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2013-03-25 13:30:27
What's new now? - A bad,little boy - series
A-Do you remember the bad, little boy most all of us had in our “world” when we grew up? Almost every neighborhood and little town had one. Believe it or not, we even had one in my small home town of Sharon, KS. (pop. 280 when I was growing up in the 50s). We lived on the farm, but every once in awhile my brother and I got to come to town and play with the other kids. We had a very bad, little boy who lived in town. I won’t mention his name, but he was a terror. He went around pulling cats’ tails, dumping over trash barrels, unrolling rolls of toilet paper, writing on the store windows with a bar of soap, and lots of other things. Many of us were ornery, but he wasn’t just ornery…he was…well he was just a very bad, little boy. After hearing so much about all that he did from the townsfolk, Mom told me I couldn’t be around him any longer. I remember a few days before she issued me that edict, I had overheard him greeting an elderly lady as we were all coming out of Church. He said, “Good morning Mrs. _________. I hope you are having a lovely day.” I thought to myself, “Something is up. I have never heard him greet anyone like this.” A day or two later, he and several of us boys were sitting on the banks of a stream, under a bridge, south of town, doing what boys of that age do on a lazy summer afternoon. I said to him, “I heard you greet Mrs. ________ last Sunday as we were coming out of Church. You were sure nice to her.” He said, “I’m setting her up. The next time she isn’t looking, I’m going to kick that stupid cane she uses out from under her. She’ll never know what happened.” Not one of us expected to hear him say anything like that, but he did. One thing was certain, no one ever accused this bad, little boy of being lazy. He worked harder than anyone to tear things up and to spread everything he could in a negative fashion. As he got older, he got worse…much worse. From stealing, lying, smoking, drinking and vandalism…to using all kinds of vulgar and profane language, beating up younger kids, and being cruel to animals…he did just about everything bad one could think of. Many in town wondered what he would do next…and if he would ever change. Most of them thought, “As hard as he worked to tear things up, what if he put forth that much effort in a positive fashion, what could he accomplish?” What happened to him? I will tell you. We had a drug store in Sharon. Among other things, it had an old time soda fountain and a big counter case with almost every kind of candy in it. All the kids would assemble there at some time throughout each day. One summer afternoon, this bad, little boy was there and mouthed off to the owner of the drug store. He called him a bad name, in front of a whole bunch of people and kids (well, a whole bunch in Sharon was a dozen or so). I was there. The owner was as nice of a man as I had ever known. All the kids loved him and his family. But on this day, the owner had had enough of this bad, little boy…all that he had done…and his reputation. He called him out, loudly and sharply in front of everyone. The bad, little boy mouthed back and the owner came back all the stronger. This continued for two more rounds, with the last comment from the owner being louder and more assertive, “_____________, you need to know, all of us in this town will treat you the way you treat us. We will all give you the chance to prove you’re worthy of being treated kindly, but no one in this town is taking any more of what you’ve been doing.” Word spread of what happened throughout the town like a grass fire on a hot afternoon, with a 40 mile per hour Kansas wind behind it. A few days later, there was a similar occurrence down the street with the manager of a filling station. He called out this bad, little boy…again in front of a whole bunch of people. That did it. He was done. There was never a problem from him again. Being called out and humbled in front of his peers and the townsfolk worked wonders. This bad, little boy is who I think of when I think of President Obama. Everything he does propagates the negative. He distorts the truth. He divides. He deceives. He lies. He has even been caught telling a lie, then lied again saying he never told the first lie, when it was all recorded and shown to him. He espouses hate, racism and disrespect. He is abrasive and arrogant. He refuses to listen to opposing viewpoints. When he is challenged, he gets defensive. You can see his upper lip curl and the hate manifests itself in his eyes. A good example was when he was listening to Dr. Ben Carson speak at the National Prayer Breakfast. Have you ever seen more hate and anger in anyone than what he showed? Like a bad little boy, he throws a fit, yells and screams. He has infected most all of those around him. They do the same thing. Every once in awhile, you will see something happen that you think he might be changing for the better, like for the first time in months when he met with the Republican senators on the debt limit…on the same night that Rand Paul did his filibuster. Mainstream media’s headlines the next morning were, ”Obama reaches out again to the GOP.” What a joke! No matter what you see, just like the bad, little boy in my hometown, greeting Mrs. ____________ after Church, it all turns out to be a setup…politically. He cannot be trusted. I know this is a terrible thing to have to say about our President, but it will be among the truer statements you will hear over the coming months. No matter what he does…no matter how it looks…he is setting up the other side. The welfare of the United States is not a priority for him. Nor is its debt or deficit. You heard that again on March 13th, with George Stephanopoulos when he said, “…And, so, we don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt. In fact, for the next ten years, it’s gonna’ be in a sustainable place.” Can you believe this guy? What planet has he been living on? When the Feds stop printing money, interest rates will go to the moon. It will take all the revenue we receive to pay the interest on this “sustainable” debt, Mr. President. There will be nothing left. The welfare of the socialism he espouses and “fundamentally changing America” into an European-style, welfare state is everything to him…and he has little time left in which to accomplish it. My articles the last two months contained a statement by President Reagan, “When Americans are fully informed and have all of the facts before them, they will almost always make the right decision.” For purposes of this article, please allow me to try and inform as many of you, no matter your political persuasion, exactly what this “Sequester” really is. I continue to be blown away by so few people being able to articulate this fiasco. The “Sequester” is nothing more than the following example. Joe, who is making $65,000 a year, was told he was in line to get a 20% annual raise, which would take him to $78,000 per year. He thought, “Wow…this is great. I was paying all of my bills with what I was making, but now I will be doing a lot better.” But when Joe finally got the raise, it wasn’t the 20% increase of $13,000 per year he was told. Instead, it was only $10, 894, which came to 2.7% less of the total amount he would have been making if he had received the full 20% increase. So what does Joe do? Instead of being thankful for what he did get, he throws a fit. He yells…screams…and threatens. He calls the newspaper and cancels his subscription. He huddles his family together and tells them there will be no vacations…no more birthday parties…no more going out to eat every Sunday after Church…and that they’re going to have take the pets to the animal shelter and have them put down because they cost too much to feed. He tells the neighbors he is going to have to sell his house and move to someplace less expensive. He goes on and on. The neighbors aren’t stupid. They know what happened. They know he is now making more than he was, by a lot, and he is raising all this fuss over nothing. It is sickening to them to have to listen to him. For crying out loud, they think, he has more money than what he had last year, and he was paying all of his bills then with what he was making. What is all of this nonsense? Who is he trying to con? I have to tell you, I had never been as sad and embarrassed for our county as I was when I watched President Nixon resign on August 8th, 1974, and be flown off in a helicopter, after he lied and participated in the Watergate cover-up to the extent that he did. I so clearly remember that day, and saying to myself, “Our country will never be the same. How can any one man think he is so special, so important, so all-knowing, to do what he has done and bring down the office of the President of our great country like he has done?” Not since that time in 1974 have I experienced those same feelings…that is until I watched President Obama in the last 15 days of February before the Sequester, and since. If he didn’t look like, and act like, a pathetic, bad, little boy, trying to get his way, espousing hate, anger, venom, lies, distortions and deflections…I will eat your hat. It has been sickening. He is acting just like a little brat, along with all of his cabinet members. “If I can’t get what I want, I will throw a tantrum and cause more pain than you can imagine until you let me have my way.” Forget about the fact that he is supposed to be our leader, put on his “big boy britches,” and do what it takes to protect us and work in our best interest. It’s all a game to him. He purports to be all-knowing, and it is always his way or the highway, yet he has no experience in doing anything. All of his experiments that he throws on us have never worked in real life. The only thing he or we have to show from them are failure…in every case. They are just theories from people who wanted to “fundamentally change America” or the world. And what do we have after more than 4 years of his “all-knowing” presidency? We have the same unemployment percentage as we did when he took over, which is actually far less than what it actually is, because so many Americans have stopped looking for work, thus are not counted in this percentage. Yes Martha…we actually have more than 11% of all the people that could work, not working. In fact, we have less people working in this country today than we had working 31 years ago. We have 50 Million people on food stamps now and his government is working to bring more on as rapidly as they can. Half of all Americans pay no income taxes. Half of all households in America, receive some form of monthly check…and that is not counting anyone who receives Medicare or Social Security. We are nearly $17 Trillion in debt today, compared to the $10 Trillion we had when he took over. This debt as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product was 38% when he took over. Today it is nearly 100%. Consumer confidence was at 99.5…today it is at 69.6. The stock market is about at the same level today as it was when he took over, but only because his policies have the Fed pumping it up by printing $100 Billion per month. The attitude among investors is, “We know it’s going to end badly, but in the meantime we can make some money.” The translation of this is, “Just make sure to sell ahead of everyone else.” The world does not respect us and it does not believe us. Our allies cannot trust us. Whose fault is all of this? It is always the Republicans as a whole, the Republican majority in the House, or former President Bush. Think about it…when has President Obama ever blamed anyone other than one or more of these? He has never owned up to anything that has happened negatively as the result of his policies or his ideologies…just like a bad, little boy. He is first in line to take the credit…but he never takes the blame or says he is sorry…for anything. Now he has his act in high gear. Cancelling White House tours because of the Sequester…are you kidding me? Don’t cancel the funding of robotic squirrels, or the study on how cocaine affects Japanese quail, or the training of Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly. Pick things that are high profile. Inflict all the pain you can. Select things you know “your press” will pick up and run with. Can you believe the smallness and audacity of this President? Here is his strategy…cancel the tours so those grade school students who planned to visit during Spring Break will go home and tell their folks how much they dislike the Republicans because they made this happen, so their folks will vote the Republicans out in 2014. It’s akin to his same strategy on Benghazi. Proclaim Bin Laden is dead and Al Qaeda is on the run. Then, when our ambassador begs for help, stick your head in the sand, right next to your incompetent, “What difference does it make,” Secretary of State, who has the vision and insight of Mr. Magoo, because it would derail your narrative. Cover it up with all of the “d” words we have used heretofore, plus two more, “duck” and “dive.” Don’t mind the dead and their loved ones. Refer to the whole incident as a “bump in the road.” Then five months later go on You Tube and say, “This Benghazi thing will be over soon. They have just about run out of questions to ask.” Of all that went down and is still going down on Benghazi, it should have been his “Waterloo.” If it doesn’t prove to be, we are all in for a ride we will all wish soon we had never taken. President Obama has less than 18 months to get the country to hate the Republicans and the Republican controlled House so bad, that they will toss them out, and have the Democrats take over the House, along with keeping the Senate Democratic majority, in 2014, so he can get his final legislative agenda in and passed before he leaves office in 2016. He will do all he can to get immigration reform, cap and trade, gun control, green energy, and every other socialistic policy or program he has up his sleeve, enacted. Forget the country…forget the economy…forget our children and the generations to come. It’s all a game to him. What a pathetic person we have in the great office to lead us…at the very time we need a leader in the worst way! He has worked so hard to tear everything apart. Like the bad, little boy in my hometown, no one will ever accuse him of being lazy. He has been one of the hardest working Presidents in the history of our country. He runs from one end of the country to the other. He mixes in all kinds of social events. He stops and gives a stump speech here and stops and gives a stump speech there, all aimed at dividing the country, pitting one group against another, acting as though he is God’s gift to mankind, and with all of his abrasiveness and arrogance…nothing ever bothering him about the lies, deceits, deflections, distortions and hypocrisy that come from his mouth. Can you imagine what he could do if he tried to make everything work? What if, instead of going around the country blaming everyone else for what is happening, and ginning up one side to hate and disrespect the other, he used his gift of eloquence to soothe the fears of Americans by saying, “We are going to work this thing out. Stay with us. It has been broken far too long. America can be great again. It will take all of us to get this country back on the right track.” And what if instead of him tearing down the opposition, he spent his time telling Americans, “The overwhelming contributor to the fiscal problems we face as a nation is entitlements. They account for 60% of what we spend. We have made promises into the future totaling nearly $100 Trillion. There is no way these promises can be met. Unless we tackle them today, the way we have come together and tackled every problem we as Americans have faced for more than 235 years, they will only become unsolvable in the future. But if we work together, we can work things out. Stay with me and Congress. Help us. Support me and our leaders. We will whip this thing. It will take shared sacrifice…but we can do it. America has always, ‘done it,’ and we can do it again.” Look at what he could do for entitlement reform…for our deficit…for our debt…for unification of our country…for rebuilding and reinstating America throughout the world to what we were following WWII, and the aftermath of the Cold War. What other legacy could any legitimate president want, other than one or more or all of these? But these are not the legacies he wants…or even cares about. I didn’t write the two following articles, but they seemed so appropriate to include here…at this time. And just in case you thought I was overly direct in my writings, it will look like my articles have been a “bowl of cream puffs” compared to these. I put these here for exclamation points to my article…and are they ever! The first was written by Mychal Massie - former chairman of the National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives-Project 21 – a conservative black think tank located in Washington, D.C. He was recognized as the 2008 Conservative Man of the Year by the Conservative Party of Suffolk County, N.Y. He is a nationally recognized political activist, pundit and columnist. He has appeared on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, NBC, Comcast Cable and talk-radio programming nationwide. A former self-employed business owner of more than 30 years, Massie’s website is mychal-massie.com. The second was written by Matt Patterson, a columnist and commentator whose work has appeared in some of the nation’s top newspapers and political sites, including the Washington Post, New York Post, Washington Examiner, American Thinker, and FOXNews.com. His work has been cited on air by Sean Hannity, quoted in Forbes, POLITICO and The Week magazine, and featured on the Drudge Report, Real Clear Politics, and RushLimbaugh.com, among many others. “The truth is I do not like the Obamas, what they represent, their ideology, and I certainly do not like his policies and legislation. I’ve made no secret of my contempt for the Obamas. As I responded to the person who asked me the aforementioned question, I don’t like them because they are committed to the fundamental change of my/our country into what can only be regarded as a Communist state. “I don’t hate them per definition, but I condemn them because they are the worst kind of racialists, they are elitist Leninists with contempt for traditional America. They display disrespect for the sanctity of the office he holds, and for those who are willing to admit same, Michelle Obama’s raw contempt for white America is transpicuous. I don’t like them because they comport themselves as emperor and empress. “I expect, no I demand respect, for the Office of President and a love of our country and her citizenry from the leader entrusted with the governance of same. President and Mrs. Reagan displayed an unparalleled love for the country and her people. “The Reagans made Americans feel good about themselves and about what we could accomplish. Obama’s arrogance by appointing 32 leftist czars and constantly bypassing congress is impeachable. Eric Holder is probably the MOST incompetent and arrogant DOJ head to ever hold the job. Could you envision President Reagan instructing his Justice Department to act like jack-booted thugs? “Presidents are politicians and all politicians are known and pretty much expected to manipulate the truth, if not outright lie, but even using that low standard, the Obamas have taken lies, dishonesty, deceit, mendacity, subterfuge and obfuscation to new depths. They are verbally abusive to the citizenry, and they display an animus for civility. “I do not like them, because they both display bigotry overtly, as in the case of Harvard Professor Louis Gates, when he accused the Cambridge Police of acting stupidly, and her code speak pursuant to not being able to be proud of America. I view that statement and that mindset as an insult to those who died to provide a country where a Kenyan, his illegal alien relatives, and his alleged progeny, could come and not only live freely, but rise to the highest, most powerful, position in the world. “Michelle Obama is free to hate and disparage whites because Americans of every description paid with their blood to ensure her right to do same. I have a saying, that ‘the only reason a person hides things, is because they have something to hide.’ No president in history has spent millions of dollars to keep his records and his past sealed. “And what the two of them have shared has been proved to be lies. He lied about when and how they met, he lied about his mother’s death and problems with insurance, Michelle lied to a crowd pursuant to nearly $500,000 in bank stocks they inherited from his family. He has lied about his father’s military service, about the civil rights movement, ad nausea. He lied to the world about the Supreme Court in a State of the Union address. He berated and publicly insulted a sitting Congressman. He has surrounded himself with the most rabidly, radical, socialist academicians today. “He opposed rulings that protected women and children that even Planned Parenthood did not seek to support. He is openly hostile to business and aggressively hostile to Israel. His wife treats being the First Lady as her personal American Express Black Card (arguably the most prestigious credit card in the world). I condemn them because, as people are suffering, losing their homes, their jobs, their retirements, he and his family are arrogantly showing off their life of entitlement - as he goes about creating and fomenting class warfare. “I don’t like them, and I neither apologize nor retreat from my public condemnation of them and of his policies. We should condemn them for the disrespect they show our people, for his willful and unconstitutional actions pursuant to obeying the Constitutional parameters he is bound by, and his willful disregard for Congressional authority. “Dislike for them has nothing to do with the color of their skin; it has everything to do with their behavior, attitudes, and policies. And I have open scorn for their constantly playing the race card. “I could go on, but let me conclude with this. I condemn in the strongest possible terms the media for refusing to investigate them, as they did President Bush and President Clinton, and for refusing to label them for what they truly are. There is no scenario known to man, whereby a white president and his wife could ignore laws, flaunt their position, and lord over the people, as these two are permitted out of fear for their color. “As I wrote in a syndicated column titled, ‘Nero In The White House’ - Never in my life, inside or outside of politics, have I witnessed such dishonesty in a political leader. He is the most mendacious political figure I have ever witnessed. Even by the low standards of his presidential predecessors, his narcissistic, contumacious arrogance is unequalled. Using Obama as the bar, Nero would have to be elevated to sainthood. “Many in America wanted to be proud when the first person of color was elected president, but instead, they have been witness to a congenital liar, a woman who has been ashamed of America her entire life, failed policies, intimidation, and a commonality hitherto not witnessed in political leaders. He and his wife view their life at our expense as an entitlement - while America’s people go homeless, hungry and unemployed.” “Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job? “Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League, despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a ‘community organizer;’ a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote ‘present’); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions. He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s ‘spiritual mentor’; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: How on Earth was such a man elected president? “Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass - held to a lower standard - because of the color of his skin. “Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) ‘non-threatening,’ all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest? “Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon - affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves. Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don’t care if these minority students fail; liberals aren’t around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin - that’s affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn’t racism, then nothing is. “And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois ; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary. “What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama’s oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people – conservatives included - ought now to be deeply embarrassed. “The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of clichés, and that’s when he has his teleprompters in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth - it’s all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years. “And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. Remember, he wanted the job, campaigned for the task. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. “But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly? “In short: our president is a small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense.” Is our “goose” cooked? Is there still time to save what heretofore has been the greatest country the world has ever known? I am sure someone in Rome asked this same question in the early 5th century, before it fell in 476 AD. I will give you my answer. There is…if we will all wake up now. We must stop this bad, little boy and others like him from doing any more damage. We can do this by calling him and them out…immediately…and every time they do the things they are doing. We can never let something they do or say grow “roots.” Remember when Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina yelled out, “You lie,” during President Obama’s 2010 State of the Union speech? We didn’t have any idea then how much “right on” he was, to stop this bad, little boy from doing the things he was doing. We must always respect the office of the President, and the office of our elected officials, but that doesn’t mean the people holding these offices get a free pass for anything they want to do, or say, or for the political games they want to play. For the fourth time in three months, I will reprint Reagan’s quote, “When Americans are fully informed and have all of the facts before them, they will almost always make the right decision.” The press is supposed to do this. They are supposed to play a most valuable role in our society. It is up to them to present the facts fairly…for everyone. They are not doing this. They have not done this for a long time. They have abrogated their responsibilities in a major way. If they won’t do what has to be done…we must. There is no one left to do it…but us. Remember another quote from President Reagan, “To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right…is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last…but eat you he will.” I have been asked, “With all of this, what do you want to have happen?” Next month, God willing...I will tell you.
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