Obama: Will He Change?

While President Obama was giving a speech last week, the presidential seal on his podium fell off and crashed to the floor. Commentators had a field day with the symbolism of that event—was it emblematic of a presidency that has crashed as well?

Frankly, it’s not necessary for the presidential seal to fall to come to the conclusion that Barack Obama’s presidency is at a critical juncture. The Democrat Party is poised to lose control of the House [virtually a certainty] and possibly even the Senate, as a result of the failed policies it is promoting. The real issue is what will President Obama learn from this political thrashing?

I’ve commented more than once on the degree of hubris exhibited by this president. The photo at the left has become a standard pose for the man who seemingly has believed he is the “One.” Does he really think he is a political messiah? Anyone who has followed closely his statements and his promises might be forgiven for thinking he has more than simply a high opinion of himself. School children singing songs about him has lent an aura of a cult.

Getting back to my original question: what will he learn from November 2nd? Will he come to his senses and be humbled by the voters’ rejection of his initiatives or will he continue to push forward his radical agenda?

Author Dinesh D’ Souza, who has written a new book entitled The Roots of Obama’s Rage offers a perspective that, if accurate, provides a clue as to how he will react. D’Souza believes that Obama is inspired by an anti-colonialism spirit that denigrates the West. In one interview, D’Souza compared the president to a windup toy soldier that hits a wall but continues to bang into that wall repeatedly, even though it will never go any further. In other words, Obama is an ideologue who will refuse to change course.

Is D’Souza correct? We’ll find out shortly.

Arrogance: Where It Leads Us

On Tuesday, President Obama met with Senate Republicans to discuss immigration and border security. By all accounts, it was not a productive meeting. Republican senators did not let the president off the hook with respect to his policies and the manner in which he pushes them—without GOP input.

According to reports coming out of that meeting, Obama tried to lecture the Republicans on the issues, only to be challenged on his views. He does not like being challenged. One participant wrote on a pad as Obama was talking, “thin-skinned,” as he watched the president get more agitated as the meeting progressed. Don’t they know he has the answers for everything? Don’t they know he is the answer?

All of those photos that show him with his chin up, as if he is above the rest of the human race, are not flukes. They are not accidents of the lens or deliberate attempts to make him look bad. Instead, they capture the essence of the man.

Obama likes to play the victim card—broken family, mixed race, etc. Yet few have been as privileged as he: getting a full ride to Harvard Law School; serving as editor of the Harvard Law Review while writing virtually nothing; receiving praise as a community organizer, working primarily with those who agree with him on everything; never having a strong opponent for the races he has won [and winning some of those by employing the skills of others to discredit opponents so they have to drop out of the race]. He has, to a great degree, led a charmed, unchallenged life.

Who else in the history of American politics has ever made statements like these:

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal [spoken when his nomination for president was assured].

Now, there might a  lot of people who think such things, but few are brazen enough to say them out loud. No matter how he tries to couch those phrases within lines talking about his humility, there is little doubt which part of the quote he believes the most.

This overwhelming arrogance is what makes the policies even harder to swallow. I disagree with the policies anyway, but when they are combined with that “know-it-all” attitude, their destructive nature rises to an even higher level.

Another issue has come to the forefront that points to his unwillingness to be challenged: press conferences. He hasn’t had one since July 2009, nearly a full year ago. This is unprecedented. I’m not the greatest fan of the current press corps because most of them have been Obama apologists. Yet now they are being shut out.

Perhaps it has something to do with what occurred at that last press conference. That’s when he made the off-the-cuff remark about the Cambridge police acting stupidly when they arrested his friend Louis Gates.

You see, you can’t rely on a teleprompter at a press conference. The dangers of going off-script are legion.

It has taken nearly a year for the press to get a little perturbed about the state of things. One has to wonder how long they would have allowed President Bush to go without speaking to them. My distrust of the mainstrean media is so strong that I really don’t believe they will ever turn on him, no matter how they are treated. And I think he knows that, and it’s why he has decided to shun them. They may be rejected lovers at the moment, but they will always come back to him in a pinch.

[Note: after writing about the press conference issue, I read where Obama is going to hold one today—apparently it was becoming too much of an issue. We’ll see how “open” he is this time.]

Ultimately, he is in the position of president to do one thing—increase the power of the federal government over the lives of citizens as much as possible. I believe he is quite single-minded in that pursuit.

It’s one thing to talk about creating jobs, but it’s quite another to get the government out of the way so they can be created. Jobs have been added, to be sure, but not where they need to be:

Meanwhile, USA Today reports,

Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year. . . . 

At the same time, government-provided benefits — from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs — rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010.

What is the strategy—have so many people dependent on the government that they won’t ever want to change the setup? Don’t dismiss that possibility. No, make that a probability.

Pride vs. Humility

Talk about a common theme . . .

I’m not sure there has been a comparable time in American history [and I teach it daily] where those in authority have been so puffed up with pride in their own intelligence.

The current administration seems to believe that it possesses all wisdom, while the peons in the hinterlands [outside of D.C., Hollywood, and other assorted enclaves] are mere rabble who have no idea what is good for them.

This administration—from the president on down—needs a refresher course on humility. The problem, though, is that true humility can only come from first humbling oneself before God, which is something they apparently don’t take under serious consideration.

Romans 13 continually calls civil government God’s servant. The book of James, quoting Proverbs, says God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Jesus teaches, “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Pointedly, another proverb states pretty directly: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

The haughtiness and arrogance of the men and women in the seats of civil power at this time may be greater than ever. God help them and all who will suffer from their actions.

Obamacare Coming to a Head?

The word today is that this is THE week. Obamacare, according to Obama, will pass the Congress this time. Well, it might. It all depends on how many Blue Dog Democrats and those who say they oppose abortion cave under the pressure.

Meanwhile, polls continue to show a large majority of Americans oppose this bill (if indeed a bill exists—that’s still a matter of debate). Yet Obama disregards the opposition. Why?

He interprets his 2008 election victory as a mandate to do whatever he wants. Never mind that many of those who voted for him now have buyer’s remorse. Further, he is asking his own party to go with him on this path, regardless of the consequences to Democrats in the upcoming congressional elections.

Is this megalomania? Is it the supreme example of arrogance? Does he really want to go over this precipice? It would appear so.

In the midst of all this, I find it encouraging that my old home state of Virginia has taken a stand, saying that it will not accept the imposition of healthcare on the state, since that is not a power given to the federal government in the Constitution.

If Obamacare does pass, this sets up a terrific court case. Can a state, relying on the original intent of the Constitution, reverse the advances of a federal government out of control? It may depend on the court in which the case is heard. It would probably go all the way to the Supreme Court where there’s an opportunity to declare Obamacare unconstitutional.

Yet I’m praying it won’t go that far. I’m hoping it will be stopped dead in its tracks again this week—for the sake of the future of this nation.