A Response to Ellen Ratner

There I am looking over the Fox News website, when I come across a link entitled: “Obama’s Critics Need a Reality Check.”

Oh, this one I just couldn’t pass up.

Here’s the full text of the article:

Obama’s Critics Need a Reality Check

What is wrong with giving our children a sense that we are united, that we operate as one country and that we have a leader who wants to talk to them?

Ellen Ratner
FOXNews.Com
09/04/2009

During my lifetime, I have heard complaints from folks on the right that I am not patriotic because I protested the Vietnam war, questioned both Presidents Bush on the wars in Iraq and wondered if we are ruining our standing as a moral country with our renditions and interrogation methods.
 
I am not a big supporter of the most of the Republican presidents that have served during my lifetime but I support our democracy.
 
Having commuted to Dubai from the United States most of the last year I see how having one inherited ruler and the lack of any real “buy-in” from the populace can wreck a country. We have one president and that president is elected by the people. The majority speaks even if almost half of the country doesn’t like the choice. The president is our leader for four years. We are a UNITED states. For all these reasons, the reaction that we have seen in the past few days to the announcement that President Obama intends to address school children is quite shocking.
 
In the ’50s and early ’60s when the president of the United States had something big to say or there was an event such as the first manned space launch we all gathered in the gym and watched the event together on a black and white television. No one thought it was propaganda, no one thought it was Democratic or Republican, it was American.
 
It is a sorry state of affairs when a president can’t address school kids to ask that they participate in our democracy. It is the result of entrenched political wrangling on Capitol Hill when the talking points conservatives put out say that Obama is such an egotist that he is trying to brainwash the entire young generation. It is the cancer of cynicism that Obama’s critics think that he is going to enlist young school children to get Mommy and Daddy to call their member of Congress to promote his version of health care or cap-and-trade.
 
What is wrong with giving our children a sense that we are united, that we operate as one country and that we have a leader who wants to talk to them?  Get real, right wing and be the kind  Americans that you think the left isn’t, support our president even if you disagree with his policies.

Ms. Ratner, let me respond to you by dissecting each section of your comments, starting at the top:

During my lifetime, I have heard complaints from folks on the right that I am not patriotic because I protested the Vietnam war, questioned both Presidents Bush on the wars in Iraq and wondered if we are ruining our standing as a moral country with our renditions and interrogation methods.

Gee, I would have never guessed.

Just as a side note, after South Vietnam fell to the communist North, some 500,000 people were rounded up and sent off to “re-education camps.”  Less  than ten-percent of them walked out of those camps alive.  This is a fact that is only disputed by the most delusional of the left out there.  Not to mention that land “reforms” in the North led to the deaths of some 50,000.

During the Tet offensive, those lovely communists went around executing civilians pretty much at random.  Not to mention the fact that they usually killed anyone who didn’t join their cause.

So consider these facts when you start waxing nostalgic of the times when you were out there screaming, “Ho-Ho-Ho Chi Minn, Vietnam is gonna win!”

More mindless slaughter has been done in the name of atheist Marxism than in any other “ism” in world history.

As for questioning the wars in Iraq, had we not pushed Saddam out of Kuwait, we would have let an ally of the United States falter beneath the heel of a madman who was trying to wipe out the Shia, who gassed the Kurds, and was attempting to annex a good portion of the Middle East oil supply by force.  Not to mention the MILLIONS of people who lingered beneath tyranny imposed with an iron fist, and furthered with the use of sanctioned rape, torture (the real stuff, not pouring water onto someone’s face), and outright genocide.

So, when  you “questioned” both wars, you obviously either didn’t ask the right questions, or didn’t care for the answers.  Then again, it is very easy to protest against a nation a leader that actually allows freedom of expression.  If you were truly courageous, you’d go openly “question” Saddam on his home turf.  For obvious reasons – which can either be cowardice or the fact that you actually support brutal dictators – this never happened.

As for rendition, the present administration (Baby Doc Obama, that is) continues this practice.  For the record, I don’t see you taking issue with this.

Having commuted to Dubai from the United States most of the last year I see how having one inherited ruler and the lack of any real “buy-in” from the populace can wreck a country. We have one president and that president is elected by the people. The majority speaks even if almost half of the country doesn’t like the choice. The president is our leader for four years. We are a UNITED states. For all these reasons, the reaction that we have seen in the past few days to the announcement that President Obama intends to address school children is quite shocking.

Not as shocking when you consider that the people having a tizzy have seen Baby Doc Obama nationalize the auto industry, the finance industry, as well as currently attempting to nationalize the health care industry.  Hitler, Lenin, Castro, and any number of African Marxist dictators have done the same exact thing.  The next thing they went after were the children, in a blatant attempt to indoctrinate them, and get them to spy on their own parents.

You see, the people freaking out have seen this happen before, and want to prevent it from happening in their country. 

So, when parents start reading about entire lesson plans devoted to Dear Leader’s speech, including long-range objectives, and daily planners, it is only natural to assume that the red handkerchiefs of the Young Pioneers are not that far behind.

It also doesn’t help if one of your “Czars” isn’t an admitted communist.  Gosh, I can’t how THAT adds any fuel to the fire…

In the ’50s and early ’60s when the president of the United States had something big to say or there was an event such as the first manned space launch we all gathered in the gym and watched the event together on a black and white television. No one thought it was propaganda, no one thought it was Democratic or Republican, it was American.

Well, in the 1970s and 1980s, that sorta stopped.

Maybe it was because you do-nothing protester types started infiltrating the educational system, and telling our kids that addresses by Republican presidents were no big deal.

It is a sorry state of affairs when a president can’t address school kids to ask that they participate in our democracy. It is the result of entrenched political wrangling on Capitol Hill when the talking points conservatives put out say that Obama is such an egotist that he is trying to brainwash the entire young generation. It is the cancer of cynicism that Obama’s critics think that he is going to enlist young school children to get Mommy and Daddy to call their member of Congress to promote his version of health care or cap-and-trade.

Or maybe inform on mommy and daddy if they listen to Rush Limbaugh.

First, children do not vote, and for a good reason: they are children.  They are not responsible, and until they are at the age of consent, they are the responsibility of their parents.  Most of us right-wing types kinda assume that PARENTS are the people who should shape the opinions of their children, not some coke-snorting rabble rouser out of Chicago, or any of his dimwitted minions.  They will participate in the democratic process when they are of the proper age.

As for Baby Doc Obama being an egotist, count the number of times he uses the words “I” or “me” in his speech (which is replete with such words).  Bill Clinton has the same problem.

What is wrong with giving our children a sense that we are united, that we operate as one country and that we have a leader who wants to talk to them?  Get real, right wing and be the kind  Americans that you think the left isn’t, support our president even if you disagree with his policies.

Funny.  You admit “questioning” Bush because of the war in Iraq, and admit protesting the war in Vietnam.  Then you go on to tell us that people like me should support “your” president even though I don’t support his policies.

Here’s some advice: you first!

I might remind you of some of your comments about Bush not too long ago:

Looking at the attorney general situation and meshing that with the president’s personality, it becomes clear that even in the face of opposition in his own party, even in the face of facts of bad management, the president holds on. He is denying reality, holding on to his appointed choice for the job with a rigidity rarely seen in politics or business management. He believes in a very grandiose fashion that, as president, he can thumb his nose at the will of Congress. Had the president received treatment for alcoholism 20 years ago, he would have been introduced to the ways and means of the Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” With Congress calling for a special prosecutor for the nation’s top cop and an impending constitutional battle, we could all be saved from this mess. If only the president had courage to change and the wisdom that went along with it.

Yeah, looking miiiiighty supportive there of Bush.  Maybe if Baby Doc Obama hadn’t burned his brain out on coke, he wouldn’t be the self-centered egotist who has to have his face on TV just about every other day (sorta like Hugo Chavez, but with far less body odor and better at reading a teleprompter).

Let’s face it: you are a typical liberal hypocrite.  You freak out whenever there is a Republican president, and then run around denouncing the rest of us because you’re licking the boots of the latest socialist du jour that has risen through the ranks of the Democrat party.  Maybe you’ve forgotten that dissent is patriotic?

Sorry, I forgot whom I was addressing.

Now, while I think a lot of this controversy is pretty hair-triggered, it probably wasn’t helped by the fact that Baby Doc Obama surrounds himself with Marxist leftists like Van Jones and Alice Palmer, racist preachers like Pfleger and Wright, and Marxist domestic terrorists like Ayers and Dohrn.  After all, it was Dear Leader that invited us to judge him by the company he kept.

Oh wait – that was yet another campaign promise he never intended to keep.

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