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Media Bias Does Matter, One Way or the Other

June 14, 2010

We on the conservative side of things see the world in such a way that we tune out the elitist liberals in the press and automatically assign zero credibility to their Obama-protecting, slanted coverage of events. However, no matter how many scandals and bumbling we and others can point to that would have a Republican president in dire trouble, somehow by their obfuscation and minimization the “mainstream” press is keeping their guy afloat in this increasingly fractured country. It’s incredible to me that the convergence of the incompetent response to the Gulf oil spill, incredibly inept foreign policy, plus the continued economic problems, plus Chicago-style political scandals, have not caused Obama’s approval rating to reach the depths that George W. Bush saw in his last couple of years. But for how much longer can Obama be propped up?

The numerous scandals, anti-Constitutional actions and outright incompetence of this administration have raised some serious calls for Obama’s resignation, calls that even the elitist mainstream may not be able to ignore or marginalize indefinitely. According to this source, in The Coming Resignation of Barack Obama, Peter Ferrara suggests even the Democrat Party, after suffering huge losses in this year’s elections, will join calls for the president to resign. Ferrara’s thesis rests on America ’s growing awareness of the president’s demonstrated inability to deal with adverse events, like the Gulf oil spill. That inability, he suggests, will be compounded by the economy falling into a death spiral.

One of the most visible proponents of the resignation movement is retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, who stated in a recent article, "We now must call for the immediate resignation of Barry Soetero (AKA President Barack Hussein Obama) … based on incompetence, deceit, fraud, corruption, dishonesty and violation of the U.S. oath of office and the Constitution." These and other remarks are available on this website, in which Vallely asks us the pointed question, “Where is our moral compass?” Gen. Vallely is a highly-decorated, respected veteran who is a contributor to Fox News Channel. Contrast that to the recent amoral adventures of Rep. Joe Sestak, a retired Rear Admiral who claimed the administration, and then Bill Clinton, offered him a government position if he bowed out of his Senate primary campaign against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA). According to Chet Nagle, another former Naval officer, Sestak’s career, by flag officer standards, was not especially stellar. For instance, the Chief of Naval Operations fired him as a Vice Admiral because of his brutal “command climate.” Knowing he would never see another three star job, Sestak quickly retired as Rear Admiral. That history may become important in the coming months if the Sestak affair refuses to die and his credibility is brought into question. Of course, that lack of credibility could either harm or help the president depending on how the story is covered and how successful the administration’s spin machine is.

Last week’s primaries could be viewed as a resounding success for our side, or something short of that. However, in order to make any of this resignation talk be taken seriously in the foreseeable future, it’s our job to ensure that there is as much of an anti-Obama landslide as possible this fall—one that even the elitist media cannot deny. At that point, they just might, as Ferrara predicts with Democrat politicians, stop protecting the president and start lining up against him as well. If this happens, then all bets for the survival of Obama’s presidency are off. No matter that we assign zero credibility to the likes of Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Anderson Cooper, Chris Matthews, et al. Once the people Bill O’Reilly refers to as “the folks” across this great land tune in to these elitists and no longer hear the pro-Obama, protectionist spin, the last of the messianic veneer will be stripped away. However, it’s going to take even more scandals and ineptness than the administration has shown to sway the elitists—who after all were swooning over this guy not that long ago—to turn so sharply in the other direction. Not that it couldn’t happen—Hillary Clinton is a classic case of being abandoned by the press once it became clear that Obama was capable of defeating her.

The only remaining questions then are:

  1. Do we really advocate Gen. Vallely’s and others’ efforts to push things this far? For instance, isn’t there the risk of a backlash if Obama is perceived as a victim of (here we go again) a “vast right-wing conspiracy” not to mention “racism” to remove him? In my opinion, we should be “cautiously supportive” of these efforts. We should not dismiss them out of hand and, as long as they are making valid points about the president’s clear violations of the Constitution as a basis for their actions, we should support the effort as a natural conclusion to what should happen to a president such as this one in our representative republic.
  2. Would it be better to wait until the fall elections are over and see if there is a big enough (and bold enough) Republican majority to initiate impeachment action? Especially when we consider how Obama operates and his massive ego, resignation doesn’t seem like an alternative that he would consider in even the most dire circumstances.
  3. If the resignation or impeachment and conviction were indeed to happen, would we prefer an equally incompetent buffoon, namely Vice President Joe Biden, to occupy the White House for the remainder of Obama’s term? In a word, yes. At least Biden is not quite as far to the left as Obama is. And Biden, due to his high readings on the gaffe-meter and questions of plagiarism in his past, will have those problems along with his obvious tie to Obama with which to contend. In short, any reasonably good Republican candidate should be able to defeat Biden as easily in 2012 as they will beat Obama, assuming the latter survives in office that long.

If Obama has accomplished anything positive for this country, it could be that he’s helped us rediscover that moral compass to which Gen. Vallely refers. Now if we can continue regaining our moral clarity as a nation, there will be no question where the Obama mess is headed, one way or the other.

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