The Metaphysical Karma of President Barack Obama

This week, President Obama got his first veto override when he vetoed the 9/11 Victims bill, which allows American families to sue the Saudi Arabian government for the loved ones who were lost in the attack.

Obama vetoed the bill on the grounds of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign immunity, the safety of Americans in Saudi Arabia, and a vague reference to our standing in the world. Poor defense of a good decision. He did not mention:

  1. A lawsuit is a gamble. If the families should lose or the Saudis refuse to pay, wouldn’t that be rubbing salt in the wounds?
  2. Most wars are about money. It could start an avalanche of these kind of lawsuits worldwide, which would naturally escalate tensions. Another war is not what the families want.
  3. A financial penalty is a mockery of the reckoning that those complicit will face in the next life.


The president could have probably gained public support if he focused more on the safety of the troops. But instead he went with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign immunity, which America collectively does not give a damn about. All the senators in both parties united to override Obama’s veto, with the lone exception of Harry Reid, who just enjoys acting like a jerk.

Sen. Reid, slimy jinx

This story is littered with ironies. As the Obama presidency winds down, I am confronted with the Law of Polarity. Yin and yang. And the bright side and dark side of every aspect of this story.

I’m excited to finally agree with President Obama on anything (yin), but the only other supporter is Harry Reid. If there is one thing that makes me seriously question anything, it’s finding out Harry Reid holds the same belief (yang).

Barack Obama finally gets a veto override (yin). It was the best decision of his presidency (yang).

The president knew his veto would be overridden but he did it anyway, which is pretty punk rock (yin). You have to respect anyone who champions a great losing cause. But it would have been cool if he did stuff like this 7 years and 9 months ago (yang).

Congress finally unifies and overrides an Obama veto (yin). But… they picked Obama’s best decision to insist on passing an extremely bad piece of legislation (yang).


If the U.S. has bad karma, it’s a cruel joke for Barack Obama to start making great decisions just as he’s leaving office, and Hillary and Donald are sniffing at the door.


“The Clintons” Campaign

Grab your smelling salts, everyone. There is no Hillary Clinton campaign. There is, however, a Clintons campaign. Plural. As far as the media is concerned, it’s Bill and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic ticket this year.

I’ve wondered if this is deliberate language on the part of the pro-Clinton forces or the anti-Clinton forces, and I have come to the conclusion it’s both. The pro-Clinton forces (including Mr. and Mrs. Clinton) want to associate Hillary with good approval ratings, a pre-9/11 world, and a budget surplus. The anti-Clinton forces are also down with the pluralization. They think it associates Hillary with lying under oath, renting out the Lincoln bedroom, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


This strategy appears to be pretty darn effective for both parties, with Democrats fondly reminiscing about the swell Days of Bill, while Republicans fume over past hijinx. The problem is that Democrats and Republicans were going to fall in line anyway. They always do. It just cements their feelings.

Independents and undecideds are the only voters who really count. How does Hillary’s transformation into “the Clintons” impact their vote? This is less certain.


What if we detach Hillary from Bill, to the extent possible? It seems to be the fairest way. Why should she be blamed for NAFTA and Monica Lewinsky? Why should she garner credit for the economy of the 1990s?

We should judge her based on her record in the Senate, and moreover as Secretary of State and co-founder of the Clinton Foundation, as these are her most recent roles. If Hillary is judged exclusively on her own words and actions, does that help her or hurt her?

Celebrity Endorsements Prove Clinton and Trump are Qualified Leaders

When secured, the endorsement of a celebrity, model, actor, or news anchor is trumpeted by a politician as a real qualification for office. It’s also an irrefutable argument.

You don’t think Trump’s background as a real estate mogul/reality tv star who has never held elected office can lead our great nation? Charlie Sheen and his tiger blood say think again.



Being censured by the FBI for endangering the nation and then lying about it repeatedly is suddenly supposed to be a reason Hillary Clinton can’t be trusted with the presidency? How about Star Jones has decided to overlook it?

Depending on your sense of self-worth, it’s possible a celebrity endorsement may sway your thinking and even your vote on any candidate or issue.

So, what who qualifies Trump and Clinton for office?

Busey endorsement winner

Busey endorsement winner

Let’s look to your right. Trump has accrued the endorsements of influential celebrities like Kirk Cameron, Gary Busey, and Tila Tequila. I can’t be the only person who relies on Gary Busey for thoughtful analysis.

But! Hillary Clinton has been identified as the candidate of choice by Zach Braff (who has played a doctor on TV so may be considered a healthcare expert) and Corey Feldman. Lest you speculate that Corey Haim might have backed Trump, let’s remember that Corey Feldman speaks for both Coreys, period.


Interestingly, some conservative luminaries, such as P.J. O’Rourke, have decided to stand behind the Democratic party nominee.

In a statement so fresh it’s not yet been added to, O’Rourke gave this glowing praise to the former Secretary of State: “I am endorsing Hillary, and all her lies and all her empty promises. It’s the second-worst thing that can happen to this country.”

Proud to be the second worst!

There are worse choices!

I’ll point out, as I trust he would want me to, that Trump apparently is O’Rourke’s top choice for the worst thing that could happen to the country.

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