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The Trump Tower That Obama Built

Melanie Sturm | @ThinkAgainUSA Read Comments - 9
Publish Date: 
Thu, 01/14/2016


Ancient Talmudic wisdom teaches that whoever destroys a soul, destroys an entire world. So it’s understandable that in unveiling heightened gun control measures last week before an audience of shooting victims’ relatives, President Obama shed tears.


Inspired by the San Bernardino massacre to take unilateral action he admits “will save few lives” (nor would they have prevented any recent mass shooting), the president urged Americans to Think Again about “common-sense” gun reforms.


Obama’s executive actions bypass bipartisan congressional majorities, and 58 percent of voters who say “the government should only do what the president and Congress agree on,” according to last week’s Rasmussen poll.


“We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees this kind of mass violence,” Obama frequently laments, a claim judged false by Politifact and the Washington Post who called his language “slippery.”


In fact, the US ranks 11th in per capita fatalities from mass public shootings – behind European countries with stricter gun control laws such as France, Switzerland, Norway and Belgium – according to a Crime Prevention Research Center analysis of the period 2009 through 2015. Meanwhile, total U.S. homicides are at historic lows.


Turns out, Obama is a better salesman for guns than gun control, the New York Times noted. During Obama’s tenure, gun ownership has nearly doubled, with women and concealed-carry owners representing the fastest-growing segments. Even as the stock market suffered its worst yearly start ever, shares of firearm manufacturers soared.


At his CNN town hall meeting, Obama faced gun rights defenders, including rape victim Kimberly Corban. “I have been unspeakably victimized once already and I refuse to let that happen again,” Corban explained in asking Obama to understand that restrictions make it harder for her to possess a gun, “making my kids and I less safe.”


While Obama was repeating his “if you like your guns you can keep them” mantra, presidential frontrunner Donald Trump drew deafening applause in Vermont after saying, “You know what a gun-free zone is to a sicko? That’s bait!”


Even in Bernie Sanders country, people wonder why after a shooting spree lawmakers reflexively seek to limit the gun rights of law-abiding citizens, making them vulnerable to criminals who account for the vast majority of gun violence.


America’s killing fields aren’t in suburbia; they’re urban centers blighted by societal decay, gang warfare and beleaguered law enforcement. The perpetrators aren’t mentally ill loners; they’re mostly criminals killing criminals.


If addressing gun violence is such an urgent priority, why have weapons convictions declined six percent since last year and 35 percent since peaking in 2006? Why is Obama releasing dangerous gun felons and hardcore Guantanamo Bay jihadists? Why insist on resettling Syrian refugees whom the FBI says it can’t vet and Islamic radicals intend to infiltrate?


Why does Obama sanction “sanctuary city” policies that ignore immigration laws by releasing criminal illegal immigrants into unsuspecting populaces? Between 2010 and 2014, 121 released illegals proceeded to commit murder – that’s two souls lost per month.


Obama’s gun fiats came amid an ominous 2016 debut: escalating Middle Eastern conflict; a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan; mass sexual assaults by Arab refugees in Germany; a hydrogen bomb test in North Korea; sanctions-violating ballistic missile facilities in Iran; captured footage exposing ISIS’s “jihadi university”; and an ISIS-inspired terrorist ambushing a Philadelphia policeman with a stolen gun.


Seemingly indifferent to these life-imperiling events, Obama intends to override the will of the people – as with his 2014 executive order to grant amnesty to 5 million illegals, and the Iran deal, granting them $150 billion to fund terrorism and build ballistic missiles – setting dangerous precedents for our constitutional system.


Testifying before Congress about accumulating separation of powers violations – over-reaches for which the Supreme Court unanimously rebuked the White House 12 times – constitutional law professor and Obama-voter Jonathan Turley said Obama is “becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid -- the concentration of power in any single branch.” Turley insists the President “can’t say the solution to gridlock is you simply have to resolve it on my terms.”


By forcing his agenda on Americans, Obama is building a Trump Tower of insecurity and distrust, an edifice Trump unapologetically promises to destroy to “make America great again.” He’s tapping into Americans’ “dissatisfaction with government,” which tops Gallup’s latest list of voter concerns, with gun control barely rating.


That such an unlikely and flawed candidate is contending for the presidency speaks to America’s state of disunion. It’s tear inducing considering Obama ascended to the White House with this plea for national unity:


“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America…There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United State of America.”


Think Again – Since elections are designed to punish failures and reward success, may 2016 reveal a statesman capable of delivering the legitimate government Americans deserve.


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With what's on the horizon,

With what's on the horizon, respecting the constitution maybe the least of our worries.
Wars, a financial collapse, or terrorism on a our own shores may be a much bigger concern in 2017.
Plus Obama has much more in store for this nation he despises so greatly before he departs.
I believe we can't even conceive the amount of turmoil we'll be facing soon.
We will need a strong, common sense President who knows how to use and garner
power. Someone who understands how the world works and will use everything in his power to
keep America safe.
I think Trump is our best shot.

I agree with everything you

I agree with everything you said. I just worry that Trump wouldn't respect the constitution, not unlike Obama.

This article by Ms. Sturm is

This article by Ms. Sturm is so full of mischaracterizations and outright lies that it is not even worth addressing them all.

Take for instance her statement that the U.S. ranks 11th in the rate of fatalities per capita in mass shootings. Well that's true because some of the mass shootings have occurred in places like Norway which has a population of only about 5 million. What the president was referring to is the number of mass shootings. We are way ahead of anywhere in the developed world in the number of these tragedies, and that's the point. We also lead the developed world by a long shot on the number of gun deaths per capita, about 4 per 100,000. And we lead by a long shot on the number of guns per capita. So much for the argument that more guns = more safety. There are most certainly places in the world that have many more gun deaths per capita, but not in the developed world and not among countries of similar socioeconomic status.

Ms. Sturm then goes on to claim that a background check would somehow prevent a woman from defending herself during a home invasion. Again, she tries to conflate a background check with "taking away yer guns". It is illogical to claim that background checks won't prevent mass shootings. That is an opinion, not a fact. We can't know until background check laws are strengthened, or at least strictly enforced as per the presidents (legal) executive action.

She mentions the presidents executive action on immigration as an example of him ignoring the will of the people and then includes the Iran deal in the same sentence as if it were part of his executive action. The Iran deal is not just between the U.S. and Iran. It involves a coalition of nations from around the world. The money that Iran will receive is Iranian money that has been frozen in U.S. banks as part of the sanctions. This is not a "payment" coming form your tax dollars.

If the president is a tyrannical dictator and ignoring the will of the people, then why haven't the antigovernment militia gun nuts in Oregon been arrested? He can't be a ruthless dictator and feckless coward at the same time.

While I strongly disagree with Ms. Sturm's premise and her use of mischaracterization and slight of hand in a lame attempt to make a point, I do approve of the Aspen Times and the Steamboat Pilot being willing to print differing points of view.

If only Americans would Think

If only Americans would Think Again and realize the Founding Fathers set up a means of checks and balances to keep our country on track, and how important it is to get back to our core values!

First of all, most murders in

First of all, most murders in big cities are gang related--80% of them, or more. Who thinks that gangbangers are going to obey gun control laws? What´s the color of the sky where they live?

Secondly, two-thirds of all homicides are suicides, and murder is presently at an all time low. How do lawmakers propose to prevent suicides? It´s not as if there aren´t many other ways and means.

From The Article: "While Obama was repeating his “if you like your guns you can keep them” mantra, presidential frontrunner Donald Trump drew deafening applause in Vermont after saying, “You know what a gun-free zone is to a sicko? That’s bait!”

That´s right!

This is an excellent article

This is an excellent article - very well done - government overreach on the part of the executive and government underreach on the part of the Congress has created a massive resistance torpedo trademarked Trump.

They broke government - and they built the vulgarian resistance which is spreading like wildfire.

And then the Dupe Haley threw gasoline on the flames to put them out.

D.C. has become a broken

D.C. has become a broken corrupt stinking sewer.
Both the left and the right don't care about anything but business as usual in Washington.
The powers that be want a Clinton or a Bush. They get to keep their jobs and milk the
American people dry with more taxation, rules and regulations.
We the people are fed up. We want to kick down the door and destroy the illegal fiefdom
of corruption.
Let's try and take America back from those who seek to destroy this once great nation.

My favorite articles are

My favorite articles are always the ones wherein you repeatedly prove your point using the arguments of liberals against them:)

The Apprentice apes Obama's

The Apprentice apes Obama's pathological narcissism in:
1) using juvenile invective to cope with inconvenient truth;
2) boasting that he doesn't "listen to anybody" on fiscal policy;
3) lusting after powers the Constitution reserves for Congress;
4) insisting that fomenting racism and divisiveness must triumph over the Constitution; and
5) harboring the delusion that his ability to get press coverage conflates with his being the smartest guy in the room.

On policy, they're Siamese twins as to:
6) having no clue on how to deal with Russia; and
7) being willing to consign Israel to conquest by Muslim terrorists

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