2012-09-07 / Columnists

Commentary On Things Present

Commentary By Peter Stubben

Our empty-chair President has got up and gone.

In March ‘06 then junior senator Barack Obama voted AGAINST the expansion of US government spending with these words on the Senate floor ...

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.

It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, “the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.

America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” – Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

After winning the Democratic primary June 3 ‘08, the party-nominee Barack Obama mesmerized the nation with these words:

“I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal. Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America. There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.” – Nominee Barack H. Obama, St. Paul, MN, September 2008

And finally, on the campaign trail as he attracted huge crowds candidate Obama asked us:

“Are we not one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of hope?” – Candidate Barack H. Obama, from September through November 4, 2008

The nation of ‘08 was swept up by an undercurrent of hope and change, but now in the fall of 2012 after four years of the Obama Administration the nation drinks from the fountains of debt, doubt, despair and disillusionment. Unemployment, regrettably, is untempered by massive government spending resulting in annual and outrageous spending deficits of $1 trillion, federal debt just eclipsing the unthinkable $16 trillion, business festering at less than 2 percent growth; and, amidst the sweltering heat and humidity, ever-growing ranks of the unemployed and underemployed (15%).

The manifestations are everywhere and obvious ... everyday Americans have formed Tea Party clubs in cities and towns across the nation protesting the extravagance, the cronyism and the neglect; while America’s next generations have clogged city centers protesting FOR the hallmark of America’s exceptionalism ... opportunity, jobs and prosperity.

The debt of the nation plagues the progress of our youth.

At last week’s Republican Convention – during the nomination of the R&R team of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan – I was especially taken by New Mexico’s Governor, Susana Martinez.

“Growing up, I never imagined a little girl from a border town could one day become a governor,” Martinez said. “But this is America. My parents taught me to never give up and to always believe that my future could be whatever I dreamt it to be.” As a young prosecutor and disgusted by the incompetence and corruption of her own state’s DA, Martinez met with local Republicans and shockingly learned she was a closet Republican ... her values – learned from her Mother and Father – were in fact the values of Republicanism.

On another note and in local affairs, there is a Republican primary this Thursday, September 13.

All Republicans ... please vote!

Rockaway’s City Councilman Eric Ulrich decided in April to challenge Joe Addabbo because he felt Senator Addabbo’s term in Albany inadequate and insufficient. The Senator, Ulrich notes, stealthily switched his position on social issues (the sanctity of marriage), but continued steadfast to over-spend, over-borrow and overregulate New York. Eric was immediately supported by Congressman Pete King, by Mayor Giuliani and by Dean Skelos, the State Senate’s majority leader.

However, much to the surprise of Pete King, Rudy Giuliani and Dean Skelos and much to the astonishment of many locals, the Queens County Republican Party – you know, the big Red machine – nominated another to represent Rockaway and South Queens ... a lawyer from Forest Hills. For some odd reason they are hypothecating that a young lawyer from Forest Hills under their tutelage ... a guy with no legislative nor elected experience; no representative experience; no community service ... would better serve Rockaway in Albany. I think they couldn’t be more wrong and – can I say – more nuts!

So, please remember that for all registered Republicans here in Rockaway and South Queens, Thursday is a Republican Primary Day and you can vote from 6 a.m. till 9 p.m. at your accustomed polling location. And by the way, there is also a primary for Democrats this Thursday for the 10th State Senate District: the seat of the recently-indicted and just-arrested Senator Shirley L. Huntley.

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