Talk is cheap, and so is rhetoric. Barack Obama is known to some as a “great communicator,” a great talker. I don’t know whether that means with or without a TelePrompter. What we do know is that Obama is the gabbiest president in quite some time, with 700 TelePrompter speeches in his first term.
But on President’s Day 2013, shouldn’t we be long past the point of presidential blather about the problems we face? Don’t we reach some point where words must be left behind and solutions begin? It is not our words that show who we really are inside; it is the actions we take that make us who we are.
As presidential words have piled up, nothing much has improved. The country has over 12 million fully unemployed. Our real unemployment number today is 14.5 percent, not the government’s number of 7.9 percent, which ignores three categories of unemployed people. Our borrowing is limitless, our federal debt at a record $16 trillion, costing annual interest of $360 billion.
But when conditions don’t improve, that means Obama is winning his war to transform America, as he promised. He knows he can’t build up something radically new unless he tears down what was there before. That means things may get much worse before they get better. Obama’s shiny new car may need to break down on the road a few times before people realize it’s a lemon.
This president’s view of the Founding Fathers’ Great Experiment in a republic form of government is far deviant from our U.S. Constitution’s view. The Obama view is the western European model. He wants America to be run more like France, Greece, Spain and the Scandinavian countries of Sweden and Denmark, where over two-thirds of the work force is unionized.
Obama embraces centralized, collectivist government, with people heavily dependent on the nanny state for what they want in life. Once dependent, always obedient. As the minions trudge down the dreary road to serfdom, they slowly “give themselves over” and let the state decide their fates.
That’s why Obama rammed through his darling Obamacare, to make everyone a health ward of the government, as the inevitable results will come to roost: a decline in the overall quality of health care, a shortage of doctors, delays in treatment, less research for new drugs, and government squads deciding who will receive treatment and who won’t.
At a gallop, Obama is pushing us toward western European socialism, a political system that has never succeeded anywhere. That’s why he’s in love with government-funded mass rail transit, which never works except in a few heavily concentrated herds of population like Japan. Obama refuses to believe in American exceptionalism because it runs counter to equal outcomes for all.
We’ll see whether squalor and poverty will be reduced in Obama’s new America. If you want a glimpse of what’s most likely coming, spend some time in the bowels of the world’s large socialist cities. I wish you the best at coming out unharmed.
Warnings grow louder. The president’s response is to demand even more tax revenue while “refusing to lay a finger on runaway social-welfare programs,” as Barron’s put it. Perhaps we should hope for thunderous opposition, gridlock and raising hell in Washington, so that our plunge toward unprecedented financial chaos may be at least slowed down. The bedrock of American greatness is the refusal to see liberties yanked away without a fight to take back our country.