Breaking America's spirit

Voters bought into a disastrous president -- despite all the warnings

 

Even liberal magazine Time is highlighting his historic plummet in popularity from near 70 percent to near 40. Even liberal comedian David Letterman is making stabbing jokes about his endless vacations. Even Democrats running for re-election are running as fast and as far as they can from this president.

"This is basically a Democratic campaign slogan now: Don't blame me for Obama and Pelosi," writes the magazine.

"I'm not one of them," Elkhart, Ind., Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly says of his leaders in Washington.

Time recently went to Elkhart, the nation's heartland and a former Obama stronghold, in a great quest to figure out what's gone wrong with his presidency.

"We bought what he said. He offered a lot of hope," one Obama voter and Democratic donor who plans to vote Republican this November told Time . "He's trying to Europeanize us, and the Europeans are going the other way."

You have to wonder: If the national news media had been this interested in Mr. Obama and his background in 2008, would he have been elected? Would so many Americans who now regret their vote for him be so surprised at what he's become?

Has he become anything other than what he is?

Instead, surveys and analysis of media reports during the campaign prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the former "mainstream" media weren't merely reporting on the campaign: They were actively promoting Obama. Instead of looking under his glossy surface, they went ga-ga over his romping in the surf without a shirt. They were intent on re-creating Camelot.

But all along, there were troubling signs -- big, flashing, buzzing neon signs that the "mainstream" media actively chose to ignore.

Others saw the signs and tried to warn America.

He was raised amid a forest of socialists and communists. He consorted with homegrown anti-American terrorists. His 20-year pastor and the man who performed his wedding ceremony was shown to be a virulent, venomous anti-American and racist. In tellingly unguarded moments, the candidate himself uttered oddly belittling and disapproving views of ordinary Americans, as if we're all racist paranoids with hair triggers on our guns, never far from reach. He called his grandmother a "typical white person." He had to be publicly shamed into wearing a flag pin on his lapel. He talked openly about using government to "spread the wealth around."

His wafer-thin record in the Illinois legislature was spotted with stealthy "present" votes, but nonetheless included an astonishing stance against requiring that medical aid be given to live babies born from botched abortions. In supporting abortion for any reason, he said he wouldn't want his daughter "punished" with a baby.

He talked ceaselessly about "change" and never quite defined it. On the eve of the election, he promised to "fundamentally transform" America.

Well, if you thought America needed changing "fundamentally," then you shouldn't be disappointed or surprised. But if you didn't understand his radical background and cohorts -- some, like Van Jones, were so radical they were drummed out of the administration early on -- then the past year-plus has to have been the biggest electoral surprise in your lifetime.

"The entire American spirit is being broken," the Elkhart man told Time .

Those of us who tried to warn people were accused of picking on him. We weren't then, and we're not now. Rather, it's essential to remember these troubling signs that Mr. Obama was always miles out of the mainstream in order to fully understand his disastrous stewardship of the economy and his cascading popularity. His image's false front is in splinters on the ground.

His problem comes down to two simple things, really: Obama is just being Obama; and much of Elkart, Ind., and the rest of the American electorate, thanks to a sycophantic news media, were wholly unprepared for it.

We can only hope the truth will set them free.

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