I’ve avoided writing anything about Barack Obama for some time. He is now purportedly a lame duck, sitting in his last year as President. We shall see.
While Mr. Obama and his fellow Democrats have often led us to believe that the (faux) opposition Republican party has too often lined up against him and frustrated his efforts to fundamentally transform the nation, the Congress and the Courts have in fact given him everything (and every penny) he’s demanded of them. In doing so the GOP-controlled legislature abjectly betrayed, and broke virtually every pre-election promise made to, their constituents – that they would put a stop to this man’s willful, wanton, social, financial, political demolition of this Republic.
The damage he has wrought may well be irreparable.
And he’s a long way from being finished with sticking his finger in our eye.
Thanks to groveling Republicans, led by utterly spineless men like Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and John Boehner before him, there has been absolutely no political opposition to Mr. Obama achieving his ends in the halls of power. Now he’s doing something, and is not doing something else, which I find so offensive and unforgivable, so despicable, that I’ve come back to the keyboard.
This man, who was supposed to be the great Uniter, the Healer, the One who would bring people of all races and creeds together, the man who would take us all above the usual partisan infighting, the man who began his first term in office with a 70% plus approval and support rating, has insulted our allies, supplicated himself before our enemies, switched sides and joined with the jihadist forces which brought down the World Trade Center on 9/11/01, torn America’s race relations asunder to a point where I cannot recall so much black versus white animosity in my lifetime, and openly thrown his support to Islam – the most violent, backward, misogynistic, repressive, theo-political totalitarian system of governance in the history of mankind.
Now, to deliver yet another vicious insult and injury to the nation which put him into office, he turns away from the funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – and announces that he will travel to Cuba – to meet and greet two of the Western Hemisphere’s most loathsome Marxist violators of human rights.
The White House confirmed that President Obama will visit Cuba on March 21 and 22 “to build on the progress we have made toward normalization of relations with Cuba” — drawing outrage from congressional human-rights activists.
Press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement this morning that Obama’s visit will focus on “advancing commercial and people-to-people ties that can improve the well-being of the Cuban people, and expressing our support for human rights.”
“In addition to holding a bilateral meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro, President Obama will engage with members of civil society, entrepreneurs and Cubans from different walks of life,” Earnest said. “This historic visit – the first by a sitting U.S. president in nearly 90 years – is another demonstration of the president’s commitment to chart a new course for U.S.-Cuban relations and connect U.S. and Cuban citizens through expanded travel, commerce, and access to information.”
From there, Obama will travel to Argentina to meet with new President Mauricio Macri to “deepen efforts to increase cooperation between our governments in a range of areas, including trade and investment, renewable energy and climate change, and citizen security.”
“It has been nearly two decades since the last bilaterally focused visit by a U.S. president to Argentina, Latin America’s third largest country,” Earnest added.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa whose family escaped Cuba when she was a little girl, called it “absolutely shameful that Obama is rewarding the Castros with a visit to Cuba by a sitting American president since their reign of terror began.”
“For more than 50 years Cubans have been fleeing the Castro regime yet the country which grants them refuge, the United States, has now decided to quite literally embrace their oppressors,” Ros-Lehtinen said late Wednesday. “There has been no progress in regards to human rights on the Castro brothers’ island gulag nor have conditions in Cuba improved since this administration began providing the regime with concession after concession. A visit by President Obama more than one year after his unilateral concessions to the regime will only legitimize the Castros’ repressive behavior.”
“It is a slap in the face to the memory of the Brothers to the Rescue pilots, three U.S. citizens and one U.S. resident, who were murdered by the Castro regime and those who have fled the Castro’s oppression to see Air Force One land in Havana,” she continued. “Instead of standing up for pro-democracy leaders like Las Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White), Jorge Luis Garcia Perez ‘Antunez,’ and others, the Obama administration has decided to cater to aging autocrats who rule by denying Cubans their basic human rights.”…
Read all of it, if you have the stomach.