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Improving International Relations one Step at a Time. by American Elephant

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has received a letter from 327 members of the U.S. House of representatives — three quarters of the House — expressing concern that “the highly publicized tensions” in US Israeli ties will “not advance the interests of either state. The letter makes no mention of the extent to which President Obama has contributed to the tensions and their publicity, but the letter can be seen as a rebuke to the administration.

When Vice President Biden was in Israel recently, a housing minister announced another step in the approval process for apartments being built in a Jewish sector of East Jerusalem — simply a routine bureaucratic announcement.  The Obama administration chose to assume that this was somehow a “settlement”, and that President Obama had the authority to tell the Israelis what they could do in their own country.  Another example of arrogant interference in other countries’ internal affairs.

The interference in Honduras’ constitutional questions was troubling.  President Obama came to office apparently deeply concerned about America’s “troubled relations” with the rest of the world.

He first insulted the British by summarily returning a bust of Winston Churchill that was on loan to the White House, then made a botch of diplomatic niceties with a visit from British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He insulted the Germans by ignoring their celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, skipped out on the formalities of his visit to Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, angered France, insulted the Danish King in Copenhagen, refused to offer verbal support to the British in their dispute with Argentina over the Falklands, continued to ask for talks without pre-conditions with the butchers of Tehran who are developing nuclear weapons to destroy Israel and the United States — while refusing even verbal support to Iranian dissidents.

He reportedly has formed a “good relationship” with Russia’s Medvedyev, but  we have no idea yet of what Obama has agreed to in the nuclear arms agreement he just signed.

Not Just a Blunder, but an Immense Blunder! by American Elephant
March 28, 2010, 9:31 pm
Filed under: Economy, Health Care, Taxes | Tags: , ,

This has been an amazing time.  President Obama, fresh from a victory in passing a very dirty health care reform bill, now feels it necessary to go out to “sell” ObamaCare.  Apparently some 54 (?) speeches before the vote in Congress didn’t succeed in selling it, so he’s now going to give some more speeches — mostly to sneer at and disparage those who cry “Repeal.” This is probably not wise.

The bill passed by a very tiny margin, and passed only because of sleazy backroom threats and bribes, by a Democrat Congress that clearly isn’t  enamored with what they have wrought.  It passed in the face of the vast disapproval of the American public, who expressed themselves very clearly in poll after poll.  The people do not like this bill.  They did not want it, and as the folks who assume that they are getting free heath care wake up to reality, opposition will only climb.

Can it be repealed?  Those who have watched the British and the Canadians passively accept treatment that we would not stand for, because it is “free,”are afraid that it cannot be repealed.  But Americans thought Social Security and Medicare were good ideas at the time. They weren’t demanding ObamaCare, they were demanding jobs and a recovering business climate. Perhaps the greatest lack of communication ever.  Or the most arrogant choice to refuse to listen.

There was a time when we thought Prohibition was a good idea. It was a Constitutional amendment, for we were sure that it was a fine and permanent thing. It wasn’t and we repealed the amendment.

Slavery was the way of the world.  Every society on earth had practiced slavery, and in spite of an angrily divided country, we repealed that too.

The thing that I find most amazing are the folks who seem to think that it is time we imitated the more advanced Europeans. Where did they get the idea that Europeans are in any way more advanced? America has always been a beacon of freedom to the oppressed peoples of old Europe.

Our economy is in dreadful shape, and one business after another is reporting on the disastrous effects the health care bill will have on them.  The “jobs bill” just passed will do little to create any jobs, and Obamacare is a huge job killer.  But rather than directly address any of the real problems, the Democrats are urgently chasing old, tired, unworkable liberal ideas left over from failed administrations, from long ago.

Democrats told us back in 2004 that the trouble was that they didn’t have any ideas.  I’m afraid that for once, they were right.

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