He didn’t make this mess all by himself. Michael Goodwin:
We are witnessing the total collapse of a bad idea.
Obamaism, a quasi-socialist commitment to a more powerful government at home and an abdication of American leadership around the world, is being exposed as a historic calamity. It is fueling domestic fear and global disorder and may well lead to a world war.
If there is a smidgen of a silver lining, it is that the unraveling, complete with Obama’s shameless attempts to duck responsibility, is playing out on the eve of the midterm elections. Fortunately, voters seem ready to respond by giving Republicans control of both houses of Congress.
I second that emotion, and not just because Obama is a failure. For all his narcissism, he didn’t make this mess alone.
He was aided and abetted by every Democrat in Congress. They marched in lockstep with his cockamamie policies, from ObamaCare to open borders. They protected corrupt leaders in numerous federal agencies, from the IRS to the General Services Administration. They stymied efforts to find the truth about Benghazi and the Fast and Furious gunrunning debacle.
They ceded their constitutional obligations and allowed Obama to crash the system of checks and balances. The vast majority stood silent while he gutted the military and abandoned our allies, including Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and courted Iran, the most menacing nation on Earth.
With painfully few exceptions, Democrats put their loyalty to him above their duty to America.
I had an epiphany a while back. I used to be a proud big-government liberal Democrat. I sincerely believed in using the power of government to make the world a better place. As far as I was concerned there was nothing that could not be solved by good, clean, competent government.
When I saw government fail I told myself that it was because it was corrupt or incompetent, or it was because the Republicans wanted it to fail and were sabotaging it.
The events of 2008 caused me to rethink my political beliefs. I started with rethinking my support for the people who supposedly represented those beliefs – the Democratic party. Obviously they were not good, clean nor competent. They took power in January 2009 and proceeded to FUBAR the country. The nadir was when they passed that huge clusterfuck known as Obamacare.
That’s when I had my epiphany. For nearly three decades I had watched human politicians fail liberalism. Suddenly I realized that the ideology of big government DID NOT WORK.
It doesn’t matter who runs it, the result will always be the same – failure. Obama just happens to be egregiously incompetent and corrupt. Bill Clinton gave the illusion of success, but he was fortunate to hold office in a time of great prosperity. Not to mention the fact that he has been attacked from the left for not being liberal enough.
Here are some of the main areas in which big government liberalism fails:
1. There are some things that government just can’t do (like regulate the economy).
2. There are some things that government shouldn’t do (like regulate us).
3. Taxes and spending need to balance.
4. There is a limit to how much government can tax.
5. Centralized control is inherently inefficient and corrupt.
The best example of why big government doesn’t work is the V-8 engine. The basic V-8 is a powerful and efficient motor, but when you start loading it down with power steering, air conditioning and smog gear it quits being so powerful and efficient. There is a limit to how much a V-8 motor can do, and if you overload it the poor thing will eventually quit working completely.
But no matter how powerful and efficient it is, a V-8 still can’t cure cancer or change a baby’s diaper.
Now don’t get me wrong – we NEED government. Our Founding Fathers were very smart men and they designed a pretty good government that was limited and had its powers separated and spread around. We need to get back to that design.
Hopefully, today will be the first big step in that direction.