The Continuing Crisis

The Continuing Crisis

By From the March 2014 issue

January departs stage left, but not before the hearties of scenic El Puig, Spain, on January 26 held their annual Dead Rat Throw, heaving the lifeless creatures to and fro and attempting to slam one right down the chops of an inattentive reveler. “In El Puig, they say you aren’t a man until you pick up a rat during the fiesta and heave it with all your might,” said Señor Abel Flores, himself an accomplished rat thrower. Animal rights activists naturally objected, but they uttered not a peep two days later when President Barack Obama made his fifth annual State of the Union speech, and, boy, did he heave the rats. Hardly one of his claims was accurate, including the claim that he has created 8 million new jobs! On the eve of President Obama’s disjointed threat to take things into his own hands and rule by executive fiat, a Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that 63 percent of those responding had little or no confidence that Mr. Obama would make the right decisions as president. The poll also showed the public evenly split over whether our president is honest, with 49 percent thinking he is and 48 percent thinking he is not.

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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: the Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn't Work: Social Democracy's Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery.