Sep 9, 2011
Like Queequeg in the 1851 novel Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, President Obama began building his own coffin with his “American Jobs Bill” speech last night. None of his proposals will spur growth in the private sector and I believe he knows it and simply doesn’t care. As long as the economy continues to tank and America continues to lose influence in the world, he’ll be happy to begin his campaign now and blame Republicans in every speech for not getting on board, even though I’m sure they will support many of his proposals like 1) the extension of unemployment benefits; 2) a Payroll tax holiday; 3)tax credits for small businesses to hire more people; and 4) more pork for roads and bridges. The only result will be continuance of the status quo as none of the proposals that have been supported in the past, by the way, will do anything to decrease the nations 9.2% unemployment rate which continued to plod along with zero job growth in August as discussed in an astute article entitled Last Night President Obama Sowed the Seeds of his Own Destruction by Erick Erickson at the conservative political website Red State.Com
What we heard last night was nothing more than the kickoff speech to his 2012 Presidential Campaign in which he will travel the country tirelessly blaming Republicans for the failure of his Presidency and attempting to take Republicans and Tea Party types “out” as Jimmy Hoffa so crudely stated on Labor Day, which I won’t repeat here as I find his profanity laced tirade offensive. And what made it even more repulsive was to see President Obama standing by his side and smiling approvingly while he sent the clear message out to union thugs everywhere.
Despite the uneasiness I felt as though I was being assaulted with a “two” by “four” at that event and during the speech before the Joint Session of Congress (talk about overkill), I could sense the energy coming forth from the "dark side" as in the Star Wars movie series as we watched a community organizer in the best traditions of "thuggery" or "bullying" if you prefer offer the Republicans “a deal they couldn’t refuse” that would make Vito Corleone proud as well by threatening to travel the country tirelessly and attack congressional republicans if they didn’t sign the "American Jobs Bill" which means the whole bill and nothing but the whole bill or as Rob Emmanuel said once, pertaining to members of Congress who didn’t get on board with the President’s program at the time…they’re Dead! Dead! Dead!
Well many of these valiant Republican supporters of the Tea Party agenda are not going to flinch. They will hold their ground. They understand that the future of America depends on it.
A focus group seen on the Sean Hannity Show after the speech surprised me by not falling for Obama's deceptive ploy. The group which was split 50/50 between those who voted for McCain in 2008 and those who voted for Obama was not impressed with the speech and felt that nothing he said could be believed based on his tract record during the last three years. Only the three African American members of the group were willing to vote for him again though they didn’t really think he could win and blamed those who wouldn’t support him.
Others reminded them that he had the support of both houses of Congress early in his term and decided to embark on a job killing strategy with his health care plan that will burden businesses with more regulations and expenses instead of doing anything to grow the private sector when it is fully implemented
Our last chance to save this country by replacing Obama will occur on election day in 2012 and Thursday night the process began as the entire nation watched the President begin building his own coffin, as Queequeg did when he sensed doom, and Wall Street seems ready to do as well while members of his own party seemed more than willing to hand him the nails that are certain to seal his fate. All of this may not be such a bad thing, though. Remember in the end it was Queequeg's coffin that saved Ishmael from a watery grave and allowed him to be rescued. We can only pray that a new administration steeped in a solid belief in American exceptional-ism and a desire to save us and future generations from further economic demise will suddenly appear and deliver us to safety as well.