I am re--posting an article published in 2011 explaining why I opposed Barack Obama's election in 2008. It was posted with reference to the debt ceiling negotiations at the time and included recommendations for Obama not to run again in 2012.
After viewing Dinesh D'Souza's documentary, I am posting this in hopes some will view the film and, with this information, realize that what the film depicts was predictable. My hope is that thinking people will forgo political prejudices and preferences and vote to preserve traditional America, the nation we love, and to maintain the greatness and preeminence in the world. She is now under attack.

For 12 years, I stayed out of political activity, being content to write and speak about selected issues, especially from personal experiences working in many countries. I tried to learn how each nation's people viewed the United States. The most repeated comment about the USA was “the world needs America” and they wanted us to be “strong.” I saw respect and admiration for America.
In 2008 Barack Obama's candidacy for President caused me to exit political “retirement.” Soon, I heard more anti-American rhetoric from Obama and his associates than I heard in 20 years working outside the USA. Little was known about Obama. There was less to define him than any presidential candidate in history. He had no accomplishments to qualify him to lead the world's greatest nation. However, I soon learned he didn't view America in that light. In hiring for any job, records of accomplishments, including academic records, are first considerations. To be a top executive, leadership qualities are profoundly important as are personality and vision. Obama showed no attributes to qualify him as a top executive, surely not the presidency of the United States. There was almost nothing to define him as such.

Obama's academic records were sealed. There's only one reason to seal them... to hide negative information. His work record was confined to “community organizing” (aka unionizing and voter block building), a short law career and a sometimes lecturer in law. His records in the Illinois legislature and in the US Senate were minimal. His personality was clearly self-centrism. Narcissism! His declaration that he would “change America and then change the world” and his assertion to supporters that “we are the ones we have been waiting for” defined him so. His main attributes to many people were, he was not Bush, he had a”D” by his name and he “could talk”. However, critical assessment of his speeches showed them to be devoid of substance, forceful but shallow! He showed a strong bent toward socialism/Marxism and his associates more so -- radical. Obama would not have been prepared for the presidency at any time, but surely not for perilous times as we are now in. Our national condition is critical. I took on the task to defeat him in our area.

Among hundreds of volunteers who came out to defeat Obama were many naturalized citizens who got involved because they saw in Obama the “same characteristics” they had “seen in the revolutionaries and collectivists in their native countries.” They started life in Cuba, Columbia, Mexico, Peru, and both Eastern and Western Europe. These people are fiercely pro-American.
Obama's speech in Cairo after assuming the presidency showed his disdain for America. To him, America has been an arrogant nation, divisive and derisive.” Of course, he sees himself as better than that and is sure others do, a figment of of his and his supporters' imaginations.

He didn't create the economic meltdown of 2008, as he reminds us constantly, but he has made it worse, contrary to his hype and the assertions of the sycophantic media and press. His every policy initiative is antithetical to economic expansion, what we need most urgently.

His Keynesian economic stimulus plan, absent jobs, is a complete failure, as was expected. His catering to unions, a major voter and funding bloc, is beyond irresponsible when job creation is the issue. His efforts to use so-called green technology to suddenly grow the economy as he mandates an exit from the oil-based one shows a dearth of understanding, and suspends common sense. Any leader, any executive with a vision and experience in problem solving, knows the axiom that one re-invents in time of strength, not in times of distress. With no experience, how could Obama know this? It doesn't keep him from his arrogant demands though. Then there is Obamacare!

There is much more failure to speak of, but let's fast forward to the recent “debt ceiling” spectacle. It has been an exercise in hypocrisy, ineptitude, false choices, class warfare and more.

Hypocrisy and false choices. The level of debt at 100 % of GDP is of paramount concern. While it is reported as only 60-70% of GDP, $14 trillion of debt and $14 trillion of GDP is 1:1. It's reported falsely because only the “outside debt” is considered. Debt to social security, for example, is not counted. False choice? Yes! Obama scared seniors by telling them that without the debt ceiling he wanted, he couldn't pay social security retirement checks. Truth is the social security trust fund has on it's balance sheet over $5 Trillion of IOUs with approval of bonds to fund them. Also, what is the “debt” owed seniors, who have paid into it, vs that too others who feed at the trough? Pure dishonesty!

More hypocrisy and ineptitude. Obama says he wants higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires, who are allegedly “willing to be taxed more.” Republicans ineptly don't call his hand. Many, if not most, of these high rolling titans are on Wall Street, and in other parts of the economy-controlling financial industry. Most of these people are Obama supporters and 80% of their contributions go to Democrats.

Warren Buffett is one, a master of deception when Obama uses him as one who "wants to pay more taxes," the “30% his secretary pays vs. 17%” he says he pays. Sure! He plays the tax code like he plays his ukelele. He purchased Berkshire Hathaway, an old textile company, as it folded along with most of the once-vibrant New England textile businesses under excessive union demands. Then he used their tax loss carry forwards to start building his insurance companies without tax liabilities. For more on Buffett's hypocrisy see other "Buffett" posts herein.

Dishonesty and deception. As Obama demands more taxes to satisfy his and congress' voracious appetite for revenue, note that in the sham bankruptcy of General Motors, Obama granted major ownership to the UAW along with $50 Billion of tax exemptions! UAW's GM is unlikely to ever pay taxes as Obama rails about corporations not paying enough. And, how about GE? Pretty? No!

Perhaps the most ludicrous idea out of the debt ceiling talks was Obama's comparison of himself with Ronald Reagan. Reagan was a “great communicator” with people of all social levels. Obama lectures, talks down to us, and points his finger condescendingly as he tells us what we must do for him. Reagan loved America, the “shining city on the hill.” Obama? Well, as Reagan would say, his descriptors are aforementioned. Monuments are built to Reagan in Eastern Europe and England where Reagan is loved. Who thinks Obama is loved in Britain where he returned the bust of Churchill? Are these things important? Yes! Especially to counter the hype and false information from his acolytes.
Arguably, the most productive action of the debt ceiling negotiations was that of the new conservative representatives who did their constitutional duty, on behalf of the people, by holding an imperial president to accountability for his profligacy, as written by Donald Rivkin and Lee Casey (WSJ. Aug 2nd). For their service they were called “terrorists” by people who won't even call a terrorists such..
In the age of Obama, it has become all but impossible to have an honest conservative/liberal debate.
Our beloved nation is in perilous of times, not unlike 1862. The election of 2012 can be the most critical since the one of 1860. The only reason Obama is even slightly restrained in pushing his most radical agenda is his need to avoid hurting his reelection chances. While his sycophantic media didn't report it as such, the reason he pushed for a debt ceiling agreement through the election was to give him unfettered campaign opportunities without having the demand of governing, which he will do little of in the next 15 months.

If Obama is reelected, traditional America, as we have known and loved her, will be no more. Her heart and soul will be gone. Some  here will rejoice, but don't be surprised when much of the world will not.

Joe Mann



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