I am confident we will succeed in this mission because we are on the right side of history. We were founded upon a belief in human dignity — that no matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or what religion you practice, you are equal in the eyes of God and equal in the eyes of the law. –President Barack Obama (12/06/15)
President Barack Obama addressed the nation last night to talk about terrorism. I suggest before you allow the right and left wing publications/politicians to define what was said in the speech, that you take a few minutes to read it yourself HERE.
This was far from Obama’s best speech. He attempted, as the Associated Press reported in their analysis of his speech, to tell us that it was going to be OK.
He laid out four ideas that he called the strategy to destroy ISIL – ideas that we have heard before.
He also talked about what we can do here at home to address the challenge.
There were two or three ideas floating around this morning that I could have written about. First we had Donald Trump saying, “I’m really rich” during his speech announcing that he was running for the Republican Presidential nomination. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a candidate say that. Trump is always worth a few lines. Then last night we had LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers losing for the fourth time in the NBA finals, which I cheered. This was after he proclaimed, “I’m the best player in the world.” One headline may have said it best, “LeBron James May Go Down As The Greatest Loser Ever.” Good for him.
I decided to hold off on those two wonderful issues and write a personal account about the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the federal employee data breach.
I know the excitement is building, so please read on…
It seems just about any time that personal data in the Federal Government is hacked, I make the list.
I received an official-looking letter from a “Secure Processing Center” in Livonia, Michigan, on Friday or Saturday informing me that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently became aware of the “cybersecurity incident” affecting its systems that may have exposed my personal information.
“I think he obviously has a higher priority for his fundraising and political ambitions than for the security of the nation.” -Republican U.S. Senator John McCain talking about Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul (Source).
McCain is absolutely correct. Last week I pointed out that on Rand Paul’s Presidential website, you can purchase a “Filibuster Starter Pack.”
There are a lot of people, many who are in the U.S. Senate and House, who do not understand national security. That’s been evident the past week or so – especially with the “Stand with Rand” crowd which includes my U.S. Senator, Steve Daines (R-MT).
With Paul and people in the Senate who support him leading the way, the United States is less safe this morning because Paul placed politics over our nation’s security. On an added note, the Republicans who have now been in control of the U.S. Senate for about six months are proving they have problems leading.
Gallup released a new poll yesterday that told us “Americans’ trust in the federal government to handle international problems has fallen to a record-low 43%.”
That’s one of the reasons President Barack Obama needs to hit a home run during his speech tonight. According to the Associated Press, the President will talk about his plans “to combat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.”