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Countering Lawlessness,
Putin and Obama´s

Aspen Times (CO), by Melanie Sturm

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Posted By:AVFD15, 3/27/2014 8:46:52 AM

Since Teddy Roosevelt counseled, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” U.S. presidents have followed his advice, cautioning adversaries to resolve conflicts peacefully or suffer consequences. Even President Carter brandished America’s big stick upon learning that bad things happen when you’re not respected, prompting him to Think Again about deterrence given “the Soviets’ ultimate goals.” But today, after unilaterally “resetting” relations with repressive regimes including Iran and Russia — whose Ukraine incursion is “the gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War,” proclaimed NATO’s chief — America’s posture is more akin to “speak loudly and carry

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Conversely, on the domestic front, President Obama speaks powerfully and wields a bludgeon — a pen, a phone and a pledge to circumvent Congress by unilaterally re-writing, ignoring or negating laws he is constitutionally bound to “faithfully execute.”

Voters opposed to authoritarian governments with rubber-stamp legislatures — and their lawlessness — must stop the assault on America’s uniquely calibrated political system by speaking loudly and badgering politicians with big electoral sticks.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mark34, 3/27/2014 9:47:44 AM     (No. 9786481)

I was going to read the whole article, but I was dissuaded by the blatant embellishment that "U.S. presidents have followed his [Teddy Roosevelt´s] advice, cautioning adversaries to resolve conflicts peacefully or suffer consequences" (in the first sentence of the article).

I don´t know of any president who has ever cautioned "adversaries" (or any other countries) to "resolve conflicts peacefully or suffer consequences." It would be arrogant and unwise for any president to issue that kind of unenforceable threat.

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