Who Built Barack Obama?
by Hugh de Payns
August 31, 2012
To twist a line from William Hazlitt, Living the life of a Democrat is the art of being well deceived.
Adam Smith in the Wealth of Nations spoke of the unseen "hidden hand" in a free economy that miraculously helps steer the path of an economy towards rational and productive outcomes.
In warfare, there are a few times when the unseen hand of fate seems to steer one party to victory despite overwhelming odds and daunting logistical challenges. In recent history, that may be best seen in the Battle of Midway where a badly damaged and demoralized US Navy gained a decisive victory over a larger, more confident Imperial Japanese Navy.
Politics occasionally sees such a hidden hand where a person embarks on a meteoric rise to power. Yet, in modern history has anyone, ever, anywhere had such a streak miraculous good luck as Mr. Obama? An unseen "hidden hand" seems to be stacking the deck in Mr. Obama's favor. Bill Whittle of PJTV does a terrific job of articulating the amazing string of profoundly helpful coincidences that have repeatedly opened doors and allowed such an inexperienced and narcissistic empty suit to rise to the most important and most powerful position in the entire world.
Who built Barack Obama? Certainly the dangerously incompetent political parties share blame in not recognizing the risk such a person places our nation in. Equally to blame is a criminally negligent fourth estate who abandoned any sense of professional integrity or curiosity about Mr. Obama. A pathetically ignorant citizenry indentured to identity politics certainly has a part to play here as well.
But such neglect only goes so far in explaining how Mr. Obama was able to move forward without so much as a shred of evidence that his talent, abilities, and performance were equal to the responsibilities that he was being given.
Bill Whittle suggests tenders the hypothesis that Mr. Obama could disappear tomorrow, but the problem that really remains, the problem that is far more concerning, is that the mechanism and forces that led him into power are still in place and remain undiscussed and undiscovered.
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One of the Navy SEALs on the bin Laden raid accuses Obama of hogging the credit.
By Jim Geraghty
September 1, 2012
The biggest and most eagerly anticipated book of the year, written by an apolitical, previously unknown figure, could have unexpected effects on the last weeks of the presidential campaign.
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden is written by a former member of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team Six, under the pseudonym Mark Owen. Owen’s missions with the SEALs included the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates in 2009 and the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 1, 2011, which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. The book describes the author as “one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist mastermind’s hideout, where he witnessed Bin Laden’s death.” On the cover of the book and in its text, the author’s name and the names of the other SEALs mentioned in No Easy Day have been changed for their security; the author’s real name has been revealed in subsequent news accounts.
If Owen’s account is accurate, bin Laden’s death unfolded quite differently from the official descriptions. According to No Easy Day, bin Laden had already been shot in the head by the time the SEALs arrived at the floor where the al-Qaeda leader’s bedroom was located — although it is unclear whether bin Laden shot himself, or one of his bodyguards shot him to ensure he would not be captured alive.
The Huffington Post obtained a copy of the book, scheduled to be released September 4, and the Post’s Marcus Baram gives the following account:
Team members took their time entering the room, where they saw the women wailing over Bin Laden, who wore a white sleeveless T-shirt, loose tan pants and a tan tunic, according to the book.
Despite numerous reports that bin Laden had a weapon and resisted when Navy SEALs entered the room, he was unarmed, writes Owen. He had been fatally wounded before they had entered the room.
“Blood and brains spilled out of the side of his skull” and he was still twitching and convulsing, Owen writes. While bin Laden was in his death throes, Owen writes that he and another SEAL “trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds. The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless.”
The account also describes lawyers “from either the Pentagon or the White House” telling the SEALs that while they were authorized to use deadly force to protect themselves, their mission was to detain the al-Qaeda leader.
The more interesting, and perhaps politically salient, point is the description of the irritation among the Navy SEALs at Obama for taking too much credit for the success of the operation.
Baram summarizes the relevant passages:
Though he praises the president for green-lighting the risky assault, Owen says the SEALS joked that Obama would take credit for their success. On his second night in Afghanistan waiting for final orders, sitting around a fire pit and joking about which Hollywood actors would play them in the bin Laden movie, one SEAL joked, “And we’ll get Obama reelected for sure. I can see him now, talking about how he killed bin Laden,” according to Owen.
Owen writes: “We had seen it before when he took credit for the Captain Phillips rescue. Although we applauded the decision-making in this case, there was no doubt in anybody’s mind that he would take all the political credit for this too.”Read more: http://goo.gl/emKPk
Time on Task Matters
by Conservative Sue
September 1, 2012
I rarely go through a day without hearing comments like "People are oblivious to what is going on in our government" and "People just don't care about the issues", and I must say that I agree with those comments, but I also believe there is great benefit in spreading the truth of our situation to a naive electorate. You see, I have been an educator for 25 years, and I have been teaching mathematics most of those years (which I'd argue is one of the toughest subjects to teach well), and I've learned something valuable in my career that translates directly to our current political climate: time on task matters.
There is a reason more people know the name of the winner of American Idol than the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and that is because the majority of people spend much more of their time watching programming and consuming news about American Idol than they do about our government. The ones reading this article now who claim the opposite is true are die-hard political junkies or perhaps have awakened from their slumber and are ready to tackle the ever-growing tyranny of progressive-government. Those who know the name of our Speaker of the House and do not know the name of the winner of American Idol are probably those who are already 'on-task' doing the work that was established for the citizens of this country by our Founding Fathers.. which includes understanding how our government operates and choosing leaders to adhere to the limits of our Constitution and protect our liberties.
The only way this country will ever have a substantive shift in the way it is governed, is if those who are are on-task doing the work of responsible citizens begin to educate others who are oblivious to what is happening.. turning more naive bystanders into on-task citizens. As those who had previously tuned out the affairs of government begin to take notice, many will begin reading, listening and watching to learn more of the truth. That is when the work of conservative warriors is most important. People are bombarded daily with biased and misleading 'news' about our government; those who've uncovered the truth have a duty to point it out to others. Time-on-task matters .. those seeking the truth about our government need to hear from us regularly.
Here are some things you can do to become and on-task citizen and help turn more of your friends and neighbors into on-task citizens.
Read the U.S. Constitution - It's amazing how few people in America have actually taken the time to read through the entire U.S. Constitution; but, the document is actually not that long and it is the foundation upon which this nation was built.
Read Good Books - There are thousands of books available on governing, economics, and history that give good insight into our troubles today and solutions for our problems.
Watch/Read a variety of News - Never rely on any single news source. All sources have some inherent bias, so you need to be aware of what is being said on both ends of the political spectrum and examine data/evidence critically to figure out what is happening.
Share your ideas with others - You can blog, write a book, network on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and dozens of other social networking sights. Not only can you educate others, but you will also learn a lot as you network with others who are sharing the truth.
Whatever you decide to do, never give up. This election season is just one small battle in one very long war to return this country to Constitutional governance. It will take a lot of time and patience to educate a disinterested public about what is at stake in this country. Every time a naive bystander is transformed into an on-task citizen, a victory has been won. Celebrate those victories as you carry on in the fight.