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America’s Group Hug About to End
BY J. D. Longstreet
As I watch, read, and listen to the MsM report the news of Obama’s selection of those people he wants to serve in his administration, it occurred to me that the change he had promised was simply a change… back to the Clinton Administration.
Remember how it is when you begin watching a TV show that is a rerun, but you are not aware of it in the opening moments? As the characters begin to flash onto the screen and the plot becomes more and more familiar it slowly dawns on you that you have seen this show before. As I watch Obama gather his merry band together, that is exactly the feeling I get. I have seen this show before. Eight years ago. So… it IS “Change BACK”!
Well, what about HOPE? Remember… Bill Clinton was “The Man From HOPE!”
Look, the dems are nothing if they are not persistent. They don’t seem to have had a NEW idea in decades. They are still running elections with the same promises and pledges and even the same phraseology in their speeches that FDR used in his. So it should not be surprising that the Obama Administration looks so very much like the Clinton Administration because, for all intents and purposes, it IS the same. All Democratic Party Presidential Administrations are the same.
As soon as Americans stop slapping themselves on the back and congratulating themselves for making history, and overcoming “White Guilt”, and ending racism, and all that baloney, it will dawn on them that they have been had… again.
Soon, it will become clear that Americans, well, SOME Americans, are expecting entirely too much of Obama. Too much was promised and too little will be delivered.
Lowering expectations is the order of the day on the democratic side of the aisle. Very serious democrats, in and out of the Mainstream Media, and in and out of the Democratic Party apparatus, are telling us to not expect so much from Obama. Of course, that is exactly the opposite of what they were telling us just a few weeks ago. Way back then they were promising miracles, hinting that Obama could heal the sick, make the lame to walk, the blind to see, the mute to speak, and there was a better than 50/50 chance that Obama could walk all the way across the Potomac… on his bare feet! And yet, today, we are told that we should lower our expectations. This is all a bit much. But this is what you get when the candidate is a blank slate upon which the voters can write their own expectations, their own desires, and, yes, their own fantasies.
That American group hug, we mentioned at the beginning of this article, is slowly breaking apart as Americans begin to look up and cast their eyes in the direction of Obama’s selectees for his cabinet. There’s some anxiety about its reflection of the Clinton Administration. Then, too, the confirmation that among Obama’s foreign policy plans is one to lean on Israel to retreat back to it’s borders as they were before they were attacked by their Arab neighbors in 1967 and had to fight for their very existence. In the war that ensued, Israel recaptured the old city of Jerusalem thereby reuniting it. Now, apparently, the US is going to insist Israel turn it back over to the people who call themselves Palestinians. This has caused a stir in Israel and there is now some strain between Jews in Israel and those Jews in America who supported the Obama campaign. They are NOT a happy bunch, at the moment. Neither are the Evangelical Christians in America and around the world. But, then, Evangelical Christians did not support Obama and won’t.
And there is more, much, more to come.
Too much is being expected of Obama by the Germans, the Iraqis, the Afghanis, the Georgians, most of eastern Europe, and all of Africa. Here at home, in America, too much is being expected of Obama by the African-Americans, the White Americans, the Spanish-Americans, the Gay Americans, the unborn Americans, the poor Americans, the sick Americans, the old Americans, the young Americans, even those busy breaking into America across our wide open southern border in hopes of change with Obama.
Disappointment comes first. Then comes dissatisfaction. Then comes disaster. After all, Obama is but a man. How he handles these three “D” words will define him for history.
Unlike George Bush, or any Republican President, Obama will have the added luxury of a Mainstream Media to justify his mistakes, his shortcomings, his disgraces, etc, to the nation and the world. After all, he is THEIR man and they will not allow him to fail.
Clear thinking Americans, both republican and democrats, know whom America elected and they are worried. They have reason to worry. America is as vulnerable as it was before World War Two… and every bit as naive. In a country like America, vulnerability and naiveté can bring on disaster. Anything can happen. Like a blind man negotiating a minefield, America must tread softly, and carefully, over the next few years. Inexperienced leadership was not what the country needed, but that is what we have. Americans are now trusting in blind luck to get us through.
Me? I pray a lot.
J. D. Longstreet
Yes! I believe she will.
Forgive me, but I cannot SEE Israel sitting around waiting on the Europeans, the Americans and the UN and the IAEA to do something about Iran… much longer.
The Israelis see all this “jaw-jawing” as just what it is… putting off an impending event. Israel cannot afford to wait. Their very lives depend on the nuclear facilities of Iran being taken out.
Any morning now, I expect to awaken to news reports that unmarked aircraft conducted massive bombing raids over Iran and immense damage was done to Iran’s nuclear factories and research plants. Of course, there will be a slew of reports of collateral damage. The Mainstream Media, in order to be sure we all understand, will report the deaths of uncounted women and children by these dastardly phantoms of the air!
Now… this is going to happen! I see no way of preventing it now, at all. The US has only two choices … they are… to be ahead of the curve… or behind it. With, or without US help, Israel is going to defend itself and if that means pre-emptive air attacks on Iran and the use of Israeli nuclear weapons, then so be it.
There is now concern that an Obama Administration will not allow Israel to fly through Iraqi airspace, a route the IAF needs to get to Iran, drop their payloads, and get back to Israel.
Some time ago, I read an unconfirmed report concerning an Israeli plan to force their way through Iraqi airspace by taking on US air forces in air to air combat in order to allow enough of their bomb laden aircraft to get through to Iraq and bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities. It is understood by the Israeli airmen that if such a mission is undertaken by the IAF it will be considered a suicide mission.
The tiny country of Israel is sort of like Fort Apache. It’s surrounded by hostiles and it cannot survive a first strike. It has no choice but to strike first and continue the strikes as long as it takes to remove the threat. They cannot consider what the US wants, nor Great Britain, no the Europeans, nor the UN. This is THEIR LIVES they will be defending.
Within 24 hours of the nation of Israel being created by the United Nations she was attacked by hordes of Muslims. She fought them off and has continued to fight them off throughout their history.
Israel has stated publicly that she will not hesitate to use nuclear weapons IF she believes her chances of survival are slim to none otherwise.
The remainder of the world had best prepare. All the negotiations, underway now, and all the posturing by the diplomats of the world, are accomplishing absolutely nothing. As soon as Israel feels the time is right, they will strike.
We wish them every success. We pray God that He will, once again, come to the aid of His people and extend His arm of protection over the brave pilots who will participate in the raid.
J. D. Longstreet
Media Objectivity is Dead! But Most Americans Just Noticed.
By J. D. Longstreet
Pardon me if I stand and cheer when I read and hear reports of newspaper organizations crumbling and going under, some out of business. Forgive me if I applaud loudly as the “unbiased” media gets it’s due.
It is always good to see the arrogant ones get what’s coming to them and of all the arrogant businesses on the face of the planet; the news media is certainly the most arrogant.
This past election cycle in the United States the News Media dropped all pretence of being unbiased. They decided early on that Obama was their candidate and they did everything possible to promote him and his campaign… and they succeeded. To hell with what the readers and viewers wanted! To hell with being fair! The media knew Obama was the best thing for America and they went about making absolutely sure he was elected.
It was the sorriest, must dishonest, most dishonorable thing I have ever seen done by the news media.
The have been losing subscribers and listeners and viewers by the droves and yet, they hang on to the overt liberalism in their biased reporting — all the while insisting that they are not the least bit biased and that all their reporting is “right down the middle”. Why, even a blind man can see their claims to no bias are a falsity.
Have you ever wondered how blogging suddenly came out of nowhere and became such an overnight success? Well, the bias of the Mainstream Media is your answer. People have grown tired of their false claims and their “in the tank” reporting for all causes liberal and many decided they could do a better job of it by simply telling readers right at the banner head of their website that yes, this site is biased in favor of conservatism, or even liberalism. Surfers on the Internet like that honesty. They surf to a site, see the declaration of it’s biases right on the front page and, Walla, they like it! The Web Log business took off like a rocket and shows no sign of losing strength or popularity among users of the Internet.
Cal Thomas has an excellent piece on this very thing over at:
http://townhall.com/columnists/CalThomas/2008/11/04/media_meltdown?page=full&comments=true We recommend you drop by and read it. He is right on the money.
Thomas mentions an article titled: “The Death of Objectivity” in the Colorado Springs Gazette. That, too, is a must read and you’ll find it here:
For years now, I have been relying on what I refer to as “off shore” media to access news of current events in America. I simply do not trust my own country’s media to supply a straight forward report on what happened, who was involved and when… basically, the fundamentals of a news story, and allow me to draw my own conclusions. I have grown weary of being told what I should think about a news story, how I will be expected to react to that story, and why I should react in a certain way. I’m a big boy. I’m fairly well educated and I have nearly seven decades of experience in a whole lot of things including the broadcast news business.
Will the Mainstream Media recover? Possibly. But I doubt they will survive in the same configuration. Already, many have established a presence on the Internet, experimenting with the “New Media,” if you will. But it will take many decades to recover, even if they are successful. I expect their turf has been lost to the New Media, the Internet. If one could point to any single show of bias from the media as the “coup de grace,” it would have be their almost total and blatant bias for Obama the democratic candidate for President of the US. (Now President-Elect) It will take at least a generation for Americans to finally “get over it” as they say. Me? I will never forgive them for it.
On the other hand, it just might be that the News business has reverted to it’s past when all the news outlets were overtly biased. In which case the newspaper business, as a hard copy, on paper, delivered to your door each morning, is dead. It’s as dead as their objectivity.
J. D. Longstreet