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?”

Transparency on Display

by Jayne D. Frank

As President Obama’s favorable ratings by the American people plummet and the approval ratings for Congress are at an all time low of 11%, I read in the UK Telegraph that he is going to “vacation” again on the August 14th weekend with his family in the Gulf Coast region devastated by the oil spill disaster.  His motives could not be more “transparent” to Americans!  Trying to assuage criticism that he has not been hands-on in this disaster since Day One, he thinks that if he takes another “vacation” in this region, he will fend off further criticism and save the day for himself and the Democrats in the mid-terms.  We are not that stupid Mr. President!

First, President Obama has been away from the nation’s critical business of trying to save our economy and jobs for far too long, taking more vacations in two years than many Americans will have in a couple of decades, because they don’t have jobs or their businesses are closing!  Secondly, his love of the photo op in lieu of being our Commander-in-Chief is quite stunning.  That is all the announced August 14 trip will be.  The President will put his arms around the fisherman telling him that things are “going to be alright and that he can soon go back to work.”  He will eat a shrimp dinner at a local tavern, informing the whole world that “Gulf seafood is plentiful and is healthy to eat now.”  Mr. Obama will find a beach area that his staff has cleared of any oil balls or that never had any in the first place, and then announce that the beaches are clean.

President Obama wanted transparency in his Administration, and American citizens are quite aware of all the games and that every action he takes now is quite transparent as to his intended actions.  Oh by the way, would Mr. Obama be staying  in an ordinary hotel in Louisiana overlooking the Gulf, watching ordinary Americans clean up and watch Bobby Jindal with his shirt sleeves up working alongside the cleanup crews in the Gulf, or will he be in some palatial estate rented from a Democratic sympathizer which is tucked back and quite out of the way of distressing reminders of what Americans expect out of him?

Government by the Minority!

by Richard H. Frank

The 2010 midterm elections are rapidly approaching. Should voter turnout follow historic numbers we will once again be saddled with two more years of “Government by the Minority.” What I mean by this is that complacent America will once again stay home on November 2, 2010 and allow somewhere between 17-20% of the electorate to decide the makeup of Congress for the next two years.

Therefore, approximately 1 in 5 eligible voters will make the decision for the rest of the nation’s voters. Remember, we get what we deserve when it comes to election participation in America. It is unfortunate that most Americans lack the responsibility and the spirit to vote as opposed to those in Iraq who have shown courage in exercise of their fragile yet sacred right to vote.

It has become too difficult for 80% of the electorate to get involved with the issues facing our country and the threat to our very liberty. Yet, these same individuals will be the first to complain about Government intrusion into their lives and legislation against the will of the people. How sad when the American voter abdicates his/her duty to participate in self-government, a right guaranteed to every citizen by our Constitution.

Voter apathy has resulted in the radical fringe elements of both political parties becoming the force to set the agenda in Washington. Government with the consent of the governed is no longer the norm in America. In order to return to Government by the Majority, every eligible American citizen must have his/her voice heard by participating in the 2010 midterm elections. Should we choose not to participate, we have no right to complain and deserve to be subject to “Government by the Minority.”

We Hold these Truths to be Self Evident and Sacred!

By: Richard H. Frank

Today more than at any time in recent history every American should heed the message of our Founding Fathers as expressed so eloquently in our Declaration of Independence.  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”, (equal in opportunity not equal in all things), “that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”, (not by the government but by the Creator) “that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” (The consent of the Governed not powers taken by, or  imposed upon the People by the Government).

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its power in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety or Happiness.”……”But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future Security.” (Government by bureaucratic edict or regulation, Presidential executive orders and mandates that exceed the powers enumerated in the Constitution are all evidence of Government moving toward despotism and out of control).

July 4, 1776 was the date our Founders declared their independence from an overbearing government under the rule of the King of England. Let us pledge that July 4, 2010 is the date when each  American will  declare our independence and throw off the yoke of socialism fostered by the liberal progressives in this country over the past 100 years. A new Revolution fought at the ballot boxes across this Nation in November, to elect representatives that believe in the principles of “Self Government” enumerated  in the Declaration of  Independence and our Constitution. We will make our vote the weapon to return to the American values that have sustained us in the past as the greatest country in the world.

“And the Truth, Mr. President, Shall Set You Free!”

by Richard H. Frank

President Obama and the Democrat-controlled 111th Congress should take a short refresher course from the Bible with regard to telling the truth.  The Book of John, Chapter 8, Verse 32 says “Then you will know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”

If I were a game show producer for television it would not be difficult to construct a program around the blatant false statements made by our President and his proponents in Congress and the Administration.  The show might be called “To Dare To Tell The Truth.”  The statements coming out of the White House provide an endless stream of material for this mythical game show; consider the President’s following statements:

  • The recent jump in the claims for unemployment compensation are driven by the planned separation of 125,000 temporary census workers.  (To be eligible for benefits a worker must have been employed for a 12-month consecutive period.  That time frame does not seem to have been met by census workers.)
  • The borders are more secure now than at any time in recent history
  • Your health insurance premiums will drop by $2500 on average
  • If you like your current doctor or insurance, you can keep it.  (Tell that to the thousands of seniors whose doctors are refusing to accept Medicare under the new health care law.)
  • We have saved or created 2.5 million jobs due to the stimulus (all in the Government sector).
  • Pass this stimulus bill now and unemployment will not exceed 8%
  • No tax increases on the middle class; not one single dime on anyone earning less than $200,000.  (What happens in January 2011 when the Bush tax cuts expire?)
  • Passing the health care legislation will not increase the deficit one single dime (look at the recent CBO numbers)
  • America is not a Christian nation.  (That might just be why Obama has not read John 8:32)
  • Our Constitution is fundamentally flawed.  (Now we understand why he will not meet his obligation to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution regardless of his oath to do so!)
  • We use 25% of the planet’s energy resources and only possess 3% of its reserves and therefore can never achieve energy independence.
  • Republicans stand in the way of achieving financial energy and immigration reform.  (Has the President looked at the balance of seats in Congress lately?)
  • Under my Administration the public will have adequate time to review and read legislation on the internet before it is signed into law.
  • The peer review by oil experts in the Gulf  BP leak recommended the six-month moratorium on oil production in the Gulf.  (Those experts said publicly that they never recommended such a moratorium).
  • National security is my #1 priority.
  • Job creation is my #1 priority
  • Stopping the oil leak in the Gulf is the #1 priority
  • Implementation of the health care legislation is the #1 priority (see a disingenuous pattern?)

Our President and his Administration will not accept responsibility for those false assertions but always shift the blame to someone else or some newly created crisis.  Could it be that they believe these statements are just “white lies?”  According to Wikipedia, a “white lie” would cause only relatively minor discord if it were uncovered and typically offers benefits to the hearer.

If Obama and his Administration believe the benefit resulting from their “white lies” is a warm and fuzzy feeling, they are sadly mistaken.  Their inability to tell the truth and stop the spin on the facts has only served to make the public mistrust our Federal Government.

This November is the time to begin the process of setting these blatant liars free.  We have had enough of the incompetence and lack of leadership coming from the Obama Administration and Congress.  Vote for change we truly can believe in!

“Not an Option, but an Obligation!”

By: Richard H. Frank

The President’s statement upon relieving General McChrystal from command of the forces in Afghanistan was exactly correct and has ramifications that reach far beyond the alleged statements revealed in the Rolling Stone article. Certainly the General and his staff were well aware of their oath as officers in the military and the explicit terms contained within the “Uniform Code of Military Justice.”  We may never know what prompted the alleged criticism of Obama, Biden and the Pentagon staff by the General and  his team but it is not beyond belief that “Rules of Engagement,” and availability of resources to conduct the Afghanistan mission are the underlying factors with the military’s discontent with the Administration. All this being said, McChrystal and his staff chose the wrong time and place to vent their discontent and were rightly relieved of command.

“Not an option, but an obligation” applies equally to President Obama and his Administration as it does to the military.  Obama’s blatant position not to enforce “existing immigration law” rises every bit to the level of obligation as does the alleged McChrystal statements.  If insubordination is sufficient to remove a General from his command, dereliction of duty by the President should constitute grounds for impeachment.  Unfortunately, the Democratically-controlled Congress would never institute such action against Obama since his refusal to enforce the law and secure our borders does not meet with his agenda to force amnesty for illegals as part of “comprehensive immigration reform.”  His actions amount to blackmail and verge upon being a “high crime and misdemeanor” while an obvious disregard to uphold his oath of the Office of the President of the United States.

To date, President Obama has mastered the “art of insulation” by using his Administration, Secretaries and Czars to implement his agenda.  The most recent example is Secretary of Interior Salazar attempting to circumvent the Federal Judge’s decision lifting the moratorium on oil production in the Gulf of Mexico.  Should Salazar and Obama succeed, unemployment will surge and energy prices will soar and create a burden upon every American family.  Those that are so naive as to believe that BP is going to reimburse the Gulf Oil workers for this moratorium are in for a shock.  Continued vilification by the Administration of BP will ultimately result in their declaration of bankruptcy of BP America with the only losers being “We the People.”  Every action taken by the Obama Administration makes his motives more suspect with the ultimate result being nationalization of this country’s energy industry.

To date, we have seen banking, Wall Street, insurance, health care and the automotive industries fall prey to Obama’s Marxist ideology.  He and his Administration have set their sights upon the communications industry and the internet with regulations designed to silence all opposition and effectively make the First Amendment to our Constitution irrelevant.  If we are to remain a Representative Republic, we must insist upon Government adhering to the  Constitution as written.  To date, the liberal progressives have neutered the Tenth Amendment, extended the powers of the Executive Branch beyond those explicit in the Constitution and are continuing their assault upon the First and Second Amendments.  Lest we stand up against this shift in Government towards tyranny in the 2010 and 2012 elections we may be relegated to remembering America that was as a legend or a fairy tale.  Adhering to the Constitution by government is “Not an Option, But an Obligation!”

Absence of Honor!

By: Richard H. Frank

Politicians from both political parties could learn a lesson from the Boy Scouts of America. Many of these politicians were members of the organization when they were young boys and recited their oath as a Scout before every meeting. That oath should have created the basis of honor for each of them to uphold their future oath as government officials  to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The Scout Oath is as follows:

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to obey the scout Law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

The scout Law says: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

How does your elected representative live up to this simple set of principles set out as measures for the youth of America that desire to become members of the scouting organization? I expect that most members of Congress and the President’s administration would fail the test for that of a Boy Scout.

With regard to doing their duty to God and Country most members of Congress that support the secular notion of separation of church and state would fail the first requirement of the oath. The recognition that God, or the Creator, has any place in the formation of this nation is repugnant to their ideology. Yet, divine influence is evident in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as conceived by the founders. We witness daily how the Federal government ignores, or totally disregards, enforcement of the laws enacted by our democratically elected representatives.

In so far as upholding the specifics of the Scout Law, every politician is suspect when it comes to being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, courteous, thrifty, clean and reverent. The recent display of members of Congress addressing their constituents at town hall meetings is an excellent example of the disdain and disrespect many politicians have for those they are supposed to represent. The Affordable Health Care legislation is an excellent example of governing in opposition to the people. obedience and loyalty is reserved for the “party” and not for the people. Political doublespeak comes from every level of our government up to and including the President, yet it is considered racist if he is challenged for the outright lies he continues to recite to the people.

In Washington corruption, manipulation, and outright lies are the watchword of the day. Honesty, integrity, shame and above all honor are absent in our government today. The spectacle of watching a Senate confirmation proceeding is the an exercise in hypocrisy at its highest when Senators attack a nominee on the basis of political ideology and not on the basis of his or her credentials to hold a particular office. Chicago politics reigns supreme in Washington today.

I would propose we use the Scout Oath and Law as the litmus test against which we should measure all candidates for office in the coming 2010 elections.  We can do no worse using this measure than we do when vetting candidates by any other measure.