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OWN IT, BAM

Posted by Andrew Roman on October 28, 2009

obama crybabyPresident Barack Obama needs to grow up, quit all the whining, stop blaming every conceivable ill that exists in America on the other side, and at least try to appear as if leadership of some kind is attainable. It’s time for this colossal do-nothing President to get up off his backside and finally own his Presidency. Someone with some balls needs to pick up Mr. Obama, turn him over, flip the switch from “campaign” to “President,” inform him that he is now more than nine months into his term, and demand that he stop behaving like a prepubescent kickball team captain and finally act like a man accountable.

Democrats have the White House and both houses of Congresses (Lord helps us), and if there has ever been a more disengaged, sedentary, lackluster, bumbling, stumbling collection of stammering political lummoxes than the crew in charge right now, I’m not aware of it. And although the campaign is long over (calendar-wise), and the blame-Bush-for-everything window has long been hammered shut, the President is still trying to squeeze through.

The fact is, it’s too late for that now.

It now belongs to the Anointed One.

It is all his.

This is, after all, the real world – where enemies exist, lives hang in the balance and actions must speak louder than words. This is not a hacky-sack bull session among campus marxists-in-waiting and capitalism-sucks dope smokers. This is not Wednesday afternoon Mahjongg, or one of President Obama’s studly White House basketball games, or one of his twenty-nine thousand rounds of golf. This is reality … and the reality is, this is a nation at war, with troops in harm’s way, facing an enemy hell-bent on destroying this country and all it stands for, led by a holding-pattern President who needs to pull out his thumbs and actually lead. Unfortunately, America’s top Keystone Cop has done little more than show those who are under his command that they are, at best, secondary to such pressing matters as global warming, curbing CEO salaries, destroying private insurance companies and doing all he can to make sure Chicago hosts the 500 meter freestyle event.

How dare this President fiddle with five irons and lay his egotistical charms on the Olympic gods while America’s bravest wait for some kind of word from the mountain top as to what their mission in Afghanistan is. While Obama’s White House is busy brown-shirting their way into a war against the Fox News Channel – and he continues to distinguish his administration with Mao enthusiasts, 9/11-truthers, tax evaders, race-baiters and unaccountable czars – American troops are quite literally stranded in a strategic limbo wondering what the hell their Commander-in-Chief is waiting for.

On Monday, for instance, the President commented that after “long years of drift,” he was finally going to get America’s Afghanistan policy correct.

In response, Charles Krauthammer, of the Fox News Channel, on yesterday’s Special Report, said:

I want to point out one thing about what Obama had said, what he talked about: “the long years of drift.” There is something truly disgusting about the way he cannot refrain from attacking Bush when he’s being defensive about himself. I mean, it’s beyond disgraceful here. He won election a year ago. He became the Commander-In-Chief two months later. He announced his own strategy – not the Bush strategy, his strategy – six months ago, and it wasn’t off-handed. It was a major address with the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State standing with him, and now he’s still taking about “the drift” in the Bush years.

What’s happening today is not a result of the “drift in Bush years,” so-called. It’s because of the drift in his years. It’s because of the flaws in his own strategy, which is what he is re-examining. He has every right as Commander-in-Chief to re-examine his own strategy, but he ought to be honest, forthright and courageous enough as the President to simply say, “I’m rethinking the strategy I adopted six months ago, and not, once again, childlike attack his predecessor. 

Spot on.

Also on Monday, the President of the United States, speaking to a military audience in Jacksonville, familiarly took leave of his backbone and once again proved why national security cannot be trusted to liberals and other children. With his nation at war, and troops already on the battlefield, he forever etched his name in the annals of great American war leaders, saying, “I will never rush the solemn decision of sending you into harm’s way. I won’t risk your lives unless it is absolutely necessary.”

Is he kidding?

It’s been seven months.

This is the President of the United States, the most powerful man on the face of the earth, addressing members of the American military, the greatest fighting force the world has ever known, and the message he manages to convey – the words of inspiration he musters for those who have pledged their lives to defend this country – is he “won’t risk” lives “unless it is absolutely necessary.”

What about those who are at this moment in harm’s way, Mr. President? What about those who are already risking everything so that you (and the rest of us) can hit the links, or arrange pick-up games at the White House, or use fatty oils to fry up their latkes? What about the troops who are now fighting America’s enemies in a war that, not too long ago, you called a war of necessity?

Is it no longer a war of necessity?

Is the President aware that the words he speaks are actually heard and ingested outside of the friendly confines of his own mind? Including those who are currently serving in Afghanistan?

ObamaPattonI humbly ask … Is it at all posibble for the man who won a whopping 52.7% of the popular vote last November – the man who proclaimed incontrovertibly that victory was the only option in Afghanistan – to stop blaming his own inability to chew gum and q-tip his ears at the same time on George W. Bush?

Yes, yes, we know … Along with all of his other atrocities, Bush probably took great delight in kicking little puppies, thought nothing of cutting in front of little old ladies at the Post Office, and stole coins from the blind pencil guy on the street.

Regardless, Barack Obama is in charge today. This is his ship. Nine damn months is long enough.

Man up.

The President, of course, employs the same “it-was-him-not-me” approach when dealing with domestic issues (e.g., unemployment, health care, growing deficits, etc.) Note that as he attempts to “tackle” the myriad of challenges facing the United States – and defend his all-too important legacy-in-progress – everything always comes down to doing all he can to try and deal with the incalculable disasters he inherited from George W. Bush.

It wasn’t him, he cries.

Eight years of bad policies just can’t be undone like that, he explains.

Things will get worse before they get better, he promises.

It’s not easy, he says.

Blah, blah, blah.

Proclaiming that America’s problems still boil down to the preponderance of pervasive blunders and destructive policies perpetrated and implemented by George W. Bush, he figures, will have the citizenry nodding and sighing in agreement, as if to say, “We understand, Bam. We’re with you. Just get to it when you can.”

Forget the fact that Obama already sees his role as a rebuilder and transformer. It is his charge (in his own mind) to reconstruct this nation from the ruins of the more than two centuries of social injustice, run-away capitalism, and international bullying that preceded him. He first has to salvage what he can from the calamitous reign of George W. Bush, then he can beat down the Founding Fathers.

Someone – anyone – who is more concerned with the well-being of the United States than whether or not they will continue to have access to the messianic inner circle needs to shake some damn sense into the man who cannot let go of the blame-Bush-for-everything game plan that got him the job. This incessant cry-baby approach – the victimization mentality of “it-isn’t-my-fault-because-this-is-what-was-handed-to-me” – must come to a screeching halt immediately.

Enough is enough.

Own it.

 

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ONE-WAY STREET

Posted by Andrew Roman on September 24, 2009

Best buddies?

Best buddies?

In case you hadn’t noticed, this is quite a President we have here.

Ever eager and willing to bend over backwards for thug dictators, terrorist appeasers and human rights violators, President of the World (and quite possibly the vast majority of the galaxy), Barack Obama, is equally exhilarated about thumbing America’s nose at longtime allies.

Some of America’s staunchest supporters and embracers of liberty are in Eastern Europe – particularly Poland and the Czech Republic. Obama’s decision to scrap the installation of critical missile defense shields in those two countries – which has incidentally pleased Russia to no end – isn’t exactly securing him any invites to (former Polish President) Lech Walesa’s house for supper and scrabble. Former Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said, “The Americans are not interested in this territory as they were before. It’s bad news for the Czech Republic.”

After all, if you can’t alienate your friends, who can you alienate?

Meanwhile, in Israel, the percentage of people who believe that President Obama is a friend to their nation is at 4% – that’s four bloody percent!

Compare that to 88% under President George W. Bush.

And now this little tidbit from Great Britain this morning.

David Hughes from the UK Telegraph writes this very important – and telling – piece:

The juxtaposition on our front page this morning is striking. We carry a photograph of Acting Sgt Michael Lockett – who was killed in Helmand on Monday – receiving the Military Cross from the Queen in June, 2008. He was the 217th British soldier to die in the Afghan conflict. Alongside the picture, we read that the Prime Minister was forced to dash through the kitchens of the UN in New York to secure a few minutes “face time” with President Obama after five requests for a sit-down meeting were rejected by the White House.

What are we to make of this? This country has proved, through the bravery of men like Acting Sgt Lockett, America’s staunchest ally in Afghanistan. In return, the American President treats the British Prime Minister with casual contempt. The President’s graceless behaviour is unforgivable. As most members of the Cabinet would confirm, it’s not a barrel of laughs having to sit down for a chat with Gordon Brown. But that’s not the point. Mr Obama owes this country a great deal for its unflinching commitment to the American-led war in Afghanistan but seems incapable of acknowledging the fact. You might have thought that after the shambles of Mr Brown’s first visit to the Obama White House – when there was no joint press conference and the President’s “gift” to the Prime Minister was a boxed DVD set – that lessons would have been learned. Apparently not. Admittedly, part of the problem was Downing Street’s over-anxiety to secure a face-to-face meeting for domestic political purposes but the White House should still have been more obliging. Mr Obama’s churlishness is fresh evidence that the US/UK special relationship is a one-way street.

Remember, liberals actually care what the rest of the world thinks about the United States … or should I say liberals care what our enemies and assorted international leftists think about the United States. (It’s crucial to keep in mind that the world does not look down upon this country, as Obama would have us believe. The world’s leftists look down upon the United States).

Perhaps if Gordon Brown ordered soldiers into civilian neighborhoods to slaughter innocents, President Obama would be more receptive to him. Perhaps if the Polish government ordered innocents to be rounded up and shot for speaking out against them, the President of the United States would be willing to work with them. Maybe if Israelis fired missiles into civilian territories and strapped bombs across their chests to blow up pizza parlors, Bam would make it his business to address their concerns.

While one can make the case that Obama’s “cold shoulder” is rooted in how Great Britain handled the releasing of a convicted terrorist to Libya earlier this month, let us all be as realistic as humanly possible.

This is Barack Obama we’re talking about – apologist, waffler, foreign-policy novice. He doesn’t even refer to the current war as such. It is an Overseas Contingency Operation, remember? How can one believe that the President is troubled by the release of a terrorist when one of his first actions as Commander-In-Chief was to order the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba closed?

Get real.

Hughes’ “one-way street” comment obviously does not apply to the history between the United States and Great Britain – see World War I, World War II, the Cold War. But as we all stand witness to a brand new history being forged by the in-over-his-head, wonder boy from Illinois, it is obvious that all one-way streets clearly lead right back to the Messianic Palace.

(Uh, oh. I used the word “boy.” Did you hear that, Maureen Dowd?”)

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BUT I’M NOT BUSH

Posted by Andrew Roman on June 25, 2009

Obama Appeasement UniversityIt isn’t often that an opportunity as golden as this presents itself so readily. The only question is whether or not President Barack Obama will step up to the plate and seize the moment. Sure, Bam is sufficiently well-versed in apologizing for his own country on foreign soil, but he hasn’t done it so much from home – certainly to the shagrin of the Blame America First contingency of a Bam-A-Lang-A-Ding-Dong Brigade. And seeing as he probably isn’t inclined to spontaneously hop on his big old jet and fly to some country with a horrible human rights record to grovel and express his shame of America (unless the teleprompter advises him to do so), chances are quite good that the world might be treated to a good old fashioned slice of humble pie – or waffle – from deep within the friendly confines of the U.S.A.

It’s sure to soften the hearts of our murderous enemies everywhere.

The Politico is reporting that the recent winner of the Iranian elections, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, isn’t happy with our President. He’s even going so far as to compare Obama to his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Short of drilling machine screws into Obama’s toe nails, is there anything Ahmadinejad could have done that would have been worse?

Talk about brutality.

From the Politico:

Reacting to Obama’s comment Tuesday that he is “appalled and outraged” by crackdowns in Iran, Ahmadinejad said, “Mr Obama made a mistake to say those things … our question is why he fell into this trap and said things that previously Bush used to say.”

“Do you want to speak with this tone? If that is your stance then what is left to talk about… I hope you avoid interfering in Iran’s affairs and express your regret in a way that the Iranian nation is informed of it,” he added, according to Reuters.

And from the screeching throats of liberals all across the star-spangled map will come the admonitions that the President should have said nothing – that a statement of condemnation from the White House was nothing more than an ill-advised bone thrown to the war-mongering American right-wing.

See what happens when you appease the God-happy, gun-toting, Dick Cheney lap dogs?

You piss off Ahmadinejad.

How dare Obama agitate the Iranian whack-job when everything was just starting to get better, and world peace was just around the bend.

Bam had better find out what Ahmedinejad’s favorite movies are.

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BAM ACKNOWLEDGES THE IRANIAN UPHEAVAL

Posted by Andrew Roman on June 21, 2009

iranian protestor beatenIt’s being called a change in approach.

Allow me a moment or two to set this straight in my mind.

He was against imposing values before he was for it, even though he was adamant about imposing at least some ideas before he said he was in favor of staying out of things altogether. All of this, of course, came before he finally crawled out from behind his ice cream cone to say something about the violence and upheaval in Iran, despite his inclination not to perturb the murderers and thugs of the world, or throw a monkey wrench into his policy of appeasement and paddy cake.

If ever there was a leader with less of a clue about foreign policy than President Barack Obama – without having to backtrack all the way to Neville Chamberlain – it isn’t readily apparent.

Willing to throw the nation of Israel (one of our closest allies) under the bus, making demands of them, i.e. imposing values, while attempting to make nice-nice with those who would think nothing of slitting the throats of his own children is frustrating enough. Having his Secretary of State say that if North Korea doesn’t watch out, the United States may put them back on a “bad guy’s list” of terrorist nations is, indeed, embarrassing. But to come to the conclusion that it was strategically (and politically) expedient to say nothing and play “neutral” towards the horrendous acts of brutality being perpetrated by the Iranian government on its citizenry in the streets of that country until now – when it was clear that the heat of the political winds were calling him to do so – is downright bad leadership.

It was up to the President of the United States to take an open and unequivocal stand, without mincing words and without concern for his image, against the violence and cruelty taking place in Iran right away. It was up to the leader of the free world to say “to hell with worrying about how sour my relationship with Iran might get if I say something,” and act like a President – someone who gives a damn about something other than his popularity and legacy. It was time to show resolve by pulling a page from the Reagan and Thatcher handbook and engage Iran directly with immediate condemnations.

One would think that the images and reports of innocents being slaughtered in the streets by a despotic government ought to raise the ire of a man so shaped and influenced by the graduates of the protest culture. One would assume that the fist-pimping, community-organizing, radical leftist that burns deep within the President would summon the spirits that moved his mentors to work to overthrow the “tyranny” of the United States back in the day and at least act like the violence in Iran matters to him.

Maybe the President left his outrage at customs counter in Egypt.

It’s absolutely stunning.

On one hand, without an inkling of hesitation, the President is willing to publicly announce battle strategies while still at war, overhaul and socialize the greatest health care system the world has ever known, grow the national debt to unsustainable levels, apologize for the actions of his own country overseas, demand that Israel roll over yet again for those who want to see her destroyed, and generally blame everything that is wrong with the world on the previous administration. Yet, on the other hand, as the innocent in Iran are butchered by the government in some of the most remarkable and shocking pictures many have seen in a long time, Obama decides that the best thing to do is take a “wait and see” approach … until now, that is. He has realized, to his great dismay, that the whole Iranian “upheaval thing” isn’t just going to fade into news archives and back pages.

He actually had to say something about it.

And so he did.

He has called on Iran to “stop all the violent and unjust actions” … and only a week or so late!

(That sound you hear are members of The Guardian Council shaking in their shoes).

Said the President:

obama and iranThe Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.

As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.

Martin Luther King once said – “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.

The words themselves are fine, but its impact – a week overdue and seemingly forced –  has the effect of a paraplegic threatening to kick the ass of a professional wrestler.

Remember, the United States is to lead by example, according to the President.

Another speech or two in Cairo ought to crack that nut.

Naturally, saliva gushing Obamacrats have hailed the President’s silence and sudden change in course as brilliant strategy.

A blogger called Anna at Ben Smith’s blog at the Politico website echoes the sentiments of many Obamacrats, writing:

Had (Obama) come out in support of the idea that the election had been rigged, he’d have given the ruling elites a lot of ammunition: the great Satan is trying to influence Iranian affairs again, beware the Westerners, etc. But this way, he’s only saying things that are incontestable: free speech must be protected and governments cannot kill citizens with impunity.

This is yet another brazen example of why liberals – while quite good at making music and designing websites – cannot be trusted with matters of national security.

Blame America first.

To Anna, and other leftocrats, it is the United States that would have exaserbated the situation in Iran by openly and swiftly castigating the actions of the government there. It is America that would have fuelled anger in Iranian’s ruling elites had Obama said anything deemed disparaging and critical (because Lord knows the Ayatollah Khamenei and friends were all waving their American flags and looking toward us for moral guidance right up until the Iranian elections). In other words – in Anna’s world – if Obama can keep quiet in the wake of some of the ugliest violence against innocents seen in quite a while, America won’t be as great a Satan as it most certainly would have been otherwise.

Beacuse, after all, it matters what Iran thinks of us.

Of course, I’m wondering what Obama will do if the Iranian government flat-out refuses to be led by American example?

What if the Iranian government dosen’t stop all the “violent and just actions against its own people?”

Will Obama break out the “whooping stick” and put them on a new list?

Or maybe (dare I say it) threaten them with some United Nations fist pumping?

Can sanctions be right around the corner?

Another poster at Smith’s blog at Politico makes this important point:

Obama seems to forget that “universal rights to free speech” aren’t guaranteed in Islamic society. The protesters have no right to be doing what they are doing and they will be cleared from the streets and punished by Islamic law.

Exactly.

Liberals routinely speak of how close-mined, non-nuanced, and “black and white” conservatives are. It’s as interesting a theory as it is false because it requires no thought. Liberals are overwhelmingly the ones who see things in “black and white.” There are no “shades of grey” in the lefty rainbow.

For example, to be against same-sex marriage is to be a homophobe. In the mind of a liberal, there’s simply no chance that a conservative may simply wish to keep the definition of marriage as it has always been and still not hate gays.

To liberals, the war against islamo-Facism (if they even consider it a war anymore) is all about Osama Bin Ladin … and that’s it. That there are a multitude of terrorist groups with the same objectives as Al Qaeda is irrelevant to them.

Only platitudes (and probably warfare itself) carry any weight with liberals. For Obama to implacably condemn what the Iranian government has been doing to its own people, would have been a waste of time, according to libs. Iran wouldn’t be influenced or compelled to change their ways based on a Presidential condemnation, they’d explain. For Obama to demand a stop to the violence would have been pointless, they’d argue – and it’d be meddling in other people’s affairs. Conservatives are fooling themselves to think it really matters if the President of the United States stands up for so-called “freedom” and “democracy.”

Who are we to demand anything?

What right we do we have?

(Perhaps Israel is asking the same question of Obama who has demanded that Israel remove settlements from the “occupied territories.”)

Keep in mind that these criticisms of conservatives come from the people who lap up and suck on Obama’s empty bumper-sticker platitudes like a liberal on a working man’s paycheck. Recall how they cried, sighed and shuddered at the “brilliance” of his poster-board, slogan-happy rhetoric when he spoke in Cairo. Remember how they fawned and fainted when he gabbed in Germany, speaking in flowery, pointless, uncourageous, cleverly crafted news-bite fodder (proven even more hollow by his week of “neutrality”).

appeasementObama regularly uses words like “peace” and “unity” and liberals wet themselves. Yet, when the bell rings, and the time comes to actually stand up and defend those principals that foster basic human rights, Obama shuts up. He knows liberty is offensive to some people.

But that is precisely what the President of the United States should have been doing from the moment it became apparent what was happening in Iran – boldly speaking out against the government-led violence, condemning the actions of the Iranian government, sending a crucial message that America not only supports those who fight for the basic human rights, but is never afraid to say so.

Liberals, of course, find no importance in doing this, unless no one is offended in the process – that is, except American conservatives. Being openly critical of the Iranian government would have gotten a whole bunch of Mullah panties in a twist, and that just couldn’t be allowed to happen.

The fact is, while liberals continue to applaud what they see as a brilliantly tempered strategy on the part of Barack Obama to “stay out of it,” those of us who actually are cognizant of the real world understand that such “neutrality” makes America look weak and disinterested … and our enemies know it.

America cannot be disinterested and neutral when such obvious examples of brutality are on display for the world to see.

Yes, this President is a veritable platitude-machine, careful not to offend anyone, speaking in vague generalities, throwing out meaningless phrases like “working together,” “common ground” and “striving toward peace,” all the while never exuding the courage to define and condemn that which is evil – unless you consider corporate profits and being without health care insurance evil.

That is a huge problem.

When the President of the United States cannot denounce the likes of the Iranian government, it is bad for the world.

Sure, it was a nice touch for Obama to quote Martin Luther King Jr. in his comments, but I doubt there are too many of the Iranian elite doing a double-take saying, “Damn, he’s right, you know.”

We’d be the Great Satan no matter how many times we puckered up to kiss their backsides.

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TO IMPOSE OR NOT TO IMPOSE

Posted by Andrew Roman on June 3, 2009

obama middle east

Had he not been elected to the most powerful office in the world – and if not for his capacious and affecting community organizing resume – perhaps President Barack Obama might have found a proportionate level of success as a professional arbitrator or matchmaker. The chances are quite good, for instance, that he could have brought the pot and the kettle a little closer together.

The President, on the eve of his trip to the Middle East – where perhaps a new set of apologies for American deeds are on the docket for international consumption – said the United States was not there to lecture or impose its values on countries with questionable records on human rights and political freedoms, like Egypt, where he is scheduled to grovel tomorrow.

Said the President:

“The danger, I think, is when the United States, or any country, thinks that we can simply impose these values on another country with a different history and a different culture.”

This, of course, is coming from the man who has literally “imposed” his radical Marxist-flavored agenda on his own country – the leader of the party quick to chide conservatives for being ideologues and quick to accuse them of trying to impose their value systems on liberty-loving Americans who measure their freedoms by their ability to abort children at will and the ease with which they can acquire condoms at school.

Surely, there must be something amiss here.

obama_dictatorThe President can’t be against imposing values on those who may not agree with him, can he? From the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, to the government takeover of General Motors, to the closing of Guantanamo Bay, to the unparalleled expansion of government, to the exponential inflating of the national debt, to using taxpayer money to help fund abortions overseas, to the nominating of an unqualified jurist to the Supreme Court, how is it that Obama is now all-of-a-sudden anti-imposition?

Let me humbly suggest that Obama is not against the imposition of value sets on human beings who may not be so ready to jump on his waffle wagon. Rather, because he is a leftist of prodigious proportion, he is opposed to any imposition of conservative values.

That seems to make more sense, doesn’t it?

Indeed, like anyone in power, Obama selectively chooses his “impositions” – only he throws in an unmistakable dictatorial twist.

The man has used a plethora of public funds to attempt to “save” private entities from ruin – something completely antithetical to the free market system that built this nation – and in the process is on track to create a national debt larger than the combined debt of the previous 43 presidents. He has spent almost incalculable amounts of taxpayer money on pork-barrel projects supposedly geared to stimulate economic growth – projects like making public housing projects more “green” and supplying doorknobs to buildings that need new ones – and in the process, has afforded the federal government the opportunity to literally run a private corporation. He is also in the process of completely transforming the medical delivery system in this nation – with unprecendented, unchecked speed – into a nightmarish rationed European-style government-run healthcare debacle where Washington will serve as everyone’s HMO.

If that’s not imposition, what is?

Of course, the President won’t be dealing with American conservatives overseas. He’ll be taking his Kleenex-spined, “Let’s not tick anyone off” Kumbaya approach on the road to the ever-accommodating Middle-East.

Obama has made it clear that the United States will continue to vigorously shake off the irons of crippling Bush-era policies and Reagan-like cowboyism. America won’t be doing any of that “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” nonsense anymore.

Instead, America will serve as a “role model” to the world, as Obama put it.

We will lead by example.

The long list of examples of despotic nations who turned themselves around by taking a page from the American “Lead By Example” songbook will inspire today’s struggling oppressors and violators of decency.

The human-rights deniers and evil-doers of the world will only need to watch America to see the error of their ways.

(Can I get a big “Hell, yeah!” from the audience?)

Indeed, it is a new day in the United States.

(Removes barf bag from top drawer. Keeps it at the ready).

This idea that a President of the United States would be wrongly “imposing” a value system by simply doing what he is supposed to do – that is, advocating for the advancement of freedom, having the conviction to label evil, and promising to protect liberty-loving people everywhere – is shamelessly preposterous. If not the President of the United States, then who else will (or should) affirm the values that foster liberty?

It seems infeasible for liberals to admit certain realities – and not just the obvious stuff, like the existence of evil, or the fact that it’s okay to use the words “Islamic” and “terrorist” in the same sentence. They grapple with the idea that, like it or not, politicians will regularly attempt to infuse, or “impose,” their value set into what they do politically, regardless of what side of the aisle they stand on.

That’s why we elect them.

The value system of the person we elect to represent us is supposed to matter.

Yet, to liberals, only conservatives stoop so low as to “impose” their values on people. While liberals seek to make things better for absolutely everyone (for our own good), conservatives seek to impose. That’s because they see differences between themselves and those on the right as more than just philosophical – they see them as moral. To them, conservatives have ulterior motives. Thus, because conservatives are almost always driven by less than noble aims, conservatism itself is inherently beastly.

Whereas conservatives overwhelmingly believe that libs are simply wrong (with endless data to back up those assertions), liberals believe conservatives are also bad.

It’s all part of liberal denial.

After all, how could saving the world and wishing to make everyone equal be an imposition?

The fact is, politicians from both the left and right regularly attempt to “impose” – to one degree or another – their value systems on the electorate – although conservatives do it far less than liberals do.

It can’t be denied.

By definition, because conservatives believe in small government – and thus, less government intrusion – there is less to “impose.” The key is that conservatives tend to adhere to the letter of the Constitution – or profess to do so – while liberals openly and unabashedly manipulate what they believe is a pliable document – a Constitution that lives and breathes – into often unrecognizable conformations that allow them to easier “impose” their agendas on the public, i.e. Roe vs Wade. (The Constitution, for example,  is silent on abortion and enumerates no rights to privacy, but thanks to “emanations” and “penumbras,” it magically became a Constitutional matter).

In short, this entire matter is really just a case of “To Impose or Not To Impose.” It’s all about the situation, the audience and the political points that can be scored.

(Gee, what else is new?)

The Obama foreign policy template is to make sure to avoid annoying, offending, or upsetting anyone at all costs – except, possibly, the Israelis. The same basic “offend no one” approach holds true on the domestic front –  except, of course, where conservatives are concerned.  All bets are off at that point. They’re fair game to be chastised, criticized, marginalized and excluded – except when Bam grants safe (and controlled) passage.

Indeed, Obama calls for unity, but a quick gander at the Obama/English dictionary shows that “unity” simply means he wants everyone to think like him.

Talk about imposition.

Please understand my point here when it comes to this notion of not wanting to “impose” values on others. I think it’s a vague term to begin with, and unless the President is thinking of invading Egypt and installing a democratic government, he simply sounds silly and weak. Defending the values that have made (and continue to make) the United States the greatest nation the world has ever known – and making the case for those values – is not an imposition on anyone.

Obviously,  I don’t expect him (or want him) to go into Saudi Arabia – or anywhere – like a guns-a-blazin’ lunatic and start demanding things and insulting those who are welcoming him into their country. I wouldn’t ask that of any president. That isn’t my point.

There are ways to do things, and there are ways to do things.

I suppose that in the wake of President Obama’s unfounded plan to close Guantanamo Bay, and his moronic move to announce publicly the United States withdrawal date from Iraq, I could make the claim that the President is “imposing” his security-compromising policies and terrorist-appeasing war plan on folks like me who regard national security and the realities of living in a dangerous world as an adult matter.

But alas, I am only an American conservative – and that’s pretty low on the Bam totem pole.

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