In Frank Herbert’s Dune the reader is told that the “world is supported by four things: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the righteous, and the valor of the brave. But all of these are as nothing without a ruler who knows the art of ruling.” He might have added that naught avails a ruler without followers willing to follow. Today Saudi Arabia rejected a seat on the UN Security Council to which it had been unanimously elected in protest against “its long-time patron United States’ overtures to Iran, among other peeves,” according
Comments: Again the inestimable Wretchard applies his penetrating logic like a rural Tennessee three-pointed bullfrog gig-spear to that walking shadow: that poor player Obama, who struts and frets his hour on the world stage, and then is heard no more, managing to alienate America´s long term allies while causing our enemies to speed up their nefarious plans, knowing that he won´t act in America´s interest until it is too late.
While this is a good read, the presumption here is that BO is incompetent and has his head in some obsolete view of America that is no longer true.
Hmmmm. Giving BO the benefit of the doubt does not seem wise, given his capacity to make decisions that are harsh and tyrannical. Just one example is the closing of the National Monuments during the shutdown. It was almost as if it was planned in advance.
It is hard not to be a conspiratist when thinking about how far America has declined in such a short period of time. Is it possible these "moves" of Bo and his team is ideological with an endgame America will not tolerate once it is fully exposed.
Why is it the only warriors on the playing field are a limited number of brave Tea Party strategists who are being undermined by the so called conservative moderates (an oxymoron if there ever was one).
For America to survive this nonsense, the true Patriots in America have to rise up and be heard. They need to let Congress know that caving into the ONE is a recipe for more of the same at an accelerating rate.
America is on the brink of a major collapse culturally, socially and economically. All thanks to this socalled incompetent in the WH. Seems to convenient a truth to be true. There must be more to it than a failure to execute. This is a trend - and behind every trend is a strategy. America needs to wake up before they are totally anesthetized.
So now that Obama has rid America of all of her long-time allies, the only friends he now claims are Communists or jihadist Muslim theocrats.
The Founders, let alone our war vets since our Founding, are spinning in their graves. Their blood will be on Obama´s hands come the next war. He has made this world a far more dangerous place for peaceful, decent people, especially for Christians. (What is that ring he wears, anyway?)
What´s the next move? Just announce an alliance between nuke-ready Iran and the United States in order to further Sharia Law on our shores? We´re already getting schools shutting down for Muslim holidays. Shall we now begin Muslim Studies as mandated courses while we broom the schools of even mentioning Christmas or (heaven forfend) Jesus?
All of this makes Glenn Beck looks positively prophetic, prescient and brilliant. Never thought I´d say that.
Isn´t it interesting that the more bizarre the imagined outrages, the more likely they are to happen under this President?
"A seat on the Security Council was a prize, back when the Security Council meant something."
And when was that? Certainly not in the past two decades. For every country that wants us to intervene in another troubled country´s business, there are ten countries who want us to butt out. I would agree with ignoring Syria if Obama hadn´t triggered their problems in the first place. His ability to "fix" things has been disproven over and over. His ability to create catastrophe is beyond question, both here and abroad.
However, if he were the least bit competent, America would be crushed already. If you can´t complete your agenda in five years of destroying the greatest country on earth when you hold the position of Dictator-in- Chief, you are about as lame as they come.
So True! Our country´s future is some other country’s past. That´ why many could and can see what it coming. That Glenn Beck looks positively prophetic is simply because he has studied history and can put like with like, and he studies well. Many of us here were justifiably concerned about Obama before he was elected in 2008 for the same reasons. We could see our future because of Barry´s past, in principle, just not detail. In Barry´s world America is one big communal apartment building where one man´s floor is another man´s ceiling and the Obamboozler will not stop moving us "Forward" until we´re in the basement!
Yes, it´s true that Obama wants this country in ruins as in Cloward and Piven. I´ve said before, he´s not smart enough to do this or even write his own speeches. The little man is standing in front of the curtain and there´s a dynamic force working behind it.
Zero is an incompetent ideologue. His every move is to make the US pay for its injustices. He knows exactly what he believes but has no idea how this nation, or the world, would be affected once his ideals are implemented. This is a very dangerous administration and we have 3 years to go with Hillary waiting in the wings.
The last sentence of this powerful article hits home... "He always fights the last war and can’t even remember who won it, except to remain confirmed in his conviction that the future is some other country’s past."
And this great line as well... "He’s right on schedule to implement Obamacare in about 3 years time, when the website finally comes online, just in time to realize the government can’t afford it, and neither can its members."
The shutdown of the National Monuments was pre planned. I have this opinion for two reason which are quite simple. One, the signs were pre printed all over the country and ready on a moment´s notice to place in the parks. Two, the fences wired together were either new or freshly painted and so readily available. Three, the message to make the life of any individual wanting to enter the park was to make the experience as uncomfortable as possible.
But getting to Obama. He is following the teachings of a man who wrote his thoughts down for socialism years ago. He´s stuck in the words of a man who lived long ago. Time changes all things and Obama isn´t a creative thinker in solving problems in a constructive way for the betterment of this country, but he is darn good at being vindictive.
I really like this: "The Saudis are especially concerned about Obama’s blunders in ________ (fill in the blank)". Blunders R Us. The legacy of The Anointed One. Yes ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! The One who Won is the One we have been waiting for. I bet Zero Hero thought that if he supported his buds in the Mooslum Bruthahood that the Saudi´s would like him. Looks like he thought wrong.
And the mess he created will devolve to the next president, who will have the right to blame his predecessor, but won´t, because he (or she) is not as petty and psychologically damaged as our current, ahem, "leader."
I think it is very ironic, that what Richard details, is exactly the things Glenn Beck was saying four years ago. But, Beck is nuts and Richard is "sooo brilliant" for observing the obvious? I knew the folks on the left were and are just plain nuts. But, some of our folks on the right need to wake up to reality, too.
i don´t understand this Saudi Arabia thing, but as to this president living in the past and trying to nail down victories per scorecards of long ago - i totally agree, and again note this was apparently why president Buchanan failed to halt the slide into civil war. The country was worrying about slavery but Buchanan thought the whole issue was an unfortunate diversion from his commitment to westward expansion - he wanted to be just like Polk or Pierce or Fillmore or whoever it is that gained all that territory. He wanted to be Just Like Whoever it was, and now they are all forgotten, and only Lincoln is remembered. Lincoln read the signs of the times and took the side of enduring truth in the culture wars.
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Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
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