Allen B. West

Mutiny on the USS America?

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Do you remember anything from President Obama’s State of the Union address this week?? It got the lowest ratings since Bill Clinton’s 1990 address — even the final episode of The Biggest Loser did better on NBC than Obama’s SOTU.

If a nation tunes out its leader, can the nation survive? Imagine if the Commander of an aircraft carrier got on “the horn” to the crew for his state of the ship address and mission statement, and only 10 percent of the crew listened. I’d say that would be a critical issue and the ship is leaderless.

Has America become a leaderless ship of state adrift in turbulent seas? Do we have anyone at the helm steering this ship, and does the captain of the ship even care?

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The one clear statement made by the president is that he will take action without legislative approval. So actually President Obama, as the captain of our ship, has stated he cares not what the ship’s officers think, he will do as he pleases.

The sad thing is he became captain of a ship not based on any previous skill, but because he had a pretty uniform. The ship’s crew knows he has a lack of ability and has little or no confidence in him.

The immediate danger is that this ship is in the sights of many enemy submarines who want to torpedo and sink the USS America. And without a skilled sailor as the leader, it’s entirely possible the ship may run itself aground on the rocks of debt and expanding dependency.

Never forget the images of the Costa Concordia, and the actions of its captain who abandoned the ship for his own personal safety.

This week America was treated to a most disturbing display from an untrustworthy self-centered individual placed into a position of leadership. We have no direction and the sea state is worsening.

Now, I am an ol’ Soldier, but in the finest traditions of the Navy, we could sure use a John Paul Jones, Farragut, Halsey, Nimitz or Spruance.

President Obama is starting to remind me of Lieutenant Commander Philip Francis Queeg of The Caine Mutiny.

How much will the crew of America tolerate before we mutiny?

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