Get your favorite non-alcoholic drink and relax in your comfy chair. This is a long one (six years in the making).
(Disclaimer: I don’t blog that often because, quite frankly, I’m tired of all the bad news and I hate to be the bearer of even more. But sometimes I just can’t stand it anymore, watching my beloved country being flushed down the toilet and not enough Americans seem to care to do anything about it. Especially our elected officials who seem to march lock-step blindly on; seeing nothing wrong and hoping that time will heal all wounds. But I am a “watchman” and I am called to keep the warning before the people as long as there are still people who care to be warned and heed those warnings.)
I’m tired. I’m tired of all the meaningless rhetoric from politicians (especially Republicans—I expect it from the liberal, leftist Democrats), the liberal “yellow” journalism press and the heretical clergy. The Republican establishment yammer on-and-on about how bad President Obama is and how scandalous he and his administration are; how corrupt; how inept; how this, how that, but then do absolutely, absolutely nothing to combat it or come against it. Not even to have the courage to stand up against Obama and his ilk, but to actively participate and support his Marxist agenda.
Let’s review the Obama accomplishments so far. God help us for what the next two years will bring.
The Economy. If you think the economy is really good, then you have been brainwashed by the liberal media and Obama’s lying government. With all the lies and deception that Obama, his staff and agencies have been caught with, do you really think the economy is as good as they are trying to make you believe? I know, the stock market is rising to record highs; unemployment has supposedly sunk to 5.6 percent and so on. But have you stopped to consider that the vast majority of jobs that have been “created” are either part-time or lower paying service sector jobs? There are really very few high paying jobs in manufacturing, trades or the professional ranks. Real household income is at the lowest it’s been in decades. The workforce participation rate (62.8%) is the lowest since 1978 and has steadily dropped since the year 2000. That means a lot of people have just given up on looking for meaningful work.
And unemployment? Well, according to highly respected economist Walter “John” Williams of the popular ShadowStats web site, if you factor in all those who have given up looking and all those who want full time work but can only find part-time at McDonalds or Wal Mart, the “real” unemployment/under-employment rate jumped from around 12.5% before Obama took office to over 20% after he took office and has held steady at around 22-23% range for the past six years. As far as Obama being the “savior” of the black community, unemployment among his “brethren” remains stubbornly double that of whites. Among black teens, 16-19 years old, it has been near or above 30% and still is above 28%.
If the economy is doing so well then how is it that major retailers like Sears, Kmart, Macy’s, Radio Shack and many others are planning on closing thousands of stores (Radio Shack, 1,100 alone) and laying off tens of thousands of employees in 2015? If the economy is so good, why are there still over 46 million Americans receiving food stamps? About 20 million more than when Obama first took office.
To understand Obama’s view of what makes the economy work, one should listen to or read his speech at Osawatomie High School (Kansas) on December 6, 2011. In his attempt to explain “trickle down” economics that is promoted by capitalists, he stated: “If only we cut more regulations and cut more taxes—especially for the wealthy—our economy will grow stronger. . . . if the winners do really well, jobs and prosperity will eventually trickle down to everyone else.
“. . . Here’s the problem:” he asserted, “It doesn’t work. It’s never worked.” Obama’s way to economic prosperity for all is to tax more and regulate more. Just during his first term, the Obama administration issued new regulations that will cost the American taxpayer $70 billion. The number of regulations during Obama’s first term were almost triple those of his predecessor, President Bush, during his first term. Just in his fourth year of office alone, federal regulators issued 2605 new rules. In his first five years in office Obama has added 17,522 pages to the Code of Federal Regulations. The CFR had 175,496 pages at the end of 2013. In 2014, Obama added an estimated 75,000 pages of new regulations or an estimated $181 billion in new financial burdens upon Americans.
And there you have Obama’s simple Marxist view of America and capitalism. “It doesn’t work. It’s never worked.” Despite 300-plus years of American ingenuity, industrialization and “trickle down” prosperity that (up until now) has built the greatest country and economy the world has ever known. But, according the great “seer”, it just doesn’t work.
America’s Financial Condition. When President Obama took office on January 20, 2009, America’s National debt was $10.626 trillion and the debt held by the public was $6.307 trillion. America had endured 8 years of George Bush’s presidency in which he added $4.9 trillion to the National Debt. Presidential candidate Obama called Bush’s penchant for such debt accumulation “unpatriotic”. Now enter Obama’s world. The National Debt after 6 years of Barack Obama now stands at $18.08 trillion and will likely exceed $20 trillion before Obama’s last year in office ends. Public debt under Obama has risen to $12.995 trillion as of December 31, 2014 or over 100%. That means that under Obama more public debt has been accumulated than under the administrations of all 43 presidents that preceded him, as will the National Debt before his second term is over. What is even worse is that Congress appears to be unwilling or uninterested in stemming the tide of red ink and the weight of the economic burden it is placing upon the shoulders of every American, present and future. It is unconscionable, but then, no one ever accused a politician of having a conscience. Oh, and the interest on this debt? Only a mere $522 billion per year and rising. Gee, what could the American economy look like with an extra half trillion circulating each year?
To put this in a worldwide perspective, it is estimated that the global indebtedness of all nations at the end of 2014 was $60.906 trillion. Of this debt, the people of the United States held 29.6% of it, but only represent 4.4% of the world population. With the Obama administration’s bent on uncontrolled immigration, America’s financial condition will worsen as unskilled, uneducated, lower wage earners flood the country and governmental system, creating greater indebtedness for hardworking Americans while contributing little to the country’s tax base. Hardworking U.S. citizens will see their tax burdens rise and real incomes continue to shrink.
Inflation. The “official” government position is, and has been for some time, that inflation or the CPI (Consumer Price Index) is somewhere between 0 and 2% or lastly (November) at 1.3%. Do you believe that? If you do, you are not paying attention to what you are buying or have a short memory of the recent past. When we departed the U.S. of A. in August of 2011, I remember that in the Midwest we could buy top sirloin steak for $3.98-4.98/lb. Milk was about $3.50/gallon; eggs about $1.20/doz.; bread about $2; sliced roast beef was around $5.99/lb.; sliced Virginia ham about $4.99. Upon our visit to the U.S. in June this past year we found that top sirloin had risen to $9.98; milk was about $5.00/gallon; eggs $2.50; bread $3.50-4.00; sliced roast beef and Virginia ham was $8.99 and $6.99 respectively. This food inflation was far higher than the 0-2% the government data presents.
What has masked true inflation is the plummeting energy sector—no thanks to Obama. Oil prices are declining due to world economies being in the tank and the surge of oil production on private U.S. land, something Obama has no control over but is trying to clamp down on through more and more environmental regulations.
Education & Knowledge. Not long ago I watched a couple of informal history surveys on two different university campuses. The two different interviewers asked simple, basic questions that any 5th grader should be able to answer. Such questions as: “Who won the Civil War?” “From whom did America win its independence?” “Who is America’s Vice President?” In each case, an overwhelming number of students did not have a clue as to the right answer. This is just one indication of the radical left’s success in “dumbing down” of America’s youth. Enter Common Core, another peg in the dumbing down strategy that even teachers across the country are rebelling against and some states are passing legislation to outlaw it.
Not content with trying to control the educational input of our children, the Obamas, via Michelle, decided they knew best what kids in school should eat. As a result, thousands of uneaten lunches across America are thrown out each day by kids who refuse to eat the garbage called “food”. Real history that teaches students true, politically incorrect history has been banned from schools at all levels, as has true science and math.
Teenagers cannot even make simple mathematical decisions without a calculator, cash register or computer. I once asked a teenager at a convenience store for five singles in exchange for a five dollar bill. She looked at me like I was speaking a foreign tongue. I finally said, “May I have five one dollar bills, please?” In part, because of this dumbing down, that is why I decided to write two volumes of early American history and recently revised and expanded the second volume, We the People, Birth of a Nation which presents American history from the mouths of the Founders, complete with the full historical documents that they labored over.
Now, educational boards across the U.S. are condoning proselytizing on behalf of Islam using history texts written and edited by Muslims in order to portray Islam in a favorable light. In many schools, children of unsuspecting parents are being groomed in the five pillars of Islam, must dress in Muslim attire so they can become more culturally sensitive and be forced to visit mosques, all in the name of cultural diversity.
Foreign Relations. America’s image abroad is probably at the lowest level since the country’s founding. Obama’s foreign policy is a disaster and his Secretaries of State (Clinton & Kerry) were and are inept and pathetic. Obama’s apologetic and appeasement tours and position are an embarrassment and a kick in the face to the Founding Fathers and all those patriots who valiantly fought and died for the freedom, strength and leadership that America has provided to the world. It’s no secret that Obama despises American “Exceptionalism” and has done everything within his power to diminish America’s once powerful image around the world.
At the same time Obama is destroying American exceptionalism he works hard at legitimizing the tyrants of Cuba, Iran and other tyrant-led countries. While he is busy patronizing the tyrants of the world he has virtually ignored the relationships and alliances with countries in the Western hemisphere.
According to the 2015 Open Doors report on world terrorism, 2014 was the worst year for persecution of Christians. However, the “leader of the free world”, Mr. Obama, has said virtually nothing and done virtually nothing to confront it or the Islamic terrorists that are behind the overwhelming majority of it.
High Level Corruption. Just about every presidential administration has a scandal or two during their presidency, but usually such lapses in judgment do not affect American lives and freedom. Enter, once again, President Obama. Scandals and corruption associated with him and his Whitehouse team are non-ending and just about everyone of them have severely impacted the lives and freedoms of the majority of Americans.
- Fast & Furious gun-running which put American lives at risk, especially along the Mexican border states by putting high-powered weapons into the hands of known drug lords and, at least in two known instances, resulted in the murder of U.S. border patrol agents.
- The Benghazi assault on our unprotected outpost that allowed Ambassador Stevens and three others to be murdered because Obama & Hillary Clinton just did not see the need for adequate protection. Then when it is attacked and overwhelmed by obvious (to everyone else) Islamic jihadists, tried to blame the attack on an obscure internet video that practically no one ever saw or heard of; then lied repeatedly to Americans and the world about their despicable behavior and disregard for the safety of Americans serving abroad. See my post on “Was Ambassador Stevens Assassinated?”
- The IRS targeting scandal where Obama and his hirelings authorized the use of the IRS to target conservative groups and prevent them from raising monies for the 2012 presidential campaign. Shameful; despicable; scandalous; criminal. But no one’s in jail. Not even one indictment.
- The NSA spying outrage where millions of private conversations and data bases were violated for nefarious purposes, all in the name of “national security” but really to keep tabs on Obama’s opponents.
- The Veteran’s Administration debacle of disgusting and inhuman treatment of thousands of U.S. veterans. Admittedly, not all on Obama’s watch, but seemed to intensify under his administration.
- Voter Fraud. How else would you explain 110% of voters in some precincts voting for Obama or 100% of all precincts in Philadelphia voting for Obama, or electronic voting machines around the country “mysteriously” switching Republican votes to Democratic ones?
Well, you get the picture. There are more Obama scandals then I care to take time to write about—particularly those that involve violations of the U.S. Constitution. That alone would take a book of several hundred pages. The list of Obama’s abuses of his office and public trust seems to be just about endless. The sad thing is that most Americans are clueless and they will not understand the impact of this president on American freedoms, prosperity and national security until many years later.
National Security. Under Obama’s “leadership” America’s military has become smaller than before World War II and considerably weaker. According to U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, the U.S. Army only has two brigades (6,000-10,000 troops) that are combat ready. Under Obama as Commander-in-Chief, military morale has plummeted, while military deaths due to suicide has steadily increased since he took office to the point where, starting in 2012, military deaths from suicide exceeded those from combat. In 2012 alone 524 U.S. servicemen and women committed suicide, and at a rate far more than those among the much larger civilian population. In addition, Obama has purged the military of over 200 top leaders and given “pink slips” to over 500 career military leaders. Of the $1 trillion in sequester cuts at the end of 2013 by Obama and Congress, over half was absorbed by the military at a time when America needs military strength at its peak. Medal of Honor decorated, Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, stated, “There is no doubt he [Obama] is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him” (see Revelation 18 and the fate of America, page 288).
Although Obama trumpets that America has never been safer, the truth is, America has never been more vulnerable. His catastrophic decision to prematurely pull out of Iraq against all military advice has created the meteoric rise of the Islamic terrorist group, ISIS—a group that Obama cannot seem to bring himself to effectively encounter and annihilate despite their horrific acts of butchery in the name of their god.
On January 22, 2009, two days after being sworn in to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”, President Obama issued an executive order to close the Gitmo terrorist detention camp in Cuba within a year. Although he did not succeed, he has released almost 100 Islamic terrorists so they can pursue their terrorist efforts against the United States. Many of those released are now leading or fighting with terrorist groups in the Middle East and elsewhere. In 2014 alone, Obama released 28 suspected Islamic terrorists. Follow-up on GITMO detainees released shows that at least 30% re-enter the battlefield to carry out more terror attacks.
President Barack Obama having not succeeded in keeping his promise to close Gitmo within a year of becoming president is now resorting to a different tactic. He is releasing Gitmo inmates, and not just any Gitmo terrorist, but top Taliban intelligence official who kept Stinger missiles and uranium at his farm. But it even gets worse than this. The Afghans gave “security guarantees” that there is no requirement this uranium terrorist and 3 others to be held in prison and they are said to be likely sent home to their families.
The uranium terrorist is Mohammed Zahir, who was also to top it all off, a leading Taliban weapons supplier, according to his official Guantanamo file, leaked three years ago to The Telegraph by the Wikileaks hacker group (Source: Shoebat Foundation, December 20, 2014).
On September 23, 2014, speaking before the United Nations, President Obama (with a straight face) announced that the world was a lot safer now since he took office. “As a result of this [international security] work and cooperation with allies and partners, the world is more stable than it was five years ago.” Really? Does this man live on this planet? Threats from terrorists—principally Islamic terrorists—has NEVER been greater. Just ask any one of the hundreds of millions of Jews and Christians around the world who are in daily fear of persecution, torture and murder. Just ask the thousands of U.S. military parents, spouses and relatives of the thousands of men and women who have died under the Obama administration trying to fight a restricted and unwinnable (because Obama doesn’t want to win the) war against Muslim terrorists or the survivors of those thousands of brave military personnel who could not take it any longer under this “Commander-in-Chief” and committed suicide from Post Traumatic Stress or lack of committed leadership to a winning strategy.
Since September 11, 2001, Muslim terrorists have committed 24,826 non-military deadly attacks around the world (Source: http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/thelist.htm). In 2011 alone, Muslim terrorists killed an estimated 12,533 people (Source: National Counterterrorism Center). Since Obama took office in 2009 there have been at least 20 deadly Muslim terrorist attacks in America. However, President Obama insists that such daily terror is just the “senseless violence of a few.” Just in the last three months of 2014, Islamic terrorists carried out almost 900 attacks, killing almost 8,000 people and wounding thousands more. But the world is safer now that Obama is at the helm.
On January 12, 2015, the U.S. military’s Central Command Twitter account was hacked by either ISIS members or sympathizers who sent terror messages to the U.S. military. But we’re secure. No threat here.
President Obama and members of his administration have repeatedly disclosed national secrets of the U.S. and its allies. Perhaps the most infamous was the disclosure of members of Seal Team 6 who were responsible for annihilating Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011. The very next day, Vice President Joe Biden, in an act of treason, “outed” the Team to the world. Three months late, on August 6, 30 members of Seal Team 6, on another mission in Afghanistan, had their helicopter shot down. All were killed, as were eight Afghanis on board.
The Obama administration seems to spend more time and effort placating and empowering the tyrannical terrorists of the world like Iran, Russia, China, Cuba and Islamic terrorists worldwide than they do confronting them and minimizing their threat to America and the world.
While Obama touts his delusional safe world he decimates America’s borders and our border patrol, making them ineffective. Not long ago an American trucker driving a truck across the border from Mexico to America videoed his border crossing experience. As he pulled up to the American border guard, the guard asked the driver if he was the only one on board. The trucker said, “Why, does it matter?” The border guard said, “Not anymore” and waved the driver through without any further questions and no inspection. In many places along the southern U.S. border, border agents have been disarmed or made to pull back to 70 miles from the border. When they were able to provide some semblance of border security, for the first time (in 2014) they apprehended more non-Mexicans than Mexicans. And, it has been well documented by border agents and county sheriffs along the border that Muslims are crossing the border without much impediment.
Update, January 24, 2015. As Obama “fiddles” the Mideast burns. Today, Libya is in turmoil; Egypt still unstable; Yemen has fallen into chaos; Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are being overtaken by Al Qaeda & ISIS; Iran has been emboldened in its nuclear program; America’s support of Israel has been weakened while Hamas has been strengthened by Obama and America’s ally, the King of Saudi Arabia has died leaving an uncertain future in U.S.-Saudi relations. Under Obama the Middle East has declined into chaos and Islamic terrorism. But, the deceiver-in chief of America says the world has never been safer, so it must be true.
The Enemy Within. As if this brazen weakening of American security were not enough, Obama has stacked his administration with known members of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, including serving in the Department of Homeland Security. In the past year it has been widely reported (by responsible media) that there are simulated cell phone “towers” popping up all over America. These cell phone data interceptors are collecting the cell phone calls and data of millions of Americans. Who is doing it? The FBI, CIA, Pentagon? No, none of the reasonably suspected culprits. It’s the Obama “Justice” Department. Why? Supposedly to catch that one in a billion call by a terrorist using certain catch words or phrases. In the meantime the collective freedom of speech of millions of law-abiding U.S. citizens is being severely compromised. Under Obama the Feds have become the enemy of the people.
Race Relations. President Obama said race relations since he took office in 2009 have gotten better. In a Fox News poll of December 7-9, 62% said it has gotten worse under Obama, only 19% said it has become better. Obama’s alliances and support of black agitators like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson heighten the black-white divide. The man in the Whitehouse has clearly shown his prejudicial side, as has his Justice Department cohort, Eric Holder. While they both are ready to jump into a suspected white-on-black assault, they are no-shows on any one of the thousands of documented black-on-white assaults and murders, particularly committed by black thugs “playing” the “knock-out” game of punching out the lights of unsuspecting men, women, the disabled and elderly. The Obama DOJ believes and practices selective prosecution. When members of the Black Panthers intimated white voters in Philadelphia during the 2008 election, Holder refused to investigate or bring charges. When thousands of blacks rioted and torched Ferguson, Missouri after a grand jury decided that Michael Brown was killed in self-defense by a white police officer, rather than support that decision, Holder implied that justice was denied and is now threatening a Civil Rights suit against the officer and gave credence and justification for the rioting. When the New Black Panthers recently threatened to target police officers for assassination, not a peep was heard from Holder or Obama.
Poverty. The poverty rate in the U.S. is 15.7%, two percentage points higher than when Obama took office. Some parts of the country, like Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina and Tennessee have once thriving cities with poverty rates between 27-35%. This is certainly not the sign of a full economic recovery that Obama boasts about. The truth is that 45 million Americans still live in poverty and the percentage of Americans in that situation is three percentage points higher than before Obama took office.
Health Care. If you do not know by now that the (Un)Affordable Care Act or Obamacare is a disaster and will destroy American health care, then, once again, you have not been paying attention. The law that Nancy Pelosi said they just had to pass to find out what was in it, is neither affordable (except for the poor) nor very caring. People are losing their doctors, their health care providers, their affordable premiums (as AFC premiums skyrocket), and one poll disclosed that 70% of doctors plan to leave their profession in the next few years. Add to this mess the millions of illegal immigrants that will be added to the health care system who will get free health care, thanks to the U.S. taxpayer, and you can imagine what health care in the U.S. will be like in a short couple of years.
Religious Freedom. Although Obama and team sees no need to temper the hateful rhetoric coming out of America’s mosques, they seem to seize every opportunity or support local and regional court assaults on the freedoms of Christians and Jews to freely practice their religions or operate godly businesses. You can read more about this assault on Christianity in Revelation 18 and the fate of America.
Adherence to the Law. Obama and his team have violated the U.S. Constitution so frequently that it is like we do not have a constitution anymore. There is no longer the separation of powers so wisely established by the Founding Fathers. Obama is Tyrant and King: he makes the laws; decides which laws should be enforced and which he can ignore; he can wave his magic pen and decree whatever he wants to be so, no matter how many lawmakers or members of the public object. Of course, he is not entirely to blame. Members of Congress have sat on the collective bums through it all, saying and doing nothing for fear that they might face some kind of recrimination for coming against or even impeaching the “first” pseudo-black president.
Final Word (Sort of). Now, after all that has been said you might think I am prejudice or anti-somebody, but I’m not. I just believe in calling a spade a spade (no pun or racial slur intended). Even Jesus called out the Pharisees when he saw how they treated the people and misled them. I said in 2008 that America would regret the day that they elected Barack Hussein Obama. Unfortunately, to date, I do not think I have been proven wrong.
Wake Me When It’s Over. So, where is the public and Congressional outrage? Where are the religious leaders falling to their knees and begging God for mercy and leading their congregations in repentance and turning to God in true worship and righteousness? If we think some courageous person or persons are going to step forward with a magic solution that will rectify this mess, we are deceiving ourselves. America is far beyond effective human intervention. Only God Almighty is up to the job, but He will not intervene unless His people repent and fully return to Him; turn from their wicked ways and stand upon His righteousness. So, wake me when the church decides it has had enough and is willing to take a stand and stops laying down to be trampled upon by anyone who chooses to do so.
Well, I could write a book. Oh, wait I did, Revelation 18 and the fate of America.
NOTE: I have purposely not included a host of references here because they are in my book, Revelation 18 and the fate of America. Also, I would encourage you to take the time to do your own research.