Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Meanie Rant: 3 Birds with One Stone

It's been a while since I've done some serious ranting, so I'll try to briefly knock off three birds with one stone. First, the Obama Administration and the Middle East on fire.

1. The word came down today that President Obama will snub Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the latter visits Congress at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner. Ostensibly it's because of the nearness of Israeli elections and not wanting to seem like the Admin is supporting a candidate, but the truth is more likely that the president has his undies in a bunch because Boehner "violated protocol" and didn't include the White House in the loop when the invitation was given. Oh, brother.

Let's be clear. Obama has done nothing but jab his fingers in the eyes of Congress (especially Republicans) for the past five years. He's paid lip service to bi-partisan cooperation, but in reality it's his way or the highway. The alleged former Constitutional Law professor might remember Congress is a separate and equal (if not superior) branch of government. Boehner did not need Obama's blessing to invite Netanyahu. And with Obama's constant chest-thumping over how he will bypass Congress and do things on his own if Congress won't let baby have his way, I think Boehner owed Obama a little kick in the pants to remind him that two can play that game, and that there are other branches of government with a voice and power.

2. The Middle East is on fire. We just had—with the death of Saudi King Abdullah—the loss of a key American ally. Yemen's pro-American government has just been overthrown, and one by one, Iran is behind the scenes slowly becoming the dominant power in the Middle East with their proxies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and other roiling regions. Obama's sole responses (when he's not vacationing and golfing) are to fixate on closing Gitmo, send over a few drones now and then, and to freeze out Israel—our only real ally IN the Middle East. Each action of Obama's motley crew is almost preternaturally designed to cause as much havoc as possible.

With Abdullah's death, I am hopeful that Obama will at least do the stately, dignified thing and attend Abdullah's funeral. He might send Arlo Guthrie instead given what happened in France. We do not need to insult the Saudis right now.

3. Finally, I'm a bit annoyed at Congress. They could have instituted the best piece of pro-life legislation that would have banned late-term abortions, and with bi-partisan majorities. Instead a monkey wrench got thrown in when someone insisted on putting in reporting requirements, and leadership pulled the bill. Infuriating. That did not have to be in the bill. But because some insist on getting a whole loaf all at once, they're willing to allow such abortions to continue because things aren't "pure" enough. Charles Krauthammer made a cogent point when he said they could have used this to make huge strides toward a culture of life, and then work on the reporting issue later. But now it has been indefinitely delayed. If I had my guess, the liberal to moderate wing of the GOP was just as happy to see this die, despite polls showing the overwhelming majority of Americans want the barbaric practice of late term abortion banned.

And this once again proves my point. Ronald Reagan used to say "you shall not speak ill of another Republican." But when you have Republicans who desert the party and vote with the left when it counts, please tell me how that does the party and turning the country around any good? It doesn't.

In the past, I have voted for moderates although my heart and soul are conservative. I am reconsidering that because of remembering how the dialectic works. Three steps forward, two steps back. Three steps forward, two steps back. It only appears the left is retreating, but in reality they are slowly advancing. And the GOP leadership is helping them advance. That's why I am increasingly inclined not to support so-called "moderate" candidates. They have no intention whatsoever of having a really conservative government. They want bigger government just as badly as the Democrats, but they believe in going for it more slowly over time.

If I'm wrong on this, please show me. But I don't think I am. Right at the moment, I am fairly bleak on the country's future. Too many want to sell the American birthright for a pot of porridge. Bad porridge at that.

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