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Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

By Julie Pace

John Kerry, Benghazi hearing - (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, elevating the longtime lawmaker and foreign policy expert to the top diplomatic job he had coveted.

"He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job training," Obama said, standing alongside Kerry at the White House. "Few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers or grasp our policies as firmly as John Kerry."

If confirmed by the Senate, Kerry would replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who plans to leave Obama's Cabinet early next year. Clinton, who is recovering from a concussion sustained in a fall, did not attend the Roosevelt Room announcement.

The 69-year-old Democrat is expected to be easily confirmed by his Senate colleagues. He would be the first of what are expected to be several new faces on Obama's national security team, including a new defense secretary and director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The son of a diplomat, Kerry has served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is a decorated Vietnam veteran who was critical of the war effort when he returned home to the United States. He has represented Massachusetts in the Senate since 1985.

"John's entire life has prepared him for this role" said Obama, who praised Kerry for his belief that the country must harness "all elements of Americans power."

The president picked Kerry for the post even though his nomination could create a political problem in Massachusetts. Republicans are eying the Senate seat Kerry will vacate after five terms, and recently defeated GOP Sen. Scott Brown would be a favorite in his party for the job.

Kerry's nomination could bring to a close what has become for the White House a contentious and distracting effort to find a new secretary of state.

His only other rival for the job, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, faced harsh criticism from congressional Republicans for her initial accounting of the deadly September attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya. Obama vigorously defended Rice, a close friend and longtime adviser, but GOP senators dug in, threatening to hold up her nomination if the president tapped her for the post.

Rice withdrew her name from consideration last week, making Kerry all but certain to become the nominee. People familiar with the White House's decision-making said support within the administration was moving toward Kerry even before Rice pulled out.

The Cabinet nomination of Kerry is the first Obama has made since winning a second term, and the first piece in an extensive shuffle of his national security team. The president is also expected to nominate a new defense secretary soon to take over for retiring Leon Panetta and a new director of the Central Intelligence Agency to replace former spy chief David Petraeus, who resigned last month after admitting to an affair with his biographer.

Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska is a front-runner for the Pentagon post, but has been dogged by questions about his support for Israel and where he stands on gay rights, with critics calling on him to repudiate a comment in 1998 that a former ambassadorial nominee was "openly, aggressively gay."

As the nation's top diplomat, Kerry will be tasked with not only executing the president's foreign policy objectives, but also shaping Obama's approach. The senator offered some insight into his world view on Thursday during a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing he chaired on the deadly September attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Kerry called on Congress to put enough money into America's foreign policy objectives and said doing so is an investment "in our long-term security and more often than not it saves far more expensive expenditures in dollars and lives for the conflicts that we failed to see or avoid."

And he emphasized the importance of U.S. diplomats being able to work freely in places like Benghazi, despite its dangers.

"There will always be a tension between the diplomatic imperative to get 'outside the wire' and the security standards that require our diplomats to work behind high walls," he said. "Our challenge is to strike a balance between the necessity of the mission, available resources and tolerance for risk."

Kerry, the son of a diplomat, has long sought the nation's top diplomatic post. Obama considered him for the job after the 2008 election before picking Clinton, his defeated rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, in a surprise move.

Since then, Obama has dispatched Kerry around the world on his behalf numerous times, particularly to tamp down diplomatic disputes in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was also part of Obama's debate preparations team during the 2012 election, playing Republican challenger Mitt Romney in mock debates.

Kerry also won praise from Obama aides for his sharp national security-focused speech at the Democratic National Convention in August. He told delegates: "Ask Osama bin Laden if he's better off now than he was four years ago."

Before nominating Kerry, the White House consulted with congressional Democrats about the fate of the Senate seat he has held for five terms. Democrats have sought to assure the White House that the party has strong potential candidates in the state.

Kerry has pushed the White House's national security agenda in the Senate with mixed results. He ensured ratification of a nuclear arms reduction treaty in 2010 and most recently failed to persuade Republicans to back a U.N. pact on the rights of the disabled.

The senator was also outspoken in pushing for a 2011 no-fly zone over Libya as Moammar Gadhafi's forces attacked rebels and citizens.

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  1. brierebearComment by brierebear
    December 21, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    Funny … Susan Rice was “unqualified” simply based on a statement vetted by other sources. Meanwhile, Republicans claim John Kerry would soar through Congress (after being “Swift Boated” in 2004). Anyone with a brain knows Senate Republicans will do what they can to stall this nomination, as they have done with just about everything.

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    • aretiredgiComment by aretiredgi
      December 21, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

      And to think, I thought that Billary was the worst possible pick on planet earth. You’ve outdone yourself again Mr. POTUS.

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  2. elixirmixerComment by elixirmixer
    December 21, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

    Oh, my God!

    I didn’t think it could get any worse and now it has. Obama’s nominating one screw-up after another for positions that need moral and mental competence, not abject stupidity.

    First, Bill Clinton named Warren Christopher – a Jimma’ Carter flunky – as Secretary of State, then followed that up with another mental midgit, Madeline NoneTooBright.

    Obama named Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in his first term and she got our ambassador’s and special forces members killed. Now, Dumbo is nominating another screw-up, John Kerry, to follow suit. Failure and stupidity must be resume enhancer’s for democRATs.

    What are John Kerry’s qualifications for Secretary of State? That he’s a tax dodger? That he’s a gigolo? That he shot himself to cut short his ‘tour of duty’ in Vietnam?

    My God, these people have no concept of what this job entails. You have to be pro-, not anti-, American to hold these positions.

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    • dholcoComment by dholco
      December 22, 2012 @ 9:26 am

      I’m with you elixermixer I was in Vietnam when he shot off his mouth about the American soldier while he was in uniform. I thought then as I still think now he should have been drug outside and shot for treason. These morons who keep electing these human rejects are simply amazing, and they wonder why the country is circling the toilet.

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      December 24, 2012 @ 10:06 am

      And don’t forget that he is also a tax evader. His families $7million yacht was moored in a neighboring state so that he could avoid paying the $500,000 tax.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/23/john-kerry-saves-500000-b_n_656985.html

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  3. kskiddComment by kskidd
    December 22, 2012 @ 12:50 am

    Obama nominates John Kerry for Secretary of state? And here I thought you had to be one of the little people to be a really useful idiot.

    Evidently, Obama is just looking for a “yes man” to serve as a political smoke screen to help cover Obama’s own stumbling, foreign policy tracks.

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  4. nhpollackComment by nhpollack
    December 23, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    Aside from my opinion, as a Viet Nam vet, of Kerry as an odious piece of monkey dung, isn’t he one of the 1% of “millionaires and billionaires” against whom Obama was inciting the unwashed masses for not paying their “fair share”? Did he ever finally pay the taxes on his yacht? Seems to follow the trend though; Van Jones, an unrepentant and admitted Communist; Anita Dunn, whose hero was Mao Tze Tung and now Kerry who, to me is really nothing more than a butched up Janie Fondue for Secretary of State.

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    • kskiddComment by kskidd
      December 23, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

      John Kerry and Jane Fonda were, in fact, buddies, along with Tom Hayden and another name you will recognize from the following. The following is copied and pasted from this source:

      http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1334

      “Among the most visible and outspoken mouthpieces of the pro-Communist camp during the Vietnam War era, in the early 1970s Hayden organized — along with his wife Jane Fonda, John Kerry, and Ted Kennedy — an “Indo-China Peace Campaign” (IPC) to cut off American aid to the regimes in Cambodia and South Vietnam. The IPC worked tirelessly to help the North Vietnamese Communists and the Khmer Rouge (led by Pol Pot) emerge victorious. Hayden and Fonda took a camera crew to Hanoi and to the “liberated” regions of South Vietnam to make a propaganda film titled Introduction to the Enemy, whose purpose was to persuade viewers that the Communists were going to create an ideal new society based on justice and equality.”

      As I understand it, after the fall in Vietnam, Pol Pot slaughtered 2 million people. Any one who was a teacher, any one who could use a typewriter, any one with religious ideologies, any one with an education, any intellectual… a very long list. The movie “The Killing Fields” tells the real life story of two journalist as the Khmer Rouge took over, Dith Pran of Cambodia and Sydney Shanberg of the United States. It is a very revealing and at times graphic movie of what Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy helped to bring about.

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    • nhpollackComment by nhpollack
      December 23, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

      kskidd,

      I’m familiar with “Discover the Networks”. Very informative reading on so many of the heroes and functionaries of the current administration. At least there aren’t, nor have there been, any surprises since 20 January ’09 other than the reelection.

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    • kskiddComment by kskidd
      December 23, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

      Nothing this administration does surprises me. Having said that and having watched what goes on in America for 60 years now, I do have to say that the current administration is not entirely to blame. During the 60s there were communist activists giving lectures at American Universities while our soldiers, my father among them, were dying. I see the current administration kind of like the head of a huge boil on the butt of freedom that has festered for decades and is just about to pop.

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    • kskiddComment by kskidd
      December 23, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

      nhpollack …. in doing a little reading, I did just get a surprise, something I didn’t know about the man who ran for president against Barack Obama the first time, John McCain. John Kerry is also mentioned here, briefly. Looking back on the McCain/Obama election, I did have the feeling that the choice was kind of like having to choose between a kick in the stomach and a stick in the eye. Now I know why. Given the information revealed here, I have to say I am thoroughly disgusted with the idea that the Republican party would have nominated this man. Then again, I never really thought they did. I always though McCain got the nomination courtesy of the Democrats and the news media, via their “war hero, aisle crossing maverick propaganda” about him. This article was written by Sydney Shanberg, the journalist I mentioned earlier, who was portrayed by Sam Waterston in the movie “The Killing Fields”

      http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/mccain-and-the-pow-cover-up/

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  5. kskiddComment by kskidd
    December 23, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

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  6. nhpollackComment by nhpollack
    December 23, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    kskidd,
    I have to agree with you. I’m 67 and did the WHOLE ’60s thing. My observation is that Progressivism has been insidiously infiltrating our country since Woodrow Wilson, never sleeping, taking ten steps forward, getting pushed back nine, and doing it over and over until we ended up where we are now. I believe that my generation pounded the final nail in the coffin and it was with the unwitting support of our parents, who truly were the “Greatest Generation”. Having survived the depression and having won WWII, they just wanted to settle down, be productive and “give their children everything they didn’t have”. Unfortunately, they gave us a life that didn’t involve the character building challenges that made them so great. I may appear to be over romanticizing their character and achievements, but only in the broadest sense. Still and all, there was an overriding “leit motiv” of how special we were, which many of us believed and acted accordingly.

    I grew up in a lower middle class working household and learned that I could have anything I wanted as long as I was willing to work for it. My dad always worked two jobs, the pantry was always full, I had clothes to wear, doctors when necessary and they wanted to pay for my college. After my first semester, I wasn’t sure that college was selling anything I wanted and told them I’d work and pay for it myself as I thought they should use their limited resources for themselves. I was playing rock and roll, and all that entailed at the time, got drafted between semesters and the rest is a long story that is analogous to peeing in the trousers of a blue serge suit; feels warm and cozy to me, but won’t mean much to anyone else. You’ve been around plenty yourself and know what a life is. I’m planning on being around for another 26 years and don’t see how this is ever going to turn around but believe it will remain tolerable until my wife and I move on to the next level whatever that may be.

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    • kskiddComment by kskidd
      December 23, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

      nhpollack,

      I don’t believe you are over romanticizing anything. I believe you are just telling the truth and by that, I do mean truth, not opinion.

      I wasn’t drafted. Believe it or not, in Feb. 1971, I enlisted to avoid the draft. I figured Uncle Sam was gonna get me any way, leaving the country as so many others did just somehow seems equivalent to committing suicide because this country is my home and the thought of never being able to come back was just not one to entertain. Of course, I didn’t know at the time that the draft dodgers would be pardoned and that eventually, one of them would be president of the United States, in spite of the fact that he loathed the military.

      Of course, even if I had known all that, I still would have done what I did. I have to live with myself and at the age of 18 I had only two choices left to me since running wasn’t one: I could either get drafted and be 11 bravo, or I could enlist and be something else. I figured that if some guy was about to hit me with a big stick, running just meant I’d have a hard time coming on some day in the future, just letting him hit me probably meant I’d end up dead and the only thing that made since was getting close enough to him that he didn’t have room to swing. So I enlisted. The recruiter told me that an avionics repairman was a turbine engine repairman who would never leave the flight line. I guess you know better than me how that would have worked out if I had ended up on ‘Nam. But, instead, I got sent to Alaska. I don’t mean to sound like a weenie, but I can’t say I’m sorry. I took a chance, I could have ended up in ‘Nam, but I guess I just got lucky.

      You weren’t so lucky. Neither were some members of my family. I suppose you’ve heard it a million times now that it’s politically correct to “support our troops”, but any way, for what it’s worth, thanks, man. The circumstances sucked, but you still did good.

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  7. nhpollackComment by nhpollack
    December 23, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    kskidd,
    Part of the rest of the story was that upon receipt of my draft notice, finding no honorable way out, I tried the Coast Guard which was filled up, the Navy which was 4 years and they were pulling guys out of the Navy line to be Marines and finally the Army, “Choice not Chance” for three years. Enlisted for the three for Admin, due to high test scores got sucked into applying for OCS and waited for a class while in infantry AIT where I got that 11B. Got a class date for infantry OCS and said, “No f***ing way!” CO said I had the MOS so I was going over as an E-2, 11B. I told him if that happened he was going to jail as I had a contract with the U.S. Gov’t. Next day I was in clerk school typing, kibbitzing the WACs and having a pretty good time. Once again, due to high scores, got sent to finance school, then permanent party on the East Coast. With about 10 months in and being refused service in restaurants from coast to coast and all the rest of that story, I just volunteered for ‘Nam so they wouldn’t end up sending me someplace cold. I hate cold weather. Mostly a finance clerk, but had adequate opportunity to use my 11B skills, particularly w/M-60 during Tet ’68. Extended my tour 9 months to get the 150 day early out and that’s the cliff notes on my experience.

    Nobody who puts on our country’s uniform is any kind of weenie. I didn’t start getting REALLY patriotic until about 9-11, and if I were in my late teens or early 20′s after that, I would have been down at the recruiters. I’m not ashamed to say that watching the TV coverage of the events, I was standing there with tears streaming down my cheeks. Nobody who slams my country or our troops in my presence gets off easy and I doubt will ever willingly do it again.

    Welcome home brother!

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    • kskiddComment by kskidd
      December 23, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

      These days, we have two kinds of enemies: those outside the country and those within the country. Call me a fool, but I am far more concerned about the enemies within opening the door, paving the way and laying down the red carpet for the enemies without than I am the enemies outside the country in and of themselves.

      As I understand it, one of the greatest problems in Nam was knowing who was the enemy and who was a friend. Now, not only do we have people who want to kill us all over the world not wearing uniforms, we also have people all over the country who fight for ideas and vote for politicians who want to see us destroyed as well. We are ripping ourselves apart because we have no real national concept of what freedom really is any more. We are proud of ourselves and our heritage even as we destroy our heritage, our freedom and ourselves.

      Liberals think the answer to every problem is to promise the sheep pie in the sky and at the same time working to break down all the fences that have kept the wolves out. Unfortunately, to many or our “free” citizens are content to count on our liberal infested government for protection and providence.

      If that doesn’t change, we’re toast. The only thing I can imagine that would change it would be a national tragedy so great that people do as they always do when they find themselves devastated and out of options: Turn back to God.

      I wouldn’t want that kind of national tragedy but I can think of nothing else that would bring God back into the equation of our freedom, and without Him who gave it to us in the first place, we are sure to loose it.

      I suspect that what is going to happen is that we are going to continue eat ourselves up like an ulcer in the stomach until our freedom is completely dead. I have begun to suspect that Kruschev was right. We may not fall into Soviet hands, but we will fall like an over ripe fruit and if God’s not there (speaking metaphorically) then the devil is sure to catch us.

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  8. nhpollackComment by nhpollack
    December 23, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    kskidd,
    Sun Tzu is credited with saying, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”, and I think having the greater threat here is to our advantage as the closer we are to them, the faster we can stop them, given we have the ability to recognize them and the will to stop them. Recognition isn’t a problem as they’re so bold and blatant, but through the poison of political rectitude and loss of will to man up and stand up for fear of being called racist, xenophobe, extremists, etc, very few are willing to call something that walks like a duck and quacks like a duck what it really is. The politicians who are supposed to be conservative just roll over and show their throats and pee on their bellies.

    I agree to all you say and would like to add that my late, aged, venerable and hoary headed old mentor said, back in the late ’60s, the problem was that the country lost Jesus. Him being an old WWII Russian Jew and me being the next generation’s equivalent, Jesus was not part of our worldview, but the meaning was clear regardless of religious affiliation. The country, through too much permissiveness, lost its moral compass.

    FWIW, I don’t really care for, or believe in, religion of any description, but have a close relationship with my own personal deity. I also think, on balance, that religion is more a positive force than negative, as people aren’t born with a value system or concept of morality.

    To paraphrase, the great Rabbi Hillel, when asked to explain the Talmud, said, “Don’t do unto your neighbor that which is distasteful to yourself. That is the whole Talmud, all the rest is commentary”. Start with the Golden Rule, cite examples for those who don’t immediately grasp the ramifications and we get the Ten Commandments, which to any sane person, should be universal and non-sectarian. What in the world could be wrong with posting a truncated version of eight of the ten, which don’t mention God or Sabbath (to keep the extremists placated), in every school where young minds are being formed? Is it bad to admonish them not to lie, murder and steal?

    Khrushchev was prescient and I doubt the Soviets even want this can of worms other than our natural resources. To get an insight into modern Russia, do a youtube search for “Via-gra” and “Gaudeamus Igitur” to see where the minds of modern Russians are. It’s a few years old, but it’s a long way from the days of “duck and cover”. I was looking for a choral version of the tune when I finally got a chance to study Latin a few years back and this was the first thing that popped up. I’ll let your own experience dictate what pops up next.

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  9. kskiddComment by kskidd
    December 23, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    Our founding fathers sought to do something that had never been done before: to set up a government of the people, by the people and for the people. To do this, they first had to win freedom, which they did. Then it became necessary to structure freedom, which they did, with much education and historical research into the reasons why free nations always fell, they drew our legal categories from the ancient Greeks, our political categories from the Romans and our moral values from the Bible. A third necessary step is to keep freedom. This last one, they could not do. It has to be done by every generation. Throughout the decades, we have failed to pass on an appreciation of that fact to one generation to another, part here, part there, until we have arrived at a generation that believes moral values are relative. Each to his own.

    This is not what the forefathers intended, although they did foresee it to some degree. They knew that in order to remain an intact, free civilization, it is necessary for there to be a common agreement among the people as to what they love and what they hate. Otherwise, a developing incoherence is inevitable. It has been happening and is happening today with the acceleration of the proverbial snow ball rolling down a hill. The bigger the discord, the faster the ball rolls towards the bottom. We now live in an incoherent society. This is why things like what happened at Sandy Hook happen, they do not happen because guns exist, they happen because young people grow up in a world that no longer makes sense. They no longer have any idea who, or what to believe.

    Our founding fathers did not want it to get out of hand. They did not want a particular church or religious tyranny to develop, but they also did not want Christian principles to fade out of the equation. In fact, they took steps to insure it didn’t, as best they could. The rest, our of necessity, they left to those to come after them. They did not get hung up over denominational doctrinal differences. What they saw as indispensable were the values of the Christian religion, that all men are created equal, in the image of God and that because they are, their rights descend from God, not man nor government. Today, to many people think that’s insane, and the result is, insanity abounds because of the division as well as the loss of the understanding of the intrinsic value of human life and of freedom.

    Israel is holding together, although they have problems because they are, at least for the most part, united in their religious world view. Islam, disorganized as they may seem is also holding together. The Christian world, however, not just the United States, but a great deal of the rest of the free world is abandoning that common faith. The result is the inevitable incoherence of freedom loving nations. It doesn’t really matter today if the enemy is close or not. The fact is, the enemy has become ourselves to a very large extent.

    I am not making a political or even religious claim that every one should be a Christian. I am just saying that once the foundation of a free society is destroyed, it is just a matter of time before the whole thing collapses. The guy next to us, whether he is friend or enemy will be crushed in that collapse also, unless of course he (or she) manages somehow to climb aboard the train of elites who will be riding herd over every one else.

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  10. nhpollackComment by nhpollack
    December 23, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    kskidd,
    You definitely have the facts and have drawn the logical and rational conclusions from them. Seems as if we read the same books and think the same thoughts. If you haven’t already, but it sounds as if you have, read “American Creation” by Joseph J. Ellis. He does a scholarly, but not dry, job on our country from the War of Independence through the Louisiana Purchase.

    I spend about 1000 hours/year researching online and reading books. I gave up watching any TV news, as well as newspapers 31 October ’08 and never paid any attention to talk radio at all. I listen to audiobooks in the car and when I’m working and find it much more informative and rewarding.

    As far as Israel, being culturally a Jew, I’m extremely biased in its favor and am having some difficulty reconciling BiBi’s support of Kerry. He’s a sly old dog, so I’m sure I’m missing something as far as Kerry’s ability not to screw the pooch, at least as far as the mid-East.

    We’ve been around for a long time and mostly as the default scapegoat for the world’s ills with a perpetual open season, no limit and no license and we continue to prevail. I contend Israel is the focal point of world anti-semitism and any who make a distinction between anti-Zion and anti-Jew are stupid at best and lying at worst. When we say “Never again!”, we have demonstrated that we mean it.

    Why the 61% conservative majority of this country has allowed a tireless, hostile and subversive minority to hijack it is beyond my comprehension. Obama getting elected the first time was an understandable anomaly, but to get reelected after living through four years of his administration, during which, he did not make anything better equates to a national death wish.

    I posted this on 11 December here as my best take on where I think we we are, but have no solution:
    http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2012/12/11/charen-a-victory-for-demagoguery/?subscriber=1

    “While I’d like to blame the Left, the liberals and the Democrats for our problems, reality dictates otherwise as both parties are responsible, either through their actions or lack of action. The last great thing we accomplished was winning WWII and it’s been all downhill from there. Through a combination of malfeasance, incompetence, corruption and greed, both parties have combined into “The Government” resembling the two faced god, Janus and their job is to get elected, then reelected by using taxpayer money to buy votes.
    They have systematically raped, pillaged and looted what was formerly known as “a shining city on a hill” until very little of our former greatness, which was earned by hard work, sacrifice, talent and a little bit of luck, remains. They pass laws from which they are exempt, steal the fruits of our labor and do little, if anything, to facilitate the defense of our country. They are unresponsive to the wishes of their constitutionally created employers, the citizenry, and only work for those who can give them more power, privilege and money.
    I can’t think of any of our “public servants” who have left office poorer than when they went in and in every campaign, they talk about how we all have to engage in shared sacrifice, to replenish the coffers which they so shameless loot. I have not seen any evidence of any of them sacrificing power, money, perquisites or personal liberty.
    Our government was designed to operate on a system of checks and balances, but that’s been replaced by bribery, blackmail and ******** by a segment of our society reminiscent of the ruling class in pre-revolution France.
    Instead of being represented by the best and the brightest, we are being represented by the dregs of the shallow end of the gene pool whose most notable skills are enumerated in Dante’s seven deadly vices. I don’t know what it’s going to take to straighten our country out as elections don’t provide us with candidates with the necessary qualities and the courage or conviction to employ those qualities in doing their designated job. Even if we did have those candidates, they couldn’t get elected by our dumbed down, entitlement addicted electorate. As Swift so aptly put it, “When a true genius appears in the world, you will know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederacy against him”.

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