Impeachment by James Stuckey

The White House, Harry Reid and their democratic cronies are using the fabricated and false rhetoric that Republicans are trying to impeach Obama.  Its an effort to energize their so called base.  Sad, really, on many fronts.  Its the reason why the approval rating of Congress is in the low teens. The Senate Majority Leader (aka former C-class boxer whose head was hit way too many times) believes the American people are so gullible, uninformed and stupid that they will fall for this charade.  Further, it’s sad that the Democratic apparatus believes that its own base needs this type of folly to rally it for the fall election.  Guess all those bills that Reed held up from coming to the Senate Floor doesn’t give his Members much else to run on.

While I believe that Obama has replaced Jimmy Carter as the worst President I have witnessed in my lifetime, I strongly believe the way to neuter him is to take over both houses of Congress. Then I would personally appropriate a used set of my golf clubs and say come back on January 19, 2015.

© James Stuckey

The Government Shutdown

I have so many thoughts about the federal government shutdown.  I emphasize federal government, because as we all know, most services are delivered locally.  In most major cities, services like food stamps, medicare, medicaid and social security aren’t affected by the shutdown.  Yes, there is a potential economic effect for street vendors selling hot dogs, since the extremely bloated federal workforce has been placed on furlough and therefore aren’t out buying lunch.  But generally, I think the impact won’t really make a difference. In fact, I believe most people will understand that the majority of these employees aren’t needed at all.  So, unless you need a new Passport urgently, or you’re one of the illegal aliens that Professor Obama has recently unilaterally decided can stay in the country, the federal government shutdown really is a big yawn.

I found it appalling that a White House official was quoted in the Wall Street Journal today as saying the administration doesn’t care how long the shutdown lasts, because they are winning.  This so perfectly exemplifies the attitude of the Chicago thugs that currently occupy the White House.  And by the way, that is not my term.  That’s an exact quote that was used by an African American civil rights leader that I used to work with, who has his roots trace back to Martin Luther King, Jr.  It’s somewhat poetic, however, that the same socialist thugs who are doing everything possible to grow government at any cost, are now gloating at shutting down the government.  This clearly is not a contest to be won or lost.  It makes a mockery of our government and its 200+ year reputation of consensus by the people.  I accept the fact that Obamacare has become the law of the land and has been upheld by the Supreme Court.  I don’t know if its good or bad, because I have not been able to log onto the site since it opened.  I also accept that Congress creates the budget.  That, too, is the law.  The Professor may not like that, but it is the law.  Like so many other things – ineptitude in Syria; playing into the Iranian President’s roadshow; no sound policy on the economy, housing, environmental issues or foreign policy – the thug at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has no clue how to lead us out of this mess or the upcoming debt ceiling debate. Instead, he would rather bully 80 and 90 year old WW II veterans, or close the cemetery in Normandy France.  Nuts!

Now lets turn to congress.  First off, I once again am comforted that I am no longer a New York City or State resident.  Representative Peter King, and my former Staten Island Representative Michael Grimm, ought to be ashamed of themselves.  They are cowards, and have demonstrated to me that they don’t care about the long term consequences of Obamacare and the financial mess it will cause, nor do they care that we are being incremented towards socialism by the Professor – they only worry about what they perceive will get them re-elected.  Perhaps this is what Grimm’s illegal Israeli backers want, but I seriously don’t think he’s in touch with his Staten Island constituents.  He should be run out of office.

And how about Harry Reed?  The liberals who support Reed think it’s great that he’s a former boxer and a tough guy.  What they don’t seem to realize is that most boxers can’t speak a grammatically correct sentence, yet alone lead something.  And most boxers who what been punched in the head a few thousand times usually can’t think a rational thought either.  He’s not the majority leader because he’s smart. He’s there because he has seniority.  Do we really feel comfortable that a brain dead boxer from Nevada with a population of 2.75 million people (less than one percent of the United States population), and a thug from Chicago are shutting our government down and setting the direction for the country?  I for one am not.  I fully support Ted Cruz and the other congressional leaders who are holding their ground on sound, time tested American policies that will get our country back on it’s feet.

© October 4, 2013 James Stuckey

Attacks on Christian Churches

It is deeply troublesome to me that a pattern of attacks on Christian Churches has developed in predominantly Middle Eastern and African nations by radical Islamists.  The most recent occurred in Pakistan this weekend.  While the story received front page play in the New York Times and other news outlets, there has barely been a word uttered by Professor Obama, Congressional leaders, or the United Nations.  Why is it that attacks on Christians are reported on, but not repudiated?  No person in any country should be attacked or discriminated against because of his or her religious belief.  While I joyously acknowledge that I am a Catholic, and believe that it is the one true faith, I completely respect other’s right to believe as they choose, or not to believe.  And while I am always happy to tell people why I believe my faith is the one true faith, and why I believe in Jesus Christ, I also recognize that an individual’s belief is between that person and God.

When Christ walked the earth, he did not force people to believe in him through violence. He repudiated aggression.  He led people to believe, to be humble, and to love others as they love God and themselves.  If Christ, as God, did not force people to believe, I certainly don’t think I can.  Similarly, I do not think radical Islamists can force other’s to believe by acts of violence, death, and/or destroying holy places of worship.  I truly believe that there needs to be a movement by all faiths to protect all faiths.  Time has shown that violence only deepens one’s conviction.  While we have a separation of Church and State in this country, this should not stop our political leaders from speaking out against atrocities.

© September 22, 2013 James Stuckey

There You Go Again, Professor Obama

I am not in favor of bombing Syria.  It will do no good whatsoever.  As I noted in my blog post on Egypt a few weeks ago (http://jamesstuckeyblog.com/2013/08/16/the-violence-in-egypt/), the Arab world is dominated by extremists, fundamentalists and dictators.  The good honest and moderate people of Syria, like most of the Arab nations, are caught in the middle of these fanatics.  I personally believe that bombing Syria will do no good whatsoever.  Even if Bashar al-Assad, the insane Syrian President, is removed, he will only be replaced by an extremist group who will continue butchering people.  They would exterminate those loyal to him.  And many of those perspective exterminees probably weren’t loyal at all; they were just too afraid to speak out.  The cycle of violence would just continue.  I am appalled that al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people.  He is the blood brother to Hitler, Idi Amin, and Stalin.  He is the modern day example that pure evil is alive and well in this world today.

I believe in just wars.  St. Thomas Aquinas wrote extensively on this subject.  But, I don’t believe turning Syria over from one dictator to the next falls within Aquinas’ definition of “just”.  If we were to topple al-Assad, and work with the world community to institute a true democracy, I could easily get behind the effort.  However, this is clearly not what’s being contemplated.  Professor Obama has once again demonstrated that he is not a leader, and his approach to this crisis has been both ineffective and humiliating.  The executives he has surrounded himself with in his second term are even worse than those of the first.

The first rule of negotiating is that you never put a final position on the table unless you will act on it; if you do, and you don’t act, the negotiation becomes a dictation.  The other side knows that you have nowhere to go, and they begin to dictate terms to you.  This is what has happened to Professor Obama with his “red line”“in Syria.  If he were going to act, he should have done so the very first time al-Assad tested him.  He didn’t, and al-Assad continually gassed his own people until the most recent outrage killed hundreds of sleeping children as well.  Now the professor “wants to act.”  But unlike George Bush who was able to build an international coalition (even though he was supposedly despised on the world stage), and get Congressional approval prior to invading Iraq, Obama (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize) finds himself all alone.  And this is not the loneliness that leaders often feel when the “buck stops” with them, it is the loneliness that comes from stupidity and the fact that he is completely not trusted by other world leaders.  The professor claims that he is punting his decision to Congress because he may need them for other votes related to the mid-east, healthcare or the budget for the remainder of his term.  This too is folly.  If I were a Congressman I would now feel like I own him.  He has displayed that his threats are toothless, and that he is incapable of making a tough decision.

His handling of the Arab Spring was a joke.  His recent inaction with Egypt was embarrassing.  Russia’s President Putin has made him look like a school boy.  His economic and housing policies are nothing more than a shell game.

Not since Jimmy Carter’s failures in Iran has America’s defense and foreign policies been so weak and devoid of purpose and intelligence.  And to add insult to injury, even Carter has come out in opposition to professor Obama’s desire to launch missiles on Syria.

I am deeply worried about what the next three and a half years will bring with a President who is a joke on the world stage; has instituted a healthcare program that will potentially bankrupt the nation; has set race relations backwards; has no viable economic policy; and, thinks that the only way to solve any problem is to give bus tour speeches.

© September 2, 2013 James Stuckey