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Roger L. Simon

America at the Crossroads on the Fourth of July

July 3rd, 2014 - 4:26 pm

America is at a crossroads — we always seem to be, but this time we really are.

We are living under the administration of a president that is now the least popular since World War II.  A full one-third  of those polled by Quinnipiac rate Barack Obama the worst president since 1945.  (Reagan is rated the best.)

What accounts for this?  There are dozens of reasons that have been detailed on these pages and many others.  The man has lied to us multiple times — and to himself as well, no doubt — and many people now apparently sense this.  But I think the deepest reason, the motivating cause, stems from a time Barack Obama actually didn’t lie, but told an important truth.

Back on July 27, 2004, a then obscure Illinois senator made himself famous by standing in front of the Democratic National Convention and speaking these words: “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America. There is a United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America, a Latino America, an Asian America — there’s the United States of America.”

Did he believe those words?  Maybe. Once upon a time.  But evidently not very deeply. The fact is he betrayed them completely and almost everything he has done wrong has stemmed from that betrayal.  He has acted in the most partisan and deceitful manner, surrounding himself with a tiny group of yes-women and yes-men,  making a mockery of his self-proclaimed transparency, shamelessly exploiting interest groups in a way that could only divide our society while diminishing America’s place in the world,  and allowing evil forces to grow across the globe.

All of this while being convinced he is always doing the right thing. The rest of us are wrong.  He is not the commander-in-chief. He is the moral narcissist in chief.  It’s not “I think, therefore I am.”  It’s “I believe — therefore it is.”

But most of the country seems to realize that now.  And his poll numbers reflect it.  Sometimes it seems as if his only real supporters are government employees, food stamp recipients,  and the editorial board of the New York Times.  Whatever the case, that 2004 speech to the DNC is so far in the rear view mirror we might as well be on Battlestar Galactica.

So what do we do?  How do we become — on this Fourth of July — the United States of America again?

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Go read 1 Samuel Chapter 8, Plato's Republic and some of the Enlightenment. then recall John Adams 1814 quote "There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide." The reason for the Constitution and the Republic form of government is the end game of democracy is totalitarian government. It comes in many forms, the current crop carry the banner of "socialism" but they're all totalitarian.

The Constitution delayed the suicide and the descent into totalitarian government but will not stop it. The crossroads cited merely marks a point in time regarding how fast the transition is completed. One Hopes the delay is beyond the life expectancy of those reading this article.

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I think Obama is more a symptom of anything. When he ran for president, my daughter was the ONLY one in her middle school class who didn't want him to win. What does a middle schooler know about the economy, or geopolitics, or separation of powers, or anything? Yet for reasons they could not articulate they were lockstep in support of him. Supporting Obama was COOL. I know adults, some of them intelligent who are the same. They know nothing of the issues, but were fervently in favor of The One.

If you strip away the coolness, people can't seem to explain why they like him without resorting to citing "facts" that are nonfactual or hysteria about racism and theocracy. (Some voted for him out of concern about corporate cronyism and the creeping police state. IMO those are valid concerns, but they became worse under Obama.) Near as I can tell, a significant portion of voters are not only the low-information variety, but are guided in their thinking by pop culture and faux news to a degree that should shame a teenager, much less an adult. Too many of us have somehow received an "education" that left out the bit about how to think but was heavy on inculcating peer dependence.

Our choice of leaders is based not on facts but by what the talking heads say are facts. Not on reason but on fashion. Not on character but on style. Until that changes it will continue to be a clown parade all the way down the drain.
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"The destructive manner in which Tea Party Republicans and mainstream Republicans treat each other, even in those cases when they believe nearly the same things and differ mainly on strategy, attests to moral narcissism. They should calm down and concentrate on the larger objectives."

This destructive manner of which you speak of, and in a both sides are equally guilty manner, is mostly the Establishment Republicans (I would not call them mainstream) attacking Tea Party Republicans by means both legal and extra-legal and your claim of "believe nearly the same things and differ mainly on strategy" contradicts easily observed reality and demonstrates a willful blindness on your part.

There is little in common between Tea Party and Establishment Republican. There is now far more in common between Establishment Republican and Democrat, which more and more is becoming a difference of 6 of 1, 5.9 of the other.
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"First of all, we should get over ourselves. Our country may be great, but we’re nothing special just because we realize a few political or economic points. Moral narcissism is the psychological illness of our times. It infects all of us. Liberals and progressives aren’t the only ones who adhere to “I believe — therefore it is” and make a hash of things. Plenty of conservatives and libertarians do too."
I read this 3 times and I have no idea what you're saying. Your following paragraph concerning the Tea Party muddies it up further.
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last i heard, 40% think he's doing fine. what does that tell you ?
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"There is not a black America and a white America, a Latino America, an Asian America — there’s the United States of America.”
This from the man and the party who founded a "get the white man" coalition, and bragged about how it would give them a permanent majority of minorities.
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This is one Canadian who is not waiting for the US to make up its mind in how it interacts with those who are not citizens of the US.

As long as those inside the Beltway place more importance in kowtowing to the loudest (who also tend to be the most in favour of what is politically fashionable), than in being a good neighbour - expect more examples of http://online.wsj.com/articles/mary-ogrady-obamas-ambassador-bruce-heyman-belittles-canada-1404076426
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The ROT started some time ago.

With the destructive virus of professional politics entering the blood stream. Taking over the functionis and workings of the body politic. Camouflaged as healthful and benevolent for the body

Virus allowed integration into cells, organs and organ systems that virtually impossible to eradicate without very uncomfortable side effects on the body.

THERE IS an anti-dote. In the Immune system bequeathed Americans in their DNA by their ancestors in the 18th century.

THE Natural remedy. STRICT CONSTITUTIONAL CONSTRUCTIONISM. No allowances OR permissions made any longer for ANY tweaking with legal smokescreens and vergiabe of this fundamental of the double helix of the DNA of the body politic.

The CONSTITUTION, the Fundemental, aka the SUPREME LAW. Of these USA based on "The Rule of Law" is written in plain English. Available for review by ANY person. PLAIN language.

NO NECESSITY for self - appointed, self - propagAting, incestuous INSIDER TRADERS in priesthoods of professional politicians OR lawyers OR their interpreters to read and interpret.

EACH Citizen MAY read and interpret individually and INDEPENDENTLY the "Rule of the Game.
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Expanding on your theme...an alternative explanation for DC's current political class...

"Shockingly, the robots learned to lie to each other in an attempt to hoard the beneficial resources for themselves.

"The implication is that they're also learning self-preservation," Del Monte told us. "Whether or not they're conscious is a moot point."

http://www.businessinsider.com/louis-del-monte-interview-on-the-singularity-2014-7
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" It does not call for circular firing squads."

It calls for sniping RINOs until the GOP is a fit tool for fixing the problems, or, the GOP is no longer an impediment to fixing the problems. I don't care which.
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They should calm down and concentrate on the larger objectives.

Except "mainstream" Republicans and Tea Party Republicans don't share the same objectives. The establishment Republicans appear to want Big Government on perhaps a slightly smaller scale and with themselves in charge. I'm not a Republican, just a conservative who generally votes Republican by default and I can't possibly share that goal. Big government, establishment Republicans have to go just like their Democratic counterparts.

And, no, Obama never believed those words. Not then, not now, not ever.
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"The destructive manner in which Tea Party Republicans and mainstream Republicans treat each other"

I hope you mentioned that to Thad Cochran and the Barbour boys.
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America, with the murders of JFK, RFK and Martin Luther has been going down the wrong road of the New Age agenda. America is the last nation state to sell out to the world system.

We will not be going back. The subconscious of middle America shows the road ahead. What is the subconscious? Look at weapon sales the last 4 years.
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Did he believe those words? Maybe. Once upon a time.

I don't believe he did. I don't believe Barack Obama has ever believed in anything except saying what he thinks his audience wants to hear, and moving them to the magic of his voice. There isn't enough depth to that man for him to be able to assess or examine the consequences of what he says.
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Spot on but rather than say what he thinks his audience wants to hear, it's what his handlers want them to hear. Whenever he is left to his own devices, the ugly head of his angry, pugilistic tone comes through: "So sue me!" being the latest example.
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