During the State of the Union address, Barack Obama passed on the opportunity to recognize the shortcomings of his disastrous first year in office and adopt a more moderate agenda. In doing so, he exposed the audacity, elitism and personal arrogance which continue to prevent him from connecting with needs of the public.
Rather than acknowledge that he had misread the sentiment of the American people, he chose instead to again blame the failures of his administration on George Bush. That excuse has worn thin and grown very tiresome but Obama clings to it desperately rather than accept responsibility despite a year in office.
Obama’s political agenda lies in tatters but rather than striking a reconciliatory tone, Obama chose to berate his political opposition for failing to display bipartisanship. This is supremely arrogant given that the Democrat controlled House and Senate had effectively locked Republicans out of the political process. In several instances, Republicans also had actually been physically locked out of closed door sessions with special interests.
The Democrats held both the Houses and Senate and attempted to ride roughshod over the minority party and force through a Liberal agenda without regard for the opposing view or public sentiment. Any opposition was met with thinly veiled threats, even extending to members of his own party. It is little wonder that Republicans soundly rejected Obama’s version of bipartisanship in which they were expected to blindly accept bills which they had no part in crafting and which they had not even been provided an opportunity to read.
After ordinary citizens began to protest these heavy handed tactics at Congressional town hall meetings across the nation, Obama and his administration sought to stifle free speech by labeling concerned citizens expressing opposing views as dangerous political extremists and comparing them to Nazi brown-shirts. When these frustrated members of the public sought to evoke the memory of the Boston Tea Party protest by mailing thousands of teabags to members of Congress, Obama’s administration derisively referred to them as “tea baggers” using a euphemism for a homosexual act. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that!” as Seinfeld would say.
Dismal approval ratings reflect the public’s widespread disenchantment with Mr. Obama and his failed agenda but Obama made no effort to acknowledge his personal arrogance or his administration’s political thuggery.
Instead he chose to thumb his nose at the Constitution and again attempt Chicago style political intimidation by directly rebuking the Supreme Court for a decision allowing his political opponents for freedom to make campaign contributions.
President Obama is doubling down on a losing hand. Despite considerable feedback that he was on the wrong course, Obama has decided to press ahead with little real change to his current failed program. Having failed, Obama is determined to continue repeating the same mistakes with nothing more substantive than a fresh set of talking points and new speeches for his teleprompter.
As a result, the coming legislative year is likely to produce little of substance despite a nation facing immense social problems. In all likelihood, the economy will falter and worsen due to a lack of guidance from the White House. More Americans will lose jobs and homes, more small businesses will fail due to a lack of leadership from President Obama.
For the Democratic Party this is the road to disaster. The signs are certainly there but in his arrogance, Obama has chosen to ignore them. America needs leadership, not more sound bites of high sounding but ultimately meaningless rhetoric.
In November, the Democrats will face the wrath of the much ignored and abused voters. Sensing the outcome, many have already chosen not to run. In the coming weeks, I predict others will follow.
I predict the next time President Obama gives a State of the Union speech; it will be to a Republican controlled House of Representatives and Senate.