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Obama’s Second Term

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 16, 2013

Shortly after being elected for his first term, Barack Obama indicated to Republicans in Congress that “elections have consequences”.  This was an understatement.  Obama’s first four years proved to be the most divisive in modern American politics.  The President has run up the Country’s debt at an historic pace.  In addition, race relations have deteriorated significantly.  While it fair to place some blame on Republicans, there is only one president, the most powerful man in the world who must take the lion share of responsibility.

The Left created the narrative of candidate Barack Obama as being a centrist.  He has since proven to not only be the most liberal president in decades, but the most partisan.

A large minority of Americans saw through the false caricature of Obama before the first election.  While this group is disappointed with the direction of the Country, they are not surprised by the President’s politics.

TrebachA smaller minority of Americans who voted for Obama four years ago believed him to be a centrist, but have since become disillusioned by reality.  One is Arnold S. Trebach, a lifelong Democrat with liberal credentials that are unassailable and include being chief of the Administration of Justice Section, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, from 1960-63.  He served as Chief Consultant on Administration of Justice, White House Conference on Civil Rights, in 1965 and 1966.  Currently Trebach is a member of the Maryland State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  Given his liberal pedigree it is telling that Trebach has written a scathing article about President Obama titled Despair Inside the Beltway, posted below and originally included on American Spectator.  Trebach despair includes:

  • Our national government cannot pay its bills and every day sinks deeper in debt because it is addicted to spending at extravagant rates.
  • There is plenty of blame to pass around for this condition and it should be shared by Democrats and Republicans, by George Bush and by Barack Obama, but the major part of the blame must be placed squarely on the shoulders of Mr. Obama and his administration.
  • If viewed honestly his first term has been an unmitigated disaster.  The national debt is at an historic high.  So is unemployment.
  • And again if history prevails, he will be a disaster in his second term as he was in the first.  Race relations will continue to get worse under his leadership; so will black crime.  The nation’s status in foreign affairs will also continue to deteriorate.  Israel will continue to be treated as the major problem in the Middle East rather than our most trusted and valuable ally in the region and the world.

The failure of Barack Obama’s policies and political style has created some unusual, if not small unity in the United States.  One includes this humble Blogger with Libertarian-Conservative roots and the liberal Arnold Trebach.  Yes, there is still hope for the Country.

Despair Inside the Beltway, by Arnold S. Trebach

Reflections on the upcoming second inauguration of President Obama.

The second inauguration of our sitting president will take place this coming weekend as this is being written.  It is a time of great happiness for most of my neighbors and friends inside the beltway, indeed for most people in the country.

But I find myself in despair for our beloved country.  It is quite likely that a large minority of the nation’s citizens agree with my pessimistic mood.  The reasons for that despair are not difficult to discern.

Our beloved country is in terrible condition.  The awful evidence is easily seen everywhere, for those willing to look.  Our economic situation is unsustainable.  Yes, the government of the richest country in the history of the world is, by all reliable measures, broke.  Our national government cannot pay its bills and every day sinks deeper in debt because it is addicted to spending at extravagant rates.  We are on our way to becoming the sad equivalent of Greece or another failed state.

There is plenty of blame to pass around for this condition and it should be shared by Democrats and Republicans, by George Bush and by Barack Obama, but the major part of the blame must be placed squarely on the shoulders of Mr. Obama and his administration.  He has been in power for four years and he promised that he would deal with all of our major problems.  He has not done so.

To put fine point on the matter, our president terrifies me, even though during most of my life I have been a liberal Democrat and voted for him in his first election.

If viewed honestly his first term has been an unmitigated disaster.  The national debt is at an historic high.  So is unemployment.  Despite these sad, undeniable facts, he was elected to another term.  That of course is typical of his history for much of his life.  He is a master politician of the Chicago school and yet a disaster as a manager and practical leader.

His political skills helped him get selected as the editor of the prestigious Harvard Law Review.  Yet he proved a failure as the leader of that publication.  There is no evidence that he authored one written comment or publication during his entire tenure.

His political skills also led to his election in 1996 to the Illinois State Senate where his work there was without any sign of major distinction.  Often, he voted “present” rather than show the guts to fight for significant new laws.

Despite this lackluster record in Illinois, his political savvy led to his election to the United States Senate in 2004.  His record in the Senate was equally without distinction in part because he spent most of his time there running for president.  Yet, he was elected president in 2008 and, as I said, I voted for him.  Like many millions of citizens, I managed to overcome my disgust at his association with his bigoted, racist, anti-Semitic pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

Mr. Obama now is seeking to take the lead in getting the country beyond the so-called fiscal cliff.  In my view, had he been a proper leader, the country would have avoided the fiscal cliff months ago.  His failures of leadership were the main causes of the horrors around the fiscal cliff.

Yet, again his political mastery has again produced a situation in which he is given credit for being a good leader and the press and the public are placing the lion’s share of the blame for our dire economic situation on Congress and the Republicans.

If history is to be repeated, which is likely, somehow the country will move beyond the fiscal cliff and Barack Obama will move forward with governing the country while basking in the warm glow of press and public applause.

And again if history prevails, he will be a disaster in his second term as he was in the first.  Race relations will continue to get worse under his leadership; so will black crime.  The nation’s status in foreign affairs will also continue to deteriorate.  Israel will continue to be treated as the major problem in the Middle East rather than our most trusted and valuable ally in the region and the world.  The master politician will continue to be a failure as a leader and manager — and all the while he will be applauded as a great chief executive by the slavish major media and by a majority of the public.

When the country finally collapses in a sea of debt and red ink, or even in a race war, neither he nor his Democratic Party will be blamed.  It is likely that another Democrat will be elected to the White House in 2016.

Those in brief are the reasons why I am in despair and why we all should despair for our wonderful country as the inauguration day approaches.

I pray that my pessimistic forecasts do not prove to be true in the near future, but I fear that the forces of history do not allow for much hope in this regard — except in one way.  If millions of good Americans agree with these awful forecasts then perhaps — just perhaps — there will be a groundswell of popular demand that drastic measures must be taken very soon to change the disastrous direction of the precious American nation.

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