23 January 2010

A Late Comprehending of Obama's Incompetence

It has been a year of fecklessness, amateurism, and posturing. Less that is useful has been accomplished by this president in his first year than by any president since Herbert Hoover, and he was ambushed by the Great Depression after seven months. _Ntl.Post

You would have to go farther back in history than Herbert Hoover to find a US president as incompetent as Obama. But far worse than his incompetence is his unshakable belief in his own destiny to determine the fate of the world according to his inner whimsies.
Withal, this president seems overwhelmingly confident, strangely detached,....'cold and faux eloquent.' He is fluent and sonorous, but rather vapid.

...For all the claims that the Republicans are too influenced by religious zealots and country club knuckle-draggers, the administration may be in the hands of 'redistributive,' pacifistic Kool Aid drinkers. ConradBlack

Unemployment rose in 43 states in December 09. The state of California is on the brink of economic collapse. Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and several other Obama strongholds are not far behind. Even the labour unions -- among Obama's staunchest supporters -- cannot escape the fallout of incompetence emanating from ground zero of Doombama. Consequently, union membership is growing among government employees but falling in the productive sector -- where everyone is suffering.

The middle class has always been a bulwark against collectivists and dictators. And the US middle class is starting to wake up to the reality of Obama. It is growing angry.
The frustration of the middle class is the angry confusion of people who can appreciate the opportunities Big Government denies them. It is the anxiety of those who hear the businesses who employ them relentlessly demonized, while the ruling class is never held responsible for its foolishness, waste, and theft. It is the resentment of people who suffer through disasters that President Obama and his allies regard as opportunities. It’s the hearty distrust of a State, and its media apparatus, that declares every frigid blast of bad economic news to be “unexpected” – but expects us to believe it can predict market fluctuations, technological advances, and even the global climate.

The President says “I have every interest in seeing a unified country solving big problems.” The rest of us have an interest in being allowed to pursue our individual solutions to those problems, according to the liberties our Constitution says belong to us as absolutely as our souls. We can see the wreckage of those “unified” solutions strewn through our past, and littering the rest of the world. Our frustration is born of intelligence and moral strength, not stubborn blindness. _TheGreenroom
There is nothing new about Obama's incompetence. What is new is the growing public comprehension of the invisible nature of the emperor's suit. Obama has always lacked leadership ability. But the news and entertainment media have been willing to provide a smokescreen to hide the man's incompetence -- until now.

It was easy to get caught up in the Obama crusade -- for those who had never had an original thought, for those who had nothing truly important to accomplish, and for those who saw an opportunity to advance their own selfish goals under the cover of a populist crusade. But as the destruction grows and as failure mounts, it is not so easy to ignore the sense of an approaching abyss.

Can politics save a nation from the disaster that politics has created? No. But it can delay and mitigate the disaster long enough for the more thoughtful and competent ones to prepare.

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Blogger SwampWoman said...

People should already have their preparations well under way, but even starting now is better than not.

Saturday, 23 January, 2010  
Blogger Bruce Hall said...

Substitute Hugo Chávez in your post for Barack Obama and you begin to get the inevitable picture.


Hugo Chávez is in increasing trouble with his electorate. The Venezuelan president’s approval ratings have fallen from above 60 per cent a year ago, a full 10 years into his reign, to 50 per cent now. His party’s position is now threatened. It may fare poorly in September’s congressional elections. So Mr Chávez has acted boldly – and, true to form, recklessly.

Last week he announced a devaluation of the bolivar, the national currency. In place of a single rate of 2.15 bolivars to the US dollar, there will now be a corruption-breeding system of three prices; a rate for essential goods at 2.6 bolivars to the greenback, an official “oil dollar” rate for everything else at 4.3, and a market rate.

With an inflation rate of 25 per cent gnawing away at the value of the currency, a large devaluation was inevitable and necessary. The bolivar has recently been trading on the black market at about one-third of its official price – at about six bolivars to the dollar.

But this decision is not driven by sound economics. Mr Chávez has little time for the businesses that were crucified by the strong bolivar. The devaluation is, instead, intended to enable him to maintain the spending barrage upon which the popularity of his government has been built.

Saturday, 23 January, 2010  
Blogger Sojka's Call said...

Let me start by saying that I am not a blind follower of Obama and think he could have done better than he has on both economic policy here at home and on the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. That said, I am having a hard time following how the current economic disaster is his doing. W clearly left a gigantic disaster of the biggest deficits in history, a huge stock market crash, escalating unemployment and two expensive wars. Is Obama's incompetence that he would even consider running for President under those conditions or what? What do you think McCain would have done better?

For the record, I was/am a Ron Paul supporter because he is the closest politician we have that espouses true conservative ideals. The rest of the so-called conservatives are either religious right folks who want to marry religion with gov't or supply-side foreign policy hawks. And, all of them though they say differently, want to expand gov't control of our lives through more curtailment of personal freedom and liberty in the name of fighting terrorism or drugs or illegal aliens or ????

Tuesday, 26 January, 2010  
Blogger al fin said...

SC: You did not trace the disaster far enough back. Had you done so, you would have gone back several presidencies and several congresses and courts.

Not your fault. The entire culture is oriented toward the short attention span and a curtailed perspective in time.

Short attention spans are the bane of those who will not or can not govern themselves. The average IQ of the US is 98 points. But a society with an average of IQ of 98 and a short attention span will behave like a society with an IQ of 90 or below.

As you may have learned, societies with average IQs below 90 have a very difficult time maintaining a modern technological infrastructure without outside help (or a market dominant minority of higher average IQ).

Americans who dwell on the very recent past -- in lieu of dealing with a very unpleasant present -- will simply keep repeating the forgotten mistakes of the past several decades.

Friday, 29 January, 2010  
Blogger Sojka's Call said...

Al - you are right that I kept the discussion to the most recent activities and that was purposeful of my part. You did not answer my question regarding your statement of how the unemployment problem is because of Obama's incompetence.
Or, what someone else (McCain for e.g.) would/could have done.

You post topics that challenge some of my assumptions and I am really trying to understand the basis for your statements. For example, after reading material on your blog and other links you provided regarding AGW and doing some of my own research I have changed my conclusions drastically.

Obama is not my ideal Prez by any stretch. However, on the data you provided so far the incompetent label seems overly harsh.

Maybe it was just the picture..... :) Regardless, I enjoy your blog very much even though sometimes , like this topic, I come away perplexed how you arrived at your conclusion.

Friday, 29 January, 2010  
Blogger al fin said...

SC: There are at least two logical ways to go from the benign, mainstream view of Obama to the view of dangerous incompetence that I see in the man.

Quick and brutal, or slow and logical. Were you a lovely young woman, I would choose the slow and gentle approach. Were you someone I had no respect for, I would take the quick and brutal approach. As you are neither, I choose the approach I favour overall: the zen master approach.

The zen master expects a great deal from his grasshoppers, and provides only the minimum clues with which to proceed.

Of course zen is not a logical pursuit, but then to be truthful, neither is most of what matters in the human world.

Years ago, a blogger who ran a popular site asked me to take him through my reasoning on climate change, to see if I could convince him. Instead, I suggested that he use his own mind to discover the likelihoods and probabilities that were in front of his face.

With recent developments on climategate, glaciergate, GISS-gate, new findings on climate sensitivity and feedbacks, new findings on water vapour affects on climate, and more, most of the points I made here years ago are becoming much clearer to that small part of the general public that wants to sort truths from propaganda. Up until recently, such people would have to throw their hands up and choose a point of view.

Perhaps we are at the same point with Obama. Things that I see clearly and "know" about the man may not be as generally clear as I assume. It will take time for the accumulation of events to break through into the awareness of the general public. I am used to that.

This blog is not meant to be persuasive, merely stimulating and provocative. In other areas of life where I am paid for my point of view, I take more time to explain. ;-)

Friday, 29 January, 2010  

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