Carl Jackson

His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and his ways are higher than our ways. No, I'm not talking about Jesus Christ, but President Obama's perception of himself. The problem with our president is he views restraint as an absolute virtue, and the golf course as his faculty lounge.

The nation was shocked to its core last week as we witnessed the brutal beheading of American photojournalist James Foley at the hand of ISIS. But what followed next left even Liberals like Maureen Dowd of the New York Times (read The Golf Address) with a nasty taste in their mouths. President Obama's tepid response to the murder of James Foley left much to be desired, but his trip to the golf course immediately following his speech garnered criticism from the left that is all too rare.

However, in his defense the president has been consistent. He doesn't see heroism in the traditional sense like most Americans, and he'd rather hear the praise from his friends and fawning supporters than the consultation of his cabinet and military generals. This is nothing new. Although you and I were disappointed at President Obama's pit stop speech on James Foley before heading to the greens you can rest assure he was patting himself on the back for another Academy Award winning performance. We the peons may have wanted to avenge the gruesome death of James Foley, but what do we know? When we played cops and robbers as kids we were dumb enough to believe the robbers were the bad guys. Under President Obama's Justice Department robbers are civil rights heroes.

Rush Limbaugh is right. Obama hasn't checked out, like Karen Carpenter, he's only just begun. JV despots like Obama don't care to compromise, negotiate, or even communicate with Congress - Republican or Democrat. He sees no point in debating with inferior minds. What tyrant do you know of cares to placate to the media when he knows they're at his beckon call? Whatever mishaps he makes now, they'll be sure and revise come election time. Obama's minions are at work in every department of our government. Does it matter how much he golf's, when he knows his subordinates are there to carry out his purposes? He hasn't checked out! When you govern in a quasi dictatorial fashion as he does, others check in!

If you don't believe president Obama views restraint as a moral virtue, take a trip with me down memory lane. President Obama exercised "restraint" with President Bashir Al Assad of Syria when we believed he was gassing his own people. The president went so far as to draw a "red line" in the sand only to practice restraint once it was crossed. In this case however, thank God he was right to dither by sheer accident.

Carl Jackson

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