Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fiddling While America Burns

In case you can't read the fine print, President Obama released his long-form birth certificate this morning in order to quell growing buzz about his birthplace.  The US Constitution makes the requirement an issue; Article Two, Section One specifies that: 
No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
Donald Trump, a blowhard real estate tycoon with several towers in Manhattan, a reality TV show to his credit (The Apprentice), and Presidential aspirations has been talking trash about BO's birthplace, and rising in the public's estimation as a result.  When informed of the President's act, he claimed credit and repeatedly patted himself on the back for having accomplished what even the Clintons couldn't: getting the President to release his long form birth certificate.

All you need to know about the Pravda-like nature of American political coverage (Democrats good, non-Democrats reprobate), can be gleaned from the petulant and derisive tone of reporters' questioning (linked above) following Trump's statement.  The announcer even referred to Trump by his media nickname, "The Donald." Compare his grilling to the coverage of the teapot tempest by Clinton-flak George Stephanopoulos and ABC "reporters."

Journalistic water carrying for the President is so commonplace that a reporter actually made news last week for his "tough" questioning of the President in a sit-down interview--only the second such interview during Obama's tenure.  President Bush, by way of comparison, had to listen to haggish Helen Thomas berate him from the front row of the White House press corp on a regular basis.  You can imagine what this kind of skewed coverage does to the public psyche.  If sociologists and social psychologists weren't overwhelmingly liberal Democrats, we'd even have empirical studies to document the effect.

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said that attention being given to the issue was "bad for the American people."

At a time of great consequence for this country -- when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices, and bring stability to the Middle East, Washington, D.C., was once again distracted by a fake issue," Pfeiffer said on the blog. "The president's hope is that with this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country."
Noman finds this amusing because the President seems to be skating on thin ice with clown shoes on.  It is rather evident that we, as a country, are in decline.  Only government--as opposed to the people--is on the ascent.  And the fight to cut it's size and scope is not going well.  Punitive taxes to fund the French-like civil service lie on the horizon.  Our deficit has skyrocketed to $1.65 trillion dollars due to the President's noxious trough-larding policies, even before one considers the oncoming impact of the Obamacare freight train.  Who you know, rather than what you know, has become the passport to economic advancement.  Gas prices are high because he (like every greenie) wants them that way.  That higher gasoline prices are viewed as an essential means for making alternative energies price competitive became transparently clear during the run up to Copenhagen.  Just the other day, Obama's EPA forced Shell Oil to abandon an Arctic drilling project that it had already spent $4 billion on.  His administration used the Deepwater Horizon spill as an excuse to block drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.  With regard to stability in the Middle East, the White House seems to be unaware that the conflagration has really begun to flame out of control during this President's administration, especially since he turned his back on Hosni Mubarak in Egypt last February.

Noman is happy that the President has put the birth certificate issue behind him.  He wonders what took him so long, but is willing to let the matter go.  What he really can't wait for is for the electorate to put this President and his thieving party behind it, once and for all, while there's still time and opportunity to move forward.

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