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Summer 2014 is when it all fell apart
Jul 24, 2014 13:42:37   #
The Dutchman
 
Summer 2014 is when it all fell apart
By Victor Davis Hanson

The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Let’s take a tour of the disasters.

Germany in 2008 enthusiastically hosted candidate Barack Obama for his so-called Victory Column speech. Now, Germans sound as if they are near-enemies of the United States. Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly was furious that her cellphone was tapped by American intelligence agents. She just kicked the top CIA official out of Germany, further enraged that the U.S. had recruited at least one German official to provide intelligence on the German government. Polls show that Germans find Vladimir Putin’s Russian tyranny almost as popular as Obama’s America.

Japan is becoming similarly frustrated with the U.S. It is re-arming like crazy to confront an aggressive China. Both Asian powers apparently assume that Obama won’t guarantee the security of the Japanese as America had in the past.

The Middle East is dissolving. Taking U.S. peacekeepers out of Iraq proved a disaster. The radical jihadists of ISIS are overrunning Syria and Iraq, as they extend their destruction even to the mute stones of religious sanctuaries.

War looms between Israel and the Palestinians as they exchange rockets and bombs.

Crimea has become a Russian satellite. The fate of the Ukraine hangs in the balance. In between his conquests, Russia’s Putin openly ridicules the impotence of the U.S. He is often called to the Middle East on the perception that he can address problems that America runs away from.

From his sanctuary perch in Russia, National Security Agency turncoat Edward Snowden is once again releasing top-secret data that shreds the credibility of the Obama administration.

Foreign leaders don’t trust the U.S. They are baffled as to whether America is guilty of incompetence in hiring such a roguish dropout snoop in the first place, or guilty of cynically spying on America’s best friends — or both.

The economy shrank last quarter. Record numbers of adult Americans are still not working. Zero interest rates have destroyed the tradition of passbook savings and the very idea of thrift.

The borrowing of $7 trillion has proved no stimulus. A natural American recovery was stymied by vast federal borrowing, by the addition of more incomprehensible regulations, and by an

Obamacare package that proved to be the opposite of almost everything that was promised. Inflation is said to be manageable, but only by not counting soaring food, gas and electricity costs that do the most to erode family budgets.

U.S. immigration law no longer matters. Incoming foreign nationals more likely welcome arrest than fear it. They expect that the cynical coalition of commercial interests, ethnic activists and political operatives have subverted existing federal law. Almost anyone can cross the border and receive subsidized sanctuary. If you object, you are a nativist, racist or xenophobe. Take your pick.

No one denies that top IRS officials lost or destroyed key documents concerning the agency’s election-time efforts to subvert conservative organizations. The unbiased IRS that we once knew has vanished. It has become an appendage of the ruling government that punishes enemies and rewards friends — and dodges a high-level audit by lying in the same fashion as the tax cheats it goes after.

Americans accept the fact that a video never had anything to do with the killing of four Americans in Benghazi and know that the Obama administration knew precisely that when it assured them otherwise.

The scandals now come so fast and furiously that we no sooner hear of one than yet another new mess makes us forget it.

What keeps the country afloat this terrible summer?

Some American companies produce more gas and oil than ever despite, not because of, the Obama administration. Most Americans still get up every day, work hard and pay more taxes than they receive in subsidies. American soldiers remain the most formidable in the world despite the confusion of their superiors. The law, regardless of the administration, is still followed by most. And most do not duck out on their daily responsibilities to golf, play pool or go on junkets.

It is still a hard thing to derail America in a summer — but then again, we have a long way to go until fall.

Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

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Jul 25, 2014 05:46:01   #
Forkbassman Loc: Missouri
 
What do we do about it? Repubs take the Senate and get rid of Reid, then start campaigning for a REAL leader who is not PC and can get us back on track: Dr. Ben Carson! He and Huckabee would be a great team!

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Jul 25, 2014 09:21:50   #
The Dutchman
 
Forkbassman wrote:
What do we do about it? Repubs take the Senate and get rid of Reid, then start campaigning for a REAL leader who is not PC and can get us back on track: Dr. Ben Carson! He and Huckabee would be a great team!


:thumbup: Concur......

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Jul 25, 2014 17:59:42   #
roy
 
Forkbassman wrote:
What do we do about it? Repubs take the Senate and get rid of Reid, then start campaigning for a REAL leader who is not PC and can get us back on track: Dr. Ben Carson! He and Huckabee would be a great team!


so what will they do to right all this wrong,

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Jul 25, 2014 18:22:03   #
The Dutchman
 
roy wrote:
so what will they do to right all this wrong,


Impeach then run the obozo back to his homeland taking from him all his ill gotten gain.....

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Jul 25, 2014 18:26:40   #
roy
 
The Dutchman wrote:
Impeach then run the obozo back to his homeland taking from him all his ill gotten gain.....


so what happens then

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Jul 25, 2014 18:30:06   #
Forkbassman Loc: Missouri
 
roy wrote:
so what will they do to right all this wrong,


The mark of a great leader is to put in place good people in their admin. They would have people that actually had run businesses and not merely profs. They would push to abolish IRS and have fair or flat tax for starters. They would actually WORK in the WH, cut size of govt, and on and on. It would take time but now is the time for honest, hard-working(that's a novelty in DC) men to get elected. Term limits would be another top priority. America needs to wake and clean house!!

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Jul 25, 2014 18:49:16   #
roy
 
Forkbassman wrote:
The mark of a great leader is to put in place good people in their admin. They would have people that actually had run businesses and not merely profs. They would push to abolish IRS and have fair or flat tax for starters. They would actually WORK in the WH, cut size of govt, and on and on. It would take time but now is the time for honest, hard-working(that's a novelty in DC) men to get elected. Term limits would be another top priority. America needs to wake and clean house!!


i agree with you on alot of points,but untill the flow of money is stopped by the lobiest,nothing is going to change,just like the first tea party bunch that got elected,they said they would serve one term and out they wouldnt become career politicans,well where are they now ,got their big taxpayer,healthcare for life,got their big pensions for life,and still running to get the pockets,fuller. nothing ever going to happen till the people say enough of our lawmakers getting paid off,dont care which party is in there .

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Jul 25, 2014 19:51:58   #
Forkbassman Loc: Missouri
 
roy wrote:
i agree with you on alot of points,but untill the flow of money is stopped by the lobiest,nothing is going to change,just like the first tea party bunch that got elected,they said they would serve one term and out they wouldnt become career politicans,well where are they now ,got their big taxpayer,healthcare for life,got their big pensions for life,and still running to get the pockets,fuller. nothing ever going to happen till the people say enough of our lawmakers getting paid off,dont care which party is in there .
i agree with you on alot of points,but untill the ... (show quote)

You're right! There's lots to do but, I hate to say it, if we don't get voter ID, Repubs probably will never get the WH again. I hope I'm dead wrong and that's why I'm really mentioning Carson everywhere I go. It will be an uphill battle but I'm very concerned for my 5 grandkids. They deserve a better America than what we are now. May God bless our country!

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Jul 25, 2014 20:04:46   #
The Dutchman
 
Forkbassman wrote:
You're right! There's lots to do but, I hate to say it, if we don't get voter ID, Repubs probably will never get the WH again. I hope I'm dead wrong and that's why I'm really mentioning Carson everywhere I go. It will be an uphill battle but I'm very concerned for my 5 grandkids. They deserve a better America than what we are now. May God bless our country!


What I don't understand is all this racist voter ID opposition coming from the left when the NAACP required it to attend their function??

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Jul 25, 2014 20:23:08   #
Forkbassman Loc: Missouri
 
The Dutchman wrote:
What I don't understand is all this racist voter ID opposition coming from the left when the NAACP required it to attend their function??


Obama won every state that did not have voter ID. Romney won all states that had it.

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Jul 25, 2014 22:06:08   #
The Dutchman
 
Forkbassman wrote:
Obama won every state that did not have voter ID. Romney won all states that had it.


The obozo didn't win squat, The bastards handlers rigged it for him to win!

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