web analytics
July 24, 2014 / 26 Tammuz, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
IDC Advocacy Room IDC Fights War on Another Front

Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.



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.

In this country we have tried, historically, to strike a balance in the size of our government – though the general trend, since 1776, has undeniably been toward bigness. The country we have today is not the one our founders left us, nor could it be, given the growth and changes we have seen in the last two hundred-plus years. Nor is it likely we could ever go back to that small scale, agrarian society with its many inequities and inequalities – or that most of us would really want to.

The question, though, is how far in the other direction, leading toward bigger and more intrusive government, should we allow ourselves to go?

The election last year, which placed the nation entirely in the hands of those who desire bigger government, reflected a sense among voters that capitalism and the restrained government that favors it have been indelibly tarnished. It’s not just that Obama is manifestly a man of the left – which he is – but that voters gave him the kind of majorities in Congress most presidents can only dream of.

But if voters are now having a “morning after” moment as they watch the Obama administration and its Democratic allies in Congress pull out the stops on our national debt – if Americans are now finally waking up to the implications for our nation of an economy larded with ever-swelling bureaucratic burdens and costs that outrun, by leaps and bounds, any reasonable expectation of paying for them – then it’s not too soon to start thinking about the next election cycle.

Unfortunately, it’s not inconceivable that it could already be too late.

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.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
UNRWA bags once had wheat -- Hamas now uses them to hide evidence of digging. Where did they get them ... Friends of the IDF photo - FB
Netanyahu Regrets Gaza Casualties, But Operation Continues
Latest Indepth Stories
UNHRC High Commissioner Navi Pillay is calling for an investigation of Israel's military actions in Gaza. (archive photo)

UNHRC High Commissioner Navi Pillay accuses the IDF of possible war crimes in Gaza again, cutting slack to Hamas.

Rabbi Meir Kahane at the National Press Club ~ 1985

Rabbi Kahane spoke of transfer, because it was what the Torah spoke of.

Hamas terrorists in Gaza have been using human shields to protect them from the IDF as they launch rocket attacks against Israel.

There is much I can write you about what is going here, but I am wondering what I should not write. I will start by imagining that I am you, sitting at home in the Los Angeles area and flipping back and forth between the weather, traffic reports, the Ukraine, Mexican illegals and Gaza. No […]

Jews inside Paris synagogue surrounded by protesters throwing rocks, holding bats and chairs.

Should Jews in Europe take more responsibility in self-defense of community and property?

Germany’s The Jewish Faith newspaper ominously noted, “We Jews are in for a war after the war.”

The truth is we seldom explore with kids what prayer is supposed to be about.

Almost as one, Jews around the world are acknowledging the day-to-day peril facing ordinary Jews in Israel and the extraordinary service of the IDF in protecting them.

So on the one hand Secretary Kerry makes no bones about who is at fault for the current hostilities: he clearly blames Hamas.

King Solomon said it long ago: “Cast your bread upon the waters” because you don’t know when you’ll hit something. Our job is to do.

The anti-Israel camp does not need to win America fully to its side. Merely to neutralize it would radically alter the balance of power and put Israel in great jeopardy.

We mourn the dead, wish a speedy recovery to the wounded, and pray that God guides the government.

Charges from the court of world public opinion and their refutations.

It is up to our government to ensure that their sacrifices were not made for short-term gains.

Supporting Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, has become dangerous in Malmo.

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.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

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: