Posted by: Debby Durkee | August 12, 2010

Americans know Obama’s magic is gone.

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Americans know Obama’s magic is gone.

And, thank God for that. America is finally waking up to what the Obama administration has done to the country and his further plans for the country, and none of it is good. Fouad Ajami has one of the best columns I’ve ever read about what this president has done and what this president has awakened. You’ve been waiting to read something this excellent. From the Wall Street Journal.

A broken link with the public, and a war in Afghanistan (Obama) neither embraces and sells to his party nor abandons—this is a time of puzzlement for President Obama. His fall from political grace has been as swift as his rise a handful of years ago…

The vaunted Obama economic stimulus, at $862 billion, has failed. The “progressives” want to double down, and were they to have their way, would have pushed for a bigger stimulus still. But the American people are in open rebellion against an economic strategy of public debt, higher taxes and unending deficits…the Obama strategy has lost the consent of the governed. Snip –

There was no hesitation in the monumental changes Mr. Obama had in mind. The logic was Jacobin, the authority deriving from a perceived mandate to recast time-honored practices. It was veritably rule by emergency decrees. If public opinion displayed no enthusiasm for the overhaul of the nation’s health-care system, the administration would push on. The public would adjust in due time.

The nation may be ill at ease with an immigration reform bill that would provide some 12 million illegal immigrants a path toward citizenship, but the administration would still insist on the primacy of its own judgment. It would take Arizona to court, even though the public let it be known that it understood Arizona’s immigration law as an expression of that state’s frustration with the federal government’s abdication of its responsibility over border security.

It was clear as daylight that there was a built-in contradiction between opening the citizenship rolls to a vast flood of new petitioners and a political economy of redistribution favored by the Obama administration. The choice was stark: You could either “spread the wealth around” or open the gates for legalizing millions of immigrants of lower skills. You could not do both.

It was canonical to this administration and its functionaries that they were handed a broken nation, that it was theirs to repair, that it was theirs to tax and reshape to their preferences. Yet there was, in 1980, after another landmark election, a leader who had stepped forth in a time of “malaise” at home and weakness abroad: Ronald Reagan. His program was different from Mr. Obama’s. His faith in the country was boundless. What he sought was to restore the nation’s faith in itself, in its political and economic vitality.

Big as Reagan’s mandate was, in two elections, the man was never bigger than his country. There was never narcissism or a bloated sense of personal destiny in him. He gloried in the country, and drew sustenance from its heroic deeds and its capacity for recovery. No political class rode with him to power anxious to lay its hands on the nation’s treasure, eager to supplant the forces of the market with its own economic preferences.

There is much, much more at the link. Please, do yourself a favor and read it all and then pass it along. You will not be disappointed. The stark contrast between Reagan’s love for the country and its people and the uplift the country got from that positive presentation is a lesson for the ages. Obama does not love the country and cannot fake it, even if he wanted to. The combination of his narcissistic tendencies, his Marxist ideology, his almost-foreigner, stanger-in-a-strange land mentality has hit Americans across the face and left them reeling. They are regaining their footing now. How will this dreadful, “I won” administration react to the non-love he is receiving? I don’t worry about the patriots getting out of hand, but the demanding leftists urged on by a president who doesn’t love the country – a smaller component of that has already presented itself at Tea Party rallies with violence coming from the union guys and calls of racism emanating from the leftists of the Congressional Black Caucus. It makes you wonder what their next trick will be. Read it all here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704164904575421363005578460.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop#articleTabs%3Darticle

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