CHARLOTTE, NC, April 13, 2014 – The television series “Game of Thrones” is back just as President Obama ramps up for his own continuing “Game of Thrones” reality show.
President Obama is once again pushing his ceaseless campaign of creating phony issues to gloss over the scandals that plague his administration both at home and abroad.
This week’s effort is income inequality. A few weeks ago it was the minimum wage. Both sound good on the campaign trail, which is Barack Obama’s primary beaten path when there are other more pressing problems to tackle. It is called “diversion” and the media bites every time. If the president speaks, it is automatically the talking point of the day, whether it is pertinent or not.
Fighting in Syria, Ukraine and Egypt continues to produce massive bloodshed throughout the Middle East, but our Secretary of State is focused on negotiations between Palestine and Israel. It’s the same old tune. Just call it “Kerry-Oke.”
Scandals surround the White House like an invading army; IRS, NSA and Benghazi. To avoid dealing with those issues, however, the Administration puts out noise on issues it says are truly important: equal pay and finding more money for teenagers doing entry level jobs.
Both are non-stories. That does not mean they are not issues of concern or important because they are. It simply means there are other things that should be taking precedence. Those important issues are much more difficult, and would mean Obama would have to focus on something other than his NCAA brackets, his next 30-foot putt or any upcoming taxpayer paid vacation for Michelle and the kids.
Somewhere in the annals of American history there is an unwritten belief that it is every citizen’s duty to respect the office of the presidency. Most of the time that is a good rule, and it should apply regardless of whether you agree with a president’s policies or not.
But there are exceptions to every rule. So the question becomes, why should the American people be required to respect the president when the president, himself, does not respect his office and has total disregard for the people he serves?
If another country was involved in as many programs as detrimental to their economy as the United States has under the current administration, the leader of that country might be defined as an economic terrorist. In this country, where freedom of speech is a First Amendment right, we are no longer allowed to use the word “terrorist” which means that we would have to term our president an “economic workplace violator.”
The Affordable Care Act (ADA), or Obamacare, has dramatically altered one-sixth of the American economy, and, after more than 30 revisions by the king himself, the worst features of the legislation have yet to take effect because there are mid-term election coming in November.
Meanwhile, over five years into this presidency, Americans are still looking for jobs and the nation’s economy contuse to slog along at woeful pace. No matter, when the going gets rough just make up some numbers that sound good, put out a press release with some talking points and send Jay Carney out to tout the news.
The Center of Security Policy of Geneva put out a definition for economic terrorism a few years ago which is “coordinated and sophisticated or massive destabilizing actions in order to disrupt the economic and financial stability of a state, a group of states or a society (such as market oriented western societies) for ideological or religious motives.” Of course, the Center of Security Policy of Geneva was referring to those non-terrorist Islamists who are just as happy to destroy the West economically as they are physically. But why do Islamists even need to bother when they have a willing ally in the White House.?
What about negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program? What about the cutbacks in America’s military capabilities? How about wasting nearly six years working on a healthcare plan that most Americans reject when job creation was one of the most pressing issues, and still is, when Obama took office?
Never mind. We can deal with those back-burner items later. We need to equalize pay and raise the minimum wage.
Barack Obama could not spell the word “respect” during one of his interminable oratorical rants recently. Perhaps that was a metaphor for the manner in which he conducts his presidency.
Let’s hope the Game of Thrones reality show terminates much sooner than the television series. That would be a win-win for us all.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).
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