The Top Ten Ways to Celebrate an Obama Halloween

By M Allen Fritsch

First Published in American Thinker on 10/31/12

#10 Lure kids to the house with the promise of “shovel ready” candy.

#9 Incite “trick-or-treaters” to violence by posting videos on YouTube denigrating Halloween.

#8 Hand out 1st lady baby carrots and low-fat ranch dressing instead of candy.

#7 Hand out “ObamaPhones” along with the candy (Ohio only).

#6 Don’t give out any candy, but tell the kids, “Hey, you can stay on your parent’s health insurance until age 26.  What else do you want?”

#5 Scare the kids by saying, “I see rich people.”

#4 Don’t give out any of your own candy; rather, indignantly dictate how much candy your neighbors should be giving out.

#3 Check the bags of all trick-or-treaters and redistribute as needed to “spread the wealth around.”

#2 Don’t compliment especially good costumes.  Instead, remind the kids that “they didn’t make that…somebody else made that.”

#1 If you run out of candy, blame it on the previous homeowner.

M. Allen Fritsch is an entrepreneur and business owner.  He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and a former Army officer.  The scariest thing he can think of for this Halloween is “four more years” of an Obama administration.

How the Liberal Media Ruined Obama

First Published in the American Thinker 10/6/12

It’s  not an “Incumbent  Curse,” as MSNBC would call Obama’s performance at Wednesday’s first presidential  debate.  It was not Obama’s fear of coming across as the  angry black man, as Michael Eric Dyson surmised, that prevented Obama from  driving a strong debate on the issues with Mitt Romney.  And it was not  that Mitt Romney has been practicing since June for the debates, per David  Axelrod’s analysis.  Nor was it a question of Obama losing the debate  stylistically rather than substantively.  And certainly it was not that  Mitt Romney was untruthful, thereby catching Obama off-guard.  The fact is  that this Obama we saw Wednesday night and have endured for the last four years  is a product of our liberal leftist media.

Obama  was not ready Wednesday, he has never been ready, and he will never be ready to  be the leader this country needs, for he is the first president to have never  been vetted.

My  own mother observed that “it’s the media’s fault that Obama lost the debate.   Watching the debate reminded me of a child set out on his own after being  raised by parents who failed to teach him responsibility and accountability and  let the child think that he was above being corrected or disciplined.  This  was the time that Chris Matthews could not jump in and tell the people what  Obama meant to say.”  Indeed, Obama has been brought up by an adoring and  overindulgent liberal media who have coddled him for the last eight years on  everything from his appearance to Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, and his  caught-on-a-live-microphone secret handshake with Russian President Medvedev,  where he promised that he will have “more  flexibility after the election” to work with the Russians on missile  defense.  Additionally, we have the age-old public displays of media  affection, including Dave Brooks’ awe over the crease  in Obama’s pants and the thrill up” Chris Matthews’  leg.  With a sycophantic media like this, who needs  accountability?

Until Univision  took Obama to task over his promise on immigration, Americans had rarely  seen President Obama being held accountable by the media to match his word with  his record.  An unsteady, flustered, and out-of-gas Obama was bewildered as  to how Univision’s Jorge Ramos could have missed the “how to conduct an  interview with President Obama” memo.

Wednesday’s  presidential debate revealed the same tight-lipped, flustered president —  unprepared for Jim Lehrer’s reluctance to intervene and stop Romney from daring  to question and attack his record.

This  is not Romney’s fault.  It isn’t even Obama’s fault.  It is the fault  of America’s leftist liberal media who have continually misled Obama into  thinking he would never have to answer to his record.

And  so the media is quickly back on task, as David  Axelrod so aptly conveyed to CNN’s Candy Crowley, saying, “I know you and  others are going to be following this tomorrow and so are the American people.”   In other words, clean up this mess.  Only the mess is Obama’s record,  and the media is right to cry.  Americans’ eyes are opening.  They are  no longer buying into the notion of hope, because hope now has a record: a  record unemployment rate, a record thirty-two percent of Americans on food  stamps, and record-high gas and commodities prices.  Republicans have a  candidate — as evidenced by the debate — who is not afraid to confront Obama  on his record and who, most importantly, has the courage to run on his own good  record and experience rather than good wishes.

This  time is different.  In 2008, the media was able to aid Obama in pulling the  wool over America’s eyes.  This time, the media will not be able to take  Obama out of the equation and make every pensive question about him the fault  and flaw of the circumstances and people around him.  In other words, the  media was able to make 2008 race about electing Obama while at the same time  never fully vetting or making known very much about him.  The media made  Hillary Clinton look whiny and weak when asking about the differences in the  debate questions.  They viciously attacked Sarah Palin, making the race  about cults of personality and Saturday Night Live.  They painted  the Tea Party as bigoted racists who didn’t approve of a black  president.

But  Obama is the president now, not the candidate, and the media will be unable to  convince the millions of unemployed looking for work that their circumstances  are just a coincidence in light of Obama’s presidency.  The media will be  unable to mislead the many small business  owners who have laid off employees for fear of rising taxes and insurance costs.   The media cannot protect Obama  against those Americans who have seen firsthand the devastation of Obama’s last  four years in office.

The  media has given Obama a false sense of entitlement and has so glorified his very  presence that what is being witnessed now is the total lack of humility and the  unrefined intellect of a spoiled child.  Obama simply has not thought  through any of his platforms, because he has never needed to.  He has never  thought through the depths to which insanely expensive ObamaCare devastates the  middle class, because he has not needed to.  Obama has no answer for  investing $90 billion in losers like Solyndra and green jobs, because Obama has  not had to answer to anyone in the last eight years — not as a candidate, and  certainly not as president.

Now  the same media who has spent four years coddling Obama is aghast at the dull and  dejected child they have created.  Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow want to  know what happened to Obama.  Where was the real Obama?

But  the real Obama did show up.  It was Obama in the flesh, without  the benefit of media airbrushing and highlights.  The true Obama and his  A-game were revealed — no teleprompter, and no softball questions pitched  exactly to the left of the plate, where Obama likes them.  Obama was  unguarded and unprotected by the media, leaving him to face his kryptonite:  accountability.

Lisa  Fritsch is the author of Obama, Tea Parties and God and a national  television and radio commentator with appearances on Fox News Channel.