Opinion: Obama Hesitant To Attack Syria, Afraid It Could Become His Iraq

As more and more information has poured in over the last few days, the evidence is clear that Assad has been using chemical attacks on his people. Yesterday, the government in the U.K. voted that they would not be intervening in Syria, but it seems like the answer is a lot less clear what the United States will do. Secretary of State John Kerry seems to be presenting information that is extremely damning to Assad and his regime, but Obama seems to be extremely hesitant on what exactly to do with the rogue leader and his military. While some in the media are speculating why Obama seems so hesitant to intervene, I feel that the answer lies with President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq

When we went into Iraq, a large number of Americans supported the efforts of Bush to get rid of Saddam Hussein and his rogue government. They felt that it was good that we were putting an end to chemical attacks on minorities in that country, and the fact that Hussein’s regime may have been a threat to our national security also made many Americans feel that our invasion of Iraq was justified. Bush took this support and rolled with it, but the support didn’t last longs. As the war continued, many Americans began to feel that we should not have given up so many American lives to attack a country that did not have any chemical weapons and was no threat to our national security. To be frank, they didn’t even care about the human rights violations committed by Hussein against his own people. They just wanted our men and women to be safe and sound on their own soil, and that is why they became so passionate about ending the war because they felt that we should not have gone there in the first place.

Fast forward to the present day, and Obama sees the vitriol and hate that is placed on George W. Bush because of his invasion of Iraq in 2004. He has a similar situation on his hands as a tyrannical dictator is murdering his own people, and many in the U.S. want us to intervene in some way shape or form. The fact is that if we attack Syria, even without any boots on the ground, the situation could escalate and we may have to send our men and women to Syria to fight. This could lead to a long struggle, and it may lead to Syria becoming Obama’s Iraq.

This, I feel, it the reason that Obama is hesitant to attack the Assad regime. I personally feel that he should go ahead and attack them, but I can see why he would fear doing such a thing. If he doesn’t though, he could risk losing America’s image as a peacekeeper, and it could have an impact on our country in the future. This would be damaging to world relations in the future, and it could really hurt us. That is why Obama needs to make the decision to spread freedom in Syria and beyond.

May God Bless America,

The Generation X Conservative

Bradley Manning Comes Out As Transgender: Now Wants To Be Referred To As Chelsea

Bradley Manning has come out as transgender after getting a 35 year prison sentence yesterday. He wants to start transitioning as soon as possible. This has many debating whether Manning’s sex change should occur in prison using tax payer money.  What do you think about this?     Tell me in the comments section.           (Images Via http://www.news.com.au and cnn.com)

Keep comments civil please.

               

Bradley Manning Getting Sentenced To 35 Years Gives Warning To Future Leakers

Bradley Manning received his sentence this morning. The twenty-five year old was found guilty of leaking classified information a few weeks ago, but he was found not guilty on the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. The prosecution want him to receive a 60 year sentence, and he could have gotten up to ninety years maximum. While many of his supporters wanted him to get a lesser sentence, his opponents wanted to see him get the maximum sentence, but neither of those things happened. The judge came back with a ruling of thirty-five years, and she made Manning eligible for parole after a third of his sentence. She also gave him time served which means he could be out in ten years.

I think that this was the perfect ruling since he did not seem to know the seriousness of his actions, and this makes him get punishment without taking away his whole life.While some of my fellow conservatives may think he should have been given a harsher sentence, the fact is that he did not fully understand the consequences of his actions, and that is why the judge gave him the sentence that he received. If he intentionally wanted to hurt U.S. soldiers, I feel that a ninety year sentence, or even the death penalty, would have been appropriate. The fact that he did not have bad motives for releasing the documents shows me that it was the right thing for the judge not to give him the full sentence.

And while this may be controversial to say, I must say that I have much more respect for Manning who stayed around to get his punishment than I do for Edward Snowden. Snowden ran away like a hypocrite, and he showed that he is truly the quint essential American wuss. Bradley Manning may have hurt this country, but he showed that he has the nerve enough to stick around and face a judge.  That’s why Manning should not be compared to Snowden. After all, Snowden never served a day in the military, and, when caught, started singing the praises of Hong Kong instead of the U.S.A.  That’s why it’s obvious, to me, that while they may have done the same thing that they certainly reacted to their punishment in two completely different manners, one like a man, the other a coward.

But what message does today’s sentence say to Snowden and other future leakers? I feel like it says that the government will no longer put up with its citizens putting the lives of the brave men and women of the military in jeopardy.  It says that the government is going to put away anyone who wants to risk the safety of the United States behind bars because our security should be number one. With the anniversary of 9/11 just a few weeks away, it is evident that not making our nation’s security our top priority can have serious consequences, and doing everything to prevent another attack on our troops or our land is crucial to preserving our nation for generations to come.  So beware those of you who are thinking of leaking confidential information, beware!

May God Bless America,

The Generation X Conservative

Christopher Lane And Antonio Santiago’s Murders Show Need For Harsher Punishment For Violent Youth

Let me introduce you to two people whose names you should know. The first one is Antonio Santiago. The smiling one-year-old was a happy go lucky kid. He had just celebrated his birthday, and he was looking like he was going to have a happy and healthy future as a kid. The next individual I would like you to meet is Christopher Lane. He came to Oklahoma from Australia to go to school, and he excelled both in baseball in his studies. He, like Antonio, looked like he had a promising future.

Both of these individuals never got to see their future though because they were shot and killed by teenagers. Antonio was being strolled along the streets of his Georgia town by his mother when teen thug De’Marquise Elkins approached them. Elkins demanded that Sherry West, Antonio’s mother, and when she did not provide him with the money he shot Antonio in his face, killing him. Halfway across the country, three more teen thugs decided to shoot and kill Christopher Lane when they saw him jogging because they were “bored”. Both of these deaths are extremely tragic, and they prove that kids needs to know that such actions are completely not acceptable.

Antonio
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With anything, this starts at homes. In today’s politically correct world, parents are  afraid to spank their children, and oftentimes they are even afraid to discipline their children. If more parents would let kids know right from wrong from an early age, they would know the difference between right and wrong, and they would see that their actions have consequences. Instead, we are raising a generation who feels that they can do whatever they want, and they have no value for life whatsoever. Unless this changes, this is only going to get worse, but it’s up to parents to ensure that their children are raised in a way so they know morality by the time they enter high school.

Christopher Lane
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The next step that will ensure incidents like this happen less is to get rid of outdated laws that have two sets of rules for those over and under eighteen. In the case of the murder of baby Antonio, the killer was seventeen, and he therefore could not face the death penalty. In the case of Christopher Lane, the ages of the perpetrators have not been released, but it is assumed that they are under eighteen. It seems to me like if they would have had the possibility of facing the death penalty, they would have found a different way to cure their “boredom” instead of taking the life of the promising Australian baseball player. Instead they robbed Lane of his life because they figured they would get life at prison at worst and, at best, get out on their eighteenth birthdays.

That’s why we need to get tougher on today’s youth. Fifty years ago, crime rates were lower because people knew that a murder would land you in the electric chair, but we now are seeing this rise in crime because this fear of getting capitol punishment is gone. If we could get people to have this fear of capitol punishment again, especially today’s youth, we could see the crime rates among youth drop. Add parents disciplining their kids at home, and we could even see the youth crime rate reach an all time low. I know some of you out there may disagree with both corporal and capitol punishment, but think about where we are today as a society. We have kids murdering babies and strangers, and this is atrocious. This has to stop, and I feel that this one solution to a very serious problems.

May God Bless America,

The Generation X Conservative

Education Problems: Time To Send Your Kids Back To Flawed And Troubled Schools

In the next month or so, those of you parents out there are going to be sending your kids back to school. It may mean more relaxation and rest for you or it may mean not having to pay all that money on a babysitter. Nevertheless, our children will be sent back to school to be taught what our government thinks they should know. While this may seem like a great thing, the fact is things aren’t like they use to be, and the government has been systematically expecting our children to know less and less.

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Take the case of me and some of my relatives. I went to a private Christian school all throughout my education.We had to learn everything from physics, to algebra, to world event and history. Our English and literature programs had us speaking properly and reading such great authors as Jane Austin and Sir Francis Bacon. Meanwhile, my relatives who were grew up going to public school read such great (note the sarcasm), modern classics as Harry Potter, and their English classes consisted of watching movies and talking about them.

To say the least, these two different instances show the difference between the flawed public school systems in American and the private schools that are outdoing them almost one hundred percent of the time. Many wonder why such a difference occurs in private education versus public education, but the answer, to me, is quite simple. In private school, everybody is expected to do well, and not doing well is not an option. The classes are smaller, and if you don’t know something questions are welcomed. Additionally, if one did bad in the schools I went to they were pretty much made to go to after school tutoring, and not doing so had serious questions. In public schools, there are no expectations except to pass the government test at the end of the year so that the school can receive funding, and this causes the kids to not be motivated whatsoever.

Just look at the government tests that kids are required to take before graduation. They are filled with simple questions that most people should know. I have talked to a few people who have taken the tests, and some of the questions that are on there are “What is an omelet?” and other simplistic questions. They should be being asked about what Watergate was, how to find the radius of a circle, and other relevant questions, not asking what ninety-nine percent of the population already knows. If they would expect a little bit more from the kids, they would see that our children are capable of doing much better in school, but continuing to expect less will only cause them to become more and more unintelligent in the future. They don’t though, and that’s why our schools are failing under Obama and Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” program.

That’s why I support the voucher program, where parents are given vouchers and then get to decide where they want their children to go. This levels the playing field so that kids from underprivileged neighborhoods can go get a quality education at a private school, and I feel that this will make our test scores as a nation higher in the years to come. Liberals seem to object for the simple reason because they want the government to have full control over their lives, but they are hurting America’s underprivileged children the most. The simple truth is that private schools have been proven to provide better educations, and allowing for those who may not be able to afford them will fix some of the problems with our corrupt and flawed public  school system.

That’s why I am encouraging you to look into private school as you decide where to send your kids back to school this fall. I can guarantee you they will receive a better education and be much better in the end for it. I am also encouraging you to demand that all children have the opportunity to attend private school if they so choose by trying to get the voucher program invigorated once more. After all, they are America’s future, and the way they are educated may have a big impact on what America looks like in 100 years.

May God Bless America,

The Generation X Conservative

Demand “The Million Muslim March”, Planned On 9/11, Be Cancelled

Believe it or not, it’s only a few more weeks before Americans mourn the passing of thousands as they remember the anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001. It will be a time to remember what we lost on that day, and we can celebrate the steps we have taken to get our nation back since that day. The day will certainly be an emotional one, but, as always, we can get through it by coming together as a nation. While most of us will spend the day coping with the tragedy, a group of people will be using the day to spread political propaganda and make selfish gripes.

 

I am talking about the American Muslim Political Action Committee. This group of Muslims are using the day that thousands of Americans lost their lives to extremist Islamists to protest what they say is religious profiling against their community. In fact, they are planning a “Million Man March” on the Capitol on the day.  It is one of the most insensitive timings for an event, I have ever heard, and I am urging you all to contact the organization and tell them that using the anniversary of the worst attack on American soil for political gain is not acceptable.

After all, they would not like us traveling to Mecca or Medina on their big pilgrimage days to protest the radicals in their community. They would be outraged if we did such a thing, but they somehow think that it’s reasonable to turn the anniversary of 9/11 into a day where they can make gripes and whine. The only ones who should be making any complaints on a day like 9/11 are the families and friends whose friends perished on that horrific day.  They are the victims, and I am sick and tired of people like the American Muslim Political Action Committee playing victim when they are the farthest thing from it.

If they want to protest what they see as mistreatment, they should do it on September 10th or September 12th, but they should not do it on September 11th.  It is a slap in the face to the country which they have chosen to call home, and it is an even bigger insult to the ones who lost loved ones on 9/11. To have a protest to complain about religious profiles just blocks away to where extremists from their religion ran planes into the Pentagon is just wrong,and they should honestly reconsider where and when they do the protests. If they you want respect, they should be respectful, and this is the least respectful thing that they could do.

So now we will see what happens. With only a few weeks before the march it looks like turnout will be minimal, and maybe it will send a message that having an event on such a day is unacceptable. In the meanwhile, we remember those who lost their lives on that historic and horrific day and look forward to a safe and secure future as a nation. We have gone through a lot, and days like this are a day to remember the determination we have as a country.

May God Bless America,

The Generation X Conservative

After Egypt’s Deadly Week, U.S. Should Cut Funding

This weeks Egypt erupted into chaos after the military led government violently broke up protest against the Muslim Brotherhood. Hundreds are dead and many more wounded after the intense battle between the two parties caused Egypt to slowly become a country drowning in despair and wondering when true independence is going to come. Here in America, Obama stated that he felt like the violence should end, and he condemned the military led government in Egypt for taking too drastic of a measure in trying to curb protesters. While this meant little to nothing to either part in Egypt, I feel that one gesture would truly show Egypt that we expect them to get their act together.

That would be to cut off all funding to Egypt until they can finally decide what direction they want to go in as a nation. For the last year and a half, they have done nothing but fight due to saying that they want a reformed country. However, the reform that they want is not a clear and concise reform, it is rather a muddled mass of ideas and beliefs that often contradict one another. The two main fractions in the nation, the Muslim Brotherhood and those who oppose them want two different things for their nations, and it is as if they need to split the country in half so that both sides can have what they want.

That’s why the U.S. giving money to Egypt is nothing but a waste.  They are not going to fix anything, and they are instead going to encourage a civil war that will bare little to no results. With the economic deficit threatening our country, we need to make sure that our money does not go to such a lost cause, and we need to put our money to work on more important things like supporting our troops or cutting the deficit.  Putting our money into Egypt may make us feel good about ourselves, but it’s just not realistic that it is going to accomplish democracy in Egypt.

But will Obama cut funding? I highly doubt it. He wants to make it look like he supports democracy in the region, and cutting aid will make it seem that he has given up seeking peace in the Middle East. I feel that this is a big mistake though as he will probably garner the anger of the Muslim Brotherhood and human rights groups because they will say he is supporting murder and government violence.  Cutting funding, to me, is the best decision to make, but it’s up to Obama to take action when it comes to this matter. So I guess we will have to wait to see what decision he makes and the consequences it will have on Egypt and the rest of the world.

May God Bless America,

The Generation X Conservative

Writer’s Note: I support doing everything we can to not let the Muslim Brotherhood get control of Egypt, as they are a terrorist group, but I don’t believe that we should spend our money to support other countries conflicts.