Wednesday, March 4, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Quick revisit shows columns’ accuracy

heal column sig

By
From page A8 | May 26, 2014 |

This is number 5.5 of a series of topical columns titled The Right Stuff to promote thought and ensure accuracy within political campaigns and issues. The Daily Republic on May 19 published a private opinion alleging we fell short of that goal.

To ensure readers have confidence in our reporting, let us review who fell short.

1. Allegation: The Right Stuff column is incorrect to state the President Barack Obama has violated the Constitution, that intimations of unconstitutional actions are just propaganda.

Wow. Do I need to quote Article I of the Constitution, which says, “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States?” Or Article II that states the executive power shall be vested in a president of the United States. If that is not clear, let me remind readers that 42 previous presidents understood their job was to enforce, not change, laws written by Congress.

Obviously, both Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are in violation of the executive requirements and their oaths of office by only enforcing laws they like. Do citizens want to void the separation of powers after 200 years of success? May I remind readers that Jerry Brown as California attorney general refused to defend a California law in court and the people did nothing? Wake up!

2. Allegation: The Right Stuff complained about Obama for “failing to support Georgia’s appeal against Russian takeover.” We did not say Obama. That paragraph was defining failed American leadership and included recent failures – repeated failed negotiations with North Korea by several U.S. administrations, Georgia, a former Soviet Republic that unsuccessfully sought help during President Bush (43)’s administration, and Ukraine, which surrendered its inventory of nuclear weapons (third largest in the world) on commitments signed by the U.K., U.S. (President Bill Clinton), and Russia.

The agreement specified the signatories to, “respect the independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine”; “to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine”; “to seek immediate United Nations Security Council action to provide assistance to Ukraine if Ukraine should become a victim of an act of aggression.”

What respect do we earn from the world with the weakness at Syria and Ukraine? The Russian press ridiculed our “sanctions.”

3. Allegation: The Right Stuff complaint that the administration was “surrendering European security by canceling the missile radar defense in Poland” is invalid because Obama moved a site to Romania and upgraded the missiles.

Check the Internet for Missile Radar Defense Program in Poland and read CNN report of Sept .17, 2009. The Poles were forced to revise their security program and a Polish ministry official identified the shelving of the program as, “This is catastrophic for Poland.” Not only Poland, but other former allies are building new defenses, because they cannot trust the United States.

4. Allegation: Obama almost begged to keep forces in Iraq to the new regime, but Iraq refused to sign the agreement (Status of Forces Agreement). Consider Obama’s many promises to withdraw forces from Iraq immediately and realize that we do not know anything about the SOFA negotiations. If anyone believes that Iraq refused sincere offers of assistance, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale at a good price.

The truth is that after peace had become almost real by 2009, the country is now in deep trouble as anyone with knowledge of warfare expected. We spent 4,400 lives in seven years to bring Iraq peace, but terrorists killed 8,800 people last year alone and the rate is increasing this year.

Thankfully, FDR and Truman did not make this mistake.

Earl Heal is a Vacaville resident and member of The Right Stuff Committee, a committee of the Solano County Republican Party. Reach him at [email protected]

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 26 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • JagMay 26, 2014 - 8:12 am

    Great facts Earl, Lets hope we get the true republicans take over come November and not the rino,

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • mike kirchubelMay 26, 2014 - 8:19 am

    Earl, the fact that Obama used Executive Actions is in no way different than every other president. If you want to claim that he has violated his oath of office, you need to put that into historical contex and claim that all of our presidents have done the same, starting with George Washington. If you do that, you just look like a kook. To do otherwise, you just prove the point that your "right stuff" column is pure foxian propaganda. It looks like you skirted that point yet again today.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksMay 26, 2014 - 8:23 am

    Mike, that is correct and there was only one president, William Henry Harrison not using it only because he died 32 days into office..

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • mike kirchubelMay 26, 2014 - 8:27 am

    CD, i would say he used Executive Action to leave office befote his term expired.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksMay 26, 2014 - 8:29 am

    OH, OUCH! ;)

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksMay 26, 2014 - 8:31 am

    FDR 3,522…damn communist!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • mike kirchubelMay 26, 2014 - 8:33 am

    What? Too soon?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksMay 26, 2014 - 8:34 am

    HA! HA! Brutal dude!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • mike kirchubelMay 26, 2014 - 8:39 am

    As for allegation number two, which you say was not about obama, i would ask you, what would you have us do in all the world's hotspots? Do we go in, guns ablazin anywhere where trouble rears its ugly head? Or do we try diplomcy first and shoot second? I get it, you dont like the guy, but, as a monday morning quarterback, what would you have done?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • mike kirchubelMay 26, 2014 - 8:46 am

    As for 3 and 4, moving a missile site equals our allies not trusting us, equals far fetched at best and you dont think that Iraq didnt want to keep the invading forces in their country? What about Afghanistan? Do you think they want us to stay there? Do you read the newspapers? Yes, we wasted a lot of lives and treasure. You blame the wrong man.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksMay 26, 2014 - 9:01 am

    Mr. Heal #3, agreements with Russia made this decision simple. You’ve taken a lot of liberties and the story is much deeper. Score another for Obama. FDC, I’m not attacking the messenger, look it up.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • mike kirchubelMay 26, 2014 - 9:33 am

    Earl, sorry about the double negative. Let me make it simple for you: Do you really think the Iraquis and Afghans want to have the invading army stay in their countries? How would you feel if the Russians came here to make our country safe? Would you want them to stay, or leave??? Offering your readers a bridge does not further your "argument."

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895May 26, 2014 - 12:17 pm

    Jack can speak for himself, but: 1. Are you a constitutional lawyer or scholar? Those folks generally disagree with you. (Well, as much as climatologists agree on climate change.) You can always find a lawyer or constitutional scholar on the Koch bothers’ payroll who will give you the answers you want. Show me a peer-reviewed article that says the president doesn’t have the powers Obama has exercised, and we can have a discussion. 2. So what do you propose we do when we get an appeal from a foreign country to oppose Russian or some other country’s aggression? Yes, there was an agreement regarding Ukraine that, if it remained in effect, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States have all failed to follow. The problem is revolutionary Ukraine is not the same country that signed that agreement. The Russians claim that, and we haven’t gone so far as to claim the opposite. If we did, we would be at war with Russia. Is that what you want? 3. There is a lot more to the Poland story. It may have been catastrophic to the Polish economy that the U.S. presence was being reduced, but not Polish security. They took care of that by joining NATO. Game over. Russia will never invade a NATO country. EVERYONE who fears Russia from the east wants to be in NATO for that reason. They trust us to honor that pact, and that’s what we want. Once Russia’s territorial ambitions wane, they will want to join NATO too! No nation in the world would turn down being under the protection of the world’s last superpower, assuming the price isn’t too high. 4. Iraq could have had a continued U.S. military presence if it wanted. I agree that Obama wasn’t begging though, if that’s your point. We really have little interest in Iraq, which was NOT used as a base for launching terrorist attacks on the U.S., except being able to buy Iraqi oil. Cheney would have preferred to steal the oil, but that wasn’t in the cards, ever, showing what a bumbling, egotistical idi*t he was, and is. So what’s you point on Iraq? That we need to “preserve our gains” there? What gains? Iraq isn’t Afghanistan. The story is quite different over there, as another article in the DR today illustrates.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • mike kirchubelMay 26, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    Thanks, RLW, for the sanity. I notice that nobody from the fringe right cares to back up "the right stuff" swill. What a waste of ink and paper. Aren't there any reasonable people on the right who can explain their positions logically? There is space available.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Weep for Our CountryMay 26, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    Is there "a lawyer or constitutional scholar" on Tom Steyer's or Nanny Bloomberg's or George Soros's or the ACLU's or the SEIU's payroll? If rlw895's nonsense is rated by the pound, he is a clear winner. If it were rated by common sense, his stuff is just so much more hot air. Only an evil agent for the destruction of the Constitution would deny that President Obama has exceeded his Constitutional authority in the exercise of rule making or that his rule-setting underlings have completed destroyed the role of Congress in making laws. Sad, sad day for the country.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895May 26, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    Only an ideologue would deny that Obama is fully within his rights as president. And if he weren't, don't you think the judicial challenges would be all over the place, and successful? Unlike the ACLU, et al., the only way a constitutional lawyer or scholar would come up with a contrary view would be if he has taken money from an ideologue who wants to put lipstick on his pig. It's humorous when people pick up the Constitution without any legal training, read it, and immediately think they know it's "obvious" interpretation. Constitutional law is a full year course in law school, and it enters into almost all the other courses as well.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895May 26, 2014 - 3:43 pm

    *its

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rudy MadronichMay 26, 2014 - 2:06 pm

    Wow: we have a love feat going on with Mike, CD, and rlw. The letter to the editor is about what President Obama did or did not not about what other presidents have done in the past nice try but we can all see through your spin on this. I guess this is still all bush's fault?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rudy MadronichMay 26, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    Should read what president Obama did or did not do.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • patrickMay 26, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    RUDY Obama only knows what he sees on the news. ask him---- he is a day late and then a $ short. the buck never stops at his desk

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • mike kirchubelMay 26, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    Rudy, i have no idea what letter you read, but the comments here are about earls column. Nice spin though.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895May 26, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    It's almost too easy, Mike.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • mike kirchubelMay 26, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    It's like they aren't even trying. The intellectual right has abdicated in the unwashed face of the fringe righties. And the fringers know they're mad, but haven't a clue as to why. So they just sputter around trying to make sense of the stuff they hear on Fox. As we have seen, all too often, when you attempt to put a Foxism into sentences, it is very difficult to have it make sense. Ergo, "the right stuff."

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksMay 26, 2014 - 3:14 pm

    Mike, maybe the right fluff would be more appropriate?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksMay 26, 2014 - 2:57 pm

    UH Rudy et al, did you notice the number next to FDR? That was three thousand five hundred twenty two Executive Orders. ALL but one president used them some a lot more than others. Truman used 907, GW Bush used 291 and Obama has used 168 so far. Don't go barking about this as some Constitutional mess against Obama and include all the others out. The rest of the letter is incorrect or misinformation (lies). It makes no difference how YOU spin it Sir, the bottom line is that Mr. Heal was slightly disingenuous from the word "This."

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • mike kirchubelMay 26, 2014 - 8:12 pm

    Wow. A complete scuttling of earls article without any attempt to save it. I guess everyone sees it for the trite, simplistic, uninformed foxisms it is. Is the right so devoid of solid issues and people who can intelligently express them that this is what passes for the best and brightest? The D.R. doesn't need a progressive column at all, "the right stuff" is swaying voters' hearts and minds to "anybody but those guys."

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

 
County honors Meadows Trigueiro as Woman of the Year

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

Police shut down Fairfield street after shooting

By Glen Faison | From Page: A1, 13 Comments | Gallery

 
Celebrity chef motivates Armijo students

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
State schedules work on Highway 12

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

 
Bridge work to shut down Highway 12 east of Rio Vista

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

Highway 12 Association to meet this month

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

 
Caltrans reschedules work on J-Mack Ferry

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

 
 
 
Robots, raucous businessmen set to arrive on big screen

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A7

 
Teen hit by SUV remains in hospital

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

 
 
 
Fairfield police log: March 2, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12, 1 Comment

Fairfield police log: March 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Fairfield police log: Feb. 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun police log: March 2, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: March 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Feb. 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Enrollment of non-residents to be capped at some UC campuses

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

.

US / World

California survey finds Sierra snowpack far below normal

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Ex-CIA chief admits sharing military secrets with mistress

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Health officials perplexed by vaccination skeptics

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13, 1 Comment

Lawmakers taking another crack at expanding gun checks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13 | Gallery

 
Family of girl declared brain-dead sues Oakland hospital

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

US marshals say man killed by Los Angeles police was wanted

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

Netanyahu warns US ‘bad deal’ would put Iran on nuclear path

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
Mines, bombs slow Iraqi advance on Islamic State-held Tikrit

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
India orders TV stations not to give rapist a platform

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

.

Opinion

Israelis worry about inequality, not Iran

By Daniel Gordis | From Page: A11, 3 Comments

 
Editorial cartoon: March 3-4, 2015

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
Minority outreach that works

By Jennifer Rubin | From Page: A11, 3 Comments

 
.

Living

Today in History: March 4, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: March 4, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Mushrooms are nutrient-packed, with a deep, savory flavor

By The Washington Post | From Page: B5

 
Get ready to add white to the rainbow of produce you eat

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Horoscopes: March 4, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

My husband and I want different things in our retirement

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

 
.

Entertainment

Apollo to celebrate Holiday birthday

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Oprah’s Chicago studios to close down

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Fashion week moves Milan to Paris

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

.

Sports

Bumgarner hit hard in spring debut, A’s beat Giants 9-4

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
 
Vanden girls roll, advance to SJS championship game

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1

Rudy Gay, Kings hand Knicks worst loss of season, 124-86

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Cubs’ scramble on Wrigley Field hits bump when mayor balks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Raiders officially release S Tyvon Branch

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Trooper: Fingerprints show victim in Hernandez’s rented car

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Play ball! Quickly! Baseball tries to speed game this spring

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Australian rugby star Hayne signs 3-year deal with 49ers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Maid: Hernandez messed with security camera after killing

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Pacquiao big hit so far in Vegas sports books vs Mayweather

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Kings bring back former player Divac in front-office role

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

No ‘floating rubbish’ collection for Olympic sailing venue

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Cal senior Reshanda Gray named Pac-12 Player of the Year

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

.

Business

Oil glut could soon lead to plummeting prices

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8, 2 Comments

 
.

Obituaries

Otto Vasak

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
John Henry Fechter, Jr.

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Jacqueline Mendes

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Robert C. Thierry

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Garland (Curly) Henry Tackett

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7