Tag: Obama

 An Abundance of Caution

I’m no fan of Lou Dobbs, and this latest flap about President Obama’s birth certificate is just more evidence that he’s an idiot, but the dialog has highlighted what I think is an interesting political oddity. The Obama administration has chosen to ignore this tempest in a teapot. Okay. I don’t disagree — this claim is not legitimate, as far as anyone can tell. As Jon Stewart pointed out the other night on The Daily Show, unless Obama has a time machine, the birth announcements in the August 1961 Hawaiian newspapers are compelling evidence. However, how difficult would it be for the Administration to simply produce the birth certificate, and silence all of the critics? This may seem like caving into the demands of the lunatic fringe, but this is the same administration that held a do-over of Obama’s swearing in, after Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed his lines, in a preemptive strike against anyone who would question the validity of the ceremony, all out of “an abundance of caution.” Remember that? Where is that caution now?

Of course, the more interesting question in all of this (that I don’t hear anyone talking about) is not was Obama born in Hawaii, but is Hawaii actually a state? This issue may enjoy the same level of respect as other internet conspiracies, like the Bohemian Grove and black helicopters, but there is little debate that Hawaii was illegally annexed by the United States, as evidenced most recently by President Clinton’s 1993 apology to the State of Hawaii for overthrowing their kingdom. If Hawaii isn’t really a state (legally), then Obama’s birth certificate doesn’t really matter much, does it?

 Is Atlas Shrugging?

A survey by the Library of Congress in 1991 showed that Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand was the most influential book in America, second only to the Bible. I run into very few people who have actually read it, and at 1,200 pages, it is daunting. However, in recent months there has been a resurgence of interest in this book. Hollywood has even responded with a fresh attempt at making a movie out of it.

The book explores what would happen when government intrusion into the free market becomes so onerous that the nation’s entrepreneurs finally become fed up and go on strike, throwing the entire country into socio-economic turmoil. Earlier in the year, there was a flurry of news stories surrounding the book, as pundits and politicians alike made reference to it in comparison to steps being taken by the Obama administration. I think these comparisons were accurate, if a bit premature, especially since the intervention into the auto industry had not even begun yet. Today, the parallels have become even more astounding.

Rand’s tale, published in 1957, seems to be somewhat prophetic. She escaped the oppression of the Soviet Union as a child, and came to America seeking a better life. Her novels were critical of any steps America took that she felt would lead us down the same path as her mother Russia. Fifty years later, we seem to still be meandering along that path. Sadly, Rand died in 1982, but her legacy lives on.

With the government now in direct control of most of the financial industry, the auto industry, and seriously discussing a takeover of the health care industry, how much further down this path will we go? The predictions in Atlas Shrugged have been eerily accurate so far. Read the book to learn one possible outcome.

 Dear President Obama

Congratulations on making history! The endless string of old white guys was growing a bit tedious, and it was about time that America showed the world that we have the courage to elect a black man to lead us. You have your work cut out for you, as expectations will undoubtedly be higher for you than they would be for a white president.

I wanted to address something you said in your speech last night. You are my president, but I did not vote for you. Indeed, I did not vote for any of the candidates for president because, frankly, none of you deserved my vote. You see, I am part of a growing segment of the American population who has become disillusioned with the political theater we call elections. No matter how eloquent the oratory, no matter how grand the promises made, and no matter how much apple pie a candidate eats, a campaign and a candidate devoid of principles that match my own is of no value to me. I see through the rhetoric and the flashy graphics. You are not what you seem, and nor are any of the other aspiring politicians.

I am part of a group that continues to grow in size and popularity. A group that will not be placated, patronized, or pandered to. A group that understands that America was founded upon principles of freedom and that we have strayed much too far from that path. A group that knows that no good can come from perpetuating the traditional two-party system. A group that occasionally makes its voice heard with candidates like Ross Perot and Ron Paul, and sees that the frequency of those occasions is increasing.

Mr. President, I sincerely doubt that you will ever represent this group, but I certainly hope that you will try, and I pray that you will succeed.