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THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORDS OF APPRECIATION . . . and for
the encouragement they give to our efforts to assist in the great challenge of
reclaiming our nation to the principles established by our Founding Fathers. It
is never easy to select a theme to comment on, because we are facing so many
crises every day. So for a change, in this issue, as we move into the first of the
Summer months, we will try to comment briefly on several of the more recent
developments in the second year of the Obama administration. And here is one
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HERE WE ARE -- AT THE 18TH MONTH IN THE OBAMA
ADMINISTRATION; TIME TO CONSIDER WHAT HAS
BEEN DONE ... WHAT IS BEING DONE NOW ... AND
WHAT WE CAN EXPECT IN THE FUTURE
Where to start? Probably on the highest rung of the news ladder, whether it is
justified or not, is the BP oil spill in the Gulf, with its most immediate impact on
the state of Louisiana. This is a disaster which is not going to be resolved at any
time soon, and which is not going to go away at any time soon. The question
has been asked, "Is this Obama's Katrina?" It appears to be proving to be just
that based on the unconscionable delay in the Obama administration's response
to what is acknowledged as one of the greatest natural disaster in America's
history. The president's first publicized reaction, in a staff meeting about one
week after the explosion on April 20, was reported as a frustrated explosion,
"plug that damn hole." Last Friday, after his first in-depth on scene study of
the disaster, he assured the nation that he is in charge... it is his responsibility
... and he used President Truman's phrase, "The buck stops here."
There has been some progress. Tony Hayward, the BP CEO, last week upped
his estimate of the impact of the spill from "very modest"" to "environmental
catastrophe." And with the apparent failures of BP's initial efforts to stop the
leak, the warning is that it will probably continue for another two months until
the alternate wells are drilled. Perhaps the most important comment to date has
been the rant of Democrat stalwart, James Carville, who denounced Obama's
response to the disaster in the strongest language yet, including his charge that the
president's "political stupidity is unbelievable." Mr. Obama's decision after his
brief visit (120 minutes) was to announce new steps to restrict all drilling,
including a moratorium on drilling permits for six months, suspending planned
exploratory drilling off the coasts of Alaska and Virginia and ordering a halt to
33 exploratory deep-water rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. It appears that this crisis
is being used to justify ending offshore drilling with the ultimate result that
America becomes more dependent than ever before on foreign oil. And about
Mr. Obama's visit to Louisiana: Brett Michael Dykes of Yahoo News reports
that BP paid busloads of temporary clean up workers $12 per hour to show
up as props for the president's visit. Those photo-ops can be very expensive.
And then on Memorial Day, a new name for the president . . . he is now
called "Nobama" as a result of his choosing to spend Memorial Day with his
family on a vacation visit to his old home town, Chicago, rather than doing
what past presidents have usually done, laying a wreath at the tomb of the
Unknown Soldier in Arlington Memorial Cemetery. Even Bill Clinton, who
sometimes did not demonstrate the highest moral behavior, during his 8 years
in office never failed in this recognition of the sacrifice of American military
through the years. But according to the Washington Post, Obama saw this
vacation trip as fulfilling one of the great broken promises made during his
campaign, that he would return home to Chicago every six weeks or so. In
the 17 months they have been in the White house, the Obamas have been
back home just once -- in February of 2009. Being president has apparently
taken more of his time than he had anticipated. This decision by Mr. Obama
seemed particularly incorrect and unpatriotic in a year when we are engaged
in two foreign wars, and when the number of American military killed and
wounded continues to rise. But we should probably not be surprised; this is
the president who chose not to wear an American flag emblem in his lapel.
The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder of the group Bond Action, feels that
American citizens should be concerned: "In all honesty, I personally don't
believe that he's on the side of the American people. He seems to care
about what's important to the enemies of America more than he does
And on the eve of Memorial Day the report came out that the number of
deaths of US military in Afghanistan had reached the 1,000 mark; 570 during
the 7 years from 2001 to 2008, and 430 since Mr.Obama took office in 2009.
Currently we have 94,000 troops in Afghanistan, up from 30,000 at the end of
2008, with a top figure of 100,000 expected by the end of this Summer. The
recent polls disclose that 52% of Americans do not feel the Afghan war is
worth the cost in American lives.One of America's more outspoken columnists, Lori Ziganto, last weekNow for a lighter touch, a few "One Liners" . . .
reflected on Mr. Obama's "jetting of on his 'Apologizing for America' tour,"
and then brought concern for that concept up to date, by commenting that last
week, "Democrats showed their true colors, in a way that can no longer
be ignored, even by the most stubborn. Congressional Democrats cheered
-- and gave standing ovations -- to Mexican President Calderon, as he
demonized Arizona and its citizens and denigrated this country as a whole...
Not only do the Democrats fail to figuratively stand up for America, but
they actually stand up for and applaud those who seek to condemn it.
Worse, they were wearing bracelets, protesting and bashing American
citizens, while cheering a foreign leader who was doing the same. From
our House floor." Ms. Ziganto continued on this theme, commenting that Vice
President Joe Biden "took the diminishing of America on tour... Always in
the dark, Biden spoke before the European Union and informed everyone
that he believes that Brussels, not Washington, DC, is the 'capital of the
free world.'" At least our president and vice president are on the same page.
The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" mess in Washington. This commentary
from Tony Perkins (American Family Council) is too important and too timely
to simply be included under "What Others Are Saying." "Four days before
Memorial Day and after ignoring requests from the top military brass
and a host of veteran groups, sixteen U.S. Senators on the Senate Armed
Service Committee and 234 Members of the House of Representatives
decided furthering a radical political agenda was more important than
honoring the wishes and sacrifices of our troops. To add insult to injury,
the Senate Committee also added a provision that would allow for
taxpayer funding of abortions on military bases." Assuming that the Senate
acts to repeal the present law, it cannot go into effect until 60 days after a study
by the US Department of Defense is completed, and the US Secretary of
Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the President certify that
such repeal would not harm military effectiveness. This past weekend Admiral
Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs expressed regret that the Congress had
not waited till the military review had been completed. And Secretary of
Defense Gates tried to ease concerns among US troops, saying that a long
careful review process lies ahead, and that he does not expect final approval
for months, and even then the US military will have to give final approval after
completing its comprehensive review. Right now, however, the speeded-up
action is being driven by Obama's pledges to the homosexual activists that he
would do everything possible to support them and respond to their requests.
And as we write, Barney Frank and his "friends" are running loose, or
as one commentator expressed it, they are "rolling their tanks s through
Congress while everyone is talking about something else." The "something
else" has included the Administration's focus on the Arizona immigration law,
the job offer to Congressman Sestak if he would not compete with Obama's
choice of Arlen Specter for the Senate seat in Pennsylvania. And of course,
the gulf oil spill occupied so much media attention that progress on bills before
Congress favoring the homosexual lobby could continue unimpeded. Meantime,
the US Catholic bishops have come out in full force against Barney Frank's
Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA). In a letter sent to Congress on
May 19, the Catholic bishops say they have serious concerns that ENDA will
trample on the rights of employers and those who will be speaking the truth
about homosexuality. It is strange that the Obama administration is catering so
much to the demands of the homosexuals, who, according to the last US
Census report in 2000 account for perhaps 1.5% of the population, with the
highest estimates only in the 3% range, whereas Christians represent more
than 80% of the US population. It would seem that Obama is playing to the
And for another major news item -- the Arizona immigration law, not
much of a change. The majority of Americans (including Californians) favor
the Arizona law. The opposition is still led by President Obama, his cohorts
Pelosi and Reid, and his cabinet members, Attorney General Holder and
Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano -- none of whom, apparently, have
read the law they so vigorously oppose. What those liberal political leaders
don't seem to grasp is that the term "illegal alien" (which use they condemn)
is a synonym for "unlawful alien" which is defined as one who has broken the
immigration laws of this nation. And those are federal laws, long in force, but
long unenforced by the federal government. Perhaps their opposition is based
on the disclosure of their failure and the intention of the State of Arizona to do
what the federal government has failed to do. Or perhaps it is simply one more
effort by the Obama administration to attract Hispanic votes.
Last in this list of national problems: Congressman Sestak's job offer.
Not surprisingly, the charge that this is an impeachable offense is coming from
Republicans, best articulated by Congressman Darrell Issa of California, who
also feels that as with most crimes, the cover-up may be worse. Last Friday,
after Bill Clinton had met with Obama, the White House admitted that Chief
of Staff Rahm Emanuel had asked Clinton to talk to Sestak about a position
on an unpaid advisory board if he would abandon his challenge of Arlen
Specter for his Pennsylvania Senate seat. Actually, as a Congressman, Sestak
would not have been able to serve on a presidential commission. Issa said,
"It's a crime because they've admitted they offered the position...They're
now coming up with a non-plausible answer ... they're now talking about
a job that President Clinton himself should have known Sestak couldn't
take." The heart of the problem is Section 600 of the U.S. Code, which
makes it a crime to promise any position or other benefit in connection with
any primary election held to select candidates for any political office. The
White House defense is that this is being done all the time . . . it is "politics
as usual" in Washington -- but this is directly contrary to candidate Obama's
promise that this would be the most transparent, most ethical administration
in America's history.
Well, that wasn't really the "last" of the national problems -- this week's
eruption in the waters off Gaza in the mid-East as Israel intercepted a flotilla of
ships purported to be transporting aid supplies to the Palestinians, has joined the
list. The ultimate effect of this incident can conceivably cause a serious rift in
America's relations with Israel, already strained almost to a breaking point through
Obama's obvious favoring of Palestine, and his unprecedented antagonism toward
our long time ally, Israel. International opinion is sharply divided. The UN Security
Council is well on its way toward the usual condemnation of Israel. Obviously a
thorough investigation is necessary. One hopes that Obama's usual favorable
predisposition toward Muslim interests will not preclude an honest, well balanced
attempt to arrive at the correct decision on this issue.
Important! Where do we go from here? What do we do now? This has
been not an exhaustive list, but a brief update on the problems -- or, better to
consider them as the "challenges" -- confronting us as Conservative, Evangelical
Christians in mid-year 2010, a year and a half into the Obama administration. One
evaluation might define them as being "Republican vs Democrat." Another might
just as logically define them as being "Conservative vs Liberal." And they might
also be defined as being "Christian vs anti-Christian." Or even as "Obama vs the
American people." Regardless of which definition you accept, it is clear that the
evaluation ultimately comes down to "Us vs Them."
So many of the issues pit the traditional Christian viewpoint against the Liberal,
Left-wing, Godless viewpoint. Involved are the continued influence of the small
homosexual minority . . . the influence of the also small atheistic minority . . . the
attempts to destroy the God-directed concept of marriage and family . . . and the
attempt by Obama to abandon the concept that America is a Christian nation,
despite the facts of history and current population percentages.
We have often urged prayer on the part of American Christians for wisdom and
guidance to be given to our leaders. And we have urged that American Christians
express their opinions on Election Day, November 2 of this year. That can be the
day when we take the first steps toward reclaiming America to those basic
principles on which our Founding Fathers established this nation. And remember
that to be able to vote, you must be registered. Only 153 days remain until the
November 2 Election Day.
"As for Los Angeles, Arizona should pull the plug, pronto. Let them sip
warm chardonnay in the dark." -- Noemie Emery, author and columnist
"You can say what you think about the South, but you never hear of
anyone retiring and moving North." -- Anon.
"Time was, presidents were held to higher standards than comedians."
-- George Will
"Growing old is mandatory ... growing up is optional." -- Anon.
These may be the most important quotes: "What Others Are Saying."
The reason, as we often point out, is that you won't find these comments in
most of the elite, main line media, either press or TV. And because this issue
is sort of an all inclusive survey, we include more such quotes than usual.
Editorial, New Media Journal: "As the issue of Arizona's new border
security law is debated -- and as Pres. Obama and congressional
Democrats and Progressives seek to advance 'comprehensive immigration
reform' to legislation, one aspect of US border insecurity that presents a
clear and present danger is the fact that OTMs (Other Than Mexicans) are
crossing the Southern US border from countries that aid and abet radical
Islam and those dedicated to inflicting terror on the American people."
David Martin (Media Research Center), concerning the elite media:
"Finding and reporting the truth is not their primary goal. The liberal
media are first and foremost interested in advancing their Leftist agenda.
They are willing to lie, distort, or omit the truth to do this, and if
demonizing a conservative or two along the way helps the cause, they'll
do that, too."
Constancio Asumen, Jr. (National Scholar, Chairman ACE LILAC):
"When major players in government, from President Obama himself, the
Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security admit to
having not read the Arizona Immigration Law and yet publicly proclaim
it to be their duty to criticize, demonize and condemn that law, then we
can be sure that intellectual honesty in the government is all but missing
or considered an obsolete concept."
Alan Caruba (writer and commentator): "History has an unfortunate,
but utterly predictable, way of repeating itself. The same mistakes are
made over and over again by men who have not taken the time to read
history or who think that, by dint of their own personalities, they can
change it. Barack Obama thinks he has been selected by the gods of
Marxism to fulfill that destiny for America. When not 'transforming'
America, he yearns for a new world order based on diplomacy, but
diplomacy has long been defined as telling lies on behalf of one's country."
Peggy Noonan (author and Wall Street Journal columnist): "I don't see
how the president's position and popularity can survive the oil spill. This
is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office. And they
were all, as they say, unforced errors, meaning they were shaped by the
president's political judgment and instincts."
Newsmax: "For the first time since President Barack Obama's emergence
in 2004 at the Democratic Convention in Boston, the national news media,
long in the tank for Obama, has begun to run him through the wringer all
other presidents have experienced." (Editor's note: the liberal Washington
Post's headline on its story about Obama's press conference last Thursday was:
"Obama Struggling to Show He's in Control.")
Michelle Malkin: "President Bush's harshest critics often described his
look during moments of crisis as 'deer in the headlights.' After two years
of Hope and Change, America has grown accustomed to President
Obama's crisis face: eyes glazed over."
And here is a subject for discussion next week . . . Mark Tapscott of the
Washington Examiner, offers this comment which merits further research and
discussion: "Release of the Federal Trade Commission's working paper
on 'reinventing journalism' makes it clear that there is no more time for
diplomacy about this issue. President Obama is determined to federalize
the news industry just as he has banking, autos and health care." This
will be one of the major subjects to be discussed in next week's issue of ANC.
Now here are a few Random Afterthoughts . . .
A great new opportunity for the ACLU attorneys . . . Chicago area atheist
Rob Sherman objects to $20,000 of state funds being used to renovate a 47
year old cross at Alto Pass, southern Illinois' highest point. Sherman wants the
group which oversees the landmark to return the money or face being sued.
The group's board of administration is considering his request. This is not Mr.
Sherman's first lawsuit on religion -- he challenged, and won over an Illinois
law which required a "moment of silence" each day in the state's public schools.
Some thoughts on Memorial Day from Pat Buchanan . . . "In 1917 we
declared war on Germany 'to make the world safe for democracy.' And
our major allies were four of the largest empires on earth: the British,
French, Russian and Japanese. We deposed the Kaiser, and got Lenin,
Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler and World War II. As a result of these world
wars, all the Western empires fell, and Western Civilization began its
inexorable advance to the grave."
An interesting thought: Since America became a nation, four of our greatest
generals have served two terms as president: George Washington, Andrew
Jackson, Ulysses Grant and Dwight David Eisenhower.
Have you noticed? Every reference to the team of advisers Mr. Obama is
relying upon for guidance in dealing with the gulf oil disaster has mentioned
that one of the principal advisers is a Nobel Prize winner. However, when you
remember that Jimmy Carter, Al Gore and Barack Obama are also Nobel Prize
winners, that assurance offers little comfort.And some more confusing government regulation: The FDA maintains thatWe should never ignore or forget the wisdom of our Founding Fathers.
only pharmaceutical drugs are capable of preventing or treating disease. Based
on that obviously incorrect assumption, they have developed rules that categorize
anything that prevents or treats disease as being a drug. The illustration is offered
that if. for example, you might eat walnuts and if that causes your high cholesterol
to be lowered, then under the FDA rules, walnuts are a drug. The same could be
true for cherries, blueberries, grapes, and that old standby, vinegar. And selling
any such products, with any mention that they might be beneficial to your health,
could possibly result in legal action for selling "illegal drugs."
"In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the
particular sect or denomination of the candidate -- look to his character."
-- Noah Webster, 1789
"The state governments are, by the very theory of the constitution, essential
constituent parts of the general government. They can exist without the
latter, but the latter cannot exist without them." -- Joseph Storey, 1833
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