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Obama, Binders, and a failure of Leadership

This is leadership?

I won’t go into the whole “Binder” silliness which the Left is pushing, since it is just that: silliness. Ed over at HotAir put it into context, giving credit to Mark Halperin for “being one of the very few journalists that spoke out about Barack Obama’s lack of a second-term agenda or much substance at all after the debate on Tuesday night.”

We have exploding debt, ambassadors being murdered, no actual budgets having been passed in years, ‘Taxmageddon’ on the horizon, record unemployment for his entire 1st term, …and all Obama can do is make juvenile “Binder” jokes?

If it wasn’t so tragic, it’d be comical.

News flash to the President: what we really need to be concerned with is THIS (from Breitbart.com):

Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped 46,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 388,000, the highest in four months.

What else is there?

Agreed, Benghazi is horrific and we need something other than dissembling and semantics from President “Al Qaeda is on the run” Obama. We have a multitude of items to fix, both foreign and domestic, but if our folks don’t have jobs, …real jobs, …we simply can’t fix anything else.

So, Mr. President, are you going to continue to keep throwing mindless distraction upon distraction in front of the American people, or are you going to finally, once and for all, hold yourself to the standard you set four years ago?

“You know, a year from now, I think people are going to see that we’re starting to make some progress but there is still going to be some pain out there. If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”

Yeah, …I think we all know the answer to that question.

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Since President Binder wants this to be the conversation of the day, okay, …I’ll play along:

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EXPOSED: Obama’s lack of leadership

The Obama administration’s scurrying away from the statements of the US Embassy in Cairo is a hugely telling sign for the American people. It says all we need to know about Obama’s utter lack of leadership, as well as his dearth of business and administrative experience.

We covered the ugly timeline of events yesterday as well as this morning, but that only tells the result of the problem. The actual cause is that Obama is fluent in arousing people’s emotions, but not in directing people’s actions. He’s not a manager; he’s an instigator.

Any Fortune 500 middle-manager will tell you that they are entrusted with a specific authority with their title and pay-grade. This is why you often need to be referred up the chain when you have a complaint with an AT&T®, or a Best Buy®.

However, when you get to a certain managerial level, that person was hired and trained to take in all the pertinent information and make the appropriate call. It’s what they do. If they need to call in the higher-ups every time a crisis occurs, they’ll soon be replaced, since they aren’t performing one of their more essential duties.

The US Embassy in Cairo’s statement and Tweet which has caused so much consternation was the result of their obvious understanding that they were acting on Obama’s behalf, and in his best interests. It’s an Embassy, for goodness sake: their only job was to communicate! The Administration’s backing away from this statement is empty and self-serving, and also completely devoid of reality.

In the Real World, when one of your handpicked surrogates says or does something on your behalf, you have to live with it. You can apologize for it, but you certainly can’t disavow it, as if it has nothing more to do with you than graffiti spray-painted on your building.

The Real World doesn’t work that way.

President Obama has spent the last several years bowing and apologizing to every foreign leader who will stand still for five seconds. THAT is why our Embassy released the statement: they were simply echoing the blatant point-of-view which we’ve all witnessed repeatedly put forth by this administration. Obama’s effort to weasel out of  accountability for it comes off as craven, cowardly, and disingenuous.

In short, President Xerxes is desperately trying to maintain his aura of ‘Smart Power’, which has proven to be barely a mirage.

I hope he has his resumé up to snuff; he’s going to need it shortly.

Trust and Truthfulness

I’m thinking about what (or who) we put our trust in, and why…and is NOT believing the truth the same thing as believing a lie?

Let’s suppose that every morning I give you an accurate description of the day’s weather, and you choose to ignore it.  This morning, for instance, I tell you that it’s 8 below zero with a brisk wind, and a foot of snow on the ground.  You dress for a day at the beach. That may not be a sin, but it is certainly foolish, isn’t it?  Of course, you may have reasons to doubt my knowledge or my sincerity.  But if I accurately report the weather for a week, will you begin to pay more attention? And act accordingly?  If not, how long will it be before you believe me?

Now let’s suppose the opposite:  I’ve told you the exact opposite of a true weather forecast every day, and every day you’ve believed me and dressed accordingly.  On cold days you’ve shivered and gotten sick, on rainy days you’ve been soaked, and on hot days you’ve come home drenched in sweat.   It’s obvious that whether you ignore truth or believe a lie, you will suffer consequences.  

This has nothing to do with the weather, actually– sunshine, snow storm or torrents of rain.  It’s also not a matter of my telling you about good weather versus bad.  I may not like the conditions outside any more than you do.  No, the question is one of trust.  Trust implies a relationship in time:  based on your past experience, you believe me right now about something which is, and/or which will be in the future.  If I am trustworthy, doesn’t that mean that I have been truthful?  Why would you trust me if I had lied about the weather every day?

This seems self-evident.  But there are people who every day put their trust in people and things which are demonstrably not truthful.  Why do they do that?  Why do women stay with men who abuse them?  Why do people read horoscopes or call fortune tellers and psychics?  Why do scientists postulate against the available evidence?  Why do people vote for public officials who have demonstrated their insincerity, mendacity or unfaithfulness to vows?  (What? Can’t think of any examples?) If the sign says “Thin ice,” what is it in human nature that wants to skate on it anyway?

Or ask the opposite question:  why do so many people tend to ignore advice and information from people who both love them and have proven themselves trustworthy?  If you know that your mother has never lied to you, and she wants you to dress warmly, what mechanism is it that prompts you to go out with no coat?  (This is the mother’s perennial question.  I fear there IS no answer.)

If you are warned, by sign and book and caring counsel, that what you are doing is dangerous…why do you persist in walking out on the ice?  If it is demonstrated again and again that the leader you support is untrustworthy and in fact does not have your best interests at heart…why are you still following?   And at what point does your foolishness become sin?  At what point does a nation’s folly put it beyond hope?

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way;walk in it.  (Isaiah 30:21  NIV)

[to be continued, next week…]