Jeff Hedgpeth

The Press Practices “Don’t Ask”, and Obama Practices “Don’t Tell”

2010 May 21

I’ve got some news for all those Obama fans out there – the most transparent administration in history ain’t.

Barack Obama has not held a presidential press conference since July 22, 2009, a period of some nine months, and if that weren’t enough, the ironically impaired leader of the free world had the ‘audacity of opacity’ to actually refuse questions after signing the Daniel Pearl Freedom of Press Act into law.

It would be one thing if Obama had never uttered a word about transparency and how transcendently different his presidency was going to be from his predecessors’, particularly that of his immediate predecessor. And it would be another matter if Obama had never raised the specter of a presidency open and bare to the public eye; an administration so pristine that everyone would not only have a chance to see its every move, but would be enthralled by the possibility of witnessing such glorious history in the making. read more…

Democrats or Republicans – Who has the Better Plan for the Midterms?

2010 May 16

Is the GOP still trying to shed the label of “Party of No”? Perhaps the better question is: “should they”?

The Democrats and the Republicans each have a plan for the future of your country, and you have the momentous responsibility this fall to determine the direction this country will take at a time of ideological divisiveness and political peril perhaps not seen in at least a generation. read more…

Will the Police in Arizona “Act Stupidly” and not Allow Latinos to Eat Ice Cream?

2010 May 6

Does President Obama really believe that 30% of the population of the state of Arizona is now afraid to visit ice cream parlors out of fear that a Gestapo-like police force will demand to see their papers?

It would be comical if it weren’t so serious, and if it didn’t involve the nation’s highest ranking law enforcement official showing a blatant disrespect for local police, but Obama’s remarks about Latinos being scared to go to ice cream parlors in Arizona are not comical, they are inflammatory and they are yet another example of fear-mongering from the crowd that decried fear-mongering during the presidency of George W. Bush.

Here is the actual quote from President Obama,

But now suddenly if you don’t have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re going to be harassed, that’s something that could potentially happen.

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Obama, The Left and Their Misplaced Fear

2010 April 30

Apparently, according to the Left, a bunch of middle-aged people dressed up like the Founding Fathers is much scarier than a nuclear Iran.

What kind of politically motivated, Alinsky-style logic overwhelms a political Party that has control of both Houses of Congress and the White House to the point where they are paralyzed with fear over a group of peaceful protestors, and seemingly oblivious to the nuclear threats in North Korea and Iran?

The Alinsky methods that got Obama elected are beginning to make him look strange indeed as a President. Alinsky can help the Have-nots take down the Haves, but once you become the ones in power, Alinsky tactics begin to make you look just a little silly and quite petty.

So how does President Obama react to peaceful protesters exercising their first amendment rights? First, he pretends he doesn’t know they exist, and then he mocks them saying there are “folks out there waving tea bags around”.  When the demonstrators prove to be a more potent political force than he first thought he tells them that instead of protesting the inevitable higher taxes that will come with his preposterous overspending they “should be thanking him” because their taxes are “lower”.

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Obama Needs to Stop Blaming Arizona for the Federal Government’s Failure to Deal with Illegal Immigration

2010 April 25

Is 2006 really that long ago? Have we forgotten everything we learned? Do we no longer remember the McCain-Kennedy immigration legislation?

President Obama seems to have forgotten that America already rose up en masse once within the last decade to thwart the misguided attempts of the federal government to provide what was tantamount to amnesty for illegal aliens while paying only lip service to the issue of border security.

In fairness to the president, he did say that the failure to act in a meaningful way on the federal level with respect to the issue of illegal immigration was at the heart of the issue, but characterizing Arizona’s law as “misguided” and promising to sic the Justice Department on Arizona does not seem at first glance to encourage Arizonans, or Americans in general, to believe that Obama is serious about solving the illegal immigration problem.

It seems instead that the President is interested in currying political favor with a rapidly growing demographic that is critical to the future success of the Democrat Party, but he would do well to keep in mind that the Latino community is not monolithic, and that many in the Latino community are against anything that smacks of amnesty and join their fellow Americans in an increasing fear of the brutal drug-related violence at our Southern border.

To wit, 30% of the population of the state of Arizona claims Hispanic heritage while only 58% of the population is white, and yet 70% of Arizonans approve of the new, strict immigration law SB 1070, which was signed into law by Governor Brewer on Friday.

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The Right Needs to Stop Acting Like the Left if it Wants the High Ground

2010 April 17

Have you ever felt like people meant well, but they just aren’t helping your cause?

I have no desire to attack the Right. If anything, I will do everything in my power to encourage anyone and everyone who is willing to work to replace this sliver of the far-Left that is currently running our country. However, sometimes we have to take stock of ourselves. This is one of those times.

A favorite ploy of the Left is to take things out of context and/or twist them like a pretzel to fit their preconceived ideas. Unfortunately, the Right has been doing way too much of this of late.

A case in point:

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Obama’s Pollyannaish, ‘Buy the World a Coke’ Foreign Policy

2010 April 11

It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Obama doctrine is, “I’m not Bush so please love us.”

The recent brouhaha over comments made by Afghan President Hamid Karzai has created a schism in the Obama Administration over the posture America should take towards the controversial leader going forward. Initially the Administration tried a hard line towards Karzai, and referred to his remarks as “troubling,” but the intransigence of the Afghan leader has lead to a change in strategy.

On “Face the Nation” Sunday Bob Schieffer reported,

“…the Administration has decided now to see if being nicer to Karzai will be more productive.”

The Obama Administration trotted out Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the Sunday shows to signal a marked change in the American demeanor towards Karzai. The new approach is to signal our support and understanding for the troubled leader.

Here we have yet another tenet of the Obama doctrine. It has become sacrosanct with this Administration to fall back, not on strength, but on some naive assumption that we can somehow change the world through an Obama charm offensive.

How to handle Karzai is a dilemma not easily solved, but I think we can be reasonably certain that Obama is not going to tame obstreperous heads of state by buying the world a Coke and hoping they will join hands on a hilltop and sing about peace and harmony.

Marginalize, Marginalize, Marginalize

2010 April 10

After the epic failure of the stimulus package, a year-long obsession with health-care, and a precipitous drop in the polls, the Obama Administration has gone back to its strong suit, namely the use of Alinsky tactics.

Responding to claims he is a socialist, Obama said the following during a recent interview with CBS’ Harry Smith,

“I think that when you listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, it’s pretty apparent, and it’s troublesome.” read more…

Barck Obama – Protecting the World from America

2010 April 9

It always amazes me that people are still surprised when President Obama does or says something like his recent Nuclear Posture Review Report.

It wasn’t hard to figure out what you were getting during the campaign if you were willing to actually listen to Obama, and read between the lines of his political pabulum. All politicians say things to get elected, but the process of running for President of the United States is long and arduous. Granted, the Press gave Obama a freer ride than a teenage boy picking up a scantily-clad female hitchhiker, but all you had to do was pay attention, and you should have known most of what you were getting with Obama.

From the video below,

“We see evil…er…sadly on the streets of our cities.”

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The Obama Doctrine – America’s New Nuclear Posture

2010 April 6

President Obama’s Nuclear Policy Review is a microcosm of a foreign policy that is based on idealism rather than pragmatism.

The President apparently feels that if we can just set the right example our little light will shine so bright that even rogue nations like Iran and North Korea will be compelled to fall in line with the rest of the world. President Obama’s America has a different role in the world. No longer does America stand apart. In the Obama doctrine America is just another nation seeking world cooperation to accomplish her goals.

Such a policy seems clearly naive if not dangerous. Just how dangerous it is to announce that America will not react to crippling threats including biological weapons attacks with a nuclear response is unclear. On its face it seems to invite certain types of attack, but would America truly abide by such capricious, self-imposed rules in an actual crisis? It’s hard to imagine that we would.

So then, what are we left with? It seems that once again the net result of Obama’s new nuclear posture is simply more perception by an already skeptical world that this President places idealism above strength. There is an ever increasing world perception that Obama is weak. This new nuclear posture will only fan such flames. Mr. President, the Ahmadinejads and Kim Jong Ils of the world simply do not respect idealism even if your intentions are laudable.

The Left is Painting the Right as Violent Extremists to Prepare for Amnesty and More of their Radical Agenda

2010 March 26

No violence or racism is acceptable.

With that said, make no mistake, this current fanning of the flames of the so-called uptick in threats of violence from the Right is nothing but an attempt by the Left to use Alinsky tactics to villainize the opposition and paint them all as kooks and violent extremists in an effort to pave the way for the rest of their radical agenda.

Representative Clyburn (D-SC) recently said,

“There’s something else going on here that’s turning up people for other activities down the road. Look we’re going to soon deal with this issue of immigration and I’m afraid that if we don’t tamp down now, that controversial issue, uh, could very well generate something that could lead to some catastrophic events.”

The question is who is preparing the way for what’s coming down the road? It appears that it is the Democrats who are preparing the way for the rest of their radical agenda by trying to paint the Right with the broad brush of extremism.

Immigration is next, and what better way to usher in the debate in a way that favors the Left than to start by making the Right look like a bunch of violent racists before you begin? Saul Alinsky would be proud.

The Sestak Controversy has the Potential to be Obama’s Watergate

2010 March 24

Will we all look back someday and wonder why the nation was so transfixed on Health Care Reform while a scandal was brewing capable of bringing down an Administration? Because the White House continues to avoid questions, there is no way to know at this time.

As I noted in an earlier post, the claims of Representative Joe Sestak against the White House could result in a criminal investigation. Now, Congressman Darrell Issa is suggesting that if the White House continues to stonewall on the matter that,

“If the public doesn’t receive a satisfactory answer, the next step would be to call for a special prosecutor, which is well within the statute.”

This story has the potential to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest story of the Obama Administration, and yet somehow it is flying under the radar at present.

As we all learned during Watergate it is often the cover up and not the actual act that brings down those in the highest offices. The longer the White House stonewalls on the Sestak issue the more likely that, if a scandal is uncovered, it will reach higher and higher in the Obama White House.

If the Obama White House has nothing to hide about Congressman Setak’s allegations then it would be prudent for them to answer now, and not wait for a special prosecutor to find the answers.

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