Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Second Term? Hopefully Not!

Perhaps the following will create some rational thought. If not we deserve what we get. Received via e-mail from someone in my readership. The points are worth at least considering. 

Dr. Hunt is a social and cultural anthropologist, who has had nearly 30 years experience in planning, conducting, and managing research in the field of youth studies, and drug and alcohol research.

Currently Dr. Hunt is a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Scientific Analysis and then Principal Investigator on three National Institutes on Health projects.

Another Failed Presidency
By Geoffrey P. Hunt

Barrack Obama is on track to have the most spectacularly failed presidency since Woodrow Wilson. In the modern era, we've seen several failed presidencies, led by Jimmy Carter and LBJ. Failed presidents have one strong common trait; they are repudiated, in the vernacular, spat out.

Of course, LBJ wisely took the exit ramp early, avoiding a shove into oncoming traffic by his own party. Richard Nixon indeed resigned in disgrace, yet his  reputation as a statesman has been partially restored by his triumphant overture to China .

But, Barack Obama is failing. Failing big. Failing fast. And failing everywhere: foreign policy, domestic initiatives, and most importantly, in forging connections with the American people. The incomparable Dorothy Rabinowitz in the Wall Street Journal put her finger on it: “He is failing because he has no understanding of the American people, and may indeed loathe them. “

Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard says he is failing because he has lost control of his message, and is overexposed. Clarice Feldman of American Thinker produced a dispositive commentary showing that Obama is failing because fundamentally he is neither smart nor articulate; his Intellectual dishonesty is conspicuous by its audacity and lack of shame.

But, there is something more seriously wrong: How could a new president,
riding in on a wave of unprecedented promise and goodwill,  have forfeited his tenure and become a lame duck in six months? His poll ratings are in free fall. In generic balloting, the Republicans have now seized a five point advantage. This truly is unbelievable. What's going on?

No narrative. Obama doesn't have a narrative. No, not a narrative about himself. He has a self-narrative, much of it fabricated, cleverly disguised or written by someone else. But this self-narrative is isolated and doesn't connect with us. He doesn't have an American narrative that draws upon the rest of us.

All successful presidents have a narrative about the American character that intersects with their own where they display a command of history and reveal an authenticity at the core of their personality that resonates in a positive endearing way with the majority of Americans. We admire those presidents whose narratives not only touch our own, but who seem stronger, wiser, and smarter than we are.

Presidents we admire are peers, even those whose politics don't align exactly with our own: Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Harry Truman, Ike, Reagan.

But not this president.  It's not so much that he's a phony, knows nothing about economics, is historically illiterate and woefully small minded for the size of the task, all contributory of course. It's that he's not one of us.  And whatever he is, his profile is fuzzy and devoid of content, like a cardboard cutout made from delaminated corrugated paper.

Moreover, he doesn't command our respect and is unable to appeal to our own common sense.  His notions of right and wrong are repugnant and how things work just don't add up. They are not existential. His descriptions of the world we live in don't make sense and don't correspond with our experience.

In the meantime, while we've been struggling to take a measurement of this man, he's diced just about every one of us--financiers, energy producers, banks,  insurance executives, police officers, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, post office workers, and anybody else who has a non- green job.

Expect Obama to lament at his last press conference in 2012: "For those of you I offended, I apologize.  For those of you who were not offended, you just didn't give me enough time; if only I'd had a second term, I could have offended you too."

Mercifully, the Founders at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 devised a useful remedy for such a desperate state, staggered terms for both houses of the legislature and the executive.  An equally abominable Congress can get voted out next year. With a new Congress, there's always hope of legislative gridlock until we vote for president again two short years after that.

Yes, small presidents do fail, Barack Obama among them. The coyotes howl but the wagon train keeps rolling along. Hopefully, we will all have the will to make sure this will be a one-term presidency as I don't think we can survive two terms.

Via: Readership E-Mail


  1. WELP...I hope that YOU have a second and third and fourth term and let the hits keep coming! In 2012 maybe we'll sing; "I can see clearly now, Obahh ma's gone".....

    As for me...

    “Hey…I’m proud of the greatest nation on earth… I love my country”….

    I’m sending this greeting and invitation to my fellow American’s, (and others) who blog and whose blogs that I read “daily” since I got going on this with you all... to give a listen to my post “Viva America-Tribute to our Military”.

    It’s for both our troops around the world protecting and creating democracy, and also for those of us who are also trying to preserve “the same” (including our own here at home)… in any way that we can.

    America “IS” a beautiful place, friends, folks…

    We can love it, we can hate it.

    But there’s no denying all of the very and historically, “real change” that this great nation has either brought upon, delivered, created, or set an example of… to the world. No denying.

    We’re in some rough and uncharted waters folks. Times are (always) changing…and I think that’s good. But all of you and the multitudes of others, are very much aware of what’s right and what’s wrong, and know that “civilization”, freedom, (liberties come with freedom), democracy, dignity, and ethical moral conduct, are the only things that will preserve freedom, challenge oppression, and offer peace to this ever changing world.

    At the very least, I hope you might hum the chorus while you keep up the gallant and good fight to what is going on in our beloved city…America (The beautiful)

  2. Conscious Observer;

    All rational red blooded Americans are proud of, and love their country.

    Having traveled most of this great land at one time or another I can personally attest it's grandeur.

    This nation had without a doubt has been responsible for profound changes in our country, as well as world wide.

    Much of the change brought to the world by America following two world wars was, for the most pert good.

    Today the playimg field has changed. The enemies are of a different nature and cultural background, they hate America and wish for her destruction, as well of the destruction of an and all non Islamic ideology.

    The governments of Europe, particularly England), and now the United Sates of America under the Enlightened One are bent on pleasing the Muslim population herein America and creating the environment for their eventual take over of our society.

    Is it to late to change these frightening trends? Not yet. But it soon will be.


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