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SCHUMER SHENANIGANS

Last Thursday, the seventeen announced candidates for the Republican Presidential nomination responded to a hard and probing set of questions posed by FOX News anchors.  By my account, most of those participating acquitted themselves well in the exchange.  Frankly, while there are several of these candidates whom I would prefer, I have not come to any decision yet as to whom I will support in the Nevada caucus that will take place early next year.

One of the most extraordinary statements to my way of thinking, came not from the debate itself but as a response to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D – NY) statement that he will not support the Obama/Kerry Iran “deal”.  The comment came from former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee who himself opposes this deal and praised Schumer’s abandoning the president’s camp calling the New York senator, “statesmanlike”.

Personally, I like Governor Huckabee.  He projects an image of honesty but I am a little put off by the enshrouding wrapper of religiosity.  Perhaps that’s a matter more of style than substance – but it’s one characteristic which places him in my lower tier of candidates based on the rampant “humanistic” world view held by a large number of American voters thus making me question his electability.’

Perhaps it’s because Governor Huckabee himself is an honest person that he made his statement of praise for Sen. Schumer, believing that the man who is likely to be the next leader for his caucus after Reid’s ‘retirement” was sincere in his heartfelt opposition to the Iran deal.  But that is, in my view, an expression of naiveté on the Governor’s part.  As partisan as present Minority Leader Reid is, Schumer is amply qualified to fill his shoes.  He is not a statesman but the consummate politician.

There is no doubt that Schumer was pressured into his position because of the amount of opposition from his Jewish constituency who clearly see Iran as a threat to the state of Israel.  And his decision has reliably evoked the outcry from the far left who would support Obama if he declared himself Emperor and who believe Schumer’s decision makes him unqualified to be the Democrat Senate Leader of the next Congress, a position to which he is likely to ascend.

Before Schumer made his statement, I have no doubt that was preceded by extensive conversations with members of his caucus to be certain that there were enough sheep-like Democrat senators who would hold together and refuse to override a veto from Obama if the Congress turns down the deal, which seems likely.  So Schumer momentarily accepts the abuse of the far left as part of the drama which is the Washington Waltz.  He appears “statesmanlike” while knowing that his vote is irrelevant.

If Schumer is truly a “leader” he will exert all his influence to convince members of his caucus that his, not the president’s position, on the Iran deal is correct.  That the deal is a danger not only to Israel but to the United States and the civilized world.  That’s a very big if – one that I sincerely doubt will happen.

And as to Governor Huckabee – I have to question a person’s ability to lead what’s left of the Free World if he is so easily scammed by one of Washington’s most adept, adroit and duplicitous politicians.

THE FLAT EARTH SOCIETY

When I was a young child there was nothing that I found more entertaining than completing one of the jigsaw puzzles that my parents had bought for me.  Back in those days, the frames that contained the puzzles were made out of a one half inch thick block of wood and the pieces were carved out of it.  These were rather easy puzzles with only ten or twelve pieces.

If you don’t know the history of jigsaw puzzles you may not be aware that they were originally created by a mapmaker for his children.  One of the first puzzles that he created was a map of the earth painted on a flat surface.  He then used a jigsaw to carve out the pieces – hence the name – although this was not the source of the “Flat Earth Theory,” which had been discredited centuries earlier thanks to the invention of sailing ships and the courage of adventurous seamen.

But today it seems that the local chapter of “The Flat Earth Society” in Washington has been resuscitated in the marbled halls of the Department of Health and Human Services.  Rather than admit that Obamacare’s rollout has been nothing short of an unmitigated disaster, they continue to spin (with the Chief Dradle Spinner being President Obama) that things are going along and will get better.  (More on this in the next post).

But what people do not understand about Obamacare is not that it is a disaster (the position of the GOP and other rational people); it is not even about the five million soon to be many more Americans who are losing the health insurance that they chose and liked; it is really about confidence and perception – not just in the United States but throughout the world.

Obama, while not having quite achieved the abysmal levels that President Nixon reached shortly before his resignation, is well on the way.  The latest Quinnipiac poll records the fact that 52% of those polled DO NOT TRUST PRESIDENT OBAMA.  And if we don’t trust the elected leader of our own country, what must be the view of those who lead foreign countries – like Kim Jong Un in North Korea and Hassan Rouhani in Iran.

Well, North Korea is under wraps.  We have ex-officio Ambassador and jumpster Dennis Rodman making nice nice with one of the most ruthless dictators left on our planet (flat or otherwise).  And we have basset hound-faced Secretary of State John Kerry, trying to work out a deal that will virtually ensure that Iran will be able to develop the nuclear weapon they have been working on for a decade.

As bad as the Obamacare disaster is, the loss of confidence and final recognition that Obama is a man who simply cannot be trusted, will have far greater implications throughout the world.  He will be rightly perceived as a weak man who might currently have some charisma left but who lacks vision.  And while Kim is merely insane, Rouhani is cunning and will exploit Obama’s need to find some kind of a win in international relations to try to recover from the Syrian fiasco from which Vladimir Putin bailed him out.

Simply put, Americans are finally coming to the realization that world leaders throughout the world, both friend and foe, have come to believe in the five years of the Obama presidency.  That the United States has elected to the most important office in the world, a man who cannot be believed and, therefore, cannot be trusted.

No matter your view of the world, round or flat, that is a dangerous conclusion – particularly if it is true.  And the evidence seems to point strongly in that direction.

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