OBAMA IS BEST CANDIDATE TO FACE CHANGING WORLD – Yahoo! News

OBAMA IS BEST CANDIDATE TO FACE CHANGING WORLD – Yahoo! News.  NOT!!!  It’s scary to think people actually think like this.  My rebuttal to these moronic ramblings is at the bottom of the article.

CHICAGO — Some lucky star was blinking over me in the unbelievable hours that a strangely tepid full moon was hanging languidly over the East Coast this week. By chance, I was in my hometown of Chicago when — of all things! — a tropical hurricane savaged the Northeast and brought acres of January snow to West Virginia in October.

 

As Mitt Romneysaid perceptively on one of his campaign stops during the storm, “I don’t think there has been a hurricane in Ohio in a long time.”

For me, as much as I hate to say it, these last few days have been lovely. I could lie in my bed in the wonderful old Drake Hotel on Lake Michigan and hear the rough, but soothing breaking of the waves on the beaches out front. Of course, I worried about my apartment in Washington, and particularly about my cat, Yankee, a white Maine Coon, but my superb assistant of 32 years, Rita, was there, so I knew all would be well.

 

As for the rest of the country, the immediate results of the 1,000-mile-wide hurricane that slipped up on us from the Caribbean were described in extraordinary terms. It was “the single largest storm in memory.” It was the “Mother of all October surprises.” In the New York subway, used by 8.5 million people a day, “the devastation is historic.”

But the more I thought about it — blessed by distance, so that any immediate distorting fear could be taken out of the equation — the more strongly I felt that (1) we are seeing something dangerously new here, and (2) that if we are, then Barack Obamawould be the presidential candidate to best deal with the next four years.

 

Think about it this way: America‘s No. 1 blessing — even greater than the Protestant ethic of its original English and Dutch settlers and their attitudes toward sharing the benefits of free work with their fellow citizens — is its sheer isolation from the rest of this troubled and troubling world. Other countries had forests or mountains or fortified walls and castles to separate themselves; America has two vast oceans. Other countries swept out to try to colonize and rob (big-time) the rest of the world; the United States put into place trading agreements that helped everybody. Well, almost.

 

But in an age of drone warfare and cyber-insecurity, when terrorists worldwide are learning our propensities and hurricanes turn left at Key Largo instead of right, America has little security anymore from those oceans.

 

Strangely enough, at this moment of my own foraging for light under the darkness of the wind and waves, a brilliant American scientist, Peter G. Neumann, was profiled in The New York Times, where colleagues noted that he had warned all his 80-year life that computer “security” would be dangerous, as it is now being found to be. Why? Not because of one failure, but because of the way many different pieces interact. Complex systems break in complex ways, and thus, today it is virtually impossible to identify the flaws in computer systems. We are now one humongous complex system, our country.

 

If this is, at least partially what we are seeing in the “Monster Storm,” where everything seems wrong according to our rules, then there is little question that President Barack Obama should be elected to deal with these pivotal next four years.

 

Everything Obama stands for involves understanding the changes sweeping the world: environmental issues, training for service jobs, drone and commando warfare, the computerization of doctors’ records, now perhaps even the changes in weather being wrought by man’s behavior. Some of what he wants doesn’t seem to work at all, but at least he is working in the new languages of planet sustainability, of going to Mars and beyond, of new systems and structures in health care, education and more.

 

Mitt Romney is a good man, though one has reason to doubt that he is an honest man. He is a man who should have on his tombstone, “He said he could create jobs,” while at the same time his guys — the billionaire financiers — hold $1.7 trillion in uninvested cash. THEY could “create jobs,” if they’d take a little risk. Romney also wants to abolish FEMA, without which tens of thousands of storm victims would be doubly damaged.

     Georgie Anne Geyer, you are one mixed up cookie. The only thing obama stands for, is the destruction of our American way of life! By “Changes sweeping the world” I assume you mean the BILLIONS of dollars obama gives to his muslim buddies (to support the muslim brotherhood!) and hundreds of millions of dollars to bogus energy development companies that go bankrupt as soon as their “obama stimulus money” is doled out to the fat cat CEO’s and union cronies. I assume you mean the Affordable Care Act which is going to DESTROY the greatest health care system this planet has ever seen. I assume you mean the brilliant “Leadership” he displayed by refusing to send a rescue force when our embassy personnel were in danger in Benghazi and then relieving General Hamm (the Africom Commander) when he told obama “Screw you, I’m going in anyway to save American lives.” As for obamas dream of going to Mars??? He KILLED our space program!!! We have to hitch a ride with the Russians now just to get to our own space station!!! I hate to break this to you Georgie, but obama is not qualified to lead a quilting bee much less the greatest nation on earth. The really frightening thing about your article is that there are probably more people out there who think the same way you do. God help us all!

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