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Friday, September 9, 2011

Obama and Left cling to their Marxist religion, put 'civility' and nation's future at risk

President Obama is politically insane. This is the real meaning of his speech Thursday night in front of a joint session of Congress. Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. By that definition, Mr. Obama is a lunatic leftist.

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Much of his speech called for more of the same — government activism; massive spending on infrastructure, bridges and roads; extending the payroll tax cut; and more public aid to states and municipalities. In short, he seeks to perpetuate the dismal policies of Obamanomics. He is a reckless ideologue masquerading as a pragmatist.

Mr. Obama’s presidency has been dominated by one seminal reality — failure. His nearly $1 trillion stimulus; record budget deficits; unprecedented levels of public spending; the government bailouts of the auto, insurance, housing and banking sectors; billions heaped on “green jobs”; Obamacare; Dodd-Frank to reform Wall Street, and huge outlays for food stamps and unemployment benefits — all have failed to restore the economy.

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In fact, they have done the opposite. Unemployment is 9.1 percent. Growth is anemic. In August, no new net jobs — none — were created. Consumer confidence is low. Inflation is rising. The value of the dollar plummets. Burdensome regulations are strangling business. America is being buried under a mountain of debt. For the first time in history, its credit rating has been downgraded. The country is not only on the verge of national bankruptcy, but of economic collapse.

Any reasonable person would change course — but not Mr. Obama. He is a big-government liberal who worships at the altar of statism. The fact that we are broke and can no longer afford his borrow-and-spend policies means nothing. Like all fanatics, he is disconnected from reality.

President Barack Obama delivers a speech to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 8.     AP/Kevin Lamarque
Contrary to popular myth, liberalism is not politics committed to science or rational thought. It is a substitute religion — a secular philosophy similar to Marxism that seeks to replace Christianity and provide believers with existential meaning. Hence, it must be defended at all costs, even in the face of irrefutable evidence or logic. Mr. Obama is not an anomaly among progressives. They share his stubbornness. Reassessment is not possible. If Mr. Obama truly were to tack to the center, it would represent a fatal admission of error. The liberal faith would collapse.

This is why left-wing Democrats are demanding that he defy the Tea Party — and reality. Rep. Maxine Waters of California is urging Mr. Obama to pass another trillion-dollar stimulus. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman argues that Obamanomics has not spent, borrowed or taxed enough. The problem is not Keynesian liberalism, but the lack of sufficient zeal. In Bolshevik Russia, hard-core communists criticized Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin for not completely abolishing private property. They argued that it was Lenin’s “deviationism” from Marxist orthodoxy — not central economic planning and state socialism — that explained the failures of the Soviet system. For liberals, Mr. Obama is now the new Lenin.

Yet, Mr. Obama — like Lenin — cannot escape the consequences of his disastrous worldview. Whether it’s $300 billion, $1 trillion or $10 trillion — no amount of “stimulus” or public spending will provide a long-term cure for the ailing economy. The reason is simple: Government does not — and cannot — create wealth. Only the vibrant free market can.

This is why liberals are now left with only two options: lie about Mr. Obama’s record or engage in dangerous demagoguery.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is more of a cheap propagandist than a serious party spokesperson. Mrs. Wasserman Schultz insists that Mr. Obama’s stimulus “worked.” The “facts” speak for themselves, she says. They don’t. In 2009, Mr. Obama vowed that if the stimulus were passed, the jobless rate would remain under 8 percent. Under his tenure, America has lost more than 2 million private-sector jobs. Mrs. Wasserman Schultz is the equivalent of a Stalinist-era hack jabbering about the Soviet economic miracle. No one believes her — not even her staunchest supporters.

This leaves political gangsterism. Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa recently said that it’s time for unions to declare “war” on Republicans and Tea Partyers. “President Obama, this is your army,” Mr. Hoffa thundered at a Sept. 5 Labor Day rally in Detroit. “We are ready to march. Let’s take these [SOBs] out and give America back to an America where we belong.” Mr. Hoffa’s comments were vile, reprehensible and could foment civil violence. Labor unions, such as the Teamsters, have a long history of street brawls and physically intimidating opponents. Once these kinds of furies have been unleashed, it is difficult to contain them.

The Democrats’ hypocrisy is staggering. For days following the Tucson shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others, leading Democrats and the liberal media blamed conservative talk radio, Sarah Palin and a “climate of hate” for the massacre. Mr. Obama even called for a “new civility” and “tone,” tacitly chastising his critics. Yet, now that a key ally has called for blood to flow in the streets, the White House is silent.

Mr. Obama is a man of the hard left. He deeply loathes everything America stands for — capitalism, limited government, individual freedom and Christian civilization. In particular, he despises our exceptionalism. His stated goal is to create a “post-American world” where the United States is simply one of many countries — no bigger, better or stronger. He exhibits a form of madness, a self-loathing, reminiscent of the late pop singer Amy Winehouse. Mr. Obama keeps injecting the heroin of class warfare and socialism into our national bloodstream. And he can continue to play on the biggest stage and boast a huge audience. In the end, however, it leads to the same result: insanity and death.


Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a radio talk show personality and a columnist at The Washington Times and WorldTribune.com.


Comments


The answer to human greed is not Socialism/Marxism. It is sowing the seeds that reap quality of life - not "gain" for gains' sake, but service to others, resulting in character, resulting in provision. We missed it initially and are now too blinded by "more", "now" to see it. The answer waits on the question...

Joseph A. Christian      8:18 p.m. / Wednesday, September 14, 2011


"[N]ow that a key ally has called for blood to flow in the streets, the White House is silent." Indeed. The White House is silent because Obama and many Democrat leaders have themselves joined in the calls for violence against Republicans: Before the election, the President told Hispanics, when referring to Republicans, that they should “punish” their “enemies.” Univision 10/26/10. The President said if the Republicans gain control of the Congress there would be “hand to hand combat” on Capitol Hill. (LA Times Oct. 5, 2010) VP Biden said that he would like to “strangle” Republicans. (October 6, 2010) SEN-A-TOR McCaskill, the rube from Missouri, says that if Republicans continue to oppose confiscatory taxes that it’s time to “get out the pitchforks.” (December 6, 2010) February 22, 2011 - Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) fired up a group of union members in Boston. According to the Dorchester Reporter and the video: "Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary." August 1, 2011 - Biden reportedly accused dowdy tea-partiers of “acting like terrorists” (and we know what to do to “terrorists” don’t we?) And now Hoffa calls for "war." The result: A rabid mad-dog, overheated group of followers. Example: February 23: that a number of Twitter users, apparently unhappy with the budget plan, have publicly pleaded for someone to assassinate Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin: "Someone please shoot him?!" one user Tweeted. "Crazy people wanted!!!! Please have sniper skills," another wrote, later adding: "Some one please take out the governor Scott Walker." Given Comrade Obama's past association with admitted terrorists (Ayers & Dohrn), I'd say it's about 50/50 that Obama actually wants riots & violence against Republicans. Just "rhetoric" you say? Obama is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the United States. What irresponsible jerk uses such careless rhetoric holding that office? Obama. If ANY Republican made statements like these in public, they would be arrested and charged with inciting violence.

1689      1:34 p.m. / Saturday, September 10, 2011

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