As the long hot summer of tornadoes and floods marches on without acknowledgement, let alone an effective or timely response from the Obama Administration, weary Americans continue to be battered and buffeted by the turbulence created not only by Mother Nature, but from the policies and lack of real leadership from those in residence at 1600.
Instead of confronting head-on the challenges of governance, the crew of "czars and change agents" chooses to continually punt, deflect and as a last resort, demonize anyone who attempts to bring forth solutions to the very real problems facing our Nation that are pragmatic and courageous.
Not reporting on problems does not make them go away.
Not addressing problems does not make them go away.
Hurling ad hominem slurs at anyone who points this out does not make them go away.
The problems are still there, and the issues are increasing in intensity. The longer we wait, the more painful the proscription for relief.
Obama does like his "driving" analogies, doesn't he?
Rather than recognize that the road to socialized Big Government always leads to no other destination but a dark valley of idled machinery, crushed and trampled innovation, and a school system that values indoctrination and obeisance to the "party line" over developing the skills of creativity and critical thinking, Obama chooses to not slow down, let alone brake or turn the car around. Full speed ahead! Constitution and liberty be damned! Marx and Mao weren't "wrong", they were just "misunderstood" seems to be the prevalant thinking of the Obama team.
Contrary to the assertions of the Obama stenographers, true unemployment isn't "surprisingly" hovering around 9 %, it really is around 22% on average, if you include those who have given up looking for work and/or have exhausted their unemployment benefits and can not find any meaningful work to speak of.
Likewise, families all across America reject the pronouncements from the press pool, because they can see for themselves the impact of stagflation - rising prices coupled with depressed wages in a stalled private sector - with each trip to the grocery store. The Obama Administration thinks itself clever by removing energy costs from the "consumer market basket" to hide the reality, but each trip to the grocery store still buys less, and filling up the tank is now double what it was on Inauguration Day. No amount of massaged statistics or "spin" can hide those truths.
John Williams does a very good job of analyzing and reporting on what's really happening:
Refute what the Beltway Bandits have to say - the Republicans do have a strong bench with the Nov 2010 addition of Tea Party favorites in Washington, which is why the corporate media is quick to criticize and dissemble, rather than address the substance of their proposals.
Paul Ryan came to Blair House last summer armed with a cogent analysis of the health care crisis, and a pathway to strengthening access to health care choices. Such "grunt work" is not "sexy" nor is it ever really appreciated. Did the Obama team genuinely "consult" and "listen"? No - they dismissed their Republican colleagues in the minority with a haughty,
Allen West has not been shy about pointing out the fallacies of our engagement in the Middle East and central Asia. He should know - having experienced first hand the full impact of dithering and mixed signals as the "pointy tip of the spear" in Iraq. The Democratic response? Thoughtful discussion? Considered respect? No - they unleash their attack dogs from the fringes of polite society to mock him as an "Uncle Tom".
Sarah Palin, although no longer a sitting Governor nor a declared candidate - accurately articulates that the federal energy policy is inextricably linked with national security. Rather than put the needs of the Nation first, Obama inexplicably releases oil from the Strategic Reserves - in an effort to temporarily goose his flagging popularity - a decision that is not only thoughtless, it is reckless.
Freshly arrived Senators Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Kelly Ayotte have not just sounded the alarm about spending and the debt ceiling, they are trying to hold the Democrats accountable for refusing to even propose a budget - for months on end - and continually punting and delaying with "Continuing Resolutions" which do nothing but idle the engine of the economy because of the uncertainty it engenders. The Democrats' refusal to table a budget is a most serious abdication of responsibility if there ever was one - but the media remains silent and provides cover for their cowardice.
Into this maelstrom steps the newest candidate for the Republican nomination - the winner of which will challenge Obama in the 2012 election - Representative Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan.
Some people would question why a sitting Congressman would willingly subject his family to the venom and bile from the Left any serious candidate and threat to the Obama mythology can expect, when he could just as easily remain comfortably cruising along advocating for his constitutents and doing what he does best - parsing complex problems and formulating realistic and achievable solutions.
Those who are fortunate enough to know Thaddeus McCotter will you tell you it's because he could no longer sit on the sidelines and be silent watching people lose hope and faith as their pleas to their government go unanswered; as our international alliances become more frayed, and Israel is left vulnerable and undefended; and as this Administration continues its apology tour and prostrates itself before China and Saudia Arabia.
Another blogger pointed out that "Thaddeus" means "heart" in Aramaic. That, I concur, is an appropriate name for the low-key but brainy scholar-philosopher from Detroit. "Thaddeus" does have heart - a heart filled with genuine caring for the plight of working Americans, but also the "heart" to run the distance in this bruising marathon to hold not only Obama, but other milquetoast RINOs to account as well.
Thaddeus Means "Heart"
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Greg Gutfield writes in the forward to Thaddeus' new book, "Seize Freedom!" that Thaddeus is
"an authentic, old-school conservative - meaning, he doesn't mind if you think he's the bad guy; he embraces it. Being a true conservative - which I define as putting the individual before the government, and having a kick-ass military - is what I like about T-Mac."
Andrew Breitbart, no stranger to the feeding frenzy of the Left, simply states:
"Thaddeus McCotter is the only elected official smart enough and hip enough to beat the Left at its own game, and the Left damn well knows it".
"Thaddeus" also has a warm and engaging personality, reaching across the aisle to his colleagues to form a rock n roll band, "The Second Amendments" which entertained our troops and helped raise money at FarmAid, and as well helped establish the collegial and bipartisan Congressional Baseball League, where members can get together and build a rapport and relationship outside of the glare of C-SPAN and Caucus Whips.
Between the cerebral policy analysis, sardonic yet gentle self-deprecating humor, respect for moderate and reasonable people on both sides of the aisle, and the ability to jam with the best rock n rollers out there, even the Studmuffin had to admit,
"With Thaddeus, we may actually have a chance to make America whole again".
There are many good people stepping up to the plate to challenge Obama and the grinding machinery known as "the Beltway". They deserve our support and an honest and independent review of their ideas and their vision for America.
Let's not be deterred by extraneous bickering, or get caught up in the "gotcha" games of the corporate media - let's listen directly to all of the Republican candidates unfiltered and unanalyzed by the media "experts". We must - the very soul of the Republic is at stake.
The Time of Choosing is Here.
Pick a side, choose your weapon, and be prepared to fight.