Entry: Beginning the Decline Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Future historians will indeed look back on this day as an historic day, but not for the reasons the slobbering, celebrating Obamaniacs think. Today marks the day when America makes such a radical and deliberate departure from those things which made us the great nation we are that it's unlikely we will ever recover our current stature. We have lost our footing as a nation of rugged individualists working hard to make lives for ourselves and our children, and become a nation of sheep meekly turning over our children's inheritance to fund "the common good" as determined by Big Daddy Government.

Today is the day when a President takes office who was elected not on the basis of capability, experience or even a specific agenda, but purely because he looked and sounded good. While those may be more than adequate criteria upon which to base one's vote for American Idol, it paves the way for a disastrous American President.

We never before elected a President who promised in advance to ruin our economy by forcing energy prices to skyrocket. "So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can," Obama said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, "it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted." We've never elected a President whose answer to a looming recession was to take as much money from the job creators as can be grabbed and fork it over to those who caused the problem in the first place... while throwing the most expensive inauguration bash for himself the world has ever seen. And you thought those AIG executives who spent bailout money on fancy weekend getaways were bad? At least we didn't elect them President.

America has never elected a President who deliberately populated his cabinet with known criminals and people of questionable judgment. But here comes Obama, nominating a Treasury Secretary who refused to pay his taxes, a Secretary of State whose husband takes money from foreign governments, and an Attorney General who pardoned terrorists and those who did business with an enemy state. Why not put GM board member Erskine Bowles in charge of Transportation, or America-hating professor Ward Churchill in place as Secretary of Education? Dr. Kevorkian for Surgeon General?

This is the first time we've elected a President who promised to lose a war and treat enemies captured on the battlefield as though they were American citizens caught committing ordinary crimes. It's the first time we've elected a President who promised to take away any of our Constitutionally-protected rights, or deliberately make them too expensive to exercise for the ordinary citizen. It's the first time America has elected a President whose only legislative accomplishments involved ensuring that children who manage to survive an abortion, don't.

Never before have we elected a President who campaigned on the basis of giving everything to everyone and solving all problems. We were never that naive. Either Obama voters really believed he could deliver on all his conflicting promises, or didn't care how much he lied to the other guys as long as THEIR agenda item was taken care of. We never before elected a President because of his skin color, or because he could read a script well, or because he looked nice on camera and had a soothing voice. But now we have the American Idol President, the Affirmative Action President, the "community organiser" who worked his way up through the Chicago political machine by hobnobbing with known terrorists and fiery anti-American radical preachers.

During Obama's tenure, China will replace us as the world's most powerful nation, expanding its sphere of influence to include South and Central America as well as much of Africa. North Korea and Iran will become nuclear powers (unless Israel sacrifices itself to stop Iran, beginning a war in which we will not back them up). Russia, in cooperation with China and North Korea, will regain much of the power it held at the height of the Cold War. Europe will continue to slide weakly down the path to Islamic domination.

Al-Qaeda and their allies will be emboldened and strengthened by the closing of Gitmo, the end of strong interrogation methods and the quick retreat from Iraq. When Obama shows them weakness by "reaching out" to terrorist groups (Hamas) and their supporters (Iran), they will surely strike us again on our own soil.

Meanwhile, our economy will shrink as corporations move overseas, and much of what's left will come under the direct centralised control of the Federal government. Our military will become smaller and weaker, while Obama's "civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the military will grow. The power of the Federal government will expand until nearly every aspect of our lives, from which cars we buy to what medicines or operations we get, will have to undergo approval by someone in Washington DC. And the Obama government will provide "free" money for all sorts of entitlement programs until we drown in them, taking that money from those of us who continue to work harder and harder for less and less. We will follow Great Britain down the path through socialised medicine, to the lapse of law and order, to determined submission to foreign cultures proliferating on our own soil, to the ruination of the economy by unfundable Big Government programs.

None of this is yet set in stone, but the chance to stop the decline of America is small indeed at this juncture. Only at the local level can enough people get involved in politics to make a difference. If enough big-government Democrats and, yes, big-government Republicans are replaced at both State and national levels in 2010, we may yet have a chance to stop the slide. But I fear we have already passed the high point of America's greatness, and too many will settle for the immediate gratification of getting something for "nothing" to turn the country from its path. Entitlements are a drug to which more and more people will become addicted every day between now and the next elections.

The election of an inexperienced, untested, far-Left chameleon candidate who makes promises no one can deliver will be seen in the future either as an anomaly or the real beginning of America's decline. Whether that anomaly becomes the norm depends on us.


January 20, 2009   04:57 PM PST
One would have thought you would have seen this coming before you tried to convince so many not to vote for the Republican nominee.
I have a long memory and cannot help but to hold you partially responsible.
You made perfect the enemy of good and we ended up with bad... or worse.
January 21, 2009   08:41 AM PST
In answer to maurice:

McCain would have been no better than Obama, and may have been even worse. McCain's already said he would have made many of the same appointments as Obama. But at least Obama might spur the Republicans to return to their small-government roots.
January 24, 2009   02:26 PM PST
Well, you know I'm no fan of the Dems any more than I am of the Repubs (both suck ass, in general) but I think you're slightly hysterical in your invective. I sincerely doubt Obama would be able to make such sweeping changes, even if he tried, which I doubt he'll do, as the mess Shrub drop-kicked us into is quite enough to keep him busy for a while.

And, hearken back, if you will, to how you were wanking off over Shrub when he got elected. You had a great feeling about him, were immensely confident of the superlative job he'd do, and... yeah. Not so much, in the end.

So I think you should chill and give Obama the benefit of the doubt. He's not my first (or second, or third) choice either, but maybe he won't suck too badly. Stranger things have happened.

p.s. if you reply to this, I likely won't check back unless you remind me so, so shoot me an email if you do
January 27, 2009   11:17 AM PST
First, Bush did not "drop-kick" us into anything. We were attacked. Second, the only "mess" in Iraq was due to the sad fact that our enemies fight back. The Iraqi government is getting on its feet and will hopefully be able to defend itself before Obama yanks the rug out from under them. Third, Obama has already made massive, sweeping changes to the way we're fighting this war in only a week, and plans to make even more sweeping changes to our economic system. We're barreling towards Socialism at a horrifying pace. Fourth, Bush did some things very well and others not so well... and I supported him on the former but opposed him on the latter. Don't even TRY to paint me as some kind of blind Bush groupie. If Obama ever does anything that meets with my approval, I will not hesitate to applaud him for it. But given his stated policies, and those of the people he has put into his cabinet so far, those times are going to be very few and far between. I do not approve of Big Government, as you should already be very aware.
February 12, 2009   02:31 PM PST
JM, your speculations are ridiculous. I don’t know what campaign season you were involved in, but there were distinct differences between the candidates, McCain and Obama. You can’t deny that. Next you will tell me that McCain would have proposed $3 trillion in new government spending and would have pushed to pass FOCA.
The column you are referring to is the January 19, 2009 article in the International Herald Tribune, which you certainly did not read. The author states,
“Over the last three months, Obama has quietly consulted McCain about many of the new administration's potential nominees to top national security jobs…”
The article’s focus was on Obama’s solicitation of McCain’s views on national security and on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It quotes specifically from Lindsey Graham:
“…McCain had enthusiastically supported those appointments: General James Jones (an old McCain friend) as national security adviser; General Eric Shinseki, the retired army chief of staff, as secretary of veterans affairs; Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state; and most of all, retaining Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
“"Picking Gates is a good statement that they are not going to pull out of Iraq in a way that undercuts the gains achieved,"” Graham said.”
It is clear from the article that McCain’s support was not without reservation;
“And when McCain raised "concerns" about the potential choice of Admiral Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence, Emanuel said, Obama's advisers asked the admiral to provide answers to McCain's questions to win his support.”
So you see, the appointments that McCain supported were military appointments. But in your haste to write critically of McCain, you’ve aided Cavalier X in, again misleading the readership of this column. How does this help your cause? Americans are tired of people who can’t get the story straight and ignore important information in order to demagogue issues for their particular agenda.
You say, “But at least Obama might spur the Republicans to return to their small-government roots.” Why is your politics so full of fantasy? McCain’s platform was reform and tax reduction.
February 12, 2009   02:50 PM PST
Michelle, just in case you check back, look at the stats on ‘shrub’:

No terrorist attacks, an economy that ran like a finely tuned machine until 2006 when the dems started demogoguing the sheeple about how bad it was(n’t) and the do-good policies of the socialists killed the housing market, 3 particular Euro governments who elected conservative pols, (FR, FRG, It)…

I can’t imagine who your first choice was. Green Party (Cynthia McKinney), Losertarian (Bob Barr)?
Ruth Atnip
August 31, 2009   04:58 PM PDT
After reading some of the comments above, I am asking you to tell me just WHOM you supported during the last election? I can't tell by your article above the comments, just that you aren't, for sure, for Obama, nor were you at the last election! I was for McCain, although I didn't feel happy about his 'own' statements about some issues. I am not for aborion or homosexuaility, fht first I can't see is any action but murder of innocent and helpless unborn human beings, live ones, not dead ones, and as a Christian, and believing in an almighty God, Jehovah, and His risen Son, Jesus, the Christ (Jewish Messiah), and according to Romans chapter 1, I have to believe that homosexuality is a sin, not an acceptable lifestyle that Christians can offer approval (last verse in that chapter, for reference on my belief). Thank you for listening. My prayer, in Jesus' name, is that God will help you and your readers in your thinking.

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