Obama, the Dream
Barack Obama is a dream. In 2008, the dream was hope and change. In 2012, it will be progress, thwarted by evil partisans and selfish greed. As Gertrude Stein said, "there is no there there." He needs enemies to draw attention from his lack of depth, for he is truly a mile wide and an inch deep. He is an illusion -- always appearing to be more than he is, always, more promise than reality. He is, and always has been, the sum projection of what others want him to be. Barack Obama doesn't exist, except in the hearts and minds of minions and sycophants.
Many ignore the truth, disregarding Mr. Obama's abject failure as president. Those of us with our eyes open, though, see right through the man. A transparent presidency is the one promise he kept, for he is the original evaporated man. Though he seemed so substantial at first, with the passage of time, it is obvious how much less there is to him. What we saw in the beginning was simply a projection of our own hopes and dreams. We saw what we wanted to see.
Now, when he looks into our eyes, he sees what he wants to see: his own reflection, the illusion of a great man. He needs this fantasy to define himself. After all, who is he, if not Lincoln, or JFK, or FDR, or Reagan? He has to be someone else; he can't be himself, because there really is no Barack Obama.
Barack Obama may be a dream, but that dream is a nightmare: class warfare sold as transcendent leadership; crony capitalism sold as green energy; forced unionization sold as a means to save the worker; control of health care to ensure his vision of what care we must have, even if that's less than what we need. Who lives and who dies, who should prosper and who should not -- all decided by our betters, all a part of his greatness, his vision, his grand plan.
And Obama's grand plan is a redefinition of not only America, but of all things. He redefined the very meaning of leadership by leading from behind. Rising unemployment is now jobs "saved or created." Warfare is an "overseas contingency operation" and the ability to attack and retreat at the same time. Obama has redefined political oratory with the aggressive use of "I," "me," and "my." Terrorism is now "man-caused disasters," while diplomacy is apologizing and bowing to world leaders for the sins of those lesser men who came before. A trillion dollars has become an affordable sum. Bipartisanship is giving the opposition the opportunity to do as they are told, and dignified debate is the demonization of anyone who disagrees. Fair play is victory by any means. Truth is whatever Obama says it is. Rules are whatever he says they are. Merit is deserving awards for what he might do. Humility is saying:
I think I'm a better speech writer than my speech writers, I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I'll tell you right now that I'm ... a better political director than my political director. I'm LeBron, baby. I can play at this level. I got game.
And in describing the sagacity of his nomination for the Presidency:
I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal[.]
Obama believes himself a good man. Yet, with no depth or breadth, he is victim to the ideology he has been steeped in his entire life, a captive of his conviction that he is on the side of what is right and just. The benevolent hand of Barack Obama has wrought more havoc upon the freedom of our nation than any enemy ever could, for while evil can wreak untold damage, it takes the truly self-righteous to destroy a nation.
Edmund Burke said that "all that is necessary for evil to triumph, is that good men to do nothing." Yet it is also true that the greatest evil has, just as often as not, been perpetrated by good men seeking to do something.
Only a man not really there could spend a trillion dollars on failed stimulus, resulting in the loss of millions of jobs, and claim success for having saved us from depression caused by the depredations of the greedy 1%, who refuse to pay their fair share, defined as some figure in excess of the 40% of all taxes they already pay.
The politics of Barack Obama, sold as hope and change, was never more than bitterness and envy, fomented in the citizenry to disguise his pandering to crony capitalists, political backers, and rabid environmentalists. All concealed from the public by a compliant legacy media. His reelection campaign needs their money. How else can finish the transformation of an unappreciative America?
The nowhere man had no problem handing Libya to al-Qaeda, Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, and Iraq to Iran, while doing nothing to prevent Iran from helping Syria kill thousands of its own people. None of that is important. Iran's quest for a nuclear weapon, a dismal economy, and high unemployment don't worry Obama; it's all George Bush's fault -- now off to Hawaii, Bali, and Australia.
Obama is a faux intellectual, using arrogance and attitude to convey authority. Reading fluidly from his teleprompter, he condescends in mellifluous tones to convey intellectual superiority. He loves giving speeches, pausing frequently for applause, for he is nothing when not basking in the adulation of the masses. He is defined only by what is said and written about him. That is why he can't stand dissent and will go to any lengths to crush it.
There are no policies, just generalizations. The failed Stimulus Act was written by others and used to reward those who did the most to elect Obama. Obamacare legislation, also written by others, is exceedingly unpopular, has cost jobs, and is predicted to hamstring the economy well into the future, while restricting health care and costing trillions of dollars. So what? The winners write history, and as Obama told Republicans, he won.
Idealess, Obama's latest proposal, the American Jobs Act, is the same as the original stimulus, just half as large. But this one is designed to fail legislatively, so the president can run against a do-nothing Congress.
Obama doesn't recognize the economic disaster he has created. He believes what he has always been told: that he is a huge success, his only mistake not communicating his greatness to the little people. Because in reality, Americans have become too soft and too lazy to put in the time and effort necessary to understand how lucky we are to have Barack Obama, perhaps the greatest man to have ever lived. If you don't believe me, just ask him. He'll tell you.