Lately, we’ve heard claims of our President’s dementia, how unfit to hold office he is. Are these claims worth the time or energy spent listening to them or writing this post about them?
I think not. If they were true, our national security, our treaties, our plans, our whole government, relations with other countries would be suspect and a shame and at risk- if our president were incapacitated. But, I also feel that there are enough checks and balances, enough people who surround our president on a daily basis who would see their futures rocket to earth like comet, that they would/could not keep demented cat in the proverbial bag for long.
It has also been said that our president isn’t the ‘sharpest tool in the shed,’ a moron, an idiot. In some circles it is said that our president is ‘as dumb as rock.’ I differ. No matter what you may think of Donald Trump politically or personally, this 71 year old works 18-20 hour days, was accepted into the Wharton School of Business, doesn’t travel with the ‘turnip truck’ crowd; rather, travels with the elites. Am I now to be convinced that this man has a mental deficiency so great that it defies the many with whom he comes into contact?
This same man has been a major success in his life. With no political background and no organization, he ran for and won the presidency of the United States when the opposition was certain in all minds, except his. to win. He kept his head when others couldn’t, has a list of accomplishments during his first year as president not the least of which is an incredible turning around in the US economy. Yet, this man who has been such an incredible success in running one of the worlds foremost reality shows, in real estate development globally, in hosting a hit reality television show and owning the network: this man is dumb?
The line from the original ‘Die Hard’ movie comes to mind when I think of the claims of non-intelligence or idiocy: “Hey, Babe, I negotiate million dollar deals for breakfast…” I believe our president is more than capable. Incompetency has been the rallying cry for years when a candidate beats to a different drummer; in this case, his.
I had to come back, had to shout this one from the rooftops. For months now, I’ve kept a low profile on things political, but I could not, not with good conscience, let this slip by, unnoticed. It got under my skin and in my craw. Though, by now it is posted all over, it should be common knowledge, not so much to rub Barack Obama’s nose in the hypocrisy (I’m sure he was aware of this long ago, but is now chastising his tax attorney) as to make another point.
What point? I had to come back, and air this tape because it points out how much we all do due diligence when statements are made and mud is hurled. For a year and 1/2, Mr. Obama held Mitt Romney’s nose in mud and stirred the pot of class warfare, he as warrior-in-chief chief (Obama). Now, the truth comes out. They both paid lower tax rates than most of us do. He got the mileage he could out of the 47% video and then bided his time for tax day, not able to wait until inauguration was over.
I like to think I did my homework, but apparently, not enough: Mr. Obama paid a much higher tax rate-or so I thought.. After all, how dare this pot (POTUS) call the kettle black? But his tax rate was lower than most teachers. I’d be up in arms were I a teacher with a higher tax rate; and Warren Buffet’s secretary? Can he trot her out once again?
Yes, he is lucky, that there is BOSTON and the tragedy that just occurred there to bury this news. But, Boston, what is that all about? Let’s all bow out heads.
I know, I know, the election is over; and to paraphrase something I read on Facebook™ ”The election is over, the talking is done. My party lost, your party won. So let us be friends, let arguments pass. I’ll hug my elephant, you kiss your a****! Most people are trying to do the ‘lets be friends’ part; not the ‘you kiss you a****’ part. There are a few folks who still feel that it is their duty to convince the ‘other’ guy that he was so wrong to vote the way he did, even though the election was nearly 2 weeks ago. Americans should stop talking about politics and affairs of state, right? Wrong.
Because all Americans know that our finances, jobs, debt and economy and anything remotely tied to these things, are headed for the proverbial terlit (and some say it is already there), it is up to Americans to decide what role the government has, if any, in solving these problems. Part of the problem was caused by too much government involvement, and part of the problem was caused by too little government involvement in operations of this country. After all, if government is PART of the problem, asking/demanding/allowing that SAME GOVERNMENT be part of the SOLUTION; seems to me a bit like allowing the government to be judge, jury and executioner at its own trial. This is hardly an impartial way to solve a problem. Don’t you think it is the role of the GOVERNED/WE THE PEOPLE to determine what the role of government is in finding a solution?
Another thing that the American people ought to be doing (and not just because I say so), is deciding if they want to return to strict interpretation of our founding documents, do they want to mold them into their lifestyle now (after all the documents have withstood the test of 230+ years for a reason).
The following article appears long and in some ways is a bit over-the-top for me, but when read with an open mind, there are some solid truths to it. As tempted as we may be to spend the next 4 years squabbling, let spend the next 4 years TALKING and finding solutions so that the next generation and enjoying life.
This article should be required reading for anyone considering giving Barack Obama 4 more years. Many liberals have already made up their minds, so don’t confuse me with the facts, but no amount of sitting around the table talking economic patriotism and begging for 4 more years (despite a hugely unpopular 4 previous years) will change the minds of some voters. I’d like to be given a solid, fact-based reason that this country should have 4 more years AND this man deserves the 4 years.
But, heck; does your plumber get a SECOND chance if he messes up your brand new bathroom, or the electrician deserve another chance when he messes up the wiring to your house and you have to pay thousands to have it redone? I think the answer is a resounding ‘NO!’
But Barack Obama feels that we should give him another chance-based on what-ah, white, straight teeth and smooth talking. Snake oil salesmen fit that bill, too!.
Its clear to this voter that the choice is just as clear. Mitt Romney is no natural born politician, but he is a patriot and cares not if he’s given a second term; where Mr. Obama’s sun rises and sets on whether he and his cronies get another term-for what, I shudder to think.
Not a politician or a pundit, Mr. Romney pointed out some stark differences between the two presidential candidates last night. Mr. Obama wants us to talk to Iran. Negotiate. “Well, we’re still talking to Iran and their centrifuges are still spinning” While we engage in foreign trade, others are making millions and also a mockery of the US. Mitt Romney proceeded to say that “When nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences [in my administration].” His reference to Mr. Putin was to the off-mic moment when President Obama told D. Medveyev that he would be able to be “more flexible after the election.”
But I think the most telling moment of Mr. Romney’s speech was when he said that “President Obama promised to heal the planet; my promise to you is to help you and your family.” ‘Heal the planet’ can mean anything, any clap-trap you want can fit into that bundle. The thing is, he hasn’t done any of that, even. Heal-cure divisiveness. This country is more divided now than ever before. There can only be a few meanings, all of them good, to HELP YOUR FAMILY. By every action, Mr. Obama seems more concerned about citizens of the world than HIS citizens. That’s a lofty and idealistic goal in a utopian society, but this world is far from Utopia and there is NOTHING wrong with caring for your own first. Words from a musical come to mind, “…My dear attractive dewy-eyed idealist; today you have to learn to be a realist…”
Mitt Romney is quite private a person and not really comfortable ‘tooting his own horn.’ Is something wrong with that? Since when is it a character flaw that is reflective of anything more than humility? He’s been criticized for not sharing a lot of himself (after all, there must be something he’s hiding…) and for being privileged and successful. Since when is either a crime So, no criminal record, that’s good; Mr. Obama, where’s your record? RECORDS? Are we electing a personality in chief or a commander in chief (problem-solver-in-chief)?
After hearing from others this week about how Mitt Romney helped them, and hearing how he appreciated and loved his family (I know everyone does-but for some reason, many feel that Mitt Romney is a failure of a man because he doesn’t EXUDE warmth), and also listening to his speech (though this is edited-NOT FOR CONTENT), I feel comfortable stating that many on the ‘fence’ changed their minds. Heck, staunch Democrats on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” were pleasantly surprised by the evening.
Again, I come back to the same, “ARE WE ELECTING SOMEONE ACCOMPLISHED OR SOMEONE WHO WANTS, BUT NEVER HAS ACCOMPLISHED?”
There you have it: Obama, bankruptcy, and an unpleasant, forced end to entitlements as we know them, or Romney-Ryan and the preservation of entitlements that protect the elderly and disadvantaged, and that are sustainable for generations to come. Like Walter Matthau, Barack Obama is out of money, and has no plan to cut spending or to raise more without throwing us into another recession or worse. Unless he plans to find the equivalent of a rich widow, he should leash his attack dogs and offer some positive alternative to what Romney and Ryan are offering, rather than more of the policies that have brought us so close to financial disaster. Negative ads and squabbles over details are diversions from a debate over how to enable entitlements to accommodate our changing demographics and straitened finances, and a discussion of who would take the nation in the right direction. That is our real entitlement: to a debate on the relative merits of Obama’s “plan” to do nothing and Paul Ryan’s plan for reform.
“Greece has gone bust. Spain is in trouble. Around the world, what Walter Russell Mead calls the “blue state model” of welfare state governance is taking on water, including in the U.S. states under liberal governance. Every day, a new town in California goes bankrupt, even as its governor dreams of light rail. “