We are all aware of the stunning victory of Scott Brown in Massachusettes this past Tuesday. Many believe this monumental election reflects voters’ objection to Obama’s policy decisions. There seems to be resentment over persistently high unemployment, Wall Street bailouts, the ramming through of health care and lack of transparency in government.
However Barack Obama doesn’t necessarily agree with this. A day after the Massachusetts vote he was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos and explained his reaction of “surprise and frustration”. Obama stated voters “are angry, and they’re frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.” In other words, it is Bush’s fault. Of course one cannot comprehend why a state that is only 12% Republican would vote in a Republican Senator if they are disenfranchised with a Republican president. Idiotic statements are what happen when the teleprompter is not around.
When George asked if this vote was a repudiation of healthcare reform, Obama stated “Talk to all those people out there right now who have lost their health care during the course of this year because they’ve lost their jobs.” This statement is absolutely laughable. The idiom “cart before the horse” comes to mind at this senseless assumption. Here’s a thought: Focus on the economy so there are not so many job losses thus the loss of healthcare. Is that common sense or what?
Later in the interview Obama again says “So the reason I say that we are not surprised by what happened in Massachusetts is because I’m frustrated, too. I’m frustrated by the fact that over the last decade, we have not seen the kind of progress for middle class families that are needed.” Apparently he didn’t think Stephanopoulos heard him the first time he blamed Bush. Probably because he didn’t preface the blame with “let me be clear.”
Obama did admit to one regret. He stated “If there’s one thing that I regret this year, is that we were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us, that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values.” This is not regret. It is Obama’s direct and deliberate choice to not listen. In September I was one of the 800K Americans standing in front of the Capitol while his helicopter flew over the Mall twice before heading to the airport. Instead of, to use his words “speaking directly to the public”, he chose to campaign in MN for health care reform. At every opportunity, he dodged the people. When FOX news reported discontent he demanded they be silenced. It seems Obama did engage some Americans, as long as they agreed with him.What exactly is “getting done”? Unemployment is at 10%, no sensible reform on the table for health care, Gitmo is still open, troops are still in Iraq, the deficit is 12.3 trillion dollars, no Copenhagen treaty. And let’s not forget, Chicago did not get the Olympics. While I am thrilled at Obama’s failure to accomplish some of these tasks, I still ask “what was done?”
My ‘hope’ is that he will ‘change’ and focus on what ‘we the people’ elected him to do. The American people do not want to be in bondage to debt and government control over our lives. America was the first truly free nation whose government was ruled by the people who are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Pride will be brought down either by repentance or by ruin. Men cannot punish pride, only admire or fear it. God has to humble the proud. Proud men are frequently most proud just before their destruction.