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Right and left finally agree: Obama has checked out
Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 16, 2014 | Darrell Delamaide

Posted on 07/16/2014 11:20:37 AM PDT by Veto!

It’s one thing if hardened critics like Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly ask whether the Obama presidency is “imploding,...”

Or if Republican lobbyist Ed Rogers says Obama “seems to have taken something like an early retirement,”…..[his]recent speeches reveal “a state of mind that suggests he has checked out.”

It is another, however, if the chief U.S. commentator for the Financial Times, Edward Luce, takes Obama to task, as he did this week, in an op-ed titled “Farewell to trust: Obama’s Germany syndrome.”

Luce takes the flap over the CIA spying on an ally like Germany as symptomatic of an administration that has lost the trust of the public both at home and abroad.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: incompetence; obama; polls
Long editorial with many juicy quotes, well worth the time to read. Author actually says: "The White House rejects this criticism as unfair, and no doubt some of it is. They say Obama is now jetting around the country to escape Beltway “cynicism” and connect with real Americans."

LOL He's ESCAPING…where are the men in white coats with butterfly nets?

1 posted on 07/16/2014 11:20:37 AM PDT by Veto!
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To: Veto!

Send Bammy to Martha’s Vineyard with a cadre of his recently arrived DREAMERs.


2 posted on 07/16/2014 11:23:22 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Veto!

Checked out is better than active with his friggin’ pen.


3 posted on 07/16/2014 11:23:47 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Veto!
should have hit an 8 iron
4 posted on 07/16/2014 11:25:18 AM PDT by JPG ("So sue me". OK, we will.)
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To: Veto!

Obama is very much engaged in the destruction of our country. He wants to change the face of our country and redistribute misery equally. I see him fully aware of what he’s doing.


5 posted on 07/16/2014 11:25:50 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: Veto!

Oh he’s been out to lunch for a looooong while.


6 posted on 07/16/2014 11:26:13 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Veto!

Given his demonstrated low ability in virtually every conceivable subject, when he checked out, not much changed, did it?


7 posted on 07/16/2014 11:27:11 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: All
"Just keep 'em pouring over the borders. I need the votes."

"I'm okay as long as I don't lose power at midterms."

8 posted on 07/16/2014 11:27:47 AM PDT by Liz (Another Clinton administration? Are you nuts?)
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To: Paladin2

I have a feeling the enemy will strike while he is on Martha’s Vineyard.


9 posted on 07/16/2014 11:28:05 AM PDT by Citizen Soldier (I dream of country without liberals.)
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To: Veto!

If you review his actions, Obama was never tuned in to this Presidency.

Once this 2nd term is over, it will be longest “job” that Obama has ever stuck with.

(Generally, he never did anything longer than 3 years.)

I was actually hoping that he wouldn’t run for a 2nd term because of this pattern of behavior.

Obama is very lazy.


10 posted on 07/16/2014 11:29:00 AM PDT by Noamie
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To: Veto!

Obama is lazy. Always has been. He wants to destroy America, but he wants others to do the hard work. He wants ANY credit that might be given, but with none of the blame. He would rather read dogma from a teleprompter than think. He would rather spew personal attacks against his opposition than debate them. He relies heavily on the prevailing media to carry his water and overlook his incompetence. Check out? No. It is what Barack Obama has done for his entire career.


11 posted on 07/16/2014 11:30:08 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: Blue Turtle

“Obama is very much engaged in the destruction of our country. He wants to change the face of our country and redistribute misery equally. I see him fully aware of what he’s doing.”

I do not disagree with you. I have begun to wonder, however, if Obama is actually a true believer.

I mean, for him it looks like it’s the benefits and money. The real radicals are the people pulling the strings behind him. The ones who could not get elected.

I’m unsure a radical True Believer would play so much golf and vacay so often.

You know?

For example: I am a typical radical right winger. The sheer amount of “change” I would be engaged in as the Chief Executive would not permit me any remaining energy or time to play 18 freakin’ holes of golf. I’d just be too busy. Obama? He seems to find plenty of time.


12 posted on 07/16/2014 11:33:33 AM PDT by Noamie
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To: Veto!

I wish it were true, I don’t think so tho.

IMO he is going to issue as many executive actions (imperial edicts) as he can get away with. no scratch that, even more than he can get away with.

He has gone full blown tyrant and from what I can see he is just getting started.


13 posted on 07/16/2014 11:34:11 AM PDT by Cubs Fan (false claims of racism--the first refuge of a modern day scoundrel)
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To: Noamie

I’m unsure a radical True Believer would play so much golf and vacay so often.

You know?

For example: I am a typical radical right winger. The sheer amount of “change” I would be engaged in as the Chief Executive would not permit me any remaining energy or time to play 18 freakin’ holes of golf. I’d just be too busy. Obama? He seems to find plenty of time.


He’s overwhelming the system. There is too much treachery to keep up with. He has plenty of time to play because there are always more things in the works. He’s not a micro manager and others are doing the dirty work behind the scenes.


14 posted on 07/16/2014 11:37:22 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: All
Boobamba just might be reading from Clinton's "Distract Your Enemies Playbook." Then-pres Clinton inevitably pursued his own political advantage at the expense of American interests and national security. It is well documented that Clinton and the Democrats took illegal campaign money from groups and individuals tied directly to the Chinese People’s Republican Army.

It is therefore not surprising that In January 1998 Clinton went against the advice of then-Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Pentagon experts by lifting long-standing restrictions against the export of American satellites to China for launch on Chinese rockets. Not only did he move control over such decisions from the more security-focused State Department to the Commerce Department, but he intervened in a Justice Department investigation of Loral Space & Communications, retroactively enabling Loral to sell critical missile technology to the Chinese.

Interestingly enough, Clinton’s decision was made at the request of Loral CEO Bernard Schwartz, whose earlier $1.3 million campaign donation made him the single biggest contributor to the Democratic election effort.

The result, as stated eloquently by syndicated columnist Linda Bowles, was that “the Democrats got money from satellite companies and from Chinese communists; China got supercomputors, advanced production equipment and missile technology; Loral got its satellites launched at bargain basement prices . . . and the transfer of sensitive missile technology gave China [for the first time] the capability of depositing bombs on American cities.”

Incidentally, Loral ultimately failed to benefit from this permanent injury to America’s security interests: in July 2003, the company filed for bankruptcy protection, and in order to raise cash was forced to sell its most profitable business – a fleet of communications satellites orbiting over North America.

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On two occasions, Clinton used military action for the specific purpose of distracting the American public from the fallout of the Lewinsky affair:

<><> • On August 20, three days after Clinton finally admitted publicly to the Lewinsky affair, the news media was poised to focus on that day’s grand jury testimony by Monica Lewinsky. That same morning, Clinton personally went on national television to gravely announce his bombing of a Sudanese “chemical weapons factory,” and a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. It was the first time most Americans ever heard the name of Osama bin Laden.

The factory bombing in Sudan killed an innocent night watchman, but accomplished little else. It later was proven that the plant was making badly needed pharmaceuticals for people in that poverty-stricken part of the world, but no chemical weapons.

Several months later, the U.S. Center for Nonproliferation Studies, part of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, stated: "...the evidence indicates that the facility had no role whatsoever in chemical weapons development." Kroll Associates, one of the world's most reputable investigative firms, also confirmed that there was no link in any way between the plant and any terrorist organization.

As for the Afghanistan bombing, it failed to do any damage at all to bin Laden or his organization. Clinton’s action was accurately characterized by George W. Bush when he said right after 9-11: "When I take action, I’m not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt.

Clinton’s pointless and murderous military actions did not make Americans safer that day, although they did destroy an innocent life, and for all the good they did certainly could have been delayed in any case. But they did succeed in diverting media attention from Lewinsky’s grand jury testimony for a 24-hour news cycle, which was the main point. So I guess, they weren’t a total loss.

<><> •On December 16, 1998, on the eve of the scheduled House vote on his impeachment, Bill Clinton launched a surprise bombing attack on Baghdad. As justification for this exploit, he cited the urgent threat that Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction posed to America, and the need for immediate action.

Almost immediately, the House Democrats held a caucus and emerged calling for a delay in the impeachment proceedings. House minority leader Dick Gephardt made a statement: "We obviously should pass a resolution by saying that we stand behind the troops. I would hope that we do not take up impeachment until the hostilities have completely ended."

Conveniently, a delay so near the end of the House term would have caused the vote to be taken up in the next session – when the newly elected House membership would be seated with more Democratic representation, thereby improving Clinton’s chances of dodging impeachment.

The Republicans did, in fact, agree to delay the hearings, but only for a day or two. Amazingly, Clinton ended the bombing raid after only 70 hours -- once it became clear that in spite of the brief delay, the vote would still be held in the current session.

Once the bombing stopped, Clinton touted the effectiveness and importance of the mission. As reported by ABC News : “We have inflicted significant damage on Saddam's weapons of mass destruction programs, on the command structures that direct and protect that capability, and on his military and security infrastructure,” he said. Defense secretary William Cohen echoed the point: “We estimate that Saddam's missile program has been set back by at least a year.”

Whether or not one buys Clinton’s assessment of that mission, it is difficult to believe that its timing was so critical that it required commencement virtually at the moment the House was scheduled to vote on the impeachment.

The most reasonable conclusion is that Clinton cynically deployed US military assets and placed military personnel in harm’s way for purely political reasons. (townhsll.com)

15 posted on 07/16/2014 11:37:54 AM PDT by Liz (Another Clinton administration? Are you nuts?)
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To: Veto!

“A cynic believes there is nothing new under the sun. A skeptic resists gullibility. On the basis of the latter, Mr. Obama does not appear to relish being chief executive.”

Obama only wanted the power and trappings of the presidency so he could go golfing and be adored at fund raisers. He has never wanted to do the job. That is why he lets Valerie Jarret make all the decisions.


16 posted on 07/16/2014 11:38:49 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: fhayek

I’d agree he’s quite lazy, however, a lack of leadership (being asleep at the wheel) fits nicely with his foreign policy agenda of removing America from the equation.


17 posted on 07/16/2014 11:40:11 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Veto!

He was never checked in. Obama doesn’t make the decisions. He’s too stupid.


18 posted on 07/16/2014 11:40:28 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("Don't be afraid. Just believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: fhayek

“He wants to destroy America, but he wants others to do the hard work.”

Agreed. This is where malice and incompetence intersect in this presidency. It is malice that drops the Dream hint to Central Americans, assuring a massive invasion. But not wanting to do any heavy lifting, he just lets the lower echelons deal with the problem without any preparation, giving the correct appearance of incompetence and chaos from top to bottom.


19 posted on 07/16/2014 11:44:08 AM PDT by Chaguito
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To: Blue Turtle

“..Obama is very much engaged in the destruction of our country...”

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Nothing new actually. That was his plan, and the plan of his supporting creators (Soros, Clinton’s Foundation, etc) since before he was elected the FIRST time. So the concept of him being “checked out” is totally bogus. As you said, he was, and still is, engaged in the destruction of America and its Constitutional freedoms and rights. Which includes our sovereignty as well all for DEMOCRAT POWER/VOTES.

Nothing has changed. Now he is fully blatant about it and has no shame. He continues to enjoy his criminal and deceitful ways with impunity. Thank You Congress.


20 posted on 07/16/2014 11:44:15 AM PDT by EagleUSA (()
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To: Veto!

No, he has not ‘checked out’. He knows exactly what he is doing. Side-stepping? Maybe but he is still on his destructive course.


21 posted on 07/16/2014 11:49:52 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Why does every totalitarian political hack think that he knows how to run my life better than I do?)
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To: Blue Turtle
Obama is very much engaged in the destruction of our country. He wants to change the face of our country and redistribute misery equally. I see him fully aware of what he’s doing.

On that score, he is fully engaged. And in foreign "policy," he's getting the results he wants, with the ISIS caliphate he no doubt promised to his Saudi supporters who arranged (with money) his candidacy.

22 posted on 07/16/2014 11:50:16 AM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Cubs Fan

“IMO he is going to issue as many executive actions (imperial edicts) as he can get away with. no scratch that, even more than he can get away with.

He has gone full blown tyrant and from what I can see he is just getting started.”

I tend to agree mostly. I have a theory on what he is doing though. He is going to so abuse the powers of the presidency that the American people demand that the President’s powers be rolled back. He will leave all future presidents substantially weaker.


23 posted on 07/16/2014 11:50:31 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Noamie
Generally, he never did anything longer than 3 years

I read somewhere (here?) that that's a sign of narcissism.

24 posted on 07/16/2014 11:52:19 AM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Veto!
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25 posted on 07/16/2014 11:52:35 AM PDT by RetSignman (obama: "For the love of Alinsky, how much more do I have to do to get them to impeach me"?)
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To: Noamie

Good point. Those pulling the strings are engaged. And the regime will be in Martha’s Vineyard soon.


26 posted on 07/16/2014 11:55:44 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: Noamie

Now let’s be fair. If we add up all the time he’s spent on vacations, parties fund raisers and the like, I think we’ll find that after eight years, Øbama will have only “worked” about three years.

Of course, his and ours definition of “work” is vastly different.


27 posted on 07/16/2014 11:57:13 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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Maybe he should move on to Brazil, I don’t think the government there is capable of the sort of implosion that the people want to see in order to avoid the second humiliation of the 2016 Olympics.


28 posted on 07/16/2014 12:01:09 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (Sectarian warfare -- no dog in that hunt)
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To: Veto!
I don't think he ever checked in but let's leave the light on in case he decides to.


29 posted on 07/16/2014 12:04:17 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: Veto!

Obama is a marxist fool that had no business in the USA.

His supporters need to stay away from me.

He has set back our nation 60 years or more with his ridiculous ideology. Hey MSM and Big Education, you are the
ones that put this asshat up here.

YOU caused our troops to die in vain.

YOU are going to cause me to react.


30 posted on 07/16/2014 12:05:26 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?s)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Obama only wanted the power and trappings of the presidency so he could go golfing and be adored at fund raisers.

So true. These days I wish we had a European-style political system: A mostly-cerimonial President elected by the people, and a powerful Prime Minister chosen by the House.

Of course, that wouldn't have been so good when Bush II was President, and Pelosi was Speaker.

31 posted on 07/16/2014 12:06:34 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: All
I don't think he ever checked in but let's leave the light on in case he decides to.


32 posted on 07/16/2014 12:07:11 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: RetSignman

Scary picture…are there really “stop deportation” protestors at the White Hut?


33 posted on 07/16/2014 12:07:48 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Blue Turtle

I have a dream, a dream where hanging for treasonous traitors is reinstated and the usual suspects get to wear Columbian neckties


34 posted on 07/16/2014 12:11:32 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Veto!

The premise is partially correct in that he is no longer even pretending to act “within the system.” That arrears to the illiterati such as the LSM as “checking out” but in fact in reveals a far more insidious course of action. It is just to taxing for him to lower himself to work within mere mortal institutions, so instead he is ruling by degree, as befitting one anointed by the gods (or a megalomaniacal narcissist, whichever comes first).


35 posted on 07/16/2014 12:15:32 PM PDT by crusher (GREEN: Globaloney for the Gullible)
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To: Blue Turtle
Obama is very much engaged in the destruction of our country.

Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder and Michelle Obama are actively engaged in the destruction of the country since they are the terrible trio running things in D.C. Obama agrees with all of it, of course, but he is instead using his second term to boost his frequent flyer miles.

36 posted on 07/16/2014 12:18:22 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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To: Veto!

Do you have to “check in” before you “check out? He’s never been interested in the actual job. Just the perks of playing president.


37 posted on 07/16/2014 12:21:41 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: Veto!

Who cares what Lord Farquhar said in the Financial Times. Everyone here has known that Zippy’s a Marxist since 2007, at least.

Lord Farquhar still hasn’t figured it out.


38 posted on 07/16/2014 12:30:08 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Veto!
From the article:Hmmmm... coke mixed with just a touch of meth.

People are talking about nobama checking out. IMHO, he never checked IN!

39 posted on 07/16/2014 12:37:15 PM PDT by upchuck (The country is being billed for its own execution. ~ h/t: SpaceBar)
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To: Wyatt's Torch

Never lose track of the realization that Obambi is fulfilling the vision of the glitterati to bring the nation under their control.


40 posted on 07/16/2014 12:37:48 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Veto!

Sun Tsu would be dissapointed in us if we really believed obama has checked out. He would criticize us for underestimating obama.

Never underestimate the enemy.


41 posted on 07/16/2014 12:48:35 PM PDT by Vision Thing (obama wants his suicidal worshipers to become suicidal bombers.)
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To: Veto!

this is bs. they want us to believe this. he may be a pissed off narcissist but he’s not stopped.


42 posted on 07/16/2014 12:49:35 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Dr. Thorne

L4B is a drug addled degenerate fraud. The puppet masters put him in the Lie House with every intention of using his time there to end the American We The People Republic. In their eyes, the degenerate is a raving success.


43 posted on 07/16/2014 12:51:53 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: Veto!

Yes, I just ‘shopped’ in the tourist eating ice cream. lol


44 posted on 07/16/2014 1:07:51 PM PDT by RetSignman (obama: "For the love of Alinsky, how much more do I have to do to get them to impeach me"?)
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To: upchuck
When MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski interviewed Obama last month on the subject of Iraq, network commentator Donny Deutsch, an avowed Democrat, said, “I’ve never seen a less-engaged look in his eyes.”
Deutsch added: “He almost seemed — I don’t want to say checked-out because that is not the right thing

this is eerily similar to what Perry had to say of Zero when he met with him just the other day

45 posted on 07/16/2014 1:10:43 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: Veto!

“Generally, he never did anything longer than 3 years”
“I read somewhere (here?) that that’s a sign of narcissism.”

I’ve worked with plenty of grifters who talk their way into executive positions they’re not qualified for, stay a few months, then ease on down the road before they get exposed. Obama has no other job to escape to, so he’s stuck.

Also, one of the conservative radio commentators made an excellent point this week about the majority of lottery winners who burn out and go bust within about five years. I think that’s a valid comparison, as well.


46 posted on 07/16/2014 1:38:26 PM PDT by RaveOn ("No amount of logic can shatter a faith consciously based on a lie." Lamar Keene, "True Believers")
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To: VanDeKoik

When people are advanced repeatedly through affirmative action by being rewarded not for what they do or have done but simply for the sake of “diversity” as a consequence they sometimes come to believe that their doing nothing is actually doing something. It becomes a persistent delusion. Their own words speak to them louder than actions.


47 posted on 07/16/2014 1:48:53 PM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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To: laplata

Exactly and he knows nothing will happen no matter what he does. It’s not like he can be arrested or impeached or run for another term. He is fear-less. I just wish, just once, someone would do something to make this man crap his pants-someone who has the “goods” on him, someone who can outsmart his “handlers”, someone to be one step ahead of him.

But he has black-mailed anyone who would be able to take him down. He has the IRS, FBI, CIA in his pocket willing do go after Americans. He rules with a middle finger and makes a joke out of all the chaos he has caused...and will cause...in the next years to come.


48 posted on 07/16/2014 5:30:32 PM PDT by Engedi
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To: Engedi

You are exactly right on all points. He is becoming more obstinate and determined by the day.

All the people in the position to do something to stop this evil thug must have been threatened (along with their families).

I see the republicans making noises but they don’t dare cross the line.

If this keeps up, Rush, Levine, D’Souza (sp) et. al. will all “decide” to retire, conservative social media will be shut down, etc.

I used to think it was possible to se an American Pinochet but now I don’t see that.


49 posted on 07/16/2014 5:47:58 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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