Victor Davis Hanson 7/24/2015
The now-concluded Iran nuclear negotiations predictably reflect ancient truths of appeasement.
While members of the Obama administration are high-fiving each other over a deal with the Iranian theocracy, they should remember unchanging laws that will surely haunt the U.S. later on.
First, appeasement always brings short-term jubilation at the expense of long-term security. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was a beloved peacemaker after the Munich Agreement of 1938 with Adolf Hitler but derided as a conceited fool and naif by May 1940.
A few years from now — after Iran has used its negotiated breathing space to rearm, ratchet up its terrorist operations and eventually gain a bomb to blackmail its neighbors — the current deal will be deeply regretted. Expect a Nobel Peace Prize for Secretary of State John Kerry now, followed by Chamberlain-like infamy later.
Second, the appeasement of autocrats always pulls the rug out from under domestic reformers and idealists. After the Western capitulation at Munich, no dissenter in Germany dared to question the ascendant dictatorship of Adolf Hitler.
Until last week, Iranian dissidents and reformers had blamed the theocracy for earning Iran pariah status abroad and economic ruin at home. Not now. The haughty ayatollahs are bragging that they faced down the West and will restore the economy — as they wink to applauding crowds that Iran will soon be nuclear and dictate its terms to the Middle East.
Third, appeasers always wrongly insist that the only alternative to their foolish concessions is war. Just the opposite is true.
Time was not on Iran’s side. Tehran was growing desperate for financial and commercial relief from global sanctions and embargoes. In contrast, the world had no such urgency and could have easily waited for a cash-strapped and ostracized Iran to give up on a bomb.
There were plenty of alternatives short of war in dealing with Hitler from 1936 to 1939, but none after. Expect that in five years Iran will be better armed, richer, more confident, more aggressive — and nearly impossible to deter without the use of force.
Fourth, beneficiaries grow to hate their appeasers. Such ingratitude might seem counterintuitive, given the gifts that the Iranians have just received from the Obama administration. But we should remember that Hitler called his Munich appeasers “worms” and pushed them even further.
Under the rules of appeasement, an aggressor privately has only disdain for compromises that benefit him, and yet feels a weird sort of respect for those who deter him. Expect an emboldened Iran to double down on its anti-Americanism, as it brags about how a weak and decadent Great Satan meekly caved to its demands, which will only grow greater.
Fifth, allies are always the big losers in appeasement. Britain and France ensured the destruction of third-party Czechoslovakia by conceding to Hitler’s demands in 1938 — and doomed Poland in 1939.
Our apprehensive friends and allies in the Middle East — the Gulf states and Egypt especially — will naturally, for their own protection, expect the same sort of nuclear deal that we accorded our enemy, Iran.
America is for a while longer out of Iranian missile range. Not so the Arab world, Israel and perhaps southern and eastern Europe. Won’t our Pacific allies also wish to keep their strategic deterrent options open by following the Iranian enrichment model?
Concessions to enemies naturally prompt allies into wondering why they do not receive similar latitude — even on issues quite unconnected with military affairs. Were Western diplomats harsher on friendly Greece than they were to hostile and would-be nuclear Iran?
The cost of giving into Greece is hundreds of millions of euros; giving into Iran will involve blood rather than money. Perhaps if Greece just had a few thousand spinning centrifuges, it might have been bailed out more quickly by terrified Westerners.
After the Iranian agreement, expect a world of nervous and angry allies, the end of dissent inside Iran, the spread of Iranian-sponsored terrorism, more nuclear states, a growing contempt for alliances with the West, and a new Middle East that may have to adopt appeasement to deal with a haughty Iran, flush with new cash and arms.
Finally, outside observers of appeasement always make the necessary geostrategic adjustments.
Josef Stalin weighed carefully the democracies’ appeasement of Hitler’s serial aggressions in the Rhineland, Austria and Czechoslovakia. By 1939, the Soviet Union had fatally decided that it was as dangerous to have unreliable France and Britain as allies as it was having Germany as an enemy. So Stalin cut what proved to be a disastrous deal with Hitler that ensured World War II.
China and Russia will never again see any advantage in joining the West in embargoing and sanctioning a would-be nuclear state — not when such a hard-won common front can become utterly nullified at any moment by a fickle United States. Both powers will grow closer to Iran.
In 2015, we naively hail peace with honor, but by 2020, sadder and wiser, we will lament war and shame.
For once, I’m speechless. I’ll just let the image speak for me.
Chamberlain led the world into WW II. The nations he gave away were not at the negotiation table.
Obama, if allowed to, will be the father of WW III. Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan have no say as Kerry signs away their security.
The old saying is, “If you are not seated at the negotiation table, you are probably on the menu”.
Written by my Blog Partner Carl Calo, posted by Vince.
As you all know I am in the flag business. My supplier, Annin, the largest flag manufacturer in the country and we distribute their stock flags.
Here is the letter I sent them after being notified that they would no longer sell the Confederate Flag.
I received your notice informing us about the confederate flags which will no longer be sold by Annin.
I am very disappointed that Annin has so quickly and easily caved to the politically correct elites.
You know we have sold confederate flags for many many years. To us it has always been a symbol of Southern Pride.
Now, through some fabrication, it represents racism. You know the history offlags and of the symbols which appear on them. Any one can construe any image in the way they decide. What is happening here is that political elites are deciding what is acceptable freedom of speech and what is not. It is not a long distance between suppressing free speech and and standing in front of a government firing squad because the leaders don’t like what you have said or written.
The suppression of free speech that is happening in our country today is appalling. If the powers that be disagree with what you are saying, they don’t want to silence you, they do not want to present a contrary idea, they want to destroy you. Ala’ Paula Dean, Chick- Fil-A.
When the media has the ability to take an idea or concept out of historical context and judge it by current standards, anyone can be tarred and feathered.
The Nazi’s were able to incinerate 6 million Jews because no one dared to take a stand.
By the way, Louis Farrakhan has suggested we put down the American Flag. If that becomes politically correct will Annin also stop selling United States flags?
You should be ashamed of your cowardice, and you should reconsider your decision.
I recently sent around an article written by my erudite friend, Paul Schnee. In it he covered how society’s outcasts in Democrat controlled ghettos in cities such as Baltimore, Ferguson, Camden, Detroit, etc. are the new plantation slaves. I first published my thoughts on this subject in The Daily Argus, my home town newspaper after the Los Angeles riots.
I titled it, Liberalism is to Blame.
Here is an excerpt of what I wrote back in 1992:
Letter to the Editor:
After each viewing of the program COPS, I say to myself “Not for all the money in the world would I do that job.” I see the risk that police officers are exposed to and I realize what a thankless job these courageous men and women do. They are truly the Thin Blue Line that keeps our society one very small step from anarchy. It never ceases to amaze me that we have a national holiday to honor our Armed Services, but do not set aside a day to honor the men and women on the front line of the day to day war our society is engaged in, the war against lawlessness. The criminals we view on COPS and most recently saw rampaging through the streets of Los Angeles be they white, brown, black or of whatever skin color, are the product of years of a liberal mindset rather high mindedly called the GREAT SOCIETY. It is that mentality that has now subjugated several generations to a new form of slavery, the oppressive slavery of welfarism & self-pitying victimization. It is that mentality that tells young women, ‘Have as many children as you want, the more children you have, the more welfare money we’ll give you’. It is that mentality that tells men, ‘Impregnate as many women as you want, we won’t hold you accountable. Never mind that your fatherless children will be reared without a sense of respect for family or the wider society, we will deal with your children by having more welfare money available when they spawn the next generation of slaves to the welfare system.” It is the mentality that sends the message to able bodied men and women, “If you work and try to better yourself, we’ll cut your benefits.”
What we have seen on the streets of Los Angeles is the lawless, sociopathic product of successive generations of welfarism. The mindless mob has no regard for nor a sense of law and order, it is by its nature barbarous in its response whenever there is an attempt to control their unlawful actions. They thoughtlessly kill without a sense of remorse, steal with the notion that what they take is theirs for the taking, destroying property because they have no sense of what work goes into the creation of wealth. In the end, the progressive response to such mayhem is that their victimization justifies their mayhem. The Progressive knee jerk solution will undoubtedly be to invent “programs” to throw money into the ravaged areas and thereby reward the very criminal politicians who should be punished.”
Nothing has changed and I would not change a word of what I wrote 23 years ago.Since Ferguson, MO and more recently Baltimore MD, I have been ruminating on what the possible solution is to this permanently ingrained welfare and victimology mentality. What would possibly be a way out for the impoverished, badly educated, unskilled, baby momma’s, their corresponding absent fathers, their fatherless offspring being reared in ravaged cities where drug sales are the only industry? Those drugs create zombies whose only future is as short range as their next theft or welfare check funding their next drug buy and high. The dependence and addictions to drugs, used by many as an escape mechanism from the reality of their lives, perpetuates this never ending cycle.
It seems to me to be an impossible task. If throwing money into these enclaves were a solution, there is ample evidence that the trillions of dollars for all sorts of community programs, school schemes, increased job training programs all result in absolutely no discernible or measurable results. Given that trillions of dollars and all sorts of federal and state programs have not worked. What’s next?
The more I think about it, the more it seems to me there is no answer. Take the male thugs, vandals, and thugs that looted and burned down every American city beginning with Watts. That entire collection of vandals could never, never, be converted to become accountants, architects, or any sort of a wealth producing citizen. So for all intents and purpose, they were a lost generation beyond salvation. So then, one would naturally focus on the next generation. But the next generation fathered by that lost generation would be fatherless and more than likely will be reared by their young women not up to the task and/or by their grandmothers. They will only know poverty in their lives and become the next generation of slaves on the Federal plantation. This generational dependence on the Federal government’s seeming largess is really buying their votes which creates permanent Democrat local governments that bring in the money and then make it magically disappear. Their votes are sold in return for more welfare and more reliance on the plantation managers. The local schools although richly funded, are of the lowest quality where even students with promise are forced into lowering their work to the lowest common denominator so that they do not stand out as exceptional and be labeled ‘oreos’. The bad schools and the hip-hop culture promoted by Hollywood produces a generation of students who drop out or are turned out unable to speak proper English and unable to fill out a job application. Would you hire someone whose pants are hanging by invisible friction to his rear end?
Given all of the above, what is the solution to a culture of welfarism that has become so generationally ingrained that it seems almost fair to say it has worked its way into the DNA (as was proposed by the rejected theory of Lamarckian inheritance) of the enslaved. No matter how debased the schools and services are, the dependents continue to mindlessly vote into office those who have enslaved them, hoping against hope that the new crowd of race hustlers & hucksters posing as politicians will somehow be better than the last crop.
There can never be rapprochement with Iran or any country which is governed by an Islamic theocracy. The Mullahs in Iran are making their decisions based on the Quran and the Quran only. One of the major tenets of the Quran is Taquiyya. Taquiyya gives Muslims the freedom to lie, obfuscate, confuse the Kafir’s as long as in so doing the aims of the next Caliphate are attained.
And therein lies the problem, On the one hand they seemingly ‘negotiate’. The Ayatollah and Kerry are pretty much like Hitler and Chamberlain, on their side a pathological prevaricator and on our side a feckless fool. Then when the Iranians get what they want, they will ask for more or just do whatever they want. Remember how Czechoslovakia was followed by Poland?
The sanctions which were imposed are crippling Iran’s economy. So relieving that pressure is the most ridiculous negotiating technique one can imagine. Once we agree to lift them in advance of an agreement, they will agree to anything and sign anything and then do whatever they want, including creating a nuclear bomb. They may sign an ‘agreement’ to not do it within ten years and I can guarantee it that if they can, it will be done in short order after the buffoons running our foreign policy sign an agreement. It is not in our interest, especially at this juncture to concede or to lift any sanctions. In this case, concession is tantamount to total surrender to radical Islam. Weakness followed by surrender now to this terrorist regime will devolve into their having a nuclear device. After that, any concession they demand will have to be met or be faced with Armageddon.
The USSR had nuclear devices but they were not insane. MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) was their limiting motivation. On the other hand, Islam glorifies death in the advance of Islam, always has, always will. Their entire religion, and the rules governing every facet of their lives is based on the Quran and the reward awaiting them in Muslim heaven. When the Iranians are dancing in the street, after we announce an agreement to agree, you know we have been snookered. And the fact that Mullah’s lead chants of “Death to America” is something we should note and be very frightened about.
The sanctions should if anything be strengthened. Only then can a young Iranian populace, tired of the gangsters and religious mafiosi be thrown out and replaced by a leader like Egypt’s Sisi who is calling for a Reformation of Islam. Instead of encouraging pink revolutions, we displace dictator’s and offer nothing in their place. Those voids have always been filled with The Muslim Brotherhood in every country in the last 7 years. Obama embraced Morsi and is shunning Sisi. Something in our foreign policy, if you can call it that, is upside down. Remember that The Ayatollah Khoumeni was brought back from France after Carter removed his support of the Shah. Carter thought he was a Saint! What followed then is the template we imitate in every Mid Eastern and north African country for the last 7 years. There is that famous quote by George Santayana that “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Submitted by Paul Schnee
“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
And very appropriately, the recent Congressional tidal wave was just that, and only that, the beginning of the beginning.
We can now begin to pull America back from the precipice where she has been placed by the deliberately destructive lawlessness of Obama and begin to heal the grievous wounds inflicted on her by the Marxist protégé of George Soros and his “progressive” fellow travelers. Don’t get too euphoric though. Obama will not feel rebuked. With immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens he may well provoke a constitutional crisis in coming weeks and he will continue to mainstream Muslim extremists, like Mohammed Elibiary, into his administration at every level.
Obama’s domestic agenda will now be severely hampered so he will concentrate on foreign policy where the power resides with the executive branch. We can look forward to him standing aside as Putin makes more mischief in Eastern Europe. He will continue to do the bare minimum with regard to destroying ISIS as he cozies up to Iran allowing her to become a nuclear power. He will put enormous pressure on Israel threatening to withdraw traditional American support for her in the U.N. Security Council. As he does all of this our enemies will be taking note of his cold if not pathological reluctance to defend American interests. This is the time for them to strike. If you were a terrorist leader it makes much more sense to attack when the prospect of a swift, unilateral and devastating response is much less likely as is the case with Obama as commander-in-chief. So, be prepared for domestic attacks by Islamic terrorists.
From the very start it has been Obama’s policy to weaken America so as to diminish her influence abroad. The way to do this is to impale her economy making reductions in military expenditures necessary and signal a gradual exit from the world’s stage. Turning our victory in Iraq into a defeat was a deliberate move on Obama’s part. For 2 years he knew ISIS was forming and gathering strength and he did nothing. Only when he was forced to act did he arrange to do the bare minimum to give the appearance of decisive action. We will lose the war in Afghanistan if he follows his declared policies there.
All of this is deliberate. Remember, for men like Obama it is their ideology which is paramount. It is never about the various issues of the day whatever they may be. It is always, always and always about the revolution. When viewed through this distorted prism Obama’s actions as president which have confused and confounded so many Americans actually make perfect sense.
After last night it will be much more difficult for him to continue to wreak havoc on America. He will do his worst, of course, but we must do our best to frustrate the Marxist ambitions of this Manchurian candidate.
It is important to consider how our real allies in the region, such as Israel, and our allies of convenience, like Jordan and Saudi Arabia, will now respond to Obama’s blandishments since he has made being a friend of the United States more dangerous than being one of her enemies. After we had invaded Iraq Colonel Gadhafi surrendered his nuclear stock pile to us. We had him contained. He is now dead and buried and Libya is in turmoil. Hosni Mubarak, greedy and authoritarian, had kept a cold peace with Israel for over 30 years and had kept the Islamic supremacists of the Muslim Brotherhood at bay, was shoved aside by Obama “in the interests of peace” so that the very same Muslim Brotherhood could impose its fascist ideology, under the gruesome supervision of Sharia, upon Egypt for one awful year before the Egyptian people rose up against their oppressors. Such machinations must make our allies, a diminishing band, suspicious of Obama’s reliability and confirm for them that particularly in their part of the world Obama has become something of a Houdini in reverse; from any position of safety he can quickly escape to one of danger.
Either Obama did not know, or had forgotten, or hoped that we had forgotten that the Muslim Brotherhood is a subversive organization. It gave birth to Al Qaeda and spawned Hamas and Hezbollah. It has sponsored or encouraged every Islamic terrorist attack made against America and the West since it was created in 1928. The Muslim Brotherhood has worked in fits and starts, to be sure, as its power has waxed or waned but the goal of establishing a global Islamic caliphate has never dimmed for an instant. It is as patient as it is well organized as it is lethal. It collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II. It assassinated one Egyptian president in the 1940s, fomented revolution against another in the 1950s, murdered President Sadat in 1981 for making peace with Israel and is directly linked to the terrorist plotters of 9/11. It has never ceased to spread its tentacles over the globe. So fraternal are its instincts that it now operates in more than 80 countries.
Let us be clear about this, the Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamic supremacist organization which is black with menace and seeks our ruin. It is so confident about Obama’s cooperation and approval that it doesn’t even bother to hide its hostility towards us anymore. When he called for it to be reinstated to power in Egypt, after Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood regime was effectively deposed, it told us all we needed to know about where Obama’s real sympathies and preferences lie as if we didn’t already know. We have witnessed to our subsequent consternation and the region’s regret that Obama’s sympathies, prejudices and preferences are no substitute for a foreign policy.
Clearly Obama’s sympathies do not lie with freedom and democracy. This seems impossible for an American president and it has been too difficult, indeed unimaginable, for many Americans to grasp even faintly. Such a betrayal would be beyond conception but I fear this is EXACTLY what has happened. We have a half black, half white man in the oval office who has a deep and abiding affection and preference for his Kenyan Muslim roots much more than he does for his American heritage which he actually despises.
The influence of his Marxist grandparents, his Marxist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, and his left-wing, looney mother still occupy a nostalgic chamber in the frontal lobes of his mind. This is why he is NOT an American patriot and why he and his camp followers believe the Constitution is just a list of suggestions rather than one of our sacred foundational documents which created the greatest experiment in freedom the world has ever seen.
He is trapped by an ideology that has never proven to be successful unless the creation of connoisseurs of mediocrity is your standard and treachery is your method to achieve it.
“In current use the term is applied to the press, with the earliest use in this sense described by Thomas Carlyle … “Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important far than they all.”
The press was considered so important an element of the new Republic by the Founders that they are mentioned in the very first Amendment. The following excerpts are from the website Bill of Rights Institute:
The Virginia Declaration of Rights was a precursor to this amendment, holding that “the freedom of the press is one of the greatest bulwarks of liberty and can never be restrained but by despotic governments.”
Instead what we have is a media that is playing the background music to this administration’s libretto. There is hardly a dissenting voice in the entire press corps. There is only a cover-up abetted by the press and an unending willingness to change the story week to week so that the uninformed public begins to wither under the onslaught. As a result at some point they just surrender and no longer pay attention to the destruction of the culture, the economy, our foreign relations and our quickly disappearing prosperity.
Today there is absolutely no doubt that the press is no longer the unbiased reporter of the news. It is in the most part biased in favor of a progressive agenda. There is unquestioned statistical proof showing the overwhelming and unashamed Liberal bias of the media. It can be proved by statistics that the unholy alliance of reporters, investigative or otherwise, the professoriat and the bureaucracy for the most part vote Liberal or Progressive when they vote as private citizens. Only a fool would believe they have a silo on their opinions when it comes to reporting, teaching or creating new regulations.
The unending curtain of lies emanating from the Obama administration remains unchallenged, uncontested and pushed off to the side as soon as the next lie appears in the next news cycle.
The administration’s talking head, (no brains, just a head), Josh Earnest is anything but earnest as he sidesteps every question put to him by his nemesis, Ed Henry of Fox News. The hypocrisy shown in ignoring the unending failures and incompetency of the Obama administration when compared to the constant drumbeat of criticism heaped on GW Bush is unbelievable. Even today, years after Ronald Reagan’s presidency he is dismissed and his record of bringing prosperity, ending the welfare state and bringing down the USSR are simply lied about. How they can rationalize their lack of criticism while this nation goes down the drain is incomprehensible. At what point of this downward spiral, if there even is a point, will the press awake and do its part in saving what once was a great, vibrant economic powerhouse, the one place on earth where a free and unfettered people can reach for the stars and achieve success unavailable anywhere else on God’s green earth?
The combined forces of the media, academia, and the bureaucracy are destroying the fabric of America. The press ignores the truth and covers up the lies, academia propagandizes our youth from kindergarten through to graduate school, the bureaucracy continues insinuating itself into every facet of our lives, telling us what to eat, what to drive, how to act, how to dress, how to think, hmmm, sounds a lot like Islam. It all goes unchallenged except for the few that see beyond the horizon where the end of Western civilization is visible and the rise of Islam will replace it just as it did from 700 AD until it was forced to retreat from the gates of Vienna on September 11, 1683. After which and Islam’s empire disintegrated and ultimately collapsed just as all totalitarian regimes eventually do. September 11th. Why does that date sound familiar?
AS for me I’ll do my part by publishing herein the following extensive compendium of Obama’s unreported lies.
Thirty-seven percent said “most of the time,”
24 percent said “some of the time,” and 20 percent said “only now and then.” 15% said “never.”
Think about that: 81 percent of Americans believe that Obama lies to them at least “now and then” on “important matters.”
I HAVE COMPILED THIS COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF OBAMA’S LIES BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER HIS ELECTIONS:
- “My grandfather marched in Patton’s army, but I cannot know what it is to walk into battle like so many of you,” A lie.
- “My grandmother worked on a bomber assembly line, but I cannot know what it is for a family to sacrifice like so many of yours have.” A lie.
- “My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton’s army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. He fought in the name of a larger freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that triumphed over evil, and he did not fight in vain.” All lies.
- Obama’s grandfather enlisted on June 18, 1942. A lie.
- “My grandfather taught me how to say the Pledge of Allegiance when I was 2.” How can he possibly remember what happened when he was two years old?
- ‘‘I remember in the last month of her life, she wasn’t thinking about how to get well, she wasn’t thinking about coming to terms with her own mortality, she was thinking about whether or not insurance was going to cover the medical bills and whether our family would be bankrupt as a consequence,’ Obama said in September 2007. She was in her hospital room looking at insurance forms because the insurance company said that maybe she had a pre-existing condition and maybe they wouldn’t have to reimburse her for her medical bills,’ Obama added in January 2008.”The seemingly heartfelt pitch by Obama now appears to have glossed over many of the facts. Scott’s book reveals that Dunham was compensated for most of her treatment aside from one denied claim in August 1995. All lies.
- “My father left my family when I was 2 years old. A lie.
- “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
- “My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.”
- “We agree on reforms that will finally reduce the costs of health care. Families will save on their premiums…”
- “I don’t want to pit Red America against Blue America. I want to be the president of the United States of America.”
- “We’ve got shovel-ready projects all across the country that governors and mayors are pleading to fund. And the minute we can get those investments to the state level, jobs are going to be created.”
- “And we will pursue the housing plan I’m outlining today. And through this plan, we will help between 7 and 9 million families restructure or refinance their mortgages so they can afford—avoid foreclosure.”
- “I will sign a universal health-care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.”
- “We reject the use of national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.”
- “For people with insurance, the only impact of the health-care law is that their insurance is stronger, better, and more secure than it was before. Full stop. That’s it. They don’t have to worry about anything else.”
- “We will close the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, the location of so many of the worst constitutional abuses in recent years.”
- “Allow Americans to buy their medicines from other developed countries if the drugs are safe and prices are lower outside the U.S.”
- “We will revisit the Patriot Act and overturn unconstitutional executive decisions issued during the past eight years.”
- “Will ensure that federal contracts over $25,000 are competitively bid.”
- “We reject sweeping claims of ‘inherent’ presidential power.”
- “Will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year. This will eliminate taxes for 7 million seniors — saving them an average of $1,400 a year– and will also mean that 27 million seniors will not need to file an income tax return at all.”
- “We support constitutional protections and judicial oversight on any surveillance program involving Americans.”
- “If we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home, we will end this war. You can take that to the bank.”
- “Will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.”
- “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
- “We have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division and conflict and cynicism…. That is one option. Or, at this moment, in this election, we can come together and say, ‘Not this time….’”
- “We’ve got to spend some money now to pull us out of this recession. But as soon as we’re out of this recession, we’ve got to get serious about starting to live within our means, instead of leaving debt for our children and our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren.”
- “Today I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we’ve long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay – and that means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control.”
- “I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will execute the office of president of the United States faithfully, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the United States.”
- “My fellow Americans I do solemnly swear that I will execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States.”
- Says his comment about extremists being a JV team “wasn’t specifically referring to” Islamic State.
- Most young Americans right now, they’re not covered” by health insurance.
- “We’ve got close to 7 million Americans who have access to health care for the first time because of Medicaid expansion.”
- The “most realistic estimates” for jobs created by Keystone XL are “maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline.”
- We will close the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay.” Still open.
- “If we have not gotten our troops out [of Iraq] by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do.” Didn’t happen.
- “Today I’m pledging to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office.” Instead, the national debt increased $5 trillion on his watch.
- “As soon as we’re out of this recession, we’ve got to get serious about starting to live within our means.” Huh?
- “We agree on reforms that will reduce the costs of health care. Families will save on their premiums.”
- “We’ve got shovel-ready projects all across the country.” Later, Obama admitted his own lie, saying, “There’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects.”
- “We reject the use of national security … to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.”
- We “will ensure that federal contracts over $25,000 are competitively bid.”
- We “will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year.”
- “We are going to work with you to lower your [health care] premiums by $2,500,” and we’ll “do it by the end of my first term as president.”
- “I don’t take a dime of their [lobbyists’] money, and when I am president, they won’t find a job in my White House.” In fact, Obama granted waivers at will, and more than a dozen lobbyists got jobs in the Obama administration.
- “I pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” But Obama has ignored the constitutional amendment granting powers not enumerated in the Constitution to the states.
- “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
- “The sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.” The truth is that the White House proposed an “automatic sequester” on July 12, 2011.
- “I didn’t set a red line [in Syria].” And yet, at a prior news conference, using unscripted language in a statement, he said, “a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around.”
- “It’s here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future.” After Obama’s administration gave the company $535 million, Solyndra and its solar panels went belly up.
- To Israel, “We have not only made sure that they [Iran] have to stop adding additional centrifuges, we’ve also said that they’ve got to roll back their 20 percent advanced enrichment … down to zero.” In fact, the deal allows Iran uranium enrichment of 5 percent.
- “Eighty percent of Americans support including higher taxes as part of the [debt ceiling] deal.” However, that same week, a poll by Rasmussen showed only 34 percent supported a tax hike as part of the deal.
- In 2006: “America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.” But as president, Obama has led the charge each year to increase America’s debt.
Have you had enough yet? There are hundreds more that I found, much too extensive to list here. HOW DIES HE GET AWAY WITH IT? Simple. An adoring and compliant press.
My blog partner Carl, writes letters here to President Obama which are gently chiding and satirical, knowing full well that a leftist ideologue like Obama has no intent to change. I think by now that there is no doubt that Obama is bent on destroying the America that anyone my age revered, was reared and prospered in.
In conversations I have, many ask, ‘who can save America?’ My answer always is that two years before Obama came on the scene, no one even knew he existed let alone would have guessed he’d be the next person to be elected, nor that he would be leading this once great country on the road to cultural, economic, domestic and foreign ruin (although having read about his life history, I predicted he would, and wrote so here).
After WW II there were great debates on ‘who lost China’? No doubt there will be in future years that same debate as to who lost the Middle East to the barbarian hordes. So I always respond that maybe somewhere out there, two years away, there is a great man or woman, who can get this country back on the right path. And my opinion has always been that America lost a great opportunity in not electing Mitt Romney. You can go back in this blog’s past postings and read my ‘Advice to Mitt’ blog post. So when I came across another blogger’s titled post “A Letter to Mitt Romney” I read it and asked his permission to post it here in the hope you will read it, comment on it and then go to John Lonsberry’s blog and read his other posts.
A Letter to Mitt Romney
Posted Wednesday, July 9th 2014 @ 9am
A mutual acquaintance of ours, Congressman Jason Chaffetz, went on national television the other day and said that you not only would run for president in 2016, but that you would win.
I’m glad he has raised the subject. I would like to pursue it further with you.
Specifically, I would like to make the case that you have a duty to run. The issue is not what you want or what is convenient for your family, the issue is what needs to be done for our country and our future, and your duty to stand up and do it. You are a man of faith, and a patriot, and I would like to base my arguments in the context of faith and patriotism. I would like you to think in terms of consecration and sacrifice. You must be consecrated to the cause of constitutional, American liberty, and you must be willing to sacrifice to further that cause.
In the Bible, the Savior taught eternal truth in the parable of the talents, in which various servants were charged by their master with watching over incremental quantities of silver – “talents” – while he was away. The wise servants put the talents to work in the marketplace and an increase was produced. An unwise and fearful servant, however, buried his talents in the ground, and nothing was gained. At this moment, your talents are buried in the backyard.
You have been uniquely prepared for service. You have unmatched abilities and experience. You are a smooth and polished shaft in the quiver of the Almighty. And at a time of national crisis, you are sitting on the bench.
It is highly unlikely that you can now, at this stage of your life, say, “to this end was I born.” It seems contrary to the economy of God that your lifetime of preparation was meant to bring you to defeat. Has it all been so that you might be a mere footnote in another man’s electoral victory?
When your country and its inspired Constitution are in jeopardy, do you truly feel that the hand of Providence would have you be a spectator, and not a leader?
Does it not seem likely that, like others of the noble and great, you have a loftier and more purposeful destiny? Weren’t you called to something better?
As a Mormon, your religious obligation to the Constitution and the Republic it defines is supposed to be total. One Mormon leader, David O. McKay, said, “Next to being one in worshipping God, there is nothing in this world upon which the Church should be more united than in upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States.” You have a singular opportunity to uphold and defend the Constitution against assaults which have almost rendered it null and void. I don’t see how you can shirk that opportunity.
I believe that, in this situation, the decision to run for president is not one of vanity or ambition, it is one which echoes the biblical volunteer, “Here am I, send me.”
I believe this current day is akin to the cold October of 1856 when Brigham Young stood up before a Mormon conference in the Salt Lake Valley and, speaking of handcart pioneers trapped by snow in the mountains, thundered, “Go and bring in those people!” America is trapped in a mountain pass right now, misled by failed principles and failed leadership. It is not an inconvenience, it is an emergency. We are in crisis. The nation needs to be saved.
Everyone who can help, must help. And no one is positioned like you, Mitt, to help. Certainly, your service will be difficult. As true service always is. But people of faith press on.
Like Brigham Young did departing on a preaching trip to England in 1839. Believing he had been called by God to go spread the gospel, Brigham Young got up from his malarial bed and waved good bye to his sick wife, a 10-day-old son clutched to her breast, and began walking, penniless, to the east.
Brigham Young and his family sacrificed for his service. Why should you and your family be any different? Why should any person of faith expect to do anything other than wear themselves out in the service of their fellow man?
We are a nation at war. On a foreign battlefield, against evil threats to our peace. On the domestic front, against philosophical threats to our liberty. Soldiers leave house and home, family and comfort, to take up arms on the foreign battlefield. You must be willing to leave house and home, family and comfort, to fight for freedom on the domestic front.
Other men pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. You just have to give up a few years of comfortable retirement.
Moses was 80 when he faced Pharaoh. You are a mere 67. But your duty is like his. You have been called out of the burning bush of American discontent. A nation founded by inspired men needs to be saved by an inspired man. The principles of then will solve the problems of now.
But you must act. You must lay your all on the altar. It is not a matter of choice, sir, it is a matter of duty. To your fellow man, to your country, to your God. It is a day of decision. Will you live up to your destiny; will our nation live up to its? Oddly, at this juncture, those two questions are entwined, and the answer to both is in your hands.
I don’t care about politics. I don’t care about egos. I don’t care about parties. But I love my country and I know my duty. And I pray God that you know yours.
I am no angel of light, but this is a message of truth. Untold millions need you to hear and heed.Run, Mitt. Not for you, but for us.
A fellow American and brother in Christ,
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Hi Mr. President,
It’s me again, Carl.
I have been so busy lately that I have not had a chance to write. I hope you haven’t missed my letters too much.
So much has been going on lately on the national level, that’s your level, that I do not even know where to start. I will just mention them as they come to mind.
The Bowe Bergdahl trade. What were you thinking? Do you not have briefings before you take these steps? A lot of past presidents used to have briefings. That’s where the president gets all his top thinkers together and they discuss whatever big issue has come up and after due consideration, a decision is made. Do you have presidential briefings? It doesn’t seem like you do. I am sure the Pentagon had a full dossier on this guy. Even if you thought he is a true blue American, why would you trade 5 high level Taliban operatives? No one is admiring your administration’s negotiating skills. Not to mention, now that the world sees that you WILL negotiate with terrorists, our military personnel are in much greater danger of being taken prisoner.
How about the Marine imprisoned in Mexico? Kerry was there a few weeks ago. Why could he not intervene? That would have been a complete win for you. No downside at all. The only thing that I can think of is if Mexico would have thumbed their nose in your face and not released him. That would have made you look weak and Mexico might have decided to invade us. Oh, wait, they already are.
The IRS scandal. What will you have to say when the missing e-mails are “discovered”?
Health Care. First, everyone in my company went 3 months without any coverage because our policy was cancelled and they had no record of our being past insureds so we missed some kind of deadline. Then, we got covered in March. Now, I have already received notice that there is going to be a 40 percent increase next renewal. I hope I am reading their notice incorrectly.
The VA scandal. This is amazing. The VA is a picture of what government heath care looks like, and their solution to getting care for those waiting too long are to give the veterans a choice to use whatever health facility they can. What irony. The solution to the VA health system problem is to use what is left of the private system that is not yet ruined by Obamacare.
Mr. President, I could go on with Global Warming and the EPA and Keystone Pipeline, Benghazi, the Crimea, Iran, Iraq, Syria and on and on. But, you get my drift. Your administration has turned out to be a catastrophe for our country.
I was thinking of asking you to kindly resign, but, then I thought of Biden as President. He might do an even worse job then you. And if we could get him to resign then we would have..…never mind.
Mr. President, could you please just not do anything. Go to Hawaii, read a few books, (may I suggest history books?). Play golf and just wait for the new congress in 2015. This way, things might not continue to get worse. I hope you will listen to me.
Given the fact that there are fewer and fewer Americans around today who know who Joe McCarthy was, what he
stood for, or how he was slowly but most assuredly destroyed by the leftist wing of the media and the opinion makers. And that only a very small number of Americans alive today know that what McCarthy was proclaiming, i.e., that the Truman Administration and the Roosevelt administration before that was rife with Communist infiltrators at the highest levels of the government.
Everyone “knows” that McCarthy spawned “McCarthyism” which became political shorthand for accusing innocent people without a scintilla of evidence and ruining those poor people’s lives unnecessarily, boo hoo. But how many of that majority know that when the Soviet Union collapsed and the Venona Papers became public that almost everyone McCarthy named or intimated were in fact exposed by the Kremlin to have been hard core and traitorous American Communists, most of them imbedded deep in the highest levels of the bureaucracy of the Treasury and State departments. Advising and implementing on policy and advising our Presidents on matters that would affect the Cold War for years to come.
Why this brief history lesson now? Because McCarthtyism will soon be a thing of the past and will have lost its meaning as fewer and fewer of ‘us’ are around who know it’s political import. The left will be looking for a new McCarthy to inveigh against. That’s where Trey Gowdy comes in.
He will be in the national spotlight. He is a tenacious cross examiner given his many years as a prosecutor who never lost a case. Therefore he will be ripe pickings for the left unless he is very careful in his quest for the truth about Benghazi. There is no doubt there is something very dangerous that the current administration and its cohorts in Congress and the media want to hide from the American public.
Where was the president during the entire Benghazi episode? Who was with him? What was he advised to do or not to do? Were there political considerations discussed since the election was imminent? Who were the players involved? What was the timeline and who was where when and who was in contact with whom? What was Obama’s input? What decisions was he part of and what decisions did he approve or disapprove? Who gave the order for the military to stand down? Why on earth would a president leave the White house the next day and go to a political fund raiser the very next morning as if nothing had happened? Is there someone out there that can tell me if Roosevelt was taking an afternoon nap through Pearl Harbor’s attack? In fact, here is what President Roosevelt did the morning after the attack:
December 8, 1941 12:20 PM
A heavily guarded black limousine pulled up to the south entrance of the U.S. Capitol. President Franklin D. Roosevelt got out of the car and entered the Capitol, assisted by his son Captain James Roosevelt, who wore the uniform of the U.S. Marines. The chamber of the House of Representatives was jammed with members of both houses of Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, official guests, and onlookers in the galleries.
At 12:29 P. M.
The President, still on his son’s arm, entered the Chamber of the House, was introduced briefly by Speaker Sam Rayburn, and received a thunderous ovation. For the past nine years, Republicans had shown little enthusiasm toward the President when he addressed a Joint Session of Congress. This time, the Republicans joined in, signifying the nation’s sudden unity.
Solemnly, he began his speech requesting a declaration of war: “Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”
There is no doubt Gowdy and the other members of the Select Committee will be undaunted in their search for the truth. They must keep foremost in their minds that there is no such thing as a Democrat truth or a Republican truth, the truth that will be uncovered will need to be shown to be untainted by politics of the right or the left. That’s going to be tricky and a difficult needle to thread. So my advice to Trey Gowdy is to be careful. There is no putting the toothpaste back into the tube, you cannot take back words not carefully thought out once they are spoken. The media and the left is praying for every minor misstep or mistaken utterance you make. Your name will not make such a good a catch phrase as McCarthyism so your only hope is that Gowdyism is not a catchy enough phrase to haunt you for the rest of your life.
Otherwise, my best wishes to you, stay focused on the truth, the whole truth and accept nothing less than the truth.
Let Gowdyism become the new catch phrase for a relentless search for the unvarnished truth. Maybe you’ll be opening a new door and letting the sun shine in on America once again.