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The inclusion of “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace as one of the moderators for this fall’s presidential debates sparked a firestorm when he told colleague and media reporter Howard Kurtz that it wasn’t his job as a moderator to fact-check the candidates during the actual debate. I do not believe that it is my […]

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Obama has Destroyed American Credibility: Can We Recover?

 

In just eight years, our nation’s credibility has been damaged beyond my wildest imagination. President Obama made our punishment his mission, and he has been successful. Now that the damage has been done, what will the next president do? In Saturday’s Wall Street Journal  (still behind a firewall at this writing), Dick and Liz Cheney describe the havoc that Obama has wreaked in our global relationships. Below — and in no particular order — I’ve some speculations regarding what the next president, no matter who is in office, can take to rectify the situation:

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The political news coverage and conservative pundits have been focused on the political horse race and personalities and not so much on issues.  One wonders where to turn this year so that we do not, as stated in the 2008 Democratic Party platform, “mortgage our children’s future on a mountain of debt.” Scary charts depicting […]

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The Guardian is setting the table for Obama’s post-presidential legacy, and it promises to be the same as the gush-fest that the left has laid on him throughout his presidency: A brilliant visionary president opposed at every turn by racist Republicans who couldn’t stand the thought of a black family in the White house.   […]

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Kick Me, Kill Me

 

kickmeIt seems that the Republican establishment will never learn the lesson of the schoolyard: Act like prey, get treated like prey; Allow a bully to slap a “kick me!” sign on your back, expect his flunkies to line up behind him at the invitation. The Democrats, however, do understand this lesson: both to appease fellow-traveling tyrants and to further their own agenda, they have slapped a “kick me!” sign on America so often that doing so is practically in their party platform. And while the Democrats appease their fellow America haters, the Republicans, while paying lip-service to the dangers of appeasement, insist on “reaching across the aisle” to those same Democrats and slapping a “kick me!” sign on their own backs. The Republicans then they wonder why their base — ungrateful for all their “great work”… work that happens to come with a constant and mocking kick from behind — has abandoned them. Their base understands that a bully emboldened and unchecked seldom stops at just the occasional sadistic kick.

This era of Republican appeasement of Democrats began as soon as Ronald Reagan left office and George H. W. Bush assumed it. It was then that President Bush introduced his policy of a “kinder, gentler conservatism.” And it is this policy, in one form or another, which has informed and advised the Republican establishment ever since: a refusal to even deign to put on a pair of gloves and enter the ring. And with each Republican sniff and refusal to fight, the Democrats have become emboldened. They have not only dropped their gloves, they have left the ring and now hang out in a back alley, brass knuckles and baseball bats at the ready.

The progression of Democrat hostility is not difficult to discern, if one is unafraid to look: from the slanders of the Justice Thomas confirmation hearings, to Hillary Clinton’s claims of a “vast right wing conspiracy,” to assassination fantasy plays and “Snipers Wanted” graphics targeting President George W. Bush, to the mass media mocking of Sarah Palin, to the harassment of her family and late night comedy “rape jokes” about her daughter, to the Tea Party being broad-brushed in government reports as a potential terrorist movement, to the media blaming the Tea Party for every atrocity before any evidence could possibly be gathered, to Republican citizens being physically assaulted in town hall meetings, to President Obama’s street rhetoric of “get in their face” and “punish our enemies,” to the IRS targeting conservative groups, to Candy Crowley throwing the 2012 CNN Presidential debate, to the Democrat party cozying up to a group which condones the assassination of police officers, to a talk show host being vilified as a crypto-nazi, to an old man who wore a Trump shirt being assaulted with a crowbar… to this week when pop culture icon Will Smith remarked about supporters of the Republican presidential candidate, “We get to know who people are and now we get to cleanse it out of our country.

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This upcoming Thursday is the purported fifty-fifth birthday of President Obama, his eighth and presumably last in office. I use words like “purported” and “presumably” not because I subscribe to any particular conspiracy theory, but because I have learned that absolutely nothing about the Obamas, the Clintons, and indeed mostly any movement Democrat, is to […]

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DNC Day Three Wrap Up

 

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Last night was the third night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. We could tell you about the minor figures who strode the dais: Sigourney Weaver, Chris Murphy, Leon Panetta, Joe Biden, Governor Moonbeam, the latter proudly declared “Hillary Clinton does stuff!” (And yes, we just called Joe Biden a minor figure. Sorry, Joe. The truth hurts.) But there were three important speeches Wednesday night: Michael Bloomberg, Tim Kaine, and President Obama.

Bloomberg, who flirted with a run earlier this year before deciding against it, came out to say specifically that he’s not a Democrat, he disagrees with Democrats (his comments about how they stand in the way of educational reform got boos), and that he disagrees with Hillary Clinton, but that people should vote for her because Donald Trump would be worse.

Obama’s Partisan Memorial Speech in Dallas

 

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Obama DallasYesterday, a memorial was held in Dallas for Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa, the five police officers killed in last week’s shooting. President Obama spoke, as did former President George W. Bush.

Orgy of Guilt

 
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Mohamed Bailor Jalloh (Photo credit: Facebook)

The Islamic State, you have to acknowledge, is on quite a roll. Over the July 4th weekend, the FBI arrested a northern Virginia neighbor of mine, Mohamed Bailor Jalloh. He was apparently plotting a Fort Hood style attack and told an FBI informant: “I just want to live a good Muslim life and die as a Shaheed [martyr].”

Dear Barack: Why Ahmed, But Not Hallel

 

On September 14, 2015, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, was arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving, TX, for bringing an alleged fake bomb to school. He claimed that it was a pencil box filled with reassembled clock parts. His teacher thought it resembled a bomb and called the authorities. This led to his eventual suspension from his high school.

Enter the national mainstream media. The story quickly went viral, and led to another soul-searching discussion of how Islamophobic America is (“See Something, Say Something” be damned). #IStandWithAhmed became a worldwide trending hashtag, and tech companies flooded Ahmed with offers of jobs, internships, tours, and other gifts.

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I assume you are as frustrated as I am at the ineptness of the Left regarding the U.S. response to jihadist acts, most recently the Orlando massacre. I have a theory about what Obama’s real agenda is. I believe he thinks that we on the Right are trying to use jihadism as an excuse to […]

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This week, President Obama gave a speech where he refused to use the phrase “radical Islam” when referring to the terrorist attack in Orlando, and others like it. Obama claims that using the term will not by itself defeat the Jihad. “Not once,” the president said, “has an advisor of mine said, ‘Man, if we […]

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Assessing Results

 

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President Barack Obama during his 2009 speech at Cairo University, which he said that “the cycle of suspicion and discord [between Americans and Muslims] must end.”

President Obama’s administration has a policy of not associating terrorist attacks with Islam in any way, to the extent that they refrain from using the phrase “radical Islam.” I get the idea. If we explicitly connect Islam with these attacks, then the rest of the Muslim world will conclude that we want to make war on Islam. We need their cooperation to get information on these radicals, so we don’t want to antagonize them. That presumes that if we show restraint, we’ll get help.

The obvious question is “Are we getting help?” The policy sounds sensible, but does it actually work? If our security strategy is based on the hope that fellow Muslims will inform on the radicals, I can’t help but wonder about what we’ve learned about this and recent attacks. After all:

Obama: Whose Side Is He On?

 

10776157_GWhole doctoral dissertations could be devoted to the question of what makes President Obama angry and what does not. His Tuesday broadside against Donald Trump stood in marked contrast to Sunday’s somewhat cold response to the Orlando massacre. This is a pattern.

Mr. Obama did not name Trump, referring to him only as a “politician who tweets and appears on cable news shows.” I’m not inclined to defend Trump, and will not do so now – his notion that we bar all Muslims from traveling to the United States is laden with unintended consequences. But President Obama’s studied refusal to acknowledge the reality of Islamic-inspired violence has helped to create the Trump phenomenon. In fact, it may well be the greatest contribution to Trump’s success. Some say that presidential elections are often referenda on the last guy: Carter was the anti-Nixon, Reagan was the anti-Carter, Clinton was the anti-Bush, and Obama was the anti-Bush. Thus, Trump is the anti-Obama.

Mr. Obama fumed at those who criticize his administration for refusing to use the words “radical Islam.” He mocked the idea that language matters: “Not once has an adviser of mine said, ‘Man, if we use that phrase, we are going to turn this whole thing around,’ not once.” He never tires of slaying straw men. It’s not a matter of intoning magic words. The critique of Obama is that he has so often projected the image of Islam’s defense counsel instead of America’s commander-in-chief.

Shunning: A Survival Strategy

 

stoveOver the years, I have assembled a short list of political aphorisms and I have been ruthless in my consideration of what merits inclusion. So ruthless that, in twenty-odd years, my list stood at a mere two entries. After years of advocacy, however, I realized that a specific point merits inclusion. My list now stands:

  1. Marxists lie.
  2. Never create a martyr.
  3. Some people need to touch the stove.

In reference to this new, third aphorism, there is a saying: “A smart man learns from his mistakes, but a wise man learns from other people’s mistakes.” The unspoken corollary is that a fool never learns. Which brings me to supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders.

As I see it, there are six types of Democrats:

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The Democrats seem to have realized that the violence they have been inciting may not be to their political advantage. “We saw in San Jose these protesters starting to pelt stuff and Trump supporters,” Mr. Obama said at a fundraiser near Biscayne Bay, Florida. “That’s not what our democracy is about. That’s not what you […]

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Fascism from Me, but Not from Thee!

 

Last week, RealClearPolitics posted an editorial written by a renowned authority ensconced at a prominent Washington think tank. Without question, this organization should be proud to host a thinker whose credentials burst from his resume like tiny explosions of profundity, blinding innocent readers with his brilliance, and numbing them into unquestioned acceptance of whatever words spill from his mouth. Indeed, the breadth, insight, passion, and, above all, balance of this little gem merit citing a few dollops of its wisdom to whet our appetites for more. Consider these measured phrases:

His incoherent and contradictory utterances have one thing in common: They provoke and play on feelings of resentment and disdain, intermingled with bits of fear, hatred and anger…

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The NY Times publishes a letter suggesting that Barack Obama should run for Mayor of Chicago.  The Obamas could help transform Chicago from a divided to a unified city, a model for other American and global cities and unified in a way that the Obama administration had hoped to achieve for the nation. It would […]

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