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Barack Obama: A man for the ages!

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clip_image001Ann Coulter Follow @AnnCoulter | Wednesday Mar 11, 2015 10:44 PM

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Everyone says President Obama is a feckless commander, weak in statecraft, especially compared to the great leaders of the Western world, such as Reagan and Churchill.

I believe this does Obama a great injustice. It’s so easy to react the way a great leader would. Sure, Obama could have left a small contingent of American troops in Iraq, preserved America’s victory, and prevented the entire region from collapsing into chaos and terror. He could have refrained from issuing empty “red line” threats to Syria. He could call ISIS “Islamic.” But anybody could do that — even ISIS calls itself “Islamic.” (Note for scholars: That’s what the first “I” stands for.)

These are the obvious answers. Obama could do it, too. But let me hasten to add: Those guys — unlike Obama — never won a Nobel Peace Prize. The genius of Obama is that he takes a much more nuanced view of the world.

Rather than lament that Reagan, Churchill and other great men aren’t our leaders in this increasingly dangerous world, we should really be lamenting that Obama wasn’t in charge in their day.

Take Paul Revere. He warned the Minutemen: “The British are coming!”

True, that worked out OK. It got the job done. Revere conveyed the essential information, albeit in a bumper-sticker phrase, susceptible to ugly stereotypes. But what if it had been Barack Revere! Prepare to be dazzled.

If Obama had been able to apply his intricate, coruscating mind to the situation, he might have cried out, as he galloped through the streets that fateful night:

Good evening, everybody! I want to say a few words on a number of topics and take a few questions! First, beginning with the No. 1 thing most Americans care about — the British are — well, it would tempting to say they’re “coming,” but that would be painting with too broad a brush. Is the entire British Empire coming? Is Bombay coming? Bengal? The Turks & Caicos? This is something I just recently heard about on the evening news! The truth is, “We found out that certain forces are marshaling.”

We are not at war with the British Empire. We are at war with people who have perverted the British Empire! Our military action has to be part of a broader, comprehensive strategy to protect America’s working families and strengthen the middle class! And that starts with the Minutemen building on the progress that they’ve made so far and forming an inclusive force that will unite their towns and strengthen their security forces! And I’ve asked Secretary Kerry to continue to build the coalition that’s needed to meet this threat. Which, by the way, is COMING!

See? One could say, “The British are coming,” but Obama’s way is so much better!

Now let’s take Churchill’s much-slobbered-over “fight them on the beaches” peroration, the nub of which was: “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

How would Prime Minister Obama rally the nation?

I put forward in the past an all-of-the-above war strategy, but our war strategy must be about more than just winning one war. And, by the way, it’s certainly got to be about more than just taking one beach. Now, I know there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the proposal to fight on the beaches because any number of natural habitats would be disturbed and permanently endangered if beaches are to be used as a venue for armed conflict. There are, for example, 19 different nesting birds on South Coast beach alone. And the EPA, at my direction, is going through the final stages of evaluating the proposal. That’s how it’s always been done.

But I do want to be clear: Allowing troops to land on beaches and fields and streams requires a finding that doing so would be in the long-term interests of our nation. And our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. The net effects of a beach landing’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward. It’s relevant. And we will not surrender.

Again, we have a choice: A reductive, blood-and-soil harangue, or Obama’s more nuanced appreciation — of the Nazis, yes — but also the costs to a coastal habitat.

Finally, let’s consider Reagan’s exhortation at the Berlin Wall: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Right off the bat you notice there’s nothing at all collaborative in Reagan’s speech, no “join with us in working together to achieve a compromise we can all live with by studying the possibility of removing this wall.”

Obama might have said:

Mr. Gorbachev, this wall has come to assume a certain kind of symbolic significance which should not obscure the fact that it is a much more complicated problem than putting up a fence. Whether these walls and fences are effective is questionable. Our own experience with fences has hardly been a resounding success. Walls are costly to build and costly to maintain. Our country has decided against building a fence on the Mexican border after government reports showed that it would cost $200 trillion to maintain.

What is the long-term impact of these expensive and ineffective border walls? As one of our American poets, Robert Frost, wrote:

Before I built a wall I’d ask to know

What I was walling in or walling out,

And to whom I was like to give offence.

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,

That wants it down.

Again, Reagan got the job done — if by “job,” you mean “contribute to the collapse of communism, thereby destroying the greatest genocidal killing machine in human history.” But we’re talking buzzwords — primitive, Cro-Magnon, base-pleasing, declarative, bumper-sticker nonsense.

Reagan has achieved far too much glory in history for that speech. Sure, Reagan was against the wall. But what was he for?

How much more could have been accomplished if Obama had been there!

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HANG ONE, TO ENCOURAGE THE OTHERS

ANN COULTER LETTER

HANG ONE, TO ENCOURAGE THE OTHERS

Hang one, to encouragethe others

By: Ann Coulter, 10/23/2013 05:53 PM

One of the most effective ways of discouraging people is to make them think there’s absolutely nothing they can do about something, anyway. Thus, liberals have tried to insinuate that Obamacare is impossible to remove, hoping conservatives will despair.

But with only one-half of one branch of government, Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and the House Republicans have made it absolutely clear that Republicans are not giving up on repealing Obamacare. Inasmuch as “bubonic plague” is polling higher than “Obamacare,” I’d say this is a brilliant marketing strategy for the GOP.

Unlike every other idiotic government program ever foisted on us by the Democrats, this time Republicans are not rolling over on this illegitimately passed, disastrous legislation. Give Republicans a veto-proof majority in the Senate, America, and they will rid us of this plague. (Without even charging a co-pay!)

Not only that, but Republicans have exposed Democrats as hypocrites who are forcing the rest of the country to live under Obamacare, while shutting down the government rather than live under it themselves.

With any luck, the Obama-Reid government shutdown — as Sean Hannity calls it — has also impressed upon Republicans the importance of winning elections.

Whatever cavils and objections liberals have to the Republicans’ majority in the House, the Democrats’ Senate majority certainly does not reflect the popular will. At least nine sitting Democratic senators have asterisks by their names, indicating seats given away by Republicans through unforced errors.

The only thing the Democrats’ majority demonstrates is the stunning incompetence, stupidity and malfeasance of the Republican Party.

Here are a few Senate seats recently sacrificed by Republicans.

In 2008, career prosecutors in George W. Bush’s Department of Justice convicted Republican senator Ted Stevens of Alaska for various corruption offenses just weeks before the election. The prosecution was so sleazy that not only was the conviction thrown out, but the indictment was tossed — by Obama’s Justice Department, no less.

Too late! Stevens had already lost his re-election. The winning Democrat will now hold that seat in perpetuity.

If that were ever done to a Democrat, the prosecutors’ names would be known by every American, objects of obloquy worse than “Halliburton.” But there’s no cost to throwing a Republican senator’s election.

That’s one Senate seat.

Also in 2008, Democrats openly stole a Senate election for Al Franken in Minnesota right under the nose of Republican governor Tim “Blood and Guts” Pawlenty. You don’t have to be like the Democrats and steal elections, Republicans, but can you at least stop letting them be stolen?

That’s two Senate seats.

Then there are the races where Republicans were screwed by campaign consultants more interested in being able to buy another vacation home than winning elections.

Republican campaign consultants ran Linda McMahon for the Senate from Connecticut in 2010, and then — to pay off the mortgage — again in 2012.

McMahon is an American patriot who spent a lot of her own money to beat a Democrat. Unfortunately, she never had a chance to win a statewide election in Connecticut, as anyone with half a brain knew. (See my multiple columns screaming this fact from the rooftops before she won the nominations with the help of her high-priced consultants.)

Former congressman Rob Simmons could have won either of those Senate races in Connecticut. He had been elected to the House from a swing district in 2000, beating an incumbent Democrat, then held his seat for six years, losing in 2006 by about three votes. He’s a Haverford College graduate, was an Army colonel who served in Vietnam, worked at the CIA and taught at Yale. That’s a candidate Connecticut soccer moms would love.

But if Simmons had won the nomination, how would Republican campaign consultants be able to retire early? They wanted a money-bags candidate, not a winner.

Running McMahon in Connecticut was not a mistake — it was a betrayal of the Republican Party by political consultants who wanted to line their bank accounts instead of backing a winner.

Republican political consultants did the exact same thing with another great patriot, John Raese, in West Virginia. West Virginians heard Raese had homes in Palm Beach and Telluride and didn’t believe he was one of them. Political consultants heard he had homes in Palm Beach and Telluride and started shopping for Jaguars.

Poor Raese has spent a lot of his own money to lose four statewide elections in conservative West Virginia, including the 2010 and 2012 U.S. Senate elections.

Those races alone amount to at least three and maybe four more Senate seats Republicans should have picked up from Connecticut and West Virginia, but lost for no good reason.

That’s five Senate seats.

I haven’t even gotten to the tea party candidates, and we would already have a U.S. Senate that’s 51-47 Republican, absent Republican traitors, morons and hacks.

No one gets rich by hurting the Democratic Party. But a lot of people get rich off losing races for the Republican Party.

The Republicans’ recent brave fight against Obamacare should make conservatives proud. But you know what would have made it even better? If Republicans had had a majority in the Senate.

In 2014, how about Republicans concentrate on flipping Democratic seats to the GOP in conservative Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia, Montana and Alaska, instead of wasting money and energy purging impure Republicans in safe seats? Can’t we wait until we have a nice big majority to start purging our own incumbents?

Other than Sen. Lindsey Graham — you can purge him. As a character in Voltaire’s “Candide” said, “It is good to hang an admiral from time to time, in order to encourage the others.”

Ann Coulter is the author of the new book, Never Trust a Liberal Over Three – Especially a Republican (Regnery 2013).

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