President Barack Obama has no one to blame but himself.
He was the one who campaigned in 2008 on hope and change. He was the one who deployed high-flying rhetoric to promise a new day in Washington politics.
He was the one who said he was going elevate the level of discourse and make government transparent. He positioned himself as a new kind of leader. He was the one who turned his candidacy into a religious experience.
He was the one who convinced voters he stood above the fray, as a man and as a symbol. And on that basis, they boarded his train and rode it all the way.
He was the one who, inheriting a desperate economy, made his signature move upon gaining office: Obamacare.
Not jobs. Not prosecutions of corporate and banking criminals.
He made devastating choices for all Americans.
He was and is the one who has presided over a sinking economic ship.
Given his proclivity for big and bigger government, he could have launched a serious public program, one which really put people back to work, repairing the infrastructure of the Nation. But even this was beyond him.
And getting out of the way and letting Americans expand their small businesses and supporting them with the same intensity of rhetoric he used to win his election? Out of the question. Not in the playbook. Not for a second.
His big play out of the gate, Obamacare, shocked his closest advisers. They assumed jobs would be his No. 1 priority. They were dead wrong.
And what about “post-racial” America? That was not only a dud; it was a disaster. Division and polarization are the order of the day.
How about dependence and government as the solver of all problems, as the beneficent giver? How has that worked out? How can it possibly work out? America is going to become one big Sweden? Really?
It’s one thing for a Clinton or a Bush to lie and skate and divert and play the usual horrific games. But Obama set himself up as a man who was fundamentally different. That was his ace. That was how he won the Presidency. That was what people bought into.
So he falls further, even as his media supporters keep launching blizzards of lies to prop him up.
Many of his loyal followers believe “powerful forces” have fenced in Obama and sabotaged his efforts to work positive transformations. If so, then as a transcendent figure, he should step forward and use his oratorical powers to expose the criminal enterprise that surrounds the Presidency. He should speak directly to the American people and lay it on the line.
Or else he confesses that he is, in fact, another Clinton, another Bush.
The public loves fairy tales and myths, but considering the shape this country is in, that fascination is wearing very thin. It isn’t going to sustain the next three years of Obama in the White House.
Ninety million people are out of the workforce. Fifty million are on food stamps. Recovery? Is the President really going to keep pushing that narrative?
Admitting the truth might, as a long shot, create a platform from which Obama could launch a real campaign to restore jobs. But faking the unemployment crisis has been his chosen path.
The government Obamacare website is a shambles. It doesn’t appear that a simple fix is possible, which means chaos will continue for many months, perhaps longer. Private insurance companies are canceling hundreds of thousands of policies.
The past seven years of American political life have added up to a disaster. Blaming it all on Congressional gridlock, on delaying the ability of the White House to invent trillions more dollars in debt at the drop of a hat, isn’t working.
So many actions and omissions of madness… it leaves us with the reasonable conclusion that Obama’s Presidency was designed from the outset to flame out and fail.
And the principal target was the economy.
The President, fresh off an election victory in 2008 and in that glow, could have used his monumental leverage to put people back to work. He could have hammered on it day and night. He could have rallied support and energized the country.
But now, what do we have? Welfare America to the nth degree — beyond what anyone thought was possible. And media traitors are backing it.
For decades, for more than a hundred years, power has been in the wrong place.
It belongs with you and with me.