Archive for April, 2014

Obama’s Accomplishment

Posted in Politics on April 29th, 2014

In all truth, it is no easy or simple task to judge Obama fairly. As is the case of with any US President, he has said and done much, in the midst of numerous complex problems, and surrounded, pushed, and constrained by what may be our world’s most convoluted government. It is made no easier by the fiery and conflict-ridden politics of 21st century America.

Even more, the difficulty in judging Obama on his performance and accomplishments is exacerbated by the diametrically opposed ideologies and goals of the American people who didn’t vote for him and those within America’s border who did so. It’s hard to judge his performance when one has to choose between the metrics of what a POTUS should do and what he was elected to do.

Yes, I know! As a White, it’s racist of me to judge Obama if my judgment is not favorable and/or doesn’t excuse his failings due to America being a racist country.

But let’s ignore all that the boy’s done to America, both domestically and in the realm of our relations with the other nations and power groups in the world. Let’s just use Obama’s own pronouncements and promises as the basis of his success criteria:

  • Job creation
  • Economic growth
  • Improving our health-care system
  • Reducing the national debt
  • Reducing poverty
  • Reducing income inequality
  • The Russian “reset”
  • Peace in the Middle East
  • Renewed focus on Afghanistan
  • A new, brighter beginning with the Arab world
  • Better relations with our allies
  • Ending the type of politics that breeds division, conflict, and cynicism
  • Working with the other party
  • Transparency in his administration
  • No lobbyists working in his administration.

The above were all stated goals of the Obama presidency. In every single case the boy has failed, often utterly, to achieve them. America is nearly five and a half years into his tenure in the White House and, by any objective measure, the lofty expectations and grand pronouncements of Obama have crashed and floundered upon the rocks of reality and his own incompetence at governing.

These is not to say that Obama has achieved no success at all. He has one stellar accomplishment to his credit. He’s Black and the POTUS. You might even say that he has achieved two accomplishments, being elected and being re-elected.

I suppose fortunately, California’s state legislature is trying to make it a law that California schools teach this to their students. Obama’s accomplishment, being the First Black President, will be highlighted in social studies curricula moving forward.

Obama Doll 2052
Obama’s Legacy Circa 2052

Personally, I think it good that the students will taught Obama’s only accomplishment. Elsewise, the boy will likely end up nothing but a footnote in history. It’d be a shame for Obama’s legacy, the first – and possibly last for a long time – Black POTUS, to be little more than some chipped and faded lawn jockeys mouldering in derelict yards or up for sale at garage sales and flea markets.

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Victory Conditions

Posted in 2014 Election, Politics on April 28th, 2014

The Liberals and Progressives plaguing America, as represented by the Democrat party, have long held that, if at first – or ever – you don’t succeed, it’s not your fault and we need to change the victory conditions. At the same time they hold that, if you did succeed, it wasn’t to your credit and you owe others for your success.

Winners and Losers - Changing the victory conditionsWinners and Losers – Changing The Victory Conditions

So, since 1950 and the concomitant and synergistic rise of the Welfare State and the Civil Rights Movement, they’ve managed to change the losers and winners in society by declaring that the losers are owed success or, at least, government-mandated and government-distributed subsistence at an ever-increasing level – all to be paid for by the “winners” in America.

This has got to change and change swiftly. If it doesn’t, America is doomed. It will fail and drown in the effluvia of the eaters and takers, who have already been allowed to grow to outnumber the makers.

The 2014 midterm elections are fast approaching. We each and all need to do what we can to remove the parasite enablers of the Democrats from office and replace them with lawmakers who will restore some measure of freedom to succeed and enjoy the earned privileges of success to the productive in our nation.

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The Democrats: A Critical History (Updated edition)
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All the Boats on the Ocean: How Government Subsidies Led to Global Overfishing
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When Fascism Comes

Posted in Humor, Politics on April 27th, 2014

Periodically you here about how when fascism comes to America it will be based upon Christianity. Personally, I think other means for fascism coming to America are far more likely.
 
Roman Fasces - Type found on Lincoln MemorialWhen fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a fair-trade, natural fiber frock and carrying a Starbucks Frappuccino.
 
When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a Che Guevara tee and carrying a PBR.
 
When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a purple SEIU windbreaker and carrying a picket sign and a bullhorn.

In any event, Fascism’s coming to America will most likely be under the auspices of the Liberals and Progressive because fascism always get it’s foot in the door through the Left, not the Right.

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The Union Member's Complete Guide: Everything You Want--And Need--To Know about Working Union
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Fascism: What It Is, How to Fight It: A Compilation
Rebuilding Labor: Organizing and Organizers in the New Union Movement