Even a simple guy like me can figure out these words from the U.S. Constitution: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
That’s contained in the Second Amendment. So why did four Supreme Court justices this week vote to infringe on the right to bear arms?
With apologies to Rod Serling and his classic “Twilight Zone” TV series, there is a signpost up ahead in America, and it reads “The Chaos Zone.” The firing of General Stanley McChrystal is just one piece of a jumbled public policy puzzle that now threatens the presidency of Barack Obama.
Let’s take it step by step. Afghanistan is going poorly because the Afghan government is corrupt, and the folks distrust their leadership. So there’s not great enthusiasm to fight the Taliban, even though those killers are despised as well. Also, to avoid civilian casualties, U.S. and NATO forces rarely call in air strikes and have a virtual checklist before firing at bad guys. Now, their commander has been fired because of a stupid article in Rolling Stone magazine, of all publications. Couldn’t it have at least been Reader’s Digest?
Hell has frozen over! The far left in America is turning on their guy Barack Obama. After his speech on the oil disaster a few days ago, the crazy left Greek chorus on MSNBC hammered the president. He wasn’t specific enough; he was too weak; I don’t sense “executive command,” they wailed. You would have thought they were talking about President Bush. In fact, many of the anti-Obama criticisms echoed the Hurricane Katrina invective directed towards Mr. Bush in 2005.RELATED CONTENT
President Obama and I may have one distinct thing in common. Often when folks disagree with my analysis, they label me as an angry white man. The far left loves to do that. Any passion shown by forces opposed to the “progressive” agenda is often described as irrational and vitriolic.
Now Mr. Obama finds himself in a similar place. For weeks the president was criticized for being disengaged regarding the oil spill catastrophe in the Gulf. Even fellow liberals like Spike Lee and Bill Maher implored the president to get angry—to show some visible displeasure.
President Obama is angry. His brisk demeanor while giving a speech at Carnegie-Mellon University a few days ago signaled that loud and clear. No cute remarks, no comic relief—just straight-ahead knives directed at the oil companies and the Republican party.
Somehow it is all going wrong for the president these days. The Rasmussen daily tracking poll among likely voters has the president’s job approval rating hovering around 45%, and even stalwart Democrat James Carville yelled at him the other day.
Back in the late 1960s, it seemed like every few weeks another rock star would drop dead. The big three, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison of the Doors, all died in their 20s from alcohol and drug related causes. Even bigger names like Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe abused themselves into early deaths. Lately, Michael Jackson continued the tradition, although he made it to age 50.
In yet another example of the federal government spinning out of control, Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner, in a human rights discussion with the Chinese, brought up the new Arizona illegal alien law as an example of an example of American “discrimination.” Posner saying he discussed the law “early and often” with Chinese officials, even though they didn’t even initiate the conversation.
Despite global warming, Hell might be freezing over, because the very liberal Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is apparently encouraging the Catholic clergy to campaign for immigration reform from the pulpit during Sunday mass! Wow.
Speaking at the Catholic Community Conference in Washington, Mrs. Pelosi said, “Cardinals, the Archbishops, the Bishops, that come to me and say, ‘We want you to pass immigration reform,’ (I say) I want you to speak about it from the pulpit. I want you to instruct... the people (that) oppose immigration reform and are sitting in those pews... that this is a manifestation of our living the Gospels.”
Just when we thought the socialism accusations against the Obama administration were subsiding, the president himself reignites the debate. Speaking in Illinois about his vision to reform Wall Street excess, Mr. Obama put forth: “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. But part of the American way is you can keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or ... service.”
With the 24/7 cable TV news cycle now beamed all the world, President Barack Obama must be wondering whether he will ever have a moment of peace again. If it isn’t the Tea Party people calling him a socialist, it’s disenchanted Republicans saying his administration couldn’t care less about being bipartisan. As the nation becomes further polarized ideologically, the president is given no quarter in the criticism department.
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