Liz Cheney drops out of Wyoming Senate race

Liz Cheney. (AP Photo/Matt Young)
Liz Cheney. (AP Photo/Matt Young)

Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, on Monday abruptly abandoned her effort to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming.

Cheney cited “serious health issues” that “have recently arisen in our family” as the reason for her decision.

But her candidacy had raised hackles in the Republican Party and caused a public rift with her sister, Mary, a lesbian, over Liz Cheney’s opposition to gay marriage.

In her withdrawal statement, Cheney did not mention those controversies.

“Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign. My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and they will always be my overriding priority,” Cheney said. She did not specify those health issues.

She added: “As a mother and a patriot, I know that the work of defending freedom and protecting liberty must continue for each generation. Though this campaign stops today, my commitment to keep fighting with you and your families for the fundamental values that have made this nation and Wyoming great will never stop.”

Cheney moved her family from Virginia to Wyoming to run for the seat. Her effort to replace Enzi angered and upset many Republicans and drew virtually no support from Senate Republicans, who rushed to back the Senate veteran and three-term conservative. Enzi’s supporters called Cheney a carpetbagger and opportunist.

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, swiftly expressed support for Enzi moments after Cheney announced last year.

The announcement came as campaigns prepared to release their latest fundraising totals for the last quarter of 2013. In the most recent reports for the period ending Sept. 30, Cheney had more than $795,000 cash on hand while Enzi had more than $1.2 million, according to the Federal Election Commission.

When she announced her campaign, Cheney said it was time for Republicans in Congress to stop “cutting deals” with Democrats and said it was time “for a new generation of leaders.”

“We’ve got to stand and fight, and we have to defend what we believe in. We have to not be afraid of being called obstructionists,” Cheney said.

“In my view, obstructing President Obama’s policies and his agenda isn’t actually obstruction; it’s patriotism,” Cheney said. “I think we have to stop what he’s doing, and then as conservatives, we’ve got to say, ‘Here’s what we believe,’ and, ‘Here’s the path forward,’ and that’s what I intend to lay out in this campaign.”

In one television ad, her three daughters — Kate, Elizabeth and Grace — delivered a testimonial in support of their mother’s candidacy. She also has two boys, Philip and Richard.

In November, Cheney said she opposed gay marriage, sparking a public feud with her sister, Mary, who is a lesbian and married.

In one of the more public political spats last year, former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson said Lynne Cheney, wife of the former vice president and Liz’s mother, told him to “shut up” during a reception.

Both Simpson and Lynne Cheney said the dispute centered on Simpson’s earlier refusal to sign a football for Cheney’s 15-year-old granddaughter at a recent Wyoming fundraiser. Simpson was supporting Enzi.

The dispute with Simpson underscored Cheney’s struggle to win over establishment Republicans in Wyoming where she secured some support from tea party activists but came up short with the state’s prominent Republicans.

Most of her major in-state supporters were family friends and past supporters of Dick Cheney.

Wyoming Republican Party Chairwoman Tammy Hooper said she talked to Cheney officials Sunday about the campaign being called off. Hooper said she didn’t hear any more specifics about the health issue.

“There were some health issues that came up, serious ones,” Hooper said Monday. “And they had many phone calls to make, certainly. They said they would be back in touch.”

Cheney’s decision was first reported by CNN, The New York Times and Politico.


Associated Press writer Mead Gruver in Cheyenne, Wyo., contributed to this report.

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Cheney sisters in public fight over gay marriage

Liz Cheney (left) and sister Mary (AP)
Liz Cheney (left) and sister Mary (AP)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife stepped into a sibling squabble Monday after their daughters became involved in a public feud over gay marriage that began on “Fox News Sunday” and soon spread to social media.

Discussing her U.S. Senate campaign on the talk show, Liz Cheney restated her support for the “traditional definition” of marriage. She added that states should be free to decide for themselves whether to allow or prohibit same-sex unions.

Her sister, Mary Cheney, who is married to a woman, shot back on Facebook: “You’re just wrong.”

Things got testy enough that their parents were compelled to address the matter.

“This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years, and we are pained to see it become public,” read a statement distributed by Dick and Lynne Cheney.

“Since it has, one thing should be clear,” the statement continued. “Liz has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage. She has also always treated her sister and her sister’s family with love and respect, exactly as she should have done.”

In Wyoming, scene of the murder of gay university student Matthew Shepard 15 years ago that remains a watershed moment for gay rights, Liz Cheney’s stance mirrors the Equality State‘s own soul-searching on gay marriage.

The heavily Republican state Legislature has swung from close votes just a few years ago on proposals to ban recognition of gay marriages performed in other states to, this year, giving serious consideration to permitting same-sex civil unions and a ban on discrimination against gays.

Liz Cheney’s opponent Sen. Mike Enzi says he supports a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman, only.

For her part, Liz Cheney says gay marriage should be a matter for states to decide and supports the “traditional definition” of marriage. But she says she doesn’t think states should discriminate against same-sex couples.

She has opposed a federal constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and supported equal spousal benefits for same-sex couples employed by the State Department, where she used to work.

“I stand by both of those positions,” she said on Fox News Sunday. “I don’t believe we ought to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation. If people are in a same-sex relationship, and they want their partner to be able to have health benefits or be designated as a beneficiary under life insurance, there’s no reason we shouldn’t do that.”

But what if a state were allowed to ban gay marriage and, as a consequence, prohibit all the advantages, such as health insurance and death benefits, which marriage confers to heterosexual couples?

“The issue of sanctioning marriage has always been up to the states and to the people in the states and that is where it belongs. My own personal view is that marriage is between a man and a woman,” she responded to The Associated Press by email.

How much attention the matter gets before Wyomingites cast their votes in their state’s Republican primary nine months from now remains to be seen.

Mary Cheney and her wife, Heather Poe, didn’t waste any time challenging Liz Cheney’s television comments as insufficiently pro-gay marriage.

“Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 — she didn’t hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us,” Poe posted on Facebook. “To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least.”

Chimed in Mary Cheney: “Couldn’t have said it better myself. Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree – you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history,” she posted.

Enzi was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 and is seeking a fourth term. He will continue to support legislation that “protects the institution of marriage,” campaign spokeswoman Kristen Walker said by email Monday.

Many people informally call Wyoming the Cowboy State. Officially, it’s the Equality State, so-named because it was first to allow women to vote, serve on juries and hold public office.


Ben Neary in Cheyenne contributed to this report.


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Cheney: Republicans need new generation of leaders

Former Vice President Dick Cheney (AP/David J. Philip)
Former Vice President Dick Cheney (AP/David J. Philip)

Dick Cheney said Sunday that Republicans need to look to a new generation of leaders as the party deals with poor approval ratings following the government shutdown.

The former vice president said Republicans have faced challenges before and it’s healthy for the party to work to rebuild.

The GOP “got whipped” in the 2012 presidential campaign, when President Barack Obama won re-election over Mitt Romney, and the party needs to build its base of supporters and find “first-class” candidates and turn to a new generation of leaders, Cheney told ABC’s “This Week.”

“It’s not the first time we have had to go down this road and it’s basically, I think, healthy for the party to be brought up short, say, OK, now it’s time to go to work,” Cheney said.

He predicted that his daughter, Liz Cheney, would win her Senate primary challenge against Republican Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming next year. The former vice president said it was “simply not true” that he and Enzi were “fishing buddies,” and asserted that Enzi has received the vast majority of his campaign funds from Washington-based political action committees.

“Washington is not going to elect the next senator from Wyoming. The people of Wyoming will elect that senator,” Cheney said. He said his daughter’s campaign is “going full speed. She’s going to win.”

Asked to name a prominent Republican who can attract Democrats and independent voters, Cheney said he was “not going to predict or endorse anybody. We’ve got a long way to go to the next presidential election.”

On foreign policy matters, Cheney declined to weigh in on surveillance activities by the National Security Agency, saying he hadn’t been regularly briefed in five years.

He expressed skepticism that the Obama administration would be able to force Iran to comply with demands that it show its nuclear program is peaceful. Asked if military action against Iran was “inevitable,” Cheney said he had “trouble seeing how we’re going to achieve our objective short of that.”

Cheney faulted the Obama White House’s handling of Middle East politics, saying the U.S. presence in the region had been “significantly diminished” in recent years. “I think our friends no longer count on us, no longer trust us and our adversaries don’t fear us,” he said.


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Dick Cheney feared a high tech assassination attempt

Former Vice President Dick Cheney (AP/Olivia Harris)
Former Vice President Dick Cheney (AP/Olivia Harris)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he once feared that terrorists could use the electrical device that had been implanted near his heart to kill him and had his doctor disable its wireless function.

Cheney has a history of heart trouble, suffering the first of five heart attacks at age 37. He underwent a heart transplant last year at age 71.

In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Cheney says doctors replaced an implanted defibrillator near his heart in 2007. The device can detect irregular heartbeats and control them with electrical jolts.

Cheney says that he and his doctor, cardiologist Jonathan Reiner, turned off the device’s wireless function in case a terrorist tried to send his heart a fatal shock.

Years later, Cheney watched an episode of the Showtime series “Homeland” in which such a scenario was part of the plot.

“I was aware of the danger, if you will, that existed, but I found it credible,” Cheney tells “60 Minutes” in a segment to be aired Sunday. “Because I know from the experience we had and the necessity for adjusting my own device that it was an accurate portrayal of what was possible.”

Cheney and Reiner are promoting a book they co-authored, “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey.”

In the “60 Minutes” interview, Reiner says he worried that Cheney couldn’t stand the pressure that came on Sept. 11, 2001, the day terrorists attacked the U.S. Medical tests seen that morning showed Cheney had elevated levels of potassium in his blood, a condition called hyperkalemia, which could lead to abnormal heart rhythms and cardiac arrest.

Reiner says he watched news coverage of the day’s events on television and thought, “Oh, great, the vice president is going to die tonight from hyperkalemia.”

Cheney underwent numerous heart-related procedures over the years, including angioplasties, catheterizations and a quadruple bypass operation. However, he says the health problems never affected his job performance during his eight years as vice president in George W. Bush’s administration.

Asked on “60 Minutes” if worried about his physical health impacting his judgment and cognition, Cheney replies, “No.” He says he was aware of potential side effects from limited blood flow to the brain and effects on cognition and judgment but didn’t worry about it.

“You know, I was as good as I could be, you know,” Cheney says, “given the fact I was 60-some years old at that point and a heart patient.”

Cheney also dismisses stress as having had an impact on his heart disease. “I simply don’t buy the notion that it contributed to my heart disease,” he says. “I always did what I needed to do in order to deal with the health crisis in the moment.”


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Memories of 9/11 shape debate, opinion, over Syria

The World Trade Center as the second plane is about to strike.
The World Trade Center as the second plane is about to strike.

Twelve years later, haunting memories of Sept. 11 are shaping the debate over what to do about Syria.

As Americans mark the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, the nation again is wrestling with painful questions about al-Qaida, weapons of mass destruction and the risks of American inaction. At the center of the debate is President Barack Obama, who has sought to move the U.S. away from what he has called the “perpetual wartime footing” it found itself on in the years after 9/11.

“America is not the world’s policeman,” Obama said Tuesday evening as he addressed the nation about the Syria conflict. “Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act.”

Some people worry that a U.S. strike in Syria would embroil the American military in an extended and unwinnable conflict in the Middle East, evoking emotions many felt in the years after 9/11 as they watched America’s sons and daughters go back for second and third tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Others see Syria through a broader Mideast prism involving Iran. They fear that if the U.S. doesn’t assert itself now, America will start from a position of weakness if and when it confronts future threats in the region.

When Obama and the first lady stand on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday morning to commemorate 9/11 victims with a moment of silence, there’s a good chance at least some of these themes will be weighing on the president.


The international terrorist organization headed by Osama bin Laden became synonymous with “America’s enemy” in the days after 9/11. More than a decade later, bin Laden is dead and Obama says the group’s core is on the path to defeat. But blows to al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan have come amid growing concerns about al-Qaida’s strength in the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa and even Syria.

That foreign jihadi fighters, many linked to al-Qaida, are growing in ranks among rebels fighting Assad’s regime is a major concern for lawmakers and the U.S. Assad and his forces have sought to exploit that concern, arguing, in short, that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Assad said of a potential U.S. strike in an interview Sunday with American journalist Charlie Rose, “This is the war that is going to support al-Qaida and the same people that kill Americans in the 11th of September.”


Although Americans are far less jittery about the threat of terrorism than they were in the aftermath of 9/11, they’re still keenly aware of turmoil in the Middle East and its challenges for the U.S.

Nearly all Americans — 94 percent — say the war on terrorism has not yet been won, according to a new Associated Press poll. Just 14 percent of those Americans say it’s likely the U.S. will win it during the next 10 years.

Such sentiments were punctuated Tuesday when Obama, hours before his national address on Syria, signed a notice extending the national emergency for another year.

“The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on Sept. 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues,” Obama wrote to Congress.

Compounding concerns have been new threats to America’s embassies and consulates. A threat from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula led to the closing of 19 diplomatic posts across the Mideast and in Africa last month. And as Obama considered a strike in Syria last week, the State Department was ordering nonessential American diplomats to leave the U.S. Embassy in neighboring Lebanon because of the potential for retaliation from Iran-backed Hezbollah, a group allied with Assad.


With the U.S. military struggling to absorb deep automatic spending cuts, few Americans are eager for the U.S. to get involved in a civil war already raging for more than two years, with no end in sight.

Obama, who ran for president as a critic of the Iraq war, ended it as president and is winding down the U.S. war in Afghanistan, is of similar mind.

“I know how tired the American people are of war generally, and particularly war in the Middle East. And so I don’t take these decisions lightly,” Obama said in an NBC interview Monday.

Obama and his aides know many Americans reflexively resist anything that calls to mind the aggressive stance President George W. Bush took after 9/11. They’re insisting any U.S. action will be limited and won’t involve troops on the ground.

“This is not Iraq or Afghanistan,” Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, said repeatedly Sunday on political talk shows.

But Republicans are hearing a slightly different message. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., arranged for Republican congressional staffers to hear from Stephen Hadley, Bush’s former national security adviser, and Eric Edelman, once a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. Both played major roles in the Iraq war and are now selling leery Republicans on a strike in Syria.


“The lesson of September the 11th is take threats before they fully materialize,” Bush said in August 2006.

Those days, it was erroneous intelligence claiming Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that incensed many Americans as civilian deaths hit record highs three years into the war in Iraq.

Today, there are few doubts chemical weapons have been used in Syria. Assad’s regime even acknowledged publicly this week that it possesses the weapons when it agreed to give them up as part of a budding diplomatic deal to avert a U.S. strike.

Obama acknowledges that Syria poses no direct or imminent threat to the U.S. But his pitch to Congress, the public and U.S. allies is rooted in the belief that if the world doesn’t act now to uphold a global norm against chemical weapons use, we all could be at risk down the line.

“Sometimes wars have started later because people didn’t do things that might have prevented them earlier,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.


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Liz Cheney: Latest tea party challenger to GOP establishment

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2011 file photo shows Liz Cheney, in Chicago at the Union League Club of Chicago’s Authors Group. Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Liz Cheney says she will run against Wyoming's senior U.S. senator in next year's Republican primary. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green,File)
 Liz Cheney (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green,File)

Liz Cheney says her GOP primary challenge to Wyoming’s senior U.S. senator is about sending a “new generation” to Washington. But it has all the hallmarks of the same divisions that have roiled the Republican Party nationally for years.

While he’s no moderate, incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi has shown he is willing to compromise occasionally with Democrats, such as when he supported a sales tax on Internet purchases.

But Cheney, the elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, suggests that such compromise often isn’t good enough for a true conservative.

“I’m running because I’m concerned about the direction of the nation,” Liz Cheney said Tuesday. “I think it’s time for us to say to ourselves, ‘Can we continue to go along to get along in Washington?'”

Several Republicans senators elsewhere have faced tea party challengers questioning their conservative credentials. In Indiana, six-term Sen. Richard Lugar lost in a Republican primary last year to Richard Mourdock, who went on to lose to Democrat Joe Donnelly.

In Utah, tea party favorite Sen. Mike Lee ousted three-term incumbent Sen. Bob Bennett in 2010. And Sen. Orrin Hatch fended off a tea party challenger to win a seventh term last year.

The winner of Wyoming’s Republican primary just over a year from now will be a heavy favorite to win the general election. Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats in Wyoming by a margin of more than 3 to 1.

Wyoming hasn’t had a Democrat in its congressional delegation since 1979, the year Dick Cheney succeeded retiring Democratic Rep. Teno Roncalio to take the state’s lone U.S. House seat.

Challenging any incumbent is a brazen move in Wyoming. At least until now, the state has shown considerable deference to those established in office.

Liz Cheney described herself as a tea party sympathizer. She called the movement favoring low taxes as a “force for good in terms of getting people focused on fiscal issues.”

Liz Cheney, 46, is the older of Dick Cheney’s two children, both daughters. Married with five children, she was a resident of Virginia until recently. She and her husband bought a home last year in the posh northwest Wyoming community of Jackson Hole.

Asked why voters should oust Enzi, a powerful incumbent, in favor of a rookie, Liz Cheney said seniority isn’t necessarily an attribute.

“I think that part of the problem in Washington today is seniority,” she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “I think it’s time for a new generation, for a new generation to come to the fore. I don’t see seniority as a plus, frankly.”

Enzi announced he would seek re-election Tuesday, more than six months earlier in the political cycle than he has declared his bid in the past.

“Working behind the scenes — this is what I have been doing since I was elected, and this is what needs to be done,” Enzi said by email through a spokesman.

He immediately won the endorsement of colleagues in the Senate, including the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

“Our support will be there for Mike,” said the committee’s chairman, Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas.

The other two members of Wyoming’s congressional delegation, both Republicans, came out quickly in support of Enzi. Sen. John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis praised Enzi for his long service and knowledge of Wyoming issues.

The race promises to be hard-fought. Enzi has had few serious Democratic challengers — much less Republican ones — since he was first elected to the Senate in 1996. He remains well-liked around the state as an affable former shoe salesman and mayor of the coal-mining city of Gillette.

Enzi, 69, takes pride in keeping a lower profile and remaining much less partisan than most of his colleagues. He often refers to his “80-20” rule — that opposing parties usually can agree on 80 percent of the details of any given issue — as a model for Republicans and Democrats to work together.

He handily won re-election in 2008 with more than 75 percent of the vote.

Liz Cheney’s interest in the seat has been an open secret for months, dating at least to her purchase last year of a home in Wilson, a community in Jackson Hole, listed for $1.9 million.

She appeared onstage with her father at last year’s state Republican Party convention. It was Dick Cheney’s first public appearance since he underwent a heart transplant, and father and daughter have been working on a book together.

Since then, Liz Cheney has made frequent appearances at county-level GOP events in virtually every corner of the state. She also has been in the national public eye as a Fox News political commentator.

Wyoming political veteran Chris Rothfuss said Liz Cheney’s candidacy might be a sign of the divisions that have roiled the national Republican Party for several years, with GOP officeholders being challenged from within their party if they are seen as too willing to compromise with Democrats.

Rothfuss, a Democratic state lawmaker who lost to Enzi in 2008, said Liz Cheney’s challenge reflects “everything that’s wrong” with partisanship in national politics.

“I would also say that the reason that Liz Cheney is running out of Wyoming rather than what in effect would be her home state of Virginia is because we’re basically seen as a much cheaper option in trying to obtain a Senate seat,” said Rothfuss, a chemical engineer.

But make no mistake, the Cheney family is well-established in Wyoming— an important qualification for anybody seeking major office in the state.

While Liz Cheney was born in Madison, Wis., her announcement pointed out that the Cheney family has roots that go back more than 100 years in Wyoming.

Liz Cheney holds a law degree from the University of Chicago and has worked as a lawyer for the State Department and the Agency for International Development.

Yet she said Wyoming always has been where her heart is.

“My sense is, as far the carpetbagger charge, is it’s from people who don’t want to talk about substance, don’t want to talk about the issues,” Liz Cheney said.


Donna Cassata and David Espo contributed to this report from Washington, D.C.


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The real terrorists are our so-called leaders who allow spying on Americans

Yes, the President is a traitor.  He's not alone in our government.
Yes, the President is a traitor. He’s not alone in our government.

The despotic government that runs the United States of America has made it clear that it supports spying 24/7 on any and all American citizens.

The current administration of Barack Obama and the former administration of George W. Bush both trotted out officials to the talk shows and interview circuits over the weekend to praise the National Security Agency’s scrutiny of phone calls, Internet usage and other communications by American citizens.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has often gone even further, claiming that if the NSA spying program had been it place before September 11, 2001, it would have prevented the terrorist attacks that took out the World Trade Center in New York and damaged the Pentagon in Washington.  This weekend, his message was a little more circumspect, claiming the spying “could” have prevented one of the plane hijackers.

Incredible claims either way, but Cheney has a history of incredible claims and a history of thinking that freedom is something America can’t afford in the age of terrorism.

In part, Cheney is right.  The age of terrorism rules in America.

But we here at Capitol Hill Blue are inclined to think that the real terrorists are those who used the attacks to turn America into a fascist state where individual rights are expendable in the name of “national security.”

There’s little doubt the eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency destroyed a lot of America’s freedoms.  Bush, we were once told by sources who later backed down on on their claims, once called the Constitution a “goddamned piece of paper.”  While we could never document that he actually said it, his actions often showcased that he obviously felt that way,

Sadly, that trend continued under the despotic rule of Barack Obama, who lied his way into the White House with false promises to curtail the abuses of the Bush administration and — instead — increased the abuse of power emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and turned America away from democracy and freedom.

Obama, in too many ways, is worse than Bush — something that few, including us, thought was possible.  Many voters thought things could be different in an Obama Presidency.

Yes, things are different. The difference, however, is that abuse of freedoms once enjoyed by Americans and once protected by the Constitution are more, not less, endangered under Obama.  While we are not fans of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, we applaud his move to sue the NSA for abuse of freedom of Americans.

Obama, sadly, is as much if not more of a dictator as Bush.  Like Bush, he lied his way into office.  Like Bush, he sees power as an absolute that he can abuse at will to impose his repressive agenda on a gullible America.  Obama shows no remorse or regret for the many Americans harmed by his repressive administration.  He is a dictator without morals and a tyrant without compassion.

Yes, America is under assault from terrorists and those terrorists are named Obama, Biden, Bush, Cheney et. al.  When Obama’s term is complete, America will suffered 16 years of repression under two administrations from two supposedly different political parties.

In reality, both Presidents and Vice Presidents, and the parties they represent are enemies of and traitors to the United States of America.

(Edited and updated at 12:42 p.m. EST on 6/17/2013)