Anyone who does not comprehend what Barack Obama has in mind if the American people are foolish enough to give him four more years either has been too busy watching “American Idol” or shares his vision of reshaping our country into a socialist/progressive utopia. I don’t care if you call him a progressive, socialist or Marxist, it is a difference without a distinction. When in 2008 he said “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” he was not talking about planting an apple tree in everyone’s backyard.
Given a second term, Obama will be free to put his utopian vision into overdrive without having to worry about being re-elected. In his own words, caught on an open mike talking to president Medvedev of Russia “This is my last election, after my election I will have more flexibility, tell Vladimir that.” What he was talking about was bowing to Russia’s demand that we weaken our plans for an anti-missile shield. The flexibility that he refers to would undoubtedly hold true to whatever else he wanted it to.
It is clear to anyone who isn’t drowning in his Kool-aid that he despises the Constitution, which so tenuously restrains him as he sidesteps it at every opportunity. Our system of checks and balances is integral to American government and freedom. If Obama doesn’t like a law, he simply bypasses Congress and issues an executive order counteracting it. Perhaps his most egregious flouting of the Constitution is his attack on freedom of religion, forcing religious institutions to ignore their consciences and supply insurance coverage of contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs. He appoints unelected czars to usurp the powers of Congress. This is exactly what our Founders had in mind when they crafted said checks and balances. Some of our more enlightened brethren, in their own minds, tell us that our Constitution is outdated and must be replaced by a “living document.” They could not be more wrong.
Aside from all of the above, Barack Obama is the most inexperienced, unqualified person ever to sit in the Oval Office. He is an economic illiterate. He did not inherit an ideal situation. We have been drifting in the wrong direction for a long time, but his inane polices have exacerbated the situation immeasurably. Ronald Reagan faced a condition just as bad and in some cases worse, but by this time in his presidency our GDP growth was 4.1 percent , as compared to our current miserable rate of 1.3 percent.
Gasoline prices have doubled on his watch. He refuses to exploit the abundant supplies of oil, gas and coal that we have at our disposal. Green energy development is fine, but it will be many years before it will replace fossil fuel. Exploiting fossil fuels in itself would be a tremendous boon to our economy. Instead Obama sends $2 billion to Brazil to help them develop their offshore drilling.
Obama’s supposed and over hyped foreign policy expertise is in the ash heap. To quote him, “The day I’m inaugurated, Muslim hostility will cease.” Tell that to Ambassador Stevens and ex-Navy SEALs murdered in Benghazi. His vaunted “Arab Spring” has blown up in his face. Much of North Africa and the Middle East are now controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood. He has alienated allies like Israel, Great Britain, Poland, the Czech Republic and others while playing footsie with Russia, China, Venezuela and other paragons of democracy.
It boggles my mind that we see what is happening in much of Europe and are blissfully going down the same road, led by our brilliant community organizer. The only thing that he excels at is reading from a teleprompter in front of him and mesmerizing the ever-present cadre of adoring and braindead bobble heads behind him.
My greatest fear is that some of the most ill-informed among us have a very good chance of re-electing him. I pray not.
The writer lives in Pawleys Island.