A bump in the road

Bumps in the road!!!

According to our President, the turmoil in the Middle East is just another “bump in the road”. I want to repeat this.....just another bump in the road! WOW!!

The violent death of our Ambassador Chris Stevens and two former Seals are just a “bumps-in-the-road”.

The 2,139 deaths of our United States Military personnel in the Middle East, since 2009, are just merely “bumps-in-the-road”.

Ahmadinejad’s strong statements that Israel MUST be eliminated are yet, just another “bump-in-the-road”.

These are the words that Obama has used to describe the situation in the Middle East.

"A bump in the road"....

We must get some leadership in the White House!

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recently requested a few minutes of Obama’s time, to discuss the strong comments of a potential attack on them by Iran. Apparently, Mr. President cannot find the time. He has managed to squeeze in a few minutes to go on the David Letterman show, and the View. He is still finding time to party with Beyonce and Jay-Z.

I guess it is quite clear WHERE his priorities lie.

Since this President has taken the oath of office, he has only attended less than HALF of the Presidential Daily Briefings. With the world in turmoil, our POTUS has the obligation to know exactly of the international intelligence that has been gathered to secure any warranted threats and sensitive international situations that are among us.


Apparently, those briefings are just another “bump-in-the-road” that is keeping him from racking up more hours on the golf course. He has logged in twice as many hours on the golf course in less than 4 years than the previous administration has logged in in its eight years of office.

Funny enough, that Tony Podesta, a well-known Democratic lobbyist with strong ties to the Obama White House, is behind the “We Are Golf”, a coalition of golfing organizations that has sent letters to Republicans asking them to cut out the criticism of Obama’s golfing habits….for they must be creating some serious “bumps-in-the-road”.

Peace through strength

The bottom line is that there seems to be some disparity of priorities regarding what is urgent and significant of this administration pertaining to our National Security. Normally, I would say that such talk is just political mumbo-jumbo, trying to find some sticks and stones for some political edge. But when it comes to our safety and wellbeing as American citizens and securing our liberties as a Nation, I think we are facing MORE than just another “bump-in-the-road”.

For me personally, I say it is time a leader stands up, on National TV, and tell the world, we will NO LONGER tolerate one more act of violence against any American or its allies. IF there is, all financial aid WILL be cut off and we WILL prepare for military action. Peace through strength is not just a slogan, but a new doctrine, that believes that America's national power must be preserved to secure our freedoms and liberties, and we will utilize it to its full force to maintain this right.

This is yet my strongest and most convicted rant to date.

Comments 34 comments

profile image

geordmc 4 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

Once again, C, your rant is spot on. I find it downright disgusting that "Our president" is ignoring what is important and focusing on the irrelevant. We do need real leadership in these times and we're stuck with a pansy.

TheManWithNoPants profile image

TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Go Chris go! I have very strong feelings about what real leadership is as you know. I would suggest that anyone applying for the job of being the leader of the free world, look up the definition of leadership first. You know ... See if they've got it? We don't have a leader in this pathetic dog fight. We have a choice between a mannequin and a socialist this November. Yes, I'm going with the mannequin. I lived in a commune for a short while a long time ago, and socialism just ain't my thing. But at a time when the country so desperatly needs a real leader like Reagan or JFK, we have this. Now I have to take a barf bag to the voting booth with me. Sucks.

I didn't even touch the "bump in the road" did I? Yes, this is the most aloof, arrogant, insulting President I've ever known or heard of.

Good subject and great rant my friend. Rant more. Write more!!!

` jim

Vladimir Uhri profile image

Vladimir Uhri 4 years ago from HubPages, FB

Is not president oath - duty to protect our country (even obroad) and our Constitution? A Bump In The Road? President should reisgn.

profile image

SassySue1963 4 years ago

Sometimes you just have to rant, let it out. The four American lives lost are just "bumps in the road" and the six million Middle Class Americans that will wind up paying their mandate tax are just "freeloaders". You didn't hear all about that little comment all over the media did you? Nope. Not to mention Hillary calling for a "global tax" on all those considered "elite" among the world. Wait...global tax? Yep. Won't hear that one either. It is beyond me, it really is, how anyone, anyone can support this President nor anyone among his Administration. I just don't get it. Nice rant! We can only keep trying to lift the veil that is covering their eyes.

billybuc profile image

billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

We are in complete agreement, that we need leadership in Washington. I don't see it happening now or in the near future, no matter who wins the election, but I agree, now is the time for leadership.

CMerritt profile image

CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi geo, YEP!, you said it! Obama is NOT focusing on what is important, but rather more worried about getting votes. If he would do what he should, and put America first, the votes would come.

Great to see ya,


CMerritt profile image

CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

HEY JIM! I have missed you. We need more of your voice around here!

I don’t think Mitt is no Ronald Reagan, but I think he has the opportunity to become a REAL leader of our time, by simply doing what is right for All of America, not just a few that are needed to get votes.

Look forward to hearing MORE out of you,

Your bro,


CMerritt profile image

CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

HI Vladimir Uhri, I am certain he will not resign, but we DO have the power to fire him.

I appreciate your support,


CMerritt profile image

CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hello SassySue1963 and you are so right, we do NOT hear about many important issues that we are facing by our lovely media…but, thanks to folks like yourself, you do not rely on them, rather you have the intelligence to go out and get the real scoop and share them with those who don’t.

Keep it up!


CMerritt profile image

CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi Billy! I really appreciate your comments.

Though I do understand where you are coming from, I have a couple of thoughts to throw at you regarding on whom may be a better leader, and one that may very well be extremely qualified to take over the leadership role and tackle the issues we face today.

I think one of the most vital characteristics of a great leader is one that has the ability to negotiate.

It has been quite apparent that Obama has failed with this ability to negotiate with those across the aisle. His incapacity to accomplish job creation bills or any bills that is so badly needed to help out a struggling economy has been prevalent.

Congress is at an all-time low. Our global stances on foreign policies are meager.

Mitt Romney on the other hand has had years of experience when it comes to negotiating.

As a governor of Massachusetts, he was able to work with a predominate democrat party and eliminate a $1.5 billion dollar deficit.

He took over the 2002 Olympics that was near bankrupt, and with negotiatative prowess turned them into a highly success full games.

With Bain Capital, a business he started, he was able to take a small supply store called Staples and turn them around to building over 2,000 stores employing 90,000 people.

He has a rich history in negotiating and doing the right things that needs to be done, despite it being a popular move, but rather one that is best for all.

Anyway, sorry to get so long winded, but thought I would drop you my thoughts.

As always, I appreciate you stopping by.


fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

(The man with no pants) has said it all and said it best......perhaps they should provide barf bags outside the voting booths.....I will need one myself, Jim, and I don't believe we're alone by any stretch. I have been screaming for months now.....THESE ARE OUR FREAKING CHOICES???!! JESUS!

CMerritt profile image

CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi fpherj48,

The man with no pants usually DOES says it the best...he has a way with words.

With that being said, I too, was reluctant to Romney as my GOP choice, but as I am learning more and more about him, I think he may very well be a very good choice, and one who can step in during these trying times and turn things around for the good, for ALL Americans.

Of course we need congress to straighten up too, but it all starts at the white house.

Thanks for your comments,


lrc7815 profile image

lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

We all have our issue with the political climate and sadly, it is dividing us. Hubpages is full of rants and rational argument on both sides, both Republican and Democrat. Personally, I think we have to shoulder some of the blame. Instead of ranting here or writing really indepth assessment hubs, we should be sitting in the office of our Congressional Representative and reminding them who pays their salary. We let them get by with too much. If they had to answer to us, legitimately, perhaps things would change all the way up the food chain. Nice rant though!

Old Poolman profile image

Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Chris, you know I love your rants, and this one is awesome. My guess is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be looking for some answers and firm commitments from our President, and he is capable of neither. To call this horrible murder a "Bump in the Road" is beyond arrogant. Our president is a coward who has a great many convinced he is a hero and our savior. How they can continue to believe in this guy is beyond me. I wonder if they would follow him into battle? Oh, I forgot, he believes in leading from the rear so they couldn't follow him.

CMerritt profile image

CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author


The loudest and clearest way to send a signal to washington, is to vote out those who are NOT doing their job. The Tea Party did exactly that.

I love to rant with my words here on Hubpages, but I am going to express my rant, at the Polls.

Thanks for your comments, I appreciate it.


CMerritt profile image

CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Howdy Mike!

It is alarming of just how many "blind" followers Obama has. So many do not know one damn thing about issues, but they DO KNOW that Obama is going to continue to feed them with tax payers money. THAT IS A CRIME....it is nothing short of TREASON!

Mike, I always look forward to your opinions....You need to put YOUR thoughts down on a new hub.


American View profile image

American View 4 years ago from Plano, Texas


Years from now, our grandkids and great grandkids will be in school learning history. They will discover that the Obama presidency was nothing more than a bump in the road. I hope the ghost of the four Americans who died in Libya haunts Obama for the rest of his life.

I have been saying for a year now we need to elect a leader, but what we need is a leader who can make good decisions. I too am not a Romney fan, he was not the person I wanted to see run. Say what they want about Romney's wealth, he made god decisions to make it. If he made bad decisions, he would be broke. He took over a disaster of a situation with the Olympics, but he tuned it around and the US made money. A result of good decisions. We can see the result of Obama's decisions.


rfmoran profile image

rfmoran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

The past four years have been a bump in the road for the history of our country. As the popular press does its level best to reelect this guy, it's worth contemplating the course he has set us on - A European style social welfare state.

CMerritt profile image

CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

American View,

As always, I really appreciate hearing from you. It has almost been like a bad dream...when you see people getting excited about this man.

You said it..."OBAMA MUST GO!!!"

CMerritt profile image

CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author


you are exactly right!


lifegate profile image

lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Oh, how I love a good rant! You made my day. I probably shouldn't say this, but I can't believe that the American people voted for this guy. Hope we don't make the same mistake twice.

Rant on!

b. Malin profile image

b. Malin 4 years ago

Hi C,

"A Bump in the Road"...was that all it was, and to think, I thought Good Americans died, our Ambassador, and 2 former Seals. Obama and the Middle East...God help us.

Of course we Americans can Help our selves by Voting for Romney, and know I will.

Thanks for an Excellent hub CMerritt, and some great Comments that are here to read.

ImKarn23 profile image

ImKarn23 4 years ago

Cowardice will 'bump-in-the-road' us to DEATH! Literally!

This so needed to be said! Thank you for your bravery - it's in short supply!

breakfastpop profile image

breakfastpop 4 years ago

How disgusting of Obama to suggest that the deaths of Americans in the Middle east are just bumps in the road. As for Romney, I now believe he has the necessary skills to turn things around. It is what he excels at and we need his knowledge. Obama possesses no skills that are of any value in a free society. Up and awesome.

CMerritt profile image

CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author


Thanks! Let’s hope and pray we get it right this time!


CMerritt profile image

CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

b Malin

Let's hope the next bump in the road for Obama is that he will be packing up and moving out of the White House

Thanks for stopping by.


CMerritt profile image

CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

HI ImKarn!

Love it when you come by! Thanks for the nice words.



CMerritt profile image

CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi Bpop!

I 100% agree, Mitt is the right man needed to fix this land

Thank for the visit!


teaches12345 profile image

teaches12345 4 years ago

Let's hope and pray November brings about a great change for our nation. We're hanging on by threads right now.

Old Poolman profile image

Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Just noticed something interesting. Not even one of the Left Wing regulars stopped by to comment on this hub. Perhaps they feel the same but won't put that in writing?

50 Caliber profile image

50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Chris, I'm late to the party and I hate that as I enjoy your rants immensely. No Pants Jim threw down well to boot, This fukking mess is now a cover up of major proportion, They all knew it before hand as it turns out, from the top down. Fukking obama doesn't care if a platoon of Marines is hit with a suitcase dirty bomb, oops another bump in the road.

I pray to God almighty the Netanyahu realizes what he needs to do and takes his 80 nuclear war heads and kicks off WWIII killing every useless human being in the middle east on Iranian soil and the Arabs as well, sending the message that Israel will stand with or with out the present administration. I have had the displeasure of having 2 24 year olds visit my upper compound with out revealing my hidey hole. We talked in depth for 2 days about what is taking place both with full access to media against my internet only and now and then trip for supply I grab the media in print by different groups, Huffington post. NY Times and other rags that put horseshit articles down. These 2 kids don't know anything past going to the gym and working out and just being the kids they are, not registered to vote. After a couple days I asked are you two going to town registering and then voting against all incumbents?

They told me no, I asked why? One answered "I'm to apathetic" I went ape on him and his buddy on what they were asking to become.

APATHY:absence of emotion PATHETIC: Arousing or capable of arousing scornful pity.

The two words equal APATHETIC, I had to withdraw at that statement. I was freeking shocked to find that there are two groups coming of age and these two represented one, the sons of good friends who wanted to see what a bat crap crazy old man does in life then the other group OUR MILITARY 17 to 25 and all the way to 40 to boot with the Marines to get to be a private or educated enough to get to be an officer. after phase two "Officers Candidate School" all current entries knowing full well that in the past decade one half of one percent of our population has served in the active duty role of an American soldier, of any branch at any station, active combat or on a base in Germany or Okinawa, Japan, South Korea, in areas classed as low likelihood of being attacked.

IT showed me the kids doing the college thing and popping out the other side with a bachelors degree in anything, are facing a 53 percent chance of flipping burgers for a living.

I found in my 2 person survey that they view this time in history as a bump in the road, just like obama.

Obama is not our leader! He is our BOARD APPOINTED(we the people are the board) CEO who owns no stock in the Republic, of MY United States of America Capitalist Country that in 2007 was still able to shoot for the sky and get what they seek, win loose or draw.

These 2 kids woke me up to the reality they don't give a frock. I offered them the chance to go with me to a place that I have free access to crossing the border to Mexico and showing them the 3rd world prospective from my 130 mph sand rail a 4 seater that can run the terrain as fast as the helicopter models being used can fly. I told them it would be a sightseeing trip for them and we would get in get out and give them a picture of their future. They were too pathetic to look.

I told them I now knew all I need to know, the kids don't care, they are Apathetic to a serious brew that will change the face of the world until Jesus Christ returns and collects his faithful servants, and the party was over and that the 6 day trip of staying in the desert was over at the afternoon of day three I told them things had come up and they needed to load their gear and leave.

This bump in the road thing you presented so well got me fired up on my recent adventure with 2 young men who deserve to get what they put in back out.

They and all people who have been gifted this place and this time and decide that 09/11/2001 was a bump in the road, don't deserve a can of beans then a blind fold prior to their heads being cut off Jihad style, they deserve a full length mirror so the last thing they see is a swinging sword impacting their neck as the light fades to black.

We are in trouble when the major majority doesn't care that our troops are getting killed or both legs blown off and surviving and worse. I sourced from this site to back my statements in numbers: http://militaryreporter.net/2011/10/24/the-militar...

I appreciate your voice, your rants and I really want to see more of them from you and other articulate writers here.

The time is running out and we need to get down and dirty and start calling what is happening what it is,

TREASON against the USA from obama, Hillary, Reid, as well as the house majority in whole and it's inaction.

A stance they think will cripple the 4 year campaign to a man who has every intention of destroying Colonialism in all places it evolved from!

May God Protect You and Yours in the coming times, I yield to Psalms 91 in the book of life, the Bible,

Peace, love Understanding and blessings,


slcockerham profile image

slcockerham 4 years ago from Tallahassee, Florida

Great rant CMerritt, Couldn't agree with you more. It's time for another "bump on the road" of American history, the footnote of Obama's so-called presidency! It will take some time to level out all the bumps Obuma has left in this nation, as he went about his speaking and golfing tours.

CMerritt profile image

CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi Dusty, GREAT to hear from you!

Apathy is rampart, especially against the young adults and college crowd. They are only intersted in what this country can do for them, not what THEY can do for their country. The message JFK left for all of us has faded away.

We have had a large number of our soldiers wounded and killed in the Middle East since Obama took over........and it has barely been a small bump in the road...as a matter of fact, it has been a smooth surface for his administration.......they rarely talk about the REAL issues we are facing with the Middle East.

Blessing to you to sir,

Always a pleasure,


CMerritt profile image

CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

slclockerham, I sincerely hope and pray, we begin to clean up these bumps in the road, and elect a new leader.

I appreciate your comments,


    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

    Click to Rate This Article