Jane Chastain : Politically Direct

Beware of Obamanesia

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After months of presidential promises on an executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens  (i.e. immigration reform), Obama punted.  In June, he put us all on notice that, when he returned from his August vacation, he would use his pen to do what Congress would not do.

A strange thing happened during those weeks of endless golf rounds on Martha’s Vineyard.  Public opinion polls tanked on the idea and Senate Democrats, worried about their reelections, began taking the president to task over his plan to by-pass Congress.

Last week, a Rasmussen poll found that 62 percent of likely voters are against the president’s proposed action.  Furthermore, 57 percent believe this action to be illegal.

It is little wonder that Senate Democrats in conservative states began heading for the tall grass.  It wasn’t long before the president followed. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 10th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Our Girly Man President

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Hillary Clinton would like to become the first woman president.  Should she succeed, it likely would be a bit anticlimactic. We’ve already had a girly man president.   More correctly, we’ve had a valley girly man president — an uppity little pampered princess who can’t, or won’t, be bothered with things in which he has no interest, like terrorism or foreign policy.

For six years now we’ve looked for an Obama doctrine.  Finally we have one.  Last April aboard Air Force One, he summed it up for reporters:  “Don’t do stupid s – - t!”   How very presidential!  The only thing missing from that statement was “totally” and “whatever!”

Last week, Obama admitted that he hadn’t developed a policy on ISIS or ISIL in Syria yet, even though Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey said it must be defeated there.  So did Obama take advantage of the long holiday weekend to come up with one?  No.  In true valley girl (I’m privileged and don’t have to work) fashion, he spent his time partying with socialites and high rollers at a series of lavish fundraisers and attended an extravagant wedding.

Obama told his guests at the event in Westchester County, N.Y. “(Like) I promise you (like) things are (totally) much less dangerous now (I’m so sure) than they were 20 years ago, 25 years ago or 30 years ago.(Rad!)”   Nor was Obama the least bit worried about the growing crisis with Russia in the Ukraine.  As if to drive home that point Obama added, “(Like) this is not something that is comparable to the challenges we faced during the Cold War (Duh)!” Read the rest of this entry »

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September 3rd, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Why I left the Democratic Party

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Recently, I received an email from a former television colleague.  I’ll call him Jack (not his real name).  Jack lamented the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and invited me to read and post on his blog.  It had been years since we’ve had any direct contact, but I have great respect for this man.  Therefore, I went to Jack’s blog and began reading.  It sickened me, so much so that I was, for one of the few times in my life, speechless.

It was one of the worst biased political rants I have ever seen.

It began with a personal story.  As a young photographer, Jack covered a race riot in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he discovered that the local police chief had sent officers in blackface to stir up the rioters so he could crack down on them.  After that, the “chief” ran for Congress as a Republican and won.

I don’t doubt Jack’s veracity.  However, it was as if time has stood still for him.  Therefore, he believes all Republicans (and tea party members and other conservative-leaning organizations like the Heritage Foundation) to be racist. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 27th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Suddenly It’s 1964 Again

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Suddenly, it’s 1964 again.  Racial tension is in the air.  Cries of “injustice” and “police brutality” occupy the headlines.  However, the epicenter has moved from Mississippi and Harlem to Ferguson, Missouri, a small municipality which occupies a slice of northeastern St. Louis County.

Unfortunately for the peace-loving citizens in that community, those fanning the flames which have led to the violence are stuck in 1964.  Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and members of the New Black Panther Party have never moved on.  They are  in a time warp.   In fact, their relevance depends on being able to make disadvantaged blacks believe that the system is rigged against them.  That’s how they get their power and earn the money to buy their expensive suits and chauffeur-driven limousines.    Read the rest of this entry »

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August 20th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

A Christian Response to the Border Crisis

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The current crisis at the border due to the influx of thousand of young people and some children has tugged at our heartstrings and rightfully so.

The U.S. is a welcoming country.  We grant permanent legal status to a million applicants a year and temporary visas to countless others as tourists, students or the much abused H-1B program where businesses import workers claiming they can’t find qualified U.S. citizens to fill their job requirements.  In addition, we admit thousands more as refugees fleeing persecution based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.

Despite what you may have heard, the illegals crossing our southern border do not fall into the refugee category.  Most are from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.  The problems in these countries are nothing new.  All of these governments receive aid from the U.S. but they are inept and fraught with corruption. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 13th, 2014 at 5:30 pm


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