WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS & DOES – PLUS, WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE THINKING AND NOT DOING (Issue 567)

As far back as I can recall, seems I have always heard the government of the United States is never far ahead of nor very far behind the tempo of the American people. There is a pulse of the American people, reflected in the centralized government in Washington.

Political governments have nothing to begin with. It all begins with one or more persons who have a lust for power over others. Usually obtained with a gun. Here in this country, guns were used to break the chains of power that a British king held over the heads of the American colonies.The desire to be rid of that power prompted the Revolutionary war, fought and won by this country. Free of the power of British rule, the colonies went about setting up their own form of government, resulting in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.

The Constitution is a document of laws, defining three branches of a centralized government. Congress, which makes the laws; the Supreme Court to interpret the laws, and the Executive Branch to enforce the laws. The first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights, and specify the lines of demarcation between the powers of the federal government, individual state governments, and the power of the people. The tenth Amendment states: “The powers not delegated to United States by Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Up until about a dozen years ago, there was a lot of talk about States’ Rights, the Religious Right, and individual Freedom, in conversations relative to anything political in the news media, whether on the radio, on TV, newspapers or magazine articles. How strange, it now seems taboo to use the word Freedom, and I never hear any reference to States’ Rights anymore. And the Religious Right, once a strong force of a majority of American citizenry, seems to have vanished after Jerry Falwell passed away. Like some sort of sudden drought of individual thought and action, just dried up, seemingly overnight.

Now it seems, anything and everything stems from a centralized concentration of power in Washington DC. What happened to the fifty state governments that one time stood up to the centralized power of government in Washington? What happened to churches, who so vociferously spoke out about the injustice and infringements into individual Liberty, coming out of Washington, now so deafening by their silence. It seems it was just yesterday in one sense and yet a long time ago in another sense, there were strong advocates for States’ Rights speaking up. Organized church groups were very vocal over issues of religious Freedom. Now hardly a whimper, and what we hear on the news is, “Collectivist religion,” coming out of Washington. And talk about religious Sharia Law.

Aside from States’ Rights and Religious Rights groups standing up and speaking out, there were local groups of “Freedom Fighters,” vocal and resistant to the onslaught of a centralized government take-over in Washington. But now there is deafening silence, other than a very few scattered Freedom lovers, still standing up and speaking out. But mostly political activists, focused on electing another politician to place in power in Washington, to continue this downward spiral from individual Freedom to a totalitarian State of Socialism.

Have we just become like a bunch of puppets on a string? Reacting to whatever the controlled and managed news reports everyday. Now living in an era with a charismatic President crisscrossing this country, plus trips abroad, dictating his policies, all designed for more and more centralizing of power in Washington, dazzling us with his campaigning charm. Despite news to the contrary, becoming more and more popular, as he promotes his agenda, while most still saying he doesn’t know what he’s doing and doesn’t get it.

If he’s not making a speech to anger the border states over immigration, he’s dropping a word bomb over the situation in Israel. Ticking off the Jewish community, by his notion to change border lines. Before the general population can figure out and come to grips with his last proposal, he makes another speech about a different subject. It appears to me, everything he says and does is a promotion to increase his power and to stay in power after 2012 election. Follow the money, and the voting blocs, to understand what is happening. Appears to me his strategy relative to the southern border is romancing the Hispanic voters and his tactic to change Israeli border is to doodle-bug Muslim money. The news is, his goal is to have a billion dollars in his campaign chest for re-election. Takes three things to be elected president of United States, charm, money and votes. Seems to me President Obama is a pro at acquiring and using all three.

While the Republican Party is flailing around trying to find a candidate to support to run against him, the President is out front of the pack and doing quite well. In the political arena things can change overnight, but momentum is building for the candidacy of President Obama. Apparently there is no one on the Republican side of the political spectrum who has that “It” factor of charisma. Which promotes the Law of attraction. The absence of that “It” factor, in the Republican party, portrays a picture of a bunch scrambling, trying to rise above the fray of hopefuls. While there’s a lot of scrambling to be a front runner, everyone has some kind of baggage they are trying to overcome. Despite the fact that the President has the baggage of his record, or the absence of it on some matters, he seems to manage by dropping one new news item after another, as an attention-getter, dazzling with footwork. And keeps him ahead of the pack.

I’m not one of those among the political pundits who say he doesn’t get it, or he doesn’t know what he’s doing. Because he does get it and does know exactly what he is doing, in my opinion. He won this first election by not explaining what he meant in his mantra to “transform America.” Now winning the popularity contest for re-election by not explaining what he means by what he does. And instead of the opposition figuring it out, and facing the reality, they are still hung up on the erroneous notion that he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

There’s an old political story about a man running for office and way behind in the polls, when his opponent passed away the night before the election. The remaining candidate went to sleep thinking he had the election in the bag, to wake up next morning, to learn he had been defeated by a dead man.

Obviously a man who had never heeded the words of the great philosopher and battle strategist Sun Tzu, who said, “Know your enemy and know thyself.” Until the Republican candidates admit President Obama is smart and knows what he’s doing and saying, they are most likely going to lose the next election.

However all this is just my opinion, nothing set in concrete, and I could be sincerely wrong.

An American economist Frank H. Knight said: “Knowledge is more a matter of learning than of the exercise of absolute judgment. Learning requires time, and in time the situation dealt with, as well as the learner, undergoes change.”

Let Freedom Ring

Just me AC

Email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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