Editor’s Note – MG Vallely is following up on his most recent article to further help the reader understand his point of view. Here is the link to that article or click on the title in his article below.
By MG Paul E. Vallely, US Army-Ret.
As the President vacations in Hawaii for the holidays, we finally gain a moment or two here at year’s end to examine what just happened. What level of confidence or trust do we have in him now? This is now a time to digest the overwhelming flurry of events, words, speeches, and activities that have occurred in recent months, and then we must apply these lessons learned to the past five years. Having done so, you may very well arrive at the same simple conclusion I have, sans his voice and messaging schemes drowning out our own thoughts on these issues?
As most of you know, I have already achieved a level of ‘no confidence’ in Obama as a leader, but now I urge you to examine this concept while you come up for air during this short respite. If you agree with me that all confidence is lost, I urge you to then ask yourself what is in the realm of the possible. I implore you to push aside the urge to try and fix everything in one fell swoop.
In my recent article The “Uber-Presidency” – Time for a ‘Vote of No Confidence’, Time for a ‘Recall’, I laid out the argument in as short a manner as possible but with enough reference, expert opinion, facts and more to drive the point home and I hope you take the time to read it in full if you have not done so already.
In short, now is the time for something a dear friend calls “conviction without eviction,” an end that can be brought on through a vote of no confidence, locally, statewide, and nationally. This is just a first step in what can only be repaired over time, but it is achievable in the short term, and starts to remove Obama’s ability to continue his ruinous ways now. We cannot possibly believe that impeachment is attainable, and we know he will never resign, but at least we can show other leaders the way; show our collective voices that we have no confidence in him, or the system.
I want to defuse the “nuclear options”, and take the ‘personal’ aspect out of the equation where all sides attack and defend their stances. What I urge you to do is to examine it all on a level of confidence that is yours, one you own. You are not calling anyone names, or labeling others. You are not trying to encapsulate each and every event; rather, what you are doing is telling the world that “I have no confidence in him or his team anymore.” They cannot take that away from you or attack you for it.
Think about this as you read the full transcript of his year-end press conference where he closed by saying:
“…the team I have now is tireless and shares my values, and believes the thing that I think I have repeated probably four or five times in this press conference, which is we get this incredible privilege for a pretty short period of time to do as much as we can for as many people as we can to help them live better lives.”
If you believe he and his team has been doing that, believe it, but not for what he says, rather, for what he has ruinously done. Please ask yourself this: “Am I better off because of his efforts?” When you add it all up, do you have confidence that 2014 is going to be a year of action you will benefit from as he stated? More from the Press Conference:
“…and I firmly believe that 2014 can be a breakthrough year for America.”
“…let me repeat: I think 2014 needs to be a year of action.”
“We’ve got to build on the process we’ve painstakingly made over these last five years with respect to our economy and offer the middle class and all those who are looking to join the middle class a better opportunity.”
“And let me conclude by saying just as we’re strengthening our position here at home, we’re also standing up for our interests around the world.”
If you honestly search your thoughts, it is clear that he has likely lost your confidence in him; he has lost our trust, and he has lost our respect. Can we believe anything he says anymore? Can we rely on a system that changes almost daily and prevents families and industry from planning anything? Can we rest easy all the while hoping some new fiat or Executive Order doesn’t befall us tomorrow at his whim? Can our allies trust him? The answer is clearly NO.
A vote of ‘No Confidence,’ albeit symbolic, at least focuses the discussion on something you can own as I own. This ownership is in your opinion; one based in fact and close analysis, not in emotion, ‘talking points’ or ulterior motives.
If asked or challenged tomorrow by his supporters that my lack of confidence is a political ploy, I will say no, I own my conclusions, I own my opinions, and I have a deep sense of NO CONFIDENCE in Obama. The House of Representatives must follow our lead and take up a resolution of no confidence as well as its very first act in 2014.