The Audacity of O

24 Aug

Yesterday was my birthday.  Goodness, I’m almost half a century old!  But besides that somewhat depressing thought, I’m starting to wonder if this will be the last birthday I’ll ever celebrate on this old earth.  Why?  Because my head is about to explode from the insanity of the current U.S. political situation!  Ok, a little melodramatic, but seriously, what the crap is going on here??!!

I’m not an Obama fan (more on that below), but I do understand that you can’t pin all our country’s economic problems on him.  Congress controls the purse-strings, not the president.  And, OH MY GOSH, Pelosi and Reid are the ones in charge there!  Can there be two more idiotic congress persons?

Besides claiming that unemployment insurance is a “job creator,” Pelosi made the most insane statement ever uttered by a politician, saying, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.”  T-o-t-a-l-l-y unbelievable.  She even assured a group of entrepreneurs, specifically the artsy-types, that it’s ok to quit your job and focus on your talent, because your health care will be covered!

According to a recent Rasmussen survey, only 23% of American voters believe the federal government has the consent of the governed.  Quote:  “In his new book, In Search of Self-Governance, Scott Rasmussen observes that the American people are ‘united in the belief that our political system is broken, that politicians are corrupt and that neither major political party has the answers.'”  Yep, I would agree.

But, we can’t give Obama a free pass, because he is, after all, our president.  Our national leader.  A leader, by definition, is one who guides and inspires others, but Obama has proven himself completely inept in this role.

There was an excellent blog article this month in the U.K. Telegraph, listing “10 key reasons the Obama presidency is in meltdown.”  Here they are:
1. The Obama presidency is out of touch with the American people
2. Most Americans don’t have confidence in the president’s leadership
3. Obama fails to inspire
4. The United States is drowning in debt
5. Obama’s Big Government message is falling flat
6. Obama’s support for socialised health care is a huge political mistake
7. Obama’s handling of the Gulf oil spill has been weak-kneed and indecisive
8. US foreign policy is an embarrassing mess under the Obama administration
9. President Obama is muddled and confused on national security
10. Obama doesn’t believe in American greatness       

Though I agree with all ten points, I think they can all be summed up in points 1 and 10.  First, Obama and the folks surrounding him are completely out of touch with the regular Joe.  Almost every major decision and/or stance has been in direct opposition to the will of the American public, including health care reform, the Arizona immigration bill, the auto bailout, financial reform, etc., not to mention the snubs directed at our two main foreign allies:  Britain and Israel.  Secondly, though he claims to have great confidence in America and what it stands for, the American people just aren’t buying it.  We see him trotting around the globe, bowing to communist leaders,  apologizing for our country’s past wrongs and current deficiencies.  He may be ashamed of America, but we dang sure aren’t!

In 2006, then Senator Obama wrote a book entitled “The Audacity of Hope:  Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.”   Perhaps, his presidency may someday be referred to as simply, “The Audacity.”

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