By Alice Dubenetsky
Characterized by extreme self-absorption, an exaggerated sense of self-importance, and a need for attention and admiration from others…
The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness
Yesterday we saw a stark distinction between two very prominent men in the public spotlight. The disparity was glaring and stunning.
Yesterday President Barak Obama stood before the United Nations General Assembly and assured the world that it has become a more stable, and presumably safer, place than it was five years ago. Coincidentally that’s exactly how long he’s been the President of the United States. It’s also just about the amount of time he has been a Nobel Peace Prize winner, an honor he was apparently awarded for being elected and giving pretty speeches because no other reason comes to mind, then or now.
He further stated that the United States government has “begun to review the way that we gather intelligence so that we properly balance the legitimate security concerns of our citizens and allies with the privacy concerns that all people share”
“As a result of this work and cooperation with allies and partners, the world is more stable than it was five years ago,” he declared triumphantly.
Astoundingly this pronouncement came on the same day that Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff, during her speech as the opening speaker, blasted the United States for violating human rights and international law.
“Tampering in such a manner in the lives and affairs of other countries is a breach of international law and, as such, it is an affront to the principles that should otherwise govern relations among countries, especially among friendly nations,” Rousseff told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.
Like many Americans, Brazil’s Rouseff does not accept the U.S. government’s defense of its international spying programs. So angry is she and her fellow Brazilians about the U.S. violation of their privacy, and our government’s intrusion into their business concerns, that she recently canceled a state a state visit to the While House over the controversy.
And Brazil is an ally.
The stability the president mentioned also isn’t very evident in the Middle East, or in Africa. His ham-handed handling of the continuing chaos and carnage in Libya, Egypt, and Syria doesn’t exactly conflate to stability. After pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq without obtaining a status of forces agreement, that country is falling back into chaos and bloodshed. It might also be presumed that the Taliban and al Qaeda are just waiting it out in Afghanistan until the United States completes the drawdown of troops sometime after 2014. They have patience and long memories on their side.
President Obama cannot accept the fact that what he and his sycophants perceive as his superior intellect and historic, even momentous, presence on the world stage has not calmed the angry masses nor has it brought the peace and stability to the world that he claims to hope for. Hope being the operative word, and one that propelled him to that very same stage upon which he now endeavors to play the fool. Hope isn’t a plan, and the President doesn’t appear to have one.
In contrast, yesterday Senator Ted Cruz (R.TX), in defiance of much his own political party and certainly of Harry Reed and the majority Democrat party, took to the Senate floor for a marathon speech to defend the de-funding of Obamacare. Although only supported by a handful of his fellow senators, he took a strong stand, committing to an uphill battle on behalf of the American people. For his courage, he has earned the scorn and wrath of Senate Republicans such as Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Mitch McConnell. His detractors worry that any attempt to de-fund Obamacare that results in a government shut-down via the Continuing Resolution will result in bad press for the Republican Party and another opportunity for the President to blame them for everything that’s wrong with America. In other words, there goes the 2014 election.
“Everyone in America knows Obamacare is destroying the economy,” Cruz said as he began a speaking marathon at 2:41 p.m. that ended 21 hours later when Senate rules forced him to end his single-minded defense of liberty via final end to the Affordable Care Act debacle.
Whatever the final political outcome, it is rare indeed to see someone in either the House or Senate who’s able to stick to his or her principals and continue to push for the will of their constituents in the face of nearly overwhelming political opposition and pressure.
One man thinks he’s saved the world by being born.
The other seeks to save American liberty by uncompromising adherence to his principals.