if you know me, I like to carry a theme for a day or two... maybe even a week.
yesterday, I ending with a quote without telling you where it came from ---
"what we do for ourselves dies with us;
what we do for others remains immortal"
It came in the last words of a Criminal Minds episode -- without failure, the flourishing finish always includes some sort of infinite wisdom to help tie things together in the great scheme of life. It comes along, free for the taking, with the scene of the entire team heading home and gliding into the sunset upon the government owned, state of the art, Gulfstream (or something like that, hard to tell from a distance); the quote was from an Englishman, Albert Pine, dating back to the mid-eighteen hundreds.
Now for me, I tend to get the willies easily; having said that, Criminal Minds doesn't exactly click with what I usually like to watch -- especially by myself (G gets 'scwerd'...pucker up and say it with your inner shirley temple). But there is just something about the development of the "unsubs" ....the constant evaluation of bad character ...the ratcheting up of the known against the unknown that never fails to intrigue me. (I know, I know, it is just tv)
And given how my mind operates, the piecing together of the ways of the world, intersecting with the made for TV drama, and the development of basically the Unsub in the office of the presidency, no less, my head is left spinning with the uncharacteristic latitudes of this administration, now jet fueled by a simple question: just what kind of flourishing finish is coming to America?
Oh G, stop being so dramatic...
and to that I say really?
You know who deserves the daytime Emmy is the president.
Now I can't help but notice most of the characters taking the Unsub role [the 'unknown subject of investigation'] begin with some kind of narcissistic tendencies. Which leads me to leading you to another leading man, Dr. Michael Youssef. Read about what he had to say about the latest developments of the peace process for our friend, and ally, Israel, right here Here's a highlight:
"...All of this is, of course, part and parcel of the major characteristics of narcissism, namely detesting those who do not admire or agree with you.However, when you place the current rhetorical response of our president -- outlined in the speech from May 19th which we have already thoroughly reviewed, see my blog [gooooo G! yeah me! practicing my own narcissistic tendencies just to make my day] -- right up smack against his own words on the campaign trail, what emerges from the shadows is an Unsub President, who is only as legitimate, and as sincere, and as loyal, as his last speech...or rather, his last audience.
But perhaps there is no greater danger than the expression of that narcissism when it impacts foreign policy. This is indeed tragic, that one person's (even though he is the President of the United States) own selfish tendencies can impact world peace.
Possibly there is no larger issue than his deep desire and determination to ingratiate himself with, and to be liked and adored by, the Muslim world...."
and let me just interject right here, we're onto you.
From NPR, the transcript to Obama's campaign speech, addressing AIPAC just three years ago, tells a different story; it shows a presidential contender pandering to the Jewish vote, feeding a hungry crowd of naysayers everything a potential president must say to win them over, playing to their weaknesses, toying with their allegiances and fidelity, and breaking bread with a nation of people who did not trust him.
Here it is...by audio or transcript.
Don't have time to listen to the whole thing, then allow me to hum a few bars:
"Before I begin, I want to say that I know some provocative e-mails have been circulating throughout Jewish communities across the country. A few of you may have gotten them. They're filled with tall tales and dire warnings about a certain candidate for president. And all I want to say is — let me know if you see this guy named Barack Obama, because he sounds pretty frightening.
But if anyone has been confused by these e-mails, I want you to know that today I'll be speaking from my heart, and as a true friend of Israel. And I know that when I visit with AIPAC, I am among friends. Good friends. Friends who share my strong commitment to make sure that the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable today, tomorrow and forever."
Yes. And this was a "before I begin" moment -- he was just getting warmed up...
"I first became familiar with the story of Israel when I was 11 years old. I learned of the long journey and steady determination of the Jewish people to preserve their identity through faith, family and culture. Year after year, century after century, Jews carried on their traditions, and their dream of a homeland, in the face of impossible odds.Getting back to a little Criminal Minds, the Unsubs frequently came from some variation of an untethered underworld, shall we say: the familiar story of the broken home, emotional abuses, a childhood lacking in so many ways, perhaps with contrasting/multiple cultures dueling for attention -- definitely a life in part, or in full, irreparably damaged and depleted of the basic human needs. Things like love and security, the building blocks of self-esteem and for the healthy growth of young minds, loving souls, capable of producing worthy, self-sufficient, self-reliant, successful individuals who become fully integrated into society.
The story made a powerful impression on me. I had grown up without a sense of roots. My father was black; he was from Kenya, and he left us when I was 2. My mother was white; she was from Kansas, and I'd moved with her to Indonesia and then back to Hawaii. In many ways, I didn't know where I came from. So I was drawn to the belief that you could sustain a spiritual, emotional and cultural identity. And I deeply understood the Zionist idea — that there is always a homeland at the center of our story"
And then here comes the stunner -- the recollection of a childhood from our president -- in his own words, fraught with deep seated confusion, built upon having no real foundation, saying in fact, "in many ways, I didn't know where I came from."
G note: which must be why it was so easy, later as a young adult, for an impressionable Barack Hussein Obama to grow into relationship with Reverend Wright -- the Reverend filled a void. He became a father figure and mentor -- even if that meant re-birthing into a questionable theology and twenty years of brainwashing through the Black Liberation movement (who, by the way, hates jews)...but I digress...
hear ye hear ye...the president is still speaking to the crowd, and they are just eating it up!
"...He invited congressmen and journalists to bear witness. And he ordered that photographs and films be made. Explaining his actions, Eisenhower said that he wanted to produce 'firsthand evidence of these things, if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to propaganda.'"
And they did...just one of many gruesome facts the Arab world either deny discredit, or simply rewrite with a blanket of brand new propaganda or pipe bombs. But this was a really nice touch for the Campaigner in Chief, wasn't it?
"We know that the establishment of Israel was just and necessary, rooted in centuries of struggle and decades of patient work. But 60 years later, we know that we cannot relent, we cannot yield, and as president I will never compromise when it comes to Israel's security.Not when there are still voices that deny the Holocaust. Not when there are terrorist groups and political leaders committed to Israel's destruction. Not when there are maps across the Middle East that don't even acknowledge Israel's existence, and government-funded textbooks filled with hatred toward Jews. Not when there are rockets raining down on Sderot, and Israeli children have to take a deep breath and summon uncommon courage every time they board a bus or walk to school."
"Our alliance is based on shared interests and shared values. Those who threaten Israel threaten us. Israel has always faced these threats on the front lines. And I will bring to the White House an unshakeable commitment to Israel's security.I couldn't even begin to make this stuff up. These are his own words...shredded to smithereens under a bombardment of carpet bombs laid out against lasting peace and security for Israel ... When it seems like it was just yesterday when he said, Israel's on it's own and all by itself, whattup...or something like that (again, read G, last thursday for the crib notes).
That starts with ensuring Israel's qualitative military advantage. I will ensure that Israel can defend itself from any threat — from Gaza to Tehran. Defense cooperation between the United States and Israel is a model of success, and must be deepened. As president, I will implement a Memorandum of Understanding that provides $30 billion in assistance to Israel over the next decade — investments to Israel's security that will not be tied to any other nation..."
"The long road to peace requires Palestinian partners committed to making the journey. We must isolate Hamas unless and until they renounce terrorism, recognize Israel's right to exist, and abide by past agreements. There is no room at the negotiating table for terrorist organizations...
I will strongly urge Arab governments to take steps to normalize relations with Israel, and to fulfill their responsibility to pressure extremists and provide real support for President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad. Egypt must cut off the smuggling of weapons into Gaza. Israel can also advance the cause of peace by taking appropriate steps — consistent with its security — to ease the freedom of movement for Palestinians, improve economic conditions in the West Bank, and to refrain from building new settlements — as it agreed to with the Bush administration at Annapolis.
Let me be clear. Israel's security is sacrosanct. It is non-negotiable. The Palestinians need a state that is contiguous and cohesive, and that allows them to prosper — but any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel's identity as a Jewish state, with secure, recognized and defensible borders. Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided."
he was pretty clear, wasn't he? and the agreement he was referring to was made in 2004, in writing, under the Bush Administration -- that's why he not only cited it, but elevated it to a volume his audience could not only hear, but actually wrap themselves up into, much like a warped, false sense of security from a lullaby would do [more like a call from the sirens].
"The United States must be a strong and consistent partner in this process — not to force concessions, but to help committed partners avoid stalemate and the kind of vacuums that are filled by violence. That's what I commit to do as president of the United States."
OMG. enough already. I can't take it any more.
You lie! You lie! You lie! You lie like a magic carpet, turning tricks and making a mockery of the United States; this new version of you, whoever you really are, the unsub in the highest office of the land, is completely vetted and made known right before our very eyes as the Alchemist-in-Chief. [or maybe, following the Brit's lead, it's more like his code name: "Chalaque" -- as in chief 'smart alec' meets the queen...and we're back to -- it's all about me -- as in, all Obama all the time]
"not to force concessions"
are these things just meaningless rhetoric you throw around only to make people like you, vote for you, think you're swell?
can you really be this disingenuous?
where does the true character of a president live?
who are you and what did you do with this candidate?
Make it a Good Day, G