President Obama, in his inaugural address, promised to fundamentally change America. He has kept that pledge.
At home, our economy now leans closer to a European-social democrat model than to traditional American capitalism, complete with extensive regulations, a 41% increase in entitlements, high unemployment and, especially, high long-term unemployment. Our medical system is morphing into the British National Health Care concept.
Abroad, our long-time allies are now kept at arms’ length as the White House grows closer to the evolving Russian-Chinese-Iranian axis. In treaties with Moscow, the interests of our European allies such as the United Kingdom and Poland were sacrificed on the altar of strategic weapons reductions that put the west at a disadvantage.
In the middle east, Israel now stands threatened as never before, uncertain of America’s commitment to confront enemies (namely Iran) as it did in the past with nation like Iraq under Saddam Hussein. The gains from the Coalition victory in Iraq, which allowed that post-Saddam nation to grow into a proud democracy, have been discarded by the President’s premature withdrawal of troops.
In the Pacific, the entire practice of the U.S. Navy maintaining peace—a veritable Pax Americana--no longer exists, a product both of a shrunken number of warships as well as the refusal of the current Administration to take an active role in the defense of its allies. A clear example of this occurred in the summer of 2012, when the President refused to assist the Philippines after China occupied an off-shore region within Manila’s exclusive economic zone.
In Afghanistan, the White House’s weariness with the prolonged war has led to previously unthinkable negotiations with the Taliban, in the aftermath of the highly questionable announcement of a departure date for most U.S. forces
The U.S. commitment to human rights around the world has also fundamentally changed. The White House is willing to deal with the Taliban despite its harsh repression of women, with the Moslem Brotherhood despite its targeting of Christians, and with China despite its increasing attempts to repress any attempt to gain some small measure of freedom by its people.
Our military has been reduced from dominance to barely adequate.
Politically, America’s once fiercely competitive political system has been chilled by the use of federal agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service to attack White House opponents. The refusal of the Justice Department to effectively address voter fraud and ballot misdeeds has provided extraordinary advantages to the incumbent administration.
Mr. Obama and his supporters maintain that his 2012 re-election was a clear endorsement from the American people of his extraordinary alterations to the nation.
That claim is wrong. Mr. Obama’s soaring rhetoric has been accepted at face value without the same type of intensive scrutiny that all other presidents, from George Washington to George Bush, have been subjected to.
A clear example was seen in the Benghazi incident. Occurring during the 2012 campaign, the President clearly failed to fulfill his duties, and rather obviously lied about the nature of the assault. The media was silent, and focused its criticism, bizarrely, on challenger Mitt Romney’s appropriate questioning of White House actions.
This administration has succeeding in keeping the public focus on its statements, rather than its actual practices.
Wouldn’t it be great if everybody had low-cost quality health care? Of course it would. The fact that the President’s legislation fails to do this is ignored. It’s his wish that counts.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if America could take in uncounted, uncontrollable numbers of immigrants and pay for all their social needs? Some may agree, but the reality is a nation $17 trillion in debt and with soaring joblessness simply cannot accomplish this. But never mind; the White House’s immigration policies are excellent simply because the President says so.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were no threats from abroad and we could just slash all those dollars from defense? Yes, it would be, but the Russians, Chinese, Iranians and North Koreans have been rapidly building massive armed forces that soon will give them the ability to destroy us. Ignoring that fact doesn’t make it go away. Yet that is precisely what this White House does.
In the past, Americans voted for Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives. Today, however, we have the world’s first Jiminy Cricket Administration, espousing the platform, “When you wish upon a star, you’re dreams come true.” That may have worked in a cartoon, but it doesn’t stand a chance in real life.