I think it’s a question a lot of us — both right and left — are asking right now. We originally had such high hopes for President Obama. While his wife obviously hates America, not even considering liking it until it looked like her husband might get the highest job in the land, it always seemed that Barack was at least apathetic about the existence of America. While he wouldn’t shed a tear if it was destroyed, he didn’t seem to mind it being around either.
But his actions lately have shown that not to be true.
First, there was the “stimulus” in which he caused a nation in debt to spend hundreds of billions of dollars it didn’t have. And there were the bailouts to make sure failing companies stayed around to fester and bring down their industries with them. Now, there’s the cap-and-trade bill to tax energy and thus make everything more expensive right when everyone has less money. And later there will be his national health care plan to tax health care benefits and make an expensive necessity even costlier. At this point, even the most ardent Obama supporter has to admit he’s actively trying to destroy the American economy.
There are a number of right-wingers with Obama derangement syndrome who will just say, “He’s stupid and evil!” But that’s just making Obama a cartoonish villain and not even trying to understand the real reasons. Others have said that Democrats’ brains swell as they get older, and the pressure of the brain against the skull eventually causes the Democrats to snap and savagely attack the economy, but that’s an ignorant urban legend.
Still, you can understand how some people have these beliefs because it doesn’t seem like Obama has any logical reason to hate the economy so much. It would be understandable if he had some bad history with the economy and was scarred by it in the past, but Obama has pretty much had no involvement whatsoever with the economy until his presidency. He never ran a business or had any capitalist dealings besides sweet book deals his whole life. Thus, you wouldn’t expect him to hate the economy, but instead, be confused by it like a dog trying to understand a nuclear reactor. It would be understandable if, out of curiosity, he fiddled around with the economy a little, but his taking such active measures to destroy something he doesn’t understand is quite odd.
The leading theory on why Obama hates and wants to destroy the economy is its focus on merit, which is an anathema to Obama. In a capitalistic society, you need products that actually do useful things so you can sell them and make money. You can make all the claims you want, but at some point people are going to expect the product to actually do something.
That has to be a foreign concept to someone who has written multiple autobiographies before ever actually accomplishing anything. He expects people to take his word that he’s really smart and great without ever having to do anything to prove it. That doesn’t work in our economy; think of the Amazon.com reviews he’d have if he were a product. Yes, a few people would think he looked neat and preorder, but soon he’d have a bunch of one-star reviews saying, “Doesn’t actually do anything. Don’t waste trillions of dollars on it.” You can see how Obama might be angry at something that would find no value in him, like the economy.
This leads me, though, to a different theory as to why Obama wants to destroy the economy: misdirected hatred. And what does Obama hate? Himself. He thinks so little of himself that if America would want him to be its leader, then he feels America and its economy deserve to perish. Look at his tepid reaction to Iran and how he wants Zelaya reinstated in Honduras. It’s like he feels other countries deserve bad leaders just like the U.S. He treats the economy so poorly because that’s what he feels he deserves.
So what to do? We should encourage Obama to try to get some experience with the economy so he’s not so scared of it. A great idea would be for him to start a lemonade stand to learn a little about capitalism. Right out in front of the White House would be a great place for one, as there is lots of foot traffic there. Also, if you happen to pass by Obama on the street, consider giving him some words of encouragement. Pat him on the back and tell him, “I believe in you. You can do this.” If he can start to have a better opinion of himself — despite still not having actually done anything useful — maybe he can start to feel he deserves to lead a country with a healthy economy.