President Obama rose to power on a wave of enthusiasm and popularity that was based on a
vision for America that would transform us from being a war weary, economically troubled nation, into one that would be an economic powerhouse at peace with the world and ready to provide a chicken in every pot and car in every garage.
Problem is that almost two years later, the economy has worsened, unemployment has risen, the world is far from being a more peaceful place and his attempts to put a chicken in every pot with socialist style healthcare and a car in every garage with Cash-For-Clunkers have fallen short of living up to the promise that many saw in candidate Obama.
President Obama’s plan for delivering hope and change was based on nothing but one single approach……spending. The President’s answer to everything has simply been to spend. His answer to high unemployment was to spend little more than $250,000 per new job created……temporary and unsustainable jobs. Jobs that don’t even pay an eighth of the amount it cost taxpayers to create. His answer to saving the environment from carbon emissions was to spend money by giving Americans thousands of dollars for cars that were in many cases only worth hundreds of dollars. His answer to making healthcare more affordable was to have the federal government take control of it at a cost that is now projected to be well over a trillion dollars with an additional $10 to $20 billion in administrative costs to implement Obamacare over the next ten years and with $105 billion over the same 10 year period for Congress to fund discretionary programs in the overhaul.
In the meantime, his promise to get unemployment below a still staggering 8.0% has failed to materialize, the American auto industry is still struggling along with banks, and big and small businesses alike. And through it all, the only concrete results of the Obama Administration to date is a quadrupling of the national debt and a richer and happier China that owns most of our debt.
And while the Chinese celebrate and develop a new generation of fighters that could make our aircraft carriers and battleships obsolete, President Obama has done nothing to keep us safe from nuclear proliferation in the Mid East and on the Korean Peninsula. But he did scrap our promised non-offensive missile defense shield in Europe before the Polish Prime Minister was killed in a plane crash. That new window of opportunity for potential threats to fly through, certainly did not make the world safer for us, our allies or our interests, but so long as it is what the Russians and Iranian’s wanted, who cares right? I mean after all, didn’t President Obama promise to make our enemies in the world love us? How’s that been going for us? Have you noticed the friendlier tone of the explosives that terrorists are using these days or the warm and fuzzy feel good tone of Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?
With consumer confidence at one of its lowest points in years, unemployment is at it highest since the 80’s, Wall Street is bouncing up and down in uncontrollable spasms of brief glimpses of optimism and long durations of fear, and the world is at greater risk from the nuclear ambitions and muscle flexing of North Korea and Iran, it is no wonder why the President’s base, his ardent liberal followers and cheerleaders, are jumping ship and even taking shots at him. After nearly year two years of an aggressive “Blame Bush” policy, and no credit of his own to lay claim to, Democrats are finding it necessary to not just run from the Obama agenda and its creators but they are beginning to have to show voters that they are opposing their President. Smart move when you consider that last year, all of the candidates that President Obama campaigned for, from Virginia to New Jersey and even Massachusetts, lost…..big time.
The situation is an extremely sad one for Americans. For all the freshness and change that Americans saw in then Senator Obama in 2008, in 2010 he is about as fresh as rotten eggs and for all his reforms, there is so little actual change that it has left an already cynical electorate feeling duped and even more cynical than they were before.
Include also the fact that despite being our first multi-racial President, racial tensions are on the rise with groups like the New Black Panthers threatening to kill white babies and the NAACP crying racism for every single disagreement on any single issue. The Obama Administration has even inspired tens of millions Americans into activism in the cause of political revolution, one that the left tries to write off as a race based revolution.
At the moment President Obama’s presidency is exemplified by the BP oil disaster in the Gulf. His Administration seems like a broken pipe that has money flowing out of it uncontrollably while he sits and waits for something to happen that will fix the deficit, the out of control unemployment rate and shrinking economy. It seems that much like the way he handled the Gulf oil disaster, he is handling everything else, from the economy, to foreign affairs, all the same way……helplessly, much like Jimmy Carter in the late 70’s when Iran took Americans Hostage for 444 days.
The failures of President Obama and his inability to live up to the messianic image and expectations that his presidential campaign created, now puts him and his Party in dire straights. But that fault is not President Obama’s alone. All of the most controversial issues of the past year and a half were settled along strictly partisan lines. And to achieve these Party lines votes, the American people saw a process led by Democrats that illustrated all that we despise about politics. They saw legislators bribe each other with pork barrel, deficit spending and back room deals that cut out the loyal opposition from having any legitimate input. They saw attempts to escape responsibility for passage of controversial legislation by trying to simply “deem” bills passed, rather than actually having a recorded vote. Voters saw Democrats pass legislation along partisan lines without even reading the bills they voted on.
The last year and a half has been ugly indeed. Marred with blunders, indecision, and scandals and through it all, Democrats stood quietly by and accepted it. They followed their leader and held the Party line. Unfortunately for them though, that line is attached to sinking fortunes.
As the midterm elections approach, Democrats are about to implode and our President is about to encounter one of the most embarrassing elections since Walter Mondale walked away with a win in only one state against Ronald Reagan in 1984.
This is because, as I said, Democrats have tied their fortunes to the President and now they find that it is too late to cut the cord and distance themselves from him. And the reasons for the die being cast by President Obama are simple.
He has failed to inspire us. His speeches are dull and preaching what seems to be a professorial elitism of a distant philosophy that is detached from reality. He has lost our faith and trust as exemplified in recent polls conducted by your more pro-Obama media outlets and by the dramatic number of people who feel our government is headed in the wrong direction. His handling of the Gulf oil disaster has shown him to be indecisive and his constant blaming of all that he fails to succeed at on George Bush has people believing that President Obama is unwilling to take responsibility for his own presidency. This has all helped create a lack of confidence in the leadership being provided by him and his Party.
On foreign affairs and national security, President Obama has done nothing but apologize for America and back down to our adversaries as demonstrated in the case with a missile defense system in Poland that was meant to insure our allies security in the face of possible Russian aggression, and a lack of an aggressive stand against the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea. Then there was the stand in support of Hugo Chavez’s ousted Marxists friend in Honduras, who was constitutionally removed from office, and the returning of the bust of the highly respected hero, Winston Churchill, to the British. All of these recorded instances help to create the impression that America’s foreign policy is upside down and bass ackwards. The Obama foreign affairs policy of appeasement and strategic blunders has actually weakened America’s standing in the world and has been uninspiring at home and abroad.
All of this has had nothing but a demoralizing effect on America and our allies. Over 18 months into the Obama presidency and Americans not only know that they are no better now than they were before he took office. Instead they understand that with a bigger government, a quadrupled debt, a stagnant economy and enemies emboldened by our timidity, we are in fact much worse off than we were 18 months ago.
Americans can be patient people. They are willing to give our leaders a chance, but we begin to lose our patience when we see that we are taking three or four steps back for every one step forward that we might be taking. And that is exactly where we are at now, with little more than ten weeks to go before the midterm elections.
And it should be noted that with only that much time to go before November, time is not on the side of the Democrats.
The typical bulk of all campaigning takes place between Labor Day and Election Day. In this election cycle, Labor Day comes late, September 6th. And Election day falls on November 2nd, the first rather than the second week of November . That makes for the shortest possible general election cycle their could be . That in turn means that even if Democrats can begin to turn their fortunes around, they will have little time to catch up to, and then surpass Republicans, who have the wind behind their backs.
This seemingly insignificant amount of time that the traditional campaign season will lack, can make all the difference in an election. As University of Virginia Professor and political pundit par excellence notes, in 1968, if Hubert Humphrey had just one more week in that condensed election cycle, it is more than likely that he would have caught up to and passed Richard Nixon.
So all things considered, the future is not looking good for liberalism and its Democratic home in America. But considering all the reasons why, it is quite understandable.