My wife, daughter and I (our entire family) voted for Barak Obama for President of the United States.
Weâ€™re still glad we did, but not because of any accomplishments â€“ there have been no major ones â€“ but because the alternative was really scary. It is important to understand that Obama never had a constituency: American always turn to the Democratic Party in hard economic times, people were sick of the war in Iraq, and yes, he captured bloc ethnic votes. Before you argue that point take a look at the returns from, say, North Carolina or Virginia.
But his presidency is doomed. He will serve one term, thatâ€™s all. Here are the reasons why:
- Americans have no patience. Theyâ€™re accustomed to solutions in half-hour or hour intervals, as on TV.
- Americans have no historical perspective: Remember, the Great Depression began 90 years ago. Iâ€™m 68 and only heard about it from my parents. Even WWII was over before I turned 5.
- A Presidentâ€™s powers are limited and most Americanâ€™s would fail a civics test about them. And, Barak Obama does not walk on water.
- As Commander-in-Chief he could accelerate withdrawal from Iraq. And the war in Afghanistan is futile and destructive both to the economy and his presidency.
It takes an â€œoppositeâ€ to make momentous changes in America. People forget that FDR was an avowed fiscal conservative when elected. That it took a war-hero general to win election by promising to end the Korean War â€“ any Democrat trying that would have been labeled soft on communism. That the Republican who claimed that Truman and Democrats â€œlost Chinaâ€ and who won election in 1968 decrying Robert Kennedyâ€™s promise to support admitting â€œRedâ€ China into the UN â€“ Richard Nixon â€“ also won by claiming to have â€œa secret plan to end the war in Vietnamâ€. Nixon was able to open a dialog with the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China. Democrats wanted to do that but could never have survived the political fallout.
Has anyone noticed that it was a Republican governor who got a universal health care plan passed in Massachusetts? It will be a Republican President who gets US universal health care passed: For the wrong reasons, of course. It will pass because hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies are feeling the pain, not because the people need it.
I still support Obama, except for Afghanistan and his political gifts to homosexuals. Iâ€™d like him to win a 2nd term and to get a health care plan, a good one, though, and turn this wretched economy around. But I believe Iâ€™ll be disappointed.