Four and one-half years into an administration largely endorsed by the press and having had the good fortune of a largely ineffective opposition in Congress, the White House is now suffering the dire consequences of its domestic and international policy failures.
Distressingly, it seems incapable of coping with reality.
The lack of normal journalistic criticism combined with a Republican Party that has been essentially overlooked or ridiculed by a largely partisan media has resulted in the absence of any incentive to seriously review its deeply flawed courses of action. Despite overwhelming evidence of an economy that remains moribund, an abundance of missteps that would have effectively terminated any other presidency, and international setbacks resulting from a naïve and uniformed worldview, The White House has chosen to simply deny reality by ignoring facts and dismissing legitimate questions about its actions as “phony scandals.”
Barack Obama rode into office on an unprecedented tide of good will. Following the widely criticized George W. Bush, and as the first black president, a nation ready to put its recent divisiveness and past racial misdeeds behind it was eager to give him every opportunity to succeed. The world followed suit, granting the former one-term U.S. Senator from Illinois the Nobel Peace Prize less than a year into his first term despite a clear absence of any relevant accomplishment.
He received every opportunity to put his policies into action. For the first two years of his reign, a completely Democrat-dominated Congress enacted all of his domestic and economic policies into law. The results have been poor. Unemployment remains terrible, and long-term unemployment is at unprecedented levels. The economy just skims marginally ahead of recession, barely kept afloat by a Federal Reserve “easy money” maneuver, a move that will one day be paid for by an inflationary spiral not seen since the 1970’s. The debt continues to mount dramatically.
The Administration’s signature legislative piece, widely known as “Obamacare,” is proving to be something akin to a train wreck. The extraordinary financial burden it is placing on businesses has led the White House into adopting the disreputable (and unlawful) tactic of delaying key portions until after the midterm elections. It now appears that there will be as many Americans uninsured after this legislation as there was before.
Internationally, The President’s goal of a “Reset” in relations with Moscow, fueled by reckless arms concessions to the Putin government, has been dashed by Russia’s increasingly belligerent actions, including the resumption of nuclear-armed patrols by bombers and submarines off the American coastline.
China has become a nuclear and conventional arms superpower. It continues to engage in undeterred and full scale espionage, marked by cyber-warfare against both governmental and civilian American targets. Beijing uses its newfound muscle to steal resources from its neighbors. Its moves have prompted a deeply frightened Japan to embark on a course of re-militarization.
Motivated by pro-Iranian advisor Valerie Jarrett, the White House’s failure to timely confront Iran with the strongest possible diplomatic means, and lacking any credibility concerning the use of force, Tehran will have nuclear-tipped ICBMs capable of striking the U.S. and Europe by 2015. At that point, Washington’s influence in the Mideast will evaporate. Unfortunately, due to the President’s environmental policies that have stopped progress towards U.S. energy independence dead in its tracks, that part of the world remains crucial.
The one area that Barack Obama was uniquely qualified to succeed in has been, perhaps, one of his worst failures. Rather than calm the nation in the wake of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, the President chose instead to take sides, and his Justice Department has, stunningly, engaged in actions designed to stir agitation against the Court’s decision. However,America’s first Black President has failed people of color to a degree so severe that, were he any other Chief Executive, there would be riots in the streets over it. The unemployment rate of African-American teenagers, the ongoing plague of black-on-black crime, and the growing level of bankruptcy in several black-majority inner cities is a national disgrace.
The President has sought to cover-up his failures by alleging that Republicans are making up scandals to divert legislative attention away from his programs. But the death of an American ambassador due to Washington’s inaction, the unprecedented widespread use of the federal bureaucracy to assault political opposition, the deeply troubling surveillance of reporters, the transfer of weapons into the hands of drug lords, and other misdeeds are very real.
Every President commits errors. What renders this Administration so very unique is its failure—or refusal—to learn from them, and its hyper-partisan view of leadership. The scale and breadth of its policy disasters, and its sheer disregard for Constitutional law has become its hallmark.
As the inevitable results of its uncriticized and unsuccessful policies become increasingly evident, a desperate President resorts to calling the clear evidence of his failures “partisanship” and “phony scandals.” This refusal to accept reality should frigthen every American.