Immigration reform? ObamaCare? Barack Obama and the White House repeatedly told us this Summer was to be all about immigration reform and selling ObamaCare to an American public unwilling to accept that monstrosity. Instead this has been a race-baiting Zimmerman Summer with today’s dual economic speeches” (a.k.a. “publicity stunts”) the latest lurch.
In that article we described a prerequisite for a reality based world view every qualified president MUST have. “Bill Clinton understood that American military and world power was based on economic power.” Ronald Reagan went as far as to use American economic power to sweep into the dustbin of history the “Evil Empire” that was the totalitarian Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. With Barack Obama and his lack of world view congruent with reality it feels as if we’re back in the U.S.S.R.
A world view (Weltanschauung) has several benefits for a leader and the population she leads. For one thing the leader knows how she will react to events based on the view of how the world works and the governed know as well what to expect. For instance with Ronald Reagan the joke about “we begin bombing in five minutes” was an encapsulation of the “don’t f*ck with me” attitude Americans and foreign leaders expected from Ronald Reagan.
Ronald Reagan humor oozed world-view:
Later when Reagan went against script and engaged in weasely Iran-Contra duplicity, the public was angry because they did not expect love letter to Iran from Reagan. The public did not like Reagan in a different role than the one he successfully starred in for years. Reagan went against his world-view and the surprised public did not like it.
Another benefit for a leader with a world-view congruent with reality is, and this is our oft repeated point we are repeating again today, it provides the leader with a sense of priorities to list for herself and her public.
John McCain was on his way to election victory in 2008 until the economic crisis of 2008 hit. Barack Obama owed his election to the economic crisis. So upon election did Barack Obama focus on the economy and restoring American economic might? No. Obama wandered like an encephalitic sheep.
Barack Obama is still wandering around policy fields without priorities or the slightest idea of what he is doing. [We assume for purposes of our argument that it is not Barack Obama’s intent or desire to weaken and destroy the United States of America. We know that is not the firmest of caveats but we will operate within those boundaries, foolish as that might be.]
Throughout his rent free occupation of the White House Barack Obama has wandered foolishly. It’s not just the vacations without cease and the golf courses he roams. Obama has wandered into the West (Kanye) versus Taylor Swift conflict, the Henry Louis Gates race-baiting adventure, basketball brackets, football championships, and other hapless misadventures during his first term.
After November 2012 Obama sent off on an ill conceived, badly executed excursion towards gun control. Afterwards a heaping helping of race-baiting was served by Obama once again attacking Latino George Zimmerman. As extra ice cream covered with cherries on top hypocrisy/foolishness Barack Obama denounced “stand your ground” laws even though he signed on as a co-sponsor of an expanded “stand your ground” law in the Illinois legislature.
“Vision.” “Plan.” “Changing the nature of the conversation.” Obama was laying down a marker; this was going to be a b-i-g speech. Mark it on your calendars.
And yet, during that same OFA fundraiser, Obama acknowledged that no matter how lofty his goals or his rhetoric, the fundamental realities of the politics of the economy were almost certain to remain unchanged. ”I’m excited about the speech, not because I think the speech is going to change any minds,” he said.
Panic in Detroit. It’s not just Detroit that should be panicked. The disaster that is Detroit is the not-too-far-in-the-future of America. We believe that as a first step the only way to help Detroit is to prosecute every Detroit elected official of the past 50 years and to strip them all of their pensions and bank accounts. The charge is willful violation of fiduciary duties and responsibility. Read on and you will understand why this is a necessity for justice and the reanimation of the Detroit corpse.
“At the heart of Detroit’s problem is a growing unfunded debt on benefits owed to current and future retirees — some $3.5 billion, according to its emergency manager, Kevyn Orr — which mirrors a circumstance being seen across the U.S.
From Baltimore to Los Angeles, and many points in between, municipalities are increasingly confronted with how to pay for these massive promises. The Pew Center for the States, in Washington, estimated states’ public pension plans across the U.S. were underfunded by a whopping $1.4 trillion in 2010. [snip]
As examples of the results: Chicago recently saw its credit rating downgraded because of a $19-billion unfunded pension liability that the ratings service Moody’s puts closer to $36 billion. And Los Angeles could be facing a liability of more than $30 billion, by some estimates.
It’s no surprise — given the pressure public pensions are putting on municipal budgets — that any move to ease those liabilities, especially through a bankruptcy court order like what’s happening in Detroit, is being watched carefully nationwide by state and municipal officials, union leaders, bond traders and retirees.
“We’re just at the front of the line here,” Michigan Treasurer Andy Dillon said Friday. “It could be a landmark case.”
Early this year, the Pew Center released a survey showing that 61 of the nation’s largest cities — limiting the survey to the largest city in each state and all other cities with more than 500,000 people — had a gap of more than $217 billion in unfunded pension and health care liabilities. While cities had long promised health care, life insurance and other benefits to retirees, “few … started saving to cover the long-term costs,” the report said.”
Pray you are not a public sector worker in a locality or state that is fiscally irresponsible. We don’t wish what is happening in Detroit on anyone.
Because we are sounding the warning even at this late hour we know some of our phony “liberal” brethren will accuse us of being “deficit hawks” as if that was a bad thing. We’ll be mocked for wanting to see bills paid in a timely manner. Because of our fiscal responsibility we’ll be mocked as Draconian monsters without any compassion or liberality. But who is the monster? Who is the compassionate and who is cruel?
Imagine the shock of reality to those “retirees — some of whom, like police and firefighters in Michigan, don’t contribute to or receive Social Security benefits because their pensions were expected to be guaranteed“. Now those retirees living in Detroit are f*cked. Who’s cruel now? Furthermore, as acknowledged by the president of AFSCME “public workers aren’t protected by federal pension insurance“.
The people of Detroit are what destroyed Detroit. The believed a liar in 2008 and 2012 and voted for more and more lies from that same flim-flam man. And it wasn’t just Barack Obama. The people of Detroit elected and reelected their mayors and city councilmen and councilwomen who proceeded to lie and lie again. It is the people of Detroit who destroyed Detroit. And what a people they are:
“… 40 percent of its streetlamps don’t work; 210 of its 317 public parks have been permanently closed; it takes an hour for police to respond to a 9-1-1 call; only a third of its ambulances are driveable; one-third of the city has been abandoned; the local realtor offers houses on sale for a buck and still finds no takers; etc., etc.” [snip]
To achieve this level of devastation, you usually have to be invaded by a foreign power. [snip]
Detroit was the industrial powerhouse of America, the “arsenal of democracy,” and in 1960 the city with the highest per capita income in the land. Half a century on, Detroit’s population has fallen by two-thirds, and in terms of “per capita income,” many of the shrunken pool of capita have no income at all beyond EBT cards. [snip]
Forty-seven percent of adults are functionally illiterate, which is about the same rate as the Central African Republic, which at least has the excuse that it was ruled throughout the Seventies by a cannibal emperor. Why would any genuine innovator open a business in a Detroit “innovation hub”? Whom would you employ? The illiterates include a recent president of the school board, Otis Mathis, which doesn’t bode well for the potential work force a decade hence.”
The cannibal Emperor, Bokassa, is but a slender dieter compared to the locust called Barack Obama.
Detroit has been destroyed and loans and money will not help. With a citizenry such as Detroit has it will follow that the same villains and crooks will be elected to loot and feed on taxpayer dollars again. As Keith B. Richburg at the Washington Post notes there are a good many good people in Detroit. But he also confesses that the good people were “complicit” in the death of Detroit:
“Of course, the old neighborhoods are nothing like they were. My older cousins and aunties in their 70s, 80s and 90s are still in the same houses as before. But theirs are some of the few houses still standing on streets that are now mostly abandoned; they live behind metal burglar bars on their windows and the curtains and shades pulled tight. If I go in the winter, I know their streets will never be cleared of snow and ice, so the driving is treacherous. And I never go out at night. My old house on McGraw Street burned down and was reduced to rubble years ago.
Most of the old-time residents say they never plan to move, even though city services are virtually nonexistent in the old neighborhoods and most of the neighbors are gone. It’s a pride, a stubbornness and an attitude of “I bought this home 40 years ago, and no crack addicts or gangbangers are going to drive me out of it!” [snip]
Detroit politics has been wracked by a series of corruption scandals, going back to the Coleman Young years. The last elected mayor before Bing, Kwame Kilpatrick — better known as the “Player Mayor” for his extravagant lifestyle of bling and parties — sits in prison for felony corruption. But Detroiters are prideful and protective of their own; even when Kilpatrick and his associates were shown to be corrupt, many Detroiters came out to support him, blaming the prosecutors for unfairly targeting a black elected official.
In fact, therein lies the real truth about Detroit, one that I’m loath to admit. For all my fond memories of Detroit from the 1960s and ’70s, it was always one of America’s most racially polarized cities. Older Detroiters are correct that the city was surrounded by a ring of often-hostile white suburbs, in a largely conservative state that had little time for a poor, destitute, Democratic and black city.”
The people of Detroit destroyed Detroit aided and abetted by their latest “leader” Barack Obama. This weekend we heard from that kook in the land of kooks Ed Schultz: “Thanks to a lot of Republican policies, [Detroit] is now filing for bankruptcy”. What Republicans have to do with the destruction of Detroit is a mystery because there has not been a Republican elected in Detroit in decades. Indeed Mitt Romney, born in Detroit, would have been a president who would not just be there to turn off the lights.
It’s not just black citizens of Detroit that we are discussing today. The people that destroyed Detroit are of many skin colors and many skin shapes. However it cannot be denied that the overwhelming population of Detroit is black. It also cannot be denied that they have acted with the same lack of responsibility as Trayvon Martin’s father did when he left his suspended from school son with a pocketful of money unsupervised while he went to Miami to party with his own girlfriend. The result is that both Trayvon and Detroit are dead.
“Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that,” said Watson. “Of course, not just that, but why not?”
Nearly 75 percent of Wayne County voters pulled the lever for Obama in November.
“After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, D.C. He came home with some bacon,” said Watson. “That’s what you do.”
As we stated at the beginning of this article every mayor and city council member of Detroit going back to 1960 should be stripped of pension benefits and their bank accounts confiscated. They should not need financial resources in prison. Start with Councilwoman Watson.
And by the way are we the only ones who have noticed the connection between the Boston Bombing Killer Tsarnaev and Trayvon Martin? Tsarnaev got his puss glamorized on the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine. Trayvon got himself youth-enized by Big Media as picture after picture deceived the public into thinking Trayvon was a sweet looking 12 year old kid instead of the thug he developed into.
In 2008 race-baiter Barack Obama was the son of race-baiter Jeremiah Wright. When Wright became an electoral burden, exposed as a race-baiter and anti-American swine, his acolyte of more than 20 years cut Wright off like a gangrenous arm.
We Hillary supporters along with Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were smeared as “racists” in order to help Obama win South Carolina and the black vote generally. Race-baiting was not enough so Rachel Jeantel style homophobia was also brought into the political arsenal.
Now Barack Obama is claiming that he is Trayvon Martin 35 years ago. The time trippin’ is to win politically and overturn his sinking fortunes. Once again Barack Obama is racebaiting for profit. ObamaCare, unions claim, is ObamaDon’tCare. Detroit is sinking into an Obamaville and ObamaDon’tCare. Russia, China, and the rest of the world hold America in contempt and ObamaDon’tCare. But Barack Obama realizes that race-baiting has helped him before and it will help him again.
In Florida, Barack Obama sees the chance to distract from the disaster that is ObamaCare and to win by race-baiting. Race-baiting it is HOPEd will get rid of Republican governor Rick Scott:
“African-American leaders outraged by the not-guilty verdict in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin are assailing Scott for supporting the “Stand Your Ground” law that arguably helped Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, go free. Students protesters are camping out in the governor’s office, musician Stevie Wonder has announced a boycott and Attorney General Eric Holder denounced the law at the NAACP convention in Orlando earlier this week.
If black voters turn out in force against Scott in 2014, they could swing a race as close as his last, which he won by only 61,550 votes.”
Overall Florida voters support “stand your ground” by 57 percent (according to a Quinnipiac poll). White voters support the law by 62 percent. Black voters oppose the law by 61 percent. Rep. Dennis Baxley cuts right through the bullsh*t when he says about Obama Dimocrats “People are looking to 2014 and need a banner to run on, and this could be it. They’re not going to have Barack Obama on the ballot to excite the people with his charisma, so they’re going to fan the flames and make this an issue that is going to be motivational for turnout.”
The Big Losers once again are African-Americans especially the dumb ones that voted for Barack Obama thinking he was someone other than the sleazy self-interested Chicago politician he still is.
It is not just that black boys are being taught they are losers and that white men are out to kill them and that the “system” is so tilted against them that they can never win (this is said straight-faced even with a black president and a black attorney general and black mayors in many cities). The very system of law that protects many black men suspected of crimes is in danger, but ObamaDon’tCare as long as he benefits politically.
“To combat these larger social issues, President Obama offered three broad suggestions:
1. Get the Justice Department involved with training local governments to reduce mistrust in the legal system. (It’s worth remembering that this episode started over an outcry that Zimmerman wasn’t arrested at all after the incident.)
2. Examine local laws — such as “Stand Your Ground” — and see if they “may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case rather than diffuse potential altercations.”
3. Think about ways to bolster and reinforce African American boys so they do not get caught up in the legal system (as the statistics indicate they are more likely to be).
How ridiculous are these claims/goals? After conducting a wave of protests and Big Media speeches telling black boys and black girls (along with black men and black women) that the “system”, legal and otherwise, is targeting them for death and abuse Obama then turns around and says he wants to “bolster” black boys versus the legal system and reduce “mistrust” in the legal system. What a liar and scoundrel Barack Obama is.
Then there is the Barack Obama nonsense and lies about the “stand your ground” law. As has been noted in our comments section “Blacks benefit from Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ law at disproportionate rate“. That’s right. And this is true even as “the majority of victims in Florida “Stand Your Ground” cases have been white.” Black people are better off in Florida with the “stand your ground” law but ObamaDon’tCare.
“People upset at George Zimmerman’s acquittal are calling for awarding various new powers to prosecutors at the expense of protections for criminal defendants.
Maybe this would make it easier to hang a rap on some future Zimmerman. But it also would have an effect that its backers probably don’t intend: increasing the number of persons convicted and sent to prison. As part of that effect, more young black men — as well as more members of other groups — will end up behind bars.
On Twitter and Facebook, many people have expressed frustration with the conviction standard of “beyond a reasonable doubt,” which the state of Florida was unable to overcome. Couldn’t we lower it? Others hoped prosecutors could appeal the verdict (right now, they can’t; an acquittal is final).
To change either of these basic features of our judicial system, we’d have to overturn the Supreme Court’s settled view of the Bill of Rights or amend the U.S. Constitution itself. And what would happen if we did? Convictions would rise, and the nation’s outlandishly large and disproportionately black prison rolls would swell yet further.
Or consider the popular notion of retrying Zimmerman on federal charges.
Under our Constitution, even serious crimes such as murder are traditionally offenses under state law only.
In a controversial 1959 opinion, Bartkus v. Illinois, the Supreme Court ruled that consecutive prosecutions under state and federal law do not violate the Constitution’s ban on double jeopardy. Interestingly, that was the view of the court’s five more conservative justices. The dissenters, who warned eloquently of the dangers of letting government try people twice for the same conduct, were the four liberals: Earl Warren, William Douglas, Hugo Black and William Brennan.”
That is how perverse these excrements who call themselves “progressives” or “liberals” have become. They want to destroy what liberals from ages past built all in the name of hunting down a Latino man with the non-Latino name of Zimmerman. Those of us who voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primaries don’t recognize ourselves or our views in the filth that occupies the White House and the “Department of Justice” and certainly not in the DNC. Our political beliefs might be “liberal” but we do not identify with these creeps.
Our headline graciously donated by linguistic expert Rachel Jeantel who because of her etymological skills and her 3.0 average is getting a fully paid four year college scholarship once the 19 year old high school student graduates from the 12th grade. If you don’t like our headline you must be a racist (like Jimmy Carter).
There are many people who won’t like our headline. They will pretend offense at the use of “retarded” and claim family members or friends of theirs have developmental issues that should not be demeaned. We’re not demeaning nuffin, we just be down with our homies (especially Homey Boo Boo Rachel Jeantel). So if you don’t like our headline… that’s retarded… and sir you are a racist and not as dope as we are.
“Addressing the annual NAACP convention in Orlando, Fla., Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that opponents of Obamacare are the same kind of people who opposed civil rights legislation in the 1960s. [snip]
“The same arguments against change, the same fear and misinformation that opponents used then are the same ones opponents are spreading now. ‘This won’t work,’ ‘Slow down,’ ‘Let’s wait,’ they say. [snip]
“You showed it in the fight against lynching and the fight for desegregation. You showed it by ensuring inalienable rights are secured in the courtroom and at the ballot box. And you showed it by supporting a health law 100 years in the making.
“With each step forward, you said to forces of the status quo, ‘This will work,’ ‘We can’t slow down’ ‘We can’t wait,’ ‘We won’t turn back.’
Unfortunately for Sebelius and other race-baiters the truth is other than what they propose. Sebelius is either lying or does not know that the problem was Democrats back in 1964.
“Bear in mind that Big Labor went to bat for ObamaCare in a big way throughout the months-long debate over its passage. When Tea Party activists demonstrated to raise opposition to the legislation, unions like the Teamsters counterprotested, sometimes violently, in an attempt to intimidate conservatives into acquiescence. Unions spent big money in the 2010 election hoping to protect Democrats from the consequences of their votes on ObamaCare, arguing that the bill would help the working class by sticking it to insurers and fat cats.
Now that the law is about to be implemented, though, it suddenly looks awful to union leaders like Teamsters president James Hoffa, UFCW president Joseph Hanson, and UNITE-HERE president D. Taylor. The Wall Street Journal published a letter on Friday that the union leaders sent to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi expressing shock, shock that a massive and expensive government intervention would screw up the labor market:
“Union Letter: Obamacare Will ‘Destroy The Very Health and Wellbeing’ of Workers
Dear Leader Reid and Leader Pelosi:
When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. Sadly, that promise is under threat. Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.
Like millions of other Americans, our members are front-line workers in the American economy. We have been strong supporters of the notion that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care. We have also been strong supporters of you. In campaign after campaign we have put boots on the ground, gone door-to-door to get out the vote, run phone banks and raised money to secure this vision.
Now this vision has come back to haunt us.
Since the ACA was enacted, we have been bringing our deep concerns to the Administration, seeking reasonable regulatory interpretations to the statute that would help prevent the destruction of non-profit health plans. As you both know first-hand, our persuasive arguments have been disregarded and met with a stone wall by the White House and the pertinent agencies. This is especially stinging because other stakeholders have repeatedly received successful interpretations for their respective grievances. Most disconcerting of course is last week’s huge accommodation for the employer community—extending the statutorily mandated “December 31, 2013” deadline for the employer mandate and penalties.
Time is running out: Congress wrote this law; we voted for you. We have a problem; you need to fix it. The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios:
First, the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation, and many of them are doing so openly. The impact is two-fold: fewer hours means less pay while also losing our current health benefits.
Second, millions of Americans are covered by non-profit health insurance plans like the ones in which most of our members participate. These non-profit plans are governed jointly by unions and companies under the Taft-Hartley Act. Our health plans have been built over decades by working men and women. Under the ACA as interpreted by the Administration, our employees will treated differently and not be eligible for subsidies afforded other citizens. As such, many employees will be relegated to second-class status and shut out of the help the law offers to for-profit insurance plans.
And finally, even though non-profit plans like ours won’t receive the same subsidies as for-profit plans, they’ll be taxed to pay for those subsidies. Taken together, these restrictions will make non-profit plans like ours unsustainable, and will undermine the health-care market of viable alternatives to the big health insurance companies.
On behalf of the millions of working men and women we represent and the families they support, we can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans.
We believe that there are common-sense corrections that can be made within the existing statute that will allow our members to continue to keep their current health plans and benefits just as you and the President pledged. Unless changes are made, however, that promise is hollow.
We continue to stand behind real health care reform, but the law as it stands will hurt millions of Americans including the members of our respective unions.
We are looking to you to make sure these changes are made.”
Sorry racists – there is NO HOPE for CHANGE. You broke it, now you will pay you racists!
“The union leaders who signed this letter should all resign in disgrace — not because of the letter itself, but because the letter implicitly admits that they’ve been nothing but shills for the administration’s agenda without any thought of how those policies would impact membership. They spent millions of dollars collected from those workers to make their lives worse.”
Let everybody hate us for writing the truth as we see it. Here it goes:
We’re happy George Zimmerman got the sh*t beat out of him by Trayvon Martin. We’re pretty sure that Trayvon Martin would eventually wind up getting killed at the scene of a crime – quite possibly a crime he was committing. Travyon Martin’s parents should also shut up and think about their child rearing techniques. Big Media deserves a fate worse than George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin combined. Ditto the race-baiters that still call Trayvon Martin an innocent child and seek to persecute George Zimmerman with more federal level phony charges.
Angry yet baby?
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George Zimmerman is an Obama voter. For that alone he deserves repeated kicking and beatings. George Zimmerman is a stupid oaf who deserved the beating he got. The idiot believed and voted for Barack Obama. Barack Obama! Barack Obama the race-baiter! The creature George Zimmerman voted for said “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” Barack Obama did not vote for George Zimmerman. Barack Obama voted, like George Zimmerman did, based on skin color. George Zimmerman voted for Barack Obama because he wanted to end the “club of white men” then he got clubbed by Barack Obama. We’re happy George Zimmerman got the sh*t beat out of him by thug Trayvon Martin.
As to Saint Skittles and his parents, we’ll do the beat down. For well over a year now we have seen pictures of sweet little Trayvon Martin and all his defenders calling him a “child”. The problem with this narrative is that if Trayvon Martin was a “child” then his parents are miserable parents.
The “child” Saint Skittles needed parenting. He needed his parents to discipline him and discipline him hard. But Trayvon Martin’s dad was too busy partying with his own girlfriend to parent his very troubled and troubling “child”.
As his social media accounts show, Martin was a student of mixed martial arts. The fight followed the MMA format. A day later, he would tell a friend that his opponent “got mo hits cause in da 1st round he had me on da ground nd I couldn’t do ntn.” As his girlfriend complained, Martin was “always” fighting. He was also something of a sadist. His opponent, after all, did not bleed enough. [snip]
Martin was not the innocent little boy that the media relentlessly and corruptly portrayed him to be. [snip]
Before leaving for Orlando on February 21, 2012, Martin had already missed 53 days of school that year and been suspended three times, most recently for possessing drug paraphernalia, the time before that for getting caught with women’s jewelry and a burglary tool. [snip]
Had the school district police not been ordered to suppress crime statistics, especially for black males, Martin would likely have been arrested at least twice, and that might have snapped his parents out of their fog. Instead, as the new evidence reveals, he was allowed to live out his increasingly angry, aberrant life as though he were merely a bit mischievous.
On November 22, the day after the MMA-style fight, Martin told a friend that his mother “just kicked me out” and that he had to move in with his father. When the friend asked why, Martin answered, “Da police caught me outta skool.”
“U a hoodlum,” said the friend. “Naw,” said Martin. “I’m a gangsta.“
There was no “tough love” for this “child”. This is the “child” that was given a wad of cash and left to fend for himself while “daddy” went off to Miami to be with his own girlfriend. Mommy cared for her son but mostly “prayed” for his well being instead of getting tough with her growing thug. Daddy did not parent and the “child” did what he usually did:
“On December 21, 2011, Martin told a friend, “dam I just got in trouble 4 sum sh** I aint even do.” His mother, Sybrina Fulton, was dismayed. “Pack up your clothes now,” she texted him. “I love u but I think u being w/ ur Dad is best.” [snip]
On the day before Christmas, Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, texted him: “I’m concerned about u but I’m praying for u and I want U to pray for yourself EVERYDAY, ok.” She was texting the son she used to know. The Trayvon who was about to turn seventeen, she knew next to nothing about.
On January 6, 2012, Martin got into trouble at school again. When asked why, he told a friend, “Caus I was watcn a fight nd a teacher say I hit em.” Said the friend, “Idk how u be getting in trouble an sh**.” By this time, Martin’s mother had thrown him out of the house for “fightn,” and he had moved in with his aunt and uncle.
The multiple texts about “weed” and the photos of marijuana plants confirmed his interests in drugs — a friend called him “weedhead” — but the new photos pointed to an even more dangerous new hobby — namely, guns. Indeed, one of the photos of Martin’s showed a hand, likely Martin’s own, on a pistol.
On February 21, 2012, Martin took the bus for Orlando to stay with his father’s girlfriend, Brandy Green. He was free to travel because his school had suspended him for marijuana. The bust did little to sober him up. “I hid m weed,” he confided to a female friend, afraid that they might have searched him on the bus. He texted later that day, “I got weed nd I get money Friday.”
The saddest messages among these texts come from the parents who indulged him. They had all but lost control of their son but chose not to see how far out of control he had spun. Like so many divorced parents, they were torn between punishing him and appeasing him. [snip]
In between these texts, Martin was negotiating to buy a handgun with a friend. “U wanna share a .380?” he asked. Guns excited him. “U got heat??” he enthused earlier upon learning that a friend had access to a gun.
Upon leaving Miami, Martin seemed to be growing angrier. [snip]
Two days later on February 23, a friend tried to warn Martin off some behavior that troubled even the friend. “I ain’t ya parent,” he texted him, “but gsh** thro it away.” Martin was not in the mood to be lectured to. “Y u gotta knock my hustle??” he shot back.”
Trayvon Martin’s parents loved him dearly. That cannot be disputed.
What also cannot be disputed is that teenagers, especially ones like Trayvon Martin about to hit adulthood are especially difficult. Those of us who have either been the troublesome children (say “guilty” everybody) know what a miserable pain we have been. Those of us with children that age must appreciate and have a deep level of grief for the parents of Trayvon Martin. But that does not absolve the fact that Trayvon Martin’s parents failed him. They failed him miserably.
As much as the parents of Trayvon Martin failed him, the professional race-baiters such as Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson have failed Trayvon Martin even more. Today at the NAACP the incitement continued with veiled promises to persecute Obama voter George Zimmerman with a federal prosecution. Eric Holder to audience: “I share your concern” about the Zimmerman case. This case like the last one would go nowhere but it encourages victim-hood, delusions, lies, as well as rejects self reliance and education.
Instead of encouraging better parenting in the black community the race-baiters are demeaning their own. The black community used to be one of the great exemplars of family and community. A strong family and strong churches and community is how black America survived and thrived even during the most oppressive periods of black American history. But now the message is victim-hood. “Walking while black” race-baiting slogans are a way to evade responsibility for what must be done.
Some black Americans don’t fall into the race-baiting trap. Dr. Ben Carson had a very poor upbringing and an uneducated mother who worked cleaning other peoples houses. Dr. Ben Carson’s mother could not even read. She married at the age of 13. She left school after the 3rd grade. But when she got back home after cleaning houses she realized that the white families in those houses did not have the TV on until the school homework was done. She pretended to read so that she could review the troubled and troubling young Ben’s homework:
“Younger son Ben had never done well in school. Now, he was deeply saddened by the absence of his beloved father. Convinced he was the “dumbest kid in the fifth grade,” Ben brought home test grades and report cards that seemed to confirm his opinion of himself. His older brother wasn’t doing well with his studies, either. [snip]
She also paid attention to the habits of the high achievers she worked for. She made some decisions and told her sons about them: they were to choose and read two library books per week and hand in book reports to her (they didn’t know she couldn’t read), and they were to limit TV to two pre-selected programs per week, watchable only after homework was done.
Two books per week! Benny thought, alarmed. He had never read a book in his life. And how would he live with almost no TV?
To top it off, Ben had a terrible temper that even he realized would land him in jail one day if he didn’t learn to control it. [snip]
She always had faith in them, and she never accepted excuses. She made none for herself, and would accept none from them–for their own good.“
That’s parenting. That’s the example the black community needs to get back to. But instead Al Sharpton and the race-baiters are killing the black community.
“The trial was marred by numerous incidents of sloppy and deliberately unfair reporting. NBC News is currently being sued by Zimmerman for editing the audio of a telephone call that Zimmerman made to 911 during the night of the altercation with Martin. In the NBC-edited recording, Zimmerman is made to sound as if he was following Martin because he was black. [snip]
CNN embarrassed itself by falsely claiming that on the 911 call, Zimmerman had used an archaic racial slur to describe black Americans. [snip]
One of the other persistent flaws in the media’s coverage of the case against Zimmerman were reports claiming he was “white” when in fact, he is Hispanic, white, and also part black. For months on end, Zimmerman was repeatedly described as a “white Hispanic” even though other people of mixed race such as President Obama are never described as “white blacks.” [snip]
Additionally, viewers and readers were repeatedly subjected to hours on end of speculation and hypotheticals about how the fatal confrontation could have been avoided–but only if Zimmerman had acted differently. The speculators never discussed how Martin’s father was providing almost no supervision to him, never talked about how the situation would have been prevented if Martin had not been suspended from school due to his own behavior. They also never discussed how the telephone evidence in the trial clearly indicated that Martin had more than enough time to return to his father’s girlfriend’s residence if he truly had been in fear of his life. Most Americans also likely were unaware of Martin’s admitted love of fighting. [snip]
In the end, it is regrettable that Trayvon Martin died that fateful night. What is also regrettable is how America’s elite news media willingly went along with a smear campaign designed by racist frauds like Al Sharpton who were looking to boost their own fortunes at the expense of an innocent man.”
We are glad that the Zimmerman lawsuit against NBC “to start in earnest ASAP”. NBC in particular needs a good beating. NBC turned Trayvon Martin into a deceptive practice and commercialized entertainment. NBC is not alone. For many, wearing hoodies or t-shirts saying “I am Trayvon Martin” is a way to communicate their racial “tolerance”. For most white liberals this is all entertainment. These messages about “walking while black” or “open season” on black boys hurt the black community. The right message comes from Sonya Carson, not Sybrina Fulton.
If Barack Obama was not such a creep he would not race-bait and not blame whitey. Instead Gangster Barack Obama pulls the trigger. This could have been a moment for telling the black community to educate and take care of the young.
Racism in America is not the problem. The problems is race hustlers like Barack Obama and Big Media.
Update: The only significant development thus far during the jury deliberations happened late today. The jury asked “May we please have clarification on instructions regarding manslaughter?”
This question might mean the jury has decided against the second degree murder charge. This question might mean the jury is compromised by the political pressure and is looking for a “compromise” which would doom George Zimmerman to decades in prison (although the jury does not know how severe the penalty for their “compromise” is). This question might mean the jury does not want to go home on a Saturday night to mother children and husbands. This question might mean there is confusion about the confusing manslaughter law. This question might mean one or more jurors are being a pain in the court. This question might mean nothing at all.
Hillary Clinton supporters recall the threats of riots if Barack Obama did not get the nomination in Denver. Here we are again years later and the threats are of riots if George Zimmerman is not convicted and sent to prison for decades.
It was earlier threats of riots and political pressure that led to the arrest and trial of George Zimmerman. Florida has a “stand your ground” law designed to prevent the arrest and trial of law abiding citizens who find themselves forced to defend themselves against criminals who attack them. The unprovoked attacks are by definition “criminal”. The “stand your ground” laws intend to protect the law abiding citizen forced to defend herself from criminals from further having to defend herself at great expense financially and otherwise in the courts of law.
Too often victims of break-ins or assaults (all too often these victims are themselves black) defend themselves against criminals only to find themselves forced into criminal trials where they are the presumed criminal simply for defending themselves. In the present trial George Zimmerman found himself attacked by Trayvon Martin. In the course of the attack Zimmerman defended himself with deadly force. The police at the scene did not arrest Zimmerman because they believed Zimmerman and did not fear he would flee. But then, for political purposes and financial gain, the race-baiting began.
Joshua Heath Chellew does not have the same skin color as Barack Obama so even though he has been beaten to death Barack Obama remains silent and does not call him “son”. Perhaps 19 year old Jekari Oshay Strozier, or 18 year old Antonio Shantwan Pass, or 18 hear old Johnathan Donald Anthony, or 18 year old Kemonta Bonds, are more to Obama’s liking. These thugs killed Joshua Heath Chelley but there is no word heard from race-baiter Barack Obama because in this case the beaten and killed man is white and the cold blooded killers look like Barack Obama’s sons – if he had any.
We do not need to wonder what would have happened if George Zimmerman was not a darker shade of pale but was instead blond haired and/or blue eyed. If George Zimmerman was a white man with blond hair and/or blue eyes the race-baiting would have already taken his life. Instead because of his half-Peruvian heritage George Zimmerman has a chance to keep his freedom and his life.
Whatever the jury decides there has not been justice for George Zimmerman because he should never have been subjected to the politically motivated race-baiting that has him facing decades in prison.
American citizens have as a birthright the rule of law. The rights of Americans should not be determined by color of skin. Decades ago when it was black people subjected to lawful discrimination the nation rejected that course. George Zimmerman, of mixed heritage and race, lived in a fully integrated neighborhood with men and women of Asian, White, and Black people. Enter Gangster Government.
It is Gangster Government. George Zimmerman was not immediately arrested nor immediately charged with a crime because in large part the police at the scene did their duty and proceeded according to the law. The police chief later proceeded according to the law, fought Gangster Government, and he was removed from office:
(CNN) — The George Zimmerman investigation was hijacked “in a number of ways” by outside forces, said the former police chief of Sanford, Florida.
Bill Lee, who testified Monday in Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial, told CNN’s George Howell in an exclusive interview that he felt pressure from city officials to arrest Zimmerman to placate the public rather than as a matter of justice.
“It was (relayed) to me that they just wanted an arrest. They didn’t care if it got dismissed later,” he said. “You don’t do that.”
“Judicial Watch, a conservative legal foundation, has used the Freedom of Information Act to uncover documents that show Eric Holder’s Justice Department used a “community relations” unit to support and stage-manage public protests in Florida against George Zimmerman after his controversial February 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Justice’s Community Relations Service (CRS) even helped organize a meeting between Sanford, Fla., public officials and the local NAACP. The result was the resignation of police chief Bill Lee over his handling of the Martin case. While his resignation was rescinded after a few weeks by local officials, Chief Lee faced further pressure to leave his job and ultimately quit for good two months later. Valerie Houston, one of the pastors leading the protests against Zimmerman and Lee, praised the Community Relations Service as being “there for us.”
The website for the CRS claims it “does not take sides among disputing parties” and only provides “impartial conciliation and mediation services.” But the evidence of its activities in Sanford shows that it placed a large thumb on the scales of justice in the Zimmerman case. What can providing support for a “March for Trayvon Martin” rally headlined by the rabble-rousing Reverend Al Sharpton have to do with “conciliation and mediation”?
From top to bottom, the handling of the Zimmerman case was marinated in racial political correctness.“
George Zimmerman has been denied justice already. It might still get worse for him if the jury decides to convict him based on a trial which denied Zimmerman the right to present the evidence necessary to defend himself (such as Trayvon Martin’s phone texts and pictures).
“An issue in this case is whether George Zimmerman acted in self-defense. It is a defense to the crime of Second Degree Murder, and the lesser included offense of Manslaughter, if the death of Trayvon Martin resulted from the justifiable use of deadly force.
“Deadly force” means force likely to cause death or great bodily harm.
A person is justified in using deadly force if he reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself.
In deciding whether George Zimmerman was justified in the use of deadly force, you must judge him by the circumstances by which he was surrounded at the time the force was used. The danger facing George Zimmerman need not have been actual; however, to justify the use of deadly force, the appearance of danger must have been so real that a reasonably cautious and prudent person under the same circumstances would have believed that the danger could be avoided only through the use of that force. Based upon appearances, George Zimmerman must have actually believed that the danger was real.
If George Zimmerman was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in any place where he had a right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he reasonably believed that it was necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.
In considering the issue of self-defense, you may take into account the relative physical abilities and capacities of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.
If in your consideration of the issue of self-defense you have a reasonable doubt on the question of whether George Zimmerman was justified in the use of deadly force, you should find George Zimmerman not guilty.
However, if from the evidence you are convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that George Zimmerman was not justified in the use of deadly force, you should find him guilty if all the elements of the charge have been proved.”
The jury is entirely composed of six women. One of the jurors is “non-white” whatever that means. The other five jurors are white women. Be prepared for the race-baiting against the jury if they decide to acquit George Zimmerman.
Why, oh why are there no black jurors. Why are there no men? Why are there no black men on the jury? Is it racism? There were black people on the jury pool that could have been selected. There were black people that easily could have been on the jury. What Jim Crow Apartheid RACIST culprit kept black people from the George Zimmerman jury?:
“The panel was finalized on Thursday, after both prosecution and defense attorneys whittled down the pool of 40 potential jurors to six, along with four alternates: two women and two men.
It was unclear immediately after the hearing whether one of the jurors is black or Hispanic. However, in a press conference after court recessed, George Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, was asked by a reporter what he would say to people who “don’t understand the process and are upset there are no black jurors on the panel.” [snip]
O’Mara added that “the state struck the first black juror….”
The racism and race-baiting have come from one side in this entire case – the side prosecuting George Zimmerman. The racism and race-baiting have come from Barack Obama and his Gangster Government.
Gangster Government is what we now have because of Gangster Barack Obama.
Gangster Barack Obama is not the only one to blame for Gangster Government. The hypocrite totalitarian left denounced the “unitary executive” when George W. Bush was president and repeated the “unitary executive” attack against candidate Hillary Clinton in 2008. Now the totalitarian left makes excuses for Gangster Government and Gangster Barack Obama.
Last week the Friday news dump, which is the news Barack Obama’s Gangster Government most wanted to hide, was that the scam known as ObamaCare would not bother to follow the letter of the law. No corruption will be left behind. Lies will be encouraged as a matter of policy in order to make the failed policy “work”.
“This was the law. How can they change the law?” asked Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), an author of the health law and the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee, according to The New York Times.”
“A division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was deployed to Sanford, Florida in 2012 to provide assistance for anti-George Zimmerman protests, including a rally headlined by activist Al Sharpton, according to newly released documents.
The Community Relations Service (CRS), a unit of DOJ, reported expenses related to its deployment in Sanford to help manage protests between March and April 2012, according to documents obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.”
Tawana Brawley was the earlier Trayvon Martin but she did not have Gangster Barack Obama providing security for her scam. Perhaps Rachel Jentelle will smear feces on herself, crawl into a garbage bag and Barack Obama’s Gangster Government will declare her a new black saint like Gangster Barack Obama’s neverland son Saint Skittles.
At every level the Chicago Gangster Government of Barack Obama undermines the United States. The Internal Revenue Service is so corrupted by Gangster Barack Obama that the House of Representatives is finally rousing itself and using the power of the purse to beat back the IRS dogs.
The Gangster Barack Obama lawlessness extends to the NLBR as court after court strikes at the lawlessness of Gangster Barack Obama. The lawlessness continues and it will be up to the Supreme Court next term to strike back for the rule of law and against Gangsterism.
At every level of people’s government Gangster Barack Obama’s Gangster Government is lawless at a Fast and Furious pace.
The DailyKooks and Barack Obama are crying today. We’re having a great Fourth of July.
It’s not just that Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood pal Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood creeps have been given a 1776 style kick out of power that makes us smile. It’s that this Egyptian revolution might be the start of squeezing Islam back into the Mosque and out of theocratic state power.
And if the Egyptians can do it, well, we Americans have a way of tolerating totalitarians for only so long before we go all “shores of Tripoli” on their azzes – especially when they think they are our rulers. “Consent of the governed” baby.
We Americans never took too kindly to the “divine right of kings” philosophy. Clearly many Barack Obama supporters repudiate this bit of American exceptionalism with their worship of tin plate golden calf Barack Obama. But as we have written before, the DailyKooks and others who so cheaply whore themselves in service of Barack Obama will eventually get what they deserve.
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As we celebrate this Happy Fourth, we also look forward to what is to come in the next few years. What exactly is it that the DailyKooks deserve and will get?
We remind them of ‘Judas’ Richardson and the long memory of the Clintons. The doubters counter with Hillary calling treacherous McCaskill after that idiot endorsed Hillary Clinton 2016. Then they add Nancy Pelousy and her post 2008 treachery Hillary Clinton endorsement 2013 and no apparent bad blood fire coming from Hillary.
It’s still “Gull ’em then cull ’em” though. Richardson is out of power and influence so he can be treated with the public contempt he deserves. Pelousy and idiot McCaskill still have jobs and influence so they have to be gulled… then they will be culled.
“For the political junkie, the anecdotes included are top-notch, from Harry Reid calling every Democratic Senator who won re-election to tell them “I love you” because “they need to hear that” to Bill Clinton’s top post-White House aide, Doug Band, keeping a list on his BlackBerry of all the people who screwed over the Clintons during the 2008 campaign and are now “dead to us.”
The “list” is long. Bill Clinton nurtures that list with all the love, care, and devotion that Gollum cherished on his “precious”.
“A few days before the mission, on April 28, the tiny group of high-level national security principals who knew about the operation was discussing the timing of it in the White House Situation Room,” Leibovich writes. “While the raid ultimately happened on Sunday night, Saturday night was first raised as a possibility. But someone pointed out that Obama was scheduled to be at the Correspondents’ Association dinner that night and his absence (and that of other top administration officials) could tip off the journalist-filled room that something was up. At which point, Hillary Clinton looked up and said simply, ‘F—- the White House Correspondents’ dinner.’”
Exactly! F*ck ’em. But first gull ’em… then cull ’em.
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Enough enjoyment of what is to come. Today is Independence Day!
We know not what course others may take… but we’re celebrating. We’re celebrating our political system with all its faults and its ups and downs. The American system will eventually pull us out of this low point in American history.
Obama and the DailyKooks will one day be regarded as a craziness the nation had to go through in order to get back on track. In all likelihood the Egyptians had to go through their Morsi period too.
It’s Independence Day. Celebrate! Go on. Put aside all the boobery and the treacheries of these past few years. You can’t live on that alone.
Take time to enjoy the good that there still is. Celebrate! For hundreds of years this experiment in government of, by, and for the people has been going on. The people are still sovereign.
We might have to have some political (at least) beheadings in order to let our elected servants and Big Media know who’s boss. But today, celebrate! It’s Independence Day!
Update II: Big Media continues to protect treacherous boob Barack Obama. Recall that a big selling point by Obama Hopium guzzlers in 2008 was how Obama would make America popular in the Muslim world. Truth is America is hated by totalitarians and Muslims because of our beliefs and position in the world blocking their hideous ambitions. Not only has Obama failed to operate as advertised one of the big stories covered up by Big Media is how despised Barack Obama is by Egyptians protesting in the streets. Check out these pictures (click HERE) to see what Big Media is hiding.
Rumors are also swirling that State TV has been seized by the military. It won’t be long now. Just a few more hours and the Egyptians might have an Independence Day from the Muslim Brotherhood to celebrate on the Fourth of July too.
Our title today is from a banner held aloft in Tahrir Square. Millions of Egyptians today realize an Iron Veil is falling over their land. It is yet another “I told you so” moment from us to the cult of Obama that so believed in the nonsense of the “Arab Spring”.
“Why won’t Barack Obama demand Morsi resign? Egyptian demonstrations? Check. Violence in the streets? Check. Government officials resigning in protest? Check. Egyptian government institutions such as the military and judiciary threatened? Check. Why won’t Obama demand that Morsi resign?
The only difference between Mubarak and Morsi we see is that Morsi is an Islamic extremist. Why won’t Barack Obama demand Morsi resign?”
This Obama support for the Muslim Brotherhood is not a new development. Barack Obama against the advice of Hillary Clinton, but urged on by John Kerry, decided his “brand” was more important than the interests of the United States in Egypt not only during his Cairo speech, but also during the “Arab Spring”.
“In Munich, Mrs. Clinton and other Western officials put their emphasis on the “orderly” part of an “orderly transition” in Egypt. Mrs. Clinton ticked off the list of hurdles that had to be surmounted: Political parties had to be created, leaders had to emerge from an opposition that had been suppressed for 30 years, the Constitution needed to be amended and voter rolls assembled. [snip]
Administration officials insist that Mr. Obama was angered by Mr. Wisner’s remarks, not by Mrs. Clinton’s. But speaking to reporters on the flight home from Munich, Mrs. Clinton echoed at least part of Mr. Wisner’s argument, warning that Mr. Mubarak’s abrupt resignation could prompt a chain of events, stipulated by the Egyptian Constitution, which would lead to elections in two months — far too short a time.
A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, Philippe Reines, said, “The secretary sees the need for profound transformation in the Middle East – and sees it as consistent with both our values and long-term interests.” But he added, “She is also very mindful of the challenges and seeks to insure it proceeds in a way where people’s aspirations are realized and not thwarted; where lives are valued and not lost.”
“Mr. Obama was furious, and it did not help that his secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mr. Wisner’s key backer, was publicly warning that any credible transition would take time — even as Mr. Obama was demanding that change in Egypt begin right away.
Seething about coverage that made it look as if the administration were protecting a dictator and ignoring the pleas of the youths of Cairo, the president “made it clear that this was not the message we should be delivering,” said one official who was present. He told Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to take a hard line with his Egyptian counterpart, and he pushed Senator John Kerry to counter the message from Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Wisner when he appeared on a Sunday talk show the next day.”
Barack Obama sent Senator John Kerry to “counter” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton via an appearance on Meet the Press.
American interests required the Muslim Brotherhood be kept from power. Indeed we recall well how we and others who shared our views about the absurdity termed the “Arab Spring” were mocked because the Muslim Brotherhood was at “only 10%” levels of support. But we made the correct historical analogies to warn that 10% was sufficient to seize power because democracy in Egypt was so fetal and the Muslim Brotherhood so wizened in the organizational abilities required to win elections.
Instead of concern about American interests Obama put his “brand” self interests above American interests by choosing to oust Hosni Mubarak immediately and without preparing for a transition to real, not faux, democracy. Now, one year after the Big Media/Barack Obama praises for the “Arab Spring”, which many presciently warned against, Egypt is once again at the precipice to disaster. Barack Obama is to blame.
This week we have had many examples of Barack Obama placing his own selfish interests above American interests.
Obama is actually on Robben Island representing the United States – which is paying enormous sums for the trip – not his family. The occasion of America’s first African American president visiting the place where Mandela was imprisoned is historically significant for the United States, symbolically tying America’s own struggle for civil rights to that of South Africa and the world’s greatest living civil rights figure.
That Obama proclaimed himself and Mrs. Obama “deeply humbled” by the experience in fact adds an incongruously self-referential feature – and no small amount of hubris – to an event that should have little to do with the personal feelings of the Obamas themselves.
It’s all about Obama for the Obama cult of Obama Dimocrats and of course for Barack Obama himself. American interests be damned!
President Barack Obama insisted Monday that he isn’t taking sides in the standoff between Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and millions of protesters who’ve taken to the streets to protest his policies.
But that’s not likely to be enough for many in those angry crowds, who seem firmly convinced that the White House has bolstered the Muslim Brotherhood leader, even as ordinary Egyptians — and some in his own Cabinet — have grown increasingly dissatisfied with his rule. [snip]
“The Egyptian turmoil stems from the Morsi government’s predictable power grab, which the Obama Administration has been far too accepting of,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said in a statement. “U.S. aid has failed to compel the Morsi government to undertake the political and economic reforms needed to avert this crisis.”
Rep. Ilena Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) echoed the criticism. “We should have been leveraging our assistance to Morsi to push his government to implement real democratic reforms – the ones these demonstrators have been desperately crying out for – from day one instead of providing aid unconditionally and legitimizing Morsi’s government,” she said. [snip]
U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson has become a particular lightning rod for demonstrators after saying in a recent speech that the United States was “deeply skeptical” protests would improve the situation in Egypt, and suggesting that the government’s opponents needed to show greater patience.
As protests swelled Sunday, some demonstrators waved signs with a red ‘X’ imposed on a distorted photo of Patterson. Street graffiti and at least one banner urged her to leave the country.
Obama has come in for his share of direct criticism from the crowds as well. Above Cairo’s Tahrir square, a large sign declared in broken English that the U.S. president supports “dictator Morsi,” according to a photo snapped Friday by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The notion that the U.S. might be Morsi’s best hope doesn’t seem limited to the Egyptian leader’s opponents. Britain’s Guardian newspaper quoted an unnamed Morsi aide Monday saying that a drive towards a “military coup” was underway, but “won’t be able to move forward without American approval.”“
”You’ve seen some of these photos of the ambassador, and we really find it abhorrent and reprehensible that people are sort of personalizing this,” Ventrell told reporters at a daily briefing. “The ambassador has very much stated U.S. policy. She’s one of our finest ambassadors, and we really find it reprehensible that people that people have personalized it, and a lack of understanding on the part of some that we really don’t take sides.”
“President Obama today refused to call for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to step down, despite massive protests against the Muslim Brotherhood-backed leader that appear to exceed those that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.
“It’s not our job to choose who Egypt’s leaders are,” Obama said today during a press conference in Dar es Salaam. “We do want to make sure all the voices are heard and it’s done in a peaceful way.”
And yet, Obama’s withdrawal of U.S. support for Mubarak in February 2011 was a key factor in causing the Egyptian leader to step down.