In Bob Woodward’s new book, President Obama is quoted as saying “We can absorb a terrorist attack.” Thus, Woodward reveals in stark clarity Obama’s ambivalence and reluctance to prosecute a war against terrorists who organize against us, let alone the governments that give them safe harbor and support. We have a Commander-in-Chief unwilling to command or protect – whether our own southern border or the nation as a whole. He is willfully derelict in these duties, and if this means you and I and our families must occasionally “absorb” another 9-11 or worse, so be it. When the bodies are taken away and buried, and the debris is cleared, we can always build a mosque.
Regrettably, Obama has no such ambivalence about his war on the ambitious, the achievers, the job-creators, and the affluent. His entire presidency is about this, as punishment not pragmatism. He is not a fool; he knows the destruction he wreaks.
His health care reform is, as and administration insiders have admitted, a scheme to re-distribution wealth. As was his GM rescue, in which bondholders and stockholders were robbed in favor of union interests, and dealership-family business owners were callously “executed,” in a demonstration of his re-distributive power.
Examine every Obama initiative and you will find, at its core, re-distribution of wealth – a fundamentally un-Christian concept (Thou Shalt Not Steal) and it is patently un-American. It is rooted in communism and socialism, not democracy. When merchandised not as the evil it is but as “economic justice,” it can be made temporarily popular with masses – especially if they are having their own financial lives deliberately destroyed. That’s how to create not just the desire but desperate need for a seemingly benevolent dictator who will put a trans-fat free, salt-free chicken in every pot and an electric car in every garage. Gee, where have we heard this pitch before?
Past week or so, former President Jimmy Carter has been making the rounds of any and every TV show that will have him, pushing his book, and trying to spin his tenure in the White House as effective and successful. Most media has been kind, most hosts sympathetic. Carter’s evidence: that he got more of his legislative agenda enacted than Reagan, Bush, Clinton.
Carter’s toothy smile cannot hide his rank bitterness about being broadly viewed as a failure
President Obama displays the same arrogance and the same pique with the stupidity of the public. His administration has suggested the need for “re-education” of the majority of Americans who reject Obamacare – although they haven’t mentioned rounding up people for incarceration in camps (a tactic of other regimes that share his philosophies).
At a town hall, when an articulate woman explains why she is, “exhausted” with defending the hope ‘n change guy she voted for, Obama lectures her about credit card regulations. He shows his toothiest grin, just like Carter’s; both masking rage. Like Carter, he sees himself as a miraculously successful president getting no credit from ignorant masses for his legislative successes, for finally making sweeping health care reform (destruction and takeover) a reality – after all prior presidents failed, etc.
Obama can surely see his supporters disappearing. Michael Moore is now vocal critic. Jon Stewart skewered him with clips of that CNBC town hall and a particularly pointed, vicious question. Chris Matthews begs him nightly to toss his tele-prompter. His defenders in the media as well as those with Obama bumper-stickers not yet peeled off are, as that woman put it, exhausted. Administration figures have been slinking off, his media and far-left base is critical, and the overwhelming majority of voters – left, right, middle – have abandoned him.
What neither Carter or Obama grasp is that the American public does not score them based on percentage of agenda enacted, but by the beneficial or destructive outcome of what they enact. Historically, that public has repeatedly demonstrated that, while it may be briefly fooled, it ultimately rejects policies of theft, of socialism, of destruction. It rejects arrogant would-be dictators who exhibit disdain for the citizenry, willing to let it “absorb” a myriad of pain for their ideology. Hopefully, the American citizenry will once again rise and reject you, Mr. President, with a Stop Sign erected this November, and “Good Riddance” said in November two years hence.
Dan Kennedy is a serial entrepreneur, adviser to business owners, sought-after speaker and author of 14 books. His latest, “ Make ‘Em Laugh & Take Their Money: A Few Thoughts on Using Humor as a Speaker or Writer or Sales Professional for Purposes of Persuasion,” contains a selection of his BMI essays. More information about Dan can be found at www.NoBSBooks.com, and a free collection of his business resources including newsletters and webinars at www.DanKennedy.com.