H/T to Mark Levin for alerting me to this initially and the blog Innocent Bystanders for reminding me to get blogging about this.
I think one of the most basic things we ought to expect from those who govern us is the ability to think intelligently. I’m not asking for an Einstein, but someone who can read a map would be nice. Behold:
And, I agree with Michael at Innocent Bystanders. This sounds like a very spirited debate, if by “spirited”, you mean “retarded” (with apologies to Sarah Palin).
For Peggy West, a map:
Image courtesy of Merriam-Webster.
See that dark area directly beneath the whitish area? The one that says “Mexico”? Yeah, Peggy, that’s not a state.
Folks, if you’re going to criticize the state of Arizona for its immigration law, at least be able to locate it on a map and understand that it is, in fact, a border state, you know, where the immigration debate is more than an academic discussion. I’d also recommend reading the bill, which, I suspect, Mrs. West hasn’t done either. And no, just because Janet Napolitano hasn’t read it doesn’t give you a pass either. It’s just 17 pages. I read it in about an hour. You can, too.
This was originally posted on my diary at RedState here.
I divide my time between Georgia’s 13th district and its 12th district, depending on whether I’m at home or in college. Unfortunately, I’m represented by Democrats, David Scott and John Barrow, respectively, in both districts. Since I’m registered to vote in the 12th district, I’ve been doing what I can to help the Republicans oust Barrow.
Courtesy of NationalAtlas.gov.
Courtesy of Smitty over at The Other McCain, we have this sobering chart from Americans for Prosperity chronicling 14 months of Constitutional Demolition.
A depressing read? Yeah, it sure is, and the trend towards an autocratic executive is very apparent through this chart. Congress opposes my will? Fine, who needs them?
H/T to this tweet byBen Domenech for alerting me to it.
A while back I did a post on the “Beer Summit” highlighting Obama’s lack of concern for those around him. The picture from Ben Domenech’s tweet reminded me of that. Take a look at it:
The man comforting the child is Harold Ford, a man who unsuccessfully sought Bill Frist’s old Senate seat in Tennessee back in 2006 (he lost to Bob Corker, for the record), and he’s trying to primary Hillary Clinton’s replacement in New York, Kirsten Gillibrand.
Obama, meanwhile, is minding his own business in the background looking off into the distance somewhere seemingly unaware of what’s happening in front of him.
Looking at that picture, I couldn’t help but think about how President Bush might have reacted in this situation, and how different the two men are.
So, then, how would Bush have reacted? There is ample evidence from which to judge. Perhaps most notable is this one image:
In a moment largely unnoticed by the throngs of people in Lebanon waiting for autographs from the president of the United States, George W. Bush stopped to hold a teenager’s head close to his heart.
Lynn Faulkner, his daughter, Ashley, and their neighbor, Linda Prince, eagerly waited to shake the president’s hand Tuesday at the Golden Lamb Inn. He worked the line at a steady campaign pace, smiling, nodding and signing autographs until Prince spoke:
“This girl lost her mom in the World Trade Center on 9-11.”
Bush stopped and turned back.
“He changed from being the leader of the free world to being a father, a husband and a man,” Faulkner said. “He looked right at her and said, ‘How are you doing?’ He reached out with his hand and pulled her into his chest.”
Faulkner snapped one frame with his camera.
“I could hear her say, ‘I’m OK,’ ” he said. “That’s more emotion than she has shown in 21/2 years. Then he said, ‘I can see you have a father who loves you very much.’ “
“And I said, ‘I do, Mr. President, but I miss her mother every day.’ It was a special moment.”
Ron Boat has this picture posted on his Facebook and had this to say as the caption:
From Ron Boat: In contrast to our current insensitive, politically opportunistic pres, people i know who know Bushs 41 & 43 say the family is truly caring and concerned. Even the Friday of Ft. Hood, Pres and Mrs Bush secretly went to the hospital to see the wounded and INSISTED that the press not know or tell anyone. Only the week after did the word leak out they went to show their concern. What a difference a year makes. I needed to add this: From Valerie Geibel-Wells “I am from the area (this was at a rally in Lebanon, OH) and know this family. Her mother was lost in 9.11 and was a wonderful humanitarian. They never found her remains and the girl was devastated – this was honest compassion from the leader of the free world who as he walked by her someone yelled to him “she lost her mother in the Trade Centers… See More” and he stopped and turned around and came back and hugged this girl for what seemed an eternity – something we don’t get now. He is true to America and never put us down.” Thanks Valerie. (Thanks for posting this Ron!)
Looking at these pictures, with the one of Sgt. Crowley I discussed earlier, and comparing them, I can only come to the conclusion that he just doesn’t care.
It’s not a conclusion I want to make about the leader of the free world, but it’s what I see when I look at these pictures.
He. Just. Doesn’t. Care.
EDIT: I’d like to point out that even Bill Clinton, Obama’s most recent Democratic predecessor, didn’t have such a tin ear. He wouldn’t have been so uncaring, and he certainly wouldn’t have let such a moment slip past him. After all, remember he feels your pain.
So, let it sink in…
He. Just. Doesn’t. Care.