Obama Flunks the Leadership Test

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Leftists and foreign policy simply don’t mix. It’s not just this administration. Look at Carter or even that Democrat icon, the aspirin factory bomber, Bill Clinton.

 

However, this administration is proving itself to be the worst in American history. In just a few short years Obama has taken a relatively well-respected nation and turned it into a laughingstock.

 

Some might say that under George W. Bush, foreign countries didn’t “like” the United States, due to, like Reagan, his “cowboy style”. To that I say – who cares! In foreign policy, as in business, it is always better to be respected than liked.

 

Yet Liberals strive to be liked by other nations, rather than lead. And leading from behind is not leading.

 

Obama is said to be a great leader, so I decided to put this community agitator to the test – a leadership test, and not just foreign policy but overall leadership ability.

 

The great leader must be a true believer, whether it is a product, a service or a vision. He must believe in that vision.

 

Well, I’d say domestically Obama passes with flying colors. It may be a vision of a Marxist America, but it is a vision and he truly believes it. Foreign policy – not so much. On the other hand, judging by whom he has been consistently supporting, maybe he is a true believer, if you catch my drift.

 

A great leader is also a great decision-maker. They seek counsel from others but they themselves decide a course of action. If challenged, the great leader has a reasoned argument why he or she is right. It is very rarely “because I said so”.

 

Obama is truly a failure at this. His strategy of leading from behind lends only to confusion. The Syrian “red line” debacle is a perfect example. It was in fact Obama that drew that red line last year on the campaign trail. A true leader would man up and say he said it and meant it. A great leader would not try to weasel out of it by deflecting to, “I didn’t set the red line, the world set it”. That’s just pitiful and weak.

 

Successful leaders are great communicators. Again, Obama grades quite low. But isn’t he known as a master orator? Yes, many think that, but any low-rent actor can read an impassioned speech off of a Teleprompter. Just listen to the man speak extemporaneously. It’s pathetic. He hems and haws – fumbling for words. I believe it’s because, when off prompter, he may slip up and reveal his true thoughts and beliefs.

 

A great leader ultimately takes accountability for those under him or her. Have you ever heard or seen Obama stand up for his people? Many of them have been in some real hot water lately – called in before congressional committee after committee. Instead of standing up for them, he throws his press secretaries out to lie on his behalf. This is the act of a coward, not a leader.

 

A great leader remains humble, deflects adoration away from him or her and is happy to credit subordinates. He surely does not have this leadership quality. Everything is “I did this or I did that”. The man doesn’t have a humble bone in his body.

 

Finally, a true leader leads by example. Do as I do, as it were. Barry, like virtually all leftists, is the polar opposite. He is the epitome of “Do as I say, not as I do”. I’m sure he’s thinking of all those less fortunate citizens in our country as he rides his bike on Martha’s Vineyard or tees off for the thousandth time.

 

Think of any great leadership trait and compare it to the leadership qualities of Obama. You too will see he fails at every turn. He is a manufactured president, the Stepford president, not a great leader.

Tired of Syria – Tired of the Middle East

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Show of hands – who is sick of talking or hearing about Syria?

 

I like knowing geography as much as the next guy, but frankly I’m tired of learning the cities and provinces of every Middle Eastern country.

 

Did anyone know much of anything about the Kurds before the whole Iraq thing? Could anyone have guessed the name of any province in Afghanistan or that Benghazi is a city not some guy?

 

I bet, for those of us that follow this stuff, we could name more cities in Syria than in Montana. No joke!

 

Growing up, did you ever figure you would know as much as you do about Sunnis, Shiites or Bathists? Heck, had you ever heard of  them or think those terms had any importance at all?

 

Clearly you wouldn’t unless you are CIA, an ambassador or some sort of Middle East envoy.

 

I could have lived my life happily not knowing where Aleppo is or the genealogy of the Assad family.

 

Frankly, I’m tired of hearing, seeing, talking and writing about the Middle East. I’m tired of talking about terrorism. I no more Arabic then I do Spanish. Not that I want to learn Spanish – I don’t – but I sure didn’t want to learn Arabic.

 

Did you ever figure you’d know the term Allahu Akbar, or care?

 

Now everyone knows it – well, except John McCain, who claims it is a harmless term and equates it to a Christian saying praise God. What an idiot. What colossal jewel of ignorance. What were the people of Arizona thinking – keeping that old fool around for another term.

 

Ah, and then there is the Muslim Brotherhood. If you didn’t know better, you’d think it was a Moose Lodge or something. But thanks to brother Barack, we all know about the Muslim Brotherhood. I guess not all thanks goes to Obama. George Bush was in bed with the Brotherhood also. More loosely, but he still supported them. He too bought into the “Muslim Brotherhood is more moderate” nonsense, thanks to dirtbags like Grover Norquist.

 

Again, I could’ve slept every night peacefully not knowing a thing of the Brotherhood. Now, in a few short years we are all armchair experts. We know their plans to take over the Middle East. We are knowledgeable regarding the Caliphate. Caliphate – until a few years ago someone could’ve told me it was an ointment. Just rub some caliphate on that scratch and put a Band-Aid on it.

 

I guess the point of this diatribe is to show how much time and effort we have collectively wasted on the geographic wasteland that is the Middle East and North Africa.

 

What better, more constructive things could we have been doing and discussing?

 

Honestly, if it weren’t for their oil, we would know virtually nothing of the Middle East, or care.

 

But people are being gassed; people are being slaughtered in Syria. Don’t you care, you may ask? Of course I care, but people are being slaughtered by dictators everywhere. How is this different? It’s really not, except that it sucks all the air out of the press room, so to speak. It sure does deflect and wipe away all the scandals and administration’s dirty underhanded dealings, doesn’t it. No IRS scandal, NSA, Benghazi, no talk of amnesty, even though it’s being expanded as we speak, but no one is reporting it. Convenient, eh?

 

So as long as Americans are thrust into Middle Eastern conflicts, I will continue to issue my two cents, although I’m growing weary of having to learn anymore about their geography, people or language. After Syria – who’s next?

 

What’s the capital of Lebanon? Just asking.

Gun Applications Soar in Maryland

This year, Maryland passed strict gun-control legislation. In response, residents have flooded the state police with applications to purchase weapons, before the new law takes effect. Through August, more than 85,000 residents have made new requests to purchase firearms. This is almost double the amount who sought buy guns in all of 2011. 

The Maryland law, pushed through by Democrat Gov. Martin O’Malley and a Democrat legislature, bans 45 types of “assault weapons” and limits ammunition magazines to a maximum of ten rounds.

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Johnny Gets an Earfull

Senator John McCain conducted a townhall meeting in Phoenix last night and probably wishes he had stayed in Washington.

 

CNN:

 Sen. John McCain, whose endorsement of President Barack Obama’s plan to launch military strikes against Syria provided the president a key Republican backer, faced vocal opponents of military action during a town hall in Arizona Thursday.

McCain has long advocated a more muscular American approach toward Syria, calling for a plan to oust President Bashar al-Assad from power. But on Thursday many people who showed up to a town hall in Phoenix said that getting more involved in the civil war would lead to unintended consequences.

“We didn’t send you to make war for us. We sent you to stop the war,” one man said to applause.

Another man, holding a bag of marshmallows, declared Congress was going soft on its duties to represent voters.

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Reminiscent of the Nazis

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

For quite some time, Glenn Beck has been speaking of the Romeike family’s plight.

 

In case you are unaware Uwe, Hennelore Romeike and their children are the German family that fled their home country. In Germany home schooling is apparently illegal. To avoid further prosecution they fled to the United States and requested asylum.

 

There is however another German family that has not been so fortunate and that is an understatement. The Wunderlich family of Darmstadt Germany has made headlines also, at least in Europe.

 

The Wunderlich’s have been trying to homeschool their four children for years. German authorities had repeatedly harassed them. At one point they left Germany and settled in France at the home of a friend. But French authorities came and snatched the children claiming they were “left alone” and neglected.

 

After they regain custody, the family headed back to Germany, where things got a lot worse.

 

According to the HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association), Germany is party to many human rights treaties that recognize parents’ rights to homeschool according to their religious convictions.

 

Yet Germany has simply refused to abide by the agreement. Sound familiar? A government that refuses to uphold laws and treaties?

 

Last month a German Family Court judge signed an order and the government authorities sprung to action. Reminiscent of the SS a team of 20 police, special agents and social workers stormed the Wunderlich home in Darmstadt.

 

When the father, Eric Wunderlich saw a battering ram being carried to the front door he decided to open it. The armed officers rushed in and shoved him into a chair where he was ordered not to move. He said they treated him like a terrorist.

 

Then they seized the four children. When his distraught wife tried to hug and kiss her 14-year-old daughter goodbye one of the agents shoved her away and said, “it’s too late for that”.

 

German officials then took the children to an “undisclosed location” promising the parents, “they would not be seeing their children anytime soon”.

 

The Germans have evidently learned from the past as they confiscated everyone’s passport, children’s included.

 

Yes folks, this is for real. It is not a tale from Nazi Germany and this is what they Romeike family has to look forward to, for the Obama administration is trying to deport the Romeike family, sending them back to Germany for certain harassment and prosecution. All for wanting to homeschool.

 

Despite a United States immigration judge granting the family asylum, Obama and the thugs of the Justice Department are fighting to deport.

 

Yes, Obama, great friend of the immigrant wants to deport.

 

I have a suggestion for the Romeike family. Leave the country tomorrow. Go to Mexico. Change your names to Juan and Juanita Valdez and walk back across the border. No one will stop you. No one will ask why you’re here or check your papers. Settle in any liberal city you wish and enjoy America.

 

Problem solved!

Syria: Should We or Shouldn’t We: American Neutrality is Not Isolationism

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Syria is neither a friend nor ally. The conflict in Syria is a civil war, an internal struggle, not a war of international aggression or imperial colonization. Yet those of the “we must do something” crowd are insistent of our entanglement and brand all others as “Isolationists”.

 

Once again, our governmental brain trust would be well served to consult our own history. More often than not, the answer can be found.

 

As The Heritage Foundation asserts, it is helpful to define what is meant by “isolationist.” The term isolationism applies to a policy of abstaining from economic and political relations with other countries. By this definition, the best examples of isolationist foreign policies are offered by 17th century China, 18th century Japan, 19th century Korea, or 20th century North Korea.

 

Let’s not confuse or commingle military abstinence with economic and political isolationism.

 

During an Independence Day speech, John Quincy Adams fervently argued that America had no inherent responsibility to intervene abroad (emphasis added):

Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause, by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.”

 

Policies set forth by the founders were born of affection for republican self-government and their desire to preserve the country’s sovereign independence.

 

Washington advocated for a foreign policy that would allow America to, “choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.”

 

During Thomas Jefferson’s Administration, the United States, acting in our interest chose war, joining forces with Sweden and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies during the Tripolitan War against the Barbary Pirates. Such foreign military cooperation was essential in defeating the Muslim privateers (terrorists), loosely associated with the Ottoman Empire (surprise; present day Iran). It was the new nations first foreign war.

 

From the beginning, the primary purpose of U.S. foreign policy has been to defend the American constitutional system and the interests of the American people.

 

Jefferson summed it up in his First Inaugural Address as “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations—entangling alliances with none.”

 

And thus was a difficult decision to be made by our first president. The rebellion during the French revolution solicited Americas help as a military and political ally. The Marquis de Lafayette, who had been George Washington’s aide-de-camp during the American Revolution and had become a close personal friend, had personally requested the assistance of Washington and the Americans. Yet Washington knew that supporting France would likely drag America into a disastrous war against her will.

 

So in April, 1793, George Washington signed a proclamation declaring America’s neutrality, although the word neutrality is found nowhere in the declaration. In short Washington, like Jefferson feared an entangled alliance. He also did not wish to involve America in another nations internal struggle.

 

In 1822, President Monroe officially recognized the independence of Argentina, Peru, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico. The United States was the first established nation to welcome these new republics into the community of nations. Thus was the Monroe Doctrine.

 

President Monroe stated of the Monroe Doctrine, “The occasion has been judged proper for asserting, as a principle in which the rights and interests of the United States are involved, that the American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers.”

 

The Monroe Doctrine would hardly be considered isolationist and it was the last major declaration blessed by both James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. Must have been nice and quite convenient to be able to seek direct council from the Authors of the both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. How cool is that?!

 

With the Monroe Doctrine, the U.S. attempted to ban imperial ambition from one-third of the globe’s surface, thereby delegitimizing the accepted system of imperialism and attempting to fundamentally alter the international order – hardly an isolationist policy.

 

So how does all this “history” equate or relate to the upheaval in the Middle East? What would the founders have advised us to do?

 

That’s easy; stay out of it. We had our chances long ago to support freedom and liberty and we sat back and did nothing. Now all these uprisings have been high jacked by one terrorist group or another. There are no good guys, no freedom or liberty to support.

 

This is also an internal struggle. If Washington was able to say no his dear friend, The Marquis de Lafayette, during France’s bloody revolution, we sure as heck can say no to Syria, who are neither friend nor ally.