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IT ONLY GETS WORSE
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.’s Worse Than Carter:
Thanks for articulating what has become painfully obvious
for some time now.
— Jeff Rennie
Mr. Tyrrell, it is not only time to declare one obvious truth — that Obama is worse than Carter — but a second one as well. Let’s drop the blather about Obama’s supposed intelligence. His inexplicable serial blunders re Troopergate, the Arizona border, the 9-11 mosque, et al. cannot continue to be dismissed simply as signs of tin ear disease. His inability to utter anything moving or uplifting when the teleprompter is off has become the stuff of comic legend. Spouting banal platitudes about hope, change, and freedom of religion without any awareness of context are the signs of an uncritical mind skilled at parroting what others have told it, not of any innate intelligence.
I grant that Obama is educated. I grant that he reads his
teleprompted words well and thus give a scripted, artificial
impression of eloquence. But I think it’s time to lay aside the
meme, probably psychologically inspired by the exquisite racial
sensitivity that now lies within us all, that the man is somehow
any more intelligent than any other failed politician. From foreign
policy, to domestic policy, to understanding the culture that
elected him, his cognitive skills have been painfully
— John Rogitz
San Diego, California
While I agree wholeheartedly that Obama has surpassed
Carter on the “worst” list, I don’t consider that to be a
stand-alone issue. This Congress is the worst Congress in recent
times. The two, together, constitute an as yet unmatched force for
the decline of the country. However, it should be borne in mind
that the reason for the election of these
incredibly destructive performers was the notably poor
performances of a Republican President and Republican
Congress. The American public, with the possible exception of those
Democrats who still support Obama, surely realize that they have
replaced poor performers with worse performers. The forthcoming
elections confront the voters with the problem of determining
who, if any, may be better. I think that it would be a mistake for
dissatisfied voters to leave the selection of the candidates to the
same political groups, the Republican and Democratic parties,
from whose ranks the poor and worse performers have come. The Tea
Parties offer voters a potential source for something better.
— Syd Chaden
Mr. Tyrrell’s “Worse Than Carter” article is fantastic, but I would like to add a few points. First, Mr. Obama is the type of liberal who believes the First Amendment requires the removal of the Ten Commandments from a state courthouse, but allows the building of a controversial mosque at Ground Zero. While his view is supported by the Supreme Court’s liberal interpretation of the First Amendment, most voters would not find the Ten Commandments in a courthouse offensive, but would find a mosque built at Ground Zero offensive.
Second, when conservatives are quick to criticize Mr. Obama’s credentials as a community organizer, liberals are quick to respond that Moses and Jesus were community organizers. Aside from the fact that Christians believe Moses was a spiritual leader and Jesus was the Son of God, rather than community organizers, the liberal comparison of Mr. Obama to either of them implies that in 2008, liberals voted for a religious leader, Mr. Obama, and thus violated the “separation of church and state” principle.
Third, nothing symbolizes the intersection of
religion and state more than Ground Zero. In fact, it was the
site of the most violent interaction between the
Judeo-Christian West and the Islamic Middle East in recent history.
The idea of Saudi Arabia and Iran funding a mosque at
Ground Zero is akin to the idea of the U.S. funding a
Catholic Church and Jewish Temple in Kabul and Baghdad. The
difference is that the U.S. would never consider such absurd
projects, not only because our Constitution prohibits it, but also
because the motives are clearly malicious. Unlike the president of
the United States, most Americans realize the motives behind
the Ground Zero mosque are malicious and oppose it.
— Mike Mitchell
I’d say the article misses two greater instances of
petulance and bad manners: his chronic blaming of his predecessor
for all the economic woes he “inherited,” when in fact the worst
were attributable to the Clinton/Barney Frank laws requiring
irresponsible loans to house purchasers, and his mindless “I want
to know whose ass to kick” comment in respect of BP which, although
likely negligent in its drilling, was working diligently to staunch
the flow from the spill and had already agreed to set up a $20
— Roger M. Milgrim
“President Obama represents the leadership of a sterile
elite”? How about intellectually bankrupt, spiritual bereft,
morally anchorless, totalitarian, arrogant and inbred
— C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Princeton, West Virginia
Hey Tyrell [sic],
Don’t forget “W”, Grant, Garfield, Buchanan, and Fillmore!
Obama is “THE OTHER,” right?
The cynical exploitation of FEAR and xenophobia by the right wing is truly APPALLING. That is indeed “The Other.”
— Moshe Mandelman
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?