All Hail His Obamaness: August 2009 Archives

I've read most of Orson Scott Card's novels over the years, and am just now reading Ender In Exile, a relatively new book in the Ender series.

On page 35 the main character, Ender Wiggin, brings forth a small piece of wisdom that applies to the situation today, particularly in regards to President Obama and the Democrats.

Eloquence didn't imply intelligence or deep analysis. True believers in a cause often behaved in self-defeating ways because they expected other people to see the rightness of their cause if they stated it clearly enough. As a result, they tipped their hand in every game and couldn't understand why everyone ganged up against them.

And so it is with Obama and his devout followers. They can't see that people's opposition to their plans has less to do with our misunderstanding his goals and his means of achieving them and more with completely understanding his goals and his means.
Is it possible Obama's carefully crafted image is starting to come apart? Could it be his personal charisma is no longer enough to carry the day when it comes to his ambitious plans to do LBJ one better and surpass the breadth of his Great Society experiment? Could it be his first legislative victory (the $787 billion stimulus bill) after taking the oath of office back in January could end up showing the nation how ineffective he really is?

It would appear so.

But rather than being remembered as some one as great or better than LBJ, FDR, or Ronald Reagan, could it be he'll be remembered as this generation's Jimmy Carter?

The president seemed like a man long celebrated as being very good at politics--the swift rise, the astute reading of a varied electorate--who is finding out day by day that he isn't actually all that good at it. In this sense he does seem reminiscent of Jimmy Carter, who was brilliant at becoming president but not being president.

One thing Obama is very good at is getting elected. But his record shows that once in office his performance was more often than not less than adequate. Voting "present" on a large number of bills and initiatives at both the state and federal level does not point to someone good at actually performing the duties of their office. It appears he liked the prestige his office afforded him but rarely lived up to the demands his office placed upon him. I find that now that he's achieved the highest office in the nation he's following the same pattern, though he has a lot more staff to carry the load that is rightfully his.

He creates ambitious goals to be met, but never actually tells us how he plans to meet them. Instead he hands those tasks to the Democratic leadership in Congress. We've seen how well that's been working for him.

His popularity is dropping, and not just among the independents and Republicans.

As I wrote back in January, "There are too many parallels to Jimmy Carter's policies in regards to those being put forth by President Obama. While the economic problems we're facing today are nothing as compared to the ones Carter was facing when he took office in 1977, the are just as daunting. Unfortunately if Obama follows the same course as Carter, the economy will not recover any time soon and he could end up being a one-term president like Carter."

It didn't seem like this was a real possibility back than, but as things have been unfolding over the past 8 months it appears I may have been far more accurate in my prognostication than I thought. The real indication will be the mid-term elections in 2010. If the Democratic majority is seriously weakened or swept aside in one or both chambers of Congress, then Obama's chances for re-election in 2012 may go with them.
One of the charges one hears made most often about the uprising of angry Americans against Obamacare is that it is funded and coordinated by the GOP or health insurance lobbyists. You see it in the various blogs, forums, newspapers, and so on. And it is, if course, the Democrats making such charges. But why is it something that they do on a pretty regular basis entirely off limits for those on the Right?

In Denver it became quite evident the "bought and paid for" protesters weren't from the Right, but from the Left.

The anti-Obamacare protesters arrived by car, public transit, or shank's mare. The counter-protesters arrived by chartered bus.

The anti-Obamacare protesters made their own signs.

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The counter-protesters carried professionally designed and printed signs and banners.

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The anti-Obamacare protesters were there because they had a stake in health care reform and showed up on their own time. Some even took time off from their jobs to be there. The counter-protesters were there because they were paid to be there.

The anti-Obamacare protesters understood what they were protesting against and what they were for. Some of the counter-protesters didn't even know what the signs and banners they carried said because they didn't speak a word of English.

This clinic [outside which the protest was taking place] is adjacent to Denver's day laborer pickup street, Park Avenue. Being fluent in Spanish, El Marco asked these guys "┬┐hablan ingles?" "casi nada" was the reply from our amigo on the left. I asked him if he could tell me what the signs said. "┬┐Quien sabe?" (who knows?) was all he said to me, with a big grin. I'm kicking myself for not asking them how much they were getting paid to support the grassroots.

The irony of their lack of comprehension of the signs they were holding was heightened by the fact that they were the most elaborate and detailed signs of either group.

This is yet another example of the double-standard being applied to moderates and conservatives.
Continuing on the same subject of health care reform and the resistance by the public to it that's been building, let's look at more reports on activities around the nation. This is a compilation of links from Instapundit and other sources, making them a little easier to find.

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In Simsbury, Connecticut a crowd confronted Representative Chris Murphy (D-CT) during one of his 'supermarket town hall meetings', making known their displeasure with Obama's health care reform and their current Senator, Chris Dodd.

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In Raleigh, North Carolina Congressman Brad Miller had a number of protestors across the street from his office. The protesters had to resort to the across-from-the-office location because Miller had decided he wasn't going to hold any town hall meetings to discuss and shill for Obamacare.

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In Atlanta, Georgia the questioning must have gotten to Representative David Scott (D-GA) when he lost his temper after a constituent asked him a question about health care reform during general purpose town hall meeting.

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John Dingell's (D-MI) Health Care Reform town hall meeting didn't go all that well, with attendees deriding his claims that the bill as written would solve health care problems across the board. Anyone that's taken the time to read the bill would know that isn't even close to the truth. As one of the authors of the bill he should know that.

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Even the Washington Post is having questions about the health care reform bill, particularly Section 1233, which deals with so-called "end of life" counseling.

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Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has been avoiding her own constituents, being a no-show at one of her own events.

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In Memphis, Tennessee a town hall meeting hosted by Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) was less than cordial as approximately 500 attendees loudly debated the health care reform bill with Cohen and each other.

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More to follow.

A big tip of the hat to Instapundit for the links I've consolidated here.
As members of Congress hold town meetings about the heath care reform bill (HR3200), many of them are getting an earful from angry constituents, both Democrat and Republican. Some meetings became so raucous people attending them were removed by police or meetings were curtailed. In some cases union 'representatives' resorted to intimidation and even violence to silence critics of reform.

Even Speaker of the House Pelosi has been defaming American citizens who have been rightfully questioning the wisdom of the HR3200, portraying them as Nazis.

Here's around up of posts and reports covering town hall meeting confrontations, union thugs doing the bidding of their messiah, and a host of other events going on around the nation.

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First, it appears our president thinks that those of us expressing our opinions about health care reform are nothing more than an angry mob. Well, Mr. President, you're half right. What we are is angry, and with good cause. You and your Democrat cronies in Congress treat us as if we're idiots, incapable of understanding legislation that affects our lives, or making our own decisions about anything in our lives. Most of "us" have a better handle on how the economy works, how your health care reform is nothing more than a naked power grab, and your push for cap-an-trade is merely another means to control the American populace through heavy taxes and restriction of energy sources.

If you want to see what Obama's "angry mob" looks like, here are some examples.

Seriously, to call the American people voicing their concerns an angry mob, particularly those that do not support the Obama agenda, is disingenuous. To see what an angry mob looks like all one needs to do is look at how the Left has done far worse, including breaking and entering, violence, and other intimidation tactics long before the "GOP directed angry mob" ever came into being.

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Apparently the American people aren't buying Obama's line about how great health care will be once the health care reform bill is passed. When polls from NPR, the Wall Street Journal/NBC, the Washington Post, Gallup, and Pew all show Obama does not have the support of a majority of Americans, then health care reform is in trouble.

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As mentioned before, many members of Congress are being called on the carpet by their constituents for their support of the odious health care reform bill.

First there's this from Little Rock, Arkansas, where two Democrat Congressmen were faced with a group of angry constituents, many whom mocked and derided them for their support of Obamacare.

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In Mardela Springs, Maryland, people gathered at the local middle/high school to meet with their congressman. Despite claims made by ThinkProgress.org about a vast GOP conspiracy to undermine health care reform, none of the people attending the town hall meeting were from anywhere except Mardela Springs. There were no "lobbyist-funded buses" offloading people (from wherever the GOP conspirators had found them) to fill the auditorium with 'ringers' to harass and ridicule the Congressman (a tactic used by the DNC and their affiliated organizations on more than one occasion). The only ones attending were folks living in the town.

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Elsewhere in Maryland, Steny Hoyer got an earful from Democratic voters about Obamacare, and none of it was supportive.

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An AARP meeting in Dallas, Texas didn't go all that well for AARP organizers when many of the attendees - AARP members - refused to applaud Democratic talking points about health care reform. Apparently the AARP members were having none of it, showing that just because they're retired doesn't mean they're stupid.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) obviously doesn't understand that what's good for the goose is good for the gander. She apparently believes anti-health care reform Tea Party protesters are violating people's rights, but pro-Obama protesters are merely exercising their First Amendment rights. I guess she's another one of those that believes the First Amendment only applies to those that agree with the Left.

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Apparently the town hall meeting in Tampa, Florida to discuss health care reform was open the public, but only if that member of the public was also a member of the SEIU. No non-union members of the public need apply.

I wonder how many of those SEIU members were even residents in Congresswoman Kathy Castor's district?

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An interesting point brought up today during the Meet The New Press radio show: Obama says he'll fix the health care system in the US. But there isn't a national health care system to fix. It is the states that regulate the various health insurance carriers and medical providers. If Obama gets his way he will wrest control away from the states and turn it over the the ever more inefficient and bloated federal bureaucracy. Do we really want that to happen?

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There will be more to follow.

A big tip of the hat to Instapundit for the links I've consolidated here.

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