published Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Great nation! Great leader?

The United States of America is certainly the greatest nation our world has ever seen. So shouldn't we, the American people, resolve to elect the greatest president we can find to lead our country -- and indeed the world?

We must admit that some of our presidents have not been anywhere nearly so great as, say, George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. And, in fairness, our challenges and conditions have changed over the centuries.

Nevertheless, are we confident today that we are going to elect "the best and the brightest" for president in 2012?

We do not believe our nation was wise in electing Barack Obama in 2008, and his track record, particularly on the economy, bears out that assessment. Unemployment has remained vastly higher than it was supposed to be if his massively costly federal stimulus plan passed. Millions upon millions have now been unemployed long term. Companies are afraid to hire, for fear of the twin threats of higher taxes and regulations related to ObamaCare and other federal impositions.

There is no reason, in short, to believe that Obama is the best we can do in 2012.

In fact, any of the current crop of Republican alternatives would be an improvement on Obama. The leaders in polls, for the moment, are former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and, perhaps, Texas Congressman Ron Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

All of them have their strengths and would rightly begin reversing many of the harmful policies of the current president. But that is somewhat different from saying any of them would do an "excellent" job in the White House.

And so there may be improvement after next year's election. But our quest for a truly great president may not be fulfilled.

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conservative said...

Have you noticed the lack of written support by the left for Obamination? Many are obvious about their love for socialism and hate for God (which do go hand in hand), but are secretive about having voted for Obamination who is obviously like minded.

December 10, 2011 at 8:17 a.m.
nucanuck said...

We have to consider whether the nation is becoming ungovernable.

Common decency has become a casualty of modern-day America. There is no reason to believe that things are getting better, as a matter of fact, if we look at the political dialogue, we could easily assume that things are worsening.

If the downtrend continues, we may see pressure for stronger regional governance and weaker federal governance. It could happen.

December 10, 2011 at 9:18 a.m.
charivara said...

Accusing President Obama of not being a leader is like berating a person for not being educated after refusing to let him go to school. The President has been stymied by Republicans since the day he took office with 9 1/2 million more votes than his opponent received. A stimulus bill was watered down at Republican insistence and when it didn’t accomplish all it intended was reviled by these same Republicans as a failure. After the President agreed to Republican demands in order to pass health care reform, they still voted against it. Republicans have refused to consent to his appointments on the flimsiest of grounds. Republicans have refused to appoint a leader of an agency some of them actually voted for. Republicans have shown they are no respecters of the art of compromise or of the will of the majority. If President Obama has not been able to lead, it is because Republicans have done everything in their power to make sure he doesn’t. That has been their stated goal. Better to see the President fail than America succeed. And they call themselves patriots! This editorial writer is either monumentally ignorant of what has been going on in Congress or he is a co-conspirator in the overthrow of our representative democracy.

December 10, 2011 at 11:32 a.m.
librul said...

More notes on exceptionalist delusion from the tripe factory on 11th Street. Will somebody please teach these people how to read survey statistics NOT featured on Fox Noise. Particularly those dealing with poverty and malnutrition among American children; declining standards of education brought on by chronic funding deficiencies; total lack of attention to provision of affordable health care services; Blindness to bank fraud and insurance fraud and mortgage fraud and international corporate fraud; decline in overall quality of life index for millions of Americans; deterioration of public infrastructure; insufficiencies in law enforcement; subversion of democratic process through unfettered corporate money flow; election tampering and voter suppression; bloated military budgets to support useless warfare; failure to prosecute Bush administration's blatant constitutional violations; degradation in civil rights enforcement and protection; Republican Congressional filibustering of virtually every Obama administration initiative; etc. etc. etc. Books are being written about the decline of America and these people are still out there cheerleading. Disgusting.

December 10, 2011 at 12:54 p.m.
hambone said...

"You can't raise taxes on the job creaters"

I am sick of hearing this lie! Goggle "NPR and job creaters" They did a story debunking this myth.

They first went to the GOP in congress and ask them for names of businesses that were not hiring because they were concerned about taxes, the GOP couldn't come up with any.

They ended up posting the question on facebook. Those that responded said that concern about taxes going up was at the bottom of their list.

They all said that demand for their goods and services was driving any future hiring.

Can I meet any future demand by working my present work force overtime or employing temps.?

Or do I need to hire permanent employees?

Before any of you whine about NPR being liberal, I will say that next to Faux they are the "gold standard" when it comes to the truth!

December 10, 2011 at 2:29 p.m.
jesse said...

the prob.in the usa is the politician's are gitting smarter than the voters!the pols's ain't gonna do nuttin BUT they gonna shuck and jive and act like "hey, i'm takin care of buis.!"and joe blow keeps on belivin that sh#t!it's gonna keep on being like it's been all my life!ain't never gonna change!

December 10, 2011 at 5:52 p.m.
lumpy said...

Obama is no leader, but he's one hell of a divider. He's a mean and petty ideologue He thought because he won free speech would be suspended and the legislative process would be put on hold for him.

Charivara, Obama had full control of the government his first two years. He had the house, he had the Senate. What do you want?

Obama has not failed, he's done irreparable damage. But, I'm glad he's failing in his attempt to take us down the same socialist road Europe went. As anyone with half a brain can see European socialism is now imploding all over the place. Yet, he insists on going down that route. Sorry, but he's just a dumb ideologue, but he's NO leader.

December 10, 2011 at 7:23 p.m.
charivara said...

Lumpy: Apparently, to you a leader is someone who forces his point of view down everyone’s throat. That’s called tyranny. Yes, the President had a majority in the Congress, (that’s not quite full control of the government) but he tried to take into account those who did not agree with his position and compromised with them. That’s called governing. If the President had used his majority to get what he wanted you’d be bleating about that. So what exactly is your concern? That it was not your point of view that was shoved down everyone’s throat?

What free speech has been suspended, what legislative process has been put on hold (I assume you are not referring to Republican Senators refusing to hold votes on Presidential appointments), what irreparable damage has been done by the President? Could you enlighten us with some examples?

Don’t look now, but you’ve been benefitting from socialist policies and programs your whole life. I don’t see European socialism exploding all over the place. Actually, socialist programs are what is keeping Europeans from the worst effects that finance-capitalist economic policies have inflicted on them.

Look in the mirror, see what a dumb ideologue looks like.

December 11, 2011 at 10:51 a.m.
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