Which scenario is worse? A clueless POTUS with no idea how to formulate effective policy or an ideologue with no regard for policy outcome? I suspect that Obama can fit the profile of several variants when it comes to policy, none of them any good. Perhaps the larger question is does it even matter? I’ve been listening to a variety of pundits opine on the direction Obama is taking and those seem to be the two main theories.
Is Obama just the generic community organizer who has never held a real job and thus really has no idea how to make competent decisions concerning policy? I don’t think there’s any question about that. Yet, he’s also the agenda driven ideologue who is directed primarily by a narrowly focused thought process on how to implement his fundamental change of America. Thus the explanation for the seemingly incoherent comedy of errors when it comes to solving the economy.
He really can be both at the same time. Clueless and laser focused. It’s important to understand your enemy if you wish to defeat them. Much of his agenda was spelled out for us prior to his election in 2008. Unfortunately, so many of us were caught up in ‘hope and change’ and couldn’t see the forest for the trees in front of us. Those of us who saw through him are not at all surprised by the course he has taken because he said as much.
So the logic seems to be that no one will be fooled this time around. We’ve all heard the stats thrown around such as no incumbent ever being re-elected with an unemployment rate higher than 7.2%. Will it be in Nov. 2012? Absolutely. Does that guarantee an Obama defeat? Absolutely not. One would think it to be impossible for him to even have a chance with the pathetic state of affairs in America. Yet that isn’t how politics works. Having the statistics on your side simply isn’t enough.
That’s the folly in the thinking of labeling Obama as clueless and inept. Don’t worry, there will be a plethora of examples available to illustrate just how unqualified Obama is in regards to running a country. No doubt bloggers far and wide will create laundry list posts brilliantly laid out with a 4 year expose of how Obama has run this country into the ground. Anyone with an open mind and capable of critical thinking should have no alternative other than to vote Obama out. If only it were that easy.
Lately, we’ve seen members of the Obama inner circle jumping ship left and right. Even the MSM has been throwing a few barbs his way just for good measure. The right has been quick to point out each instance and give hope to the idea that the Obama machine may be imploding. I’m not buying it. We’re still 16 months out from the election. Next spring we’ll have a GOP candidate and running mate selected. That’s when you’ll see the democrat wagons circle and the critical voices silenced as everyone falls back into line. They will attack with their usual vigor and rally behind Obama for better or worse.
I think it’s a mistake to approach the election with anything other than the utmost caution. It’s already abundantly clear that the GOP cannot produce a candidate that will put a thrill up the leg of the entire party. Particularly if you are a strong conservative. Some can easily be eliminated right now like Gingrich and Huntsman. Even Perry will have his prior background as a democrat haunting him. Romney is dead with Obamneycare. Pawlenty has his cap-and-trade statements and on and on. Lots of baggage out there. Palin isn’t running, never was. Paul can’t get the establishment support to ever get the nomination. Bachmann will be squarely in the crosshairs now and attacked viciously. I can’t begin to predict who will survive and end up with the nomination.
Many will say is doesn’t even matter. They’re all big spender establishment candidates who simply aren’t capable of charting the course necessary to resurrect our economy. We need look no further than Greece for an example of the difficulty laying before us. Despite overwhelming debt issues and a strategic disaster in economic prospects, the austerity measures being undertaken are resulting in the extreme violence we see on our tv’s. Can you imagine what America would look like if we finally undertook the medicine we require to fix our state of affairs? Granted, our economic flexibility blows Greece away and we have far better prospects for a solution. But only if we get around to dealing with it.
Obama certainly has no intention. His team is currently exploring the feasibility of simply ignoring the debt limit altogether and printing money anyway. There is no regard for the Constitution whatsoever. If they can’t sidestep it, they will work to modify its interpretation. Flat out changing it isn’t really at the top of the list. Not when you can legislate from the bench or implement administrative edicts that won’t be challenged. BTW, Bush was no better when he ‘abandoned his free market principles’ in order to save the economy. He stated that the Constitutional challenges would be sorted out later.
Sorry, you can’t do that. That’s why they’re called principles. That’s why you can’t be a liberal today and support capitalism. Capitalism must have a failure mechanism. It’s the only way it works. Bailouts don’t apply. Government intervention and market manipulation don’t either.You can’t experience the rewards of capitalism and the opportunities it provides without the risk of failure present. That’s the check and balance to keep the free market honest. No bailouts, no stimulus, no artificial interest rate manipulation, no printing money, no picking winners and losers. None of it. In other words, none of the Obama agenda can be tolerated.
And it goes beyond that. To the American people. We still have ultimate control over our future. For better or worse, we will have to pay the price for our elected officials misgivings. After all, we put them there. And we continue to re-elect the same fools that created the mess. If we react like Greece when an attempt is made to fix it, we will face an even worse fate.
Is ‘anyone’ other than Obama the answer? Well, clearly Obama is not the answer and will only serve to exacerbate the problems we face. I don’t support RINO’s or establishment statist’s any more than the next guy. To be honest, I don’t know if this country can save itself. Can we ever get enough on board to recognize the need to elect someone who will literally make things markedly worse in order to get better later? Only then can someone with the economic medicine of a Ron Paul find the support to do what needs to be done. But for right now, let’s not knowingly make it worse with Obama vs. the fear of the unknown from ‘anyone’.