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I’ve refrained from commenting on President Obama’s address to the United Nations General Assembly because the speech made me angry. And most postings -- or letters, or e-mails -- written while angry are better discarded or deleted.
But this address grows more disturbing on further reading. Some major presidential speeches deserve to be remembered, quoted and celebrated. Some deserve to be forgotten. A few deserve to be remembered and criticized, because they dishonor the history of presidential rhetoric.
Obama’s rhetorical method in international contexts -- given supreme expression at the United Nations this week -- is a moral dialectic. The thesis: pre-Obama America is a nation of many flaws and failures. The antithesis: The world responds with understandable but misguided prejudice. The synthesis: Me. Me, at all costs; me, in spite of all terrors; me, however long and hard the road may be. How great a world we all should see, if only all were more like…me.
It was bizarre.
A federal sales tax on medical insurance? The purpose of that must be to drive the prices up, to drive people to government programs. Why else would they try to make private insurance more expensive for people?
The most disturbing thing Obama revealed during his UN speech and his behavior in meetings is that he seems to view himself as an outsider, remote from being part of America, the country of which he is currently President.
This makes us all deeply uneasy. To put it simply, we need a President who feels he is part of America, grown from our common roots, woven from the fabric of American patriotism, exceptionalism,and enterprise against difficult odds.
He apparently doesn't feel that kind of loyalty to us and to the American ideal. And he shows it in many ways, especially in his willingness to criticize our past behavior. Add to that, his lack of knowledge of our past history, except for enumerating our past mistakes, and he demonstrates a lack of knowledge of history and a waffling in the face of difficult decisions that is deeply troubling to us as citizens.
feeblemind ... No -- the breathing tax is the cap&tax/tax/tax, which is supposed to reduce carbon emissions. Since we are each of us little CO2 generators, every one of us, every time we breathe out, any tax on CO2 emissions is a tax on our breathing, on cows farting, on any dam thing that is involved with CO2. The silly Democrats don't know enough science to know that CO2 is an essential fertilizer for every green plant, tree, or crop on earth. Eliminate CO2 and you'll be living in a sand box. Ask our returning military how much fun that is.
Don't forget the tax on the passage of time--a.k.a. the capital gains tax. We got the breathing tax, the time passage tax, the income tax, the property tax, the fuel tax, the sales tax, and the death tax too.
Not sure if the tax is would to force people into government health insurance considering it only covers the most costly plans. Now if Dems stick with their other ideas such as keeping the status as far as buying health insurance across state lines, plus adding community ratings and guaranteed issuance, it probably will have this effect. The funny thing is the hypocrisy, the McCain plan had provisions with a similar effect, limiting the tax exemption on health insurance. Obama repeatedly accused him of "taxing health insurance benefits." Now the Dems want to do the same thing. I hate politicians.