Monday, April 04, 2011
"Obama is Awesome"
Touching, ain't it?
CALLING ALL AUTOMATONS.... Can you believe he would launch his reelection campaign NOW?
Pardon me while I free-associate a bit.
There was no federal budget in 2010 when Obama owned commanding majorities in both houses of congress. There is no budget in 2011, although even his own congressional leaders are asking for his help on a budget.
The U.S. is suddenly involved in a military quagmire that didn't take years to develop, but weeks, with no exit strategy and no conceivable outcome that doesn't make the U.S. look weak and indecisive.
The delicate stability of the mideast is completely gone, with riots in the "Arab Street" threatening total chaos in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, and even Saudi Arabia, while only the ruling theocracy in Iran appears to be consolidating power with its nuclear ambitions unchecked.
A year after its passage, ObamaCare is hated more than it was when it got rammed through the Reid/Pelosi congress on a strictly partisan vote.
Economists in the private sector are sending out warning signals of "hyper-inflation" due to exponentially increasing deficits, financed by printed money, which could destroy the U.S. currency as the basis of international finance and global economic stability.
Gas prices are twice what they were when Obama got elected, and his policies on energy have reduced domestic energy production rather than increased it.
Unemployment is decreasing nominally below 9 percent because people who have ceased looking for work in favor of life on the dole are steadily increasing.
Lefties to the right of the Obama hard left are demanding a Hillary candidacy against Obama in 2012.
Which must, of course, be the exact right time to launch a reelection campaign. With this particular ad. Which cites no accomplishments whatever and speaks only of trust in the One. Meaning there's no point in addressing any specific criticism, because the Obama presidency is purely a matter of faith. It's a religion of sorts. The faithful are not waiting for Obama to grow up and become president in the way even his liberal political cheerleaders are. He's still the One. And given what the faithful really want from him, that's true.
All the calls for leadership from both sides of the aisle are feckless and disingenuous. Obama is exercising leadership as he understands it. We decided to elect as president a community organizer. That's what we got. To a community organizer, leadership is simply a matter of firing up the masses, declaiming incendiary talking points, fanning the flames, and then sitting back to watch the ensuing conflagration with speechwriters on hand to craft oratorical platforms that present the organizer as superior to the feeble actions of those whom he compels to respond to his provocations. He's never accountable for results, only for judgments on the failures of those whom he chooses to hold responsible.
Into this fetid mix I'll toss only one idea.
It's not that Obama has been slow to clarify and focus his leadership. It's that we have failed to understand that his notions of leadership are exactly what we have been experiencing. He's a slicker version of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, content to be superior to -- and ultimately blameless for -- the firestorms he deliberately incites.
A great way to melt down the world. He apologizes to Arab muslims, tells them he understands their hatred of America, and declares his reluctance to impede their cultural traditions and impulses. Result? They go nuts. Jimmy Carter had one mideast catastrophe -- Iran -- but Obama is working toward a dozen.
Obama systematically demonizes every variety of private provider in the American healthcare system -- hospitals, insurance companies, doctors, corporate health plans, and pharmaceutical companies -- then stands back and lets his Democrat congress run roughshod over everyone without even glimpsing his own presidential responsibility to craft a cost-effective and fair solution. Let it happen. He can be "shocked, shocked" later on and get credit for granting waivers and bribes to injured constituencies he still wants as allies for his next round of provocations.
He spends us into utter bankruptcy by turning Congress loose to lard up a "stimulus" bill with every spending program the Democrats have ever wanted. He proceeds to take personal credit for made-up benefits (e.g., jobs saved) while retaining the right to sacrifice those of his pawns whose more venal political motives got them defeated in the last election. It was never his fault what particular cuts of pork they packed into a bill he never looked at. His intentions were always pure, and he was never there that day anyway, because he was so busy carrying the "Yes we can" message to the media and the good folks who love you if you drop your "g"s in benighted Middle America.
Don't be waiting around for Obama to learn the trick of presidential leadership. We've already seen his conjuring in this regard and are dying of it.
Let me put it more directly. The community organizer is the affirmative action version of political leadership. It's always about what's owed to me and mine, just because, not about taking any responsibility for the consequences of rhetoric, action, inaction, or just going to dinner with the powerful after the powerless dopes have been stirred into a frenzy.
Or even more directly. We have an affirmative action president. He's absolutely not responsible for what happens to us. Nothing will or can ever make him see it that way. All he knows is that he's owed this office, any mistakes or misjudgments are not his fault, and we should all just trust him because... well, we owe him that for all our sins of the past.
If you agree with his bizarre notions of social justice, you have to support him whatever he does. The message is simple: "Nothing I do has to make any damn sense or even make your lives any better; it just has to reassure you that your own irrational prejudices are beyond reproach."
I propose that it's time to admit we made a catastrophic mistake. We didn't elect a healing post-racial president. We elected Nemesis. Wise up or be accountable for the mounting cataclysmic consequences.
Yeah, I'd even vote for Romney if it came to that. Obama must go.