Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The Stench of Moral Rot
By Alan Caruba
A lot of pundits have been trying to figure out where Obama’s “mojo” has gone. In less than a year’s time, he went from being “the One” and “the Messiah” to being a man who could not muster an enthusiastic round of applause from the West Point cadets who were used like movie “extras” to lend a veneer of veracity to his speech about Afghanistan.
He did the same thing with the physicians invited to hear a talk about Obamacare, each of whom was issued a white lab coat to enhance the image of their support. With astonishing swiftness, people—if not the press corps—began to perceive that the carefully packaged and presented candidate Obama was far from the image of omniscience that got him elected.
His first months in office had him so over-exposed at home it became a topic of conversation and analysis. When he wasn’t globe trotting to deliver his message about a new, contrite and apologetic America to the world, he was trading jokes with a late night talk show host.
Obama spent most of his first year in office being everywhere all the time, but what the public wanted was a President focused on the immediate problem of a financial crisis, a recession generating an increasing toll of joblessness. The initial Obama response, when there was one, was to blame it on the previous administration.
What followed in rapid succession, however, were a series of measures, each costing billions, that were passed off as a “stimulus” with “shovel ready” projects, a federal bailout of the bankrupt General Motors and Chrysler costing more billions, and still more bailouts to Wall Street firms, the insurance giant AIG, and to banks.
In short, nothing the Obama administration has done has had any affect on the nation’s fiscal crisis, but what really got everyone’s attention was the proposed healthcare “reform” that heated town hall meetings, tea party rallies, and a massive rally in Washington, DC has not been able to deflect.
Obamacare was forced through the House and is now in the process of being forced through the Senate, essentially by buying the necessary votes with millions in taxpayer money despite the fact that a vast majority of taxpayers do not want a bill that will increase public debt by $196 billion in 2019 while facilitating the takeover of one sixth of the economy. They don't want the government getting between them and their physician, between them and the care they may need.
Waiting in the wings is a “Cap-and-Trade” bill based on the discredited “science” that says carbon dioxide emissions must be cut to avoid “global warming.” Everyone now knows there neither was, nor is any global warming threatening the planet.
Early selections of people to serve in Obama’s cabinet revealed a variety of tax cheats, one of whom went on to be named the Secretary of the Treasury! These appointments were followed by a succession of “off the books” presidential advisors dubbed “czars.” They turned out to be leftwing ideologues, most of whom had written books or voiced notions that were far removed from the mainstream of economic and scientific thought. A now former White House communications director expressed an admiration for the communist dictator of China, Mao Zedong.
Matters worsened still more when it was announced that the new, untested President was to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, the same one awarded not long ago to Al Gore and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. And Obama’s response was to announce that he would put in an appearance at the discredited forthcoming UN Conference on Climate Change before picking up his prize in Oslo.
The sum total of these months since the end of January has been a mounting stench of moral rot in the Obama administration, aided and abetted by a Democrat controlled Congress indifferent to the outrage its legislative agenda has generated.
There are at least two court cases challenging Obama’s eligibility under the Constitution to hold the office of President and they will commence in earnest just after the New Year. I suggest that either or both will bring down the usurpation of the office of President. And, by November of next year, the voters will turn out Democrats from Congress and some gubernatorial office holders in a fashion not seen since 1994.
Then, the usurper who sat through countless sermons whose preacher said, “God damn America”, will be gone and Americans will have once again set the nation on a path to recovery and renewal.