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Aristotle on Crimea

March 17th, 2014 - 7:43 am

What exactly are you going to do about that, Mr. President?  (UPDATE: Besides, I mean, the pretend sanctions against 11 individuals that caused such hilarity among the Russians yesterday?) For five years, you’ve been jetting around the world at vast expense to apologize for America. You apologized to the Muslims. You apologized to Hugo Chavez. You bowed deeply to the Saudi despot. You cancelled the promised missile defense programs for Poland and the Czech Republic, thereby both selling out important allies and waving the flag of weakness to the country that, come to think of it, might just be American’s “number one geopolitical foe,” as someone once said.

It’s all starting to unravel, isn’t it? The preposterous and hideously expensive socialized medicine program you shoved down the throats of the American people with no Republican support and against the will of a majority of the people: Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass it to find out what’s in it. Well, you bribed, cajoled, and threatened to get it passed, and now the American people are indeed finding out what’s in it. “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, period.” You said that over and over and over. You knew it wasn’t true. But you decided to lie to the American people in order to set about “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”  That’s what you promised to do in 2008.  And boy have you made good on that promise.  For the first time in history, America’s credit rating was downgraded. You didn’t like that, and your secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, threatened Standard & Poor’s over the downgrade. Why didn’t the press howl over that abuse of government power?  Because they’re slavishly devoted to you. But even that support is beginning to fray.  Your deployment of the Internal Revenue Service to harass your political opponents: how long do suppose you can get away with that?  Even the supine media is beginning to bristle. And now that the rest of the world is waking up to your weakness, and your incompetence, what will happen? You campaigned on a promise to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. But you have gone out of your way to assure that it will. What then? China just unilaterally extended its air rights in the South China Sea. What are you going to do about that? And yesterday, Putin engineered a vote in which Russia takes back a large piece of Ukraine.

H. L. Mencken is said to have observed that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.  That’s a pretty good witticism.  But it isn’t quite true. If only he had substituted “the American political class” or “the American media,” then it would have been true as well as witty.

Meanwhile, those very American people you, like Mencken,  hold in such contempt: they are waking up.  They do not like what you are doing to this country. Which is why your approval rating is in the 30s.  That’s Bush territory. And all signs are that the impending direction is south. It may seem extreme now, in March 2014.  But just wait.  I reckon it won’t be long before you’re faced with one of those unhappy dilemmas I mentioned at the outset. Abdication or resignation may be one option. The other begins with “i.” But that’s something that no establishment Republican wants to broach. Not yet, anyway. Not yet.

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52% of the American people chose this man. Even after the failures of his first administration the majority of American voters chose him again. This is not something the media and the political class did to us, this is something our friends and family chose to inflict upon us.

We must never forget that.
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Our biggest geopolitical foe is the Democrats who want to transform America as we know it out of existence.
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Why the accusatory tone, Mr. Kimball?

Why do you cling to the manifestly false notion that any of this is a surprise or is unwelcome to the person we know as Barack Obama?

Look at this man's known history of political affiliations from his childhood right up until his Chicago days. Look at the character of the "church" where he was married, where his daughters were "baptized", and in whose pews he sat for twenty years.

This man was brought up to despise the United States, its people, its culture, and everything we stand for. "Bitter clingers" and all that...

I say that only a stuttering simpleton cold not have foreseen what kind of course he'd set our nation if we were so foolish as to put him in the Oval Office.

But we did...twice...and now we reap the bitter fruits of our national idiocy.

Our finances are beyond repair, our military strength is sapped, our morala are compromised, our reputation abroad is in tatters, our government is turned against us, our people are jobless and we are set to making war against ourselves. Everywhere we are in retreat, our victories abroad,(and they WERE victories), have been abandoned.

If you think that Crimea and the Ukraine are the worst of what we have to suffer under this traitor, you are deluding yourself. There is much much worse to come.

Once again...read Allen Drury's "Come Nineveh, Come Tyre", of his "Advise and Consent" series, and all of this becomes clear. Drury saw what would happen to us from the time of the Leftist putsch of Richard Nixon.

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Putin has a plan. Obama is playing opportunistic defense without any understanding of his opponent. Obama can't move his feet that fast. The layups will continue.
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There will be NO impeachment of this president, as much as I'd like to have seen it. Why? Because it would be a useless gesture. What would be gained? It wouldn't undo what's he's done already. Two. NEVER will but handful of Republicans allow it, much less Democrats. Three. It's to late. Less than three years left. Come on, there is no way a consensus will be built, a trial started and finished before he's out of office anyway. Four. The media won't let it happen. Talk of impeachment is so much mental masturbation, it gets you off thinking about it but it will never be the real thing.
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My regularly repeated rant - - -
For every comment made, eventually support or donate to a win capable, conservative U.S. Senate candidate. Enough for an impeachment conviction would be nice. But enough to get the U.S. Senate functioning again as designed would be a good start. The ____-in-WH has already proven he will only get worse. An epiphany of conscience and character is him? Pshaw. The LIV treasuring the birthright earned by their betters? Not a chance. In the now unfortunate minority now? Transform the fear and the unending helplessness into action that will start on corrections. Vent, then do something predictably and obtainably effective.
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Sir,

Are you writing about America's interests, or the New Age interest?

The majority of Americans do not support using American assets to destroy countries, or help cause civil war in support of a global banking agenda. The majority of Americans believe in the G-d of Noah, limited government, the Constitution, and Bill of Rights.

The in fighting inside of Ukraine has been going on since the 12th century, and the eastern half of that country is aliened with Russia since the 18th century. Tell me again what is the American people's national interest in the Ukraine?

The American people's national interest is not pushing perversity, I mean diversity, homosexuality, and a Constitution without G-d like Europe. Screw the New Age agenda. I think that is what Russian just said to.
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Any male with a normal JHS & HS experience as to wussess and frauds could see this coming. The Russians did not not have to go through a lot of research or profiling when the ascendancy of the reignor-in-WH started in '07 - 08. Then with his mouth and dithering it all became too obvious. So, Putin did the calculations and acted knowing he would succeed.
Sadly, all this is lost on the enablers and the LIV who even returned a malevolent incompetent to the most important job on the planet. Somebody really had loss of a key growth experience not being waylaid in a locker room.
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Well, H.L. Mencken, observing the boundless gullibility of the American electorate electing and re-electing an unvetted, unaccomplished, lying little blowhard, I think would have been secure in his pronouncement on the intelligence of the American people.
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I keep seeing Vlad's mini-me saying, "You astronauts on the Space Station? The fare home is now one hundred billion dollars!

Each!
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The mileage Putin gets from the US having to beg Russia for lifts into space makes me think that he'll want to keep the taxi ride going for a long time.

Especially since at that price, Space-X would immediately get the contract. They've already done it, and Obama would claim credit for it.
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"Even the supine media is beginning to bristle."

I think that's the only incorrect statement in the essay. I'm just not seeing any evidence of it.
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Obama would probably love a little war with Russia and/or China. Woodrow Wilson was told by his advisers that the only way they could possibly make the progressive changes they wanted to make to the US, including ditching as much of the Constitution as possible, would be to get into WWI and hope it would be a long one. The reason is that war means government control over the economy and people as necessary to feed the war effort. War also tends to make people stupidly in the beginning.

Wilson didn't succeed fully because the war ended too soon after the US got into it. He did give us the federal reserve though and some other gems that FDR later expanded on.

War now would allow Obama to activate all those vast powers he assigned himself by executive order. The Constitution would be null and void and all those cops/stormtroopers could be unleashed on Americans, who would already be having a tough time what with frozen bank account, insurance cancelled, inflation, etc. So war over in the Crimea or even a city lost to a nuke would be just the thing.
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PJMedia comments can be damned depressing, since we have lots of intelligent folks who actually know history.

Better than unicorns and rainbows, though. At least we get to see it coming.
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What goes around comes around, and hard.
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