More treachery coming to light

Ares and Athena picks up on The Daily Wire’s report on John Solomon’s expose about Obama White House involvement with Ukraine trying to influence the 2016 election cycle to Crooked Hillary’s advantage.


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More treachery coming to light



April 27, 2019

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Obama White House Sought Ukraine’s Help In Taking Down Trump: REPORT


The Obama White House brought in Ukrainian authorities to help jumpstart the Russian collusion narrative and to help then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son out of a jam.


John Solomon, an opinion contributor to The Hill, lays out the results of a meeting between Obama White House officials and the Ukrainian authorities. Solomon spoke to multiple participants in the meeting and viewed memos from the time to bring us the story.


“The agenda suggested the purpose was training and coordination. But Ukrainian participants said it didn’t take long — during the meetings and afterward — to realize the Americans’ objectives included two politically hot investigations: one that touched Vice President Joe Biden’s family and … READ THE REST


Failed Duty – No Honor

Benghazi Cover-up - MSM Culpability

Justin Smith writes about the Benghazigate Scandal and throws in briefly other scandalous behavior toward the U. S. Military perpetrated under the authority of the Obama Administration. The Obama mob’s cover-up of these scandals borders on treasonous. It is unbelievable that America’s Mainstream Media is culpable in aiding Obama propaganda just to keep a Leftist President in power. Even Leftist transformationists must have a conscience about a corrupt President and his corrupt band of political mobsters.


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Failed Duty – No Honor


By Justin O. Smith

Sent: 1/12/2014 1:16 PM


Incompetence and treason are the rule of the day for Barack Hussein Obama and several past and present members of his administration, who regularly spit on and violate the U.S. Constitution, dishonor the U.S. flag and desecrate the bodies of U.S. servicemen returning home. And today, as we see the results of their failed anti-military and anti-American policies throughout the entire Middle East, America has not been given any satisfactory answers to many remaining questions in regard to the August 6, 2011 attack over Wardak Province, Afghanistan that killed seventeen members of SEAL Team Six and the September 11, 2012 attack on our U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and the murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

The State Department, Department of Defense, CIA and multiple agencies have all stated that no one has been prevented from testifying before Congress, regarding the Benghazi attacks. And yet, to date, thirty witnesses have yet to be interviewed by Congressional interviewers, which contradicts the Obama administration’s assertion; Karen and Billy Vaughn have received the same sort of government lies and deflection concerning the death of their son, Aaron, during operation Extortion over two years ago.

A ‘New York Times’ article by David Kirkpatrick (Jan. 9, 2014) attempts to depict Ansar al-Sharia’s involvement in the Benghazi attacks and its association with Al Qaeda as minimal. It states, “That name is relatively generic and means Supporters of Islamic Law.” But, Kirkpatrick misses the more lucid point that whether they call themselves Ansar al-Sharia, the 17th of February Brigade, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah or Al Qaeda __”Our Way”__, they are all one in the same, they are all Islamic fundamentalist terrorists, and they all demand Sharia law for their countries, the harshest law known to mankind.

Reuters reported just hours after the assault on the U.S. Consulate at Benghazi, that Ansar al-Sharia had laid claim to the attacks. Emails from numerous government sources supported Reuters facts.

In October of 2012, Walid Shoebat and former CIA officer Claire Lopez revealed that the Obama administration was running weapons out of Libya, with the help of Ansar al-Sharia, to Al Qaeda in Syria in order to overthrow Bashir Assad. We have fought Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other islamofascists in Afghanistan and Iraq for the past twelve years, at the cost of thousands of U.S. lives. Giving aid to such enemies of the United States, no matter the circumstances, constitutes treason.

A week after Osama bin Laden was killed by Naval Special Warfare Development Group – SEAL Team Six, the Pentagon responded to questions on May 2, 2011 that they were “not going to comment on units or numbers.” But, during a speech at Washington’s Ritz Carlton Hotel the very next day, big-mouthed Vice-President Joe Biden raved about “the phenomenal, the just almost unbelievable capacity of the Navy SEALs” under the command of Admiral James Stavridis; and in essence, Biden placed a target on SEAL Team 6 that day.

There have been many suggestions that one of the many Muslim Brotherhood members serving in a government or military capacity passed critical mission information to the Taliban in the hours preceding and during the firefight between U.S. Army Rangers and the Taliban, which drew the SEALs into the battle and placed them in a line of fire already known to the enemy. And curiously, there was also friction between the SEALs and their supposed Afghan allies, over a sudden change in Afghan “team members”__ (Taliban operatives?).

Twenty-four hours after VP Biden’s blunder, Aaron Vaughn called home warning, “Mom…wipe your social media clean… get everything off of it… there’s chatter and all of our lives are in danger, including yours.”

The night that these SEALs died, they flew into battle on a mission authorized out of theater and in a 1960s CH-47 Chinook Helicopter, last retrofitted in 1985, instead of a Special Operations MH-47 assault helicopter. They were an unescorted, slow-moving target without any pre-assault fire paving their way into a full pitch battle that had already been raging for over three hours.

Even before the seventeen SEALs and twenty-one other personnel died, people were expressing their concerns. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stated, as the cameras rolled, that “the members of the Special Ops community” were “worried for their safety and the safety of their families.”

Bill Vaughn has called for an explanation from Obama and answers to why he protected Korans at Guantanamo, buried Osama bin-Laden with a full Islamic service, but refused to allow any mention of the Judeo-Christian God of the American dead at their funeral. Further pain was forced upon these families, when an imam was allowed to say an Islamic prayer over them, which cursed them as “infidels.”

SEAL Team 6 member Michael Strange was also killed during Extortion’s mission. When President Obama told Charles Strange that “Michael changed the way America lived,” Mr. Strange replied, “I don’t need to know about my son. I need to know what happened.” Since then, Strange says he has not heard anything from the Obama administration or the President.

Similarly, Camp Bastion was hit by the Taliban on September 15, 2012, which resulted in the largest loss of U.S. aircraft since Vietnam and the deaths of two Marines. If the base had been protected by the better trained U.S. Marine forces rather than a Tongan “security group”, it is highly likely the Taliban’s offensive would have failed. Like Benghazi and Extortion 17, Obama has not answered the obvious questions surrounding this incident.

All of the following, Robert Gates, Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton and David Petraeus, have served in one or more key position within the Obama administration, and, without a doubt, they hold all the answers surrounding U.S. Middle East policy and the aforementioned failures. A case in point, then-CIA Director Petraeus met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan on September 2, 2012 in order to secure a 40,000-ton shipment of arms through Turkey and into Syria, just days before the attacks in Benghazi. But most of them have placed politics above the truth and their nation.

Why was the assistance of suppressive fire denied the SEAL’s of the Extortion mission? Why were FAST and In-Extremis teams told to “stand down” during the attack on Benghazi? What did Obama do that night other than sleep, as the attack on the CIA Annex at Benghazi continued for nearly 8 hours?

Extortion 17, Benghazi and Camp Bastion are indicative of a U.S. President/ Commander-in-Chief and men and women in the Obama administration, who ignored their duty to defend fellow Americans abroad, especially their own military brethren, and who have forgotten the meaning of honor, as they stand under the yellow flag of cowardice. They have failed the country. Obama and Biden botched negotiations in Iraq, and a generation of American veterans have spilled their blood in vain, as the flags of Al Qaeda recently rose over Fallujah and Ramadi in Iraq. Afghanistan is destined for the same fate, due to unbelievably ignorant policy decisions__the same type of decisions that handed Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood and now promise to do the same for Al Qaeda in Syria.

Rather than fight for clear victories in the Middle East, Obama has followed a path of appeasement that is certain to lead to new and bloodier wars for America, as he purged America’s Armed Forces of 198 high ranking officers and politicized them. Rather than preserve and protect the lives of our fighting sons and daughters and diplomats in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, Obama has been more inclined to turn his back on these gallant Americans in their hour of need. Describe Obama’s actions as “ambivalent”, if you wish, just as former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates did in his recent memoir. But, for most of America, Obama is a criminal and he must be brought to justice: Remember, no one died over Watergate.


By Justin O Smith


Edited by John R. Houk

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Biden Hails the 23 Gun Control Steps Obama Took on His Own

Biden Quote on Constitutional Rights

Vice President Joe Biden brags about how President Barack Hussein Obama by-passed Congress with Executive Orders to implement the Leftist perception of limiting violence by controlling the use of guns by Americans contrary to the Second Amendment. Check it out.


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By Susan Jones

December 3, 2013 – 10:33 AM

CNS News


( – On Monday, invoking the Dec. 14 “tragedy in Newtown,” Vice President Joe Biden told Americans, “You have my word that the President and I are doing everything we can to make sure no parent loses their child to gun violence.”


And he admitted that they’re doing it “on our own,” without Congress.


“And so even after a minority of senators blocked commonsense legislation to reduce gun violence this spring, we’re pushing forward,” he said.


“Now, it’s not enough to take these steps on our own — we still need Congress to pass comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence. We need expanded background checks, and we need to create serious penalties for gun trafficking. There is no question that these kinds of measures would protect our kids and keep our communities safer.”


Biden hailed the 23 “executive actions” President Obama laid out in January to reduce “gun violence.” Biden said the administration has either completed or made significant progress on all of them.


“No parent should ever face the horror of the scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Or a movie theater in Aurora. Or a temple in Oak Creek. Or the campus at Virginia Tech. We’ve seen too much gun violence as a country. And if there’s even one thing we can do to save a life, it is our most sacred duty to try. That’s where I stand,” said Biden, who may be contemplating a run for president in 2016.


The anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting is a week from Saturday, and Connecticut officials are expected to release recordings of the 911 calls on Wednesday.


Biden was in Asia when the White House released his tough-on-guns message, which was signed “Joe.”


The message links to a list of the “progress we’ve made” on the 23 executive actions. Here are a few of them:


— “Begun to address unnecessary legal barriers that prevent states from reporting information about those prohibited from having guns.”


— “Issued a presidential memorandum requiring federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.”


— “Took steps to maximize enforcement efforts.”


— “Helped law enforcement avoid returning guns to the wrong hands.”


— “Published data on lost and stolen guns.”


— “Reviewed categories of dangerous people prohibited from having guns.”


You can see the full list of executive actions here.


On Tuesday, coincidentally, the House Judiciary Committee was holding a hearing on the president’s “constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws.”


Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) told Fox News on Tuesday that she and other members of Congress are “appalled at the president’s actions — they are clearly unconstitutional.” Bachmann said the Constitution limits the president’s power — “even though the president doesn’t act that way.”


Bachmann said Obama can’t “unilaterally make these decisions, Congress is a part of the government as well, you’re not a king, you’re not a dictator” — even though he sometimes acts that way.


The list of Republican complaints includes Obama’s unilateral changes to the Affordable Care Act, which Bachmann called “political management”; and his use of “prosecutorial discretion” in determining which illegal aliens to deport.



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Valued By Free Men

Bear Arms - Founding Fathers vs Dictator Socialists

Justin O. Smith provides an excellent essay on upholding the Original Intent of the Second Amendment in the face of Leftists making the attempt to circumvent the Second Amendment.


A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. (Legal Information Institute; Cornell University of Law)


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By Justin O. Smith

Sent: 1/14/2013 12:22 PM


As cold as it may seem to some in light of the aftermath of the murders of twenty beautiful little children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut… and I was shaken and my heart was torn along with all America… the facts still show that Our Second Amendment right is sacrosanct, it protects all of our other rights and responsible, sane gun owners have prevented many more crimes and deaths than the number of robberies and murders committed by armed uncaring, sometimes unhinged and mentally impaired, criminal and insane thugs. Unfortunately, Obama and the Democratic Party do not feel the same and never miss taking advantage of a crisis, and these political opportunists did not wait even 24 hours before deciding to once again attempt to infringe upon the right of each and every American to “keep and bear arms.”

Our Second Amendment states: “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

How different things might have ended in Newtown if only an armed citizen, an armed teacher or teachers and an armed Student Resource Officer had been nearby on that terrible day. People still may have died, but at least the chances would have been better that the assailant would be the only one dying, rather than twenty innocent and precious children.

Banning semiautomatic rifles just because they look like military weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines will not prevent every future horrific act of violence or eliminate evil from our society. In 1927 an insane former school superintendent killed children in North Carolina by detonating an ammonium-nitrate bomb inside their school. Criminals will always find ways to acquire weapons and use them to commit acts of violence.

Vice-President Joe Biden’s gun control commission is on track to offer proposals to the White House and Congress for new gun control laws and regulations shortly before this piece makes print. With his usual gall, temerity and arrogance, Obama stated that if Congress does not act in a timely fashion on this issue, he will enact gun controls by fiat and executive order. Nowhere is there any authority given to the U.S. President to countermand or modify any amendment to Our U.S. Constitution. Some on the Left, such as NY Mayor Bloomberg, are even counseling Obama to regulate guns through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which once again, not only bypasses Congress as the Legislative Branch of government but also violates the U.S. Constitution.

No clause in the U.S. Constitution can be interpreted to give Congress, the President, any of the States’ legislatures or the District of Columbia a power to disarm the people or to control guns to the point that many now aspire. This flagitious attempt to abrogate Our Second Amendment Right… God given… is occurring in plain sight through incremental actions and under a general pretense in blind pursuit of inordinate power. This is what men such as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Locke had in mind when they gave the American people the Second Amendment in order to prevent such abuse of power, preserve the rest of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, restrain the federal government and keep America and Americans Free… And in his ‘Commentaries on the Constitution’, Joseph Story, the first U.S. Chief Justice, considered the right to keep and bear arms as “the palladium of liberties of the republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers…”, which deters tyranny and enables the people to  overthrow their government should it prove necessary!

In the ‘Federal Gazette’ June 18, 1789, Tench Coxe wrote: “As civil rulers…may attempt to tyrannize…and…might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article (2nd Amend) in their right to keep and bear arms.” No writer of that era disputed or contradicted Coxe’s analysis that the Second Amendment protected the people’s right to keep and bear their private arms.

“Swords and every other terrible implement of the soldier are the birth-right of an American… The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people,” wrote Alexander Hamilton in Federalist Paper #29. Hamilton, like many Americans today, did not view the right to keep and bear arms as limited to only active militia members or the National Guard.

Former Tennessee National Guard commander Richard A. Hamblen was closer to the Founding Fathers’ intent than the Supreme Court ruling in the United States v Miller-1939, which provided most of the rationale for all gun control laws since then. As Hamblen answered charges of possessing nine unregistered machine guns in 2009 (6th Circuit Court of Appeals), he stated, “There are no qualifiers on the Second Amendment. There are qualifiers on the Fourth (also the Fifth), so if the Founders had intended to restrict the right to keep and bear arms, they knew how to do it.” Under the Second Amendment each and every single one of us are well within our rights if we wish to carry Mr. Ronnie Barrett’s world renown .50 caliber automatic rifle down Broad St in Murfreesboro, TN.

Debra Maggart failed to retain her seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives after blocking a bill allowing people to keep guns locked in their cars in parking lots; and, while fairly recent Supreme Court rulings, District of Columbia v Heller-2008 and McDonald v Chicago-2010, upheld the Second Amendment as an individual right rather than only a collective militia right, they have failed to address the Framers’ Original Intent to allow all Americans to carry their arms in an unrestricted environment. Regardless of this truth, most states require a “fee” (registration or background) in order to obtain a “license” (concealed carry license) before keeping and bearing a firearm; a federal and/or state “tax” (firearms/ammunition sales “tax”) is always levied at the time of a firearm transaction: A state cannot impose a license, tax or fee on a Constitutionally protected right, Murdock v Pennsylvania-1942, and requiring licensing or registration of any Constitutional right is itself unConstitutional, Follett v Town of McCormick SC-1944. Any citizen’s license to openly carry any handgun or rifle in public is the U.S. Constitution!

As the debate on gun control continues, it will be interesting to hear the Left-Progressive Democrats’ response, as they attempt to reconcile their desire to take our guns with the Darling of the Left and Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s 2010 statement that the individual’s right to bear arms has “binding precedent” in the Supreme Court and “is settled law”. And, as late as December 22, 1012 even Obama mouthed the words of political expediency, “Look, like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms,” but that is not what his record shows, nor is it how the Left has misinterpreted this amendment for a long time.

As an American citizen, I repudiate the Progressive Democrats’ view on the Second Amendment and any attempt to ban semiautomatic weapons that have perfectly legitimate uses, under the guise of conducing (sic) our safety. One does not become something other than American in order to solve American problems, especially once one understands the uniqueness of our free institutions and the freedoms found in America… unknown in any other land. And this is all the more reason to resist any erosion of our individual rights. When our Founding Fathers forged a land “conceived in Liberty”, they did so by “watering the Tree of Liberty with the blood of Tyrants” with musket and rifle. They reacted to attempts to dissolve their free institutions and to keep them from establishing a free nation as a nation of armed men. And… when they sought to record forever a guarantee of their rights, they devoted one full amendment out of ten to nothing but the protection of their right to keep and bear arms against government interference. All Americans should give proper recognition and respect for this right most valued by Free Men!

“Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves?” -Tench Coxe (Pennsylvania Gazette Feb 20 1788)


By Justin O Smith


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Pundits on Biden-Ryan Debate

VP Debate 2012- Biden or Joker

John R. Houk

© October 12, 2012


Last night’s Biden/Ryan debate was a demonstration on how Democrats will shout down an opponent when confronted with the facts of fundamental failure of the Obama Administration.


Thus as the day and week moves forward I predict the Dems will say VP Biden won by virtue of blustering and not allowing Rep. Ryan to elaborate on the facts. If you are a Republican VP Biden’s performance was that of an insane person smiling like a creep sometimes and masking shock to condescend to the kid’s facts. Not that Ryan is a kid; he is a man in his forties. But old foot-in-mouth Biden would not give Ryan a chance to stick his foot in his mouth.


The Joker - Jack NicholsonI like what William L. Gensert wrote about Biden’s gyrations:


His smile was frightening.  For most of the night Joe Biden looked like the Joker — Nicholson not Ledger.

Vice President Joe Biden is the Joker and the current person a heartbeat away from the Office of President.


The most even handed news report on the debate that I have found is from Richard Wolf which I found at Portland WCSH News.


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By Richard Wolf, USA Today

Oct 12, 2012 11:00 AM


DANVILLE, Ky. — A virtually deadlocked race for the White House spreads out to six states over the next few days following a confrontational vice-presidential debate that highlighted huge differences over the economy and taxes, health care, terrorism and the threat of war.


Vice President Biden and his Republican challenger, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, quarreled Thursday night over the records of their running mates: President Obama’s stewardship of the economy and foreign policy, and Mitt Romney’s claim that he can do better on both fronts.


The debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., gave Biden a chance to stop Romney’s momentum since his commanding performance in the first presidential debate in Denver last week. It gave Ryan the opportunity to define himself for the American people and continue that momentum as the race enters its final 26 days.


Both sides came away pleased. “I thought Joe Biden was terrific tonight,” Obama told reporters after the 90-minute debate had concluded. A CNN poll of 381 registered voters who watched the debate showed Ryan the winner, 48%-44%.


Throughout the debate, Biden sought to do what Obama had not last week: fight back. He grinned and shook his head continually to show his disagreement with Ryan and interrupted the young congressman frequently. When Ryan accused the administration of “projecting weakness abroad” by not solving problems in Iran, Syria, Libya and elsewhere, Biden shot back, “The last thing we need now is another war.”


And when Ryan berated Obama’s economic policies, proposed tax increases and “devastating cuts to our military,” Biden said, “I’ve never met two guys who are more down on America, across the board.”


Ryan, new to the national stage and in his first televised debate, was unflappable. “What we are watching on our TV screens is the unraveling of the Obama foreign policy,” he said, criticizing in particular the assassination of U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. “Problems are growing abroad, but jobs aren’t growing here.”


Unlike the more formal presidential debate last week in Denver, Biden and Ryan interrupted each other frequently as they sought to separate facts from fiction. When Biden referred to Romney’s statement that 47% of Americans feel they are victims, Ryan quipped, “As the vice president knows, sometimes the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way.”


The debate served different purposes for the two campaigns. Biden needed to help Democrats recover from Obama’s lackadaisical performance last week; Ryan sought to continue the momentum that Romney’s strong effort produced in national and swing state polls.


Before the next presidential debate Tuesday, the candidates and their wives were set to visit six of the nine states still very much in play: Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Colorado and Nevada. The others are Florida, Iowa and New Hampshire.

The debate offered a clear generational contrast between a nearly 70-year-old vice president who was elected to the Senate in 1972 and a 42-year-old challenger who was 2 years old at the time.


Vice presidential debates have not proven very important in the past — not even in 1988, when Democratic Sen. Lloyd Bentsen famously said of Republican Dan Quayle, “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”


At one point in Thursday’s debate, Ryan said the tax cuts that Republicans want are reminiscent of President Kennedy’s. “Oh, now you’re Jack Kennedy!” Biden said.






Sharp barbs but no clear winner in testy Biden-Ryan vice presidential debate


By Amie Parnes and Justin Sink

10/11/12 11:10 PM ET

The Hill


Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) traded furious blows Thursday night in a highly contentious vice presidential debate.

There was no clear winner in the first and only showdown between the vice presidential candidates, with both sides making strong cases for the running mate at the top of their respective ticket. But perhaps the most prominent feature of the debate in Danville, Ky., was Biden’s incredulous demeanor. The vice president repeatedly dismissed Ryan with laughter, eye-rolling and even an “Oh, god!” in an evening of quips and comebacks.


From the outset of the 90-minute debate, Biden sought to portray Mitt Romney and Ryan’s ideas as “malarkey” and depicted his opponent as evasive and untruthful, a theme the Obama campaign has pushed aggressively in recent days.

“With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey,” Biden said. “Not a single thing he said is accurate.”

Biden, clearly looking to rebound from President Obama’s sluggish and subdued performance in last week’s presidential debate, presented a sharp contrast in demeanor and tone from his opponent as they debated topics ranging from Libya to the economy and abortion. The vice president frequently laughed and interrupted his rival as Ryan lobbed criticisms, appearing both confident and dismissive of the Republican nominee.

The Wisconsin congressman battled back with varied success, landing some counterpunches and living up to the earnest and wonky image he has carefully cultivated during his time in Congress. But at other points, Ryan seemed frustrated by Biden’s frequent interruptions.

“I know you’re under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground, but people would be better served if we don’t keep interrupting each other,” Ryan said during a discussion of Medicare.

Biden ran a risk with voters, appearing at times condescending and overly aggressive. His dismissive tone drew fire from many Republicans, who suggested the vice president was being rude to his opponent.

“It’s pretty clear who the grown-up onstage is,” Brendan Buck, Ryan’s spokesman, wrote on Twitter halfway through the debate. “Biden bordering on unhinged,” Tim Miller, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, wrote.

But Biden’s aggressive stance pleased some Democrats who felt the Obama campaign couldn’t afford to lose this debate.

Democratic strategist Paul Begala tweeted, “34 minutes into the VP debate, this is the debate Dems needed. God Bless Joe Biden.”

Obama himself was pleased with his running mate, saying he “could not be prouder” of Biden as Air Force One landed at Andrews Air Force base in Maryland after the president’s trip to Florida.

“I’m going to make a special point of saying that I thought Joe Biden was terrific tonight,” Obama said. “I could not be prouder of him. I thought he made a very strong case. I really think that his passion for making sure that the economy grows for the middle class came through. So I’m very proud of him.”

He called Biden to congratulate him, according to a White House pool report. Romney also called Ryan to congratulate his running mate.

The tone of the evening was set from the opening question, an inquiry into the recent attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Ryan argued the Obama administration had dropped the ball there, providing inadequate security for the foreign service officers who lost their lives.

“Our ambassador in Paris has a Marine detachment guarding him,” Ryan said. “Shouldn’t we have a Marine detachment guarding our ambassador in Benghazi, a place we knew there was an al Qaeda cell with arms?”

Biden fired back, saying the congressman’s characterization of the administration’s response to a terrorist attack was “malarkey” and that “nothing he said was accurate.”

The vice president went on to cite congressional Republicans’ vote to cut embassy security budgets.

“This lecture on embassy security — the congressman here cut embassy security in his budget by $300 million below what we asked for … So much for the embassy security piece.”

As the debate transitioned to the deficit and debt, it stayed personal, with Ryan pointing out that the unemployment rate in Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pa., had increased under the Obama administration.

Biden shot back by bringing up the “47 percent” comment that Romney made at a private fundraiser, saying the Republican nominee believed half of Americans were “unwilling to take responsibility of their lives.”

Ryan responded by pointing out Biden’s Achilles’ heel: gaffes.

“I think the VP very well knows the words sometimes don’t come out of your mouth the right way,” Ryan said.

“But I always say what I mean,” Biden retorted.

In fact, the famously gaffe-prone vice president was mistake-free during the 90-minute debate.

Later, Biden was able to put Ryan on his heels by highlighting the fact that the congressman had requested stimulus dollars for his home district despite criticizing the spending.

“I love that,” Biden said. “This is such a bad program and he writes me a letter saying, ‘The reason we need this stimulus, it will create growth and jobs.’ His words.”

But Ryan seemed to pick up momentum later in the debate as it turned to economic questions. Clearly prepared for a tangle on Medicare, Ryan said Republicans would “honor the promises” to seniors on Medicare.

“We would rather have 50 million future seniors determine how their Medicare is delivered to them, instead of 15 bureaucrats deciding what, when, if and where they get it,” Ryan said.

Biden struck back, equating Ryan’s argument to the “death panel” claims made by former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

The conversation was dotted with folksy colloquialisms as Biden sought the upper hand, frequently referring to Ryan as “my friend” and joking that if voters believed that Romney truly supported the auto bailout, “I’ve got a bridge to sell you.”

The debate again got feisty as the candidates engaged on their tax plans, with the two men frequently shouting over one another while discussing who would be most affected by allowing the Bush-era tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans to expire.

“Jack Kennedy lowered tax rates and increased growth,” Ryan said, arguing for the Romney tax plan.

“Now you’re Jack Kennedy?” Biden asked incredulously. “This is amazing.”

“Republicans and Democrats have worked together on this,” Ryan said. “I understand you guys aren’t used to bipartisan deals.”

As the debate moved back to foreign policy, Ryan accused Biden of empowering the Syrian government’s violent response to rebels by negotiating through the United Nations.

“Where are we?” Ryan asked. “After international pressure, then President Obama said [Syrian President] Bashar Assad should go. It’s been over a year. He has slaughtered tens of thousands of his own people.”

Biden countered, asking, “What would my friend do differently?

“You notice he never answers the question,” the vice president said.

Toward the conclusion of the debate, the candidates were pressed on their stances on abortion. Both Roman Catholics, Ryan and Biden differed on how their faith and public policy should be interwoven.

“I don’t see how a person can separate their public life from their private life. My faith informs me how to take care of the vulnerable, how to make sure that people have a chance in life,” Ryan said.

Biden said he accepted his church’s position on abortion “as what we call a de fide doctrine.”

“I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews and I just refuse to impose that on others,” Biden said. “Unlike my friend here, the congressman, I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people, women, they can’t control their body.”

In the debate’s concluding moments, the candidates were asked to comment on the tenor of the presidential contest so far — an apt question, considering the night’s testy proceedings. Debate moderator Martha Raddatz, who was noticeably more firm in shaping the debate than moderator Jim Lehrer a week ago in Denver with the presidential candidates, asked the question in the context of a soldier who had expressed dismay over the political atmosphere.

Biden pivoted into a discussion of the “sacred obligation” of the government to honor the soldier’s service — and hit Ryan again on his running mate’s “47 percent” comment.

“He shouldn’t be thrown into a category of 47 percent who don’t pay their taxes while he was out there fighting,” Biden said.

Ryan similarly turned the question into an attack on his opponent, arguing that “we’re not getting leadership” under Obama.

“What do we have from the president?” Ryan asked. “He broke his big promise to bring people together to solve the country’s biggest problem. I would tell him we don’t have to settle for this; we can do better than this.”


Joe Was the Only One Laughing


Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team

October 12, 2012

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“If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.” –Proverbs 29:9


Conventional wisdom says that vice presidential debates don’t move the needle in elections, and last night’s debate was probably no exception. That said, Thursday night’s debate couldn’t have contrasted two more different candidates. Paul Ryan, the respectful, serious and earnest policy wonk, against Joe Biden, who behaved like a drunken clown and a jerk and paid due homage to the mascot of the Democrat Party — the Jackass. (SlantRight Editor: Highlight emphasis mine)


VP Debate 2012- Biden-Clown vs Ryan toon


On substance, Ryan held his own against Vice President Chuckles, despite having to face a second debate opponent in “moderator” Martha Raddatz of ABC News. Yet on style, whether the subject was the terrorist attack on our Libyan embassy, the ailing economy or abortion, Biden smiled, laughed, sneered, rolled his eyes and strategically interrupted Ryan every time the congressman hit his stride on an answer. And if it wasn’t Biden interrupting, it was Raddatz.


Biden is obviously a disciple of Saul Alinksy (sic), who in his “Rules for Radicals,” Rule No. 5, said, “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.” Clearly, the Obama team decided that the president’s failure last week was that he was “too polite,” and that Biden had to use ridicule to shore up their anxious base. The result was appalling, but then again, Biden has been rehearsing his socialist obfuscation and diversion in Washington for 40 years.


With that, here are a few high- and lowlights.


Libya: Biden blamed the intelligence community for the ever-changing story coming from the White House, and flat out lied when he claimed ignorance as a defense. “[W]e weren’t told they wanted more security” at the embassy, he said.. But the bottom line is READ THE REST


Pundits on Biden-Ryan Debate

John R. Houk

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