All we can hope for is that the most urgent threats — China, the Jihadis, a renewed financial crisis — will hold off until a competent hand takes the controls.
So what’s his alternative? Some hysterical elements have answered: tyranny. Obama, they claim, will “call off the elections,” “suspend the Constitution,” and fill up the FEMA camps.
This is unlikely for a number of reasons, the most obvious being that the man behind the “Arab Spring” is totally incapable of any such effort. Obama is simply too incompetent to bring it off. His admiration for tyrants is well known, and he has no doubt reflected on the career of his largely overlooked political hero, Suharto, who obtained office in exactly that way. As generalissimo of Indonesia, Suharto loomed over Barry Soetero’s boyhood like a colossus. Much of Obama’s practical politics — cronyism, government by decree, turning one ethnicity against another — is derived directly from Suharto.
But looking closely at Obama — at his record, his personality, the way he walks — we see that this man is clearly not one to embark on a coup d’etat. He can’t even throw a baseball right. Like ObamaCare, he’d need to have it done for him, and it’s doubtful anybody would volunteer. (As a final note, “calling off the elections’ has been shouted from one end of the spectrum to the other since Reagan. Every ensuing president has been accused of this. It has become the emblem of the loser, and should be dropped.)
So what’s left for him?
That has been obvious for the past several months, clearly evinced by his senseless executive orders, his annoying appointments, and his unwillingness to face up to the facts. Obama plans to be a pest
Virtually every major action by Obama since autumn has been taken not to accomplish anything, or to achieve a goal, or to satisfy a public need, but merely to cause as much trouble, chaos, and heartache as possible. We finally know which godling Obama actually is — he’s Loki, the Norse god of discord and strife.
Taking a look at his recent actions, the pattern is clear:
Immigration Decree: This failed to accomplish anything. It actually did little for the illegals, merely formalizing current government practice. What it did do was confound the Red states most victimized by illegal immigration, increase economic stress across the country, and expose Americans to novel tropical diseases.
Opening to Cuba: Obama ended the embargo unilaterally, with no warning or planning. The U.S. gained absolutely no concessions from the Castros. Outside of the communists, criminal syndicates, and Obama’s friends among the financial elite, it promises to benefit no one — the Cuban people least of all.
The Paris March: No real explanation has been put forward for this, for the simple reason that the explanation can’t be spun for Obama’s benefit. Obama simply didn’t give a damn. What was in it for him? Waste a day flying the Atlantic to share the camera with European leaders, all for a bunch of dead white media bohos? And in defiance of his beloved Islam to boot. No way — not on a playoff game Sunday.
And just to twist the knife a little, he assured that nobody else apart from the ambassador showed up either. Nicely played.
Release of the Yemeni Jihadis — A week after four Jihadis associated with the Yemeni Al Qaeda murdered 17 people in Paris, Obama ordered the release of five Yemeni Islamists from Gitmo. No greater insult to France and the victims can be imagined. In the late 19th century, this, coupled with the march fiasco, would have caused a serious diplomatic incident that would have required years of work to repair. Fortunately, nobody expects anything better from Obama at this point.
The Community College Scam — What Obama is proposing here is adding another two years of high school. Anybody who has ever attended a community college knows that’s what it amounts to — a means of warehousing students for two years to keep them off the job market. And Obama wants to spend billions to render this universal. Ingenious.
The Tax “Plan” — That this was intended to embarrass the GOP was demonstrated by the way that Obama broke tradition to announce it before the SOTU. That it has absolutely no hope of doing so was shown by the way the details were released on Saturday night of a holiday weekend. Not even Obama’s own staff thinks this one can work. Class warfare simply does not play in the U.S. for adults outside of academia. Only a throwback leftist would think otherwise.
Seen side-by-side, Obama’s intentions concerning these efforts are obvious (as is the fact that all this started the week after the midterms). A seriously embittered Obama wants to annoy as many people as possible in his remaining two years. Thus far, he has struck out at the Red states, the wealthy, the leadership of Europe, the Jewish people, and American conservatives. But there is no group that can safely assume that they are not on the list. Sullen and infuriated, Obama will continue to strike out. The more chaos the better, as he looks on with that world-renowned superior smirk on his face.
We can make some educated guesses as to what’s next. Racial antagonism is an obvious ploy and will continue. Obama will also do his best to aggravate relations between Muslims and Americans both domestically and internationally. Deliberately fumbling or ignoring conflict with China holds great promise, as does rewarding Putin with concessions. Gitmo is likely to be closed by fiat in the last weeks of his tenure, under the most dangerous circumstances imaginable. Curtailing fracking by “executive order,” empty negotiations with Al Qaeda, ISIS and so on… the possibilities are endless.
The duty of Congress is obvious. An adolescent mentality inhabits the Oval Office. All procedural means must be taken to prevent him from doing the damage he’s capable of. (Forget impeachment. By the time that got rolling we’d be in the midst of Election 2016.) The voters, the United States, and the world at large may well deserve a thrashing for accepting, encouraging, and tolerating this clown — and I believe they do. But there are limits. The possibilities for damage by a rogue president are nearly unimaginable.