Skip to comments.Obama Has Already Lost
Posted on 04/30/2012 4:28:16 AM PDT by Kaslin
On April 30th in 1789, at Federal Hall in New York City, George Washington took the oath of office to become the first president of the United States. He took that oath amidst a widespread surge of popularity and consensual respect that has yet to be replicated in any subsequent presidential election in this country. For two terms, Washington was able to govern, and govern well, because even before he won the election as president of the United States, through his deeds, Washington had won the respect and trust of all of colonial America. If measured against that high standard, Barack Obama, whether he is elected in November 2012 or not, will be unable to govern effectively, if at all.
Whether the standard to measure Barack Obama is legislative, fiscal, foreign policy, managerial or personal, Obama ranks among the lowest of the low in presidential ability.
Legislatively, Obamas signature piece of legislation, Obamacare, is tied up in a Supreme Court challenge which has exposed the shameful short cuts, side dealings and horse-trading that Team Obama was forced to implement in order to have the legislation scrape past the Senate. Billions of dollars of incentives to Senators and congressmen can be done once or twice. But, if congress requires these kinds of tawdry incentives to advance Obamas presidential agenda, it is hard to imagine Obama has any ability to implement future legislation.
Consider some of Obamas other signature efforts--a JOBS bills that doesnt create jobs, an energy policy that increases the price of gas at the pump and increases Americas dependence on foreign oil. An insistence of subsidies, for failed green endeavors, that waste billions of taxpayer dollars on ill-thought Solar and wind schemes that advance the agendas of Obamas political allies.
Fiscally, Obama has been the most irresponsible president in the history of the United States (and that is saying something!). Obamas spend, spend, spend agenda has kept the economy from growing, has created new generations of citizens dependent upon the government dole and has resulted in the slowest growth in GDP in three years. And for what? Obama has not been able to create the jobs he promised because Obama doesnt understand that business, not government, creates jobs in a free economy.
Entitlement spending has ballooned to outrageous levels wherein over 50% of Americans do not work, nor do they look likely to do so in the future. Obama has put in place trillions of taxpayer dollars as spending intended to stimulate the economy. But the economy has not been stimulated, though the pockets of Obamas political allies have been generously lined with taxpayer dollars.
The president has not even been able to produce a federal budget that can be debated seriously by congress. His last such pathetic attempt was unanimously voted down (0-414), showing that Obama has been abandoned by his own party. Could congress, in a bi-partisan effort, be sending the president an indisputable message about what they think of Obamas stewardship of the economy?
What does it say that Obama cant even get one vote on an issue as important as the federal budget? There seems to be universal, bi-partisan agreement that in matters financial, the president is irrelevant.
Obamas international shenanigans, from his bowing and scraping his way across Asia during his first year in office, to his hugs and handshakes for charlatans and brutish dictators, has been a public embarrassment. Obamas off-mike comments to Medvedev show the president to be an anxious schoolboy, lackey-like and eager to be all things to all people, desperate for praise and willing to sacrifice American values to achieve.
The story of George Washington and the cherry tree may be apocryphal; merely a tale emblematic of George Washingtons propensity for truthfulness, but Obama spawns no such legend. He has told too many falsehoods, taken too many short cuts, and appointed as his spokespersons and surrogates, too many who do the same, and hence, Obama has lost the trust of the American people. What Obama has lost is what Americans value mostintegrity.
And then there is the personal. It is turning out that Obama is actually not very likeable. At every opportunity, Obama seems to jump into controversies that should be solved at a state or local level (Gates affair in Cambridge, MA or Trayvon Martin in FL), before he has all the facts. Obama is showing himself to be a race-baiter, citing directly, or through his surrogates, that any who disagree with his policies or opinions must somehow be racist. Or theres the class-warfare mongering. Repeatedly, Americans hear Obama blaming millionaires and billionaires, claiming that they havent paid their fair share, though Obama is a multi-millionaire and he, too, takes advantage of every tax loophole.
Barack Obama has been so fixated on his re-election (another of his falsehoods since he has often stated he didnt care if he was a one-term president) and consumed with building winning issues-based coalitions, that he has lost the trust and respect and confidence of most Americans. Even if Obama, by some sleight of hand, were to win in November, he has no mandate; he lost consumer confidence, and he cant govern.
John Marshall once said that a statesmen is a a person that loves the people enough to tell them the truth". Barack Obama is clearly no statesmen and has repeatedly refused to deal honestly with the nations problems as he ceaselessly maneuvers for short term political gain. Even if he wins the election, itll be the longest lame duck session in the nations history. Barack Obama cannot govern. The nation is wiser and demands a statesman.
I am a Catholic and I have never voted for the Rat party and their candidates and never will, and I know I am not the exception
That’s a Supertramp song, not Cheap Trick!
Everyone always knew that black people were a lock for Democrats. They are kept, at great pains, on the plantation.
Women, perhaps another story. As more women feel a need to have a presence in the workplace, a business minded Mitt may start to look better than a business sabotaging Barack. Also, the Democrats have already shot themselves in the foot with remarks about Mrs. Romney which garnered more sympathy for her than disdain for Mitt’s supposed “anti woman” sentiments.
Keep your eye on the electoral map. You’ve always been a straight shooter HTRN.
So straight up from me: I hope to change your mind and have you support a true conservative, Virgil Goode.
Have a great day!
It sure looks that way and it’s disgusting
If you regularly go to church on Sundays you are in the segment of Catholics who tend not to vote Democrat.
The cafeteria or Easter-Christmas Catholics are the ones who are easy pickings for Barack. And even a lot of them were consternated at Barack’s heavy handed reneging on his promise to respect Catholic conscience rights.
Those you describe have fallen for the lie of “social justice”, ie,
support this policy and you’re fulfilling your obligation of charity, without any personal sacrifice.
Even if I wanted to make a statement by voting a third party I would first want to be sure that my state wasn’t going to be anywhere close to on the line. If there would be a doubt I’d vote with the clothespin on my nose. I would have no quarrels with a Goode presidency (pun?) but it ain’t going to happen — the time to try to make a third party viable was years ago, and Obama would have been about as easy pickings as any in a long time.
“I am a Catholic and I have never voted for the Rat party and thier candidates and never will, and I know I am not the exception.”
One hopes that the majority of Catholics thinks (rather than “feels”) the same way.
If any churchgoer or nominal churchgoer counts (including people who were born into it rather than pledging their faith as adults), I’m not so sure the support is that solid in the US.
Hope you’re right but more and more can not see or care what’s best for the country in the long term. It’s all about what can they get from the “stash” right now. It’s the same high school mentality where people voted for the class president who, without any authority to do so or any thought on the part of the voters as to how he or she would do it, promised everyone free ice cream.
“Too many here are projecting their point of view upon larger America, which doggedly follows other political trends.”
Question before the 2008 election: “Do you really think they’ll elect this guy?”
The answer: “Nah, they never will. You’re just projecting your point of view upon larger America, which doggedly follows other political trends.”
I think a more fundamental lie in that situation is the lie that government ought to become the instrument of things that historically were done by private churches and private Christians. You can be as generous to the down and out as you wish with your own dime, and God may bless you for that. It doesn’t mean we ought to turn America into a bloomin’ welfare state.
Go to the Real Clear Politics map and then to get the additional 43 votes needed for Obama to hit 270 click on Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Florida.
Romney is losing. His path to victory is extremely narrow, and Obama is nearly there ALREADY.
And Romney is certainly not “The Great Debater”. That would have been Newt.
Like with future oil supply, you've got to start drilling sometime, and the best time is NOW.
Drill here, Drill Now!
Ick. That was me in 2008, double fist pumping into the air above my head when Obama took out Hillary. I KNEW he was the absolutely worst, unelectable candidate the Dems could have picked. Unfortunately Republicans did the same thing. Turned it into a dogfight when it could have been an easy stroll to the White House.
The path to victory (or let us say, non-loss) is for Mitt to allow Barack Obama to step on his own je ne sais quoi. Which Barack Obama does with gusto. Mitt just needs to sit there and look as pretty as he can. Mitt could well throw it away. But he’d have to try.
The polling figures today simply are not good enough to support the Rovian projection to November. Obama should not be neck and neck with his presumptive challenger today — he should be way ahead. He’s got big worries.
Write me (the rhetorical me) a big enough check and I’ll be happy to wear egg on my face for life.
As if there will even be 2016 elections if Barack Obama wins?
The November vote is NOT the equivalent of oil drilling. That’s more like, do we pump the oil we have now or do we try algae.
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