Obama’s Enemies of the State

by Jeff Swanson

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First, let’s get this out there; all presidents have people they call enemies. It doesn’t matter which party. The party in the White House is a party pro tempore. Enemies are a fact of White House politics.

It’s what the president does with an enemy that matters. Continue reading

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Conservative Self Immolation and the Battle Mentality

by Jeff Swanson

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If, upon entering the war, you expect to win the first battle, failure is assured in your shortsightedness. War is won on the shoulders of both the battles that succeeded but more over, on the battles that were lost. Without the lost battles, you may have missed your opponents key weakness and the opportunity to understand your own.

This is a key understanding missed in today’s politics and clearly, within the Republican party and Conservative movement. Continue reading

The State of the Union: If I Could Respond

by Jeff Swanson

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While I think Marco Rubio did a fine job with the State of the Union response, I guess we all have our own version of what we’d say. If I’d been given that chance, what follows is my brief version:

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Obama’s Big, Sloppy, Wet Media Kiss

by Jeff Swanson

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Let me dredge up a little something from the not-so-distant past; remember Candy Crowley? I know, I know…water under the bridge. Correcting Mitt and all during the debate. It takes a lot to get an inherently unlikable guy elected. Candy was just doing her part to help Obama get elected.

Newsweek, the formerly venerable publication, has provided us with cover stories such as; Why are Obama’s Critics So Dumb, The Obama Conquest (subtitled ‘Lucky General or Master of the Game’), The God of All Things and the recent humdinger, The Second Coming. Throw in a couple of halo’d pictures and you have hero worship. Continue reading

Taming a Crabby Obama

by Jeff Swanson

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Not sure if anyone had noticed, President Obama has a thin skin. Seems he also lacks the ability to take ownership of, well, nearly anything. Except, of course, bin Laden is dead. You may not have heard that one. If not, welcome back from your roundtrip to Proxima Centauri.

The fact remains, our President just can’t seem to do what an adult should, act like one. Act like an adult. Yes, I am calling Mr. Obama childish. Continue reading

American Exceptionalism and the Left

by Jeff Swanson

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The left doesn’t like American exceptionalism. Whatever it is about that idea, the left ain’t buyin’ what the rest of us are sellin’.

In 2009, President Obama spoke about his belief in American exceptionalism, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism…”.

As far as logical fallacies go, this one is falsely analogous in that comparing these countries is not equal nor like one another. The President simply does not believe in American exceptionalism but saying so would a bad thing.

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Why It Matters Secretary Clinton

by Jeff Swanson

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“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again Senator.” Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton.

This is the kind of story told by many whose intent is to obfuscate on the err of their ways. To move the attention from what was done wrong in hopes that the conversation will skim past the glaring failure. Continue reading