President leaves many Americans feeling betrayed
by Claire Dunaway Cyr
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April 25, 2013 12:00 AM | 4462 views | 23 23 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
William Henry Harrison once said, “A decent and manly examination of the acts of government should not only be tolerated, but encouraged.” Doing “manly” things never bothered this tomboy and out of respect for the shortest tenured but wise President Harrison, here is my brief examination of the acts of government under our current president.

The troubling issues we face as Americans (for those of us who stay informed beyond “American Idol”) are overwhelming. In the midst of our worry and low morale, many of us look to our faith, and — as Americans — we look to our leader as well.

Unfortunately, in regards to our president, many of us are feeling quite betrayed.

Obama does not openly acknowledge real unemployment and underemployment; rather, he embraces misleading unemployment figures, thus making his policies look deceptively successful. He seems to recognize the bad economy only to justify raising taxes (even though he once said that doing so in a weak economy is a bad idea) and “stimulus” spending.

While he once rightly criticized Bush for skyrocketing debt, Obama now ignores the almost doubled debt under his watch and claims it is a nonissue. He ignores the exploding participation in government assistance programs and coincidentally, millions are spent on advertising such programs.

As more dire effects of Obamacare are revealed, Obama does nothing to address concerns or to reassure the American people over the bill he bullied through. He does not seem to understand that burdensome regulations kill businesses.

Obama’s lack of a strong personal response to North Korea leaves Americans and our allies feeling vulnerable (Can you imagine any other American president responding with such a lack of interest?). He ignores worries over the leadership in Egypt as well as the persecution of Christians (and others) as he offers our tax dollars and weapons with no strings attached.

He bends over backward to keep the gun control debate alive while using an emotional approach with victims’ families, outdated statistics and “solutions” which would not have prevented the horrific Sandy Hook tragedy. He fails to address gangs as the biggest source of gun violence in America.

Obama gave more of an emotionally charged response following the recent defeat of the gun bill in the Senate than he did following the Boston Marathon bombings.

After promising transparency, most Americans are left with more questions than answers on “Fast and Furious” as well as Benghazi.

Obama failed to send a senior administration representative to the funeral of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and our ally understandably feels a bit snubbed.

Our president has been busy with select agenda items.

He presented a late, divisive budget (after displaying his completed basketball brackets).

He led discussion on immigration without showing much interest in securing our border. He signed a controversial Monsanto Protection Act while we were discussing marriage equality.

He “fear-mongered” over the sequester while overseeing the release of criminals to prove its severity and shifted blame. He continues his push to raise taxes.

He escorted select Sandy Hook families around as a political prop and hosted an A-list concert at the White House while allowing a public display of canceled White House tours.

One would think that America is doing just peachy, considering the issues on which our president is focused!

It is a detriment to this country that Obama seems uninterested in the advice of economists, doctors, health care experts and small business owners with experience in the real world (you know, people who have expertise beyond politics, community organization and campaigning) where his decisions have major impact.

Although my rose-colored glasses (one of my favorite accessories) are hard to keep on lately, I am an optimist nonetheless. I feel that with more open-minded common sense “examination” we can turn this boat around. It is our duty to be involved and informed, to question and research and to speak out when necessary.

While it may seem otherwise by this rant, I do not reserve criticism for one side or politician; Republicans certainly have earned a fair share of criticism and I do not hesitate to speak up.

Obama has surely destroyed the myth that what happens in Washington cannot impact our individual lives and for that, I smile through my rose-colored glasses.

Claire Dunaway Cyr of Marietta is an artist, art teacher and group fitness instructor.

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IntheMiddle 2
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April 29, 2013
Mrs. Cyr,

I like this post. It shows thought and conviction. I would have liked some examples to go with your statements:

...rather, he embraces misleading unemployment figures... such as?

...As more dire effects of Obamacare are revealed,...for example?

Also, re-read your article and ask yourself, "Which of these issues are really the responsibility of our legislative branch, and not the executive branch?"

Several are: national debt, government assistance programs, advertising, Obamacare - yep Congress did that, regulations on business, tax dollars and weapons - yep Congress, budgets - the president's budget is a symbolic kick-start, nothing more, Monsanto Protection Act, sequester, the threat of raising taxes - the president has no authority to tax.

The president isn't perfect by any measure, but I've seen worse in my adult life. You will too by the time you are my age...

Now I am looking forward to your follow up article of your observations of the Republican party and its shortcomings.

patrick mcg
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May 03, 2013
cyr, are you kidding? all this information is so easily available. read!!!!
patrick mcg
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May 03, 2013
that was for inthemiddle 2 really. wake up. being older doesn't mean wiser. joe biden is old as well!! thanks anyway for the ridiculous obama campaign ad.
CobbCoGuy
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April 26, 2013
An excellent summary of the last four years. Looking forward to more from you.
Jim Warren
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April 26, 2013
Thank you for your eloquence, Claire.
Old timer
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April 25, 2013
Well written and interesting...thaanks.
Kindred Spirit
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April 25, 2013
Great article, Ms. Cyr! I could not agree more. I look forward to reading more of your columns.
Too funny
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April 25, 2013
For future columns, I recommend relying less on right wing talk radio and Fox News
Nettie Helen Stemm
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April 25, 2013
Stepped on your toes, did she? There is nothing in that column which requires Fox News input. Simple observation is sufficient.
Too funny
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April 26, 2013
Ok Nettie and Claire, where do you two get your news...and be honest?
CobbCoGuy
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April 26, 2013
@Too funny

While we wait for Nettie and Claire to respond (don't hold your breath), where do you get your news?
Too funny
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April 27, 2013
Sure! I read my news from several sources. Fox News, the Blaze, and The Christian Post are on my list because I like to see how they report certain things. NPR is my most reliable source followed by BBC. I read the NYT and the Washington Post for national news. Reddit is fun and so is Fark.com. Plus I like some weekly magazines like the Economist. Good enough list?
Nettie Helen Stemm
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April 28, 2013
@Too funny. I get my news from the same sources used by most thinking, rational people who do not drink the Obama Worship Kool-Aid. Several newspaper, two national news magazine and a variety of television coverage, along with the most important, observation of the results of his actions, keep me much mroe informed than you who glue you faces to the liberal media and soak up everything said by the talking heads, like Bill Press and ou own local buffoons, Kevin Foley, etc.

Does that answer your question?
Close and Personal
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April 28, 2013
I happen to be a personal friend of Ms. Cyr's. She's a political junkie who gets her news from both sides of the aisle - believe it or not. She subscribes to several Facebook political news feeds from both the right and left, white, black and Hispanic, etc., Christian and non-Christian, etc. She is more up on politics than any of my other friends and knows what is going on in this world. Keep up the good work, Claire!
Too funny
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April 29, 2013
Nettie, explain "Obama Worship Kool-Aid." It's such a very clever phrase.

Close and Personal, why then does your friend not place any blame on the House Republican cohort of crack-pots?
patrick mcg
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May 03, 2013
so we have to submit our sources for your approval? why don't you do some reading and refute any of these points? the typical liberal goes straight to character assassination as they they have no real facts. i.e. daily show, colbert report and MSNBC. surprise us and engage in a REAL discussion.that would be TOO FUNNY!! these are all 100% accurate points.
patrick mcg
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May 03, 2013
your reading list is TOO PREDICTABLE!!!!!
frogbreath
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April 25, 2013
"President leaves many Americans feeling betrayed"

You only feel that way because the President is betraying America.

Thank you
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April 25, 2013
To the poster "Anything Original?" I think that you need the entertainment and creativity of the mainstream media if your first comment is one claiming boredom here. This is our future and it should go without saying, it is VITAL that these issues be dealt with if we want a good future. I'm sorry if this is not exciting or original enough for you. Why don't you turn to reality TV to get your "fix," then wake up and get involved with things like this that really matter (despite the level of personal entertainment they offer)?
Anything Original?
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April 25, 2013
Yawn.
Samuel Adams
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April 26, 2013
Completely succinct and refreshing synopsis of our situation, Ms. Cyr. You prove that not all young people are in the American Idol, low info voter category, and have collected the latest and most egregious actions by this president and layed them out so only a hard core demogogue could ignore them. No yawning from my corner, only relief that the MDJ has seemingly found a young, conservative, articulate voice to counter the gobs of guck from its resident leftist.
E Pope
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April 25, 2013
In my opinion, Claire, you are right on. Our President seems to be blind and deaf to the struggles that face every American every day.
Samuel Adams
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April 26, 2013
E. Pope, there is another option on the table, and that one is at least as credible as a blind Obama. It is an Obama that wishes for America to fail, to break down, to descend into darkness. On purpose, so his fellow statists/communists/revolutionaries can remake it into the Alinsky mold. Google Cloward-Piven at least and see what I'm talking about.
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