I freely admit that I will never be as brilliant as Thomas Sowell, either in my analytical abilities or in my writing quality. That doesn’t mean, though, that I can’t borrow his technique of writing the occasional post that consists of one or two sentence thoughts about interesting subjects. So, I am for his style, even if I lack his substance.
As I understand it, striking down DOMA means that marriage in America is no longer defined as being between one man and one woman. More than that, it’s no longer defined as anything. In pre-21st century America, it was understood to be one man and one woman, but now those common understanding is gone. It seems to me that the feds better act quickly to define marriage as a relationship between two consenting adult humans. Otherwise, the door is open to polygamy, incest, bestiality, or NAMBLA- and sharia approved marriages with children.
Earl Aagaard forwarded to me a wonderful comment a friend of his made with regard to Obama’s disastrous efforts to engage with Russian President Putin regarding Edward Snowden, currently hanging out with impunity in the Moscow airport: “It seems that Barack Obama, not content with losing the war on terror, is also trying to lose the Cold War.”
I have to admit that I haven’t read closely any of the news articles about Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to revitalize the Middle East peace talks. All I can think is that trying to get the Palestinians to agree to a two-state solution is a fool’s errand — and John Kerry is most certainly a fool.
I was saddened, but not surprised, to see that the Senate passed the Immigration bill (all 1,200 unread pages of it), including 14 “yes” votes from Republicans. I have only two hopes now. I hope that every Senate Republican who voted “Aye” gets killed in the primaries and I hope that House Republicans figure out that they can vote “no” on the bill by pointing to the fact that, as written, it destroys American jobs, both by drastically increasing the pool of legal, low-income workers and by blending with ObamaCare to give employers the incentive to fire current workers (for whom they must buy insurance or pay a fine) in favor of amnestied workers (who don’t fall under ObamaCare). I just know, though, the Republicans are going to be sufficiently stupid to sell this as fear of too many Hispanics. Raaacists!!
We’re having a heat wave here in temperate Northern California. Oh. My. G*d! It must be global warming. We’re all going to die! Oh. Wait a minute. Never mind. I just remembered that it’s June and we’ve had a heat wave in the Bay Area every June since my earliest memories in the 1960s.
There’s a saying that one should never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. There’s also a saying that even a stopped clock is right twice a day. If Obama was merely stupid, one would think that, in his approach to foreign policy, he’d occasionally get things right. But he never does. Think about his instincts: With the Iranian revolution, when he should have given moral support to the opposition, he was silent. During the Egyptian Arab Spring, when he should have supported and then gently eased out our ally, Mubarak, he was silent. He found his voice again with the Muslim Brotherhood, whom he supported — so much so that, now that ordinary Egyptians and, especially Coptic Christians in Egypt, are figuring out that they went from a bad secular government to a much worse theocratic government, Obama has fallen silent again.
Obama pulled us out of Iraq, where we had won, before we had a chance to consolidate a democratic infrastructure. Iraq is now becoming an Iranian satellite and falling into a dystopian Islamic anarchy. In Afghanistan, Obama didn’t even wait until we won. He announced that we had lost and would be leaving soon, and by the way, would the Taliban please refrain from killing Americans and instead sit down with American politicians to negotiate the terms of our defeat.
Of course one can’t forget Libya, where we helped destroy a neutral (which is what Qaddafi had become) and replaced the power structure with a toxic, anarchic combination of the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda. That chicken came tragically home to roost on September 11, 2012, when al Qaeda killed four Americans in Benghazi. Then there’s Syria, where Obama sat by the sidelines when he could have helped a democratic movement against Assad’s dictatorship, but decided to provide support only when the democratic movement had morphed into — yes, again — a toxic, anarchic combination of the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda. One starts to get the feeling that Obama likes the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda, despite their clearly expressed goals of world jihad, with Israel as target No. 1 and America as target No. 2.
Obama’s bestest friend in the international world is Turkey’s Erdogan, who is doing his damndest to turn secular, functional, democratic Turkey into another totalitarian dictatorship. Meanwhile, he’s alienated Russia’s Putin so much that Putin gleefully rubs America’s nose in its helplessness with regard to the gallivanting Snowden.
My conclusion: It cannot be random that Obama gets it wrong every time. This isn’t stupidity. It is malice.
Speaking of Snowden, I’m still sticking with my first instincts: Snowden did ordinary Americans a favor by revealing that the federal government is a spy state, and one that could easily tip into being like the East German Stasi. That he did something important, though, doesn’t mean that his motives were good. This is an anti-American man who was either working for a foreign power (probably China) from the get go, or who, having gotten his hands on America’s national security secrets, didn’t hesitate one moment when it came to selling out America. He’s not a hero. He’s a villain who incidentally did something helpful.
Do any of you feel like being epigrammatic? If so, please chime in.