A Failed President (or Two)
(The American Conservative Blog) -- by Patrick J. Buchanan --
...The Wall Street Journal/NBC Poll out today confirms that the nation that entertained such high hopes for Barack Obama has lost confidence in his capacity to lead.
Sixty-two percent of all Americans believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction. For the first time, more Americans disapprove of Obama than approve. Fifty-seven percent would prefer someone else, rather than the member of Congress they now have.
Though green shoots have appeared in the economy, Americans no longer believe it. Only one-third thinks things will get better before they get worse again. Independents are deserting Obama. One in six Democrats now disapproves of the job he is doing.
Americans have been through periods of malaise before. But where FDR raised spirits after Herbert Hoover, and Reagan did after Jimmy Carter, the optimism about an Age of Obama is vanishing like the morning mist.
Disenchantment appears pervasive, and the causes apparent:
The Obama economic program — $800 billion in stimulus money piled on top of the Federal Reserve’s doubling the money supply, giving us two straight deficits of 10 percent of gross domestic product — has failed to ignite a robust recovery.
Unemployment still hovers just below 10 percent.
The two-month-old oil spill, where BP’s malfeasance was matched by government incompetence in preventing it from destroying the gulf ecology and economy from Louisiana to Florida, has cast a pall over America’s spirit as wide and deep as the oil slick itself.
The war in Afghanistan is not going well, casualties are running at a nine-year high, and the country no longer wants to fight it, but to get out and come home.
Obama’s “reset” in foreign policy seems to have yielded no more fruit than George W. Bush’s crusade to “end tyranny in our world.”...
America is facing a crisis of confidence in government, with the nation unable to win its wars, balance its budgets, control its borders, stop the bleeding of its manufacturing base or plug a hole in the ocean floor.
Should the sovereign debt bombs start going off, as they have lately threatened to do in Greece, bringing on another financial crisis to dwarf the one we have lately gone through, the crisis of democratic governments will become a crisis of democracy itself.
Perceived to have failed the country, the Bush Republicans were summarily dismissed in 2006 and 2008. Obama’s Democrats go to the wall in November. Republicans will inherit the windfall. Yet few harbor great hopes that the GOP has the cure for what ails America.
Perhaps the answers lie beyond the parameters of our present politics...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
Obama’s lack of experience speaks for itself as proof that the man was thrust to the forefront of the Democratic Party by the Party elite because he could deliver a good speech and fit the “progressive” figurehead role to a "T". The elite knew he would have to dance on their strings because he wasn’t his own man, but a product of their intensive media and party hype, spin and P.R. He’s clearly serving the interests of the elitist globalist agenda (as was G.W. Bush), which draws from both the Left and the Right, and is inimical to American national interests. The globalization elite who run these guys don’t give a damn about this country, and it comes through crystal clear in their policies, which serve their own interests and damage the national interest.
It’s taken years, but today this hidden hand is finally showing up in spades, and can no longer be laughed off as “conspiracy theory.” Goldman Sachs, mortgage bubbles, BP, billions of public money disappearing into the pockets of Big Government and its cronies, getting lied into Middle Eastern wars…all are symptoms of a corrupt system and globalization class run amok, and corrupt mainstream media functionaries that are as elitist and contemptuous of average Americans as are those who own them.
Those who want to understand why America keeps spinning its wheels and gets nowhere need to understand this is by design; it IS inching its way towards the “vision” of the internationalist, bloodless elite, which is no less dystopian than the outcome of international Marxism. In fact, it’s a variation thereof, operating under a similar benign guise, but in reality serving the narrow interests of a self-serving, sociopathic elite. And while similarly utilizing a bullying Statism to ram through its agenda, it maintains the guise of "free enterprise" and "democracy" through "private" Corporatism -- which itself is an increasingly transparent public-private means of channeling society's resources to the globalization elite class.
The Obama admin is now bragging of expanding Bush’s “world battlefield” paradigm to include the government right to assassinate American citizens.
Pat Buchanan and the paleocons opposed the Iraq war and the entire War on Terror from the get-go.
Now who’s crazier, the out of control “end of history,” war-pimping, globalization-at-gunpoint elite as epitomized by the Obamunists and the Bushcons, or the America-firster paleocons who want us to regain our sanity and tend our own gardens?
Reading the bizarre comments of Buchanan’s antagonists on his own site, I sometimes feel like I’ve fallen through the rabbit hole into some sort of alternative universe where war of aggression sociopaths are celebrated as benign moderates, and benign moderates are castigated as a threat to the peace. This is getting close to what it must have been like to live in the USSR.