BO gave his very first Oval Office speech to the nation last night. I’ll be honest and admit that I just couldn’t stomach it. I watched it on YouTube later. Much later. I was glad to see the American flag in the background. That’s something. He even had his flag pin on his lapel (and was wearing a suit). For this “president” this is big news. What he said, not so much.
“Make no mistake, we will fight this spill with everything we’ve got.” Uh huh. Starting now, then? And while we’re at it, let’s think about this rhetoric in comparison to how he responds to the
war on terror er overseas contingency um . . . Islamic Outreach Program. At least he’s calling the spill a spill and referring to oil as oil. That’s something.
The attacks on BP have got to stop. We know he hates hates hates the UK. He’s shown that time and again, and he’s continuing that now, in his first speech from the Oval. He just doesn’t understand America at all. We love and will protect our allies whether he likes it or not. He’s not the
president boss of me. I support Israel, and I support the UK. Period. And right now that includes BP. It’s bad enough when he blames his failings on President Bush or the unpopularity of his radical agenda on the Tea Party, but to continue to attack BP in this way is unacceptable. He has made no “best efforts,” indeed he has repeatedly turned down offers of assistance from nations and oil companies around the world, including right here in America. He’s repeatedly stalled BP and the affected states’ governors in their attempts to stop the oil from hitting the shores and marshes. BO’s idea of leadership always involves finger pointing and snippiness and ineffectual responses. Always.
So he announces the content of his meeting with BP tomorrow, before he meets with the CEO he’s refused to meet with for almost two months. Sound familiar? How many times during the healthcare debacle did he dictate terms to republicans, ignore them for months and then try to say that he was listening and was eager to hear their input? How many times did a variety of republican congressmen and even senators attempt to make appointments with “my door is always open” BO? Scores. Literally scores of times over months. He wanted nothing to do with them. When he did finally meet with them, he already knew what he thought and was willing to hear only what he wanted. Sound familiar? Sound like leadership?
He’s going to “make” BP pay? Any American who, however upset about the oil spill, actually supports BO taking over, even to the point of interfering with claims payouts that are being conducted legally, needs to stop and think. The government should never be able to seize any company’s assets unless there is a real legal problem, like they didn’t pay their taxes. Advocating the seizure of BP and/or her assets is tantamount to supporting the seizure of all private companies. Many people are okay with this, even happy about it. They are called “socialists” and “Marxists” and “communists.” Think about it.
We can’t support this or even look the other way if we are even slightly upset about this administration’s power grabs and seizure of other private industry (student loans, banks, car manufacturers). Once they take an inch, they’ll take a mile. We know this because they’ve done it already. The bank bailouts were supposed to be only to help the economy, not to interfere with banking. Next thing we know, BO is attacking and setting up beaurocracies to oversee and cap the salaries of any “big” bank, whether they were involved in the near-collapse or not. Whether they took taxpayer money or not (and remember some banks were forced to take “bailout” money even though they did not want or need it). Whether they paid any monies they did take back or not. This isn’t just a “slippery slope,” this is actual evidence that there is no limit to the over reach of this administration. They want it all.
Do we need regulation of the oil industry? Of course we do. Do we have regulation? Yep. Were the regulations enforced? Nope. Did the government (MMS, for instance) act as a “watchdog” or as a partner? Well, let’s see, they exempted BP from an inspection, they were set to give BP a safety award, and they were accepting money from BP (and there are reports that government employees assigned to oversee BP were quite literally in bed with BP employees). Is BP in the wrong in any of this? Sure. But that’s the whole point of government regulations, no? To nip that kind of thing in the bud, to ensure that the companies are operating safely and legally. When the government fails, as it did here, attacking the company is just so much smoke and mirrors. And amazingly, it’s being held up, this horrible failure of government, as a reason to grow government! Unreal. We have already in place all the regulations and government agencies needed. That oil companies are not being regulated and overseen, that the government is not doing its job, is not reason to set up still more government. It can’t even manage what it’s supposed to be doing. Why give it more power? Why indeed.
This speech was just crap, through and through. I found much more interesting the speech he gave earlier today at Pensacola in which he “honored” our troops for their huge sacrifice and brave fighting during . . . the Cold War. Or something. Someone also needs to let BO know that his ridiculous agreement to ditch our nukes while letting Russia keep theirs did not end a cold war that had ended thirty years ago after years of work by people who actually understood the world and understood America: President Ronald Reagan and President George H. W. Bush. And Margaret Thatcher, of course.
BO has done more to destroy our economy, our way of life, and our standing in the world than any president before him, maybe more than all presidents before him combined. We are on the verge of nuclear war because of him, of terrorists having nukes provided them by Iran, of our enemies being emboldened enough to try to bring America down (and they know they must act fast, they have only this narrow window before we boot BO out of the WH in January 2013). That’s what this “president” has done . . . more for the enemies of America than for America. Indeed, he seems to be working against America in every conceivable way.
No wonder I can barely stand to look at or listen to him anymore.