I worry that America’s traditional resilience may be nearing its breaking point. At the age of 60, I’ve lived through a great deal of consequential American history. I’ve seen the rise and fall of Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton–remember; he was impeached but not convicted, lost his law license and was convicted of perjury–and every president before, between and after. I lived through the Carter years of inflation and hard to find gasoline.
In all of those years, I never doubted that America’s national troubles were temporary, that the American system of government and the strength and character of the American people were sufficiently sturdy to see us through any transitory difficulty, and that we would come back stronger and more prosperous. For most of my life, that was not an unreasonable belief. While I tended to distrust Democrats and worried about the damage they do in office, I always felt our institutions, governmental foundations, and the character and industry of our people would serve to mitigate, even overcome and reverse, any damage a Democrat president or Congress could do.
In fact, I didn’t believe that through incompetence, negligence, or malice, any American president or congress could cause irreversible harm.
We have survived the Great Depression, two world wars and many lesser conflicts. We have overcome an era of legalized, institutional racism and established a level of prosperity and economic growth previously unheard of in human affairs. For all the contemporary whinings about inequality, lack of tolerance and a lack of diversity, we are the most equal, tolerant and diverse society in human history. We have overcome recessions and rampant inflation and preserved the blessings of liberty for us and potentially, for future generations.
The great democratic experiment, our representative republic based on the Constitution uniquely designed to establish and preserve individual liberty and the rule of law, has stood for more than two centuries. Through voluntary observance of the spirit and letter of the Constitution, we have thrived, but not without conflict.
The Constitution relies on honorable people, men and women willing to honor its principles and to hold true to its promise, even when that is difficult, even when they must sacrifice their immediate, best interests to do it. It relies on honest men and women, people willing to put ideals above personal gain.
If our Congressional representatives no longer believe in the ideals embodied by the Constitution, if they are willing to ignore the supreme law of the land for partisan political purposes, no matter how petty or grand, can the republic stand? How many such faithless people, people who took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, represent a tipping point, a number from which we cannot recover? Twenty percent? Forty? Sixty?
And if our President is lawless, if he is willing to ignore the Constitution and the separation of powers, if he refuses to engage in the negotiations, the give and take of political dialogue, even with members of his own party, if he says “we can’t wait,” and I have a pen and a phone,” and knowingly violates the Constitution and dares feckless, foolish and timid representatives and senators to do something about it, what then? If he unleashes the IRS, the EPA and every federal agency to write unlimited regulations that undo the rule of law, that reduce individual liberty and the ownership of private property to a privilege extended and withdrawn at the whim of federal bureaucrats in violation of federal law, can our Constitution even be said to exist?
But worse, if the President and all that serve him are liars, is that something from which America can recover? When the White House Press Corps listens to the latest spokesfabricator lie to them each and every day, outrageously lie, lies anyone with a conscience simply could not tell–not long, anyway–and acts like they’re not lies, acts as if they’re routine, page twenty-five policy pronouncements, what does that mean to the ability of a distracted, divided, uncaring public to have the slightest idea of the basic issues necessary to serve as a functioning member of our republic?
I speak not only of the moral and practical consequences of pathological lying on the liar and those affected by his lies, but on the dramatically reduced expectations of Americans. We may cynically observe that all politicians lie, but prior to Barack Obama, those lies were of a different kind: omissions, slight exaggerations, and their number were orders of magnitude lower. Now we are overwhelmed by the number, depth and the overt, arrogant quality of the lies, so many that scarcely is the ink dry on the headlines of one lie, the printing presses are laying the next to paper, that is, all the lies a lap dog media, essentially a wholly owned subsidiary of Democrat Party/Barack Obama inc., bothers to print. Only two years later are we beginning to learn of the Obamite lies about the Columbian hooker/Secret Service debacle.
When Americans expect their leaders to lie to them about matters small and great, about matters that intimately affect their lives, about matters that take bulldozers to the foundation of the Republic, and endangers the lives of Americans everywhere, when the old joke:
Q: How can you tell Barack Obama is lying?
A: His lips are moving.
is unquestionably true, what does that mean for American resilience? Obviously it means that Americans will willingly vote for people of such miserable, mean character–after all, is one any better than the others?–that unlawful, destructive conduct in office is a given.
And then we turn to foreign affairs. In the past, American military strength was such that I worried little. More importantly, we didn’t have to use it–at least not on the level of using all our conventional might in the field. The resolve of American presidents–Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton being notable exceptions–was taken for granted by Americans and foreign governments alike. Sure, they were sometimes a bit goofy–Jimmy Carter lusted in his heart and Bill Clinton lusted pretty much everywhere, including on a blue dress–and more focused on other things than they should have been, but there were some things foreign governments just didn’t do lest they incur the inevitable and terrible wrath of the Americans.
With the crumbling of communism–it’s not dead; far from it–a “peace dividend” was proclaimed by politicians that have never much liked America anyway, and the dissolution of our intelligence agencies and military began. Bill Clinton worked very hard to all but destroy our human intelligence gathering abilities. We pay for that to this day. In many ways, he and Al Gore were the primary enablers of 9-11.
Even so, I never quite believed that one man could irreparably damage America, could so change our institutions, our character, our national self-image and intentions for posterity that all we had worked for could be lost.
And then came Barack Obama, the man that would unite the races, the man who proclaimed the end of history and a new era ushered in by the facts that he is black–well, half-black–has an Islamist middle name and loves Islam, and is so unique, so magnificent that he would stop the rising of the seas and heal the planet. All he needed to do was proclaim a new era to the Muslims, as he did at Cairo shortly after his election, and a new age of peace would ensure. We know how well that has worked out.
Never have Americans been so divided. No President in history has done so much, so fast, to worsen racial tensions and relations. No Attorney General has done so much to politicize the Department of Justice and further exacerbate racial woes. Any prior attorney general claiming to represent “my people,” regardless of who his “people” were, would have resigned to spend more time with his family within days. We can only believe that Eric Holder is doing Mr. Obama’s will.
Barack Obama was lauded by Newsweek editor Evan Thomas:
I mean in a way, Obama’s standing above the country, above–above the world, he’s sort of God.
He’s going to bring all different sides together…Obama is trying to sort of tamper everything down. He doesn’t even use the word terror. He uses extremism. He’s all about let us reason together…He’s the teacher. He is going to say, ‘now, children, stop fighting and quarreling with each other.’ And he has a kind of a moral authority that he – he can – he can do that.
Thomas is not alone. Consider philosopher Martha Nussbaum of the University of Chicago:
[President Obama’s education] produced a person who knows how to think critically, who thinks with rich information about a wide range of world situations, who repeatedly displays a robust ability to imagine the predicaments of many types of people—and its corollary, the ability to think reflectively about himself and his own life story.
Consider Obama’s number one advisor, a woman some think actually runs the presidency, former Chicago slumlord Valerie Jarrett:
I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. . . . He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. . . . So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. . . . He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.
With a “sort of God” in the presidency, a man who, though terribly bored with us all, and surely bored to tears with all of the petty squabbling around the world, a world that has thus far neglected to be tampered down, to stop fighting and quarreling like children, that has somehow been able to fail to recognize Mr. Obama’s moral authority, how have we come to our current state of affairs? Has Mr. Obama not found solving the religious, cultural and existential problems of the world an intellectual challenge worthy of his other-worldly intellect? Does he consider these problems unworthy of the slightest application of his immeasurable talents?
We find ourselves in serious financial trouble, trouble worsening every day despite Mr. Obama’s ridiculous claims to the contrary. We are still able to heat and cool our homes and drive our vehicles despite Mr. Obama’s best efforts to the contrary. Our allies absolutely distrust us and our most determined and vicious enemies absolutely do not fear us. Instead, they laugh at us and taunt us with the severed heads of our citizens. They slaughter all of the lauded victim classes so beloved of progressives, gays, women, trans-gendered–except Christians; they slaughter them as a religious obligation and for fun–and Mr. Obama and his followers continue to argue that Islam is a religion of peace.
Our military, in this time of world turmoil where we remain the only nation capable of keeping open the sea lanes, preserving peaceful world commerce, and maintaining liberty, is being reduced to pre-Pearl Harbor levels. Our borders are wide open while Obamite idiots claim they have never been more secure, and when a stray rocket lands near Ben Gurion Airport, Barack Obama shuts off American travel to Israel, but won’t lift a finger to stop the spread of Ebola, except sending thousands of American troops into the infection zone to “fight” the deadly virus.
Mr. Obama’s popularity and trust numbers are below 50%–always previously disastrous for a President–and heading steadily downward. Even previously drooling, worshipful Democrats are beginning to understand that Barack Obama is deadly to Democracy, as evidenced by the Democrats running for office that can’t keep Mr. Obama far enough away from their campaigns.
We have two more years of Barack Obama. Can America survive those years, particularly considering the domestic and foreign debacles of his own making that wait to destroy us all and establish a new, barbaric international order? Is America still resilient enough to recover, to prevail?
Return to this time and this station next week, gentle readers, to consider the reasons why Barack Obama cannot and will not behave as an American president, a man with America’s interests at heart. Is it too late for freedom?