Monthly Archives: June 2009

Reality emerges on Honduras “coup”

Context is quickly emerging surrounding the recent power shift in Honduras, and it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the so-called ‘coup’ wasn’t a coup at all – but rather an effort by Hondurans to preserve their democratic system from a potential left wing despot.

Writes Ray Walser of the Heritage Foundation in the New York Post: A coup to protect a constitution: Honduras ousts rogue president.

And Charles Krauthammer on Fox News, via Real Clear Politics: Obama is wrong.

In Honduras, a president acting illegally has been removed from office and replaced in democratic fashion. The only thing complicating this is that said president was a would-be leftist strongman – and thus enjoys automatic support of  fellow left-wing authoritarians in the region, and apparently, the President of the United States of America.

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Obama offers quick support to ousted Honduran leader

The Drudge Report’s current headline reads: OBAMA: HONDURAS COUP ‘NOT LEGAL’

According to the AP story: “President Barack Obama says the weekend ouster of Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya was a “not legal” coup and that he remains the country’s president.”

Zelaya is aligned with leftist dictator and Obama supporter, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.  He has been pushing to remain in power past his current term in office, engaging in illegal actions to do so. In May of 2007 the BBC reported that “Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has ordered all the country’s TV and radio stations to carry government propaganda for two hours a day.” All very democratic, no?

I’m not defending the coup, but I find interesting the fact that Obama would quickly jump to defend – in the name of democracy – a left wing, Chavez-aligned leader in Honduras who was potentially maneuvering to install himself as a dictator, in light of his slowness to react to clear violations of democratic principles in Iran.

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Obama’s cultural identity and worldview

A provocative  and compelling take from L.E. Ikenga, published in The American Thinker. The author describes Barack Obama as an African colonial; one who claims a direct connection to Africa and who excoriates western civilizational preeminence, yet zealously and rigidly embraces its destructive elements such as imperialism and socialism, and quite self-indulgently, the “trappings of its aristocracy.”

An interesting prediction from the article (emphasis added):

“Therefore, he has been able to masquerade as one who understands and believes in American democratic ideals. But he does not. Barack Obama is intrinsically undemocratic and as his presidency plays out, this will become more obvious.”

Kudos to Rush Limbaugh for calling attention to the article.

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On the character of Obama and his friends

Michael Barone – a walking encyclopedia of political knowledge – does not do as much full length print commentary as I would like, so I really pay attention when he does come out with something. Here’s his take on Obama’s Chicago-style governance.

And disturbing reports out of Albany, New York as an unruly ACORN mob assaulted a representative of the people and spit in the face of another public servant. Remember folks, these are the people Barack Obama used to train for the purposes of political agitation.

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As health care debate heats up, remember the past

Health Care is likely to be issue number one in the weeks and months ahead. Obama is moving fast to use his political capitol while it lasts, as should be expected.

In Michael Nelson‘s The Presidency and the Political System, political scientist Daniel J. Tichenor notes:

“Adversarial politics took its toll on public support Clinton‘s health care reform, which drifted downward from 67 percent in a September 1993 Washington Post/ABC News poll to 44 percent in February 1994. Destined for defeat, the Health Security Act was never put to a vote in either the House of the Senate.”

So in a span of five months, Clinton lost 23 points in support for his plan. There are a number of reasons why that happened, but obviously among the most significant was the bold opposition from industry players and conservative interest groups.

Can a similarly robust effort be counted on this time around? While there will no doubt be a fight, there are troubling indications that some of the natural opposition has been weakened or perhaps even neutralized.

For starters, more people now rely on the government for health care through programs like Medicare Part D and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Folks already receiving public assistance for health care are less likely to resist further expansion of the government’s role in the nation’s health care system.

Beyond that, it has been reported that Obama has already lured to the table some industry stakeholders who were opposed to nationalization plans the last time around. The president and left wing interest groups may not want to involve the insurance industry, but if they can do so in a way that allows them significant, if incremental, change towards their liking, then they’ll have no problem doing so if it paves the way for passage.

We are in, as Tichenor might say, in a potential period of “breakthrough politics,” rather than “politics as usual,” in which conditions are ripe for sweeping policy changes with significant impact on the country. Thankfully, the Chamber of Commerce has come out in force, and some congressional Republicans seem to be finding their footing in terms of opposition.

Those of us opposed to a government health care takeover have our work cut out for us. But let us remember and be encouraged by lessons of past success. We need to keep industry on board and let the American people know the true cost of socialized medicine.

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Sen. McCaskill calls out Obama on cronyism

Today I give credit where credit is due. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) is publicly objecting to President Obama’s firing of a government watchdog who just happened to be investigating the president’s friends and allies. Gerald Walpin was suddenly removed from his post as Inspector General at the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps. Via Combest:

KY3 Political Notebook: McCaskill blasts White House on Inspector General dismissal

P-D Political Fix: McCaskill takes aim at Obama IG firing

McCaskill has made a concerted effort to build an image of being a watchdog and a fiscally responsible public servant. She seems to be genuine in her expressed desire that the government play by the rules of its own book, even if in her liberal mind the book is gargantuan. Here’s her full statement on the matter.

The White House has offered multiple explanations for the firing, which are starting to sound like little more than excuses for an act of political retribution against someone who dared go after an Obama ally. (Kevin Johnson, former NBA player and Obama ally, ran a non-profit which allegedly misused taxpayer money…the IG was looking into it).

It will be interesting to see where all of this leads. No one has called for hearings. Yet. Maybe that could be Sen. McCaskill’s next step. But we’ll have to wait and see. McCaskill has been a major ally to Obama and her outspokenness on this issue suggests just how serious the wrongdoing could have been. It also may be personal for McCaskill – she helped lead efforts to write the law regarding employment termination of inspectors general….and received backing from none other than Senator Obama.

Michelle Malkin has more today at Real Clear Politics.

Wall Street Journal weighs in.

Byron York has a lot of info on the story at the Washington Examiner.

What could be really interesting is whether First Lady Michelle Obama had anything to do with this, as has been hinted at by emerging information. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has requested any and all information from the WH on this. They’ve denied it of course, but shortly before the firing, Michelle Obama’s top aide was inserted into the mix at CNCS.

A lot of questions still need to be asked and answered.

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Best place to study

So, to all the half a million MU alums in the world – what’s the best place to study on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia?

Finding a good place to study is not as easy as it seems. Even in the great hall in the library, I was interrupted by little kids voices outside (probably on a field trip) and the sounds of construction. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great, either.

There are little rooms made of chain link fence, complete with personal sets of locks and keys, on the second or third floor of the library. But alas, they are only available to graduate students.

Coffee shops? They’re okay for some type of studying, but there are far too many distractions at a place like Cherry Street Artisan – which I love – to consider it a place for serious study.

Parks can be good, but here again you never know what distractions you’ll face from other people or nature, plus it may be difficult to sustain correct and comfortable reading or writing posture over time.

So, Mizzou Alumni or residents of Columbia, Missouri: Where is the best place to study??? Does a perfect study environment even exist on this campus or in this town?

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