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Another Failed Presidency!!!

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Luckyman, Nov 20, 2009.

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  1. Luckyman

    Luckyman Active Member

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    Great perspective!!! Enjoy!!!!

    Another Failed Presidency
    By Geoffrey P. Hunt

    Barack Obama is on track to have the most spectacularly failed presidency since Woodrow Wilson.


    In the modern era, we've seen several failed presidencies--led by Jimmy Carter and LBJ. Failed presidents have one strong common trait-- they are repudiated, in the vernacular, spat out. Of course, LBJ wisely took the exit ramp early, avoiding a shove into oncoming traffic by his own party. Richard Nixon indeed resigned in disgrace, yet his reputation as a statesman has been partially restored by his triumphant overture to China.


    George Bush Jr didn't fail so much as he was perceived to have been too much of a patrician while being uncomfortable with his more conservative allies. Yet George Bush Sr is still perceived as a man of uncommon decency, loyal to the enduring American character of rugged self-determination, free markets, and generosity. George W will eventually be treated more kindly by historians as one whose potential was squashed by his own compromise of conservative principles, in some ways repeating the mistakes of his father, while ignoring many lessons in executive leadership he should have learned at Harvard Business School. Of course George W could never quite overcome being dogged from the outset by half of the nation convinced he was electorally illegitimate -- thus aiding the resurgence of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.


    But, Barack Obama is failing. Failing big. Failing fast. And failing everywhere: foreign policy, domestic initiatives, and most importantly, in forging connections with the American people. The incomparable Dorothy Rabinowitz in the Wall Street Journal put her finger on it: He is failing because he has no understanding of the American people, and may indeed loathe them. Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard says he is failing because he has lost control of his message, and is overexposed. Clarice Feldman of American Thinker produced a dispositive commentary showing that Obama is failing because fundamentally he is neither smart nor articulate; his intellectual dishonesty is conspicuous by its audacity and lack of shame.


    But, there is something more seriously wrong: How could a new president riding in on a wave of unprecedented promise and goodwill have forfeited his tenure and become a lame duck in six months? His poll ratings are in free fall. In generic balloting, the Republicans have now seized a five point advantage. This truly is unbelievable. What's going on?


    No narrative. Obama doesn't have a narrative. No, not a narrative about himself. He has a self-narrative, much of it fabricated, cleverly disguised or written by someone else. But this self-narrative is isolated and doesn't connect with us. He doesn't have an American narrative that draws upon the rest of us. All successful presidents have a narrative about the American character that intersects with their own where they display a command of history and reveal an authenticity at the core of their personality that resonates in a positive endearing way with the majority of Americans. We admire those presidents whose narratives not only touch our own, but who seem stronger, wiser, and smarter than we are. Presidents we admire are aspirational peers, even those whose politics don't align exactly with our own: Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Harry Truman, Ike, Reagan.


    But not this president. It's not so much that he's a phony, knows nothing about economics, is historically illiterate, and woefully small minded for the size of the task-- all contributory of course. It's that he's not one of us. And whatever he is, his profile is fuzzy and devoid of content, like a cardboard cutout made from delaminated corrugated paper. Moreover, he doesn't command our respect and is unable to appeal to our own common sense. His notions of right and wrong are repugnant and how things work just don't add up. They are not existential. His descriptions of the world we live in don't make sense and don't correspond with our experience.


    In the meantime, while we've been struggling to take a measurement of this man, he's dissed just about every one of us--financiers, energy producers, banks, insurance executives, police officers, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, post office workers, and anybody else who has a non-green job. Expect Obama to lament at his last press conference in 2012: "For those of you I offended, I apologize. For those of you who were not offended, you just didn't give me enough time; if only I'd had a second term, I could have offended you too."


    Mercifully, the Founders at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 devised a useful remedy for such a desperate state--staggered terms for both houses of the legislature and the executive. An equally abominable Congress can get voted out next year. With a new Congress, there's always hope of legislative gridlock until we vote for president again two short years after that.


    Yes, small presidents do fail, Barack Obama among them. The coyotes howl but the wagon train keeps rolling along.

    [editor's note: The author is not the not the same person as Geoffrey P Hunt, who works at the Institute for Scientific Analysis as a senior research scientist.]

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/08/another_failed_presidency.html
     
  2. BLACKDOG

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    Very good piece, our country is in trouble. I live in Ill. our state goverment is about to collapse, thanks to people like Obama, Blogavich, Dick Durbin, POS Daley. GOD HELP US HERE
     
  3. Luckyman

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    I live in IL as well and I share your sentiments!!
     
  4. markdenis

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    It is the same old complaints every political thread on here. The Dems are destroying this country...and the next person says it is not the Dems, it is the Repubs who destroying this country.

    WHEN IN THE HELL ARE YOU PEOPLE GOING TO GET A CLUE...BOTH PARTIES ARE DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY!!!!!

    STOP VOTING THEM IN OFFICE!!!

    If you must vote, then vote for your brother, your neighbor, the best person in your community....vote for anyone other than who has spent millions to further corrupt this country.

    Surly to God you people are smart enough to see what is happening. But you think the "American Way" is to make sure you vote because it is your duty, your right, or whatever, and if you don't vote, then you are something less than American.

    WHAT A BUNCH OF CRAP!!!!!!

    STOP VOTING THESE CROOKS IN OFFICE!!

    Mark Rounds
     
  5. Luckyman

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    BS!!!!!! It wasn't until the Dems took over the House and Senate when everything went bad!! Bush never wrote the laws that ruined this country but he is at fault for not using his veto authority....It is DEMOCRAT POLICY THAT IS RUINING THIS COUNTRY NOT REPUBLICAN POLICY!!! WAKE UP!!!!
     
  6. BrowningPotato

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    I agree with Mark. Odds are if you closed your eyes and pointed to any random person at the gun club, he or she would run our country better and with more sense than the criminals we have in there now.
     
  7. halfmile

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    Well now. Let's see here. CRA (Community Reinvestment Act), Carter. Democrat.

    Glass-Steadman repealed, Housing loans for people who could not afford them and threats of reprisal to banks that required responsibility.
    Clinton/Reno. Democrats.

    Fannie /Freddie smokescreens, insistence of their stability. Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Maxine Waters ( I propbably left out a few). Democrats.

    Although I agree in principle with markdenis, I have to say the finger of suspicion has a definite direction to it.

    Big Government and tax/spend policies are the hallmark of the liberal side.

    One of the problems is the conservatives are not conservative enough. (tell me, daddy, can we really get out of trouble by getting another credit card?)

    This thing is pretty far over the edge, and if Glenn Beck is on target, it's being pushed the rest of the way intentionally.

    43 cents of every dollar the government takes in pays interest on the debt.

    Try that in your personal finances and see what's left for living expenses.

    Bye Bye American Pie.

    HM
     
  8. highflyer

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    It is too much government that is destroying us. To get elected you have to promise something to the American people. Well, the bill has come due and we have no money. What is the answer from the Democrats, add government health care to the bill. We are like a family making 60,000 a year with credit card debt of 100,000. When they see they are in trouble what is their answer, buy a new bass boat. Every day I hear about more people I know losing their jobs. Obama and the Democrats don't have a clue where jobs come from. They think they come from the federal government. They don't know where the money comes from to pay for government employees. We need someone with the guts to come in and slash government and pass the savings on to those who pay the taxes and create the jobs. Palin might have the guts to do that. She has proven she doesn't care what the press says about her.
     
  9. Grizzly

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    Mark,,,,Take 2 ice cubes and call me in the morning!!!! lol

    Grizzly

    P.S. You are right on!!
     
  10. highflyer

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    Right now there isn't a single Republican in the senate supporting the government take over of health care. This will end up being the biggest government program of all. It is not fair or correct to blame both parties. It is ALL DEMOCRATS and the "moderate" Republicans that are destroying this country. The Democrats also wanted an energy tax on everything you buy for made up "global warming". Vote conservative. That means you can't vote for any Democrats and only half of Republicans.
     
  11. Luckyman

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    Thank you!! The paper trail leads right to the Democrats!!!! These people are out of touch, out of line and need to be stopped!!!! Let's vote every last one of these gun grabbing, baby killing, wealth redistributing, poverty exploiting MOTHER-FERS OUT!!!!!!
     
  12. Luckyman

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    I FORGOT DOWNRIGHT ANTI-AMERICAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  13. Chango2

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    Obama is been in office less than a year. Is it good practice for a historian to make a judgement of a president after about ten months in office?

    I don't agree with most of the Obama decisions and regime. Only thing I like thus far is his alleged cancelling of the fancy helicopter order for the Presidential Office.

    Heck, Obama might do much worse than thus far, or get better as he and his regime "wise up" by reading the opinions of the American People, advice from military and economic leaders, etc. I can't believe that this will be a total runaway regime, but one that is smart enough to be pragmatic later on. Remember, it is unlikely that "they" are stupid.
     
  14. Doug Kennedy

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    Levi391.....................hits a home run
     
  15. bigdogtx

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    markdenis, you said, "WHEN IN THE HELL ARE YOU PEOPLE GOING TO GET A CLUE...BOTH PARTIES ARE DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY!!!!!

    STOP VOTING THEM IN OFFICE!!!

    If you must vote, then vote for your brother, your neighbor, the best person in your community....vote for anyone other than who has spent millions to further corrupt this country."

    While I would love to do this, we cannot,,,,at this time. If we do this I am sure we will end up with a Clinton from Perot running and I pray to God not another hussein as so many WOULD NOT vote for McCain.
     
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