Have heard a little of this on the news… then saw this tidbit pop up on a facebook page.
For those that haven’t seen the news lately, that would be the same Islamic jihadists that have split the last two years between fighting their government and beheading Syrian Christians.
Yeah… I know… how could this plan possibly go wrong.
In 1976 the US celebrated its 200th year. We are rapidly approaching 250, and frankly bumping hard against the typical ceiling at which a civilization tends to last intact. But let us for the sake of argument assume the United States is around 100 years from now.
By that time we will long have since ceased to be impressed by things like the first black president, the first female president, the first president of Latino extraction, etc. By that time we will likely have had firsts for virtually every conceivable demographic and had a stack of each beyond that.
Presumably by then, a president’s race and/or gender will be pretty unspectacular stuff, an item on a trivia test… like “Who was the last left-handed president”.
So once we get past the unmerited glow he gains from being the “first black president” , how will he be judged based on his actual merits as the leader of a nation? As commander in chief. As arguably the man holding one of the most powerful offices in the world.
How will he be graded on his performance by a society that may or may not remember his skin color? What will future historians think of a president with his economic record, his promises to actions ratio, his real record of transparency against his claims or the claim of a media that is solely in his camp?
How will history judge a man elected primarily for his skin color and ability to read other’s words from a teleprompter. Will history be impressed to see he built the greatest spy apparatus in the world, then claimed “I learned it on the news, just like you” every time his subordinates got caught in a scandal?
Will they buy his story that the most powerful troublemaker in Washington was a guy that hadn’t made a political statement since leaving the presidency a half decade earlier?
What will they think of a “leader” who surrounded himself with subordinates who tried under oath to convince congress they actually had no clue what their own department was up to. What will they say about a guy who claimed to be constitutional scholar and then proceeded to shred the bill of rights once in office?
Will history notice that he used multiple executive departments as a political arm of his party with which he could punish political opposition?
What grade will history accord a president whose actions in office were often diametrically opposed to his campaign rhetoric, and more exaggerated than the same actions he accused his predecessor of performing?
Bottom line, will history praise him like the hosts of MSNBC, or will the final assessment look more like one on Fox?
They’ll say his greatest contribution was proving George Orwell and PT Barnum were geniuses.
The US royal family is headed for Africa at a cost estimated between $60-100 million dollars. Then they swing over to Europe. By my count, the 6th vacation in 6 months for Michelle and the kids. The 7th if you break it into the Africa vaca and the Euro tour.
- The government is rationing gas for the border patrol due to sequestration.
- The ended college tuition assistance they promised veterans due to sequestration.
- They cut air traffic controllers due to sequestration.
- They ended White House tours due to sequestration.
- The Blue Angels are grounded due to sequestration.
Hello? Common sense suggests we remove the government tit the wannabe royal family seems to think is their birthright. I realize they didn’t teach a helluvalotta US history at the madrassa, but someone should tell him the last time we were ruled by a king it didnt end well.
This “Let them eat cake” mentality is for the birds.
My apologies in advance to Jeff Foxworthy, but here goes:
-1- If you long for reinstatement of the Speaker of the House who passed the largest tax hike in the history of the country by saying “we have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it”… you might just be an idiot.
-2- If you believe tighter gun laws will disarm more gang members than law abiding citizens… you might just be an idiot.
-3- If you think the war on terror ended just because someone redefined terrorist attacks as workplace violence or senseless murder… you might just be an idiot.
-4- If you see teachers abusing children for having pistol shaped pieces of paper and assault Pop Tarts, and think this is being done to stop school shootings… you might just be a child abusing idiot.
-5- If you believe the guy that controls the most intrusive domestic spy apparatus this side of the Kremlin doesn’t have a clue what his subordinates are up to until he sees the evening news… you might just be an idiot.
-6- If you think Sarah Palin is a drooling moron based on things an actress said while playing Sarah Palin… but consider Joe Biden “endearing” for dozens of public misstatements and gaffes… you might just be an idiot.
-7- If the president can cut air traffic controllers due to sequester, then throw a multi-million dollar party for his donors, and it never occurs to you you’re footing the bill… you might be an idiot.
-8- If you think it’s a coincidence Barack Obama got criticized for a bogus statistic about the US guns used in Mexican crimes, and shortly afterward executive departments got caught peddling guns to Mexican criminals… you might just be an idiot.
-9- If you can look at reams of publicity photos, released by the White House, of Obama in the situation room during the bin Laden raid, and not be mildly curious where he was during the 7 -8 hours of the Benghazi fiasco… you might just be an idiot.
-10- If you just can’t wait for your healthcare decisions to be in the hands of those nice people at the IRS… you might just be an idiot.
-11- If you think the IRS using their power to harass opponents of the president could be an act committed for anything BUT political reasons… you might just be an idiot.
-12- If you think asking a voter to show a photo ID is a violation of his civil rights, but a guy selling a .22 pistol to his best friend should require an FBI background check beforehand… you might just be an idiot.
-13- If you think many key districts at or above 100% voter turnout does NOT reflect illegal behavior on behalf of the guy ALL those districts voted for in lockstep… you might be a really gullible idiot.
-14- If you can listen to a speaker who left his air conditioned mansion to board a private jet to criticize others for their carbon footprint, and you don’t laugh… you might be an enviro-idiot.
-15- If you see the Attorney General state under oath that he’s never heard of a certain action much less done it, then find he not only discussed it but signed a doc authorizing it, and you think that’s no big deal… you’re definitely an idiot.
-16- If you think the best thing to do with an IRS person who has abused the powers of their office for political purposes is to put them in charge of overseeing who gets healthcare… you might just be a HUGE idiot.
-17- If you are promised transparency and the rule of law… and you don’t see the irony when the chief law enforcement officer calls an off-the-record meeting to discuss his abuse of the law… you might just be an idiot.
-18- If you think the 2nd amendment only applies to muskets, but that interpretation has no bearing on the 1st amendment protecting free speech on the net… you might be an idiot who loses first amendment rights.
-19- If nothing on the list above reminds you of the book “1984″ by George Orwell… you’re probably an illiterate idiot.
Last but by no means least…
-20- If every time you see these things reported you complain because you’re more interested in Snookie or Dancing with the Stars… you ARE an idiot.
NOTE: On 1-19 you may substitute ”Democrat” for “idiot” and you’ll usually be right
It’s a Venn diagram thing…
Not all idiots are Democrats, but most Democrats are idiots. Hey, don’t get your britches in a wad about it, and don’t take my word for it. Give yourself the test above and see for yourself.
That said… #20 could be people of any party
If you’re apathetic about what’s going on, then regardless of your party affiliation or lack thereof… you are the biggest idiot of all. Those who refuse to row the boat forfeit the right to bitch when it hits the rocks.
WANTED: Touchstones – Last seen… (who knows?)
As Eric Holder tries to host an off-the-record meeting with reporters to discuss his law-breaking… it is interesting to recall the words of the president on his arrival in office….
January 21, 2009 ~ Barack H Obama
To be sure, issues like personal privacy and national security must be treated with the care they demand. But the mere fact that you have the legal power to keep something secret does not mean you should always use it. The Freedom of Information Act is perhaps the most powerful instrument we have for making our government honest and transparent, and of holding it accountable. And I expect members of my administration not simply to live up to the letter but also the spirit of this law.
I will also hold myself as President to a new standard of openness. Going forward, anytime the American people want to know something that I or a former President wants to withhold, we will have to consult with the Attorney General and the White House Counsel, whose business it is to ensure compliance with the rule of law. Information will not be withheld just because I say so. It will be withheld because a separate authority believes my request is well grounded in the Constitution.
Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.
Yeah. Sure, Junior. Let us know an address and we’ll ship you a working sense of irony.