"Talk is Cheap"
by John Alexander Madison
July 30, 2013
As the president embarks on (yet) another cross-country campaign to promote his ill-advised, anti-growth policies last week he got off to a very poor start. His initial statement was “Listen, I give good speeches,” (President Obama, July 2013). Many would agree, the president reads well. However, take away the “twins” and the president would be likely reduced to a non-speaking, secondary role in the Ocean Spray cranberry commercials. It has been reported that there are also two Teleprompters just inside the private residence in The White House and every evening the president recites “Good night” from one and “Michelle” on the other. For heaven’s sake, can’t they put that all on one Teleprompter?
In an attempt to shed a positive light on our national leadership, I am compelled to report that since the attack on the United States Embassy in Benghazi last October President Obama’s Administration is “closely monitoring the situation.” In light of the loss of four true American Patriots, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, that is comforting to hear.
Then, when you thought things couldn’t be much worse, we learned that the Internal Revenue Service has been targeting Republican groups (read conservative) seeking tax-exempt status. In doing so, approval of their applications has been delayed in many cases for over three years. In response CNN reported that left-leaning groups have also been targeted. It turns out about 6 of them vs. more than 292 conservative-leaning groups. But in all fairness, President Obama has unequivocally stated “my administration is closely monitoring this.” I will sleep better at night knowing this, much better.
And if that isn’t enough, we now learn that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on U.S. citizens…access to our telephone records, e-mails, and much more. All in the name of national security. For the record, I fully support the role of our federal government to protect its citizens against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Gizmodo.com reports: “First we found out that the NSA had been keeping track of all of every single US Verizon customer's phone activity ever since the Boston bombing. Just (recently) we learned that tech companies were in on the act. And now? The punchline: According to NBC News, every single phone call made in the US has been monitored by the US government….It's understandable that in certain situations—suspected terrorism or federal crime come to mind!—wiretapping or collection of phone call metadata is helpful, even necessary. But every single phone call? Every one? NBC hasn't elaborated on its report yet, but if it holds water, if this information collection was as sweeping as it appears to be, it seems like a gross injustice to the American people. One that, sadly, no one seems particularly riled up about.” The good news here is both the Obama Administration and NBC News are “closely monitoring’ this situation. Sure glad it is a priority.
‘Gross injustice’ is an understatement and I don’t believe I am alone in being very ‘riled up’ about it.
On May 13, 2013, Breitbart.com reported that “President Barack Obama told the Mexican people that the United States is partly to blame for Mexico’s drug violence because of illegal drugs and gun smuggling. However, he did not mention the gun smuggling undertaken by his own administration under the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Operation Fast and Furious. Drug-fueled violence in Mexico is not entirely the fault of the Mexican people, he said. Instead, the United States shares the blame because much of the violence is centered around the Americans' demand for illegal drugs and the fact that guns are smuggled into Mexico from the United States. Obama also vowed to jail gun smugglers--though did not mention any members of his own administration: ‘We recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States...we’ll keep increasing the pressure on the gun traffickers who bring illegal guns into Mexico, and we’ll keep putting these criminals where they belong--behind bars.’ Far from pursuing the smugglers in Operation Fast and Furious, President Obama asserted executive privilege over documents related to the operation last year in an attempt to bar congressional investigations.” Mr. President, the family of Brian Terry deserves better than this. So does America.
While the legacy of the Obama Administration will certainly include the “Patient Protection and (un)Affordable Care Act,” a more enduring and memorable legacy may well be the dishonesty with which this president has communicated to every American with his endless rounds of shallow rhetoric. That translates to what some have called the “best b.s. artist to have ever occupied the White House.” I prefer to say the most unqualified person to ever reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. However, I am closely monitoring the situation and, if justified I will certainly modify my characterization. But don’t hold your breath.