Monday, September 5, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Attorney Jonathan Emord
September 5, 2011

A Rasmussen poll published on August 31 reveals that only 19 percent of Americans strongly approve of the way Barack Obama is performing as president, while 44 percent strongly disapprove. The president now trails by 8 percentage points a generic republican in that same poll. It has dawned on most Americans that the emperor has no clothes, that Barack Obama is not a true leader and that the course he has charted is costly and destructive to America.

The president now appears to be in a political free fall. He even looks the part, bearing an expression oftentimes that reveals a budding fear and apprehension just beneath the surface. It may have occurred to him that he missed his opportunity to be presidential and that platitudes in the midst of a crisis demanding results simply will not do for most Americans.

Certain failings Americans tolerate in their presidents but none that reveal an essential failure to lead in a crisis. There is nothing worse for a president than a loss of public confidence in his ability to lead the nation when it is in trouble. Americans demand that their presidents lead. When a crisis arises and the president refuses to lead, the essential trust that Americans who voted for the president placed in him is irreparably damaged. That is Obama’s incontrovertible problem. Faced with the greatest economic crisis in American history, the one that threatens to drown the nation in debt, he failed to present a specific plan to return America to solvency. He abdicated governance. Worse, he offends American intelligence by paternalistically proclaiming himself the answer despite failed Keynesian stimulus policies that have added over 4 trillion to the nation’s indebtedness.

The environment is now wholly inhospitable to his re-election, and the economic factors bode ill for an upturn in the economy before the 2012 election. Although congressional prognosticators predict a slight upturn in employment by the election, to somewhere around 8 percent, that appears far too rosey a prediction given the fragility of the entire marketplace. Rather, it may well be that unemployment tops 10 percent by the election; that restrictive lending practices will have prevented emerging small and medium sized businesses from enjoying significant growth, and more sectors will have succumbed as revenues needed for survival drop below survivable levels.

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