A Tale of Two Democrats

From the sea captain rescue, a learning experience for Barack Obama?

I love good news. In this case, it’s from the piracy front. Three Somali pirates are no longer polluting the gene pool, one more has been captured and, most importantly, Capt. Richard Phillips is safe and sound, all thanks to some phenomenal shooting by Navy SEAL snipers on a rolling ocean at night . . . and thanks to a great decision made not once but twice by President Barack Obama.

This was a prime example of a president–not a Democrat president or a Republican president–doing exactly what needed to be done for a given situation. For the first time in Obama’s fledgling presidency, I can say, “Bravo, Mr. President. Job well done.”

I like that, and I hope it happens more often. Perhaps, say, with regard to the economy.

Regardless, Obama’s good decision was in sharp contrast with the decision made by New Jersey Congressman and Congressional Black Caucus chairman Donald Payne, who was fired upon by Somalis as he went to the country to visit with its leaders, much like other members of the Congressional Black Caucus broke bread and heaped love upon Cuba’s Fidel Castro last week. The only difference, of course, is that Cuba actually has a government, whereas Somalia, in a period of anarchic turmoil, has no stable government to speak of and barely an economy beyond piracy.

President Obama made a difficult but correct decision based upon the facts at hand — kidnapped American in mortal danger, perhaps the world’s most elite fighting force on a boat a few hundred yards away, and a gaggle of worthless pirates standing in the way of the American’s freedom. He ordered the shots. He did the right thing. Plain and simple. And he’ll continue to do the right thing for America and for the world if he takes a serious look, as Bloomberg is reporting, of attacking the hornet’s nest and stamping out some bugs.

Rep. Payne, on the other hand, was so divorced from reality as to think that the barely-there interim Somali government could itself fight the burgeoning, $100 million piracy industry, not only in time to save Capt. Phillips, but in a fashion effective enough to quell the problem at the root of the kidnapping. Essentially, Payne asked a child with a thermometer to stop a hurricane, and for his trouble was fired upon by anarchists.

This is indeed the tale of two, far-left Democrats. One, the Congressional Black Caucus chairman, wanted to essentially negotiate with people who had no power and even less authority. The other, the president, knew enough to abandon hope in his standard, detente-at-all-costs approach to foreign policy and did the right thing at the right time.

Bravo, Mr. President. Now, I hope you can look at your decision-making process, and the end result, and apply what you’ve learned to the way you want to deal with the bigger problem in Tehran.

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  1. John Q. Public says:

    Sorry, OT-

    If you are attending Wednesday’s Tea Parties, and are asked your name by someone, I have been told that you should respond Jane or John Q. Public. This event isn’t about the individual, or party, but about liberty and the Constitution. We are all Jane and John, protesting for our rights as citizens of America.

    The left is trying to sabotage this movement, because they fear the power of the people. You will notice increased comments on conservative blogs from the left today, with ever increasing, supposed, “Republicans” posting racist views. Intimidation tactics will begin in ernest tomorrow.

    Do not be intimidated! There are many more of us than these ne’er-do-well militant liberals. Do not give out your name to them. They do not deserve to know their fellow Americans.

  2. MAKING JEFFERSON PROUD ON THE SEAS says:

    God bless America. Kudos to the US Navy Seals, AND DEATH TO ALL PIRATES.

  3. Rix says:

    All Mr. So-Called-President did was to confirm a standing Navy policy. He should, however, still be commended on the fact that he did not interfere with that policy for the sake of “world peace”, and let professionals – who must be praised as heroes – do their job.

  4. FIRE AT WILL says:

    3 quick DEATHS on a LIFE boat. Lets see; isn’t that 72 virgins x 3 = 216 virgins? If Obama and the Navy keep this up it will be an end to the scourge of piracy. Let’s hope for consistency.

  5. GATOR-1 says:

    “Bravo, Mr. President. Job well done.”

    You are way too nice Jeff and that Bravo Bravo stuff is a bit much IMO my friend. UBO’s only credit due in this situation is that he did not screw it up.

    Sorry I cant be more positive for Barry but if the negoations had gone thru…That would have been the outcome that he chose.

    Dont be fooled folks Negotiations with Terrorists WAS his first choice.

    I am very happy about the outcome thrilled and dam Proud for our Military. But the best UBO gets from me is…

    “Thanks for not screwing this up Barry, now go READ all that BS you have signed recently, OK? reconsider maybe”

    Yea RIGHT!

    I better stop I’m getting amped up.
    Dont be fooled!

    BLESSINGS PATRIOTS

  6. LT. COMMANDER TOTUS says:

    Can someone tell me if they also think Obama was aided by TOTUS in the short congratulatory remarks on the freeing of Capt Phillips? He seemed to be reading his 30 seconds of remarks.

  7. Gail B says:

    Yes, Obama did do the right thing!

    And, while all this was taking place, another ship was taken by pirates. And the United States was criticized for not doing the same thing for them (I think it was 11 Italians, a Croat, and a couple of Chinese). My question is why can’t that boat’s government send their own warship? It is not up to the US to police the world’s oceans!

    The rescue of Captain Phillips made my day! Way to go, Obama! Way to go, SEALS! Good job all around. You, too, Jeff!

  8. Laurie says:

    Jeff….I do have to agree with Gator-1. You are much too nice and although B0 did the right thing I still look at it as this is something he did not screw up.

    I will give credit where credit is due. And if B0 actually ever does something truly right, I will be the first to say BRAVO…or maybe the second as I am not as nice as you…

  9. rdansie says:

    Jeff, I also agree with Gator-1, not because he has Gator in his name, althought that certainly does give him an advantage, but because he is right.

    Providing the green light to the military from the beginning of the operation would have been a no-brainer.

    I’ll reserve my thumbs-up for Obama after Iran fires on one of our ships in the Strait of Hormuz and he allows our Navy to return overwhelming fire.

    P.S. Go Gators!

  10. Lil says:

    Jeff, you are being too nice about this. Like you, I’m so thrilled Captain Phillips made it out alive but I personally do not feel Obama had anything to do with it. If anyone should be congratulated it should be the Navy Seals for their outstanding job,and not Obama especially when he didn’t even seemed to care about what was going on out there. IMO this should’ve been resolved from day one, but he waited and waited until he saw the response he was getting from Americans and people all over the world; some were mad, others were laughing at us for chosing this man for Commander-in-Chief. He probably OK’d the action taken only after so many people annoyed the heck out of him.

    SO BRAVO TO THE NAVY SEALS!!

  11. Gail B says:

    LT. COMMANDER TOTUS said…
    “Can someone tell me if they also think Obama was aided by TOTUS in the short congratulatory remarks on the freeing of Capt Phillips? He seemed to be reading his 30 seconds of remarks.”

    Probably. (No doubt in my mind at all!)

  12. Anonymous says:

    Gail B: Yep. first they want the US to butt out and then they cry when we do. Pretty much the story of our history isn’t it? Where is that wonderful(snark) institution of the world the UN in all of this? Hmmmm not so much as a peep. They should be policing Somalia and get on top of this piracy issue but guess their too busy NOT doing anything about such places as North Korea.

  13. Anonymous says:

    It is my understanding that Obama authorized a defensive mission. That is, he only authorized the Navy to protect Phillips if his life was in imminent danger. Obama did not authorize the offensive action; the on-scene commander did! Give him the credit for making the hard choice.

    This is just another example of Obamaspeak. The Administration claims to have authorized the action since it went well. If things went badly, the Administration would have claimed that it didn’t authorize the offensive action and the on-scene commander was to blame for the outcome.

    Did Obama back up the use of force with a strong statement like America will not negotiate with pirates and we will hold those accountable who threaten American lives? No! The pirates then shot mortars as a visiting US congressman. Will there be a harsh response? I doubt it.

  14. tm says:

    Sorry Jeff,
    Did you notice in 8 yrs. of GW Bush we NEVER Had a problem with somalia?
    Clinton years – all the time!
    hmmmmmm…………
    From what I understand twisting a policy from the one was the same as twisting the clinton.
    Somebody after ALOT of twisitng, got the results, with the exception of the little skinny 16yr old pirate coming to a NY prison soon (probably will be a superstar in eyes of the MSM soon) I personally think it was the military helping him not to make a very big mistake, under the 100 days mark. Once again we have a man after how many days say “present”. Thank God for the Navy Seals.

  15. tm says:

    PS:
    My proof of how the rescue really happened:

    http://www.blackfive.net/main/2009/04/how-the-rescue-happened.html

  16. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    tm –

    Sounds about right. Still, just as I was ready to lambast him for doing nothing, I wanted to praise him for doing right. Especially in contrast with Payne’s actions.

    Jeff

  17. Linda says:

    Sorry, but I can’t give this guy credit for anything. It’s just too deep-seeded. He HAD to give the order – he was told so. Further, if you saw the crew on Fox News, they said that they were under attack/siege for a week before they took the captain hostage – where was the powers that be then? Maybe I’m being unfair – maybe realistic. Too many of us in my circle of friends and acquaintances couldn’t understand why it didn’t happen quicker.

  18. Claudia says:

    All Mr. So-Called-President did was to confirm a standing Navy policy. He VOTED PRESENT on this issue and nothing (as in OK, I guess that I will let them do their job and protect Phillips IF he is in imminent danger) more and now he is trying to take all the credit as his due. IF he would have gotten on TV and stated that he wanted the Captain freed at all costs the very first day this happened, then I would be more willing to give him credit. As it is, I ONLY give credit to the snipers, the Captains of the Bainbridge and the Halyburton and Captain Phillips for doing all he could to protect his men and crew and to try a few times to escape from the stupid punk Somali’s.

    The irony of this whole thing is that the Maersk Alabama was carrying FOOD and MEDICAL SSUPPLIES THAT WERE CHARITABLE DONATIONS MADE BY THE US to be delivered to Kenya, Mombassa, Somalia, Tanzania and a few other small countries in the area anda those stupid pirates attacked a ship that was bringing them FOOD and wanted to hold it for ransom (what audacity) from the very people that gave, or were giving them the food and medical supplies in teh first place, WHAT PIGS!!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    You might want to hech out this article at Redstate before drawing a final conclusion regarding Barry.

    http://www.redstate.com/jeff_emanuel/2009/04/12/the-story-of-a-successful-rescue-and-a-democratic-administrations-attempt-to-claim-credit/

  20. Anonymous says:

    Agree, Linda, gators and tm. O. will always be a usurper in sheep’s clothing and incapable of anything logical. His handlers give the final word-only when they think it necessary to protect O’s character facade.

    Credit goes only to our military, and we’ll see about the pirate “refugee-prisoner’s” outcome. The MSM better steer clear of him.

  21. Anonymous says:

    The AP is reporting that President Obama gave the order to use military force to rescue the hostage, that is misleading.

    “WASHINGTON (AP)—Administration officials say President Barack Obama approved the military operation that rescued a U.S. captain held hostage by Somali pirates.”

    If there are innocents about to be slaughtered the same reasoning that authorizes self defense also covers an imminent execution unless the ROE specifically forbid it.The AP is making it sound like there was an active rescue ordered by the President. It was not, there was an imminent threat and the local commander gave the order to fire.

    Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, commander of all naval forces in the Middle East, told a Pentagon news conference that the USS Bainbridge had been towing the lifeboat holding the pirates and Capt. Phillips into calmer waters when Navy Seal sharpshooters, positioned at the tail of the ship, saw the head and shoulders of the three remaining pirates, with one of them pointing an AK-47 machine gun at the head of Capt. Phillips.

    Adm. Gortney said the Navy officer in charge of the operation ordered the pirates to be fired upon.

    Ben

  22. Claudia says:

    Jeff,
    this is an article that states what, when and how things happened on the Alabama:

    http://www.redstate.com/jeff_emanuel/2009/04/12/the-story-of-a-successful-rescue-and-a-democratic-administrations-attempt-to-claim-credit

    [The Story of a Successful Rescue (and a Democratic Administration’s Attempt to Claim Credit)

    Posted by Jeff Emanuel (Profile)

    Sunday, April 12th at 9:10PM EDT

    95 Comments
    After four days of floating at sea on a raft shared with four Somali gunmen, Richard Philips took matters into his own hands for a second time. With the small lifeboat in which he was being held captive being towed by the American missile destroyer USS Bainbridge, and Navy Special Warfare (NSWC) snipers on the fantail in position to take their shots at his captors as soon as the command was given, the captive Captain of the M.V. Maersk-Alabama took his second leap in three days into the shark-infested waters of the Indian Ocean.

    This diversion gave the Navy Special Warfare operators all the opening they needed. Snipers immediately took down the three Somali pirates still on board the life raft, SEAL operators hustled down the tow line connecting the two craft to confirm the kills, and a Navy RIB plucked Philips from the water and sped him to safety aboard the Bainbridge, thus ending the four-day-and-counting hostage situation.

    * * *

    Philips’s first leap into the warm, dark water of the Indian Ocean hadn’t worked out as well. With the Bainbridge in range and a rescue by his country’s Navy possible, Philips threw himself off of his lifeboat prison, enabling Navy shooters onboard the destroyer a clear shot at his captors — and none was taken. The guidance from National Command Authority — the President of the United States, Barack Obama — had been clear: a peaceful solution was the only acceptable outcome to this standoff unless the hostage’s life was in clear, extreme danger.

    The next day, a small Navy boat approaching the floating raft was fired on by the Somali pirates — and again no fire was returned and no pirates killed, thanks again to the cautious stance assumed by Navy personnel due to the combination of a lack of clear guidance from Washington, and a mandate from the Commander in Chief’s staff not to act until Obama, a man with no background of dealing with such issues and no track record of decisiveness, decided that any outcome other than a “peaceful solution” would be acceptable.

    After taking fire from the Somali kidnappers again Saturday night, the on-scene commander decided he’d had enough. Keeping his authority to act in the case of a clear and present danger to the hostage’s life, and having heard nothing from Washington since yet another request to mount a rescue operation had been denied the day before, the Navy officer — unnamed in all media reports to date — decided the AK-47 one captor had leveled at Philips’ back was a threat to the hostage’s life, and ordered the NSWC team to take their shots.

    Three rounds downrange later, all three brigands became enemy KIA, and Philips was safe.

    * * *

    There is upside, downside, and spin-side to the series of events over the last week that culminated in today’s dramatic rescue of an American hostage.

    Almost immediately following word of the rescue, with reports — as they still are — conflicting each other on the order of events (and on the events themselves), the Obama administration and its supporters claimed victory against pirates in the Indian Ocean, and declared that the dramatic end to the standoff put paid to questions of the inexperienced president’s toughness and decisiveness.

    Despite the Obama administration’s (and its sycophants’) attempt to spin today’s success as a result of bold, decisive leadership by the inexperienced president, the reality is nothing of the sort.

    What should have been a standoff lasting only hours — as long as it took the USS Bainbridge and its team of NSWC operators to steam to the location — became an embarrassing four-day-and-counting standoff between a rag-tag handful of criminals with rifles and a U.S. Navy warship.

    On Friday, April 10, as the standoff reached the end of its third day, I called on President Obama to take action to free the American hostage from his Somali captors. I outlined three possible operational tactics that could be used to do so; number 1 was the following:

    (1) 2 helos, 2 snipers each: pop the [pirates] in their heads, then drop a rescue swimmer to escort the hostage up to one of the choppers. This works best if the hostage is aware of what is happening and can help without getting in the way — say, by hopping overboard as the gunships near, to divert attention and get out of the line of fire.

    (This was written before the USS Bainbridge tethered the life raft to its stern, an action which eliminated the need for helicopters.)

    Instead of taking direct, decisive action against the rag-tag group of gunmen, the Obama administration dilly-dallied, dawdled, and eschewed any decisiveness whatsoever, even in the face of enemy fire, in hopes that the situation would somehow resolve itself without violence — thus sending a clear message to all who would threaten U.S. interests abroad that the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has no idea how to respond to such situations, and no real willingness to use military force to resolve them.

    Any who think they weren’t watching every minute of this are guilty — at best — of greatly underestimating our enemies.

    Like the crew of the Alabama, which took swift and decisive action to take back their own ship rather than wait for help from Washington that they knew could not be counted on, Captain Philips took matters into his own hands for the second time in three days this afternoon, leaping into the water to create a diversion and allowing the NSWC team to eliminate his captors. The result, of course, was the best that could possibly be expected: three pirates dead, the captain unharmed, and a fourth Somali man who had surrendered late Saturday night in custody.

    One thing that will bear watching will be what the Obama DOJ attempts to do with the captive pirate. My money is on a life of welfare checks, a plot of land (in a red state, naturally), and voting rights in Chicago, New York, and Seattle.

    In all seriousness, though, who knows? Obama could decide to get tough on the last surviving participant in the first pirating of an American ship since Thomas Jefferson sent the U.S. Marine Corps to root out and destroy the Barbary Pirates.

    However, given the administration’s track record to date, I won’t be holding my breath on that one.]

    Personally, I give this more credibility than the MSM rumors-propaganda, that Obama actually did something, anything other than VOTE PRESENT…

    And sorry that I just don’t buy your Good Job Well Done to him on this subect.

  23. Anonymous says:

    If you want a breakdown of the whole pirate debacle and how it played out with O. and his handlers, go to marklevinshow.com He has archives of all of his programs. The program will be dated 4/13/09 and it can be streamed or downloaded.

    O. was playing paper signer with papers pushed in front of him. He didn’t need to sign anything (twice). The Navy already had the authority to do what they did.

  24. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    Listen, I understand where you’re coming from here, but I’m not sure you made it past the first paragraph.

    The entire point here is that force IS necessary, and that detente and diplomacy simply isn’t enough.

    Hostage alive and free. Pirates dead. Shots taken. Action proved, in the end and regardless of how we got there, to be better than inaction.

  25. GiveMeSanity says:

    I’m with TM. Under Bush’s administration, we really did not have many problems with pirates (ie terrorists) since 9-11. If you are going to give credit to the Navy Seals, you also need to give credit to GW Bush for enhancing the military enough where the Navy Seals can take such action. Personally, I cannot give Obama much credit (if any) for this because if he ran the Navy Seals, the result would be much different, and I don’t mean that in a good way. How can a man who wants to significantly cut military spending get this credit for simply allowing the military to do its job? I agree with Andy Martin that Bush should be thanked instead of Obama.

    http://www.contrariancommentary.com/community/Home/tabid/36/mid/363/newsid363/404/Default.aspx

  26. Linda says:

    So, Jeff, while you’re giving this person credit for “a job well done,” have you seen this?
    http://www.traditionalvalues.org/modules.php?sid=3613

    Perhaps you’ll want to rescind that “Bravo.”

  27. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    Linda, THIS ISN’T ABOUT CAPITALISM, OR OUTSOURCING.

    Obama is a far-left globalist. I know this. We ALL know this. My God, read everything else on this Web site, people.

    But, I swear to you, if we cannot find one single decent thing to say about this man, we end up looking like those dirty turd hippies who could never do anything but hate, hate, hate George W. Bush. I don’t want that, because it takes away from the rest of our message.

    If we nitpick every single thing, especially on stuff like this where the end result was FAVORABLE, and where the end result could serve as a lesson learned for a far-left president, when we REALLY need to stand up for our rights and our freedom, who the fuck is going to listen?

    See, here’s the thing. I don’t lose my temper often. Not at all. So, when I do blow my top, the people who know me know that there is something big going on.

    IF WE CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR TINY DETAILS TO HATE THIS PRESIDENT ABOUT, NOBODY WILL LISTEN WHEN WE REALLY NEED TO VOICE OUR OPPOSITION.

    The boat captain is alive. The REAL heros are the SEALs. I know that. I also know that the president is taking credit for more than he deserves. Still, we must pick our spots. I’m not saying that we must humor him — I’m only saying that we need to pick the outlets for our venom more carefully.

    Jeff

  28. Mike says:

    See what happens when you even give half a compliment to B.O. Jeff on this site?

    These crazy, inbred, asinine people with a pool of 50 IQ can’t understand the fact that B. O. can actually do something right.

    The hate is just too deep, part of it is racist, part of it is partisan, part of it is plain stupidity. I’m literally laughing at the stupidity (not by you), but mostly by the comments on here. They are quite amusing.

    Time to come back over to the other side again Jeff. And I agree, we should give credit where deserved. Also, you should look into your law studies instead of writing for these folks.

  29. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    Time to come back over to the other side again Jeff.I think I just laughed and shot a Cheerio out of my nose.

    Nice one there, Mikey.

    I want to focus our opposition, my friend … not join in the destruction of our country.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Whoaaa Jeff, I was really offended by the “F” word in your comment. Call me old fashioned but I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read that. I am a lady and would still like to be shown respect.

    Sally

  31. MOORE OR LESS says:

    Mikey,
    It seems a little of that bloated whale, Michael Moore, must have rubbed off on us. He’s a God to your like, so maybe there is deity in our futures.

  32. Linda says:

    The boat captain is alive. The REAL heros are the SEALs

    True. I’ll bring the effigy off the short plank.

    I understand your point; I just have a very difficult time with this person. I didn’t like everything that George Bush did, but this man’s agenda is scary, at the very least.

  33. rdansie says:

    Jeff, you need to step away from your keyboard and go for a walk. You need to ask yourself what you’re so pissed-off about. You seem to be entering a mindset where you are now infuriated because people are disagreeing with you.

    You’ve written this article telling us how we should all acknowledge that Obama did the right thing. Well, there are some of your readers that believe he didn’t do anything more than he should have, and there are some that believe nothing needs to be acknowledged whatsoever. No matter what your readers have said, it is inconceivable to you that anyone could disagree with your premise. The right way is Jeff’s way. No debate allowed.

    When debate continued, you eventually got so worked-up that you finally dropped the F bomb on your readers.

    You then, in true internet fashion, hit your caps lock key and shout at your readers that: “IF WE CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR TINY DETAILS TO HATE THIS PRESIDENT ABOUT, NOBODY WILL LISTEN WHEN WE REALLY NEED TO VOICE OUR OPPOSITION.

    Jeff, does anyone listen to us now? Are you talking about the mainstream media listening to us? Are you talking about our government representatives listening to us? What is your idea of when “when” is. I personally think it is now, and if that is the case, nobody is listening to us when we really need to voice our opposition.

    In fact, did you actually describe the relationship between you and your readers? Are they burning their bridges with you? Think about it. You blew your top because there was continued dissent. Is anything starting to ring a bell yet?

    Now you’ve got Mike jumping in providing reinforcements for you. He states that the people reading and commenting on your blog are: “These crazy, inbred, asinine people with a pool of 50 IQ can’t understand the fact that B. O. can actually do something right. The hate is just too deep, part of it is racist, part of it is partisan, part of it is plain stupidity. I’m literally laughing at the stupidity (not by you), but mostly by the comments on here. They are quite amusing”.

    And so how do you respond to those nasty remarks about people that read and comment on your blog? You say, “Nice one there, Mikey.”

    You seem to be on a power trip and demand full compliance. Is this how it’s going to be from now on? Are you going to verbally trash those who continue to disagree with you? Are you going to “go off” and drop the F bomb because you’re so mad? It’s a good thing you were typing and not speaking, as I wouldn’t want your child to hear that language coming from you. Unless, of course, that is how you speak around the house.

    I don’t know if you’ll allow this comment to be posted. It doesn’t really matter as long as you read it, because I just wanted to express how I perceive the situation. I was somewhat shocked awhile back when you were defending a guest columnist that was trashing those who had disagreed with a column that he had written. He was arrogant, rude, condescending and more.

    Now with this latest blowup by you, there seems to be a pattern emerging. You believe you are above reproach. You are up there on that self-installed pedestal, breathing that rarified air that is reserved for only the elite intellectuals. It appears you are now an official member of that club.

    I have been a fan of your blog for a long time and I really enjoy your articles. Some I agree with, others I don’t. If I agreed 100% about everything you wrote, I would be you instead of being me. Is that what you want is for all of us to be clones of you? If we disagree are you going to verbally beat us into submission?

  34. STICKS AND STONES says:

    First of all, I am not inbred… I have A LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE to prove that. Secondly my IQ is 152 and I have been a software engineer for over 30 years. Thirdly I enjoy the company of decent people, no matter their color. And if my sense of humor makes you look lightly on me, I don’t care, this helps me unwind. Why doesn’t Mike go hang on a Michael Moore or Al Gore blog?

  35. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    You guys are right, and I sincerely apologize for any offense.

    As I said, however, I don’t blow my top very often, and when I look at the direction the left is taking this country down, then when I look at the right’s cohesion and capability to resist, I am deeply, deeply worried.

    I’ll get into that a little more, I promise.

    In the meantime, my comments were not directed at any one person (except for my snide “nice one, there, Mikey” comment, which was specifically reserved for another idealist liberal in our midst). We have a lot of work ahead of us, and this time, our challenges are not only ideological, but public relations- and image-heavy as well — and while we’re good in terms of ideas and values, we’re seriously lacking when it comes to image management, especially considering that we’re up against a Democratic Party that has found success in PR.

    My sincere apologies for blowing my stack. I don’t do that very often, but when I do, there’s good reason. Still, I’m sorry that my tirade and language offended any of you.

    – Jeff

  36. Anonymous says:

    I was trying to find some good in this man that is destroying our country by giving him the benefit of the doubt yesterday with the freeing of our American hero Phillips. However it is kind of like trying to find some good in Hitler – it just ain’t there. Then I listened to Mark Levin yesterday afternoon. I noticed one of the posts gave the link to hear his show. It was an eye opener for me in that he explained that Hobama actually did nothing, as his signature wasn’t needed. He was taking credit. If things would have gone south, believe me, he would be sitting on the other side of the fence. This was just another confirmation of how much trouble we are in.

    Jeff, I understand you were trying to take the high road and I applaud you for that. However, you should listen to Mark Levin’s explanation and you will see why so many people on here were upset.

    An afterthought – we will probably be paying restitution to the dead somalis parents by the end of the week.

    Thanks Jeff for a great website!!!

  37. Anonymous says:

    For what it’s worth, Jeff, I agree with you that giving Obama a “good job” is only fair. I can only imagine how much blame some of these folks would be giving him if the affair had turned out badly and the captain had been killed. The critics would have made him responsible for everything, including being a poor shot.

    I make a lot of comments on your blog, but I never forget that I can hide behind “Anonymous” while you, in full view, devote countless hours to giving the rest of us a place to vent our frustrations. Thanks for your devotion to the cause of liberty.

    As for “Mikey”, he’s just another sap who resorts to personal insults rather than making cogent points regarding the issue at hand.

    Old Bob

  38. Mike says:

    Yes that line was facetious, I know there’s no way ‘you’re coming over’ haha.

    I do visit other blogs.

    And I’m not sure about the Moore’s jokes, I’m not too fond of him.

    I think everyone needs to go easier on Jeff here, he was only trying to defend his points. Anyone with some reading comprehension will realize that. And actually, the previous poster’s reasons are wrong. Jeff isn’t claiming that B.O. did a better or same job than any other president, he claimed that as B.O did splendid being a liberal leftist.

    I personally think B.O. does a pretty good job with the military (Afghanistan/Iraq efforts) than most liberal democrat politicians.

  39. rdansie says:

    Mike,
    Is it possible for you to comment without insulting others? In your last comment you had to throw in this: “Anyone with some reading comprehension will realize that”

    You are obviously implying that some or maybe even all of us lack that ability. It’s a shame that when you compare us to yourself, that we appear to be such illiterate peons.

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