The American News Commentary - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Vol. 16, No.Message 1 of 1 , Mar 2, 2011View SourceThe American News Commentary- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Vol. 16, No. 9 March 2, 2011 © 2011- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -THIS WEEK'S LONG BUT IMPORTANT EDITORIAL COMMENT:There is a frequently used phrase in news commentaries these days: "Thrownunder the bus." It refers to an individual, a principle or even a country beingignored and/or rejected by others in control. In the midst of the fires of revoltand rebellion which are engulfing the Middle East, one -- and only one -- nationstands firm on democratic rule and unswerving loyalty to, and support for, theUnited States -- the nation Israel. And yet the Obama administration continuesin its efforts to throw Israel under the bus. Even Mr. Obama's "ambassador"to the UN has stated our agreement with the claim of other member nationsthat Israel's actions within its own boundaries are illegitimate. But beyond theinternational diplomatic aspects, Mr. Obama would be wise to consider God'sviews of Israel as a people and as a country on this earth, and Jerusalem as Hischosen city. From the word of God: "The Lord said unto Abram, get theeunto a land that I will show thee, and I will make of thee a great nation... and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee."(Gen. 12:1-3) "The Lord made a covenant with Abram saying: unto thyseed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river,the river Euphrates." (Gen. 15:18) "And I will give unto thee and thyseed after thee, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession;and I will be their God." (Gen. 17:8) "Judah shall dwell forever, andJerusalem from generation to generation." (Joel 3:20) "Pray for thepeace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee." (Ps. 122:6) Thisis God's word, as found in the Christian Bible. God's oath cannot bealtered. It stands forever. If Mr. Obama is really the "devoted Christian" heclaims to be, he should certainly consider these Biblical truths before hearbitrarily throws Israel under the bus.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -"A MILESTONE IN THE BETRAYAL OF MARRIAGE" IS AHEADLINE WHICH TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER EVENTHE CHAOS IN COUNTRIES IN THE MIDDLE EASTOn January 20, 2009, Barack Hussein Obama placed his hand on a Bible,as other presidents have done before him, and took an oath to "preserve,protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." (Article II,Section 1 of the Constitution) Under the Constitution his responsibilitiesinclude this one: "he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed."(Article II, Section 3) The Constitution makes no exception for laws that thepresident doesn't happen to like, or which do not represent his own personalfeelings or beliefs, or which he made campaign promises to repeal if elected.Sometime ago we spoke of President Obama as facing a "credibility crisis."Stated simply: people just don't believe him. That "credibility crisis" becameglaringly evident last week when in a major policy shift, Mr. Obama directedhis Justice Department to stop defending the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act(DOMA). On Wednesday Attorney General Holder sent an officialcommunication to Congress, informing them that he and the president haddecided that DOMA was unconstitutional, and that the Justice Departmentwill no longer defend it against any challenges from homosexual supporters.DOMA passed in Congress by votes of 342 to 67 in the House, and 85 to14 in the Senate, and was signed into law in 1996 by President Bill Clinton.President Obama doesn't seem to understand the three branches of ourfederal government, that as Chief Executive it is his duty uphold and enforcethe laws of the nation -- all of them -- and not refuse to enforce those lawshe doesn't happen to like. It is not within his authority to institute new lawsor cancel old ones. That is the responsibility of Congress, but Mr. Obamahas taken that authority away from the Congress and has taken it for himself.DOMA defines marriage as between one man and one woman for purposesof federal law, and provides that states do not have to recognize marriagesbetween homosexuals as performed in another state which permits suchunions. In accordance with DOMA, al least thirty (30) states (do the math --that's more than half of the 50 states -- a majority, right?) have already votedto define marriage in their state as between one man and one woman. Butthis arrogant (what other word better describes it?) decision by Obama andHolder cannot yet be considered a fait accompli. Reaction across the nationhas been strongly negative; example: the 2.4 million member American Legionhas submitted a letter to the president and leaders of the Congress expressingtheir strong disagreement with the Obama administration's arbitrary position.And as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich warned -- it replaces the ruleof law with the rule of Obama. And David Limbaugh summarized: "We havean imperial president who is refusing to enforce a law passed bypowerful congressional majorities while persisting in enforcing a law(Obamacare) that two federal courts have already invalidated. The onlycommon denominator is that Obama believes he is the law." In short, itseems to us to be a major step toward abandoning our constitutionalgovernment in favor of an absolute dictatorship.And another lack of credibility for Mr. Obama has become all too clear:not only has he violated his oath of office (taken with his hand on a ChristianBible), but he has even claimed to be a Christian believer, although poll afterpoll discloses that the opinions of the American people are still divided on thissubject. Yet two of the key Christian moral issues -- God's commandmentagainst murder, and His provision that marriage is between one man and onewoman -- have been rejected by Mr. Obama in his support of abortion andhomosexual unions. The question as to whether he is Muslim or Christian,was commented on by Ann Coulter in September, 2010: "The nonsenseabout President Obama being a Muslim has got to stop... I rise to defendhim from this absurd accusation by pointing out that he is obviously anatheist." And Ms. Coulter added that: "the only evidence for Obama'sChristianity is that he faithfully attended the Rev. Jeremiah Wright'sTrinity United Church of Christ for 20 years."The announcement of an intriguing new book about Obama. DineshD'Souza, best-selling author and President of New York City's KingsCollege, has released his latest volume, The Roots of Obama's Rage. Theannouncement of its availability is shocking in its summary. For example:"The real Obama is a man shaped by experiences far different fromthose of most Americans; he is a much stranger, more determined,and exponentially more dangerous man than you’d ever imagined."The summary goes on to point out: "What really motivates BarackObama is an inherited rage—an often masked, but profound ragethat comes from his African father; an anti-colonialist rage againstWestern dominance, and most especially against the wealth andpower of the very nation Barack Obama now leads." Dr. D'Souzapoints out that Obama's recent book is really titled Dreams from myFather; in other words, Obama is not writing about his father's dreams --he is writing about dreams he got from his father, a "philandering,inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denyinghim the realization of his anti-colonial ambitions, is now setting thenation's agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son."As always, we do not offer anything for sale; we merely mention animportant new book which has become available.Meanwhile, Mr. Obama has already augmented his re-election campaignstaff with former high ranking administration leaders, and has begun hiscampaign to convince Americans that he should be re-elected in 2012.The logic of that aspiration is hard to accept, but as Don King (and others)said: "Only in America."Last week we quoted Founding Father Thomas Jefferson on theimportance of government leaders telling the truth. Now here is anotherquote from him on that subject, written in 1775 -- one that Mr. Obamacould well benefit by heeding: "It behooves you, therefore, to think andact for yourself and your people. The great principles of right andwrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aidof many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art ofbeing honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give youcredit where you fail."In addition to this serious attack on America's Christian heritage,national and international protests are raging -- with no acceptable ends insight. Pollster Scott Rasmussen summarized the rioting in the Middle Eastand the protests (or near riots) in American state capitols in these words,
"Wisconsin and Libya. Angry protesters are in the streets. Here at home
they're exercising their democratic rights in a budget battle; over there,
they're being shot down for seeking democratic rights in real battles."
This headline from the Washington Post says it in a few words: "Ohio,
Wisconsin Shine Spotlight on New Union Battle: Government
Workers vs. Taxpayers." What began as an effort by the governors of
some states (45 states are in the red) to reduce operating expenses, has
developed into a Democrat organized protest in support of the unions.
Robert Ringer, best-selling author commented: "With the angry uprising
of pampered teachers in Wisconsin, the long-awaited Marxist revolution
in the U.S. may finally be underway. It's been clear for decades that a
forced ending to America's experiment with soft socialism would almost
certainly trigger such a revolution." Here, as in protests elsewhere in the
world, the end is not yet in sight.
Internationally, the troubles began in Tunisia, spread to Egypt, and
now most of the Middle East is engulfed in protests and rioting, with mobs
demanding the overthrow of their government leaders. Libya, Bahrain and
Yemen seem to be today's hot spots . . . Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman and
Jordan may soon experience the same revolutionary uprisings . . . even Iraq,
where we are supposed to see democracy taking effect, people are being
killed in the streets, and the nation's largest oil production facility has just
been attacked and shut down.
Libya, and its dictator-president for 40 years, Muammar Gadhafi, has been
commanding attention in the media for a couple of weeks, with reports of
Libyans being killed in the streets by Gadhafi's militants, and perhaps as many
as 100,000 people fleeing the country. As the winds of change began to
sweep across the area in recent days, Mr. Obama and his administration has
shown what has been described as "utter ineptitude" in dealing with the
crises that are engulfing Arab country after country. Robert Tracinski, writing
in TIA Daily, offered this assessment: "Flat-footed and disoriented is the
only way to describe the Obama administration's response. They have
no idea what is happening and no sense of urgency that they need to
know and to take action. Their response to Libya has been, if anything,
even worse than Obama's slow and passive response to Egypt."
As John Bolton, our last effective Ambassador to the UN, commented,
"President Obama has no foreign policy." But as of the beginning of this
week, Obama's State Department joined with the UN in establishing
sanctions against Libya -- and we all know how effective sanctions were as
applied against Iran.
As late as last weekend, Gadhafi in an interview with the London-based
al-Hayat newspaper had this to say about President Obama: "Now ruling
America is a black man from our continent, an African from Arab
descent, from Muslim descent, and this is something we never imagined ...
"He is someone I consider a friend."
The word for today -- and everyday -- is "Prayer." Each week we
remind our readers of how many days remain before Election Day, Nov. 6,
2012. As of today, there are 615 days to pray about our vote, when we can
replace Senators, Representatives, and this time, even the president. This will
be our opportunity to put into office candidates who will lead in reclaiming
America to the principles upon which our nation was founded. But there is
today a new and urgent need for prayer -- New Zealand, one of our most
loyal allies, has experienced a devastating earthquake, with deaths in the
hundreds and the city of Christchurch virtually destroyed. Throughout
the country crowds are assembling, including government leaders, not to
protest about wages, but to ask God for help in meeting their nation's needs.
Let us join them in prayer for God's blessing in these tragic days.
To keep facts in focus for you, here is "What Others Are Saying."Keith Davies (writing in Big Peace): "Our country and way of life isbeing destroyed from within; freedom of expression is being stifled aswell as the ability to enact policies that are for the welfare of this nationand the free world ... Judeo Christian values and our civilization isunder attack; the US needs to lead in the fight for its preservation."Former President Harry S. Truman: "I had faith in Israel before it wasestablished, I have faith in it now. I believe it has a glorious future beforeit - not just another sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the greatideals of our civilization." (1948)Frank Page (Pres. Exec. Comm. Southern Baptist Conv.): "I believethat now a unified understanding and a call for an affirmation of aninerrant, infallible Word of God shall lead us to an even greaterobedience of that Word. I believe that is where we need to be focusingnow. As we affirm its inerrancy and infallibility, let's do so by fleshingit out and living it in this world."Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: "The world is on theverge of big developments. Changes will be forthcoming and will engulfthe whole world from Asia to Africa and from Europe to North America... It’s a wave that’s coming.”Michelle Malkin (Speaking of "Fleebaggers" -- the Cut-and-RunDemocrats): "First lady Michelle Obama said, 'Let's Move!' Whoknew Democratic politicians in Wisconsin and Indiana would takeher literally? Faced with stifling debt, bloated pensions andintractable government unions, liberal Midwestern legislatorshave fled those states.- paralyzing Republican fiscal reform efforts."And from another kind of Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles:"Our institutions reflect the belief of our founders that all men wereendowed by their Creator with inalienable rights...They believed thathuman institutions ought primarily to help men develop their God-given possibilities." (1955)Increasingly difficult to find, but here are a few "One Liners"support Obama" -- from the DC Morning"It's so bad for him, now Democrats want to see his birth certificate."-- Jay Leno"The phrase 'civil union' is another deceptive phrase in the liberallexicon. There is nothing either civil or unifying about homosexuality."-- David Smith, Illinois Family Institute"The ugly corpse of 'HillaryCare' haunts Obama." -- The Sunday Times,London"Obama’s Economic Advisers: International Socialists, Union Thugs,NBC Execs, Soros Scholars, Subprime Lenders, Amnesty Shills, andCampaign Cronies" -- Ben JohnsonAnd now here are this weeks random "Afterthoughts" . . .How would you like to be the new White House "spinmeister"? JayCarney, the new White House press secretary (following the long anticipateddeparture of Robert Gibbs), took over the briefing room podium last week.is the hired mouthpiece of an administration that has painfully little to say orthat anyone really cares about. The innocuous nature of his responses isn'tthe fault of the new spokesman. He has the almost impossible task ofexpressing a coherent or reasonable policy in the absence of one. Thatproblem has been very glaring with respect to the Libyan uprising, forexample -- one which the president has handled with all the detachment ofa disinterested and powerless observer.It's déjà vu the "newspeak" of George Orwell's 1984 --"'ObamaCareis meant as a disparaging reference to the President of the United States.It is clearly in violation of the House rules against that," said Rep. DebbieWasserman Schultz (D, FL). It's one of those words the Liberals don't wantus to use. But Larry Elder asks: "When did "ObamaCare" become a slur?Why isn't President Obama flattered to have his name attached to hissignature achievement and a now-fulfilled campaign promise?" (We allremember the term "HillaryCare" and more recently "RomneyCare," andnobody got angry and considered them slurs.) And Mr. Elder concludes: "So,why do Democrats now find the term "ObamaCare" so toxic? Simple.The bill remains unpopular -- and under siege."One more statement Nancy Pelosi probably would like to take back.During the House Health Care Summit in February, 2010, as Speaker ofthe House, she put a new spin on health care reform, saying: "It's aboutjobs ... in its life (health care reform) will create 4 million jobs, 400,000jobs almost immediately." Sort of puts her in a tie with Janet Napolitano inmaking the most ridiculous pronouncements of our time. But running closeto those leaders is Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner with his denial ofany concern over soaring oil prices: "The economy is in a much strongerposition to handle such an increase...Central banks have a lot ofexperience in managing these things." Those Obamites do have a waywith words!Who is using "hate speech" now? U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D, MA)told a meeting of union members in Boston last week, referring to the unionriots in Wisconsin: "Every once and awhile you need to get out on thestreets and get a little bloody when necessary." But the Liberal mediawill doubtless dismiss it with: "He really didn't mean what he said."Looking ahead to America becoming the world's No. 3 economy:William Buiter, chief economist at Citigroup, predicts that the long termprospects for the world's economy will see leadership shifting from the Westto the East: "China should overtake the US to become the largesteconomy in the world by 2020, then be overtaken by India by 2050.”Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, colleague of BarackObama's long time pastor, Jeremiah Wright, joined Iranian PresidentAhmadinejad in predicting last Sunday that America faces imminent uprisingsthat mirror those in the Middle East: "What you are looking at in Tunisia,in Egypt … Libya, in Bahrain … what you see happening there … you’dbetter prepare because it will be coming to your door.”and how accurately they forecast the future of the United States of today.Concerning the signing date of the Declaration of Independence in 1776,John Adams said that it would become "the most memorable epoch in thehistory of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated bysucceeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to becommemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotionto God Almighty. It ought to be celebrated with pomp and parade, withshows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from oneend of the continent to the other, from this time forward for evermore."This Founding Father, some 235 years ago, foresaw with startling accuracythe future national holiday of the Fourth of July.And George Washington, in his farewell address warned about involvementwith foreign nations: "Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence,(I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free peopleought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove thatforeign influence is one of the most baneful foes of RepublicanGovernment." -- George Washington, 1796- - - - - - - - - -SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATIONTo Subscribe (no subscription charge), click on:To Unsubscribe, click on: