Tag: "Barack Obama"

Obama: From Truman’s Whistle-Stop to Wilsonian Folly
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Obama: From Truman’s Whistle-Stop to Wilsonian Folly

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President Obama’s tour through the Midwest in a coal-black Darth Vader-mobile begs comparison with past presidential excursions. I’m thinking of those made by presidents Harry Truman and Woodrow Wilson. First, the president repeated his Trumanesque mantra about his version of a “do-nothing Congress,” dominated by a minority who put the good of the party above […]

UK Riots and Malaise in the West
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UK Riots and Malaise in the West

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“So while there’s nothing wrong with our country, there is something wrong with our politics, and that’s what we’ve got to fix.”  Thus proclaimed President Obama in his first official trip outside the beltway in a month, having been confined to Washington, D.C. to deal with the debt crisis.  Two days after Obama’s speech, Texas […]

Obama's Legacy
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Obama’s Legacy

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For some time, the outlines of an Obama Doctrine have been apparent.  It can be summarized in nine damning words:  Embolden our enemies.  Undermine our friends.  Diminish our country.  These days, it is hard to avoid proof that these outcomes are not inadvertent, or attributable to sheer and sustained incompetence.  Rather, they are a product […]

Obama's Inalienables
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Obama’s Inalienables

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Each time President Obama addresses America’s inalienable rights, I get emails. “Did you see Obama left out ‘Creator’ again?” began the latest. The most recent occasion was a June 17 presidential statement responding to a U.N. resolution on sexual orientation. Obama stated that “LGBT persons are endowed with the same inalienable rights—and entitled to the […]

Sixth Circuit’s Obamacare Decision on the Way to the Supreme Court
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Sixth Circuit’s Obamacare Decision on the Way to the Supreme Court

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Yesterday, in a split 2-1 decision, a divided panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare in the case of Thomas More Law Center v. Barack Hussein Obama, the first case to challenge the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The Thomas More Law Center will ask the U.S. Supreme […]

Obama's Middle East Speech: So Balanced It Goes Nowhere
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Obama’s Middle East Speech: So Balanced It Goes Nowhere

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One of the problems with Obama’s Middle East speech was that parts of it were so deliberately balanced — so meant to appease all sides — that they go nowhere. For example, look at the portions where he discusses democracy in the Middle East versus the alternative — Islamist rule, which he does not name. […]

Obama's Muslim Outreach 2.0: Doing Business with the Muslim Brotherhood
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Obama’s Muslim Outreach 2.0: Doing Business with the Muslim Brotherhood

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President Obama’s latest paean to what he calls “the Muslim world,” delivered at the State Department today, was an exercise in whistling past the graveyard of real and growing dangers and a litany of misleading statements that borders on official malpractice.   Its most important upshot is this:  The United States is now prepared to do […]

Bush, Obama, and Osama: America’s Hour of Choosing
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Bush, Obama, and Osama: America’s Hour of Choosing

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“In Bin Laden Announcement, Echoes of 2007 Obama Speech,” declared the headline in The New York Times. It’s difficult to find a newspaper that has demonstrated a worst pro-Obama and anti-Bush bias than The New York Times, especially when dealing with the War on Terror. And so, I expected a headline like this in the […]

On Margaret Sanger, the Soviets, and Democrats
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On Margaret Sanger, the Soviets, and Democrats

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“[W]e could well take example from Russia,” advised Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, “where birth control instruction is part of the regular welfare service of the government.” Sanger, racial-eugenicist who spoke to a 1926 KKK rally, whose work included a “Negro Project,” who wished to rid America of “human weeds” and “morons” and “imbeciles,” and […]

Obama's Kidding, Right?
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Obama’s Kidding, Right?

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President Obama put all his cards on the table yesterday. He made his big announcement on his response to our current fiscal crisis and festering national debt. He wants to raise taxes (Quell surprise!) and will not touch any entitlement program to reduce uncontrollable spending. He has got to be kidding, right? Wrong. The President […]

Protecting Chavez, Endangering America?
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Protecting Chavez, Endangering America?

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President Obama’s recent trip to three Latin American nations was absolutely surreal.  For one thing, he launched a war against Libya from there.  For another, he lauded and pledged support for offshore drilling in Brazilian waters that he has shut down in our own.  And he spoke glowingly of the progress of democracy as though […]

Ideals Trump Interests in Obama's Libya Policy
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Ideals Trump Interests in Obama’s Libya Policy

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President Obama’s recent explanation for militarily engaging Libya is yet another example of how U.S. leaders increasingly rationalize their policies via sentimental and idealistic platitudes, rather than reality or the long view—or just plain common sense. In a speech replete with moralizing intonations, Obama did manage to evoke U.S. “interests”—six times—though he never explained what […]

Obama vs. the Bushes: Comparing Costs and Coalitions from Libya to Iraq
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Obama vs. the Bushes: Comparing Costs and Coalitions from Libya to Iraq

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The Libya situation is complicated. I envy no president stuck with the task. Among the complexities, the most daunting unknown is what’s behind the opposition. We would all like to see Moammar Gaddafi tossed to the ash-heap of history, but the rub is who, or what, would replace him. What a tragedy it would be […]

Four Middle Eastern Upheavals
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Four Middle Eastern Upheavals

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After decades of stasis, the Middle East is in uproar. With too much going on to focus on a single place, here’s a review of developments in four key countries. Libya: With most Americans not quite realizing it, their government haphazardly went to war on Mar. 19 versus Mu’ammar al-Qaddafi’s Libya. Hostilities were barely acknowledged, […]

Recalculating the Odds: Obama and DOMA
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Recalculating the Odds: Obama and DOMA

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During his campaign, Candidate Barack Obama repeatedly cited his opposition to same sex marriage. On the Human Rights Campaign’s 2008 Presidential Survey, he stated, “I do not support gay marriage. Marriage has religious and social connotations, and I consider marriage to be between a man and a woman.”  Despite his formerly firm convictions, the President […]

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