Our Douchebag President

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Well, the thread of the last post is getting pretty long, so I thought I’d give the readers a new post have their rolling discussions on.  Winking smile 

Tonight is another primary night.  But, rather than focus on the Republican spectacle, I thought it might be more productive to highlight our total failure in picking our last president. 

After posing for a picture with an image of an international terrorist from a past generation, he gave about 50 seconds to babble about the more current terrorists, as he was watching a baseball game with a tyrannical despot. 

But, it gets worse ………

Usually, about this time, every four years, we hear the same refrain.  It goes something like this ……’It’s difficult to imagine the next president will be any worse’.  But, they do get worse ….. sort of.  I don’t know, it isn’t as if we have a straight line to hell.  But, the decline in quality people in the highest office seems pretty intuitive. 

It is, most likely, that my view is skewed. 

When I first became politically aware (which was very early in my childhood) Nixon was president.  At the time, I really didn’t understand what the fuss was about with Nixon.  He was simply doing what all adults already knew the people they elected were doing.  Even then, I thought, ‘if you knew they were crooks, and you elected them anyway, doesn’t that mean you support their crookedness?’.  Of course, I didn’t say that to any adult, or even ask about it during conversations adults were having.  I was raised, in such settings, that children were to be seen and not heard.

I can easily recall the Americans reaction to “Watergate” and the fall of the Nixon presidency.  We threw the bums out!!!!  Americans punished the Republican party and elected a Washington outsider!!!!!  We showed them a thing or two!!!!   We elected a man who was demonstrably and horribly out of his depth.  The fact that he was wrong about nearly everything he ever thought about and his lack of capacitance to rethink didn’t help, either. 

But, after Carter, and as a teenager and growing into adulthood, I had Ronald Reagan as president.  It was a fascinating thing to behold.  I recall the waning days of his presidency.  I remember knowing that we were losing a great president.  Even without regard to the term limits, though, I knew it was time for him to move on.  Time had taken it’s toll on the Great Communicator.  He was, after all, an old man.  But, it was an historic presidency.  At the time, though, I didn’t realize just how historic it was. 

I remember thinking about George Sr.  He couldn’t be all that bad.  After all, he was Ronnie’s VP for eight years!  At the time, I was naïve enough to have considered Bush as something of an understudy of Reagan’s.  It’s not that Bush Sr. was all that bad, he wasn’t.  But he certainly didn’t have the communication skills Reagan had.  We had, at the time, a minor recession, which would be a most natural occurrence after the great economic jolt we got from Reagan’s time in office.  The “definition” of what is a recession has changed a bit, so, in some considerations, it’s no longer an “official” recession, whatever that means. 

But, the American people had had enough of the Republicans after 12 years in the Oval Office.  Still, the distrust of a Washington insider caused us to elect another “outsider”, a leftarded philanderer, Billy Clinton.  His communication skills were better than Bush Sr.’s.  His execution of his ideas weren’t any better, but, that’s okay because his ideas weren’t any better than Bush’s.  I remember many of the foibles and BS which occurred during his two terms.  It’s a horrible shame to the American people that the most remarkable scandal attached to Clinton was his liaison with a young intern.  As it turns out, he was/is a sexual fiend and possibly a rapist.  But, “Travelgate” is a “word” no one uses anymore, nor, are they familiar with.  But, it certainly demonstrates his character.  At the time I wondered how the people who hated Nixon so much because of his lie would tolerate such a horrible person as Bill Clinton.  But, leftards never see it that way. 

Well, we all know the rest of the story with Bush Jr. and the absolute mess in the picture above.  I like Jr.  I’d love to sit and have a few beers with him.  I have often wondered how it would have been had 9/11 not happened.  But, 9/11 did happen.  And, an event such as 9/11 was inevitable.  Jr. made some very poor choices in the aftermath of 9/11.  Of course, hindsight is 20/20.  But, that’s why we have principles and convictions.  Is it ironic that the rhetoric behind consolidating so much power to the Administration was to prevent the terrorists from “winning” and changing our way of life?  I think Jr. gave up in his last two years, when we needed the most from him, he quit.  Did he not understand that the very powers he sought and obtained to keep us safe would then eventually be welded by a decidedly anti-American leftard?  Well, after quitting his last two years, the eventuality became an immediate reality. 

There was, and always has been a better way to keep us safe, while safeguarding our essential liberties and freedoms.  It’s hinted at in our Constitution.  Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.  The closer one gets to absolute power, the closer one gets to absolute corruption.  When we elect a corrupt SOB, to begin with, what is to be expected other than what we have today?  Today, firing people for political convenience is status quo.  Travelgate?  That’s amateur stuff!   Today, people get fired or kept depending on their loyalty to the party, rather than the people. 

It’s has gotten worse.  It’s gotten worse as time has become worse.  I truly believe that time as gotten worse, all across this world, in part, because we’ve (Americans) accepted worse. 

As Americans, we like to suppose our “leader” (head public servant) is the leader of the free world.  But, you can’t be the leader of the free world when we shrink from the world and freedom itself.  One isn’t a leader of anything when one isn’t true to ones convictions, or, if one doesn’t really have any convictions to begin with.  We can’t really help right the rest of the world as we work against “right”, here at home. 

I think, I’ll end the post there. 

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23 Responses to Our Douchebag President

  1. Sorry, world, we’ve gotten too old to carry you. Happens to the best of us. Sometimes you just gotta take care of yourself, if ya want to stay around for awhile. We just might want to exist as long as some of you guys have.

    Let’s go the rest of this century focusing on just one people’s freedom and prosperity. Like when we started. Might help us feel young again.

    • suyts says:

      That’s interesting, Leftin …. and, I don’t disagree with the sentiment. But, your comment causes me to pause for a minute. Most of those “guys” haven’t really existed as long as us. That is to say, I can only think of a couple of nations which have existed longer than the US with their current form of governance. Scares the hell out of me.

      • Yes. Even more reason to focus on ourselves.

      • suyts says:

        Right. But, that doesn’t mean to withdraw from the world. We can’t, really. The focus, of course, should always be on this nation, and her people, always first. But, to take care of “her people” entails ensuring our enemies are weak and aimless. We’ll never eliminate our enemies, but, we can ensure that they are too weak to harm our people.

      • Latitude says:

        I can only think of a couple of nations which have existed longer than the US with their current form of governance
        ====
        exactly…and it’s exactly why we shouldn’t model our government after theirs
        Coming from where they are coming from….socialism is a step up for them…socialism actually improved their lives

        We are unique….coming from where we are coming from….socialism is going backward..and a step down for us

        • leftinflagstaff says:

          ‘Coming from where they are coming from…’

          And having the strength to know when to say ‘No.’

  2. Mark Luhman says:

    I look at that picture and I had to ask myself a question it was did Nixion go to China before Mao was dead, the answer was yes he did, in retrospect what Obama did may be stupid but as a long time, Nixon supported I have to keep my mouth shut. Now the next question which is not answered yet is will Obama build something good from this, looking at Obama track record I am scared, very scared!

    • DirkH says:

      Everyone wants a part of Cuban off-shore oil – Exxon just as well as Gazprom.
      At current prices, development will be postponed though.
      Norwegians for instance stopped all drilling AFAIK. They need higher prices.

      • Lars P. says:

        At current prices, development will be postponed though.
        Norwegians for instance stopped all drilling AFAIK. They need higher prices.

        Exactly. The overproduction is in about 1 – 2 % or less which is not much. There is a long delay between capex spending and when those projects become productive, therefore I would expect that we get another 1 year, but no longer of cheap oil. End of 2017 it should grow above +50% current prices.
        I am thinking at the increased consumption in Asia due to the many new cars being registered contrasting with decreased production due to so many projects being stopped in the last year -> which should by that time come into effect.

        • DirkH says:

          Yeah… there will come the moment to enter that market. But, I expect a Lehman style crash first, this time caused by Deutsche Bank, a lot bigger than Lehman. Industry will have a temporary standstill, oil consumption should drop; and that will delay the price recovery.

        • suyts says:

          Agree, Dirk. ….. In the current economy, oil hit bottom and is going up. But, that’s not going to be enough to stop the impending crash. I hope I’m wrong, but, I don’t think I am. There’s not enough happening in the world and too many negatives. And, way to much nonredeemable debt.

  3. philjourdan says:

    The election of “outsiders” to the Presidency is the rule, not the exception. Senators and VPs are elected very rarely. But alas, the lessons do not stick as those of us who are old enough to remember the bad age and die, and the young have no clue. So we get Obama. And next, probably the first elected felon (at least Nixon waited until after he was elected).

    America gets what it deserves. But not every American does. And I sympathizes with those who are of the American spirit having to live in nation full of small bitter greedy people that do not understand the concept of work and sacrifice.

  4. A Alexander says:

    Thank you!

  5. Bernie Sanders’s political ads are playing in Washington state now. One of his talking points is voting against the Keystone Pipeline. Why? It’s to protect the environment of course. Is that true?

    Well it’s not phase I and II because those phases are complete. It’s not phase III even though it’s under construction now. It’s the proposed phase IV. We know that pipelines are safer than trains for transporting oil, because they don’t get into wreaks as often and spill oil. Why are environmentalists against it–or politicians to be more exact? The answer is in Tim Ball’s presentation posted by Dirk (https://suyts.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/super-tuesday-ii/#comment-170300). The reason is that Warren Buffet owns the trains in that region, and he doesn’t want the competition (see the video at about the 59 minute mark). In other words (using Tim Ball’s words), “Follow the money.”

    Bernie Sanders says he’s going to reign in Wall Street. Well, not Warren Buffet’s side of the road–apparently.

    Jim

  6. DirkH says:

    a) gays are no more threatened enough to deserve protection, say NUS LGBTs
    b) NUS LGBT’s demand that a 1000 USD a month treatment that prevents HIV infection in condomless sex be made available for free by British NHS. (hey I know a treatment that’s gratis and has no side effects. Polite inquiries only.)
    c) UK universities serve the purpose of breeding people talking in a weird language, using lots of cis, trans, normative, and whatnots
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/03/23/lgbt-activists-decide-gay-men-no-longer-oppressed-enough-for-protected-status/

    All in all jolly good fun. The poor dears.

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