By, Jim Bowman
Former President Obama once again presented his lip sucking oratory to an audience limited by age and experience. Consequently, his reception was thunderous as would be expected by such a raw and adoring base. However, his message was without of such adoration when dispersed outside that ivy covered locale. And for good reason since it’s all about perspective which experience provides; both the good, bad and indifferent.
Much has changed since 2008 when Obama promised “the most transparent of administrations.” Apart from this gathering of youthful and willing hearts and minds, Americans now are equipped with the obvious between then and now. This alone should close the debate but Obama’s “woe is me” oratory remained oblivious with today’s realities, as was his continued wrongheaded grasp of America’s origins.
To begin with, this former President befuddled his young masses with continuing to believe that America is a “democracy.” True, elements, such as the election of Congress, including the Senate, per our Seventeenth Amendment, are decided by majority (popular) vote, but a “democracy” she is not! Constitutional scholars will point to our Presidential elections which encompass fifty individual State elections, the Electoral College and of course our Bill of Rights. These are not allowed in a “democracy.”
Reading Obama quotes from a Saturday Wall Street Journal piece tell the tale, especially when mixed with life’s realities. He talked about “…headlines should tell you that this moment really is different, the stakes really are higher…”
Why “different” now and why are “the stakes really higher?” Obama is referring to America’s down slide through his promotion of globalism. That order of the day was the status quo until a new President was elected in 2016, which immediately elevated “the stakes” and altered “this moment.”
Since President Trump’s election, those “stakes” which concern Obama are higher because our current President has elevated America above all else. Trump’s priority of country over globalism attacks “the stake” which Obama is now fearful of losing. The stark difference in America’s leadership, plus our economic rebound now shrinks the relevance of Obama’s messaging.
Younger audiences seem best suited for Obama since they have short recollection spans. Few can remember his “those jobs just aren’t coming back;” when assuring Americans that manufacturing was a thing of the past. Comparatively speaking, Trump’s amazingly fast turn around of our manufacturing base now appears as being an issue of American loyalty.
It’s no secret that President Trump has attacked any and all of Obama’s policies and that as the mid-terms near, the democrats are fearful of the results. However, when comparing the records of both, Obama as a vote getter is a long shot. How can words overtake results? It’s like Obama coaches a game plan but his team gets demolished on the field. All Obama has, and maybe ever did have, were words, glowing at times but now resembling calls of desperation from a probable failed agenda.
Within this Saturday’s Wall Street Journal piece by Janet Hook, Obama claims partial responsibility for our current economic boom. Ms. Hook quotes him with, “When you hear how great the economy is doing right now, let’s just remember when this recovery started.” He states, in part, that “…those job numbers are the same numbers as 2015 and 2016.”
In a separate AP piece, Juana Summers and Sara Burnett offer Obama’s usual disunity slant with, “Appealing to tribe, appealing to fear, pitting one group against another, telling people that order and security will be restored if it weren’t for those who don’t look like us or don’t sound like us or don’t pray like we do – that’s an old playbook.” Of course, he was attaching Trump’s words and actions with such policies.
But finally, something to agree on with this former community organizer; “It’s an old playbook.” Yes it is, since it’s directly from the theories of Marxism; which were preached in modern times by Sol Alinsky to his most famous minions, Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton!
This former economic wrecking ball will continue to be featured as despair mounts within the democratic line-up Headlining Obama, who is now equated with failed economic policies with today’s record setting numbers spells a doomed mid-term effort in capital letters. And his spiel is like he said, a retread from “an old playbook.”