS is here”. The Ebola virus is running rampant in Africa making it easily obtainable for use as a biologic weapon by terrorists, and just yesterday it was reported that a laptop belonging to ISIS fighters in Syria was seized and found to contain lessons on how to weaponize bubonic plague. It is foolish and dangerous to pretend we are not in a war.

It is a simple truth that normally would never have to be said but when someone declares war against you, the only two choices you have are to fight or surrender; pretending it is not happening is not a viable option. It is not enough for Obama to simply arrest the individual that beheaded James Foley and thump his chest as if he had done something significant. The radical Islamists have been allowed to operate freely to the point that Rap artists are now taking part in their gruesome fun , and some of the ISIS fighters are even bringing along their young sons to take part in the barbarism. By now Obama should have learned that killing Bin Laden did not end the war with Al Qaeda, nor will arresting ‘’Jihad John”. The United States needs a strategy for winning this war, and apparently we also need a President capable of developing one.

Since no one in the administration seems to be up to the task, I will suggest the only strategy guaranteed to work. We must recognize the fact that we are fighting, not a war on terrorism, but a war on radical Islam, and then we must identify the practitioners of that belief, hunt them down and kill them anywhere we find them. Do not arrest them, do not put them in jail and give them a trial, do not assign them a taxpayer funded lawyer, kill them down to the last man.