Sunday, October 6, 2013

Shut Down Obama - Simply Vindictive

Shut Down Obama – Simply Vindictive
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
October 6, 2013

Barack Obama brings out such visceral feelings in not just me, but so many Americans, more so than any other person to occupy the White House since the day John and Abigail Adams moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Obama is the most malicious, vindictive, and petty individual to occupy the office of president with more scandals than Richard Nixon, Warren Harding, and Andrew Johnson combined; thinner skin than Nixon, and overall even worse than Jimmy Carter as an effective leader.

It is not hyperbole to say with the utmost clarity that the narcissist-in-chief is not a leader, but a petty, vindictive despot working his damndest to offend, hurt, and punish as many real Americans whom he is charged to serve. Obama is personally inflicting as much pain, suffering, and inconvenience upon veterans, children, and vacationers as possible, not just in these United States, but overseas as well.

There are more than 9,300 American World War II troops turning over in their graves in the Normandy American Cemetery in France while Obama has ordered it off limits to visitors – people who have traveled at pronounced expense to pay homage to real heroes of the Greatest Generation. Obama is simply spitting on their memories.

Personally inflicting, as the barricades and roadblocks preventing people from visiting open-air monuments such as the World War II, Korean War, Vietnam Conflict, FDR, Martin Luther King, Jr. and others have been put in place upon the orders of Obama. He can take to the microphone and use his bully pulpit – key word being bully – to blame the GOP day after day for shutting down the federal government, but in reality, Obama himself could have prevented such a shutdown.

This shutdown was predicated upon funding of the so-called Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, to which more and more Americans have objected on so many levels – retaining one’s personal physician, not true in most cases, the cost of coverage rising instead of falling as promised, additional taxes, and the overall mandating of an expense upon the American people in dictatorial fashion as the country myopically marches toward socialized medicine.

The Supreme Court may have declared Obamacare the law of the land, but the House of Representatives still retains power of the purse, and in this system of checks and balances, has the right to deny funding for any bill, act, or program it deems a violation of the rights of the people. Sometimes “no” is the right answer.

Obama’s abuse of power knows no bounds and he must be shut down. Obama is a stellar student having learned at the proverbial knee of Saul Alinksy (1909-72) and his Rules for Radicals. Obama has orchestrated the fa├žade of the government in turmoil with his ordering of places such as the Grand Canyon closed. And yet, according to Byron York of The Washington Examiner, 83 percent of the federal government is still being funded – including all those folks putting up the barricades, who clearly are not volunteering their time.

Just Friday, October 4, a park ranger told The Washington Times “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.” This is what passes for leadership? Instead, this is the petulant temper tantrum of a three-year-old will to hold his breath until he gets what he wants.

While it is Obama who announced he would not negotiate with the GOP, he seemed more than ready and willing to sit down with new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. And yet, Obama finds time to weigh in on whether or not to change the name of the Washington Redskins were he that football team’s owner.

Americans are losing money in their businesses and their vacations, while Camp David and Obama’s golf course remain open for business. Obama even tried to force Mt. Vernon to cease operations, but he could not, as the home of Founding Father and first president George Washington is not a federally controlled entity. Mt. Vernon is owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, receiving no government dollars. Congratulations to Mt. Vernon for standing up to Obama – I will once again renew my membership to that vaunted place of Americana. I am happy to provide the link for membership to Mt. Vernon: I have enjoyed numerous visits there and learn something new every time.

Continuing to add insult to injury as only Obama knows how, military chaplains are also under fire. Catholic priests have been ordered not to conduct baptisms, weddings, give last rites, hold mass, or even administer the sacraments. Even if such priests volunteer their time and services, they are still threatened with arrest and will be charged with a crime.

In what country do we live where men of the cloth, doing the work of G-d are under threat of arrest for ministering to their flock? What happened to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution? For rabbis, priests, ministers, pastors, and other religious leaders to be threatened by Obama is simply unconscionable, and yet part of his plan to secularize America while Socializing it simultaneously.

To understand Obamacare is to object to Obamacare. The government shutdown won’t last beyond October 17 and the next hurdle it needs to reach – raising the debt ceiling, to which I object. As a matter of principle, stand with those members who object to Obamacare in word and vote. Those who cave should be replaced in November 2014.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.