Back in the heyday of the circus, when something untoward took place within one of the rings, or within view of the audience, something that was best unseen by the paying public, the ringmaster would shout: "Send in the clowns." The antics of the clowns served as a way to direct the attention of the audience away from the bad scene until whatever the problem was was cleared up.
An astute observer, however, would know that when the clowns suddenly appeared out of place in the program format, something which was not a part of the program was occurring.
I thought of that as I watched and read of Mr. Putin referring to Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry as "pranksters." It's just another word for a "joker," a clown.
I have to thank Mr. Putin for finally saying out loud what we have been telling folks for years now, that much of the world views Mr. Obama as a joke.
We should note also that Israel's Defense Minister, Moshe Ya'alon, has Mr. Kerry's number as well. "On Monday, Ya'alon attacked the United States for failing to lead the campaign against Iran. “But at some stage the United States entered into negotiations with them, and unhappily, when it comes to negotiating at a Persian bazaar, the Iranians were better,” said Ya’alon, speaking during an event at Tel Aviv University, as reported by Haaretz.
At one point, the defense minister had said: "Look what’s happening in Ukraine, where the United States is demonstrating weakness, unfortunately.”
Of course, our thin skinned Mr. Kerry is demanding an apology from Ya’alon. And get this: Kerry did not call Ya'alon. No he called Ya'alon's boss, Bibi Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, to complain. That act alone should tell you everything you need to know about Mr. Kerry's attitude -- and -- should go a very long way in explaining how the US continues to get the dirty end of the stick in international negotiations.
You can read the entire article here: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.580796
This story just underlines the fact that Obama and his minions may be able, on occasion, to dish it out, but they sure as heck can't take it!
Somehow, I get a vivid picture in my mind of the ring master, Mr. Obama, bathed in the glareof a spotlight, in the center ring, wearing his silk top hat, red swallow-tailed coat, jodhpur breeches, and shiny black patent leather knee boots, holding a coiled bull whip and shouting to some of the lesser lights around him to: "Send in the clowns!"
Let's face it folks. Our government has been more like a three ring circus since the Obama train pulled in and they strutted their parade to the White House and the Congress at the other end of the street.
Someone (I don't know who.) once wisely said: "When you put the clowns in charge, don't be surprised when a circus breaks out!" There is much truth in that observation.
We've experienced a real three ring circus under Obama's big top for five years now. It appears from this vantage point that things will only get worse over the remaining years of his tenure. A depressing thought that has burdened me a great deal of late is the fact that so much time will be needed to repair the damage Obama and his Socialist/Marxist minions in the Congress have wrought that getting the country back on its proper course will necessarily be delayed.
I often think how difficult it is going to be to extricate America from the socialist dung heap the Democrats, with Obama in the lead, have buried the country.
One of our Founding Fathers and early Presidents, Thomas Jefferson, said: "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work, and give to those who would not." Think about what Jefferson said when the Democrats speak of wealth redistribution and inequality of income.
It is astounding, dear reader, at how far from the foundation of our country we have wandered. The same President, I quoted above, Thomas Jefferson, in his very first Inaugural address said the following: "What more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow citizens, a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
-- Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural
A few days ago, as I read that President Obama was making yet another change n the Obamacare law without any input, or permission from the people's Congress, I remembered what the man often referred to as the Father of the Constitution, and an early President said about laws that were too big to be read, like the 2700 plus pages of the Obamacare law.
James Madison said this about such laws and about multiple changes to laws: "It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow." Makes one wonder how President Madison was able to see down through the centuries to today's Obamacare law, doesn't it?
About those clowns ... A recent report in the press stated that the US is running out of clowns. Apparently, the researchers for that particular article overlooked the US Senate, US House, and the Oval Office, not to mention the various cabinet level secretariats.
It's bad enough that America's leadership is viewed as clowns around the world, but, it angers me that the American people are held in the same disregard as our dopey government functionaries. But then I remember, we DID elect them and tough as it is to admit, the responsibility DOES fall on us.
On the bright side, we can clean up the mess. We have an election coming up in just over seven months. It's time to clean the House and purge the Senate.
We CAN take our government back and we can begin this coming November.
J. D. Longstreet
J. D. Longstreet is a conservative Southern American (A native sandlapper and an adopted Tar Heel) with a deep passion for the history, heritage, and culture of the southern states of America. At the same time he is a deeply loyal American believing strongly in "America First".
He is a thirty-year veteran of the broadcasting business, as an "in the field" and "on-air" news reporter (contributing to radio, TV, and newspapers) and a conservative broadcast commentator.
Longstreet is a veteran of the US Army and US Army Reserve. He is a member of the American Legion and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. A lifelong Christian, Longstreet subscribes to "old Lutheranism" to express and exercise his faith.