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Achieve Ye This Goal ... Mark Steyn
NRO ^ | 15 Feb 2013 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 02/17/2013 6:53:08 AM PST by Rummyfan

‘I’m also issuing a new goal for America,” declared President Obama at his State of the Union on Tuesday. We’ll come to the particular “goal” he “issued” momentarily, but before we do, consider that formulation: Did you know the president of the United States is now in the business of “issuing goals” for his subjects to live up to?

Strange how the monarchical urge persists even in a republic two-and-a-third centuries old. Many commentators have pointed out that the modern State of the Union is in fairly obvious mimicry of the Speech from the Throne that precedes a new legislative session in British Commonwealth countries and continental monarchies, but this is to miss the key difference. When the Queen or her viceroy reads a Throne Speech in Westminster, Ottawa, or Canberra, it’s usually the work of a government with a Parliamentary majority: In other words, the stuff she’s announcing is actually going to happen. That’s why, lest any enthusiasm for this or that legislative proposal be detected, the apolitical monarch overcompensates by reading everything in as flat and unexpressive a monotone as possible. Underneath the ancient rituals — the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod getting the door of the House of Commons slammed in his face three times — it’s actually a very workmanlike affair.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: emperorobama; marksteyn; obama; steyn

1 posted on 02/17/2013 6:53:08 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan
“Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime.”

“Should”? Consciously or not, the president is telling us his State of the Union show is a crock, and he knows it.

LOL! But it makes me think we are finished. How do we change course with the electorate, media, and intelligentsia we have?

2 posted on 02/17/2013 6:59:33 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan
“Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime.”

“Should”? Consciously or not, the president is telling us his State of the Union show is a crock, and he knows it.

LOL! But it makes me think we are finished. How do we change course with the electorate, media, and intelligentsia we have?

3 posted on 02/17/2013 6:59:48 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2989070/posts


4 posted on 02/17/2013 7:06:15 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: Rummyfan; All

Steyn is great.

Highly recommend reading the entire article:

http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/340827

“What’s he on about? The annual “deficit” has been over a trillion for every year of Obama’s presidency. The cumulative deficits have, in fact (to use a quaint expression), increased the national debt by $6 trillion. “


5 posted on 02/17/2013 7:32:25 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: JLS

For your Mark Steyn ping list.


6 posted on 02/17/2013 7:34:37 AM PST by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: JLS

For your Mark Steyn ping list.


7 posted on 02/17/2013 7:34:39 AM PST by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: JLS

For your Mark Steyn ping list.


8 posted on 02/17/2013 7:34:56 AM PST by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: passionfruit

Sorry for the triple post. It looked like my system froze.


9 posted on 02/17/2013 7:36:45 AM PST by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: Rummyfan

“How do we change course with the electorate, media, and intelligentsia we have?”

By UNITING against the common enemy — those who are trying to destroy the USA from the inside.

If conservatives and Republicans (we all know they are not all the same) would have united against Obama and gotten out the vote, Obama would not have gotten a second term. Romney wasn’t going to be Reagan, but he surely wouldn’t be Obama. Conservatives who stayed home and sulked or voted third party were the ones who reelected Obama.
And the worst is that they never learn — they elected Clinton too by voting for Ross Perot, instead of keeping their eye on the prize.

See my tagline.


10 posted on 02/17/2013 7:37:51 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: sauropod

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11 posted on 02/17/2013 7:39:58 AM PST by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: Rummyfan

12 posted on 02/17/2013 7:40:15 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Rummyfan
What percentage of energy used by my home and business is “wasted”?

The percentage used by my kids.

"Turn those lights off! We're paying for the electricity!"

"Stop running hot water down the drain! We're paying for the water plus the gas to heat it!"

"Don't stand there with the refrigerator and freezer open waiting for enlightenment! If you don't know what you want, leave!"

13 posted on 02/17/2013 7:45:18 AM PST by Tax-chick (Oh, what's the point?)
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To: Rummyfan
“Let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next 20 years.” What does that even mean? How would you even know when you’ve accomplished that “goal”? What percentage of energy used by my home and business is “wasted”? In what sense? Who says? Who determines that? Is it 37 percent? Twenty-three percent? So we’re going to cut it down to 18.5 per cent or 11.5 percent by 2033, is that the “goal”?

I have similar questions about how Obamacare was to be paid for by cutting "waste, fraud and abuse"

Unless, of course, Obama just means any resources used by us peasants is wasted.

14 posted on 02/17/2013 7:49:13 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Tax-chick
"Don't stand there with the refrigerator and freezer open waiting for enlightenment! If you don't know what you want, leave!"

They're not showing a movie in there!

15 posted on 02/17/2013 7:56:26 AM PST by don-o (Proud Papa of a USMC Reserve Sgt and Officer Candidate in December 2013.)
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To: P.O.E.

“I have similar questions about how Obamacare was to be paid for by cutting “waste, fraud and abuse””

Here is how Obamacare will be paid for:

The Unsung, But Massive Obamacare Sales Tax Increase That Is On the Way

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2989396/posts

“...there are a number of new taxes that the ACA will bring - twenty one to be exact - but the sales tax on the purchase of health insurance is by far the largest.”


16 posted on 02/17/2013 7:59:22 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: don-o

Oh, that’s a good one! I expect I’ll get an opportunity to use it today.


17 posted on 02/17/2013 8:36:30 AM PST by Tax-chick (Oh, what's the point?)
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To: Rummyfan

That’s what dictators and tyrants do, they dictate and terrorize, and obama is no exception. If obama didn’t have a political and media machine to bend to his will, he would probably be one of the homeless living on the streets of chicago, or engaging in jihad in kenya.


18 posted on 02/17/2013 8:44:29 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Rummyfan

BTTT


19 posted on 02/17/2013 9:08:53 AM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: factoryrat
If obama didn’t have a political and media machine to bend to his will, he would probably be one of the homeless living on the streets of chicago, or engaging in jihad in kenya.

I doubt it,
The first requires basic skills and the latter requires some form of courage.

20 posted on 02/17/2013 9:36:42 AM PST by norton
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To: norton

I’ve seen his type before, and he is not a self-made man. His whole persona is fabricated, and all of his ideas and ideology are the creation of someone else. Without careful grooming and backing, he would be homeless, dead or in prison by now.


21 posted on 02/17/2013 9:51:31 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Innovative

Ticks me off to no end - I took an incentive retirement package mainly because it offered lifetime bennies.

I knew it was at risk if the company folded, but never dreamed our government would take it from me.

I worked for decades for this benefit, and now the thief-in-chief wants to take it and give it to slackers and illegal aliens.

I’m going to start cursing up a blue streak if I keep typing.


22 posted on 02/17/2013 11:07:48 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Innovative
If conservatives and Republicans (we all know they are not all the same) would have united against Obama and gotten out the vote, Obama would not have gotten a second term.

Yes, well, having watched someone as buffoonish as BJ Clintoon not only get elected, but RE-elected, then watching as AlGore came within a hair's-breadth of stealing an election, THEN undergoing with appalled disbelief the repeat of history with The Won, someone with not only blatant socialist beliefs but almost indisputably not even a Citizen get not only elected but RE-ELECTED, I think your clinging to The Vote as the process currently stands needs some reevaluation.

23 posted on 02/17/2013 12:24:21 PM PST by Utilizer (What does not kill you... -can sometimes damage you QUITE severely.)
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To: Rummyfan
...Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod ....

Is he the same guy as the Stick-in-Waiting? Or do they just share adjacent alcoves in the palace?

As for the overall theme of the piece, we've known that Obama's crowd is all about decree law ever since that "Stroke of the pen, law of the land" comment.

24 posted on 02/17/2013 3:17:46 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Steyn ping. Sorry for the delay, but the FR crash this week came just before I was about to ping this article.

Freepmail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.

Thanks for the ping passionfruit.


25 posted on 02/23/2013 12:45:17 AM PST by JLS
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Steyn ping. Sorry for the delay, but the FR crash this week came just before I was about to ping this article.

Freepmail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.

Thanks for the ping passionfruit.


26 posted on 02/23/2013 12:45:17 AM PST by JLS
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To: Rummyfan

Washington DC is dysfunctional in everything except the accumulation of more and more power. In that, it excells!


27 posted on 02/23/2013 7:36:41 AM PST by Gritty (The 2nd Amendment protects the right to shoot tyrants effectively, not deer-Judge A. Napolitano)
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To: lentulusgracchus

We’ve known but many people still don’t. How many people have heard Valerie Jarrett’s “ready to rule from the first day” statement? Ready to RULE???


28 posted on 02/23/2013 8:06:15 AM PST by Bob
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