Monday, February 3, 2014

Twilight of a failing presidency

Twilight of a failing


Irony has a way of working
itself into the fabric of history. Electing Barack Obama in 2008 was celebrated
as a transitional point for American culture. Hope and change were touted as
new themes by a presidential candidate who came out of nowhere. A nation torn
apart by two wars and a recession was ready for new blood in the White House. Promised
hope faded away as the years went by and the changes expected degraded every
institution and industry in the country. Once a proud country, America fell to
bad decisions, opaque bureaucratic entanglements and a level of arrogance never
before seen in the Executive Branch. President Obama’s State of the Union
Speech (see State of the Disunion Speech: more of the same) was indicative of
the outright misrepresentations and distortions spewing out of his
Administration. Challenging the truth with every word he speaks President
Obama’s legacy will be one of unfulfilled promises and overreach which has constrained
the most productive amongst us. Keystone pipeline advocates, from both parties,
viewed the convoluted and irrational Obama bureaucracy at work, which stifled
this important project. Energy independence has been a cornerstone policy of
President, yet five years have gone by and our dependence has only increased.
Keystone would have provided a major conduit to transport oil from our northern
neighbor. EPA has stalled this project for years and continues to do so. Who
benefits from this delay? Obama’s energy policy became crystal clear when he
bowed to the Saudi King.


Close inspection of
Obama’s agenda does not bode well for an America whose underpinnings have been
weakened in the last five years. Immigration reform has been a hot button topic
from the beginning of the President’s Administration. Conflict within Congress
has set the stage for the President to go it alone on this issue with Executive
Edicts, which challenge his prescribed powers. Obama’s mindset for reform would
bring in millions of people overwhelming an already bloated entitlement system
and displacing countless Americans. The myth that Americans do not want these
jobs is another fabrication.


Foreign policy has been
nothing less than a disaster. Negotiating with Iran to end its drive for a
nuclear weapon displays the gullibility of this Administration. Announcing to our
enemies the withdrawal schedules of our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan was
nothing less than crazy. Worst of all apologizing for America’s prior actions on
the World Stage was a direct insult to all those who died to keep the nation
safe from our enemies overseas. Ironic as it may seem this country’s darkest
enemy may not be beyond our borders. Our worst enemy may be a Chief Executive
who never found his way home. Mark Davis, MD author of the book Demons of
Democracy and the recently release book, Obamacare: Dead on Arrival, A
Prescription for Disaster. President of Davis Book Reviews and Healthnets
Review Services.

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