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Is This The Man You Truly Trust To Bring Us Hopety Change?

by Flyovercountry ( 27 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Politics, Progressives at May 25th, 2012 - 11:30 am

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

As a child, watching my favorite television program, (at the tender age of 8, the original Star Trek fit this bill,) I can remember the character portrayed by Walter Koenig, Chekhov, claiming every single invention of man kind that showed any value as being Russian. There is no secret that Gene Roddenberry saw his 3 year hundred something episode of science fiction high camp as a symbolic back drop for the tumultuous times during which it was written. The major powers and cultures that existed during this time were amply represented by the various planets and empires that the Enterprise crew found on their 5 year mission which aired during only 3 original seasons. Chekhov’s musings of course were representative of the mirth all of America felt when the Soviets at the time laid claim to every single piece of technology ever created by man, including cars, radios, computers, transistors, iron lungs, paint, puppy dogs, and fast food.

Such is the truth of Marxist and Socialist societies. With the constraints of top down planning, and the freedoms of the people to create and be rewarded for their creation removed, societies stagnate. By the end of the cold war, the function of soviet scientists had become to buy or steal American technology and then reverse engineer it to make it work somehow in their own country. I had a good friend who worked as a member of the Secret Service and was assigned to James Baker’s detail while he was Secretary of State. During that time Baker planned a trip to Moscow for one G something summit or another, and he began complaining months in advance about the trip. I told him I thought it would be kind of neat to go traveling to the Soviet Union, and he responded with this. “The first time it was, but it really sucks there. Every thing is broken and in disrepair, and even what works is technology so old that going to the bathroom at night involves a flashlight and tennis shoes.” Part of the problem with central planning is that you don’t know what inventions are out there and possible, anyone who would invent those things is too busy being forced to work a structured plan that has removed all but force as an incentive. Pretty soon after that, the Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its own economy being unable to feed its own citizens. As a matter of fact, not a single Socialist Society anywhere has ever succeeded or managed to survive for longer than 80 years.

Economic malaise and a need to be held in high regard as a great leader have provided some bizarre results over the years. Kim Jong Un, the child ruler of North Korea has listed some accomplishments in his official biography, which is growing daily. One such accomplishment is his very first round of golf on a championship course, in which without a single lesson, he managed to hit 17 holes in one. At least he has some room for improvement. Such is the character one would expect from a tin pot dictator. I feel sorry for the people unfortunate enough to live in North Korea, where basking in the preposterous narcissism of the totalitarian in charge is a poor substitute for actually being able to enjoy such overrated luxuries like eating, refrigeration, running water, and heat or air conditioning.

During the sixth Star Trek movie, a must see for any fan of the franchise, our good friends the Klingons reminded us of the need for failed despots to rewrite history to lend gravitas to an other wise lack luster performance of societal contributors. General Klang gave us this little gem, “in order to fully appreciate Shakespeare, one has to enjoy it in the original Klingon.” Even people as far to the left as the Hollywood crowd can understand the absurdity of political leaders who feel the need to rewrite history to put themselves in a positive light. Surely, that would never happen here in America, not with a society as enlightened as ours.

Think again. It seems as though our President has been busy, not doing his job mind you, but including himself in the histories of former Presidents and taking credit for their accomplishments. It matters not of course that as far back as Calvin Coolidge, he was not even a glimmer in a young hippy’s mind or her Communist revolutionary boy friend’s yet, he feels that it is important that we all know the real truth. That Barack Obama has so much free time on his hands that he was able to invent time travel and go back to help other Presidents in history get their collective acts together.

I suppose that I shouldn’t be surprised though, this is after all the same man who is out there telling us that he has actually cut spending over the last 42 months, rather than maniacally increasing it beyond even the wildest nightmares of anyone noticing our beyond asinine national debt.

Here from the Hotair piece are some of the more bizarre intrusions into other people’s accomplishments Barack Obama has placed himself. If you had told me a decade ago that any President would think to do something like this, I would have told you no way. There is no possible way that anyone this fouled up mentally could fool enough Americans into voting for him. I guess I lost that bet. The question is, now that the bloom is off of the Obama rose, are we as a nation dumb enough to do it again?

On Feb. 22, 1924 Calvin Coolidge became the first president to make a public radio address to the American people. President Coolidge later helped create the Federal Radio Commission, which has now evolved to become the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). President Obama became the first president to hold virtual gatherings and town halls using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.

President Herbert Hoover signed the bill founding the Department of Veterans Affairs July 21, 1930. President Obama is committed to making sure that the VA, the second-largest cabinet department, serves the needs of all veterans and provides a seamless transition from active duty to civilian life, and has directed his Administration to modernize the way health care is delivered and benefits are administered for our nation’s veterans. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.

On August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Today the Obama Administration continues to protect seniors and ensure Social Security will be there for future generations.

In a 1946 letter to the National Urban League, President Truman wrote that the government has “an obligation to see that the civil rights of every citizen are fully and equally protected.” He ended racial segregation in civil service and the armed forces in 1948. Today the Obama Administration continues to strive toward upholding the civil rights of its citizens,repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, allowing people of all sexual orientations to serve openly in our armed forces.

President Dwight Eisenhower established the President’s Council on Youth Fitness on July 16, 1956 (now known as The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports) after learning from a study that American youth were less fit than European youth. Today the Council is still going strong—with Olympians and professional athletes on board—working in conjunction with the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiativeto help promote healthier lifestyles.

President John F. Kennedy famously suggested the American people: “Ask what you can do for your country.” In 1961, the Peace Corps was created, facilitating service among citizens working toward peace in developing countries. In 2011, President Obama celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps with a Presidential Proclamation.

President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare signed into law in 1965—providing millions of elderly healthcare stability. President Obama’s historic health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, strengthens Medicare, offers eligible seniors a range of preventive services with no cost-sharing, and provides discounts on drugs when in the coverage gap known as the “donut hole.”

In 1973, Richard Nixon created The President’s Export Council, which was expanded and reconstituted under President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Today the PEC continues to work towards reaching President Obama’s goal of doubling the nation’s exports by 2014’s end.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter created the Department of Energy; today the DOE works with the Obama Administration to drive towards innovation in energy and reducing reliance on foreign oil with an “all of the above” approach.

President Reagan designated Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday; today the Obama Administration honors this tradition, with the First and Second Families participating in service projects on this day.

In a June 28, 1985 speech Reagan called for a fairer tax code, one where a multi-millionaire did not have a lower tax rate than his secretary. Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule.

President Barack Obama awarded George H.W. Bush the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for his commitment to service and ability to inspire volunteerism throughout the country, encouraging citizens to be “a thousand points of light.” The administration continues to promote service and civic engagement, honoring heroes of local communities as “Champions of Change” and fostering civic participation.

Continuing his work as a lifelong public service, Clinton created the Clinton Foundation in 2001 to improve global health, education, economies and environments. Affectionately calling him “Do-Gooder-in-Chief”, President Obama has worked with Clinton to make buildings in our country more efficient—announcing a $4 billion investment in energy efficiency upgrades for commercial buildings.

In 2002, President George W. Bush’s State of the Union was the first to be live broadcast on the Internet. In 2011 and 2012, President Obama’s State of the Union speeches were available in an enhanced live stream version that featured infographics, charts and data side-by-side in real time with the President’s speech.

Watch the video, it’s a pretty funny take on the whole thing as well.

Cross Posted at Musings of a Mad Conservative.


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27 Responses to “Is This The Man You Truly Trust To Bring Us Hopety Change?”
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  1. 1 | May 25, 2012 12:06 pm

    I’m not laughing….

  2. RIX
    2 | May 25, 2012 12:08 pm

    Think about this guy,
    “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans
    began to slow & our planet began to heal.”
    “We aree ones that we have been waiting for”
    A backdrop of Greek columns in a football stadium
    for his acceptance. He needed the space for more
    people to adore him.
    For the critical thinking challenged in Culver City,
    this is disturbing and dangerous narcissim.

  3. 3 | May 25, 2012 12:11 pm

    Oh BTW, that was General Chang, not Klang. 8)

  4. citizen_q
    4 | May 25, 2012 12:25 pm

    O/T but good news

    AWOL Muslim soldier guilty in Fort Hood bomb plot

    A federal jury on Thursday convicted a Muslim soldier on six charges in connection with a failed plot to blow up a Texas restaurant full of Fort Hood troops, his religious mission to get “justice” for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Jurors in U.S. District Court in Waco deliberated a little more than an hour before finding Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo guilty of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempted murder of U.S. officers or employees, and four counts of possessing a weapon in furtherance of a federal crime of violence.

    Abdo, 22, did not stand with his attorneys when jurors and the judge entered the room, and he showed no emotion when each of the six guilty verdicts was read by the court clerk. Abdo, who’s been accused of spitting blood on authorities escorting him and a jailer, wore a mask covering his nose and mouth throughout the trial.

    Interesting that nary a peep about this has been heard on my local MFM.

  5. Guggi
    6 | May 25, 2012 12:32 pm

    RIX wrote:

    Think about this guy,
    “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans
    began to slow & our planet began to heal.”
    “We aree ones that we have been waiting for”
    A backdrop of Greek columns in a football stadium
    for his acceptance. He needed the space for more
    people to adore him.
    For the critical thinking challenged in Culver City,
    this is disturbing and dangerous narcissim.

    Remember him ?

    We discussed the economy and noted that obviously the United States and Spain are both working diligently to put our people back to work and recover from what has been the worst recession in decades. And so we have enormous commercial ties between our two countries and we pledged to work diligently to strengthen them, particularly around key issues like renewable energy and transportation, where Spain has been a worldwide leader and the United States I think has enormous potential to move forward.

    President Barak Obama, 13 October 2009

    And now we have this:

    The most draconian spending cuts on record are plunging Spain’s cities and highways into darkness as ministries and mayors struggle to pay for basic services. Public lighting is one of the more visible casualties of the hard times.

  6. 7 | May 25, 2012 12:43 pm

    @ Macker:

    I knew it was something that sounded like a wooden spoon being banged against a metal pot. I can live with that being my only mistake. :)

  7. lobo91
    8 | May 25, 2012 12:53 pm

    @ Guggi:

    From your link:

    “We had lots of aid from EU funds and created a very fast, very short-term growth model without thinking about what would happen when the taps were turned off,” said Jacobo Diaz Pineda, managing director of the highways association. “Now we can’t afford to pay the upkeep of what we’ve built.”

    Sounds familiar…

  8. John Difool
    9 | May 25, 2012 1:32 pm

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot over at The Swamp, someone goes and posts something like this and totally redeems it.

  9. Lily
    11 | May 25, 2012 1:42 pm

    RIX wrote:

    Think about this guy,
    “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans
    began to slow & our planet began to heal.”
    “We aree ones that we have been waiting for”
    A backdrop of Greek columns in a football stadium
    for his acceptance. He needed the space for more
    people to adore him.
    For the critical thinking challenged in Culver City,
    this is disturbing and dangerous narcissim.

    Not only that it’s a dangerous narcissim with a dangerous Messianic complex to go with it.
    /what ever could go wrong here with a man with these traits???

  10. Guggi
    12 | May 25, 2012 1:44 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    Sounds familiar…

    really ???? /////////

  11. Lily
    13 | May 25, 2012 1:52 pm

    During an election year the president is doing this…(this is unbelievable).

    President Obama’s Memorial Day Vacation

    This weekend, President Obama will skip Memorial Day services at Arlington National Cemetery, and instead he will take his family to Chicago for rest and relaxation. The gesture has rankled many on the right and caused the left to swing into full ‘defend Obama’ mode. However, the fact remains that during a time of war, it is extraordinary that the Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces would choose not to be at Arlington on this solemn occasion.

  12. Lily
    14 | May 25, 2012 1:58 pm

    @ Lily:

    I’m sure it hasn’t rankled just people on the right but some democrat’s in Congress too.
    /like I’ve said before the more vacations he takes during the election season the more it tells me he is cracking under the negative attacks thrown at him.

    But this just takes the cake. ON MEMORIAL DAY HE NEEDS A VACATION. Really? Has he lost a son or daughter in a war? Does he not have any compassion for the treasure and blood lost of our people who died defending our country? The answer is no, no, no!
    This is just another huge middle finger to our military.

  13. Lily
    15 | May 25, 2012 2:04 pm

    @ Lily:

    Oh-Oh that’s a 2010 article…..But I’m not entirely wrong.. he isn’t speaking on this Memorial Day either..

    The POSUS Takes Memorial Day Off, Sends Biden To Speak To Families Of Fallen Troops

  14. Lily
    16 | May 25, 2012 2:07 pm

    A second link to back that one up…

    Obama Takes Memorial Day Off, Sends Biden To Speak To Families Of Fallen Troops…

  15. Lily
    17 | May 25, 2012 2:08 pm

    Okay it seems I’m talking to myself….or I have murdered another thread… :(

  16. citizen_q
    18 | May 25, 2012 2:09 pm

    @ Lily:
    OTOH who wants that military hating hypocrite poser faking concern for our fallen men of honor?

    As far as I am concerned, let Allen West stand in, and to hell with chairman 0

  17. heysoos
    19 | May 25, 2012 2:10 pm

    @ Lily:
    didn’t he skip the Medal Of Honor ball when he was elected?…and passed by the hospital in Germany on his Euro tour campaign?….no fucking class, no deference to tradition

  18. Lily
    20 | May 25, 2012 2:16 pm

    @ heysoos:

    If I remember correctly yes he has no respect for our military. Our enemies…yes, we can’t offend them.

  19. citizen_q
    21 | May 25, 2012 2:19 pm

    Lily wrote:

    Okay it seems I’m talking to myself….or I have murdered another thread…

    Slow day. Holiday weekend I would guess.

  20. Lily
    22 | May 25, 2012 2:19 pm

    @ citizen_q:

    obama send Allen West?? He is sending the word challenged Biden…no telling what gaffs he will make..I wonder if he’ll scream his way through the speech.

  21. Lily
    23 | May 25, 2012 2:20 pm

    @ citizen_q:

    Yep. It might pick up later…..

  22. Guggi
    24 | May 25, 2012 2:24 pm

    Has ever in US-history a president shown so much disrespect to the troops like him ? (serious question)

  23. 25 | May 25, 2012 2:24 pm

    New Thread and this is an important one.

  24. Lily
    26 | May 25, 2012 2:25 pm

    What was that about the obama administration saying the Muslim Brotherhood aren’t extremists or a terrorist group?

    Muslim Brotherhood Candidiate Leading Presidential Election Promises To Bring Sharia Law To Egypt If He Wins Run-Off Vote


  25. Lily
    27 | May 25, 2012 2:26 pm

    @ Guggi:

    Not that I can think of…Although the military wasn’t fond of Clinton…bho brings it to new heights.

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