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Here’s more from another “right wing extremist” news outlet, the National Review, which was established in 1955 and is based in New York, New York. The National Review describes itself as “America's most widely read and influential magazine and web site for conservative news, commentary, and opinion.” To my knowledge, this description is UNCONTESTED – either from the political left or the political right.

Yesterday, I read a very interesting and – IMHO – ACCURATE opinion piece which is titled “The United States of Decline.” In it, the author – Deroy Murdock (see photo left) – describes the current state of this country under the Obama administration. Sometimes, Mr. Murdock wades into the world of hyperbole, but his facts – also IMHO – are essentially correct.

So here is his opinion piece – in its entirety -for your reading pleasure and comment:

“FEBRUARY 17, 2014 4:00 AM

The United States of Decline

America unravels at an increasingly dizzying pace.

By Deroy Murdock

America is unraveling at a stunning speed and to a staggering degree. This decline is breathtaking, and the prognosis is dim.

For starters, Obama now rules by decree. Reportedly for the 27th time, he has changed the rules of Obamacare singlehandedly, with neither congressional approval nor even ceremonial resolutions to limit his actions. Obama needs no such frivolities.

“That’s the good thing about being president,” Obama joked on February 10. “I can do whatever I want.” In an especially bitter irony, Obama uttered these despicable words while guiding French president François Hollande through Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson — a key architect of America’s foundation of limited government.

That very day, Obama decreed that the Obamacare mandate for employers with 50 to 99 workers would be postponed until 2016 (beyond an earlier extension to 2015), well past the November 2014 midterm elections. This eases the pressure on Democrats, whose campaigns would suffer if voters saw their company health plans canceled due to Obamacare’s unnecessary, expensive, mandatory benefits — e.g. maternity coverage for men.

So, by fiat, Obama has postponed the employer mandate. When Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) effectively tried to do this through legislation last fall, Democrats virtually lassoed and branded him.

Also by decree last week, Obama decided unilaterally to soften political-asylum rules. Refugees and other immigrants who provide terrorists “limited material support” now can come to America. So what if someone merely clothed and fed Mohamed Atta or Khalid Sheikh Mohammed? After all, garments and meals don’t blow up. Welcome to America, Mustafa!

Meanwhile, the Justice Department is working hard to revoke the asylum of and deport the Romeikes. This evangelical-Christian family was granted refuge in America to escape prosecution for homeschooling their children, which German law forbids.

So, Obama believes, those who are only somewhat helpful to deadly, anti-U.S. terrorists may become Americans, while religiously oppressed homeschoolers who face prison should get the hell out.

The transparent electoral motive that fuels so many of Obama’s executive orders seems unprecedented. The tone is also brand new. Obama’s predecessors have signed executive orders and, more or less, left it at that. But Obama pounds his chest as he does so. As he told Congress at last month’s State of the Union address: “America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

While appalled Republicans sat on their hands, Democrats stood up and shouted like equatorial, rubber-stamp parliamentarians: “Hooray! We are irrelevant!”

Chilling.

Meanwhile, as the American Enterprise Institute’s Marc Thiessen wrote in the February 10 Washington Post, new Congressional Budget Office figures show that Obamacare will reduce U.S. incomes by $70 billion annually between 2017 and 2024. The CBO also estimated that by 2021, Obamacare’s disincentives to hire and incentives not to work would slash labor hours by the equivalent of 2.3 million jobs.

Rather than dispute these figures, key Democrats embraced them.

“We want people to have the freedom to be a writer, to be a photographer, to make music, to paint,” said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California. She added that “people would no longer be job-locked by their [health] policies, but have the freedom to follow their passion.”’

So, rather than expand economic growth and jobs, Democrats applaud as Americans stop working — to do watercolors, draft poetry, and take naps — while exhausted taxpayers foot the bill.

Clearly unafraid of Obama, Iranian warships for the first time are steaming toward America’s Atlantic maritime borders. Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps navy commander Ali Fadayi said, “The Americans can sense by all means how their warships will be sunk with 5,000 crews and forces in combat against Iran and how they should find its hulk in the depths of the sea.” Tehran last week also aired fantasy videos of drones blasting a U.S. warship and bombing Tel Aviv. This is how Iran behaves while it negotiates with U.S. diplomats over “peaceful” uranium enrichment?

Nearby, embattled Syrians flee the city of Homs while they and their United Nations protectors dodge incoming mortar shells. This sorry spectacle has exposed Obama’s Syrian policy as a miserable flop. So does the fact that Syrian president Bashar Assad has handed over only 4 percent of the chemical weapons that his deal last September with Obama and Vladimir Putin was supposed to neutralize. According to GOP senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Secretary of State John Kerry privately conceded to them that Obama’s approach in Syria has failed.

America liberated Afghanistan from a regime that hosted al-Qaeda, banned kites and recorded music, and built a bridge to the seventh century. And what thanks does the U.S. get? Over American objections, Afghan president Hamid Karzai last week released 65 Taliban warriors from Bagram prison, where they were being held on suspicion of killing American troops, murdering Afghan civilians, deploying roadside bombs, and otherwise perpetrating mayhem. When U.S. officials complained that these killers could return to the fight — as have other Taliban thugs, once freed — Karzai exploded: “If the Afghan judicial authorities decide to release a prisoner, it is of no concern to the U.S. I hope that the U.S. will stop harassing Afghanistan’s procedures and judicial authority, and I hope the U.S. will now begin to respect Afghan sovereignty.”

For these and many other reasons, Democrats are fleeing Obama.

“I don’t care to have him campaign for me,” said Senator Mark Begich (D., Alaska).

A reelection ad for Representative Joe Garcia (D., Fla.) boasts that “he voted to let you keep your existing health plan, and he took the White House to task for the disastrous healthcare website.”

“He [Obama] is hurting the Democratic brand right now,” veteran Democratic campaign strategist Joe Trippi told Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly on February 12. “The Obamacare snafus, his approval rating is declining, and his credibility problems all drag the Democratic brand down.”

Rather than resist an increasingly weak — yet ever more assertive — Obama, GOP congressional leaders hand him whatever he wants. Thus, House speaker John Boehner and Senate GOP chief Mitch McConnell of Kentucky pushed through a $1.012 trillion budget with, at best, minuscule and illusory spending cuts. A $956 billion farm bill includes $3 million to promote Christmas trees (who on Earth would buy them without federal assistance?), $100 million for maple-syrup market research, and $170 million for catfish protectionism. Boehner and McConnell sent Obama this gift-wrapped monstrosity, which was $56 billion higher than Obamacare’s original price tag. And in exchange, Obama gave them . . . zippo!

On February 12, Boehner and McConnell helped send Obama a measure to suspend the debt limit until March 15, 2015. (The debt ceiling was not raised from $17.2 trillion to a higher level; it simply was removed. The gas pedal remains in Obama’s Little Red Cor-debt, but the brakes are gone.) This passed the GOP House with Boehner and only 27 Republicans voting yes. The other 194 votes were from Democrats. When McConnell surrendered on cloture, 11 other Republican senators helped Democrats advance their dirty work. The debt ceiling is now a debt sunroof.

And what did Washington’s top two Republicans get for giving Obama 13 months to shop till America drops? Nothing! No repeal of Obamacare’s $47 billion bailout of health insurers. No approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. No termination of the cure-killing medical-device tax. No votes on these matters, which would have forced Democrats to choose. This could have helped Republican candidates in November.

Steely resolve could stymie the unpopular and untrustworthy Obama. Sadly, Boehner, McConnell, and other GOP leaders are as firm as foil.

“Republicans are giving up because they know that winning is impossible when their leaders are determined to lose,” the Senate Conservatives Fund stated. “These leaders have telegraphed weakness to the Democrats and sabotaged conservative efforts so many times that Republicans now have no leverage.” The group concluded: “John Boehner must be replaced as Speaker of the House. . . . Unless we install a new leader who will actually go on offense, Democrats will never fear us and we will never have any leverage.”

Also, Earth’s sole superpower is sagging where it should be No. 1. America has slouched to No. 12 on the 2014 Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom.

“Now considered only a ‘mostly free’ economy, the U.S. has earned the dubious distinction of having recorded one of the longest sustained declines in economic freedom, second only to Argentina, of any country in the [20-year] history of the Index,” the report states. “The U.S. is the only country to have recorded a loss of economic freedom each of the past seven years.”

Regarding graft, America has stayed stable in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. Unfortunately, and as recently as 2013, the U.S. has remained Earth’s 19th most honest country.

Thanks, in part, to Team Obama’s surveillance of journalists from Fox News Channel and the Associated Press, America tumbled 13 spots down Reporters Without Borders’ 2014 World Press Freedom Index. The U.S. dropped this year from No. 33 to No. 46. Hence, 45 nations now have freer journalists than does America. RWB calls America “satisfactory” rather than the top-rated “good.” As the report states: “Amid an all-out hunt for leaks and sources, 2013 will also be the year of the Associated Press scandal, which came to light when the Department of Justice acknowledged that it had seized the news agency’s phone records.”

America is a total mess.

The Land of the Free is governed by an out-of-control egomaniac, neither bolstered by managerial competence nor hindered by the legislature’s institutional prerogatives. In the Home of the Brave, half of Congress cheers Obama’s unconstitutional behavior, while the other half grumbles and then meekly carpet-bombs his path with white flags.

The American people have been betrayed — both by Obama and the Democrats, whose lust for control intensifies daily, and by Republican leaders in Washington, whose cowardice and defeatism have turned their guts and spines into tapioca.

America, as Paul Simon sings, is slip-slidin’ away. And the worst part hasn’t happened yet.”

See: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/371248/united-states-decline-deroy-murdock

A better title for this article would be “Obama’s America,” because – aside from the hyperbole and the delivery - the FACTS are essentially correct. To my liberal friends I say: Read ‘em and weep. And take the blinders off. They are coming off for most of America as you read this. Only 20% of all voters currently describe themselves as “liberal.” That leaves 80% who ain’t. Mr. Obama won enough of those voters in the the last two elections to squeak out two popular vote wins. He did this not with his policies, but with his personality. He wouldn't do it again, even if does take this country learning things the hard way TWICE.

American is painfully finding out that personality and charisma doesn’t balance the budget. It doesn’t create jobs. It doesn’t (by itself) give us power and prestige with our foreign friends and adversaries. That takes HARD WORK – apparently more work than our Campaigner-in-Chief is willing to put in to lead this country to victory at home and abroad.

The United States of Decline, indeed. No truer words were ever spoken.


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JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 20:03 PM

yada, yada, yada,...right wing vomit fed to the masses.

Doom, despair pain and agony....

Surely we All will hang, if not separately then altogether...

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 07:22 AM

sebekm, an excellent piece and (just before reading it)I posted one above along the same line of thought.

Unfortunately there are some who refuse to even consider the line of thought.

We are fortunate that we are old already.

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 08:21 AM

I hope you guys don't take this comment wrong because I'm not playing the race card or trying to start a race riot but this needs to be said.

It's funny how the sky is falling because we have an African American President in office. It's funny because white men have run this country in the ground for the past 194 years and want to blame the past 6 years for it's demise.

Sebv- I noticed you posted his picture. I'm not impressed with black men that speak against the POTUS because they've been trained to believe the only way to make it to the top in America is to step on the very people that look that them (crab in the bucket mentality).

The reason the country is up in the air is because of racism and hate! IF a white president had accomplished some of the things he has-we would have had several parades by now.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 08:31 AM

@PN. You are exactly right on this. I wrote about this sort of virulence toward BHO here on this blog site on
8-15-2011 in a piece titled Melanin Problem.

Those on the Right will NEVER acknowledge it, but Obama's pigmentation has long been a thorn in their prejudicial souls.

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 16:21 PM

PN just what has he accomplished?

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 17:13 PM

OK Tot. PN is a very busy erudite Liberal activist who does her homework. She may have time to list BHO's accomplishments but what would be the use in doing that to an intransigent Conservative such as you? Your digestion of ANY factual information provided to you is an exercise in futility! Your mind is made up and locked behind enormous barriers to any attempts at educated enlightenment.

In short, it is a waste of time for PN to take the time to "reason" with you. Your 'old school' world is crumbling around you and that is a very difficult pill for you to even try to swallow.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 17:25 PM

Thanks, TOT.

PN and Jimmy: Mr. Obama being an African-American has nothing to do with my comments. See my post on PN's recent blog. The left was just as upset and felt the sky was falling when a Republican was in the White House. These sentiments are not new. Only the names and the events have changed. In the case of Dubya, I made my sentiments perfectly clear when he was governing like a Democrat and throwing money away at an alarming rate. I also was vocal in urging that we GET OUT OF FOREIGN WARS and I have applauded Obama on these here web pages for his efforts in doing that. But the small measure of success - IMHO - that Obama has caused in reducing our military footprint overseas has been HUGELY undermined by his misplaced priorities and misguided policies here at home. It has NOTHING to do with him being a black man. It has EVERYTHING to do with him being a DEMOCRAT. I have never attacked Mr. Obama personally, and if you recall I have often said if I met him in our shared hometown I was sure I'd like him personally and try to help him if he asked me. But I'd give him an earful on why his priorities are misplaced and how his policies are misguided.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 17:27 PM

And Jimmy - if you are so bothered by "virulence" on this here blog site you could improve things on your own by getting off of TOT's back. The comments you direct toward him DAILY are far worse than anything that has been PERSONALLY directed toward President Obama by people who post here.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 17:51 PM

Tot ain't President of the United States, Sebe. Tot's comments like mine, yours, and everybody else here are subject to comment and rebuttal. Tot's comments beg for response. I need not tell you that Free Speech allows individuals to respond to other humans short of libel and slanderous poisonous spoken words.

You may not like my method of responses but that's not my problem. If you feel you must step in and be Tot's 'protector' so be it. Tot is free to respond in like manner towards me. But like I have said, He ain't built for it. Hence a veritable plethora of cut and paste jobs day in and out by Tot, the poster boy for flagrant displays of conservatism extremism. As long as I have the ability, I will continue to shine a light on him. Even if he or you view my comments as virulent.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 18:04 PM

I am not trying to be TOT's protector, but you brought up "virulence" on these here web pages, I didn't. And whether YOU like it or not, your name-calling diatribes toward him - as viewed by any unbiased observer - are far worse than any personal attacks on Obama by bloggers here. I have posted articles - recently - by authors who have taken Mr. Obama to task and compared him to dictators and his agenda to communist/socialist, but nobody attacks OBAMA PERSONALLY the way you attack TOT.

The job of defending TOT lies with TOT. But when you claim that there's "virulence" directed toward Obama personally because he's black, you're dead wrong (at least as far as I'm concerned), and your personal attacks are the best example I've seen lately of "virulence."

Again - I didn't bring it up, you did. But that's what I see. And remember, you and I have met face-to-face, and I think of myself as your "buddy" - blogging and otherwise - nonetheless. That's the main reason I haven't spoken up before now.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 18:20 PM

The POTUS commands respect, even if you do not like him. Tot, on the other hand does not enjoy such a privilege. I did not like the Boy King. But I would be the first to show him respect in his presence as being the POTUS should the occasion ever arisen.

So...as to Tot: Great big gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts, mutilated monkey brains, buzzard vomit donkey poop....will continue. Unless, the webmeister fires a shot across my bow.

Pubic writing has its plusses and its minuses. It is a right of passage to get thru the criticism and stay on message. Been there, done that. Tot is not exempt from the process of any attempts to earn any credibility here or wherever he seeks to hide behind his anonymous profile.

timeontarget commented on Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 07:26 AM

I still wonder what President Obama has accomplished.

That is just what has our Commander in Chief done to unite and advance our society and our nation.

That is what great leaders do in my opinion.

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 13:02 PM

@Sebe. I see you're elevating TOT's status on this here blog site to being equal to the POTUS. That conflicts with my opinion of him as the equivalent of Murellett. Tot DESERVES my comments towards him just as you stated Murrellet deserved her comments from you.

Two different things. Murrellett was dangerous, cantankerous and off the leash. Same for Tot. Tot's concept of how things really work are grounded in 7th or 8th grade perspective on Civics. At least it was before he dropped out.

That alone makes him ill-informed and reckless. And it is my intention to continually remind him of his status here. My denunciations of his perspectives are meant for him, not you.
I have seen ignorant playground redneck bullyism is my lifetime. It is my intention to not allow it a free pass here via Tot's meanderings.

That is why I offer up my observation of TOT; that he ain't built for this is because the days of being the redneck bully on the playground are OVER. Tot is an inarticulate playground bully with a laptop whose days of dominance have come to an end. Education trumps narrow self righteous certitude on these pages.

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Hence I inquire of TOT...Where is your mother who had two no fly zones over her birth canal? He cannot even play the dozens.

Tot takes himself toooooo seriously. He is devoid of self-deprecating humor. He is a bitter old man totally lacking in personal insight.

I respect you Sebe. But you ain't calling me off on Tot. I am an accessory to a baby murderer in HIS eyes...and he has a ways to go to pay for that comment of his. It will be loooong road for him to walk. Tot DESEVES VIRULNCE.

MY sincere hope is that YOU do not become collateral damage.

sebekm commented on Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 12:44 PM

I am not elevating anything. What I AM doing is comparing your virulence toward TOT to everyone else's virulence toward Obama. I think it is a fair comparison, since:

1. You brought up the subject;

2. You have made constant, personal, name-calling attacks on TOT; and

3. You accused me and others of "virulence" (i.e., personal attacks) on President Obama.

If you look at my posts, I have never used the kinds of derogatory adjectives toward the President that you constantly use - in sublime variation - toward TOT. To say someone's policies are misguided or their priorities are misplaced - even that they are a "lousy President" - doesn't hold a candle to what you have hurled at TOT.

It is our right under the Constitution to be "ill-informed" and "reckless." It is also our right to criticize a government which we feel is not serving the public good. By extension, that right goes to the supporters/opponents of that government. I have seen comments made by you toward CONSERVATIVES IN GENERAL that are just as negative and derogatory as any TOT has made toward "liberals." But regarding TOT, you take the dialogue into personal attacks and name-calling. I'm sorry to say it, but that just reinforces the political stereotype of Democrats: No argument? No PROBLEM - name-call the opponent. Wreck their credibility. Bash their ancestry. As long as we recognize it for what it is - then I think we can deal with it. But I have taken it upon myself to be this here web site's Highlighter of Hypocrisy. When you complain about "virulence" toward Obama, to me it is exactly like Captain Louis Renault being "shocked, shocked" to discover that gambling was going on at Rick's Café.

Come on, Jimmy. You can do better than that......

sebekm commented on Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM

"MY sincere hope is that YOU do not become collateral damage."

Que sera, sera. It's up to you.

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 15:19 PM

A Mother (in your case, Sebe, Father) will aggressively DEFEND his\her Cubs. Tot it seems is one of your'in. (pronounced Urine) Tot sleeps in your camp. I will add only this:

Battle Lines r being drawn
Nobody's right if everybodys wrong
All people speakin their minds
Gettin' so much assistance from behind...

apologies to Buffalo Springfield.

Tot is a dangerous and reckless fear monger who has praised you in his comments (when he is not posting blogs of others ad infinitum.)

He is playing to your ego, Sebe. You are above such an elementary tactic.

sebekm commented on Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 23:07 PM

"Tot sleeps in your camp."

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Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
O-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh.
Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
O-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh.

In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight.
In the jungle, the quiet jungle, the lion sleeps tonight.

Wee-ooh wim-o-weh.
Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
O-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh.
Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
O-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh.

Near the village, the peaceful village, the lion sleeps tonight.
Near the village, the quiet village, the lion sleeps tonight.

Wee-ooh wim-o-weh. Wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh
O-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh.
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O-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh.

Hush, my darling, don't fear, my darling, the lion sleeps tonight.
Hush, my darling, don't fear, my darling, the lion sleeps tonight.

Whuh whuh whuh wim-o-weh. Wee-ooh wim-o-weh wee-ooh
Wim-o-weh wee-ooh wim-o-weh.


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