Filed under: Election 2008, Europe, Foreign Policy, History, National Security, The United States, United Kingdom | Tags: A Blog in The Telegraph, Obama Foreign-Policy Tour, The G20 Meeting in Europe
Sorting out a stack of old stuff, I ran across a couple of 5½ year old pieces that I saved for one reason or another. A little history. This one came from a blog in the Telegraph (UK) on April 10, 2009, by Gerald Warner. ________________
“President Barack Obama has recently completed the most successful foreign policy tour since Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow. You name it, he blew it. What was his big deal economic programme that he was determined to drive through the G20 summit? Another massive stimulus package, globally funded and co-ordinated. Did he achieve it? Not so as you’d notice.
Barack is not the first New World ingenue to discover that European leaders will load him with praise, struggle sycophantically to be photographed with him and outdo him in Utopian rhetoric. But when it comes to the critical moment of opening their wallets—suddenly it is flag-day in Aberdeen. Okay, put the G20 down to inexperience, beginner’s nerves, what you will.
On to Nato and the next big objective, to persuade the same European evasion experts that America, Britain and Canada should no longer bear the brunt of the Afghan struggle virtually unassisted. The Old World sucked through its teeth, said that was asking a lot—but, seeing it was Barack, to whom they could refuse nothing, they would graciously accede to his wishes.
So The One retired triumphant, having secured a massive contribution of 5,000 extra troops— all of them non-combatant, of course —which must really have put the wind up the Taliban, at the prospect of 5,000 more infidel cooks and bottle-washers swarming into the hazardous regions of Afghanistan.
Then came the dramatic bit, the authentic West Wing script, with the President wakened in the middle of the night in Prague to be told that Kim Jong-Il had just launched a Taepodong-2 missile. America had Aegis destroyers tracking the missile and could have shot it down. But Uncle Sam had a sterner reprisal in store for li’l ole Kim…a multi-megaton strike of Obama hot air.
“Rules must be binding,” declared Obama, referring to the fact that Kim had just breached UN Resolutions 1695 and 1718. “Violations must be punished.” (Sounds ominous) “Words must mean something.” (Why Barack? They never did before for you—as a cursory glance at your many speeches will show).
President Pantywaist is hopping mad and he has a strategy to cut Kim down to size: he is going to slice $1.4bn off America’s missile defence programme, presumably on the calculation that Kim would feel it unsporting to hit a sitting duck, so that will spoil his fun. Watch out, France and Co, there is a new surrender monkey on the block and, over the next four years, he will spectacularly sell out the interests of the West with every kind of liberal-delusionist initiative on nuclear disarmament and sitting down to negotiate with any power freak who wants to buy time to get a good ICBM fix on San Francisco, or wherever. If you thought the world was a tad unsafe with Dubya around, just wait until President Pantywaist gets into his stride.
Filed under: Election 2008, History, Progressivism, The United States | Tags: A Gush of Feelings, Riding a Wave of Emotion, The Inaugural Glow
Going through a bunch of stuff I had saved for one reason or another, I ran across this, which I offer up without comment:
Over at National Review, in 2009, a reader wrote to Jay Nordlinger, sending him something that had appeared in his inbox that morning.
It is Sunday evening about 9:30. [So-and-so] and I were just watching the pre-inaugural events in Washington and were quite moved by the purity and optimism being expressed. So I came up with an idea, and a request. Please know that this has no political agenda. I want to appeal to that inner dimension of you/us that runs deeper than politics or religion or race or nationality or gender or sexual orientation or age or body size or physical abilities or whatever else we can use to keep ourselves lost in the painful illusion that we are separate from one another and from our own divinity and from Mother Earth. The following is an invitation to participate in a collective visualization that could help turn the course of the human race and of Mother Earth
So here goes:
On Tuesday morning, during the swearing-in ceremony of Barack Obama, let’s constructively use the energy of the love that will be flowing in abundance all around the world during the whole morning, especially during his speech. The invitation is to first feel into the energy and inspiration that is being touched in you by watching the morning’s events.
Then, at some moment during Obama’s speech, close your eyes and begin to visualize these very moments are literally the turning point in world history. Know that this speech will be referred to by future generations as the defining moment that everyone had been waiting for. See people all over the world be inspired by Obama’s kind heart and his safe presence and his uncanny intelligence.
Then allow your heart to become even more tender and allow yourself to be gently touched and moved that, at last, there is an end to the fear and hatred in our hearts. The fear and hatred that have perpetuated the recent downward spiral of violence, wars and economic contraction. Literally, close your eyes and visualize this very moment as the beginning of the emergency of a new level of harmony within yourself, with your family and neighbors, and with all human beings no matter what their race, religion, nationality, sexual preference, body size or capabilities, or any other way we see ourselves as separate or different, rather than looking to the deeper levels where we are all the same. We just want to love and be loved.
The environment is recovering as human beings are at last attuned to Nature’s beauty and sensitive balance. We are taking the dramatic steps necessary to reverse the violence we have done to her. See people’s priorities shifting to simply enjoying Nature and one another, living in the abundance created by loving one another.
If this suggestion feels right to you, tune in on Tuesday and play your part in allowing Obama’s inauguration to be a turning point in human history. You and I have the power to change the world with our hearts.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Election 2008, Liberalism, Politics, Progressivism, Statism, The Constitution | Tags: Blaming Bush Forever, Faultless Lawless Obama, Lies and Corruption
What politicians have not learned is that their words and faces will be preserved on YouTube or another of the many, many video sources, and the videos will be dug up, and when you say something really stupid, hoping people will believe it in spite of all evidence to the contrary — there you are, preserved for all time. Bwa-haha-ha-ha-ha.
Or Neener, Neener, Neener, whichever you prefer.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Election 2008, Politics, Taxes | Tags: Billions Wasted, Taxpayers' Money, Waste and Fraud
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Election 2008, Freedom, Politics, The United States | Tags: "A Conflict of Visions", Old Ideas, The Nineteen Thirties
This is from 2008, before the election, but I ran across it and it’s interesting how prescient Tom Sowell is. And it seemed to fit with my previous post.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Election 2008, Politics | Tags: Not "For the Kids", Unrepresented Taxpayers, Wisconsin 's Screaming Mob
Wisconsin Republican Senator Glenn Grothman was chased and trapped by an out-of-control mob as he tried to enter the Wisconsin capitol building. It was a remarkably ugly scene. He had to be rescued by one of his Democrat colleagues who was with the demonstrators.
The nation is facing a fiscal crisis of historic proportions, and the big spending Democrats who were removed from office in November are still refusing to acknowledge that there is a debt crisis. In state after state, even normally Democratic states like Wisconsin, voters sent Republicans into office to put things in order. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker faces a $3.6 billion budget shortfall over the next two years. He is required by law to balance the budget. The interesting thing is that the unions would prefer to lay people off than lose power. We have Democrats desperately defending the status quo. Republicans trying to rescue the state from a fiscal meltdown.
Walker faces tough choices. He proposed that state workers contribute a little more to their pension and health-care benefits, and started a revolution. Teachers called in sick, schools closed, demonstrators massed at the capitol and moved into the capitol building. Democrat legislators, who didn’t have the votes, left the state to prevent the legislature from having a quorum.
The public quickly came to understand that although they were expected to pay the bill for public workers’ benefits, they were unrepresented at the bargaining table. The deal is that public employees pay their dues to the union, the union spends the dues on campaign funds to elect their preferred Democrat candidate to office, where he will bargain with the union on their benefit package which he hopes will be generous so the union will again support his campaign. A cozy and corrupt game, and one that cash-strapped states can no longer afford.
Democrats have chosen not to recognize the results of the election in Wisconsin. They may insist loudly that they are “doing it for the kids,” but as usual, it merely proves that what they care about is control and power. Democrats have tried to whip up the mob with claims that the Libertarian Koch brothers — well, it’s entirely unclear exactly what they are trying to blame on the Koch brothers — but it’s clear that the Kochs are guilty because they are very rich. And “the rich,” by definition, deprive the poor of their money unjustly. How that works is also unclear.
Since the teachers had to go back to school, we don’t know just who comprises the screaming mob. President Obama has sent in volunteers from Organizing for America, private sector unions are there in solidarity with the public unions, and there seems to be a number of students. Madison is a university town.
The usual rabble-rousers have turned up to rouse the rabble. The President is improperly siding with the unions, but that is nothing new. His Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis, believes that her job is to support the unions rather than American workers That they understand neither tradition or propriety is not surprising. That they deny there is a fiscal crisis is not really surprising either, but it is a very big problem.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Economy, Election 2008, Energy | Tags: China, Creating Jobs Abroad, Stimulus Bill
The “Stimulus Bill” (the American Recovery and Investment Act) allocated around $2 billion to support wind power, thus promoting American energy independence while creating American jobs of the very best “green” kind.
Last October, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University reported that a consortium of U.S. and Chinese companies announced a deal to build a $1.5 billion wind farm in Texas, using imported Chinese turbines.
The project is expected to create some temporary construction jobs in America, but some 2,000 manufacturing jobs will be created in China. Of the 1,807 turbines that will be erected on 28 wind farms receiving grants, foreign owned manufacturers built 1,219, according to the workshop report. The installation of these turbines may have created as many as 6,838 manufacturing jobs overseas.
In its 2009 year-end report, the American Wind Energy Association acknowledged that despite billions in stimulus spending, there had been a net loss in manufacturing jobs. CEO Denise Bode estimates the manufacturing job loss at 1,500.
Investors Business Daily notes that:
Last March, a cargo of steel towers was unloaded at the port of Vancouver, Wash. They were made in Vietnam for a Danish wind company and destined for a Portuguese wind farm in Indiana that got a stimulus grant.
If we were allowed to drill for our own oil and gas, and bring in the offshore oil that we know to be there, we would be creating thousands of high-paying permanent jobs.
But China isn’t beholden to the environmental lobby for electoral campaign money. They are working hard and successfully to develop their manufacturing sector and searching for the energy supplies to support that sector.