Sunday, August 11, 2013

MY Way Or The Highway

Newspapers around the world report how Russia granted Snowden political asylum for a year snubbing President Obama.  That’s really not the case.  In order for Snowden to get to his destination in South America, he pretty much has to ride on an airline.  The airline will have  to make one stop for fuel in Europe on the long haul to his destination.  Obama probably directed FBI or CIA to detain and search aircraft leaving Moscow and capture Snowden.  If you know he’s going to be traveling in a few days, it’s no real effort to search about 5 or 6 aircraft a day.  The US in a foreign country  no less, stopped a flight bound to Cuba just to check to see if  Snowden was on board.  Obama got too demanding with Putin.  Snowden has to leave Russia so that the United States could capture him when the plane lands to refuel.  What a joke! All Putin did by granting him temporary asylum, was give Snowden a better chance at making it to his destination. The kid hasn’t violated any Russian laws, why should Russia be responsible for his return? It was the Chinese that dumped him on their doorstep.

Then we hear something I could not believe. Obama said; "Nobody is more offended than me by some of the anti-gay and lesbian legislation that you've been seeing in Russia," he added. "One of the things I'm really looking forward to is maybe some gay and lesbian athletes in bringing home the gold, or silver, or bronze, which I think would go a long way in rejecting the kind of attitudes we're seeing there." 

As far as governments go, Russia can do whatever they deem correct, gay people don’t reproduce and spreading HIV isn’t a good thing unless you have Obamacare. Why should the government support a way of life that produces no offspring to benefit the future of the state?  And at the same time their sexual actions endanger the regular population and deplete health care resources.  What is the US -- the land of the free or the land of the Gay?  Look for Obama’s new promotional souvenirs  for the Moscow Olympics, jars of Vaseline with a picture of your favorite gay American gold medal winner on the back—ought to be a real collector’s item.

Then there is Obamacare.  Whatever gave the President the idea that once he snuck his health care thru Congress, that from then on, it would be business as usual?  This guy might know how to play checkers, but this is a chess game.  Congress is now like a wasp nest that he stuck a stick in. Wait till the masses figure out they have money for health care or car insurance, but not both and they don’t get to choose which one they pay. 

To add wood to the fire, he stated the other day;  the idea that you would shut down the government unless you prevent 30 million people from getting healthcare is a bad idea." And that "Republicans have determined that they don't want to see these people get healthcare."

 It implies, we as a nation don’t have the real money to spend on it and raising the National Debt will solve the problem. It’s similar to the car insurance and health care choice for the poor, only with the government, they get to have both even though they can only afford one. 

 In the Middle East, the Arab Spring, the promise of Democracy promoted by the US is a miserable failure. It has turned stable governments into war zones. Anyone care to vacation in Libya or Egypt?  How do you give Democracy to people that have to steal just to survive?  Idealism doesn’t put food on the table, pimping your sister or killing your neighbor’s dog does. I remember trying to give Viet Nam Democracy, looks like our government didn't learn much from that lesson.

Then there is the idea of amnesty for 10 million illegal immigrants (30 million might be a more correct figure).  Do we really need 30 million more registered Democrats in the country?  When the country was founded, the voters had skin in the game, they were land owners.  I’d like to see the right to vote determined by the amount of taxes paid.  The more you pay in taxes, the more votes you get.  Let the people who pay the taxes determine how the taxes are spent.  Funny, that doesn’t seem to support our present day concepts of how Democracy should work, but it seems very logical just for its long term survival (Alexis Tocqueville's book written in 1835 "Democracy in America" comes to mind) 

The only thing I see with the Obama Presidency is a man whose actions declare “My way or the highway.”  You are either with him, or in his way.  If you listen to his rhetoric, he’s going to solve world hunger give us universal health care and give the world Democracy.  We all have dreams; reality is when it comes time to pay the bill.  Obama has triumphed over everything, except for those “Damn Republicans.”  And it looks like he’s about to get his comeuppance, it’s  time to pay the bills.

 Shades of paranoia, I’m getting ready to hit the publish button and I can visualize in my mind, a drone locking onto the meta-data in my cell phone—nah, that’s still a few years away—I hope.


Brian said...

Fuck Obama.

He's got three more years worth of lying and deception until we elect another cretin.

They can't hold this economic engine together. It's knocking, leaking oil, and overheating. Truth is I expect a massive, systemic, stock market meltdown probably this fall but most certainly before he gets tossed out on his ear.

If I never hear his name again, it will be too soon.

Jim in San Marcos said...

Hi Brian

I'm sure there's a gay American Olympian out there that would be willing to follow your instructions.

You must admit he missed his calling as a used car salesman

I think the rising interest rates will be the key. I'm of the same opinion that something big could shut the system down in the next few months, but I've been wrong since 2011. Historically September and October are the panic months.

Obama could be our Herbert Hoover.

Anonymous said...

I do not see how the stock market will crash since the pumping will continue. We are under new financial models now. It may crash long enough for the informed to make some money( i e insiders and Congress) but it will come back.

I am really surprised at Russia, and not about Snowden. To think they have taken the lead in old fashioned morality is just too much. Let us hope that Putin does not read and decide to follow the original founding fathers and the constitution. Imagine the chaos that would cause.

Rob in Nova Scotia said...

The Russians haven't taken the lead in morality. Ask the Somali pirates who seized a Russian ship or Lebanese miltias who took Russian Diplomats hostage in 1980's how Russians deal with "problems". They are playing "Great Game" the way it's always been played. One look at a map of Eurasia and it becomes apparent that they have played the game well. They will always be suspicious of our motives. We had our chance to get them to play on our teamm in 1990's after collapse of Soviet Union. The west instead of trying to help rebuild the country saw it as opportunity to plunder their resources. The only thing they got out of that was a bunch of rich Oligarchs in London. They still have Oligarchs but they live in Moscow and toe the party line. Ivan "six-pack" hasn't forgotten that era. Putin knows he can have popular support anytime he has chance to stick it to West and especially the White House. As for taking inspiration from Constitution I don't think there is much to worry about there. They didn't get to be toughest dog on block by playing nice.

Jim in San Marcos said...

Hi Anon 10:49

I enjoyed your tongue in cheek comment about old fashioned morality. I guess I'm old fashion myself.

When you think about it, Russia has a better shot at Democracy evolving there than many other countries. It was the rich in our country that got the wheels moving back in 1776.

Jim in San Marcos said...

Hi Rob

I think your right about them being the "toughest dog on block."

We are too busy being politically correct "wimps" in today's world.

The Russians remind me of the US back in the early 1800's. We minded our own business, but if you fiddled with us, you paid the price.

dearieme said...

"US back in the early 1800's. We minded our own business": well, except for trying to conquer Canada, obviously. And conquering Florida (albeit with a little cash sweetener after the event). And buying from Napoleon the Spanish territory he had filched. Plus extirpating Injuns ad lib.

Though I suppose you could argue that the ethnic cleansing of Injuns was the country's business.

Rob in Nova Scotia said...

I think what Jim meant was that America didn't need to go to another continent to find trouble. The Russians did the same thing trundling across the top of Asia taking whatever they wanted. What the Russians do now with the spoils of conquest shouldn't matter to us. If we need further convincing they have several thousand nuclear weapons as a friendly reminder to back their claims up. The biggest problem these days is we in America, I include Canadians as we well, seem to think our way is the only way. It would be much better if we left countries to govern themselves. As for the ethnic cleansing, history is repleat with Empires killing the locals. We need accept that some countries are just not cut out to be run as democracies. When people are pissed off they write a letter to blow off steam where I live. In places like Egypt or Russia there is good chance they will pick up gun. I can't see how voting every four years is going to cure that mentality. Russia can run it's country whatever way it likes. It's none of our business.

Rob in Nova Scotia said...

I wonder how Obama would feel if the Russians decided to supply arms to the Rebels in Egypt fighting for democracy.

Jim in San Marcos said...

Hi Rob

I know what you mean, it wouldn't set too well.

Another thing to consider, the Rebels aren't fighting for Democracy, but for an Islamic state.

Looks like we could fight the Crusades all over again.

AIM said...

Duplicity, corruption, egocentricity and self-interest, fiscal irresponsibility, etc. are all immoral characteristics. They do not bode well for a high survival level or significant longevity. The USA is the Roman Empire all over again--but on a much faster track due to technology and speed. History repeats because human nature never changes.

aim said...

Besides getting "droned" they can also "heart-attack you" by putting something nasty in your food, or pricking your skin with a special ball point pen.

If I were you I'd find a local government bureaucrat that you can use to taste your food for you first before you sit down to your meal.

And, whenever you are perambulating around... if any stranger happens to be walking towards you with a pen-like object in his hand, I'd scream out "ASSASSIN!" and turn and run full speed in the other direction.

Better safe than sorry!

Being a blogger isn't very safe in these times.

Jim in San Marcos said...


No need to worry, the utter incompetency of our politicians insures there is no risk for me.

They want my tax dollars and could care less what I say. Come to think about it, everyone else in the country could say the same thing and mean it.