Egypt…and the Truth

In a recent email discussion about Obama the Beneficent and our involvement in Egypt, a relatively well educated and intelligent man I know said this:

Obama continued the aid routinely given to the government of Egypt as the revolution rolled through that country in 2011, as had been given to Egypt since 1979.  The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), a SECULAR organization, took control and promised to hold parliamentary and presidential elections within months, which they did.  These were the first open elections in Egypt, perhaps ever.  You are in favor of democratic elections, are you not?  Many supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood were democratically elected in this manner.  SCAF, however, retained control and tried to push back against their power in parliament and in the end refused to give up their control of the Egyptian government to these newcomers, including the new president, Mursi.  -At which point there was another uprising in the streets earlier this year, at which point Obama WITHHELD much of our aid to Egypt, allowing some non-military, humanitarian aid through.

It is useful to set the record straight here because the truth is close to this, but not close enough.  The devil is, as they say, in the details.  As this friend of mine is a flaming liberal, it is interesting to note the things he glossed over and/or left out.

There was an uprising in Egypt, yes.  They did hold Democratic elections, and yes I am for Democratic elections.  But when they elected Muhammad Morsi, and he began to install himself as the supreme ruler, institute Sharia law, ignore the constitution, and support terrorists…it might have been a good idea for us not to send him 1.5 billion dollars, tanks, aircraft, etc.  Which he most certainly would have eventually used against Israel.  Eventually, the people having had enough, twenty million or so went in to the street to demand that Morsi step down, which he refused to do.  At that point the military, hesitantly, took the side of the people, ousted Morsi and is arranging for NEW democratic elections.  That is what happened.

But, the apostles of the prophet Obama are so deeply invested in his mythology, that they must ignore reality, common sense, and common decency in order to excuse his failures and flaws.

Notice how the notion that we have been giving money to Egypt since 1979 is thrown in.  The fact that radical muslim terrorists now run the country doesn’t seem to be an important policy making factor.  Basically, “Our shit’s on direct deposit, let’s just leave it.”
At the end he makes the point that NOW we are withholding aid, apparently because Obama’s chosen people are no longer in control.  So basically the deal is, if terrorists run a country the U.S. will happily give them aid, weapons, aircraft, etc.  If the people suffering under the jihadists rise up and overthrow them, the U.S. will cut off aid because we are not fond of popular uprisings or military coups….  Which of course totally ignores the fact that Morsi came to office as the result of a popular uprising and military intervention which ousted the long standing leader of Egypt, Hasni Mubarak.

It is a sad fact that when faced with the truth or the liberal spin, a liberal will choose the spin every single time.  But this makes sense in a way.  Because everything liberals touch fall apart.  They destroy lives, businesses, the healthcare system, retirement, etc.  And they cannot sleep at night understanding what it is they have actually done, so they concentrate instead on what they meant to do.

This is how a liberal can stand before the press and say with a straight face that there is no evidence to suggest that Obamacare is costing jobs or shifting our economy to a part-time economy, while the CBO, GAO, BBB, CoC, and numerous other studies, institutes, publications and agencies all say that is precisely what is happening.

This is how you can take 3.5 years, and spend 634 million dollars to do something that should have cost 1 million or less and been done in 3 months, fail at it, and not have enough honor to kill yourself for the benefit of the nation.  Any decent Samurai would have already fallen on their sword.  And not only will democrats refuse to commit mass suicide like any decent group of human beings would…no one will even get fired, fined or reprimanded for this epic failure.

Because in liberal land you don’t actually have to produce results, you just have to want to produce results really badly.  You have to mean to produce results.  You have to claim to have produced results.  But you do not have to demonstrate that you have produced results.  Your base, after all, does not care.  They just want their food stamps and Obama phones.  They already have free medical care, free food, nearly free housing, free phones, etc.  So they don’t care how much money you waste or how long you take to completely fail at everything.

But they will…  when the IRS starts fining people for not having health insurance, even though they were unable to use the broken ass website to sign up for it.  When the cost of  insurance prices people out of the market.  When the system collapses under its own weight and the incompetence of the people who run it.  Then they will care.  And then single-payer will be proposed as an alternative…and God help us if that passes.

In short, whether it is foreign policy, domestic policy, national defense or basic math…if a Democrat is speaking he’s lying (if he’s a leader) or misled (if he’s a minion).  So…if you do not know what is going on and do not have time to study for yourself…find a well read liberal, ask him/her what’s happening, reverse everything they say, and you’ll know what’s going on.

Peace.

September 11th

I was at work yesterday.  I work in a place with definite ties to the events of 9/11/2001, though those ties would not necessarily be apparent to the casual observer.

Early yesterday morning a voice came over the loud speakers (I didn’t know we had loudspeakers), reminding us to take a moment to remember the events of that day and the people we lost.

I don’t need a reminder…

I was sitting in my Pastor’s office that morning, with my now ex-wife.  We were there for marriage counseling (it didn’t work).

The Pastor’s wife came running in the room to tell us that a plane had hit the world trade center.  I immediately thought of one of those light, experimental type planes.  I figured some guy had messed up bad, hit the building, and died.  But I asked.  “What kind of plane?”  ” A passenger jet”, she replied.

Hmmm… that’s odd.  Those planes have lots of instruments, and the pilots get lots of training…

Shrug…

Oh well, on with the counseling.

She comes rushing back in… “ANOTHER plane hit the OTHER tower!”  The pastor and I look at each other…  We’re at war.  With someone…

I went home and turned on the television.  I watched as people died, buildings fell, politicians spoke, news anchors and pundits pontificated.  It all seemed surreal.  I did what a lot of people did.  I put myself in that situation just for a moment, and wondered what I’d do.  Would I be one of the jumpers?  One of the guys on the phone demanding that help arrive faster?  One of the heroes, trying to lead others to safety?  Would I have made it out?

I contacted a guy I have never agreed with on a single issue in the 15 years I’ve known him.  I said to him, “I hope, on this day, that you and I can agree that someone, somewhere, has a major ass whoopin coming their way.”  His response was, “Abso-fuckin-lutely”.  For a short time we were all Americans.  Black and white, rich and poor, democrat and republican.  We were united, we were defiant.  We were horrified and angry.  We were proud.  Our first responders demonstrated for all the world to see what bravery and courage meant.

Our heads were bloodied but unbowed.

It seems to me however, that now…12 years later (has it been that long?) we have turned it in to some kind of theater.  VIP’s gather with solemn faces to deliver solemn speeches to a partisan, divided nation.

Bells toll.  Names are read.  Flags are flown.  But, much of the point is missed.

There were not 3,000 victims on that day.  The entire United States was attacked!  Certain families lost loved ones, but the entire nation suffered.  The anger, the heartache, the rage, were not confined to New York City, the Pentagon and some field in Pennsylvania.  From sea to shining sea, all of us watched the event of that day in horror.  All of us felt the loss.  All of us turned a corner.

I think a few of us, caught up in the moment as we were, had the insight to realize in the midst of the activities of that day and the ones that followed. that our way of life as we had known it up to that point, had ended.  America was forever changed.

With only token resistance, a horrified nation sacrificed liberty for security, and got neither.

It is not fair I think to say that tyranny in America began on September 11th, 2001.  The seeds had already been planted.  The Constitution already assaulted.  The subjugation of the people to the will of the government was already well established and taking place.  But I think, when we look back years from now, we will be able to say that 9/11/01 was the day things shifted gears.

We got the Patriot Act and the Dept. of Homeland Security.  We got the Gestapo at the airports, frisking, searching, scanning…robbing, assaulting, and molesting us.

We got the NSA wiretapping, intercepting, decrypting, analyzing ,compiling and storing our personal data.

We got new agencies, new officers, new rules and regulations.  We became the land of the mostly free, to some extent, where feasible.  And though some of us protested, as a nation we just bowed our heads and accepted it.

Bin Laden said that through our own laws he would defeat us.  He said he would use our own system to bring us down.

As I look around me I cannot help but think he was right.  In striving to protect “America”, we abandoned what it means to be an American.  And so we have preserved life, at the expense of a way of life.

There will always be two Americas.  The one before 9-11, and the one after.

That is what I think about on this anniversary.