On this Yom HaShoah (the commemoration of the Holocaust, the epitome of human evil in our time), I’m going to say something that’s going to be provocative, even offensive. But there really is no way to sugar-coat it: Our president is bad.
I’m not using bad to mean incompetent or inept. I mean bad in the literal sense—the opposite of good. Behind the flashy smile and ostensibly impressive rhetorical skills, Barack Obama lacks basic human goodness. He is a bad man: he does bad things, has bad intentions, associates with bad people, and espouses bad ideas. There is simply nothing to indicate to me, a citizen of the U.S. and a member of the human race, that Barack Obama has any sense of goodness, decency, or character. Everything he does and says is just … bad.
Psalm 97:10 and Amos 5:15 say to hate what is evil and love what is good. Yet the evidence unequivocally shows that our own president does the exact opposite: He is motivated by his repulsion toward his own country and its people, history, and founding documents. He does this even though America, despite its flaws, continues to be the most decent and beneficent nation in world history, hands down. Likewise, Obama has his entire adult life—from his college days up until his current presidency—appeased and even aligned himself with evil institutions and figures.
Believe me, it gives me no pleasure whatsoever to assert this. But facts are facts.
From the moment he entered office, Obama has made bad decisions (not just bad as in “incorrect” but also morally bad): First, he went forward with his plan to close Club G’tmo by starting to release prisoners (I know, many of you consider this a good decision; we'll have to agree to disagree). As a result, once safely locked away, the world’s most ruthless barbarians are now free where they are again threatening harm upon our troops overseas or planning terror on our own soil. Next, he signed Congress’ several-trillion-dollar pork bill that his own Congressional Budget Office has declared unsustainable. Last week he released classified CIA documents that former CIA heads adamantly warned him against. Last, but definitely not least, he has appeased America’s sworn enemies in ways that would make Neville Chamberlain blush.
Remember when Obama and the liberal Left went bananas when Sarah Palin accused Obama of “palling around with terrorists”? They weren’t hopping mad because Palin was lying; they reacted that way because she was telling the truth. Obama has closely associated himself with too many significant figures who are—if not actual bona fide terrorists—bad people: Communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis, William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, Jeremiah Wright and Michael Pfleger (and by extension, Louis Farrakhan), ACORN, Kenyan P.M. Raila Odinga, Tony Rezko, disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and the Chicago corruptocracy. George W. Bush didn’t have this motley crew of associates. Bush’s crime, according to his Leftist detractors, is that his friends (not even all) had/made money. And to a Leftist, having/making money is equivalent to being evil incarnate.
Thus, it is appalling, though not surprising, that our new president has cheerfully greeted the planet’s most ruthless thuggish, human-rights-suppressing dictators: He went from bowing to the King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to giving power handshakes to Venezuelan Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez to a conciliatory hand extension to Cuba’s Castro brothers. They are peas of the same pod: What do Obama and these dictators have in common? Oppressive centralized over-reaching state control over the economy, the media, and education. Suppression of dissent, as evidenced by the demonization and criminalization of Tea-Party goers and like-minded Americans. The only difference is that Abdullah, Chavez, and the Castros have already exerted an iron centralized fist over the economy, news, free speech, and education; Obama, having just been elected by a gullible and glitz-obsessed citizenry, is simply starting on that road.
When Obama met with Chavez and the equally anti-American Daniel Ortega, a friend Jonathan C. expressed his outrage on his Facebook page, reprinted here with permission:
I can’t even describe how appalled I am to see Obama cozying up so warmly to Hugo Chavez at the Summit of the Americas. But, the first question that comes to mind about Obama’s attendance at this Marxist, anti-American meeting is WHY WAS HE THERE!? I can’t imagine a Reagan or a Giuliani even attending such a meeting. Much less sitting silently by while his country is ridiculed and attacked.
It was so offensive to see him just sit silently while insult after insult was hurled at America. Daniel Ortega called America the “devil” multiple times among other scathing insults. Did Obama find this so offensive that he got up and stormed out? No! He apparently didn’t find it offensive at all. […]
When are Americans going to realize—HE AGREES WITH THEM! It’s no accident that he sat calmly by while all these insults were hurled at America. There should be no surprise he so warmly embraced Hugo Chavez. Obama, like many on the far left are in basic agreement with them.
About the warm embracing handshake with Chavez, Obama said he didn’t see how a friendly handshake could pose a threat to America. Here’s a guy who has a lot to learn about how the world works. Tragically for us, he’s going to drag America through his lessons.
Indeed Obama has already started to implement the policies, if not the tactics, of the thug dictators like Hugo Chavez. In 2007, Chavez refused to renew the license of a TV station that espoused political views contrary to his own. When a crowd of Venezuelen citizens protested, Chavez had state police attack them with tanks and fire hoses.
Obama is not only not disturbed by this suppressive and totalitarian act; he is enthralled by it. Look at his mobilization to shut down conservative talk radio. It won’t happen with tanks and fire hoses, nor does it have to: Obama has the brute unbridled force of the Democrat Congress and the first-amendment-warping activist left-wing judiciary on his side.
And what of our own country, whose Constitution Obama swore to uphold a mere three months ago—the very Constitution Obama has said was “fatally flawed”? All one has to do is listen to any of the apology tours he has taken in Europe, Turkey, and Central/South America. He has absolutely nothing positive to say about his own country. Nothing. The only positive statements come from how America is going to be once he gets through with us. He might sweeten it up with a lot of syrupy rhetoric about “hope,” “change,” “shared goals,” “global community,” and other meaningless platitudes, but Obama’s message is crystal clear to me: Barack Obama hates America with a white, white hot hate. Everything he has said about America abroad has been in the context of apologies, self-flagelations, accusations of his own people and predecessor as arrogant, and the sentiment that most (if not all) of the globe’s woes are the direct fault of the United States. And while engaging in this unprecedented presidential America-bashing, Obama exhibited a frustratingly deliberate historical amnesia by not taking to task any other nation of the world.
Barack Obama has chosen several ways to express it—a speech in France, a bow in Saudi Arabia, a hand extension to Cuba, power handshake in Venezuela, a Spanish editorial in Mexico—but it all boils down to the same message: “America sucks,” sitting idly for entire speeches during which South American socialist dictatorial thugs decry America as the source of all evil in the Western Hemisphere.
Such a wonderful message for the president of the United States to be conveying to the rest of the world, isn’t it?
Finally, Obama's policy preferences with regard to economics are bad (again in the literal sense). Our community organizer in chief is already on his way to eradicating from our republic the most successful economic system in world history for one that in the past century alone has claimed over 100 million lives in its enforcement. He has, like so many Marxist-socialists before him, managed to convince an enraged public that working, productive, wealthy Americans are the enemy, and that big, overreaching, centralized government control is the only way to protect them. This has been historically proven to be a road to hell. And yet here is Obama as the socialism pied-piper. Which makes us the mindless rats.
This presidency will not have a happy ending, people. Even our closest ally Israel, under newly-elected P.M. Netanyahu, knows this. They are extremely nervous about the Palestinians/Hamas on one side, and Iran and their various proxy warriors on the other. They’re particularly nervous because they know that Obama has many allegiences. Remember his “I’d meet with A’jad with no preconditions” comment during the campaign? (Yet he keeps refusing to meet with Rush Limbaugh at all!) This is not in Israel’s best interests, or our own. Even China, which is actually hesitating to loan us money, knows it. Even Russia, where Putin recently warned Obama to go easy on that socialism idea, knows it!
So, are we headed toward “fascism,” as some right-wing pundits have averred? I hesitate to give an answer, because maybe I don’t want to accept it. All I know is, I’ve heard more than merely a couple friends formerly from totalitarian states express serious concern about this Obama presidency. Not once did they express such concern when George W. Bush was president.
And that’s the irony, isn’t it? When the Left called George W. Bush or Dick Cheney a “fascist!”, they exhibited not only a blatant ignorance of what fascism means, but also a lack of awareness that it is they, the Left, who love fascism.
Consider: In just a few short months, our president and Democrat Congress have elbowed their way like the mafia into the inner workings of private businesses. That’s fascism.
Members of our president’s cabinet are known to directly influence what’s reported in the network news media. That’s fascism.
Our president’s Department of Homeland Security has overtly labelled “terrorist” any American citizen who expresses disagreement with the president’s policies and ideology, including Tea-Party goers, anti-abortion activists, conservative Christians, and even U.S. military veterans. That’s fascism.
Caterwaul as they will about the imagined “fascism” of Bush and Cheney, it is Obama who is openly and cheerfully associating with proud authoritarian fascists, and adopting their policies. On the contrary, the liberals/Democrats I know are curiously silent or, even more frightening, just as ecstatic.
I cannot explain exactly why so many Democrat friends, relatives, and even rabbis, still admire this dangerous ideologue in the White House. When will you wake up, my friends? When Barack Obama’s bear-hugged one America-hating thug dictator too many?
When he’s screwed Israel one time too many?
When he’s confiscated your income one dollar too many?
When he’s encroached on your free speech rights one time too many?
When he’s installed one corrupt administration member too many?
When his nationalized health care system denies you or a loved one a much-needed medication too many?
When he’s facilitated one terrorist attack on our soil too many?
When will you finally get it?
P.S. No, I am NOT, like many of you on the left these past eight years, saying that Barack Obama = Hitler! So don’t go there with me. I won’t buy it.
P.P.S. I recommend this Jerusalem Post article by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on the Obama-Chavez meeting.