I went to the local C-store and got gas yesterday afternoon. Then I got gas. You know what I mean if you filled up today. $4.079 per gallon for about one third of my net pay. That hurts in more ways than one, I’ll tell you. The sooner we get into ANWR the better in my book. But that may never happen, so I guess it’s time to oil up the bicycle and start taking the manual mode again. Oh well, we did see it coming. I’m all for conservation and preservation, but some things just need to be placed in proper perspective when it comes to the environment. And any other issue for that matter.
But we have a couple of bigger issues approaching Maine this weekend that will have some level of greater impact down the road. Number one is Hillary Clintons exiting of the Presidential race. There was a lot of analyzing and rearranging of possible scenarios, but she did what the majority expected. The NY Times says that “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton brought her campaign for the White House to an end on Saturday with a rousing farewell to thousands of supporters here and an emotional and unequivocal call for her voters to get behind Senator Barack Obama, the man who defeated her for the Democratic nomination.” Makes one suspicious as to her true motives. Suffice it to say that she knows she hasn’t got what it takes to become the first female President of these United States.
I almost think that deep down, if it hadn’t been for that fact that her husband, Bubba Billy, hadn’t made such a shame of the office and both of their political careers, she may have stood a chance. No matter what the press coverage is, Whitewater is still lurking in the background. Many have forgotten the Clinton years, but I have not. And I suspect many other voters have not as well. So as the race stands today for the Presidential seat, we have a choice between Barak Obama and John McCain. A total Leftist and a mostly to the Rightist.
But in addressing this issue, I believe we need to look at the bigger picture of our own wallets and special interest needs and look beyond our borders to see who is better qualified. There are many areas around the world that directly impact upon the future of this Nation. And we need to keep these issues in mind when electing all of our Federal level representatives, not just the President. A recently released report has claims by the press that much of the information was distorted by Bush to mislead the Nation in his push to invade Iraq. I haven’t seen the report so I cannot make an educated comment on it except to ask one question. Did Bush distort the intelligence used in making the decision, or did the people reporting to Bush distort the intelligence they gave him? I find it hard to believe that Bush invaded Iraq simply so he could grab the oil as many in the Left claim.
If that were truly the case, why did I pay $4.079 for gas yesterday afternoon? Where is all of this oil that Bush and Cheney grabbed? The picture exceeds what the Democratic leadership would have us believe in this election. The US may not have found any major cache of chemical warfare weapons, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t any. Just ask the Kurds how they feel about the issue. The Kurds were being gassed by Saddam Hussein while Bubba Billy was having his cigars in the Oval Office gloating over his escapades while being Governor of Arkansas. We sat around and did nothing. The world considered us cowardly.
Looking at the big picture of worldwide happenings, there are many hotbeds of violence and suppression of freedom erupting. The economy on a worldwide basis is declining. A good many economists are making the claim here in the US that we are not in a recession, we are merely in a slump. I don’t believe this is true at all. I believe we are on a one way train ride to a global depression. And this is happening because other nations have grown to consider us as a weakening nation. According to A NY Times article, “Dmitri A. Medvedev said Saturday that the world might be in the throes of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and that a newly revived Russia could offer solutions to a systemic crisis that has underscored America’s shortcomings.” And also that “he made specific reference to the United States overreaching its economic capabilities.”
Another Article earlier in the week from a European news board reported that the German banking industry to a hit of almost 60% loss in the subprime market. All of the mainstream as well as alternative press outlets talk about the rising food and energy costs. In Africa, some food costs have risen nearly fifty percent or more over last year’s costs. European sources report anywhere from a six to twenty percent increase. The same stories are true for petrol and other energy fuels.
Our next President needs to portray an ability to clean up our Nations problems, and bring us together, working towards a common goal of re-establishing our economic dominance in the world. Many of the third world countries criticize us and complain that we have no acted fairly, but we have. We allow foreign nationals to come to this country and establish businesses. No other country allows newcomers the same freedom. For a US citizen to run a business in just about every other country in the world requires at least a partial ownership of a citizenship of that country. When disaster strikes someplace in the world, it is almost always a US organization to be first on the scene. We give through financial and material goods as well as time and effort around the world to make life better for all. And we keep getting kicked in the teeth for it.
Will Obama be a man who can accomplish this? Here’s what his website says about his stand on foreign policy;
BARACK OBAMA’S PLAN TO SECURE AMERICA AND RESTORE OUR STANDING
“When I am this party’s nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq; or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran; or that I supported Bush-Cheney policies of not talking to leaders that we don’t like. And he will not be able to say that I wavered on something as fundamental as whether or not it is ok for America to torture — because it is never ok… I will end the war in Iraq… I will close Guantanamo. I will restore habeas corpus. I will finish the fight against Al Qaeda. And I will lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st century: nuclear weapons and terrorism; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease.
He seems to be saying that we shouldn’t fight for democracy, but instead will lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st century. One thing for certain is that he will not be able to end the fight against al-Queda. He says of his plan to bring troops home;
Bring Our Troops Home: Obama will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq. He will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months. Obama will make it clear that we will not build any permanent bases in Iraq. He will keep some troops in Iraq to protect our embassy and diplomats; if al Qaeda attempts to build a base within Iraq, he will keep troops in Iraq or elsewhere in the region to carry out targeted strikes on al Qaeda.
He will bring all of our combat brigades home within 16 months, but he will keep troops in Iraq to protect our embassy. Uh-huh. Sure he will. Like a few dozen sentries are going to protect our interests from a people that loathe us. al-Queda will most assuredly be building new, and probably larger bases probably even before we finish pulling out of Iraq. Obviously, in spite of his claims to being a Christian, Mr. Obama doesn’t seem to realize where the true conflict rests in our battle against the evils of the world. But not surprisingly so. After all, for the Left to admit that a foundational belief in One God above all is the reason behind the US’s successes over the last few hundred years would mean that that have to admit that there is indeed a higher power they have to answer to on Judgment Day.
That won’t wash, as a belief in God is directly opposed to the philosophy of Socialism. The United States of America is turning away from God, and as we do so, His favor is lost to us.
But we are not the first Nation to do so.
I was reading further in his website and he says this about Israel;
Ensure a Strong U.S.-Israel Partnership: Barack Obama strongly supports the U.S.-Israel relationship, believes that our first and incontrovertible commitment in the Middle East must be to the security of Israel, America’s strongest ally in the Middle East. Obama supports this closeness, stating that that the United States would never distance itself from Israel.
The right thing is in fact for us to support Israel, and as long as we do, those who hate Israel will be our enemies. There is no middle ground. There is no compromise. Not now, not ever.
A fragile truce may be temporarily possible, but true peace will never happen. We need to elect someone strong enough to pose a threat large enough to curtail the military actions of Muslim terrorists, plain and simple.