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A Beleaguered America

Updated on January 27, 2016

By: Wayne Brown

The thought occurs to me as I do a mental count that the Obama Administration may be wrestling more hogs in the mud that most of the predecessors including the infamous Clinton Administration.  Looking over the list, the one glaring issue missing is a good old sex scandal within the confines of the White House.  While I am certainly relieved that one does not exist, I caution you not to count it out.  There is still time left on the clock.


Obama promised change throughout his campaign for the high office.  Not just change, but real change.  Some would say “transparent change”.  Regardless, the administration hit the ground running to implement change.  The unspoken mantra was “comprehensive reform” in every arena.  It matters little whether the public has a problem with an area or an issue; it is on the block for change in the Obama philosophy.  After all, Americans have no idea what is good for them.  If the did, many of those sitting in Congress today would have never darkened the door.


Of course there was urgency.  Initially many felt Obama would take it easy for his first term and merely attempt to set the foundation for change. Then, with the second election behind him, he would press for action on his plan in areas like healthcare and finances.  Sorry, Charlie but even Obama can see the handwriting on the wall.  By the time his second term rolls around, his voting base in the Congress may be severely reduced as seats are lost in mid-term elections and in the elections of his second term attempt.  Of course there is urgency here and there should be if he has any hope of implementing all the change he desires through his Presidency.


Think of the various controversies plaguing this administration at the present.  The healthcare debacle and the negative reaction the public demonstrated toward it in the aftermath of a vote that literally muscled in the law much to the disappointment of a majority of Americans.  Of course the current disaster in the Gulf has taken the administration to the mat on several occasions.  The desire to be in charge but clear of any responsibility has not endured this administration to the public who watches.


Israel now faces a potential cold-shoulder from the USA in the recent embargo incident although Obama vowed time and again during the campaign to stand with Israel.  North Korea feels confident to wage attacks in open waters on South Korean ships in light of the fact that the USA is a strong ally with the south. All we can muster is a talk with the Chinese to see if an apology might be forthcoming.  Strength, as Dan Rather might say.


The immigration issue, while not birthed on Obama’s watch, certainly has come home to roost on his term.  The argument and the reaction of the American public does not stem from whether he created the issue. No, the public frustration roots itself in the fact that the President and his Justice Department are more than willing to go after Arizona for attempting to, in essence, enforce the current law which is on the federal books.


Arizona continues to bleed while the President stands with Mexico’s leadership on the steps of our White House and accuses Arizona of seeking to carry out acts of racial profiling.  This is not a pill most Americans want to swallow on this issue. 


Then, of course, there are the accusations that the Obama Administration played a significant role in the offering of jobs to democratic candidates in elections in both Pennsylvania and Colorado. Transparency in the response to such accusations lingered behind the smoke and mirrors of the administration conducting its own internal investigation only to conclude that there is no smoking-gun here.  Possibly they forgot that Watergate was not that long ago in the public’s mind.


Throw all those issues into the mix with Obama’s snubbing of the military both in foreign service and here at home.  Mix in the calls for “comprehensive reform” in more arenas that one can count with no significant explanation as to what comprehensive reform entails in any of those areas.  Add in the daily partisan political shenanigans that occur on both sides of the aisle and America’s disgust with all of it.  Add in the President’s inability to gain some bi-partisan consensus and restore some level of decorum to our legislative branches and you have yourself one hot-bubbling cauldron here that has not been near this full since Bill Clinton redefined the word “is” for us.


America is so sadly in need of some healing leadership at this time.  We need a leader who can take folks back to the centerline that America runs best on.  We need someone to lead us out of this perpetual ditch we seem to be driving down.  We need a leader who can raise the face of America to our allies and to those who oppose us with the same message, “we bow to no one”.  We need a leader who will uphold our military and their rights to defend this great country. We need a leader who will walk over to the Congress and shame the whole damn bunch for their lack of leadership, professionalism, and simple adult behavior and accountability.  We need a leader who can lead not one who demands that we follow.


Politics and government functionality are in one sad state of affairs today.  Answers are not forthcoming from our elected officials and political gamesmanship is the sport of the day.  Billions and billions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars pour into a bottomless abyss that will never be filled yet the only solution offered is to keep pouring.


The American public is little by little losing its faith.  Faith is the glue that keeps this country together. Faith, trust, and an enduring belief in the powers of an Almighty God are all we as Americans have left. If we persist in the direction in which we are headed, those too will be gone and America will look much like Humpty-Dumpty after his unanticipated fall from the high wall.  We need to think about it.



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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Petra...lessons sometimes come hard and at a very expensive price. I think there is far more of the lesson to have to experience before there is any opportunity for this to be over. Change for change sake usually does not improve the end result. We live with our mistakes. WB

    • Petra Vlah profile image

      Petra Vlah 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      When Obama was campaigning and promised “change” he did not exactly explained WHAT was to be changed and HOW things will change.

      We just assumed those changes would be for the better, because we desperately needed to believe something could be done to get us back on track. Call it collective naivety and count me as one of the many who believed whatever change we were going to get, would be for the better

      Now that we saw those changes and the way they are affecting our lives we can certainly understand that Change are not always a positive thing and in fact could be worse than expected. The way the changes have been implemented without the popular consent and in spite of protest from regular citizens give an even more ‘transparent’ picture of the danger ahead.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Larry, I think you just said it better than I ever could. America, right now, reminds me of a person with low self-esteem. We need to build ourselves up, renew our resolve, realize our strengths, and defend our good name. We need to feel good about ourselves again. Thanks WB

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      8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Wayne...I agree, we need true leadership...a president that will make decisions without the bonds of a partisan agenda defining it...decisions made for the good of America, and supported by most Americans...

      Perception is everything in politics, and this president's perception is one of indecision, arrogance, weakness and acquiescence towards our enemy, radical Islam...Were it not for the main stream media's complicity in this administration's progressive agenda, Obama would be polling at 30% approval rating consistently...Perceived weakness emboldens our enemy and encourages others to test the waters and probe our military resolve...China does not want 40 million North Korean refugees pouring into their country and would provide tacit support for that regime were war to erupt there again...

      You have written an excellent compilation of Obama's failures as president and as an American...His promise of transparency has ironically been realized when Americans have seen just how transparently corrupt, inept, and immature this administration really is...Larry

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      8 years ago

      I have thought about it Wayne. Every member of Congress needs kicked out this next election. We need new blood in there, I know it won't happen, but that's what we need and any and all Senators in the running need ousted as well. I can dream.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Sheila B...I do agree with you on the points of faith and trust. Our trust is diminishing rapidly and our faith is endangered. Right now, our faith hinges on our past experiences that the ship will right itself and things will be all right. Luckily, that has been true more times than not but I don't see any guarantees here. The more our society becomes diluted with illegals and a younger generation that has little or no appreciation of where we came from or potentially what we can lose, there is a significant potential that our faith can be damaged. Once it is damaged beyond repair, America will be on a downward slide from which it probably will not recover. We see these little mini-models play out in families in which the grandfather or father builds a successful business and it passes to the son who has not paid attention and does not know from whence it came. All he knows is that he can live good off of it. When the going gets tough, he does not take it seriously until it is beyond the scope of anything he can do to save it. I am certain this will be America's fate if we do not do a better job of teaching our heritage, the values associated with it, and the dedication each and every American must have to the country, the flag, the constitution, and to God. Love your observations. WB

    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      I don't think we've lost faith - we've lost trust. And that's a good thing, because Washington has proven itself untrustworthy.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      AR, one must wonder just how many were made and better yet how many were accepted. Maybe we need to look at who dropped out and then see if they indeed ended up with a job in Washington. Thanks for your comment! WB petrified me to think of it!

    • sunflowerbucky profile image


      8 years ago from Small Town, USA

      Imagine the damage he can do in the next 2 1/2 years. Great hub as always Wayne!

    • American Romance profile image

      American Romance 

      8 years ago from America

      good job Wayne, I just heard there may be ANOTHER JOB offer to a leading democrat! hahah, Gotta love ole Obama, he tried to bring Chicago with him didn't he!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks ODG...I am on a roll this week...brain running in overload, head fully up my ass; no fear. I love it! WB

    • outdoorsguy profile image


      8 years ago from Tenn

      yet another Great hub.. keep em coming


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