NOW WHY WOULD AMERICANS BE ANGRY ABOUT THE LAZINESS, INDIFFERENCE & SHEER USELESSNESS OF AMERICA’S GOLFER-IN-CHIEF …
AMERICA IS SUDDENLY ANGRY AT THE LAXITY, INCOMPETENCE, AND POLARIZING POLITICS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
— THE MADNESS OF 2008 REPEATED
By Victor Davis Hanson, “National Review” (online), August 26, 2014
MR HANSEN’S COMMENTARY BEGINS IMMEDIATELY BELOW:
“America is suddenly angry at the laxity, incompetence, and polarizing politics of the Obama administration, the bad optics of the president putting about in his bright golf clothes while the world burns.
“Certainly, no recent president has failed on so many fronts — honesty, transparency, truthfulness, the economy, foreign policy, the duties of the commander-in-chief, executive responsibilities, and spiritual leadership.
HIS UNSTATED CAMPAIGN PROMISE: TRUST ME SO THAT I CAN SCREW YOU OVER … PERIOD
“For those who are “shocked” at the present meltdown, of a magnitude not seen since the annus horribilis of 1979, let me say in their defense: Obama certainly did not campaign on a new health-care plan that would force Americans to give up the doctors they liked and their existing coverage, while raising premiums and deductibles, while giving exemptions for insiders and cronies, and while raising the deficit.
WE KNEW GEORGE W. BUSH … AND YOU’RE NO GEORGE W. BUSH … YOU’RE MUCH WORSE!
“Nor did we hear on the campaign trail that Obama would push gay marriage, open borders, near-permanent zero interest rates, six consecutive $1 trillion deficits, and record food-stamp and Social Security disability payouts. He criticized Bush for relatively minor executive orders, suggesting that he (Obama) would never rule by fiat (executive authority) — as he since has done in matters of Obamacare, immigration law, and environmental regulations. Remember his promise of ending the revolving door and stopping aides from cashing in — and then follow the post-administration careers of Obama’s closest advisers.
IN DEBT TO OUR EYEBALLS … POLITICS AS USUAL WITH AMERICA’S ULTRA-LEFTIST COMMUNITY-ORGANIZER-IN CHIEF
“Obama promised to halve the deficit — not run up more RED INK than almost all prior presidents combined.
“Indeed, he once as a senator voted against raising the debt limit and blasted George W. Bush for borrowing from China. He once sermonized to us that the presidency is serious stuff, that it entails inordinate personal sacrifice and even a virtual absence of downtime and vacation — and then he became just the sort of president he was critiquing.
“But those deceptions were simply politics as usual, and it was logical for the hard leftist Barack Obama to try to appear to be a moderate, given that no Northern liberal had won the presidency in the half-century since John F. Kennedy.
BUYER’S REMORSE? … NEXT TIME, LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP TO THE BALLOT BOX:
“The antidote to the great madness of 2008 would have been, instead of focusing on what Obama claimed or hedged, simply to recall what he had done before he ran for president and to notice what he did during the campaign.
“Had America done that, there would never have been a President Obama to surprise us now.
RACE BAITING AT ITS PRESIDENTIAL WORST
“The racial animosity characterized by Obama’s editorializing about Skip Gates, Trayvon Martin, and, now, the Ferguson, Mo., hysteria, or his call to Latinos to “punish our enemies,” or the tenure of Eric Holder is simply a continuation of 2008’s “typical white person,” the clingers speech, Michelle Obama’s America as “just downright mean,” “They raise the bar,” and “For the first time . . . I’m really proud of my country” commentaries, and of Obama’s earlier boast that he never missed services at the Trinity Church of the hate-mongering and anti-Semitic Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
“If Obama had not proved to be a racial divider, we should have been surprised — given what we learned of his past in 2008.
“After all, it’s from Jeremiah Wright that Barack Obama got the title for his campaign brief, ‘THE AUDACITY OF HOPE.’
WASHINGTON D.C. — SCANDAL CITY
“We are now shocked at the current spate of alphabetic scandals — IRS, AP, NSA, VA.
“But why are we surprised, given that Obama never told the truth about his relationships with the old terrorist Bill Ayers and former PLO ad hoc spokesman Rashid Khalidi, or about the creepy land deal with the (Chicago) crook Tony Rezko?
THE OBAMA POLITICAL MODUS OPERANDUS: DEMONIZING THE POLITICAL OPPOSITION
“If the Obama White House demonized the Tea Party as tea-baggers, or compared the Republican House opposition to terrorists and arsonists, why should we be astonished, given how he was elected to the U.S. Senate?
“Quite mysteriously, his primary opponent, Blair Hull, and his general-election opponent, Jack Ryan, both of whom were favored to win, had their confidential divorce records leaked. Their campaigns subsequently imploded.
AN ETHICALLY-CHALLENGED PRESIDENT
“Obama has played fast and loose with ethical rules, from promoting crony capitalists to attending near-constant fundraisers among the pay-to-play 0.0001 percent wealthy liberal elite.
“Again, why should we be surprised, given that he was the first presidential candidate who refused in a general election to accept federal campaign financing, with its accompanying rules curbing mega-fundraising? Obama was the largest recipient of Goldman Sachs donations in the company’s history, and raised more cash in 2008 and 2012 than any other presidential candidate in history.
FOREIGN POLICY FOLLIES
“We are all terrified of the chaos that is spreading across the world: Egypt, Gaza, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Putin’s Russia, and the Chinese–Japanese tensions.
“But was there any evidence in 2008 that rookie senator Obama had any foreign-policy experience or even knowledge of the world beyond Chicago, other than as a boy in Indonesia or a teen on a jaunt with buddies to Pakistan?
“We knew in 2008 that his opportunistic trashing of Guantánamo, renditions, tribunals, drones, and preventive detention was permitted only by the fact that the Bush–Cheney protocols, which he was criticizing, had prevented another 9/11-like attack — and thus gave him the leeway of easy second-guessing.
“If we are now worried about Obama’s equivocation, there was plenty of evidence, as Hillary Clinton pointed out in 2008, that Obama as a state legislator had voted ‘Present’ as a matter of habit.
THE POLITICS OF DIVISION
“Polarization? Partisanship? The National Journal warned us in 2008 that Obama was the most partisan of the 100 U.S. senators at that time…
“Did we assume that he would somehow revert to something that he never had been?”
MY OWN THOUGHTS ON THE PRECEDING COMMENTARY BY VICTOR HANSEN
And what are my thoughts on this illuminating exposition on the failings of America’s current president?
To paraphrase the words of Winston Churchill:
Never in the history of humankind has one narcissistic, selfish U.S. president made friends with the enemies of his nation, and made enemies of his nation’s friends …
Not to mention his DIVISIVE politics of RACE BAITING throughout his tenure.
This man has got to go!
Nuff said on this subject matter I would think.
[Murray Soupcoff was editor and co-author of “Good Buy Canada” and author of “Canada 1984”.
He was a founding member (and senior partner) of Ian Sone & Associates Ltd -- Canada’s first independent social-research company specializing in the evaluations of federal, provincial & municipal government projects in Canada.
He is also the publisher of the “Soupcoff Report” investment newsletter, whose distribution is partly subsidized by paid subscriptions from former research clients.]