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The Patriot Post - Alexander's Column 11-18-2015
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Suicide of the West
The Petulant Pretender


By Mark Alexander

Nov. 18, 2015

    “Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington1 (1799)

On very rare occasions, the rigors of day-to-day operations at The Patriot Post preclude meeting my own publishing deadline. Tuesday of this week, when I normally set aside 12 to 12 for research and writing, I was diverted to a critical project with members of our staff.

Beyond my own weekly analysis, the job our editorial team does every day is second to none. And that has been very evident in the concise analytical coverage they provided over the last three days.

Allow me, then, to recap briefly what have been some very difficult days for our country — difficult because we witnessed once again how profoundly inept and irresolute our current commander in chief is in matters critical to our national security.

As I wrote for Monday’s edition2, on the same day that Barack Obama was peddling his failed foreign policy of appeasement and insisting that the Islamic State3 was “contained,” surrogates of what he’d previously characterized as the “JV Team4” slaughtered more than 129 civilians5 in a well-planned and well-executed act of Islamist barbarism.

And later, although the terrorists had repeatedly yelled “allah akbar” during their murderous onslaught, Obama responded by saying, “I don’t want to speculate at this point in terms of who was responsible for this.”

Our writer Robin Smith reminded readers that during the Democrat debate in Iowa on the day after the slaughter in Paris, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders doubled down on his assertion6 that the most pressing threat to our national security remains — Obama also repeatedly insists — “climate change7.”

Tellingly, Hillary Clinton didn’t take issue with Sanders' analysis.

Arnold Ahlert analyzed the threat of al-Qa'ida and Islamic State Jihadis8 masquerading as Middle Eastern refugees9, while Paul Albaugh evaluated the risk of Obama’s immigration “Trojan Horse10.” Louis DeBroux, in his analysis on the suicide of the West11, noted that our greatest potential threat may be the amplification of Obama’s already colossal foreign policy failures if enough Americans are duped into voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

And our managing editor, Nate Jackson, covered the absurd and surreal utterances of Obama at a press conference in Turkey12, which included the following: “I’m not interested in posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning.”

Ponder those words against a backdrop of past Democrat presidents:

    “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt

    “America was not built on fear. American was built on courage, on imagination, and on an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” —Harry S Truman

    “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” —John F. Kennedy

I’ve said before, though it bears repeating: Our nation’s once-noble Democrat Party13 has morphed into a corrupt political machine14 that its original protagonists would hardly recognize.

After chastising those who dared to question his failed policies, Obama insisted, “There will be an intensification of the strategy that we put forward, but the strategy that we are putting forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work. But as I said from the start, it’s going to take time.”

Of course, there is no strategy and the time “it’s going to take” is the duration between now and the clean-up effort of the next Republican president.

The Washington Post’s editorial board accurately described Obama’s remarks as “petulant,” while the New York Times' Roger Cohen observed, “Where was the anger in that Obama press conference? I’m in Paris. His words fell shamefully short of sentiment here.”

If Obama has lost the Post and the Times, we can be assured that he’s lost just about everyone who isn’t on the White House payroll or sporting an Obama Phone15.

Two weeks ago, I wrote a column on Obama’s repetitive reference16 to “our shared values” and “who we are as a nation,” as if he is the ultimate arbiter of our national values.

This week, Obama rolled out that same drivel, this time regarding concerns about inadequate vetting of Syrian immigrants. He claimed such concerns were “a betrayal of our values. … That’s shameful. That’s not American. … That’s not who we are.” Instead, he defined his narrow agenda and proclaimed, “Those are the universal values we stand for.”

Apparently, Obama believes that we can run highly reliable background checks with the help of Syrian butcher Bashar al-Assad.

For the record, more than half of the nation’s governors have now registered objections against the relocation of Syrian migrants to their home state’s suburbs, and for good reason. Recall that virtually all the Islamist assaults on our home soil17 were committed by Muslim refugees/immigrants. That would include the July murder of four Marines and a Navy Petty Officer18 by a Palestinian immigrant in Chattanooga.

And meanwhile, John Kerry, in Paris this week, noted that the Islamist attack there in January was “legitimate19.”

Allow me to return to what I said at the outset about our editor’s outstanding coverage of these and numerous other important topics this and every week: What we do best — and what separates us from the rest — is our concise, consistent and factual analysis on the most important news and policy matters facing our nation.

And as a result, The Patriot Post is approaching our 20th anniversary.

We were among a handful of the earliest online publications, and we remain one of the most influential today because of our large audience of grassroots gatekeepers. You and your fellow Patriots are force multipliers for our timeless message and defense of Liberty.

While our annual budget20 is a drop in the bucket compared to the big Beltway organizations, we’ve managed to substantially increase the scope of our mission and operations every year. Your Patriot team works long hours for modest pay.

Today, countless grassroots Patriots rely on The Patriot Post as their steadfast touchstone for Liberty, and we remain the most cost-effective conservative force multiplier on the Web.

We have launched our year-end sustaining fund campaign. If you’re able, please help us extend Liberty to the next generation21 of American Patriots.

Thank you, as always, for standing with us.

Pro Deo et Constitutione — Libertas aut Mors
Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
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