Has the World Gone Mad?

The President and Attorney General Holder “released statements” today condemning the brutal murder of two New York City police officers. No public appearances, no Department of Justice investigations, no comments about how they could have looked like their sons, no visit by the Attorney General – just a piece of paper released to the press many hours after the event. And for those stoking demonstrations because of Ferguson and Staten Island – well, their biggest worry is that people may not want to demonstrate because of empathy for the murdered policemen. Amazing.

But not to worry, because the President just called the cyber invasion of Sony, “cybervandalism“.

Another measure of strong leadership.

Has the world gone mad?

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

Random Thought by James Stuckey

I just heard that the Obama administration wants to add a $7.50 fee, each way, on round trip flights to raise $26 billion in revenue. Over the weekend, it was reported that the IRS sent $4 billion in phony refunds to mystery people in China and Latvia. I also read that 107 million Americans are now on welfare or other government programs, while only 104 million have full time jobs. In other words, government subsidies is our largest employer. Second, to being paid not to work, is being employed by the government. Having a real private sector job is now a distant third. With all this waste, and with so many living off the public till, why should those of us that have (or had) real tax paying jobs pay more?  Am I the only one who sees that we are on the way to financial collapse?

© James Stuckey

The Deal – thoughts by James Stuckey

Well, Congress reached a deal, and Professor Obama and Reed the Prizefighter are gloating. They should.  The middle of the road Republicans once again caved, cowered, and went home with there tails between their legs.  I am one of the 60% who believe that every member of Congress, including my own, should be voted out of office.  We need to get rid of the Republican and Democratic labels, and start seeing representatives as liberals and conservatives.

Only politicians can believe that pushing off a decision they haven’t been able to make for close to two years is a victory.  Businessmen and women know how to negotiate issues at different times, but rarely do they let a deal die from inertia.  We need term limits.  I, James Stuckey, believe we need to set a goal of cutting the size of the Federal workforce 5% by 2016, the Federal budget by 3% (not the increases in the budget, but the budget itself), and we need to have an IQ job requirement for all elected officials and government workers.  I wouldn’t go to a doctor who became paralyzed when he or she was in the middle of surgery, or who couldn’t order medical supplies because of disagreements with other doctors in his/her group.  Why should I have a member of Congress who can’t decide the tough issues.

Candidly, I would rather that Congress didn’t kick the can down the road and passed a budget I hated.  At least I would know where they stand and would give them marks for courage.

I am retired, and if I meet my projected life expectancy, have about 15 more years to go. But boy, do I feel for all of you young idealistic liberals who voted these nuts into office. One day, you’re going to wake up and not know what hit you.

© October 13, 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

Let’s Talk About the Economy, Again

Well, President Obama is talking about the economy, again.  In a speech he gave today, he said, “Washington has taken it’s eye off the ball.”  Who is Washington?  Is this man insane? Does he not know that he has been the leader of the free world for the last four and a half years, living in, duh, “Washington?”  Can we undo the last election and make believe we have a President that is a leader?  I’m being told that my healthcare may go up 200% because of Obamacare, and he thinks Washington, of which I guess he thinks he’s not part of, has taken it’s eye off the ball. I’m beginning to wonder if retiring to Florida is far enough south.

© 2013 James Stuckey