Republicans Were Not Swept Into Office to Compromise!

by Jayne D. Frank

If you heard the press conferences today from both President Obama and the Republicans, you would have thought they were in two different meetings.  Obama races to the microphone before the last Republican is out the door and his stale, repetitive rhetoric that the American people made their voices clear that they wanted us to cooperate and get things done, is just disingenuous, and his most comical line was that “there will be plenty of time for campaigning.”  What has this man been doing for the last 2 years but campaigning for his extreme Marxist agenda.   He is no longer believable and the only source that the American people have for verifying the Government’s intent is their actions.

Speaker Boehner also sat there after the meeting today in the White House and said that the President “clearly heard the people” and he was glad to see that the President is going to assign a team of people from Secretary Geitner’s Office and OMB to meet with 2 Democrats and 2 Republicans to come to agreement on the Bush Tax Cuts.

What is the matter with you people in Washington?  The people did speak clear and loud, giving you Republicans resounding victories in the House and Senate, but with strings attached to those victories.  We gave you a mandate to get rid of this class warfare of the Obama Administration and extend the tax cuts for not only the middle class but for All Americans, especially those that actually produce jobs and will bring revenue into the economy.  We told you that we didn’t want you passing any legislation that you did not read or have time to read, and that extends to ratification of the START treaty which is completely unnecessary for getting done in the lame duck session of Congress.   Americans told you to cut spending, cut Government redundant or useless programs and stop wasteful pork projects.

More importantly, we gave you your seats in the House and Senate as guardians of our Constitution and you swore to uphold that Constitution.  Do not forget this, because we won’t and we will hold your feet to the fire.

Where Have All our Leaders Gone?

by Richard H. Frank

November 22, 2010 marks the latest act of aggression by North Korea against their brothers to the south with more than 200 mortars having been launched against the South Korea Island of Yeonpyeong.  The latest insult to peace in the world follows directly the disclosure of North Korea having more than 2000 centrifuges for refining uranium to weapon’s grade levels.  This is just the latest surprise for America intelligence and the United Nation’s IAEA who is supposed to be monitoring nuclear development around the world.

Sixty years ago the United States came to the aid of South Korea when the South was invaded by the North.  Three years and 36,576 American combat deaths later an Armistice was signed establishing  a DMZ between the North and South that has been manned by 30,000 U. S. military personnel for the past 57 years.

So what was the Obama Administration’s response to this unprovoked attack?  According to a Pentagon official spokesman “The Pentagon will not get involved in a dispute between the North and the South.”  However, Obama did see fit, before any statement to the American people and the families of those that died in Korea, or an official statement about the incident, to give an interview to Barbara Walters on the North and South Korea issue.  He said he would not comment on this until he places a call to the President of South Korea.  The State Department statement was that N. Korea’s behavior was very, very bad.  Barack Obama will issue a written statement, and like most comments regarding N. Korea, indicating that the message to the world from the U.S. is “strong letter to follow.”

Where have all our leaders gone?  Restraint has its limits and sometimes words do not speak loudly enough and actions are necessary.  Perhaps it’s time to take out the uranium refining facility to show the free world is serious.  Instead, we have a President who places appeasing the unions in Indiana above our commitment to defend our allies around the world and honor the sacrifices of those who gave their lives to preserve freedom in South Korea.

Republican and Democrat administrations have attempted talking (6 party negotiations) for the past 16 years to no avail.

Charles Krauthammer got it right today when he said, “Obama got his 3:00 a.m. call today and put it on hold.”  There comes a time when the schoolyard bully needs to have his bluff called and if necessary be given a bloody nose.  That takes a “Commander-in-Chief,” not a “Community Organizer.”  North Korea is the bully and has called Obama’s bluff once again; which evokes the question, “Where have all our leaders gone?”

Politics in America – The Perpetual Campaign!

By: Richard H. Frank

Over the past decade we have seen the political process in this nation evolve from the selection of qualified representatives to govern to an “American Idol” system based upon non-stop campaigning to gain the popular advantage over an opponent. No sooner have the results of an election been tabulated, and even before the winners are sworn in, do the professional politicians begin the campaign for the next election.

Take for example the case of Barack Obama following his election to the 110th Congress as the junior Senator from Illinois . Two years following his taking the oath of office as Senator  he was elected President. By all accounts he devoted a total of approximately nine months, in the interim period between elections, at “real” legislating. The balance of his term as Senator was spent campaigning for President and not doing the business of his constituents in Illinois.

On November 3, 2010 the cycle is once again repeating itself, not only in the Democrat’s camp but also in that of the Republicans. The reality is that the media and the 24-hour 7-day news cycle is largely to blame for this phenomenon. The lead story on most television newscasts is not what must be done by government to solve the nation’s pressing problems, but who is most likely to defeat incumbents in the next election. What ever happened to our “Representative Republic” where politics took  second or even third place to governing in the best interests of “We the People”?

The situation in America today reminds me of my experience from 20 years ago while travelling extensively on business in South America and Mexico. Political campaigns seemed to be never-ending and run like marathons. Could it be that we in America are approaching politics as many second and third world countries do?

Perhaps a change in the process needs to take place where a moratorium is placed on primaries, conventions and campaigning until 6 months before any election is held. In the interim those in office and those seeking office might just concentrate on the people’s business and less upon their own re-election.

All the political pundents and advertising agencies will cry foul since campaigning in America is a multi-billion dollar business. A business that creates nothing of lasting value nor anything to spur lasting economic growth.

The question being asked by all the talking heads this morning is who can defeat Barack Obama in the 2012 Presidential election? I for one think that President Obama will defeat himself should he not change the course his administration is presently pursuing. Whether he believes it or not, the electorate has rejected his pledge to “fundamentally change America and the world.” Should he continue to insist upon his agenda and ideology he does so at his own peril and that of his party.

He needs to recognize that his only challenge does not reside within the Republican party but from within his own. I for one believe he lacks the experience, qualifications, maturity and dedication to the values and principles embodied within our Constitution to hold the office of President of The United States. Further I believe history will record Barack Obama as his own worst enemy.

Governing in a State of Denial or Just Arrogance?

by Richard H. Frank

This week marks the beginning of the end for the reign of the infamous 111th Congress of the United States of America.  As they enter into their lame duck session, resulting from the massive “shellacking” to the Democrat majority in the 2010 mid-term elections, we can only pray that they understand the message sent by the American voters.

Unfortunately, the Democrat leadership either remains in denial of the results or is just stubbornly arrogant and refuses to accept the reason for their historic defeat.  Simply stated, the American people reject the socialist ideology and agenda put forth by Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama.  Moreover, they refused to listen when their constituents raised objections to the methods by which they governed and imposed onerous legislation upon every American.

Now that “We the People” have sent the message,  what sort of change may we expect to see during the ongoing lame duck session?  Don’t hold your breath.  In the House of Representatives, moves are afoot to push for passage of such unpopular legislation such as “The Dream Act,” energy policy reform and blocking extension of the Bush tax cuts for all Americans.  The latter may easily be accomplished through gridlock and  having those rates expire on December 31, 2010 under the existing legislation.

The political games continue under the gavel of Nancy Pelosi wherein she will seek and ultimately secure her position of leadership for the minority in the 112th House of Representatives.  She and Harry Reid have picked up on Obama’s mantra that Democrats did a poor job of communicating to the American people their message and are taking steps to correct this during the 112th Congress. Reid has created a new position of leadership in the Senate for NY Senator Schumer overseeing communications for the majority.  Likewise, Pelosi has created a yet untitled position for Representative Clyborn which yanks him off the #2 position he earned, and this “newly created” position is only given to appease the black caucus and assure  her controlling the minority house leadership.  All this maneuvering for power with little effort to addressing the business of the people.

If you don’t think arrogance still is prevalent among the Democrats, look at Charles Rangel’s guilty conviction from the Senate Ethics committee yesterday.  For two years, Mr. Rangel knew these charges had been brought; for two years he had time to hire lawyers to represent him before the Committee and craft a defense.  And what does Mr.  Rangel do?  He storms out of the Ethics Committee that he fought to appear before in order to clear his name, saying he wasn’t prepared. Even in the face of being found guilty, he alleges that he did nothing wrong.  Mr. Rangel, Americans are taking names, watching Congress, watching their votes and their actions, and we will not forget when it comes time to pass legislation or elect new Congressmen or a new President the next time around. Please be assured that the American people who worked so hard during these past mid-term elections to get people like you out of office and stop the Democratic-socialist agenda, will still work hard to Take America Back and we will not go quietly into the night….