It is President's Day, the fifth time that the current one has been in office. Unfortunately, there isn't much that has changed (for the better anyway) since the previous four. But by now everyone should know that this is by persistent design. I say this because no one could be this bad in a job he has had since 2009.
During his grace period, the first six to nine months in office, he was flailing with some ideas on how to fix a recession that had occurred in the previous year. That was an $865 billion stimulus ago, that by all objective analyses seems to have done very little, given the similar state of our economy in 2013. All we as citizens could hope to glean from this was that he would learn from an expensive and ill-advised risk that only a few thought might work.
It didn't happen. The recession became worse overnight, and unemployment ballooned to more than 9% and stayed there for virtually all of his first term, an unprecedented accomplishment in American history. Joblessness hovers just below that epoch today and is rising as of this month's report. Having been re-elected though, his non-performance in such things is no longer an item that is monitored for progress. It is simply the norm.
That was only the beginning of way too many things that have, over time, evolved into becoming the acceptable substandard of the Barack Obama era, where vows of transparency and open legislative workings have morphed into an oppressive dark age. And his supporters have never again opened their eyes to behold the absolute truth that his reality is the very antithesis to his promises.
In follow-up to that, what could have been more secretive or exclusive than the partisan, midnight passage of the Affordable Health Care Act in 2010. Here was over 2,400 pages of hodgepodge that probably affect more things than actual health issues and benefits non-residents more than it does Americans who get to pay for it. Only those who opposed it, and for good reason, actually read the document.
The lies to promote it were eveything from random to rampant. If Americans were happy with their current health plan they could keep it, remember? Obamacare would make healthcare costs go down, remember? We had to pass this wonderful law to see all the fruit hidden within it, said a smiling, soulless career congresswoman, remember?
Obama's corporate supporters, once they became aware of the ramifications, stood in line for exemptions to the new law of the land, and, in grand crony fashion, the administration gave them every break they asked for, remember? Legislators never subjected themselves to the horrid coverage and bureaucratic oversight that will command over 17% of the entire national budget from now until death do us part, remember?
Many of the staff appointees by Obama are pathological tax evaders. Others are creative abusers of their specific responsibilities over the departments they supposedly lead.
The Attorney General is nothing more than an accessory to cartel violence all the way up to complicity in capital murder of a federal agent with his handling of the Fast and Furious program, which broke numerous US gun laws in both its conspiracy and its execution - passing dangerous weapons to ruthless killers.
We have a Secretary of Homeland Security who has basically revised the border protection manual to the point where now our agents are expected to basically run when they encounter gunfire from lawless intruders who have crossed over our sovereign boundary to do harm to any and all who cross their path.
From any practical standpoint, the Secretary of State was AWOL when four of our public servants, including the Ambassador to Libya, were brutally murdered and dragged through the streets of Benghazi. The most honest account is that the Department was surprised by the attacks, but ordered our military to stand down anyway (while they pondered the audacity of a sworn enemy attacking us on the anniversary of 9/11 in an al-Qaeda hotbed). The most ludicrous was it being the result of a mindless video, a tale ridden by servants of the king until that horse mercifully died. Someone, please try again to tell Chris Mathews!
Separation of Church and State, the perennial ace up liberalism's sleeve, has gone off the chart in trumping the First Amendment in this administration more than any other. Yet, the good reverend Al Sharpton can incite mobs over the open Trayvon Martin case, bringing death to more innocent residents of Florida while receiving not the slightest handslap from an emperor in the White House, his feckless Attorney General, nor the media that is cuddled up in his nurturing pocket.
Never the one to let a tragedy go to waste, the President has clutched the Newtown tragedy and its 26 dead innocents to resurrect his Quixotic crusade against the 2nd Amendment and every law abiding gun owner in the United States. This is his ideological and idiotic path to peace, coupled with the dispatching of jet fighter planes and sophisticated tanks to the Muslim Brotherhood now holding court over Cairo and a disgruntled Egyptian population.
With the latest two poorly conceived initiatives, Barack Obama plunges into direct provocation of two very principled and devoted bees' nests in today's world - that of Americans faithful to the right to bear arms as well as a pushed to the limit nation of Israel.
Besides a weak and debt-strapped nation in fiscal nosedive (fast becoming the Barack Obama legacy), there is now much more to bow our heads about.
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