Over breakfast, my husband and I were discussing President Obama’s Cairo speech, wherein he lectured the West about the freedom of Muslim women to wear the hijab (Obama called it a hajib; is either correct?), but said nothing about Muslim nations giving them the freedom to not wear the covering, if they choose.
“He speaks here about nations not having the right to tell other nations what to do,” my husband mused, “but does precisely the opposite with regards to Israel; he’s always telling Israel what they can and can’t do.”
“Obama should be called “President Opposite,” I told him. “He’s like a boy with his hand in the cookie jar saying, ‘I don’t want a cookie.’ He says he doesn’t want to run banks, but he keeps them under his control. He says he doesn’t want to run the auto industry, but he turned down a proposal that could have saved them. Obama doesn’t want to control your health care except he does. He was like this even as a candidate, when he said he would use public funds for his election campaign, then amassed more donations than anyone in history. We’re going to spend our way into prosperity, too. No earmarks in the porkulus bill? it’s loaded up! Opposite.
I am learning that he says the precise opposite of what he actually does, and so everything he says must be held up to a mirror and read backwards. Actions speak louder than “words, just words.”
My husband did not get the campaign reference to the “just words” quote; he doesn’t follow politics much. He probably won’t remember Obama laughing at Sarah Palin back when she said during the 2008 campaign,
“Al Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America, and he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights.”
He won’t remember, either, that Obama said in February:
“Now, do [enemy combatants and terrorists] deserve miranda rights? Do they deserve to be treated like a shoplifter down the block? Of course not.”
So, my husband won’t realize the hypocrisy in this news:
…the Obama Justice Department has quietly ordered FBI agents to read Miranda rights to high value detainees captured and held at U.S. detention facilities in Afghanistan, according a senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.
“The administration has decided to change the focus to law enforcement. Here’s the problem. You have foreign fighters who are targeting US troops today – foreign fighters who go to another country to kill Americans. We capture them…and they’re reading them their rights – Mirandizing these foreign fighters,” says Representative Mike Rogers, who recently met with military, intelligence and law enforcement officials on a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan.
Rogers, a former FBI special agent and U.S. Army officer, says the Obama administration has not briefed Congress on the new policy. “I was a little surprised to find it taking place when I showed up because we hadn’t been briefed on it, I didn’t know about it. We’re still trying to get to the bottom of it, but it is clearly a part of this new global justice initiative.”
Bookworm – who is by no means a conspiracy-loving sort – is beginning to wonder why it is our president has no paper trail at all, (thank you, intellectually incurious press) and why the man who campaigned on “transparency” never makes anything public. Opposite. He’s the opposite man, Bookie. If he touts “transparency,” it’s not going to be about him or his administration. His “transparency” will be about someone else, some other entity. Those 600,000 jobs he’s going to deliver? Opposite. That middle-class tax cut? Opposite.
I suppose I should be grateful that the president seems almost almost allergic to the notion of liberty or to its nuances But perhaps I should worry that he uses the name of Jesus so very much, except when he’s having it covered up.
Perhaps Obama should meditate on these words of Christ’s:
“Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one.”
It is a rare thing, these days, to believe what anyone else says. We are under the dictatorship of relativism, where more and more frequently, it is a rare thing, even, to believe what you believe, enough to say you believe it.
The Dictatorship of Relativism, the era of relativistic thinking, is perhaps what was needed for an “Opposite” man to be elected president of the most powerful nation in the world. When “truth” can be anything, why…there are no lies, anymore. There are just other “truths,” other “perspectives.”
But actions will still and always, speak louder than words, just words.
Meanwhile, I do hope this Domestic Terrorist gets read his Miranda rights.
Good News! Obama gives Terrorists Miranda!
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