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Betty Arenson: Citizens are not safe in this country

Posted: July 25, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 25, 2014 2:00 a.m.

A country and its citizens are not safe when the country lacks leadership. When that lack is repeatedly punctuated with one scandal and crisis after another, there is valid reason for grave concern.

The magnitude of incompetence of this administration is nearly impossible to comprehend. When calculating the events facing us today, it’s astonishing to see such disheartening and frightening enumeration.

Obama supporters will view it as unfair, unimportant or simply untrue. That kind of mind-set is one basic reason why the list is becoming a scroll.

The tally is not intended to be trite and the content is undeniable:

  •  The nation’s highest law-enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder, unashamedly announces he will follow only the laws he agrees with;
  •  Holder’s Fast and Furious gun-running operation carelessly supplied weapons to deadly hoodlums whereby at least two Americans were murdered;
  •  Obamacare’s massive health care destruction;
  •  Benghazi murders;
  •  NSA spying making enemies around the world (Germany) and heightening American citizen’s distrust of their government;
  •  The IRS’s continuous stacking of scandal upon scandal;
  •  The Veterans Administration “cooking the books,” resulting in a threatening lack of medical care and, worse, deaths;
  •  The Syrian gas murders with the “red line” wimp-out;
  •  Russia’s brazen takeover of the Ukraine;
  •  The bartering of (arguably) military deserter Bowe Bergdahl for five proven dangerous terrorists who now roam free to execute further mass-murder plans;
  •  President Obama’s’ repeat dance on Putin’s puppet strings on the Malaysian airliner blown out of the sky;
  •  Obama’s similar dance with Iran’s leaders; we unfreeze their assets and they continue their nuclear enrichments;
  •  Iraq is past simmer and onto boil due to bad planning;
  •  This administration has told the world it is downsizing and weakening our military when we are living in the most dangerous time most of us can recall;
  •  American citizens are protesting in the streets to save their communities, absent legal protection they are owed under the U.S. Constitution and our land of laws, while Obama unapologetically and frequently attends fundraisers with the “1 percent” he professes to despise;
  •  Tens of thousands of illegal people are flooding across our southern border, unfettered, while U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi agonizes in a Mexican jail with zero rights;
  •  This administration’s support of Israel is at whisper level with hollow words calling for the warring to stop.

Tiny Israel is alone in its fight for its life, literally, while universal media propaganda erroneously sides with the Palestinians who are clear the only resolution they seek is having every Israeli wiped off the face of the Earth.

It is staggering to watch this nation’s’ elected leader show up as a Johnny-come-lately to powerful and crucial events.

The usual headline is that he is “outraged”; he will investigate to get to the bottom of it and will hold someone accountable, therefore he cannot pass judgment at the early stages.

However, he easily abandons that stance when convenient.

He did so in 2009 when he swiftly accused the Cambridge, Massachusetts, police of “acting stupidly” and pointedly referenced racism in the arrest of his insolent friend, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., and again in the Trayvon Martin case.

Not one topic has been thoroughly investigated, let alone resolved — there isn’t even a hint of one solution but for the common call for more money.

That call then circles back as “I-would-if-I-could, but those heartless Republicans in Congress won’t give me the funding, therefore it is not my fault or the fault of Democrats.”

Any claim of phony scandals is worse than disingenuous.

It is the Left’s way of dismissing anything and everything that looks bad for them.

Their lack of concern, including for their own, appears as if they see themselves living in a perceived Candy Land where none of the aforementioned situations will ever reach their doorsteps.

We don’t hear of any of them losing their preferred health plans, or their doctors of choice; nor do we see San Francisco, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Malibu, etc., welcoming busloads of illegal immigrants of all ages with a mixture of gang members and disease-ridden, frightened children.

Why are Republicans defined as hating children and breaking up families to send illegal immigrants back to their origins, when now we are told America must admit children because (1) their parents have broken up their own families to send their kids here or (2) their separated families are already here and they must be reunited?

We have two and a half years to go with no leadership in sight.

Betty Arenson is a Valencia resident and has lived in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1968. She is active in a local Republican club. “Right Here, Right Now” appears Fridays in The Signal and rotates among Santa Clarita Valley Republicans.



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