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Monday, October 08, 2012
Published September 8, 2011-Updated December 28,
ďThe Changing Tide in LibyaĒ
by Nathaníette Burdine-Follow
Itís 3PM in the afternoon and Sam,
Cricket, Dot, Hazel Mae, and Nate are sitting on the covered porch with the
ceiling fans going.
Hazel Mae (to Nate).-I
told you to get up early this morning when it was 65 degrees out there and water
that grass. All you had to do was
turn on that sprinkle.
Nate-Who are you talking to?
Mae-Iím talking to you. That sun
has turned that grass red because you didnít put any water on it this morning.
Nate-That sprinkler is on a timer. It came on at six oíclock this morning.
Hazel Mae-So why does that grass look that
Nate-That grass is alright.
I swear woman. I think you
woke up this morning with fussing on your mind.
Hazel Mae-Honey chile, I donít bother
myself telling people like you the obvious because you know everything. I donít say anything to people about stuff that they
already know about. I go on my way
and I just wave my hands at them when they start all that foolishness.
Nate-What are you fussing about now?
Hazel Mae-Nothing but the sun.
Nate-At least this isnít Africa. You see, thatís why I donít understand how those people
can do all of that fighting over there. All
of that heat will make a person run to the nearest watering hole.
Sam-Is that why you turned on that water?
Nate-Man, donít come here with that ole
bull. I turned that water on
earlier this morning.
Dot-Why is that smoke coming from the road?
Nate-This is Florida, high humidity.
I was just thinking about how hot Africa is.
Sam-Speaking of Africa, it seemed as if
Gadhafi was going to give up his power there.
The African Union stepped in and tried talking to the rebels, but that
didnít work out right. The rebels
want Gadhafi gone, but Gadhafi doesnít want to be gone.
Cricket-I read somewhere that Zuma said that Gadhafi needs to go.
Heís done too much wrong to stay.
Then I hear tell Hillary said that the U.S. will recognize the rebels,
but Zuma said that he wasnít recognizing anybody that wasnít Gadhafi.
I donít think they know what they want to do.
Hazel Mae-Thatís how everybody feels, but
thatís not up to us to decide.
Sam-I believe he needs to go, but the people
in his country need to kick him out. Change
from any other place thatís not from within isnít going to work.
The longer this goes on, the more Britain, France, and the U.S. are going
to look like colonials pouncing on the helpless ďOther.Ē
The ďOtherĒ being Gadhafi. The
focus is already quickly changing from the Libyan people to Gadhafi.
Hazel Mae-Theyíre giving him what he
wants. You know Reagan dropped
those bombs on Gadhafiís house back in í88 and killed his family, after
Gadhafi killed those people on that PAN AM flight.
They bombed a relativeís house back in April or May, and killed some of
his relatives but not him. You
know, thatís a perfect example of how you end up wasting more money by paying
somebody to do something you can do yourself.
Nate-The president canít just go in and kill
Hazel Mae-Why not?
Thatís what he and Reagan tried to do and both werenít successful.
Nate-That wasnít just Reagan. Gadhafi killed people from the U.S., Scotland, to Jamaica.
Everybody wanted him dead and everybody wants him dead.
Theyíre all in it together. Just
like itís not just Obama, itís David Cameron and Nickolas Sarkozy too. Itís called NATO and not NOTUS.
Itís North Atlantic Treaty Organization and not Non-Other Than the U.S.
So the blame can be spread all
Hazel Mae-You missing my point, honey.
Nate-What is your point, Hazel Mae?
Hazel Mae-My point is that when you have a
problem with somebody, then you handle it yourself and donít pay somebody else
to handle it for you. Especially
when they havenít gotten the results you wanted.
Now you see, we werenít in this mess with Gadhafi.
Our attention was on Egypt moving on with out Mubarak and on that hot
mess in Syria with Assad there. Then
here comes those British and French folks bothering us with that Gadhafi mess.
Now you see whatís going on in Israel.
Those people were attack along the Israel and Egyptian border.
Netanyahu believes Egypt had something to do with the attack.
How can you blame him when the Egyptians started bad mouthing the
this is my point honey, we got rid of an ally when we got rid of Mubarak and now
that pot of mess is boiling over. And now that Gadhafi may be gone, those
new Libyans may want to do the same thing as the new Egyptians, keep that pot
boiling over. And what that means for us is more money spent over there
trying to keep down all that mess. Obama knows this.
Thatís why he told those folks we werenít sending in any ground
Cricket-Öbut we sent NATO.
Hazel Mae-We, Canada, Mexico, Britain, and
France are all a part of NATO. Sending
NATO is not sending the U.S. military. What
you say, ďItís called NATO and not NOTUS.Ē
Cricket-Thatís what Nate said. But you see, this is the problem with Obama.
He wants to do stuff without doing stuff.
You are a part of NATO, then you go with NATO.
You are sending us through NATO. You
canít go and fight a war without any guns and bullets.
Thatís what he was trying to say,
ďIím not sending any ground troops so weíre not going to war.Ē Like somebody canít put a bullet in your ass from the air.
Man, ainít nobody studying all of that.
Whenever you send your military somewhere, they are going to go with
guns, bombs, and bullets and things. Then
Congress was asking about that War Powers Act.
Obama stood up there telling those people at a press conference that he
wasnít on the Supreme Court, and although heís a constitutional lawyer,
heís not going to determine if what he did was constitutional or not.
I said, ďWhat?Ē Thatís
like a person whoís a lawyer and a doctor and heís in the courtroom when
somebody starts choking, but he says that he canít help the person out because
his job is as a lawyer right now and not a doctor.
What kind of mess? You use
what you have. You donít put your
talent through a stringer and treat it like some macaroni noodles and say, ďWell, Iíll use this part now and let the other just go
down the drain.Ē You are a
constitutional lawyer and the president. You
want to use all of your constitutional law knowledge and community organizing
skills during election time, but put it all on freeze when you get the job.
Whatís the point of having your ass there if you arenít going to use
all that you got?
Hazel Mae (staring at Cricket).-Hmmm-mm.
Dot-I think the president is right in that
it isnít heís job to interpret the constitution.
Itís heís job to protect the country, something that is clearly
stated within the Articles of Confederation under Article II.
Heís the Commander and Chief of the military and itís his job to
protect the nation. There are
things we donít know which he most likely has knowledge about.
They arenít going to tell us every detail about the security risk a
country like Libya may pose because that will be a security risk.
Hazel Mae-Well that is true, you donít
want your enemy knowing everything you know about them.
That will just give them a head start up on you.
Cricket-Wait a minute now.
When he took that oath, word for word, he said,
ďI do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the
office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability,
preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.Ē
Now thatís from Article II, Section I, Number 7.
Thatís where itís from. How
are you going to defend something when you donít know what youíre defending. Tell me that. Thatís
like having a fool in the military over there in one of those wars trying to
shoot a gun and he doesnít know how to shoot it.
How are you going to defend something and you donít know how to defend
it? The main part of defending
something is knowing and understanding what youíre defending.
This is his problem. Heís
a constitutional lawyer but he doesnít know the constitution.
ďMy job ainít to interpret the constitution.Ē
That ainít what that oath say. Yoí
job is to defend the constitution. Now
how in the hell are you gonna defend the constitution when you canít interpret
the constitution well enough to know what youíre defending?
Dot-Although what he said could be
interpreted the way you interpreted it Cricket, I think heís right in his
intentions and heís right about the law.
When you look at past presidents, you will find that the majority of them
have decided to go to at least one war without Congressí vote.
War is nothing but a battle between two opposing forces.
Clinton tried killing Osama bin Laden after the bombing at the U.S.
Embassy in South Africa. Reagan sent the military in to help the Nicaraguan government
during the civilian uprisings. And
this Congress canít say too much about coming to them in order to get the go
ahead to go to war. This Congress
has some of the same members who gave Bush the ok to go into Iraq, with Barbara
Lee being the lone no vote. According
to Senator John Kerry, Congress was informed about what was going on in Libya
and informed about the presidentís decision.
By the way, some of those same people, like John McCain, who were
criticizing him, were amongst the ones talking about how he needed to do more.
And now that weíre in this war that could easily go Gadhfiís way,
they want him to explain why he did what they wanted him to do anyway.
Hazel Mae- I tell you something right now,
that isnít going to work. Gadhafiís
isnít right in the head and those types of people always make it out. Hillary, Barack, Nicholas, and David (whoís in that mess
with Rupert Murdoch) will all have to eat crow.
And speaking of Rupert Murdoch and David Cameron, I can tell you what
Gahdafi is saying right now, ďDonít mess with Godís anointed unless you
want to drink hellís raging fire.Ē Thatís
what heís saying. You know
Gahdafi isnít right in his head. (to
Sam.)-I know what youíre thinking but you look a here, I can call all of
them by their first name. Iím old
enough to be their mama, as long as Iíve been living.
Cricket-Öand pass the White Lighting.
Cricket (watching CNN).-Oh, Gahdafi
got shot in his ass.
(to Hazel Mae.)-Gahdafi made it out, huh?
Hazel Mae-He made it out of his body and
straight into hell.