Nature intervenes where Obama’s Democrats and media lacked the decency to.
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If Barack Obama weren’t so well politically camouflaged, if his true nature weren’t so skillfully kept from the average voter, would he garner the Electoral College votes of more than a handful of states? After all, Barack Obama’s competence, results, and appreciation of his own country are near perfect mirrors of Jimmy Carter’s — speaking of another president with a deep-seated antipathy for the Middle East’s only democracy. Carter’s reelection bid in 1980 achieved victory in six states (plus the District of Columbia), garnering Carter 49 electoral votes to Reagan’s 489.
Yet today’s polls show the coming election to be a dead heat, despite the longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression, despite Obama’s low job approval ratings, and despite his failing on multiple and substantial campaign promises on everything from the economy to transparency. In this, the media have much to answer for.
Chávez and other thugs (such as Iranian Madman-in-Chief Ahmadinejad) send in busloads of paid agitators to interrupt challengers’ speeches and make their own support look more substantial than it is. Barack Obama thought only to send Joe Biden, knowing that the throngs of supporters — made up largely of reporters, anchormen, and their entourages — would be provided for him by an all-in-for-Obama media aiming similarly to create a false impression of unflagging popularity. And they surely would have, had a little wind not sapped the brief courage of Delaware’s big-talking Cowardly Lion.
Whether the press corps ignores Barack Obama’s political bullying because our version of El Libertador is wearing civvies, because of politically correct reticence to criticize the first black president (with apologies to Bill Clinton), or simply because they share Obama’s leftist views, they are utterly failing the nation. To borrow the wisdom of Robert Novak: God put reporters on earth to keep politicians honest. If they don’t do that, they have no useful function. (Novak’s original quip was about the Republican Party and cutting taxes.)
It is no wonder, as the media fail so spectacularly in their only useful function, that the public’s belief in news organizations’ credibility continues to plummet or that according to a 2011 Pew Research poll “record numbers of Americans consider the news media to be ‘immoral,’ ‘inaccurate,’ and ‘biased.’” Instead of reinforcing Barack Obama’s camouflage, it is beyond time for at least a few intrepid reporters from major news outlets to proclaim that the emperor has no clothes.
The media’s soul-selling investment in the Obama administration and its reelection is hastening their own irrelevance — and thus the losses of their own jobs, to get down to something you’d expect reporters to care about even if they don’t care about actually doing those jobs well. The Fourth Estate has become just another part of the established order — as long as that order shares its left-leaning political views. Its abdication of responsibility sanctions the Obama-intended drift toward tyranny, or at least toward a citizenry that tolerates behavior that one would expect in a tin-pot dictatorship rather than in history’s greatest example of political liberty.
The conduct of the Obama campaign during the upcoming Republican convention isn’t just low-class. It is the sort of political thuggery which one would expect in Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution (or a Chicago Alinskyite revolution) and it should not be tolerated, much less encouraged and rewarded, by the American people or our news media.
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?
H/T to National Review Online