Behind The Bear

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama return to the White House following a trip to Florida on March 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. UPI/Kristoffer Tripplaar/Pool

Behind the inexplicably bare-chested swaggering of President Vladimir Putin, Russia has done to Ukraine precisely what Russia has made a habit of doing to its neighbors since before Ivan was Terrible. Given the number of Russian flags flying about Crimea these days, either most of the locals don’t mind or “don’t mind — honest!”

While the world, except for certain boys in the Greater Beijing Area, reacted with shock and dismay at Putin’s bold sack of Ukraine, President Barack Obama did precisely what he has made a habit of doing since before he turned the Nobel Peace Prize into a “participation ribbon.” Facing a crisis involving an intimidating dictator violating another nation’s sovereignty, Obama hit the links.

To be fair, Obama might not have scurried down to Key Largo, Fla., just to avoid dealing with matter of diplomacy that clearly exceeds his meager skills. I don’t mean to minimize the very real horror unfolding in Ukraine. I do mean to point out that not only does America face more serious crises, but the architect of those serious crises just teed off on the back nine, casually smiling to himself over the fact that few people are focusing on his latest swipe at the brass ring of power.

In the event you missed the latest news from the front lines of the Democrats’ war on Liberty, Obama, who is exempt from his own monstrous creation, has decreed yet another delay in the implementation of what he supposedly considers his crowning achievement: Obamacare. The fact that he lacks the Constitutional authority to decree anything regarding the implementation of his extra-Constitutional bureaucratic nightmare actually pales in comparison to the other big news: He has no idea how it’s going. According to Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, the Obama Administration isn’t even sure how many uninsured people have signed up.

Asked to estimate the number of uninsured people who have taken the Obamacare plunge, Cohen responded: “That’s not a data point we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way.” After months of technical glitches, compounded by failures, compounded by outright lying, Obama not only has no idea whether Obamacare is working for the very people for whom it’s supposedly intended, he has no idea who those people are.

Don’t ignore Obama’s latest clowning in front of Putin and the world. But don’t forget that Ukraine is a long way from places like the White House — not to mention your house. Hell, the Democrats don’t even believe the Ukrainian situation is all that urgent. Obama didn’t do more than send his cartoon character of a Secretary of State, the perpetually dumbfounded John Kerry. Even the new Democrat talking point regarding Ukraine involves an idiotic theory that conservatives are somehow rooting for Putin, although that invalidates six years’ worth of the same Democrats calling conservatives “stupid” for warning that Putin would do precisely what he did. Some people have even gone so far as to claim the nonexistent conservative support they’ve dreamed up stems from the racism they falsely assign to conservatives rather than engage in meaningful dialogue. And it’s all a show designed to distract you from the real drama at home.

Just remember, if the partisan mouthpieces in the lapdog media “report” Putin’s Ukrainian adventure in the context of a racist groundswell of support for the creep, then they’re obviously not overly concerned with the plight of the Ukrainian people, who can’t bandage their wounded, fight off their attackers or feed their defenders on stale rants by self-discredited hacks like Maureen Dowd and Rachel Maddow. More importantly, Americans can’t do much of anything with Obamacare; according to Obama’s own people, they have no idea if they even can.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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