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November 14, 2012

Re: 'Does Obama Doom America?'


Quin Hillyer asks the question at American Spectator today, "Does Obama doom America?," a question that many non-Obamanists are now and have been asking for some time now. They are genuinely worried about what this man in the White House will do now. They are serious, ordinary people, some of whom live and breathe politics and some of whom pay almost no attention to current affairs, aren't panicking or exaggerating. They're really worried about whether America as we know it can survive.

And given the facts that Hillyer points out, reality-based, clear thinking, reasoned, well informed, non-Obamanists have much cause to worry :

[...] It is not an idle worry. Barack Obama and his minions play for keeps. And they are playing for a vastly different America than the one with which we have been accustomed for 224 years of this constitutional republic. Fight a war in Libya without even asking for a congressional resolution? No problem. Appoint executive officers without Senate approval, when the Senate is still in session? Sure. Issue executive orders directly contrary to law, on multiple occasions? Of course. Refuse to enforce duly constituted laws? Check. Repeatedly question the very legitimacy of the Supreme Court? Check. Refuse to honor congressional subpoenas and legitimate Freedom of Information requests? Ignore court orders (about offshore drilling) so flagrantly that you are found officially in contempt of court? Insult or even abandon allies? Whisper to foreign leaders of traditionally adversarial lands that you will have "more flexibility" after re-election? Deliberately cover up deadly mistakes on the Mexican border and in North Africa? Check, check, check, check, and check.

This man runs a vote-fraud-enabling, military-vote-suppressing, domestic-energy-destroying, debt-exploding, credit-limit-undermining, defense-gutting, abusive-regulation-promulgating, power-centralizing, religious-liberty-attacking, crony-corporatism-expanding, Constitution-trampling administration. He politicizes everything and demeans politics and the presidency simultaneously. His opponent (according to his closest political associates) was a "felon." The opponent was proximately responsible for a woman's cancer death, deliberately outsourced jobs, and led a "war on women." Women, meanwhile, should look to government for sustenance from cradle to grave, should vote as if giving up their virginity, and should "vote like [their] lady parts depend on it." Attack, attack, attack; demean, demean, demean; trivialize, trivialize, trivialize; and never once outline a second-term agenda other than demonizing the wealthy and confiscating their wealth. This is a man using the presidency to serve his own power, no matter what the cost, rather than honoring the power of the presidency by the restraint inherent in treating the office as greater than the man who holds it.

Obama discards promises with astonishing regularity, prevaricates about the past with impunity, uses race as a cudgel while claiming to unite us, taxes the middle class (e.g., on medical devices) while saying he would never do so, and guts welfare reform while claiming he's strengthening it. His mentor was a Communist; his top aide's in-laws and grandfather were major Communist activists; his chief political strategist worked for Communist-linked journalists; he started his political career with a fund-raiser at the house of domestic terrorists; he repeatedly and enthusiastically said the man who most deeply influenced his faith was a preacher in whose pews he sat for 20 years while the preacher spread racial hatred and anti-American venom (after which, according to the preacher himself, a close Obama associate offered to "buy" the preacher's silence); he got a sweetheart deal on his mansion via a financial alliance with a crook named Rezko; and he himself wrote that he made a conscious decision while still a very young adult to embrace racial grievances and hang out with hard-left counter-culturists.

Is there the slightest thing in that background to suggest that he loves the same America most Americans love?

"Voting is the best revenge," he said. How instructive. Revenge for what? Is it revenge against "bitter," middle class Americans who "cling" to "guns and religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them"? Is that why we need to "spread the wealth"? Or why we must not reform America but "transform" it?

And that's just Obama's person. His policies are worse. This nation absolutely cannot survive much more of his deliberately created debt. Our economy is being stifled by 68 regulations per day -- 6,125 regulations or regulatory notices in just the 90 days leading up to Nov. 12. Our medical system cannot survive Obamacare -- with doctors retiring at record rates, or refusing to accept Medicare or Medicaid patients, with premiums rising through the roof, with medical-device companies already cutting back on research and development, and with increasing numbers of companies dropping insurance coverage of their employees.

And that's not even to mention the horrifying dangers of a desperately weakened defense force, a refusal to call terrorism by its name or fight it accordingly, and a betrayal of allies combined with kowtowing to powers antagonistic to everything about the American nation.

Take the time to read the rest. While Hillyer sees a possible light at the end of the long dark tunnel ahead ... I'm far more pessimistic. Given the damage to America Barack Obama has already done and the damage he will most certainly inflict now that he no longer faces re-election, I see little cause to 'be of good cheer' and share Hillyer's optimism. I fear that 2012 was, more likely than not, Americas last chance to make the turn toward getting back to being America. The Obamanists have no clue as to what their vote has done to our nation and the liberties, freedoms, and hopes of prosperity guaranteed under our Constitution (that Obama ignores) that we all once enjoyed. Unfortunately for all of us, they will some day realize ... all to late.

This doesn't mean we should give up, but the reality of what we face as a nation in trying to survive 8 years of a president that can best be accurately described as an "interventionist, corporatist, statist, Big Government progressive, free-market-hating control freak who favors economic policies of a Marxist-Leninist flavor" is that the likelihood is remote at best.

I do hope and pray that I am wrong.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Treasury Department announced a $120-billion deficit for October, the first month of fiscal 2013. That puts the nation on track to its fifth straight trillion-dollar-plus deficit. This, as Barack Obama is clearly more interested in spending and continuing fully discredited Keynesianism far more than he is in balancing the budget and reducing the debt (take home question: 'What's the point of raising taxes if you're going to increase government spending instead of actually reducing the debt?). As has reported, the federal government has accumulated more debt since Election Day 2008 than it did under all presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton, according to official debt numbers published by the U.S. Treasury. And according to the U.S. Treasury, the fiscal 2012 federal budget deficit was $1.1 trillion -- the fourth consecutive year of trillion-dollar deficits.

Posted by Hyscience at November 14, 2012 6:51 AM

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