The world lost a great leader and human rights advocate yesterday with the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. He made the needed transformation of the world by living through apartheid in South Africa that included 27 years in prison for speaking out against racial discrimination where the White minority ruled and the Black majority had no voice.
Quick to draw comparisons between President Obama and Nelson Mandela, the media and The White House are off. Last night on CBS News, Scott Pelley reported “Nelson Mandela kept in his office a photograph of himself with another trail-blazing president: The first black president of the United States, Barack Obama. The photograph was taken when Mandela visited Washington in 2005, and Mr. Obama was then a brand-new United States senator from Illinois.”
Also yesterday, The White House tweets a picture of President Obama standing inside the prison cell where Mandela spent 27 years of his life. His cell was a museum when the photo was taken.
The two are so much alike if you pay attention to skin color. Sorry Mr. President, but you are no Nelson Mandela. Comparing the two Presidents, one was a uniter, the other is a divider.
Here’s another Presidential selfie, sitting in the seat once occupied by Rosa Parks. Another trailblazer, for real.
Judging from the content of their character, below are some quotes from these men. Who said them? Here’s a hint. Two of them are Mandela’s. Five of them are Obama’s.
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
“I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.”
“If they bring a knife into the fight, we bring a gun.”
“It’s very rare that I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person.”
“We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.”
“We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”
“I want you to argue with ’em and get in their face.”
Give yourself a smiley face if you attributed the first two to Nelson Mandela.
With President Obama at the helm for five years, the majority of Americans now believe America is headed in the wrong direction. Polls show President Obama with the lowest approval rating for his job performance, and trust. And with good reason.
The course he is taking this country, consistently for five years now, can’t be by accident or arguably, incompetence. That would be an excuse. But his determination, lawlessness, and the people he surrounds himself with, not to mention his own public declarations; spread the wealth, fundamentally transform America, and “irresponsible debt” before it wasn’t irresponsible, you can keep your plan, you can keep your doctor, etc.. And taking into account his influences and tutelage from childhood up to elected office by communists, Marxists, terrorists and revolutionaries (William Ayers), there is only one conclusion to be drawn. It is deliberate, and it’s because he doesn’t like America as it is and as founded.
It would be one thing if the President would recognize he is not doing what the people want him to do. But he isn’t listening. He’s listening to a different drummer. His ideology. His far left, collective ideology trumps everything. The people, the law, the constitution. Everything.
Sorry to say, and as unbelievable as that sounds, that is the man we elected President. Twice. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice . . .
A suicide bomber blew himself up in central Damascus Tuesday and killed four people, the state media said, while a Syrian mother superior accused opposition fighters of abducting 12 nuns from a predominantly Christian village near the capital.
The banner proclaims ‘Marriage equals woman plus men, everything else is something different’
Croats voted overwhelmingly in favor of defining marriage in the constitution as a “union of man and woman” on Sunday. Croatia now shares its constitutional definition of marriage with Belarus, Poland, Moldova, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Serbia.
Almost 66 percent of those who voted in the referendum in the new European Union member endorsed the initiative, launched by the Catholic group “In the Name of the Family”, according to preliminary results on Sunday night. Turnout was 37 percent. The vote was not surprising given that 90 percent of Croatia is Roman Catholic.
Current law in Croatia states that marriage is between a man and woman. The point of the constitutional referendum was to insure that no laws would or could change that definition, short of a constitutional amendment which would need a two-thirds vote, 66 percent. Despite the overwhelming majority of the effort to put it in the constitution, the Croatian government was opposed to it but will comply with the referendum. The government will be making laws to grant equal rights to same-sex couples instead of changing or expanding the definition of the word. It is also considering changes to the constitutional referendum process to restrict the ability for the public to start changes to it.
It is instructive to see the liberal bias in the news reporting of the referendum. More than just defining the meaning of the word in the constitution, there are headlines like “Same-sex marriage ban divides Croatia” and “Croatians Vote Against Same-Sex Marriage.” Choosing automatic victim status, in true liberal fashion, Croatians didn’t vote for the normal definition of marriage, they voted against gays. There was no same-sex marriage ban. In Croatia, same-sex marriage isn’t now and never has been legal. And if anything, the referendum united Croatia on what marriage is. It didn’t divide it.
A week after the big “deal” with Iran is complete, we begin to see just what was in it and what led up to it. Who is surprised to see that the Obama/Kerry team pretty much surrendered to Iran for the sake of saying they had reached a deal?
Turns out, not only did the deal include Iran not having to dismantle anything, while we give them billions, and certain more economic sanctions are lifted, but we turned over to Iran a nuclear scientist caught buying nuclear weapons components for Iran, in exchange for two hikers. Leaving behind former FBI agent Robert Levinson (captive since 2007), former U.S. Marine Mr Hekmati arrested by Iran in 2011 on accusations of being a spy when he visited the country to see his grandmother, and American Pastor Saeed Abedini, imprisoned since July 2013 for being a Christian.
Remembering a tough-talking candidate Sen. Obama in 2008 saying “If they bring knives, we will use guns.” Of course, he was talking about his Republican opponents then. Where America’s real enemies are concerned, he’ll bring a white flag, foreign aid, and some crying towels.
Today in 1955, Rosa Parks claimed her civil right to exist which kicked off the civil rights movement. Leading up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that passed with more Democrats than Republicans voting against it by nearly 2 to 1. The House version of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was supported by only 61 percent of that Chamber’s Democrats versus 80 percent of the Republicans.
It was Republicans that ended a filibuster by Democrat Senator Robert C. Byrd, preventing a vote on this bill in the Senate. 82 percent of Republicans voted for cloture versus 66 percent of Democrats.
In the final Senate vote on the Act, 82 percent of Republicans voted “Aye” versus 69 percent of Democrats.
Don’t feel bad if this is news to you. Democrats have done a good job in re-writing history about which political party supported civil rights, and still does, and which did not.