By Alden L. Benton
The question Ronald Reagan asked in the 1980 presidential debate was “are you better off than you were four years ago?” That question is just as relevant today as the nation suffers under record-high unemployment, high gasoline prices, deficit spending, and a national debt that exceeds our total economic output.
These numbers alone should be enough to throw President Obama out on the street in November with his 75-day eviction notice.
However, after four years of presidential kowtowing and appeasement, the question now is “are you safer today than you were four years ago?”
The Associated Press reported yesterday (Friday), that some 50,000 students and staff were evacuated from the University of Texas at Austin, and another 20,000 from North Dakota State University after both campuses received bomb threats by telephone. In addition, Valparaiso University in Indiana was put on high security alert after a threat of violence was discovered scrawled in some graffiti.
Officials found no explosives and students returned to classes in Texas and North Dakota.
We are not safe.
The global jihad against the United States has not stopped. It has been waiting, planning, and positioning itself for the next round of attacks.
They have begun.
Our government has been asleep at the wheel. There have been numerous reports from myriad sources that plenty of credible information warning of these, and other attacks, was available and ignored.
Deny as they may, as the administration is quite adept at dodging responsibility, the government at the highest levels has failed. Their policies and their actions — failed.
As President Harry Truman once said, “The buck stops here.” He was right. The president is the chief executive and commander-in-chief and as such, the ultimate responsibility for the success, or failure, of government policies or actions rests solely with the president.
Barack Obama refuses to rise to the responsibilities placed upon him by the presidency. A flawed program blows up in his face: blame someone else. A policy fails: blame someone else. Never attend daily security briefings: blame someone else.
The game of blame and dodge and obfuscation is not leadership. In a crisis, the United States needs strong leadership, leadership that is not afraid of trying something new or counter to its ideology. Whether it is raising our economy from the dead or protecting our diplomats from death, Barack Obama has failed.
America will suffer under four more months of Obama’s lack of leadership. We will not survive four more years of it.
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