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Updated on February 26, 2013

THe Winter of our discontent

Barack Obama's periodic renditions of his presidency, coming close as they do to his re-election had, to put it bluntly, been exercises in delusional self-aggradizing word-play directed at his rapidly decreasing numbers of protagonists. They also had been exercises in confrontational self-serving "turd" play directed at his rapidly increasing numbers of antagonists.

Interested observers uniformly agree that his second presidential term is in for a rough ride. Short of practical/common sensical ideas, he has depended mostly on his ideological bent to steer the country.... on a perilous path of untramelled government expansion, uncontrolled spending, and unconscionable taxation.

The leftist path that he has laid out for the country could only lead to the road of perdition and the winter of our discontent would soon be upon us in its full fury, burying us under an avalanche of governmental indiscretion, social desiccation,, and communal disruption.

It is becoming quite evident that Obama's ideological peroration is not what the country needs at this juncture of its history. Fate be damned but what he wants more than anything else is to be considered a "tranformational president", ( much as Ronald Reagan was in the 1980's), but transforming the country into something i.e. a socialist nanny state is not an act of audacity but of hubristic foolhardiness... because, as concepts go, socialism is alien to the American body politic and will certainly be rejected.

Enter Dr. Benjamin Carson into the political fray. In his speech at the annual Washington Prayer Conference, Dr Carson (With President Obama in attendance) lambasted the idea that pure ideology is a superior governance principle compared to the empiricist model of data and result driven precepts. Dr. Carson rightly points out that governing the country based on one's ideology (as what Pres. Obama is doing) is counterintuitive and therefore counterproductive.

The main stream media, after hearing Dr. Carson's speech quickly came to the aid of their much loved and adored president, saying, how dare Dr. Carson say those words right in front of the president. Not too encouraging for the good doctor, but I'd say let him speak unhindered in the same way that the president speaks unhindered Let the debate begin, for in the scale, lies the future of the country.

The winter of our discontent

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    Alexander A. Villarasa 4 years ago from Palm Springs


    I fully agree with your take on Socialism, which I think Obama is rapturously enamored with. His second term "agenda", is in jeopardy because of the same socialist mind-set of uncontrolled governmental intrusion that Obama and his minions on the left have greatly encouraged, i.e the IRS targeting conservative groups, while giving a pass to liberal/progtressive entities; the Dept. of Justice widely and wildly confiscating telephone records of AP reporters via the cover of investigating leaks that it thought could compromise "national security".

    And then there is Benghazi.

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    Yves 4 years ago

    Hopefully, socialism will ultimately be rejected by Americans. But apparently, more voters seem to think the agenda of the Left is somehow more compassionate. This is absurd of course. Socialism suppresses free market growth, yet free enterprise is what allows for a strong democracy, which then allows our countrymen to retain independence and freedom in every sense of the word. Why anyone would want to go back to what the first American settlers courageously rejected is beyond me. The winter of our discontent... an apt sub title.

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    Alexander A. Villarasa 7 years ago from Palm Springs

    Hello Sage:

    Thanks for dropping by to give me your take on the current chaotic state of American politics. I agree that we should stop electing lawyers to public office. Then maybe we would see the end at the light of the tunnel...ooops sorry, the dyslexic in me made me type that. I meant to say, the light at the end of the tunnel.

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    Sa`ge 7 years ago from Barefoot Island

    Personally I feel that it mattered not who had gotten the office, it would have been the same. The only way it would be different is if lobbying no longer excised and there were a miraculous complete turn over of none lawyers in all positions of government. If not, then no matter who got in it would business as usual, for the planks are already set in place and just continues get walked. It's just my humble opinion. :D

    You got a great hub here:D I danced all over your tabs. :D hugs :D I do know what you mean :D although serious it is a funny as it stands in the moment. :D hugs :D