Where would you want to celebrate Independence Day? Somewhere relatively close to home, at a local park or beach, taking in the fireworks?
Not only is the Obama campaign team planning to spend Independence Day outside of the U.S., but they’re spending it in a surrender-happy country who’s only major military victory came during their civil war.
Apparently tiring of US soil as a source of campaign dollars, the Obama campaign is headed overseas — with its celebrity friends in tow. The European Obama campaign starts next week in Paris on July 4 with a reception organized by various fundraising heavy-hitters. Independence Day fundraisers in Paris – now that’s a flag-waving campaign.
But then, France may be the ideal place for a President who’s main platform seems to be one of Anti-Americanism.
While the crux of his predecessor’s low approval ratings were in fighting an ‘unpopular war’, President Obama is watching his own approval ratings stagnate due to an unpopular, well, everything else. His record has been so blatantly in contrast to the will of this nation, that it could very nearly be defined as anti-American.
The most obvious example of this has been the force-feeding of the health care reform bill down the collective throats of a nation. There has been a consistently strong opposition to Obamacare even prior to it being signed into law. The Supreme Court decision to uphold the law did nothing to change the negative perception, as 50% of Americans in a recent poll opposed the court’s decision, to 39% who supported the ruling.
This isn’t the only example of the President supporting policies that the rest of America opposes.
- In 2010, the President voiced what CNN called ‘incoherent’ support for the building of the Ground Zero Mosque, something a massive 70% of America objected to.
- The U.S. Justice Department’s decision to fight the Arizona immigration law through the courts; a law that 59 percent of U.S. voters would like to have seen enacted in their very own state. Prior to the Supreme Court ruling, a CBS News Poll showed most Americans (52%) considered the law to be “about right”. In addition to that, another 11% said the law did not go far enough, while a mere 33% said it went too far.
- The President killed the job creating Keystone pipeline, while Americans at a 2-1 margin thought the project should have been approved. Another energy independence issue involved the BP oil spill. After the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, Obama issued a ban on deepwater oil drilling, a policy that nearly three quarters of Americans opposed.
And it isn’t just these more recent actions that are contributing to the President’s perception as being anti-American. Lost in the more current list of unpopular moves are some of the early attempts at implementing policies which were equally unpopular. They include…
- An early term executive order that gave federal funding to family planning organizations that provide abortions, opposed by 58 percent of Americans.
- A subsequently embarrassing mark on the president’s record involving an executive order to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay. The goal was to shut down the prison within one year, and was opposed by a 50-44 percent margin. Despite the President’s efforts, the prison remains open.
- On that same note, the DOJ’s decision to investigate the treatment and possible torture of terrorists during the Bush administration was considered wrong by a 49-36 percent tally. These same interrogation tactics were later proven to have led to the assassination of Osama bin Laden.
- The announcement that terrorists, including September 11th mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, would be tried in New York City, was roundly rejected by the American public 51-29 percent. This particular move may have been the hallmark of the anti-American presidency, granting rights afforded our citizens to a terrorist with single-minded designs on destroying those very same citizens, speaks volumes.
Isn’t it about time that the president of the United States started implementing pro-American policies? Isn’t it about time that he listen to the people that elected him?
Then again, that would require abandoning his liberal agenda and start accepting what America is – a predominantly conservative nation.
|Pipeline to nowhere?|
President Obama recently unleashed his first campaign ad for the 2012 election year. The 30-second spot is described as such:
President Obama has taken steps to make us energy independent and create an economy that’s built to last. He’s been a strong supporter of domestic energy production, has made historic investments in clean energy technology, and has nearly doubled fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks. Because of the progress we’ve made, our dependence on foreign oil is the lowest it’s been in 16 years.
The Washington Post gave the ad a rating of ‘three Pinocchios’ for misleading viewers with a suggestion that Obama was responsible for creating 2.7 million clean-energy jobs, and for cherry-picking certain citations to back up its claims. The resulting descriptions of the ad included such words as ‘slippery’, ‘slick’, and ‘misleading’.
The Obama administration in a nutshell.
But the irony that the first ad campaign of the season touts Obama’s strengths in making the United States more energy independent, while he is simultaneously thwarting further energy independence via the Keystone pipeline, can not be overlooked.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue called the decision to deny the Keystone XL pipeline permit ‘dumbfounding’. He added, “the President’s decision will make us more dependent on oil from foreign nations that don’t share our interests.”
So why would the energy independence-touting President deny construction of a pipeline that has the potential to improve said independence, along with an added bonus of creating a minimum of 20,000 jobs?
Aside from kowtowing to environmental groups, Obama cites “the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment”.
That smokescreen doesn’t hold up either. A new report from Fox News indicates that the Keystone pipeline would actually pose less of an environmental danger than pipelines currently running in the U.S.
Several energy experts who represent the oil and gas industry say the controversial Keystone XL, a 1,700-mile pipeline that would run from Canada to Texas, poses less of a risk to the environment than the estimated 50,000 miles of oil pipelines already crisscrossing the U.S., a network they say is safe and efficient.