A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet ****************************** Sometime ago we wrote of our “Hamlet on the Potomac.” You know — the one in the Oval Office. If you listen closely you can hear Obama twisting himself into knots asking the wrenching question: “To lead… or NOT to lead?” (Our apologies to Bill Shakespeare!)
As America’s regal eagle, King Barack the First resembles Denmark’s overly sensitive prince, Hamlet, in so many ways. Obama never seems quite able to make up his mind. He pines away in the shadow of such great presidents a Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt, James Monroe, et al. I am so thankful to all the lackeys surrounding Obama for informing the nation that Obama is the smartest President the country has ever had, bar none! Heck, had they not told me that, I’d never have known! Dumb me!
The Democrats have a problem understanding that intelligence and education do not necessarily translate into the ability to lead. In fact, some of our greatest leaders have been men and women of average intelligence. One can be a genius and yet be unable to inspire others to follow. One can be a genius and still be frightened of one’s own shadow. One can be a genius and be frozen into indecision and inaction by any number of things, such as, fear of failure. The Democrats need to understand that Obama’s inability to make a decision, to take action, to LEAD, is not due to his “genius.” It is a weakness. Obama is a weak leader and the world knows it. Worse, or enemies know it and they are taking advantage of it. Consider Russia’s Putin in the Crimea and the Ukraine, and let us not forget Syria. (One must wonder if Obama is “flexible” enough yet for Mr. Putin?)
Even with all those “smarts,” Obama doesn’t seem to understand the consequences of all that soul searching that his flunkies find so endearing. Nor does he seem to understand that while he “takes his time” and “considers carefully,” bodies keep piling up and circumstances that claimed those bodies (and will claim more) continue to worsen. I can’t shake the feeling that the escalating body count comes in a distant second, in priority, to Obama’s efforts to save the US Senate for the Democrats in November. Every President of the United States gets to define his own “doctrine.” My personal favorite was James Monroe’s, which came to be known, of course, as the Monroe Doctrine. It served the country well — until we began to elect “internationalist” Presidents, like Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Hussein Obama. All three of these Presidents relied heavily upon the so-called, or as a TV commentator referred to it, “fabled,” International Community, to either solve problems around the globe or take the lead in seeking solutions to those problems.
It didn’t, and it doesn’t, work.
When Obama went to the United Nations – FIRST – to ask PERMISSION to intervene in Libya and DID NOT GO FIRST to the US Congress where lies the constitutional power to declare war, it was clear where his allegiance lies. Mr. Obama has said he considers himself a citizen of the world. (Could it be that Obama is the first citizen of the world, not a citizen of the US, to hold the office of US President?? We will learn the truth of this only after his days in office are ended.) If that is so, then he was acting within character when he ignored the US constitution and the US Congress. Seems to me these are grounds for impeachment.
Watching Obama make a decision, especially one that involves US foreign policy to any degree, IS like watching Hamlet wrestling through every line of the play. In short order, the reader, or observer of the play, wants to take the screwed-up prince and give him a swift kick in the butt to reset what passes for his mind. I’ll let you in on a little secret of mine. I don’t think Obama is all that bright. Nosiree, I don’t. See, I learned in grammar school that a fellow with an average IQ and an expansive vocabulary with the ability to speak authoritatively, and do so in public, could con folks into believing he was smarter than the average Joe.
Well, it’s not really a con — if YOU don’t PRESENT yourself as smarter that other folks. It is the nature of the human animal to seek out a well-spoken leader (Ofttimes mistakenly perceived as an “Alpha” personality) to follow. Yes, humans DO act more like sheep than I am comfortable with.
Problem is – our reluctant leader, our Shakespearean prince in Washington, DID present himself as smarter than everyone else. (At least his cohort of socialist fellow travelers did.) The risk involved when one does that is simply that … at some point … your bluff is going to be called. OBAMA’S BLUFF HAS BEEN CALLED and it turns out – between Obama and Hillary Clinton – Hillary’s testosterone levels are much higher!
Speaking of Presidential doctrines, I think Ronald Reagan’s was every bit as clear as that of Teddy Roosevelt. Put simply, Reagan’s doctrine was: You harm an American, anywhere in the world, and we will come after you. You cannot hide. It is short and sweet and to the point. The world knew that when Reagan said it … Reagan meant it!
George H. W. Bush’s doctrine was to follow the UN’s direction — and he did. Of course, we had to turn around and go right back to Iraq, to finish the job, when his son took office.
The George W. Bush Doctrine was “hit ‘em first!” It was to fight them “over there” so we didn’t have to fight them “over here.” The thing I don’t like about it was our feeble attempt at nation building. We might have been able to carry it off in the 1940’s and 1950’s with Germany and Japan, but today — we suck at it!
Bill Clinton’s Doctrine was to lob a few cruise missiles into a reputed aspirin factory, after dark, when no body was in the building, which, reports tell us, was an abandoned building, anyway. And Clinton insisted our warplanes over Serbia had to drop bombs from such a high altitude that the bomb runs were a useless waste of munitions.
Obama’s Doctrine is to first dither while the bodies pile up — and then, when all else fails, persuade someone else to do it. Then, find a way to take credit for it – if it goes well, of course. Understand: I did not want America involved in Libya, in Egypt, in Syria, or in any of the Middle Eastern countries now in flames. I am not unconvinced that the whole blow-up in the Islamic nations of the Middle East was designed as an old “draw play” worthy of my Native American ancestors, to draw a weakened America, with a decidedly weak President, into a unending, continually deepening, fray that would suck the life out of our economy and eventually collapse our government.
Talk about having the right man, in the right place, at the right time! For our Middle Eastern enemies Obama was a godsend — the same for our domestic enemies, as well. America, today, resembles a great ship caught in a storm, rudderless, and being blown onto the rocks of doom by the winds of change brought us by the Obama Regime.
Conservatives are desperately tossing sea anchors over the side hoping to slow the great ship’s eminent doom until a new captain can be elected, the rudder repaired, and a new course stirred taking the massive vessel away from the shoals of certain disaster. To affect the rescue of America we need a candidate for President who actually has a chance at winning. NONE of those expected to announce as candidates stand a snowball’s chance in Hades, in August, against the great socialist machine already switching their massive efforts from Obama to Hillary Clinton.
In my opinion, people of faith would do well to petition the deity to whom they pray to mercifully cut short our chastisement and send America a leader who will lead us in the quest to restore America’s greatness and once again illuminate the “great city set on a hill” as a beacon to all mankind.
J. D. Longstreet ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
J. D. Longstreet is a conservative Southern American (A native sandlapper and an adopted Tar Heel) with a deep passion for the history, heritage, and culture of the southern states of America. At the same time he is a deeply loyal American believing strongly in “America First”. He is a thirty-year veteran of the broadcasting business, as an “in the field” and “on-air” news reporter (contributing to radio, TV, and newspapers) and a conservative broadcast commentator. His blog is http://omegadispatch.wordpress.com