Ah it was such a bright sunny day in Washington, DC. The air was filled with anticipation as the new president was sworn into office. As he gave his Inaugural Address, the air became filled with what John Kass of the Chicago Tribune calls Hopium.
It is the feeling of your spirits lifting and your mind freed from the rigors of the past. It generates in the human heart such up-swelling of hopes and dreams for this new day in America.
A new president has been sworn in to “…faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God.” He has campaigned on the platform of change because all of the ills in the country can be directly laid onto the shoulders of the previous administration.
So what are his first changes? Appoint plenty of people from the administration BEFORE the Bush administration. What’s the matter couldn’t he find any of his own generation to help run the country? The choices he made that were not in the Clinton administrations were none too good. Three people, all prominent Democrats, if not wealthy, then as the rich like to say “comfortable.” Everyone of them facing tax issues where they owed the IRS thousands of dollars. Secretary Geithner got a free pass from the Senate, maybe he was too big to fail. Former Senator Daschle and Nancy Killefer, a nominee to be “the chief performance officer” to “make the entire government run better, also failed the tax test. Daschle who became a lobbyist for healthcare issues after losing his senate seat in 2004. His relationship with Obama seems almost incestuous, as some of his staffers went to work for BO’s senate team. “Is it any wonder that liberals don’t care about high taxes, they don’t pay em anyway.” (blog quote)
The president apologized saying, “I screwed up.” Unfortunately that is not the only place he is screwing up. He has suspended the military tribunals in preparation for the closing of the Guantanamo prison facility and moving the alleged terror suspects to facilities in the US until they determine how to proceed. I propose since John Murtha is so happy to get em out of Gitmo we put them in jails in his congressional district. I am sure those gun toting red neck constituents of his would be more than happy to have them. Maybe we could ship some to Alcatraz so Nancy Pelosi can share in watching over suspected enemies of our country.
If we are in a war on terror, then these people NON UNITED STATES citizens, have no constitutional rights. They have rights under the Geneva Convention whether their home countries are signatories or not. As prisoners of war, Military tribunals are the accepted arena for the types of cases. To treat them otherwise is a slap in the face of every family member of a victim of terrorist attacks. It is disgusting. Those sailors on the Cole died defending the United States Constitution which BO also swore to “protect and defend.” The oath of a sailor is little different than the oath of the president, I know I took the oath of a sailor.
And now we come to the porkulous package as Rush Limbaugh termed the Stimulous package ping-ponging through Congress. "Elect us, hold us accountable, and make a judgment and then go from there. But I do tell you that if the Democrats win, and have substantial majorities, Congress of the United States will be more bipartisan," said Pelosi.
Now I may be suffering from old timer’s disease, but Webster says bi-partisan means two parties working together to find solutions to common problems. To Speaker Skeletor as my wife calls her, seems to believe bi-partisanship means, ram it down the minority party’s throat and then let em vote for it, so when it blows up, and it will, the Dems can say the Repubs were “on board.” 188 House Republicans had the courage of their convictions to vote against the House version of the porkulous bill. Who is Speaker Skeletor going to blame now?
The problem appears to me to be this; the Democrats don’t know beans about history. In 1939 no less an authority than Henry Morganthau, speaking to Congressional Democrats said, “We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. We have never made good on our promises…now after eight years …we have the just as much unemployment as when we started … And an enormous debt to boot.”
Is this going to be the Obama legacy?
And this is just the first 21 days.