Battleground America: The Presidential Wars

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The temper of mind of the current occupant of the White House has led to considerable controversy and much speculation respecting causes and origins. For some, like Stanley Kurtz and Dinesh D’Souza, Obama’s strange and troubling attitudes are not hard to fathom and track to their source; his insecure past, random upbringing and dubious influences may well have given us the third-rate and self-regarding dilettante orating on the national stage today. For others, mainly among a skeptical lay populace, the president remains something of an enigma. But most of his critics agree that, as the intellectual ward of sundry leftist ideologues, his lack of any significant political accomplishments prior to his elevation to the presidency and the crippling dearth of fresh ideas and original solutions to national problems should come as no surprise. Whatever factors might account for his lack of fit—D’Souza, for example, believes that Obama is motivated primarily by an anti-colonial rage learned from his father—it is becoming increasingly clear that Barack Obama is egregiously unqualified for the highest office in the land.

This is not to suggest that he is entirely without gifts. He does command a potent rhetorical flair, albeit with the help of his ubiquitous teleprompter. He flashes a winning smile when it suits. He knows how to target and malign his adversaries, a technique he picked up from the writings of his mentor, Saul Alinsky, which he has followed with exemplary fidelity. His studied mellifluousness is able to cajole an impressionable audience (so long, that is, as he stays on teleprompter and the device works properly). Such attainments make him a formidable figure in any conceivable debate, encounter or address.

But aside from the neo-Marxist agenda he rigidly adheres to, his is not a stable personality. He is a classic narcissist, enamored of his mediatric presence, self-indulgent, thin-skinned, incapable of making clear decisions that require the labor of thought and which he generally outsources to his aides and advisers, and indifferent to the consequences of his actions—or lack of such. It is fair to assume that he is far more preoccupied with his own welfare than with the welfare of the nation he was elected to govern, which he never ceases to lecture on the virtues of austerity while himself enjoying abundant leisure, frequent vacations and a millionaire’s income. This makes him not only a narcissist but a hypocrite.

Perhaps more interesting is his concept of who qualifies as an enemy or a problem. It is certainly not the genocidal and anti-American Iranian regime with which he has sought to enter into sympathetic conversation, or the Syrian butcher Bashar Assad whom his secretary of state has called a “reformer,” or the Muslim Brotherhood which patently envisages the subversion of America and which he now esteems as a formal partner in dialogue, or the Russian autocracy currently flexing its muscles in the international arena, or China and its expansionist designs. Obama’s policies with regard to these actors are limp and recessive, if not actually non-existent.

On the contrary, Obama has redefined the concept of an enemy or a problem to incorporate America’s democratic allies, such as Honduras and especially Israel, two countries that have felt the brunt of his scorn and even his anger. No less distressing, Obama has turned his vindictiveness on diverse sectors of his own people, be they conservatives, Republicans, Tea Partiers, certain News organizations, radio hosts, middle class white voters, various job-producing industries, defenders of the southern border against cartel-related violence and infiltration, patriots who reject blanket amnesty for “illegals,” those who earn more than $250,000 per annum and, indeed, anyone who dares challenge his ascendancy or oppose his socialist and redistributionist program for the nation.

Tom Blumer, who refers to Obama as a “punk president,” remarks that the president’s administration “seemingly treats anyone who would disturb its budding empire as an enemy and not merely as an opponent.” No “seemingly” about it. Blogger Doug Ross has provided a salient if partial list of those whom Obama reckons as enemies. For Obama, the enemy or the problem is not someone who wants to blow up Times Square or enter the country illegally or build a mosque in the vicinity of Ground Zero but anyone who entertains a different idea of what national security, social cohesion and economic prosperity may entail.

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  • Jim

    Obama is engaging in" Nudge"

    Read the book

    He lies to the public with such easy it seems as if he thinks we are pebbles and he is practicing his daily oration lesson.

  • reneeca

    Jim lying is what Obama does best but it's no mystery why he feels so relaxed and confident in doing so. His Muslim upbringing when he was living in Indonesia where they were taught lying according to the Quran is fine. It comes easy to him!

    • Eating

      You guys are clowns. Republicans do the same thing. It's all in the game. What an intellectually dishonest article and site. Now, I'll move along

  • Joey

    Great article. It pretty much sums up my feelings and observations about the One. Will enough voters in America realize this or are we doomed for failure? Because if Obama is reelected without the constraints of accountability for the next election cycle, he will absolutely DESTROY America. By the time he finished his second term, it would be completely unrecognizable. I firmly believe it would be a tyrannical dictatorship. I still think it may be something he may still try through Executive Orders and such. At this time in history, there are no checks and balances. There isn't anyone standing up and saying ENOUGH. Palin tries, but the MSM has marginalized her so much that a lot of voters discount her as a raving nut. Where this ends no one can say, but all I know is I want my country back. Everyday I wake up to some new horror that Obama is trying to inflict on the American People. Where does it end? With his defeat at the polls or through the boot of the government on the throat of the American people. Time will tell. Just keep praying for this great Nation. I know I do.

  • BLJ

    Comrade O makes Joe Izuzu look like a truth teller. I have no doubt about this creeps intentions. The biggest saving grace is the fact that enough Americans have guns and I think if push comes to shove will use them against his Brown Shirts.

  • http://mypage.direct.ca/l/lbouchar/ SeaMystic

    As a Canadian, I do not have the legal capacity or right, to start an Impeachment Process, on President Obama of the U.S..
    Is there anyone with the BackBone to do it in the U.S.A.? Unfortunately what happens in the U.S., affects all Democratic country World Wide.
    IMPEACH OBAMA or else think LENIN, STALIN, MAO and MOHAMMED policies controlling your NATION, and your FUTURE GENERATIONS.

    GUARDIANS OF DEMOCRACY, ARISE!

    GUARDIANS Site at: http://mypage.direct.ca/l/lbouchar/

    • BLJ

      I agree. The problem is the politicians in this country are spineless wimps. They are so afraid of being called a racist that they let this Marxist do what he pleases. Comrade O knows this and is ready to play the race card whenever needed.

  • Maxie

    It's clear that Zero has an anti-American chip on his shoulder. It's also obvious that he's just a charismatic front man hired to sell the collectivist snake oil of his mentors and handlers. He voices the policies and decisions made by others while he idles in the luxury and privileges conferred by the office he figuratively holds protected by the Marxstream Ministry of Propaganda aka the Lamestream Media. He will be re-elected easily '12 by the substantial voter fraud industry that has been put in place. See, for example, Sen. Franken (D)