Obama’s Competent Incompetence

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


yelling1Last year, Team Obama was wallowing in praise for its election tech strategy. Its strike team of Silicon Valley pros who believed in stock options and Socialism were credited with winning the election by applying the same data tools that had made Facebook and Google so creepy.

And then when it came time to debut Obama’s signature achievement (if you don’t count wrecking the Middle East) the implementation was every bit as disastrous as if the project had been outsourced to someone’s cousin who had once taken a web design course in 1996.

The ObamaCare websites didn’t go down because of high demand. They went down because of bad design. The design on Healthcare.gov was so bad that it was almost as if the website had been designed to fail. Or as one tech expert put it, the website was so cluttered with junk that it was running a denial of service attack against itself.

It’s not too surprising that a government website would be badly designed, but Team Obama’s digital strategy had been built around using them for messaging to bypass even friendly media outlets. The content on government websites blended with the Obama campaign so closely that it was sometimes hard to tell the difference.

But that is where the border between competency and incompetence for Team Obama begins. Team Obama excels at promoting Obama and attacking Republicans. It isn’t actually good at anything else.

The left excels at one thing and only one thing; propaganda. Great products and bad marketing are a familiar business story. But what the left has is a terrible product with great marketing.

The Soviet Union could not make its agricultural policies work, but it spent enormous efforts convincing its own people and the West that those policies were working even when bread was being filled with straw and the USSR was going deep into debt buying American wheat.

Confronted with a website that didn’t work, Team Obama immediately spun straw into bread declaring that it had gone down because ObamaCare was so popular. It was a familiar narrative shift that once again put the best possible face on a disaster. The website wasn’t bad. The product was that good.

That ObamaCare disaster however was being eclipsed by an even bigger ObamaCare disaster.

Obama, who had bent over backward to negotiate with Russia and Iran, refused to negotiate with the Republicans, and began a policy of punitively closing open air memorials to veterans, evicting people from private cottages on federal lands and even attempting to barricade the ocean.

It was the same game of chicken that Obama had been playing since he took office. He would never compromise or back down on anything he wanted done. He just did it.

The Obama myth is that he is a reasonable man being blocked by unreasonable Republicans at every turn. There are plenty of things wrong with that myth, but the biggest one is that Obama isn’t being handicapped by Republican obstructionism. He seeks out and cultivates Republican opposition.

Radicals need enemies to give them meaning and to keep the troops rallied behind their latest disaster. No matter how many “Cukes, Not Nukes” bumper stickers they may paste on their Subaru bumpers; they are “Guns not Butter” types who invest all their energies into war.

The ideas of the left don’t just fail because they’re bad. They also fail because the left is more energized by hostilities than by any of the progressive programs that its leaders claim to be passionate about.

Obama isn’t a reluctant warrior. He’s a happy warrior. He cares far more about fighting Republicans than about winning amnesty for illegal aliens, gay marriage or ObamaCare—all things that he introduced haphazardly to win elections.

Obama came up with ObamaCare because he needed something to offer at a political appearance. And then it grew into the usual government monstrosity that no one can fully take in. And what goes for ObamaCare, also goes for the ObamaCare website which loads 92 files every time it loads a page.

Both ObamaCare and the ObamaCare website are bloated monstrosities that no one took the time to reduce to a manageable scale.

ObamaCare is both a planned and unplanned disaster. Its planned provisions will seriously damage health care in America, but its unplanned measures, the collision between the incompetence of its planners and legislators and the real world, may prove to be even more disastrous in the end.

The ObamaCare website took itself down. ObamaCare may do the same thing.

The Soviet Union did not really care about building Communism, a 93% successful harvest or universal literacy. Its bosses put it on a wartime footing as soon as they could and kept it that way until it bankrupted them. The one thing they really cared about was power. And once they had power over their own people, they quickly grew bored and began plotting to conquer and subdue other countries.

The left runs on conflict. It excels at propaganda because that is a vehicle for conflict. You can ask it to organize a committee to denounce American foreign policy, but don’t ask it to change a tire or bring in the crops or run a health care system. It may talk about how important it is to drive out the capitalist pigs so it can do those things, but it doesn’t actually care about doing them.

In Venezuela, Chavez’s successor, Nicolás Maduro, is obsessively picking fights with the United States even as his country teeters on the edge of economic disaster. For the Cuban trained Maduro, screaming about the Yankees is all that he knows how to do. Like Obama, he isn’t good for anything else.

The most important thing about Obama is that he is a community organizer. He has never been anything else. He is not capable of being anything else.

ObamaCare isn’t his policy achievement. It’s a pack of lies that his people came up with in time to sell him to a progressive group. The pack of lies has grown into a mountain. And now the avalanche begins.

Obama doesn’t care about the collapse of his signature policy achievement. To him ObamaCare is just another way of picking a fight with the “reactionary forces.” He’s not fundamentally any different than Nicolás Maduro or Kim Jong Il or any other backward Socialist boss who doesn’t know anything except how to pick fights.

Like them, he isn’t interested in helping people, not even in the misguided way that some liberals are. His politics and his passion are those of conflict. He doesn’t care if ObamaCare succeeds or fails. All that he cares about is using it as a weapon against the Republican Party.

That’s what he’s doing now.

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  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    This is the best analysis I’ve seen yet to explain Obama’s strange behavior.

  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    This essay should be mandatory reading in every civics course in every high school in America.

    • adumbrate

      Slow down, there grasshopper. Let’s first make it mandatory for all members to elected office.

  • Biff Henderson

    Obama is more concerned with retaining his title of Prom King than winning the game.

    • hpe reader

      Don’t forget about his fake Roman columns. Got to have those and the crown. lol

      • Biff Henderson

        Obama came equipped with fake Roman columns, abet they were an updated version of the Papal variety, i.e., his claim of being a Christian.

        • hpe reader

          Well said

  • justquitnow

    This is like finding a bullish*t spring in the mountains. So this is where it comes from. There is too much here to get to it all, it’s like a giant gish gallop argument.

    “ObamaCare isn’t his policy achievement. It’s a pack of lies that his people came up with in time to sell him to a progressive group. The pack of lies has grown into a mountain. And now the avalanche begins.”

    The Heritage Foundation came up with it, it was part of Dole’s platform and Romney executed it in his own state. People have been trying to get single payer health care in this country since all our allies did after WWII. The Republicans are against it because they are against anything he does…ANYTHING…it is their policy.

    • adumbrate

      justquit – you are trying to make a point, it just gets lost with all the hostility. Please step back from the Ed Shultz talking points and think – Let’s assume the GOP is for limited govt. Especially in RED states. For example, in 2003, as part of prescription drug trade-off, for example – the GOP put Health Savings Accounts into the bill (Thank you Bill Thomas, R-CA) – much to the decree of most conservatives (govt expansion for Prescription drugs, spending, etc). Do you honestly think the GOP is for single payer? I think not – this is why bi-partisan efforts stick – and partisan laws do not. There is a trade off between private and public policy. Obamacare is 100% public expansion – 2500 pages, 20000+ new regulations – it is in the DNA of a limited Govt conscience to resist it – that has nothing to do with your premise suggesting that the GOP would actually be fighting for single payer if Bush were prez. Yeah – right. Beam me up. You’re high.

      This has everything to do with limited vs slave govt. Founders vision vs thugocracy.

      • justquitnow

        Look man, I read the article and I posted. Those aren’t talking points, they are facts. And I think you’re high and don’t even understand what I wrote. Then after accusing me of talking points because I was able to rattle off the history of this law from memory (its very well known) you proceed to use the “talking points” of the number of regulations and pages of the law? The time to debate the law is over, it’s done. Romney said he would repeal it and he lost. The Supreme Court found it constitutional.

        “This has everything to do with limited vs slave govt. Founders vision vs thugocracy.”

        Says the “no talking points” guy. Sheesh

        • Richard Fontaine

          The law is a disaster on all levels, but some people are so blinded either by lack of knowledge or misplaced ideology that they can’t even tell a $hit sandwich when they bite into it. Ask someone standing next to you if your lips are brown will you and stop babbling about saving the biggest disaster to hit this country in a half century because the Democrats shoved it down the public’s throat on Christmas Eve.

          • justquitnow

            Ok…glad you could get that off your chest. You have anything to add to the thread, because I can call you names and say your an idiot and what not back, but really what’s the point? You don’t like it…big surprise…that doesn’t change the facts. You’re pissed that the law was shoved down your throat, but that is just you persisting in feeling that it’s illegal or something when it is not. I know it’s been described this way to you many, many, many times by the media you like, but THAT DOES NOT CHANGE THE FACTS. So when I patiently push your insults and opinion out of the way you got nothing. So make an argument or stfu.

          • Richard Fontaine

            A retired Constitutional lawyer has read the entire proposed health care bill. Read his conclusions and pass this on as you wish. This is stunning!

            The Truth About the Health Care Bills

            – by Michael Connelly, Ret. Constitutional Attorney

            Well, I have done it! I have read the entire text of House Bill 3200:

            The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009.

            I studied it with particular emphasis from my area of expertise, constitutional law. I was frankly concerned that parts of the proposed law that were being discussed might be unconstitutional. What I found was far worse than what I had heard or expected.

            To begin with, much of what has been said about the law and its implications is in fact true, despite what the Democrats and the media are saying. The law does provide for rationing of health care, particularly where senior citizens and other classes of citizens are involved, free health care for illegal immigrants, free abortion services, and probably forced participation in abortions by members of the medical profession.

            The Bill will also eventually force private insurance companies out of business, and put everyone into a government run system. All decisions about personal health care will ultimately be made by federal bureaucrats, and most of them will not be health care professionals. Hospital admissions, payments to physicians, and allocations of necessary medical devices will be strictly controlled by the government.

            However, as scary as all of that is, it just scratches the surface. In fact, I have concluded that this legislation really has no intention of providing affordable health care choices. Instead it is a convenient cover for the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that has ever occurred, or even been contemplated. If this law or a similar one is adopted, major portions of the Constitution of the United States will effectively have been destroyed.

            The first thing to go will be the masterfully crafted balance of power between the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the U.S. Government. The Congress will be transferring to the Obama Administration authority in a number of different areas over the lives of the American people, and the businesses they own.

            The irony is that the Congress doesn’t have any authority to legislate in most of those areas to begin with! I defy anyone to read the text of the U.S. Constitution and find any authority granted to the members of Congress to regulate health care.

            This legislation also provides for access, by the appointees of the Obama administration, in direct violation of the specific provisions of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, of all of your personal healthcare information, your personal financial information, and the information of your employer, physician, and hospital. All of this is a protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures. You can also forget about the right to privacy. That will have been legislated into oblivion regardless of what the 3rd and 4th Amendments may provide.

            If you decide not to have healthcare insurance, or if you have private insurance that is not deemed acceptable to the Health Choices Administrator appointed by Obama, there will be a tax imposed on you. It is called a tax instead of a fine because of the intent to avoid application of the due process clause of the 5th Amendment. However , that doesn’t work because since there is nothing in the law that allows you to contest or appeal the imposition of the tax, it is definitely depriving someone of property without the due process of law.

            So, there are three of those pesky amendments that the far left hate so much, out the original ten in the Bill of Rights, that are effectively nullified by this law. It doesn’t stop there though.

            The 9th Amendment that provides: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people;

            The 10th Amendment states: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are preserved to the States respectively, or to the people. Under the provisions of this piece of Congressional handiwork neither the people nor the states are going to have any rights or powers at all in many areas that once were theirs to control.

            I could write many more pages about this legislation, but I think you get the idea. This is not about health care; it is about seizing power and limiting rights. Article 6 of the Constitution requires the members of both houses of Congress to “be bound by oath or affirmation to support the Constitution.” If I was a member of Congress I would not be able to vote for this legislation or anything like it, without feeling I was violating that sacred oath or affirmation. If I voted for it anyway, I would hope the American people would hold me accountable.

          • justquitnow

            Wow…that’s a lot of text. OK…you see it as a power grab and think it’s unconstitutional. Grats? It’s not for you to decide. It was for SCOTUS to decide and it’s done. You don’t get to decide which laws you want to follow. I can’t help but feel there is a lot of cynical and intellectually dishonest jibber jabber that this point that has moved on from all the other arguments as if there was never a reason to do this in the first place and Obama just made it up out of whole cloth to get something over on you.

      • Richard Fontaine

        An excellent reply to a liberal rant. Thank you for your cool and reasoned argument. It was refreshing.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “The Heritage Foundation came up with it…”

      Are you insane?

      “Romney executed it in his own state.”

      Bad enough a state would try, but the fed doing it is entirely different.

      But why am I talking to a “talking points memo” troll? I don’t know.

      • luckycat76

        Yes, sadly, Heritage came up with their own version of these, many years ago. They have long since backed away. But the Left uses it like a club: “See? See? Even your side wanted socialized medicine!”
        But, as Mr. Greenfield says above, it’s all they’ve got in the face of this disastrous leviathan.

        • justquitnow

          I was refuting the following:

          “It’s a pack of lies that his people came up with in time to sell him to a progressive group.”

          You know what…it doesn’t matter…why nitpick. It’s only the meaning of the whole article. If any information that goes against your grain is “leftist” and you can just label and reject it, then what’s the point? Everything I said is completely true. Let your own reactions be your guide.

    • Gislef

      If a state wants to implement their own healthcare program, that’s fine. For the Federal government to tell every state to implement the same health care program, not so fine.

      • justquitnow

        Yeah I know…that is the argument Romney made and he lost the election. Then the Supreme Court found it constitutional. Who really cares about democracy when you aren’t getting what you want?

        • physicsnut

          roberts said it was a tax – rather different from ‘constitutional’ . It should have been struck down for being STUPID. like the obnoxious idiots, creeps and money trolling lobbyists who wrote it.

          • justquitnow

            I know, the black guy touched the conservative plan and now you don’t want anything to do with it.

          • Chris Behme

            Ooh! The race card! Liberals are so inventive and clever.

          • justquitnow

            Don’t take out your arsenal of cultic punditry just yet Chris. We’re just people talking, it’s not a high stakes debate. If you’re one of the rare cultic douchebags that isn’t also scared to death of other races, I apologize for inserting that correct adjective into the above statement which was really more about that fact that the GOP rejected their own plan after Obama picked it up as a reasonable middle way, and less about calling you a racist or something.

        • Just Joan

          “Democracy” = rule of the majority over objecting minorities. This shows why keeping democracy at bay is the whole point of the Constitution – it’s about giving each and every person the right to live their life doing what they want and not being forced to follow the majority. Why act like someone trying to get what they want as an individual is a problem? It’s essential to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

          • justquitnow

            Eat a raw egg, punch yourself in the face 5 times…real hard and then think about why you’re an idiot.

        • glpage

          “Who really cares about democracy when you aren’t getting what you want?” You mean, kind of what Obama is pulling now? Throwing a tantrum because he wants to keep spending money the government doesn’t have instead of working with Congress to find ways to cut waste.

          • justquitnow

            Really? He’s throwing a tantrum? Do you now think in the same snark as FPM writes in? Yuk.

          • glpage

            No, I observe. And Obama has real problems with being told, “No.” Notice how many times he likes to remind us he won. It’s justification for him to think he gets his way. Which he stated to Boehner in a budget meeting last year.

            His negotiation style has been his way or no way. Which shouldn’t be unexpected; when he was in the Senate he had the most partisan voting record of all Senators.

            Boehner has rolled over enough times that Obama expects him to continue to do so. Unfortunately for Obama, some folks in the House and Senate decided to do what their constituents wanted them to do and they have forced Boehner to grow a pair. I don’t think Obama understands that’s the way our government was set up to work, but, considering what he has said about the Constitution, I’m not surprised.

            What it all boils down to is Obama does not understand or doesn’t care how our government is supposed to work (then again, that can be said for many past and present politicians in DC) and he has the attitude that what he says goes. What he needs to understand is that he wasn’t elected to be king. But I don’t think his ego will let that thought cross his mind.

          • justquitnow

            Again, this is just a bunch of snark. The ACA was passed legally, then it was declared constitutional by SCOTUS and Obama won an election with his opponent saying he would repeal it, so I don’t know what you’re talking about. It’s law. It’s done.

            I don’t think you understand how our government is suppose to work. A anti-intellectual minority isn’t suppose to shut down the government because they don’t like a law. They tried to repeal it 40 + times lawfully and they couldn’t do it. The GOP and media like Fox hate government and everything it stands for. It’s not a hidden meaning or secret code, they cheered this shutdown. How arse-backwards do you have to be to think this is about Obama’s ego? Whatever you are listening to day in and day out…stop…it’s hurting you.

          • glpage

            Read what the writers of the Constitution said about how our government is supposed to work. Don’t listen to the idiot progressives that have been trying to dismantle it since at least Wilson’s presidency. The government is working as designed. There are no rules that says once signed into law something like Obamacare is inviolate, if the branch of government that is supposed to handle the government’s finances wants to get rid of it they can try. Obama wants to be king and the House isn’t letting him, it’s really as simple as that.

          • gray_man

            “Read what the writers of the Constitution said about how our government is supposed to work. Don’t listen to the idiot progressives that have been trying to dismantle it since at least Wilson’s presidency.” Justquitnow doesn’t want to read what the writers of the Constitution said, he is one of the aforementioned idiot progressives.
            Just look at his response to Just Joan.

          • justquitnow

            I doubt that in your sphere there is an opinion you don’t like that isn’t “leftist” or part of the “progressives” or however else you want to collapse thought down into something meaningless. Go condescend to someone else. Thanks for piping in.

          • gray_man

            I’m not condescending to anyone. You are the one writing nonsensical gibberish, not I.

    • Rod

      I’m not a Republican but my policy is to be against anything Obama says, thinks or does.
      Obama is an evil that should be banished from this planet.
      Think what you want Just and I’ll think what I want.
      Have a nice day.

    • glpage

      Just because a few, influential conservatives were pushing a single player plan back when does not mean all conservatives were behind it. The Heritage Foundation backed off their support for it, as did most of the politicians who supported it.

      http://nationalreview.com/corner/294585/history-individual-mandate-ramesh-ponnuru

      You’re implication that all conservatives supported single payer years ago is roughly as true as stating that all leftists are communists. Just because a few are does not mean all are.

    • carpe diem 36

      obamacare was never about health care for those without it. if it had been they would have been identified and provided health insurance, and if it had to be funded most people would have supported it because obamacare is much more expensive for everyone. the proof of it is the fact that people are losing work hours, employers are struggling not to hire over 50 employees, individuals are being forced to buy something they either do not want or cannot afford and know that this is done only to pay for others. obamacare was designed to make this country into what Russia used to be and dumped years ago because it did not work. obama hates america, wants it to fail, does everything to ruin it. he stated that “we tried capitalism and it did not work”. for 200+ years USA had capitalism and it made the country the richest, strongest most prosperous country ever. but to obama this is not what he wants. he wants every one of us peons to be dependent on gov’t, and obamacare is a great way to do that. if people understand his plan hopefully they will reject it, but most of todays’ americans are low info voters who do not even try. they did not learn the history of the USA they did not see the success it was.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=3D54391A-A0FE-4626-85AD-9AB63471E8E2

      “The most important red line of Barack Obama’s presidency was scrawled hastily in January 2007, a few weeks before he even announced he was running for president.

      Soon-to-be-candidate Obama, then an Illinois senator, was thinking about turning down an invitation to speak at a big health care conference sponsored by the progressive group Families USA, when two aides, Robert Gibbs and Jon Favreau, hit on an idea that would make him appear more prepared and committed than he actually was at the moment.”

      • justquitnow

        Yes and that was the genesis of the ACA…derp!

      • H

        he amazing part is the these days we put the blame on the president for a website being slow and that too when millions of folks are trying to log in to it at the same …

        I will probably ask him to give up his president’s job and apply for an IT job to design websites loL

        • Daniel Greenfield

          A website, like anything else the government does, is supposed to work at launch time.

          Obama is responsible for the incompetence of his subordinates the same way any CEO is.

          • kasandra

            Yes, please ask him to give up his current job. I beg you.

          • Bob Mack

            Dear Daniel, I love it when you allow yourself enough space to really gather steam and starting lowering that boom, Buster Brown. Lowering that glowering boom. It brings to mind what Norman Mailer, that poor devil, once said — namely: that there really truly was nothing quite like Henry Miller when he got on a real roll … as, for example, in his tirade on bread. Anyway, be that as it may well be, I had to get up off’n this carbunckle conflicted old butt of mine and hunt or peck this what the heck let’s tell the kid he ain’t toiling in vain type of thank you note. So there. Not that your brief items for the Point are suffering from anything but hurried proofing and no creep like me to sweat the text prior to lift off…but you’re longer think pieces betray a brain that for some reason won’t refrain from knowing how to be and being a royal pain in the main vein. When Dos Passos told Hemingway that he couldn’t take it any longer, as it was obvious the anti-Franco forces were as bad in fact much worse than the Generalissimo would even bother stooping to becoming…Hemingway shouted to him on the tarmac over chopped up prop thunder roar “The New York Reviewers Will Never Let You Get Away With It!” Congratulations Daniel on getting away with it. May the farce be with ye

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Now that’s high praise indeed.

    • hpe reader

      30,000,000 new health care plan coverages with no new doctors and its all going to cost less than it did before. justquitnow…..please

  • Hass

    I said it before and I’ll say it again.

    “The most useless and dangerous POTUS in history”

    • Hass

      And our pathetic Leftist MSM is reporting it as if it’s the TEA Party who’s holding the country to ransom. It’s never Osama’s fault, ever.

      What a narcissistic POS, want’s to ruin the economy just so he can leave an enormously costly legacy in his name. Obamacare? My arse!

    • Hewlett Harris

      His goal is to destroy the country and become the first dictator of the Marxist States of America but with a twist, Islam will be the state religion.
      Laugh if you want. All forms of Christianity will soon be outlawed.
      He is now demonizing Christianity like Hitler demonized the Jews.

      • justquitnow

        Is this a parody?

      • jeannie green teeth

        Oh, My God you are so correct. It is coming now. Get ready for battle all you sane people of our country. Stand up and fight. Our Lord goes before us, the battle is the Lords. This battle has already been won. Rejoice, your Redemption is closer than you can even imagine. God Bless you All.

    • pupsncats

      I agree he is dangerous but his rule has not been useless-to the left. His appointment of two U.S. Supreme Court judges and other lesser court judges has ensured a future judicial system that trashes our Constitution and favors international laws. He has succeeded in helping the terrorist organization the Muslim Brotherhood to gain a more entrenched foothold in America while making it easier for Christians to be persecuted here and in the Muslim dominated countries in which they live and easier for the groups such as CAIR to gain more power and influence here in order to establish Sharia law. He has certainly made a mockery of the Constitution and the rule of law, both favored by his far left base. He has succeeded in diminishing the office of the president.

      No, he hasn’t been useless to the left.

  • lyndaaquarius

    where will he find his life blood,conflict, when he’s out of office? Will he always be around agitating for something? Daniel Greenfield has penetrated to the heart of this monstrous presidency.Clint Eastwood was right when he said “Obama is the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people”.

    • hpe reader

      Excellent point. Eastwood had him pegged correctly from the start.

    • MLCBLOG

      Do you think he will ever be out of office?

  • irvingrab

    That’s right, Danny boy. The President is a muslim, facist, communist, maoist, black nationalist Patripassianist. (look it up) And Ted Cruz is a Cuban sleeper agent activated at just the right time to weaken US defenses, throw thousands out of work, damage our economy, sow general chaos, and ease the way for Hillary Clinton’s election in 2016. Hey, its my theory and I’m sticking to it!

    .

    • floridavet

      Well, you’re certainly entitled to your fantasies.

      • fazzini

        Prove Cruz ISNT a Cuban sleeper agent!

  • drthomasedavis

    Hang ‘em High

     

    This so-called president is nothing more than an intractable, dictatorial un-American Marxist. It is long past the time this bastard was indicted, charged and tried for his dereliction of duty. Obama, in a conspiratorial hogtying of the American government with the Senate Democrats has caused more mischief and discredit than the preceding 43 administrations combined. Impeachment is a decent and fitting first step to break this impasse. Impeachment will certainly get Obama’s attention and force him to budge. The most fitting and proper solution is a criminal trial in which Obama, Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta and Gen. Dempsey are charged with Treason and Murder for their failure to act in any form on Sept 11,2010. this case is proof of the adage, “Justice delayed is Justice denied.” I for one American citizen, disgusted by the Democrats Party Politics, would be delighted to see all four of the aforementioned miscreants hanged in a public display of America’s disgust at their callous disregard for the rule of law.

    Dr. Thomas E. Davis, Colonel, USA (ret)

  • physicsnut

    the NYTimes says “First end the crisis”. Hey – they are leftoids.
    “Never let a crisis go to waste.” Who said that ? We listen and learn.
    I get fed up with these smug and creepy little leftists. They keep repeating to themselves that they won elections and the Supreme Court ‘said it is constitutional’. Really ? Ever heard of the Constitution ? Nope. Do they care ? Nope. They blabber about obamacare ought to dole out free contraception – as if it is a ‘right’ – except that the rest of us pick up the tab for free stuff. You wonder why medical care costs are thru the roof – free this, free that. Socialists love to corrupt the whole idea of insurance to bend it to their agenda. So the upshot is that insurance costs as much as a mortgage. And then they complain that Boomers are not saving. Hey – i could have socked away 1600 bucks a month if it wasn’t for these creeps. This stuff has been corrupted by these clowns. Then they drive up the costs, and then they get Pelosi to make it a mandate. THAT is the REAL crisis.

    • justquitnow

      holy christmas dude….the ACA was created to help reign in costs. I agree the insurance companies have driven up costs across the board for years. They are the middlemen that contribute nothing and make huge profits. Now at least, they must spend a certain amount on care. You are just really turned around and mad at “leftist”…yeah that’s a productive boogeyman to have. Insurance costs going up…not the insurance companies…nope…the “leftists” did it. You would have money in the bank if it weren’t for “leftists”. A lot of you need to stop running first thing to the easy boogeyman, lumping everything together into a big indiscernible pile and actually figure out what;s going on. I know it’s hard to go with “obama is evil” being beat into your brain every second, so good luck.

      • Daniel Greenfield

        They’re going to spend the same percent on care they did before one way or another..

        • justquitnow

          Really? Then I think you’ve identified the proper party to be angry at.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Life.

            Be very angry at it.

            Also human nature.

            Be twice as angry at that.

          • justquitnow

            um…sure…thanks for that….derp!

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Constantly saying derp… is derp

      • kasandra

        So because Obama said that the purpose of Obamacare was the reigning in of medical costs, you believed him. It couldn’t be that this claim was just a ruse to get support for Obamacare. After all, who isn’t for reigning in costs? It couldn’t possibly be that the purpose was to set up a sure-to-fail system that would just be a prelude to a single-payer national healthcare system that never could have been enacted in one go. Didn’t Sen. Hatkin say that Obamacare was just a “starter house” where “the mansion” would come later? Didn’t Obama tell the SEIU that his goal was a single-payer system but it would have to be done in stages over a number of years? Why do you believe that the biggest spender ever to occupy the White House gives a fig about medical costs as opposed to, say, installing a system to give the state almost unlimited control over citizens (soon to be known as subjects)?

        • justquitnow

          Yeah and he’s got thousands of FEMA coffins and his plan is just beginning to hatch. Derp.

      • Drakken

        You really don’t understand how this Obummer care and how it works do you? The costs are going to go through the roof and if you think the govt can run a health care system better than the private sector, you are absolutely stunning in your wishful thinking and stupidity, study some simple economics.

        • justquitnow

          Um…OK.

      • homer

        Less than $1,000,000,000,000 it was supposed to cost- now it is estim. to cost nearly 3,000,000,000,000- wow. Doest that slight miscalc. bother you at all?

  • Walter Sieruk

    In a four night lecture at a church about the subject of Islam during the question and answer part. Someone asked “Is Obama is really a Muslim ? ” One of the speakers who is now a Christian but in times past was a Muslim and also lived in Iran answered “I don’t know is he is a Muslm or not but his deception is Islamic.” The speaker also said of Obama “Whenever he speaks he sounds just like a Muslim.” Also of Obama he said that “He is going to hurt this country.”

  • JohnKohos

    The truth of this story is easily seen in the way Obama laughs when he attacks opponents.

  • Howard

    I have been thinking these same things for a long time.
    Obama has no skill set that is valuable to the country.
    It’s only valuable to his Mandarins.
    Voters should stop voting as if elections are like voting for prom Queen.
    Even if charm were the criteria I see Obama as less than charming.
    Just as a personality I don’t like the guy.
    There’s something creepy and evil about him.

    • braddocksgold

      He has no class. Zero.

  • Leland64

    With Mussolini-like resolve our vengeful narcissist-in-chief pursues
    his goal of “fundamentally transforming” the United States into a socialist
    workers paradise. He is adept at “punishing” his enemies and no lie is
    too gross. Producers, tax payers and veterans seem to be enemies of the
    state. Total centralization of power in D.C. is under way with ever
    aspect of the personal lives of America’s citizens under government
    control. Obama’s friends, radical pro-immigration demonstrators, were granted access to public areas while American war veterans are denied access to memorials. Golf courses on military bases are open for Obama’s use while base grocery stores are closed to military families. Death gratuities for KIA soldiers are on hold and VA employees are furloughed while while bills to fund
    these items are refused. Vengeful, punishing, untruthful, narcissistic,
    petty and uncaring best describe Obama. It is past time for regime
    change!

    • vulgar_imposter

      I bet you have a small penis.

      • Drakken

        And I’ll bet if Obummer was in front of you that you would get down on bended knee with total adoration on your blissful face and blow him and you would still love him for cuming in your mouth and swallow.

      • gray_man

        You should know, you’ve had it your mouth long enough.

      • jeannie green teeth

        Is that the best you can do? Nothing at all worthwhile to add to the debate. Then why don’t you go away?

  • justquitnow

    That’s because they are. Imagine the nerve of this black guy….first he gets elected…then he gets this healthcare law passed that you don’t want, and then…get this, the uppity SOB gets re-elected on the promise of enacting said law, has the law declared Constitutional and then (and this is what really stirs my stew) he actually wants the law to go forward!!! This commie muslim is clever…see how he actually works within the system and passes laws the proper way and has majority support…what an evil devil.

    And it also angers me how Obama started calling the ACA Obamacare…I mean who does he think he is…naming the thing after himself!!!

    Derp, derp…@^#*(@#) derp

    • oldbrowser

      Let’s not forget what a great job he has done with the economy, foreign policy, unemployment, etc., etc..
      Clearly he is the most intelligent and capable Marxist in history.

      • Chris Behme

        Clueless twits like justquitnow are sure that the only reason Americans don’t like the destruction of the country, the economy, foreign relations, obamacare, the rule of law, etc, etc., is because a white guy isn’t doing it.
        Liberals truly are mentally ill.

    • m4253y

      you are a priceless example of someone who has been duped. your facetiousness aside, i will leave out all of the lies and broken promises, not to mention the numerous acts of treason consummated via direct violations of The Constitution.

      but, at the very least in reply to your ‘little’ misguided rant, let’s review a few issues on the Affordable Care Act, shall we?

      1. “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.” obammie july 2009

      2. the delay of the employer mandate for one year.

      3. the exemption of congress from their own mandated “constitutional” (according to you) law.

      4. the lie that it was not a tax only to be passed by the supreme court on the fact that it is indeed a tax.

      5. Premiums would decrease across the board but in fact “As Jim Meyers reported for Newsmax March 20, “an exhaustive study by three congressional committees” found that Obamacare “could increase health insurance premiums by over 200 percent and render insurance coverage unaffordable for millions of Americans.”

      6. the better than 600 million and 3 years to prepare the website enrollment is a disaster and as the enrollment times are being squeezed.

      etc.,the beat goes on.

      trolling may be good for your sense of rubbing people whose concerns are founded the wrong way, but perhaps you should acknowledge the inconvenient truths once in awhile or better yet, justquitnow.

    • Homer

      Are you in lockstep with Justice Thomas? Just like I thought- You racist.

  • bob e

    great essay dan..

  • ca1

    excellent article mr. greenfield!

  • irvingrab

    Well, I can see why you didn’t make general.

    • drthomasedavis

      If you can see that, please explain it to me. I spent 42 years defending your ass from bastards like that one in the Oval Office and you have the unmitigated gall to insult me. I can still kick some ass and yours deserves it. Obviously you are a liberal, Obama ass-kissing jerk.

      • Semperfidelis22

        Well I have 35 years in, a star, and a leg torn up by shrapnel that says you are an insubordinate hothead. Irvingrab is right…its a damn good thing you didn’t make General. Alpha Mike Foxtrot,

        • drthomasedavis

          God Bless you, Sir and many thanks for carrying a tremendous load. I beg to differ, sir; I am not an ‘insubordinate’ hothead To whom am I possibly insubordinate? To that idiot in the Oval Office? If I had been in service while that asshole was CIC, I like LTC Terry Lakin would have demanded proof of “Right to serve” I never engage in a battle in a temper rage. Cool is the mood. .
          I respect your opinion, Sir but respectfully disagree with your harsh judgment since your evidence is at best only partial and you know me Not! Carry on Marine!

      • jeannie green teeth

        Oh, yes. The truth is a cold hard fact and the one who has the balls to tell it is to be honored above most or indeed, all men.

    • Debbie G

      And what is your rank?

  • A Z

    I want Jimmy Carter back.

    I know I believed and called Obama, Jimmy Carter II. But he is so much worse I would rather have Jimmy Carter and his stupid loud moth anti-nuke, anti-American everything daughter.

  • Rod

    Interesting article; tragic if true.

  • EVILHASWONAGAIN

    When we had slavery, everybody was happy….

  • braddocksgold

    All politically motivated violence begins from the left.

  • Ellman48

    “Like them, he isn’t interested in helping people, not even in the
    misguided way that some liberals are. His politics and his passion are
    those of conflict. He doesn’t care if ObamaCare succeeds or fails. All
    that he cares about is using it as a weapon against the Republican
    Party.”

    One has to wonder if Obama is the new paradigm for future Democratic Party presidential candidates. Like Obama, the Democrats are only interested in political power, which means keeping Republicans out of office by blaming them for all the problems the liberals create, calling them racists and extremists, claiming they lack compassion, etc. They know that the American public will rarely ask for proof to substantiate their lies and recriminations; that repetition is all that’s necessary to “convince” most people that something is true. And this is precisely the reason that Obama repeats his tiresome and boring mantras about Republicans over and over and over again. This is what Democrats want of a President, not a leader, a doer, an achiever, an example for others. All they want is somebody to excoriate and condemn Republicans and ‘old white racist Americans’.

  • justquitnow

    With all due respect Colonel the uppity President was reelected saying he would carry through with this legally passed and constitutional law. We just had major cuts with the sequester. WTF is he suppose to budge on. Just because a small minority of know-nothings have failed to repeal the law legally, doesn’t mean they can shut down government unless Obama repeals the healthcare law and cuts everything some more. Romney didn’t win…if he had…the Republicans would have had no problem destroying this law (that they initially invented) But, he lost…and so the will of the majority is now being obstructed by people that hate government in the first place.

    And about Benghazi…that was a CIA post in a foreign unstable country…you must have been just fumming over the real 9/11 when our entire homeland defense broke down and thousands of our people died on our own soil. Let me guess…not Bush’s fault.

    • m4253y

      “WTF is he suppose to budge on”

      easy enough. he is supposed to cut the out of control entitlement spending which has bloated the national debt figure, a running debt to the tune of 17 trillion dollars ..nearly doubled by him alone in just 5 years.

      are you okay with America going bankrupt?

      are you okay that in 5 years those on government assistance of one form or another has risen from 32% to better than 52%?

      are you okay that better than 60 million Americans have been removed from the work force in 5 years and the labor participation rate in the USA is levels not seen since the great depression?

      “WTF is he suppose to budge on” you ask?

      he is supposed to be the leader of the country. he is supposed to constantly negotiate with the other two branches of government as laid out by the founding fathers for obvious reasons, all the time…that is his job.

      you may feel emboldened as a democrat that he is fighting the big bad satan GOP, but you should be enraged by the acts of a dictator that he is employing by stripping away the constitution and dividing America at its core.

      • justquitnow

        are you okay with America going bankrupt?

        No and I don’t beat my wife either. You know the day before 9/11 Rumsfeld told us all that the Pentagon couldn’t account for 2.3 trillion dollars. Then we got distracted by something. Then we blew trillions of dollars invading Iraq…(at one point they literally flew 9 billion in cash to Afghanistan on giant pallets…also vanished) then Bush gave us all tax cuts that went mainly to the rich…then the prescription drug benefit. Then TARP. So if you can honestly say that on each of these points you were outraged that this dictator was stripping away the constitution…then you’re selective outrage and focus is pretty cynical and self serving isn’t it? It’s also intellectually dishonest.

        So even after the sequester cuts and the deficit finally coming down, we need more cuts and Obama is suppose to kill the legislation he won reelection on. Having to negotiate and take demands everytime the government needs to get funded is something only Obama has ever had to contend with. I wonder why that is?

        I play a online video game called Warcraft III…it’s a strategy game where you play with 7 other people online. 4 to a team. It’s a really great game about building, strategy and war. Now…you can have dumb teammates…you can have noobies that can’t play very good, and you can have players that make mistakes and cost you the war, and while it sucks, that’s the way the game works. But there are TKrs (Team Killers) that have nothing better to do then attack their own team thus scuttling the game and wasting everyone’s time. You can’t do anything about it since he’s on your team. Game over.

        This is the modern GOP, because if you don’t really give a dead donkey’s kidney about government or the people you govern and you really wish the whole thing would go away and be privatized or something, then you are a team killer.

        The thing is they have broken your measure of what is reasonable to even say. You just think that going to the most extreme argument is the best. Why argue about minutia when you can scream that Obama is a dictator destroying the country. Obama isn’t dividing the country, this anti-intellectual lying cult you all suckle on is destroying your ability to discern reality from some Alex Jones wet dream.

        • m4253y

          forget about all the jargon…what you fail to understand is that the stakes are too high for partisan jargon.

          you either get with the numbers and believe them for what they are or, as in your case you choose to conveniently disbelieve.

          when you done filtering through the actions of the IRS, the actions of the NSA, the inaction on foreign policy, the destruction of the work force, etc., don’t worry, you can turn a blind partisan eye but it will all play out very badly.

          that you can take to the bank.
          regards

          • justquitnow

            Is that the “I am rubber, you are glue” defense? You basically just accused me of what I just got through telling you that you are doing.

            “it will all play out very badly.” yes am I’m sure you will do your part to make sure it sucks.

          • m4253y

            no, unlike you i will continue to pay into a corrupt system that you are no doubt benefiting from. if you aren’t, with blind, unacquainted loyalty like yours, you should be.

            good luck.

          • justquitnow

            I just paid a pretty sizable tax bill. I own a small business. I get zero benefits from the government and with state and local taxes I pay in plenty. I am looking forward to paying a lower price for insurance.

        • Jake

          Now I have it figured out. Justquitnow is a liberal with an adolescent mind who spends his time playing video games. That’s the kind of people we have supporting Obama and his liberal ideas. Most people I know are too busy with job, spouse, family,church and community to have the time to spend playing video games.

          • justquitnow

            Jake, I’m sorry you can’t find the time in your busy life to play a game now and again. You must read books, watch movies, or have some form of entertainment. Do you have a TV? Then don’t begrudge me a video game while I’m rendering, you cultic douchebag. I bet the “people you know” consists of a very small and homogenous sphere.
            You’re probably in bed already seeing as you have a full day of activities tomorrow. Don’t forget to take time tomorrow to be afraid of something you don’t understand.

          • homer

            You can’t be terribly successful- for any number of reasons. I doubt you pay any taxes either. Condescending twerp.

  • Debbie G

    Does anyone here think we are being intentionally provoked by this administration? So provoked that some will draw weapons and give Obama the “ammunition” he needs to declare martial law? I’d be happy to hear opinions on this.

    • Bert

      You may be right. Obama signed the draconian bill authorizing him to seize power over essential services in case of emergency. In addition he has Dept. of Homeland Security buying about two billion hollow point bullets while he ramps up domestic surveillance. He is getting ready for crushing any possible rebellion with bloody force. All he needs to do now is to provoke riots in the street.

      • Debbie G

        Thanks Bert. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to know if I’m just paranoid!

        • braddocksgold

          It can’t be paranoia if it’s actually happening. Instead of a violent revolution why can’t we skip directly to the inevitable result – a new breakaway nation.

          • Debbie G

            What would be your method for this action? Would individual states vote on it? (not quite sure what you mean by “breakaway.”)

          • justquitnow

            He means like the Confederacy. Now, just like then, it is illegal and the acts of rebels to the United States of America. You just can’t claim to love America and want to succeed.

          • braddocksgold

            I’m just saying skip the bloodshed. Get straight to the split.

  • jeannie green teeth

    Oh, Sir, you said it all. I love you. May you live long and prosper.