Monday, March 30, 2015

Progressive Ideology Is So Pernicious It Even Embraces Failure

That Hillary supporters are perfectly willing to overlook her lies, and crimes speaks volumes about Hillary supporters...Fred Zeppelin Tweet

I've often written about Hillary Clinton---outlining and summarizing her countless failures as well as her lack of any meaningful accomplishments. I've done the same with the many failures of the Obama administration. Yet, I still find it disturbing how many Americans are NOT dissatisfied, distrustful, wary and even suspicious of these failed leaders (referring to leaders in their political party--for "leadership" is apparent by its absence).

I know I'm not alone in this observation but their warped and toxic ideology continues to have millions of adherents. And while belonging to a particular political party is a basic right for all Americans; in my opinion, a line is crossed when an ideology relies solely on lies, deceit, and intolerance. Progressive ideology meets that criteria and more.

For example, George Will made an interesting observation recently when he said: "The party, adrift in identity politics, clings, as shipwrecked sailors do to floating debris, to this odd feminist heroine.." He was obviously referring to Hillary Clinton. He went on to list her many failures including her own health-care deliberations during Bill Clinton's first term in office. If you recall, those meetings were held in complete secrecy. As we learned last week, Politico and other news organizations reported she wiped her hard drive clean deleting thousands of emails from her tenure as Secretary of State. But, as Will and others have pointed out, many in the Democrat Party still support her.

But even more disturbing are the millions of Americans who still support this administration even as its foreign policy is in complete disarray. For example, if your trying to make sense of its Middle East and anti-terror policies, get the duct tape ready because your head will explode. 

Not only is there a holocaust occurring against millions of Christians throughout the world (while most of Western society remains as bystanders), but we are allied with Iran against Sunni thugs in Iraq and Syria. And this upside-down foreign policy becomes even more bizarre when you know that we've aligned with other Middle Eastern nations against pro-Iranian forces in Yemen. That duct tape comes in handy now doesn't it?

This foreign policy insanity even left Chris Wallace of Fox News asking: "Please explain to me---whose side are we on?" Today, many Americans are asking themselves the same question. And this perplexing foreign policy had the editors of the NY Post writing: "Always a tinderbox, the Middle East is rapidly descending into uncontrollable chaos---with Washington increasingly alienating its time-tested allies, Israel and Egypt, and sending all sides scrambling."

If the intent of the Obama administration is to support more chaos in that region, it's succeeding. Unfortunately, too many innocents are paying an ultimate price with their lives. Sen. McCain even said an Arab leader told him recently: "We believe it is more dangerous to be a friend of America's than an enemy."

So can you blame me and millions of  Americans who keep scratching our heads and wondering how failure after failure continues to be embraced by millions of other Americans? Go figure.

PS> And don't even get me started on the public school system.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Harry Reid, A Nutty Little Man + Slimy Miserable Prick, Is Finally Retiring

In a town full of shitty people, Harry Reid was the shittiest...Tweet by David Burge known as Iowa Hawk

So Harry Reid, the most miserable prick in Congress and a nutty little man, is finally retiring. Good riddance.

Before he leaves the Senate chambers, this would be a good time to review his pathetic legacy.

  • In 2007, he declared the war in Iraq was lost. To his embarrassment, the surge proved him wrong again. By the way, John F. Kerry, a close associate of Reid and a back-stabbing, pompous ass himself, accused American soldiers in Iraq of "going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children..." This should surprise no one considering Kerry also maligned an entire generation of Vietnam veterans. 
  • This is the same Harry Reid who was caught funneling campaign money to his relatives. According to Politico, Harry channeled $31K to his granddaughter's jewelry company. Politico, in that same report, said Reid has a long history of nepotism.
  • In 2007, Harry Reid penned a letter to the CEO of Clear Channel Communications asking the CEO to repudiate comments made by Rush Limbaugh regarding the "phony soldier" controversy. He also read the letter in Senate chambers. That letter was counter-signed by 41 other democrats including Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Richard Durbin and Joe Biden. In addition, he implied Rush should be taken off the air---a clear violation of free speech.  Limbaugh had accused Reid and other progressive Democrat knuckleheads of siding with a guy who accused our military of war crimes he witnessed as a soldier in Iraq. Limbaugh was right. Not only was the guy a phony soldier, he washed out of basic training and never served a day in Iraq. The phony soldier was eventually sentenced to prison.
  • But Reid's slimness didn't end there. After the reports of the guy being a phony soldier were made public, nutty little Harry goes back on the Senate floor and says this: "I strongly believe when we can put our differences aside, even Harry Reid and Rush Limbaugh, we should do that and try to accomplish good things for the American people."
  • During the last presidential campaign, Reid accused Romney of not paying his taxes for 10 years. He said he heard it from an anonymous source. Politifact later reported that Romney had paid his taxes. In addition, Politico reported Romney gave over 30% of his income to charity in 2011. In comparison, Joe Biden gave a whopping 1.5% of his income in the same reporting year.
  • And, of course, there are these gems. When speaking about visitors, he said: "You can literally smell tourists coming in the Capitol." According to this prick, Americans stink. And in 2008, he famously described Obama as "a light-skinned Afro-American with no negro dialect."
  • One final gem from this little man. In 2014, Reid told reporters: "The border is secure."
I'll close with the great Charlie Daniels when he said of Reid: "Harry Reid, you should be put in jail for impersonating an American."

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Bergdahl Case Shows Clearly Why The Obama Administration Cannot Be Trusted In Foreign Policy

Always remember: Obama went golfing within a few minutes of Foley's beheading yet gave Bergdahl's parents a Rose Garden Tweet this morning

  • Almost a year ago, I wrote several pieces about the Bergdahl swap for 5 Taliban prisoners {"The Release Of The Taliban 5: An Act Of Betrayal?"}. At the time I wrote the piece, we still didn't have as much information about the prisoner exchange as we do today. My focus was primarily on the prisoners that were released. Even the Washington Post referred to them as "battle hardened." We now know most senior level Taliban. In addition, two are wanted by the UN for possible war crimes. 
  • If you recall,  Susan Rice---infamous for her Benghazi talking points---was sent out to defend the administration's actions. In fact, she even said Bergdahl served with "honor and distinction." That was certainly a curious and disturbing comment to make with the information we had then. In addition, some of his fellow soldiers were certain he deserted. {They were interviewed on Megyn Kelly's show).
  • And to add insult to injury, Obama decided to have a Rose Garden ceremony with Bergdahl's parents. At the time, the  UK Telegraph reported that senior government officials were "baffled" at that Rose Garden photo-op. I had also written the photo-op was inappropriate considering the president had not had any photo-ops with the families of those Americans killed in Benghazi or the parents of the soldiers who were killed trying to find Bergdahl.
  • All of this and more should lead any casual observer to question the foreign policy decisions of this administration. This week alone, Yemen is imploding. This after the Obama hailed it as an example of how well his administration's counter-terrorism actions have been. Perhaps Jonah Goldberg of the National Review wrote it best: "Obama is at his best when ignoring his own comments. His 'red lines' are drawn in disappearing ink as far as he's concerned. Twenty-two times Obama said he didn't have the authority to unilaterally legalize immigrants. He did it anyway. You can keep your doctor and your insurance he said---before he stopped saying it."
  • And now we're suppose to have any trust in the administration's negotiations with Iran? Just last week Iran's Supreme Leader proclaimed "death to America" as John F. Kerry said there was "genuine progress" in negotiations with Iran.
  • The Bergdahl case clearly illustrates the administration cannot be trusted in negotiating with Iran. In fact, they can't be trusted in negotiating with anyone considering their disastrous track record in foreign policy from the Syria debacle to the myth of the Arab Spring. Nowhere has this been more evident that in the administration's hostility toward Israel---a disdain that puts our strategic alliances in jeopardy and more allies and Americans at risk.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bigoted + Intolerant Cruise Missiles Fired At Ted Cruz--Imagine That

Regarding Ted Cruz's 30 minute heartfelt speech without a teleprompter, Obama will mock it the very minute his teleprompter is ready...WH Press Secretary

While I do lean more toward Scott Walker, I don't have a horse in this race just yet. It's much too early. On the other hand, I'm finding the attacks by the progressive political class (Democrats and Republican elites) against Cruz both interesting and disturbing. 

In his speech last week, Cruz spoke well as he usually does. So let's take a few moments to examine some of the statements he made that have been described by many in the progressive political class (including its enablers in the media) as "dangerous" "scary" "Ignorant" "combative" "bit of a jerk" "Uppity" "Looks a little like Joe McCarthy" "Un-conservative" "How do you solve a problem like Ted Cruz" and similar descriptions. Those old enough to recall will remember similar comments were made against Ronald Reagan.

  • "Today I want to talk to you about the promise of America."
  • "...the American exceptionalism that made this nation a clarion voice for freedom in the world, a shining city on the hill." (Borrowing from Reagan) "That's the promise of America."
  • "I want each of you to imagine, imagine millions of courageous conservatives, rising up together to say in unison 'we demand our liberty.'"
  • "Imagine instead of economic stagnation, booming economic growth."
  • "Imagine America finally becoming energy self-sufficient and millions of high paying jobs are created."
  • "Imagine abolishing the IRS."
  • "Imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures the borders."
  • "Imagine a federal government that protects the right to keep and bear arms of all law-abiding Americans."
  • "Imagine a federal government that protected the privacy rights of every American."
  • "Imagine a president that stands unapologetically with the nation of Israel."
  • "Imagine a president who says he will stand up and defeat radical Islamic terrorism and will call it by its name."
  • "It is a time for truth. It is a time for liberty. It is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States."

Imagine, if you can, that we have millions of Americans who disagree with the statements above. Then it's not too difficult to imagine why Obama was elected twice.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Netanyahu Beats The Progressive Onslaught Handily

Obama's congrats to Netanyahu was accidentally emailed to the Clinton server where it was instinctively erased by Hillary. WH Press Secretary Tweet (satire)

Netanyahu as a young military officer

  • If one watched the progressive media this week as I did, one would have observed how absolutely giddy and punch drunk they were with euphoria. This was especially evident at CNN, NPR and the lunatics at MSNBC. 
  • Early polls were showing that Netanyahu would probably lose the election. And, by the way, I'm not only referring to the American media. The media in Israel is largely progressive as well (bear in mind, for many Israeli and American Jews, their ideology trumps their concern for Israel. If you don't believe me just read the editorials. The NY Times is one classic example of this warped dogma). This same ideology was being expressed by much of the world-wide press too.
  • But the onslaught by progressives didn't only end with their press. In early February I wrote a piece entitled, "Obama Administration's Conspicuous Hostility Toward Israel." In that piece, I summarized the disdain the Obama administration has toward Israel and Netanyahu. How deep is this antipathy? This deep: The Obama administration actually had an Obama operative in Israel (the operative, a former Obama campaign strategist) working diligently to overthrow Netanyahu. Their group went by the moniker of V15.
  • Netanyahu was still able to beat back this progressive blitz. And the reason was clear. Most voters understood that he has been right about Iran and its threat to Israel's national security as well as ours if they do build ICBM's. In addition, his victory also proved the Obama administration's approach is wrong---dead wrong. As Adam Brodsky made very clear in his piece today in the NY Post: "Let's cut to the chase. It's not a 'deal' that counts. It's stopping Iran from getting the bomb...It is only because Iran has cheated in the past that we're in this situation in the first place." If you recall, it was Netanyahu's speech to Congress when he declared, "That's why this deal is so bad. It doesn't block Iran's path to the bomb, it paves Iran's path to the bomb." And these are facts that Netanyahu and those who voted for him understand. On the other hand, it appears the Obama administration and progressives do not.
  • It was Netanyahu, not the President of the U.S., who chose courage and fearlessness over appeasement. Netanyahu fully understands these existential threats. After all, Israel is the only nation on earth that has been threatened with total annihilation by its neighbors since its birth as a nation in 1948.
  • With his election win, Netanyahu strengthened his stature as one of the leaders of the Free World. It's time Mr. Obama and his minions came to the realization that the U.S. remains the world's foremost superpower. It would also be refreshing to have the President of the U.S. and Commander-in-Chief behave as fearless and courageous as the current Prime Minister of Israel.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

From Sports To Public Education To The Media To Politics: The Progressives Reinforce Misfits + Lawlessness

Joe Biden is the perfect choice to negotiate with ISIS. Mainly because the enemy knows they'd be no point in beheading him...WH Press Secretary

  • As I was pondering about what to write today, it was reported the Philadelphia Eagles gave Tim Tebow a look this week. While that's not the big news in the sports world, it appears Tebow's faith still riles many on the left. The hypocrisy is stunning considering this is the same league that's tolerated all types of bad behavior from ball players kicking the crap out of their girlfriends to a player who tortured and killed dogs. 
  • In education, we witness the elites always demanding more school funding into schools that keep failing. For example, Families For Excellent Schools reported that 90% of students in 500 public schools in NYS  fail in math and reading.  On the other hand, the state's inner-city Catholic schools have 95% of their students go on to college (67% of Catholic school students are classified as coming from poor households, many are not even Catholic). But the insanity doesn't stop there. 
  • Throughout the nation's public schools, new progressive practices have taken hold in the form of what is called "restorative justice." In short, instead of traditional school discipline practices (e.g. expulsion for serious offenses), the trend now is to respond "positively" to misbehavior and conflict.  There's only one problem. Students don't receive consequences for their misbehavior under restorative justice. For example, last month, the teacher's union in Chicago complained the new practices leave teachers with few avenues to control disorderly and rowdy students. In the Syracuse school system, teachers have been complaining student behavior has deteriorated under the new policies. In fact, in many school districts where restorative practices have been implemented, teachers and unions have complained of a significant rise in student defiance toward teachers. Paul Sperry of the Hoover Institute recently referenced a teacher from Oakland, CA schools who said: "RJ (restorative justice) can encourage misbehavior by lavishing attention on students for committing infractions." In other words, anyone that knows anything about reinforcement knows well that negative behaviors can always be reinforced. That's what restorative justice invites. NYC says "suspending students is racist, so it will keep disruptive, even violent kids in class---and ruin learning for everyone," noted Sperry.
  • And the progressive onslaught in the public system is only specific to students. Many poor performing teachers and administrators remain on the job or are also reinforced. For example, a principal in NYC was charged with fraud and misconduct LAST YEAR yet remains on the public school payroll. Another principal is keeping her job despite four years of failure. These are but two examples. NY Post
  • The rot is not only pervasive in sports and in our school systems, it's infected many other parts of our culture and institutions. If you recall, it was largely the progressive politicians and media who showed support for the Occupy Wall Street misfits even after there were reports of  countless criminal acts including rapes, thefts, assaults, lewd public behavior and vandalism.
  • In the last seven years, we've also observed how the first impulse of the progressive political class and their enablers in the media was to lie. ObamaCare is just one example of many.
  • In recent months, we've also watched progressives fanning the flames of police hate in places like Ferguson and New York City. Unfortunately, reinforcing myths have led to police officers being shot and several killed. Even after the two NYPD police officers were ambushed and murdered, protesters shouted: "What do we want? Dead cops." It wasn't just a handful of thugs who made those disturbing and disgraceful statements. Just as troublesome, the progressive media has been openly supportive of the protesters as evidenced by a group of CNN reporters actually performing the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture on their show. Again, reinforcing a myth.
  • And what does it say about an administration that invites Al Sharpton to the WH on dozens of occasions? In other words, those invitations just keep reinforcing the behavior of a race-baiting, tax-evading thug.
  • But even that should not surprise anyone considering it's this administration that's cosying up to Iran---a state that's sponsored terrorism across the globe for decades---while it's State Department is currently funding a group in Israel to dump PM Netanyahu (the election is today. The U.S. Senate is investigating this charge). Regardless, it's been clear that the Obama administration has been openly hostile to Israel.
  • What else is left to say about a political class that values and reinforces disorder and irresponsibility but disdains propriety and the rule of law?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cradling Our Enemies While Tormenting Americans + Antagonizing Our Allies

If Iran eventually goes for the bomb, don't worry, Pres. Obama will draw another red line...WH Press Secretary (Satire)

By now, most observers agree that the Obama foreign policy is in tatters. Ironically some of the criticism of this administration was highlighted by Netanyahu's speech two weeks ago to Congress. Following that speech, there were whispers and shouts in the the homes of many Americans and the hallways of Congress yearning for Obama to speak with such force and fearlessness against our enemies. Instead we witnessed a president "embracing enemies and slapping friends," as Benny Avni expressed in the NY Post earlier this week.

The question many Americans should also be asking themselves is this: Why does this administration and the progressive political class continue to bully Americans and its allies but cradle its enemies?  Let's take a moment to count the ways:
  • Immigration initiatives---such as amnesty for illegal immigration---which, by their very nature, hurt legal immigrants. In fact, under Obama's executive action, illegal immigrants can now get Social Security Numbers. The rationale is to get them out of the "shadows." I've always stated that reasoning is based on a myth. Illegal immigrants openly walk on most American streets.
  • But it doesn't end there, illegal immigrants will now be able to get 3 years of tax refunds even if they never paid any taxes. They would simply claim the Earned Income Tax Credits.
  • Mr. Obama was the first president to openly criticize the Supreme Court in a State of the Union address.
  • It was the president of the U.S. who said: "There have been times where American has shown arrogance and been dismissive even derisive." He said that speaking in France.
  • While the Obama administration drew red lines across American prestige, strength, influence and even its national security, it conveniently erased the red lines against our enemies. This was done initially against Syria. The outcome was the rise of ISIS. And although Russia might not be considered the enemy it was during the Cold War, erasing the red line against Putin's aggression is what we're watching play out now in the Ukraine---after he took Crimea. The red "reset" button used by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Russia is now one more item in the garbage heap of this administration's foreign policy failures.
  • Egypt, a U.S. ally for the last four decades, recently turned to Russia and France to purchase military jet aircraft. 
  • Iran is gaining more influence in Iraq, Yemen, and Syria and arming Hamas and Hezbollah. And of course there is ISIS whose tentacles grow by the day.
  • Initially referring to ISIS as a "JV" team after admitting there was no strategy developed to counter their surge and ascent.
  • Al Qaeda is not "on the run" as the administration wanted us to believe. They and their affiliates are now in Algeria, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Mali, Nigeria, Lebanon, Yemen, Somalia and growing in Pakistan (the al-Qaeda core).
  • Refusing to identify our enemies (unless, of course, they happened to be Christians who have been dead for over 700 years). As Michael Goodwin wrote recently: "The rot of denial runs deep and starts at the top."
  • The continued hostility toward Israel.
  • The Clintons, royalty of the progressive political class, keep flipping Americans the bird. Hillary who actually believed she should keep government work a secret from the government for whom she worked but also keep it a secret from the American people.
  • A progressive political class---along with its enabling nitwits---who try to convince us that facts are irrelevant. Most recently, we watched as this deceit was played out in Ferguson. One disturbing and frightening outcome of this type of dishonesty is the misery---and sometimes even the injury and death---of innocents as we witnessed with the two NYPD officers who were ambushed in NYC last December including two Ferguson officers who were shot. (The thug who ambushed the NYPD police officers referenced Ferguson).
  • And the enablers in the progressive main stream media don't get a pass either. It's their sins of omission  that often leads to the suppression and misrepresentation of the truth.
  • In the last seven years, we've witnessed the progressive political class bash conservative women, sicking the IRS upon conservative groups, the conservative media, people of faith, law enforcement and even our military---most recently at the memory of Chris Kyle.
So instead of an American administration inspiring the nation, as well as its allies, with strength, fearlessness and conviction (as Ronald Reagan did so well), it chooses the path of tormenting its own and behaving as a reluctant warrior in the face of vicious and barbaric enemies (hence the political cartoon above). Any wonder then why so many view the Obama administration as unreliable and weak?