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July 28, 2011

“My Way, Or the Highway”

Joan Marie Aquilino

From unchecked growth to taxpayer-signed blank checks, our president, and his dwindling band of cronies, seems hell bent on bringing the American public to its knees and breaking our will, as well as our finances and our future.


Why is this? What is the purpose? Could it be some warped campaign gimmick?


Why hurt the American public in your efforts of one-upping the conservative voices? The only answer I can come up with is that you fear conservative voices. You are afraid the Kool-Aid trough is running dry and Americans are waking up in every nook and cranny of this great country.


The liberal Democrats preach civility and compromise but I seriously doubt they know what either really is. From the president down to the local activist or elected liberal followers, they preach and they scold; yet they refuse to listen, even to their own words.


Monday nights’ speech by the president about the looming debt ceiling impasse was a perfect example of “do as I say, not as I do.” He told the American public what he demands and how to do it.


Should we refuse to do so, he’ll personally see to it that those most vulnerable suffer. He will scare our elderly, our veterans, and our children so they’ll do as he says.


Funny how he never mentioned cutting congressional pay or benefits – or even his own – to help the budget. He puts himself in the group of those earning over $250,000 a year, but he didn’t offer to send in more of his salary as an example. Just do it, set the example now! I certainly don’t ask of others what I’m not willing to do myself; nor will I pay heed to those who refuse to do so.


No, our president doesn’t lead by example; he bullies, rants, scolds, and then, ultimately, uses his elected powers to take from everybody else. The majority of the American public did not want Obamacare; yet that is exactly what he forced upon us. Funny how the privileged exemptions keep pouring in, but we the masses are forced to do something we never wanted.


In his most recent speech he came out and said we (the American public) don’t understand these ‘things.’ The American public understands plenty; we are paying attention. That is proven by the president’s approval rating sinking as fast as the American economy.


We Americans are not a Stepford public, some may have been lulled into a false sense of security, or even dozed off for a while; but we are back and wide awake now and that scares the beegeebers out of the liberal contingency – and thus the finger pointing and blame games.


This boils down to the fact that President Barack Obama, the leader of this country, is not leading. He rules as if it’s his own personal sandbox and if you don’t play by his rules, you are banned.


He talks compromise and what is best for the American public and he practices none of what he preaches. Shame on you, Mr. President. Those who can’t see their own faults and shortcomings are destined to fail. You are failing the American people and dooming us. Stop using us in your personal re-election campaign games. Campaign on your own dime, not ours!


As to Social Security, there are protections and monies set aside for those payments and should those checks stop coming, there is no one to blame except the president himself. That will be his choice, his alone, and a deliberate move to punish the elderly and nothing more than a campaign trick.


Stop the campaign shuffle and spend your limited time in office actually governing. You play the role of a victim – of former President George W. Bush, past budgets, past woes of all sorts. When will you stand on your own feet and your own record and solve something?


You knew what you were getting into when you ran for office after such a short time in the U.S. Senate. If you didn’t know, then shame on you for being so unprepared and uneducated.


Mr. President, when you do nothing but blame others, you give up the power to change. Your own words of “hope and change” seem a bit silly, as well as false advertising when in the light of three years of facts and examples showing there is no hope of you ever changing. This citizen is asking you to follow your own words and learn compromise and not to veto things that haven’t even been presented. Stop the ‘bully’ pulpit approach and I hope you can change.


Here are some things you can do to turn all of this around.


·        Make cuts to find the monies needed to pay our debt.


·        Stop the excuses and blame game.


·        Expose the waste and stop it.


·        Lead by example, cut first.


·        Cap spending, and stop, getting in your own way.


Mr. President, you have made lots of promises but very little change has occurred. After nearly three years in office, when can we expect you to step away from the foul line and go for the shot? Lack of planning and leadership on your part shouldn’t constitute an emergency on the part of the American public. The ball is in your court and your court alone. Do you have the ability to sink the shot? We’ve run out of time and you are the only one stalling. Do we have a hope of you changing? I think Not!


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A parting thought to conservatives. You have the upper hand right now. You are making headway, so please don’t cut off your nose to spite your face. Do something, take something. Don’t behave like the president with his “my way or the highway” attitude. That is not a solution. It took a long time to get where we are. Take it back to our constitutional framework by steps.


A step forward is better than nothing at all in the end. Let the president finish himself off. He doesn’t need our help. He’s doing a fine job all by himself. No tax or spending increases is a step in the right direction. Take that one and then go for the next and the next and we’ll get there.


I have faith in the steady and sure conservative voice. Do you? Let us work toward bringing the pride of economic stability and security back to America and we the Americans.


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. . . . .'til next time . . .


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