Skip to comments.Not The End Of The World (Predictions about Obama, dated Nov 4, 2008)
Posted on 08/28/2009 12:07:05 PM PDT by LazamatazEdited on 08/28/2009 12:21:18 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
November 04, 2008
Not the end of the world It's easy to let yourself go in despair and start thinking things like "We are well-and-truly f*****." This is the worst of all possible outcomes". But it isn't true.
I think this election is going to be a "coming of age" moment for a lot of people. They say, "Be careful what you wish for" and a lot of people got their wish yesterday.
And now they're bound to be disappointed. Not even Jesus could satisfy all the expectations of Obama's most vocal supporters, or fulfill all the promises Obama has made.
I think Obama is going to turn out to be the worst president since Carter, and for the same reason: good intentions do not guarantee good results. Idealists often stub their toes on the wayward rocks of reality, and fall on their faces. And the world doesn't respond to benign behavior benignly.
But there's another reason why: Obama has been hiding his light under a basket. A lot of people bought a pig in a poke today, and now they're going to find out what they bought. Obama isn't what most of them think he is. The intoxication of the cult will wear off, leaving a monumental hangover.
And four years from now they'll be older and much wiser.
A lot of bad things are going to happen during this term. But I don't think that this is an irreversible catastrophe for the union. I've lived long enough to absorb this basic truth: the US is too large and too strong to destroy in just 4 years. Or even in 8. We survived 6 years of Nixon. We survived 4 years of Carter. We even survived 8 years of Clinton, God alone knows how.
The President of the United States is the most powerful political figure in the world, but as national executives go his powers are actually quite restricted. Obama will become President, but he won't be dictator or king, let alone deity. He still has to work with the House and the Senate, and he still has to live within Constitutional restrictions, and with a judiciary that he mostly didn't appoint.
The main reason this will be a "coming of age" moment is that now Obama and the Democrats have to put up or shut up. Obama got elected by making himself a blank slate, with vapid promises about "hope" and "change" -- but now he actually has to do something. Now he has to reveal his true agenda. And with the Democrats also having a majority in both chambers of Congress, now the Democrats really have to lead. And they're not going to do a very good job of it. It's going to be amusing to watch.
And the people who fell for the demagoguery will learn an invaluable lesson.
Oh, the Democrats try to blame failure on Republican filibusters, of which there will be many. But that's always been a factor in our system, and many people believe it's an important check on government excess. The tradition in the Senate is that it is supposed to be a buffer against transient political fads, and the filibuster is a major part of that.
If the Democrats go all in, and change the filibuster rule, then they'll have truly seized the nettle with both hands and won't have any excuses any longer. That's why they won't do it. It's their last fig-leaf. But even with the filibuster rule in place, they'll be stuck trying to deliver now on all the promises implied, or inferred, during this election. The Republicans can only filibuster on bills the Democrats have already proposed.
And it ain't possible for the Democrats to deliver what's been promised. Gonna be a hell of a lot of disillusioned lefties out there. A lot of people who felt they were deceived. A lot of people who will eventually realize that the Obama campaign was something of a cult.
Disillusionment will turn to a feeling of betrayal. And that will, in turn, convert to anger.
In the mean time, Obama and Congressional Democrats will do things that cause harm, but very little of it will be irreversible.
I would have enjoyed watching lefty heads explode if McCain had won. But we're going to see lefty heads exploding anyway; it's just going to take longer.
In the mean time, those of us who didn't want Obama to be president have to accept that he is. And let's not give in to the kind of paranoid fever dreams that have consumed the left for the last 8 years. Let us collectively take a vow tonight: no "Obama derangement syndrome". Obama is a politician. He isn't the devil incarnate.
So what are the good sides of what just happened?
1. It is no longer possible for anyone to deny that the MSM is heavily biased. The MSM have been biased for decades but managed an illusion of fairness. That is no longer possible; the MSM have squandered their credibility during this campaign. They'll never get that credibility back again.
2. Since the Democrats got nearly everything they hoped for in this campaign, they'll have no excuses and will have to produce. They'll have to reveal their true agenda -- or else make clear that they don't really have any beyond gaining power.
3. Every few decades the American people have to be reminded that peace only comes with strength. The next four years will be this generation's lesson.
Now, a few predictions for the next four years:
1. Obama's "hold out your hand to everyone" foreign policy is going to be a catastrophe. They'll love it in Europe. They're probably laughing their heads off about it in the middle east already.
2. The US hasn't suffered a terrorist attack by al Qaeda since 9/11, but we'll get at least one during Obama's term.
3. We're going to lose in Afghanistan.
4. Iran will get nuclear weapons. There will be nuclear war between Iran and Israel. (This is the only irreversibly terrible thing I see upcoming, and it's very bad indeed.)
5. There will eventually be a press backlash against Obama which will make their treatment of Bush look mild. Partly that's going to be because Obama is going to disappoint them just as much as all his other supporters. Partly it will be the MSM desperately trying to regain its own credibility, by trying to show that they're not in his tank any longer. And because of that they are eventually going to do the reporting they should have done during this campaign, about Obama's less-than-savory friends, and about voter fraud, and about illegal fund-raising, and about a lot of other things.
and 6. Obama will not be re-elected in 2012. He may even end up doing an LBJ and not even running again.
One last thing: I'm not saying I'm happy with this outcome. I would much rather have had McCain win. But this is not the end of the world, or the end of this nation. We've survived much worse.
And now we need to show the lefties how to lose. Our mission for the next four years is to be in opposition without becoming deranged.
UPDATE: One other good thing: no one will be spinning grand conspiracy theories about this administration's Vice President being an evil, conniving genius who is the true power behind the throne.
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>> think Obama is going to turn out to be the worst president since Carter
... “going” to? Ha. He’s there.
It was written back in November of 2008.
Bumpage To The Toppage
Yeah, I’m a little slow today.
And your post is well and truly... er, freaked if the AM is paying attention to that first sentence. :-)
But it can be just our little secret; I’m sure no one will notice.
The country will probably survive. Just hoping that I and everyone I know isn’t in the next WTC. Need some more dead and unemployed Americans for voters to get the full effect of the last pick.
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Now, a few predictions for the next four years:
1. Obama’s “hold out your hand to everyone” foreign policy is going to be a catastrophe. They’ll love it in Europe. They’re probably laughing their heads off about it in the middle east already.
2. The US hasn’t suffered a terrorist attack by al Qaeda since 9/11, but we’ll get at least one during Obama’s term.
3. We’re going to lose in Afghanistan.
4. Iran will get nuclear weapons. There will be nuclear war between Iran and Israel. (This is the only irreversibly terrible thing I see upcoming, and it’s very bad indeed.)
5. There will eventually be a press backlash against Obama which will make their treatment of Bush look mild. Partly that’s going to be because Obama is going to disappoint them just as much as all his other supporters. Partly it will be the MSM desperately trying to regain its own credibility, by trying to show that they’re not in his tank any longer. And because of that they are eventually going to do the reporting they should have done during this campaign, about Obama’s less-than-savory friends, and about voter fraud, and about illegal fund-raising, and about a lot of other things.
6. Obama will not be re-elected in 2012. He may even end up doing an LBJ and not even running again.
Surpassed, actually. He’s way beyond what Carter did, and he had four years. Obama’s taken the country into a worse state in just a little more then 7 months. Just think what the next 3 years and 5 months will bring us!
“He still has to work with the House and the Senate, and he still has to live within Constitutional restrictions, and
with a judiciary that he mostly didn’t appoint.”
Ruh Roh...what about CZARS?
Does he have any stock tips?
I could go for this except that Obama is already working outside of Constitutional restrictions.
Apparently ther are no longer any restrictions in the Constitution.
Remember, Obama has said that the Constitution was a negative thing. It says what the government can’t do to the people, but did not say what it could do. Obama has found a way to negate the whole thing....as we sit and watch.
Not good. Very bad.
Author is Steve den Beste. Not particularly prescient or risky predictions. The attack on Israel is wrong, so far and likely wrong go forward.
Oohhhhhhh, I saw it! But it’s used in context, so I think Laz is ok.....
Now they know how Dorothy felt when she look behind the curtian!
Nope, I was wrong...
And then the Zen master said, "We'll see."
Hey, I am willing to take The Pledge: I will give Obama the same respect and honor that the liberals gave George W. Bush. Who could be against that deal??
NAW, Judge, dose YUTES were do.
Thanks for defusing the bomb. LOL
Sad that the longest odds are on #5.
Everything else, spot on.
I saw a lot of this rationalizing during the campaign and immediately after it. This has a glaring and fatal flaw. Up until now, our enemies have been, by and large, enemies from without. Now, for perhaps the first time, the mortal enemies of the Republic are within, and occupy the highest offices in the land, with their hands daily on the levers of power, with all of the might of a Brobdingnagian federal government at their disposal. That means only one of two things: tyranny, or revolution.
7) Obama will try to create the pretense of a right wing radical militia rising to allow him to implement martial law. He'll declare all elections will be put on hold until things stabilize. Conflicts at the ensuing protests will spark the Second American Revolution
Hussein IS the terrorist attack.
He said laughingly.</ Sarcasm>
John McCain; "You have nothing to fear from this man, oBama."
Sorry, but that is a ridiculous prediction. He does not have the weight to carry out such an act. Even though most of the folks in D.C. are deranged, that event would not fly. Enough of those people have families and friends and financial interests that would be irreversibly damaged. Aint gonna happen.
That was the statement that made me sure he was going to lose. It gave those wavering a comfort level and drove them into Obamalinsky’s grasp.
If Israel gets into a nuclear exchange, America will be brought to it's knees (literally).
This writer expressed a little too much confidence in the restraints of the Constitution. Look at the unaccountable czars overseeing censorship—look at how the House has rolled over and look at the quadrupling of the deficit in a matter of months...