Michael Gaynor
Peggy Noonan's problem: thinking Obama's biggest problem is incompetence
By Michael Gaynor
June 1, 2010

If you want the American Republic to survive, then pray that Obama's "position and popularity" don't survive!

Peggy Noonan is saying that President Obama is not a competent chief executive: "He Was Supposed to Be Competent: The spill is a disaster for the president and his political philosophy" (May 29, 2010) (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704269204575270950789108846.html).

Why Noonan expected a rookie United States Senator with no executive experience to be a competent chief executive, I don't know. Being president of the Harvard Law Review does not a competent chief executive and commander-in-chief make.

Noonan: "I don't see how the president's position and popularity can survive the oil spill. This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office. And they were all, as they say, unforced errors, meaning they were shaped by the president's political judgment and instincts."

If you want the American Republic to survive, then pray that Obama's "position and popularity" don't survive"!

Noonan's descriptions of the three "political disasters" show that she still doesn't get that Obama is a dangerous stealth socialist.

Noonan: "There was the tearing and unnecessary war over his health-care proposal and its cost."

This massive wealth redistribution plan has been part of the agendas of ACORN and SEIU for years. The Clintons did not deliver. When Scott Brown won the Massachusetts Senate race earlier this year, "experts" expected Obamacare to fail, but then SEIU boss Andy Stern insisted that whatever had to be done to deliver be done...and so it was.

Like the Chinese communists, America's socialists take the long view and want to make the fundamental changes that ultimate will empower them perpetually. A one-payer plan has to be pursued in steps, so "smart" socialists pursue it that way.

Noonan: "There was his day-to-day indifference to the views and hopes of the majority of voters regarding illegal immigration."

The Far Left is counting on illegal immigrants becoming a faithful part of its political base. Remember Obama is about "fundamental change"!

Noonan: "And now the past almost 40 days of dodging and dithering in the face of an environmental calamity."

Stern hasn't got a solution for Obama and there's nothing on his tele-prompter to help with this the greatest environmental catastrophe. He can't play the race card, as the Dems did with Katrina. The spill occurred on federal property, so state officials could not be blamed. British Petroleum could be blamed, but it could not be blamed for failing to supervise itself. For Obama, it's reason to vacation until British Petroleum finally stops the spill, by doing MORE drilling.

Noonan: "The president, in my view, continues to govern in a way that suggests he is chronically detached from the central and immediate concerns of his countrymen. This is a terrible thing to see in a political figure, and a startling thing in one who won so handily and shrewdly in 2008. But he has not, almost from the day he was inaugurated, been in sync with the center. The heart of the country is thinking each day about A, B and C, and he is thinking about X, Y and Z. They're in one reality, he's in another."

Imagine Noonan's surprise. America remains a center-right country, and Obama is intent on fundamentally changing it, by redistributing wealth, engaging in generational theft, granting amnesty, ending the secret ballot in unionization elections, appointing liberal judicial activists to the federal courts to ratify his "fundamental change," etc.

Noonan: "The American people have spent at least two years worrying that high government spending would, in the end, undo the republic. They saw the dollars gushing night and day, and worried that while everything looked the same on the surface, our position was eroding. They have worried about a border that is in some places functionally and of course illegally open, that it too is gushing night and day with problems that states, cities and towns there cannot solve."

True! But Obama is the instrument of stealth socialism and those who thought he would govern as a centrist were fooled.

Noonan: " And now we have a videotape metaphor for all the public's fears: that clip we see every day, on every news show, of the well gushing black oil into the Gulf of Mexico and toward our shore. You actually don't get deadlier as a metaphor for the moment than that, the monster that lives deep beneath the sea."

Stealth socialism IS a monster, but the colors of Obama and oil are not the problems! The problem is stealth socialism and it is colorless. George Soros, Andy Stern and Wade Rathke are all white.

Noonan: "If the well was plugged tomorrow, the damage will already have been done."

True. And it wasn't and won't be for many tomorrows. But the greatest threat to the American way of live is stealth socialism.

Noonan: "I wonder if the president knows what a disaster this is not only for him but for his political assumptions. His philosophy is that it is appropriate for the federal government to occupy a more burly, significant and powerful place in America confronting its problems of need, injustice, inequality. But in a way, and inevitably, this is always boiled down to a promise: 'Trust us here in Washington, we will prove worthy of your trust.' Then the oil spill came and government could not do the job, could not meet the need, in fact seemed faraway and incapable: 'We pay so much for the government and it can't cap an undersea oil well!'"

Noonan doesn't fully understand, but she's learned something from watching the Age of Obama unfold.

Noonan: "The disaster in the Gulf may well spell the political end of the president and his administration, and that is no cause for joy. It's not good to have a president in this position weakened, polarizing and lacking broad public support less than halfway through his term. That it is his fault is no comfort. It is not good for the stability of the world, or its safety, that the leader of 'the indispensable nation' be so weakened. I never until the past 10 years understood the almost moral imperative that an American president maintain a high standing in the eyes of his countrymen."

WRONG! The political end of a stealth socialist president IS "cause for joy." The Founders designed a system of checks and balances and America really needs them now. Noonan: "...Republicans should beware, and even mute their mischief. We're in the middle of an actual disaster."

Stealth socialism is the gravest danger facing America and exposing and blocking it is not "mischief."

If Noonan really thinks the biggest problem with Obama is executive incompetence, she still needs to "get it."

© Michael Gaynor


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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)


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