web analytics
August 2, 2015 / 17 Av, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

Americans Slowly Awaken To The Reality Of Obama


It’s no secret these days that the Obama administration leans left.

On every crucial issue, from dealing with al Qaeda and the threat of terrorism, to the environment, to health care, to the administration’s handling of our overseas adversaries, the president and his advisers have come down hard on the left side of the political divide.

This has been brought home, most recently, by the revelations about those surrounding the new president who, after some eleven months in the White House, no longer seems quite so new.

Former White House communications director Anita Dunn is only the most recent of President Obama’s associates to have her left-leaning sympathies put on display.

After leading the charge to demonize and isolate Fox News for its alleged failures to do “real news” (the network runs many opinion programs with a conservative slant and highlights conservative opinion on its straight news shows), Dunn resigned abruptly, shortly after a video clip surfaced showing her expressing admiration for, of all people, Chairman Mao, the late Chinese Communist dictator and widely acknowledged mass murderer.

What is this administration thinking of in its hiring practices and who are these people they keep bringing into the White House?

Although Dunn was expected to step down at year’s end anyway, her abrupt departure appears to have been an accelerated one. But, we’re assured by the administration, it had nothing to do with her recent missteps.

Still, it wasn’t Dunn’s doing alone if she is now falling on her sword. “I’m not known for going rogue,” she recently assured a broadcast network reporter when asked if the attacks on Fox News she spearheaded had been orchestrated at her level. As Dunn’s comment reminds us, Obama isn’t someone who takes direction from his subordinates or who lightly cedes authority – as his predecessor often seemed to do.

What you see in this administration seems to be what you get, and what we got with Obama is nothing less than a massive tilt to the left. In the wake of eight years of a tired Republican administration that ended with a fiscal crisis of historic proportions, American voters chose to repudiate the conservative approach once identified with the Reagan Revolution, handing government, whole hog, to the Democrats.

In part Republicans have mostly themselves to blame, having lost sight of the principles of small government and fiscal conservatism, with which they had once been identified, during their stint in power. But American voters must blame themselves, too.

Of course, not all Americans are unhappy with the sharp leftward turn. A solid minority of American voters are on the left side of the political spectrum, and that certainly is not reprehensible, since most on the left hold their views with at least as much sincerity as those on the right – or in the center.

Being on the left largely amounts to favoring bigger and more robust government because of a belief that it takes a government to solve big problems. Indeed, it’s a normal human response to turn to government. This has a long tradition in human history, from the time of the ancient Egyptians, to the Persians and the Romans and the Incas, right up to the Communist and fascist experiments of the twentieth century.

Today, big government mostly takes the form of the largely benevolent bureaucrat-heavy social welfare states of modern Europe – though today’s Persia (now called Iran) and other authoritarian regimes continue the darker side of the tradition.

But even if big governments are often well positioned to take care of their populations, there’s an unavoidable downside. Bigger government means ever-increasing government involvement in our lives, with the government telling us what we can and can’t do, as well as more government spending and, of course, higher taxes to support that spending.

Dependence on big government and the consequent loss of personal freedom and the resultant higher taxes (while all seeming rather abstract compared to the goodies delivered to our virtual doorsteps by government programs) also tend to sap individual initiative while dragging down economic activity.

And bigger government reduces government accountability as bureaucrats build their bailiwicks and fiefdoms on a foundation of public monies while insulating themselves from most outside scrutiny. As a result, bigger government tends to be both inefficient and costly.

About the Author: Stuart W. Mirsky is a Queens-based writer and columnist for several local papers. He is the author of the historical novel "The King of Vinland's Saga," about Vikings and Indians in eleventh-century North America, and "A Raft on the River," the true story of a 15-year-old girl's escape from the Nazis in Poland during World War II.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Americans Slowly Awaken To The Reality Of Obama”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Rocket that hit a field in the Eshkol region on July 3, 2015
Gaza Launches Rocket Attack, Israelis Not Warned
Latest Indepth Stories
Silhouette of "hilltop settler."

“Yesha” and Binyamin Regional Council leaders said the attack “is not the path of Jews in Judea and Samaria.”

Schwartz-073115

The occasion? The rarely performed mitzvah of pidyon peter chamor: Redemption of a firstborn donkey.

Rabbi YY Rubinstein

American leftists have a pathological self-inflicted blindness to the dangers of political Islam

Tobin-073115

Hillary should THANK Trump; By dominating the news he’s overshadowed the implosion of her campaign

Hard to remember when Jewish youth were so hostile to their heritage as they are on campuses today.

Names of the enablers of Iran’s Nuclear weapons will be added next to Hitler’s on the list of infamy

By most accounts, the one person with the political muscle to swing enough Democratic votes to override a veto is Sen. Schumer.

The next day, in a speech in New York to the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Kerry substantially upped the ante.

In Israel, the judiciary has established itself as superior to ALL other branches of the government.

The Fifteenth Day of the month of Av became a day of national rejoicing. The moment that had seemed hopeless became the moment of Redemption.

I think the melodies in our religious services have a haunting sound to them that just permeates your guts and gets into your soul. If you have any musical inclination, I think they inspire you to compose.

Cavalier analogies to the Holocaust are unacceptable, but Huckabee’s analogy was very appropriate.

Pollard was a Jewish-head-on-a-pike for all American Jews to see and to learn the explicit lesson.

If the Iran deal passes, Obama’s WH becomes world’s leading financier of terrorism against Americans

More Articles from Stuart W. Mirsky

The shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, along with federal judge John Roll (a Republican appointee) and numerous others, including a nine year-old constituent of the Congresswoman, resulting in the deaths of six (including the judge and the little girl) and brain injury to the congresswoman, prompted the usual ruminations.

While it’s not too early for Republicans to start feeling optimistic, they need to realize this kind of resurgent mood isn’t unlike the ebullience of markets bouncing off a bottom. As market pundits like to say, even a dead cat will bounce when it’s tossed from a great height. After having fallen so low in public esteem during the last days of the Bush administration, it only makes sense Republicans’ spirits would surge at an impending reversal of fortune.

A friend of mine came to this country from China back in the eighties. China had little opportunity for people like him he tells me, especially after Chairman Mao had destroyed the country. To get anywhere you had to know people and pay them off. Everything, he adds, was corrupt and there was no freedom. America looked better and so he emigrated, married and raised a family here.

With the outgoing and endlessly embattled Bush administration showing signs of exhaustion in 2008 and the onslaught of an unforeseen financial crisis, Democrats won the U.S. presidency while gaining an overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives and 60 veto-proof seats in the U.S. Senate (thanks, in part, to a disputed Minnesota election putting TV comic Al Franken over the top in his state and the inclusion of Vermont Socialist Bernie Sanders and Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman).

It’s no secret these days that the Obama administration leans left.

On every crucial issue, from dealing with al Qaeda and the threat of terrorism, to the environment, to health care, to the administration’s handling of our overseas adversaries, the president and his advisers have come down hard on the left side of the political divide.

Nearly thirty years ago, this country underwent a paradigm shift when Ronald Reagan swept into the presidency, defeating Jimmy Carter after a single term. Along with Carter, Reagan displaced an entire way of thinking that had informed our politics since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Reagan was a transformative president.

Well, it’s finally over – and about time, too. After two years of seemingly endless campaigning and eight of partisan bickering and recriminations, the country appears to have turned a historic corner.

Nothing is certain except death and taxes — but a few things come close. One is that, come November, either Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain will emerge as the next president. When that happens we’ll be turning the page on eight years of rancorous political partisanship.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/americans-slowly-awaken-to-the-reality-of-obama/2009/11/25/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: