I Am Barack Obama's Worst Nightmare
I am a thinking, educated, intelligent, independent voter.
I am fanatical in my support for the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
I believe that there is only one phrase that might be slightly more important than "We the People of the United States ...". That phrase would be "In the Beginning the Lord said 'Let there be light'..."
But the most significant thing that makes Barack Obama view me as his worst nightmare is simply this: I tell the truth about him. I don't need to lie. I don't need to "create" a narrative. What he has done all by himself is so appalling that any need for embellishment is stillborn.
The MSM and Kool-Aid addicted left-wing pundits have praised Obama for his leadership.
I haven't seen any evidence of leadership. I have seen coercion. I have seen bribery. I have seen "bait-and-switch" policy pronouncements. But I have not seen leadership.
Leadership is convincing people who would not normally agree with your policies, strategies, tactics or even goals that you are right, and that the policies, strategies and tactics that you are proposing to use are effective and cost efficient. Doing that will persuade opponents that you might, just might have a shot at pulling off whatever it is that you are planning. Saying "I won" is not leadership. Bribing Senators to vote for your health care plan is not leadership. Speaking over 50 times to the nation about your healthcare plan and still not achieving the support of a majority of its citizens certainly does not indicate leadership.
Obama operates according to Chicago rules. Oppose him and he'll turn Eric Holder loose on you. He might have Ken Salazar put a boot on your neck. Kathleen Sebelius might not give you a waiver that has been afforded your competitors. Janet Napolitano might raid your place of business and demand proof that not one employee is here illegally (although she wasn't going to deport them anyway). Perhaps he'd threaten to have one of Lisa Jackson's minions at the EPA crucify you. He might force you to sit through a Joe Biden speech. (OK, maybe even Obama wouldn't go quite that far.)
Leadership is Jack Kennedy saying "We will send a man to the moon by the end of the decade" and convincing a sizable majority of the voters to support the idea enthusiastically. The most vivid contrast between Jack Kennedy's moon challenge and anything coming out of the White House recently is the fact that Kennedy's statement did not end with these two words out of his mouth: "or else".
Barack Obama's leadership is apparently patterned after an earlier Progressive president.
A president who jailed those who opposed his ideas.
A president that formed committees of ordinary citizens to spy and inform on their neighbors.
A president who didn't merely deny women contraception, but their right to vote in his own war on women.
A president who was also a college professor.
A president who also saw himself as a world shaking figure.
Sleep well, Mr. President. You'll see me in your dreams.
Jim Yardley is a retired financial controller for a variety of manufacturing firms, a Vietnam veteran and an independent voter. Jim blogs at jimyardley.wordpress.com, or he can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org