An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 24 May 2011
President Barack Obama says he will travel to Missouri on Sunday to meet with people affected by the devastating tornadoes there.
The president said Tuesday he wants Midwesterners whose lives were upended by the deadly storms last weekend to know that the federal government will use all the resources at its disposal to help them recover and rebuild.
Dear Lord! Don’t those poor people have enough problems right now?
“I want everybody in Joplin, everybody in Missouri, everybody in Minnesota, everybody across the Midwest to know that we are here for you,” the president said in London on day two of his four-country tour.
“The American people are by your side. We’re going to stay there until every home is repaired, until every neighborhood is rebuilt, until every business is back on its feet.”
If he’s serious, then he needs to keep the flippin’ federal government OUT OF THE WAY!
If you missed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, you can watch it on C-Span. Well worth your time! Unfortunately, they cut off the end of it…..RUDE! BUT….you can read the whole speech here, or….. this is what they cut off:
And when I say tomorrow, I don’t mean some distant time in the future. I mean tomorrow. Peace can be achieved only around the negotiating table. The Palestinian attempt to impose a settlement through the United Nations will not bring peace. It should be forcefully opposed by all those who want to see this conflict end. I appreciate the President’s clear position on this issue. Peace cannot be imposed. It must be negotiated. But it can only be negotiated with partners committed to peace.
And Hamas is not a partner for peace. Hamas remains committed to Israel’s destruction and to terrorism. They have a charter. That charter not only calls for the obliteration of Israel, but says ‘kill the Jews wherever you find them’. Hamas’ leader condemned the killing of Osama bin Laden and praised him as a holy warrior. Now again I want to make this clear. Israel is prepared to sit down today and negotiate peace with the Palestinian Authority. I believe we can fashion a brilliant future of peace for our children. But Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by the Palestinian version of Al Qaeda.
So I say to President Abbas: Tear up your pact with Hamas, Sit down and negotiate! Make peace with the Jewish state! And if you do, I promise you this. Israel will not be the last country to welcome a Palestinian state as a new member of the United Nations. It will be the first to do so.
My friends, the momentous trials of the last century, and the unfolding events of this century, attest to the decisive role of the United States in advancing peace and defending freedom. Providence entrusted the United States to be the guardian of liberty. All peoples who cherish freedom owe a profound debt of gratitude to your great nation. Among the most grateful nations is my nation, the people of Israel, who have fought for their liberty and survival against impossible odds, in ancient and modern times alike.
I speak on behalf of the Jewish people and the Jewish state when I say to you, representatives of America, Thank you. Thank you for your unwavering support for Israel. Thank you for ensuring that the flame of freedom burns bright throughout the world. May God bless all of you. And may God forever bless the United States of America.
Kind of makes you wonder if the cut off was intentional, doesn’t it.
Obama Has Something To Apologize For
When President Ronald Reagan stood before the Brandenburg Gate in West Germany and famously demanded that Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev “Tear down this wall!” he brought to Europe—and indeed the world—America’s conviction that freedom and democracy are a powerful liberating force whose time had come for those living under communist oppression.
By contrast, as President Barack Obama travels throughout Europe this week and meets with U.S. allies, including the United Kingdom and Poland, he brings with him the baggage of his presidency—more than two years of a foreign policy that has neglected America’s friends in Europe. Though the President has embarked on a worldwide “apology tour” for what he believes are America’s transgressions, he now truly has something to apologize for.
We know as well as anyone how tight things are right now. Between just day to day living, and all the medical bills, with more to come, we’re pretty strapped. But I figured if we reached down deep, did without a ‘luxury’ or two, we could manage to help out those who, right now, have nothing. They’ve lost almost everything. I say almost, because, where there is life, there is hope. I know things seems kind of hopeless to many in Joplin right now, but I think if we show them the same concern that we did to Alabama, and other parts of the country in recent months, practice what Jesus taught us, perhaps, their hearts will begin to heal.
My favorite is Samaritan’s Purse. But of course, there is also the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and others. You choose which feels right to you. Or maybe your church is interested in taking up a special collection, or items that are of the greatest need, like water, nonperishable food, clothes, and maybe even some toy type things for the kids.
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
May God bless and watch over all of those affected. They ARE our family and friends.