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Fundamentally Transforming the United States of America

September 8th, 2013 - 5:29 am

“Not since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991,” the historian Conrad Black observed yesterday, “and prior to that the fall of France in 1940, has there been so swift an erosion of the world influence of a Great Power as we are witnessing with the United States.” Black continues:

What we are witnessing now in the United States . . . [is]  the backwash of inept policy-making in Washington, and nothing that could not eventually be put right. But for this administration to redeem its credibility now would require a change of direction and method so radical it would be the national equivalent of the comeback of Lazarus: a miraculous revolution in the condition of an individual (President Obama), and a comparable metamorphosis (or a comprehensive replacement) of the astonishingly implausible claque around him.

Until recently, it would have been unimaginable to conceive of John Kerry as the strongman of the National Security Council. This is the man who attended political catechism classes from the North Vietnamese to memorize and repeat their accusations against his country of war crimes in Indochina, and, inter alia, ran for president in 2004 asserting that while he had voted to invade Iraq in 2003, he was not implicated in that decision because he did not vote to fund the invasion once underway.

For the America-hating, transnational progressive Left, the disaster that is Obama must have been fun at first: warm and fuzzy speeches in Cairo about how, deep down, Islam is as American as apple pie, economically suicidal decisions like the veto of the Keystone pipeline, unleashing the Internal Revenue Service against groups that promoted things like patriotism or the tea party: wot larks! But even the most irresponsible spoiled follower of Saul Alinsky must have some misgiving at the tectonic shifts that are happening under his feet.  The long march through the institutions of bourgeois capitalism is an amusing trek so long as you are the one giving the marching orders and commanding the funds and the security to make sure that, if there is any rough stuff, you are well out of it.  But when that changes? If there is a tune everyone will remember from the Obama administration, it will the the percussive sound of scurrying feet, rodent feet hurrying to get off the ship.

So stayed tuned.  Obama drew (or didn’t draw: depends when you ask him) a “red line” about Syria: if Assad uses chemical weapons, then, then, then . . . like Lear’s famous aposiopesis he is reduced to blustering: “I will have such revenges on you . . . That all the world shall —  I will do such things —/ what they are yet I know not, but they shall be / the terrors of the earth.” Meanwhile, alas, Michael Morell, deputy director of the CIA, recently said that toppling Assad would be the biggest threat in the world to U.S. security. All those weapons, all those al-Qaeda groups: a bad mixture. Scurry, scurry, scurry. “I don’t remember a time,” said Morell, “when there have been so many national security issues on the front burner as there are today.”  Thank goodness we have John “reporting for duty” Kerry and Barack Obama handling things. Feeling better?

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He is fundamentally transforming America -- into Latin America, but he hasn't read to the end of the script. Guys like Obama easily win elections there, but quickly spend the nation into bankruptcy. Then a military junta takes over, cuts all non-military spending to zero, and tells the parasites to get their handouts somewhere else.

Another feature of Latin America is that, even as a minority, white people get the utmost respect, while those of darker complexion are treated like crap. They never had a civil-rights movement and probably never will.
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Roger’s analysis is incomplete. Two points. First, the President seldom acts alone, whether in matters of domestic or foreign policy. The self-serving narcissists who make up the Congress of the United States, and who control the national purse, are almost always complicit. Hence to blame only the Current Occupant for every domestic or foreign policy failure is inaccurate. Second, we should not forget the signal contribution recently made to the continuing decline of the Republic by all of us, the beloved American People, who had a genuine choice in the last election. We made the wrong one.
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The G20's dom-in-O couldn't get much of what he wanted there, but he's spoiling for a fight over the budget and debt ceiling. He MUST be defeated on this Syria vote for the good of the country. It will weaken him and he will not be able to destroy as many of our country's institutions as he plans to. His foreign policy imbecilities must be brought to bear on his domestic policies!
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the CIA is quite wrong in stating toppling Assad is the worst thing in the world for US national security.
The worst thing in the world for US national security is the Obama administration.
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I agree with you but I think you are over 19 years and 11 months in your assessment.
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If I'm not mistaken, a soundbyte did the rounds in 2008, soon after the election results.
"This is a great country; now let's change it..."
Now why would a President want to do that?
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He was truthful when he said that he would fundamentally change the United States. Alas, immigration and the welfare culture has diminished the effect the founding fathers had on this country. Purveyors of social studies have modified history, and political correctness have done their part also.
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"... the most destructive presidency in the country’s history..."

Obama's presidency has been terrible, but not in comparison to Lincoln's. Lincoln shredded the Constitution more than Obama. He imprisoned or deported people who disagreed with him. He started an unconstitutional war against people who were US citizens just a few days before. He created an unconstitutional federal army and manned it via an unconstitutional military draft. Those top Syria and NSA spying.
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>> He started an unconstitutional war

I think you meant that Lincoln tricked them into firing on Fort Sumter. Get is right man, get it right.
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he knew that the american people would be incredulous at such a stupid notion that we should go in for a tiny little strike, which even today he keeps narrowing. the imbecility of imagining they would not fire back is really beyond the pale of human understanding. where we should be is a strategy of getting rid of the mullahs in Iran which would cause syria and hezbullah and the rest of the bizarre savage death cult to implode. but, noooo. this guy can't even say the word terrorist. makes me puke.
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Everything is going as planned.
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O as a Marxist/socialist is as pleased as a pig in mud. Especially since he has so many pigs wallowing in the mud with him.
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I still think this is all theater to redirect the public's incredibly short attention span away from the cascade of administration scandals, none of which have been adequately dealt with. What is truly awful is the compliant manner in which the Republicans in the Senate, and the House leadership seem to have drunk the kool-aid being distributed by the White House. Forrest Gump's mother was correct: Stupid is as stupid does !
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You meant John "Let me tack first before I answer the phone" Kerry, right?
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