- - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Last weekend, I felt like the president of the United States as I played golf, watched the U.S. Open and generally enjoyed the Father’s Day weekend. Unlike me, President Obama also attended a fundraiser for Democrats and devoted his time to two of the most critical issues facing our nation: He gave a speech on climate change and composed an executive order to prevent discrimination against homosexual, bisexual and transgender people in the federal workplace.

Let’s imagine for a moment that our president was a real leader. Here are some actions he might have taken:

He could have let ISIS know its goal of forming a terrorist state in Iraq and Syria would be no easy task. He could have done this by using drones to kill as many of these loons as possible as they paraded down the highway from city to city killing Iraqis. He could have spent the weekend solving the crises on our southern border. Instead of asking for billions of dollars to accommodate unwanted aliens, he could have contracted with bus companies to deliver these women and children back to Guatemala and Honduras. Giving these folks a good meal and a free 30-hour bus ride to their homeland is far less expensive than providing education, medical care and welfare to them for a lifetime. As soon as a few buses arrived back in Central America, the incentive to pay criminals for passage to the United States would dissipate.

If Mr. Obama wanted to vent his anger toward discrimination, he could have called the president of Sudan and demanded the release of Meriam Ibrahim, who is sentenced to receive 100 lashes and then be hanged because she married a Christian and refuses to renounce her faith and convert to Islam.

How about Mr. Obama calls the president of Mexico and demands the release of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who served our county honorably in two wars and now sits in a Mexican prison for inadvertently entering Mexico with a weapon?

He could have given Russian President Vladimir Putin a slap in the face by assuring Ukraine a supply of natural gas. Of course this would not sit well with the carbon dioxide police because it might mean approving the Keystone XL pipeline and utilizing our greatest natural resource, petrochemicals.

All of the above would represent real leadership on the part of our president, but none would have as much positive impact as a speech denouncing Islamic extremism and Shariah law. If we as a country stand for human rights, we cannot be allies with countries that practice Shariah.

Unfortunately, we cannot expect any of these actions to take place. All we can expect is that our president will be surprised by the next crisis. He will tell us his team is investigating the situation, and then we, like the media, will be expected to forget whatever happened.

MIKE FERREER

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.