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Roger L. Simon

Leaderless America on Labor Day

September 2nd, 2013 - 12:10 am

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Conservatives and libertarians can rejoice, if they wish, at the spectacle of Barack Obama proving once again — and perhaps more definitively than ever — that he is the worst president of the modern era, through his utter mishandling of the Syrian situation.

But they ought to wipe the smirks off their faces, because here’s the bitter truth: The GOP bench — the right-wing or even center right-wing presidents in waiting — isn’t a helluva lot better. Not enough, anyway.

At no time in our history, at least in my increasingly long lifetime, has there been such a dearth of key political leadership in our country on both sides of the ideological divide — and at a moment when the world seems about to explode.

Much as they have a great deal to recommend domestically, I’m sorry but Ted Cruz and Rand Paul — the leading “conservatarian” lights of the Senate — do not seem prepared to deal with Syria, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaeda, North Korea, and, of course, Russia and China.

It is not enough to roll up the libertarian gangplanks and let the insane of the world blow each other up. That policy rarely works. It certainly didn’t in the 1930s. The insane of the world have a way of coming back to bite you. They’re doing their best at this very moment.

This is a sad Labor Day. America needs serious leadership and it doesn’t have it. Say what you want about this country, about its mistakes and its flaws, but a Pax Americana has prevailed since World War II. And that Pax has been a great positive for humanity. The Obama era seems to be ending it.

And the leadership pool does not look capable of recovering it. No Reagans are in the offing.

On the Democratic side we have the addle-brained Biden and the dishonest, selfish Hillary.

On the Republican side… who?

No one of real stature.

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Roger, Rroger, Roger. We do not have to do anything about the Muslim world, except to punish them, hard, if they attack us. Otherwise, we cannot impose a settlement on them. They have to figure it out themselves. Sadly, it will cost many lives, but that's human history.

We do need to get our own house in order right now.
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This is a MUSLIM vs MUSLIM war with Sunnis fighting Shia we have no dog
in this fight. Let the ARAB League whose members are floating in Totally
UNDESERVED OIL Revenue fight this fight. Their WAR their PEOPLE.
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While we may have some honorable men who may turn out to be effective leaders on the conservative side, I do not think the problem is a lack of leadership on the republicans. I think the real problem is that our citizens have been dumbed down and failed by the public education system, by the pop culture, the main stream media and the constant proganda from the left that has now criminalized any non-progressive thinking.
This citizenry elected this president not once but twice. We knew what his background was and we knew he was unfit for office. So no surprise that he just so happened turned into a lazy "lead from behind" community organizer. Great campaigner and speech maker but other than that a fairly empty suit. A get this we are probably a heartbeat away from electing another serial loser in Hillary Clinton. A person in the eyes of our citizenry who think she is the greatest SEC OF STATE EVVAA!!
Yes we may lack leaders but the public needs to wake up too. Fat chance that will happen any time soon.
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Roger, You are right. It is very depressing. I am disgusted with Obama's incompetence. And I am also more than a little aghast to listen to conservatives and libertarians saying Hell No we won't go as if they were Code Pinkers. When Bush was president I thought it was wrong from Democrats to use the war to attack Bush. I thought it was wrong to put partisan politics and personal ambition ahead of the country. Now, I see people on the right doing much the same thing. It is as if they could care less if Iran's toady Assad gassed his own people. Nothing to do with us they say.. I heard Rubio say today that it should not have gotten to this point. Well yes, that is true, but then again what brave Republican was out there 2 years ago saying we should get involved in Syria? No one of course. They can say the polls look bad for this. Well, I am sure that if a poll was done on December 6, 1941 with the question...should we go to war with Japan and Germany that most Americans would have said no to that too...but then again Germany and Japan made that choice for the US. And Iran will make that choice too I fear.
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I'm just not sure what you're suggesting we do, Roger. We should've destroyed Hezbollah the day they bombed our Marine barracks. But Reagan didn't. What are you suggesting? Assad is a tyrant. Okay. So what? There are a lot of tyrants in the world. They can't threaten Israel. Not really. If they tried we would destroy them with the full support of the American people. What is the point in overthrowing Assad when likely as not Al Qaida would gain power?
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"Much as they have a great deal to recommend domestically, I’m sorry but Ted Cruz and Rand Paul — the leading “conservatarian” lights of the Senate — do not seem prepared to deal with Syria, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaeda, North Korea, and, of course, Russia and China."
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It has been noted by past Presidents that no one is totally prepared for the job.. What matters is the character of the person, the intellect, reasoning ability, the beliefs that make up the core of the man/woman. That is where they will turn to when faced with difficult decisions. That is one trait that made Reagan a great leader. He was confident enough in his own character to do what he thought was the thing to do.

Compare that to the current potus and the difference is obvious.

The problem we now face is we have a person in the oval office that has no core of "American" values. One who's intellect was extremely over-hyped and has no background of any worth while accomplishment in his life time.
To put it in common terms, He is and has been a half-asser all his life..
The results are what we now have, chaos. It only reflects the person himself.

JMO.. but Romney would have probably been a very good President for all the reasons I stated above and more.

2016.. again jmo.. I expect Ted Cruze to emerge as the obvious conservative choice, again, for all the reasons stated above and more..

I want whats good for America. Obama is Not good for America that is plainly obvious.
As I have heard said, A rising tide lifts all boats. That is the American way,

The leftist way of divide and conquer.. is the path to our end.

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So long as the mainstream media act as a mouthpiece for the Democrat party and continue to commit civilly irresponsible sins of omission in fair reporting conservative ideas will be mired in a tar pit.

So long as more than half the country can vote themselves benefits to be doled out by Democrat enablers and new waves of poor dependent immigrants continue to pour in - and they can vote too! -- the system is corrupted and rigged.

How to have a peaceful revolution to re-establish Constitutional order?
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I wouldn't characterize Cruz as a libertarian on foreign policy. It's certainly not accurate to lump him in wholesale with the Pauls. Though he has departed from the hardcore hawks in the Bush wing of the party, I think he asks important questions on issues that have avoided debate for too long. Cruz professes to be a Reagan "peace through strength" guy. On Syria he said recently, "Assad’s murderous actions have claimed the lives of more than a hundred thousand of his own people, which is a humanitarian tragedy. But our chief strategic concern should not be international norms; it should be preventing the chemical weapons from falling into the hands of al Qaeda or other terrorists who might use them against us and our allies."

I think it's a more balanced position than the McCain/Graham wing of the party that seems to want to shoot first and find out who the good guys are later.
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And BTW, I agree with you 100% that We the People are the key. There will be no Reagan riding in on a white horse to save us. A new president is not the answer for what ails our country.
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On the Republican side… who? No one of real stature.

I think that's unfair. The same could have been said of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.

And in the 2012 election, the Republicans had a good candidate in Mitt Romney, a man of goodwill with real executive experience. Yes it was a dreary campaign which failed to counter the incessant demonization by the Democrats and the MSM. But Romney would have made a far better President simply for his lack of malice and spite toward the opposing party - he'd have been President of all of us. And as a real executive he'd have gathered a Cabinet worthy of the name, and solicited their advice when dealing with new situations, unlike the Alinskyite currently in the white house who's going to personally punish Assad with 'my' military and who applies his eloquence and ingenuity in circumventing the Constitution he's supposed to defend.
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Clint Eastwood's empty chair was kinda prophetic, wasn't it?
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It's a debate between empty chairs. I cannot fathom why the WH clown car waited so long to hand off to the GOP congressional clown car. The GOP buffoons will no doubt find some way to make the US look worse and Obama look better.
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A sad situation indeed. I agree.
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Geez Rog, America will survive Obama melting down and the D party eating crow. It's a great American tradition to serve crow on a failed administration and Ya, it seems we do have little talent in the wings to replace them but ,well, that's the fun of politics isn't it?
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This is not 1980 and there is no eating crow on the part of the left. That is old school and the left has no intention of "eating crow". They will continue their attack on our freedom unabated,
The days of the left admitting they were wrong about anything are long gone..
They are committed to an agenda and nothing else matters.
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The key is no party eats their crow until they lose first. Until the dems lose control of both houses of congress, and the presidency, as repubs did in 2008, they wont question anything, they will just continue the lies. Only parties that have been defeated ever reform, victorious ones just become even more corrupt. The only way the dem party will ever reform is to spend a few years out in the wilderness wandering the desert, it did wonders for the Jews.
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Agreed. From the president on down to the lowest bureaucrat, they have learned that there is no price to be paid for in-your-face lying. Their lies are either ignored or excused by the press. In the event that something sticks temporarily, they simply ignore the feedback. Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS, NSA, etc., all just keep slowly dying on the vine.
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It doesn't do much good to point out the errors of the past. It is important that this country adopt a sensible and appropriate strategy for the future.
The forthcoming debate in congress, if any, provides a forum in which such a strategy can be developed.
The problem is that Assad is a pathetic figure unworthy of our notice. Something must be done and done fast about the evils of that have taken place, but attacking this non-entity is not going to solve anything.
Our proper strategy is to declare war on the force of which Assad is a mere puppet. And that is the government of Iran.
It supplied the saran, it is responsible for the Syrian government's strategy and its existence. It has introduced nuclear threat into Eurasia, explicitly threatening Israel with nuclear attack, and making clear that it intends to bully the other Persian Gulf countries and even Euroipe with similar threats as soon as its nuclear aspirations are achieved.
Having done this and threatening the world, it leaves itself open to a nuclear attack on its own facilities.
The United States should declare war on the Giovernment of Iran, and offer it the opportunity of surrendering or seeing its nuclear facilities obliterated in short order, with the death of many of its citizens on its hands.
An attack on Iran may be necessary, and we should prepare to inflict it with all means at our disposal.
Syria will fall by the wayside without much trouble with its Iranian support gone, a condition required for Iranian surrender.
War between the civilized world and the government of Iran is inevitable. For it to begin with a sneak nuclear attack from shipboard by Iran is the alternative we face to the policy just described.
If that is what you want, than you will get to see it, if you survive.
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