Here’s a quick history lesson: the pilgrims came to America nearly a century and a half before the Declaration of Independence was signed. They intruded on a country that had no central government or laws. The states did not exist. America was a wilderness. The indigenous people didn’t need them and in retrospect would have been better off had they never come.
Maybe the international situation and resulting turmoil here at home are getting too hot for Obama to handle. Yesterday the mantle of the Weekly Address was pushed to Joe Biden, who banged the drum of international togetherness before getting down to the business at hand: creating another political crisis.
Last year it was refugee children from Central America we couldn’t stop.
Humanity should not have been shocked by the attacks in Paris. There was nothing outrageous about what happened, even though the one-time leader of the free world chose to cast it that way.1 When America’s leadership decided long ago to publicly deny the direction Islam was so obviously taking, what did that portend for the civilized world?
The Mariel boatlift has faded to a bad memory. Jimmy Carter was president when Cuba gifted us with boatloads of refugees. Now Barack Obama is about to repeat the same mistake with two big exceptions: this time we are inviting trouble in and we have good reason to fear the results.
Too many on Capitol Hill are still afraid to admit what is so horribly wrong with John Kerry’s Iran deal. The forced urgency is suspicious enough, considering that we have worried about Iran’s nuclear ambitions for decades, a lot longer than the 10-year compliance window being offered. The same sanctions are already in place that Obama plans to use if Iran violates the agreement.
When we point fingers at Obama’s failure to come up with a strategy to deal with ISIS we shouldn’t be thinking about the best tactics for killing radicals. Killing radicals is easy. We have already proved that. The real problem and one we will never have a foolproof strategy for is how to kill their beliefs.
John Boehner made another plea to repair the Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday, damning the agency because:
This isn’t run-of-the-mill incompetence. It is arrogance – arrogance that allows our veterans to be lied to, ignored, and, frankly, left to die.1
Boehner talks better than he acts. Like too many of the challenges facing Congress this one has lingered far too long and will continue to drag on after making a brief appearance for the Memorial Day holiday (see: Both Parties Agree: Veterans Are Useful Political Tools).
I have two ideas to explain why progressives in high places rarely deliver what they promise. The cynic in me likes to think they are out for themselves. They back liberal causes because they believe they are the path to fame and fortune. The other, slightly less negative cynic is convinced that some do-gooders really plan to help their sacred cows.