August 31, 2012
The Problem with BarackBy William L. Gensert
The problem with our inchoate president is not his policies. Throughout history, pseudo-centrist socialists, peddling feel-good, free-lunch crap, while millions of minions worship their messiah's brilliance...have often sought to dominate the discussion.
Yet this man seriously seems to believe he is a king, free to pick and choose the laws and statutes he will obey or enforce, duly empowered to impel or forbid action by executive decree, without legislative approval.
America is a republic. We elect representatives to do our bidding, to govern with the consent of the governed. We have a Constitution, which sets plainly the rules by which the branches of government interact and act on issues of importance, as well as the anomalies of the day.
Barack Obama may be the executive -- in a federal system comprising three equal branches of government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial -- but he is not an emperor. He cannot make law. Or at least, he is not empowered by the Constitution to do so.
Despite having once taught constitutional law, Obama seems not to understand this. Or perhaps he doesn't care, having fallen victim to a common problem often seen in athletes but also prevalent among those in power. They become convinced that they are bigger than the game -- that it's all about them. Hubris, solipsism, whatever it can be called -- the result is the same: a big man aspiring to big things.
The beauty of the U.S. Constitution is that much like capitalism itself, it is an exercise in the adversarial pursuit of self-interest to accomplish goals. In the private sector, the goal is profit -- in government, the goal is supposed to be successful governance, but usually it degenerates into the accumulation of power.
Capitalism is a system where the entirety of humanity is raised by individuals pursuing their best interests, creating opportunities and synergies that reverberate throughout society. Pursuit of profit actually creates a better world. Gordon Gekko was right: greed is good.
The United States' form of self-governance divides power among coequal branches -- they are adversarial and imbued with self-interested hunger for control, because the lure of power is greater than the longing for love or money for many.
Each branch of government works to and for its own interests, guarding power and prerogatives with each and every action. The system is not designed to make it easy to get things done. It is designed to make it difficult. You need to reach consensus. You need to pursue agreement.
Every president has understood this -- well, except for Barack Obama, who thinks it is so unfair that others will not do as they are told -- and that he is restricted in deciding what that is. Free men can suffer and survive almost any indignity or evil, yet for three and a half years, we have been defenseless against the "one's" good intentions -- for he has shown himself willing to destroy the nation for its own sake.
You see, just because something has worked for hundreds of years doesn't mean it's good enough for a man as great as our president.
History is littered with great men of good intention, much larger than life, convinced that only they could save humanity in general, despite never having saved anyone in particular -- transcendent figures, trying in earnest to transform the world in their own image.
It's easy imagining Barack at night, after he has brushed his teeth, in the White House bathroom, staring at his own reflection and asking, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the greatest man of all?"
Even after acknowledging that a great deal of Obama's greatness is self-perceived, nonexistent, or a function of the meandering musings of minions and sycophants, it is obvious that our president absolutely knows he can solve all the world's ills, if only people would do as he tells them they must. It's easy for a man to convince himself that he is great; it is almost impossible to persuade him that he is not.
He may have no plan, or any idea how to proceed in a second term -- except for giving America more of the same disastrous policies from his first term. Yet...he can't wait, and just as the imperative of "publish or perish" was too great for the great man when he pretended to be a professor, the intricacies and constraints of the Constitution are too difficult for him when he pretends to be president. He may prefer the golf and parties, but he must push forward, to a future built to last.
Executive orders and rule by regulatory fiat suit him just fine -- no down and dirty work involved, and it doesn't delay tee-time. Perhaps, as Mitch McConnell suggested, he would be better-suited to running for the presidency of the PGA.
Yet he is still nothing more than a small man -- so afraid people will see -- a man loath to allow those who would dare the freedom to do what they have always been free to do -- pre-Barack, of course. He knows better, because after all, he knows best. It's always the pretentiously petite and the intellectually bankrupt who scream the loudest and profess to have all the ideas -- just don't ask them what those ideas are.
A realization of reality, a lack of self-confidence, a metaphorical mirror affording him the opportunity to see who he really is, has manifested itself in the manifold narcissism we see in our child king today -- for he is nothing, if not our savior. He understands nothing -- he sees nothing. It's about him. It's always been about him, despite what he says. We are merely pawns in his quest to be recognized as the greatest man to have ever lived -- the one. The oceans will cease to rise, and the planet will begin to heal, because they must...
Media has been codependent in this most extreme of hoaxes. They have accepted Barack Obama as their lord and savior, and they can't walk it back now. He is their man, and as such, whatever he does will be brilliant and transformational, even when he says stupid things like "you didn't build that" and "the private sector is doing fine." The story becomes about how he didn't mean what he said, and if people were just a little smarter, they would know that. He is, after all, all about nuance -- little people don't get nuance.
To those still not smitten, in the end, the depredations, degradations, and depravities inherent in denying the primacy of the one, are better than the indignity our self-respect would suffer for pretending to believe in him. A false god is a false god, no matter his handicap or how well he reads from a teleprompter.
In the end, the truth shines through. History will note that the greatest triumph of Barack Obama will always be that he once convinced a majority of people that he was real.
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