State of the Union Address 2016: 1924 is Calling, “Mr.” Obama

The Performance Artist Known As Obama gave his final State of the Union Address to Congress last night. He hemmed and hummed as he gauged the number of standing ovations he received for each applause line.

 

He only received three standing ovations for his “legacy” address: one for his entrance, one for his finale, and one which was not for him, but for the U.S. military.  After one delayed ovation, he murmured, “Hmmm.  That’s more like it.”

 

Obama wasn’t taking any chances. One way or the other, he was determined to get those applause breaks in, even if he had to lie through his teeth to achieve them, or contradict himself, usually one paragraph later.

 

I also understand that because it’s an election season, expectations for what we’ll achieve this year are low. Still, Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the constructive approach you and the other leaders took at the end of last year to pass a budget and make tax cuts permanent for working families. So I hope we can work together this year on bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform, and helping people who are battling prescription drug abuse. We just might surprise the cynics again.

 

Notice the subtle jabs at Conservatism. Working together on bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform. What reform is that?  To arrest fewer people by decriminalizing drug use, preventing police officers from doing their duty in high-crime areas by claiming that old Sixties’ mantra, “police brutality,” and allowing illegal aliens and jihadist refugees into the country?

 

He wants a bipartisan effort to battle prescription drug abuse, while standing by as state legislatures legalize marijuana and local police departments big and small are bought off by the drug dealers? The woods of northwestern New Jersey are said to be covering huge meth mills, making maniacs of white, working class suburbanites and turning the rest of us into nervous wrecks.

 

Obama didn’t want to go over the small details of minimum wage hikes or free college tuition at community colleges (although he did discuss the latter, as his cheerleaders in Congress brayed). His duality came in the next section.

 

We live in a time of extraordinary change — change that’s reshaping the way we live, the way we work, our planet and our place in the world. It’s change that promises amazing medical breakthroughs, but also economic disruptions that strain working families. It promises education for girls in the most remote villages, but also connects terrorists plotting an ocean away. It’s change that can broaden opportunity, or widen inequality. And whether we like it or not, the pace of this change will only accelerate.

 

These times promise education for girls in the most remote villages. In America?  Oh, wait, no, he’s talking about the Middle East.  The changes connect terrorists plotting an ocean away.  Except that he and the Media have claimed the terrorist attacks here were “home-grown” and not connected to known terrorist organizations like ISIS or Al Qaeda, much less to Islam itself.

 

Later on, he said that one of our greatest freedoms was the freedom of speech. Except if it’s related to Islamic Terrorism or Climate Change.  Or the economy.

Anyone claiming that America’s economy is in decline is peddling fiction. What is true — and the reason that a lot of Americans feel anxious — is that the economy has been changing in profound ways, changes that started long before the Great Recession hit and haven’t let up.

 

Wow, talk about peddling “fiction.” Obama is truly an artist.

 

I believe a thriving private sector is the lifeblood of our economy. I think there are outdated regulations that need to be changed, and there’s red tape that needs to be cut. But after years of record corporate profits, working families won’t get more opportunity or bigger paychecks by letting big banks or big oil or hedge funds make their own rules at the expense of everyone else; or by allowing attacks on collective bargaining to go unanswered. Food Stamp recipients didn’t cause the financial crisis; recklessness on Wall Street did. Immigrants aren’t the reason wages haven’t gone up enough; those decisions are made in the boardrooms that too often put quarterly earnings over long-term returns.

 

Then you might just find yourself “alone,” according to Obama.

 

If anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it. You’ll be pretty lonely, because you’ll be debating our military, most of America’s business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and intend to solve it.

 

Certainly, an army of government and military scientists is on his side; the government pays them to be on his side. In fact, it’s against the law for the military to dispute the president’s policies.  American business leaders are hardly a worthy adversary to the president – not when he offers tax incentives to any business that adopts his climate change policies.  As for the American public, public educators regularly clang the Climate Change school bell, even though it did snow in New Mexico and Texas last month, while here in New Jersey, we spent the pre-Christmas season in tee shirts and shorts.

 

America has been through big changes before…Each time, there have been those who told us to fear the future; who claimed we could slam the brakes on change, promising to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control. And each time, we overcame those fears.

 

Say, didn’t Obama claim in his first campaign that he would lower the sea levels? Well, let’s not talk about his seven years of failure.

So let’s talk about the future, and four big questions that we as a country have to answer — regardless of who the next President is, or who controls the next Congress.

First, how do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy?

Second, how do we make technology work for us, and not against us — especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change?

Third, how do we keep America safe and lead the world without becoming its policeman?

And finally, how can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us, and not what’s worst?

He reassured us again that the economic crisis of 2008 was the fault of the big banks, not the big government that made those banks big once the old savings and loan institutions were run out of business and banks were forced to guarantee old mortgages, whether the borrower had a job and could repay the loan or not. No more of that 20 percent down nonsense.  No sir.

 

Let me start with the economy, and a basic fact: the United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world. We’re in the middle of the longest streak of private-sector job creation in history. More than 14 million new jobs; the strongest two years of job growth since the ’90s; an unemployment rate cut in half. Our auto industry just had its best year ever. Manufacturing has created nearly 900,000 new jobs in the past six years. And we’ve done all this while cutting our deficits by almost three-quarters.

 

Now, defining those “new jobs” takes some finessing. Our Performance-Artist-in-Chief was careful not to make a distinction between public and private sector jobs.  He made no mention of whether those jobs produced a living wage or not.  Since he’s so hot to have the minimum wage increased to $15 per hour or more, evidently those new jobs are not living wage positions.

 

The statement that manufacturing has created nearly 900,000 new jobs doesn’t indicate whether those jobs are being held by Americans or whether they were created by American corporations with manufacturing facilities off-shore, where the business corporate tax rates are assuredly lower.

 

What was true then[when America was an authentically great nation] can be true now. Our unique strengths as a nation — our optimism and work ethic, our spirit of discovery and innovation, our diversity and commitment to the rule of law — these things give us everything we need to ensure prosperity and security for generations to come.

In fact, it’s that spirit that made the progress of these past seven years possible. It’s how we recovered from the worst economic crisis in generations. It’s how we reformed our health care system, and reinvented our energy sector; how we delivered more care and benefits to our troops and veterans, and how we secured the freedom in every state to marry the person we love.

Democrats cheered him at this point. Their rising from their seats was largely unnecessary as he did a thoroughly credible job of applauding himself and his “achievements.”  The illusionary recovery of which he speaks has eluded some 94 million Americans who still haven’t been able to find work.  Those unemployed have not benefitted at all by our “reformed” health care system.

 

Those 94 million unemployed Americans fall mainly in the late Baby Boomer category, ages 55 to about 63. The longer they go unemployed, the less Social Security money they can claim when they retire.  This is no coincidence; the late Baby Boomers make up the largest Social Security population ever.  The fewer BB’s who can claim Social Security money, the smaller the government’s obligation.

 

What’s worse is, the largest population is in the metro New York City area. All the jobs are being driven into the city.  Companies wouldn’t be relocating their offices there unless they were receiving some huge payback from the New York and the federal government.  Oh, there are countless jobs for administrative assistants in the city, if you don’t mind the fact that the Big Apple is the primary target of the Islamic Jihadists.

 

As for health care, working people can scarcely afford the outrageous health insurance premium, much less the long-term unemployed. His reinvented energy sector is a Ponzi scheme built on stacks of government-backed investor dollars.  The same wind turbines that bankrupted Spain are killing our national bird and driving local residents out of their minds, while producing very little return in the way of energy for the investment.

 

Ethanol is an enormous, corn-swallowing hornswoggle that devastates huge fields of corn, leaving little feed for our herds of cattle and other meat-producing livestock, causing the price of meat to rise. Solar energy – which is ineffective in cloudy, cold weather climates and so far, cannot be stored, though engineers like The Nephew have been working on an effective, efficient solar battery – has proven to be a dangerous substitute for clean-coal and other electricity generators.  The solar panels are a known fire hazard and are expensive to replace.  What’s more, climate change scientists so anxious about the planet’s future have spent no time at all considering the dangers of robbing the earth of her main heating source.

 

The government has been notoriously lax in providing more care and benefits to our veterans. Old soldiers (the older the better, as far as Obama is probably concerned) die awaiting treatment they never had a chance of receiving.

 

Finally, Obama boasts about securing the freedom in every state to marry the person we love. That’s not freedom; it’s license.  No matter how much you might care about your loved one (usually a child), the first duty is to God, not our families, and certainly not the government.  Big government’s sanction of immoral marriages will never make them right, no matter how sympathetic you might be to those in a moral strait.

 

Those who wanted to marry against the laws of God (and, incidentally, Allah) would have been better off taking their chances with the civil marriages to which America was willing to consent than put the general public in the middle of their own moral dilemmas. God will demand an accounting.  Don’t let someone like Obama blind you to the truth.  Moreover, don’t close your own eyes to the truth; there’s a difference between sympathy and sanction, between mercy and misguided complaisance, between censure, solicitation and silence.

 

Then there is the issue of Iran and our risible foreign policy. Obama informed us that the Cold War is over, finished, and implied that we should get over it. Iran “has already shipped out its nukes.”  He who bowed to every potentate in the world now tells, after eight years of his administration, that America is once again the envy of the world.

 

Now Iran and the United States are friends, even as the Iranians were holding ten errant sailors hostage, awaiting an apology for their entry into Iranian waters. They were captured near Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf.

 

An Iranian Guard naval base is stationed on this quarter-mile island, which is restricted from the public. In the late 1980’s Iranian used speed boats to launch attacks on vessels from the Farsi Island as the ships tried to pass the Strait of Hormuz. How little the Media told the public in those days of the tanker wars.  Unless you worked for an oil or shipping company or the U.S. Navy, you were probably totally ignorant of what was happening.

 

Still, now that we’re “friends,” and Iran was able to determine that the matter was accidental, the sailors “apologized,” Secretary of State John Kerry “apologized,” and now all is right with the world. The incident was not without precedent.

 

The seizure of the U.S. Navy ship the U.S.S. Pueblo and its 83 crew members on Jan. 23, 1968, one of whom was killed in the attack, came less than a week after President Lyndon B. Johnson’s  State of the Union address, just a week before the start of the  “Tet Offensive”  in South Vietnam, and only three days after 31 men of North Korea’s “KPA Unit 12” the Korean DMZ and killed 26 South Koreans in an attempt to attack the South Korean “Blue House” (executive mansion) in the capital of Seoul.

 

The Pueblo left the U.S. naval base at Sasebo, Japan, with specific orders to intercept and conduct surveillance of Soviet Union naval activity in the Tsushima Strait and to gather signal and electronic intelligence from North Korea.

 

The taking of Pueblo and the abuse and torture of its crew during the subsequent 11-month prisoner drama became a major Cold War incident, raising tensions between the Western democracies and the Soviet Union and Communist China.

 

But America has “changed” and is making friends all over the totalitarian world. He didn’t need 11 months to settle the matter, either, unlike his Socialist predecessor, Johnson.

Another “victory” for Obama – making the world safe for Communism.

Yeah, I’ll bet Iran has shipped the nukes out and two guesses where those nukes are headed, but you only need one guess. Countless suburban sheep from both New Jersey and the middle section of Long Island being driven back into the city.  With the click of a button, millions of dollars in unfunded Social Security debt will be wiped out, just like that.  And Obama will have the satisfaction of vengeance upon the white, European suburban population in the New York City area.

 

2024 would be a good guess. That’s eight years away.  The caliphate of the Ottoman Empire was abolished on March 3, 1924.  Their moto was “Devlet-i Ebed-muddet” (“The Eternal State”).  Their official empirical span was 1299-1923.

 

History
 •  Founded 1299
 •  Interregnum 1402–1414
·         Transformation from sultanate to empire 1453
 •  1st Constitutional 1876–1878
 •  2nd Constitutional 1908–1920
 •  Sultanate abolished Nov. 1, 1922
 •  Republic of Turkey estab’d Oct. 29, 1923
 •  Caliphate abolished March 3, 1924

Of particular note – and concern for Western Europe- was the Ottoman victory at Kosovo in 1389, which effectively marked the end of Serbian power in the region, paving the way for Ottoman expansion into Europe. The Battle of Nicopolis in 1396, widely regarded as the last large-scale crusade of the Middle Ages, failed to stop the advance of the Ottoman Turks.  The Battle of Vienna in 1683 marked the end of Ottoman expansion into Europe.

 

The defeat and dissolution of the Ottoman Empire (1908–1922) began with the Second Constitutional Era, a moment of hope and promise established with the Young Turk Revolution. It restored the Ottoman Constitution of 1876 and brought in multi-party politics with a two-stage electoral system (electoral law) under the Ottoman parliament.

 

The constitution offered hope by freeing the empire’s citizens to modernize the state’s institutions, rejuvenate its strength, and enable it to hold its own against outside powers. Its guarantee of liberties promised to dissolve inter-communal tensions and transform the empire into a more harmonious place. Instead, this period became the story of the twilight struggle of the Empire. Young Turks movement members once underground (named committee, group, etc.) established (declared) their parties.

 

The Arab Revolt, which began in 1916, turned the tide against the Ottomans at the Middle Eastern front, where they initially seemed to have the upper hand during the first two years of the war. The Armistice of Mudros, signed on Oct. 30, 1918, set the partition of the Ottoman Empire under the terms of the Treaty of Sevres.

 

This treaty, as designed in the conference of London, allowed the Sultan to retain his position and title. The occupation of Constantinople and Izmir led to the establishment of a Turkish national movement, which won the Turkish War of Independence (1919–22) under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal (later given the surname “Atatürk””). The sultanate was abolished on Nov. 2, 1922, and the last sultan, Mehmed VI (reigned 1918–22), left the country on Nov. 17, 1922. The caliphate was abolished on March 3, 1924.

 

Any assertions that Islam (meaning “submission”) is a peaceful religion are patently absurd, as anyone who has read the Koran and especially the Hadith can attest. Refugees from Syria and the North African Muslim countries have overwhelmed the borders of Europe.  ISIS adherents, in the name of Islam, are sacking cities, murdering Christians, burning down the Christian churches, and raping women.  The lone woman sailor from one of the two U.S. Naval vessels in the recent incident in the Persian Gulf was forced to don the hijab (serves her right, too).

 

How do we keep America safe and lead the world without becoming its policeman? And… how can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us, and not what’s worst?

 

I told you earlier all the talk of America’s economic decline is political hot air. Well, so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker. The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. It’s not even close. We spend more on our military than the next eight nations combined. Our troops are the finest fighting force in the history of the world. No nation dares to attack us or our allies because they know that’s the path to ruin.

 

This guy is a hoot. He’s no JFK, that’s for sure.  Or FDR (and Obama admitted as much, finally conceding that he’s no great public speaker).  We’ve opened our neighborly arms to Cuba which, prior to Iran claiming the title, was the single greatest exporter of terrorism in the world.

 

Cuban terrorists were sent all around the globe to teach terrorists from the IRA to the PLO to South American revolutionnarios their trade and foment unrest and revolution, beginning with Mexico.  Mexico, with its Trotskyite past and its Chinese-Mexican descendants, made for an excellent terrorist classroom, and their great-great-grandchildren have now been given an EZ Pass into the United States, up to and including the right to vote.

 

“Everyone should have the right to vote!” declared Obama.

 

Cuba made even its parent, the U.S.S.R., nervous.

 

Is America’s politics rancorous and divided? You bet it is.  As divided as the ideologies of Communism and Capitalism.  So long as half the country wants freedom and the other half wants to destroy individual liberty, we will have divisive politics.  We must have divisive politics.  Freedom must prevail and if that means going nose to nose with the enemies of freedom, so be it.

 

If freedom means that Conservatives will split from the Republican Party, then that’s what we must do. We must not be afraid.  We must not fear to denounce this or any other president who so prevaricates and tortures the truth to make the American people believe that his agenda stands for truth and justice, prosperity and liberty.

 

Obama would have America go back to sleep. At our peril do we defy his executive orders and utter the alarm that Islamic Jihadists are on the brink of worldwide, catastrophic war to restore their dreams of a global caliphate which will put their entire world under the boot-heel.

 

1924 is calling, “Mister” President:  the Muslims want their caliphate back.

 

 

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