Lions and Tigers and Polls, Oh My!
I’m very thankful for Gallup, Rasmussen and the careful reporting of such by Mr. Katz at Urgent Agenda. But, I think I’m going to get unscientific and go with my gut.
The novelty of Obama has worn off. No, even if elected, he will not be the first black president. That honor is already held by Bill Clinton. Rather, Obama will be the first UN Secretary General or the first EU President (you pick) to occupy the Oval Office.
And, therein lies Obama’s failing. He brings foreign ideas to America–namely socialism. This has been a collection of ideas that are opposed to the concepts expressed by the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Socialism is ultimately the coercive power of the state over the rights of the individual. Until now, the standard bearers for these ideas, from their first promulgation by the progressive movement in the 1890’s have been cloaked by the plainness of men of unremarkable appearance. What Obama does, by his very person, is accentuate that foreignness of these Socialist ideas.
Here’s a man that has literally lived his entire life outside of the American mainstream. His first ten years of this life were spent in a Muslim third-world country as a Muslim. But, unlike many American children, chiefly military dependents stationed overseas, there was no real attempt to give Obama some sense of being an American in a foreign land. Then, he lives in a place, only ten years a state, some 2000 miles removed from the continental US. Then he spends his college and post-graduate years in the liberal echo chamber of the Ivy League.
Finally, he matures politically in the rarified environment of Chicago machine politics; where transparency and accountability are non-existent. It is a third-world political existence where elections are fore-ordained and political offices, with their attendant potential for graft, are favors awarded for faithful service. All of his policy proposals are, when rhetoric is stripped away, to punish your enemies ruinous taxation and reward your friends with largess from the public coffers.
The military, in Obama’s eyes, takes on that same third-world slant. They will serve to create the illusion of might and patriotism. They are there to create an infrastructure by which more friends may be rewarded from the public treasury. But, from Obama’s push to cut and run from Iraq, they are not there to actually fight.
But, from the stagnation in the polls since last spring (and now the slow sinking in key battleground states and normally blue states) we’re seeing a new realization of Obama’s foreignness sinking in. He is not one of us.