A political science professor of mine once said that “some people in America consider the Constitution very important.” I should hope so. It is the very foundation of all law in our country, and the single document through which our rights are protected.

The Constitution ensures that the government cannot oppress its people, and gives individual states the right to handle matters not specifically assigned to the federal government. So should “some” people consider it very important? Or is it, in fact, very important to all of us – whether we choose to realize it or not?

Yesterday, President Obama announced that his Justice Department will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. For those on the left this is a major victory. They have been waiting for DOMA to be repealed ever since President Bill Clinton (Yes, a Democrat) signed it into law in 1996.

For anyone who does not know, DOMA allows states to choose not to recognize gay marriages, partnerships or unions from other states where they are legal, and provides no federal recognition of same-sex relationships whatsoever. This has been a major sticking point for the gay marriage movement, because no matter how many states legalize gay marriage, there will be no federal benefits for gay couples.

For the record, I believe marriage is a state issue. It always has been, and nowhere in the Constitution does it mention marriage falling under the responsibility of the federal government. Therefore, I happen to personally feel that DOMA is unconstitutional. If a state decides gays can marry legally, or enter into domestic partnerships or civil unions, the federal government should be obligated to recognize the laws of that state – so long as they do not conflict with federal law.

I also believe that any state has the right to choose not to recognize a marriage from another state. Keep in mind this would not be an issue if the federal government stayed out of marriage altogether. I still have no idea why the federal government gives anyone special benefits because they are married. That is the very definition of “special rights,” whether you are traditionally married or gay married.

The 14th Amendment, which is cited so often in protecting marriage recognition across state lines, simply states that “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”

That means no state can deny you rights protected by the federal government. However it does not prevent states from denying you rights protected by other states. Example: You have a concealed weapons permit from Nevada. You own a gun, and are allowed – by Nevada law – to carry it concealed on your person, within the laws set forth in Nevada.

You are not allowed, however, to bring that gun to Maine – unless you obtain a concealed carry permit from Maine. Maine will deny your right – protected by Nevada – to carry a concealed weapon, until such time as you obtain that right from Maine. Meanwhile, Illinois does not allow any concealed weapons at all. Therefore, Illinois will deny your right – protected by Nevada – to carry a concealed weapon.

So clearly states have the right to have different laws from other states, and the Constitution does not force them to recognize privileges you’ve obtained from other states.

So while the left celebrates Obama’s refusal to enforce DOMA, the rest of America is wondering why this president feels he has the power to choose which laws are valid and which are not. As stated in Article 2, Section 3, of the U.S. Constitution, “he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” DOMA is currently the law, and therefore President Obama is constitutionally obligated to enforce it – whether he likes it or not.

Imagine, for a moment, if George W. Bush decided that he did not personally approve of Roe v. Wade, and chose to overturn it. “I will no longer enforce protections to allow abortions.” How do you think the left would react? With outrage, I’d imagine – and they would be justified. Whether you like it or not, abortion is legal in America. You can try to make it illegal, advocate the overturn of Roe v. Wade, pass laws restricting abortion, etc… but TODAY, it is legal.

Likewise, TODAY, DOMA is law. President Obama may choose to ignore the law, but the moment he chooses not to defend DOMA in court, he is in direct violation of the Constitution – which by the way is his SOLE responsibility as president: “To preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

500 BILLION PEOPLE saw him recite the oath on inauguration day. A few people even saw him recite it a second time later in the week. Did he not understand what he was pledging?

Regardless of whether you support or oppose President Obama politically, there is no doubt that he is testing the limits of presidential power. He has done this numerous times.

Health Care – President Obama has given the federal government unprecedented power in the area of health care, even though it is mentioned nowhere in the Constitution. Obamacare has been declared unconstitutional by two federal judges, and will not likely stand up to a Supreme Court review.

The government simply does not have the right to mandate that every American buy a product from a private company, or face fines. (And for those of you who will bring up car insurance, it is only mandatory if you choose to own a car – and you get to make that choice)

Cap & Trade – The Constitution does not give the federal government power over energy, yet President Obama’s Cap & Trade policy would put costly burdens on companies (which would be passed on to consumers) to meet arbitrary goals that the largest polluters on the Earth (India and China) refuse to agree to.

You think we’re losing jobs to India and China now? Wait until these companies have to live under oppressive costs invented to fund a premature green movement. They’ll simply move to India and China where there are no restrictions – and they get the added bonus of cheaper labor. Then all the liberals will complain about evil corporations moving to China to exploit workers. You know the story. It’s as old as time.

Student Loans – Where the hell does the federal government have the right to take sole custody of the student loan industry? I have no problem with federal loans, Pell Grants, etc. But to remove student loans from private institutions completely? That’s just ridiculous. While President Obama says he wants to increase access to education, he really just wants to control the access to education.

There are many more examples just like these.

I’m not a birther, or a right-wing radical – I’m just an American that sees a president consistently ignore the restrictions placed on his office, and the entire federal government. And while every response I get to this article from a liberal will no doubt conjure up images of George W. Bush shredding the Constitution while drinking the blood of poor people with Dick Cheney – two wrongs do not make a right.

President Obama is constitutionally obligated to execute the office of the President of the United States. He is constitutionally obligated to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed.

While campaigning in 2008, then-candidate Obama promised to repeal DOMA. With super-majorities in Congress, he never made one attempt. He had the opportunity, and Republicans would have had no choice but to sit back and watch it happen. He did not act. He is not repealing DOMA now. He is ignoring DOMA – and that’s just as unconstitutional as DOMA itself.

We, as Americans, should want a president who stays within the confines of the Constitution, and within the restrictions it places on the power of the federal government.

We, as Americans, should want any law we disagree with to be overturned legally – so the repeal has a foundation in law and cannot be overturned later on what some may call a technicality. I happen to believe violating the Constitution is a tad bit more serious than a technicality.

This is not a matter of gay versus straight, or Democrat versus Republican. This is a matter of what is right. And even if you believe President Obama’s heart is in the right place, his methods must also be in the right place – or they have no merit.

The ends do not justify the means, when the means are illegal.

The views expressed in this blog are the author’s, and do not necessarily represent the views of Right Pride or GOProud.

 

Only twenty percent of Americans self-identify as liberals, but that doesn’t stop them from having a very loud voice in the media, and in our political process. Simply look the annual budgets of groups like the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – groups that represent heavily Democrat-leaning segments of our population – at $21 million and $40 million respectively. The NAACP boasts 750,000 members and donors, while HRC claims to have 750,000, which when combined represent less than 5% of the American population. Even the most generous accounts estimate that African-Americans represent 13% of the population, and openly gay Americans at 3%. Clearly these groups, and many other leftist organizations, have more than 16% of the influence in our government, politics and media, and it is often aimed at our most treasured traditions.

There is no time of year when liberals exercise their disproportionate voice more, than over the holiday season. Groups like PETA speak out against eating turkey on Thanksgiving, going so far as to use children to advance their vegetarian agenda. But being vegetarian isn’t good enough for PETA, because milk, eggs, cheese and numerous other products are still made by exploiting animals. Atheists, who claim 50 million Americans among them (14% of the population), routinely speak out against Christmas. They believe it is an oppressive holiday, celebrated by intolerant and ignorant Americans who worship false gods. They have no problem telling Americans that God does not exist, but have a big problem with people saying “Merry Christmas.” Christmas may be the biggest religious holiday of the year, but it has also turned into a “Hallmark Holiday,” for those who don’t subscribe to its religious significance. At the very least, Christmas represents giving, sharing, and spending time with family and loved ones. How can that be a bad thing?

Holidays aren’t the only traditions that liberals have a problem with. Religion, marriage, family and patriotism are all areas where liberals are at odds with most of America. Many liberals see religion as a joke, or farce, presenting many philosophical arguments as to why believers are deluding themselves as to the existence of God. Marriage, which culturally has always been between men and women, is being slowly altered into whatever they “feel” is a reasonable facsimile. A man in Japan even married an Anime character last year! Family, which historically and culturally has been represented by two opposite-sex parents, has been re-imagined as a hodgepodge of different shapes and sizes due to failed commitments, teen pregnancy, and selfishness. Even those who believe in same-sex marriage and parenting can admit that having two parents is better than one, and that children should not be the accidental consequences of poor judgment. Unfortunately, liberals find strength in victimhood, and overcoming challenges – even when they are self-imposed (See: Social Justice).

Our president, Barack Obama, gives us an unending list of traditions thrown by the wayside. He ended the White House tradition of holding a public ceremony on the National Day of Prayer – an annual observance for people of all faiths. There are some that see no problem with this, citing the separation of church and state. But that didn’t stop Obama from hosting the first Seder at the White House, or a Muslim dinner celebrating Ramadan. Then he chose to skip out on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – an event that symbolized freedom for an entire generation of Eastern Europeans and Americans alike. He opted to not lay the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day this year in favor of a vacation in Chicago. President Obama, and the White House website, made no mention of the 66th anniversary of D-Day this past June. Then, as honorary chairman of the Boy Scouts of America, decided not to speak before the group on their 100th anniversary, instead choosing to appear on The View. Finally, Obama ended a long-standing tradition in sports by not calling to congratulate the World Series Champions after their victory in 2009, or in 2010 when the San Francisco Giants won their first title in 56 years. Obama did invite both teams to the White House, as he has done to countless teams and athletes since taking office. In fact, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post illustrates how big of a sports fan Mr. Obama is by recalling his 44 rounds of golf, 16 off-site basketball sessions in addition to countless games on his home court, and a total of 45 sports-related events hosted at the White House (“about six times the number of news conferences he has held,” according to Milbank).

Perhaps it is the sports fan in Obama that prompted him to call Jeffrey Lurie, the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, and thank him for giving Michael Vick a second chance. He may have also thanked Lurie for maxing out to him in 2008. But seriously, he doesn’t honor the National Day of Prayer, the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the 66th anniversary of D-Day, the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts, or the last two World Series Champions – but a man who ran a dog-fighting ring resulting in the hanging, drowning, electrocuting and shooting of dogs deserves Obama’s attention? Keep in mind, at least nine dogs were killed at “Bad Newz Kennels,” and 48 of the 66 dogs seized from his property had been starved, tortured and severely injured. Yes. Thank you for giving him a second chance Mr. Lurie. I’m sure it has nothing to do with his ability to bring Philadelphia a championship, and everything to do with Vick’s remorse.

America is a free country, and if liberals don’t like our traditions, they don’t have to observe them. However, actively rooting against them is infringing on the basic personal freedoms that liberals claim to fight for. As Americans, we have the right to free speech, which means if I want to say “Merry Christmas,” that’s my right. I also have the right to be as patriotic as I want to be on July 4th, eat turkey on Thanksgiving – or any other day of the year, and choose to practice my faith. Liberals may not understand many of these traditions, or why they are important to many people in our society, but that’s too bad. A lack of understanding is no justification for intolerance – something liberals should practice as much as they preach it.

The views expressed in this blog are the author’s, and do not necessarily represent the views of Right Pride or GOProud.

 

If you don’t think the Obama administration is completely out of control and radical, then you are simply not paying attention.

Weekend news from none other than the New York Times says that the Obama White House is now admitting that penalties and fees associated with the recent health care reform package commonly known as “Obamacare” do indeed constitute a new tax on American families.  As if the package wasn’t already deeply unpopular, this should surely warm Americans right up to the idea.

The stunning reversal might not seem like news at all to many, but let me recall this poignant exchange between the president and George Stephanopoulos:

So after several promises to NEVER increase ANY taxes on families making under $250k, why would the president now go out of his way to change talking points and sell Obamacare as a tax?  Oddly enough, the answer might be that a new tax is the only way to argue that Obamacare is constitutional.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum reminds voters at every stump speech that he was the first to legally challenge the constitutional legitimacy of Obamacare, and that without a so-called “severability clause” the entire bill is taken off the books if any part of it is deemed unconstitutional.  With dozens of states joining Florida’s federal law suit, the White House is understandably shaking in its boots.

The White House and congressional allies had argued that under the Commerce clause of the constitution, the federal government has broad authority to regulate interstate commerce including the purchase of health care.  However, conservatives have counterpunched that never in history has the government been allowed to force the purchase of a private good.  Nor, they argue, has the government been able to define the absense of a purchase (e.g. not buying health insurance) as an example of interstate commerce.  McCollum always seems confident that this argument will fail in court and Obamacare will be overturned.

To save its pet project, the White House appears to have bit the bullet of unpopularity that all new taxes bring.  President Obama has strategically now pivoted to arguing that the federal government has broad authority to create and collect new taxes, and that includes Obamacare taxes.  However unpopular, this argument may be Obamacare’s last hope…

The desperate move also shows us the Ace up the sleeve of a power-thirsty administration hell bent on enacting its agenda, party and country be damned.  This is a radical, out of control government.

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Nick Stone is the editor of Drawnlines Politics. The views expressed in this blog are the author’s, and do not necessarily represent the views of Right Pride or GOProud.

 

This Week in Liberal FAIL.

Last week the gay blogs were abuzz with chatter about Obama’s hospital visitation memo. Simply put, he ordered hospitals receiving federal funds through Medicaid and Medicare to honor patient’s wishes when considering who can visit them while they are admitted. Many outlets made it seem like this was a victory for gay rights.

I can tell you this isn’t the perfectly-wrapped gift-box some people are making it out to be. Patients should have the ultimate say over who is allowed to visit them, whether they are immediate family or not. However, I don’t know too many people who are spending a night in the hospital for observation, that can’t communicate their wishes effectively to hospital staffers. The problems arise when patients arrive unconscious or incapacitated, or rushed into emergency surgery. Then what?

Because these patients aren’t able to communicate, there are no protections for same-sex couples. Furthermore, his memo does nothing to affect policies at private hospitals, or hospitals that do not accept federal dollars. So once again, President Obama has wasted the time of the American people. We’re getting used to that, but this time it could have devastating consequences.

Everyone I talk to, that believes marriage should remain between a man and a woman, still feels that same-sex couples deserve legal protections. They believe gay partners should have the right to visit each other in the hospital. So clearly, many conservatives have no problem with this issue. By making this decree, Obama has given the impression that same-sex couples no longer have to face difficulty where hospital visitation is concerned. That could not be further from the truth, but we all know what the headlines are – and Americans read headlines. Even dumbass Perez Hilton’s headlines. So now when gays make it clear that they still have no hospital visitation rights in situations where it matters most (where the sick partner is unable to communicate their wishes), Americans won’t believe them.

Regretfully, the way Obama chose to handle this issue goes against everything I believe. Not only does it not accomplish anything for the gay community, it is yet another overreach on the part of government. Because hospitals take federal dollars through Medicaid/Medicare, the government gets to tell them what their policies should be. This is especially scary given the recent passage of Obama’s Health Care Reform bill. Will we get to the point where the president can tell hospitals how to act when it comes to your health? It’s a slippery slope I have no desire go down, but it’s hard to ignore how involved this administration is in our lives.

Aside from the incorrect message Obama sent, and his latest executive power-grab, this may be the biggest blow to the struggle for same-sex relationship protections yet. For years non-activist gays have outlined the unintentional side-effects of banning all legal recognition of gay partnerships. The most important benefits legal protections afford same-sex couples have to do with visitation rights, next of kinship, power of attorney and wills/trusts. These are some of the most personal issues any couple in America will face. With Obama making it seem that visitation is taken care of, he single-handedly weakens the argument for statewide protections. Many opponents of Domestic Partnerships and Civil Unions (excluding marriage for a moment), are quick to point out that gay couples can protect themselves through legal channels and therefore do not need a formal process for registering their relationship with the state. Anyone with an internet connection and the web address for Google can figure out that this is far more costly for gay couples, and requires far more work. In addition, all the legal protections in the world still leave even the longest-companioned same-sex couples as “unrelated” in the eyes of government.

Liberal gays all over America jumped for joy, only to find out Obama is still coming up short on his promises to the gay community. The folks over at DC Agenda think it’s okay though, as “I doubt that Republican Sen. John McCain would have taken this step – or any at all to help us – had he won the presidency.” Well, just a few days later the White House announced that it will not support a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in 2010. This administration is so transparent in its idle approach to gay issues that even the super-duper-queer-activist-gay-uber-lefties have caught on.

Speaking of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, why is the collective Gay Left only tacitly punishing Obama for his inaction? I mean, when Republicans suggested the military take a year to figure out how to implement a repeal, they were called bigots. Let’s not forget Gawker.com’s article titled “John McCain: Cranky Old Jerk Who Hates Gay People.” Where are these geniuses now? Sure, there have been a few protests, but really – the left holds at least three protests before breakfast daily. Where’s the real outrage? Where are the op-eds by Gay Inc. vowing not to fundraise for Obama in 2012? I guess they’re just happy their party controls everything, even if they’re not doing anything for them.

Some gays have figured out that the Democratic Party is filled with liars, who never intend to come through on their promises. Sadly, the vast majority of our “community” is still holding out hope. They hammer Republicans and gently nudge Democrats, in similar fashion to when the Black Community gave Harry Reid a pass for calling our president “light-skinned” with no “negro dialect.” But bring grandma to a tea party rally, and you’re a RACIST!

Ultimately, mainstream society will see liberals and the Gay Left for the shysters that they are. They lie and pander, all the while using emotion and the childrenOH THE CHILDREN! – to get what they want, VOTES. Once they have your vote, they could care less if they deliver. That’s why the great Democratic takeover of Congress that began in 2006 is going to come to a screeching halt this November. Americans have seen first-hand that Democrats talk a good game, but fail when it comes to actually governing. That’s because emotion can only take you so far. Eventually, reality sets in.

Costly government programs, unconstitutional power-grabs and an economic free-fall are bad for all Americans, including gays. A weak policy toward a two-front war is bad for all Americans, including gays. Alienating our allies, while agreeing to meet our enemies without pre-conditions, is bad for all Americans, including gays. Undue influence on government by special interests, unions and other ne’er-do-wells is bad for all Americans, including gays. Do you see the pattern here? Gays are Americans first. Many of them won’t admit that, and they’d probably vomit trying, but it’s a fact. Unfortunately, too many gays and lesbians are focused on the very few issues that solely affect them. It’s selfish. They fight to be accepted into mainstream society, but refuse to actually become mainstream. They demand tolerance, but refuse to give it. Even when gay conservatives try to make strides within the Republican Party, they are knocked down for their efforts, or called a “ridiculous Republican club for homos.”

Knowing the vice-grip the Democratic Party has on the gay community, it is important we start highlighting the hypocrisy whenever we can. We must call attention to the broken promises. We must point out the half-assed presidential memos. We must demonstrate how intolerant spiteful the Gay Left is. Only then will gay conservatives everywhere begin to take back our community, and ultimately our country.

*The views expressed in this blog are the author’s, and do not necessarily represent the views of Right Pride or GOProud.

 

Sunday evening I watched as 219 “representatives” drive just one more nail into the coffin of our great Republic. In a historical rarity, our supposed representatives voted for a bill that an overwhelming majority of their own constituents rejected—all the while cheering the cult-like slogan, “Yes We Can!”

In a 219-212 vote, President Barack H. Obama’s signature piece of destuc—legislation—passed the House of Representatives, thus ensuring a government takeover of 1/6th of the economy of the United States.

Today, I heard nothing but absolute elation from liberal-statists. Naturally, most of you detest the term “statist,” as it has a very repressive sound to it.

Well, when you read this, I don’t think you can sit there and cry about liberals being statists anymore; especially when the liberals in control have decided that in the matter of your healthcare decisions, the State is now the supreme authority when it comes to your personal health choices.

I’m sure you’ve heard of all the fuzzy, feel-good rhetoric that the government is going to take care of the 30 million Americans who do not have health-insurance.

A year ago when this first started, it was 47 million Americans—guess when those other 17 million realized the government could be controlling their healthcare; they finally decided it was a good time to get their own insurance.

Either way, in the classic statist modus operandi of trying to drain the boat of water by shooting a few more holes in the hull, the statists in Washington have begun to destroy our entire healthcare system to “assist” those who didn’t have insurance.

The bill passed in the House will drastically reduce the quality of healthcare you receive. Tell me this all of you wizards of smart out there—how will you add 30-47 million new patients to our medical system without adding any new doctors or nurses?

Well, it eventually boils down to this: healthcare must be redistributed to the citizens from each according to their ability to each according to their needs.

In short, it must be rationed. Wait times to see doctors will lengthen exponentially and wait times to see specialists will most certainly dwarf the wait-times to see a general practitioner.

As college students, though we might have to deal with longer-wait times, healthcare for us wouldn’t be rationed as we’re the younger and more productive members of society. Instead, the chronically sick and elderly will be the ones to have care rationed to them.

After all, the purpose of healthcare isn’t to treat the healthy, but the sick and the sick are far more likely to use the system than say you or I; who may see a doctor once maybe twice a year.

So, score 1 for us, our healthcare won’t be rationed—as we’re all the center of the universe, to hell with those crusty old people. What about some of those other cool provisions?

Considering that that 30-47 million uninsured number is composed of about 10-12 million people between the ages of 18-30 (usually considered college-age—that’s us!) this bill must be designed to help us get insurance right?

Well, in a way, it does as this bill forces you and I to purchase health insurance, regardless of if we want it or not. Also, when you consider that most people between the ages of 18-30 are generally healthy and don’t frequent the doctor as often, why would we need to pay for health insurance we really wouldn’t use?

If anything, when we go to a doctor we should pay cash and only have catastrophic insurance. But who cares about all that common sense right?

Not only would this nifty Obamacare unconstitutionally force you and I to buy health insurance that we most likely don’t need, but that insurance would have to cover a laundry-list of mandates that also most likely don’t apply to us.

This means that the premiums we’d have to pay sky-rocket. Also, the IRS would have to verify each month that you have health-insurance.

Why does the Internal Revenue Service have to verify that we have insurance? Oh that’s right, because if we’re either uninsured or have non-government-approved health insurance, we could be fined somewhere to the tune of $695 a year.

“Well I’m on my parents’ insurance, so I don’t have to worry.” As true as this typical statement might be, the fact of the matter is you’re still affected.

Because this bill mandates that insurance companies must cover virtually anything and everything, your parents’ premiums will also sky-rocket.

So it may come time that your parents will have to choose between feeding themselves and paying the extra few hundred dollars to have you insured. Well, you’re kind of an adult now. After all, you’re in college!

Oh, did I mention that the so-called “benefits” in this bill won’t actually take affect till 2014? That’s right, we’ll be paying massive amounts of taxes into a system we supposedly won’t even be able to benefit from for another four years!

Why 2014 though? I thought we were in a healthcare crisis? I thought that 47,000 people die a year because they don’t have health insurance? Why isn’t it here now? My guess is elections probably have a lot to do with this decision.

Lastly, on top of all the financial obligations we will soon have because of this bill; let’s not forget that this is another Trillion ($1,000,000,000,000) dollars to our $12 Trillion dollar debt.

Who is on the hook to pay this bill? Our generation. In fact, I think we deserve to be shackled with this debt. Why?

Because we decided that instead of standing up for ourselves and being the independent people we all like to make ourselves out to be on Facebook, we decided we wanted to sell our liberty for the false security that government could supposedly bring to our lives.

How’s that Hope and Change working out for you now?

Matthew Jarzen is the president of the UNLV College Republicans. His weekly column can be found in The Rebel Yell. The views expressed in this blog are the author’s, and do not necessarily represent the views of Right Pride or GOProud.

 

In the interest of full disclosure I am not a fan of Barack Obama. I didn’t think he was qualified to be the Democratic nominee, and I still don’t believe he is qualified to be president. While I don’t ever want an American president to “fail,” I would’ve preferred to not be put in the position to have to rail against the bulk of his agenda – which is bad for our country in many ways. I was one of those people who felt America would regret electing him, despite the historic circumstances surrounding his victory. Sadly it appears I was right. Only 43% of Americans say they would vote to re-elect him today, and he loses head-to-head against potential 2012 candidate Mike Huckabee in a recent poll. In fact, self-identifying Independent voters – who usually make or break presidential elections – favor newly-elected senator Scott Brown over Obama by 12 points in a hypothetical 2012 match-up! His approval rating plummeted from his high of 69% when he entered office to 47% in December, an all-time low for a first-year president.

After a year of the most dismal presidency since Jimmy Carter, and perhaps ever, it’s hard to understand how so many of his supporters are still standing firmly behind him. A friend directed me to this quote this morning, and I found it very appropriate:

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.” – Reuters.com user

However, 2012 is a long way away. Odds are most Americans will be more caught up in the Mayan Doomsday philosophy than the presidential election. Short attention spans are as prevalent in our society as Apple iProducts, as we move from one distraction to the next often failing to remember what seemed so important days or weeks ago. It seems the things we forget the most are those intricate details that define issues and events that affect us the most.

As I wait for Barack Obama’s historic first State of the Union address, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight what his supporters claim are his major accomplishments. After all, when Obama lists his “successes” tonight, they are unlikely to come with a disclaimer. Enjoy:

Obama instructed his cabinet to cut $100 million.

This amounted to 1/37,000 of his budget plans. That’s like saving 68 cents on a $25,000 car, or having your boss cut your $50,000/year salary by $1.35. Way to go Mr. President!

Obama began the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Of course the date was agreed to by the Bush Administration and the Iraqi government, but I guess Obama only blames Bush for the bad stuff.

Obama respected the Freedom of Information Act.

Unless it pertains to actual information: The Obama Administration honored just 42 of 245 requests for information by Judicial Watch under FOIA, prompting some to call his administration “more secretive than Bush’s ever was.”

Obama said “lobbyists won’t find a job in my White House.”

Even CBS News says Obama and his administration have met “early and often” with lobbyists since entering the White House a year ago. Furthermore, 11% of his senior officials, as of May 2009, had lobbied within the past 5 years.

Obama removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research.

However, a few days later he signed a law preventing federal funds going to “research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death.”

Obama pledged to close GITMO within one year.

Well, it’s been one year and five days and GITMO is still open. In fact, his proposal to close the detainment facility includes relocating prisoners to Illinois, aka GITMO North. What’s the difference between an open detainment facility in Cuba and one in Illinois, you ask? Ask the people of Illinois.

Obama saved the U.S. Auto industry.

After spending millions of tax payer funds on GM and Chrysler to stave off bankruptcy, both companies filed for bankruptcy anyway, here and here. Chrysler had no new models on display at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, yet plans to air a $2.5 million Superbowl ad after receiving a $15 billion taxpayer bailout. Meanwhile Ford, which opted to not receive bailout funds, is on the mend.

Obama helped those with bad mortgages.

ABC News: “On September 9, 2009, the Treasury Department announced that the program had helped 360,165 homeowners reduce their mortgage payments. However, that is only 16 more homes than received new foreclosure filings during the month of July, according to RealtyTrac.” In addition, the plan did not lower principal, even for homeowners who owe more than their house is currently worth.

Obama passed a $787 billion economic stimulus plan.

Widely accepted as a failure, there is still $522b unspent as reports now come in that the stimulus plan will cost taxpayers an additional $75 billion. The Obama administration claimed that unemployment would rise above 8% if they did not pass the bill, yet unemployment has been around 10% for some time now. Furthermore, even Obama had to abandon his “jobs saved or created” spin, when the reality became too much to ignore. There are no jobs.

Obama put an end to earmarks.

Well, there were only 9,000 in the stimulus bill, so that’s progress, right?

Obama saved the banks.

All of the tax payer money funneled into the banks has done nothing to increase lending. It has only served to fix the books at these banks. Even former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich gives the Obama bank bailouts an “F” grade.

Obama went after huge bonuses.

No, Obama went after huge bonuses at banks and AIG. The ones given out by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were “too high,” according to Rep. Barney Frank, but were ignored.

Obama ended U.S. torture policy.

Tying the hands of intelligence officials has made us less safe – bottom line. Because of Obama’s weak policy on terror suspects, the Christmas Day bomber was not even interrogated. He spent 50 minutes with the FBI and no time with the CIA prior to being Mirandized. In fact, the High-Value Interrogation Group, a unit of terror specialists Obama said he would create to deal with terror suspects captured abroad, wasn’t brought in – and still isn’t fully operational.

Obama improved our image abroad.

Really? There are people out there that believe this? Here’s a quick rundown of how miserable Obama’s foreign policy has been: First Interview Fail, Great Britain Fail, France Fail, China Fail, Japan Fail, North Korea Fail, Middle-East Fail, Iran Fail, World Tour Fail, Engaging the Muslim World Fail, Afghanistan Fail, Honduras Fail, Missile Defense/Eastern Europe Fail, Russia Fail, Copenhagen Fail, Copenhagen Fail II, And thanks to the Washington Times:

“Other embarrassing Obama moments on the world stage include: giving England’s Queen Elizabeth II an iPod with his own speeches on it; giving British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a collection of DVDs that were not formatted to the European standard (by contrast, Mr. Brown gave Mr. Obama an ornamental desk-pen holder made from the oak timbers of Victorian anti-slaver HMS Gannet, among other historically significant gifts); calling “Austrian” a language; bowing to the Saudi king; bowing to the Japanese emperor; releasing a photo of a conference call with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which the president was showing the soles of his shoes to the camera (an Arab insult); saying “let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s”; saying the United States was “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world”; suggesting Arabic translators be shifted from Iraq to Afghanistan where Arabic is not a native language; sending a letter to former French President Jacques Chirac when Nicolas Sarkozy was the president of France; holding a town-hall meeting in France and not calling on a single French citizen; referring to “Cinco de Cuatro” in front of the Mexican ambassador when he meant Cinco de Mayo; and failing in a last minute personal appeal to the International Olympic Committee to hold the 2016 Olympics in Chicago. Mr. Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize capped the year by drawing attention to his lack of achievement.”

Obama implemented consumer credits for hybrids and the Cash for Clunkers program.

The hybrid credit resulted in free golf carts for all! Yep, it’s true! And the Cash for Clunkers program was an unadulterated failure.

Obama ended no-bid contracts.

Oops, not so fast! A $25,000,000 contract to a big donor to the Obama campaign and DNC just went out last week.

Obama appointed the first Latina to the Supreme Court.

A controversial “Latina” who said, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” Also, 60% of her cases which later reached the Supreme Court were overturned. Sounds great!

Obama limited salaries of senior White House aides to $100,000.

That’s great, except that the number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession.

Obama pledged to unite the country, and change the way Washington works.

That’s funny, because he is the most polarizing first-year president ever. And of course let us not forget about the bribes, secret deals, and special treatment for friends.

Obama pledged transparency.

Apparently, pledges are meant to be broken.

Obama focused on domestic policy.

Oh, right. Here you go: Health Care Fail, Cap & Trade Fail, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Fail, Defense of Marriage Act Fail, Jobs Fail, and Security Fail.

Watch the State of the Union address or don’t, it hardly matters. Obama has proven that he doesn’t say what he means – nor means what he says. I don’t expect anyone to remember any of this for the 2010 elections, let alone those in 2012. However, these things matter. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, liberal, moderate or conservative – these things matter. We elect (hire) these people to do a job, and when they don’t, we should hold them accountable – regardless of our ideologies. When people like Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid pretend to represent the best interests of the American people, we need to replace them with people who actually deliver. It’s as simple as that.

*The views expressed in this blog are the author’s, and do not necessarily represent the views of Right Pride or GOProud.

 

The PR Czar Fails

Chicago Eliminated from 2016 Bid, in First Round.

With any incoming administration, Americans are treated to a bevy of new faces, interesting characters and too many names to remember. Cabinet positions are filled, hundreds of judges appointed and so many support staffers it leaves one’s head spinning. President Obama has been raked over the coals by his critics for the sheer number of czars he has appointed to oversee a number of issues from green jobs to the auto industry and beyond. However you feel about the unprecedented number of czars in Obama’s arsenal, there is at least one that needs to be relieved of duty immediately. That czar is the PR Czar, Barack Obama.

When Barack Obama was campaigning for the presidency, he promised to change the way Washington worked. Today Washington is working (although no differently) while Obama is in Denmark begging Olympic officials to give his hometown the 2016 games. Copenhagen is just the latest destination on his Obama Express campaign tour, which should have ended when he was elected last year. In fact, since taking office on January 20, 2009, just over eight months ago, he has done at least 40 full sit-down interviews (more in his first six months than his two immediate predecessors combined) with everyone from NBC and CBS to ESPN, Univision and even Al Jazeera. Not to be unfair, he even gave a sit-down interview to an 11-year old kid in Florida. He has pre-empted primetime television five times to address the nation, devoting most of his speeches to convincing the American people to get behind his policies. Obama also had time to sit down with David Letterman.

A quick look at how President Obama has dealt with the many issues plaguing our country these days will show that he prefers to delegate the messy job of fixing these problems to others. He outsourced the stimulus bill to the Apollo Alliance (founded by recently ousted Green Jobs Czar, Van Jones), a coalition of green groups, labor and social justice organizations that describes itself as “working to catalyze a clean energy revolution.” I guess we can all rest assured there was no underlying agenda in the bill. He has left health care reform entirely in the hands of the House and Senate, and brought on more than 35 czars, double that of the previous administration. While they are all operating in true Washington fashion, Obama is drinking beer with a belligerent Harvard professor and unfairly targeted cop, and gallivanting around on Air Force One holding health care rallies, touring Europe on the “American Apology Tour” and stopping in Saudi Arabia and Cairo to appease the Muslim world.

At what point do we as Americans demand that our President be our leader, and not our marketing firm? We don’t have the luxury of living in a time of peace and prosperity. We’re dealing with some very difficult issues, including the rising jobless numbers that came out today (9.8%), and perception is everything. With the country focused on the poor economic climate, the debate over health care reform, the future of Afghanistan (and Iraq), the impending nuclear threat of Iran and the destruction in American Samoa, you’d think Obama could’ve sent Michelle to lobby for the 2016 games. Plus, why were Valerie Jarrett and Oprah Winfrey invited? If Obama really wanted to gain some credibility as the “post-partisan president,” he would’ve sent Mitt Romney, the savior of the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, to Denmark.

Whether we are Democrats or Republicans, liberals or conservatives, white, black, Hispanic, gay, straight, political junkies or otherwise, we are all Americans. As Americans, we need to expect more from our president. The U.S. Presidency shouldn’t be like winning a Miss America pageant, where the victor is praised for making as many public appearances as possible until their crown is passed on. Barack Obama showed America that he was one of the best political campaigners in modern times, now he must show us that he can deliver on his promises and lead.