Is President Obama a Sacrificial Lamb?
Who is Barack Obama?
When Barack Obama was announced as the nominee for the Democrat party, I found myself asking a question; who is Barack Obama? Up until the run for president I really hadn't heard much about the guy, and reports about who he was were pretty obscure. Being an over-the-road truck driver at the time left me searching for information whenever I could. After deciphering the information, I was sure I wasn't going to vote for Obama. I couldn't get behind most of the issues he supported, and to be quite frank, he scared me with his leftist beliefs. But still, there was something about his charisma, his well-rehearsed orations and presence, that left (no pun intended) me believing that John McCain was in trouble; with John McCain not being my first choice by a long shot. So here we had a relative unknown, from Chicago, and a national hero ready to go head-to-head.
The media began it's frenzy. Suddenly you couldn't find a newspaper, TV, or radio that wasn't singing the praise of this unknown, Barack Obama. Here was the perfect spokesman for the Leftist ideology. This guy was absolutely in the right place at the right time (again, no pun intended); here you had a minority, with Muslim ties, a message of "Yes we can," a staunch belief in green technologies, and a message of disdain for President Bush; the stage being brilliantly set for an outcome now in the history books.
A Bitter Republican Party?
After the race, the media continued it's love affair with Barack Obama, and couldn't help reporting how bitter the Republicans had become about the win. Quite literally, the Republicans lost the race; they weren't even close to prepared for Barack Obama, and the Democrats had a far superior marketing strategy.The Republicans, on the other hand, began spreading their own version of "Yes we can," that came across more like the song "We Shall Overcome." Suddenly, right-wing pundits started conveying ideas that Barack Obama wasn't going to be as far left as we imagined, and the Democrat party might have a few battles on their hands when it came to key issues. Republicans started pushing the ideas of retooling the GOP, and banding together; something we hadn't seen prior to the election. All this to make themselves feel better about how ineptly run the campaign was.
Now the Republicans are showing a passion like never before. The pundits are talking about how out of control the government is, while the left-leaning Republicans, Democrats and Progressives are going about their business making a mockery of the constitution. Where were the bitter Republicans before the election? Where was the passion for our Republic before the election? The Republican passion, before the race, reminds me of a child poking a stick at a leashed dog; all fun, until the dog gets loose; well the dog is loose, and the Republicans are running; all the while crying how mean it is. Maybe the Republicans are bitter, but it's for their lack of competency; what else can they hang their hat on?
Another Stage is Set
So the stage has been set for another act; an act destined to change the course of our country's history forever. We are watching nearly irreversible changes being made, giddy with our love affair with this newcomer from Chicago. What's truly happening behind this curtain of romance? Barack Obama may be the new face of change in America, but he isn't driving the change. President Obama is merely the pretty packaging that's drawing attention away from the actual ingredients. This is way bigger than him, and these changes have been in the pike for many years, and there is no way to say this without sounding like a conspiracy theorist; there are no coincidences in politics.
Our government, and it's self-perceived scope, has been growing since the great depression. Welfare and Social Security are prime examples of programs that have been doomed from the beginning, and now the government can't get rid of them. The government can't, nor do they have to. These programs have become entitlements (not privileges), and we have come to accept them as a fact of life. Add to this the dying screams of the unhealed masses of people, crying for health-care, lining our streets, and you have the perfect formula for cradle-to-grave, government coverage, at your expense. Remember, if you are a contributing member of society, you have to pay for these benefits, after you've been taxed to pay for these benefits; a dynamite business model.
The housing market didn't collapse overnight, yet we constantly hear about the greed of CEO's and big business; they are the cause of all this. The complete lack of government oversight, which we're told we need to save us from ourselves, has nothing to do with the real estate flop, even though the warning flags were planted years ago. The treasury continues to print money, of no real value, to buy bad loans. I used to play a game where I bought empty houses with fake money; this is no game however. Our government now has its hand in the real estate game, and has a say in how home loans will now be made in this country. Reviewing this strategy should seem eerily familiar. We, as taxpayers, will be paying to rebuild the banking industry, and the government will be controlling how the banks lend us our money; Where is the greed in this country?
Two of America's automakers are in the hands of labor and government, and we are footing the bill. You can argue that it was necessary for the government to save the auto companies, but there is no rationale for it. This was strictly a power grab by (dying) unions, and the government kowtowing to one of the biggest Democrat lobbyists. Again, the answer being government: "buying" an industry, telling us and them what's good for us and them, and sending us the bill. I cannot wait to see the Eco-friendly, good-for-all-of-us vehicles our once-proud industry will crank out; because when it comes to practicality, there is no greater embodiment than government ingenuity. We the people will not only be paying the government, and labor, to build the cars, we will have to buy them too; don't forget the sales tax on top of that.
I could go on-and-on, but if this doesn't open your eyes to the bigger picture, then you choose not to see. President Obama may think he is in charge, but he is like a raft in a rapids. He may be on top, but he is at the mercy of the undercurrents.
The Alter is Ready
So if Barack Obama, the storefront of hope, can't pull this off, who will bear the brunt of the blame? It will be President Obama, but it just won't matter. He is the perfect sacrificial lamb. He is a minority, he is the first black president, and the media refuses to pass any chance to exploit that fact. So if people dislike him, it is because they are not enlightened, or they are bigoted. No matter how far south our situation goes, or how great it gets, Barack Obama will always be the first black president. It will never be about his policies or politics. If you think this is untrue, put any non-minority in his position. Would the love affair be as strong? Would we be as tolerant of the mass destruction of our constitution? It wouldn't be a sacrifice, it would be a slaughter.
Don't get me wrong; I want this country to succeed. I want us to attain our former glory, but it isn't going to happen. I would have to have my head in the sand to think our government will ever give up the power we have let them acquire. It would be idiotic to think the next time someone cries "Crisis!" our politicians won't be scrambling to find the next great government answer; it's what they do best.
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