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Reagan-Obama Debate

Someone did a great job of splicing together speeches from Ronald Reagan, the greatest president in my lifetime, with those of Barack Obama, the least qualified candidate in American history.

A couple of things struck me as I listened to this audio.  First, the striking and chilling gulf of separation between the liberty espoused by Reagan and the tyranny shilled by Obama.  President Reagan spoke eloquently about American freedoms and their danger from statists almost as if he was addressing Barack Obama specifically.  Second, the audio of Reagan reminded me of the contrast between his brilliance and the manner in which the media painted him as an idiot when he was in office.  Interestingly, when President Reagan died in 2004 those very same people gushed at his foresight and intellect.  Not just the same type of statism-loving talking head gasbags, mind you, but the same people.  The American media talking heads were biased and dishonest when they said Reagan was dumb just as they are when they gush over Obama’s alleged brilliance.  The cold truth is that without his teleprompter, Barack Obama is just another lawyer who answers every question like a high schooler answering an essay question, spewing a random assortment of flowery words simply to fill space.

What I have noticed in my many years of political observation is that liberals display an inverted logic when they choose a candidate.  Conservatives will seek out someone who displays the positive attributes that they believe are necessary for succeeding in a political office, but liberals will find a candidate that they like first, then assign positive qualities to that person after the fact in order to make them more attractive.  This explains a lot, for example the way that shallow myrmidons like Joy Behar can get all hot and bothered by a hillbilly like Bill Clinton, insisting that he is remarkably handsome.  This backwards thinking also explains how they can take a mental lightweight like Al “Forrest” Gore and build him up to be an intellectual, or turn a backstabbing coward like John Kerry into a war hero.

Ronald Wilson Reagan spoke with a genuine love for his country and an appreciation of liberty and our founding principles.  Barack Hussein Obama consistently denigrates America and pushes a false-freedom tyranny of statism and class warfare.  The contrast is stark and chilling.

What the hell were you people thinking?  Are Americans really that gullible?  Many of us clearly saw the real Barack Obama before he was elected.  I will never understand how the least qualified candidate in US History managed to fool enough of the dumb and gullible to get elected.  It perplexes me.

I printed out the following quote from Ronald Reagan and taped it to the bottom of my computer monitor.  These words are as true today as when he uttered them:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Obama’s asinine rules of engagement

Hat tip to Dan Riehl.

Writing over at Riehl World View, Dan has some thoughts on the president’s feel-good but asinine rules of engagement for Afghanistan:

*No night or surprise searches.

*Villagers have to be warned prior to searches.

*ANA or ANP must accompany U.S. units on searches.

*U.S. soldiers may not fire at the enemy unless the enemy is preparing to fire first.

*U.S. forces cannot engage the enemy if civilians are present.

*Only women can search women.

*Troops can fire at an insurgent if they catch him placing an IED but not if insurgents are walking away from an area where explosives have been laid.

Not only is it obvious that Mr Obama’s understanding of military doctrine and strategy is not even up to playing a good game of Risk, it is also pretty clear that like most liberals the president does not have a loved one serving in the military.  It’s all abstract to him, little toy soldiers on a map.

Do these fine Americans in his photo-op backdrop look a little skeptical to you?

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin had another great picture of a cadet sending a message to the commander in chief:

Several readers note the active service campaign ribbons and medals on the man’s chest and identify one of them as the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, showing he has been an Infantry Soldier under Combat. D. O’Brien writes: “The Cadet pictured in your piece on President Obama’s speech at West Point (December 1, 2009) is not a ‘traditional’ cadet. He is a former enlisted man – and an Infantryman who wears the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. This award is given only to Infantrymen who have participated in direct-fire engagements against the enemy.”

Rick Perry: Obama “Hell Bent on making USA Socialist”

TX Gov Rick PerryThis is an administration hell-bent on taking America towards a socialist country.

If you disagree strongly with Gov. Perry on that assertion, chances are you are simply sympathetic to the socialism that Obama loves so dearly.  I do wonder whether you are a Loser Socialist (parasite) or a Benefactor Socialist (elitist self-appointed politburo member), but since both groups believe in slavery to the state the distinction is not that important.

If you feel that way perhaps you should go live in Europe for a few years to see how the standard of living compares and enjoy some of that socialized medicine rather than trying to push my country into that “only good for the losers and the rulers” misery of collectivism.

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.”
Winston Churchill

Churchill put it well, didn’t he?  And he might as well have been discussing ObamaCare .  With 85% of Americans happy with their health insurance, ObamaCare is just another case of trashing the entire system to be most conducive to the needs of the least ambitious, biggest losers in our society.  But everyone knows that this is not about health care at all but is instead about dependency and the power that it generates and cements.  Obama, Reid, and Pelosi do not care one bit about your health care.  They simply want to control you via the best means possible.  They are egregiously dishonest and power hungry statists.

Check out Gov. Perry’s short speech discussing what the Obama administration is doing in Presidio, TX with captured illegal aliens:

I Wish Obama Respected the Constitution This Much

Hat top to HotAir for their Obamateurism Of The Day, the president bowing a ridiculously low bow to the emperor of Japan:

Obama bowing to Japanese Emperor

Looks familiar, does it not?  Remember his meeting with the Saudi King.Obama bowing to the Saudi King

This is how a president or VP should meet foreign leaders.

Cheney meeting the Japanese Emperor

From an LA Times piece on this controversy:

Remember Michelle Obama casually patting Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on the back during their Buckingham Palace visit? America’s royalty tends to make movies and get bad reviews and lots of money as a sign of respect.

Back in 1994 when President Bill Clinton appeared to maybe perhaps almost start to bow to Akihito at a White House encounter, U.S. officials rushed to deny it was any such a thing. And the N.Y. Times chronicled the comedic drama here.

 

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Boortz reflects on Obama’s first year

[From NealBoortz.com]

One year ago today…

Yeah … that’s when the voters elected Barack Obama. If you’ve been scanning the Internet you’ve seen no shortage of news stories about disappointed – and sometimes disgusted – voters who actually thought they were voting for some type of wonderful change in Washington.

I think the retrospective on Obama’s first year should really be saved until the one-year mark from his coronation, not the election. I will say this … Obama has been far worse than I would have ever imagined. Any promises he made about transparency and bipartisanship in Washington have turned out to be a complete joke. He has shown absolutely no understanding of the role of capitalism and our free markets in the creation of our amazing standard of living in America. He has treated the Constitution as a nuisance rather than a blueprint for governance.

For many years I’ve been talking about politicians who believe that America’s greatness comes from government. Obama is the embodiment of that principal.

Others have said this .. but Obama is completely in over his head. This is a job he was simply not prepared to handle. He became president not on the basis of accomplishment, but on the basis of charisma and a well-orchestrated campaign. His election was a crowning achievement of our system of government education. He certainly has the potential of destroying this country as we know it. The ballot box still works … for now. I truly believe that 2010 may be the last chance we have to save our Republic from the likes of Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Rangel, Waxman, Hoyer and the rest of the statist crowd.

I agree with Neal.  I knew that it would be bad, but I was thinking Bill Clinton in 1993 bad, not Russia in 1917 bad.  I was naively hopeful in a post that I did on inauguration day, knowing that he would be a leftist but hoping that he would gain some sense.  Instead, Mr. Obama has simply shown himself to be an empty suit charlatan blinded by his slave-to-the-state ideology.

Luntz Memo On ObamaCare

[Hat tip to Hot Air for the link to the Washington Examiner story]

Writing in the Washington Examiner Byron York comments on strategist Frank Luntz’ recently released memo Health Reform Language Highlights.  You may be familar with Luntz as the pollster who gives a group of people hand-held controllers and monitors their real time reaction to statements, showing a live graph typically broken up by party affiliation.

Luntz begins by pointing out, presumably for the under-40 crowd,  the repeat of history that we are seeing.

I was there in 1994. I saw what happened when a once-popular president tried to push healthcare legislation that Americans didn’t want or appreciate. I witnessed the electoral implications when his administration tried to expand the role of government against the wishes of, well, almost everyone. And it’s happening once again.

At face value it seems really stupid for President Obama to repeat this a mere 15 years later but after observing his first nine months in office it is clear that this is just par for the course for Barack Obama.  Like Luntz, I was there for the 1993/1994 Clinton overreach and was a vocal part of the crowd that pushed back in the 1994 (and subsequent) elections but I came away from it being impressed by the realistic response by Clinton, who was pushed to the center and made the best of it.  Based upon that still recent political history I expected a  more thoughtful approach from the allegedly-brilliant new President.  I was disappointed.

Obama wagging his finger at usThere is a certain flavor of individual who will always act like history started the moment that he stepped up to the scene.

It is clear that Barack Obama possesses a sincerely held belief in his own magnificence and truly does act like history started the moment that he stepped up, implicitly rejecting the attempts and results of those who have come before.  We see this demonstrated with the bulk of his foreign policy decisions and foreign speeches as well as his “government is the only answer” response to every domestic issue.  Perhaps this attitude is related to the general attitude that many of Mr Obama’s socialist fellow travelers have about world implementations of their nice little theoretical systems.  Sure, they have all sucked so far, dude, but we haven’t had our crack at it yet!

Beyond a lot of good points by Luntz in terms of how to best debate the issue, including his announcement that it is okay to criticize the president now, I liked the look of this graph and you will too:

Luntz Survey Results 10-31-2009

The price for supporting ObamaCare

Read the Frank Luntz memo here.