Sunday, August 5, 2012

Obama and the Damage Done

As noted before, I began my career in the Foreign Service during the Carter presidency, and ended it during the Obama presidency: two horrific bookends.

Jimmy Carter should not have been president. He was incompetent beyond belief; angry about America's success in the world; wanted us to get our comeuppance; and was and is a mean, reptilian and graceless little man.  Being out of office has made him even angrier, meaner, smaller, more anti-American, and more anti-semitic. He was and remains a repellent creature; if anyone ever could make me ashamed of my country, he could. I can't forgive him for that.

He caused the United States a considerable amount of damage.  His economic policies were almost non-existent. He, in fact, never seemed to have an interest in the economy except to the extent that our dire economic performance during his term seemed to fit his view that we were being rightfully punished. He wanted Americans to live small, and see the future as a bleak struggle for atonement for past sins. His foreign policy was disastrous. The USSR and its vassals were on the march throughout the world, including in Latin America and the Caribbean, with virtually no resistance from the United States. His administration gutted our intelligence and covert capabilities; our military was a hollow shell; our international alliances were badly frayed; terrorist organizations and states, with Soviet-bloc support, operated openly in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America; and the insane Imams of Iran turned a major ally into a major enemy.

Along came Reagan. He laughingly rejected the Carter premise that America deserved its "punishment" and that we could do nothing about the economy, the decline of American power, and the rising might of the Soviet empire.  Reagan waved off the honking flocks of "intellectuals" who called him out-of-touch and dangerous. He connected with the American people and the great traditions of our country.  He slashed taxes and our economy turned around; he took seriously the Constitution's main role for the president: national defense.  Our military might came roaring back; he outmaneuvered the Soviets and brought them and their vast evil empire to their knees. It was a masterful performance.  Reagan managed to fix most of the damage done by Carter--the Iranian disaster, however, continues to haunt us over three decades later--and he restored faith in America as the indispensable nation in the world.

We now are saddled with another abomination as president: one worse than Carter. The damage Obama has done to our economy and global standing, while immense, can be relatively easily fixed. The real damage he has done is more pernicious and perhaps permanent. He has participated fully and deliberately in undermining the essence of what it means to be an American. Let me explain.

Anybody remotely interested could know Carter, what he had done with his life, and what he advocated. He had an easily accessible public record.  Obama, of course, is the most secretive and closed off president we have ever had. Only after years of badgering did he even release his birth certificate. We are not allowed to know about his education except that, like the absurd Elena Ceausescu, he is "brilliant." How did this self-admittedly mediocre high school student, from a relatively modest background, growing up in remote Hawaii and Indonesia as part of an apparently very dysfunctional family, manage to get into three expensive and "elite" universities? How did he come to their attention? Who vouched for him? Who paid? Did he claim to be a foreign student? What were his courses and grades? Who were his friends and teachers? In a celebrity obsessed world where we know everything about Tom Cruise and Britney Spears, we know next to nothing about the man who encumbers our presidency.

His political rise is shrouded in mystery. After Harvard, he suddenly moves to Chicago. Why? He becomes a "community organizer" there, and rapidly rises in the corrupt and crony-filled Democratic machine. He becomes the darling of gangsters such as Rezko, close friends with known terrorists and hate-mongers, and presto he is taking down opponents right and left and soon is in the White House.  We can't ask anything about it all. To do so risks charges of racism. His ascendency is a liberal Hollywood fable and it must remain unquestioned and unexamined. He is our anointed leader. He is our Athena.

This is the first bit of damage he has done. It is now considered by the majority of the media and the other honking "intellectual" geese as off-limits to question Obama's life, his claimed achievements, or note the contradictions in what he has said and what he says now. Free speech is no longer so free. If you question the President, you are a racist, insane, a danger to democracy, hate the poor or all of the aforementioned.  If you still hold the same views that he purported to hold up to a few weeks ago, e.g., the traditional definition of marriage, and failed to "evolve" when he did, then you are a hopeless homophobe; your business should be banned and ruined, and your employees bullied. This is not unlike Orwell's 1984, "We have never been at war with Eastasia . . . " You must keep up with the changes in Dear Leader's views. He will tell you when you can favor gay marriage; when you can raise closing Guantanamo; when the war will end; when the deficit must be cut with more spending. New Think is here.

Obama has become the incarnation of a troubling trend in our country that has accelerated over the past 40 or so years. He has become the head of what passes for modern progressivism: the alliance between tax-supported university faculties, lawyers, government bureaucrats, journalists, NGO "activists," and Hollywood. This alliance has promoted the politics of envy and resentment, and launched a sustained attack on traditional American values. Our country is now filled with the half-educated idiots who emerge from our universities with no real knowledge but with feelings of entitlement and resentment. We should stand in awe of people with PhDs regardless of whether what they say corresponds to the reality we see, because they know what's good for us. They are the "experts."

One should not underestimate the power of Hollywood in forming what passes for thinking by these impressionable morons. What many of our youth, and foreigners, think they know about America and American history, comes from movies and TV shows. Hollywood bombards us with the viewpoint that rich evil conservative white men (RECWM) are behind all of our troubles, and those of the world. Our heroes should be the brave lawyers who sue corporations; the brave journalists who expose the nefarious plots of the RECWM conspiracy; the brave activists who stand up to the "violent" gun nuts of the Tea Party; the gutsy abortion clinic workers who live in fear of their lives; the brave public servants, e.g., cops and perky assistant district attorneys, who protect us from the RECWM who, of course, are what all of us fear to encounter when we are in a dark parking lot.

Obama has captured this movement and its view, and represents and promotes it better than anybody else in living memory. Unlike Carter, Obama is not incompetent in promoting his hatred for America's traditional values and in embedding it into our institutions, e.g., the ruinous Obamacare, the rapid expansion of the federal dole, the insistence on apologizing for our successes, the disastrous "stimulus" spending, the glorification of the "victim" culture, promotion of envy and cynicism, and denigration of individual effort and success ("You didn't build that!") That is the real threat posed by what Obama represents. Overcoming that threat will take years of sustained effort. It begins, of course, with voting Obama out of the White House next November, but does not end there.

26 comments:

  1. Regrettably, voting Obama out of office in November will not end the destruction he is visiting on our country. If he becomes a lame duck on November 7, stand by for a slew of executive decrees and presidential pardons that will turn America on its head. He will have two and a half months to trash the country he so visibly hates and to create opportunities for graft for himself and thousands of his cronies. This is not a man who will take rejection easily, and we will all pay the price he wants to exact. I am looking forward to him being gone; I am NOT looking forward to the interregnum. F

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    1. At least the Executive Orders can be overturned two months later. In fact, if Romney wins, he should suspend all of Obama's Executive Orders pending review.

      The pardons are a different problem.

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    2. The only thing which might temper Nerobama a tiny bit in his last 75 days is his all but certain return in 2016. There is already talk in Dem circles of him "doing a Grover." We should be anticipating this event, as surely as the sun rises in the East.

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  2. Obama and his crony thugs are pernicious. As bad as the interregnum might be,another term will be ruinous. I hope the people we are and the tools we have will be enough.

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  3. I appreciate the fact that you realize and comment on the fact that Carter was at fault for so much .... remember that Carter signed the CRA in 1977 ... which is the very thing that Obama is using to destroy the finacial backbone of America.

    Someone used the word "pernicious" ... how appropriate.

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    1. Good point. I should have mentioned the CRA.

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    2. Yes. Paying for our own chains, paying the vig to those who thug us, being forced to pay for our destruction is over the line. But then, and I'm looking at you Congress, there's a rotating door of 535 men and women passing through the feeding troughs of Washington who really put it to us, and without lube, either.

      BTW - I met Jimmy.

      I met Jimmy while he was Governor, at the mansion on West Paces Ferry in Atlanta. I was dating a girl our HS graduation summer and she and I attended a late summer party at the Mansion for government interns.

      At the front door were, in order, Amy, Chip, Rosalyn and Jimmy. Amy, Chip and Rosalyn were dressed for the occasion. Jimmy was in cut-offs, a t-shirt and dirty tennis shoes. Face to face with the man and shaking his hand left me feeling like I'd stepped through an open door with no landing on the other side. It was my first experience with a "nobody". And I mean ... a man with nothing inside. There was no one home.

      Disconcerting as hell

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  4. After his ouster in November I believe that al-'Bama will become the most studied president that we've ever had. The questions that have been raised are manifold.

    His defenders will have to be quick in order to muddy the water because the truth will begin to percolate. Just as it has with W. Wilson

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  5. Just wait until they make him general secretary of the UN and he takes potshots at the US (and president) from there. This guy will continue to cause problems I fear.

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  6. Quite possibly your best piece ever. Really superb, and you've encapsulated pretty much everything at issue. You couldn't be more right about the sustained battle ahead, in which electing Mitt Romney is but a baby step [though a critical one] toward rebooting this nation and giving us half a chance to dig out from under the mess we've made.

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  7. Carter did two good things during his reign of terror, probably by accident: appoint Paul Volker as Chairman of the Fed and cut the top capital gains tax to 28%. As you recall, Volker, with RR's implicit backing, crushed inflation with back-to-back recessions and sky-high interest rates. The prime lending rate hit 22%. It was brutal but needed doing and inflationary expectations were wiped out of the national psyche. I totally agree with your assessment of the "man" - nobody home.

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    1. With the rate at which obama is spending money, and the rate at which Bernanke is printing it, look for inflation to make a big comeback. The only thing slowing it down now is the Obama recession. But if by some chance we finally do get some real growth, and those huge amount of dollars Bernanke printed finally start moving around, inflation will be back again, bigtime. We also could get huge inflation if we have a Greek style default, another good possibility.

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    2. True. At the moment the Fed is 'pushing on a string' because people don't want their dollars. But what happens when those 'on hold' investment plans get rolled out in the lame duck session? Inflation ho!

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  8. It is sad that Jimmy Carter was a naval officer and sub officer at that. Sub guys have solid reputations professionally, although they can be weird. . .

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  9. Another parallel between the two most incompetent Presidents in American history is their benighted attitude toward Energy. Jimmah gave us the DOE which today now seems to believe America's energy can be supplied by "renewable" sources like Sunlight and Wind.

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  10. Excellent summation, which matches well with my own opinion. Just wish I was able to articulate the case against Obama as well.

    At www.c3headlines.com we are doing a daily posting titled: " 'this many days' Until Election, Nov. 6, 2012 - The Headlines." We will definitely be linking to this post over the next 88 days (maybe multiple times!).

    C3 Editor

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  11. I dig the Carter and the Obama bashing. Really, I do.

    But an awful lot of people had to vote for this guy to make him President in 2008. And an awful lot of people are prepared to vote for this guy again. And no one is holding a gun to their heads.

    If you want to point at the top of the mutt-for-president responsibility food chain, point to the MSM and journalists. These people are propagandists. They are not decent people who because of their liberal bias are unfortunately wrong-headed. These people know what they are doing and they are doing it deliberately. Call them by their name. Propagandists. Out loud.

    And right below them on the mutt-for-president food chain are ... the American people. Most especially the ones who voted for these mutts.

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    1. Paul is correct. The professional paid media are a diverse bunch but generally fall under the same tactics, methods and frequently beliefs as Bolsheviks.

      The only tactic they haven't used yet is to call a protest parade of White Russians then sit on rooftops and shoot them as they come down the street with banners. But that isn't far behind.

      It's important to realize that most of the lies and slander are ginned up for the consumption of "My People", those with I.Q. at 100 and below. Remember them from Public Schools ? Those were your friends who were "C" average, or B- with supreme effort.

      The political class and the Professional Paid Media hold these people in contempt and create lies, false narratives and Character Assassination by the hour to "convince the rubes", they think need to be told how to think, how to pay, and how to live. These voters may be a little slower, ... but they don't like being lied to anymore than anyone else, and generally will rise to a nobler calling when asked to. "They do most of the living, and working, and paying and dying in this town Mr. Potter. "

      Obama's defeat and Romney's win is not a certainty, nor is overturning Obamacare by winning the Senate, Nor is cutting deficit spending, pensions, entitlements, statutory growth in future spending which is now creating spending deficits monthly, that once took an entire year to generate.

      If Obama is re-elected, and the U.S. Senate continues to refuse to pass a budget, the U.S. will likely end before the next election 2016. Buy a few acres, seed, a couple of cows and some chickens, and lots of ammo, because by then there will be no economy, confiscatory taxes on everyone, cuts due to missed Government Checks, no military and a very different U.S. and government.

      By 2016 the U.S. Dollar will no longer by the world's reserve currency.

      By 2018 the Warlords' armies will begin to form around the county sheriffs and State Police and their families, because they will have most of the weapons and ammunition and communications gear, ... and databases.

      You may not get much of a choice who you must be allied with at that point.

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  12. Trump claims Øbambi spent four million hiding his past. Where did Bambi get the four million?

    Is it possible to trust a man so desperate to hide his past?

    Why was Moochell paid $300,000 for a do-nothing job? While Bambi was bust voting 'present'.

    Now ask: 'Why the Malfeasant Media is fronting for this Sockpuppet?'

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  13. Boat School grad here, who remembers being ashamed of Carter, for giving us a bad name, for his feckless inability to respond during the Iranian Embassy crisis.
    Clinton- another horrible commander in chief, but as a serving officer, I had to hold my tongue in respect of the Office. Obama is so far beneath contempt that I wont waste my breath, except to say thanks again for your insight, and the courage to express it.

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  14. Excellent article! I am,however,left with the feeling that some thoughts are missing. They are: the tenor of politicization of Americans since the mid-60s. I attended undergraduate and graduate schools in Kalif. in the mid to late 60s and never ceased to be amazed at the mentality of so many people in Kalif. It was like talking to someone insane. Having grown older I am seeing this same attitude across the country, having later lived in NJ, and NY.Don't know about the northern states but they seem to feel the same way. So, it is not just Obama or Carter-it is a sea change in public opinion about most subjects because of the constant drumbeat for change by interested parties. Constant and never ending.From morning to night.

    This is a constant that will have to be addressed if this country is going to come out of its funk. Otherwise we'll all eventually have to go into Laager.

    LW

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  15. "Taxes And The Damage Done"

    You caught me breakin’'
    through your bank vault door
    I spent your taxes,
    can I have some more
    Ooh, ooh, the damage done.

    I hit D.C. and then
    I lost Rahm,
    And now I only have
    two left hands
    David and Valerie.

    I sing the song
    because I need your cash,
    You know eventually
    I’ll raid your stash
    Leavin’ only
    Obama-care.

    I've seen the spending
    and the damage done
    And you know Congress still says
    We’re not done,
    But every junkie's
    like a settin' sun.

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  16. DiploMad, from one former FSO to another, although my career wasn't as long, varied, interesting, or useful as yours. I just wanted to let you know that I think there's something that's downright sinister about Obama; and you'll figure it out if you guess a tune that fit's this SONG FOR OBAMA--revised and updated

    With Fannies high, Obama's marching minions
    Go prancing down America's main drag.
    It's time to pack up all your un-PeeCee opinions,
    Whether in speech, on airwaves, or in mag.
    It's time to pack up all your un-PeeCee opinions,
    Whether in speech, on airwaves, or in mag.

    The media, subservient and ga-ga,
    Care not that Geitner cheats the IRS.
    Chicago pol's tale has become a sacred saga,
    "Messiah's come!" They loudly doth profess.
    Chicago pol's tale has become a sacred saga,
    "Messiah's come!" They loudly doth profess.

    His entourage is full of Maoists, Truthers,
    Alinsky fans, and commies like Van Jones.
    No Colbert dares to stand up as a comic spoofer--
    Such things are now deeply forbidden zones.
    No Colbert dares to stand up as a comic spoofer--
    Such things are now deeply forbidden zones.

    You're in the way if you're not with the program!
    It's criminal to disagree, demurr--
    No matter if his plans will bankrupt the whole country,
    You must roll over, play dead, wag and purr!
    No matter if his plans will bankrupt the whole country,
    You must roll over, play dead, wag and purr!

    Next thing, our youth will join in brown battalions
    To sing and chant our fearless leader's name.
    And prance along like well-trained gelded stallions,
    To once-free people's deep and lasting shame.
    And prance along like well-trained gelded stallions,
    To once-free people's deep and lasting shame.

    Our fearless leader--he would never fib ya'--
    Has promised no more Middle Eastern fights,
    Please don't remind us that he's bombed Yemen and Libya
    To let Al-Qaida followers have rights.
    Please don't remind us that he's bombed Yemen and Libya
    To let Al-Qaida followers have rights.
    Re our great prex, it's wrong to get too curious
    And ask about such things as growing debt,
    Or of the operation that's called Fast and Furious,
    Or of so many promises unmet.
    (repeat two last lines)

    He wants to punish all his racial en'mies,
    From White Repub to Spanish Zimmermann,
    And make our land a place that no-one ever envies,
    A great and continental garbage can!
    (repeat two last lines)

    With Fannies high, Obama's marching minions
    Go prancing down America's main drag.
    It's time to pack up all your un-PeeCee opinions,
    Whether in speech, on airwaves, or in mag.
    It's time to pack up all your un-PeeCee opinions,
    Whether in speech, on airwaves, or in mag.

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  17. Excellent article.

    Here is a movie currently in theaters (and expanding) that all Americans need to watch. It reiterates many of the points in this article. Please go see it and tell others about it. God Bless America.

    http://2016themovie.com/

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  18. mean, reptilian and graceless little man

    It's been a long time since I've heard someone speak so highly of that little f-stick.
    Love the blog.

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