Posts Tagged ‘Oregon’

The Worst of Obama

October 3, 2015

The Oregon school shooting brought out the worst of president Obama. Once again, he let his emotions and political agenda override what should have been a presidential demeanor and compassion in time of tragedy. Instead, he wallowed in self-righteousness and lectured America during a press conference, ignorantly urging more politics over reasonable debate.

Before facts concerning the shooting were known, Obama quickly determined that guns were responsible and began inflaming the gun controversy just as he has inflamed racism at every opportunity. He knows exactly what he is doing because politics is the only tool in his toolbox and it is his answer for everything.

He urged everyone to follow his foolish lead and turn this shooting into a political issue, as if the media hadn’t already done so. Going even further, he advocated everyone become a one-issue voter and use his agenda on gun control as a sole basis for voting. One-issue voting, of course, neglects addressing the many failures of his administration (and the Democratic Party), something Obama has become expert at doing. It is a fatuous way to vote that should be discouraged.

And what, exactly, is Obama’s agenda on gun control? In his press conference, he revealed his agenda when he praised “countries like ours”, Australia and Great Britain, which “have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings”. They have confiscated guns in those countries; countries which are not “like ours” in that we have over 350 million guns in circulation. If it is “impossible” to round up and deport 10 million illegal immigrants, how do we confiscate 350 million guns?

Trying to further his point, Obama urged news organizations to compare gun deaths with deaths from terrorists in the country, an apples-to-oranges comparison. He could also compare gun deaths (approx. 30 per day) with drug deaths (approx. 120 per day), but that would highlight the senseless “progressive” push to legalize marijuana and other drugs – a political football he’d rather not toss around.

Having to go through another year of Obama’s brand of “leadership” is depressing enough. The thought of replacing him with a policy clone brings nightmares. We can do better, and we must.

David J. Hentosh

Illegal Immigration Warning

November 10, 2014

Voters in Oregon, a predominantly liberal and Democrat state, handily voted to approve legalizing marijuana while voting down a measure to give driver IDs to illegal immigrants by a margin of two-to-one (67.4% to 32.6%). Oregon is considered a sanctuary state for illegals, so this is very revealing.

States have been handing out invitations, ID’s, and benefits to illegal immigrants without the public ever voting to do so. Oregon is one of the only states to put it on the ballot and the outcome should be a warning to all states and the federal government: Illegal immigration is unacceptable and inexcusable.

Many Republicans running on promises to deal with illegal immigration counter to Obama’s ways won elections. Obama delayed issuing an intended executive order for amnesty until after the election because he knew it was toxic for campaigning Democrats. He arrogantly promises to issue that order if Congress doesn’t do as he wants even though public opinion is running heavily against him.

Perhaps Obama really believes an executive order for amnesty is best for America. Perhaps he wants it only because it fits his personal “transformation” agenda. In either case, it is the wrong thing to do. Trust in his judgment has already been eroded by his backdoor legislating and his refusal to enforce immigration laws. There is no reason to believe he is right about this and many reasons to believe he is wrong.

Obama has displayed an ego that makes one believe his legacy is important to him. He has already tarnished that legacy with a failing foreign policy, a poor economy, a national health care plan in disarray, and responsibility for severe mid-term election losses. An executive order granting amnesty for illegals could be a huge all-or-nothing gamble for his legacy – and a very dangerous one for the country.

He has been warned.