Friday, September 28, 2012

Revelatory Expectations of an Inept President

The President of the United States lied about the murders in Libya. We know that now.

Within 24 hours of the violent attack on the US consulate, the Obama Administration knew that attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi were acts of terrorism and not a simple protest over a seldom seen preview of an unseen movie. The original lies - original as in earliest, not most creative - told by US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice were never believable to anyone with a calendar.

It was September 11th on the eleventh anniversary of al-Qaeda's attack on the United States. It came after weeks of incessant bragging by President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden about the killing of Osama bin-Laden.

Barack Obama addressing a joint session of Con...
The Democrats' Brain Trust: (from left) Biden, Obama and Nancy Pelosi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

"Bin-Laden is dead and GM is alive! Put that on a bumper sticker!" brayed Biden. And, please, don't be so insulting to President Obama as to imply that Joe Biden is uncontrollable. One call from Obama and Biden sticks a sock in it. Joe's victory yap bears the Barack Obama Seal of Approval. Indirectly, so do the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi.

We can't say with any certainty that the ceaseless political promotion of bin-Laden's killing caused the deaths of American Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others. We can say that it is much more likely than a simple 'protest' to which people just happened to bring rocket-propelled grenades. We can also say that a man who promised to promote better understanding with the Middle East and Islamic countries obviously put his campaign ahead of his promises.

The only thing noteworthy about yet another outrageous whopper from the Obama Administration is that no one was surprised. There was anger at the lie, but no shock. We expected it.

With the pandering and claiming credit for what a group of brave American troops actually did, even the Blind Sheik could have connected the dots. Speaking of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, I also do not believe the floated fiction that the protests were about his release from US prison.

Be honest; we expected President Obama to lie and we expected the nearly complete silence of the traditional media. The fact that most Americans are either blissfully unaware or cynically expectant of lies from an inept administration is a sign that we are in trouble.

Call it a sign of the times.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fair Warning to GA GOP '13 Candidates

Next February, the process to elect precinct, county, district, and state delegates and GOP officials will begin. Mass precinct meetings in large counties begin in February. In March smaller counties have their mass precinct meetings and all counties have their county conventions. April brings district conventions and the GAGOP state convention will be in May.

The red "GOP" logo used by the party...
The red "GOP" logo used by the party for its website (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Every two years, Republican party officials are elected from the bottom up beginning with the precincts and ending with state party officials. This is as "grassroots" as any political process anywhere. Traditionally, this has been a mostly amicable process. It won't be that way in 2013.

Rule 12 and the desire to hand control of national delegates to candidates and the national party changed all of that. There are other factions fighting within the GOP, but grassroot Republicans of all leanings will oppose the nationalization of local and state decisions.

The infamous Rule 12, allowing rule changes between conventions, is the spear point; but the real thrust is coming from the drive to turn actual delegate selection over to the presidential candidates. This is a perversion of the process.

Those same Georgia delegates also represent me and I don't want them given away - effectively disenfranchising me - to any candidate.

Georgia's delegates are already bound for the first two ballots to the candidate for whom they are elected as delegates, but the delegates do not represent those candidates. The delegates represent the congressional district from which they are elected or the state of Georgia, NOT a particular candidate.

Mitt Romney has delegates that represent him. They live in Massachusetts. Rick Santorum has delegates that represent him. They live in Pennsylvania. Ron Paul and Rick Perry have delegates that represent them. They live in Texas. Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich have delegates that represent them. They live in Georgia. Those same Georgia delegates also represent me and I don't want them given away - effectively disenfranchising me - to any candidate.

So, candidates for office within the GOP, if you support the nationalization of the delegate process then I will not support you. I will support those who favor keeping our right to representation.

I suggest you remember the reaction to Governor Deal when it was widely interpreted that he was attempting to influence the state party election. You will need the votes of those people who booed the governor.

Choose wisely and rest assured the members of the Georgia Republican Party shall do the same.
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