Archive for July, 2009

Foreign Affairs: Obama is NOT Up To The Job

Posted: July 15, 2009 by thesundowner in Uncategorized

One of the most important positions The President of the United States holds is administering foreign affairs. The President is the leader of the free world, and recent events in foreign affairs bode poorly for the President, the United States and, in turn, the rest of the free world. In short, they cause many to question whether President Obama is up to the job of leading our country in the crucial area of foreign affairs. So far, he’s done a horrible job and has earned the derision, laughter and ridicule from our enemies.

Foreign affairs has an ever-changing set of rules depending on the circumstances in the world. It is a complex game — if you will — with the highest possible stakes that demands vision, courage, commitment, stealth, steely nerves, and a willingness to take calculated risks. It also demands a thorough understanding of the concept of national interest; ours as well as that of our enemies and allies — of which Mr. Obama seems to be severely lacking, naive and ignorant.

To be the “leader” of the free world, one must put in his or her time in the minor leagues before moving up to the majors. In the “big leagues” everyone plays for keeps, and the losers die. There is absolutely no room for error, and Mr. Obama’s performance, to date, in foreign affairs have been miserable and proof positive that he is NOT up to the job.

Here are just a few examples of the President’s poor performance in foreign affairs:

  • His handling of the Guantanamo issue embarrassed his administration and party.
  • His public statements on North Korea, are having little to no effect on the guy with the bad haircut. While the politically — and constitutionally — challenged American public swoons on every speech delivered by the Eloquent One, Kim Jong II is not swayed by speeches, no matter how articulate they may be.
  • After Obama labeled a nuclear-armed North Korea a “grave threat,” the mentally unstable dictator thumbed his nose at the President by having two American journalists arrested and sentenced to 12 years at hard labor. Soon to follow on the heels of that were the launching of more “test” missiles and underground nuclear explosions.

In the meantime, North Korea continues to develop nuclear weapons undeterred by Obama’s rhetoric.

[There is a lesson in here for you Mr. President, if you’re paying attention.]

Obama’s biggest foreign-affairs blunder so far has been his flacid response to election fraud in Iran and to the bigger issue of nuclear proliferation in a country that has given him and his cohorts their cues in the hate-America movement.

Flowery words and articulation alone are insufficient when the stability of the world depends in large measure on America’s strength and resolve. Teddy Roosevelt knew this when he said, “Walk softly and carry a big stick.” His big stick was America’s great fleet of battleships and military power. He put the fleet on display around the world to back up his words and sent a message to our allies and enemies about American strength and resolve.

President Reagan followed suit when he said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Then to back up this courageous statement, he threatened to deploy the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). The Mainstream Media in America scoffed at the idea calling it “Star Wars.”

But the Soviet Union didn’t scoff — they blinked — and the rest is history.

Our enemies were afraid of us at one time. The Soviet Union was scared of Ronald Reagan. Hell, he even scared us at times!

Contrast the boldness, clarity, and resolve of Presidents Roosevelt and Reagan with the tentative, pensive and tepid actions of President Obama and what comes to mind is simply a more articulate version of Jimmy Carter in dire need of some political “stimulus” to overcome his dysfunction.

Even his detractors admit that President Obama is an articulate speaker. If his teleprompter doesn’t break, he can deliver a moving speech. However, when off prompter, he’s even more ridiculous than his predecesor.

Unfortunately, the world leaders — and our enemies — he must deal with are not like American voters—they don’t confuse image with substance.

Rather, they have the instincts of sharks for detecting vulnerability. If Obama appears weak or indecisive, our allies will lose faith in America and make the best deal they can with our enemies. In the meantime our enemies will do what sharks always do: they will circle their prey and attack at their first opportunity.

The Erosion of the Protestant Work Ethic

Posted: July 4, 2009 by thesundowner in Uncategorized

A nation’s culture defines what is normal and acceptable in “polite” society; how we view right and wrong, who are heroes are, and what we want our children to believe, and emulate. Culture is based on the values that are widely accepted by society and that we want to transmit from generation to generation. Many things affect a nation’s culture, but few affect it so directly and profoundly as religion and politics—or lack thereof. The transmission of culture from generation to generation depends on a nation’s institutions (i.e. the family, church, schools, government agencies, the media, and so on). Few things affect these institutions more than religion and politics. As things stand today, this is bad news.

Why do I say that? Because politics, over the last several decades, has increasingly become more liberal and has created an entitlement mentality. And the church, overall, has dropped the ball on defining itself and defining the nation’s culture.

Protestant ethics, be they work ethics or whatever, are flawed to begin with, as they all disagree with one another, and agree on very little in common. Regardless, they have been too concerned with their own private turf wars—and infighting—to give heed to the moral decline around them… and do anything about it.

Consider just one example of how religion and politics can affect culture. A positive work ethic based on Biblical teaching has long been one of the cornerstones of American culture. In 2 Thessalonians 3:10 we read, “…if anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” Proverbs 10:4-5 says, “He who deals with a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes one rich.” Proverbs 14:23 says, “In all labor there is profit…”

Reformers, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin, translated these and other verses into what eventually became known as the Protestant work ethic. America’s founders adopted the Protestant work ethic as their own because it stressed such Scriptural values as thrift, diligence, self-reliance, self-discipline, responsibility, accountability, deferred gratification, and hard work.

The Protestant work ethic served America well for decades until politicians began to chip away at it with an ever-increasing number of laws and public policies that promote an entitlement mentality. *Liberal politicians, seeing opportunity in numbers, began rewarding idleness and sloth by taking from the more productive members of society and giving to the less productive. The liberals have done more to harm society—and certain segments of our population—by making dependent sycophants out of the populace, all the while they hold the proverbial carrot before their noses, yet never deliver.

The Obama administration has taken this concept *and kicked it into high gear using the Marxist theory known as “redistribution of wealth.”

This economic theory means taking money away from those who have earned it and giving it to those who have not earned it. In doing so, political leaders have collaborated in the creation of an entitlement mentality and the corresponding erosion of the Protestant work ethic as a cornerstone of American culture.

An entitlement mentality is the opposite of the Protestant work ethic. It is antithetical to everything that made America great. At a time when emerging industrialized nations such as China, Korea, Indonesia, and Malaysia are populated by people who are poor, hungry, and driven in their attitudes toward work—Americans have come to view working long, hard, and smart as the domain of fools.

Instead, more and more Americans are placing their hopes of attaining economic security on receiving government entitlements. Hence, America—aided and abetted by pandering politicians—has rapidly developed an entitlement culture. The unspoken question of this society seems to be: Why should I work, when the government will take care of me?

Undermine a nation’s religion and institutions—which is what the anti-God, anti-work, anti-American politics of the OPR (Obama-Pelosi-Reid) left is doing—and you undermine that nation’s culture.

Sadly, this has already happened in America and shouldn’t come as any surprise.

Liberals only support minorities who agree with them. Conservatives, however, do not evaluate a person by their gender or race. Rather, they focus on a candidate’s values, experience, and God-given abilities.

In 2000, Dr. Alan Keyes ran among many Republicans in the primaries and debated well.  He is a strong conservative and stands for smaller government, freedom for all, and personal accountability and responsibility.

Sarah Palin—a true American woman with the values that we would want for our own daughters—would make a terrific Vice President in some people’s mind, but I would propose a reversal of the ticket and suggest Palin-Keyes.

Sarah is my kind of woman: she hunts for her own food, feeds, cares for, and defends her family, and doesn’t take any crap off of liberals.  My kinda girl!

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