27 Oct
2009
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CHANGE: Yes We Can Divide America

President Barack Obama was elected in November under the pretense that he was a moderate Democrat that would unite red states & blue states together.  He was going to be the post-partisan president who would unite Democrats & Republicans together and end the vicious partisanship of the Bush presidency.  Under the Bush administration, the culture war was front and center in American politics creating two entrenched camps of partisans that made Washington ineffective and despised by the American public.  During their control of Congress, Republicans often kept Democrats out of legislative process and compromised their core  conservative principles in order to stay in power.  However, Americans read through this governing approach in 2006, giving the GOP a sound defeat and allowing Democrats to take control of both houses of Congress.  For the next two years, President Bush continued to slide in popularity and Americans looked to turn the page on the Bush years for good.  They drifted towards a charismatic senator from Illinois named Barack Obama who inspired Americans with his soaring rhetoric and can-do attitude regarding America’s future.  He inspired Americans in the spirit similar to JFK and Ronald Reagan, winning the 2008 presidential election  by 7 points over GOP candidate Sen. John McCain.  Americans were ready to be moved towards greatness and were hoping that President Obama could make them feel good about their country again.  They were tired of divisiveness and partisan politics that dominated the Bush years.  They wanted CHANGE.

9 months into President Obama’s first term in office, a majority of Americans are  extremely disappointed by the president’s efforts.  Buyers remorse is settling in as many Americans feel like Pres. Obama’s promise of being post-partisan was disingenious and will not come to pass during his presidency.  Let’s look first at the $800 billion stimulus package.  Did Obama ask congressional Republicans to help him write the bill along with Democrats?  No.  Instead he said “We won, we write the bill.”

That one line began the split that has now lead to a very partisan Washington led by an ideological president.  President Obama and congressional Democrats are now prepared to pass Health Care Reform that will not have a single Republican voting for it.  It is so partisan that moderate Democrats in the Senate such as Joe Lieberman,  Ben Nelson, and Mary Landrieu are considering not voting for it and perhaps filibustering the bill.  However, Congress becoming one of the most partisan chambers in recent memory is not enough for Obama’s White House.  Instead, the Obama administration finds it necessary to declare war on its critics, which include Fox News, the Chamber of Commerce, Wall Street executives, and tea party protesters.  And if that wasn’t bad enough, the administration continues to dump on President Bush and blame him for  Afghanistan and a struggling economy.

What all this leads to is a President who looks like he is in over his head.  It does feel like the “adults” have left the White House and bunch of amateurs have taken over.  What the American people want most from their president is “leadership” and President Obama has shown little since taking the oath of office in January.  He hasn’t contributed to crafting any piece of legislation that has been presented in Congress. He has to make a decision on Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s recommendation of 40,000 more troops in Afghanistan.  President Obama also has failed to control his own party in Congress, which is fracturing between liberals and blue dogs.  Each week, Americans are getting less confident that President Obama will  move this country in the right direction.  He has united the conservatives and Republicans in strong opposition against his policies and now moderates and independents are beginning to abandon him.

As we head into next week’s election, it looks like Democrats are going to receive a big wake up call from the voters.  In the latest polls, it looks like Bob McDonnell will coast to easy win in Virginia gubernatorial race, Chris Christie will narrowly unseat incumbent  Governor Democrat Jon Corzine in New Jersey, and it even possible that Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman will unseat liberal GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava and Democratic candidate Bill Owens.  Also in the latest Gallup Poll, 4o% of Americans state that they are conservative.  Also, the Obama administration has recently admitted that unemployment may not get lower than 10 percent until the end of 2010.  All these indicators point  to a possible wave election in 2010 giving GOP control of one or both houses of Congress.

Then, Obama will not only have divided America, but also the federal government. It is so surprising that a candidate that expressed so much optimism during the 2008 campaign has caused a country to harbor such deep divisions in such a short period of time.  The main distinctions between Americans now doesn’t just include the culture war, but also the issue of big government versus small government.  A large contingent of Americans are getting fed up with Washington regulating their lives with entitlement programs, high taxes, and increasing deficits that will limit their opportunity to manage their economic future.  More and more Americans are beginning to distrust large institutions such as government, the media, and big business that Obama is portecting each day.   The middle class believed that Obama was going to fight for them after feeling left behind by a previous administration that didn’t improve their standard of living.  Instead, they are going to be burdened with paying higher taxes to support the president’s overreaching domestic agenda. President Obama’s CHANGE has divided America into entrenched partisan camps with the political center moving toward the right. Obama’s “Yes We Can” approach has turned out to be empty rhetoric and broken promises.  As we near Halloween, America feels like it has been tricked with an elaborate hoax.  Maybe, Obama is the Joker after all.

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