Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Burying Ted

We buried my 90-year-old father-in-law, Ted Kosiavelon, last week at Arlington National Cemetery. That’s what he wanted. He earned the privilege by serving in both the Solomon Islands and in the Philippines during World War II. Like millions of other young men of his generation, he fought for his country against the forces of evil. In Ted’s case, it was against the Japanese whose unprovoked attack on the US Navy at Pearl Harbor brought the United States, and Ted, into the struggle.
Ted is squatting in the lower left

A talented swimmer, Ted was selected by the navy for The Naval Training School (Salvage), which after the war became the Diving and Salvage School in Bayonne, New Jersey, made famous in the film “Men of Honor” with Cuba Gooding and Robert De Niro. After his training, he spent most of the war in Manila Bay where the dry dock he worked from was repeatedly attacked by Japanese planes where he was wounded. That’s how I remember Ted: a man of honor. He was a humble man, but very proud of his military service.
Young Ted in the Navy
Fifteen million Americans served their country in World War II which author Studs Terkel called “The Good War.” No war is good, especially one in which 400,000 Americans died along with millions of others around the world, but Terkel called it that because there was almost no moral ambiguity. There was little doubt that Americans were the good guys, while German Nazis and Japanese warlords were evil. Ted and millions of others put their lives on the line and most survived to tell about it. Ted spent the rest of his life serving his family just as steadily and reliably as he served his country. He was a humble hero.

Ted on the left, brother Buddy on the right
Men like Ted and my own father were taken into disciplined training just as they entered manhood five or six years out of knickers. They didn’t have to spend a decade or more “finding themselves” the way so many from my own generation did. The world found them and they clearly understood what they had to do. They had to keep fighting until their enemies surrendered. Theirs was a dangerous and difficult task. Victory was anything but assured, especially in the early years of the war when we were losing almost every battle, but at least they didn’t have doubts about whether their jobs were important, or meaningful, or whether or not they were doing the right thing. As I mentioned above: moral ambiguity wasn’t a problem as they discharged the duty that defined them for the rest of their lives.

Each branch of our military does burials differently at Arlington National Cemetery and I was impressed with the way the Navy handled Ted’s. Although more than a dozen veterans are buried there every day, there was no indication of any complacency in the honor guard. They were thoroughly professional and treated Ted with all the dignity and honor he deserved.

Ted’s body was driven down in a hearse by a Massachusetts funeral home. When we arrived at the grave, eight uniformed sailors and an officer stood waiting to be pallbearers. Within sight, but off at a distance were seven riflemen with another officer ready to perform a 21-gun salute amidst the perfectly ordered rows of white, marble headstones on the gently-rolling hills. At a similar distance in another direction a lone bugler stood ready to play taps. All their performances were flawless.
My wife, Roseann

Just before flying down there, a friend told me that students from Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine would be helping out 20,000 other Americans the following weekend with the “Wreaths Across America” project. This was begun twenty years ago by Merrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine downeast who found himself with a surplus of Christmas wreaths and was moved to place them on the headstones in Arlington.
All those rows of identical white headstones, mark graves of other men and women who fought for the United States of America and I felt their presence as they welcomed another one of their own for eternal rest among them.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Turmoil Twenty-Thirteen

Brace yourself. “Progressives” are trying to consolidate power in our Senate and in the White House. Tea Party Republicans in the House will try to stop them, but it doesn’t look good. Turmoil is around the corner. Looks like 2013 and beyond is going to be a very rough ride.

History shows that leftists, or “progressives” as they like to call themselves in 21st century America, have been far more oppressive than the right ever was. Ironically, they’re blind to it, thinking themselves tolerant and accepting. They’re anything but.

Progressives like to compare the American Revolution to the French, but aside from both being revolutions that defied monarchies, they weren’t similar at all. For example: The American Founding Fathers were tolerant and conservative, passing the Bill of Rights in 1791 that guaranteed freedom of religion. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” is the first line of the First Amendment, and it has prevailed for more than two centuries. It’s being challenged by the Obama Administration’s leftists here in 2012, but is not yet fully adjudicated at this writing. Around the same year - 1791 French leftists were taking over the Catholic Church’s property and its clergy as well. By 1794, they were murdering priests and tens of thousands of others.
When leftists took over Mexico in the 1920s, they set about killing priests there too - as depicted in this year’s film “For Greater Glory.” When they took over Spain in the 1930s, leftists went right at it again, killing thousands, 498 of whom were recently beatified (put on a path to sainthood).
Leftists who took over Russia and eastern Europe murdered tens of thousands of priests and millions of others throughout the 1920s and ‘30s as well. Germany’s National Socialists also arrested and murdered priests in the 1930s and ’40s. St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Scarborough, Maine is named for one priest they killed in Auschwitz.
When leftists take over, anybody who isn’t 100% politically correct better look out, especially if you happen to be a Catholic who takes his/her religion seriously. I’m not talking about “Cafeteria Catholics” who pick and choose what they like and leave the rest. I’m referring to orthodox Catholics who will not bend when leftist governments pressure them to violate their beliefs.

Bishops appointed by conservative popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI have begun to put pressure on leftist Catholics in the United States. Several are refusing communion to politicians who support abortion or homosexual “marriage.” The USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), the University of Notre Dame, and other Catholic institutions have sued the Obama Administration for their First Amendment rights after being forced to provide abortion-inducing drugs, artificial contraception, and sterilization. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, current president of the USCCB, is telling Catholics to defy Obamacare mandates. How many will? How will the Obama Administration respond to their defiance?

Timothy Dolan
Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who was president of the USCCB before Dolan, was quoted saying something a couple of years ago that brought me right to attention when I read it last month: “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison, and his successor will die a martyr in the public square,” he said.

I thought, “Wow! Is it going to get that bad that fast? Right here in the USA?” Francis George is a solid, conservative guy who was born in Chicago and has been archbishop there since 1997. He would know many in the Obama Administration very well. Given all that, I have to take what Cardinal Francis George says very seriously indeed.

He’ll be 76 in January and he got his second cancer diagnosis last August. His successor, who he predicts will die in prison, should be taking office fairly soon.

Francis George
Seeming to soften his quote a bit in his November 3rd column - three days before the election - he wrote: “Speaking a few years ago to a group of priests, entirely outside of the current political debate, I was trying to express in overly dramatic fashion what the complete secularization of our society could bring.” He said his words were not “prophetic” and that “What is omitted from the reports [of his original quote] is a final phrase I added about the bishop who follows a possibly martyred bishop: ‘His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.’”

Fair enough, Cardinal George. Yes, France did “pick up the shards of a ruined society” after its revolution. Germany and Spain did too. Mexico and Russia are still in the process. But each country went through holy hell before starting to put it back together. Is that what America is in for too?

Sure looks like it.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Multicultural Miasma

We’re devolving into tribalism. Americans vote for members of their tribe, or for those their tribal chiefs tell them to vote. Ninety-tree percent of blacks voted for Barack Obama. In Philadelphia, fifty-nine wards voted 100% for Obama. There wasn’t a single vote for Romney or anybody else. The Hispanic-American organization called “La Raza,” (translated, “The Race”) told its tribespeople to vote for Obama and 71% did. La Raza’s loyalty is to Mexico, not the United States and their affiliated organization MEChA sees our southwestern states as the province of “Aztlan” and Mexican sovereign territory.

Time was when Americans were proud to proclaim themselves part of the great “Melting Pot” to which immigrants from all over the world came because they valued what America stood for: One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all - not for someone of this race or that gender. For all. We were Americans first - and that trumped every other affiliation we may have had.

Today, however, we hear endless breakdowns of how single, white women voted for Obama while married, white women voted for Romney. We learned that the Obama campaign wrote off white, working men because they could never be persuaded to vote for Obama - unless they belonged to unions, because those guys were already in the sack for him.

Leaders of the “Congressional Black Caucus” claim criticism of UN Ambassador Susan Rice for lying about Benghazi is motivated not by her lies, but by racism because she is a black woman. No black politicians questioned her erroneous statements about what happened on September 11th in Benghazi, Libya where four Americans were murdered by Arab Muslim radicals.

Black entertainer Jamie Foxx called Barack Obama “Our lord and savior” on “BET” - “Black Entertainment Television.” After turning out to vote for their tribal leader earlier this month, blacks are now asking for their spoils according to an article on Breitbart.com called “You Owe Us.”

Demographers tell us that Hispanics are the fastest-rising segment of the US population and that, if Republicans don’t start pandering to them fast, there won’t be any more Republican Party.  Some Republican “leaders” are caving. Rather than educate the electorate in the effectiveness of conservative principles and the flaws of so-called progressive policies which have brought us to the edge of the cliff, they would pander and compete with Democrats for tribal alliances.

Author Tom Wolfe, who has been chronicling American societal trends since the 1960s, just published his latest: “Back To Blood.” It’s set in Miami where there is no majority, but race and ethnicity trump everything. His characters are Cuban, black, white, Russian, or Haitian, etc. Their identity as Americans - as citizens of the United States - is secondary or non-existent. What bonds them instead is some combination of race, sex, status, or pornographic licentiousness. For fifty years, Wolfe has been showing us ourselves, with all our carbuncles. First he used non-fiction with “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” and “The Right Stuff.” Then he used the novel with “Bonfire of the Vanities”; “A Man in Full”; “I Am Charlotte Simmons”; and now: “Back To Blood.” In an interview for the “Telegraph” Wolfe said: “Miami is a melting pot in which none of the stones melt. They rattle around. A lot of Russians are there now, Haitians, Nicaraguans. Miami is plan B for everyone in Latin America at this point. And everybody hates everybody . . .”
Americans who champion Multiculturalism also cheer for open borders and world government. Obviously, they think all these tribes can smile and hold hands as they celebrate diversity, but Wolfe and this writer tend to disagree.

Abraham Lincoln called America “The last, best hope,” but that hope is fading once again. He called us “a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Then he wondered aloud “whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”

I’m wondering too a century-and-a-half later as I watch our “Great Melting Pot” devolve into Multicultural Miasma. I have to watch as our once-great republic declines further and faster because things have to get worse before they can get better. I have to hope that a majority of voters eventually realize that big government is the problem - not the solution - that the limited government outlined in our Constitution by the founding fathers is indeed the last best hope of mankind.

Friday, November 09, 2012

The New America

In spite of my shock and depression over election results, I banged out a short piece titled “Reckoning” the day after the election. It focused on our looming financial disaster and voter ignorance about Obama’s responsibility for it, but there are so many other aspects of this electoral disaster. It showed us so much about what our country has become, and I’ll deal with another part of it here.

Those last three Obama campaign commercials really shook me up. They were appalling, and I thought: “Who would vote for a president whose campaign put these out?” I believed he would be defeated, soundly and deservedly, because Americans were much too decent to approve this sort of thing. They would be as appalled as I was.

But, alas, I was wrong. Obama was reelected.

The commercials were for internet viewers, not for television, and they were detestable. The first featured a young woman with a tattoo on her shoulder saying coyly: “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy . . . Before, I was a girl. Now, I was a woman. I pulled back the curtain and I voted for Barack Obama.”

I thought: “Wow. The Obama campaign is really misreading the American voter. This is going to backfire on them, big-time.”

But I was wrong. Obama reads America better than I do. How depressing - not because I’m inferior in my perception, but because of what America has become. I knew it was bad. I didn’t know it was this bad.

The second, put out by Moveon.org, started innocently enough at a nursing home. “A Message From the Greatest Generation” appeared in text. Then five elderly residents appeared and the camera zoomed in on one: “Marie, 97 years old.” She said she was born during World War I and first voted for FDR in 1940. Then she said: “If your voter suppression throughout this beautiful country enables Romney to oust Barack Obama, we will burn this motherfucker down.”

Then another old lady said: “If the Republicans steal this election, I’m going to track down Mitt Romney and give him the world’s biggest cock-punch . . .” Then she paused and looked to her side saying: “What’s the matter sonny? You never heard that phrase ‘cock-punch’? Hah-hah.” Then she grimaced, held out her hand as if to squeeze something and said: “Right in the nut-sack!”

Then an old man said he was a veteran of World War II and that if their offspring let the Republicans steal the election again, they’re going to look down from heaven and watch them have sex.

There was a sick comedic attempt in this second one, but the third was deadly serious and the most shocking.

In it, a series of young girls begged their mothers: “Please, please, please vote for President Obama. Otherwise, your vote is a vote against me.”

If mothers were to vote for Mitt Romney, they would be voting against their own children, the commercial purports. Why? Presumably because Romney would appoint judges not supportive Roe vs Wade - the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court decision preventing individual states from outlawing abortion. Neither Romney nor Roe are mentioned, but the implication is clear.

Each of the girls depicted, ranging in age from about five-years-old to twenty-something, all beg: “Please make the right choice so that when I grow up, I can still have one.” What each aspires to have, of course, is an abortion. They’re begging their own mothers who didn’t kill them in utero to vote for Obama so they can kill their own babies - who would be their mothers’ grandchildren - when they grow up.

This is what my country has become and it’s why I’m so depressed. I’ve always known there were lots of Americans who think like the people in the commercials, and that their numbers were growing. What I didn’t realize was that they’re already in the majority. America has changed, perhaps irretrievably. The concrete of our Brave New World had set while I wasn’t looking.

My view had always been that when people became cognizant of what we were turning into and why, they would choose to reverse course - but that’s not what last week’s election showed us. Now I realize that most of my countrymen believe it’s wonderful and they want more of it.

The commercials may be repulsive to me, but they’re not to the new majority. They’re not ephemeral zeitgeist. They’re what we are.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012


    My friend was being too pessimistic - I thought.

    Months ago he said the country will continue its downward slide because those who depend on government have become the majority, and will always vote to keep those government benefits coming no matter what.

    Yes, those people who depend on government for everything are increasing, I acknowledged then, but even most of them weren’t stupid enough to believe those benefits would keep coming forever. They understood the simple arithmetic that we could not continue indefinitely borrowing 42 cents of every dollar we spend. If conservatives only pointed out that - even if we took all the income of the richest Americans - we could only continue funding our nanny state for a few months, people would understand. They’d know the whole thing would collapse if we stayed on the road we’re on and they’d vote for fiscal sanity instead of four more years of President Obama’s pie-in-the-sky promises.

    No they won’t, he said. Most Americans are not that smart, he insisted - and he was right. Tuesday’s results proved him right. They proved me wrong and I have to adjust my thinking.

    The wagon-riders have become the majority. Most Americans don’t want real liberty - the liberty to succeed or fail on their own - they want to remain attached to the government umbilical cord and stay home watching “Dancing With The Stars.”

    For quite a while now, commenters on my blog have been deriding me as out of touch with mainstream Americans. I guess I am. I’ve overestimated the common sense of the average American voter.

    Thirty years ago I got to know a wealthy family as I took care of their property. The matriarch’s grandfather made a fortune in shipping during the late nineteenth century, but by the fourth generation, it was all gone. Rags to riches to rags in four generations. How long has it taken the United States to go from the richest nation in history to the biggest debtor nation in history? About four generations.

    My father-in-law is on his death bed as I write this. He’s a twice-wounded veteran of World War II and went on a morphine drip Tuesday - election day. The family is around his bed waiting for the end.

    What strikes me is how analogous that is to our nation’s condition. We just reelected a president who has promised to continue for another four years with the policies that have increased our national debt by 50% and stagnated our economy. Whereas the family waiting for my father-in-law’s death is fully cognizant that he’s dying, the electorate that put President Obama in for another term Tuesday doesn’t understand that America as we know it is dying too. My father-in-law will be gone inside a week, but our country may limp along for months or even years.

    The fiscal cliff looms for January. That budget problem our government put off dealing with? It’s coming up soon. Does President Obama realize that he’s inheriting a much bigger mess for his second term than he did for his first?

    Who is he going to blame it on this time?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Romney Rout

It’s not going to be close next Tuesday.

After four years, most Americans are sick of listening to President Obama make speeches while jerking his head from side to side as he reads from his precious teleprompter and tries to act sincere. He’s going to get trounced.

At this writing, the MainStream Media are still insisting it’s a dead heat, but I don’t believe it. Few presidents ever took office with such high expectations as Obama did. Fewer still would ever have been able to fulfill them - but least of all him. Skill with a teleprompter is fine for campaigning, but not much help when governing. For that he would need experience, judgement, knowledge of history and economics - and willingness to compromise. None of these does he have. He had the good will of the American people and his party had control of both houses of Congress, but his outdated Keynesian stimulus and socialist Obamacare programs have strangled our economy and produced nothing but enormous debt.
How was he able to maintain the facade of competence as long as he did? Because just as they created him in the first place, the Mainstream Media protected him throughout his term, ignoring or playing down bad news and creating or amplifying good news on nearly every front - especially in the past six weeks since September 11th. But that’s all coming apart before our eyes
 Nearly every day something comes out that makes it more and more obvious that the Obama Administration has been lying from the beginning about the murder of four Americans in Benghazi. It’s bad on four different fronts:
First are repeated requests for increased security by Ambassador Stevens which were ignored or refused by both Hillary Clinton at the State Department and Barack Obama in the White House.
Second, are repeated requests for military intervention during the attack which were refused. Who refused them? Real-time video of the attack played in the White House situation room while Obama was in the building, but the president didn’t authorize that help be sent when there was ample time to do it and save the lives of at least the two Navy Seals who were under attack by 120-plus jihadists! Three times they were denied.
  Third is the deliberate lie about the attack being the result of a demonstration against an obscure You-tube video nobody ever heard of - a lie repeated for nearly two weeks by the president, the secretary of state, and our UN ambassador - then amplified by the MainStream Media.
Yeah, right
 Fourth are the continuing lies coming from administration officials as they’re being cornered with questions about the whole disgusting affair - in spite of doing everything they can to avoid them until after the election on November 6th.

The MSM is doing everything they can too, but they won’t be able to keep the lid on. The more they try, the worse it gets. A few still have remnants of a journalistic conscience and they know that continued silence on this story is unconscionable. One intrepid reporter named Kyle Clark at KUSA, an NBC affiliate in Denver, put it right on Obama’s head last week: “Were the Americans under attack at the consulate in Benghazi Libya denied requests for help during that attack? And is it fair to tell Americans that what happened is under investigation and we'll all find out after the election?” he asked.

Obama wiggled out of answering, but Clark followed up: “Were they denied requests for help during the attack?” he asked again.

A clearly shaken Obama proceeded to rattle off a long, embarrassing soliloquy on every other subject but what he was asked, running down the clock until the interview was over - but not before making one slip: Near the beginning, Obama said: “. . . I can tell you, as I've said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to . . .”
That statement prompted former assistant Secretary of Defense Bing West to say last Saturday: “In my judgement the audio track will show the White House knew that there was an attack going on. The real critical issue is the president says that he immediately ordered all available assets to help. The military would have put out an order from the president. There’s no question about that… What I’m asking is, ‘Show us the order!’ Mr. President if you said use everything available and our military immediately sent out the order, simply show us the order. I have great reservations that there is no such order.” (Emphasis in original)
I have the same reservations, and most other Americans who pay attention have them too. They know our president is lying.
The MSM’s Sunday morning news shows barely kept the lid on Benghazi this week, but I doubt they’ll be able to accomplish that next Sunday - with the election two days hence. Pressure is building fast and won’t be contained. Soon will come an explosion of indignation. Think of how much attention the MSM gave to Cindy Sheehan.
Cindy Sheehan

Then notice how they’re ignoring Charles Woods’ heart-wrenching statements about his dead son, Tyrone.
Charles Woods, grieving father of slain Seal, Tyrone Woods

Millions of Americans are hearing their silence.

No. It won’t be close. I predict a landslide for Romney.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Progressive Agenda

Deconstructionist culture warriors of the left continue their relentless assault on western civilization. It’s impossible to cover it all in a weekly, 800-word column, so here are just a few tidbits.
A new California law outlawed therapy to help people overcome same-sex attraction. Signing the bill, Governor “Moonbeam” Brown declared: “These practices have no basis in science or medicine.” Reparative therapy, as it’s sometimes called by conservative therapists, starts with the premise that homosexuality is, as Catholic Church puts it: “intrinsically disordered.” It’s not normal. This directly contradicts the left’s propaganda that homosexuality is either genetically or biologically determined, and therefore perfectly natural. There’s no basis in science or medicine for that contention, but the left swears to it anyway because, for them, feelings trump everything. For decades, the left has been deconstructing reality and refashioning it in the image of political correctness. The law banning reparative therapy will be challenged in court by several conservative legal organizations.

Liberals believe homosexuality is natural, but sex roles are artificial. Apart from the physical, there’s no difference between males and females, they insist. Students in public schools are being taught that you can feel like you’re a boy one day but you might feel like a girl the next and that’s perfectly normal too. One of my last lessons before retiring in June, 2011 concerned this trend and I wrote about it here (scroll down). It’s not about genitalia or chromosomes with liberals. It’s all about feelings. Children may want to dress as a boy one day or as a girl the next and they should be allowed to use the boys’ room or the girls’ room according to how they feel at the time. If I boy thinks he’s a girl, all the rest of the students and the staff in the school have to pretend he’s a girl too. If they should think that ridiculous, they would be told the problem was theirs, not the confused student’s - and they would be required to undergo brainwashing sensitivity training. That’s where public schools are going these days all across the United States and Canada.

Don’t believe it? Ask around. You’ll find out.

In Canada’s Province of Ontario, even Catholic schools are required to sponsor “Gay/Straight Alliances.” These GSAs are in public schools to affirm homosexuality as normal, but the Catholic Church teaches that it’s intrinsically disordered as I mentioned above. Religious freedom? What’s that? There’s no First Amendment in Canada, remember. Some of the wussy Canadian bishops up there decided to go along though, claiming that, after all, it’s wrong to bully homosexuals and that’s what the law - “Bill 13” - purports to stop.

Wrong move wusses.

Last week Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten barred Catholic schools from teaching that abortion is wrong too. Bill 13 prohibits misogyny also, she claimed. “Taking away a woman’s right to choose could arguably be considered one of the most misogynistic actions that one could take,” she declared. What do you think now, bishops?
Catholic Bishops in the USA have sued President Obama because he would force them to buy contraception and abortion-inducing drugs under Obamacare, both of which the church considers sinful. Bishops here used to be wusses too, but they’ve learned the hard way that when they lay down before the leftist agenda, they get footprints on their backs.
Over in France, they elected a Socialist president a few months ago and now that country is stripping the words “mother” and “father” from that country’s entire civil code, just to accommodate their new homosexual “marriage” law. As in the case of the confused boy who thinks he’s a girl and the entire school has to adjust to his confusion, entire countries are now expected to adjust their world-view so the sexually addled and bewildered can think themselves normal.
Spain had done similar revamping to its code shortly after electing their socialist prime minister. The terms “husband” and “wife” were scrapped in favor of “Spouse A” and “Spouse B” Socialist economic policies were just as bizarre and accelerated Spain’s march to bankruptcy with the result that they were soundly defeated at the polls in May.
The leftist juggernaut, however rolls on. Where it stops, nobody knows. We conservatives may defeat Barack Obama next month, but the judges and other officials he appointed will remain for decades. So it has been in Canada, Spain, and elsewhere in the western world as the bricks and mortar of western civilization continue to crumble.

The left has controlled colleges in universities across the continent for more than a generation now and have been brainwashing educating young minds with progressive dogma for decades. Though homosexual “marriage” has been defeated in more than thirty states wherever it’s gone to referendum, it may be approved for the first time in Maine. The “progressives” have outspent conservatives more than seven to one here this year.
What’s next on the left’s agenda? I have to ask because I know they won’t stop here. Group “marriage”? Repeal age of consent laws? Didn’t think I’d live long enough to witness what’s around me now, and at this point there’s little that would surprise me about so-called progressives.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Obama: One and Done

Spinning is one thing. Lying is another, and the Obama Administration is telling whoppers. They knew right away it wasn’t a film protest that killed Ambassador Stevens but they said over and over that it was. Forced to admit the truth two weeks later, they lied about what they knew and when they knew it. They’re still lying as I write this. The president is lying. His press secretary is lying. The vice president is lying. The secretary of state is lying. Our UN Ambassador is lying. I knew the second day what the truth was and so did thousands of other Americans who pay attention to what’s going on in the Middle East. We don’t have security clearances, but we’re not stupid. I wrote about it here and here.

Both the Obama campaign and the Mainstream Media know people like me see through their lies, and that we’ll speak out loudly against them. But they know their media reach, though diminishing steadily, is still much broader than ours and they count on that.

So why do they lie? Why not just tell the American people that it was a terrorist assault from the beginning? The same reason most people lie: to avoid consequences. What consequences? Voter perception, seven weeks before the election, that Obama’s foreign policy is a complete failure - that al Qaeda is growing even if Bin Laden is dead. They need someone else to blame, as usual, so they blamed and arrested a third-rate filmmaker no one ever heard of and violated his First Amendment rights. It was a way to avoid investigating Obama’s scandal/coverup while maintaining their pretense of objectivity.

But it’s unraveling, so now they’re hiding behind “the FBI investigation.”

The Obama campaign - which is indistinguishable from the Obama Administration - intends to ride out the three weeks until the election pleading ignorance until they get “facts” from “The FBI Investigation.” When that’s complete, they’ll find out what “really happened.”

But we already know what happened, don’t we? What else would they want to find out? Do they want to learn the identities of the terrorists who murdered Stevens, the two SEALs and the other guy? We knew this within 24 hours of the attack. Are they trying to find out how the Obama campaign/administration screwed up? That’s a ha-ha. The FBI is under the command of Eric Holder, Obama’s racist, right-hand man whose cover-up abilities have been sharpened by burying the Fast and Furious debacle - that other scandal the MSM assiduously ignores. “The FBI investigation” is nothing but a delaying tactic - but it might not work.

It gets tougher every day for the MSM because of sworn testimony by intelligence officials and State Department officials, and military officials who insist that they warned their higher-ups - repeatedly and for months - prior to the attack, but were ignored. The MSM desperately wants to keep Obama in the White House for another term, but it’s much harder to keep him there than it was to put him there four years ago. He has a record now and long speeches with lofty platitudes aren’t cutting it anymore. Voters saw how incompetent he is in the first debate. They saw that the Hope and Change guy the media created doesn’t exist - and never has.
No. He didn't.

The second MSM debate moderator - Candy Crowley of CNN - ran interference for Obama just as Romney was skewering him on Benghazi. Lying again, Obama said he called the attack an act of terror immediately - and Romney was calling him on it when Crowley leapt in to cut Romney off. What Romney could have said then and didn’t, was: “Why then, Mr. President, did you send out your surrogates to repeatedly lie to the American people for you and insist that it was a film protest?”
Pretense of Objectivity

This will all come up in the third debate next week which will focus on foreign policy.

Use whatever analogy you want: “the emperor has no clothes”; “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”; or whatever. Voters saw. Polls shifted. Obama is in trouble. If and when the Benghazi cover-up falls apart, Obama is toast. Not only that, but Hillary - that other allegedly brilliant Democrat constructed and protected by the media - will be toast also. Her 2016 dreams will be over.

Even if Obama wins reelection, the House of Representatives will likely remain Republican with subpoena power to force testimony under oath - and the power to impeach both the president and the secretary of state. She is likely to resign after the election, but her reputation will be forever tarnished by exposure of her lies.
The Obama campaign and their Mainstream Media ancillaries obviously think voters are too stupid to understand all this. Are they right? We’ll know before midnight on Tuesday, November 6th, less than three weeks from now.