Thank you, sir! May I have another?
Every time I open up the Internet I feel my blood pressure rise. News of the latest catastrophic Obama pronouncement, failure of the GOP to produce a strong, viable candidate who can win in November, and distortion of the truly horrific state of the U.S. economy and world affairs by the media and this administration is inescapable to those of us who wish to remain engaged and informed.
Ignorance is bliss -- especially in D.C. with the partying going on at the OWS camps as well as in the White House, with every excuse the Obamas garner to spend taxpayer dollars wining and dining Hollywood liberal elites (who prefer the politics of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez to Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush).
But for those of us who wish to understand the true state of affairs and what our children will be dealing with down the road, that sense of anxiety that I wake up to every morning is inescapable with our abysmal president running the show. Every day that I continue to read about how horrible the "1%" are despite many of them constituting the engine that drives the economy, or how implacable Israel is while the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and Assad get free passes, I feel sick to my stomach that Obama may very well win a second term to continue to destroy the successes of his 43 predecessors over the past 236 years. And I keep thinking of the line from Animal House, "Thank you, sir! May I have another?" wondering why in the world I keep doing this to myself.
However, Obama has taken his leading from behind doctrine to new lows as he continues to bend over to be paddled by every dictator and despot the world over. From his actual genuflecting to the Saudi King, Japanese Emperor, and Chinese President, to his symbolic bending over as he attempted to "reset" relations with each of America's enemies, Obama seems to enjoy being abused while he diminishes American exceptionalism.
But weakness and submission has its costs and what Iran's mullahs hear from Obama is "Thank you, sir! May I have another?" What began as a policy of carrots without sticks has led to a very dangerous state of affairs in which Iran not only feels comfortable attempting to blow-up a Washington, D.C. restaurant, but its leaders relish in publicly threatening attacks on U.S. and allied interests, carrying out attacks in Thailand, India, and Georgia, playing cat and mouse with U.S. aircraft carriers, and pursuing nuclear capability with abandon.
In the aftermath of Obama throwing Egypt's Hosni Mubarak under the bus and enabling Islamists to take over that country, the disintegration of what was once a key ally is occurring before our eyes. While claiming that the founding fathers of terrorism, the Muslim Brotherhood, are moderates whom the world should not fear, Obama has sat idly by while U.S. journalists are attacked and gang raped, the Sinai grows into a terrorist swamp, the Israeli embassy in Cairo is stormed, and Westerners (including U.S. citizens) are held hostage. What is looking like a replay of the Iranian hostage crisis under the bumbling Carter administration has predictably resulted in the U.S. being blackmailed into continuing to provide $1.3 billion in aid lest the decades old Israeli/Egyptian peace treaty cease to exist.
As China continues to finance Obama's disgraceful and irresponsible spending spree, what is the Debtor-in-Chief to do but bend over to that country's future president and say, "Thank you, sir! May I have another?" Thus did Obama sit down in the Oval Office on Tuesday with Vice President Xi Jingping and state that our country welcomes China's "peaceful rise." Obama explained that the U.S. relationship with China is based on "mutual interest and mutual respect."
Alas, we have heard that line before. In his Cairo speech Obama beseeched his audience to broaden "our engagement based upon mutual interests and mutual respect." He then repeated the talking point as he told American Muslims in his 2009 Ramadan speech that, "we have a responsibility to foster engagement grounded in mutual interest and mutual respect." The Bower-in-Chief has a pattern of getting slapped around by enemies whom he begs for respect.
History and modern events suggest that power and not weakness breed respect. So why do American voters not see through the Obama rhetoric and manipulation so ably greased by his Axelrod-driven campaign machine that eagerly inflicts blow after blow to Americans committed to saying, "Thank you, sir! May I have another?" It is not just minions like Chris Matthews who are slowly realizing that the thrill up their legs may soon be replaced by a burning sensation to their butts as the Obama administration discovers that it can slap around voters and still retain enough support to win a second term. Obama supporters elicit the image of the band at the end of Animal House that blindly (yet persistently) marches as one into a brick wall.
Whether affecting liberals or conservatives, Jews or Catholics, corporate jet owners or oil rig operators, or members of a private sector union or Wall Street fat cats, Obama's policies are detrimental to the future prosperity of the country; and they will continue to burden Americans for generations. And yet, polls indicate that Obama's approval rating is on the incline. During just over three years of Obama's presidency, the price of gas has increased 83% and the national debt has increased more than $5 trillion. And shockingly, while his insulting 2013 budget calls for more and more taxes and spending to feed his statist desires, many Americans are looking like they will bend over and ask for more in November.
And why not? Obama's game of carrots and sticks may not have worked on the international stage (afterall, he left out the sticks), however, here at home, Americans seem content to take a lot of free stuff from the government while the government whittles away at individual rights and freedoms. Some Americans will gladly take a beating from the president believing that healthcare, contraception, home ownership, a college education, and an endless array of other entitlements are worth the loss of liberty. They wait with baited breath asking, "may I have another," from an abusive president who knows how to buy votes. As Animal House's Bluto says, "Grab a brew. Don't cost nothin'."
Obama is breaking historic records right and left (but mostly left). He did not stop at becoming the first black president or the first president to win a Nobel Peace Prize for no reason whatsoever. He has also won the prize for the most rounds of golf while berating the American people for their religious beliefs, their work ethic, and their respect for the Constitution. And as described in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, he has blown out U.S. spending records with four years of spending of more than 24% of GDP, increased deficits to levels never before seen in history ($17,000 per person and $70,000 per family), implemented policies that have resulted in the lowest level of revenues since 1950, and disregarded the ominous lessons of history and present day Europe.
And while I continue to torture myself with each disturbing story of the damage that this administration has wrought on the U.S., one cannot ignore the global ramifications as well. Obama's foreign policy is resulting in dangerous players not just abusing Obama, but attacking their own people. Yet, as Obama orders our military to contract in the face of ever growing enemies on the war path (including requesting unilateral cuts of up to 80% of our nuclear arsenal) while countries like China grow their military on our dime and Iran and North Korea build dictatorships around theirs, liberal Americans dream of solar powered homes and battery operated cars, while worrying about faux issues like non-existent receding polar ice caps rather than paramount issues like the safety and freedom of humans across the world.
Just like the pretentious frat brothers who enjoyed a round of golf before abusing the pledges, Barack Obama is living the high life in the White House treating the rest of America like a bunch of rejects consigned to the couch of losers in our own animal house. At this point, I do not really care who the GOP nominee is as long as he can beat Obama and stop the disgusting trend of watching Obama say to the world's despots, and Americans say to Obama, "Thank you, sir! May I have another?"