Quotes of the day

posted at 10:43 pm on January 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

“The president began with a moving tribute to the armed forces and their accomplishments. But as he has done many times now, he celebrated martial virtues not to rally support for the military, but to cover himself in glory — he killed Osama bin Laden! — and to convince the American people that they should fall in line and march in lockstep

“It’s far worse than anything George W. Bush, the supposed warmonger, ever said. Bush, the alleged fascist, didn’t want to militarize our free country; he tried to use our military to make militarized countries free…

“Of course, Obama’s militaristic fantasizing isn’t new. Ever since William James coined the phrase ‘the moral equivalent of war,’ liberalism has been obsessed with finding ways to mobilize civilian life with the efficiency and conformity of military life…

“This is why Obama’s administration believes a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. This is why Obama has been prattling about ‘Sputnik moments’ and sighing over his envy of China and its rulers. This is why his spinners endeavored to translate the death of bin Laden as some sort of vindication of his domestic agenda: because he cannot lead a free people where he thinks they should go.”

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“Well, let’s think about an America that looked more like the military. That America would have a culture that’s at times tough and even harsh. It would have a mode of organization that’s strictly hierarchical and at times unforgiving. It would feature a regimen that weeds out those not up to the task and subordinate individual comfort to the achievement of a difficult mission. But that isn’t the America Obama wants to bring within reach. That isn’t the kind of America Obama’s policies seek to produce. Obama’s America is soft, understanding, forgiving, and entitled. But that America doesn’t work so well, or sell so well, anymore. So now Obama pretends his America is the troops’ America.

“Near the end of his speech, the president claimed that ‘Those of us who’ve been sent here to serve can learn from the service of our troops.’ What can we learn? That ”when you put on that uniform, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white; Asian or Latino; conservative or liberal; rich or poor; gay or straight. When you’re marching into battle, you look out for the person next to you, or the mission fails.” What Obama doesn’t say is this: It’s not just that you look out for the person next to you, or the mission fails. It’s also that you endure tough and demanding training, or the mission fails. You subordinate your own wishes, or the mission fails. You wash out many of those who wish to serve, or the mission fails. You insist on fitness and discipline and good character, or the mission fails. You do away with any sense of entitlement, or the mission fails. But Obama isn’t interested in the truth about why a mission succeeds or fails. He’s interested in using the prestige of the military to justify the nanny state.”

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“The military works as well as it does because it’s made up of volunteers who have sacrificed a great deal of their liberty. America works as well as it does because it’s made of citizens who jealously guard their liberty.

“A Navy SEAL team is highly trained to apply controlled violence to further our national security interests as determined by our political leaders, who in turn answer to their constituents. To envision a society that runs like a SEAL team, simply working together, eschewing politics, serving the goals prescribed from the Commander-in-Chief, is to envision a society where the constituents have been taken out of the equation — an undemocratic society that would be unworthy of the SEALs’ protection.

“Obama’s rhetoric is all cant, of course; he doesn’t really believe that Congress is going to simply follow his orders. Taken seriously, though, it’s rather chilling.”

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“You know what Navy SEAL teams don’t have? Unions! Specifically, adversarial Wagner Act unions. The whole point of Wagner Act unionism is to formalize a distinction between ‘management’ and ‘labor’ and set them to work obsessing over their differences.

“Or did I miss the part where the pilots who landed the helicopters on the Bin Laden mission had staged a pre-raid job action because they were expected to inspect their choppers afterwards, violating a work rule they’d negotiated 15 years earlier?”

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Notice how he’s doing that: using “medical care” and “health care needs” of veterans as a method to hook dependents. Obama is an old time exploitative hustler on with him, he’s hustling a nation toward a Marxist re-do.

Lourdes on January 28, 2012 at 8:00 AM

He sickens me, and sometimes it terrifies me, that I could feel such hatred toward one person.

Flora Duh on January 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM

At least seeing this contrast between a Palin thread about nothing and an Obama thread about destroying America allows us all to see what really matters to people representative of conservatism.

And we wonder why the GOP is terminally boned.

Spliff Menendez on January 28, 2012 at 8:33 AM

My husband who is a Vietnam Vet, and 2 of my nephews who are Desert Storm Vets, see right through them.

Flora Duh on January 28, 2012 at 8:18 AM

That’s good.

Night Owl on January 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

At least seeing this contrast between a Palin thread about nothing and an Obama thread about destroying America allows us all to see what really matters to people representative of conservatism.

And we wonder why the GOP is terminally boned.

Spliff Menendez on January 28, 2012 at 8:33 AM

You are so right. That’s what had me down first thing this morning. There were over a thousand comments over there, and like 72 here.

Night Owl on January 28, 2012 at 8:51 AM

The military has become nothing more than another one of Obama’s political tools and that’s sad.

rplat on January 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM

t least seeing this contrast between a Palin thread about nothing and an Obama thread about destroying America allows us all to see what really matters to people representative of conservatism.

And we wonder why the GOP is terminally boned.

Spliff Menendez on January 28, 2012 at 8:33

Because Palin just won’t acknowledge her place. Funny how much hatred is aimed at that woman. Especially since those who scream the most about her, are the first to say her voice/opinions don’t matter.

DStreete on January 28, 2012 at 9:10 AM

OT – Went to my local bookstore and they did not have Jan Brewer’s book Scorpions for Breakfast in stock. So, I ordered it on Amazon this morning. “Usually ships within 7 to 13 days.” Hmmm… must be on back-order. :)

Fallon on January 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

From the guy who did not want his photo taken with the military…

Quote from the National Review article:

What I can’t forgive, however, is the way he tries to pass off his ideal of an America where everyone marches as one as a better America. It wouldn’t be America at all.

North Korea maybe…

albill on January 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM

North Korea maybe…

albill on January 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Obama’s favorite uncle, Frank, would be sooo proud.

coldwarrior on January 28, 2012 at 10:12 AM

“Uh, and you can pick up your brown shirt, uh, on the way out da door”. “Uh, one size fits all.” “Did I mention that, uh, we lead the da worl in, uh, battery makin’.” “Somebody been messin’ with my totus again?”
I don’t look good in brown, and this is not a one size fits all country. The only thing we lead the world in is stupidity for allowing this takeover of our country.

Kissmygrits on January 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM

I think we may finally know what that book Hugo Chavez gave to Obama was all about.

Dictating for Dummies.

coldwarrior on January 28, 2012 at 10:23 AM

What is going on? Why is Sec. Panetta being so specific about who “helped” with finding Bin Laden?

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Dr. Shikal Afridi faces the death penalty under Pakistani law for his aiding a foreign power or some such drivel. If nobody in the West hears about Dr. Afridi, then he will go to the gallows without so much as an obit blurb in the classifieds, on page 37, below the fold. If more people come to understand what Afridi did and how vital it was to targeting and killing that Osama scum, perhaps we can keep him alive, maybe PL110 him to the States.

coldwarrior on January 28, 2012 at 10:33 AM

coldwarrior on January 28, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Thanks, I knew there had to be a reason, it seemed too random. I guess by lumping the doctor in with “officials in Pakistan” that knew of Bin Laden it cast doubt on more people. Would the Pakistani people care if their government knew Bin Laden was there? Would they expect him to be protected or is it a mixed bag?

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM

While I was surfing through the channels last night, I came upon RT (Russia Today) going on about how Judicial Watch was trying to get photos of the UBL raid released.
RT’s view was that there really was “no proof” that the raid had actually gone down (except for the crashed-exploded remains of a helicopter).

RT referred to it as yet another example of Obama’s life for which there really isn’t any proof that it ever happened the way he said it did.

If for argument sake, you assume that UBL wasn’t in Abbottabad that fateful night, you are left with President “Gutsy Call” sending in folks for a failed crash mission. Wow! Now that is pretty scary.

Now ask yourself, what proof of death do we have for UBL ?

J_Crater on January 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Lourdes on January 28, 2012 at 8:00 AM

He sickens me, and sometimes it terrifies me, that I could feel such hatred toward one person.

Flora Duh on January 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM

You’re not alone.

What I feel about Barack Obama is something between disgust and loathing. I wouldn’t call it “hate” but I respect your honesty as to describing your feelings there. Obama is loathesome, truly, a repulsive human being.

Lourdes on January 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM

At least seeing this contrast between a Palin thread about nothing and an Obama thread about destroying America allows us all to see what really matters to people representative of conservatism.

And we wonder why the GOP is terminally boned.

Spliff Menendez on January 28, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Yes, well said. A really startling representation of where we are as a civilization: over there, vainful defense of idol worship vs. over here, pained expressions about horrifying maligning of this nation by counter-interests in high places.

Lourdes on January 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Spliff Menendez on January 28, 2012 at 8:33

Because Palin just won’t acknowledge her place. Funny how much hatred is aimed at that woman….

DStreete on January 28, 2012 at 9:10 AM

At DStreete: can you please just knock all that female-drama-victimology-projection-of-being-unfair-to-Palin stuff off for just one day? Just one day, one thread?

A lot of people would appreciate it. Those of you who are obsessed about that one person, who happens to be female, go ahead, live your lives with your obsessions but please try to frame your discussions about it in consideration for the general public, who is pretty gracious at this rate not to simply tell you to shut the pie hole, which I didn’t.

You project a great deal of “suffering” onto Palin, she uses it to her own advantage, you both/you all prosper on the time and patience of others. She’s not all that, except in some people’s imaginations.

Lourdes on January 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Now ask yourself, what proof of death do we have for UBL ?

J_Crater on January 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

It works toward Russia’s advantage to keep the audience confused. We’ve been told there were witnesses to the event in our military, so for now, I take that as substantiation enough. I realize there’s room to doubt, to question, but at this rate, I’m going to rely on the military’s story about UBL’s demise. Faith.

Lourdes on January 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM

…Although I do have a nephew who is currently serving in Afghanistan who tells me that he and his buddies can’t stand Obama because they can see how he’s using the military to score political points.

(…)

My husband who is a Vietnam Vet, and 2 of my nephews who are Desert Storm Vets, see right through them.

Flora Duh on January 28, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Good on both fronts, there. I’m guessing there are far more who feel likewise than let on they do — it’s a case of treading water and waiting for this nightmare to end, or for the “systematic” process to bring about the end, as in, voting.

An elderly friend of mine — old Army guy but still quite active at an advanced age — is really proud of how a Democrat he is and how his family “has been” for “generations” and he even voiced intuitive misgivings about Obama before last election. Serious misgivings. Claimed to me then that “we can’t let this guy get elected.”

So people see, people recognize, understand. I think much of the nation is just trying to remain civil and get through this, then the moment to change it.

Lourdes on January 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Lourdes on January 28, 2012 at 8:00 AM

He sickens me, and sometimes it terrifies me, that I could feel such hatred toward one person.

Flora Duh on January 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM

You’re not alone.

What I feel about Barack Obama is something between disgust and loathing. I wouldn’t call it “hate” but I respect your honesty as to describing your feelings there. Obama is loathesome, truly, a repulsive human being.

Lourdes on January 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I’ve tried all my life to never hate anyone, but I failed. Obama made me hate. For that I hate him even more.

tinkerthinker on January 28, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Lourdes on January 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Has absolutely nothing to do with Palin being a female. And in the short while I’ve been here, this is the first time I mentioned her name. Her place, according to her many detractors, is in Alaska, with her mouth shut. Or have you not noticed any of the articles about her here?

Maybe you should check your assumptions…..

I don’t know where you get this “everyday” thing. My job keeps me pretty busy, and I’m lucky to post here once a week.

Shut my piehole indeed…..Sheesh.

DStreete on January 28, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Lourdes on January 28, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Flora Duh on January 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM

You’re not alone….

Lourdes on January 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM

+1m
Thank you.
I could not possibly describe this on my own.

askwhatif on January 28, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Only Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me. The blunt poetry of his words. His unadorned insistence on respect. He promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline.

– Barack Hussein Obama

…and just when I think my heart can’t take any more…THIS!!

askwhatif on January 28, 2012 at 2:38 PM

you people can not or will not comprehend that I am the…fouth best FOULEST president….EVAH!

RAGIN CAJUN on January 27, 2012 at 11:05 PM

…let me be clear…FIFM

askwhatif on January 28, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Lourdes on January 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

The only mention of her gender was to identify the person. She and her. It would be pretty damn stupid to call Palin him and “that man”

I’ve maybe posted a dozen times since I registered here. And the post you threw a fit on? Was just me making an observation……get over it.

DStreete on January 28, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Obummer is hated by the military. He can forget about getting any of their votes except maybe votes from blacks.

sherrimae on January 29, 2012 at 1:27 AM

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