Disturbing parallels.

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Two stories juxtaposed on the same web page yesterday served to summarize the state of the Obama presidency. In one story, the president officially launched his bid for re-election. Some reports say he will wind up raising a billion dollars. In an adjacent story, the White House went against oft-repeated campaign promises and announced that 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be tried by a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay.

Thus the president’s re-election bid begins against the backdrop of the growing realization that he no longer controls events.

Gitmo is still open because he can’t figure out how to close it. Stalemate is the now the most likely outcome in Libya, an outcome that badly weakens the U.S. and the administration. Whatever happens with respect to the continued funding of the government this year and a budget for next year will happen with the president as mostly a spectator.

By 1979, gasoline lines, inflation, high interest rates and the Iranian hostage crisis had seized control of the Carter White House. Carter lost control of events and he lost re-election. The parallel should disturb President Obama, billion dollars or no billion dollars.

Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of Gleiser Communications, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The Team FM & KYZS in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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4 Responses

  1. Ike Reeves says:

    The thing that makes Jimmy Carter the happiest is that he is no longer the worst President ever. Both are unqualified and inept.

  2. Linda E. Montrose says:

    We can not compare obama to Jimmy Carter because obama is a hybrid, unlike anything we have seen, in my lifetime at least. obama is a law unto his own, he has absolutely no respect for America, her people or our Constitution. He has run rough shod over our laws, thumbing his nose at what is best for America by his disreguard for what the PEOPLE want…best example is obamacare. He has, from the beginning, acted as if he were America’s first dictator. He views the Whitehouse as his own personal playhouse, Air Force 1 as his personal way to hop all over the world, not on America’s business, but his own pleasure. He has put disaster after disaster on hold, instead tending to his golf game or playing hoops for the media to fawn over him. This man is not like Jimmy Carter. Even Jimmy Carter would not have such wanton disreguard and disrespect for the American people that obama has shown from day one! Jimmy Carter was a buffoon but he was not the narcissist obama is. obama is a dangerous narcissist for his narcissistic tendencies go way beyond the pale, leading this nation over the edge just to satisfy his hunger for power at the expense of future generations if that gets him what he wants! obama is FAR WORSE than Carter ever thought about being. That being said, the only thing we can hope for is the same outcome Carter had…ONE TERM and going down in history as the worst president in America’s history! HOPEFULLY we can learn something from this tragic turn of events and not fall for another promise of “hope and change”, plus start making the media accountable for their actions! We NEVER need to take anyone at face value again…not when so much is at stake!

  3. Rick Armstrong says:

    All things considered….if this country DOES re-elect Team Obama…then, I am afraid that websites and blogs such as this will cease to exist. You think I am kidding? Give him four more years and see what the FCC, EPA, IRS and DOJ turn in to. It scares me…I hated Carter for his lack of vision and Progressive Ideals…I am scared of Obama for his Progressive Socialism, his belief in Cloward & Piven and his idea that HE can control everything and Congress be damned.

    Ricko

  4. C M Solomon says:

    Another frightening parallel is the battle in Wisconsin by the Conservative Republican Governor and Legislature to gain control over the State budget. These Republicans are trying to roll back the overwhelming grip the public sector (Obama supported) Unions have had in forcing the state into near bankruptcy.

    These Unions ignore the will of the voters by using special Left-wing members of the judiciary to stop newly enacted laws while issuing threats and intimidation to key Republicans in office. Is this the future of America as the Republican House of Representatives begins to work on the 2012 budget?

    I strongly suspect that the (Socialist) Democrat Party will unleash huge demonstrations all over the country as funded by Obama’s Marxist friends in order to defeat any attempt to slow down his Socialist agenda. Of course, his media buddies will crank up the propaganda machine to deafening levels as they twist and lie about every Conservative proposal to solve the nation’s impending financial disaster.

    It is clear that Obama’s scheme (using outrageous debt) is to bring this country to its financial knees so that private wealth can be confiscated “for the collective good and for the salvation of the country from financial ruin”, all of which was caused by evil Capitalism, of course. When the vast middle class becomes desperate due to hyperinflation fueled by skyrocketing energy costs (Obama’s plan), they will be forced to accept strategically targeted government aid (bailouts) designed to buy their future votes. The Socialist/Marxist dream for America will have finally been achieved!

    To be forewarned is to be forearmed!

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