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Donít Mess with Messiahs [Whenever things go wrong, itís the fault of those obstructionists...]
National Review ^ | 7/1/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 07/01/2014 3:33:58 AM PDT by markomalley

In Obama’s most recent — and embarrassing — public whine, he lashed out at the once-obsequious press. In his now customary first-person I/me/my/mine lament (e.g., “They don’t do anything, except block me and call me names. . . . If they were more interested in growing the economy for you and the issues that you are talking about instead of trying to mess with me, we would be doing a lot better. . . . The critics, the cynics in Washington, they’ve written me off more times than I can count.”), he lambasted the partisan culture of Washington. He lashed out at the Tea Party, the House Republicans, his opponents in general, and all those who would unreasonably oppose his blanket amnesties, his climate-change taxes and regulations, the shutdown of the Keystone-pipeline project, Obamacare, and $9 trillion in new debt.

Apparently someone other than Obama is in charge when the IRS goes rogue, the VA implodes, the Justice Department goes after Associated Press reporters, the consulate in Benghazi is overrun, the NSA taps the phones of allied leaders, Iraq is torn apart, the Middle East melts down, or we trade five terrorist kingpins for an American deserter. Obama’s impromptu adolescent moaning was bizarre and reminds us again why he would be wiser to stay close to his teleprompter.

Obama also seems oddly to forget that when he promised to use his pen and phone to run things by his lonesome, nearly everyone took him at his word. And so he tried just that. What Obama is now angry about is not partisanship per se, but that his own partisanship and subversion of settled law have been repudiated consistently by both the Supreme Court and the American public. Were Obama’s poll ratings at 60 percent, and were the Supreme Court upholding his pen-and-phone governance, and were the Democrats on the verge of winning back their long-lost supermajority in the Senate and taking back the House, then Obama would hardly be decrying partisanship, the media, the Tea Party, or Republicans in general. “Messing” with Obama means not being convinced that his record has helped America.

So there is an increasingly desperate strain to the Obama Left, the more so in that the scandals pile up and any idea of a legacy vanishes into Carteresque caricature. One unfortunate result of the end of the “hope and change” and “fundamental transformation” agenda is a sour-grapes nihilism — a sort of “the scandals are your problem, not mine” attitude. In each case, those worried about the mounting chaos are flippantly dismissed with the assumption that they themselves are at fault for worrying about it.

A rogue IRS? Obama smiles that there is not a “smidgen” of corruption as the new IRS commissioner says the agency owes the American people no apologies.

The VA scandal? Too many wars have meant too many veterans needing treatment.

The swap of a probable deserter for five key terrorists? Bergdahl served honorably — end of story.

Monitoring Associated Press journalists? Some of Obama’s supporters are not too worried, because did not the administration at least go after Fox News?

Benghazi? The administration now concedes that the lie about the video is no longer operative, so what’s the big deal?

Barack Obama campaigned on the idea of Afghanistan as the good war and Iraq as the bad one. Indeed, as a presidential candidate in late 2007 he rashly called — in the middle of the successful surge — for the departure of all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of March 2008. He later pronounced the surge a failure. He concluded that it would even make matters in Iraq worse. Then he hushed up as the surge, in fact, bequeathed to him a mostly quiet Iraq.

As president, Obama seemed content for most of 2009–2011 to keep trashing George W. Bush for the Iraq War, while simultaneously claiming the calm as his own doing (cf. Joe Biden’s assessment of Iraq as likely to prove the administration’s “greatest achievement” and Obama’s own characterization of the post-surge Iraq as “stable” and “self-reliant”).

With a little inspired diplomacy Obama could have easily left some residual U.S. troops to ensure that Iraq in fact remained for America what Obama himself called “an extraordinary achievement.” But then again, the 2012 reelection campaign loomed, and the sloganeering of “ending one war and winding down another” apparently made such peacekeeping electorally impossible.

Obama was reelected. Iraq descended into Somalia-like chaos. And the administration’s indifferent attitude for most of 2013, as it watched the growing ISIS threat from Syria spill into Iraq, was something like either “Stuff happens” or “Bush did it.”

What we have been watching unfold in the last six months is the veritable destruction of the Middle East, at least as it had existed for 70 years. National borders are disappearing. The idea of a nation state itself is vanishing. Arabs are institutionalizing their ancient creed that tribal affinities always trump national allegiances. The slur against utopian neo-cons was that they naïvely thought they could remove a tyranny in the Middle East and foster democracy at a reasonable cost; the writ against the dystopian neo-progressives will be that they alternately ignored, appeased, threatened, and bombed a nation to ensure chaos.

There is now no middle ground in the region. The conflict is largely descending into radical Sunni fundamentalism versus radical Shiite fundamentalism. At a time when the U.S. should be trying to ensure the safety of the few remaining Sunni-dominated states of the Middle East, and reassuring smaller and moderate pro-American nations or provinces (e.g., Jordan, Israel, and Kurdistan), the Obama administration is either decidedly indifferent or toying with the apparently neat idea of allying ourselves with Iran. That theocracy through its terrorist appendages is probably responsible for killing more Americans over the last 30 years than any other nation state.

The administration’s Middle East message could best be summed up along the following lines: “Barack Obama, with his singular sympathies for Islam, came into the world to save the Middle East from George W. Bush’s Texan rambunctiousness, but the Middle East did not accept salvation at his hands — so goodbye to them all, and they probably will get what they deserve” (a message, by the way, that the hyper-political Obama administration knows resonates with lots of Americans, left and right).

Before his reelection, Obama lectured Hispanic pressure groups that he was no tyrant and could not impose amnesty by fiat. Instead, he advised them to “punish our enemies” at the polls. They did. Now a lame-duck Obama, no longer needing to worry over reelection, is sending the nation the message that he can indeed be a tyrant, and he thus has all but ended federal immigration law. For the first time in our nation’s history, thousands of foreign nationals are approaching the Border Patrol requesting, not fearing, arrest, on the apparently correct belief that their illegal entry into the U.S. and all the problems that surround it are a sort of payback to conservatives for opposing Obama’s notion of comprehensive immigration reform. Again, the nihilistic message is something like, “Since you did not want my immigration agenda, then deal with tens of thousands of children on your border.”

The latest GDP figures show that after $9 trillion in borrowed money, various stimuli and tax hikes, and zero interest rates, the economy is shrinking. Any empiricist would conclude that whatever the Obama administration has been doing the last six years – for two of which there were large Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress — it is not working. Yet the administration’s reaction seems to be more deficit spending, more zero interest rates, more regulations, more restrictions on new energy development, and more class-warfare rhetoric.

Again, the message seems to be something like, “One way or another we are going to grow government, broaden the progressive base, increase the number of Americans on entitlements, raise taxes, cheapen the value of money, run up deficits, pile up regulations — and let you nitpickers worry about the high unemployment, sinking GDP, and declining household income.” The point is not to find the best way to help ordinary Americans, but to find a way to ram through a progressive economic agenda without much concern over whether it works or makes things worse.

The next two years will be scary. Any time a self-appointed messiah is rejected by his flock, his anger at the ungrateful nonbelievers grows. We have messed with our savior — so woe unto us!

TOPICS: Editorial; Government

1 posted on 07/01/2014 3:33:58 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

What Hanson overlooks is that at least Obama’s whining is consistent with his world view and his upbringing. This is the natural consequence of affirmative action.

2 posted on 07/01/2014 3:45:12 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: Cap Huff
The next two years will be scary. Any time a self-appointed messiah is rejected by his flock, his anger at the ungrateful nonbelievers grows. We have messed with our savior — so woe unto us!

Be afraid ....very afraid.

3 posted on 07/01/2014 3:47:20 AM PDT by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: Alberta's Child

Obama is whinning for the “loser” that he is.

4 posted on 07/01/2014 3:48:31 AM PDT by Biggirl (¬ďGo, do not be afraid, and serve¬Ē-Pope Francis)
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To: Dog

Two and half years too long . . . .

5 posted on 07/01/2014 4:13:17 AM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: markomalley

The lie is the weapon used most often by the criminal. The CIC (Criminal in Chief), POSOTUS, the serial liar of the U.S.A. (United Socialists of America) and his minions of liars and plunderers in their leviathan construct called government.

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

DEPOPULATE liars, criminals, socialists, totalitarians, messiahs, apologists, co-conspirators from the body politic. DISMANTLE their constructs.

live - free - republic

6 posted on 07/01/2014 4:40:04 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: markomalley

“Instead, he advised them (Hispanics) to “punish our enemies” at the polls. They did.”

Good for them; they are the ones in the race war with blacks. Both groups lost out under Obama; the blacks lost more, as Hispanics are the new minority pets of the Dems and blacks fall further from public view.

Here in the northeast black areas are safely ringed with a moat of Hispanics; more and more whites rarely see them unless they want to.

7 posted on 07/01/2014 4:42:11 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: markomalley

But that’s just how it is when you grow up as a Golden Boy under Affirmative Action. Someone is always stepping to the front to explain how you really haven’t failed and it really isn’t your fault.

8 posted on 07/01/2014 5:20:54 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Dog
Purple cool aid for everyone in your Jim Jones designed Dixie cups.
9 posted on 07/01/2014 5:30:06 AM PDT by lostboy61 (Lock and Load and stand your ground!)
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To: Cap Huff

We’ll take back the Senate, take a few more State Houses, and we’ll be fine... Obama tried his power grab and the Supreme Court told him ‘NO!’... Yeah, it’s ‘two years’ but we’ll be making progress the whole time. Have faith.

10 posted on 07/01/2014 6:50:40 AM PDT by GOPJ (Why no outrage over IRS targeting? Same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about gulags.FREnterprise)
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Yes, I hear you. I am not among the “woe-is-us” chorus here on FR. Those with a positive (Reagan-like) attitude are few and far between in these parts.

Yet, when I look at the coming time, it makes me feel like when the doctor or dentist says, “this is going to hurt a little bit” . . . and three minutes feels like three hours.

For some years now my circumstances have placed me living in Europe. It is not always easy to gauge the mood of the country from afar. I sense a brewing political storm coming in the fall, but all my data points are coming through the internet. I am hopeful and trying to be realistic.

11 posted on 07/01/2014 7:28:15 AM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: markomalley

obama soeotoro, once a sociopath always a sociopath

12 posted on 07/01/2014 8:05:48 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45 (Americans, happy in tutelage by the reflection that they have chosen their own dictators.)
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To: Cap Huff

Thanks for your thoughtful reply... Yes, these are scary times, but like you I feel optimism for the future...

13 posted on 07/01/2014 8:08:09 AM PDT by GOPJ (Why no outrage over IRS targeting? Same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about gulags.FREnterprise)
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