Is Obama trying to Lead or to Rule?

So, to no one’s surprise, it looks like the US Government is going into the car business, something our founders certainly never intended.

I keep watching Obama and wondering if he is trying to lead America to further greatness, or to simply bring her to heel?

There is an absolute disconnect between what Obama says, and what he does. In his first 100 days he said he had “no interest” in running the banking and auto industries in this country, even as his hand crept out and snatched both under the guise of “crisis management.”

Because good crises were never meant to be wasted.

And he’s not done reaching. This president, who oozes charm from every pore in a way that makes Bill Clinton look like a true slick-hick-used-car-salesman, is going to continue to campaign and speak and smile and laugh, and (with the help of all-media) dazzle a huge percentage of the nation, while snatching control of the press, the travel industry (business already goes to Vegas by his leave, only) and eventually, yes, the churches. More on that later.

Obama says he wants everyone to “come together” despite differences in opinion. Replaying the “post-partisan” campaign themes that were proved fallacious with his fast “I won,” the president wants us to find “common ground” on abortion, using “fair-minded words” and eliminating “caricatures”, as long as everyone understands that “common ground” will give no quarter to the most minimal requests of the pro-lifers; that “fair-minded words” and “caricatures” are relative, and that “looking past our differences” means the savagery of partial birth abortion will go forward, unabated as we “work with” a president who voted twice against laws that would allow medical treatment of babies born alive during attempted abortions.

That’s kind of odd, when you think about it.
A guy who thinks “every crisis is an opportunity,” and who professes a Christian belief, looks at an accidental pregnancy only as a “punishment” and never as an “opportunity.” Or -gasp- a blessing.

In President Obama’s world, “common ground” and “looking beyond differences” means simply, “I won. I have both houses. I’m going to name at least three judges. All I have to do is smile and smile, and use the language of conciliation while doing just what I please.”

The language of conciliation is just words, after all. Actions speak louder. Flip-flopping is not compromise or “common ground,” it is mere political expediency.

America’s greatness has until now rested in the genius of her people, unshackled from heavy governmental intrusion and free to dream. It almost feels like Obama wants Americans to put their dreams away, to subsume its genius to his government; where true genius doth abide.

And if you don’t want these particular plans to succeed? If you dissent? Why…that’s treason, isn’t it (laughlaugh)?

Dissent is no longer the highest form of patriotism; that would be obedience.

“All of this, all of this can be yours. Just give me what I want, and nobody gets hurt.”
U2, Vertigo

Hey, the president is cool. He’s got it all under control. He makes us smile. Plug those iPod buds back into your ears and stand in this line right over here.

“Your love is teaching me how to kneel.”

America has some of this coming; complacency and materialism has rendered her somnolent. President Bush, while keeping us very safe asked nothing of us, and that contributed to an unhealthy detachment. Eventually, we were going to have to wake up. But this is one hell of a Reveille.

We are in for exceedingly interesting times.

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  • YogusBearus

    Well said Anchoress. I fear you are about to experience a new wave of electronic attacks.

  • rcareaga

    So, to no one’s surprise, it looks like the US Government is going into the car business, something our founders certainly never intended.

    This is scarcely surprising, since even the sturdiest of the Founding Fathers had gone to their graves some decades before the auto industry took off. I understand also that these good bewigged gentlemen never intended their infant republic to place mobile robotic probes on the surface of Mars, or to subsidize the mapping of the human genome, or for that matter to get into the business of administering old-age pensions, but as I read the record there were a few among the “Federalist Papers” lot who entertained the possibility that changing circumstances might call for a flexibility of approach. Tough to know what they might have thought of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” but since noted Christian GWB apparently countenanced it — and he’s on record consulting a Higher Authority on the big questions — I think we can great-great-great-great-grandfather in the FFs’ acquiescence, don’t you? And surely they didn’t mean all that Fourth Amendment stuff.

    Undoubtedly they never intended federal intervention in an industry that did not exist, and was not imagined, in their lifetimes. They would likely have boggled at the first legislation establishing the Interstate Highway system (“Oh, yeah, canals are one thing, but roads?”) Perhaps originalists ought, in the interests of a principled intellectual consistency, route themselves around these stretches of asphalt that would have so affronted Madison and Jefferson.

    I know that suspicion of public administration is practically an article of faith these days, but after witnessing the spectacle of the untrammeled, unregulated private sector, with its fixation on the next quarter’s profits and the bonuses appertaining thereunto, trashing the commonweal, I’m disposed to trust the sloth of bureaucrats over the avarice of hedge fund managers. But perhaps the founders intended merely to set up that commonweal as a feast for parasites.

  • Patrick

    This is scarcely surprising, since even the sturdiest of the Founding Fathers had gone to their graves some decades before the auto industry took off.

    Way to deliberately miss the point.

  • http://lowlytuber.blogspot.com tim maguire

    No, I think rcareaga is right. The founders had no underlying philosophy and if any detail of the discussion arose after the writing of the constitution, then we are powerless to determine their intent. And rcareaga is sincere, intellectually honest, and without the slightest hint of troll.

    “I keep watching Obama and wondering if he is trying to lead America to further greatness, or to simply bring her to heel?”

    Neither. He is trying to recreate this country and have it play the international role he thinks it should–namely, that we are simply one among the multitude. Obama comes from a school of thought that is embarrassed by America’s success, deeming success inherently suspect–it must have come through cheating and theft and heartlessness and ruthlessness. Success is something to be ashamed of. No, we are not exceptional, there is nothing special about the American experiment. In fact, there isn’t an American experiment, we’re just another country much like all the others. So we shouldn’t think our vote or our interest is more important than anyone else’s.

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