We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What we are seeing play out on a very large stage, it seems, is a man of extraordinary self-regard having to deal with punishing political set-backs, with the fact that his high hopes have come crashing down around him. The nation has turned against his agenda. They are turning against his party. And they are tiring of him as well. This is something he cannot seem to process. So the president marches ahead, pretending up is down and east is west, embracing an agenda the country has rejected and that is doing terrible damage to his own party.
It is much easier for Obama to double down on his Marxist agenda, directly in the faces of the American people, than to turn to his puppetmasters and tell them they've failed. Twenty years of Jeremiah Wright indoctrination, following a lifetime of submersion in Progressive ideology, gives Obama no where to retreat. Obama is non-American and cannot be expected to have the heart of an American. Millions of us knew this before 2008. Obama cannot change. He fears the political machine behind him more than The People. His dream of a communist America is stronger than his desire to honor his oath of office. I dare say, he is the enemy spoken of in that oath.
Wehner's indictment of the SOTU and Obama's underlying philosophy is properly stinging, and should stand with the really top-notch essays of other pundits.
What I can't understand is the frequent assessment of Obama as "brilliant." To my mind, a politician needs to have at least a little objectivity to be tagged with that descriptor. Mr. O is so wrapped up in protecting his precious self-esteem from the harsh light of political reality that he is constantly stumbling and failing to assess the real world clearly.
That's not brilliant. That's both dumb and dangerous to his own future. And ours.