Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What's Wrong With It?

The question in the title is being asked by some, who I believe may not know or understand why others have a problem with the President's speech to the school children of this nation. If you read the text, which has changed in tone from the original proposal, it sounds like most other speeches given to students at graduations or opening school assemblies. I doubt if you could find much in the text that is in any way controversial. Then as some have asked, "What's wrong with it?"

Let me attempt an explanation. The confidence of the American people in its governing bodies in Washington, D.C. is at an all time low. This is true of all branches. The President's approval numbers are in free fall. Why? He sounded so good during the campaign and the things he said were what many wanted to hear. He is still in campaign mode and saying many of the those things still in public forums and addresses. Why the problem? It's because he says one thing, but his actions say something completely different. His past is a shadow. We now know that his past alliances with radical communists and racists were not just casual alliances. He has filled his cabinet with tax cheats, liars, communists, radical racists, and people with very questionable credentials. He is trying to force feed legislation written by these enemies of the United States to our legislators at huge expense while making a mockery of foreign policy and endangering our national security. He has been caught in numerous lies, and he has no conscience about saying one thing to one group and a completely different thing to another group. He is mustering an army of Union thugs and racial radicals to cause disturbances at otherwise peaceful gatherings, and he does all this with a very distasteful arrogance.

In his article entitled "Another Failed Presidency", Dr. Geoffrey P. Hunt puts it this way;

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, Reagan.

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

Folks, its not the message, it is the messenger. There is no trust there, and the mask is off. Thinking Americans understand, and dispite being maligned and impuned by the E-Lites, they are holding the line. I am proud to be counted as one who has a renewed interest in what's going on in Washington, D.C. and how it is being done.

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Bill Cosby