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Friday, June 27, 2008

Honest Vetting of Obama's Background Urgently Needed

Absent responsible scrutiny of Senator Obama by a fawning media blinded by his rhetorical flourishes and pop-star glitter, some of the Senator's more alarming associations and endorsements--all of which are readily verifiable--bear as much repeating as do his radical voting record and policy positions.

A product of the notoriously corrupt Chicago/Illinois political machine, among the Senator's growing list of very troubling associations are his now notorious and intimate 20-year friendship with his spiritual advisor and mentor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, purveyor of a divisive race-centric culture of victimhood and adherent to an exlusionary Black Liberation Theology-- whom the Senator only recently disavowed when that association became a serious political liability; the Senator's friendly association with unrepentant domestic terrorists William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn; his 5-year relationship in Hawaii with Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the Communist Party USA, who, after Barack Obama's grandfather abandoned the family, became Barack's father-figure and role model from 1975 - 1979; his association with the Chicago branch of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), an affiliate of the Socialist International (SI), which enjoys "consultative status" with the U.N.; and his links with Rashid Khalidi, a PLO agent from 1976 - 1982 and founder of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), a pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli group which received $75,000 in grants from the Woods Foundation in Chicago (of which Obama and Ayers were board directors)and whose AAAN vice-president, Ali Abunimah, recalls Senator Obama's having spoken against "Israeli occupation" during an AAAN charity event in 1999.

Add to this his actively campaigning for Sen. Sanders of Vermont, the only openly socialist in Congress, verified reports of some of his campaign workers displaying a flag featuring Marxist Che Guevara in their campaign headquarters, and the Senator's tortured excuse for not wearing an American flag lapel pin, only to have later opted to sport the pin when it became politically expedient, and we have a presidential candidate whose profile is, to say the very least,extremely unique in the annals of presidential history.

Spoken during what he thought was a private San Francisco fundraiser, the Senator's comtemptuous assault on small town Americans whom he described as bitter, clinging to their religion and guns, and with antipathy toward immigrants and those who may look different from themselves was breathtaking in its unconcealed disdain for heartland America. Worse, that haughty viewpoint neatly mirrors the prevailing elitist thinking on the radical left.

His wife's description of America as "downright mean" and that only after decades as an American citizen is she now proud of her country clearly suggests a visceral bitterness and hateful view of America very much in keeping with sentiments on the far left.

Finally, what is acutely distressing are the endorsements, albeit unsolicited, the Senator has received from the Communist Party USA,, the Democratic Socialists of America, and, yes, HAMAS, a terrorist organization.

Even among his most ardent followers, and despite the Senator's recent manipulative tacking to the center, this litany of alarming endorsements and disturbing associations--which cannot be easily taken out of context--should raise very serious questions about his character, judgement and core beliefs.

Indeed, given this checkered biography it is doubtful that the Senator would pass the required security background investigation were he to apply for federal employment.And we should take leave of our commonsense and blindly entrust the Presidency to him?

I hope that I'm not alone when I assert that it would be a stretch beyond credulity to believe that the Senator has remained unaffected by these radical influences in his life and that his political views, his character and his cultural attitudes haven't been in some substantial ways shaped by them.

I genuinely believe that if we choose to rationalize, willfully ignore, artfully dodge or white-wash these alarming associations and endorsements, we do so at our own peril.

In the final analysis, Obama's version of the "American Dream" may very well turn out to be something completely foreign to us--perhaps even a "Nightmare". So, be vigilant, folks. Take the time to carefully listen and to carefully weigh and dissect the commentary and spin we'll all be subjected to over the next several months. And be fearlessly objective and honest in your appraisal of the candidates now before us. Difficult and time-consuming though that process may be, as Americans and defenders of future generations, that is our duty.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Supreme Court Ruling Imperils Americans

On June 12th in Boumediene vs Bush, five associate justices, a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court, ruled that unlawful combatants/terrorists detained outside sovereign U.S. territory should be granted the right of habeas corpus.

In one fell swoop, these five liberal justices nullified court rulings Ex Parte Quirin (1942), Duncan vs Kahanamoku (1946), In re Yamashita (1946), Johnson vs Eisentrager (1950), and Coleppaugh vs Looney (1956). Not to be out-done, they overruled the Administration and Congress as well.

The net effect of this preposterous ruling is that unlawful combatants/terrorists may now be treated as nothing more than petty American criminals who may enjoy the same benefits of due process as are bestowed by our Constitution on American citizens.

It should be patently obvious to all that dealing with terrorism as a law enforcement issue most certainly didn't work before 9/11 to protect the homeland, and that it definitely won't work this time around either. Seems some of us just never learn.

This reprehensible ruling all but ensures that GITMO detainees will live to fight another day. (Note: 30 detainees previously released ended upon on the battlefield once again attacking American soldiers and slaughtering innocent civilians.)

What's next? Reading unlawful combatants their Miranda Rights on the battlefield before shooting at them in self-defense? Yes, probably, if out-of-touch legal elites have their way.

If history is any accurate guide, and I believe that it is, President Abraham Lincoln would have swiftly arrested these justices for sedition, and President Andrew Jackson would have simply ignored their dunderheaded ruling.

It appears that the only way to countervail this feckless and dangerous ruling in order to protect Americans and civilian innocents alike is to swiftly place all future battlefield captives in the custody of our allies who could then mete out appropriate punishment in accordance with their own system of justice.

If there is ever a more compelling reason to vote for John McCain in November, this is it. Make no mistake: Barack Obama, who strongly agrees with this flamboyant and irresponsible decision, would do all he could as President to expand the power of liberal elites on U.S. courts.

My fear is that as we the people fiddle and Islamofascists rejoice in our self-destructive foolishness, our "Rome" is slowly burning around us.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Beware Environmentalist Tyranny

Al Gore's oft-repeated assertion there exists a "consensus" within the scientific community that human activity has accelerated global warming to perilous levels was officially and strongly rejected last month by thousands of participating scientists of the Oregon Institute of Science & Medicine (OISM).

Debunking the climatic doomsday scenarios advanced by Gore, environmental activists and their opportunistic political allies in D.C., 31,000 scientists petitioned the U.S. Government to reject Kyoto or any similar proposals noting that dire "predictions of harmful climatic effects due to future increases in minor greenhouse gases like CO2 are in error and do not conform to current experimental knowledge" and that "proposed limits on greenhouse gases would [in fact] harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind."

With scientific certitude, their petition maintained that "there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of CO2, methane or other greenhouse gases is causing, or will in the foreseeable future cause, catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of Earth's climate."

The petition went on to state that "there is substantial evidence that increased CO2 is environmentally helpful...creating many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."

It should be noted that the countervailing "scientific consensus" about which Gore and his minions are so fond of citing reflects the viewpoints of 600 scientists who represent less than 1% of the worldwide scientific community! Do the math.

Is it any wonder why Gore stubbornly and nimbly refuses to debate the "issue" with those representing a divergent scientific view?

Ah, yet again, another shattered myth perpetuated by our ambitious friends on the far left. Looks like the high priests of environmentalism will soon need to find another way to advance their dreams of social control and political dominance. We can only hope that their fall from grace occurs before they've managed to completely wreck our economy.

("The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy, and prosperity is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism." Pres. Vaclav Klaus, President of Czech Republic, May '08)

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Obama's Policy Positions Alarming

Sen. Obama's disturbing associations aside, among some of his grimmer policy positions are the following: he pledges huge cuts in defense spending inclusive of funding for America's anti-missile defense system and investment in the development of future weapons systems; irrespective of conditions on the ground, he promises to withdraw all troops from Iraq within 16 months without sober consideration for the catastrophe which will ensue; he supports partial birth abortion, a hideous procedure likened to infanticide, and opposes notifying parents of minors who obtain out-of-state abortions; he opposes a worker's right to a secret ballot to determine union membership; he supports expiration of Bush's tax cuts in 2010 which will mean Americans' personal income will automatically drop by $113 billion in 2011; he supports passage of the Global Poverty Act, an $845 billion boondoggle supported by the UN which insanely believes that such a gargantuan expenditure by American taxpayers will magically eliminate poverty in the developing world; he supports Medicaid, welfare and drivers licenses for illegal aliens; and he supports banning the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.

Quite a guy, huh? And this is but a sampling.

If this is any indication of the "change" he's been advocating, no thanks! Wary heartland Americans are neither impressed nor stupid.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Draft for Homeland Security Force Needed

Posted June 2008/Published October 2006

With mounting threats to our security and a military already dangerously stretched, it's now time to reinstate the draft.

Even neutral Switzerland has a universal draft in place to 1) protect its policy of neutrality, 2) ensure the availability of a trained and readied homeland reserve during times of national emergencies, and 3) enable society to derive the benefits of a citizenry which is more self-disciplined and appreciative of its democratic rights and responsibilities.

Except for bonafide medical and conscientious objection deferrals, a compulsory 6 months of military training and service followed by 8 years of reserve service should be required of all young men--no exceptions--who turn 18. Again, service should be universal and compulsory--rich, poor, black, white, ivy-leaguers, and deadbeats all.

The primary mission of this "homeland security force" would be upon border security and domestic disaster relief--not upon "frontline" combat duties overseas. This would relieve our regular volunteer forces of these additional duties, thus strengthening their ability to more effectively provide frontline combat services overseas.

Women should also be allowed to volunteer for this 6-month training/service. And both men and women who qualify, the opportunity of transitioning into our elite all-volunteer force following successful completion of active duty service should be an option.

This abbreviated 6-month active/8-year reserve service requirement would be relatively unintrusive for draftees, affordable for taxpayers, and the economic, security and societal dividends derived for America, I believe, would be incalculable.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Politics Muddling Terror Struggle

Posted June 2008/Published July 2007

Too many self-serving senators and congresspersons have long ago decided that protecting their political butts is far more important than successfully prosecuting America's global war on terror and safeguarding our porous borders.

Lest we forget, Islamofascists have often stated that the "central front" in their war against the West is, in fact, Iraq and that only America's lack of will at home will accomplish for the Islamists what they've been unable to achieve on the battlefield.

From all initial indications, the "surge" in Iraq has been working well, and enemy losses have been staggering. So why embrace retreat before the ultimate outcome of General Petraeus' counter-insurgency strategy is known? Self-serving politics, of course.

In the face of America's irresolution, al Qaeda and its Syrian and Iranian allies have been positively giddy. Nothing like emboldening and comforting our enemies merely to allow our "representatives" to keep their jobs in Washington, huh?

To restore sanity and responsibility on Capitol Hill, term limits--right across the board--are well overdue. If it's good enough for the White House, it's good enough for Congress.

Terrorism an Existential Threat

Posted June 2008/Published August 2006

To many, the horror of 9/11 is now a distant memory. Once a galvanizing rallying cry, WTC is now the stuff of cinematic entertainment and mindless conspiracy theories. Replacing the sense of urgency and vulnerability which once united Americans--albeit for a fleeting though glorious moment--has been the unremitting drumbeat of negativism, cut-and-run, and shameless political opportunism on the left. Political gamemanship and philosophical flights of fancy have displaced any real semblance of a coalescing sense of unity and resolve.

And as we have watched our friends around the world resisting Islamofascism, all too often it is now they, the victims of that terrorism, who are pilloried in the UN and in the international press. The terrorist aggressors are too often given a free pass. To wit, the UN and many on the left both here and abroad won't even admit that Hezbollah and Hamas are terrorist organizations! And a pox on us should we deign to insensitively describe them as the terrorists they actually are. Why? To the supercilious and self-absorbed elitists on the sophomoric left, the poor, miguided, abused terrorist knows not what he does. He's just misunderstood. Alterall, he is but a product of the lowly Third World. What else could we possibly expect of him. Thus, terrorism to elitists should be forgiven or, at the very least, their actions should be considered a function of their economic and educational deprivation. Nothing more.

And if terrorist violence is directed against Israel, a dynamic democracy and America's only true friend and ally in the Middle East, so what? Afterall, isn't Israel Jewish? And, since Israel doesn't have oil, then why would we want to stick our necks out for them--especially when our poor, misguided terrorist brothers and sisters are so much more in need of our...understanding and forgiveness.

I swear, folks, we're slowly losing our minds! And in the process too many of us have forgotten the horrors of 9/11 and the on-going terrorist threat to our very existence. So sad. So short-sighted. So delusional. So self-destructive.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Let's Start Winning and Stop Whining

Posted/Published May 28, 2004

Historically, when a nation enters into war, or when a commander engages his troops in battle, envisioning every conceivable twist and turn from the outset is patently impossible. And while commanders can hope that the lessons learned along the way will be as bloodless as possible, hard lessons are inevitable. The challenge is to rapidly accommodate the need for course corrections and to relentlessly move forward toward victory.

In the case of Iraq, when nation-building, the defeat of terrorism, acute cultural differences, European weakness, and a highly charged stateside presidential election are added to the equation, is it any wonder that getting from point A to point B is anything but smooth and unencumbered?

And despite the whimpering doomsayers, brilliant Monday morning quarterbacks, and pitifully sefl-serving political barrages from within, I remain impressed by the Administration's handling of the this complex and difficult conflict--an undertaking unlike any the civilized world ahs ever before witnessed or experienced.

It is my belief that our continuing to wallow in self-reproach, opportunistic & demoralizing political rhetoric and sophomoric wishful thinking will inevitablly weaken our resolve, obscure our purpose, and, ultimately, render us completely defenseless against one of the most insidious and determined enemies in our nation's history.

If we believe our enemy's murderous declarations and mind-numbing ruthlessness, then isn't it time for us all to place our political palaver on the back burner, and to throw our collective weight behind our nation's war effort?

For the sake of our loved ones, from this point on let's commit ourselves to winning and not to whining.

(Link up with Michael Yon who provides very objective and informative on-the-ground reports from Iraq. Michael has been embedded there since o/a 2006)

Education or Indoctrination

Editorial Published March 3, 2006

Educating our youth, our future leaders, is a sacred responsibility which, I believe, most teachers take very seriously. Unfortunately for us all, some teachers in this country regard the classroom as their bully pulpit.

A teacher's advancing his or her personal political agenda in a classroom setting, whether at the public school or college level, is flagrant pedagogic tyranny.

Politically indoctrinating captive, vulnerable and impressionable students is not only self-serving and infantile, it is also intellectually dishonest and, therefore, bereft of any real educational value.

A teacher's purpose is not to create intellectual widgets or clones, but to encourage students to develop their opinions based upon an honest and objective exposure to competing viewpoints. It's a challenging educational goal, but one worth pusuing with diligence and integrity.

Jim Delaney
Greece, NY

Iraq: Solutions or Political Gamemanship

Posted/Published on January 15, 2007

The choice in Iraq is starkly simple: withdrawal and defeat or commitment and victory.

Unsulled by blind ideology or complacency, thoughtful Americans understand there is never a straight line to success on the battlefield; that to win, tactics and strategies must continually evolve.

If the Prez's current or future strategy is flawed, it is incumbent upon patriotic detractors to clearly lay out their plans, their tactics, their strategy for success with as much specificity as they demand of the Prez.

And if withdrawal/"redeployment" is espoused, adherents to that strategy must specifically explain to Americans its implementation as well as its likely consequences. So far, the Prez's detractors, forever caught up in the insufferable tedium of worn-out talking points and political sniping, have been stunningly negligent and irresponsible on that score.

Hobbled by giddy idealism or knee-jerk anti-Americanism, other detractors simply want out at any price--surely a myopic formula for certain disaster.

When it comes to national security, neither detractors nor supporters of the Prez's policy should be given a free pass. Indeed, we should demand of them all substantive solutions which clearly advance America's national security interests and not merely their parochial political agendas.