The Unfortunate Reality of Barack Obama
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
Somebody called me a blogging machine the other day and I am often asked how I can continuously come up with things to write about as often as I do and where I get my ideas. It isn’t all that difficult to find things to write about, to be honest, although I’m not feeling like much of a machine today.
There are so many issues that finding something to write about is fairly easy. The difficulty is sorting through it all to write about the things that are important to me and let the rest of the dross float on downstream.
That’s sometimes easier said than done.
Personally, I’d rather sit back and write foolish things like my post about being a city slicker living in the country. I enjoy that kind of writing but there’s just too much that’s going on around me that gives me pause for thought about the state of our societies and the future we are creating for our children and their children.
I sincerely doubt that anything I write will make much of a difference and I don’t approach this blog in the belief that somehow I am leading a cause or will influence anyone. I have a fairly healthy ego but even I’m not that arrogant.
I approach this blog from the perspective that it is a place where I can put down my thoughts in writing and hopefully, sort through them and maybe through dialogue with my readers, find answers to some of the questions that plague me.
Issues these days are all interconnected and if you start thinking about a specific issue, it invariably leads you to a bigger one until eventually you have difficulty knowing where to stop.
Today, for example, American Embassies in the Middle East and other regions are closed. According to the American Government, there is a credible threat of an attack by Al Qaeda and the embassies have been closed as a precaution.
“We’ve got Al Qaeda on the run!“ -Barack Obama
I thought about writing about this but it very quickly led me to a much broader issue that is responsible for today’s security action and so much more facing America today.
Al Qaeda is not on the run and it was not a secret. They’ve been happily killing people across the Middle East ever since the death of Osama Bin Laden – a fact that seems to have been lost on the President. But then, a great deal has been lost on this President.
His economic policy is non-existent, his ability to work with Congress abysmal, his relationship with allies like Canada and Israel questionable and his willingness to fund countries that have proven to be breeding grounds for those who have no respect for America and would do it harm is both arrogant and dangerously careless.
This past week, he sent signals that he would probably not approve the Keystone Pipeline to transport oil from western Canada to refineries in America’s Gulf Coast states. He dismissed the projected jobs the pipeline would create and questioned Canada’s commitment to the environment. I wasn’t offended as a Canadian; I was offended because I have a brain.
I have no idea how many jobs will be created by the Keystone Pipeline but I do know that they will be significantly more than those created by continuing to purchase oil from Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. The United States Government is spending a couple of billion to develop oil production in Venezuela which is creating jobs for that country but apparently, the President fails to see the benefit of spending that money right here on the continent and hiring Americans and Canadians to build and maintain the pipeline and develop oil production in Montana and expanded refining in the Gulf States.
I also know that both Canada’s and America’s commitment to a cleaner environment is significantly greater than that of either Venezuela or countries in the Middle East. It seems to me that it is somewhat counter-productive to continue buying oil from those who are greater polluters than your closest friend.
This is a President that waxed eloquently about how nobody does anything on their own with his, “you didn’t build that” speech. It made me wonder who helped Albert Einstein dream up the Theory of Relativity or the Wright Brothers invent flight. But then, this is a President who accepted the Nobel Peace Prize when he hadn’t accomplished peace anywhere and, of course, nobody helped him win that prize. He built that on his own.
This past week he criticized American young people who, I grant you are somewhat clueless like most young people around the world and like you and I were at that age. Never one to avoid hyperbole, he stated that today’s young people were too obsessed with celebrity which I found odd coming from a man whose only claim to accomplishment is that he is a celebrity.
The simple fact is that this president has accomplished nothing. Even his much vaunted health care plan is a mess of disjointed, poorly thought out policies that exempt one third of the American people including the members of Congress who want nothing to do with it. They don’t mind imposing it on Americans but there’s no way they or the President are going to have it imposed on them.
States are passing legislation against it, the IRS is considering not overseeing it and this President stands with a deer-in-the-headlights look on his face trying to bluster it through by pointing fingers at everyone but his own failed leadership and ability to unite people by building consensus.
And so, today the American Embassies are closed because Al Qaeda is not on the run. The President continues to try to claim that Benghazi is a manufactured scandal and he’s right. It was manufactured by terrorists and an Administration that believed the President’s shallow, self-deluded rhetoric about the threat terrorism still imposed.
Al Qaeda is on the run?
Why then did the President and Congress authorize electronic spying on the social media, email and telephony accounts of its own citizens? Why did this Administration spy on its own media in violation of the rights of Freedom of the Press? Why have drone attacks increased in the past two years including attacks that violate the Sovereignty of other nations? Why is there so much violent unrest in the Middle East? From Egypt to Syria, the region is in flames and groups like Hezbollah, Al Qaeda and the Taliban are in the thick of it.
The simple fact is that America is under serious threat – indeed, we all are because this President is seen as weak and ineffective by enemies and allies alike. He has squandered whatever good will he was given when he was first elected both at home and around the world.
He defends the indefensible, criticizes his nation’s friends and makes excuses for his nation’s enemies. He has no strategy on any issue from the economy to national security, the environment to immigration. He is vain, shallow and poorly equipped to hold the most powerful position in the world.
Whatever his current opinion on an issue may be is dependent on the last person or group that spoke to him.
“Since I’m the president and Democrats have controlled the House and the Senate, it’s understandable that people are saying, you know, ‘What have you done?‘ -Barack Obama
He is the first president in my lifetime who is not perceived as the leader of the free world by the free world. Increasingly he is seen for what he is – all glitter and no substance. Even CNN has finally taken its journalistic head out its ass to do the job it should have done a year ago with it’s in depth exposure of the failure of Benghazi.
Fast and Furious – the IRS scandal – Benghazi – spying on the news media – interjecting himself into the Trayvon Martin shooting – waiting five years after his first election to visit Israel the Middle East’s only successful democracy and America’s proven ally, – random criticism of Canada American’s number one trading partner and ally – defending the rights of Muslims over Christians and other faiths – the list is endless.
Pick an issue and this President has shown a consitent ability to get it wrong and come down on the wrong side of it with an unparalleled level of arrogant consistency.
He campaigned on closing Guantanamo but kept it open. He campaigned against the use of Seal Team 6 to attack terrorists and then bragged about using it to take out Osama Bin Laden. He promised to change the way things were done in Washington but has virtually presided over grinding Washington to a halt. Many blame Congress for that and it does share some responsibility but being President is about leadership and this President has shown no leadership on any issue.
He wasn’t even able to put questions about his place of birth to rest although considering how oftenin the past he has claimed various countries as his birthplace it’s not surprising.
“If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.” – Barack Obama
Barack Obama has refused to defend the Constitution of the United States by defending an Attorney General found in contempt of Congress for misleading it on major issues and refusal to provide documents as required by law.
He promised change in which you can believe but he has proven to be as partisan, if not more so, than those he criticized. His failure to deliver that change is so significant that few believe him or in him anymore. His approval rating has plummeted and is now lower than that of George W. Bush.
His only true accomplishment is the ability to blame others but despite his criticism of the Bush Presidency – and there was much to criticize – he has failed to live up to his own standards. He has doubled the deficit, increased taxes on the middle class, failed to do anything to significantly reduce unemployment and has been instrumental in the increased division and polarization of his nation through the promotion of racial stereotypes and class warfare.
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt.” -Barack Obama
Barack Obama will go down in history as America’s first black president which is no small accomplishment but that will be his only legacy. He will be remembered more for his failures than his race.
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