Nine More Simple Questions

Tim Bean

11/12/2012

 

Okay, so nearly a week ago President Obama was elected to serve a second term in the White House.  Honestly his re-election wasn’t that big of a surprise to me.  Sure, sure all of the polling data showed that it was going to be a close election, but as I have written here, and here, as well as mentioned many other times, the closeness in those polling numbers was more a reflection in how dissatisfied people were with both candidates, both parties, and their messages.  The voters in this country have essentially divided itself into thirds.  About a third of voters are registered Republicans, about a third are registered Democrats, and about a third are registered independents.  I have written on this site multiple times about how the number of people changing their voter affiliation to that of the independent is the fastest growing political segment.  I have also written about how the media, which has long since lost any sort of objective credibility, has failed miserably in investigating the who’s, what’s, how’s, and why’s of this political exodus.  All that being said though, I am not going to rehash any of that stuff – for now.

Today I want to address all of those dyed in the wool blue people, otherwise known as Democrats, not Smurfs, who are probably still swooning over the fact that their guy (President Obama) retained his seat as this country’s Chief Executive for four more years.  See, I have a sneaking suspicion that many of those devout donkeys (the mascot of the Democratic Party) that while they simply adore their guy, President Obama, that they might be a little confused as to what, or more specifically how, he has governed.  No, no, no, I am not going to talk about him being a socialist, or communist, or any of the other literal crap that the right leaning media has been spewing forth – see again my comments on the lack of objective credibility in the media.  Instead I am curious about these big time cheerleaders for the blue team’s knowledge of a few things.

We were told by that long since lacking objective credibility media that this election was about hard hitting issues, like women’s reproductive rights, gay and lesbian rights, unions, immigration, taxes, etc., etc.  Of course those are all very important issues, and the  lacking objective credibility, and lazy investigative ability media paints an overly simplistic picture in their perpetuation of the red/blue dichotomy that if the red team wins then all of those things will disappear, and if the blue team wins then all of those things will be safe.  The fact of the matter is that even if the red team would’ve won the Presidency they would not have had the votes in Congress to abolish ANY of those things, and I dare say that they would not have the political stomach to even try and do away with them too.  Please don’t take this as some sort of endorsement for the red team, because I am not a fan of them – at all.  My point is simply that there would be little to no changes to all of those issues if Mitt Romney would’ve won.

The blue team likes to pose in the mirror as protector of our civil liberties; and many of those who voted for President Obama believe that he is a champion of them too.  However, again because of the poor objective coverage of the media, and its failure in holding ALL government officials accountable, too many blue people out there cannot answer any of the following questions – and I sincerely doubt many red people would be able to either – and more than likely because of the laziness in the media, I doubt too many “journalists” could answer them either.

  1. What is the NDAA, and who signed it into law?
  2. Who is Bradley Manning?
  3. What do Syria, Libya, Pakistan, and Yemen have in common?
  4. What was Operation Fast and Furious?
  5. Who is Michael R. Taylor, and why is he Senior Advisor to the FDA?
  6. Who is Hank Paulson?
  7. Who was the first President to kill an American citizen and his 16 year old son by drone strike?
  8. Which Presidency has had more medical marijuana dispensary raids than President Bush?
  9. Who were President Obama’s biggest political contributors?

Are you stumped on any, or all of those?  Here are the answers:

Answer 1:  In short the NDAA stands for the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows for the indefinite arrest and detention of U.S. citizens if the government merely suspects that they might be connected to terrorism in any way, shape, or form, or simply has the potential for wrong doing – it basically does away with due process, guts the bill of rights, and lays the foundations for a police state.  The bi-partisan bill was signed into law by President Obama, and his administration has fought tooth and nail for its constitutionality.

Answer 2:  Bradley Manning is the Army Private who was a whistleblower who revealed that U.S. airstrikes were responsible for killing two Reuters war correspondents and several unarmed men in 2007 and information on the Granai Massacre in 2009.  He is set to be court martialed in February 2013.

Answer 3:

 

Answer 4 Operation Fast and Furious was a U.S. Justice Dept. campaign where that Dept. basically smuggled/sold guns to Mexican Drug cartels, one of the guns was used by drug traffickers in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.  The Obama Administration refuses to cooperated with a Congressional investigation into this campaign, and the death of Brian Terry.

Answer 5Michael R. Taylor is a former Monsanto attorney, and lobbyist for genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and is now a senior advisor to the FDA, with definite conflicts of interests.

Answer 6:  Hank Paulson is the former Secretary of the Treasurer and former Partner of Goldman Sachs.

Answer 7President Obama’s administration authorized the drone strikes that led to the death of New Mexico born Anwar al-Awlaki, his 16 years old son, Abdrulrahman al-Awlaki, who was born in Colorado, in Yemen.

Answer 8: In the less than four years that President Obama has been President the DEA has had over 170 raids on medical marijuana dispensaries, most were operating within compliance of state laws.  In the eight years of President Bush’s Presidency there were “only” 100.

Answer 9:  University of California, Microsoft, Google, the U.S. Government, Harvard University, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford University, Deloitte LLP, Columbia University, Time Warner, DLA Piper, Sidley Austin LLP, University of Chicago, Comcast Corp., IBM, the US State Department (and the list goes on, and on, and on).

So, there you have it President Obama isn’t exactly mister sunshine, rainbows and unicorns floating on clouds of cotton candy.  Though many were either lead to believe, or just simply believed that he and his administration has been, and would be far less intrusive, far more open, and far more friendly than either the previous Bush administration, or the potential of a Romney administration.  Sadly though it doesn’t matter if it is a red or blue led government, the results are always more intrusion, less open, and less friendly to not just ALL Americans, regardless of political color, but the citizens of other countries too.

 

Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.  (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov)

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