President Speaks – Misses Target

From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield
From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield

President Barack Obama for only the third time in his presidency addressed the nation in prime time from the Oval Office.

His purpose: Assure the American people his policy is correct and that the country is secure.

He failed.

If you listened to his speech, do you feel safer now that you did 15 minutes before? The President spent most of his time in seemed as a defense of Muslims who reject the small minority of extremists such as the Islamic State and Al Qaeda, who have perverted the religion for their own evil designs.

The President did say he would continue with the strategy that is working (???) in the conflict. He went on to say, he would not commit US troops in large numbers on the ground.

On the issue of gun control, the President called on Congress to bar people on no-fly lists from being able to purchase guns.

Presidential candidate and Florida Senator Marco Rubio on CNN’s State of the Union this morning defended his vote against that ban, noting that some 700,000 people on the no-fly and other watch lists are on those lists simply because their names are similar to a person of interest.

The President vowed “We will overcome terrorism.”

His words were harder than normal. His tone more serious.

Prior to tonight’s speech, the most recent poll revealed that 60% of Americans believe the President is wrong in how he is directing the war on terror.

The President also asked Congress to authorize use of force to defeat the terrorists, which it has refused to do.

From the Cornfield, I come back to the main question: Do you feel more secure now than you did 15 minutes ago before the President spoke?

I am still not convinced there is a strategy and, if there is one, that it is working.

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Mark

I am Mark Ivy, a born and bred Hoosier.
I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud;
two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia.

On May 9, 2017, my lung specialist hit me with the news I had maybe six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the damage caused by the histoplasmosis described below, ran its normal course. I am now on hospice at home. Content and ready to cross over the river to the other side.

On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx.
The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed
with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a “dried up sponge” and non-functioning.
I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals.
The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years.

I suffer from chronic Horton’s Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems.
Statistically, Horton’s affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.

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