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Icarus Descending, Dishonorably

June 5th, 2014 - 3:15 pm

If the speed with which one enormity follows another — Obamacare, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the VA scandal, the squandering of the American victories in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bergdahl/Taliban swap, the economy slipping back into recession, and, soon enough, unilateral de facto amnesty and the effective end of American border controls — dazzles you now, just wait: in pursuit of “fundamental transformation,” this president knows he has absolutely nothing to fear from a supine and cowardly Congress. My friend and PJ colleague Andy McCarthy couldn’t ask for a better series of pegs for his new book, Faithless Execution, and no doubt dozens more horrors will be added to the indictment in the coming weeks, months and years. About which, of course, absolutely nothing will be done.

All of the Obama team’s transgressions, however, boil down to one simple element: its lack of honor. As I wrote here at PJ recently:

Benghazi matters because it was and is a matter of national honor. And the men and women currently in charge in Washington have no honor.

Honorable people do not let American diplomats twist slowly in the wind while they attend “debate prep” and rest up for a shakedown meeting with the One Percent. Honorable people do not suddenly go AWOL while American soil is under attack. Honorable people do not fail to mobilize the formidable resources of the American military, even if it might not be possible for them to get there in time. Honorable people, under questioning by Congress, do not lose their temper and start shouting. Honorable people do not look the bereaved in the eye and lie about who and what killed their loved ones.

Further: honorable people do not go before the public on the Sunday talk shows and knowingly transmit a bald-faced lie. Honorable people do not continue to lie about what took place. Honorable people do not say “We are Americans; we hold our head high,” and then hang their heads in shame as they cut and run at the first sign of trouble. Honorable people do not continue to reward the dishonorable with ever-higher posts. Honorable people resign.

And until honorable people are restored to Washington — not credentialed Ivy League lawyers with high name recognition steeped in cheap Marxism and fashionable anti-American contempt, but genuine patriots who understand that something has gone terribly wrong with America and needs to be redressed — there will be no justice for the victims of Benghazi.

The Bergdahl disgrace follows this pattern. The gum-flappers currently occupying the seats of power in Washington — now we know what government of the Ivy League, by the Ivy League and for the Ivy League looks like — have no experience with the military (other than viewing the enlistees as people too stupid to get into Brown) and no appreciation for the old-fashioned virtues we used to call “American” before the eggheads took over. Obama positively drips with contempt for the country he nominally leads and in which he had so little formative experience. He and the rest of his crew are the simulacrum of Americans without any of the defining characteristics that once birthed a nation. The reason they never anticipated any blowback against the exchange was that they viewed Bergdahl as a victim who — as an added bonus — seemed to feel exactly the same way about the country and its armed forces as they do.

Ecce homo

Ecce homo

Which brings us to the instantly infamous Polish workout snaps. There comes a point in the descent when things go from smooth sailing to turbulence to headlong plummeting; by the time you hit ridicule, you know you’re in free fall.  As Allahpundit noted at Hot Air:

As a confirmed beta male myself, I’m no position to judge — although the eight thousand “Do you even lift, bro?” jokes on Twitter today did make me giggle. Remember back in the summer of 2008, at the zenith of Obamamania, when a German reporter claimed she watched him curl 32-kilogram, a.k.a. 70-pound, dumbbells? Either that was part of the Hopenchange hype or he’s lost a lot of mass since, so much so that this practically serves as a metaphor for how far he’s fallen. Don’t be too judge-y, though: In his defense, he’s going to be 53 this year and has a job that keeps him pretty busy, what with all the celebrity dinners and golfing and horrendously bad prisoner swaps and all.

The glide path that Obama has long enjoyed, the mysterious, weightless soar from Punahou to Occidental to Columbia to Harvard to the Illinois state senate to the U.S. Senate to the White House, reached its apogee on election night, 2012.  It’s all straight down from here.  Just ask Ovid, who tells the rest of the story in the Metamorphoses:

And now Samos, sacred to Juno, lay ahead to the left (Delos and Paros were behind them), Lebinthos, and Calymne, rich in honey, to the right, when the boy began to delight in his daring flight, and abandoning his guide, drawn by desire for the heavens, soared higher. His nearness to the devouring sun softened the fragrant wax that held the wings: and the wax melted: he flailed with bare arms, but losing his oar-like wings, could not ride the air. Even as his mouth was crying his father’s name, it vanished into the dark blue sea, the Icarian Sea, called after him. The unhappy father, now no longer a father, shouted ‘Icarus, Icarus where are you? Which way should I be looking, to see you?’ ‘Icarus’ he called again. Then he caught sight of the feathers on the waves, and cursed his inventions. He laid the body to rest, in a tomb, and the island was named Icaria after his buried child.

At least Daedalus could pick up the pieces. What will be left by January, 2017 that we will still recognize as America, and what will we do with it?

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An Israeli leader (Meir?) once said, "The Arabs have done one thing I can never forgive them for. They have forced our children to become killers".

That in mind, I always thought one of the most monstrous and appalling ideas that came from Lenin, and idea worth going to war to fight, was that "Worse is Better". i.e. it was an active communist goal to make things worse for everybody, as worse as possible, and thus put them in a proper revolutionary mood, so that then......

So Obama and crew have done, well, far more than one thing I can never forgive, but high up on the list? The fact that now "Worse is Better" for the United States of America. Because only a genuine nightmare, at this stage, only when people are going hungry, are cast into the street in large numbers, are truly and genuinely fearful of their government, are seeing people they know die at the hands of a government that has seized control of every aspect of their health and life..... and proceeded to screw it up six ways from Sunday.... as is their want --

ONLY then will people wake up and see what they have done. To themselves and to all of us. ONLY in agony. It is almost a downright criminal way to look at the world, and it is now my way.

And I know who to thank for that. So do you.
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"Ladies and gents, I give you the effective end of the Obama presidency."

As long as the Republican "leadership" in the House does not finally "man up", a rather unlikely possibility, and reign Obama in, his Presidency will very much continue. Actually his mere Presidency ended quite some time ago as his Pharoahship began.

Mr. Walsh believes that with all that you-know-what around, there must be a pony there someplace. Unfortunately, there probably isn't.
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Obama told Medvedev that his second term was going to showcase his "flexibility".

By that he meant he was going to bend America over. And, he has.

A nation with Pyramid Scheme Laws. None at the top, more and more of them accumulating at the bottom.

The Siblings and Spouses Media have begun their pivot to the Pantsuit Queen and appear to be coming out of their leg tingle phase for President Pants Crease.

The Obama administration is amassing scandals like barnacles on a whale. They don't seem to notice them and when they surface...they stream out a spray of lies and slander out of their collective blowhole...which, up until now...the Siblings and Spouses Media have suppressed, covered and distorted. Any reporter who dared to try to investigate...was blocked, then shunned, then terminated.

Now, in the Pantsuit Pivot, Obama is getting mildly touched. Since Hillary can't attack the Second First Black President without cratering her desperately needed base, she has to have the Siblings and Spouses rough up Obama for her....to create a little distance for her...enough for the independents and Reagan Democrats to see a faux difference between them.

This isn't really going to cause any deep cuts into the Woodstock Jihadists currently infesting every nook and cranny of government. Nor is there a hair's breadth of difference between the Alinsky Pantsuit and the Alinsky Pants Crease.

But, even though the economy is cratering, the borders are a sieve, our standing in the world is circling the drain and Obama is going to throw every communist anchor around our drowning necks...at least the Republicans will be there to deflate the life preservers.
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Vote. If we can get a veto-proof congress, obama can still be stifled.
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Sorry, JoeNobody, I just can't see it that way. If Americans don't have anything else in common, passing the buck is fairly universal. (The corollary to that is blaming OTHERS for passing the buck!) atich blames his enemies, - including those "Not of color or MSNBC! - the HOR blames the msm, we blame the "gutless republicans" and on it goes.

The answer? None of the above! IMHO. (Oh, and, digression alert! Please bear with me.) The only part of M/Walsh's article above I disagree with is his statement, "Americans exhausted by watergate..." We hear the same about "War-weary America."

America is NOT war-weary. (At least, not as "war-weary" as we are "defeat-weary!") Americans of 1974 were not "Watergate weary." We were TOLD - by the msm, TKA network news - that we are/were "weary." Fact is? When we hear something enough, especially by marketing experts, we tend to believe it.

We HAD aitch (obama) beat in 2012! We had a highly qualified, electable businessman and administrator ready to take the reins and undo everything aitch had done. (And then some.) BUT - the msm sold us on the idea he wasn't "exciting;" wasn't "electable." So, what did the MAJORITY of voters (Read, conservatives, moderates, independents and victims of 4 years of the worst adminstration in history.) DO? (Wait for it...) They-stayed-home!

aitch didn't "beat" Romney. The non-rabid-liberal voters simply outnumbered the "disenchanted" who were made to stay home by one of the costliest marketing snow jobs in American history.

The point, MY point I guess, is that we have to quit blaming anyone, sequestering ourselves in like-minded blogs and conservative news channels and get our butts - as well as those who do care - to the polls. That's the only way I can see aitch's 3rd & 4th terms, administered vicariously through hillary!, from coming about.

Or am I wrong?
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"You guys are being presented as lunatics for yet again questioning his policies."

We all accept that as a given. But the real lunatics remain the real lunatics, regardless of what the media does. Recent polls on Obama are showing serious opposition.
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You are joking aren't you?

Really, to think that he is getting some kind of come-uppance from ex-supporters is as demented as thinking he is doing just fine, which is still very very much how he is being presented by the media.

You guys are being presented as lunatics for yet again questioning his policies. He seems beyond caring now, a man driven to recklessness by his enemies. He can and will do anything he wants-and an impeachment would only help his cause and make him more popular.

This situation is good for...no one really...I mean even those who support him will ultimately suffer...you can not run the world on hypocrisy, demeritocracy and degeneracy.
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If ANY other president had done what this administration perpetrates on the American people on a daily basis, surely the response would be Articles of Impeachment. Ask yourselves WHY this hasn't happened with Obama and the question can only be answered one way...... It's simply because he's half black. That is what provides him perfect cover for every single illegal action he's taken in the past 5 1/2 years. The congress will NEVER impeach the first "black" president. They do not have the guts.
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In my opinion the reason for no impeachment is fairly easy to understand. During the Clinton impeachment, every single Dem Senator voted Clinton Not Guilty, even though he was clearly guilty of the charges with which The House impeached him.

It is quite clear to me, anyway, that the same would happen again with this bunch of lawless horse thieves serving under the reign of Harry "Cowboy Poet" Reid. I think the GOP doesn't want to go through the effort and risk of another impeachment for nothing.

If we keep the House and take the Senate in this election and the Presidency in the next, there is no reason I know of why the criminal could not be tried at that time for his high crimes and misdemeanors.
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I wonder, look forward with curiosity, to the day, the final hours before Obama leaves the WH for the last time. What will his parting words to the American people be? What impression will he leave us with? I expect bitterness masked by the usual 'I came..., I saw...,I tried...' The underlying message I don't think he'll be able to resist making -however indirectly- 'But because I was black...' and having the final word, he'll be off, leaving America to ponder yet another sin to weigh on its conscience. 'How could we have failed this great man?' I dunno.

It should be interesting.
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I don't much care what he says when he leaves as long as he goes and doesn't come back.
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I look forward to him coming back, as a defendant in a bunch of different trials and lawsuits.
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For Obama, the worst is yet to come.

The VA may be off the front pages for now but it is not going away. And neither is the worst of ObamaCare yet in effect, but this summer and fall people will be trying to use their new "coverage" and finding out how little it covers for double the old price.
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"Obama positively drips with contempt for the country"

Now that you mention it I've never heard this president praise the USA without a qualifier, usually more than one. He is the anti-patriot.
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Mr. Walsh, I believe that David Axlerod was associated with a Communist Party USA publication before working for the Chicago Tribune. He is not just a progressive.
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THE BERGDAHL EXCHANGE IS A WIN! WIN! WIN!
I think Obama kept Bergdahl in his back pocket. That is, he knew about him and he had his aides discuss prisoner exchanges with Congress, so he could have some deniability about Congress not being informed whenever he needed to play the 'Bergdahl card'. Here's the Three Wins: 1) It got the VA scandal off the front page, possibly all summer; 2) It released the most dangerous prisoners at Gitmo, so now Gitmo will be easier to close; Nothing earth-shattering so far, but the next 'win' has yet to be discussed: 3) Obama was able to leave Afghanistan with a big kiss-off to Karzai. Yes, our Liar-in-Chief is a very spiteful little man. He's had problems with Karzai in the past. Karzai wouldn't meet with him in his recent visit to Afghanistan, so ... let Karzai meet with the five Islamoscum that'll be fighting against him soon enough. And I'll release them so quickly after I leave Afghanistan, Karzai will know I really stuck it to him. And, maybe, I'll even get a Status of Forces agreement in time for the upcoming elections -- since (threat, threat) I can always release all of Gitmo. Let's face it, everything POTUS does is political -- even wiping his arse.
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