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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
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
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 façade 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
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.
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
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.