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“They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” —Barack Obama
Barack Obama spoke these words at the height of the 2008 primary season and although it caused a little flap at the time most of us didn’t listen. Most of us being the majority that made the 44th presidency of the United States a worldwide disgrace. Had we been listening, Barack Hussein Obama would be a memory of that year’s primary season no more profound than Joseph Biden.
Yours truly has spent the last 19 months tapping the keypad of my Apple PowerBook (vroom) in diatribe after vein-popping diatribe blaming the media and the Democrats and the sellout Republicans. Those who made it possible for this arrogant little snob with a thin resume and even thinner American experience to ascend to the most powerful position on the planet.
But mostly I have blamed us.
We squeal like stuck hogs whenever anybody raises the question of eliminating government bureaucracies; we scream bloody murder when any politician suggests that Medicare should be eliminated; we froth at the mouth when anyone dares to proffer the privatization of Social Security. We do nothing when we know we should demand that Congress eliminate government waste.
Serious economists—Left and Right—are scared. The nation cannot endure more Keynesian (Obamian) debt and it appears that simply relaxing tax burdens will not alone staunch the waters that erode our economy. Massive spending cuts are needed now, but even the Republicans cannot seem to keep their hands out of the cash drawer.
The Department of Education spends billions annually on a failed public education system that turns out illiterate children. The Department of Energy—under Republicans and Democrats—has become nothing more than a greening sham. The Department of Homeland Security has failed to stem the rising tide of terrorists who live in this country alone. Our borders are a joke.
Al Qaeda knows that we should have nuked them in 2001 in Tora Bora and issued a warning world wide that the United States will not tolerate terrorism in any form on its shores. We are the laughingstock of the Muslim world. Iran marches unopposed toward a nuclear bomb that they have every intention of using.
One can argue that the Tea Party movement of 2009 demonstrates the awakening of the American people as a whole against big government. But does it? Just how many of those protesters would switch signs and march on the Capitol in a heartbeat if Congress decided to eliminate Social Security? Yet entitlements and social programs are breaking us.
We have fallen in love with the sweet milk of government. We look forward to sending our children off to taxpayer-funded schools to be brainwashed by socialist morons who graduated in the bottom third of their university classes. We sleep while public school administrators send our teenage girls to abortion clinics without our knowledge or consent and teach our children about “alternative” lifestyles.
The educated among us snicker when politicians with traditional values like Mike Huckabee or Sarah Palin take to the national stage and call for moral change; their folksy Heartland approach embarrasses us, while we look to the same elitists we have elected for generation after debt-encumbered generation.
Our social mores are in deterioration.
African Americans buy into the same plantation rhetoric that has kept them chained in the ghettos of this country for the century and a half since Reconstruction while other minorities thrive. They send their children mixed messages but telling them the N-word is only wrong when uttered from the lips of whites.
The F-word has become nothing more than a punctuation mark in our society; we put our hands to our mouths and gasp and giggle when someone drops the F-bomb on network television. Then we use it in front of our children.
Mr. Obama’s little unguarded moment in 2008 was an affront to the middleclass across this nation. He was accusing us one and all of being bigoted, Bible-thumping rednecks, too illiterate to see him for what he is. But in a sense he was right. Many of us—most Americans—did not even bother to vote.
And when the Republicans retake Capitol Hill in November, one has to wonder if most of us will not stand by while they break promise after promise.