Posted by: Debby Durkee | January 15, 2010

The fall of Obama.

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The fall of Obama.

Charles Krauthammer minces no words in this column in today’s Washington Post. He looks back on a year of the Obama presidency, and realizes what most of us out here already knew a year ago. Barack Obama is too far left for the American people, and statist policies rub independent Americans the wrong way – and we will be heard:

A year ago, (Obama) was leader of a liberal ascendancy that would last 40 years (James Carville). A year ago, conservatism was dead (Sam Tanenhaus). Now the race to fill Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in bluest of blue Massachusetts is surprisingly close, with a virtually unknown state senator bursting on the scene by turning the election into a mini-referendum on Obama and his agenda, most particularly health care reform. Snip –

Liberals try to attribute Obama’s political decline to matters of style. He’s too cool, detached, uninvolved. He’s not tough, angry or aggressive enough with opponents. He’s contracted out too much of his agenda to Congress.

These stylistic and tactical complaints may be true, but they miss the major point: The reason for today’s vast discontent, presaged by spontaneous national Tea Party opposition, is not that Obama is too cool or compliant but that he’s too left.

…This out-of-nowhere, least-known of presidents dropped the veil most dramatically in the single most important political event of 2009, his Feb. 24 first address to Congress. With remarkable political honesty and courage, Obama unveiled the most radical (in American terms) ideological agenda since the New Deal: the fundamental restructuring of three pillars of American society — health care, education and energy.

Then began the descent — when, more amazingly still, Obama devoted himself to turning these statist visions into legislative reality. First energy, with cap-and-trade, an unprecedented federal intrusion into American industry and commerce. It got through the House, with its Democratic majority and Supreme Soviet-style rules. But it will never get out of the Senate.

Then, the keystone: a health care revolution in which the federal government will regulate in crushing detail one-sixth of the U.S. economy. By essentially abolishing medical underwriting (actuarially based risk assessment) and replacing it with government fiat, Obamacare turns the health insurance companies into utilities, their every significant move dictated by government regulators. …Obamacare is government health care by proxy, single-payer through a facade of nominally “private” insurers.

… gravity took hold, and Obamacare’s profound unpopularity dragged him down with it. After 29 speeches and a fortune in squandered political capital, it still will not sell.

The health care drive is the most important reason Obama has sunk to 46 percent. But this reflects something larger. In the end, what matters is not the persona but the agenda. In a country where politics is fought between the 40-yard lines, Obama has insisted on pushing hard for the 30. And the American people — disorganized and unled but nonetheless agitated and mobilized — have put up a stout defense somewhere just left of midfield. Snip –

His own electoral success — twinned with handy victories and large majorities in both houses of Congress — was a referendum on his predecessor’s governance and the post-Lehman financial collapse. It was not an endorsement of European-style social democracy.

Hence the resistance. Hence the fall. The system may not always work, but it does take its revenge.

Let’s make sure we stay strong. Let’s topple these arrogant, dangerous people and resurrect a nation of limited government and a government that gets out of Americans’ way so it can be morning in America once again. Kind of off topic, but I read a comment at the American Spectator today, it was in reference to the Massachusetts senatorial race where a Republican might pull off an upset for Ted Kennedy’s seat. The commenter said we should all go to MA, find the local ACORN office, register as Daffy Duck and then vote for Brown (the Republican). I thought it was hilarious, but its meaning was – we’re not going to take it. We’re going to fight fire with fire. Keep that fire in your belly. Read all of Krauthammer here:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/01/15/one_year_out_the_fall_99907.html

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