In the following, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter offers a broad assessment of what is at stake in the 2012 elections.

Obama’s Shovel Ready America

With all that is going on in the current Session of the Virginia General Assembly, now keenly focused on getting a budget, I feel compelled to take a moment to share with you some thoughts on what is going on nationally.

We’ve heard a lot about “shovel ready” projects from President Obama in recent years. They didn’t exist, something he now admits. But sadly, the only “shovel ready” situation in America today is the hole Obama has dug for the nation. Consider this.

First, Mr. Obama’s incessant spending has put American in such a deficit hole that it will take decades to crawl out, that’s if we begin today. This situation hardly needs elaboration.

Second, the President’s insistence, even as the vast majority of Americans opposed it, that the Federal government seize control of the healthcare industry is even now driving up prices for healthcare. It has caused so much confusion in the market place that doctors and insurance companies alike don’t know where to turn. Many doctors have flat stopped taking new Medicaid patients as a result of Obama’s market-distorting socialism.

Third, Commander in Chief Obama has dug a deep hole for America by his pursuit of a feckless military and foreign policy, which puts our vital national interest at stake. At home, Obama’s plans to gut the armed forces have left our military leaders perplexed and wondering if Obama actually has any grasp of what military preparedness is in the first place. Abroad, US military leaders in the field doubt Obama’s resolve to get the job done in Afghanistan, so that the sacrifice we have made is not in vain. Equally confused are America’s allies who are left guessing whether the US is a reliable partner in international challenges to mutual interests. If you were Israel, would you see in Obama a reliable ally? Here’s who loves Obama’s military and foreign policy: Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and virtually every terror organization in the world. They stare at us from atop the hole we are in and are delighted. Not the shovel ready project any rational person would want from the man who sold us “hope and change”.

Fourth, Mr. Obama and his liberal allies have carved for us a moral crevasse through a relentless effort to force new values on America. The value set Obama expects us to embrace includes gays in the military, abandoning the Defense of Marriage Act, and compelling religious organizations to support practices that are diametrically opposed to their core values. He maintains that somehow we are not a Christian nation despite the volumes of historical facts that make clear America’s attributes of justice and freedom are a direct outgrowth of founders who were committed to Christian values.

Finally, President Obama has applied his destructive shovel to our constitution. He has appointed scores of czars who oversee intrusive Federal agencies and activities as if they were unaccountable commissars. None of them were vetted by Congress and their activities are largely unaccountable to the people. He has used Federal power to circumvent the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution, which reserves to the States those powers not granted to the Federal government. First among this usurpation is Obamacare. So too are his “recess appointments” of political allies when Congress is not actually in recess, a clear violation of the law. And remember how Obama decried as unconstitutional “signing statements” former Presidents have used to express their disagreement with laws Congress passes? Well Obama has used the same tactic. So much for that outrage.

Despite all of this, Obama now brags openly that his presidency is “not over” and that he will be in power for the next 5 years. Such a claim by a Republican would be branded as unbridled arrogance by a news media that fawns over Obama like a dreamy prom date. Disgusting.

Here’s the bottom line, folks. The President has dug us a very deep hole indeed and we have to decide here and now if we are going to reside passively in it or rise to the occasion and dispatch him back to Chicago. As the saying goes, the first step in getting out of a hole is to stop digging.

Sic Semper Tyrannis

Take note that President Obama has already started campaigning in Virginia. Virginia will be a battleground state.



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