Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What Happened To The America We Knew And Loved?

I'm having trouble recognizing my country lately. The liberal progressive movement, with Barack Obama at the helm, is doing exactly what Obama said he was going to do back in 2008 - fundamentally changing America. Sadly - this change being effected is not good change.

There are those who believe in him who think his change is good. But I think that's only because it hasn't negatively affected them yet. Most will begin to feel the effects before he is out of office. And even if you don't feel anything personally, how can you watch some of the things that are going on and not be affected. (For a detailed explanation of effect and affect, see previous post.)

First and foremost there is Obama's release of five of the Taliban's top commanders, compared by some US military experts as being equal to the Joint Chiefs, for one (alleged) deserter. This was a bad deal all the way around. I don't care if the guy we were getting back was Stanley McChrystal - there is no way we should have released those five men.

Yesterday we learned that US military, law enforcement and intelligence personnel had affected the capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the suspected mastermind of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans, including Ambassador Stevens, dead. The President held a press conference to tout his achievement (this time he did give some credit to the above agencies) and to praise the dedication of the three groups that worked together to get this guy.

"The fact that he is now in U.S. custody is a testament to the painstaking efforts of our military, law enforcement, and intelligence personnel," the President said. "Because of their courage and professionalism, this individual will now face the full weight of the American justice system."

Coming from a President who decides himself which laws he will enforce and which ones he won't - what, exactly, does that mean? He doesn't enforce our immigration laws. He doesn't hold the IRS accountable for their illegal actions, he doesn't enforce his own signature legislation in the Affordable Care Act, so now we're to believe terrorists, who have already been given Miranda rights, will face justice? Is an obese federal judge going to sit on him or something?

"It was the same painstaking efforts, courage and professionalism they gave in capturing the five Taliban commanders I released last week..."

OK - he didn't really say that second part. But he could have. Like others I find it amazing that this guy was captured just when the Obama administration needed something positive in the news having to do with foreign policy. It's almost as big a coincidence as the missing e-mails of Lois Lerner. But we all know how coincidences can happen.

Speaking of Lois Lerner - does anyone with a working brain believe the IRS' crashed computer story? Jay Carney does, apparently, but anyone else? I heard an IT person on the radio today (with experience in government computer systems) say that government computer systems have so many backups that Lois Lerner's e-mails had probably been copied and saved hundreds of times on hundred of different computer systems. The IRS knows this. In 1974, the left went crazy because there were 18 minutes of missing recordings on the Watergate tapes. Richard Nixon resigned in lieu of impeachment.

Obama's IRS has said they lost two entire years of e-mails, but only certain e-mails - the ones wanted by the Congressional Committee. Nope - no corruption there. Not even a smidgen.

I also heard today that a VA hospital in Fresno, California, blocked FOX News from airing on their internal television system shortly after they began reporting on the VA scandal. When confronted by a patient they said all news channels were blocked for moral purposes. But that patient said the only channel blocked at the time was FOX. Imagine that. 

Now let's go down the the Texas/Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security is allowing thousands of children (and some mothers) to enter the country illegally. Rather than sending them back immediately, DHS is putting them on buses and transporting them to cities all over the country, with a promise from them that they will go to an immigration hearing on a certain date. They drop them off in these cities with nothing. Children. 

Rather than close the border and prevent them from entering, they just gather them up and put them on buses. Many of these are minor children. It seems to be the Obama administration is guilty of child abuse. Neglect at the very least.

There are also rumors that Obama is allowing the immigration crisis at the border so that Islamic terrorists can sneak into the country and set up an inside attack, thus allowing him to declare martial law and remain in power. As much as I'd like to decry this theory - what I've seen of Obama lately won't allow me to do that.

Yesterday I turned on the radio in the car and the Michael Medved show was on. I never really listen to Medved but something he said (not sure now what it was) caught my ear so I decided to listen for a minute. A man called in and actually said "Obama is not to blame for any of the scandals. In fact, Obama is the one who exposed the problems at the VA and the IRS and he's taking action to correct them. He immediately fired General Shinseki."

This is the problem we face here, folks. There are people out there who really believe as this guy does - that Obama is responsible for nothing and is fixing all the problems in the nation and the world. I can't help but wonder what that caller does when he's not high on Koolaide...?

And finally, just for fun, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yesterday that he will not attend another Washington Redskins game until they change the team's name. Now, I know Harry Reid is important in the Senate and probably in the state that keeps electing him, but after refusing to change the name because of public pressure, does Reid really believe Daniel Snyder will change the team's name just because he (Reid) will not come to the games? Really?

America is changing. And it's not changing for the better. We have a President who was taught from early childhood that America is an evil country who takes advantage of other countries for her own personal gain. He ignores the good things America has done because he wants to bring her down to the level he believes is appropriate. He never should have been President - based more on his ideologies than his inexperience. Of course - his inexperience is destroying Iraq right now.

We need a leader. Obama is not it.

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