I like to read the essays by Victor Davis Hanson. He is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institute which is part of Stanford University. His articles reflect his historical knowledge and are always scholarly in nature.
The most recent one I read was about Second Terms for Presidents and the legendary “second term curse” that many have suffered.
Our most recent presidents had this happen in their second terms….Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Richard Nixon..all of them had what could be called a Series Of Unfortunate Events in their second terms after they got re- elected.
The list is long: Watergate, Iran-Contra, Monica Lewinsky, Iraqi insurgency, Hurricane Katrina.
The second terms were not so great for any of our recent presidents.
Now Barack Obama is embarked on his second term and he is already being buffeted by the “second term curse”.
Davis- Hanson opines thusly:

“Apparently like tragic Greek Heroes, administrations grow arrogant after their re- election wins. They believe they are invincible and that their public approval is permanent rather than fickle.”

It seems that all of them find out that “It Ain’t Necessarily So”.

Obmama’s White House is being besieged with petitions for secession from all 50 states even now. I predict that they will take down the WE THE PEOPLE site on the White House website when the heat and pressure grow too great. That is how their version of our Constitution works. Just take away the right to address grievances of their(citizens’) government.

Right after our November 6, 2012 election we found out a few things that had been”held back” or “covered up’ by the “Obamacons”. We learned that one of our drones had been attacked by Iranian warplanes several days BEFORE THE ELECTION.
We learned that food stamp recipient numbers were skyrocketing BEFORE THE ELECTION.
We learned that the federal relief effort after Hurricane Sandy was not so smooth. We got to see Chris Christie and Pres. Obama high-fiving each other but residents of the stricken areas were furious that they were not seeing help from FEMA or state governments in a timely manner; many are STILL without electric power. When POTUS visited Staten Island the other day to give one of his speechifying pep talks , a resident shouted at him: “Where have you been?” He was met with a lot of anger and hostility since he is supposedly at the head of this government that has failed the vicims of Sandy for weeks already…especially on Staten Island.
We are also learning that Obama’s plan of letting tax rates increase for the FAT CATS who make over 250 thousand a year would only pay for about 10% of the annual deficit. All that rhetoric on the campaign trail repeated ad- nauseum, is a smoke and mirrors deal.

And we learn more each day about the scandal of 4 Americans slaughtered in Libya on 9-11- 2012; it was NOT a protest against a trailer of a film made by a mideastern-connected American…. but rather a fully armed Al-Quaida linked attack on our embassy buildings in Benghazi where our ambassador Chris Stevens was trapped and tortured and murdered by the Al Quaida attackers.
The post-election mystery deepens as to why did we ever have ANY DIPLOMATIC PERSONNEL in Libya at all?…with inadequate security forces and when the attack came, why there was no help for them?
All other nations had pulled their embassy people out of the Libyan turbulence with Al Quaida clearly a big part of that turbulence.
Any another big WHY: Why did we have, about a mile from the embassy building in Benghazi….a large CIA – staffed annex that was clearly busy with all sorts of things other than providing adequate security for our diplomats like Chris Stevens and his staff?
“Things are rotten in Denmark” doesn’t even scratch the surface of what was going on in Benghazi in the American enclave there….left with almost no good security..left with no help when the attack came.
Our administration and its representatives are left blaming everyone but themselves. Nobody will even acknowledge getting requests for help during the attack. WHO ME? I DID NOT KNOW. SOMEBODY ELSE IS RESPONSIBLE….is about all we have heard for many weeks after the attack on 9-11-2012…clearly no coincidence that it happened on that historic date of the attacks on the USA in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
Our administration looks worse than an episode of the KEYSTONE KOPS of early filmography. Incompetence and chicken- hearted responses to a huge threat to our nation are the word for the day, the week and the past 2 months.
Hearings are being held and David Petraeus– the disgraced and ruined CIA chief— has testified today..November 16….but will anyone involved tell the whole truth?
We better not hold our breaths waiting to see.
And this was supposed to be “the most transparent” adminstration we had ever beheld.

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Kay Syvrud

I am a retired elementary "schoolmarm"..I was a school librarian/media director for nearly 25 years before I retired in 2004. Naturally one of my fondest things is reading! I also love reading aloud to young children, something I did for so many years with amazing results; every child wants to read the same book as the teacher read!!!! I also am fond of my gardens...both flower beds and vegetable plots. I love being outdoors....mowing the lawn after my husband has done so with a big lawn tractor...I trim with my small power mower! I have a rain barrel to collect rainwater for plants! I have an old fashioned "pedal" bike I love to ride. I enjoy going to a Silver Sneakers class at a community center about 20 miles from my country home on what I call the "Buffalo Bluff" which overlooks the Buffalo River and its valley below. I LOVE to write and am working on a book for my grandkids so they will always know more about Grandma when she was still "kickin" and "had all her marbles"!!!!