Yes, this isn’t exactly world-beating news, but it is a grand metaphor for the Obama Administration. In March, First Lady Michelle Obama christened a massive new Homeland Security-tasked Coast Guard Cutter, the USS Dorothy Stratton. That was in March, when the ship was launched. Two months later, she’s sprung at least four leaks, and needs to be drydocked to appropriately repair her.
That’s not really Michelle Obama’s fault – it’s not even the Obama Administration’s fault (let’s not be petty about this); but it is very much a sound metaphor for how what the Administration does do is full of leaks and needs major repairs to set right (if they can be fixed at all).
I’m a big fan of the Coast Guard – I have nothing but admiration for this force which takes pride in its motto – they have to go out (to save lives), but they don’t have to come back … which means that their mission to save others takes precedent over their own self-preservation. It doesn’t get much more heroic than that. But the Guard is only as good as its equipment, just as the Administration is only as good as the misguided programs – the laws, the regs, the seemingly endless Executive Orders – that are filled with leaks and are, sadly, doing so much damage to our country, even when (with the proper design, and proper construction) their programs could do so much for America.
Like this sadly flawed ship, the Obama Administration is filled with holes, and only a dry-docking (and in some cases, scrapping and completely rebuilding) will fix what they created.
Here’s the link to the Coast Guard story: http://blog.sfgate.com/inalameda/2012/05/09/first-lady-commissioned-ship-springs-a-leak/
Ned Barnett – Nevada Conservative
Ned Barnett has worked in campaigns, and as a speechwriter to candidates and elected officials, since he was the “mascot” to the local Young Republicans in 1964 (Goldwater) – he has managed media and strategy for three state-level Presidential campaigns, and worked hand-in-glove with the legendary Lee Atwater in South Carolina in the Ford Campaign. In 2009-10, as an active Tea Party supporter, he served as both the Clark County/Las Vegas and Nevada Republican Party Communications Director. He owns Barnett Marketing Communications in Las Vegas, and provides a full range of PR, marketing, issues-management and fund-raising services for clients in Las Vegas, around the country, and in several other countries. He can be reached at 702-561-1167 or firstname.lastname@example.org …
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