Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Osama has almost won. Thanks for helping.

Written By: Bob - Mar• 14•13
Obama did his "victory lap," but Osama won before he died... and we helped him every step of the way.

Obama did his “victory lap,” but Osama bin Laden may have the last laugh from his watery grave.

As local, state and federal legislators and executives continue to attack the rights and liberties of Americans while driving the nation into a now almost unavoidable financial collapse, it has become abundantly obvious: Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda have won their war against the United States, and precisely in the manner in which bin Laden claimed he would.

The Saudi-born terrorist never intended to defeat the U.S. militarily. He always intended to use the same tactics he saw that were so effective for the Afghans against the Soviets. He intended to bleed us dry financially, and got us involved in fighting in a protracted overseas war with a long and and staggeringly expensive logistics tail.

More insidiously and effectively, however, he sensed a softness in the American people, and used terrorism and the vague threat of more terrorism to convince us give up our freedoms and liberties in the name of safety.

We turned upon ours sacred values, and pissed away what previous generations of Americans poured out their blood to defend. The wars overseas were a costly distraction, and he waged the real war though American televisions, newspapers, news magazines, and the politicians who felt they answered to them. He played them all like a Stradivarius. In hindsight, it is all so obvious.

How he must have danced in the caves of Afghanistan when he heard President George W. Bush was creating the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), knowing full well how Orwellian such a department would quickly become.

How bin Laden must have laughed—until he had tears coming out of his eyes!—when the saw the formation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an entire agency dedicated to defiling personal liberties and personal dignities for security theater, while never stopping so much as a single terrorist attack.

Osama bin Laden won again when he used “civil rights” groups to bully Americans into not even talking about those who were attacking us.

He saw our weaknesses and our vanities, our faux liberalism and petty insecurities, and tendencies towards tyranny always widespread in our government.  He exploited and encourages the hell out of them until he had us eating our own in an orgy of civil rights abuses that get worse every single day.

It would be easy point the finger at Barack Obama as America’s willing and eager executioner, but he would not have had the tools in place were it not for eight years of George W. Bush, eight years of Bill Clinton, four years of George Bush the elder, eight years of Reagan, four years of Carter, etc., and all the Representatives and Senators under them that traded away opportunities and freedoms at every critical juncture.

And we put them there.

Thank you, Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers, and Generations X, Y and Zzzz for continually voting into office those that weakened this Republic, making us an easy mark for a radical fundamentalist that knew us all too well. Because of Americans who chose what was easy over what was right, we face a critical juncture in this nation’s near future where a Republic will either be reestablished through extraordinary effort, or it will fall into the ashheap of history like the Greeks, the Romans before us.

We’re in this dire situation because we’ve chosen poorly for generations, and continue to chose poorly as a society. There is not reset button, no easy button, and no quick fixes.

Only hard work, grit, and gumption can restore this public.

Are there any left to perform it?

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  1. Chuck says:

    Truer words were never spoken. As a people, we are committing suicide. The Constitution is a dead letter and now the prospect of Western Civilization being extinguished is very real.

  2. Comrade X says:

    Leaving the tracks that our forefathers gave us with the rails of our constitution started long before Reagan or Carter, or even LBJ and Nixon, we were taking those steps with FDR and Wilson but you could even go back to Ole Hickory IMHO.

    What becomes truer with time and is way past due:

    “…And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure….” Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, Paris, 13 Nov. 1787

    Death before slavery!

  3. Steve D. says:

    “…hard work, grit, and gumption”? I think you mean “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

    The problem is, the very idea of “honor” is considered downright peculiar in modern America. And the kind of people who would elevate things like Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer and Diane Feinstein to positions of power have no honor to pledge.

  4. Kris says:

    “So this is how liberty dies…with thunderous applause” –
    Padmé Amidala Star Wars III

    We will not regain liberty in one thunderous sweep. Person by person until the wave is undeniable.

    “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” — Samuel Adams

  5. AT says:

    Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
    Thomas Jefferson

    We are riding some rough waves..

  6. Klingonwork says:

    We have long deluded ourselves that we live in a free country anymore. The Republic will fall and as Jefferson said the remaining saplings will be watered with the blood of patriots. Let us hope they do not grow like their forebearers, but rather we have the courage to remember what has happened and graft onto them the common sense and reality of what evil men will do if not pruned by the that same blood of tyrants.

    Death to slavery and death to tyrants!

    Molon Labe

  7. smitty says:

    So true. That Obama is merely a manifestation of prior governmental rot.

    Though Bob wasn’t explicit, he showed the naked truth of our politics…

    We are ruled by a one-party system with two wings.

    They’ve had us fussing over the overly advertised ‘differences between the parties’ while we should have been paying attention to what they agree about, through their consensus and bipartisanship.

    THAT (their areas of agreement) is precisely what has brought us to our precarious present position.

    And Bob was correct to spread the blame among generations. I’ve wondered why the “greatest” generation was called that. Having fought tyranny overseas, they come home to tyranny having sprouted here, but were largely sidetracked by refrigerators, televisions and the like rather than nip it in the bud…

    It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freeman of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.
    -James Madison

  8. Bill says:

    Maybe. I tend towards No. Because any with the spirit are beaten down and culled from the herd early.

    Medicated, indebted, tied down with chains of regulations and political dogma. Indoctrination.

    All for listening to the previous generation, heeding their parents, of said previous generation – the most irresponsible plague of locusts to ever befoul this nation.

    An anecdote: A church is broke and hemorrhaging members and money to age, sickness, and just plain disgust with the pastor. Said pastor, of the baby boomer generation, is apoplectic with incandescent rage over having her “salary” cut a tiny percent because we no longer have the roles to justify sending her across the country for secondary education, that she was gaming from the budget and was caught.

    Her room and board are taken care of. Her supplies for cleaning the house were taken care of. She had it so good she hired a maid. The incredible amount of entitlement from a pastor in a church is staggering.

    She has a roof over her head, a very nice car, all the latest gadgets, multiple computers, etc. and she barely does her job. We’re busy stamping out fires all over that are raging because she couldn’t be bothered to follow through on anything that is her responsibility and she’s raging at us from trying to keep the church from closing down?

    A full %70 of the congregation is broke, sick, or on the cusp of financial ruin. Everything is falling apart, and we all sense it. We know it’s bad. The canary in the coal mine is past coughing, it’s bleedin’ demised. It wouldn’t “voom” if you put 4 million volts through him. It’s joined the bleedin’ choir invisible.

    Are there any left? Sure. But we’re so tired of fighting the death of a thousand cuts, and watching the apathy of those that were supposed to be teaching us that we’re wondering why we don’t just walk away from the whole damn thing. There’s a breaking point, and we’re all approaching it.

    Bin laden did succeed. Personally, I think it’s because the Russians won the long game with us. They undermined our core while we did the same to them.

  9. LFMayor says:

    “…hard work, grit, and gumption”? I think you mean “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

    I think you mean a mass extinction event, for one side or the other. There is no reasoning, voting, balloting, electing, or working with the other side. It’s all been tried, and all failed.

    Sucks doesn’t it? That’s a terrible thought. The cast iron bitch of the situation is that it’s true.

  10. Treker says:

    Rush Linbaugh made a very good point about two weeks ago. He mentioned that we are way beyond politics and it take an outside event to change this once great America. There will be a currency collapse worldwide and millions will lose their lives over it .
    Look to Greece and see our future.

  11. David says:

    Bob you write what I think. Everyday it gets more worse and we get painted further into that corner. The near future is going to suck…

  12. Michael says:

    Bob, you have some titanic balls to complain about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. You were one hundred percent for them during the Bush administration, and you made anyone who wasn’t out to be a traitor.

    You can’t act as if “Confederate Yankee” never existed.

    • smitty says:

      I would think more balls are required to correct one’s wrongful view than to merely go along to get along…

      Who among us can honestly say we’ve never been wrong about an initial observation?

      Especially in a country up to its eyeballs in government-generated bullshit?

      Government loves warfare, and not because they’re about protecting the citizenry.

      Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.
      -James Madison

      War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honours, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. . .
      -James Madison

      Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
      -James Madison

      The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
      -James Madison

      If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
      -James Madison

    • Bob says:

      Last I checked, Confederate Yankee is in the first line of the About page of this blog, Michael.

      I am not against war for the right reasons and have never pretended to be; I’m against starting a war and not decisively ending it in victory. I think we eventually did okay in Iraq for the purposes of our national security interests, even if we did get bogged down for a while trying to figure out COIN because the brass has no plans for what we needed to do when we won.

      We’re not even trying to win in AFG, and haven’t been for years, which we can see in hindsight. That’s BS. If we aren’t willing to root the Taliban out of their bases in Pakistan, we should pack it in.

      • Comarde X says:

        To make war we should declare war as it is laid out in our constitution, then we should level who ever we go to war with and return home immediately with the understanding if they don’t behave we can always go back and level them again.

        I also was wrong about W, nation building is for GOD and the people of that nation and not men from another nation, who are better off tending to their own problems and minding their own business.

        Death before slavery!

  13. Behind Enemy Lines says:

    While I was standing guard waiting for Russians to parachute from the skies…..The Communists ran for office-and won.
    No Retreat-No Surrender.

    • A says:

      pretty much. now we have DHS and TSA to deal with. as we pull out of the Middle East (ala Soviet Style) the American Middle Class; the Christians; the Constitutionalists are the New Enemy of the Federal Government.

  14. creeper says:

    If you want to fix it, start with the schools.

  15. Bob says:

    Good piece. I made a similar point in my own blog. I’ll give it a shout over on my liberty blog for one of next week’s columns.