Obama's Fatal Flaw|
October 25, 2010
On the campaign trail last month, Obama lambasted Republicans, saying, "Republicans
have not come up with one new idea." Putting aside the fact that Obama is 'factually
incorrect,' (see Rep. Paul Ryan's
'A Roadmap for America's Future'
) his statement embodies the fatal flaw of progressivism.
Winston Churchill said, "The farther backward you can look, the farther forward
you are likely to see." Obama disagrees.
Each and every "new" policy of Obama's administration in the last 20 months has
one thing in common. Their foundations are lodged in wishful thinking, hope, if
you will, that Obama's perception of reality will magically translate into the underlying
reality. They are all "new" solutions to old problems.
New solutions to old problems are an essential element of America's spirit of entrepreneurship
and one of the reasons America leads the world in innovation. Unfortunately, Obama's
view of progressivism completely excludes the lessons of history.
It comes as no surprise to students of history that Obama's solutions are not working.
From bailouts to the cutely named "stimulus" programs, from ObamaCare to the government
take-over of many segments of the formerly private economy, every solution Obama
has proposed or implemented has been tried in the past. And they have all failed
in the past. Just as they are failing now.
Whether due to ideology, ignorance, hubris or naivety, Obama appears to believe
he can define his own reality. He is like a young child who, by closing his eyes
convinces himself that no-one can see him. Obama is the result of a liberal education
un-tempered by real-life experience or economic necessity. Or the lessons of history.
Our founders designed the system of federalism, wisely leaving to the states the
ability to experiment with new solutions. The states are America's laboratories,
implementing new solutions on a small scale, minimizing the risk of failure and
those darn unintended consequences. Until now.
Never having been held responsible for the outcome of his actions, Obama sails merrily
forth advocating his, not so new, ideas, secure in the knowledge that the American
taxpayers will be paying the very real cost of his mistakes. As we are now doing
on a daily basis.
Obama's reliance on the ideological tactics employed by many of his known mentors
and friends, has resulted in a measurable decline in America, economically, politically
His inability to allow for the possibility that history, tradition or conservative
principles may offer a possible solution to the current economic mess America remains
mired in, guarantees that America's problems will not be solved as long as Obama
As Obama struggles to redefine reality to his specifications, history marches on,
with dire consequences for the future of America. As history shows:
The average age of the world's greatest civilization from the beginning of history,
has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed
through the following sequence:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith
2. From spiritual faith to great courage
3. From courage to liberty
4. From liberty to abundance
5. From abundance to complacency
6. From complacency to apathy
7. From apathy to dependence
8. From dependence back into bondage
Obama is either unaware of the course of history, or he is counting on it.
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