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Betty Arenson: We're all just kids in foster care

Posted: June 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.

"The president of the United States is, you know, our boss. But he is also, you know, the president, and he and the first lady are kinda like the mom and dad of the country ... and when your Dad says something, you listen."

— Chris Rock on Capitol Hill Feb. 6, 2013.

That’s the Chris Rock famous for his profanity-laced comedy versus ever being mistaken for a sage.

Following his tenet of Obama being dad, America would be Obama’s house and citizens are the the kids. All things considered, its easy to see how Rock arrived at his belief.

Our "home’s" first big change was being force-fed the cooked spinach called Obamacare. Dad said it’s good for us.

We’re now gagging on it.

It was one of the ingredients to marinate America in a nanny nation formula with eschewed ideas that people are owed happiness with all things readily provided like a home, food, health insurance, etc., and 26-year-olds are considered dependent children.

We were to feel secure when Dad and the hired help read us the fairy tale about a video to lull us into a sleepy detraction from the violent nightmare called Benghazi.

We know the mammoth monster called the IRS looks out for us by targeting people they judge inferior so the kids can be protected from the woes of the those the bullies deem inferior.

As for supervising the household, the NSA is doing a great job. We know they are watching, recording and cataloging our every move for arbitrary review at any chosen time by any host of caretakers. It is all for our own protection.

Enough of Wonderland.

Adults who survive the brainwashing know that a president is elected to be a leader, hopefully equipped with sapience and prudence, who will make decisions with one goal: placing the best interests of worthy, commendable Americans first and foremost.

High on the list is security, but recent events show us that lack of a shield is palatable on multiple levels.

Americans are aware and fearful of threats from the outside, but we’ve been smacked with proof of the dangers within; from our own government.

For those of us who were taught and believed that America is a government of the people, by the people and for the people, we now see ourselves as naive.

It would be laborious to cite the details of each of the numerous existing scandals/ However, the continuing accumulation is notable and frightening.

Obama is commander-in-chief of the mightiest country on the planet. It is preposterous to think he couldn’t have real and precise answers in short order if such were demanded about any event.

Six weeks ago, Obama promised to get to the bottom of the IRS’s "outrageous" acts. He has failed. The IRS is so woeful it has scandals within scandals.

Stay tuned.

By extension, knowing the IRS’s indiscriminate divulgence of private information of individuals and groups it disagrees with, the recent disclosure of the NSA’s data-mining, collection and storage of every move citizens make is extremely troubling.

Many were OK with the original Patriot Act after experiencing 9/11, but now Obama admits he enhanced its parameters.

While the activities are purportedly for the sake of our security, we cannot naively think that this data will not be used against somebody in the future for any select nefarious purpose.

The overt, unpunished and harmful actions of several unaccountable government employees prove we cannot trust them.

We are a country of citizens subjected to an out-of-control government, and no one is acting as a competent head of household.

President Obama does not come before the American people and answer questions. Rare responses are paltry and hollow and never followed up with actions of leadership.

It’s very disturbing to learn from Obama that he hears of the scandals and illegalities at the same time we do on the six o’clock news.

If President Obama is watching television to find out what’s happening in his "home" called America, then who’s running the country?

Sen. Barack Obama was well-known for voting "present." He isn’t even doing that as president.

In Chris Rock’s world, that makes us a bunch of kids in foster care.

Betty Arenson is a Valencia resident. "Right Here, Right Now" runs Fridays in The Signal.


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