Total Victory: A Lost American Tradition


by Mike DeVine

On September 10, 1813, after winning the Battle of Lake Erie at Put-In-Bay, Ohio, thus vanquishing the British Royal Navy from the Great Lakes in the War of 1812, U.S. Commander Oliver Hazard Perry declared: ”We have met the enemy and they are ours.”

200 years later, Vladamir Putin’s Russian Navy guards Syria’s bays for Iran. Secretary of State John Kerry previously met Bashar al-Assad and declared him a “reformer”. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Putin and declared a “re-set” before Commander-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama met Putin-puppet Dmitry Medvedev and declared post-election strategic and nuclear arsenal-surrender “flexibility”; even as he begged to meet with Iran’s mullahs as they mowed down liberty-seeking youth in the streets.

When Obama Administration officials meet enemies of the United States, they don’t even recognize them as such, much less defeat them. On 9/11/2012 in Benghazi, four Americans met their death at the hands of al Qaeda but the only enemy President Obama and Secretary Clinton saw was the producer of an anti-Prophet of Islam movie-producer. It reminds of soon after al Qaeda’s 9/11/2001 attacks on the U.S. homeland, when Hillary’s husband famously asked: “Why do they hate us?” This gang can’t see straight much less shoot straight, unless the enemies they sight are Republican political or constitutional ones; and only then does IRS meet and make them theirs.

No Commander Perrys, these modern day Democrats. But while Obama and the the Left since Woodrow Wilson hold the founding document he was instrumental in drafting to replace the Articles of Confederation and its weak executive power, President James Madison did share enemy-seeking vision problems with the former of his Democratic Party successors to the office.

Madison, the Father of the Constitution before being elected (and re-elected) the 4th President of the United States, sought and received a declaration of war from Congress after stumbling into the War of 1812. United States relations with Great Britain had deteriorated exponentially into a trade embargo after Indiana Territory Governor William Henry Harrison defeated a confederacy of Native American tribes led by Shawnee leader Tecumseh in the November 7, 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe. But American public opinion blamed the violence at the confluence of the Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers on British interference thus leading to war six months later.

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