For a long time now, I have been saying there is something not quite right with Obama. You get a weird vibe from the man.
There is something way off balance in the character of Barack Obama. Something in the realm of zealotry, with a touch of megalomania, and perhaps an authoritarian impulse too. He combines Alinskyite tactics and outlook with an air of self-assumed moral superiority in a way that fails to respect the usual, small ‘r’ republican limits on American presidents. All presidents, of course, think at some level that they know best about policy choices. But almost none of them (Woodrow Wilson perhaps excepted) were so willing to disdain, in pursuit of such radical policy upheavals, such intense and overwhelming public opinion as has been evident in the current health takeover attempt.
The interesting thing will come when the Democratic Congress starts abandoning him. He will be all alone, at the top, with this bizarre notion of himself as Lincoln, FDR and Jesus all rolled into one.
At that point, he either comes down to earth and starts living as a mortal, or he cracks into a million pieces.
Let’s hope it is the former.
Peggy Noonan says the people around him – Valerie Jarrett, Axelrod and Gibbs – all feed his megolomania, and treat him as if he were the second coming. they treat him as a fabled being.
We’ve never had a president before who insisted on being treated as a fabled being.
Passage of this health overhaul/takeover under these circumstances would be frightening. The harm it would do the political system would be almost as great as the harm it would cause the health system. The American republic was designed to give a minority a way to slow down major changes buoyed by popular passions. It was not designed to give a minority the power to implement major changes against popular passions.
The Obamites are doing the latter. They are turning American checks and balances on their heads. They are using temporary parliamentary advantages for a permanent power grab. The Obamites are dictating to Americans rather than representing them. Revolutionizing, not just evolving. Ruling, not serving.
Hillyer is right, but he takes it just a bit too far. This Republic is strong and durable. We will survive Obama quite easily, because the checks and balances will do their work. The Republicans will take the Congress and stop the worst of the damage.
That does not mean Obama can’t do a lot of damage. It wll be painful. The economy will suffer; people will lose their jobs, their 401k’s, their ability to make money. Cities will stagnate, and we will go sideways for a while. But we will get over it and come roaring back.
Liberalism in America will be essentially finished. Socialism will become a much dirtier word than it is today. There will be no more talk of single payer or government takeovers.
Obama is going to accomplish pretty much the opposite of what he intended.