Sunday, June 22, 2014

A Rant

The title was to serve as a warning that my BS limit for what comes out of Washington has again been exceeded and a purge, or rant, is necessary.
In a classic "tail wags the dog" maneuver the administration adroitly drew attention from the disgraceful disclosures of abuse of veterans by the VA by arranging a prisoner swap of Taliban terrorists for an Army Sergeant named Bergdahl held in Afghanistan. The overwhelming evidence indicating that the sergeant had been captured after deserting his post (walked away is how it was spun) quickly snuffed any welcome home festivities. This after Obama trotted out Bergdahls parents and championed him at the White House. Does anyone do any type of vetting in this administration? On top of everything else, it turns out that the Obama administration ignored protocol, somehow failing to notify anyone in Congress of its intentions. After an investigation it will probably turn out that laws were broken and the constitution was again trampled by Obama and his cronies. But wait! It gets more sordid. It turns out that at least a dozen brave men lost their lives attempting to find this waste of a soldier. It gets worse. In every case the families of these brave men were not told the real truth behind their deaths.
Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, the CIA's station chief's identity was released to the press when Obama flew in for a visit. He's letting his chief counsel look into it.
Did I mention that the Benghazi scandal continues to smolder in the background? And that Hillary feels it's safe to continue her relentless pursuit of the presidency by trumpeting her latest book on the talk show circuit? Whoops! I almost forgot-she hasn't formally announced her candidacy yet.  Meanwhile Rome continues to burn as the Republicans fiddle away. It's all about power, period.
Wait! There's more. There's always more while Emperor Obama is in office.
The smoldering controversy over the IRS's targeted audit(s) of certain political groups erupted into a new conflagration after it was revealed the prior Director's (Lois Lerner) e-mails had been lost in a routine purge. That it took many months for this to surface remains a mystery. Brushed over and even more mysterious to me is that tens of millions of dollars have been spent trying to root out these e-mails. Given the administration's proclivity towards ignoring the Constitution and various laws, is it so odd that a Department and its head would behave like this? Am I saying that the orders to investigate/audit certain political groups came out of the White House? I think my dear readers can figure that out...
Speaking of broken laws and ignorance of the Constitution, the demographic of  our electorate continues to be illegally molded by this administration. The flood of illegal immigrants across our southern borders has turned into a humanitarian nightmare as thousands of minors have joined the multitudes. Does anyone wonder how a pervasive rumor that the United States was considering amnesty for illegals got started? Never mind that the law provides that these folks are to be repatriated, Eric Holder (our attorney general), has had them shipped to Arizona and is making plans to integrate them into this country. Voila, another indebted group of illegals joins thousands of others, burgeoning into a voting block for the democrats. Did I mention it's all about power? Listen to me and/or read this very carefully. For years immigrants have legally entered this country, followed the rules of law and eventually attained citizenship. For the most part they integrated into society and became part of the fabric of this nation. Now we have illegal aliens entering this country, forming there own societies and retaining there native languages and customs. The fabric of this country is inexorably being torn from within. Take a look at a program or movie from the fifties or sixties and you'll get what I mean. This is not about prejudice, much less ethnicity or the color of someones skin. It's about nationalism and retaining what this great country is all about. You can't do that with porous borders.

 And now we have the fall of Baghdad and the rest of Iraq. Perhaps nothing is more symptomatic of our failure there than the fall of our air force base in Kirkuk. Billions of dollars and the lives of many coalition troops went into securing and establishing this outpost. When the ISIS militants got within 50 miles of the base, Iraqi troops charged with its protection stripped off their uniforms and ran. In order to understand; much less take on and defeat, the militants you have to first understand that they are tribal. Tribal by its very definition is social groups formed before the establishment of states or borders. To expect these people to honor international boundaries is laughable. Add to that they are steeped in their religion of birth and will die for it and you have a formidable enemy. The militants are Sunnis and Iraq is governed by Shiites (the second largest branch of Islam). I personally guarantee that they will be fighting 100 years from now; and I said that years ago when then President Bush made up tales of biological/nuclear weapons to justify our incursion there. How ironic that things were far more tranquil before we toppled Saddam Hussein and company.

I really intended to make this brief, but it is exceptionally difficult given the volumes of fertile information that's out there. I leave you with the awful mess that is the VA and its culture of obfuscation and mismanagement. Unfortunately the end result is that many deserving veterans were denied care and some may have even died; all because they were caught up in a corrupt and broken system. It is incumbent upon all of us to keep this in the forefront and not allow it to slip into obscurity again. I remind you that the VA is run by the same government that is expected to administer and run the Affordable Care Act. Please tell me you won't be surprised when it turns into a colossal failure.

I haven't even touched on Fast and Furious and other examples of very poor management, which after all is the job of the chief executive. I  know some of you tire of me (and others) railing against the government and I have made an effort to cut back on the subject. However, I do try to stick to facts and keep opinions as unbiased as possible. What is going on in this country is unpardonable and will require the voice and effort of all of us if we ever expect to right the ship. Till then I will occasionally publish a rant.

1 comment:

  1. Everyone needs to Rant. I try to put my ranting thoughts out to the Letters to the Editor I our local paper. It is hard to assemble the words sometimes. Keep ranting!