America has had some great presidents, many mediocre ones and a few bad ones. But we’ve never had one like Barack Obama. He’s the first who thinks the job is beneath him. He’s the first who turns political give-and-take into a crisis by refusing to negotiate with Congress. He’s the first who thinks the way to more power is to inflict pain on ordinary people. The move to barricade the World War II memorial reveals the mentality of a tin-pot dictator. The limited government shutdown did not need to affect the memorial because it is open 24 hours, without gates and often without guards. But to turn public opinion in his favor, Obama’s goons trucked in barricades to keep out World War II vets and other visitors. By one estimate, the barricades and workers cost $100,000. The same punish-the-people attitude led to shutdowns of other parks and historic sites that get no federal funding. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting,” a Park Service ranger told The Washington Times. The ranger cited the order to close the parking lot at George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon so visitors couldn’t use it. The cheap trick captured the contrast between a revered president and the current one. I’ve been saying for a while that there is no bottom to Obama. He’s not just ruthless. He’s without scruples and honor. Now the shutdown has ended, it will bring only a temporary respite from the crisis atmosphere in Washington. When it comes to his countrymen, Obama always chooses conflict over cooperation. Meanwhile, Jimmy Carter can rest easy. We have a new worst president.
The National Park Service blocked parking lots at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate and Gardens “due to a misunderstanding over the ownership of the spaces,” according to Melissa Wood, Mt. Vernon’s media director.
Mount Vernon officials approached the NPS, which removed the barricades “as soon as they realized their mistake,” Wood says, adding that the Park Service maintains the parking lots, but Mount Vernon owns the property.
The issue was noted by Stephen Gutowski of The College Politico, and he posted photos on Twitter Wednesday:
While Gutowski has tweeted as recently as Thursday afternoon that “one of the parking lots is still barricaded,” Wood told TheBlaze that the barricades were up for three hours Tuesday and then taken down.
The Mt. Vernon official website does its best to dispel doubts that the NPS has shut down the entire operation:
Mount Vernon is the former plantation of George Washington and is owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which doesn’t receive any government funding.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich tweeted his displeasure:
San Francisco may have banned the exposure of genitalia, but that’s not stopping the Department of Public Health from bringing back its giant Healthy Penis. Yes, the beloved six-foot-tall mascot for safe sex is literally coming out of the closet and will be back at parades and other city events – and this time he comes with free penis-shaped stress toys!
Because hey, it ain’t a parade with giant penises and penis shaped stress toys!
The health department sparked some controversy when it debuted the three characters, all penises but in different hues, back in 2002. But the penis costumes – worn by health department staff and aimed at encouraging gay and bisexual men to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases – became popular and have been copied in San Jose and Cleveland.
The penises went into retirement in 2006, debuted again in 2009, and now are back for a third time to encourage men to get tested for STDs every six months. Those who do get tested will receive a Healthy Penis stress toy and a coupon that looks like a dollar bill – but, of course, with a Healthy Penis in place of George Washington. The coupons can be used for discounts, free coffee and other goodies at 25 local businesses.
The Left has advanced its agenda in America for many reasons. Their campaign of division, splitting Americans into groups based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and class has been extremely successful. So have their willingness to lie, and to smear political opponents. Those two tactics are not the only ones the Left uses however. Their is ignorance, specifically voter ignorance too.
The greatest threat to our liberties is not the average politician. The greatest threat to our liberties is the ignorant voter; the voter who doesn’t take the time to do their homework in regards to the issues. These are voters who vote by name recognition or by party affiliation. These are voters who check the party box on the ballot. These are voters who have a myopic view of America and continuously spew the talking points of the politician they support even if it’s factually wrong. They are the Kool-Aid drinkers and part of the rainbows and unicorns crowd. They believe the lie before the truth and claim the truth is a lie. They feel and vote based on emotions rather than facts. They put as much thought into the politician they support as the last minute Christmas shopper puts into the gift they’re buying before the stores close; they settle for what’s left on the shelves. Each of us has had our own experience with people like this. They think they know more than they actually do. And this is the kind of voter the left needs to advance their agenda.
George Washington believed that intelligent voters was a key in retaining our republic. He was absolutely right. I have come to believe that one of the biggest reasons the Left pushes so hard for a “right” to a college education is to have more time to indoctrinate, or dumb down our youth. This is also the same reason they push for mandatory pre-school, and sell the “it takes a village” line of thought. The fact is the Left realizes that voters who are indoctrinated from ages four, or less, until their early twenties are more easily led to vote for the emotionalistic rhetoric of the Left. Just as those who believe that their entire identity revolves around gender, skin color, or sexual orientation are more likely to vote for Leftist candidates. John at Conservative Hideout illustrates this truth
The ignorant voter will buy into the misleading campaign ads the left is throwing out there. They won’t take the time to do the research because they get ensnared in the emotional narrative the left lays out for them. And the left is counting on these voters this November. Without them and their ignorance they cannot win. With them, they have plenty of fuel to propel them to victory. The only way the left has a chance this November is to divert our attention away from the issues that matter. They have been attempting to do this with class warfare, the war on women, and Romney’s tax returns. As misguided as the left is they are passionate creatures who believe in their cause. They believe the ends justify the means and will sink to extraordinary lows to attack an opponent or change the national discussion from the issues that really matter. The latest anti-Romney ad that claims Romney’s actions while he was at Bain Capital indirectly led to the death of a woman who lost her health insurance when her husband was laid–off is absolutely heart-wrenching. The problem is it’s extremely misleading; but this doesn’t matter to the Kool-Aid drinkers; they are emotional and are moved by the misleading story. The misleading story strikes a chord with them. This kind of campaign ad is designed to target ignorant voters because the left knows the ignorant voter will not do the research or will ignore the facts when they are presented to them. It’s designed to plant the seeds of doubt about Romney and depict him as an uncaring rich guy who doesn’t give a crap about the average American. So what can we do counter this?
Excellent piece, go read it all. John lays out some good ideas for countering the Left.
February 22 is the birthday of George Washington — the man who, more than any other, made possible our republican form of government.
The third Monday in February has come to be known, wrongly, as President’s Day. America’s political leaders should take this occasion to remember Washington’s deeds, recollect his advice, and again call the holiday celebrating him by its legal name: Washington’s Birthday.
To listen to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton tell it, you would think that the American Revolution was led by Marxists.Sheesh!
Too bad Mark Dayton isn’t running for national office. Otherwise, I’d love to see Chris Wallace ask Dayton the “flake” question afterDayton’s explanation of the American Revolution to Minnesotans last week, an explanation that went largely unnoticed. Minnesota’s governor has shut down state government in an effort to force the Republican-led legislature to hike taxes on the wealthy in a state that’s already ranked 43rd in the nation for tax climate, and attempted to justify this stand by hearkening back to our forefathers:
It is significant that this shutdown will begin on the 4th of July weekend. On that date, we celebrate our independence. It also reminds us that there are causes and principles worth struggling for – worth even suffering temporary hardships to achieve.
Our American Revolution was very much about fair and just taxes, where the middle-class was over-taxed while the very rich went tax-free. In the absence of fair taxes, the basic services people relied upon for their health and well-being were denied them.
Er … riiiiiiiight. The American Revolution, led by wealthy landowners and businessmen like John Hancock, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the rest of the moneyed class revolted against the Crown for forced redistribution of wealth via government. Damn the History Channel for not covering this aspect of the Revolution!
So, is the governor REALLY that stupid? Or is he just assuming that Minnesota voters are that stupid? Either way, he wins our Marxist Moron of the Day Award