Author: Raj Kannappan

A Shameful Congress

Well-known is the predicament in which President Obama finds himself: a sluggish economic recovery, an agonizing inability to proclaim a plan for the long-term well-being of America, and starkly divided opinion about his leadership creep upon his every move.  Congress also faces a struggle of vast proportions, though this monster is one borne out of decades of virulent ethical failures on the part of our very own representatives.  Congress, it seems, is not quite the vaunted institution which once saw honorable statesmen opine about the founders and the dangers of encroaching government.  Congressional officials—necessarily from both the Democratic and Republican parties—have amassed despicable records of intransigence to a common course of ethics vital to the preservation of a healthy democracy. No longer are Congressmen servants of the public, but leeches in the public sphere.  Most horrifying is that this game is only in its initial stage, and will accelerate into something surely more dangerous if voters fail to heed the warning signs. The rampant criticism directed at Mitt Romney over the past few weeks for his wealth is most certainly misplaced.  Yes, he is a millionaire many times over.  And yes, he pays his taxes; he also follows the law. What voters need to direct their attention toward is the base behavior of our representatives—the ones which have become self-satisfied while sidestepping the very trust which voters placed in...

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The Allure of Executive Power

By Raj Kannappan, TheCollegeConservative.com January 13, 2012   Promises upon promises abound in elections. Senator Obama proved himself a masterful coaxer in 2008, feasting on the pining of an electorate disillusioned with the American political system. He was the unifier, the inspirational personage representing the solution to a failed decade marked by a rowdy Texan in the White House who squandered America’s capital in foreign lands. The next four years, and surely the next eight, were to be ones marked by a robust economic recovery, a dramatic decline in poverty, and, of course, resurgence of confidence in America’s position in the world. None of these have materialized.  In fact, in each case, the opposite predicament has arisen, pointing to an increasingly appropriate referendum of what Obama so aptly called a one-term proposition at the inception of his presidency. Throughout the course of his first term, Obama surely learned; whether or not that knowledge satisfies or angers his staunchly liberal base and his detractors is another question. As his presidency has progressed, however, the issue on which he has shifted course almost entirely from his campaign rhetoric is that of counter-terrorism. Pre-January 20, 2009, there were grand vows of closing Guantanamo Bay and, thus, dramatically bettering relations with the Muslim world.  Added in Obama’s cornucopia were endless assurances to improve the perception of America throughout the world, as if this...

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Obama the Narcissist

With 2012 comes a new set of challenges for the conservative base of the Republican Party.  How we will deal with them, no one knows. What is clear is that President Obama has done his part in providing quite an effective and scathing blueprint for the GOP to employ against him during the campaign. GOP officials in Washington are now discretely putting the finishing touches on “the book,” a 500-page colorful collection of Obama quotes and video highlights that will compose the heart and soul of the party’s strategy against him.  Not only does this blueprint provide eager fodder for well-placed attack ads, but it also details the statistics—bleeding unemployment, poverty, and confidence in government forming a powerful core—which back up the GOP’s claim that the president has but broken his myriad grandiose promises. Most importantly, a significant majority of the quotes and videos in this blueprint include the president’s own words, helping the GOP avoid alienating voters who sympathize with the president personally. Below are a handful of cases which will serve well to illustrate the fatal flaw of the president. It appears that the president often sees himself as a monumental historical figure. He knows not when to cease his needlessly narcissistic comparisons to the towering figures of America’s past. In a recent “60 Minutes” interview, the president educated Steve Kroft, pontificating, “The issue here is not...

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Twitter for Terrorists

I got myself a Twitter account just four weeks ago. It seems that my fortunes have taken a turn for the worse, having me barely edge out al-Shabaab, Islamist terrorists’ recent cause célèbre, which logged its first tweet on December 7. Al-Shabaab, or “The Youth,” is a militant Islamist group with ties to al-Qaeda that has laid siege to much of southern Somalia since 2006. The group is persistently fighting (and winning) an insurgency against the United Nations-backed Transitional Federal Government, which is contained in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. Still more pressingly, al-Shabaab has mounted attacks against African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeepers backing of the TFG. The group has also repeatedly threatened the United States and the West, having demonstrated the operational capacity to extend its reach beyond Somalia’s borders. To date, it has recruited 40 American citizens and dozens of Canadian, British, and Australian citizens through an increasingly savvy propaganda campaign. Presumably, al-Shabaab is attempting to catch up to with the youth of today—in America and abroad—by implementing a new social media strategy. Al-Shabaab’s handle is HSMPress, HSM representing the initials of al-Shabaab’s lesser known name, Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen. Of course, there is the possibility that HSMPress, which has over 6,200 followers, represents not the voice of al-Shabaab but merely a delinquent individual with too much time on his hands. But most signals, including the specific and...

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The Fog of the Presidency

Obama has squandered the support he had when he took office on January 20, 2009. “Yes we can!” no longer resonates with the American electorate. No longer does eloquent oratory and self-adulation do justice for the 13.3 million unemployed Americans. The president has failed to lead repeatedly, instead choosing to delegate Congress many of the responsibilities traditionally consigned to the executive office, while attempting to bypass Congress as he’s seen fit. He has chosen to take a back seat numerous times when the country most needed a strong leader, instead vowing to raise one billion dollars to get himself reelected. Jobs Stubbornly refusing to acknowledge that his first stimulus package was not as successful as he had predicted, the president put forth another stimulus—a $447 billion proposal to create jobs. The administration has failed to deal effectively with the country’s debt and deficit problem, the single greatest threat to the “American Century.” President Obama has blamed everyone but himself for failing to put America on the right path economically.  When the most recent polls fall on his desk, it serves him best to blame the ghost of President Bush, which apparently remains alive and well, manipulating the economy from behind the scenes. And when he receives the monthly jobs report, of course, President Obama does not fail to rail against House Republicans, despite the fact that they have put...

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