Hope and Change – “Making America Weak Again”

A little more than seven years ago the fledgling political operative out of Chicago, stormed the country  with his captivating mantra of “Hope and Change.” It captivated the masses, and history records his grand parade to the White House. After seven years of his administration there has been enormous change, but little real hope. Of course he could never have won on a campaign slogan that is far more accurate in describing his rule as a monarch, “Making America Weak Again.”

As a young cleric serving the people of a great church, I remember so well John Harvey a great patriot. As a member of the Birch Society, his passion in life was to education his pastor about the present and what he believed was the inevitable decline of America as a super power and peace broker in the world. In the sixties and seventies I considered the Birchers to be a group of people who seemed to be the prophets of doom and gloom. They seem to find little right and much wrong with our political system. At that time in my life I did not take my friend seriously, I do now.

Many years have passed and John is now with the Lord he loved. I have not forgotten our long conversations as we would drive from the Antelope Valley to Bishop California, always with the intention of doing just a little more work on that unfinished cabin.

I never became a Bircher, however because of those conversations with my friend, I  developed what I felt was a healthy ability to question the unhealthy policies, presidential executive orders, the work of our congress and etc. I also became very pro active in a couple of organizations that endeavor to make America great again long before Donald Trump embedded that as his presidential slogan.

Act for American is one of those organizations I believe is providing Americans information about radical Islam that is not available anywhere. What you read below is not from their website, however they and others could very well make these statements and raising these questions.

Like most in American who consider themselves “concerned” citizens we don’t want to be identified with any fringe or “radical” group that declares our president is a Muslim. After all aren’t these people nuts and radicals themselves for even rasing such a thought We think of people in this group much like I thought of my Bircher friend. They are for the most part good people but out of touch with reality.

While I’m not willing to make such a statement about our president (that he is a Muslim), there have been shifts in our culture, policy changes, and presidential executive orders that by design appear to make America weak like in the early years of our history. We might ask the following questions about the product of his administration and see where that leads us.

Has everyone lost their ability to see what is happening in the USA? Think America! Before Obama, there was virtually no visible presence
of Islam in America.

All of a sudden, Islam is taught in schools

All of a sudden, we must allow prayer rugs everywhere and allow for Islāmic prayer in schools and businesses.

All of a sudden, we must stop serving pork in public places and institutions.

All of a sudden, we are inundated with law suits by Muslims who are offended by America. (For God’s sake, they are IN America)

All of a sudden, we must allow burkas to be worn everywhere even though you have no idea who is covered up under them.

All of a sudden, Muslim training compounds are popping up throughout the USA.

All of a sudden, Muslims are suing employers for being expected to do their jobs.

All of a sudden, all of our aircraft carriers are recalled for maintenance by Obama rendering the Atlantic unsupported.

All of a sudden, our troops are withdrawn from the middle east.

All of a sudden, there is no money for American poor, disabled veterans, jobless Americans, hungry Americans, or displaced Americans,
but there is endless money for Obama’s refugee programs.

All of a sudden, Obama fills the Federal Government with Muslims in key positions.

All of a sudden, there is an ammunition shortage in the USA.

All of a sudden, Americans are threatened by the Federal government for complaining about Muslims.

All of a sudden, the most important thing for Obama to do is disarm American Citizens.

Now, why is it so important for Obama to disarm America? Why? Because a disarmed country is ripe for takeover by the Muslim Army that Obama
has imported into the United States.

Nikita Khrushchev, the Russian dictator who visited the USA in the 1950s said the USA could never  be occupied by any army because of it’s citizen Army.

Could it be that Obama knows this fact and is doing everything within his power to disarm our Citizen Army? If Obama can’t do it legally, he will abuse his power and take
every gun from Americans because he knows he must do that to turn the USA over to Islam.

Be wary and watchful! Obama’s actions speak far beyond his words. Obama won’t even say the words “Islāmic Terrorist”, WHY?”.

You may leave with the thought this is another wild piece from the NRA, it isn’t. I am not a member of that organization, however I may join soon.

To provide us with some perspective, I share with you Michael Barone’s post from Friday, Jan 15, 2015

American Exceptionalism: How Has It Fared in the Obama Years?

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In his final State of the Union speech Barack Obama made at least a few bows toward the idea that America is an exceptional nation, an idea he once derided by saying, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks” — this was before their fiscal crisis — “believe in Greek exceptionalism.” We remain exceptional, he said in Tuesday’s speech, as the world’s strongest nation militarily and because we’re doing better economically than most other large nations.

But overall, has America become less exceptional in the seven years of the Obama presidency? Yale law professor Peter Schuck addresses that question in National Affairs, using as a benchmark “Understanding America,” a 2008 book he co-edited with the late political scientist James Q. Wilson.

America, Schuck summarized, is “unique on a whole host of fronts” because it’s “decentralized, diverse, competitive, contentious.” These factors have contributed, to varying extents, to the astonishing success of a republic that started off with 3.9 million people in 1789 and has 321 million today.

One way we are exceptional is that we have a Constitution that divides power among executive, legislative and judicial branches. Obama has gathered more power in the executive: passing Obamacare by legislative legerdemain, shutting down the coal industry by dubious regulations, attempting to legalize illegal immigrants by executive order, though the most recent attempt has been ruled illegal by federal courts. This trend toward prime ministerial government didn’t start in 2009. But Obama has extended it further than ever before.

In other ways Obama has not changed what is unfortunate about American politics. We tend to have relatively low voter turnout, and it’s declined during the Obama years. And American politics and government remains relatively decentralized, with different states going their own ways.

Although Obama was re-elected with 51 percent of the vote, most Americans have Republican governors and state legislatures. Most rejected what parts of Obamacare they could and, even as Obama touts gun control, every state now allows law-abiding citizens permits to carry concealed weapons.

On education America has become less centralized, sloughing off George W. Bush’s bipartisan education accountability law and increasingly rejecting Obama-supported Common Core.

Harvard economist Benjamin Friedman in his “Understanding America” book ascribes America’s exceptional economic success to its businesses’ flexibility and competitiveness, its largely unregulated and flexible labor markets and its soundly regulated financial institutions.

On this score critics have grounds for saying Obama administration policies have made the nation less exceptional — and less productive. Certainly American financial regulation proved less sound than thought shortly after Friedman wrote, but it’s not clear that Obama’s Dodd-Frank Act improved it.

Big banks’ market share has increased; bank loaning has not entirely rebounded. Entrepreneurship and new business formation this century has been lagging previous levels, an acceleration of a pre-Obama trend.

Friedman noted also that Americans tend to work more than people in other advanced countries. But our distinctiveness there has declined since 2009. American work-force participation — the percentage of adults holding or seeking jobs — remains at the lowest levels since the 1970s, even after several years of 2 percent economic growth. Disability rolls have skyrocketed, and young people have gotten a slower start on their working lives than in past generations.

Schuck notes, accurately, that American social mobility — the percentage that move from lower to upper economic classes — has for many years not been exceptionally high, as many Americans have assumed. But many Americans think it’s declining today. Overall, the case for the exceptionalism of the American economy seems increasingly to be based more on the weakness of other nations’ economies than on the strength of our own.

What about American diversity? Immigration continues, though at reduced levels as compared to the 1982-2007 period, and immigration from Mexico, our largest source of immigrants then, has tailed off to zero since the financial crisis of 2008.

But despite Islamist terrorist attacks and despite Obama’s warnings against anti-Muslim prejudice in the State of the Union, there is little sign of anti-immigrant violence. What has changed is public acquiescence in legalizing illegal immigrants — perhaps a response to Obama’s arguably illegal attempts to do so.

Which leads to American conscientiousness, one aspect in which even Barack Obama seems to concede America has become more pronounced during his presidency. Mainly because many Americans, operating through our decentralized politics and government, have been resisting his “fundamental transformation” attempts to make America less exceptional.

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