On his sixth month anniversary in office Barack Obama proved yet again he is not ready on Day 1, Week 1 or Month 6.
Governor Sarah Palin today takes the target off her back in Alaska and begins a 3 year effort to vanquish the sexists and misogynists in the Republican Party and eventually confront the sexists and misogynists in the Dimocratic Party.
Hillary Clinton today displayed why the United States made an historic mistake in allowing the Dimocrats to gift Obama the nomination and deny ourselves a president of great quality.
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Hillary understands that unstable and desperate countries must be told without equivocation that they will not be allowed to run roughshod and threaten international peace now or in the future.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that Iran will never achieve its goal of obtaining a nuclear weapon, declaring to Tehran: “Your pursuit is futile.”
“What we want to do is to send a message to whoever is making these decisions, that if you’re pursuing nuclear weapons for the purpose of intimidating, of projecting your power, we’re not going to let that happen,” Clinton said.
“First, we’re going to do everything we can to prevent you from ever getting a nuclear weapon. But your pursuit is futile, because we will never let Iran — nuclear-armed, not nuclear-armed — it is something that we view with great concern, and that’s why we’re doing everything we can to prevent that from ever happening. … We believe, as a matter of policy, it is unacceptable for Iran to have nuclear weapons.”
The clear words were meant for the current leaders of Iran. To the people of Iran, Hillary spoke the words they needed to hear, the words they expected to hear, from an American president.
“I have been moved by the … cries for freedom. … People that go back millennia, that have such a great culture and history, deserve better than what they’re getting.”
Listening to Hillary speak Americans realized that we too “deserve better” than what we are getting.
To North Korea’s rulers, Hillary again spoke with clarity:
“They’ve engaged in a lot of provocative action in the last months. … It’s not going to work this time.”
“It’s not only that North Korea has, against the international norms … proceeded with this effort, but they also are a proliferator,” she said. “We know that for a fact. So it’s not only the threat they pose to their neighbors, and eventually beyond, but the fact that they’re trying to arm others.” [snip]
Clinton began by saying: “What’s important here is the clear message that we’re sending to North Korea. … North Korea must change their behavior, and we have to get back to moving toward verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner. … We’re imposing the most stringent sanctions we ever have. We have great cooperation from the world community.
“We still want North Korea to come back to the negotiating table to be part of an international effort that will lead to denuclearization. But we’re not going to reward them … for half-measures. They now know what we and the world community expect.
“We want to make clear to North Korea that their behavior is not going to be rewarded. In the past, they believed that they have acted out — doing things which really went against the norms of the international community—and somehow then were rewarded. Those days are over.”
Hillary also taught Vice President Joe Biden how to speak with wisdom and deal with adversaries on the world stage:
Asked whether this meant that the U.S. would now act as if it possessed the upper hand, Clinton responded, “No, I don’t think that’s all what the Vice President meant.”
She added that the US still views Russia “as a great power.”
“Every country faces challenges,” Clinton said. “We have our challenges. Russia has their challenges. And there are certain issues that Russia has to deal with on their own. We want to make clear as we reset our relationship we are very clearly not saying that Russia can have a 21st century sphere of influence in eastern Europe. That is an attitude and policy we reject. We are also making it very clear that any nation in eastern Europe that used to be a part of the Soviet Union…[can] choose whatever alliance they want to join.”
Clinton acknowledged that Russia has been “very helpful” in its support of the U.S. efforts to deal with North Korea, and that the nations continue to work together on matters of nuclear arsenals, loose fissile material and violent extremism.
“There is an enormous amount of work to be done between us and Russia,” Clinton said.
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Today is Governor Sarah Palin’s last day as Alaska Governor. Governor Palin is ready for the next stage of her political career. We assume, because she is the freshest and most dynamic voice thus far that the Republicans have, that Governor Palin will likely run for president – but in any event Palin will be instrumental is creating and communicating the eventual Republican Party message.
But Sarah Palin really has only one decision to make: to confront sexism and misogyny or not.
Advice to Palin to get a unified team (not the SarahPAC team fighting the Governor Palin team), study up on foreign, economic, and domestic policy, fund-raise, organize in all 50 states, etc. are all well and good but ultimately not the problem. Sexism and misogyny are the problem.
We Hillary supporters have witnessed in the past few years the deep, pervasive, and entrenched, sexism and misogyny in American society. We Hillary supporters have witnessed that in many instances, particularly with women, the sexism and misogyny are so entrenched that it is not even recognized, nor acknowledged, by many women and men.
Sarah Palin will have to confront the many Republican sexists and misogynists as well as rivals for the presidency who will utilize sexism and misogyny to destroy her. Palin will do a great service if, by running, she brings an anti-sexism and anti-misogyny message to Republicans who have previously seen that struggle as a ‘Democratic sissy boy’ concern.
A Sarah Palin candidacy for President would be a new twist to the culture wars if she educates Republicans on these issues and shames Dimocrats for the sexism and misogyny they luxuriated in with their attacks on Hillary Clinton.
We Democrats are not in agreement with Governor Palin on many issues. But Governor Palin has the potential to created a unified front with Hillary supporters, who are aware of and want to end the applause sexism and misogyny receives from Obama Dimocrats, with Republicans who in their self-interest will finally accept that sexism and misogyny are indeed a big problem in American society.
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Obama will take another Bush-style vacation in August. Obama will not go to Republican Texas, but rather to the lovely and wealthy precincts of Martha’s Vineyard. Obama will send a clear message to Americans: “I’ve got great health insurance, a Rezko house, and tens of thousands of dollars to spend on a vacation house – and screw you unemployed, unhealthy, uninsured, bitter and clingy Americans.”
George W. Bush went on vacation in August 2001, just before the planes hit, instead of implementing Bill Clinton’s recommendations on Bin Laden. Now Obama will vacay in the Vineyard while Americans burn.
Congress’s failure to deliver major health care legislation by President Barack Obama’s deadline next month transforms the traditionally sleepy August recess into what could be the decisive moment in the battle to win support for the legislation, especially from conservative Democrats considered crucial to its fate.
The recess, scheduled to begin August 7, will put to the test Obama’s vaunted, high tech political machine and the coordinated network of progressive groups that has been quietly preparing for months for this battle. They face, on the other side, a bruised Republican camp hoping to revive itself through a winning campaign against their opponents’ top priority.
That has made what was supposed to be a respite from the hand-to-hand combat of Washington politics into, perhaps, the most crucial month of Obama’s first year. And it will bring the battle over key elements of health care reform into dozens of targeted congressional districts.
August, will be a fake or break month for Obama and his Hopium addled Dimocrats. Obama will either have to bamboozle to an extraordinary degree, even for him, or he will be broken. July has not been particularly good either.
Barack Obama will look to rebound from one of the most difficult weeks of his six-month presidency, one in which his legislative priority, healthcare, stumbled and he got caught up in a racial controversy. [snip]
A Gallup poll released on Friday said only 41 percent of those surveyed wanted legislation approved this year, and the poll was done on Thursday night, one day after Obama’s healthcare-dominated news conference.
Other poll results paint a picture of an apparent rough patch for the president, as he tries to steer the country out of a lingering recession while pushing an ambitious agenda of making healthcare more affordable and accessible and addressing global warming.
Dimocrats are becoming Democrats again; the bamboozled are debamboozling:
But Americans are beginning to sour on his economic policies. A USA Today/Gallup poll last week said that by 49 percent to 47 percent, those surveyed disapprove of how he is handling the economy, a turnaround from his 55 percent to 42 percent approval in May.
The poll said the biggest drop came from conservative and moderate Democrats.
Fifty-nine percent said his proposals called for too much government spending, the poll found.
Obama also had Harvard egghead problems. But we wondered, is there a country, a country without Black/White problems, in which a citizen could insult a cop’s mother, or yell at a law enforcement officer, and the police would not be upset and effect an arrest?
Put another way, can anyone think of a country or a situation, where the Black/White racial dynamic is unquestionably absent, in which a cop would take punk talk from a prof’? We can’t think of such a place other than “stupid” Obama-egghead-friend-world:
The remark intensified the controversy and eventually forced Obama to back down in a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room on Friday in which he said he regretted the remark.
The White House hopes a planned meeting over a beer between Obama, Crowley and Gates in the near future will defuse a contretemps that Obama admitted had become a distraction.
“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but nobody has been paying much attention to healthcare,” he told reporters.
In a rational world, Hillary would be helping Americans from the White House, Sarah Palin would be enjoying a vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, and Barack Obama would be hanging out with flakes and counting snowflakes in Alaska. But it is not a rational world.
Instead we have Hillary deflecting politically about her future while stepping up on the foreign front, Sarah Palin getting set up for the biggest moves of her life and for the Republican Party, and Obama packing his bags for another vacation and even more glorious opportunities to screw up.