Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11: Looking Back; Looking Ahead

9/11: Looking Back; Looking Ahead
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
September 11, 2014

On the anniversary of 9-11 we the American people find ourselves in a more precarious state than at any time since Barack Obama took office in 2009. Six years into his administration, there are more threats against American citizens and America as a whole from an increasing number of terrorist groups, more conflagrations around the globe; yet fewer solutions, and less demonstrable strength putting Americans and America in harm’s way.

There is a sad irony that Obama, after months, even more than a year, of dithering, hand wringing, and feigning concern seems to be heading back to Iraq after spending the entire 2012 campaign bragging to anyone who would listen that he ended the war in Iraq.

The irony is that his predecessor in the White House, George W. Bush was prophetic with his words on July 12, 2007. Bush said that leaving Iraq at that juncture would lead to losing Iraq to al-Qaeda and eventually they would confront an enemy more dangerous – enter ISIS/ISIL. (See http://sanfordspeaksout.blogspot.com/2014/09/this-is-war-mr-obama.html “This is War, Mr. Obama”)

Bush led by actually leading, springing into action from day one while the horrific events of September 11, 2001 unfolded as 2,983 innocent people were murdered. Airplanes, hijacked by Muslim terrorists, were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, and a field in Shanksville, PA presumably headed for either the White House or the Capitol Building.

Yet, the fecklessness by which Obama operates has created an environment of many Americans – 45 percent – feeling less safe than before September 11, 2001. Coupled with an approval rating hovering around 30 percent, 60 percent of Americans support military action – air strikes at the very least – against ISIS as a matter of national security. Only 13 percent oppose any military action. Presumably they are spending more time at marijuana dispensaries in Colorado than anywhere else as destroying and eliminating ISIS/ISIL is a no-brainer after the beheadings of two American journalists, as well as the slaughter of countless Christians, children, and even Muslims.

While Americans and the United States as a whole rose like a phoenix under Bush, life under Obama has been a series of mixed messages, vainglorious behavior, and empty rhetoric. Such words were spoken on September 10, as Obama said “If you threaten America you will find no safe haven.” This from the same man who a week prior had no strategy for eviscerating ISIS/ISIL, saying they needed to be degraded and destroyed in one sentence, then said they needed to become a “manageable problem,” mere sentences later in the same speech. ISIS/ISIL is a terror network growing due to their ability to control and sell oil, bringing in millions of dollars. They are a cancer needing to be eradicated, not simply managed like unruly children in a classroom.

Obama appears more concerned about the Iraq-Syria border than the United States-Mexico border. Yet it his laissez-faire, open borders attitude making the latter more porous and of immediate issue to the American people – a people for whom Obama seems to have little regard as the floodgates remain open to any and all who are able to enter – including terrorists of the ISIS/ISIL, al-Qaeda, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood variety. The borders should have been shut down like a maximum security prison, but both Bush and Obama failed miserably on that count for various reasons. (See http://sanfordspeaksout.blogspot.com/2014/06/what-southern-border.html “What Southern Border?”)

Regardless, Obama seems hell-bent on defending Islam, as if the lessons of September 11 were not vivid enough to remain indelibly fixed into his memory. ISIS/ISIL is not Islamic, said Obama, adding that “no religion condones the killing of innocents; ISIL is not a state.” However, it is ISIL itself that takes pride in claiming it is Islamic and on a mission to create a worldwide caliphate. Obama still refuses to call the ongoing strife a war, as if not acknowledging it will somehow make it all go away. The only way for it to disappear is to destroy it wherever it exists – town by town, city by city, and nation by nation.

“Radical Islam is the enemy,” said Lt. Col. Oliver North.

So too is the political correctness that goes out of its way to not profile when profiling is one of the answers needed to limit the odds of the next 9-11. The enemy need only be accurate once, while the powers that be in the United States must be right 100 percent of the time. See also the failures involved in the catastrophe in Benghazi on this the second anniversary of the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Air Force veteran Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. (See http://sanfordspeaksout.blogspot.com/2012/09/obama-finally-calls-terror-attacks.html “Obama Finally Calls Terror Attacks Terror”)

Looking ahead, Obama insists there will be a large coalition of nations to fight ISIS/ISIL, yet to date there are nine countries willing to join the United States. Compare to the 37 nations during the Bush administration aligned to fight the ongoing war on terror. Bush did not mince words and our allies knew where they stood – with the United States because Bush regarded them appropriately. Obama, conversely, has treated allies with disdain and open hostility while literally bowing to our enemies, thus proving he cannot be counted upon during this or a future crisis.

Never forget the real lessons of September 11, 2001. Remain ever vigilant. Teach the children the truth.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

This IS War, Mr. Obama


This IS War, Mr. Obama
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
September 3, 2014

Semantics be damned, Mr. Obama, this is WAR. You and that twit of a spokesperson at the State Department Jen Psaki can tap dance all day long about how you won’t assign labels, but to paraphrase a scene from the hilarious film Blazing Saddles, labels, we don’t need no stinkin’ labels.

ISIS is lopping off heads at a rate faster than you can get back to the golf course after a vacation speech where you feign concern over whatever crisis you are ignoring, Mr. Obama. Yes, Mr., not President, as I respect the office of president far too much to sully it by referring to you in that title. First James Foley, and now Steven Sotloff – American journalists who put themselves in harm’s way to ensure the world knew what dastardly, barbaric deeds the enemies of decency were perpetrating.

And as ISIS continues marching toward its goal of a global Islamic caliphate, you, Mr. Obama continue to dither and stick your finger in the air to determine which way the wind is blowing while fecklessly announcing to the world that “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse, but we don’t have a strategy yet.”

Obama’s idiotic admission to the world brings to mind another brilliant cinematic quote when Vito Corleone told his oldest son, the hotheaded Santino in The Godfather, “Never tell anyone outside the family what you are thinking.” Obama is no Sonny Corleone; sadly, Obama is more reminiscent of Fredo, a useless lounge lizard of a family traitor who can barely accomplish the simplest of tasks. What Obama did accomplish is returning to the golf course and attending numerous fundraisers.

And while Obama continues to glide emotionless through his second term in office, the national leader acting most like an actual world leader is Great Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron raised the terror threat level to “severe,” the second highest in the UK and he returned home from holiday, unlike his American counterpart, who remained on Martha’s Vineyard and did not cut short his vacation.

Cameron then issued a statement about ISIS that did not mince words. We “must confront it [at] home and abroad – and defeat it at its source,” calling Muslim extremism and terrorism a “poisonous ideology pre-dating 9/11.” Its roots even predate the Barbary Wars of 1801-05 during the Jefferson administration and 1815 during the Madison administration, as well as the Crusades spanning the eighth through 15th centuries.

That same day all Obama could muster was his announcement of a need for a strategy. Two weeks later, Obama, while in Estonia, could not even manage to offer a consistent plan within the same speech. First Obama said it was necessary to “degrade and destroy ISIS,” then backtracked mere sentences later indicating the need to make this “a manageable problem.”

Obama called for bringing the ISIS murderers to justice. Justice should be nothing less than a bullet to the head. There is only one way to deal with ISIS, ISIL, Hamas, or any other terrorist outlet, Mr. Obama, and that is to take Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) advice – “Kill them.” US Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) said he will introduce a bill authorizing the use of force.

This is not a partisan issue. Florida Senator Bill Nelson (D) supports giving Obama the tools by which to destroy ISIS and there are strong words from Vice President Joe Biden who said, “We will follow them to the gates of Hell… because Hell is where they will reside.” For once, Joe being Joe is a good thing! Lawmakers are demanding a clearly defined strategy in combating ISIS sooner rather than later.

ISIS is a terrorist organization making al-Qaeda look like a Boy Scout troop. If a hand of peace or friendship is extended to them, they will not only cut it off, but then slap you with the bloody stump. This is not a group with which to negotiate as their end goal is a Muslim caliphate including Sharia Law and hordes of dead Christians, Jews, and other so-called infidels.

Cameron is leading with confidence while Obama isn’t even leading from behind as he oft claims he will do. Obama is not leading, and he is most definitely behind, as this administration has had more than a year to generate a battle strategy. Obama, and by proxy, the United States, is a disrespected laughing stock on the world stage. Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas McInerny said that Obama’s inaction and lack of a clear strategy is “approaching dereliction of duty.”

Where are leaders like Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan? Neither that Democrat nor that Republican would take any crap and were presidents of action.  Action that would restore the United States to its rightful place in the global arena as a leader to be feared and respected as well as one that could be counted upon by its allies in times of distress. We are beyond the point of distress, Mr. Obama. Man up and do your job.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Firestorm in Ferguson

Firestorm in Ferguson
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
August 19, 2014

Shots are fired, a young man is dead, a community reacts in a criminal and emotional manner even before either the body is cold or before any of the facts are known.

Enter Al Sharpton, race-hustler extraordinaire and agitator, to emerge on the scene and make matters worse, not quell the violence, rioting, looting, and overall thugery by criminal opportunists in the name of civil rights and justice.

Prior to casting aspersions, save for the decades-long reputation legitimately earned by Sharpton, cooler heads prevailed in an effort to sift through the chaos, then determine where guilt or innocence lies and how to proceed from there.

What we have here is a classic failure to communicate – where actions clearly have spoken louder than words in the immediacy following the death of 18 year old Michael Brown. Brown has been held up as an innocent victim assassinated because of his color by a racist police force in a town that has endured revolutionary demographic change in the past four decades.

In 1970, the population of Ferguson, MO was 99 percent white and one percent black. Fast forward to 2010, and the black community had grown to reach a majority population of 67 percent, with the white population dropping to 29 percent. During this same period, the Ferguson police department has hardly changed with the times as but three of the 53 members of the force are black.

But in spite of those changes and lack of changes, one of the community’s own, Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol said “It’s not a black or white issue, it’s a community that needs to communicate.” However, it’s hard to communicate when the two sides are speaking different languages.

But as time has passed since the August 9 shooting death of Brown, reality has unfolded – officer Darren Wilson is probably not a racist, but perhaps an overzealous officer; and Brown is not the innocent “gentle giant” as his family described him. Six bullets struck Brown at close range – not in the back as a so-called witness averred, but in the front. Whether Brown was armed or not, his size, six foot-four inches tall and 290 pounds, was certainly imposing enough to warrant fear for the officer’s safety

Regardless of the circumstances behind the shooting of Brown, an adult, not a child as some of his supporters have called him, there was no excuse for the pillaging, plundering, looting, mayhem, and overall destruction of property that has allowed Ferguson to resemble downtown Beirut, Baghdad, or Benghazi.

What goes through the minds of these miscreants that foment this kind of violent behavior – and in their own communities? There is a historic consistency with these kinds of riots perpetuated in the false name of justice – a black man is killed and a feeding frenzy is authored by other black men not actually seeking justice, but seeking merchandise from their own community almost guaranteeing that community a further economic decline. Destruction in less affluent neighborhoods by thugs living in those neighborhoods only makes them less affluent and less of a neighborhood. In some cases businesses are forced to close and/or move leaving the residents with fewer choices and fewer jobs. While these hooligans are not the majority of the black community, they are the faces of that black community seen on worldwide news reports and private video gone viral.

An overwhelming white police department, apparently not adroit enough to combat this brand of domestic terrorism – first came out in force where battle ensued, then they held back, allowing more and more protests to occur, but with fewer arrests. The problem with the paucity of arrests is not the protests, peaceful protest is part of what the United States was founded upon, but the increase in assaults on local businesses – most black owned. Many of those owners arrived at their businesses with employees and/or friends armed to protect what they had worked hard to build and what the police could apparently not protect.

Eventually, Governor Jay Nixon (D) weighed in with calls for calm, yet supportive of peaceful protesting. This was further reiterated by Barack Obama. Neither voice has helped much as community outrage still reigns even following the footage depicting Brown robbing Ferguson Market & Liquor – stealing a box of cigars and roughing up a clerk much smaller than Brown.

The attorneys for the Brown family have described the film footage as an attempt to smear and assassinate Brown’s character. How is that possible? The camera doesn’t lie.

Stepping up attempts to squelch the felonious behavior of the reprobates who have violated the imposed curfew and continued thieving rampages, the National Guard have been marshaled to Ferguson by Nixon. Perhaps they might have a better notion of control over the situation versus the police force from Ferguson at times seeming as inept as that of the fictional Mayberry. In spite of the lack of preparedness of the local police in Ferguson, there is still no excuse for the rampant violence by the protesters – there is juxtaposition between the two situations.

The shooting of Michael Brown must be properly investigated and adjudicated if Wilson used excessive force and he should be held accountable. If not, Wilson should be abrogated of any wrong doing. Regardless of the disposition of any case against Wilson, all those involved with the criminal activities following Brown’s death also need be held accountable regardless of the severity of the violation.

School officials have cancelled classes for the remainder of the week – another mistake in the handling of this ugliness, especially in light of the curfew being lifted. The decisions being made in Ferguson by those in charge seem counterintuitive at best. If anything, Ferguson’s children need to be in school with as normal an existence as possible.

Nearly 50 percent of young black males are unemployed in Ferguson and the contiguous areas. This is a product of a dearth of education, which more often than not is a byproduct of the poor choices made by young people who have little in the way of a home life, often single-parent homes. There is a definite link to the bad behavior perpetrated in Ferguson.

Regardless of the origin of the violence, rioting, and looting, this is the kind of behavior that neither encourages businesses to move to a Ferguson nor promotes job growth, both keys to an economically stable community.

Ignoring or allowing these riots to continue only sends the message that this behavior is acceptable – further sinking the United States into anarchistic chaos and a deeper racial chasm. Having the likes of Al Sharpton present only makes matters worse with his incendiary language as he has made a career of racial strife and animus for decades. Obama did not help the situation with his on the one hand, on the other hand attempt to equate the riots and connected behavior with the shooting of Brown. None of the lawlessness should be tolerated and none of the looting or rioting is defensible.

What are needed are more voices of reason. “The role of Obama should be to condemn the lawbreakers,” said Jason Riley, editorial board member of the Wall Street Journal and author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder For Blacks To Succeed

Additionally, Kevin Jackson, founder of The Black Sphere (www.theblacksphere.net) agreed that Sharpton “does more harm than help and makes matters worse.” Jackson also does not excuse the degenerative behavior of the past week calling for personal responsibility and not the continued violence, theft, and destruction pandemic in far too many black communities.

“I am not going to let the criminals define this community,” said Captain Johnson.

There are no apologies for these statements above of fact and truth that others may deem racist. Problem is, far too many condemn truth as racist when the truth is ugly and painful. Recognize the truth and change the reality to create a new truth and a new dynamic – that of personal responsibility and pride in being able to resolve problems with brains, not belligerence or bellicosity.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Now They're Coming for the Christians

Now They’re Coming for the Christians
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
August 8, 2014

I am not a Christian, but I am emboldened to borrow the famous words of the prominent and self-sacrificing German Protestant minister Martin Niemoller (1892-1984) who endured seven years in Nazi concentration camps Sachsenhausen and Dachau before and during World War II (1937-45).


“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.”


The deafening silence must be broken. Not next month when Congress returns from its five week hiatus from shuffling papers and ignoring the will of the American people. Not in two weeks when Barack Hussein Obama returns from whatever current vacation he is on – so many it’s hard to keep track. Is it Hawaii? Is it Martha’s Vineyard? Either way, the time is now.

Now they are coming for the Christians. The “they” is ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), a Muslim terrorist organization of nothing short of filthy, maniacal, animals hell bent on the slaughter of Christian men, women, and children. ISIS, making al-Qaeda look like Boy Scouts by comparison, is sending notices to Christian communities throughout the Middle East, now currently in Iraq, that they must convert to Islam, flee with nothing more than the clothes on their backs, or die. Children are being beheaded in the ISIS attempt create a Muslim caliphate with the goal to “raise the flag of Mohammad in the White House.”

And yet, the silence remains thanks to feckless leadership, not just coming from Washington, DC, although Obama is certainly the league leader in fecklessness, but what about the leaders of Europe’s major nations, some of which are already being overrun by the Muslim hordes inflicting Sharia Law wherever possible with little resistance. There is talk of air strikes from the United States, but of course there remains the issue of collateral damage in the form of civilians.

The media attempts to run wars, yet are not a part of the Defense Department. Media tries to call the shots by reminding militaries that there are innocent civilians on the ground. No war is perfect or without civilian casualties and it would be foolish to attempt to run a war with that kind of thinking – detrimental to the troops themselves.

But the next burning question must be why is it always incumbent upon the United States of America to fight the world’s battles. Yes, American involvement seems necessary, but where are the British, French, Germans, Italians, and Spanish? How many Americans must die for the world? Where are the voices of British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy?

The European nations should be offering refuge to the thousands upon thousands of Christians literally fleeing for their lives from their homes and homelands while the barbaric horde of Muslim ISIS terrorist murderers attempts global domination and rule under the guise of religion. This from a people claiming theirs is a religion of peace. The same religion of peace burning down ancient churches, slaughtering Coptic Christians and Kurds, not to mention the thousands of Jews already killed in communities that have been free of Jews now for years.

The slaughter will only stop when there is a global commitment to not live in fear of these murdering animals and fight back. Stop them at the borders of each country. The European Union must work in concert to preserve a European Europe for the peaceful coexistence of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and people of other faiths in accordance to the rule of law.

It begins with the end of the spinelessness and cowardice by Obama and European leaders as well as the eradication of those seeking a global caliphate and potential apocalypse.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Israel, Hamas - No Equivalence - Moral or Otherwise

“One does not deal with terrorists; one does not bargain with terrorists; one kills terrorists.” – Rabbi Meir Kahane (1932-90)

Israel, Hamas – No Equivalence – Moral or Otherwise
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
July 29, 2014

I am a Zionist – an unabashed, unequivocal Zionist. That means I support the right of the State of Israel to not only exist, but to zealously defend her borders, her citizens, its way of life and to take any measures necessary to do so.

History, both recent – since the Balfour Declaration November 2, 1917, and Biblical, also supports the right of Israel to exist and fervently defend itself.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ardently stated often that “If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more war. If Israel put down their weapons, there would be no more Israel.”

These are some of the myriad incontrovertible truths that the overwhelming majority of humanity has forgotten – especially Barrack Hussein Obama – never a friend of Israel, as he has said, “Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people.” Obama’s declaration is demonstrative of how obtuse he truly is. After all, how much of a supporter of Israel could Obama be, having called for the return of the Jewish state to its pre-1967 War borders, shrinking its most narrow portion to under eight miles wide? Would Obama accept returning the United States to its pre-Mexican War borders?

To date, nearly 3,000 rockets have been launched from Gaza by the terrorist menace Hamas into Israel and Israel continues to be told by the likes of Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to exercise patience, discretion, and restraint. Eighty percent of Israel is within reach by these rockets, giving 80 percent of the Israeli population under two minutes to reach a bomb shelter. Such calls demonstrate the ignorance of Obama and Kerry, who doubtful would show restraint were a concomitant number of rockets fired into the United States. (Although judging by how Obama is handling the illegal alien crisis on the southern border, I could be wrong.) Does anyone think if 80 percent of the United States was under a constant rocket barrage in New York City, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Denver, Tulsa, San Antonio, among other jurisdictions that it would be taken lightly or with restraint? No way, Jose, nor should it be.

Diplomacy has failed, because the singular goal of Hamas is the destruction of the State of Israel and those who support its existence – not because Israel fires back, as the so-called mainstream media would have the gullible believe.

The cowardly Hamas hides behind its children, preferring to ensure their martyrdom by allowing their deaths – even at their own hands, as hundreds of Hamas’ own rockets are murdering Arab children. Israel has, and this has been their practice for years, given its enemies warnings via leaflets and other media of impending bombings to attempt to spare women and children. Israel does more to protect Arab children then the Arabs themselves.

Ironically, it was in 1967 when Golda Meir, Israeli prime minister 1969-74, said “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”

In Israel, minorities, Arabs, women, and homosexuals have more rights, freedoms, and protections than in any Arab nation. When the State of Israel was founded in May 1948 the hundreds of thousands of Arabs who fled, did so by choice. They were not expelled, threatened with death if they didn’t convert, such which is sadly happening to millions of Christians in Isis-dominated regions of the Middle East, they left under their own volition.

Now, generations later, these so-called refugees, still called that to this day, are in economically depressed circumstances by their own choosing. There are many educated, financially successful Arabs living in Israel. Arabs can even be elected to the Knesset in Israel. Yet, Israel is blamed for the so-called refugees enduring their chosen status. Did Jordan offer refuge? No. Syria? No. Qatar? No. Yemen? No. Iran? No. Kuwait? No. Saudi Arabia? No. Oman? No. Lebanon? No. Iraq? No. Egypt? No. Nor any other Arab/Muslim country, yet Israel is still vilified.

While Israel flourishes and prospers using its resources for good instead of evil, the residents of Gaza flounder as the overwhelming majority of their resources are used for evil rather than good, thanks in large part to Iran and Qatar who gleefully fund Hamas and Gazans.

Five cease fires have been accepted by Israel when they have no obligation to do so, as they are permanently playing defense, only this is no game, but the life and death struggle of a nation the size of New Jersey surrounded on all sides by enemies wishing and fighting for Israel’s destruction. In fact, Hamas violated its own cease fire in an effort to paint a negative picture of Israel by firing on its own children.

Netanyahu smartly stated he would no longer worry about the public relations aspect of the current war started against Israel. The public relations wars can never be won by Israel as they face regular condemnation from the United Nations, the global media, and also the Obama administration and its Democratic apologists like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

There can never be a cease fire as long as Hamas exists. Their mission is the destruction of Israel – even at the expense of its own children. Defeating Hamas is not good enough. In fact, the Hamas mission statement says “Israel will exist, and continue to exist, until Islam obliterates it.” Clearly there is no negotiating with such a terrorist entity calling for global jihad and further promises to kill every Jew in the world.

It is the tunnels that must be obliterated and all aid used for munitions and arms must be halted. For even when Hamas is no more, there will be Isis, the Muslim Brotherhood,  Hezbollah, the next group, and the group after that, all hell bent on the evisceration of Israel, the Jewish people, and Zionists the world over. If J Street in Washington, DC recognizes the need for Israel to zealously defend itself, this should be a no-brainer for the rest of humanity.

The Jewish people went like lambs to the slaughter during the Holocaust and were questioned as to why they didn’t defend themselves. The State of Israel learned from that vital lesson and understands well what former president Ronald Reagan meant by “peace through strength.”

The great rabbi Meir Kahane, of Blessed memory, (1932-90) also understood well the mentality of Israel’s foes. “Above all, it is not decency or goodness of gentleness that impresses the Middle East, but strength.” He further added, what is a fatal flaw of the United States, as the current influx of illegal alien children will prove out, “One of the great problems with Americans is that – being a decent people – they assume that everyone else is equally decent.”

“Israel will take whatever action is necessary to put a stop to these attacks by Hamas. This is not merely our right, it’s also our duty,” declared Netanyahu. Amen, Mr. Prime Minister, Amen.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Sanction Russia Where it Counts - the Wallet

Sanction Russia Where it Counts – the Wallet
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
July 29, 2014

We can rehash Election Day 2012 all day long, and the results, sadly, will remain the same depressing defeat of both Mitt Romney and the American way of life. Yet, Romney knew, as did many of us, then, what Barrack Obama is only first finding out now, no doubt by watching the news, that Russia and Vladimir Putin were and are a force with which to be reckoned.

Romney, in one of the 2012 presidential debates pronounced Russia as the nation about which to be most wary and concerned, even while recognizing the extreme dangers of Iran. Obama not only mocked Romney during the debate, but on a hot microphone gave assurances to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev months earlier that after his reelection he could be more “flexible” where Russia is concerned. It was Romney who declared he was not wearing rose-colored eyeglasses where Russia was concerned.

Fast forward to July 2014 and notice the flexibility of Obama regarding Russia has him looking like a pretzel with his head lodged squarely up his own tuchus.

Empirical evidence has determined Russia’s role in the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 murdering nearly 300 innocent people. The Ukraine is in an increasingly precarious situation with Russia and Putin attempting to rebuild the former Soviet Union and Obama still believes in leading from behind.

The Ukraine is begging for help from the United States – not Europe, even though France, Germany, Great Britain, and Italy are calling for increased measures against Russia. But Obama, in his failure to lead, is feckless on Russia, which clearly has the upper hand in this stage of Cold War II. Obama is a joke, not just where Russia is concerned, but globally, as the enemies of the United States only understands fear, destruction, and death.

Instead of a slap on the wrist, and quite frankly, I don’t see where Russia has even received one of those, a punch in the fat mouth is required. Russia has also violated arms agreements with the United States which have gone unpunished. The Ukraine is suffering because most of Europe lives in fear of losing Russian oil, upon which they are so dependent. This should be a win-win for the United States and its still lagging economy.

Sanctions lacking impact are weak and meaningless. Russia needs to be hit, and hit hard – in its wallet. Shut them down. Cease all business operations with Russia. After all, what does Russia have that we need? More mobsters making The Godfather look like a child’s tea party? More mail order brides to con moronic men out of their money and/or lives for citizenship?

If the United States were not under the thumb of weak leader beholden to the environmental lobby, the Keystone Pipeline would be long underway. There would be drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, other off-shore locales, as well as in ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge). Even the unions, strong supporters of Obama, support the creation of the Keystone Pipeline as it will create thousands of much needed jobs.

With increased drilling for oil in the United States, more jobs are created, less dependence upon foreign oil becomes reality, and more income as well as closer alliances with the countries of Europe currently beholden to Russia for its oil. Once free from the grip of the Russian bear, those countries can also offer a helping hand where the Ukraine is concerned.

Russia must learn they are on the wrong side of the crisis in the Ukraine, and that they stand alone. This can only happen if Obama learns how to lead by actually leading and doing what is best for the United States, its citizenry, and the economy.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Obama's "Show Me the Money" Moment


Obama’s “Show Me the Money” Moment
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
July 11, 2014

Republican presidential candidate Dwight David Eisenhower made the bold pronouncement in his October 25, 1952 speech, that, “I shall go to Korea!” This, of course, was two-plus years into the Korean Conflict that history seems to have lost between WWII and the Cold War.

Eisenhower, one of America’s greatest generals, went on to defeat Adlai Stevenson just 10 days later, on November 4th, in an Electoral College landslide, 442-89, losing only nine southern states. Less than a month later, on December 2, 1952, Eisenhower, maintaining the courage of his convictions, kept his campaign pledge and visited the war-ravaged Korean Peninsula.

On his desk, President Harry Truman, a Democrat, kept a sign reading, “The buck stops here.” Another man who lead by the core of his convictions and followed his principles despite their lack of popularity. Two examples – Truman desegregated the United States armed forces and was the first to recognize the creation of the new nation of Israel. Truman acted in accordance with his beliefs, did the right thing in spite of the high level advice he received to do just the opposite.

On the flip side of these two men behaving both presidentially and responsibly – one a Republican, one a Democrat, is Barack Hussein Obama. This has been his “Show me the money” moment. When asked by Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, to visit the border and assess first-hand the catastrophe created by Obama, in essence, he said “no way, Jose.” When begged by Congressman Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat, to do likewise, Obama could not be bothered to travel the couple hours from the fundraisers he attended. Filling the coffers of so-called party faithful is more important to Obama, claiming he does not do photo ops, than addressing a crisis he created head on. This from the man who never met a camera he didn’t like.

Cuellar, again, a Democrat, was told by the White House to back off and not make any more public pronouncements about the crisis on the southern border of the United States. In an interview with Fox News, Cuellar said he received a phone call from the White House, but added, “I’m more concerned not about who gets angry at me at the White House; I’m more concerned about my constituents.” When queried as to the effect of the White House demands, Cuellar responded, “I’m still talking about it,” adding that if Obama could visit Texas for fundraising purposes, he should do his job and see what his unilateral border policy has wrought.

Adding insult to injury, Obama has time to go drinking and shoot billiards in Colorado, while, once again, fundraising for at least three candidates who deem Obama so toxic, they won’t be seen publicly with him. But he still can’t drag his tuchus to the border.

And while flitting around the country raising money for candidates who don’t deserve to be elected/reelected, Obama is demanding $3.7 billion for his “save the illegals” fund. The breakdown is as follows:
           
            $1.8 billion – Department of Health and Human Services

            $1.1 billion – Department of Homeland Security

            $433 million – Border Protection

            $300 million – State Department

             $64 million – Justice Department

Obama can demand this money all day long, yet it is the Congress, the House of Representatives that must approve this finding request. From where are the offsets coming to turn this into a zero sum gain? Throwing money at this crisis does not solve the problem of securing the southern border – it only further exacerbates the situation.

Most Americans are advocates for LEGAL immigration – provided it is done properly, and there too, changes are necessary. Returning to the immigration policies from the turn of the last century would be ideal. You may apply for entry if you have promise of sponsorship and employment. You may apply for entry if you will take no government funding – such programs didn’t even exist during the great influx of the 1880s to WWI period. You may apply for entry if you are medically cleared by a qualified physician. You may apply for entry if you clear a criminal background check. All who are denied entry are to be photographed and fingerprinted for a national data base. (When the time comes for them to apply for US citizenship, passing a test about US History, the Constitution, and English language literacy should be a must. Three strikes and out –three failing attempts is a ticket back to their country of origin.)

As for the swarm of children teeming our southern border by the thousands, while many may empathize with their plight, they were not required to come here; no one asked them to come to the United States, and the legal taxpayers should not be expected to foot the bill to absorb those who arrive here illegally.

This problem, growing on a daily basis, should have been dealt with head on at the border, not after the illegal entry into this country by thousands and thousands of people. The National Guard should have been mobilized to cover the border from San Diego to Brownsville and deny entry to any and all who have no legal authority to be in the United States. Seems Mexico has an air tight southern border of their own, but their northern border with the US is a veritable sieve.

As for those already here, they need to be returned to their country of origin, and the cost absorbed by those countries. All costs incurred by the United States should be deducted from aid this country already provides that nation. In fact, as long as illegals are continuing to arrive, all business with those countries of origin should be suspended indefinitely. A price tag of $252 per day, per child, is the estimate cost to the United States.

The illegals are a genuine security risk. Because they are here illegally, it is difficult to determine their real identity, ages, level of education, and motivation for coming to the United States. It has been determined that roughly 80 percent of the 16-17 year old males entering the United States illegally of this current throng are of questionable background – lacking English skills, education, having gang tattoos, potentially connected to MS-13, one of the most mercenary and violent gangs in the world. Their presence here is deleterious to the safety of American citizens and legal residents of all ages. This is painfully reminiscent of the 1980 release of thousands of Cuban prisoners who flooded the shores of Florida during the Mariel boatlift, depicted in the opening scenes of 1983 film Scarface.

Also painfully reminiscent of another historical tragedy is the manner in which elected officials and news media are being treated regarding the visitation of these, for lack of a better term, refugee camps. Yes, right here in these United States, refugee camps. Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) was denied access to one such location where illegals are being warehoused in his own state. He was told to make an appointment for three weeks hence while other members of Congress were similarly denied the same access prompting Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to demand access as should be the right of governmental officials.

The aspect of these denials that is reminiscent of history pertains to the Obama administration cherry-picking the Fort Sill, OK location of illegals housed in a refugee-type circumstance. The media has been told this is the one location to which they would have access, but would not be permitted to interact with the illegals, the staff in charge of the facility, members of the border patrol who are serving as intake scribes, or any other personnel involved with this site. On a small scale it reminds one of the so-called model concentration camp Theresienstadt near Prague. This camp had been designed by the Nazis to allow visits by the Red Cross and other international requests for inspection to demonstrate to the world that the Jews were being treated humanely, which of course was a complete fabrication. The Red Cross and others saw what they wanted to see, blindly and blithely turning away from the reality that was the methodical extermination of Jews and their defenders simply for being Jewish.

Make no mistake, this is not to suggest that the illegals housed on American military bases or anywhere else are being treated like the Jewish victims of Nazi slaughter, but the limited access concept is chilling.

Also beyond damning in this entire illegals invading the southern border of the United States, is the call for nearly $2 billion of the $3.7 billion to come from HHS to, among other things, provide medical care for these children here illegally. Not only is it beyond damning, but an outright slap in the face of each and every single member of the United States military waiting for an appointment through the VA system. American soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guardsmen, and reservists are literally dying before getting the medical treatment they deserve. They should be at the front of the line while the illegals should not only not be in line, but they should not even be in this country. Those veterans are being treated so disrespectfully when they have sacrificed both mind and body. Allow them the medical treatment being given to illegals, and return the illegals to their countries of origin where they belong.

The Obama administration may not be guilty of creating the VA crisis; it is most definitely complicit in its perpetuation and worsening, instead of attempting to solve the problem. The same is true of the 2008 legislation signed into law during the George W. Bush administration pertaining to the deportation of unaccompanied minors. The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 was designed “to prevent victims of child trafficking from being automatically sent back to those who had effectively enslaved them, with the court appearance designed to allow the judge to evaluate their particular situation.” (http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/immigration/item/18650-obama-admin-blames-bush-era-law-for-failure-to-deport-illegals)

Clearly the enormous influx of illegals across the southern border is an attempt to exploit the 2008 legislation, which was a bi-partisan measure, partially written by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and introduced by then Senator Joe Biden (D-DE). But the more important issue is allowing these illegals on to American soil, thus giving them the opportunity to lay claim to Wilberforce. If they are turned away at the border before entering the US, Wilberforce does not apply.

Once again, it comes down to Obama’s poor decision making skills or worse yet, his desire to flood the system with those to which he can one day grant amnesty, put on a path to citizenship, and fortify the Democrat’s voter rolls. For Obama to only now, weeks after the fact, consider commissioning the National Guard, is akin to locking the barn door after the horses escaped to Mexico.

This is also yet another sterling example of Obama’s tyranny against the American people, such as thrusting thousands and thousands of illegals onto communities, who were never asked if they could, or would, absorb them at the cost of millions of taxpayer dollars. In his continuing attempt to be the executive branch as well as the legislative branch, employing his pen and phone overtime – he is not doing either job well at all and the American people are suffering because of his whims and desires to work unilaterally often times against the will of the people.

Tyranny is to be met with swift opposition, and as noted in “Needing Independence Day More Than Ever,” (http://sanfordspeaksout.blogspot.com/2014/07/needing-independence-day-more-than-ever.html) a second American Revolution may be on the horizon. Be among the brave new leadership to right the wrongs of this soon to be sinking ship. We the people must save it from itself.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.