The price of freedom is constant vigilance. We the people were less than vigilant when Obama was elected the first time. We were less than intelligent when he was elected the second time.
In a recent opinion column in The Times-Independent Mr. Jeff Flanders opined that the failures of Obama are the result of race hatred against him. There is no doubt that there are racists among us, but there are not enough of them to bring us to the level of decline we are now experiencing. In fact, if anything, racism elected Obama.
One might say because he was a “cool” young black American he blew Hillary Clinton right off the stage. Because he is black, the media refused to delve into his past associations with Alinsky radicals, America-hating preachers, former and still unrepentant terrorists and a variety of left-wing anti-American elitists who became his czars. Because he is black, more black Americans turned out to vote for him then ever turned out to elect white candidates.
Let us hope and pray that race is never a deciding factor in any election again. We are at the point where, according to a recent poll, 70 percent of Americans believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. The 70 percent includes independents, democrats, republicans and libertarians among others. There must be more to this level of dissatisfaction than race, and there is.
Here is a brief list, in no particular order, of why Obama has fallen on hard times:
From the beginning, he was expected to accomplish too much. The left was hoping for a return to Camelot and what they got was the reality of Detroit and Chicago on a national scale.
The jobless recovery is hurting everyone. Obama wasted $800 million on “shovel ready” projects that didn’t exist.
The health care debacle: the passage of Obamacare was pure Chicago politics at its worst, including the payoffs for votes and the “pass the bill then you can read it” leadership from the left. The result is a horrible morass of federal intervention into the private lives of the citizenry.
Obama believes that only spending money can solve problems. He refuses to make the hard choices required to return us to solvency.
Obama has been campaigning and pandering to his base for six years. He shows no interest in uniting the people.
Obama has been caught in too many lies. For example: “If you like your doctor you can keep him.” Or saying there is not a smidgen of corruption in the IRS, and that the Benghazi disaster was caused by a video tape. The list goes on and on.
Obama’s foreign policy has weakened America. His remark to the Russians about being able to be “more flexible” after he wins his election is a prime example of his lack of understanding of foreign affairs and in this instance probably will cost the people of the Ukraine their freedom from Russian domination. His Israeli policies have emboldened the radical Islamists. Obama has put us in the position of having to pay the Russians to transport us to the space station. Just as beating the Russians to the moon enhanced America’s image in the world, the shame of having to crawl to the Russians for a ride demeans us, not only in our own eyes but in the eyes of the world.
Obama has refused to protect the southern border. The problems at the border are not entirely his fault, but instead of solving the problems he has only exacerbated them.
His “apology tours” around the world weaken the nation at home and abroad. Obama has wasted hundreds of billions of dollar giving money to his “green” friends for pie in the sky energy schemes while at the same time doing all he can to limit or close down energy resources that work and would provide thousands of jobs.
Obama is the first president to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they “volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences.”
Please note that none of the above examples of why Obama has the country heading in the wrong direction is related to race. They are related to his constant divisive campaigning that has never ceased. They are related to his lack of the ability to bring people together and to be a leader. They have nothing to do with race.
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. May we the people be more vigilant in November of 2014 and 2016.
James Hofmann is a retired educator and corporate trainer. He and his wife relocated to Moab in 2004.