Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Why he can, and should be defeated

(Time for some serious stuff) 
My Reasons why Obama can Be Defeated 

I believe the worm is turning. The cracks are obvious in the O'Presidency, and gone far beyond the satirical criticisms regularly seen here and other places. They are to the point where highly respected democrat strategists like James Carville have taken to their soap boxes. The growing disillusionment with the Obama administration's handling of the economy, health care and immigration reform has fueled this prairie fire of  unhappiness. The President's continual bad optics, his aloof and imperialistic style of leadership are beginning to resonate badly with the average Joe - especially at a time of significant joblessness and economic pain. Barack Obama’s striking absence of natural leadership ability (and blatant lack of experience) has played a big part in undermining his credibility with the American electorate.

On national security and foreign policy, Obama has not fared any better. His leadership on the war in Afghanistan has been muddled and lacked conviction, dictated by domestic political priorities rather than military and strategic goals. His overall foreign policy has been an appalling mess, his limp-wristed rules of engagement with hostile regimes spectacularly backfiring. And as for the War on Terror, outside of the  killing of Bin Laden, his administration has not even acknowledged it is fighting one.

Here are my reasons why I consider Obama a weak leader and doesn't deserve to be re-elected......... 

He is out of touch with the American people:
As much as the media turn a blind eye to stories like this, the First Lady's ill-conceived trip to Spain at a time of widespread economic hardship was symbolic of a White House that barely gives a second thought to public opinion on many issues, and frequently projects a distinctly elitist image. The “let them eat cake” approach didn't play well over two centuries ago, and it won't succeed today.

Americans don't have confidence 
in the O's leadership:
This deficit of trust in Obama’s leadership is central to his unpopularity. According to a recent polling, nearly six in ten voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and two thirds say they are disillusioned with or angry about the way the federal government is working. The polls showed that a staggering 58 per cent of Americans say they do not have confidence in the president's vision, with just 42 per cent saying they do. With his recent B.S. jobs speeches, the polls are likely to get worse.

He fails to inspire the country:
After the soaring rhetoric of his 2004 Convention speech which succeeded in impressing millions of television viewers at the time, America is no longer inspired by Barack Obama’s flat, monotonous and often dull presidential speeches and statements delivered via teleprompter. From his extraordinarily uninspiring Afghanistan speech at West Point to his flat State of the Union address, President Obama has failed to touch the heart of America. Even Jimmy Carter was more moving. 

He is drowning us in Debt:
The Congressional Budget Office Long-Term Budget Outlook offers a frightening picture of the scale of America's national debt. Under its fiscal scenario, the CBO projects that US debt could rise to 87 percent of GDP by 2020, 109 percent by 2025, and 185 percent in 2035. While much of Europe, led by Britain and Germany, are aggressively cutting their deficits, the Obama administration is actively growing federal debt, and has no plan in place to avert a looming Greek-style financial crisis.

His Big Government message is falling flat:
His relentless emphasis on bailouts and stimulus spending has done little to spur economic growth or create jobs, but has greatly advanced the power of the federal government. This is not an approach that is proving popular with the voting public, and even most European governments have long ditched this tax and spend approach to saving their own economies. 

His support for socialized health care 
is a huge political mistake:
In an extraordinary act of political Hara-kiri, President Obama  unilaterally focused on the hugely controversial , unpopular and divisive health care reform bill, with a monstrous price tag of $940 billion, whose repeal is now supported by 60 per cent of likely voters. The legislation is a leap forward  toward a European-style vision of universal health care, which will only lead to soaring costs, higher taxes, and a surge in red tape for small businesses. This reckless legislation dramatically expands the power of the state over the lives of individuals, and could not be further from the vision of the founding fathers. 

US foreign policy is an Hot mess 
under O's administration:
It is hard to think of a single foreign policy success of the Obama administration, but there have been plenty of missteps which have weakened American power as well as its global stature.   The surrender to Moscow on Third Site missile defense, the failure to aggressively stand up to Iran’s nuclear program, and failure to stand by and strengthen our Israeli allies have all contributed to the image of an Obama administration completely out of its depth in international affairs. Obama's high risk strategy of appeasing our enemies while kicking traditional allies has only succeeded in weakening the United States while strengthening our adversaries. 

He is muddled and confused 
on national security:
From the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the War on Terror, President Obama’s leadership has often been muddled and confused.  He sent tens of thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan while bizarrely announcing a timetable for the withdrawal of combat forces beginning in July 2011. In Iraq he announced an end to combat operations and the withdrawal of all but 50,000 troops despite a recent upsurge in terrorist violence and political instability. This decision came despite the inability of Iraqi military, nor the police, ready to take control. In addition he has ditched the concept of a War on Terror, replacing it with an Overseas Contingency Operation, hardly the right message to send in the midst of a long-war against Al-Qaeda. 

There is a distinctly Titanic-like feel to the O's presidency and it's not hard to see why. The most left-wing president in modern American history has tried to force a highly interventionist, government-driven agenda that runs counter to the principles of free enterprise, individual freedom, and limited government that have made America the greatest power in the world, and the freest nation on earth. Combining weak leadership both at home and abroad against the backdrop of tremendous economic uncertainty in an increasingly dangerous world have contributed to a spectacular political collapse for a president once thought to be invincible. We, at our core, remain a deeply conservative nation, which cherishes its traditions and founding principles. Obama is increasingly out of step with the American people, by advancing policies that undermine the United States as a global power, while undercutting America's deep-seated love for freedom.

Posted over at Diogenes Middle Finger

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