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Friday, September 3, 2010


 But, Barack Obama is failing. Failing big. Failing fast. And failing

everywhere: foreign policy, domestic initiatives, and most importantly, in

forging connections with the American people. The incomparable Dorothy

Rabinowitz in the Wall Street Journal put her finger on it: He is failing

because he has no understanding of the American people, and may indeed loathe

them. Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard says he is failing because he has lost

control of his message, and is overexposed. Clarice Feldman of American Thinker

produced a dispositive commentary showing that Obama is failing because

fundamentally he is neither smart nor articulate; his intellectual dishonesty is

conspicuous by its audacity and lack of shame.

But, there is something more seriously wrong: How could a new president riding

in on a wave of unprecedented promise and goodwill have forfeited his tenure and

become a lame duck in six months? His poll ratings are in free fall. In

generic balloting, the Republicans have now seized a five point advantage. This

truly is unbelievable. What's going on?

No narrative. Obama doesn't have a narrative. No, not a narrative about

himself. He has a self-narrative, much of it fabricated, cleverly disguised or

written by someone else. But this self-narrative is isolated and doesn't

connect with us. He doesn't have an American narrative that draws upon the rest

of us. All successful presidents have a narrative about the American character

that intersects with their own where they display a command of history and

reveal an authenticity at the core of their personality that resonates in a

positive endearing way with the majority of Americans. We admire those

presidents whose narratives not only touch our own, but who seem stronger,

wiser, and smarter than we are. Presidents we admire are aspirational peers,

even those whose politics don't align exactly with our own: Teddy Roosevelt,

FDR, Harry Truman, Ike, and Reagan.

But not this president. It's not so much that he's a phony, knows nothing about

economics, and is historically illiterate and woefully small minded for the size

of the task--all contributory of course. It's that he's not one of us. And

whatever he is, his profile is fuzzy and devoid of content, like a cardboard

cutout made from delaminated corrugated paper. Moreover, he doesn't command our

respect and is unable to appeal to our own common sense. His notions of right

and wrong are repugnant and how things work just don't add up. They are not

existential. His descriptions of the world we live in don't make sense and don't

correspond with our experience.

In the meantime, while we've been struggling to take a measurement of this man,

he's dissed just about every one of us -- financiers, energy producers, banks,

insurance executives, police officers, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators,

post office workers, and anybody else who has a non-green job.

Expect Obama to lament at his last press conference in 2012: "For those of you I

offended, I apologize. For those of you who were not offended, you just didn't

give me enough time; if only I'd had a second term, I could have offended you


Mercifully, the Founders at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 devised a

useful remedy for such a desperate state--staggered terms for both houses of the

legislature and the executive. An equally abominable Congress can get voted out

next year. With a new Congress, there's always hope of legislative gridlock

until we vote for president again two short years after that.

Yes, small presidents do fail, Barack Obama among them. The coyotes howl but

the wagon train keeps rolling along.

Margaret Thatcher: "The trouble with Socialism is, sooner or later you run out

of other people's money."

"When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both." - James Dale

Davidson, National Taxpayers Union

"The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." – Tacitus

"A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own." - Unknown


The Menorah

The Menorah
Ready for the Third Temple. 92 pounds of gold ($17 million) 6 1/2 Feet High

Dome of the Rock

Dome of the Rock
The abomination of desolation




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