The Democrats want birth certificate madness to continue so that they can paint the entire Right-wing and anyone else who doesn’t fall into line behind Obama’s edicts with the same brush as these screeching lunatics. At the same time since the media covers this farce they have a pretext to claim that they give Conservatives fair coverage and an opportunity to express our views despite the fact that they intentionally choose to focus their attention on a self-evidently idiotic non-issue from the most irrelevant, twisted fringe of American politics.
Barack Obama has earned our disdain on his own merits, we don’t have to conjure fantasies of forged birth certificates and an infant smuggled into Hawaii from Kenya or Indonesia to rally support for our cause; Obama, Pelosi, Waxman and Reid are doing that for us.
The worst mistake we can make is to provide them a symbolic distraction from the issues. Displaying the same kind of pathological mass-derangement regarding the Bush Administration that has infected the Left for the past seven years on a moronic conspiracy theory dredged from the same swamps as the “9/11 truthers” is doing exactly that.
The firing of Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei and the forced resignation of Culture Minister Mohammed Hossein Saffar Harandi by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday has caused a lot of speculation about the possibility of growing divisions within Iran’s leadership.
The situation has become even more confused as reports came in today that Ahmadinejad had rejected Harandi’s resignation in order to avoid a Constitutionally-mandated Parliamentary vote of confidence in his government if more than 50% of the Presidential cabinet is changed.
Both of the Minister’s were close allies of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and their removal a day after Ahmadinejad was pressured into withdrawing his nominee for Vice-President Esfandiar Rahim Mashai by Khamenei and other Conservative members of the regime, including Mohseni-Ejei. This could indicate that relations between Khamenei and Ahmadinejad may be worsening.
Ahmadinejad also named Mashai, whose daughter is also married to Ahmadinejad’s son, his Chief of Staff after withdrawing his nomination, showing that he has not abandoned his support for his relative and that a rift may be forming between the President and his erstwhile patron Khamenei.
These events could indicate several possible scenarios. Mashai’s selection could have been an attempt to reach out to and reconcile with more moderate elements in the Clergy and the Opposition and cause a split between their rivals, in which case Ahmadinejad is still acting as Khamenei’s puppet. This would mean both the selection of Mashai and the removal of Mohseni-Ejei and Harandi were done with the support of the Supreme Leader as an unacknowledged concession to moderate opinion, or for other unknown reasons.
Likewise it could be that the choice of Mashai was Ahmadinejad’s alone and made by the President for his own reasons, and that the removal of Khamenei’s favorites is a sign of worsening tensions between the two and possibly retaliation for the Supreme Leader forcing Ahmadinejad to retract Mashai‘s nomination. The fact that Ahmadinejad waited a full week to withdraw Mashai as his nominee and forced out Mohseni-Ejei and Harandi the next day would appear to support this theory.
However it would seem to be unwise for Ahmadinejad to be so insolent and rebellious towards his patron by forcing out Khamenei’s allies against The Supreme Leader’s wishes. This could either mean that Khamenei gave his blessing to their replacement to in order to compensate Ahmadinejad for rejecting Mashai, to appease the political Center after the attempt to use Mashai to reach out to the moderates was foiled by hard-line elements within the regime or both.
A more unlikely option is that Mashai was chosen by both Ahmadinejad and Khamenei but following some kind of tension between the two, with Mashai’s nomination possibly contributing to this fraying of ties, Khamenei also had a falling out with Harandi and Mohseni-Ejei and compelled their removal. This could only have come about because Khamenei possibly feared they were becoming too close to the President or even for their perceived, or lack of it as it might be, support for Mashai or that for some other reason the Supreme Leader began to doubt their loyalty.
On the other hand it could be that Khamenei is setting the stage for something considerably more intricate and ruthless to co-opt the rising opposition to his rule by offering an even more unpopular reactionary figure than himself as a victim to serve as a scapegoat for the current unrest. Only Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can rival Khamenei as a symbol of the regime’s numerous failings.
The Supreme Leader may have privately feigned support for Ahmadinejad’s choice of Mashai in order to weaken the President’s standing with the radicals in the regime, and perhaps even proposed Mashai’s nomination to his underling and then double-crossed him. This raises the question of whether the sackings of Harandi and Mohseni-Ejei were also instigated by Khamenei to further damage his now hopelessly-compromised choice for President and help discredit Ahmadinejad with the regime’s hardliners to help prepare the way for his removal. There is a strong possibility that the Supreme Leader has betrayed his protégé and is preparing to sacrifice Ahmadinejad to his enemies in a desperate attempt to save the ruling theocracy and his own power, if not his life.
Today…President Obama was hit with a triple whammy when it comes to bad polling numbers.
The latest Gallup Poll shows that the President is down to a term-low 56% approval rating, which is down 12 points since early May. At this point in his presidency, Obama ranks better than just two presidents since World War II in his approval rating.
In the Washington Post/ABC News Poll, only 49% of Americans now agree with the president on health care, the lowest amount during his presidency. Also, 44% disapprove of the president’s job in office. However, the most troubling number is pointed out in an article by Dan Balz and Joe Cohen accompanying the poll in the Washington Post. It states that 22% of moderate and conservative Democrats now see Obama as just a “tax and spend” liberal., which is up 18% from March.
This might help explain the latest Rasmussen Poll projections for the 2012 presidential race, which has Romney and Obama both at 45% and Obama beating Palin 48%-42%. It is quite shocking at this point in Obama’s presidency that he is deadlocked with Romney, who failed miserably in the 2008 GOP primary against a weak field. Also, considering Palin’s high disapproval among many Americans, it’s surprising to see her this close to the president so early on in his term. What’s truly amazing in this poll is that among unaffiliated voters, Romney smokes Obama 48% to 41%.
These three polls prove quite alarming for President Obama and show him to be weakening heading into the 3rd quarter of 2009. There is still plenty of time to the midterm elections, but right now is the critical point in the first two years of the Obama presidency.
If he can’t convince the American people to support his health care plan, then it leaves the door wide open for Republicans. Blue Dog Democrats see these polls as well and are terrified to latch themselves on to the president’s massive spending health care proposal. Especially with the way in which conservative Democrats use the dreaded “liberal” term to identify Obama’s policies. If the president suffers an embarrassing defeat on health care, it may cost him Congress in two years. President Obama must decide if wants to pass health care with only Democrats supporting the measure, and therefore risk losing political power heading into his re-election campaign.
Due to recent events I found myself reading some of the “Lauffington Post”, and “The Daily Pest” blogs to discover far left “Republicans are racists” feeding frenzies. So if you ever find yourself in the middle of a “Republicans are racists” bash fest, or if you are personally accused of being a racist just for your affiliation with the Republican party, here’s something that will take much of the wind out of the leftist sails:
WARNING: The arguments in that article are a mental kick to the groin. They will make most peddlers of the “Republicans are racists” notion shut up about it very quickly. But they may get up and subject you to a new barrage of accusations about something else.
As the windows stopped clattering, the emergency siren quickly sounded after a large explosion violently shook the walls of my classroom. Two thousand students were escorted out of the school’s main entrance, passing by the parked school buses before sitting down on the desert sands. A pillar of smoke could be seen rocketing into the sky from behind the school walls. As teachers and school administrators tried to calm down some of my classmates, news arrived that a car bomb exploded at the French embassy two blocks away. Just an hour earlier, another explosion had taken place at the US embassy. The coordinated bombings of the US and French embassies in Kuwait were among six attacks within the emirate on December 12th, 1983, only two months after the bombings of the US and French barracks in Beirut.
Among the vivid memories I hold from my childhood, the French embassy bombing was one. I was 8 year old. I also recall the days surrounding the hijacking of Kuwait Airways Flight 422 in April 1988 where two bodies were dumped on the tarmac in Larnaca, Cyprus. So was life living in the shadows of Iranian hostility during the Middle East of the 1980′s.
Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the world watched the 1984 hijacking of Kuwait Airways Flight 221, the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847, the 1992 and 1994 bombings of the Israeli embassy and the Jewish community center in Buenos Aries, the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, the lethal roadside attacks on the US military in Iraq after the 2003 invasion, the extensive meddling in Baghdad’s 2005 elections, the delivery of arms to Palestinian militants, and the ever growing link between Hezbollah and the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri, all of which have solidified Tehran’s resume of terrorism and foreign meddling in pursuit, no doubt, of “peace and lasting calm”.
As a candidate, Mr. Obama promised to stand for the human rights of the bloggers in Iran, to support those who marched and bled for democracy and for those who seek a secure and lasting peace. Now as President, Mr. Obama has demonstrated that his view on human rights and democracy were mere words. Rather than stand with freedom, Mr. Obama’s tepid statements on Iranian unrest in the aftermath the elections has only helped to quench the flame of freedom in favor of oppression. He further seems to believe, as Leon Wieseltier stated, “that there is some force in the admonition that the world is watching; but history plentifully demonstrates that when the world is watching, all the world does is watch.”
Mr. Obama has secured a position of weakness for the United States and yielded the cause of liberty to our enemies. While the French uphold the mantle of moral clarity, while Obama develops a naive foreign policy based solely on being un-Bush, and while the rest of the world watches, the Iranians grow closer to developing a nuclear weapon. It is hard to imagine Iran, the Iran I’ve known since my childhood, who has fostered 30 years of global violence, who threatens its neighbors, and who denies basic unalienable rights to their citizens sitting down to negotiate their nuclear ambitions, or worse, their soon to be nuclear arsenal, with its regional neighbors or any other nation. Mr. Obama is partially right, the world is watching; watching the United States no longer bear the burden of the downtrodden for the cause of liberty.
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The resignation of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin last Friday could be the opening move in a recklessly bold bid for the presidency in 2012 or 2016. Her decision came after more than a year of personal attacks from Democrats, progressive media and moderate Republicans and a series of apparently frivolous ethics complaints. While her resignation in mid-term doesn’t appear to reflect well on Palin’s ability to carry through with her promises or responsibilities, and may seem to show a lack of fortitude and unwillingness to face adversity, it could also be a carefully calculated move to appeal to Palin’s base of social conservatives and to a wider audience.
Any damage to her political future can be minimized as Palin already possesses a reputation as a political reformer from her time in Juneau and for her knowledge of energy issues. The two years she served as Alaska’s Governor was the same length as Barack Obama’s tenure in the US Senate before he became President, effectively parrying the charge of inexperience that is often laid against her while giving her the additional advantage of an executive background, something Obama notably lacked when he arrived in office despite his national profile.
More importantly, in terms of her public image, resigning now sets Palin in the role of a martyred woman sacrificing her own career and power for the sake of her family, sparing them a drawn-out ordeal of public humiliation and financial ruin through legal harassment by her spiteful progressive foes.
This model of self-sacrifice, one which would have special resonance with Christian conservatives and especially Evangelicals, augmented by the Palin family’s disgraceful treatment by their detractors, combined with her already considerable popularity with the right-wing of the republican party, is going to make a captivating narrative for 2012 and be and beyond. Palin could be setting herself up as a willing scapegoat and champion for Social Conservatives and traditional values, driven from office not by scandal or personal weakness but to protect her family from vengeful rivals.
Whether she intends to take a page from Richard Nixon’s biography and eventually return to politics after taking some time off to reorganize and evaluate her options remains to be seen. It is entirely possible that Mrs. Palin is legitimately tired of politics and the considerable toll it has taken on her personal life and wants to be a private citizen.
If however she does intend to return to public life than she has either pulled off a masterful public relations coup or committed a career-destroying blunder, with the outcome between them depending on her own political skill, charisma, plain luck and many other circumstances completely beyond her control.
I came across this fascinating Heritage Foundation talk about the liberal mindset. Whether you agree with its conclusions or not, it’s a very thought provoking video.
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