Jane Chastain : Politically Direct

Obama wants a Mulligan on Iraq

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In golf, Obama’s favorite pastime, the “mulligan” has become SOP in friendly games.

A mulligan is a stroke that is replayed (due to bad luck or a blunder) from the spot of the previous stroke without penalty.  The result is that the hole is scored as if the errant shot had never been made.

Now the president expects the country to give him a mulligan, or a do-over, on Iraq.

It isn’t happening. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 22nd, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Blood Bloods Has People of Faith Seeing Red

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Like many Christians, I have looked forward to each new episode of the Blue Bloods television show.  It is in its 5th season and attracts more viewers than any other primetime drama on Friday night.

It follows the Reagan family of police officers with the New York City Police Department. Frank Reagan, played by Tom Selleck, is the police commissioner.  The show has been refreshing in that the Reagan family’s Catholic faith has been front and center in every episode, with no apologies.

Though each family member is presented as flawed, as we all are, they all try to do the right thing.  When they stray, they get back on track as they live out their faith — until recently. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 15th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

A Seven-Year-Old Looks at the Office of President

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On Friday, my seven-year-old granddaughter came home from school with a long face.  “Grandmother,” she said, “is there any way a kid like me could talk to someone who could get the president to change a law?”

“The president can’t change laws, honey,” I replied.  “Only Congress can do that.”

“Well, who could I talk to about changing a bad law?”

“What law is that?” I enquired.

“The one that won’t let kids vote for president.”

“If you could vote, how would you go about deciding who would make the best president?” I asked.   Read the rest of this entry »

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October 1st, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Dumbest Voting Idea Ever

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I received an email from a well-meaning friend urging me to sign a petition on MoveOn.org’s website which he felt would encourage more people to vote and improve our government.

Call me suspicious. Anything provided by MoveOn is designed to do one thing: elect more radical left-leaning candidates to lead us into a socialist utopia where the enlightened elite will live like kings and lead the rest of us around like trained monkeys. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 24th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

To War or not to War?

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That is the question for president Obama.  No doubt it is every bit as vexing as the one with which Prince Hamlet wrestled in the Shakespeare classic that bears his name.

In Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, he tries to decide if it would be better to commit suicide or struggle with the pains and unfairness of life.   His dilemma is not that far removed from the one facing our 44th president.  Obama’s choice is between political suicide or pubic ridicule.

Obama firmly believes that he was elected to avoid war at all cost, so much so, that he squandered our hard-fought victory in Iraq in order to declare peace, when there was no peace, and bring our troops home prematurely.  But, alas, our enemy metastasized.  It is slaughtering our friends in the region, openly beheading our citizens on the internet and threatening to spill blood in our streets.

Does Obama declare war on ISIS and take the necessary action to rid the world of this evil or does he simply invoke the Authorization for Use of Military Force given to his predecessor?

If he does the former, he would need permission from Congress, which likely would mean the political deaths of some dovish Democratic senators.  If he does the latter, he will be exposed as a hypocrite. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 17th, 2014 at 5:30 pm


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