It’s not that I personally dislike Barack Obama. I don’t know the man.
I could pick him out of a lineup but that’s about it as I’ve made it a habit of not looking any time he appears on the flat screen, especially if he’s walking down the steps of a helicopter and saluting the military personnel on hand for his arrival.
I divert my eyes from magazine covers he’s on when I’m in the grocery store check-out line.
He was never my “Person of the Year.”
Growing up, respecting the Office of President of the United States went without saying. I continue to do so, despite Bill Clinton’s not having “sex with that woman”, being impeached and remaining in office.
All too often, my vote has not been cast for the winner. I once wrote in Bear Bryant because I believed in his leadership abilities. He didn’t win. He wasn’t even running.
Being President of the United States is a tough job with great perks but obviously advances the aging process, even more so should four years turn in to four more.
Benet’s short story, “The Devil and Daniel Webster”, comes to mind, only in this instance, it’s the almighty power that makes “a man want to sell his soul to the devil.” And what a price that man pays for the most powerful job in the world.
It’s Obama’s politics, faux-presidential qualifications, messages and his crew that I don’t like.
Fortunately for him, the freshman senator was a last minute dark horse (no pun intended). He had a “clean” background because he hadn’t done much so there were no offending sound bites, no speeches from which tainting excerpts could be lifted, and no one knew about the Reverend Wright at that time.
Hillary thought it took a village. Obama thought it took a community organization. He used his schooling in Chicago politics to form his grass roots campaign. It went viral and spread across the country, easily locked up the black vote, and rocked young voters like a hurricane.
The young senator from Illinois has the right educational pedigree, a wife, two daughters, and the look of a “Man of Hope and Change.” He was cool. That’s a clue. And when Senator Ted Kennedy announced it was “time for a new generation of leadership”, Hillary was cooked.
I didn’t fall for the hope and change part as I have grown weary of campaign slogans. I liked “I Like Ike” but I was ten and have always been a fan of alliteration.
My enthusiasm for the GOP waned when Jack Kemp was added to “energize” the Dole ticket so I re-registered as an Independent because there was no check-off box for “Radical”. I’m not a big fan of either party and know there will be no third party candidate in my lifetime.
The Maryland Republican Party does the best it can in a Blue state with small Red numbers. As a soldier in the political persuasion wars, I write what I hope will send a message to Marylanders to wakes up and smell the General Assembly.
But I digress…
I’m immune to the forced jejune pabulum fed to us by the liberal media and the excessive liberal catechism and worship. Obama gets more “atta boys” than any other president in history yet it’s never enough. Remember his criticism of Fox News? Why bother battling with Fox News when the country is in the shape it’s in and you’ve got a couple of wars going.
The idea of Obamacare has made me become “New Age” in my old age, drink Acai Berry juice every morning, watch my diet, and get a weekly massage, hoping to fend off needing medical attention under his program.
I wouldn’t be against Obamacare if I could have the same plan he’ll get.
So what is it exactly that I don’t like about Obama and his ilk? There’s no one thing; rather, an accumulation of what I’ve come to lothe since he took office, what his appointed pals have done, and what I learned from The Voice of Reason’s truth telling.
Here, in random order, are as many as I can list before needing CPR:
▪Devaluation of the dollar.
▪Effects of globalization and the loss of so many, many jobs to people in foreign lands.
▪Using American military power to “better” the world.
▪The “perpetual war for perpetual peace”.
▪The losing proposition of the failed occupation of Iraq: destroying a nation; the deaths of thousands of our troops; the thousands of them wounded; and killing of countless numbers of innocent Iraquis.
▪The war with Afghanistan. Apparently, Mr. Obama forgot about the failed attempts of Alexander the Great, the British Imperial Army and the Soviet Union. But he and his G8 pals have come up with an exit strategy by the end of 2014. The troops only have to keep fighting and dying for two more years, six months, and 22 more days.
▪Cap and Trade legislation.
▪Appointing William Lynn III, former senior vice president for government operations at Raytheon, Secretary of Defense after promising not to allow any appointees to work on issues related to their prior employer for two years.
▪ Freddie Mac.
▪ Fanny May.
▪Falling home values.
▪Eric Holder the scolder.
▪Higher pay and better benefits for government workers than those in the private sector.
▪Time Magazine’s 2009 “Person of the Year” Ben Bernanke’s babble about economic recovery.
▪Going along with Tim Geithner’s grand idea to buy the dried up assets of banks.
▪Eliminating the office in the Bureau of Labor Statists that collected and published the comparative data on employment, unemployment, manufacturing productivity, and labor costs.
▪Mishandling the BP oil spill.
▪”Bailouts” without which “the country would fail.”
▪Agreeing with the Federal Reserve Bank’s “view” of current economic conditions.
▪Actions and/or inactions escalating the cost of everything.
▪Growing big government.
▪Discussing gay marriage with his wife and young children.
▪Believing education is the answer to the problem of today’s children.
▪The Waxman-Markey bill.
▪Skyrocketing energy costs.
▪Carbon footprint crap.
▪The loss of constitutional liberties under the pretense of fighting “terror”.
▪And, most of all, the threat to American liberty upon which this nation was founded.
As Ron said, “No matter who wins, nothing much is going to drastically change. The system is in place, the rulers rule, the rest of us do what we’re told and watch costs rise and benefits fall, as the world’s greatest superpower struggles to maintain its dominance.”
Ron was right. We are clinging to the edge of the slippery slope. Maybe if the pendulum swings to the right this time, there’s still hope for change. Even better, for gridlock.
June Smith is the widow WBAL talk show host and Sun columnist, Ron Smith, who posthumously received an Emmy® for his lifetime achievement in television and radio at WBAL in Baltimore, MD. Smith was a media titan in the central Maryland area and beyond for almost forty years. Mrs. Smith’s tribute website honoring his legacy is www.FriendsofRonSmith.com.She is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.