It's common knowledge that the American mainstream media have collectively had a thrill going up their leg from the time Obama announced his run for the presidency. Even now they find it difficult to report the truth as the Obama presidency falls apart. The UK press on the other hand seems to have a more realistic view of our troubles and this story in the UK's Telegraph highlights Obama's problems with devastating clarity. Here are a few excerpts:
It is a universal political truth that administrations do not begin to fragment when things are going well: it only happens when they go badly, and those who think they know better begin to attack those who manifestly do not. The descent of Barack Obama's regime, characterised now by factionalism in the Democratic Party and talk of his being set to emulate Jimmy Carter as a one-term president, has been swift and precipitate. It was just 16 months ago that weeping men and women celebrated his victory over John McCain in the American presidential election. If they weep now, a year and six weeks into his rule, it is for different reasons.
Despite the efforts of some sections of opinion to talk the place up, America is mired in unhappiness, all the worse for the height from which Obamania has fallen. The economy remains troublesome. [....] Whole areas of the country, notably in the north and on the eastern seaboard, are industrial wastelands. The once mighty motor city of Detroit appears slowly to be being abandoned, becoming a Jurassic Park of the mid-20th century; unemployment among black people in Mr Obama's own city of Chicago is estimated at between 20 and 25 per cent.
For a land without a welfare state, America starts to do an effective impersonation of a country with one. This massive state spending gives rise to accusations by Republicans, and people too angry even to be Republicans, that America is now controlled by "Leftists" and being turned into a socialist state.
The author has come up with the perfect description of the tea partiers: "Republicans, and people too angry even to be Republicans". One of the nicer epithets thrown at conservatives is that we are "angry". Studies show that conservatives have a better outlook on life and a happier disposition than liberals. And acknowledged conservatives outnumber liberals 2 to 1. So what would cause this generally happy group of people to become so angry? Maybe a socialist leader systematically destroying our economy and our cherished institutions one by one?
"Obama's big problem," a senior Democrat told me, "is that four times as many people watch Fox News as watch CNN." The Fox network is a remarkable cultural phenomenon which almost shocks those of us from a country where a technical rule of impartiality is applied in the broadcast media. With little rest, it pours out rage 24 hours a day: its message is of the construction of the socialist state, the hijacking of America by "progressives" who now dominate institutions, the indoctrination of children, the undermining of religion and the expropriation of public money for these nefarious projects. The public loves it, and it is manifestly stirring up political activism against Mr Obama, and also against those in the Republican Party who are not deemed conservatives. However, it is arguable whether the now-reorganising Right is half as effective in its assault on the President as some of Mr Obama's own party are.
I hate to disagree with a senior Democrat but "Obama's big problem," is not "that four times as many people watch Fox News as watch CNN." Obama's big problem is that he doesn't understand the people who watch Fox News. Obama can't pivot to the center like Clinton did because he doesn't understand how the vast majority live in this center-right nation. He believes that his policies are unpopular because he hasn't explained them in simple enough terms that the "bitter-clingers" in flyover country can understand. The truth is the exact opposite, we understand his policies all too well, and we reject them.
With a few exceptions the ideas expressed in this article are right on the money; too bad our own press can't be this honest. In the spirit of international cooperation I propose that we trade our print media for theirs. They can keep the BBC with it's "technical rule of impartiality".
Mr Obama benefited in his campaign from an idiotic level of idolatry, in which most of the media participated with an astonishing suspension of cynicism. The sound of the squealing of brakes is now audible all over the American press; but the attack is being directed not at the leader himself, but at those around him. [....]
The $783 billion stimulus package of a year ago was used to further the re-election prospects of many congressmen, not to do good for the country. America's politics remain corrupt, populated by nonentities whose main concern once elected is to stay elected; it seems to be the same the whole world over. Even this self-interested use of the stimulus package appears to have failed, however. Every day, it seems, another Democrat congressman announces that he will not be fighting the mid-term elections scheduled for November 2. The health care Bill, apparently so humane in intent, is being "scrubbed" (to use the terminology of one Republican) by its opponents, to the joy of millions of middle Americans who see it as a means to waste more public money and entrench socialism. For the moment, this is a country vibrant with anger.