Saturday, August 14, 2010

Barack Obama: Chamberlain or Quisling?

This just in from Fox News (where else?):
After skirting the controversy for weeks, President Barack Obama is weighing in forcefully on the mosque near ground zero, saying a nation built on religious freedom must allow it.
"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country," Obama told an intently listening crowd gathered at the White House Friday evening to observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Is this guy politically tone deaf or what? For those who haven't been following the Ground Zero Mosque controversy (Ground Zero being the currently accepted name for the site of the Islamofascist attach that destroyed the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan), here's a brief explanation via "Atlas Shrugs":
Back on December 8th, I posted about the mosque being built at ground zero, and entitled  the post "Giving Thanks," because that's how I saw it. A giant mosque planted on the site of Islamic destruction is their way of thanks. Sort of a  giant victory lap. Any decent American, Muslim or otherwise, wouldn't dream of such an insult. It's a stab in eye of America. What's wrong with these people? Have they no heart? No soul?
And the New York Times (where I first discovered the story) grandstanding and showboating the monstrosity was particularly sad.
This is territorial. This is Islamic domination and expansionism. The location is no accident. Just as Al-Aqsa was built on top of the Temple in Jerusalem. And what about the Hagia Sophia, the ancient cathedral of the church of Constantinople, one of the great buildings of the world, thegrandest church in Christendom at that time and for 1000 years thereafter -- and now a mosque? The Aya Sofya mosque -- they didn't change the name, just Islamified it. 
That's about right, no matter how media and political hacks try to spin this.
Obama continues his kow-towing defense of the indefensible by pontificating on Constitutional matters, something he tends to treat cavalierly unless he can spin it far left. Regarding the building of the mosque:
That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances," he said. "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable."
Unshakable? Sorta like Al Qaeda's hatred of the U.S.? Fox notes:
The White House had not previously taken a stand on the mosque, which would be part of a $100 million Islamic community center two blocks from where nearly 3,000 people perished when hijacked jetliners slammed into the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Press secretary Robert Gibbs had insisted it was a local matter.
Ah yes, Robert Gibbs, Obama's Minister of Propaganda and America's worst Press Secretary ever, so bad that even the entirely co-opted MSM can't stand him.
Far lefties like Barack Obama regard the Constitution as a "living document," not an immutable standard. And indeed, the Constitution itself has provisions--stiff ones--that allow it to be amended from time to time. But you don't "amend" the Constitution by twisting its original meaning which is what's happening here.
Technically, yeah, freedom of religion allows that the Ground Zero Mosque could be built. But, just like you could give a parade permit to Nazis to march in a Jewish neighborhood, or you could allow (zoning permitting) an XXX adult porn business to open next door to St. Pat's Cathedral on 5th Avenue--just because you could do this doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. The mosque could be built, say, half a mile away. But why is it so important to support building it here? Answer: it doesn't need to be built here. But Americans have elected an administration--and dozens of political leaders--who support this travesty as part of their continuing effort to tear down the American spirit. 
You might as well build the thing next to Arlington National Cemetery, next to the Pentagon. Why not? Well, that would be too obvious. Plus, it's in Virginia where even Democrats wouldn't stand for it. New York City, I would guess, is viewed as an easier mark.
A substantial majority of New Yorkers--even lefties--are appalled by this ongoing train wreck. I find the average Manhattanite disdainful of religion on the whole. I know this is a broad generality, but at its pulsing heart, NYC is a secular city. Its residents are generally secularists first, religious adherents second if at all. But as far as Ground Zero is concerned, this is the closest thing you're going to get to Sacred Ground in NYC, even for avowed atheists. The cowardly attack on the Twin Towers was tantamount to the worst kind of blasphemy in the eyes, hearts, and souls of the average New Yorker. Islamofascists reward blasphemy with death. Obama, and his lefty supporters, support rewarding this particular blasphemy with a building permit.
In voicing his support for this travesty, Obama is, at the very least, confirming that he is the most doggedly tone-deaf President who's ever served, at least in our post WWII lifetimes. At worst, he reminds me of one or two of the more reprehensible figures associated with that war: Neville Chamberlain and Vidkun Quisling.
The former, better known to students of history--if it's even being taught anymore--was the British Prime Minister who infamously appeased Hitler's territorial ambitions, figuring he'd settle down and get normal once he was shown the proper respect. We know how that worked out. The latter was a Norwegian politician and military figure who, in order to obtain political power (i.e., the Norwegian presidency), collaborated with the Nazis in their takeover of his country. 
So which one is Barack Obama? Chamberlain or Quisling? Or is he just plain stupid?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Obama Administration "Overworked"? Yawn...

The New York Times propagandized reported on the recent exodus of White House staffers recently, carrying water for the Administration by complaining about just how hard it is to work for said White House. Yawn. I worked as a contractor for the White House at a rather low level, circa 1996-2001, 2005. And yeah, it's a buster since it doesn't really respect family life or free time requirements. But whaddaya want, yer makin' history, right?

Victor Davis Hanson calls out the whiners in an online NRO Weekend piece. Money Quotes:
Does this serial complaining come from the top, or is it simply characteristic of the urban technocratic class?

The Times wants to draw a sympathetic portrait of the heroic Obama cadre that suffers so much on our behalf. These are six-figure jobs that wear out one’s hands on the Blackberry, true, but serve as valuable stepping-stones to even higher-paying corporate jobs. And this is still a recession. This raise-the-bar griping will not go down well with the coal worker in Montana, the welder on a 30-story scaffold, or the oil worker offshore....
Hanson wonders where all the sympathy for the Bushies was as they worked out their response to 9/11 on the fly, probably without Blackberrys. Do you? His not so subtle conclusion, and mine: More sycophantic propaganda on behalf of America's first, and hopefully last, Marxist Presidency from America's 21st century answer to Pravda.

Today's elites, more often than not, have never held a real job, never gotten their hands dirty, never ran a business. Like the bulk of today's academics (themselves members of this elite), they, too, live in a world of comfortable theories. They're generally urban-dwellers on the east coast who have no clue as to how things are made or how they work, and hold the working people proletariat in utter contempt. Which is why today's proles don't have jobs. But that's another topic.

Obama Administration: Pod People?

Investors Business Daily (aka IBD) has an interesting editorial on another point I've been flogging on and off for nearly 2 years. Part of the reason we're still mired in an unemployment mess in the U.S. is due to the nearly complete lack of business experience on the part of both President Obama and his feeble cabinet, all of whom are long on ideology and short on what it takes to run a successful business enterprise large or small.

Money Quote:
With the exception of one year after school, the president is a career government employee. Stops as a community organizer, civil rights lawyer and law lecturer don't count for private-sector experiences. They were merely steps to bigger government jobs.
Read the rest here if you haven't already clicked the link above.

BTW, most of IBD is behind a pay wall. If you like accurate business news this paper, including its online version, and the Wall Street Journal (also mostly behind a pay wall online) are your newspapers of choice, although the latter's news pages tend to tilt left.

Stunning Decline of Barack Obama: Must Read

The headline isn't mine--it's from the online version of the London Daily Telegraph, one of the few places around anymore that provides fair and relatively balanced coverage of what's really going on in the Socialist United States of America. You won't get this kind of stuff from the journo-listers.

This report lists and details 10 reasons why the Obama presidency is sinking--and the U.S. along with it. It pretty much sums up the essence of what Luther and I have been trying to explain over at least the past two years, and it does so quite economically. Highly recommended.