Obama The Incompetent
Leadership involves, among other qualities, the ability to adapt to a variety of changing contiditions; sometimes radical and very rapid. Yet, Obama has yet to truly understand the nature of the conditions facing him. and, he’s refused to adapt to those changes.
Obama spent his life in the unprecedented prosperity of Reagan’s economic policies. Indeed, at least for his adult life, he has known no other. Like Obama, a huge proportion of the American population simply doesn’t know of real hardship since the last such era was in the Carter era of 1977 to 1981. When Obama started his quest for the White House some two years ago, he based his campaign on the then operative paradigm of nearly 30 years of essentially unbroken prosperity. Prosperity that for many Americans has been the only economic paradigm they’ve ever known.
Obama’s campaign game plan was to use the current discontent to get elected and then, in a socialist remake of America, “spread the wealth” by taking the economic gains of the last 30 years and distribute such to his friends and favored constituencies. Then, last September, the bottom fell out and the wealth that Obama was to redistribute vanished. Yet, true to his baby boomer roots, he tried to have it both ways–redistribute wealth that was no longer there and take on the task of economic recovery. (I didn’t say that was realistic.)
The issue now is that the economic crisis that guaranteed his election is the weather change that he, Obama, has not the executive or leadership experience to sense or appropriately adjust for these changes. Real leadership would have called for a immediate reordering of his priorities to delay the rest of his agenda to focus fully on the current economic crisis. Moreover, he had four months to plan and make those necessary changes to re-order his governing priorities with specific plans to address this economic downturn. But, Obama’s obsession with using this downturn as a vehicle to create America’s socialist makeover.
The real irony is that focusing and solving this economic downturn would have accrued such goodwill and political capital that his socialist agenda, in the long term, would have been a so much simpler sell. But, that necessary political capital is being destroyed faster than the plummeting dow averages. But, this precisely is the incompetence and inexperience of our commander in chief. He is so focused on socialist agenda that he has not the flexibility and foresight of a true leader, of real executive leadership, to modify his course of action. Nor, does he have the vision or creativity to use adversity as opportunities to achieving goals by alternate paths.