Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Is Anyone Really Surprised by Obama?

A rose is still a rose by any other name. Shakespeare - sort of.

I hate to say “I told you so.” But I did. So did lots of other people. So why is anyone surprised about the policies and skill of our current president?

I understand why the left is upset. He isn’t as much a lefty as they had hoped. In reality, of course, he is. But he got his first lesson in being an executive when he got a dose of reality and had to compromise with the Republicans to stop the tax increases. Did he learn from that lesson? We’ll see. But the hard core lefties didn’t get the picture, and they are still confused. And as far as his executive abilities to carry out his policies? Typical of lefties, a good dreamer is who they follow, not someone with appropriate skill and ability. To that end, I am glad his executive skills are poor.

Anyway, some right wingers and most of the independents and moderates seem surprised that Obama has turned out to be such an unskilled and contrarian president. How could they be? Not only were all the indications there, but many people pointed out the signs, sent internet links of proof to everyone they knew, and screamed at the top of their lungs.

Okay, McCain ran a weak campaign and many people were upset with George. So I guess the voters had to play ostrich and bury their heads in the sand. After all, they were going to vote against Republicans anyway, so they talked themselves into believing in the most seriously flawed candidate ever put forward by the Democratic party. (Okay, maybe Carter was as bad. I guess to find out we will have to see how much Obama makes a fool of himself after he is out of office. It will be hard to top Carter.)

So, even if it understandable why people voted for Obama, I still don’t understand how they can be surprised by his presidency to date.

First of all, let’s examine his political leanings. Liberal? Ha! The man is far more than a liberal. It doesn’t take a mind reader to know that he would like to redistribute our income as completely as possible. He really doesn’t care about how well the economy performs, or exactly how well people live. All he cares about is that we all live the same. Regardless whether someone works fifteen hours per day for their whole life or parties his way through his youth and is in and out of the ranks of the unemployed, he believes they should all get the same medical treatment, and if he had his way, would probably require all pensions be the same. The inheritance tax would be 100%.

As mentioned in one of my previous postings, I believe Obama does not like America at it’s core. He dislikes the system that allows people to succeed or fail and be rewarded accordingly based on their own merit. Whether he believes the system is corrupt or thinks all men should have been created equal and wants to compensate for nature’s inequities, I don’t know. But he clearly does not like what America has been to date - Michelle’s comments included.

So what were the hints that were ignored? Let’s see, where do we start.

How about Bill Ayers. Confessed 60’s murderer and terrorist. Anti-American then, anti-American now. (Oh, that’s right. Ayers was just some guy who lived down the street)

Then there is Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Obama’s anti-American, hatred-spewing pastor for 20 years. (Obama sat in Wright’s church for 20 years, had dinner at his house, and was married to Michelle by him, yet didn’t know what he was preaching).

And, of course, Obama’s books, his continual references to the unfair treatment his mother got from insurance companies, his statements that wealthy people can afford to pay a “little more” in taxes.

Or my favorite, his interview with Charles Gibson. "Well, Charlie, what I've said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.” When Gibson responded that lowering the tax rate can increase revenues to the government, Obama replied "Well, that might happen, or it might not. It depends on what's happening on Wall Street and how business is going..." Again indicating he didn't care about the actual revenues received, only the principle of fairness. It’s the old adage “With Conservatives in control, there is a big difference in how well the poor people and the wealthy people live. With Liberals in control, everyone lives poorly.” But it is fair!

Foreign policy? Did anyone listen to his speech in Germany before he was elected? Was there any doubt how he viewed America and the world? He would reach out a kind hand and negotiate with people who don’t negotiate?

And he certainly promised to throw money down a rat hole on economically stupid concepts like job-killing “green” programs he promised in the middle of a huge economic recession. Oh, sorry - he did create a lot of jobs in China.

But the most glaring clue was when he said he would “fundamentally change” America. Read that again - Fundamentally Change America. One would have to assume that if he were going to change America, he would do it along the lines of what he talked about and promised. In my view, he has done his best to live up to what he promised the American people.

As far as his executive abilities, we didn’t know whether or not he had the moxie to be pres. Sure, he was a college professor, lawyer, community organizer, state senator and a US Senator. But none of those positions required executive ability. And, he never really accomplished anything notable while in those positions (except his books) because all he had to do was talk and pontificate. He simply had no experience at executive functions. The office of the President of the US is as much a job of crisis management as anything else. I know this is scoffed at by the left, but the fact remains - on paper he had less executive experience than Sarah Palin, and most people thought she was not qualified. How, then, could they think this guy was qualified? Baffling to say the least. I guess this explains why Obama appears so puzzled that his approval rating is low. He told everyone what he intended to do, and now they are upset when he did it.

I’m not just jumping on the bandwagon now. I wondered all along why the Dems were so stupid as to not run Hillary. Don’t get me wrong - I am not a fan of Hillary. She is still too left-leaning. But I don’t think anyone would doubt her capabilities, and she is certainly an American in spirit. In my opinion, had the Dems selected her as their candidate, she would have won, and the Democratic party would not be in such a mess today. She understands politics, not just running for office.

Understand I am not complaining, as some positive things have come out of his winning the presidency; mainly the upsurge in conservatism that has swept the country. And most importantly, the education and understanding of what conservatism actually is. It appears that most Americans are actually conservative in their political beliefs, but didn’t know it. Now they know. Additionally, the backlash has been so strong that the silent majority has finally awoken, and is speaking out, despite the left’s tendency to call them racists or other irrelevant names. They don’t want “fundamental change.” They like America and what it stands for. And political correctness, while still alive, is taking a beating. If this continues, we may actually preserve the greatness of this country for a few more generations.

Next time you hear a politician say they want to fundamentally change the country, ask yourself how, and ask your self whether he or she has the executive ability to carry it out. Read the signs. Then you won’t be surprised

Mercer Tyson

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