It’s time to check-in again with my readers. Where have I been these days, and what have I been doing? Writing of course. I’ve just finished two major manuscripts, each about fifty pages in length. One was "Religious Toleration and the First Amendment," inspired by Mr. Obama’s Health and Human Services regulation regarding contraception. The article will be appearing soon in the University of Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy. The other manuscript is a a study, entitled "Election Fraud and the Future of American Democracy," and is presently under consideration for publication.
I don’t want to mislead you. I've also been thinking about other matters as well. The upcoming election on November 6 has been incessantly in my thoughts. Mr. Obama and his challenger appear to be running neck and neck at this moment. How, I wonder, does one explain this curious fact in light of the administration’s failed policies, not only on the domestic front but also in foreign affairs?
The national debt has soared to over 16 trillion dollars. The country’s credit rating has been downgraded twice. A monstrous healthcare bill has been enacted that is a financial and administrative nightmare. Joblessness and poverty are on a steep incline. Immigration laws are being violated with presidential encouragement. The Middle East is now de-stabilized, with Iran a greater threat to the world than it’s ever been before; and, of course, we continue to borrow money in order to fund governments like the one in Pakistan, which has recently imprisoned a doctor for helping the United States determine the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. Must I say it? These are shades of Jimmy Carter, an amateur who was lost in the office from Day One.
In the face of these and other negative events, Mr. Obama and his family take sumptuous vacations (sometimes on separate jets since he and the first lady can’t always coordinate their busy schedules). He continues to be photographed on golf courses, smiling broadly while improving his game. Good grief! This is reprehensible even by Democratic standards! I haven't liked the "imperial presidency" when advanced by Republicans, but I think it is the height of hypocrisy when pushed forward by Democrats.
In addition, while the office of Vice President was described by one of its occupants, John “Cactus Jack” Garner, as “not worth a bucket of warm pi--,” and has been graced by numerous non-entities whose names are all but lost to history, the individual who currently occupies this sinecure is, in some ways, a bigger embarrassment to the country than any of his predecessors. His political longevity serves only to underscore our promethean tolerance of fools. Without indulging my disgust for the man, the best thing it seems that anyone can say about him is that he serves as an excellent insurance policy against presidential impeachment.
One last word about the deplorable record of the Obama administration. James Bryce, in a celebrated work called The American Commonwealth, which was written a few years before the turn of the 20th century, devoted a full chapter to “Why Great Men Are Not Chosen Presidents.” One reason he advanced was that “eminent men make more enemies, and give those enemies more assailable points, than obscure men do.” To phrase it another way, one qualification for becoming president is to have an obscure public record. Please remember that, in 2008, Barack Obama ran as a political unknown on a nebulous platform of “hope and change.” He came out of nowhere, and he won. Many pundits predicted that, in spite of distant echoes of the Far Left in his rhetoric, he would govern from slightly left of center. So much for conventional wisdom.
Let me suggest as objectively as I know how that Barack Obama is, and always has been, a fraud, who sneaked into high office by covering up who he was. Of course, our glorious media was complicit in this deception, thanks to their own ideological leanings and their pathological “white guilt.”
In the same breath, and to be fair, I must note that Mr. Obama has not been the only candidate ever to be drawn from the pool of the mediocre or to have deceived the American people. Other recent presidents are profiles in mediocrity and dishonesty as well. But for a man who campaigned like few others have by advocating “transparency in government” and by criticizing “politics as usual,” Barack Obama is not only a phony and a pretender, but also a shamelessly aggressive one at that.
And what about his challenger? Admittedly, I’ve never been the most ardent supporter of Mitt Romney. But he is a consummate organizer and administrator, who has distinguished himself in the world of business and commerce. I applaud his brilliance as a corporate executive and believe that many of the skills he cultivated there could serve him well in the White House. Mr. Obama, after all, has not so much as managed a Dairy Queen, and this fact is painfully reflected in his miserable economic record. I also applaud Mr. Romney’s respect for the nation's traditional “public faith” and am convinced that he will do his best to nurture it. He has promised with equal resolve to safeguard the nation’s borders and the right to life. His choice of a Vice President, moreover, was courageous and intelligent. The Romney-Ryan ticket, above all else, is about curbing the size and reach of government and, God knows, I’m for that. I’m tired of the intrusive presence of government in everything we do, especially when most are hard pressed to name a single problem confronting the nation that government has not itself created, aided, or abetted.
If Obama happens to win re-election, at least half the country will “strongly oppose” him and his policies. How does anyone govern under those circumstances? I guess he does so by obstruction and executive order. But his victory will be a Pyrrhic one at best.
If on the other hand Romney emerges victorious, there is almost sure to be a painful belt-tightening, which may eventually result in rioting and civil unrest. To accomplish what he aims to do will be an accursed task, at least so far as the parasites are concerned who depend upon welfare hand-outs and pay no income tax.
Either way the election goes, look for there to be increased tension and polarization throughout the nation, as the unraveling of America continues on its inexorable course. And allow me to add this postscript: if the election is close, don't be surprised if it is stolen by one or the other candidate, as election improprieties are the norm in this country and as American as apple pie.
September 16, 2012