As a public service, SMM today begins a series that will continue until the election, and perhaps a bit beyond.  It will run every Monday.  I hope this series will provide readers with useful, valid and verifiable facts that can be used to persuade the persuadable, for I have no doubt that another four years of Barack Obama will cause irreparable damage, not only to America, but to the very existence of liberty around the world.

There are so many reasons why Mr. Obama is a disaster for freedom and American interests, and many more crop up each and every week.  I’ll do my best to hit the high spots, the most dangerous and anti-democratic qualities, actions and beliefs of our first—and hopefully our last—Marxist president.

Reason #1: Mr. Obama Believes Fuel Made From Algae Will Replace Petroleum

Categories: pathological lying, no grasp of reality, environmental lunacy, economic insanity, criminal crony corruption

On his Feb. 23rd campaign trip/energy speech in Miami, Mr. Obama said (From the Washington Examiner via Big Government):

 ‘We’re making new investments in the development of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel that’s actually made from a plant-like substance, algae — you’ve got a bunch of algae out here. If we can figure out how to make energy out of that, we’ll be doing alright. Believe it or not, we could replace up to 17 percent of the oil we import for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in America.’

To that end, the Department of Energy is already spending around $85 million dollars on some 30 projects hoping to develop biofuels from algae, and Mr. Obama is proposing to add at least another $14 million.  This on top of the $500 million the Department of Defense has already spent in the pursuit of algae-based biofuel for the Navy.

And how successful has this half billion dollar investment been thus far?

‘In his speech, President Obama noted that algae based fuels can be used as jet fuels, but a study at MIT ‘found that even under optimal conditions — with dozens of refineries up and running — the price of bio jet fuel would still be twice as high as the cost of the traditionally made stuff.’

As with the Solyndra conspiracy, the entire enterprise is infested with cash for Obama supporters, cronies, bundlers and other assorted under-the-nearest-rock dwellers.  Visit the Big Government link for the whole story.

There is a reason petroleum based fuels power our society.  They are safe, efficient, inexpensive (until Jimmah Carter and Mr. Obama, anyway) and produce more energy for their size than any alternative.  All alternative fuels, including ethanol, are far more costly in every way, and produce far less energy.  Most people don’t realize that ethanol, by it’s very nature, actually harms internal combustion fuel systems and engines, and we pay more for the privilege, not counting the untold billions already sunk into the black hole of ethanol subsidies.

The mere suggestion that fuel based on algae could possibly supply anything like 17% of our energy needs reveals that Mr. Obama simply doesn’t have a clue—or believes we don’t and will vote for him anyway.  There is no technology currently under development or known to science that can replace petroleum fuels–if maintaining anything like our current level of civilization is our goal.  It would not be difficult to believe it is not Mr. Obama’s goal for us.

Reason #2: Mr. Obama Claims His Administration is Actually Producing More American Oil While Simultaneously Claiming We Don’t Have Any To Produce

Categories: pathological lying, no grasp of reality, environmental lunacy, economic insanity, criminal crony corruption, insufferable arrogance

During his Feb. 23rd campaign trip/energy speech in Miami, Mr. Obama also made an amazing number of blatant lies—even for him.  Investor’s Business Daily has done a great service by documenting and explaining his five most blatant “whoppers.”

The speech was, in many respects, what we’ve come to expect from Barack Obama.  He blamed others for his failings and claimed credit for the accomplishments of others, even as those accomplishments are the opposite of what he has claimed to want to accomplish.  So what’s new?  What do I mean?  A few examples from the IBD article:

‘We’re focused on production.’

Fact: While production is up under Obama, this has nothing to do with his policies, but is the result of permits and private industry efforts that began long before Obama occupied the White House.

Obama has chosen almost always to limit production. He canceled leases on federal lands in Utah, suspended them in Montana, delayed them in Colorado and Utah, and canceled lease sales off the Virginia coast.

His administration also has been slow-walking permits in the Gulf of Mexico, approving far fewer while stretching out review times, according to the Greater New Orleans Gulf Permit Index. The Energy Dept. says Gulf oil output will be down 17% by the end of 2013, compared with the start of 2011. Swift Energy President Bruce Vincent is right to say Obama has “done nothing but restrict access and delay permitting.”

‘The U.S. consumes more than a fifth of the world’s oil. But we only have 2% of the world’s oil reserves.’

Fact: Obama constantly refers to this statistic to buttress his claim that “we can’t drill our way to lower gas prices.” The argument goes that since the U.S. supply is limited, it won’t ever make a difference to world prices.

It’s bogus. New exploration and drilling technologies have uncovered vast amounts of recoverable oil.

In fact, the U.S. has a mind-boggling 1.4 trillion barrels of oil, enough to “fuel the present needs in the U.S. for around 250 years,” according to the Institute for Energy Research. The problem is the government has put most of this supply off limits.

By all means, read the rest of the article for the other three outrageous lies, but remember: they’re only the five biggest lies in a single teleprompter reading delivered on a single day.

During his teleprompter reading, Mr. Obama said that Americans aren’t stupid.  He said it in the context of claiming they weren’t stupid only as long as they believe whatever he says.  But there are times we ought to take Mr. Obama—and his czars and other assorted dysfunctionaries—at their word: when they promise to harm America and Americans.

In a January, 2008 interview with the SanFrancisco Chronicle, Mr. Obama said that under his cap and trade plans, energy prices would “necessarily skyrocket.”  Since he couldn’t pass Cap and Tax even with complete Democrat control of Congress, he has been accomplishing the same perverse, destructive goal through executive orders and regulations from the out of control, corrupt Environmental Protection Agency and other federal sycophants.

On June 19, 2008 Mr. Obama also said he “would have preferred a gradual adjustment” of gasoline prices.  What he meant, of course, is that he has no difficulty with stratospheric gas prices, he just wants to control their timing for his maximum political effect and benefit.  He has, in many ways, got his wish; in his first three years, gas prices have increased 94% and continue to rise toward what many predict will be $6 dollers per gallon this summer.

In September of 2008, Energy Secretary Steven Chu was determined to increase energy prices to force Americans to use less of it.  In a political gaffe (accidentally telling the truth) to rival Senator John Kerry’s “I voted for the 87 billion before I voted against it,” Mr. Chu said:

Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.

European levels are as high as $10.00 per gallon.  This appears to be one promise—or threat—Mr. Chu and Mr. Obama intend to keep. 

Reason #3: Mr. Obama Apologizes For America Again—Still–Always

Categories: blaming America first, hatred of America and Americans, giving aid and support to our enemies, treason.

The facts are quite clear. Jihadist detainees at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan used several copies of the Koran—provided at taxpayer expense—to write and pass “extremist inscriptions.”  When they were discovered, the books were removed and eventually burned.  However, somehow, the burning of the books was revealed and of course, Muslims—members of the Religion of Perpetual Outrage—began rioting and screaming for blood, particularly in Afghanistan.

To date, two American Army officers were killed by an Afghan soldier who escaped into a raging mob, and at least four Afghan Muslims have been killed and 50 wounded as this is written.  In addition, two more officers were killed in a secure Afghan building, and seven American troops were wounded in a grenade attack.

How did the brave and resolute Commander In Chief of America’s military respond?  President Obama sent Afghan President Hamid Karzai a letter on Thursday apologizing for the alleged burning of Korans at a U.S. military base, Karzai’s office confirmed on its website.

I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident,’ Obama wrote. ‘I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies.’

This is, of course, just one in a never-ending series of abject, simpering apologies Mr. Obama has made on behalf of a nation that neither needs nor desires such feckless appeasement.  The list of mistakes made by Mr. Obama and others in this incident is an article in and of itself, but here are the highlights:

(1) The rules for handling Korans imposed on US forces are indicative not of a superpower, but a nation of cowards already beaten.  Soldiers can touch Korans only while wearing white gloves, and then only under very specific circumstances.  As a result, our own regulations give jihadist prisoners who would gladly kill any American power over their jailers.  The C in C is responsible for these regulations.

(2) The moment the Korans were defaced by the Jihadists, particularly since they were being used to wage war against us, there was no choice but to destroy them.

(3) We honorably retire worn out and damaged American flags by burning.  Burning the Korans—arguably the primary symbol of our most implacable enemy—provided them the same dignity and respect afforded our national symbol. In fact, Muslim tradition does allow burning the Koran.

(4) Why in the name of all that is Holy did any American make public the fact that the Korans were destroyed?  Why did high-ranking military officers apologize to their deadly enemy?  We know that no good can come of it. We know that they will not appreciate or accept any apology from us, but can only see it as a sign of weakness and stupidity. Those that would gleefully cut off the heads of our children with dull knives for posting on the Internet don’t need our help and encouragement in going on murderous rampages.  We have no obligation to tell our enemies anything that would be helpful to them, yet our troops are ordered to do just that upon pain of prosecution.

(5) Mr. Obama is constantly trying to have it both ways.  He denies that he has ever been a Muslim, yet panders to Muslims so shamefully and openly it’s virtually spitting in Uncle Sam’s eye.  Mr. Obama tells Christians–particularly Catholics–to go to Hell, yet can’t grovel quickly or deeply enough at any minor slight–real or manufactured–that might perturb a Muslim anywhere in the world.  Mr. Obama is a fool if he believes for a moment that Muslims accept or listen to him.

My recent article on Mr. Obama’s public faith claims—Barack Hussein Obama: Statist Christian?–explains this issue in some detail.

(6) The President of Afghanistan is in power—and alive—because we make both possible.  When we leave, his life won’t be worth a plug nickel.  He needs us far more than we need him.  This doesn’t mean we should treat him the way Mr. Obama treats our allies (yes, I know he’s our ally, but does an ally behave as he has behaved in this, or any other situation?), but it does mean that any competent, loyal American President must recognize the power relationships inherent in international relations.  Mr. Obama hasn’t a clue, is actively working against American interests, or both.

The list could go on and on, but I close with a final point.  America is strong because Americans have been—until Mr. Obama—strong.  Whenever American presidents–such as Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton–have projected weakness, very bad things have happened around the world to Americans and others.  Thanks to Mr. Obama’s “smart diplomacy,” the Middle East may blow up into WWIII at any moment and a second Holocaust may be realized.

Particularly when our enemy is comprised of medieval, tribal societies that respect and fear only strength, showing anything else is an open invitation to war.

I made just that point in my recent seven part series on the rationale for gun ownership:

What about those who reject killing under all circumstances, who claim that killing can never be a social good?  Take the case of India under the British Colonial Government of 1829.  A common Hindu practice—Sati–was to burn a man’s widow on his funeral pyre.  The story goes that when the British Governor-General, Lord Bentinck, objected to this practice, he was told that it was the Indian custom.  He replied something to the effect of: ‘Very well, you may practice your custom, but we too have a custom which we will practice. It is our custom to hang those who burn widows.’  Needless to say, the Indian custom was hastily abandoned and soon outlawed. The social utility of being willing to kill those who were, for reasons of custom, killing innocent women, can scarcely be denied.

I suspect that much would change in international relations if our President were to say something like this:

“You ask for an apology for the legitimate and respectful burning of a tool of war against us?  You say it is your custom to riot, and to murder not only our people but yours for any slight, real or imagined, against your religion?  You cry out for the punishment of our people?

Very well.  You may practice your custom.  But we too have a custom, which we will practice.  We do not allow rioting or harming others, and those who riot will be immediately stopped with as much force as is necessary, including deadly force.  We will do this not only to protect our lives, but the lives of your people, four of whom have been murdered and 50 wounded.  If those rioters survive, they will be arrested, tried before a military tribunal and appropriately punished.

Your people have killed four American soldiers and wounded seven others.  We have a custom here as well.  If those responsible have not been turned over to us with 24 hours, we will leave this country and place you and your top advisors and officials, in the middle of the province of your countrymen most overrun by jihadists, whose sensibilities you seem determined to assuage.  We will give your countrymen what you would deny us: a fair trial and an effective defense.  Oh, and we will not punish anyone for doing their duty.

What is your decision?”

Shouldn’t this be what any American President would do?  Isn’t it the least we should expect?  If we cannot be moved to demand that America’s president actually honor his oath of office, we are truly lost.