Thank You, Charles Woods, for Speaking Out for Your Son and America

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Philosophers tell us it is a blessing to live in interesting times.  Well, as we endure a presidential campaign that amounts to civil war, as we watch the Northeast torn apart by the storm of the century, as we reel in the wake of a White House coverup of four men killed in Libya, as our American economy lies in shambles from destructive liberal policies, these times in which we currently find ourselves have become far too interesting for my taste.  I long for a new president, and I long for a return to the clear and simple principles that not only make us great, but harbor great healing powers, as well.

Apart from the mass destruction people of the Northeast will deal with in the coming weeks, what I have found most devestating over the past few days is the White House coverup of those deaths in Libya.  Indeed this issue stands as a symbol of the sickness at the heart of our current America.  Though the mainstream media, the president’s personal propoganda mouthpieces, have attempted to ignore it, we are discovering what truly occurred on that horrific September night in Benghazi, when our ambassador was murdered along with three other members of a diplomatic detail, two of them Navy Seals.  Upon hearing the most recent stories floated by the White House on the events of that night, Charles Woods, the father of one of the Seals, Tyrone Woods, broke his silence about how this administration has twisted the narrative of his son’s death — thus emerging himself a hero.

We have learned through Mr. Woods, that when his son’s body was returned to the States, the president would not look him in they eye and shook his hand like a “dead fish,” the secretary-of-state promised to arrest the maker of the video they hoped we the people would believe was the cause of the attack (we don’t), and the vice president made a disgusting joke about the heroism of the grieving father’s slain son.  We have learned that on that night, those in the heart of the fight requested help three times and three times were denied — and no one, including the president, will tell us who denied the help.  And we have learned that these men, true American heroes, defied orders and ran in to help anyway.  We have learned that the live video fed into the White House Situation Room that night permitted all assembled to watch these men, left by their country to fend for themselves, fight and die, and all in real time.  And now we are hearing, as well, that Tyrone Woods may have been killed while he was “painting the target” for backup he believed was on the way, backup that never came because someone gave the order that the backup was to “stand down,” an order that left Navy Seal Tyrone Woods to die.

Like many Americans — most, I hope — I am left in fury at how these men were betrayed by their own country.  Though the media may try and ignore it for the benefit of their man in the White House, the brothers and sisters of our armed forces are out there telling America that only certain individuals can give that “stand down” order, the most likely in this instance being the commander-in-chief.  They, along with Charles Woods, are reminding America that the Seals operate under a profound code of honor, mandating that no one is left behind — a code of honor about which the current commander-in-chief is completely ignorant, and one I doubt he could ever imagine following himself.  In short, Mr. Woods praises his son for being a hero, despite the actions of the “cowards” in this administration.

We who revere Mr. Woods and applaud him for speaking out are left with such words as “dereliction of duty” and “court martial” running through our heads when we conjure the image of commander-in-chief in our imaginations.  Over the last weekend, as Hurricane Sandy began her approach toward the Atlantic Coast, the president’s approval ratings plummeted, no doubt thanks to what was coming to light about the events in Benghazi.  Indeed the truth has a funny way of making itself known.  Let us be thankful that Mr. Woods is doing his best to ensure that truth finds its voice sooner than later.  Let us also acknowledge that if requests for help came in from one of the most dangerous corners of the world, if our heroes’ on the ground were doing what had to be done to protect themselves and their fellow Americans, a President Romney would never dream of ordering “stand down” or refusing them help, nor would those heroes ever need to feel that the White House was hanging them out to dry.


Obama’s Dumbest Moments in the Final Debate

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Count me in as one of the many conservatives who spent the first half hour of Monday’s final presidential debate urging Mitt Romney on to take the bait his opponent Barack Obama kept dangling, then realizing the strategy the GOP candidate was obviously employing.  With the exception of a few moments here and there, this made for a pretty boring debate, but so have I realized that in addition to the Governor getting the “flexibility” punch in early, and giving solid play to the Obama apology tour, it was briliant of him to avoid the fight.  Pundits and commentators spent the entire day yesterday discussing Obama’s gaffes and “misrepresentations,” all the while claiming that though he avoided Libya, Governor Romney appeared every bit a presidential Commander-in-Chief to Obama’s petulant teenager.

In this spirit, I have collected what I deem Obama’s dumbest moments from the debate, some I believe he thought were clever, and some he no doubt thought would trick the American people and save his political career:

1.  Obama kept repeating, insisting, begging us to believe that under his leadership, America is safer and stronger than it has ever been.  Sorry, Mr. President, but as many have commented, people know when they are unemployed and underemployed, just as as they know when their country is safe and strong.  Time to stop underestimating us.  It doesn’t work for those of us who don’t want a free cell phone.

2.  Obama remains ever addicted to hiring teachers, thinking that will fix our failing economy.  Perhaps he truly believes that hiring teachers creates jobs.  Once again he stated tonight — and multiple times at that — that if we hire these teachers, good jobs will magically appear.  Apparently reducing class sizes will have the same result.  This has gotten downright embarrassing.

3.  In the wake of Cuba, Egypt and Iran proudly endorsing Barack Obama for president, and just as the United Nations warns the American people NOT to vote for Mitt Romney, Obama claims that his so-called Obama apology tour was not at all an apology tour.  Even more unbecoming were his pleas to his opponent, his audience and the debate moderator just to ask the reporters and fact checkers if this is true.  They’ll tell you! Just ask them!

4.  Obama stated proudly that steel workers are now selling steel to China.  Again, thanks to his complete lack of work experience, executive and otherwise,  he has no understanding of the middle layer involved in the “selling-the-stuff” process and certainly no respect for those involved in that process.

5.  And of course the granddaddy gaffe of them all, when Obama oh-so-cleverly informed Governor Romney that our military no longer needs bayonets and horses, because “we have these things” called aircraft carriers and submarines.  Needless to say, this snarky comment that proves his own lack of understanding of the military, coupled with his dismissal of the needs of our armed forces, has proven to be a serious mis-step for our so-called current commander-in-chief.

What to Expect Tonight at the Final Presidential Debate

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Earlier this year, before the GOP even had a 2012 presidential candidate, I remember wondering just how Obama would wiggle out of participating in the debates once that GOP candidate was chosen.  For a man who can barely say his own name without a teleprompter, the prospect of facing a competitor who might actually confront him with real questions on his dismal record…I imagine Mr. Obama viewed that a nightmare.

Fast forward to this last weekend, and I wondered again just how Obama might get out of tonight’s debate with Mitt Romney on foreign policy.  For Obama this means facing his own endless array of bowing to world leaders and his whispered promise to Russia that he would be more “flexible” once he was re-elected, coupled with the recent atrocities in Libya that left four unprotected Americans dead and Obama’s abandonment of Israel, as well as the president’s pathetic performances in two previous debates with Governor Romney.

But here we are, it’s Monday, and so far it looks like Barack has found no way to bow out of tonight’s debate with Mitt.  Not a happy day for this president, I’m sure.  Just imagine the scene tonight.  Obama will be forced to sit at a table next to a man he both despises and fears.  And that man, Mitt Romney, comes to that table angry and hot after what occurred at the last debate less than a week ago, angry at the nature of the questions, and angry at the moderator who behaved like Obama’s private personal secretary (“read the transcript, Candy”).

So there Obama will be, only inches away from the alpha male he most despises and fears — an angry alpha male at that.  And as we have witnessed over the past few weeks, Obama has a very difficult time hiding that dislike and fear.  The two men vying for the most important office in the world, will be seated together at a small conference table –essentially a second home to Mitt Romney, who has spent most of his life as an executive seated at conference tables, often in the company of hostile board members and stock holders.

Obama, on the other hand, has spent his life avoiding the intimate conference table and the hostile adversaries, making sure that he would be protected from such settings, such opposition.  He rarely, if ever, even meets with his own cabinet or the countless committees he has established, and certainly never with those who disagree with him.  But at last he has hit a wall he can’t escape in a setting and a subject — foreign policy — that are not at all friendly to this president.  Obama’s record, his republican opponent in this race,  the appeasement that doubles as Obama foreign policy….tonight they’re all his, and escape is not an option.  I, for one, look forward to the storm.

Much Ado About Binders of Women

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What is all the commotion about?  Binders of women, of course.  Mitt Romney had the audacity during Tuesday’s presidential debate to mention his concerted effort as Governor of Massachusetts to find female staff members with the help of “binders” of qualified applicants supplied to him by various recruiters and women’s organizations.

Perhaps those outraged by this — Barack Obama and the leading members of his administration (and his mouthpieces in the media) — can be forgiven their misunderstanding of the binder concept, given their sad lack of experience in the private sector, not to mention their lack of executive experience, as well.  Of course they are unfamiliar with the binders, which, just so they know, are not limited solely to those of the female gender.  As many have said in the wake of Governor Romney’s apparently unforgivable binder statement, the review of such binders is common practice within various professional environments.  Perhaps those lacking the necessary professional experience, then, would be wise to use this as a “teachable moment” of which their president is so fond.

I remember clearly my own tour through such a binder four years ago or so.  It was, yes, a binder of women, gathered for a Fortune 500 company seeking staff members with two X chromosomes.  Marveling at the collection of such well-educated, experienced, accomplished women, I remember thinking, “Wow.  Any one of these women is far more qualified to be President of the United States than the woman currently leading in the polls for that office (Hillary Clinton, of course).

Meanwhile, Barack Obama, the man who ultimately defeated Hillary and then claimed the White House, the Obama campaign and the democrat party at large continue to reduce the interests and concerns of America’s women to nothing more than condoms and birth control — and now, they hope, outrage over a binder.  Here’s hoping that 19 days from now they will be realizing just how misguided and self-destructive it is to underestimate and dismiss half the population of the United States.

Imagine What Might Have Been If Candy Hadn’t Thrown Her Man Obama the Lifeline

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Oh, if only….

It was such an incredible moment.  Mitt Romney had just turned like a laser on Obama demanding that he clarify his claim that the morning after four Americans were killed in Libya, he, the president, proclaimed it terrorism.  Obama backed away, his tail between his legs (see yesterday’s canine-themed post), made a feeble attempt to meet Mitt’s gaze, and whimpered, pleaded with the Governor to move on.  But alpha male Mitt didn’t move on, he stayed on point, and he kept that laser trained on his opponent.  Such an explosive moment.  Historic, actually.  And we all waited to see just how it would play out.  How would this president, so obviously trapped in his own web, wiggle away.

But then moderator Candy threw her Obama the lifeline, proclaiming at that most electifying moment to a national audience that (and I paraphrase here), “no, really, he did call it terrorism, Mr. Romney.  Really he did!  I know he did,” even though that national audience knew, as Governor Romney said last night, that it took this president two weeks, after a failed campaign to link the violence to a YouTube video, to label the Libya atrocities terrorism.  By throwing herself into that moment, Candy shattered the exquisite tension, and handed Obama the lifeline he so desperately needed.

When it became clear to him that Candy was there to rescue him, a grateful Obama pleaded with her to read the transcript (just why did she have the transcript sitting there in front of her?  And how did Obama know she had it?).   Realizing her error, Candy scrambled to control the damage, stuttering and stammering in an appeal to both men.  Meanwhile, a grateful Obama reveled in his discovery of yet another woman who had stepped in to protect him, another woman throwing herself on a sword for him, another woman behind whom he could hide — a pattern that is becoming all too common with this man.

Most of us know what happened then.  That moment would become a debate all its own, as pundits have spent this entire day after chewing on what Candy did or didn’t do, whether she was justified in doing it, and just what Obama really meant in the Rose Garden that morning in the wake of the murder of four Americans before he jetted off to a fundraiser in Vegas.  Candy herself has admitted “I blew it,” but the leftists have since circled their wagons around her and her dear leader, proclaiming them both heroes in the war for America’s heart and soul.

And me?  I’ll just forever wonder what might have been.  I have a pretty good idea.  At that moment, the president had already backed down, cornering himself on his little stool looking like a frightened deer to Mitt Romney’s laser-like glare.  He had already begged Governor Romney to move on.  For the second time in his life he was being confronted by reality (the first time being the first debate a week-and-a-half ago), his opponent refusing to let him wiggle away, his opponent demanding an answer to him and a national audience.  I like to think he was about to burst in to tears.  But we’ll never know, will we?


Using Canine Pack Behavior to Evaluate Obama’s Debate Performance

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7:06 pm PST: Obama still refuses to look the alpha dog in the eye, even when he makes a lame attempt to interrupt him.  And a young woman just called Governor Romney “President Romney.”  And now, after assuming in a most condescending way the dreaded Libya question was asked by a little old lady rather than the beefy intelligent business man in the back, he refused to answer the question about accountability and blamed Governor Romney for having an opinion on the killing of four Americans.  And Mr. Obama, quit calling the terrorists “folks!”  And now, miracle of miracles, Candy just asked if the buck stops with Obama or with Hillary.  Needless to say, he won’t answer.  He just keeps talking about the caskets, but at least he’s finally looking the alpha dog in the eye.  And Governor Romney stared him right back down, catching him in yet another Obama lie about how this fiasco was handled.  Great moment!

Original Post:  As somewhat of an expert on canine behavior, I feel like a field researcher tonight watching the second presidential debate.  Tonight we are watching an alpha male (Mitt Romney) facing off against omega Obama (the omega, for those who might not know, being the lowest member of the pack).  I realized this most pointedly when the question was about gas prices.  When it was Governor Romney’s turn to counter Obama’s predictable rhetorical answer, he turned to face the president of the United States, looked him in the eye and asked a pointed question.  The trouble for Obama was that when the Governor turned to face him, the president of the United States diverted his eyes, looking away and down, and he hunched his shoulders over to make himself as small and weak as possible, just like a good omega does when the alpha looks his way.  And it seemed a completely natural reflex, a reflex he has since repeated over and over again when the Governor looks his way.

Now, I’ve never viewed Obama as some powerhouse of masculinity.  Indeed he spends his life surrounded by women (often hiding behind them…right, Hillary?), and I have seen very little evidence of a strong male presence in his life at any stage of his life (I know he has placed his father on a pedestal, but given that daddy left him so young, I don’t happen to believe that pedestal is deserved).  So I don’t think he can help reacting in such a submissive manner when confronted by a successful alpha male, especially when he has spent his life avoiding any confrontation or opposition from anyone.

So no, the debate is about half done, and though he has improved over his first performance, Obama seems to be breathing heavy; his struggles to suppress the “ums” are noticeable (oops! one just snuck through); he is simply repeating the same rhetoric we have heard over and over again for four years; and, as someone with whom I’m watching the debate has pointed out, his voice seems high and strained in his attempt to sound energetic and concerned, and as a result it just makes him sound whiny.

So now let’s all wait to hear, once this hour and half is over, that Obama has emerged victorious, because you know that has already been decided by the media types so invested in this president’s re-election.  I, however, will disagree wholeheartedly, because you see, fluent as I am in the language of dogs, I am well aware that an omega with his tail between his legs, his shoulders hunched, head down and eyes lowered just because the alpha looks his way…well, that is not a portrait of victory, either in the wolf pack or on a stage in New York State.

As Debate Number 2 Nears, Why Aren’t Feminists Gathering Around Their Hillary?

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With just a few hours to go before Mitt Romney and Barack Obama clash antlers in the second of their three presidential debates, the silence from far too many women on the left is deafening.  Sure, they are squealing that it’s so unfair that a woman is moderating the one debate where the questions come from the audience (yeah, right), but I’m not hearing a peep from them about the fact that Hillary Clinton has announced that she is responsible for the lack of security in Libya that was not only never reported to the White House, but also led to the deaths of four of our Americans one month ago.

No, it’s pretty darn quiet from the feminist camp, other than the chorus of voices, both male and female, insisting that Obama will of course win tonight.  He’s so much better with people than that cold, rich Romney, they proclaim in unison.  I, however, think this is a going to be a tough one for the messiah.  I’ve always found his alleged magnetism, his alleged magical way of connecting with the riff raff, as mysterious as his so-called brilliant oratory skills.  I will forever be haunted by one interchange we witnessed when he was torturing us daily with his campaigning for his beloved Obamacare.  A woman in an audience asked if, under Obamacare, the bureaucrats would consider life force and spirit when determining whether a particular patient would receive treatment.  She used her spry elderly mother’s need for a pacemaker as her example.  “Nope,” Obama told her with an unabashed grin.  “We can’t worry about things like that,” he quipped, his answer fitting perfectly with who I have always believed him to be.  And who I think we will be seeing in the town hall tonight.  One cannot learn to be warm, genuine and compassionate in a week.  Yet the narrative continues in full spin mode, and, as I predicted so wonderfully incorrectly on the eve of the first debate, the lapdogs have already declared Obama tonight’s winner.

Meanwhile, Hillary dresses the wound made by the sword upon which she thrust herself yesterday, but I continue to believe that this is far from over.  Rumor had it this past weekend that Hillary’s hubby was not at all pleased to hear that his wife was to be thrown upon that blade, the buck stopping with her rather than with her boss, and just in time for debate number two.  Her hubby’s former aide Dick Morris predicted several weeks back that Bill may indeed make a cuddly speech for Obama at the convention, but expect another shoe to fall as we near election day.  As few among us rally around the idea that when American lives are at stake, the buck stops with a diplomat rather than with the commander in chief, I think we may be in store for some fireworks in the days ahead.  At least I hope so.  I also think we will once again be seeing a strong, presidential, compassionate Governor Romney in the debate tonight, again revealing who has really waged a war against women — and who has our nation’s best interests at heart.

Blinded by Biden’s Teeth in Last Night’s Debate

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Correction 4:19 pm (PST):  In the wake of the furor that has errupted over Joe Biden’s comment last night about the failure of our diplomats in Libya to ask for greater security, the White House has clarified that the Libyan contingent did indeed ask for increased security, but Obama, Biden and the administration simply had not been told of this.  For some reason, those issuing this clarification believe it somehow remedies the furor.  For some reason, they also think we will believe this clarification.  And for some reason, they don’t understand that either way — whether the powers at the top knew or whether they didn’t — it makes no difference.  They should have known (and most of us believe they did know).  If they didn’t, they need to find a new job.

Original Post 9:30 am (PST):  I’m not quite sure what to make of last night’s vice presidential debate.  Sounds like it will be going down in history as one of those legendary events, known for Biden’s giggle, Biden’s Cheshire-Cat smile, and Biden’s blinding choppers — and all at the most inappropriate moments — but what does it all mean?

Obviously the giggle was part of the brilliant strategy, crafted over the six days when Biden was said to be prepping for his big assignment to repair the damage his boss did last week with his empty-chair debate performance against Mitt Romney.  But it was impossible to gather whatever points the VP might be making, because his giggle and his smile and his inability to gauge when it was appropriate to giggle and smile were such a distraction.  I gather his behavior was designed to belittle his younger, far more intelligent opponent, but it backfired.  All anyone has been able to talk about, including loyalist leftists on his own side, is Biden’s ridiculous drunk-uncle jackass behavior.

As for Paul Ryan, while I wish he would have been a bit more forceful, he comported himself well as a man debating two people — the giggling vice president and the Obama-crony moderator (my favorite comment: “maybe Paul Ryan should invite her to his wedding next time”) — and I applaud him for remaining focused through all the infantile behavior displayed by the man with whom he was sharing the stage.  Paul Ryan emerged the adult of the two, joining his running mate Mitt Romney as the adult ticket, both men having earned our trust as qualified to take that 3am phone call (Obama has already shown us that he is not up to the 3am challenge, and Biden….well, he would probably just giggle or hit the snooze button).

So while Paul Ryan was behaving in an adult manner — and a strong American adult at that — Joe Biden informed us that our diplomats in Libya never asked for extra security.  I trust this comes as a surprise to those from the intelligence community and the State Department who have been testifying and documenting the opposite over the past few days.  Biden also assured us that Iran is nowhere close to becoming a nuclear threat (what a comfort that must be to Israel), and he made these statements with that blinding smile, extending it, as well, to the topics of the safety and security of our embassies, the gutting of our military, the sad state of our economy, and our dead Americans.  He may have found this all very funny.  I would guess the vast majority of Americans, however, do not.

We will see how this all shakes out.  But as one friend said to me after Biden’s standup routine last night, “I have seen more of both these guys, the president and the vice president, in the last week than I ever wanted to see — and if these clowns get re-elected…I don’t know what that says about us.”  Unfortunately, that would speak volumes about what we have become as a country, and where we are doomed to go.  But I continue to keep the faith and believe that we won’t let that happen.  To this end, Biden’s giggle last night and that blinding inappropriate smirk in the midst of one of the most dangerous times of our nation’s history may become legend, but I don’t believe that we as a people will claim his as a path we wish to follow.

Parents and Employers Finally Speaking Out Against the Administration

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I have waited weeks for the parents of those Americans lost one month ago when our diplomatic outposts in Libya were attacked by terrorists to speak up.  As a mom myself, I could not imagine sitting back while elected and appointed officials played games with America and American lives.  Telling us that “the movie did it.  Telling us it could not be helped.  Telling us they care.  And, most stridently, telling us it wasn’t their fault.  I couldn’t imagine enduring their crocodile tears, their excuses, their feigned concerns and their continued apologies to those who hate us.

But it was their fault, and beginning yesterday, with the congressional hearings targeting the attacks of that terrible day, as well as who knew what and when, the resulting panic among those responsible is palpable.  See them squirm and stammer, insisting they always labeled it terrorism, they never said it was a movie, and most stridently, it wasn’t their fault.  Coinciding with this comes an interview Pat Smith, mother of slain state department official Sean Smith, gave to CNN, where she spoke the truth that every parent, every family member, and every American should be speaking.  She made clear her lack of appreciation for the artificial condolences, stalls and lies offered to her by this president, this secretary of state and their people.  She shared her private hell and her growing anger, and I hope she understands that we all, parents or no, we share her fury and her loss.  And, like her, we will not believe one word this government offers on this or any other subject.

While we have waited weeks for this, and hope the other parents will follow her lead, we have waited years for business owners, large and small, to join the chorus of voices also finally speaking out about what this president has done to our nation’s business climate, and what he intends to do if he is given four more years to complete the destruction.  This was capped with casino magnate Steve Wynn’s recent interview, where he berated the current president for targeting this nation’s true job-creators with destruction.  “I’ll be damned if I want to have him lecture me about small business and jobs!” stated Wynn, echoing sentiments shared by businesspeople, from mom-and-pop proprietors to Fortune-500 executives, across the nation.  Well said, Mr. Wynn, but if I’m not mistaken you boasted of your vote for this “lecturing” president four years ago, and he has indeed pursued everything he promised long before you cast that vote, but at least you’re on board now.

And now, in this swirl of financial and national-security chaos, we await tonight’s vice presidential debate, the democrats crying that “debates don’t matter,” “Libya doesn’t matter!” (and it’s not our fault!), hiding behind Big Bird and Elmo, and pinning all their hopes for change on Joe Biden.  Meanwhile, they cannot deny the wave of great courage that has begun to spread across our land with a momentum that may ultimately prove to be unstoppable.  Here’s hoping it has already reached that point.

7.8 Percent: Believe That, and We Deserve to Be a Banana Republic

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This just in: Despite the fact that the number of U.S. jobs has risen only by about 1,000 since the 8.1 percent unemployment number was released a month ago; despite the fact that far too many of the “new jobs” being celebrated are part-time, non-career jobs; despite the fact that millions among us are severely underemployed or have given up the search altogether; despite the fact that manufacturing is down and people are hurting more than ever with crushing gas and food prices — despite all of this, well, what do you know, the unemployment rate has plummeted to 7.8 percent!  Yes, that’s right!  Seven point eight percent!  Below eight.  Got that?  Below eight!  Bring on the ticker-tapes and the champagne.  Happy days are here again!

And miracle of miracle, this announcement is made a mere two days after the president’s historically disastrous performance in his first presidential debate with Mitt Romney.  And, almost as if it were scripted, it occurs exactly as conservative pundits have predicted for months, those pundits having told us in no uncertain terms, almost as an act of collective clairvoyance, that America’s unemployment rate will suddenly fall below 8 percent just a few short weeks prior to election day 2012!  As we might all also have predicted, a jubilant president took the news — the glorious coincidence — and ran with it yesterday, proclaiming “hallelujah” to all the land, shouting above the din of his hand-picked campaign-event audiences that, “You can’t possibly push me out now, or all hope and change will be lost!”

And again Obama takes the American people for a population of fools.  Again he insults our intelligence and assumes that once again we can’t see through the cellophane that seals every phony, choreographed, photo-op ploy he throws at us.  We know his rabid followers, both in his carefully chosen audiences and in the media (who sounded like a chorus of giggling schoolgirls yesterday) will never sway from the light of their dear leader and his games, and, frankly, they’ll vote for him even if the unemployment number released is the more probable 11 to 16 percent.  I still maintain, however, that the vast majority of us see through this dangerous nonsense, distrust any number released from this administration, and will make known our skepticism and our love for our country as it was founded on November 6th.  If I’m wrong, if the majority of us do believe that that manufactured 7.8 is just as genuine as the manufactured republican war on women, then we deserve the third-world banana republic this president and his people are creating for us.