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The Obama Double-Standard

Pointing at the Left & making accusations of double-standards is nothing new, I know.  For too many on the Left, double-standards just seem to be a way of life, and pointing out those double-standards is almost cliché in the conservative blogosphere.  But rarely do we have the Left’s double-standards so starkly displayed by the President of the United States himself than we do today.

Shortly after President Obama delivered his latest lie-fest (aka his “State of the Union” address), the news media started buzzing about how Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been invited to speak before a joint session of Congress, and that House Speaker John Boehner, whose office had made the invitation had -GASP- failed to notify or ask permission from the State Department.  For a few days there, I could swear that if I heard the words “breach of protocol” one more time, my head was going to explode.

obama_pout_xlargeThe White House then put on a collective pouting child act, acting hurt that a major world leader would come to the United States without meeting with His Lordship King Obama.  To the White House, this was a huge deal.  To the rest of us, it makes sense.

The Obama administration has never been a friend to Israel.  From the beginning, this president has paid lip service to being Israel’s ally, but always with an attitude approaching snide sarcasm.

When Israel went on a major offensive to prevent Palestinian terrorists from using tunnels to infiltrate their nation and murder their civilian population, the Obama State Department criticized them for making a strong offensive – despite the extreme lengths Israel goes to in every campaign to avoid civilian casualties, they cannot lift a finger to stop murdering terrorists without facing criticism.

But lately, the Obama administration has taken a stance toward Iran that is completely untenable to Israel.  The White House seems bound and determined to allow Iran to gain nuclear weapons capabilities, and right now is very publicly stating that the president will veto any legislation coming out of Congress to impose sanctions on Iran, which essentially amounts to continually spitting in the face of one of our closest allies.  The White House’s capitulatory stance toward Iran puts Israel at risk – especially considering that Iran is the primary supplier of the rockets that Hamas continuously and indiscriminately fires into Israel.  The rockets often miss their intended mark, but even a small nuclear payload in the form of a dirty bomb could be devastating.

After getting all pissy because Speaker Boehner decided to use his pen and his phone to unilaterally invite the Prime Minister to speak to Congress, the White House announced that they wouldn’t be meeting with Netanyahu while he was in Washington, due to a supposed “longstanding policy” to avoid meeting with leaders close to their elections – they wouldn’t want to influence foreign elections, after all.

Except that in 2009, President Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel right before her re-election.  And in 1996, then-President Bill Clinton met with Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres less than a month before elections.

Benjamin+Netanyahu+Chairs+Weekly+Israeli+Cabinet+aCQ4mtEabgelLet’s be honest: Barack Obama has a longstanding policy to avoid meetings with leaders he doesn’t like, and he doesn’t like leaders who take a strong stance against Islamic terrorism.  Obama’s only truly consistent side has been his insistence that it’s his way, or the highway.

But President Obama, and officials in his administration, have very high opinions of themselves, and they see this as a slight.  And to be slighted by someone they despise like Benjamin Netanyahu is intolerable.  And they are pissed.

 

And that, my friends, is the only reason why this is an issue at all.

What They Said They Would Do

My latest column is up at Right Wing News.

Here is an excerpt:

We conservatives who have been upset over the lame duck Congress’s passage of the $1.1 trillion CROmnibus bill last month have had a bit of a reprieve over the past couple of weeks, as the new Republican-controlled Congress moves forward with a much more conservative agenda.

Personally, I was, and still am pissed off at the House leadership’s tactics in pushing the CROmnibus through. A spending bill that large doesn’t get written overnight, yet they held on to it until the very last minute, forcing Congress into crisis mode to facilitate the bill’s passage – a common tactic in Washington these days. While they made some important cuts to the IRS and EPA, they should have been much more forthright in explaining their long-term strategy to their constituents, instead of running on stopping Obamacare and the president’s executive amnesty, and then pushing a massive spending bill through at the last minute that did neither. To say that it was very poorly handled is putting it lightly, and many conservatives will not soon forget, or forgive, this betrayal.

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But in late December, as I was voicing my opposition to the CROmnibus, and specifically expressing my disappointment in Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, in whose district I happen to live, Congressman McCarthy gave me a call. It took me quite by surprise, as I’ve only met Kevin a couple of times, but I was grateful for the opportunity to discuss my concerns with him directly, and to hear his perspective.

To his credit, the Republican Congress is moving on the exact agenda that Congressman McCarthy told me they would be working on.

Continue reading here.

America’s Religious War – Whether We Like It Or Not

Last week’s attack on the offices of the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo captured the world’s attention, and predictably, Progressive elements are yet again rising up to equivocate and excuse the actions of evil terrorist thugs. It seems that every time Islamic terrorists attack the civilized world, it is necessary for some to wring their hands over the possibility of anti-Islam backlash, while others breathlessly explain why Christianity is just as bad (the implication being that Christians should just keep their mouths shut about Islamic terrorism).

_78494916_sm9h0msoThe end result of all of these excuses? We continue to do very little to confront one of our world’s greatest evils, allowing more innocent people to die in the name of our high-minded “tolerance.”

To make matters worse, there seems to be growing support for restricting speech that might offend Muslims. In other words, THE TERRORISTS ARE WINNING.

The overwhelming sentiment seems to be, “Maybe if we’re nice to them, they’ll just go away.” Because that strategy has worked so well at stopping evil in the past.

Every religion has its blemishes, but unlike Islam, the vast majority of world religions were not born in violence, and do not practice violence in the name of their god (or gods) today. Even Mecca, one of Islam’s holiest cities, became an Islamic city through military conquest. The religion spread has spread through two means: conversion and conquest, the latter being used if and when the former failed. The Crusades began as Europe reacted to this Islamic conquest, lest they be conquered themselves.

Islam has always been “tolerant” of some other religions, provided any non-Muslims subjugate themselves to the Islamic government. The jizya, a tax that non-Muslims are forced to pay, is a part of Sharia law. And if the non-Muslim elements were ever to gain too much wealth or power within an Islamic society, chances are they would face a choice: convert or die.

Islamic nations allied themselves with the Nazis in World War II; they may not have been part of the so-called master race, but Nazi and Muslims were able to find plenty of common ground in their hatred for Jews.

Today, many evils are ignored in the Muslim world due to political correctness, and the wealth and oil controlled by Middle-Eastern Muslim nations. Yet across the Muslim world, non-Muslims are second-class citizens. Women are forbidden to drive, to get an education, to walk outdoors without being completely covered. In many Muslim nations, women are killed for adultery after being raped. Female genital mutilation is all too common in Muslim areas in Africa.

Islam has a long history of using kidnapping and threats of violence to further their cause. The Barbary Pirates came from the Berber Muslims in North Africa, terrorizing international shipping lanes, demanding tributes from nations that essentially amounted to “protection” money. Nations that did not pay the tribute would find their ships attacked, the crew kidnapped and held for ransom.  Today, they do much the same, kidnapping foreigners and holding them for ransom.  Every time nations give in, they fund Islamic terrorism, yet too many nations pay the ransoms anyway, funding the very terrorists who then plot to attack them.

Here in America, our government seems to be in full-blown denial when it comes to the threat posed by Islam’s jihad.  President Obama made a statement condemning “violent extremism” and “foreign terrorism,” and his plans to hold a “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism,” completely ignoring the religious factor involved.  This weekend, Attorney General Eric Holder was asked multiple times if the United States is at war with radical Islam.  He refused to answer the question directly.  And President Obama, showing the type of leadership he has become famous for during his presidency, failed to show up at a massive anti-terrorism rally in Paris, despite having an open schedule.

9-11-toomuchnews-com-1-21vu212As long as we continue to ignore the danger Islam poses to the Western world, we will continue to face attacks.  Al-Qaida is encouraging its followers to commit “lone wolf” attacks.  This is exactly the kind of thing we were trying to avoid by waging a War on Terror overseas: to prevent terrorists from carrying out attacks here in America.  Now that we have eased up on our campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, we have seen a resurgence of radical Islam in the form of ISIS.  There have already been several “lone wolf” attacks in the United States and other Western nations: the Fort Hood shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing, a beheading in Oklahoma, an axe attack on two NYPD officers, a shooting at Canada’s Parliament, the beheading of a soldier in London, a hostage standoff in Australia.  Much of the West abounds in soft targets.  With tenuous economies across the globe, the West cannot afford an extended campaign of lone wolves.

We have a choice: we can either meet this threat head-on, or stand by and watch as it devastates our way of life.  As of right now, we seem to be choosing our own end.

Terrorism Is Winning

My latest column is up at AND Magazine.

Here is an excerpt:

The Religion of Peace has struck again, this time in Paris. Muslim terrorists killed 12 people, including the editor, deputy chief editor, and three cartoonists from the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, the same magazine that touched off controversy several years ago when it published a cartoon making fun of the Prophet Mohammed.

This isn’t the first time that Charlie Hebdo has come under attack from Muslim terrorists, either. They have faced attacks multiple times over the last several years for making fun of Islam and publishing unflattering cartoons featuring Mohammed.

Not that they singled out Islam in particular for criticism – nothing was sacred at Charlie Hebdo.

But the response to this attack has been quite disturbing. Multiple news agencies chose to blur or crop out images of the Charlie Hebdo covers.

Continue reading here.

Illegal Is The New Legal

My latest column is up at AND Magazine.

Here is an excerpt:

In California, a new law went into effect on January 1. This law makes it legal for illegal aliens to get driver’s licenses – just one more step in the push to make those who came to the United States illegally into full American citizens.

In California, illegal aliens can practice law. Illegal alien workers can sue their employers for discrimination, even if they have committed identity theft. And for Californian employers, it gets even better under the new law. Driver’s licenses issued to those who cannot prove their U.S. citizenship must be modified to show that the person is not a citizen…but the law further stipulates that it is illegal to discriminate against anyone based on the fact that their license includes that modification, which is where it becomes completely insane. After all, there are plenty of professions where the citizenship status of employees is extremely important – I happen to work in one of those professions. And yet, if my company chooses not to hire someone because their driver’s license shows that they aren’t a U.S. citizen, we could be sued.

To add insult to injury, another law that went into effect on January 1 allows illegal aliens to get are failing the written test, in spite of the fact that various “immigrant rights” groups were providing free test prep classes to avoid exactly this situation. I guess now it’s only a matter of time before they make the test easier.

Continue reading here.

Do Any Lives Matter

It was only a matter of time before the anti-police protests sweeping America resulted in dead cops.  From the beginning, the protests have been less about “justice” and more about taking revenge for perceived injustices.

The anti-police hysteria in America has gotten so bad that protesters were heard at “Reverend” Al Sharpton’s recent march in New York City chanting “What do we want?  Dead cops!”  Shortly thereafter, two NYPD officers were dead.  I normally wouldn’t ascribe the actions of one deranged individual to a larger movement, but when we have Americans openly calling for dead cops, it makes it quite difficult to extricate the mob from the killings.

To make things even more disturbing, there have been justifiable police shootings, where suspects were shot after pointing guns at officers, that were met by mobs accusing them of racism.  So first it was racist for cops to use force against unarmed assailants, and now it’s racist for cops to use force when met with direct threats.

Now, we have officers letting crimes slide for fear that they’ll be targeted for assassination, we have protesters illegally blocking major roadways, and then complaining when they get run over.

And the craziness isn’t stopping anytime soon.  On Christmas Day, there was an attempted assassination of a police officer in Durham, North Carolina.  It seems the violence will get worse before it gets better.

Here’s the real question: do any lives really matter anymore?

sharptonEveryone seems so wrapped up in their own agenda, it doesn’t seem to matter that lives are at stake here.  Men like President Obama and Al Sharpton make some small mention of keeping the protests peaceful and shunning violence, then they spur the violence on by implying that America has an epidemic of racist cops just waiting to end innocent black lives.

A few weeks ago, the president of Smith College was pushed into apologizing after she sent out an email to students with the subject line “all lives matter.”  You would think that phrase would be rather uncontroversial, but if you fail to stick with the mob’s chant of “black lives matter,” then you are a racist.  Not all lives are allowed to matter – you are only allowed to care about the lives the mob tells you to care about.

It gets tiring hearing how these protests are supposedly the purest form of American democracy.  These protests aren’t about democracy, they are about mob rule.  Fomenting a race war doesn’t demonstrate democracy.  Shouting out your support for dead cops doesn’t demonstrate democracy.  Attacking police officers for defending themselves doesn’t demonstrate democracy.  And blocking roadways definitely isn’t democracy – it’s just plain stupid.

There are many courses of action that our nation could take that would help to stop the violence, bridge the racial divides in our nation, and bring people together.  Acknowledging that all lives truly do matter is a good place to start.

Playing The Long Game

My latest column is up at AND Magazine.

Here is an excerpt:

When Congress passed the CROmnibus bill (Continuing Resolution/Omnibus = CROmnibus), many conservatives were incensed, myself included. Many on the Right have been working hard to show America what a horrible law the Affordable Care Act is. Republicans in Congress have tried again and again to stop the bill, but with Democrats controlling the Senate and the White House, all attempts thus far have failed. Likewise, the president’s recent unconstitutional actions to provide de facto amnesty to illegal immigrants have been widely criticized.
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So when the Republican leadership passed this continuing resolution, funding Obamacare and the amnesty until next September, many on the right felt betrayed (again, myself included). But there may be another game afoot.

If Republicans had pushed through a continuing resolution that defunded Obamacare and/or President Obama’s amnesty, it would have floundered in the Senate, the government would have “shut down,” at least, as much as government ever shuts down, which isn’t really that much, and we would have entered yet another contentious blame-game, no doubt with the Democrats once again engineering very public consequences of those evil, extremist terrorists in the Republican Party. Their media allies would get on board, and we’d spend our Christmas debating who is more evil – the Statist Democrats, or the Terrorist Republicans.

This is not to excuse the $1.1 Trillion spending bill. Republicans are championing some cuts that made it through in the CROmnibus, including cuts to the EPA and the IRS, and while this is definitely a small step in the right direction, any politician who votes in favor of $1.1 Trillion for a year’s worth of spending should be ashamed, because our nation cannot afford it.

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