Wednesday, September 4


Important Decisions! 

Bill D. Brown
 

What an important time for our nation!  HUGE decisions ahead for our leaders! 

On the one hand, we are facing a critical decision in the Republican party as to whether to de-fund the Affordable Care Act (Talk about a misnomer!).  The moderate Republicans don’t want to precipitate a government-wide shutdown, because when they did that several years ago, in the Clinton era, they were crucified in the press, and it cost them dearly in the next election.  On the other side of this issue are the Tea Party Republicans who assert that they are only forbidding funding of Obamacare; the Democrats can fund every other government function—just zero funds for Obamacare.  If the Democrats choose to shut down all government functions, let them go ahead and do that.  But maybe the back-alley media won’t like us! 

This is a very important issue. 

Then there is the decision as to what to do about Syria’s use of sarin gas on its own people.  Use of this nerve agent reportedly resulted in over 1400 deaths.  Terrible.  Horrible.  But over the last two years of this civil war, more than 100,000 Syrians have been shot, decapitated, raped, mutilated, bombed and strafed.  What was President Obama’s reaction to those deaths? 

Silence.  

Oh, he murmured a few platitudes about it being wrong—sort of on the order of Jesse Jackson remarking that the killing of that Australian athlete by three young punks in Duncan, Oklahoma is “frowned upon”.   Real outrage! 

But a year or so ago, our fearless president, speaking off the teleprompter, said he would consider Syrian use of chemical weapons to be “crossing a red line”.  In other words, this would bring down the wrath of American military might upon them.   

They used gas.   

What did President Obama do? 

Nothing. 

Oh, he promised we would give small arms to the forces fighting against Assad.  He didn’t.
 

Shall I review the Progressives record on “selling wolf tickets”?  The term, “selling wolf tickets” is a phrase used by inmates in our penitentiaries, and in plain English, here is what it means: When you tell someone you are going to knock him on his ass—you just sold a wolf ticket (like someone telling another, “I’m the Big Bad Wolf!”) 

The person who says, “Don’t tell me you are going to knock me on my ass unless you are prepared to back it up—because I’m going to make you prove that you are tough enough to do it!”  You would say that guy BOUGHT one of those “wolf tickets”.  Progressives are great sellers of wolf tickets.
 

What I am going to recount here goes back a ways, but it helps to explain why the United States is considered a paper, toothless tiger by most of our allies and enemies:
 

After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, President Clinton promised that those who were responsible would be hunted down and punished.  One blind Sheik went to prison.
 

After the 1995 bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed five U S Military personnel, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.  They weren’t.
 

After the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 and wounded 200 military people, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.  They were not.
 

When the bombing of U S Embassies in Africa occurred in 1998, killing 224 and injuring more than 5,000, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.  They weren’t.
 

Had Clinton kept ANY of his promises, perhaps 9/11/would never have occurred. 

Let’s consider now some of the promises President Obama has made:
 

Those in the IRS who abused their power and broke the law to slow-walk permits for Tea Party Patriots to obtain tax-free status for their support groups, “Will not be tolerated.  We will get to the bottom of this and prosecute wrong-doers.”  None found to date.
 

“We’ll find out who is responsible for all those guns being sold to Mexican Drug Cartel members, and they will be punished to the full extent of the law.”  But Attorney General Eric Holder is still in office, and not one ATF supervisor has been charged.
 

“We will hunt down those responsible for the terrorist attack on Benghazi (No, Obama wouldn’t say it like that, would he?) and bring them to justice”.  They have not arrested or killed a single person.  Not even Hillary Clinton, who was more responsible for the four American deaths that occurred in Benghazi than anyone other than the terrorists who actually carried out the attack.
 

Now, President Obama wants the cover of Congressional approval for “a limited attack”, a “shot across the bow” to show Syria we are serious when we tell them they must not use chemical weapons.  He’s saying, “Trust me.  I’ll follow the advice of my Secretary of State ( thrice-wounded Vietnam veteran John Kerry) and my Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, a confused former Republican (or is he a confused current Republican? No matter—he is confused.) We know how to handle these situations! You can count on us!” 

Wolf ticket, anyone? 

It’s football season, and perhaps that is why this deal Obama is attempting to pull off with the Congress reminds me of Lucy trying to convince Charlie Brown one more time that she will hold the football for him to kick, and will not pull it away from him at the last moment as she has every time in the past.  I promise I will not do it again, Charlie Brown! 

What makes this scenario even more frightening, I fear that we have a Charlie Brown Congress!

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