A Fish Rots From the Head

By Paul R. Hollrah, Guest Blogger

Sir James Porter’s Observations on the religion, law, government, and manners of the Turks, published in 1768, tells us, “The Turks have a homely proverb… they say ‘the fish stinks first at the head,’ meaning that, if the servant is disorderly, it is because the master is so.”  How could the Turks have known about Barack Obama so many centuries before he was born?

From the day he announced his intention to seek the presidency, we knew that Obama was just another Democratic political thug from the streets of South Chicago with no more background and experience for the presidency than the average man on the street.  And now, just three years into his faux presidency, we find that he has fostered a culture of corruption that could only have been conceived at the feet of Marxist mentors, polished as a Saul Alinsky community organizer, and honed to a fine edge in the corrupt precincts of Chicago Democratic politics.

In recent days, the Obama brand of corruption has been exemplified by the serious misbehavior of a White House advance team in Cartagena, Columbia, as they made preparations for Obama’s participation in a regional summit conference.  More than a dozen members of his Secret Service advance team and 10 military personnel were recalled for excessive drinking and for consorting with prostitutes.  Several Secret Service personnel have been either discharged or suspended.

In recent weeks, we’ve learned of profligate spending by top officials of the General Services Administration.  The scandal focused principally on the agency’s 2010 conference in Las Vegas.  Reports indicate that the GSA spent around $830,000 in taxpayer funds on the three-day internal conference.  One GSA official allegedly paid the special $93 government rate for an additional night’s stay in his $1,000 room, but then charged taxpayers for the full amount and pocketed the difference.   Three senior officials have been fired, including GSA Administrator Martha N. Johnson, and five others have been suspended.  Fifty GSA employees received $500 to $1,000 bonuses for their role in planning the conference.

Since moving into the White House in January 2009, the Obama’s have demonstrated a total lack of “class,” taking advantage of their position much like a group of unsupervised teenagers with a no-limit credit card and the keys to the family car.

For example, in August 2010, Michelle Obama, daughter Sasha, and 40 “close friends” spent four days at the Hotel Villa Padierna on Spain’s Costa del Sol, where they occupied 60 or 70 rooms at a cost of $500 to $2,500 a night, each.  According to a report by Judicial Watch, taxpayers picked up a $199,323 tab for the use of an Air Force 757 aircraft (Air Force Two), $26,670 for a chauffeur-driven tour of the Costa del Sol and $50,078 for a tour planner.  Housing costs came to approximately $95,000 for some 70 security personnel, plus the cost of transporting a dozen or more automobiles for the First Lady’s motorcade.  The total tab picked up by taxpayers for Michelle’s four-day vacation came to approximately $500,000.

Andrea Tartaros, writing in the New York Daily News, referred to the First Lady as a “modern-day Marie Antoinette.”

In March 2012, the Obamas sent their 13-year-old daughter, Malia, a student at Washington’s Sidwell Friends School, on a class trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, escorted by 25 Secret Service agents.  Within hours of the first mention of the trip by Politico and the Huffington Post, White House operatives were on the phones and all details of the trip were scrubbed from the Internet.

No president in history has spent as much time traveling on official business, on partisan political junkets, and on vacations.  At an estimated cost of $181,757 per flight HOUR… plus the cost of transporting the Marine One helicopter, bullet-proof limos, the Secret Service, and local police overtime… Obama has spent at least $100 million flying around on Air Force One, plus another $100 million transporting his enormous entourage.  According to Mark Knoller of CBS, during calendar year 2010 alone, Obama made 65 domestic trips over 104 days and six trips to eight foreign countries over 22 days… plus six vacation trips over 32 days.

The only thing that would make Obama’s appearance more appropriate to his extravagant lifestyle is a change of fashion.  If it is true that “clothes make the man,” then what he needs in order to make an honest fashion statement are some pastel-shade polyester suits, white patent leather shoes, a white leather belt, and a heavy gold watch chain.

Now, as Republicans appear to have decided on who will have the honor of being November’s “Exterminator in Chief,” the American people are made aware of just how closely the Obama administration has duplicated the methodology of Adolph Hitler’s Third Reich.

In a recently discovered speech by EPA Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz, we are given a rare glimpse inside the hearts and minds of those whom Obama has chosen to assist him in his goal of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”  In a videotaped speech, Armendariz described his “general philosophy” toward regulating the oil industry under the Obama administration.  He explained, “It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean.  They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them.  Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years… It’s a deterrent factor.”

In the weeks and months after Armendariz explained the Obama administration’s approach to environmental enforcement, the EPA initiated smear campaigns against natural gas producers in Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming, insinuating that the new hydraulic fracturing technology used by natural gas producers resulted in water contamination… a claim that has been found to be totally without merit.  And while Armendariz has been forced to apologize for his intemperate remarks, when considered in context with the administration’s “Fast and Furious” gun-walking project, which has resulted in the deaths of hundreds, they were not especially cruel or brutal.

Was the appointment of Mr. Armendariz a fluke, a simple mistake?  Not likely.  From what we know of the Obama administration’s hiring criteria, he is quite typical.  To quote Vice President Joe Biden, “Way back in the transition period, before we were sworn in, when Barack Obama and I were literally sitting at a desk in a high rise in Chicago, beginning the plan on how we would try to get this economy out of a ditch, literally, the first guy I called was (former Senator, former New Jersey Governor) Jon Corzine.  It’s not a joke.  It’s not a joke.  First of all, he’s the smartest guy I know in terms of the economy and on finance, and I really mean that.”

Now, just over three years later, federal investigators are still trying to find some $1.2 billion of depositor funds that Corzine “misplaced” while serving as CEO of MF Global.

Is it any wonder that, when the man at the top of the power structure is so without honor, so without redeeming values, the men and women of the rank-and-file, the peons of the Obama administration, would also feel it’s okay to behave like college kids on spring break and to squander taxpayers funds willy-nilly?

As Inauguration Day approached in January 2009, one wondered how the non-political White House staff would react to Obama.  Would they show him the same level of respect they’d shown Republican presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush?  Would the members of the president’s Marine detachment choose to serve an illegitimate president, or would they request transfers to other duty… such as combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Is there a serviceman or a veteran alive who does not cringe every time they see news film of Obama bounding down the steps of Marine One on the south lawn of the White House, while the young Marine standing at the foot of the steps comes to attention and salutes him?  How will those young Marines ever explain to their children and grandchildren the shame they felt each time they saluted Barack Obama, a man who masqueraded as commander in chief of U.S. military forces, while lacking the personal courage to ever wear a U.S. military uniform?

What is critically important, but what is being totally glossed-over in the mainstream media… including Fox News… is the extent to which lack of respect for Obama within Secret Service, FBI, and active duty military ranks has contributed to a general breakdown in morale, good order, and discipline.  Is it even a remote possibility that Secret Service agents and White House military personnel would have drunk to excess and consorted with prostitutes while advancing an overseas mission for Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush or George W. Bush?  The answer is no; it would have been unthinkable.

It comes as no surprise that it took the bogus Obama Administration, which soils everything it touches, to soil the reputation of the Secret Service, a squeaky-clean organization whose motto has always been, until now, “Worthy of Trust and Confidence.”

So let me be among the first to suggest that it is, in fact, a lack of respect for Obama within military and civilian ranks that has led to the many scandals that now wrack his administration.  Just as Ronald Reagan’s “trickle down” economics gave the American people the greatest period of economic growth in the past century, providing both George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton with an era of full employment and near-zero inflation, Barack Obama’s “trickle down” sleaze will make the Obama experiment of 2008 our nation’s most dangerous historic gamble.   As the Turks understood, a fish does rot from the head.

Paul R. Hollrah

Hollrah is a contributing editor for the National Writers Syndicate and the New Media JournalHis blog is found at OrderOfEphors.comHe resides in the lakes region of northeast Oklahoma.

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13 thoughts on “A Fish Rots From the Head

  1. Isn’t Obama’s regime just like Caligula of Rome? Where do they get off vacationing all over the world bringing their friends on the tax payer dime during a historic economic downturn? THEY HAVE NO SHAME! THEY HAVE NO VALUES! THEY ARE NEGRO’S WITH THE NATIONAL CREDIT CARD! He guts the military and screws Israel. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

  2. Sorry about the race thing but he is living up to the racial stereo type. I’m just pointing it out. What did Mel Brooks say, “its good to be the king.”

  3. Byron, I hate to tell you this.

    1. Taxpayers do not pay for the vacations of the President.

    2. Obama’s actually spent less days on vacation than his precedcessor, or even Ronald Reagan. A counting from April of 2011 had Obama taking 61 vacation days during his first 31 months in office. George W. Bush took 180 vacation days in his first 31 months in office. Ronald Reagan took 112 days.

  4. Dunce – err, uhh, Dunst — I think you’ve been smoking the funny weed. #1 is blatantly false. #2 is pure spin. Bush treated his ranch like a weekend home and often worked while there. When you add up the costs of the Obama family vacations versus the Bush and Reagan families’ travels, I’m certain Obama beats the two of them combined. Finally, you listed obamaconspiracy.org as your URL when you signed in. Really?

  5. Bob,

    The Taxpayers do not pay for the personal expenses for the President or his family. Any part of any trip that is personal is reimbursed by the Obama Family, plain and simple. If the Obama family goes on vacation, they pay for it, plain and simple, according to federal law. They pay for the hotel rooms that they use. They pay for every personal expense of the President, according to Federal Law. Obama’s followed this exact federal law.

    Obama’s still spent less days on Vacation than either GWB or Reagan. And you honestly don’t know what Obama’s done on either of these vacations versus what Bush did. He had the same access to staff that Bush and Reagan did on their vacations. There is absolutely no reason to believe that Obama worked any less on his vacation than what Bush or Reagan did.

    Again, Bush 3 times the number of days on vacation through April of 2003, and this was when he was fighting 2 wars and had the economy recovering from 9/11. Reagan 112 days through April of 1983: and this was when he was fighting the cold war. Obama had only 61 days.

    I love it. Obama could walk on water and you’d attack him for not swimming.

  6. Are you kidding me? Your claiming Obama writes a check for air Force one & two, secret service and limo transport all over the world plus room and board. Hey Dunst, can you slide me a couple of buds of what your smoking?

  7. Mr. Dunst, I went to your site. One question. Do you think the U. S. constitution is current and good for the USA?

  8. Byron, I’d change the constitution in the following ways.

    1. Change the way that voting happens. Not sure what, but I’m not a big fan of the electoral college. It gives people in Wyoming (187875 people per electoral vote) 3 times the say as someone in California (685307 people per electoral vote). I also thinks that it ultimately shrinks the field that people should be fighting over. The Republican’s vote in California is not considered or fought over, because the Democrats have such a huge advantage there. The Democrats have the same thing happening in Texas. In fact, swing states are really only 8 states out of the 50 in the nation that are ultimately fought over. I’m more of a proponent of the National Popular Vote.

    I’d also put in a voting system, such as Instant Runoff Voting, or the Concerret to actually allow more than two parties in our system. It would actually get rid of the necessity of the 2-party system by allowing people to rank candidates in order of preference, rather than a 1st past the post system, which if you have 2 candidates from one side of the spectrum, and 1 from the other, the 1 from the other is going to win with only 35% of the vote because the other two split their base. This would have prevented both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush from being President.

    I’d also amend the constitution to allow Naturalized Citizens who have been citizens for over 20 years to be President. I see absolutely no difference in the loyalty of those who are born here, and who have chosen to become citizens of this great country, and I see absolutely no reason to bar them from being President. I’d put a year of 20 years citizen, added with the 14 years of residency, puts enough of a attachment to this country, that I don’t think birth in this country is necessary. The Hatch Amendment did the exact same thing as this.

    Those would be the three areas of change I’d make to the constitution.

  9. The only other amendment I’d consider is an amendment that makes it clear that corporations are legal entities, but not people, and as a result do not recieve the same protections under the constitution as what people do. This is in direct response to Citizens United v. FEC.

  10. Hmm? You vetted yourself “all enemies foreign and domestic”. The Founders studied government from antiquity to their present day as they developed the supreme law of the land. But hey, maybe your right. Its been over two hundred years, I know, why not direct democracy via internet? The people now operate at the speed of light, the constitution at half the speed of smell. Even though technology and the nation have changed, people have not. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  11. Byron, I proposed 4 reasonable changes to the constitution in areas that I felt could be reasonable.

    If your “all enemies foreign and domestic” thing is about me removing the Natural Born Citizen requirement, the current system doesn’t prevent it. Naturalized citizens are of no higher percentage to be “enemies” of the United States than Natural Born citizen. Ted Kenzenkie: Natural Born Citizen. Timothy McVeigh: Natural Born Citizen. So, obviously there are Natural Born Citizens who are “enemies” of the United States. They’d be eligible for the President. They’re natural born citizens.

    Or are you resulting to an ad hominum attack calling me a “enemy” for wanting to change the constitution in certain ways that I don’t think are working. I don’t think that companies should be able to put unlimited amount of money into coffers of people they support. It amounts to legalized bribery. I don’t think that companies should be able to scare politicians into voting their way by saying that if they don’t, they’ll spend 100 million against that politician next election cycle. That’s legalized blackmail. That is what the Citizens United v. FEC decision made legal was that specifically for companies.

    As far as the voting, I’d like more than the necessity of the 2-party system that our first-past-the-post voting system necessitates. I don’t think that people should be forced to choose between supporting the candidate that they really want, and supporting the candidate that they think has the best chance of keeping the candidate that they don’t want out of the office. A system like Instant Runoff Voting (which is used in places such as Austrailia) is used in great effect to actually elect people. It’s a sped up version of the system that’s already in use all across the United States.

    As far as my problems with the Electoral College, I just don’t think it’s necessary with voting now, and it’s just not necessary for the U.S. to have the electoral college.

  12. It is a shame that even the presidents men have turned to prostitution. They are suppose to have some of the best jobs in the country. How are children suppose to be inspired to become someone like them when they are doing stuff like this. We can thank German influence for this too. Prostitution is legal in Germany and they say it stimulates their economy. They even tax it. Is this event of our Secret Service men a hint of what Obama wants to do?

  13. Just pulling your leg, no worries mate. Develop your ideas like a chess game. “If I make this move where do other threats come from.” Personally I think the 17th amendment needs changing. Popular election of State senators was a big mistake which took the states out of the loop and allowed the US to develop a global empire. The founders wanted the Senate to be accountable to the respective state legislatures. We messed with the original formula and got the system of checks out of ballance

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