Day: September 8, 2010

Time To Unleash Obama’s “Secret Weapon” For The Midterm Elections: Vice President Joe Biden!

With eight weeks to go to the midterm Congressional elections, and with the Gallup polls showing volatility and flux, it is time for President Obama to unleash his “secret weapon”, Vice President Joe Biden!

Obama is actively being more aggressive, a la Harry Truman, but Joe Biden is naturally a great campaigner, who knows how to inspire audiences and how to go on the attack against the opposition!

This is not a time, again, to act “nice”, as the opposition Republicans have no limits in tactics or speech regarding their purpose to destroy the Obama Administration!

So, Mr. President, it is time to “unleash” Joe Biden, send him out on the road, being as good if not better than Harry Truman, and not worrying about Republican and conservative talk show host criticism!

One good point, among many others, about Joe Biden is that he easily deflects irresponsible criticism, and is willing to anger and infuriate the opposition and still can sleep at night! ๐Ÿ™‚

Joe Biden is one of the greatest assets Barack Obama has, and the President MUST utilize him to the fullest, as Joe is totally loyal to his President and will do whatever he is asked to do!

So hopefully, Joe Biden will be a true asset in this midterm Congressional election campaign! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Total Hypocrisy Of John Boehner, The Would Be Speaker Of The House! :(

House of Representatives Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio is confidently planning to be the next GOP Speaker of the House, even though if anyone in his congressional district or in the country looks at his total hypocrisy, they would vote to remove him from Congress altogether! ๐Ÿ™

This is a man who has promoted total obstruction and lack of concern for what this Great Recession has done to millions of Americans! ๐Ÿ™

Boehner has also constantly lied and misled us in an evil way, trying to pin the blame for the Great Recession solely on the Democrats, as if the GOP did not control the White House and Congress for the first six years of this century! ๐Ÿ™

He would have everyone believe that the so called “Bailout” that most Republicans voted for in September 2008 was solely a plot of the Democrats to harm the American people!

The fact is that IF that “Bailout” promoted by President George W. Bush, Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson, and other Republicans and many Democrats had NOT been done, we would be today in total GREAT DEPRESSION NUMBER TWO! ๐Ÿ™

And, of course, Boehner would not want us to remember that he was weeping on the floor of the House of Representatives on September 29, 2008, begging his party members to do what was right for the nation’s economic survival! ๐Ÿ™

So the Republican Party is lying through its teeth, and John Boehner is a total hypocrite, who deserves to be denied the Speakership of the House if his party somehow wins control, and rightfully, should be defeated for reelection by his district as not concerned about their interests!

Gerald Ford’s Pardon Of Richard Nixon, 36 Years Ago Today!

On this day 36 years ago, probably the most controversial Presidential pardon in US history occurred, when President Gerald Ford, in office just one month, announced a full and unconditional pardon of former President Richard Nixon for his involvement in the Watergate scandal!

The Ford pardon caused an uproar nationally, was bitterly condemned by Senator Ted Kennedy and most other Democrats, and is seen as having undermined Ford’s later bid for a full term as President in the 1976 election, leading to the victory of Jimmy Carter by a two point popular vote margin, with the belief that Ford lost at least five percent of the vote due to the controversial pardon!

It was disturbing to many that others involved in the Watergate scandal did not receive pardons and served time in prison, while the former President seemingly escaped punishment!

However, 25 years later, Senator Kennedy arranged for a special award from the John F. Kennedy Library for former President Ford, and Kennedy declared that upon reflection, what Ford did back in 1974 was the right thing to do under the circumstances!

It still remains an area of debate today however, but it must be said that President Ford’s reputation improved in the nearly 30 years that he lived beyond his Presidency, and he is seen now, a few years after his death, as having served the country in an honorable way, and was indeed a “Profile In Courage!”

Richard Nixon’s reputation has been revived somewhat due to his insightful domestic policies, but the Watergate Scandal and questionable success in foreign policy (once thought to be his great strength) have contributed a great deal to the reality that Nixon still is seen as primarily negative in his impact on American history!

The unbelievable reality though is that after the many failures of George W. Bush, and his abuses of power much greater in many ways than Nixon, all of a sudden Richard Nixon looks a lot less evil than he has been seen in the past! ๐Ÿ™

What a sad commentary on the decline of faith and belief in the American Presidency! ๐Ÿ™

The Volatile Nature Of Public Opinion Polls Regarding The Midterm Congressional Elections!

The Republicans were rejoicing last week, when the Gallup poll indicated the largest lead for the GOP among likely voters in the past 60 years, a margin of ten points over the Democrats!

But just one week later, the shocking reality is that now there is a literal tie between Democrats and Republicans, switching from 51-41 GOP last week to a 46-46 tie today!

This shows the lack of validity of public opinion polls, particularly in a highly volatile situation as we face now, where there is tremendous amounts of flux among the electorate!

But what else does it seem to show? It demonstrates what the author has made clear in earlier entries! And that is that Barack Obama by being assertive, combative, aggressive, and on the offensive, can indeed have an effect on public opinion!

Barack Obama has been vilified wrongfully by the GOP opposition for too long, and has been too nice, too much of a gentleman, to attack in an aggressive way! But now this week he has been acting like “Give Them Hell Harry!” Truman, who produced what was seen as a miracle when he won reelection in 1948!

Obama has a lot to be proud of, and he needs to make that case to the American people over the next 55 days, and fight for his agenda, and declare “war” on the Republican Party which wishes him ill! He needs to make it clear that the GOP is not concerned about the middle class or the poor, but only the wealthy two percent of taxpayers and the corporations!

It is time for this nation to be taken back for US, the American people, who are entitled to leadership that cares about the average American, and Barack Obama and the Democrats, while not having a perfect record, have done much in the 111th Congress to deserve to keep control of the 112th Congress in 2011-2012!

The Gainesville Koran Burning: Arrest Preacher Terry Jones Under “Clear And Present Danger!”

It is shocking that we still have not heard a peep from any major Republican leader about Preacher Terry Jones of Gainesville, Florida, who has announced he will burn copies of the Koran this Saturday evening, September 11, despite pleas from General David Petraeus, and as seconded by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Retired General Russell Honore (who led the rescue effort in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina)!

It is even more amazing that it seems that no one is willing to assert, despite the well believed fear that the Koran burning will cause a danger to American soldiers and civilians in the war in Afghanistan as well as Muslim countries all over the world, that we simply must state it cannot be allowed, instead of begging this jerk not to do it! ๐Ÿ™

There is a definite way to deal with this, and we need to see some courage and guts in our public officials, and not be concerned about protests from anyone! ๐Ÿ™

That is, the local authorities in Gainesville have already made it clear that they are not going to give a permit to burn the Koran under city ordinances! The pastor Terry Jones needs to be reminded of this fact in a stern way!

Then he is to be informed that should he proceed to light a match on Saturday night, the police will be present and as soon as he makes that attempt, the fire is put out with the use of aggressive force, and the pastor is to be arrested and prosecuted under the law by the county, state and national government, utilizing the concept of “clear and present danger”, first enunciated in Schenck V. US in 1919. ๐Ÿ™

Pastor Jones needs to understand that his action will NOT be tolerated under any circumstances as freedom of religion or freedom of speech! ๐Ÿ™

This planned action is provocative, endangers the nation’s national security and safety, demonstrates total lack of responsibility, and is a mockery of freedom of religion and freedom of speech! No one has the right to “shout fire in a crowded theater” and call it freedom of speech, and no one has the right to invoke the concept of God and provoke bloodshed and violence when it endangers the whole nation! ๐Ÿ™

We have had complaints that the government is too easy at utilizing the argument of “national security and safety”, but if this situation is not an effective reason for such assertion, then nothing is! ๐Ÿ™