Barry's Comet

The so-called "comet of the century," a sungrazer named ISON, reached perihelion on Thanksgiving Day, but didn't live up to its expectations to wow the masses and just fizzled out. Perhaps ISON's name should be changed to 'Barry's Comet' as it appears to be the perfect metaphor for the Obama Administration's rise and fall.

While comets put on a dazzling show with their brilliant comas and alluring tails that extend for many thousands of miles, solar radiation slowly strips away most of their mass (largely a loose conglomerate of dust, ice, rocks, and gases), eventually leaving just a dull, tiny, often misshapen core. While the illusion from a distance can be quite spectacular, when exposed to sunlight, comets are in reality just objects that are falling apart before our eyes.

Instead of maintaining the United States on solid, stable, constitutional ground, President Barack Obama is the latest "politician of the century" to tempt us with a dazzling "progressive" display -- a loose conglomerate of hope, change, economic egalitarianism and "fairness" for all, yet hiding a thinly veiled dull, misshapen, statist central planning core. Despite years of media filtering, the recent exposure of ObamaCare, NSA, Benghazi, IRS and other Obama scandals to intense 'sunlight' are finally causing his Presidency to fizzle-out as the public can now see a portion of what lies beneath the unsustainable promises surrounding the core of his ideology.

Not only did America fall for Obama's awe-inspiring tale of "hope and change" and twice elect him to the office of president, but Obama himself seemed even more self-assured than the mythical Icarus as he delivered his nomination victory speech back in 2008:

America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.

The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people... 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; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth...

Not all scientists were fully convinced of ISON's "comet of the century" hype:

Some reporters have started calling ISON the "Comet of the Century," but Don Yeomans of NASA Near-Earth Object Program thinks that's premature.

"I'm old enough to remember the last 'Comet of the Century'," he says. In 1973, a distant comet named Kohoutek looked like it would put on a great show, much like ISON. The actual apparition was such a let-down that Johnny Carson made jokes about it on the Tonight Show. "It fizzled," says Yeomans. "Comets are notoriously unpredictable."

Many were of course skeptical of the promise of Obama too, especially those old enough to remember another "politician of the century" from the late 1970's by the name of Jimmy Carter, and we shouldn't need to be reminded of how that dud of an event turned out for America. 'Barry's Comet,' is merely the same old statist core surrounded by a repackaged conglomerate of utopian promises that history proves (as do the jokes on late night TV) has zero chance of delivering on any of the hype.

While it remains to be seen if President Obama will endure the same fate as Icarus, just like Comet ISON, his "progressive" world view is predictably unable to withstand the intense 'sunlight' of truth, and is rapidly falling apart. The only remaining question is whether or not the United States will suffer the same fate.

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