I would laugh, if this wasn’t so sad.
The first hundred days aren’t even over, and President Obama has exceeded all expectations for amateurish, petty, pro-abortion behavior.
He gave the head of state of our best and oldest ally (PM of Great Britain) a set of “classic” American movies. The PM’s office wisely neglected to mention the gift, but the news leaked.
Maybe he should’ve been travelling a little less… within the first few weeks of his presidency, President Obama was jetting around to stand on stage in various “normal” towns to push his “stimulus” package, including the ill-fated, “If my stimulus package passes, this Caterpillar factory can re-hire some of the people they just had to let go.” Oops. Turns out, the managers said, no, we’ll probably have to lay off more people before we’re done.
And then, he and Mrs. Obama were out reading books to grade-schoolers (a traditional, fluffy, feel-good move, usually reserved for a little after the crucial first hundred days) because they were already bored of being “stuck in the White House.” Now there’s some fortitude and patience for you, right there!
Of course, Obama spews platitudes about listening to all points of view… but has stricken down all of the executive orders that prevented our tax money from funding something (abortion) that most of America views with horror and wants, at least, to severely curtail. No, instead we’re funding its promotion at the UN and overseas. Great.
President Obama became the first sitting president ever to be on a late night talk show. This does not improve my impression of the man.
The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, gave her Russian counterpart a button that was supposed to say “Reset”, but in fact said “Overcharge.” One word, Madame Secretary: dictionary.
Mrs. Clinton also managed to tell China that its rampant human rights abuses weren’t nearly as important as them continuing to buy our debt… because her boss is busy spending money like he’s still on the campaign trail…
Speaking of the money, there’s a great commercial out for those of us (and that would be most of us) who can’t picture how much a trillion dollars is: one million dollars a day, every day, since Jesus was born. And we’re going to pay this back how? The campaign is over! You have to actually start paying for those promises, which usually means you cut some of the pipe dreams down.
And now they’re talking about more bailouts, more record spending, etc., etc.
Obama’s “election bounce” in ratings (i.e. more people said he was “doing a good job” than had voted for him because, I guess, we try to give the new president a chance, even if we voted for the other guy) is disappearing. The neutral opinion is evaporating as more and more people become more and more upset with what is going on in Washington.
Last night, I was watching Fr. John Corapi on EWTN, and he commented that some of the worst man-made horrors of the last century were centered around various socialist systems, namely the National Socialists (aka Nazis) and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (can you say “gulag”? Cold War? Intentional starvation of millions?).
Yes, the French are also socialists, but they’re much too concerned with their food to really get riled up about much. Which is why they’ve ignored the large, restive minority of mostly Muslim Algerians in France for decades. I like France; I have a French minor. I just expect, sadly, that Notre Dame will end up like Hagia Sophia before the century is out if something doesn’t change. (Hagia Sophia was the largest church in Christendom, until Constantinople fell to the Muslim armies in 1453, when the church was defaced (literally- Muslim conquerers, in line with Islamic prohibitions against portraying people in art to prevent idolatry, smashed the faces off of the mosaics as high as they could reach) and turned into a mosque.)
And now Newsweek has joyfully declared that “we are all socialists now.”
So much for the campaign insistence of, “Why do you keep saying socialism?! Obama isn’t for socialism! How dare you right-wingers try to mislead the American people like that!”
It gets worse.
President Obama, again forgetting that some things that are appropriate for campaigns are not necessarily appropriate for time in office, has instituted a new program. It’s called “Organizing for America,” and it’s up on his personal website. He’s signing people up to go door-to-door in their neighborhoods, asking their neighbors to sign pledge cards to support the president. (Thanks again to Lindy, who found this particularly disturbing bit first. Just when I think I might be getting paranoid, it turns out to be true.)
Not the Constitution. (who knows what it means anymore, anyways, right?)
Not the country. (patriotism is so elitist!)
We built a great organization during the campign, but, “The organization that you built has a lot more to do…” insists the video at the website. “It’s up to you to make sure they [“special interests” in Washington] don’t stand in our way.” The pledge promises that the signee will “support President Obama’s bold approach for renewing the American economy” and that “I will ask friends, family, and neighbors to pledge their support for this plan.” The goal, the video tells us, is to “map out” support for President Obama.
I assume my house will be marked with a large, red X on this map, since anyone who shows up at my door asking me to sign a pledge to this man will first asked if they lost their brown shirt (but I’m guessing the historical reference to the Nazi thug squads will be missed), and then lectured on the fact that I fly two flags out front: the U.S. flag and the Vatican flag. I do not fly a flag for any man, even presidents I liked. (Although, rebellious little me, I did put the Vatican flag out first the day of Benedict XVI’s installation as pope. Technically, it’s a declaration of war; the U.S. flag, in U.S. territory should always go up first. But I thought it was appropriate, given the former Cardinal Ratzinger’s slamming of relativism, abortion, and other social ills. Little did I guess how bad it would get how fast.)
Is it just me, or does this whole idea of neighborhood organizers marking which houses support the president and which do not make your skin crawl?
Images of kids turning in their parents to the Nazis. Police states in Central and South America that mysteriously find out about private conversations between neighbors and arrive to haul people off to prison. The USSR at its worst.
None of them started with imprisioning offenders against the state. They all started out by just encouraging their partisans to enthusiastically support the “Dear Leader”, as North Koreans are fond of calling Kim Jong Il, in between drinking water out of fetid puddles because the Dear Leader has driven their country into the ground and refuses international aid.
The conservatives in this country (which, sadly, does not include many Republicans) are becoming Cassandra. She was cursed by the gods with the ability to see the future… and to be disbelieved by everyone.
“I told you so!” is getting to be very cold comfort.