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Jewish World Review
June 17, 2010
/ 5 Tamuz 5770
Leading us on. . .
My reaction to the President's Oval Office address on the Gulf Coast crisis can be summed up in one word--WHAT?! Of all the unconvincing and unfocused points Barack Obama made, one really stood out: "[W]hat has defined us as a nation since our founding is the capacity to shape our destiny--our determination to fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we're unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don't yet know precisely how we're going to get there. We know we'll get there."
This is the type of circular blather one would expect to hear in the Harvard faculty lounge, not from the President in a time of crisis. He tells us he is "unsure" about exactly what kind of America we want for our children or "how we're going to get there." But somehow he "knows we'll get there." Call me crazy, but how will we know when we "get there" if we're "unsure" what it looks like? My head is still spinning.
Of course that's what liberalism is--promises and pronouncements untethered to reality. It is cotton candy rhetoric; spun to taste good for a moment. But then it dissolves in an instant, leaving you feeling sick and disgusted that you tried it in the first place.
With the daunting economic, military, and environmental challenges we now face, America craves a competent, experienced chief executive. In President Obama, we see a man who is horribly ill-equipped for real world decision-making and crisis management. (Unless the crisis involves whether to invite Shakira or Beyonce to a White House soiree.) Even worse, he doesn't know what he doesn't know. This means he doesn't even know enough to bring on the best and the brightest people to critical posts. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar inspire zero confidence. The same can be said of the rest of Obama's cabinet.
No amount speechifying or demonizing the enemy (whether it's BP or the GOP) will save the Administration. In the end, results are what count. We want to see our president fighting every day to make America richer, stronger, and more influential. Instead, more often than not, we feel that Barack Obama and his merry band of radicals are fighting against us, our prosperity, and our freedoms.
Mr. President, most of us know the type of America we want for our children, and we know how to get there. The first step requires giving the boot to politicians who are so arrogant and out of touch they think there is a political solution to every problem and the rules of accountability don't apply to them.
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