Martin Luther King, Yes; Pretender Barack Obama, NO

To those of us with a knowledge of history Barack Obama is a pretentious flim-flam man and graffiti “artist”, who scratches and defaces the memorials built to honor truly great men. Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King (today is Martin Luther King day) were not pretenders, they were great men worthy of the honors and respect paid to them.

Abraham Lincoln, as we have written since April 2007, was a man fully engaged in the issues of his time. Whether on tarriffs, the Mexican War, slavery and its abolition, new states admitted to the Union, and economic development of the nation growing into an eventual continental power, Abraham Lincoln was fully engaged and fully experienced well before he ran for president. Abraham Lincoln was elected president because he participated fully in the debates of his day and cared about the ordinary American.

Martin Luther King was also fully engaged in the issues of his time. At 27 years of age, Martin Luther King initiated the Montgomery bus boycott which led to the desegregation of that public transportation system. At 35 Martin Luther King became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Martin Luther King was assasinated as he campaigned for labor rights and economic betterment of sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. Economic bondage in a city named “Memphis” echoed from the Egyptian Memphis, the ancient land of captivity.

Even as he sacrificed to make the lives of sanitation workers in Memphis better, Martin Luther King was also organizing the Poor People’s Campaign. The Poor People’s Campaign continued King’s great engagement in the issues of the day.

Barack Obama has had no concern nor engagement in the issues of the day. Barack Obama’s involvement with the poor is best defined by his contempt for his freezing constituents and his courtship of the callous and corrupt powerful.

Many Democrats, like us, never accepted the legitimacy of George W. Bush due to the, yes, stolen election in 2000. Many of our fellow Americans did accept George W. Bush as legitimate regardless of how the Supreme Court twisted the results in Florida. We suspect those are the very same Americans who will celebrate or shrug in resignation tomorrow. At the time of our dissent George W. Bush stood in high standing with Americans hopeful for the future.

We will not be celebrating tomorrow nor will we shrug in resignation, nor will we cease to point to history, particularly the primary election history of Barack Obama. After all, we believe that History Is A Teacher.

So today, and tomorrow, we will stand side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King – in dissent.

And some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.

Dr. King spoke regarding a distant war but his was a call to engagement and action. We as Americans will remain engaged in the issues of the day.

Hillary Clinton was one of those that decades ago heard Dr. King and fully engaged in the issue of the day. On Saturday the Martin Luther King Center honored Hillary Clinton.

U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton was lauded as a champion of social and racial justice at the King Center’s “Salute to Greatness” dinner Saturday in Atlanta. [snip]

“It’s not just remembering and celebrating; we must also act,” Clinton told the audience of 1,000 people. “Until every vote is counted and every American has health insurance and jobs, then it is up to all of us. As we commemorate MLK Day, we are called upon to treat this day as a day of service. We all have a part to play.”

Isaac Farris Jr., president of the King Center, lauded Clinton for her leadership, humanitarianism and “as a champion of needed social reforms.”

“Sen. Clinton has worked tirelessly throughout her career to advance racial justice, child welfare and health security for all Americans and human rights worldwide,” Farris said in prepared remarks.

Hillary Clinton has chosen to continue on her lifelong path to better the lives of Americans. We wish her well.

Hillary Clinton remains fully engaged in the issues of the day and Americans are increasingly grateful for her hard work on our behalf.

Hillary Clinton, like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King before her, has led a fully engaged life on behalf of ordinary Americans.

As in 2000, many Americans will shut down their critical faculties tomorrow, shrug in resignation and accept the unacceptable.

Joyfully, for us Hillary is 44 – we’ll accept no substitutes.

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74 thoughts on “Martin Luther King, Yes; Pretender Barack Obama, NO

  1. It is tragic that the ‘first African president’ neither qualified for the job nor won it fairly.

    Nor was really black, nor really president, if it comes to that.

  2. Long time lurker. First time poster.

    I am one of those blue collar guys that voted for HRC in the primaries. I voted for McCain in the fall because I truly think that both of them are centrists.

    Who knows what Obama really is. When you are vague, it is easy to get people to think that you agree with them.

    I am hoping for the best with the new administration but I am a skeptic..at best.

  3. As I saw the clip with Jill Biden, she was blathering about how she was so glad that he was VP and not SOS where she would never see him.

    She said, “Joe had the chance to be VP or SOS and I said to him………..” She was interrupted by the reaction but kept going. She didn’t seem the brightest bulb because she was the only one in the room who didn’t realize what she had said. Joe looked agonized but grinned and leaned over to kiss her. I assume he whispered, “Shut up” or something like that.

    I think her motive was to say that Joe could have been SOS and wasn’t upset that he was VP. It was self-serving and when O reacted she insisted it was true.

    You’ll be seeing it all day on CNN etc.

  4. A bot used to be a very good friend of mine, realized that her brainwashing wouldn’t work on me, and cancelled our 8 year friendship. Anyway, she was lurking on hillaryis44 this past weekend and sent me an email asking why we were beating a dead horse.

    Well, my belief is that hillaryis44 continues to push the envelope and be the moral compass we sorely need in these trying political times. I told her as much.

    So thank you Admin for continuing provide a place where dissenting views are welcome and kool aid is left at the door.

  5. Jan, when the fraud is finally revealed to the bots who have been obamatized .. you can point them back to Hillaryis44.

  6. The Biden thing was no doubt staged. Joe loves to bloviate and you can’t bloviate if you don’t put it out there in the first place. Biden and his wife are pros. They were teasing for air time… Otherwise, it’s all about BO.

  7. I saw O the Magnificent at a home for teenagers helping out on MLK Day. I thought that was a nice thing and a great example.

    Then I heard him saying “Give me something simple — no plumbing or electrical work” and I thought, “There he goes again with that self-deprecating garbage.”
    How much more valuable if he had said that in helping others, he also had a chance to help himself by learning or improving his skills — as did the jobless teenagers.

    You never heard Carter or Clinton say at Habitat, “Gee, I don’t think I can hammer these nails — you got something easier?”

    Obama could have demonstrated the value of apprenticeship as well as bringing his own skills as he described them — “My technique (painting) is superb.”

    I’m trying to give this man a break. Why does he insist on annoying me?

  8. turndown,

    she is so mesmerized by that clown that all she could do was ridicule Hillary as a loser. I should have blocked her from my email before now but better late than never.

  9. Admin, I’ve been thinking that all week. Just how in the world did BHO elevate himself to the likes of Lincoln and MLK, and, manage to convince everyone that he is carrying on “the dream”.

    Personally I think it is pathetic, digusting and vulgar, that BHO uses the Black community for his ends. I truly feel sorry that they have been bamboozled into believing life will be different now.

  10. From The Atlantic:

    The Nora Chronicles: EMILY’s List Says Goodbye To Hillary

    19 Jan 2009 03:55 pm

    Nearly 2,000 women converged at the Hilton Washington Hotel yesterday for a luncheon hosted by EMILY’s List. The female-dominated crowd paid at least $150 each to hear from an all-star lineup of prominent women politicians, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, AZ Gov. Janet Napolitano, Rep. Hilda Solis, NC Gov. Bev Perdue and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

    As guests entered the ballroom to KT Tunstall’s “Suddenly I See,” one of the theme songs to Hillary Clinton’s White House campaign, conversations turned to whether anyone had spotted the luncheon’s marquee speaker yet. It was an event to celebrate all women in politics, but one message was everywhere: Clinton is ready to leave political life, but is political life ready to leave her?

    As the program began and guests snacked on their balsamic-laced salad and salmon, mentions of Hillary Clinton were few and far between. Instead, the speakers celebrated the group’s victories this year, including the election of Shaheen, Perdue and Sen. Kay Hagan. Yes, it was all about a new generation of leaders– and, of course, the leader who will assume the presidency in two days.

    “We did it,” proclaimed Ellen Malcolm, founder of EMILY’s List. “George W. Bush is going back to Texas, and Barack Obama is president of the United States of America!”

    Napolitano and Solis–both tapped to serve in Obama’s administration–talked about the progress women will make in the years to come. But, as the program wore on, Clinton’s physical absence from the proceedings became more evident. “Where is she?” one women whispered to her friend as the remnants of her cupcake and coffee were cleared by a waiter.

    By the time Shaheen, the last speaker listed on the program, took the podium, she admitted she had been instructed to stall. Clinton apparently had been held up in DC traffic and her plane out of New York was delayed due to de-icing issues.

    Returning to the stage after the event was supposed to have ended, Malcolm continued to vamp for time, assuring the now anxious crowd that Hillary “was on her way”. She rambled for a while about the census and redistricting, but with the interest of the crowd waning, she knew she was running out of options, “Do we have any idea when she’ll be here?” Malcolm shouted off stage to an aide.

    It did not matter for the women packed into the Hilton ballroom. Clearly, they were not budging from their seats without catching a glimpse of Clinton. “We hear she’s walking” Malcolm told the group, who seconds later jumped to their feet in unison as Clinton entered the room.

    After an extended standing ovation from her admirers, Clinton gave a quick speech thanking the members of EMILY’s List, whom she called the “original hammer” that helped shatter the glass ceiling in her WH bid. Referencing the votes she received in the primary, she noted that “those 18 million cracks are very personal.”

    But the consummate professional, Clinton turned quickly to the challenges of her next job, speaking about the “privilege of representing our country” and promising to be an advocate for universal education and better access to health care for women around the world.

    So there it was: the woman who has been synonymous with “female political candidate” long before her groundbreaking campaign to be president is entering her post- political life.

    Speaking to the gains women made the last cycle (if you are keeping tabs, two Democratic women governors, two Democratic women senators and 12 new Democratic women in the House), Malcolm noted the beginning of a “new phase in American politics.”

    It will be a new phase for women in Democratic politics, too. While there are new faces and new advancements to celebrate, the movement is losing its headline act.

    For a lot of reasons–her staring role in the soap opera that is 90’s-era-politics, her unique ability to galvanize the right, her tenacity in victory and defeat–Clinton has become the face of women in political life. She is arguably the only woman who people will sit around and brave census data for.

    Her farewell letter to supporters yesterday cemented that she won’t be making many more of these shows. Now the question for women’s groups like EMILY’s List is: if Clinton isn’t the headlining act, who is? — Nora McAlvanah

    Link to follow…

  11. And so the spin continues…

    AP WASHINGTON NEWS

    Biden tries to shush wife after state-VP slip

    1/19/2009, 7:12 p.m. EST

    By NEDRA PICKLER
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden’s wife said Monday that he had his pick of being Barack Obama’s running mate or the secretary of state nomination that eventually went to Hillary Rodham Clinton, a slip that the vice president-elect immediately tried to shush.

    Jill Biden’s comment came during an appearance with her husband on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” taped at Washington’s Kennedy Center on the eve of the inauguration.

    “Joe had the choice to be secretary of state or vice president,” she said. Her husband turned to his wife with his finger to his lips and a “Shhhh!” that sent the audience into laughter. “OK, he did,” Jill Biden said in her defense.

    The vice president-elect blushed, grimaced and gave his wife a hug while the audience continued to erupt in laughter. “That’s right,” he finally said to his wife. “Go ahead.”

    Mrs. Biden said she told him vice president would be better for the family.

    “If you’re secretary of state, you’ll be away, we’ll never see you, you know,” she said. “I’ll see you at a state dinner once in a while.”

    After the exchange aired on television three hours later, Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander denied Jill Biden’s account in a statement e-mailed to reporters.

    “To be clear, President-elect Obama offered Vice President-elect Biden one job only — to be his running mate,” the statement said. “And the vice president-elect was thrilled to accept the offer.”

    While the statement denies that Obama ever offered Biden the secretary of state job, it doesn’t rule out that the two discussed the possibility. Obama’s transition office did not respond to questions about their private discussions.

    Clinton’s spokesman declined to comment about the suggestion that she was the second choice.

    ——————

    There is more but it is mostly self-serving re. biden.

    Link to follow.

  12. I hope this NOT Hillary’s last hurrah. Can I say hope without being Racist as it has NOTHING to do with the Fraud!

  13. Admin:

    “Hillary Clinton was one of those that decades ago heard Dr. King and fully engaged in the issue of the day. On Saturday the Martin Luther King Center honored Hillary Clinton.

    U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton was lauded as a champion of social and racial justice at the King Center’s “Salute to Greatness” dinner Saturday in Atlanta.”[snip]

    “It’s not just remembering and celebrating; we must also act,” Clinton told the audience of 1,000 people. “Until every vote is counted and every American has health insurance and jobs, then it is up to all of us. As we commemorate MLK Day, we are called upon to treat this day as a day of service. We all have a part to play.”

    Isaac Farris Jr., president of the King Center, lauded Clinton for her leadership, humanitarianism and “as a champion of needed social reforms.”

    “Sen. Clinton has worked tirelessly throughout her career to advance racial justice, child welfare and health security for all Americans and human rights worldwide,” Farris said in prepared remarks.

    Hillary Clinton has chosen to continue on her lifelong path to better the lives of Americans. We wish her well.

    Hillary Clinton remains fully engaged in the issues of the day and Americans are increasingly grateful for her hard work on our behalf.

    Hillary Clinton, like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King before her, has led a fully engaged life on behalf of ordinary Americans.

    As in 2000, many Americans will shut down their critical faculties tomorrow, shrug in resignation and accept the unacceptable.

    Joyfully, for us Hillary is 44 – we’ll accept no substitutes.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    BRAVO, Well Said, Admin- Well Said! There is a bit here about Hillary’s great night:

    http hillaryunleashed dot wordpress dot com

    the link contains a video

  14. When I think of Mrs. Biden’s foot in mouth disease moment and I think of M.O’s many foot in mouth disease moments, I just laugh.

    If their men don’t destroy themselves, it’s a sure thing their little women will push things along splendidly…lol…like lighting a match to a box of Explosives.

  15. JanH Says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    A bot used to be a very good friend of mine, realized that her brainwashing wouldn’t work on me, and cancelled our 8 year friendship. Anyway, she was lurking on hillaryis44 this past weekend and sent me an email asking why we were beating a dead horse.
    &&&&&&&&

    Obama is a better friend to her than you? Because you don’t worship her God?

    And who’s beating a dead horse? Us, here, willing to deal with real address and expose hypocrisy? Or bots and MSM, regurgitating the same lines: “history”, “hope”, etc. They are bogus.

  16. gonzotx Says:

    January 19th, 2009 at 8:20 pm
    I hope this NOT Hillary’s last hurrah. Can I say hope without being Racist as it has NOTHING to do with the Fraud
    —————————————————————————————————

    I think, Senator Clinton has many hurrahs left. Remember what she said, “Bloom where you are planted.” She will bloom, if allowed to do so. It is a different phase in her political career.

  17. You know, as Obama takes the oath of office I will be thinking that as President we will now have…

    A man who has never held a serious decision making, executive office in his life, and yet will have been given the most challenging executive position in the world.

    A man who in 1995 willingly started his state senate campaign in the living room of a famous domestic terrorist.

    A man who 4 years ago completed a controversial and ethically questionable house purchase with the help of an individual under federal investigation (later convicted on other politically related misbehavior)

    A man who served in the senate less than 4 years—two years of which was entirely spent running for President.

    A man who just 12 months ago was a loyal twenty year member of a bigoted, politically extremist church

    A man who just 11 months ago called his political opponent racist numerous times to win votes.

    A man who just 9 months ago amassed the largest amount of political donations in history, many highly suspicious, and in amounts that are blatently illegal.

    A man who just 8 months ago said “George Bush and John McCain have a lot to answer for” but less than one month ago now says “George Bush is a good guy”.

  18. american gal, nicely put…

    a man who pledged to accept public financing before he rejected it for untold millions.

    OBAMA SUCKS.

  19. Admin, thank you for the beautiful tribute to MLK and Hillary. Thank you for reminding us that actions still speak louder than words.

  20. Re the Biden storoy, probably Obama waved both those positions, and oter positiosn, around to a lot of people, and a lot of people daydreamed, and a lot of spouses gave their preferences.

  21. Admin, Thank you for the great article and always so eloquently putting my feelings and opinions into words. I will never accept Obama as a civil rights leader in the mold of Dr King or any of the great leaders of the movements past. They were not thiefs or liers. Nor do I expect Mr Homophobic Obama to do anything to better my civil rights as a gay man. Hillary has always been fight for -everyones- equality.
    I didnt leave the Democratic Party—It left me.

  22. Paterson is still deciding who he will appoint to Hillary’s Senate seat; will decide c. Jan 22.

    An easy form for emailing Paterson:
    h…/
    161.11.121.121/govemail

    More info and a letter draft with links to many articles:
    h…./madamab.wordpress.com/2009/01/19/escape-inauguration-mania-with-activism-just-say-no-to-caroline/

  23. I am posting this lengthy article for a number of reasons: i) first, it shows that the far right supported him because they thought he was a conservative and he turned out to be something else–a globalist, ii) second, after all the initial euphoria, reality set in when he could not solve problems, iii) third, there came a tippping point after which he was no longer credibile, which in his case was Katrina, iv) fourth, only now are his followers willing to acknowledge it even though the is not.

    I think the same thing will happen with the new administration, only much faster. How could it be otherwise with all the hype and unrealistic hopes. The gap between perception and reality here is wider than the grand canyon.

    Jan, maybe this is the best answer as to why you are not flogging a dead horse. The left is being betrayed by Obama just like the right was betrayed by Bush and that is because they both serve the same master which is not the American People or their followers but global interests. And those global interests seek to consolidate the world economy and to mitigate global risks financial and other wise. They have control of both parties now thanks to Soros, Kennedy and Rohatyn. As Lou Dobbs says they are common wings of the same bird. They are also acquiring control over the media–the latest example being the bailout of the NYT. If that goes through then it should be used to rebut the bailout demands of other big media outlets. Now we can tell them to do what NYT has done and go find themselves a billionaire looking to waste his money.

    it illustrates the inevitable fact that after euphoria reality set in and there came a tipping point

    Bush’s Legacy: Conservatives Were Betrayed

    Monday, January 19, 2009 5:17 PM

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    Newsmax.com Editorial

    “This administration has had a good, solid record, and I’m very proud of it. I tell people I leave town with a great sense of accomplishment and my head held high.”

    —George W. Bush, Jan. 13, 2009

    As the 43rd president waves goodbye to Washington, relatively few Americans share his proud assessment of his own presidency.

    George W. Bush leaves the White House with one of the lowest approval ratings in history. According to Gallup, only Richard Nixon and Harry Truman, who suffered the double whammy of a bad economy and the unpopular Korean War, had lower approval ratings when they left the White House.

    Today, Bush’s legacy to his successor is two unresolved wars, a global image that is deeply tarnished, and the greatest economic crisis in modern times.

    Conservatives who backed Bush in two successive elections have little to show for their efforts. Bush, in fact, has decimated the Republican brand.

    Bush oversaw the greatest increase in discretionary social spending in history as the federal government usurped new powers in its war on terror. He placed the United States on a global interventionist path for the elusive goal of “democracy.” Ronald Reagan would not be able to recognize the party he knew, which espoused limited government, protection of personal liberty, and the idea that the U.S. should lead globally by example rather than by force.

    The best that can be said of President Bush is that he kept America’s homeland safe. During his watch, we did not experience another terror attack on U.S. soil after Sept. 11.

    It is a laudable fact, but one that came at enormous financial cost and an erosion of personal freedoms. Still, for all the talk about al-Qaida’s weakened state, Osama bin Laden remains at large despite Bush’s pledge to capture him “dead or alive.”

    And if a major terror attack were to take place under the new Obama administration, his supporters will be quick to pin the blame on the Bush regime.

    Voters’ bitter memories of George Bush may soften with time. As Truman’s example suggests, presidencies often appear quite different once placed in a historical context.

    On the other hand, if the economic crisis worsens or another major terror attack happened soon after Bush departs the White House, he may be “Hooverized” – with a generation of Democratic politicians running successfully against his memory as they did against Herbert Hoover whose policies were linked to the Great Depression.

    There’s no escaping the fact that Bush presided over one of the most tumultuous, and least popular, presidencies of modern times, in large part because of the Iraq war.

    The U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq have come at enormous cost in terms of blood and national treasure.

    About 4,200 Americans have died, and more than 30,000 have been wounded. The U.S. has spent more than $800 billion on the Iraq effort, with estimates of the ultimate cost as high as $4 trillion.

    The war was justified on the legitimate evidence, first offered by the Clinton administration, that Saddam Hussein was intent on developing weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons. Hussein had flouted agreements with the United Nations, and his riddance was a desirable goal.

    But almost from the beginning, the war was flawed. The American occupiers quickly fired the entire Iraqi military, leaving not only a tremendous vacuum of authority but also turning loose trained military professionals to join terror cells and paramilitary groups who would work to undermine the U.S. efforts.

    Some Pentagon military advisers suggested the U.S. military force was too light to accomplish the goal of both invading Iraq and stabilizing the country. Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld strongly resisted deploying a larger force.

    And as casualties mounted in the early part of the war, the administration continued to resist sending additional troops. Only after the 2006 elections did Bush sign off on the surge that added 30,000 troops in the spring of 2007, under the command of Gen. David Petraeus.

    The surge helped, as did a more aggressive policy to pay off Iraqi Sunnis who turned against al-Qaida — the so-called “Anbar Awakening.”

    Another ingredient: U.S. and Iraqi authorities rounded up tens of thousands of likely dissidents and imprisoned them. The effect of this action may be short lived, as many of these agitators eventually will be released. But the immediate impact of the surge has been good. By the end of 2008, U.S. troop deaths dropped to an average of 14 per month, down from 100 a month two previous years.

    Still, the likelihood is that such calm will not prevail once American troops are removed and the goal of establishing a stable democracy in an Arab state may still prove elusive.

    It should be remembered that, sometime after the invasion, the raison d’etre of the war changed from removing Saddam from power and stopping his weapons of mass destruction program to a dreamy plan of creating a democracy in Iraq.

    In Bush’s second inauguration speech, he echoed the thoughts expressed in former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky’s book “The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror.” Bush said: “The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.”

    Such Wilsonian thoughts are laudable, but have long been discarded by conservatives as dangerous and unworkable. Even Sharansky himself had said that Iraq did not have the necessary cultural and political ingredients to create a stable democracy.

    In that effort to create a new Iraqi democracy, the Sunni Muslims — more sympathetic to the West — were pushed aside and the Shias ascended to power in Baghdad. The American-backed power shift in Iraq also created a new regional ally for Shia-dominated Iran, a major threat to the region.

    After 9/11, as the U.S. considered making Saddam’s regime its prime target of revenge, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell reportedly warned the president, “You are going to be the proud owner of 25 million people.” He noted that the U.S. would have little room to maneuver in dealing with other global problems.

    “It’s going to suck the oxygen out of everything,” Powell added. “This will become the first term.”

    It also became the second term. Powell’s stunning assessment was accurate. The U.S. became stuck in an Iraqi mire after its successful 2003 invasion, meanwhile elsewhere its enemies grew in power.

    Shortly after Sept. 11, Bush himself warned of an “axis of evil” and identified not only Iraq but also Iran and North Korea as posing real threats to American security interests. Ironically, as a result of U.S. efforts to occupy Iraq, Iran and North Korea have progressed in their desire to develop weapons of mass destruction.

    Iran, for example, continues to defy U.N. Security Council demands to suspend its controversial uranium enrichment program, which is key to fashioning fuel for an atomic weapon. A recent report disclosed that Iran could soon have enough enriched uranium to build a small nuclear weapon. That’s a daunting thought considering that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Israel should be “wiped off the map.”

    More disturbing is a recent New York Times report that Bush rejected a plea from Israel last year to help it raid Iran’s main nuclear complex.

    The Times said Israel was rebuffed after it requested from the U.S. specialized bunker-busting bombs that it needs to attack Iran’s nuclear complex at Natanz. The U.S. also reportedly nixed permission to the Israeli warplanes to fly over Iraqi territory to reach Iran.

    With the focus in Iraq, the second war, in Afghanistan, almost became a forgotten one. The effort at first appeared to be highly successful, dethroning the Taliban, with the U.S. and NATO seemingly playing ancillary roles to bolster an indigenous government. But the government of Hamid Karzai has weakened increasingly and is rife with corruption. The Taliban has regrouped and has benefited from the Afghan opium poppy trade, which has grown enormously. Now the U.S. is preparing to pour at least 20,000 extra troops into southern Afghanistan to cope with a Taliban insurgency that is fiercer than NATO leaders expected.

    As the U.S. is bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan, Russia has aggressively asserted its power over its neighbors. It recently used its “energy weapon” and shut down its delivery of natural gas to Eastern Europe via the pipeline network in Ukraine over a pricing dispute. It shockingly disregarded all international conventions by sending its troops into Georgia. Its strongman, Vladimir Putin, has moved his nation from a nurturing democracy to an authoritarian state.

    Others, such as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, also have run amok, thumbing their noses right in our own back yard. Across Latin America, with Chavez financing, leftist, anti-American governments have swept to power. In Mexico, perhaps the most critical nation for the U.S., the political infrastructure has crumbled as it moves perilously close to becoming a narco-regime.

    A U.S. military report warned that Mexico could face a “rapid and sudden collapse,” and just last week, retiring CIA Director Michael Hayden said Mexico could rank alongside Iran as a challenge for Barack Obama and be a greater problem than Iraq.

    Perhaps the most calamitous effect of the Iraq war is the decline of the Republican Party’s fortunes. When Bush came to power in 2001, the GOP controlled both the House and Senate. But with the war wearing thin and no clear exit strategy in place, the Republicans lost control of both houses in 2006 after a dozen years in power.

    The signal from the American people was clear that the Iraq war, at least its prosecution outlined by the president, did not have their support.

    Rather than act on that signal, Bush refused to offer a practical exit strategy. The Republicans in Congress, who should have read the tea leaves and begun distancing themselves from Bush, continued their unfailing support the president.

    The results in 2008 were disastrous. Obama, the most liberal candidate ever nominated, not only won the nomination from favorite Hillary Clinton, who had been early supporter of the war, but also delivered a crushing defeat of Republican John McCain, carrying 29 states and winning 365 electoral votes.

    Republicans in Congress, who could have mitigated losses by becoming an active critic of Bush’s domestic policies, were hit harder. In the House, Democrats gained 21 seats to hold a 257-178 majority, while they picked up seven seats in the Senate for a total of 58, not including the disputed Senate seat that shows Al Franken leading in Minnesota.

    Bush knew that his unchanging and unyielding course would hurt the party, recently saying he refused to “bail out my political party” by withdrawing troops “during the darkest days of Iraq.”

    He said in an interview: “I had faith that freedom exists in people’s souls and therefore, if given a chance, democracy and Iraqi-style democracy could survive and work. I didn’t compromise that principle for the sake of trying to bail out my political party.”

    But by failing to modify his desire for long-term democracy in Iraq and to offer a clear exit strategy, Bush not only hurt his own party but also helped his strongest political adversaries, paving the way for Democrats to gain almost complete hegemony over Congress and putting a strident critic of the Iraq war in White House. Obama, while moderating on issues since his election, has stated that he will seek a pullout of all U.S. forces within the first 16 months of taking office.

    In the end, the result of the Iraq war will likely be no democracy in Iraq, virulently liberal control of all three branches of the federal government, and the threatened extinction of the Republican Party itself.

    Bush’s preoccupation with Iraq and issues abroad also turned his attention away from pressing domestic issues and contributed to several major problems, including the financial meltdown.

    The Bush-led federal government’s sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina drew widespread criticism and turned public sentiment against Bush and the Republicans after their post-9/11 rise in popularity.

    A Vanity Fair article featuring interviews with people close to Bush disclosed that the consensus among his friends and critics alike is that Katrina marked the turning point of his presidency.

    Dan Bartlett, White House communications director and later counselor to the president, was quoted as saying: “Politically, it was the final nail in the coffin.”

    And Matthew Dowd, Bush’s pollster, said: “Katrina to me was the tipping point. The president broke his bond with the public. Once that bond was broken, he no longer had the capacity to talk to the American public.”

    Bush had the misfortune of being in office during the bursting of the housing bubble and the financial calamity that followed.

    At a recent news conference, Bush said it was not his fault that the economy tanked on his watch, as if he were an innocent victim of the meltdown. But Bush is not without blame in the ongoing crisis.

    During Bush’s tenure, his administration pushed the Federal Reserve for easy money as his administration turned a blind eye to far out banking practices, such as zero percent equity mortgages and Wall Street financial practices that were motivated by greed, not good business sense.

    Huge amounts of cash flowed into new types of securities following the 2001 downturn, after the Federal Reserve slashed interest rates to essentially replace the tech-equity bubble with a housing bubble. This occurred without the preoccupied Bush strengthening regulatory oversight to reduce risks to the overall economy.

    The bottom line is that Bush’s overriding focus on Iraq — and his refusal to readjust course as circumstances and facts warranted – became the touchstone of an administration that, in so many areas, seemed unaccountable to principles or good sense.

    © 2009 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  24. AP WASHINGTON NEWS

    Biden tries to shush wife after state-VP slip

    1/19/2009, 7:12 p.m. EST

    By NEDRA PICKLER
    The Associated Press
    —————————-
    Pickelhead is aother dishonest AP reporter. She does not know the real story so she offers her own biased opinions. Just as she has done before.

  25. At times like this it is easy to think emotionally, much harder to think logically.

    If you look at it logically, there aint alot of upside in store for us these next four years as a country.

    Trust me this euphoria will pass. It will turn to bitterness when performance is not forthcoming.

    Hillarys selection of secretary of state did not happen the way Pickler said and it does not mark the end of her political life as Ambinder tried to suggest.

    For three reasons: i) she will be more visible than ever on the world stage, ii) she is more devoted than anyone to this country and will always to where the problems are, and iii) if not her, then whom–echo answeth not.

    What makes Hillary a great leader is her love of this country, her soaring intellect and her tremendous emotional intelligence.

    It is really important to think strategically like she does, rather than emotionally like I do, too often.

    Becasuse then you can laugh at this spectacle and realize that he is making a big mistake. The higher he flies the kite, the further it will fall.

    The issue is performance and the minute he fails the the public will turn on him and false claims of racism will be rejected.

    Remember the article on the flake–and kill your television.

  26. wbb – you’re right as usual. My only caveat is that BO will be graded on the curve as usual. He ran against Alan Keyes — not an Ill. resident and then a 74-year old Republican after that brand was destroyed by the incumbent.

    I’m not sure how long we will have to hear “Well it’s sure better than Bush”. After all, Bush got re-elected because of 9/11 and because we heard for 4 years, “It’s all Clinton’s fault.”

  27. wbboei and others….

    The Clintons as Zorro? Clark Kent? Apparently mild-mannered courtiers of the King … but really out doing covert good deeds (even if the King must get the credit, and be persuaded it was his own idea).

  28. From Heidi Li’s latest post on her blog:

    What must be made clear here is the consistency in wanting Governor Paterson to contribute to proportional representation for women while objecting to him appointing Caroline Kennedy. Governor Paterson is in the lucky position of having various qualified, competent women to consider for the appointment. He need not cloud the issue with considerations of affirmative action based either on gender or family background. Thus, he can illustrate the way in which the end of proportional representation for the 51 percent of the population that are women has nothing to do with the means of affirmative action of any kind.

    An easy form for emailing Paterson:
    h…../161.11.121.121/govemail

  29. Am going to repost everything ya’ll may have missed after Admin said New Article is up…which a few of us obviously missed:

    freckles Says:

    January 19th, 2009 at 7:09 pm
    As I saw the clip with Jill Biden, she was blathering about how she was so glad that he was VP and not SOS where she would never see him.

    She said, “Joe had the chance to be VP or SOS and I said to him………..” She was interrupted by the reaction but kept going. She didn’t seem the brightest bulb because she was the only one in the room who didn’t realize what she had said. Joe looked agonized but grinned and leaned over to kiss her. I assume he whispered, “Shut up” or something like that.

    I think her motive was to say that Joe could have been SOS and wasn’t upset that he was VP. It was self-serving and when O reacted she insisted it was true.

  30. rgb44hrc Says:

    January 19th, 2009 at 7:33 pm
    # HighlyEducatedHillarySupporter Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    debbie, I don’t even go to the NYT unless I need to read Krugman. PUMAs and Hillary supporters are constantly being called worthless but can you imagine if 1 million or even just 500K PUMAs in the United States stopped reading the NYT last year because of their biased reporting? That’s a big part of the $250 million that they need so badly that they are asking a foreigner to help with their bills.
    &&&&&&&

    Yes to Krugman. And I need the crossword puzzle. But I have been boycotting the Sunday paper, saving $4 / week. I used to skip certain “useless” sections, which now includes the news and op-ed sections.

  31. Emjay Says:

    January 19th, 2009 at 11:16 pm
    jbstonesfan

    Something nagged at me all day…and I figured it out.

    This weekend was not the first time Rep Cooper made that “intelligent/disciplined” crack about Bill Clinton.

    BC took him golfing and talking back in the 90s about the health plan…there was a falling out then. Cooper made almost the exact same statement in 2007 during an interview with a Nashville paper:

    Cooper says Obama best choice to reform America
    By: By John Rodgers, jrodgers@nashvillecitypaper.com

    Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008 2:34 am

    Despite substantial policy differences, fiscally conservative Rep. Jim Cooper says Sen. Barack Obama best choice to reform entitlement spending.

    While both are Democrats and Harvard Law graduates, Jim Cooper and Barack Obama don’t share many similarities.

    Cooper is a fiscally conservative congressman representing Nashville and Obama, by Cooper’s own admission, has “sterling liberal credentials” hailing from Chicago, serving as Illinois senator and heading the Democratic ticket.

    Stylistically, Obama packs arenas with his soaring oratory, inspiring millions. Conversely, Cooper employs a quick wit while training his spectacles on line items in the federal budget in his ongoing quest to trim wasteful spending.

    Policy-wise, the gulf between the two is almost as wide, especially on fiscal issues.

    For example, unlike Obama, Cooper thinks the likely Democratic presidential nominee’s Social Security plan is “way too specific” and “way too premature,” his trade policies too “protectionist” and Obama’s opposition to expanded offshore drilling “mistaken.”

    Yet, for all of their differences, the conservative fiscal hawk Cooper thinks a President Obama is the only one who could fix Washington and its spendthrift ways.

    “Opposites attract in politics, like only Nixon could go to China,” Cooper said this week, recalling the strident anti-communist president’s trip to China. “Well probably only a liberal and an African-American could reform runaway entitlement program spending. Now there’s no guarantee of that, but I don’t see a Republican doing it.”

    Cooper’s fiscal reputation and fervent support for Obama has even spurred some speculation that Cooper would be considered for a position in an Obama administration, possibly as budget director — something Cooper for now is downplaying.

    Early supporter

    Cooper was one of Obama’s earliest Congressional supporters, backing him in May 2007 when Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) appeared to be the Democrats’ inevitable presidential pick.

    Cooper said his first extended discussion with Obama occurred in January 2007, which left him with a “very positive impression.” He wasn’t sure, however, if Obama could raise money or run an efficient campaign.

    But by May, he was convinced. His choice was aided, as Cooper acknowledges, through what he knew of Hillary Clinton. In the 1990s, Clinton and Cooper’s relationship ran aground over competing health care reform plans in the early days of her husband’s administration.

    “Part of that was (Obama’s) own intelligence and ability but part of it was also my familiarity with Hillary Clinton,” Cooper said of his Obama endorsement. “The combination convinced me that Barack was by far the best choice for the party.”

    In June 2007, Cooper organized a Nashville fund-raiser for Obama, one of the few times the Illinois senator has trekked to Tennessee. On the flight back, Cooper had time alone with Obama where he saw that Obama was “as intelligent as Bill Clinton is” but “much more disciplined.”

  32. Brandon82 Says:

    January 19th, 2009 at 11:35 pm
    As a gay man I can tell you this doesnt suprise me one bit. I knew he was a homophobe from his associations early on during the South Carolina primary. Hillarys second highest voting demographic was the LGBT community. What an awful slap in the face to my community on the first day of his presidency- a stolen one at that.
    We will all come to find he has more in common with Bush then meets the eye.
    I did not regret my vote for McCain-Palin both had better records of support for the LGBT community then the talk Obama spewed to get our votes. I will also most likely be voting Republican again in 2012.

  33. Brandon82 Says:

    January 19th, 2009 at 11:38 pm
    Thanks for your continued pro LGBT stories Admin,,, The truth will come out,
    Mc Cain-Palin did better with our community then Bush did the only demographic the ticket ran better with then Bush did in 2004. Hmm wonder why?…..

  34. realmichaud Says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 1:17 am
    It hit me on the way to work Saturday. I got a pit in my stomach and felt awfully depressed. Obama is going to be president.

    I know it sounds funny, but I did not feel like this on election night when I had high hopes that McCain would squeek it out.

    When I get a pit in my stomach as if I had taken to many Aspirin, something is wrong. Something is very wrong.

    Those above who have mentioned the fanfare of Obama being everywhere all day all the time makes me sick. Reagan and Clinton were elected by a wider margin in the Electoral College and never had this kind of media promotion.

    I hope Obama does something productive and gets the hell out in four years.

    We all need to pray for our country, because we are now heading into uncharted territory.

  35. Emjay Says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 4:16 am
    My patient is quiet now, for a few minutes at least,,,

    Cronyn, Lugar and Bitter-Vitter were not part of the high powered team that agreed to the Obama-Clinton transition team State Dept resolution re the CGI.

    That made then feel “not included”. Now the babies are acting thusly — like babies. Once Bobo wakes up Wednesday am, phone calls will be made and the Rep Senate kindergarten will be quiet once again.

  36. Admin

    HELP !!!!!!

    I copied too many other comments from upthread and am in perpetual moderation. Can you extract me?

    A couple of us missed the last train out of the last ARTICLE. There are 3 of them.

    Thank you very much.

  37. Emjay
    Very revealing article – thanks. An opponent of Hillary’s healthcare plan embarks on Obama team since 2007 – I wonder how many PTB are in this boat? As for the “Only Nixon could go to China” remark re Obama I made it many times – usually re: Roe vs Wade. That a conservative made it as well – much more relevant.

  38. Admin, as someone stated earlier, thanks for being the Lighthouse for those who reserve the right to examine another point of view about BHO.

    I resent BO for using the Greatness of other Presidents to propell his agenda….If he is to be truly considered GREAT…then let him be judged by his own MERITS….

    But alas….ultimately there may not be any.

    Unfortunately this will be ANOTHER presidency that I do not acknowledge, just as I felt after GWB stole the office…it ended appropriately for him and I trust history will repeat itself in this case!

  39. FOX the vice site again kept up their nightly assault on Hillary and Bill over and over through the three funnel mouthed shills oreilly morris and hannity.They used the Rich pardon of years past and the GIF as reasons to stop the confirmation of Hill.I believe that fox is at the top of the list of our enemies within.It is now the command center for the destruction of our political process a la dr.josef goebbles.Thank God Hillary will be or voice on the world stage of countries and leaders that want us to survive and prosper.The future of the international community is dependent on us to LEAD.

    By ABM90 When all the theatrics are over let us get to work and save our country.Go Hillary for you now belong to the world village and we are all at your side.

  40. Emjay Says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 4:50 am

    To your post.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I haven’t seen one article anywhere stating Hillary supporters are thought of as worthless. Do you have a link to a story stating such?

  41. The recognition of greatness does not happen before you have done something, but after. People have great potential, but it is just like when you are recruited out of High School in some sport at a major university, you have to do something before greatness is achieve. Some sports writers get all excited about the potential, yet we see a lot of that go out the door.

    In this case, I don’t even see potential, as he has done nothing that was not done for him. He is weak in negotiations, and he has basically appointed the Clinton team. So how can you have a new era, just because the newspaper and other writers say you can.

    No wonder these papers, and news casts are going under. How many failed administrtions, which no one takes responsibility for (even the voters who put Bush in office don’t really feel reponsible), before your Democracy is lost.

    I guess we should just start caving his image on Mount Rushmore now.

  42. Not to defend Obama, but if he is appointing enough old Clinton people to make a difference — then that IS a difference. Don’t you remember the 90s? Peace and prosperity? (Yay old Clinton Summers and Geithner!)

  43. ABM90 Says:
    January 20th, 2009 at 7:55 am
    FOX the vice site again kept up their nightly assault on Hillary and Bill over and over through the three funnel mouthed shills oreilly morris and hannity.They used the Rich pardon of years past and the GIF as reasons to stop the confirmation of Hill.
    ==============

    Had they slacked off on Clinton bashing during the campaign?

  44. Sorry, turndownobama-com

    You don’t screw a women, saying everything she stands for is the same, and then appoint her staff and state there is a difference.

    These people will have the positions, but the frauds who ran his campaign will be there to make sure all decisions are politically correct.

    To me it is like declaring he is the best writer in the world when he stole someone elses work.

  45. Does anyone know what is happening with the Real Estate agents and companies in your area. I have heard that those who ‘s only income is real estate have gotten part time jobs or full time jobs someplace else. The ones surviving either have money well invested, or they have a retirement already on the side.

    Just wondering if anyone has written an article on what is going in this part of the industry I don’t see anyone saving them.

  46. NewMexicoFan said: These people will have the positions, but the frauds who ran his campaign will be there to make sure all decisions are politically correct.
    =============

    Do we know that? The fact is those Clinton people did a good job in the 90s and it’s to Obama’s advantage now for them to clean things up again, at least in some respects.

    Certainly Obama is a snake and he was lying during the campaign in saying there was no difference between Bush era and Clinton era.

  47. turndownobama-com

    I know that as much as you know it will be different. I guess time will tell, but there is an old saying, a snake in the grass is always a snake in the grass.

  48. Hillary won’t be sworn in today, because Cornyn is objecting. They’ll have to wait for a quorum. Unbelievable. What sour grapes.

  49. For any House (the show) fans out there, they are running an all day marathon today, 17 hours more to go (starting this morning and all day and night, for us it is channel 47 on USA Network). They must be going through the same thing we are.

  50. turndownobama: FOX were ready and waiting to get at the Clintons during her campaign,MSNBC was out in front with their assault on her and enjoying an increase in viewers until Tweety and doperman went beserk with hate.Foz picked up big numbers on viewers with their fair and balanced theme song.Now it is a different scenario without milktoast colmes and twinkie toes morris and their age old introduction of him as a Clinton adviser of at least 16 years ago when the rotund twirp was fired.TV news more and more resembles productions out of the coockoo’s nest movie.

    By ABM90 Hang in there gang.She is the leading lady in waiting.

  51. A sad day for woman, a sad day for democracy, a sad day for the rule of law, and a sad day for a country “bamboozled” (as he would say), by arguably the greatest manipulator in modern history. Since I refuse to watch, can someone tell me where /if Bill Hillary are? And if so, are the media playing the “mind games” of what they must be thinking?

  52. I think Cornyn’s office should be bomnarded with emails, phone calls, and text messages letting him know that his 20 seconds of fame are up and that his move against Hillary is a petty attempt at a limp power play.

  53. All Cornryn can do is delay her confirmation one day. Whoop de do.

    BTW, Fox is saying the Rich pardon should disqualify her as SoS??? That had absolutely nothing to do with her, lol. Once she’s SoS this crap will die down because she’ll be busy doing her job superbly.

    And I don’t care if she’s his first, second or 10th choice for the job. Hillary will be outstanding, one of the best in that position we’ve ever had.

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