A.J. DiCintio
He has shown us who he is: believe him
By A.J. DiCintio
March 10, 2012

Who can forget the last time around, when a perfect political storm allowed candidate Barack Obama to get away with it.

The "it" is, of course, the most ridiculous campaign of vacuous "hope" and "change" ever conducted, if not in the history of democracy, then certainly in the history of elections held amid a host of momentous problems and threats.

But after his three years in office, what is there to say about President Barack Obama, whose slogan "Change Takes Time" (emblazoned on T-shirts currently available even in "juniors" size) screams he fully intends to reprise his shtick of '08 in his reelection campaign?

Well, for one thing, that despite the aura of loftiness he constantly affects, the president is nothing more than the person the Chicago Machine trained him to be, i.e. a politician with a limitless proclivity for trying to con the public, the consequences be damned.

And for another, that he behaves in accordance with the warning implicit in the ancient maxim, "The leopard doesn't change his spots," a reality that leads to one further observation:

Obama has continually been showing us the truth about his spots, his behavior conforming to a reality of human nature so important and reliable that Maya Angelou was moved to write this:

"The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them."

And believe the president we should; for from his first day in the Oval Office, he has been showing every person willing to keep eyes, ears, and mind wide open who he is, which is this:

A kindred spirit to liberals who never stop showing us they reject Jefferson's belief in the supremacy of the people as fiercely as they condemn Thoreau's ideal of the self-reliant individual, though they would have to be injected with a gallon of truth serum before they would proudly and publicly admit they detest the following statements.

"I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society but the people."

"That government is best which governs least."

The fact, therefore, is that Obama has spent his first term showing us he is a dogmatic liberal whose idea of change means transforming America into the kind of "social democracy" that has put much of Europe on the road to economic and social hell, a reality that explains the following:

. . . Why he didn't direct his first acts at getting the economy back on track, for instance, by fighting for an innovative reform of the nation's tax code and a smart, tough-minded restructuring of our relationship with China.

. . . Why, instead, he joined with the congressional likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to ram through Congress a destined-to-fail, reeking-pork stuffed, "stimulus" bill and an unpaid for, sixties-welfare-style, 2,000 page, 15,000 IRS enforcers-requiring monstrosity disguised as a medically and fiscally sound plan for healthcare reform.

. . . Why he refuses to institute policies that unleash the country's energy resources, especially its natural gas, thereby creating thousands of good jobs in a number of industries, keeping energy prices down, getting us off foreign oil, bolstering our national security, and providing a practical bridge to a clean, abundant energy future.

. . . Why, instead, he has instituted policies that drive prices higher in a perverse attempt to force upon the public his top-down, pie-in-the sky, bureaucracy-burgeoning approach that just might, after frittering away a trillion borrowed dollars, produce a Solyndra-style panel that can power a 60 watt bulb for $10 a day and a quart-sized flask of "algae fuel" that sets a driver back $50.

. . . Why he appointed a debt commission only for political show.

. . . Why, instead of making the most of the recommendations offered by the commission's bravest members, he bowed to congressional liberals and, in one of the most irresponsible acts ever committed by an American president, summarily dismissed the people he had appointed and their suggestions.

. . . Why, with the example of Greece et al. and the dire consequences of our out-of-control debt only a few years away, he has directed neither his oratorical skills nor his priorities toward the issue of fiscal responsibility.

. . . Why, instead, he has twice proposed ten year budget plans that make no serious budget cuts, raise taxes by trillions, and utilize irresponsibly rosy economic projections to mask another doubling of the national debt.

. . . Why he talks a torrent of words about the rational quality of his foreign policy.

. . . Why, instead, his actual foreign policy is characterized as follows:

By speeches that apologize for Ugly America.

By speeches that elevate the powers of the "international community" above the Constitution's requirements.

By speeches that claim the power to instantaneously bring the flowering of a Jeffersonian spring to cultures in which the majority desire rule by theocratic tyrants.

And by actions suggestive of the influence of the vilest anti-Semites that plague the American Left, exemplified when the president who demands no preconditions to meet with madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad obnoxiously walked out on Israel's PM and his delegation during a White House meeting.

Finally, and in harmony with the dictatorial elitism that lies at the heart of liberal ideology, there is this regarding how Obama reveals the truth about himself:

At every opportunity, the man whom sycophantic supporters gush over as a literate, sophisticated, post-everything scholar finds a way to debase his political opponents as pernicious, foul-mouthed, anti-intellectual extremists no different from the working class Americans he condemned as "bitter" yahoos who "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment. . ."

Yet from his youth, he has been the one who has been guilty of clinging to real political, philosophical, and religious extremists, most of them downright disgusting; and as president he is the one who appointed people who resigned after they were exposed as radical liberal 9/11 "truthers" or exposed themselves as true-believing leftist nutcases who regard Mao Zedong as a "favorite philosopher."

With mention of the ugly hypocrisy that is the signature of the president's political MO this piece ends, hoping voters will believe Barack Obama as he constantly shows them who he is and therefore show him and his insultingly ironic campaign slogan the door.

© A.J. DiCintio


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A.J. DiCintio

A.J. DiCintio posts regularly at RenewAmerica and YourNews.com. He first exercised his polemical skills arguing with friends on the street corners of the working class neighborhood where he grew up. Retired from teaching, he now applies those skills, somewhat honed and polished by experience, to social/political affairs.


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