Talk Softly and Carry a Big Stick

Bill Neinast

Talk softly and carry a big stick was President Theodore Roosevelt’s mantra for foreign policy.  He was and is lauded by the press and the masses for those sentiments.

Likewise, President Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” rang throughout the land like a choir of angels.

Then our President steps to the podium.  He chastises the members of NATO with something like, “We Americans are tired.  We have borne the bulk of protecting all of you for 75 years.  It is now your turn to pick up a proportionate part of the load.  Unless you begin to devote 2% of your GDP to national defense, we are going to unpack the entire load on you.”

Then lightning and thunder descended from media heaven.  How could the man elected to the highest office in our land be threatening the leaders of other nations?  We will never survive such embarrassment.  Let’s have a special counsel investigate this blatant abuse of America.

That reaction was just the shedding of a few tears.  The loud wailing and beating of breasts began a few days later when, GASP!, our President flew to Helsinki to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

There were cries of “TREASON” when our President remarked in a press conference with Putin that the Russian had denied any involvement with American elections in 2016.

Thereafter, the sole focus was what went on behind closed doors about that two year old election.  There is no expressed interest about Russia’s activities in Crimea and Ukraine, Syria, Iran or the Russian exports of natural gas to other parts of Europe.

The most ridiculous concern over the Helsinki meeting and press conference was John Brennan’s remark that it was treasonous.

That charge is serious, but not for what some might think it means.  It is serious because of the obvious ignorance of the man making the charge and because of who he is.

John Brennan is a former director of the CIA who obviously does not understand the meaning of treason. 

Treason is the betrayal of one's own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies.  

In international law and relations, an enemy is defined simply as a hostile nation.  Under current circumstances, Russia cannot be considered an enemy anymore than Iran, China, North Korea, or even Mexico.

Even if Russia is an enemy of the United States within the accepted meaning of that word, how is saying something like, “I believe Putin when he says he did not interfere with our elections” treasonous?

It is past time to move on to matters that really matter.  Get serious about the budget and bringing the deficit under control.  Move on refurbishing and  stabilizing the Social Security Fund.  Stabilize and rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.  Possibly more important than all, clean us the immigration mess.

These are just a few of the serious challenges facing this country.  They are being ignored while the Democrats continue to whine and shed copious tears over losing the 2016 election.

Hanging chads in Florida beat Al Gore in his race with George W. Bush several years ago.  A flawed candidacy and young liberals deserting the Democrat Party for socialism several years ago beat Hillary Clinton in her race against our President 18 months ago.

So here’s the perspective.

The Democrat Party is acing like they are all members of the current young generation—the generation in which there are no loser.  This is the generation where every member of both athletic teams has to leave a contest with a trophy.  The winners wend their way home with winner trophies while the losers lag behind with participation trophies.

The only way a Democrat can move into the White House within the next 29 months would be to win a majority in the House of Representatives in the November elections, select a Speaker of the House, and impeach or otherwise remove from office both the president and vice president.

That’s is an insurmountable task.  So why don’t they give up and get down to real business?



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