It was a historic rebuke of the president and perhaps the most ominous special election a White House has ever witnessed.
Republican newcomer Bob Turner’s breezy win in Tuesday’s special election to fill the seat of disgraced Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York may be seen in retrospect as a new Lexington – with any luck, the beginning of the end of modern times’ worst presidency.
An overly harsh assessment? Neither dispassionate contemporaries nor the reflective wisdom of history may think so. Under Barack Obama, unemployment has stabilized at record numbers; a record 46 million Americans now live in poverty, a government report out this week says; and while global economies grasp for what used to be U.S. leadership in the world, Israel faces a growing existential threat as the fires of hatred in the Mideast fill the void of what used to be clear and unshakable support from Washington.
And while he talks endlessly about job creation, Barack Obama seeks primarily to take the wealth of job creators, while his minions try to stop Boeing from creating jobs in South Carolina and are raiding a guitar manufacturer in Nashville for processing foreign wood that – get this – the Obama administration argues should have been processed in India instead.
Rather than fulfill the federal government’s first and most solemn obligation – to protect this nation – this president has been suing states for trying to protect themselves from rampant illegal immigration. And the administration is just a few court rulings away from seizing more power than any in U.S. history, by perverting the Constitution to say our government can force us to buy a product (health insurance) and fine us if we don’t.
Now the president, having wasted $800 billion on a failed stimulus – he, himself, inexcusably joked that “shovel-ready” stimulus projects weren’t as shovel-ready as he expected – is demanding of Congress that we throw $400 billion more good money after bad.
The list of grievances, much like those in the Declaration of Independence, goes on. But in short, this government and this administration increasingly no longer has the consent of the governed.
The New York election Tuesday might be the shot heard ’round the political world: Voters replaced the lewd photo-sending Weiner with a Republican in a district that has been Democratic since 1923.
The stunning vote was not only a resounding rebuke of this president’s failed economic policies – even the Democratic candidate ran from Obama as fast as he could – but it also may have been a world-class rebuff, by a heavily Jewish electorate, of his Mideast policies and statements, which have emboldened Arab haters and isolated our democratic ally Israel. When Mr. Obama recklessly suggested Israel should unilaterally retreat to its indefensible pre-1967 borders, a lid was removed on a can of worms.
It remains that whatever support Mr. Obama has left is divorced from economic and political realities, and is either a product of his personal charm or his station as America’s first black president. In either case, personal admiration for the man cannot be translated into endorsements of his extremist ideology, which holds that central planning and government spending are the way forward. A walk through the catacombs of shattered collectivist dreams should have been enough; instead, America has allowed itself to be the guinea pig for yet another utopian, Keynesian experiment in radical-left management theories.
Pray Tuesday’s election is the start of a way out. Pray it’s not too late.