Sunday, September 06, 2009

Obama vs. The People

Obama is falling and contrary to what anyone might have expected, it was not the marginalized Republican party under the inept leadership of Michael Steele or its stable of Congressional Republicans providing nothing but token opposition, who gave him that big push. While the official Republican leadership sat in the corner, information flew back and forth between bloggers, activists and talk show hosts and the result was an authentic grass roots movement.

"The Mobs" that panicked Democratic politicians and their media press corps decry represent the one thing that a phony grass roots movement like the Obama campaign fears the most... being confronted with an authentic grass roots movement. Their campaigns against radio and TV hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck reveal that they cannot understand what is going in any terms, but as a top down operation, rather than a genuine outbreak of public outrage. After all they are supposed to represent "The People", but the only people they could find to represent them at the Town Halls were the SEIU goons they packed the halls with. And there's nothing like a "grass roots movement" that you have to bus in, which consists purely of people who are set to profit from your legislation.

The Republican leadership is almost as nervous, torn between seizing the moment or standing aside to avoid being accused of "extremism". The same folks who thought the best way to run a Presidential campaign was by being as inoffensive as possible, who think Meghan McCain represents the future of the Republican Party and that public opinion is determined by the op ed pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post, naturally have no clue how to respond to the situation. The Republican leadership has become detached from its base and increasingly has no idea how to connect to the concerns of ordinary Americans. By stepping back from the fight, they lost the chance to set the agenda, and now the agenda is being set for them.

But as appealing as populist rhetoric about fiscal conservatism may be, the whole power of being a congressman rests in handing out pork. Even Ron Paul who tried to brand himself as a leader in fiscal conservatism turned out to have his share of earmarks and family members on the payroll. And that unfortunately is the default standard for politicians, and though some may hide it better than others, a politician is a man who works on your payroll to spend your money on behalf of his supporters, which is why expecting fiscal conservatism from congress is like expecting a lion to go vegetarian. 

Politicians listen to their constituents when they say they want lower taxes, less regulation, less immigration and no NAFTA. Sometimes they even mimic the rhetoric or even get out front to lead the parade, but when they're in the Senate cloakroom, it quickly becomes a whole different ballgame. Yet politicians can't do anything except on behalf of the people-- and rarely has there been such a showing of the people coming out to denounce a policy supposedly being enacted on their behalf. The Town Hall protests tore away the philanthropic facade behind ObamaCare. It was not some imaginary wealthy "Brooks Brothers Brigade" that went into the Town Halls, but ordinary working class Americans who firmly and vocally said, "No Thanks" to the ObamaCare boondoggle. And that has become a major gamechanger.

Obama and his cronies were counting on fighting the Republican party. They were counting on taking swipes at Limbaugh or Beck. They were not counting on serious public opposition. Denouncing the health care protesters as right wing extremists did not help. Trying to claim that the Obama socialist photoshop was racist was a desperate move that jumped the race card shark. By their very presence, the protests made ObamaCare controversial, and simply denouncing them was not going to be able to reverse that. The more the media denounced them and the more SEIU thugs attacked them; the more the general public came to see ObamaCare as a controversial program.

While the Republican party may have been neutered for now, Obama finds himself in the very uncomfortable position of playing, "Obama vs the People". The Obama Administration was counting on being able to run up the tab by the trillions with no serious congressional opposition. But while that worked long enough to subsidize UAW auto companies and bailouts for Obama's Wall Street buddies, after two thirds of a year in which the economic situation has kept sliding downward, the American people are grumbling about a lack of results.

Like most politicians, Obama does not understand that the voters did not put him into office so that he could run up a deficit of trillions of dollars composed of pork, giveaways and senseless centralization. Obama ran for office promising hope and change. The only things he delivered were payoffs to Wall Street donors and UAW union featherbedders. And just as he was about to deliver a whopping payoff to his SEIU union Marxist buddies, the whole thing collapsed because the American people reached the point where they had enough.

Obama's egotism and immaturity let him gain power, without understanding that being in charge, also means being responsible when things go wrong. And in his increasingly pathetic attempts to try and blame Bush for his own deficit spending, Obama showed that he did not know how to function without someone like Bush up top to blame the whole thing on. But now Obama is Bush, stuck with the big chair that he doesn't actually know how to use, and clueless about what it takes to pass legislation, because between photo op appearances and running for office, he had never really passed any. The State Senate assigned him credit for other people's legislation. In the United States Senate, he ran for higher office after only a 100 days in the chamber. Like a precocious third grader who suddenly finds himself in college, Obama lacks the skill set to get things done. The Peter Principle may have gotten him this far, but now that he's here, Obama doesn't even know how to do what any normal Senator knows how to do, how to work with congress to get legislation passed. And the same media which sneered at McCain's claims that he had the experience that Obama didn't, has now been forced to admit that the lack of focus and credibility at the White House level is a serious problem.

While Obama was still coasting on his "historic election", a lot of congressmen were getting ready for their nerve-racking midterm elections. The Republicans were still shellshocked, and liberal Democrats were arrogant, but the conservative Democrats who had given their party the majority in 06 and 08, felt vulnerable. Cut out of the loop by an increasingly radicalized White House and congressional leadership, and threatened by midterm elections that traditionally cut down seats belonging to the ruling party, they became the legislative weak point in ObamaCare. And once the Town Hall protests made it safer to do nothing, than to do something, ObamaCare hit an invisible brick wall.

Using the media, Obama squashed most opposition by established politicians, but he has now come face to face with a vocal popular revolt at the Town Hall protests and a quieter but vaster sense of dissatisfaction by the American electorate. Republican and Independent approval is peeling away, followed by that of many Democrats, leaving the naked emperor cloaked only in his own base and without a national mandate for change. And even his own supporters are beginning to suspect that Obama may have nothing more to offer beyond magazine covers and high minded rhetoric.

The White House has tried to fight back by targeting first Limbaugh and then Beck, demonstrating a profound contempt for the views of the grass roots opposition, which they imagine will go away if a few talk show hosts will just stop "inciting it." But what the left fails to understand is that if Limbaugh and Beck went off the air tomorrow, the situation would not change in any significant way. Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are not some sort of aberrant phenomenon, they are a reflection of the views, fears and concerns of their listeners. And those views and concerns are not going away. The battle is a battle of ideas, and while the Democrats occupy the executive and legislative castles, they are finding that those positions may give them power, but also invest them with responsibilities that they are simply not capable of living up to... in the middle of a crisis.

Throughout it all Obama has relied on his media manufactured charisma to shield a multitude of sins. But incompetence is one sin that cannot be covered by magazine covers. In the Senate, Obama could have gotten by easily enough. As a Vice President, he could have posed endlessly for magazine covers while accomplishing nothing. But in the Oval Office, he had to deliver, and the only thing he delivered was the hijacking of America at the hands of his radical legion of czars. Now is the moment of truth where Obama faces the people, and begins to deal with the consequences of the disaster he has created, the deficit, the lost jobs and the economic crisis he tried to exploit for political gain. The case of Obama vs the People has just begun.


Lemon said...

The founding fathers never envisioned professional politicians.
They wanted citizens to run the government not men like Ted Kennedy who were hirelings.
These men are in a business, not a service of patriotism.
So they vote as they wish. Their power and corruption keep them in office now.
We desperately need term limits.
The goverment has long been at odds with the people in America.

Keli Ata said...

There should be term limits for all politicians, especially those in congress.

Obama's arrogance toward the common people is turning out to bite him on the butt. He tried the typical Alinsky ploys to try to tell Americans what they want, to dictate to them and presume to know what's best.

The political version of Father Knows Best. Well, Obama doesn't know what's best.

It was bound to fail. The local Alinsky type group in my community failed because it was perceived as snobbish and people got sick and tired of having these snobs tell them what to think and feel. And the bully tactics backfired in a big way.

I predict Obama will be sent home to Hawaii with his tail between his legs.

Morry Rotenberg said...

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."
Attribution of this statement is controversial but the ideas are so correct. Until our legislators have term limits they will never stop working to keep themselves in office to the detriment of our society.
Just look at the so called stimulus bill that is in actuality the "Guaranteed Democrat Re-election Act" of 2009. Most of the funds won’t be spent until 2010 and 2011, just in time for the elections.

Granny Grace said...

All I can say is Amen. I've been commenting and blogging that his inexperience and ineptness as president (and as a senator for that matter) is very apparent. It is about time that 'we the people' start acknowledging this and take action.

Alabama said...

Hey Sultan! Your output of cogent written material is amazing not only for its volume but even more for its clarity. Right on!

Are you gonna be in DC on Saturday September 12th 2009? My wife and I are making the trip. I'm hoping millions of people show up. I think Barak Obama's essential dishonesty is symptomatic of a much larger problem and that's what 9\12 is about.

I'm gonna carry a sign that sez, "I was blind but now I see."

Whattaya think?

Sultan Knish said...

Thanks. I'm going to try and be there, it'll depend on some personal factors. Have a good trip and keep on fighting the good fight.

Anonymous said...

Cat_1012000 said...
Well done. Great analysis. Stand Strong.

Anonymous said...

What the left in all its rainbow colors ever wanted is not to "help" the people is to control them, look a father Stalin and the great leader Mao and his red book. There is only one problem for Obama and his project of controlling the people, the Americans are uncontrollable, they don't like to be controlled, except for a few looking to suck from the government's bounty. I can't understand how come that this government was so blind as not to see that time will come and the plain Americans will revolt at being controlled (and I'm not even American)

Anonymous said...

In a word? WOW. What an in depth and brilliant piece of work. In your journalistic endeavor you have achieved an apt psychoanalysis of the man sitting in our oval office called Barack Hussein Obama. You amaze me with such insight into the issues that face America and Israel. Revealing the depravity of the majority of those sitting behind the varied political masks of Senator, Governor, Congress-and of course, the highest office of all, The President of the United States of America.'s been a long time since we have been united as as THE one country in the world that was truly founded upon the biblical principles and Godly morals demonstrated by the Book above all books, the Holy Bible. And in the Laws therein are written we were governed by. It is in the Ten Commandments that we are shown what is sin before God. And what will bring His continued blessing to us. Obedience TO Him and Reverence FOR Him. Barack Obama added incredibly to what already had become an ever increasing decline of Faith in Almighty Jehovah God. Obama and his administration supported and pushed forth their own agendas by those things that further gained notoriety and imminence through him. Such as the propagation of mass government funded abortion-which he was insisting that Christian tax-payers(all taxpayers) should pay for. Not caring one iota our faith nor the Commandment that says "Thou shalt NOT kill" Even attempting to force those Doctors who meant the Hippocratic oath when the took it. That Oath which says to PRESERVE and protect human Life-not offer it up on the altars of Planned Parenthood.-(What a totally inaccurate name for what these people do.)-And, of course, the celebration of a perversion God clearly denounced in His Word. Sultan Knish, you profoundly, and succinctly share the most accurate and reliable information available today. Without Bias-but with eyes that clearly see the times in which we live. That know their are no gray lines between right and wrong. Obedience and rebellion. Everything IS black or white-period. You seem look behind the persona's of mens rhetoric to observe the "heart" of the matters before us all. Ever thought about running...No no forget that! I think power truly can, if not guarded against, corrupt even the most sincere and honest of people who live in their own "it's all about me" world where they say what is right and wrong. But Obama I believe, was always narcissistic.
Thank you for being who you are in this untrustworthy society of 2009-(5769)-in which we live.
May the Lord of all bless you.

Sultan Knish said...

Thank you.

This is an administration that is absolutely committed to perverting and inverting every American value.

SabaShimon said...

Nice job Sultan, as usual.
It all brings to mind Yamamoto's* quip about "waking a sleeping tiger".......Sheikh Obama is in way over his head, and if that wasn't bad enough, his choice of radical cohorts is simply proving to be too much (finally!) for the average American to stomach.
You're right....this is only the beginning.

Sultan Knish said...

indeed, this might be what snaps the public out of the lobster pot now that the temperature has shot up too high

principlex said...

The listening determines what a person can say that can be heard. With the Tea Parties and Town Halls, the listening is very, very clear and yet, Obama cannot speak into it. He is blind and cannot see real people; deaf and cannot hear real and deep values. The ideas he holds act as a veil of separation. They are antithetical to the principles America is founded on and which most people hold sacred. He's touched the "do or die" button and we ain't giving up!

The bottom line issue is this: Do I own my own life or is it owned by society as represented by the government? Choose.

CourageToSee said...

Only recently found your site through another blogger which speaks the truth, The Dame Truth. Great insight and thought provoking words, thank you for using your time to create and fuel this site.

As to the issue of term limits, which I also believe is needed, we do have a political class who has anointed themselves potentate of their realm. Campaign finance reform should be pushed to allow true patriots an opportunity to run for office. Currently it is next to impossible for anyone outside the political hierarchy, of the established parties, to mount a campaign. And we all know how displaced from reality these life term politicians are from the people they actually represent.

See you in DC on the 12th, we are traveling in from Indiana. Keep up the excellent writing and on-the-mark commentary; voices such as yours as needed and appreciated. Thanks!

Sultan Knish said...


that is indeed the bottom line. Are we citizens or creatures of the state

Sultan Knish said...


thank you. You too.

The problem with term limits is that they don't really change the political culture, they just shift it around more. There is still an entrenched political class. Term limits just bring more of a turnaround, which can limit the power of individual politicians, but it mostly just pushes them into lobbying, so they don't actually leave.

Anonymous said...

You should read Whisstleblower (, May 2009 : "Narcissist in Chief"

Experts explain what makes Barack Obama tick.

There you have the explanations of Obama´s behavior.

Vivi Andersen, Danmark

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