Letters from the Lunar Outpost

As the blessings of health and fortune have a beginning, so they must also find an end. Everything rises but to fall, and increases but to decay.
- Sallust, Roman Historian (B.C. 86-34)

America Held Hostage - The Iranian Hostage Crisis

33 years ago today, the radical jihadists of Iran took 52 American embassy workers and held them hostage for 444 days. The Iranian hostage crisis became all-consuming for President Carter as he worked through the final days of his presidency to secure their release, but perhaps it was the American election of that “crazy, trigger-happy cowboy” Ronald Reagan two months earlier that did the most to secure our people’s release. It was only after Reagan was inaugurated that – in a final insult to Carter – the Iranians gave our hostages up for release.

It’s now been 1,383 days since Obamanomics took hostage of our economy here at home. After spending our $10 trillion national debt all the way to an astronomical $16 trillion and seeing unemployment rise despite the orgy of spending, after promising to be a uniter and turning out to be The Great Divider, after watching Iran progress four years closer to having nuclear weapons and radical Islam on the rise in the Middle East with the assassination of our first American ambassador since Jimmy Carter was president, this presidency has been an unmitigated disaster.

For the president who promised us, "If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition," it's time to make those prophetic words come true.

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