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THE FAILED PRESIDENCY OF BARACK OBAMA – PART TWO

The following is the second part of a series in which I’m illustrating the failed presidency of Barack  Obama. According to an article in townhall.com, dated August 9, 2014, the president got the following things wrong.

  • Because of Obama’s policies since he became president, 11,472,000 Americans have left the workforce. Fewer Americans are at work today than in April 2000 even though the population since then has grown by 31 million. (Mortimer Zuckerman)
  • The number of Americans on welfare has hit record highs, plus a record of 20% of Americans were on food stamps in 2013. Furthermore, 11 million Americans were getting disability payments, a number that is approaching the population of Cuba.
  • The United States lost its AAA credit rating because Obama was spending so much money. When he was running for office, Obama called George W. Bush unpatriotic for adding so much to the debt and promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. But as we speak, the national debt is approaching 20 trillion dollars. Since Obama became president he has added more to the debt than all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton combined.
  • Obama’s “cash for clunkers” program cost the American people $1.4 million for every job it created and did little to reduce carbon emissions.
  • After BP had a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Obama not only bungled the clean-up process, he slowed oil production from other companies that had done nothing wrong, leading to higher oil prices. Obama also helped drive up the price of gas by blocking the Keystone Pipeline.
  • When he was running for president in 2008, Obama claimed that, “Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year would see any form of tax increase. Not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.” He lied.
  • Through 2013, the Obama Administration had imposed new regulations on businesses that cost $46 billion a year.
  • Obama’s campaign contributors at Solyndra were handed $535 million of taxpayer money that the Obama administration knew they would never be able to pay back before they gave it to him.
  • Even Barney Frank admitted that Barack Obama shamelessly liked to the American people to get Obamacare passed. He promised that Americans could keep their insurance plans, that they could keep their doctors, and that Obamacare would save the average family $2,500 per year. Not only were all of those liked, Obama knew they were likes when he made those promises. Also, Barack Obama has broken the law repeatedly by making at least 23 unilateral changes to Obamacare. And we all know that Obamacare has been a disaster that cost millions of people their health insurance and sent health care costs spiraling into the stratosphere. Obama has also taken $700 billion out of Medicare and put into Obamacare.
  • The website portion of Obamacare, healthcare.gov, was a functional disaster for months when it rolled out and Obama claimed he didn’t know anything was wrong. This former software engineer would have taken a team of five or six additional programmers and designed, developed, tested, and implemented this program for substantially less that it cost and in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Obama, the President of the United States, got involved in a local police matter in the Henry Louis Gates case where, before knowing the facts of the case, he said that the police acted “stupidly.” He also inserted himself into the Trayvon Martin case. This proved, beyond the shadow of a doubt that Barack Obama was racist and never had any intention of being a president to all of the American people.
  • Americans died at Benghazi because Obama’s administration didn’t take their repeated requests for additional security seriously.
  • Obama’s premature pull-out in Iraq and foolish refusal to get a status of forces agreement in Iraq left the country vulnerable and let to the terrorists in ISIS taking over a large portion of that country.

This list isn’t by any means exhaustive with regard to the failed presidency of Barack Obama, but memorizing a new off this list will certainly give you fodder in which to win an argument with any Obama-zombie. While I initially indicated that I would publish a series of articles regarding the failed presidency of Barack Obama during the week of Christmas, I now think I will do it between now and January 20 when the worst president in the history of our nation finally leaves office.

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THREATS AND INTIMIDATION

Have we become a country where our day to day behavior can be determined by threats and intimidation? It certainly appears that way.

The vote of the electors of the Electoral College which makes the nation’s president elect the official next president usually goes off without a hitch. It’s a formality which might take up a half-minute on the news.

This year, as we all know, was an exception. President Elect, Donald Trump, captured the most electoral votes and surpassed the required number to become the next president on election night, November 8, 2016. Even though Democrat nominee, Hillary Clinton, conceded the election to Mr. Trump. Democrats, who could not fathom that Clinton could have lost the election, immediately fought back. There was rioting in the streets, crying on college campuses and elsewhere, the popping up of support groups for those who were experiencing severe angst and trauma from the election results, and so on and so forth.

Since the election night, the Democrats have stopped at nothing to de-legitimize the election results and the upcoming presidency of Donald Trump. First, they demanded recounts in states where the Trump campaign flipped from blue to red. Did the Democrats use threats and intimidation in over-seeing the re-counting of the votes? If they did, it didn’t work.

In a last-ditch effort to de-legitimize Donald Trump, and in their dreams, to maybe overturn the election, they attempted to get electors, especially in the states that Trump won, to re-consider and vote for Hillary. From various news sources, I learned that emails numbering more than 2000 were sent to each elector, even in Alabama where Trump received over 60% of the vote. Furthermore, I learned that electors in the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania were receiving death threats in order to make them change their votes.

We live in the United States of America where any form of threats and intimidation by the government or any political party of law-abiding citizens should never take place under any circumstance. But sadly, threats and intimidation have become a popular tool of the Democrat party to get what they want.

I’ve been reading, mostly on social media, that many musicians and refusing to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration. Earlier today, I read an article about Andrea Bocelli, a friend of the president elect, had accepted an invitation to entertain, but had to back out because of the threats and intimidation he was receiving from the left. All the social media posts about this have come from the left. Could this be fake news? Be that as it may, I thought that maybe Mr. Trump could go the country music route. He could also invite second or third tier acts who might be looking for exposure. And what better way to get it that to perform at a presidential inauguration?

But wait. If a good local or regional singer or band who has aspirations of maybe one day getting to Hollywood, Chicago, New York, or maybe even Nashville were to perform for President Elect Trump’s inauguration, would they be branded for life by the Hollywood, Chicago, New York, or Nashville leftists (and there are some leftists in Nashville). Regardless of how good the individual or group is, would Hollywood automatically reject them for having performed for Donald Trump? The implication of threats and intimidation; could they possibly prevent young artists from accepting the “gig of their dreams?”

A Trump presidency should give this nation at least four relief from what has been the continuing progression of government taking over as many aspects of our lives as possible. If President Trump can get Obamacare repealed in its entirety or replaced with something much less insidious, maybe we can get a little relief on our health insurance premiums. If all those federal lands that Obama placed off limits to oil and natural gas exploration, can be re-opened for these activities, we could take some giant steps toward becoming energy independent, meaning our personal energy costs would decrease, and the fear of massive increases which were championed by the Obama administration would cease to exist.

The left, including the mainstream media, sadly has become an enemy of the United States of America. It is an enemy that will always be with us and will always use threats and intimidation to change our behavior, similar to the threats and intimidation used in the George Orwell novel, “1984.” Threats and intimidation includes not only threats to our health and property, but will include the hurling of false accusations at those of us who refuse to tow their line, in an effort to weaken us or brainwash us into assuming their way of thinking, again like what was written in the novel, “1984.”

Many of us, in church, with our families, or just by ourselves, have prayed for our country during the Obama administration because we were afraid of the results of the implementation of many of Obama’s policies. Prayers for our country cannot stop. In fact, prayer is going to be even more important. The threats and intimidation that will continue from the left will weaken us at times and may even tempt us to flip to the other side. Some say it’s easy to be a liberal. I wouldn’t know. So, please keep fighting the good fight because we now have a chance to take our country back.

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THE FAILED PRESIDENCY OF BARAK OBAMA – PART ONE

Over the next week, between now and Christmas, I will write a series of articles on the failed presidency of Barak Obama.

According to thefederalist.com, Barak Obama has failed as president in ten ways (Article dated Sept. 16, 2014):

  • He didn’t heal racial divisions: While Obama did indicate a desire for a “purple America” instead of a red America and a blue America, he has done the opposite of bringing people of different races together as one. Instead, he has taken the United States of America back to the mid-sixties/early seventies with respect to race relations. His disastrous record on race dates back to an early point in his presidency when he rushed to judgement indicating that the police had acted “stupidly” in the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates by police Sargent James Crowley when Gates was entering his home after being away on a business trip. According to Wikipedia, Sgt. Crowley was responding to a call by a neighbor that someone was breaking into Gates’ house. Jumping to conclusions without knowing all the facts, Obama not only besmirched our nation’s police force, but began what was certainly a premeditated effort to divide this country along racial lines. Furthermore, Barak Obama has continued to divide this country along racial lines and I don’t expect him to stop anytime soon, even after he leaves office in January 2017.
  • The so-called stimulus package didn’t stimulate: Barak Obama was elected in the wake of the 2008 financial crash. Accordingly, in what was his first major act as president, he signed into an enormous spending package, adding onto our national debt. This package was supposed to jump-start the economy. Part of this stimulus package was supposed to contain “shovel-ready” projects, which Obama later admitted didn’t exist, but the billions of dollars spent disappeared without a trace. It seems like every summer we were promised a “recovery summer” where growth and employment was supposed to take off? Sadly, during the Obama presidency, the percentage of people working in the labor force actually declined. No one disputes that the economy was in crisis when Obama assumed the presidency. But he has presided over the slowest, weakest, economy recovery since the great depression.
  • Financial Reform didn’t reform: Obama assured us that we would never repeat the problems that led to the financial crisis and the recession in the first place. But the Dodd-Frank financial reforms didn’t reform anything. Instead, they created several thousand pages of new legislation and many, many more new executive branch regulations. These regulations have muddled the rules rather than clarify them. The old system in which a handful of giant financial institutions were considered too big to fail, and this could depend on the rest of us to bail them out, is alive and well.
  • The Obamacare disaster: The disastrous launch of Obamacare reminded us of everything that’s wrong with big government. No one in the administration, not even one Democrat was held accountable. I was a software engineer at the time the website was rolled out. It was unfathomable. Who was writing the code? I could have joined with five or six of my colleagues and had this out in six months and for a lot less money than was spent. The Obama administration further assured us that insurance coverage for 32 million uninsured would be provided. After four years, Obamacare had only covered between 10% and 20% of what was promised. Also, about half of those were covered through an expansion of Medicaid, a burden that would bankrupt the states, rather than through Obamacare’s Insurance Exchanges. We were lied to when we were told that if we liked our plan, we could keep our plan. We were also lied to when we were told that our premiums would substantially decrease. Many of us are paying huge premiums with enormous deductibles. If we were to need serious medical help, we could face financial ruin.
  • Obama failed to reform immigration: Per the Federalist, Obama spend all of his political capital on the failed stimulus and Obamacare, leaving nothing for immigration reform. Because he was unable to get anything through Congress, he floated a dubious plan to enact amnesty through a unilateral executive order that he doesn’t have. Instead, he failed to enforce the nation’s immigration laws, contributing to a crisis on the southern border. Thus, he has managed to enrage the right, the left, and the middle. He hasn’t cracked down on illegal immigration, he hasn’t legalized it, and he hasn’t forged any kind of compromise or consensus on the issue. Nothing has been accomplished.
  • He withdrew prematurely from Iraq: Obama was so eager to distance himself from George W. Bush that he pulled all of our troops out of Iraq as soon as possible. Furthermore, he totally ignored the country, even as a terrorist threat re-established itself there. For most of 2014, he downplayed the rise of the Islamic State, calling the JV. He later admitted to having no strategy for dealing with ISIS, but hastily put a plan together. Obviously, it didn’t work and ISIS is now in the United States and continues to flourish, and have been the root of several terrorist attacks taking place in the U.S., including those in San Bernardino and Orlando.
  • He blew the Arab Spring: When a series of uprisings overthrew dictators across the Middle East, Obama failed to adopt any meaningful policy or turn the situation to our advantage. He did nothing for so long with respect to Egypt that all of the factions there hate him, and most of Egypt’s liberals concluded that he was secretly backing the Muslim Brotherhood. As a result, Egypt went back to where it was, except this time, the military dictatorship regards the United States as a useless and irrelevant ally. Unfortunately, the two places where we could have taken advantage of the Arab Spring and rid these countries of evil dictators, Libya and Syria, ended in disaster. In Libya, the killing of our ambassador in Benghazi was just the beginning of a slow collapse into chaos and civil war. In Syria, three years of doing nothing allowed the rise of ISIS, which then spilled over into Iraq. And something many have forgotten about: In 2009, Iranians poured into the streets to oppose their own brutal theocratic, terror sponsoring regime, Obama sat back passively because he preferred to cut a diplomatic deal with the ayatollahs.
  • Obama ignored the threat of a resurgent Russian dictatorship: During a debate with Mitt Romney in 20012, Obama dismissed Romney’s suggestion that Russia might be a threat to American interests. As of September 2014, the president’s response to Russian aggression has been to impose a few more sanctions, make a speech in Estonia, and otherwise ignore the crisis and hope it goes away.
  • He didn’t shut down Guantanamo, keep the Russians from spying, or rein in the drones. Obama came into office having loudly condemned many of the Bush administration’s measures against terrorism. Then he continued them. It is the opinion of author, Robert Tracinski, that Obama has achieved a unique combination, managing to morally discredit America’s anti-terrorism policies without truly ending them.
  • He has made America irrelevant: Most of Obama’s failures have resulted not from taking a bold stand, but from taking no stand and just letting events drift. In many cases, he has given speeches or press conferences to announce his enlightened intentions, then did nothing to plan for how he was going to achieve his goals. In addition to his failures with the Arab Spring, the Ukraine, and Iraq, for most of his presidency, Obama has declared his intentions to “pivot to Asia,” extricating himself from the Middle East and focusing on bolstering our Pacific allies to peacefully manage the rise of China. He never did it and let the Asia pivot die of neglect.

When you combine the above with his frequent vacations, golf outings, and his fascination with the trappings of pop-culture celebrity, you get the impression that Obama has lost interest in being president or unable to handle the responsibility.

He was originally elected based on celebrity, on vague slogans of “hope and change,” on a sense of self-congratulatory smugness about how progressive and enlightened we would all be if we voted for him. He was re-elected on all of that, plus the smearing of his political opposition as racists and mean rich white guys.

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LIBERAL ADMISSION, THEY WON’T DEBATE

The following meme, from Liberal Identity, appeared on my Facebook newsfeed.

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The creator of this meme indicated what he or she stood for as a liberal and even admitted to being one of those liberal elites.

There is one point, point eight, in which I agree. Safety nets are needed because we are a civilized country with our roots based on Judeo-Christian principles. As individuals, Jesus has instructed to help those who are less fortunate than we are. However, we should never become a nation that allows people to die in the streets from hunger, exposure, and/or disease. While I have been involved in debates between conservatives and liberals regarding just what kind of safety nets we should provide and can afford, I know of no conservative who is against any type of safety nets provided by the government.

Okay, fine, this liberal is admitting his or her beliefs and they are diametrically opposite to mine and to most who call themselves conservatives. Everyone has the right to their opinions and I’m certainly not going to belittle someone for expressing their views in the manner that the “tolerant” left does.

Eyeball down to the bottom of the meme where this liberal has indicated that he or she does not wish to debate these points, and that he or she will never change their view on these issues. Never say never, your views can change. While I’ve always leaned conservative, there was a time when I considered myself a moderate Republican. Not anymore, though.

It’s highly unusual, and many conservatives will back me up, to bring a liberal into a debate on the issues. They can’t win and they know it. So, instead, they hurl accusations of racism, homophobia, xenophobia, misogyny, and other stuff at you. They accuse you of hating the poor if you question the efficiency of an entitlement program. If you disagree with Barak Obama’s policies, you’re called a racist, even though you didn’t belittle the president because of his skin color. If you believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman, you’re a homophobe. If you believe in school choice and question anything related to the public schools and public school teachers, you are against education and hate teachers.

I used to think it was something about me that made liberals want to hurl insults at me. I soon, though, realized that it wasn’t me. Everyone who attempts to have a debate with a liberal on the issues has insults hurled at them. Many conservatives give up, and that’s unfortunate.

The “tolerant” left needs to be reminded constantly that there are different viewpoints out there. They also need to be reminded that debate, including freedom of speech and freedom of expression are rights of citizenship bestowed upon us by our creator and solidified in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Plus, the worse the names they can call you, the more classless they appear.

I’ve expressed my angst regarding liberals’ refusal to debate the issues, and preferring to make themselves even more unattractive with their insults. I started using the phrase, “tolerant” left months ago, being sarcastic, of course. Since I started using it in my writings, I have heard Bill O’Reilly use it a time or two. I wonder which one of us coined it first.

We didn’t learn anything new about liberals today. Instead, we now have it from the “horse’s mouth.” Liberals are admitting that they refuse to respect differing points of view, much less debate their points of view. It’s their way or the highway. Furthermore, they have indicated they prefer to live in a totalitarian state.

According to dictionary.com, liberal means the following:

  • Favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
  • Noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
  • Of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism, especially the freedom of the individual and governmental guarantees of individual rights and liberties.
  • Favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
  • Favoring of permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief of expression.

Liberals, you certainly don’t favor any of the above concepts. In fact, under your own liberal admission, you are certainly not advocates of progressive political reform. Your philosophy dates back to when the planet consisted of kingdoms, ruled by kings, chosen by divine right.

Maybe you need to change what you call yourselves.

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THE FAKE NEWS PHENOMENON

Since the 2016 presidential election, the liberals, in their disbelief that Hillary Clinton did not win the presidential election, in their hatred toward anyone who does not see eye to them politically, and in their overall bigotry have come up with a new phrase to hurl at their opponents. It is Fake News.

It appears the left in its zealousness to delegitimize the election, is stating that fake stories such as the one which indicated that protesters were being driven to Austin, Texas in buses in order to protest at a Donald Trump rally.

According to Snopes, “Just as the term ‘urban legend’ (which has a specific folkloric meaning) was long ago co-opted to broadly refer to any narrative that is false of questionable, so the term, fake news, is now being used so broadly as to blur important distinctions.

Snopes goes on to indicate that there is much bad news in the online world, but not all of it is fake. There are also partisan political sites that take nuggets of real news and spin them into highly distorted, clickbait articles. There are sites that misleadingly repackage old news as if it were current information, and there are sites that aggregate articles from a variety of dubious and questionable sources. Snopes further indicates that these forms of news are all bad in one way or another, but broadly classifying all such information as fake news clouds an already confusing issue.

Snopes also feels that it is even worse that the term, fake news, is not being so broadly applied by referring to news outlets who may have a political slant.  Examples include the left’s ongoing demonization of Fox Cable News as nothing but lies and labeling Fox’s viewers as morons and idiots. Another example might be the right’s dismissal of MSNBC as leftwing propaganda.

These outlets may slant stories to appeal to their target audiences, they may cover issues comprehensively or evenly than more neutral news organizations would, they may select which subjects to cover more for their value in provoking shock and outrage, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that their output is fake. It may only contain certain inaccuracies.

Slanting the news is not a new phenomenon. Media outlets have been doing this for decades and those outlets shouldn’t be automatically labeled by the left or even the right as distributors of fake news.

As consumers of news from multiple sources, all of us should be skeptical of what we read and hear. If something sounds too sensational or “on the fringe,” we should do some fact checking from multiple fact checking sources. Of course, we’re all guilty of sometimes seeing something that we like or hope is true and immediately sharing it with our friends on social media. Whenever I do that, I always manage to get caught. I guess I’ll learn one of these days and maybe everyone else will learn also.

Liberals act the craziest when they are out of power, and now that the American people have spoken, they are “crazy on steroids,” whining and crying, seeking safe places, wearing their safety pins, attacking with more hate and vengeance than ever, those who don’t agree with them on issues and how we should govern ourselves.

On a couple of isolated occasions during Obama’s presidency, he attacked conservative media outlets, including Fox News. He even indicated that we needed to change how we reported the news. While statements such as this should send chills up the spine of any red-blooded American, liberals seemed to agree with him.

With their current obsession with fake news, one must wonder if they are beginning a movement to nationalize the media, thereby distributing only what the government wants to you read and hear. The left has always been out stripping Americans of freedoms provided to them by the U.S. Constitution. They’ve all but taken away our freedom of speech, could they really be starting a movement to eliminate our freedom of the press and freedom of expression?

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