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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.”
Barack Obama

 

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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  • Mike

    Barack Obama has only signed 157 executive orders, far below the highest number, which is 3,522, signed by FDR.

    • MaggiesBear

      I’ve doubled checked and you are correct. My source was wrong and I have made the change to the post accordingly. Thanks for drawing it to my attention.

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  • brad maynard

    re Obama being the first black president. were I to be black I would hope that he did not use the race card as the primary success of his presidency. it would make them look bad. there are so many successful blacks (personally thought herman cain would have made a fine president), whites, whatevers in that country who would have been capable for the job. its a pity that the first black president is also its biggest failure.

    • MaggiesBear

      Becoming the first African-American to be elected President is not a small achievement. It symbolizes how far the nation has come and for the first time signals that anyone can become president regardless of race or background. The tragedy is that this president who inspired hope in so many has done so little with the privilege he was given.

  • Randy

    Finally, someone who has the courage to criticize someone who will be looked
    at as the worst president in the history of the United States. He was elected
    as a celebrity, and may not have even been elected without Oprah Winfrey’s
    endorsement in the primaries. He was far behind Hilary Clinton at the time
    but with Oprah on board, the female vote and the black vote was a lock.
    Hollywood and the media were next, then the rest of the sheep followed.
    In Canada, we are about to do the same thing with Justin Trudeau. The
    same groups are lining up behind him, pumping up his very mediocre
    accomplishments in his bid to be our prime minister.
    The comprehensive list of failures in this article will be his legacy, with time
    left to add to it. That is the part that worries me the most – the time he has
    left. With his inflated ego, he could do something that would dwarf all of his
    other failures. Not sure what it could be but the Middle East comes to mind.
    Hopefully he fades away but I doubt it.

    • MaggiesBear

      As the mid term elections draw closer in the States, I believe that there will be a lot of pressure on the President to be more cautious. If the Democrats fare badly in those elections, he will be neutered. If they hold the Senate or by some fluke win both houses, Congress will be more powerful than he is. Either way, his salad days are behind him. Don’t forget, the next presidential campaign will start in about 18 months which will further push him to the background.

      As for Canada’s Perter Pan, I think the shine is wearing off pretty quickly and I think that left to his own devices, he’ll implode long before the next election. He’s a dillitente with a proven inability to turn popularity into votes.

      • Randy

        Every president wants to leave a legacy, Obama’s so far is that
        he was the first black president. A considerable achievement but
        his ego will demand more. That worries me, even with his “salad days” behind him.
        We will see about our own “Peter Pan”. As the Ontario by-elections proved, voters really are not that interested in facts, just
        perceptions. I hope your right but willing to bet your wrong.

        • MaggiesBear

          That’s a bet I won’t take. I’ve been wrong before and will be again.

  • Wandering Mind

    “He is the first president in my life who is not perceived as the leader of the free world”

    Powerful.

    That one sentence encapsulates and captures what a lot of people feel and believe but could not put into words.

    I like Barack Obama. I don’t agree with much of his politics but I do believe he truly wants to lead and make America a better place- and given his past and background, that isn’t hard to understand.

    I do fault him for surrounding himself with people who are no more than ideologues and trust fund babies with an agenda. They may sound the same but they come from different places- very different places and very different life experiences. It’s easy to be trite and overoptimistic but life really isn’t that simple. Obama has done a great job on national security notwithstanding the vicious flack he has received from his base. No, the president cannot be buttonholed or reduced to a glib soundbite or insult. No president can be so easily reduced.

    No man, no president comes without flaws and Obama is no different. I just wish he’d have listened to his own inner voice rather than the ideologues with whom he has surround himself. And I wish he had cut his teeth on politics anywhere but Chicago and Cook County,

    • MaggiesBear

      I don[t blame anyone but him. He got his first job as an adjunct professor because of his connections. The university didn’t want him originally. As a senator, he never put forward one bill. He has waffled on every issue he has faced, he has blamed others including members of his own staff and has lost the respect of enemies and allies alike around the world. He is shallow, vain and self-absorbed with no vision, just rhetoric. I told Maggie before his first election that this wouldn’t end well and it isn’t. Americans have been killed because of his carelessness and he lacked even the dignity and the integrity to take responsibility for it. In Barack Obama’s world, the buck stops everywhere but on his desk. He is not a leader – he is nothing but one more shallow celebrity and even that glow is starting to tarnish for many who voted for him.

      • Wandering Mind

        Everything you say is true.

        And that in itself is an indictment of an Affirmative Action program gone awry (I’m all for opening doors., The rest is up to you. No free rides)

        Maybe it is because of my work, but I am reluctant to tar and feather the guy entirely. Like I said, his national security creds while imperfect do indicate a commitment to the country. As for getting people killed, that is the sad legacy of every president, not just him. I lean right, to be sure.- but not so much the whole world looks tilted.

        As for your remarks ‘….he lacked even the dignity and the integrity to take responsibility for it’ I couldn’t agree more. That is what I meant when I said he brought Chicago and Cook County to DC. That is EXACTLY how they operate. Look no further than current mayor Rahm Emmanuel- yet another buck passer.

        • MaggiesBear

          I agree with you but for me, this isn’t a left or right issue. I didn’t think George W. Bush was all that good a president either and I think that’s what got me started on Obama. It’s a downward slide. First Bush Senior who didn’t finish the job in Iraq, Bill Clinton and his philandering, then George W. and now the American Idol. Even Jimmy Carter was a better president.

          • Wandering Mind

            When all is said and done, the American electorate gave us Obama. If we don’t have higher expectations from our leaders, we get the government we deserve.

            Take a step back and look at who we have put into Congress- losers who kick the cxan down the road and tell uws what we want to hear, who spend their entire term campaigning, living off the fat of our hard earned dollars.

            If we continue to put up with it, do we really deserve better?

            • MaggiesBear

              I agree and it isn’t any better in Canada or Britain or anywhere else that democratically elects is governments. I believe that we need to impose some testing on both politicians and voters. A simple civics test proving that people understand the fundamentals of the constitution and show some understanding of the basic campaign platforms of all political parties in the election. Won’t happen, of course, ignorance is bliss.

              • Wandering Mind

                And term limits. There has to be term limits.

                • MaggiesBear

                  I’m good with that. How do you feel about six weeks?

                  Actually, kidding aside, I do think term limits are a good idea. I also support some kind of recall or impeachment mechanism based on legitimate and signed petitions by a majority of the electorate as they have in various US states. It should be difficult to pass a recall motion but not impossible. I would also like to see referendums on major issues like abortion, capital punishment etc.

                  • Wandering Mind

                    Yes to all those things (especially the possibility of recall) . As for term limits, 8 years max. And the lawmakers have to have the same insurance as the rest of us.

  • oldwhiteguy

    Obama is what you get when the press refuses to do their job and vet a candidate. they went up and down GWB’s backside but just kissed Obama’s. when everyone was praising his oratory all I heard was platitudes and BS. the man will not be treated well by history.

    • MaggiesBear

      Obama is what you get when people treat electing a president with the same careless attitude they bring to voting on American Idol.

  • Scott McKee

    Another insightful post Bear. I do enjoy reading your stuff.

    • MaggiesBear

      Thank you. It’s very kind of you to say so.

  • CanadaGoose1

    A true charlaton.

    • MaggiesBear

      I’m not sure if you are referring to President Obama or me but I’ll go with President Obama until you tell me otherwise.

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  • W Dan Chance

    I admire and approve your positions. I would have said the same but have lost all heart. So many of my fellow countrymen are idiots that it is useless to argue with them. This prez may be the Antichrist. The battle is out of my hands.

  • Bob Mack

    It’s truly unfortunate that America’s first black president is also a Marxist.

    • MaggiesBear

      I’m less concerned with his political ideology than I am with the fact that he hasn’t got a clue.