We can group the American public’s reactions to Barack Hussein Obama into three categories of citizen:
- Liberals who continue to sleep walk, and support him no matter what he does and no matter how much he destroys the American constitution;
- Liberals who occasionally object — sometimes strongly — to his policies, but can’t bring themselves to see the full extent of his destruction;
- The rest of us, who see him for what he is: a destroyer of all we hold dear, and the facilitator of a return to despotism in the United States and therefore throughout the world’s 7 billion people
Today I want to focus on the 2nd category for two reasons: (a) to celebrate a particularly enjoyable beat-down of Obama’s failed leadership, delivered by one of his own supporters, and (b) to point out that the criticism, while valid, does not address the real threat to our way of life and government that Obama represents.
So first let’s enjoy the indictment, coming this time from Ron Fournier of the National Journal (“What if Obama Can’t Lead?”. I don’t know of this journalist, and so I had to look for a sign of his political leanings….
In Obama’s case, the modern GOP is an obstructionist, rudderless party often held hostage by extremists.
Bingo: we know we’re definitely Inside the Liberal Mind, so let’s enjoy Mr. Fournier’s exposition of Obama’s failed leadership. He takes Obama apart by way of rebuttal of a piece by Ezra Klein in the Washington Post, who lectured his Liberal brethren earlier this year as to why they shouldn’t hold Obama accountable for anything, really.
Fournier counter-punches (emphasis added):
Here’s where I respectfully disagree with Klein and others in his orbit:
1. Voter disillusionment is not caused by pundits who (quoting Klein again) “falsely promise that the glowing briefcase of president leadership can fix what ails us.” The greatest guilt lies with presidential candidates who overpromise. Obama explicitly vowed to change the culture of Washington. For two consecutive elections, he toted his glowing briefcase and waved his green lantern to give voters the audacity to hope. He knew the limits of his powers when he ran for the job. When his broken promises feed disillusionment, the president can’t shirk responsibility.
2. The extreme sorting-out of the two parties in Congress is nothing new. It was mostly complete after the 1994 midterms, and posed challenges for both Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. Despite polarization, Obama’s two predecessors managed to find common ground with their obstinate opposing parties. Yes, politics is hard today—but no harder than, say, during the Civil War era or the turbulent 1960s.
3. The outsize attention given to the president gives him unparalleled advantages. Obama can make better use of it. He could talk to the media and the public more often with a more compelling and sustained message. He could build enduring relationships in Washington rather than being so blatantly transactional with his time. He could work harder, and with more empathy, on Capitol Hill to find “win-win” opportunities with Republicans. He could make better use of his Cabinet to message and enact policies. In private, he could talk less and listen more. In public, he could set reasonable expectations and meet them. He could pick his fights better. In hindsight, Obama should have gotten much more out of Congress when Democrats controlled both chambers.
All of this is well said, and completely correct, and of course immensely enjoyable to read when coming from the mouth of someone who considers the GOP to be poisonous.
But there is more:
In March, a reporter asked Obama why he didn’t lock congressional leaders in a room until they agreed on a budget deal. Obama’s answer was based on two assumptions. First, that his opinion is supreme. Second, he can’t break the logjam. What a remarkable combination of arrogance and impotence.
Yes, Obama shows a combination of arrogance and impotence… Fournier is throwing heavy punches, and landing them.
Forest from the Trees
But now let me turn my attention to where Fournier misses the forest from the trees regarding what Barack Obama has been doing and what his intentions are.
Barack Obama is a failed leader on purpose, which is to say that he has never had, nor does he now have, any intention to lead the Democratic party or the American people.
This is because real leadership would require the following attributes, of which Barack Obama has precisely none:
- Ability to persuade those who disagree with you
- Respect for the United States constitution
- An abiding love for the United States and its people
Barack Obama has no interest in persuasion, no respect for the constitution, and no love for the United States. Not only that, he knows this about himself and is totally fine with it. Richard Nixon was tormented by his failings as a leader — by his conscience, in other words. Not so for mr. Obama, because he knows who and what he is and there is no stress for any man who lives so comfortably in his own nature, even when that nature is malignant.
But without leadership he has had to find another way to advance his agenda. So what does a man do when he knows he is not a leader and feels only contempt for the checks and balances of American government?
- He pursues unilateral actions and control in direct violation of the constitution, such as when he directed immigration officers to stop enforcing federal laws and when he delayed implementation of a segment of the Affordable Care Act;
- He destroys words and meaning, such as his recent attempt to depict the Benghazi tragedy, the IRS fascism, and the Orwellian NSA snooping actions, as being “fake”;
- He uses the Democratic party to create byzantine legislation that will result in the need for the granting of waivers and exceptions — the quintessential tool for dictators who seek to destroy societies that are built on laws not men.
Think about how he must laugh to himself when members of his own party cry out for more leadership on this or that issue.
“Don’t they realize,” he must think, “that I am overriding and exceeding my constitutional authority in order to impose my will on this sick country, and that I prefer doing it this way?”
And so I urge Mr. Fournier and other Liberals like him to go that final step to full waking life and see Barack Obama for who and what is and stop fantasizing that he is interested in anything remotely consistent with a true president of the United States.