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Obama Who?

August 5th, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Critics of the president are convinced that Barack Obama will do lasting damage to the U.S. I doubt it.

Obama came to power in the third year of large Democratic congressional majorities. In his first referendum, he lost the House and he may soon lose the Senate; in other words, there followed a somewhat normal reaction against a majority party. Obama’s popularity rating is well below 50%, despite an obsequious media and a brilliantly negative billion-dollar campaign that long ago turned Mitt Romney into a veritable elevator-using, equestrian-marrying, canine-hating monster.

In the second term, there is little of the Obama bully pulpit left. “Make no mistake about it” and “let me be perfectly clear” can incur caricature, not fainting. “Really,” “I’m not kidding,” “I’m serious,” “in point of fact,” and “I’m not making this up” often prove rhetorical hints that the opposite is true. When Obama warns about gridlock in Washington, the “same old tired politics,” the dangers of a tyrant or king in the White House, the need for an honest IRS, or the perils of government surveillance, these admonitions have tragically become a psychological tic to warn us about himself. Former jokes about siccing the IRS on his enemies or using Predator drones to go after suitors of his daughters are as eerie as they are comedic.

Each new “historic” speech is by now mostly history repeating itself as farce. The Victory Column oration gave way to a flat vignette at the Brandenburg Gate. The Cairo speech follow-ups were mostly confusion about Egypt and Syria, without the fictions of the West’s underappreciated debts to Islam. The second Trayvon Martin aside on racial look-alikes was even more disturbing that the first. I don’t think Obama’s advisors will allow him to proclaim any more “deadlines,” or “red lines,” or any sort of lines at all in the Middle East.

Aside from Obama himself, no one in the post-Benghazi, -AP, -NSA, and -IRS scandal era references the president any longer as the former “professor of constitutional law.” In Obama’s case even the inflated title has become an oxymoron.

Ever so slowly, the press, albeit still for the most part privately, is learning that it has been had by one of its own. The breach of journalistic ethics turned out not to be a necessary means to an exalted liberal end, but instead was interpreted cynically by Obama as exemption for doing pretty much what he pleased — like going after AP reporters for leaking national security in a way the administration could only envy, given its own less impressive efforts to divulge what should not have been divulged. How odd that a truly adversarial press is an aid to conservatives in power, in keeping them on their toes about scandal, and how ironic that liberal media obeisance green-lights wrongdoing among those whom they deify.

What does the Arab Spring conjure up? Or “lead from behind”? Or “reset”? (If only Obama could envision Putin as George Zimmerman, we might get real on Russia.) Or an “OK” from the Arab League to act? Or CIA gun-running in Libya? Or the military non-response to Benghazi? Or the incarceration of Mr. Nakoula, the supposedly evil filmmaker? Or “al-Qaeda on the run”? Or the successive flip-flops on Mubarak, Morsi, and the Egyptian military? Or serial “deadlines” to Iran, or consecutive “red lines” in Syria? (If only these threats abroad carried as much weight as Obama’s promises to “bankrupt” coal companies and send our power bills “skyrocketing.”) Or the “peace-process” with the Palestinians? Or closing down the embassies of the Middle East? (If only Islamists were Republicans, they might be on the receiving end of real presidential threats like “punish our enemies.”) What do all these misadventures abroad have in common? I think the answer is nothing and everything: no consistency other than confusion.

In terms of future elections, Obama has created a new racial paradox for Democrats, the ironic wage of his own racial divisiveness.  As Obama turns off independent voters of all backgrounds by the now monotonous rhetoric — from “typical white person” to his racial grandstanding in the Trayvon Martin matter, with help always from the reliably polarizing Eric Holder (“my people,” “cowards”) — the president grows even shriller to make up the losses of moderate voters. Polls now show that the public is more likely to consider Obama racially divisive than a healer. In the upcoming midterm election, it is still unclear whether minority voters will continue to turn out in record numbers and vote in record lockstep Democratic fashion, a scenario increasingly critical to Obama as he loses independents. When one plays at zero-sum identity politics, each voter energized by racial referencing also means one voter — or more — polarized.

Cap and trade is dead. EPA director Lisa “Richard Windsor” Jackson proved a hushed-up embarrassment, a sort of asexual version of “Carlos Danger.” In any case, her quiet departure was no more noticed than was the entire tenure of Hilda Solis. Steven Chu and his hopes for gas prices to reach European levels will be as memorable a wish or prediction as was his sigh that California agriculture would dry up and blow away. Drivers have paid over $1 trillion more in collectively higher gas prices since Obama took office. That fact will be more remembered than the promised wave of new green electric cars and high-speed rail.

When Obama occasionally soars with the old “wind and solar” and “millions of new green jobs” tropes, most associate those references with “Solyndra.” How odd that those in the fracking business — reducing carbon emissions, lowering electricity prices, reducing dependence on foreign energy sources — have done Obama far more political good than his often inept and corrupt friends in the green subsidy racket.

One way or another, Obamacare will be repealed. If a House representative in 2009 had suggested that those in the executive branch should not enforce the employer mandate of the newly passed Obamacare, he would have incurred charges of being disloyal to the Constitution. Now the author of the bill calls it a “train wreck,” and the president chooses not to faithfully execute elements of his own law, his “signature” legislative achievement. With friends like these, why does Obamacare need enemies?

Why would the IRS, charged with enforcing Obamacare, wish its own employees to be exempt from the statutes it will enforce on others? Beware, Democrats: maybe Lois Lerner & Co. will do more freelancing and punish those who spiked their health care premiums. The more vehemently a group in 2009 demanded Obamacare — unions, government employees, pro-Democratic businesses — the more likely they were by 2013 to wish exemption from it. Is the lesson something like: “I should be excused from it, since I promoted it more than others”?

If anyone were to repeat the Obama reform mantra of 2008 — a new transparency, an end to lobbyists, no more revolving doors — it would incur laughter. A Larry Summers or Peter Orszag forgot Obama’s promises not to make millions of dollars from the influence gained during their government service. Citibank seems to be bankrolling the retirement plans of all those who worked at Obama’s Treasury Department. I think Obama will do the same when he leaves office, in the fashion of both Hillary Clinton and Lisa Jackson. Expect soon his $1 million speaking fees to lecture Citibank and Goldman Sachs on diversity and green energy.

When we recount Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS mess, the AP/James Rosen affair, or the NSA disclosures, we think not of modern scandals per se, but rather in historical terms: which prior administration was more corrupt and dishonest — Nixon’s or Grant’s? Is that comparison fair to either of them? Did Obama, in compensation, give us Reconstruction or an opening to China? Has he accomplished as much as Harding?

Americans are always up for a good class war. Obama gave them one, with all the talk of the “one percent,” “millionaires and billionaires,” and the “pay your fair share” boilerplate. But to be a good class warrior also requires the pretense of populism. Ralph Nader and Dennis Kucinich were at least not habitués of Martha’s Vineyard, did not make second homes out of tony golf courses, did not have the family jetting to Aspen and Costa del Sol to take time off with those who forgot when to quit their profiting. How can a president so rail at the 1% and yet so wish to play, vacation, and be among those who didn’t build their wealth?

The president’s signature achievement? He has established a precedent that the president can play all the golf he wishes without being caricatured as a distracted would-be aristocrat.

Jimmy Carter’s four years had short-term consequences — almost all negative — but little long-term damage. Obama’s eight years in theory should have far more lasting ramifications, given the huge debt, radical appointees, job-killing regulations, and dismal economy of the last five years. Yet we are learning that he is proving even a more inconsequential figure than was Carter. And so likewise in years to come, even his true believers will talk more of an iconic Barack Obama before and after he was president — but rarely during.

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I believe that Obama has caused lasting damage. He has pushed the envelope on acceptable lawless behavior by the executive branch and their is little likelihood it will spring back to it's old dimensions.
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Hard to understand how The One We've Been Waiting For's policies will be considered inconsequential. His handling of the economic (sic) recovery is a disaster. He has polarized the country and set race relations back two generateions, and his stewardship of US foreign policy can be summed up in a single word; disaster. He will certainly be credited with losing the Middle East, and presiding over the resurgence of imperialist Russia. He'll be remembered as the author of America's decline.
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Well, we will definitely shift further towards a strong-president, weak legislature model for our Federal government. Obama's disregard for the rule of law will influence administrations to come, whether Democrat or Republican.

Merely think of George Washington's Farewell Address:

"All obstructions to the execution of the Laws, all combinations and Associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, controul counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the Constituted authorities are distructive of this fundamental principle and of fatal tendency. They serve to Organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force--to put in the place of the delegated will of the Nation, the will of a party; often a small but artful and enterprizing minority of the Community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public Administration the Mirror of the ill concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the Organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common councils and modefied by mutual interests. However combinations or Associations of the above description may now & then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the Power of the People, & to usurp for themselves the reins of Government; destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion."

Obama and his cronies are exactly the type of factional group Washington warned us against all those centuries ago ...
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Thank you Mr. Hanson. Very accurate description of Obama.
But what do you suppose we do in order to thwart his ideological intentions for the next 3 1/2 years? He has, after all, amassed and accumulated more
executive power than any president in history. How do we combat that?
Combine his power with 32 socialist/marxist czars, a liberal-left dominance
in the Senate, and you have a remedy for more insidious power-grabbing.
Write us an article on the solutions, if any, to this monumental conspiratotial
dictatorship in the White House. Oh.....and
Good luck, America.
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OBAMA'S ARAB SPRING - EQUALS - MOHAMMED'S PREDICTIONS - EQUALS - OBAMA'S SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY:- EQUALS: OBAMA'S WORLD RULE.- EQUALS - OBAMA'S BAIT AND SWITCH:

OBAMA IS USING U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN ORDER TO USE THE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS - AND AMERICA: THE TERRORISTS 'THINK' HE IS FULFILLING MOHAMMED'S PROPHECY (ARAB SPRING) TO CAUSE ISLAM'S WORLD RULE, WHILE AMERICANS 'THINK' HE IS USING U.S. FOREIGN POLICY TO ACHIEVE SOME UNKNOWN ADVANTAGE FOR HER, WHEN ALL THE WHILE HIS 'PLAN' WAS TO 'BAIT' ISLAM - IRAN, AL QAEDA, THE BROTHERHOOD - TO SUPPORT HIS 'VERY CANNY' STRATEGY TO 'APPEAR AS IF THE MAHDI IS RETURNING' - AND WHEN THE MOMENT IS RIGHT, TO 'SWITCH FROM HIS MAHDI POSE TO HIS WORLD DICTATOR POSE - SIMULTANEOUSLY HAVING BAITED AMERICA, AND SWITCHING FROM 'PRESIDENT' TO DICTATOR 'IN PERPETUITY'.

FOLLOW THE HADITHS AND THE QUR'AN FOR THE STEP BY STEP PROTOCOL HE HAS USED; 'SYRIA' AND 'YEMEN' ARE 'KEY' STEPS IN MOHAMMED'S PROTOCOL.

The excerpts in 'Alexis' Comments at Disqus Activity on this topic are all taken from articles and diary entries written and posted as far back as 2007. Those concerning the Arab Spring have been at "A Boudica Point of View" since it began in Egypt.

Quote from Mohammed's "Sayings": The Hadiths:
“The Muslims will throw off the reins of the foreigners and take possession of their land, overthrowing those rulers that are foreign agents" (Obama's 'Arab Spring' verbatim - step by step -"leading from behind"

“Behold, the Imam (Caliph) is but a shield from behind whom the people fight and by whom they defend themselves.” Hadith from Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal ‘
"Ja'far al-Sadiq, the Sixth Imam, made the following prophecies: Abu Bashir says: When I asked Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq, "O son of the Messenger of God! Who is the Mahdi (qa'im) of your clan (ahl al-bayt)?", he replied: "The Mahdi will conquer the world; at that time the world will be illuminated by the light of God, and everywhere in which those other than God are worshipped will become places where God is worshiped; and even if the polytheists do not wish it, the only faith on that day will be the religion of God. (“ISLAM”)

The foregoing is factual - below is kidding on the square: Barack Obama is totally delusional - and, he 'did' rig the 2012 election from the Middle East to the U.S. by use of clandestine anti-Constitutional activities: the NSA, PRISM and the IRS.

OBAMA SAID: (Wish the following were only a spoof)
“I’m going to need another term to finish the job,” (AP Dec. 1, 2011)
--- because synchronizing transformations of fundamental phantasmagorias takes time in order to set up the precise--timing for revelation of his true identity. The world must first be in mental-readiness to learn that all the while he was covertly crafting world events for his ‘Day of Judgment’ against the world for its offenses against 'him' – and to set the stage for the world to be told that he is the prophet‘s promised end-time Big Kahuna – AND, DAMN IT! – HE WANTS THE CREDIT DUE TO HIM EVEN IF HE HAS TO DO ANOTHER LOWLY STINT AS U.S. PRESIDENT.TO PREPARE THE WORLD FOR HIS COMING

http://boudicabpi.wordpress.co...
“A BOUDICA POINT OF VIEW: Take No Prisoners”
LETTER TO “THE ENVY CLASS”: ‘THE DREAMER-REAMERS’
“TREASON AND SHROUD; IRAN ESCORTS OBAMA TO WORLD DICTATORSHIP THRU STRAITS OF 2012” Pref Parts I-V “LETTER TO BARACK OBAMA” Parts I-V

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September 2012
”BARACK OBAMA ‘WHO’? TIMELINE OF HOW OBAMA DESTROYED HIMSELF archived in ‘Alexis Public Library’; A liturgy of how he died”

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September 2012
BARACK OBAMA 'WHO'? TIMELINE OF HOW OBAMA ...

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I like reading Mr. Hanson, but he needs a reality check. One might think the democrats are finished after that article, but nothing can be further from the truth. This was an extreme case of wishful thinking, particularly what he said about the media getting wise to him. If anyone doubts me, just look at the links where I found This article--on RealClearPolitics--and they are just as predictably partisan as they always have been and will continue to be.

Hillary Clinton will be the next president, and if not, some other Democrat. Mr. Hanson must be having coffee with Dick Morris, but I forgive him anyway.
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VDH, Usually I agree with you, but you are wrong on this one. Obama will destroy America. He still has the power.
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I fear that we may never recover from the damage Obama has done. Perhaps worse than his damage to the economy, he has polarized us so extremely that a great percentage no longer think, just react with standard polar response. That institution so necessary to maintain freedom - the Free Press has become so corrupted that the only facts that are reported are the ones fitting ideology and nobody trusts the reports they produce.
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It is hard to believe, but in 2008 and and amazingly again in 2012 a majority of Americans elected a man to be their President that hates the traditional America that most of us grew up in and love. His fundamental transformation of the United States is a blueprint for economic malaise, racial division and weakening of our military and national and border security, all while using executive orders to thwart the will of the people and Congress. He is arrogant and loves to mock and ridicule those who oppose him and his Far Left agenda. One thing that I have noticed about Obama is that his handlers never allow him to be seen in a large public venue like a sporting event or parade, instead of the carefully staged speeches before an audience of Obama Zombies as his backdrop. They know he would soundly booed if he showed up to throw out the first pitch at a major league baseball park. In my book, this man has committed an enormous number of impeachable offenses and is a danger to our free Republic. In fact, he is the "Enemy Within" along with many, many others in the Democratic Party (American Communist Party).
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Even worse is the fact that congress will exempt itself from the failed obummercare debacle.
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Your comment deserves much more than the single sentence you've given it.
The fact that congress - half of which is dominated by the GOP - can so brazenly exempt itself from the Affordable Care Act yet not repeal this horror says that THEY JUST DON'T CARE ANYMORE. They think they are immune to us voters, above criticism or reproach. As far as they are concerned, WE AREN'T CALLING THE SHOTS ANYMORE.
Democracy has been slain in DC. While either party still exists as a functioning entity, it will remain dead.
We have lost our freedom, and the Constitution is no longer an operational body of law.
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I'm not convinced Obama will leave peaceably. VDH is underestimating the fiscal damage Obama has caused, there is no free lunch.
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