In 2012, Barack Obama got caught telling Russian Prime Minister Medvedev that he’d have more “flexibility” after the election.
Later in 2012, during a debate, Obama accused GOP candidate Mitt Romney of stoking Cold War fears against our new friends in Moscow. Obama said, “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because…the Cold War’s been over for 20 years!” In fact, in 2012, the whole pantheon of pantsuit partiers mocked warnings about Russia.
Now, of course, Obama won’t be satisfied until Trump goes to condition 1SQ for strategic launch (spin up all missiles) against the Russians. Warmongers.
I was in Washington, DC, over the weekend when it dawned on me that we on the right were probably wrong about Obama’s thirst for dictatorial power. Or maybe we were right, but seven years of near-dictatorial power have exhausted the would-be autocrat. He certain looks worn down, as this Time magazine side-by-side shows:
President Obama in 2009 and again in 2016
Remember when many of us believed that President Obama was planning something like a coup? That he’d find some excuse to remain in power even after losing an election or after running out of terms?
Well those theories look crazy now. That’s because the Obama administration demonstrated remarkable restraint handling that Oregon militia siege. For that matter, the Bundy Ranch standoff also discredited the our old theories.
I remember watching Glenn Beck’s evening show in 2009. Evening after evening Beck warned about the coming overthrow of the US government by Obama’s henchmen. He warned that the administration was looking for any excuse to slaughter Americans, confiscate guns, and impose martial law.
Those paranoid warnings–his, mine, others–look a little ridiculous now.
Maybe the Bundy Ranch episode was not the right excuse for a wannabe dictator to shoot some folks and impose military rule. There were many witnesses, including a friend of mine.
But this siege of the Oregon wildlife sanctuary is a different story. Unlike the Bundy Ranch where people simply responded to government provocations, in Oregon militants plotted and seized federal property. Leaving aside the need for the federal government to “own” all that land out west, the militia’s action was criminal on its face. Because so many conservatives immediately voiced opposition to the militia, and because of the refuge’s seclusion, this seems to be the perfect situation for a tyrant to go all Janet Reno.
And yet the federal agents show remarkable restraint and discipline.
The Oregon incident tells me a couple of things. First, I need to be far more critical when thinking about things I want to believe. Second, I owe Barack Obama an apology for my many posts and speeches inspired by a lack of critical thinking and over-reliance on the echo chamber of the affinity bubble.
I’ll throw in one more to remind myself: the things we’re afraid of are never as bad as we think they will be while we’re thinking about them. (And the good stuff is never as good as we thought it would be, either.)
Remember this lesson when you hear Glenn Beck and others warn about the coming of the next dictator. Especially if they get paid to scare people.
Eve: May I ask your name?
Chance: Chance, the gardener.
Eve: Chauncey Gardiner? Mr. Chauncey Gardiner. Are you related to Basil and Perdita Gardiner?
— Being There, 1979
People tell us who they are, but we ignore it. Because we want them to be what we we want them to be.
–Don Draper, Mad Men
President Obama used his third Oval Office address in seven years to say “Honey, I shrunk the country.” (I know–third metaphor.)
No other way to put it. Tonight America and the world witnessed a man reduced to his feeblest worst, an imposter posing as an American President, a child in a grown-up’s suit. Obama is Chance the gardener–a simpleton with a simplistic, childish worldview.
Obama told us his worldview in 2008, but we didn’t listen. We made him what we wanted him to be. (I’m using “we” to represent the American electorate–not necessarily the reader of this blog.)
Want to know why gun sales are setting records? It’s not because of terrorism or crime, both of which have exploded on Obama’s watch. People are buying guns because the government has lost control.
More damning, Barack Obama chose to lose control. The Paris attacks, the San Bernardino massacre–these are Obama’s policies played out in real life, like a horror movie that breaks the fourth wall.
I’m not saying he’s a Muslim or an ISIS sympathizer. I am saying he sought to diminish America’s stature in the world. He campaigned on putting America in its place. He believed that America was no more virtuous that any other country, including Nazi Germany and the Ayatollah’s Iran.
And, as Reverend Jeremiah Wright would say, Obama’s chickens have come to roost.
With US investigators increasingly convinced Farook and Malik were only beginning their planned mayhem when gunned down by heroic San Bernardino cops, it’s pretty clear that the world needs a virtuous nation at its head.
For nearly 100 years, that virtuous nation was the United States of America. But Barack Obama stopped all that. He thought the perpetrators of the Arab Spring were America’s equals in virtue.
They were not.
The next election will be a referendum on America’s place in the world. Are we just a punching bag for terrorists? Or are we the shining city on a hill with a perpetual rendezvous with destiny?
Vote wisely, my friend. You didn’t the last two times.
Many political observers blame Democrat voter apathy, particularly among African-Americans. The black vote that swelled in 2008 and 2012 with Obama on the ballot shows signs of deflating in 2014 as it did in 2010.
Barack Obama can’t campaign for anyone. When he showed up to support long-time friend Anthony Brown in Maryland last week, the crowd left. Even dedicated Democrats are sick of his shtick.
But this is the most corrupt White House since Nixon. It’s unlikely Obama will let the Senate fall without firing all his ammo. And the only arrow left in the Democrat’s quiver could land in the heart of St. Louis County.
Race and Sex Division Is All They Have
The Democrats rely on race-baiting and sex-baiting. With polls showing women favoring Republicans this year, the sex arrow is broken. That leaves race.
The Justice Department has been leaking evidence from its investigation into Michael Brown’s shooting for a week. It even released the official autopsy to the New York Times. There must be a reason. And that reason could be the election.
In Obama’s cynical mind, he might decide the best chance to energize African American voters is to announce that the Justice Department will not prosecute Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown. The White House would then let career race-hustlers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton blame the Supreme Court’s past rulings on deadly force by police officers..
If the DOJ releases such a statement, look for groups like the New Black Panther Party to descend on key states with close Senate races. They’ll try to use intimidation to drive down turnout while the Democrats’ vaunted election-stealing machine fires up to manufacture a margin of victory for their side.
Is this a cynical view? Yes. But not nearly as cynical as the Obama White House.
Visuals: Some of the thousands of children suffering in a humanitarian disaster at the US border on the top of the split screen. On the bottom, President Obama drinking beer and shooting pool with locals 246 miles away.
Audio: President on deploying National Guard to alleviate humanitarian crisis: “I’d be happy to consider it,” but it would be “a temporary solution.”
Face it: the press was going to blame George Bush for Katrina no matter what. That’s what the press does. I understand that.
But the Bush administration’s handling of the post-Katrina crisis was a visual disaster on par with the humanitarian disaster.
Don’t worry, though. This isn’t a critique of post-Katrina actions. It’s an observation of Obama’s handling of the what’s going on with the flood of illegals.
The Border Crisis is Obama’s Katrina.
First, Obama’s actions led led to the crisis. As we used to say during the Reagan Administration, ideas have consequences. As Senator Ted Cruz told Fox News:
It’s important to understand what causes this… President Obama unilaterally and illegally granted amnesty to some 800,000 people who were here illegally who came as children.
I’ll say it again: no reasonable person will deny that the humanitarian disaster along the US Southern border is a disaster the President asked for.
And the crisis threatens to swamp the scale of Katrina.
Obama’s smug arrogance and complete lack of urgency or compassion for the children dumped on America’s door step borders on pathological. The crisis reveals Obama as a psychopath. If he really doesn’t care, he’s an indifferent psychopath. If the border disaster is a Cloward-Pivens tactic, he’s a power-hungry psychopath. Obama has no path out that doesn’t lead through the psychopathic jungle.
A glance at the mainstream media tells me that Obama’s amen chorus is ready to abandon their former hero. But I could be wrong, and it wouldn’t be the first time.
No matter what, Obama’s psychopathy is undeniable.