This is a column by a writer from the NY Times. Of course. It was sent to me by a friend who asked my responses. Because I responded to this friend by entering my comments directly into the column, I have used the same format here to save time. These are my comments.
Describing the column as ahistorical tripe that only could be written by an ideological kook would be understating the issue..
Here you are:
Obama Will Triumph — So Will America
By Frank Schaeffer
The guy is a writer for the New York Times, so he’s not honest to begin with.
Before he’d served even one year President Obama lost the support
of the easily distracted left and engendered the white hot rage of
the hate-filled right. Why am I “hate-filled” if I dislike the idea of trillions of dollars being spent, bowing to foreign dictators, letting Iran get a nuke, yanking-back anti-missile systems (unilaterally, I might add) from Poland and the Czechs, appointing 34+ “czars” to legislate from the Executive branch – in violation of the letter AND the spirit of the Consittution, having a president BOW to foreign autocrats and show immense disrespect to leaders of democracies, choosing which laws to enforce, reporting the State of Arizona to the UN (absurd), not enforce voter intimidation laws and direct the Dept of Justice NOT to enforce the integrity section of the motor-voter bill because it doesn’t enhance minority voters? See this is what the Left does – they change the subject… Yeah, I HATE the Left, but it’s because they are trampling all over the Constitution, turning the rule of law into the rule of man… that is NOT what made – or makes – America great. But some of us, from all walks of life and
ideological backgrounds — including this white, straight, 57-year-
old, former religious right wing agitator, now progressive writer
and (given my background as the son of a famous evangelical leader)
this unlikely Obama supporter — are sticking with our President.
Why?– because he is succeeding. He is succeeding in destroying America, the Constitution and the rule of law, and implementing socialist – ANTI-AMERICAN policies – OVER the wishes of more than 60% of the nation. He is succeeding in indebting generations of unborn Americans for stuff they won’t get – but will have to pay for. Now a “Progressive” may find this fine and dandy – but it is NOT America. Progressive HATE the rule of law, they HATE the Constitution. They HATE limits on their arbitrary usurpation of power.
And the “White Hot hate” comes from the Left, too… look at the demonization of Palin – even if you don’t think she’s qualified, there is no reason to vilify everything she has done.. .the Womens’ Rights movement used to be all about this kind of woman… now it hates her because the women’s movement has become a lefty movement, and hates “liberated women” who happen to become Conservatives…
We faithful Obama supporters still trust our initial impression of
him as a great, good and uniquely qualified man to lead us. He is NOT “good.” He is NOT “qualified” and certainly he is NOT “great” unless the future is about the destruction of America and the history is written by those who destroyed it…
Obama’s steady supporters will be proved right. Obama’s critics
will be remembered as easily panicked and prematurely discouraged
at best and shriveled hate mongers at worst. Completely wrong. Not even worth discussing.
The Context of the Obama Presidency
Not since the days of the rise of fascism in Europe , the Second
World War and the Depression has any president faced more
adversity. Not since the Civil War has any president led a more
bitterly divided country. Not since the introduction of racial
integration has any president faced a more consistently short-
sighted and willfully ignorant opposition – from both the right
and left. This is just plain nonsense…. Reagan inherited a worse economy, a worse inflation, a worse unemployment picture, the Cold War, etc., etc… and that was only 25 years ago. The myth of the Left that Obama inherited the worst of everything just is not historically accurate. But the Left gets away with it all the time.
As the President’s poll numbers have fallen so has his support from
some on the left that were hailing him as a Messiah not long ago;
all those lefty websites and commentators that were falling all
over themselves on behalf of our first black president during the
2008 election. Maybe there are people on the “easily-distracted left” who are adult enough to recognize the utter and complete failure Obama has been in bettering the lives of Americans.. like, you know… 40%+ unemployment of 16-24-year-old Blacks? Who have noticed little things on which he ran like,,, uh… ending the war in Afghanistan – only to see him surge it? Closing Gitmo – which he has NOT done, eliminating Predator strieks – which he has increased…. You have to be an utter ideologue to write what this clown has written here… very little of anything he writes is accurate – at all.. it’s an ideological hit-piece with zero grounding in reality.
The left’s lack of faith has become a self-fulfilling “prophecy”–
snipe at the President and then watch the poll numbers fall and
then pretend you didn’t have anything to do with it! Just about everything the Left does is a self-fulfilling prophecy: They tell you the economy’s bad and then raise taxes to make it so. They tell you we aren’t respected on the international stage and then put this idiot in the White House to prove it.
Here is what Obama faced when he took office– none of which was
# An ideologically divided country to the point that America was
really two countries… nonsense – the divide was much greater in the 1960s when the Left was beating-up its own in the 1968 convention.
# Two wars; one that was mishandled from the start, the other that
was unnecessary and immoral – then why did so many Democrats vote to approve the use of force? Why did ALL leading Democrats during Clinton’s term insist on removing Saddam?
# The worst economic crisis since the depression. Nonsense.. Reagan inherited a worse one.. .and besides – the Democrats took the Congress in 2006. The last two years leading up to this recession were on the Democrat’s watch – their budgets, their policies, their refusal to re-regulate the financial sector (Bush tried 17 times to re-regulate this sector and the Democrats never even let it come up for a vote.
# America ‘s standing in the world at the lowest point in history. This, of course, is complete nonsense. Here’s the reality: AMONG THE LEFTIST INTELLIGENTSIA and news-writing elites America had a low standing… all polls of residents of various countries had the US still on-top.
# A country that had been misled into accepting the use of torture
of prisoners of war.. which Obama STILL uses.. and waterboarding is NOT “torture”
# A health care system in free fall.. A) not the responsibility of the Federal Government – NO enumerated power allows the Feds to do healthcare, and B) largely a result of idiotic Democrat regulation and policies.
# An educational system in free fall. COMPLETELY the fault of unions – DEMOCRAT animals – and the largest contributor to the Democrat Party. Blaming ANYONE but Democrats for the failure of K-12 is just ahistorical ignorant tripe that can’t be accepted by adults.
# A global environmental crisis of history-altering proportions
(about which the Bush administration and the Republicans had done
nothing) Two comments on this: 1) America did more to lower Greehouse gas emissions that ANY nation that signed the Kyoto protocols, and 2) the Kyoto accords were submitted (in advance, for an advisory vote) to the Senate in August, 2007, when CLINTON and GORE were in the WH. The Senate voted 95-0 AGAINST them. Clinton then of course, never sent the actual treaty to the Senate (why bother?), and Bush never pointed this out when he kept getting hammered by the media on this.
2) There IS no “history-altering environmental crisis”. There is NO science that supports man-made global warming. The head of climate science at MIT says it’s a bunch of nonsense. 1,000+ actual climate scientists – ON THE IPCC PANEL – wrote a letter to the IPCC Bali meeting stating that, in fact, the REPORT did NOT support the Executive Summary that blamed man for climate change… There IS NO MAN-MADE Global warming, period. That Executive Summary, of course, was written NOT by scientists, but by governmental bureaucrats insistent on global governance.. the scientists who actually WROTE the IPCC report were the same ones who signed the Bali letter AGAINST the idea of Anthropogenic global warming.
# An impasse between culture warriors from the right and left.. .caused by the absolute refusal of the Left to understand we are a NATION OF LAWS based on the Constitution and NOT a sandbox for them to play in to try – yet again – the same socialist policies that have failed everywhere in any nation and at any time they have been tried.
# A huge financial deficit inherited from the terminally
irresponsible Bush administration. Democrats ran Congress since 2006.. ONLY CONGRESS can spend money… DEMOCRATS destroyed the financial system… NOT BUSH.
And those were only some of the problems sitting on the
“Help” from the Right? Why would we help an idiot who spent his entire life blaming the Right and/or America for every ill that has befallen mankind? He MUST fail, or America fails. Both CANNOT succeed… FACT.
What did the Republicans and the religious right, libertarians and
half-baked conspiracy theorists — that is what the Republicans
were reduced to by the time Obama took office — do to “help” our
new president (and our country) succeed? They claimed that he
wasn’t a real American, didn’t have an American birth certificate,
wasn’t born here, was secretly a Muslim, was white-hating “racist”,
was secretly a communist, was actually the Anti-Christ, (!) and was
a reincarnation of Hitler and wanted “death panels” to kill the
A) He is NOT “secretly a Muslim.” He TOLD the Eyptian Foreign Minister he was Muslim; he TOLD Stephanopoulous of his “Muslim faith.” Does the Left HATE Muslims and so cannot accept that he IS one? If he has a birth certificate that proves him to be an American citizen, why has he spent over $2MM suppressing it? Why are his own relatives in Kenya saying he was born there? If he has nothing to hide – why is he hiding it?
They not-so-subtly called for his assassination through the not-so-
subtle use of vile signs held at their rallies and even a bumper
sticker quoting Psalm 109:8. They organized “tea parties” to sound
off against imagined insults and all government in general and
gathered to howl at the moon. They were led by insurance industry
lobbyists and deranged (but well financed) “commentators” from
Glenn Beck to Rush Limbaugh.
The “Tea Party” goes back to, oh… 1776…. It was always the same .. anti-tax. And putting up signs of Bush with a Hitler mustache were not “vile”? Really? And the protest by Pelosi and thousands of others during Bush’s presidency that “dissent is the highest form of patriotism”? What happened to that? Now we dissent and we are filled with “white hot hate”? Seriously? And I am supposed to take as important ANYTHING said or written by these morons?
The utterly discredited Roman Catholic bishops teamed up with the
utterly discredited evangelical leaders to denounce a president who
was trying to actually do something about the poor, the
environment, to diminish the number of abortions through
compassionate programs to help women and to care for the sick! And
in Congress the Republican leadership only knew one word: “No!”
Two problems here, too: 1) the Democrats have destroyed more families, lives, hopes, dreams, futures than any other party in the history of America. They HATE working people. They HATE Blacks. They HATE Mexicans… For ANY Democrat to say they help the poor is a total revision of the actuality of their policies.
If they didn’t HATE working people – why the lousy schools working people have to put their kids in, removing any hope of the American Dream from their futures? If he didn’t HATE Blacks, he’d do two things: 1) close the border to reduce the supply of unskilled workers, thereby raising their earnings, and, 2) privatize Social Security – Blacks enter the workforce sooner and die younger than whites, so they spend their entire lives paying into Social Security to pay for the retirement of old rich white folks and then die before they receive ANY gain from Social Security and leave NO wealth to their heirs. Social Security is the most racist federal government program extant. If he didn’t hate Mexicans he’d close the border and legalize all here to raise THEIR earnings and help their families.
In other words the reactionary white, rube, uneducated, crazy
American far right,combined with the educated but obtuse
neoconservative war mongers, religious right shills for big
business, libertarian Fed Reserve-hating gold bug, gun-loving
crazies, child-molesting acquiescent “bishops”, frontier loons and
evangelical gay-hating flakes found one thing to briefly unite
them: their desire to stop an uppity black man from succeeding at
A statement of pure racist hatred from an idiot.
“Help” from the Left? The left is too stupid to help anyone. They are childish, extremist, pre-adolescent, historically ignorant, anti-Constitution, anti-Americans who HATE everything about Western Civilization.. but who demand total rights of the Enlightenment even as they try their best to destroy it through the nonsense of “multiculturalism”.
What did the left do to help their newly elected president? Some of
them excoriated the President because they disagreed with the bad
choices he was being forced to make regarding a war in Afghanistan
that he’d inherited from the worst president in modern history! He inherited a war from Woodrow Wilson? Really?
Others stood up and bravely proclaimed that the President’s
economic policies had “failed” before the President even instituted
them! Really? Those economic policies were passed in a DEMOCRAT CONGRESS of which Obama was a part. Others said that since all gay rights battles had not been
fully won within virtually minutes of the President taking office,
they’d been “betrayed”! (Never mind that Obama’s vocal support to
the gay community is stronger than any other president’s has been.
Never mind that he signed a new hate crimes law!) Yeah, fine and dandy – but has he actually, ummmm… DONE ANYTHING? Nope. He hates Gays worse than Jerry Falwell… Muslims cut their heads off, for crying out loud! But he’s out bowing to Saudi royalty.. notice how he didn’t take his fat-assed wife to that speech in Arabia? That’s because women are not allowed in public events in Muslim nations.. and OBAMA IS A MUSLIM.
Those that had stood in transfixed legions weeping with beatific
emotion on election night turned into an angry mob saying how
“disappointed” they were that they’d not all immediately been
translated to heaven the moment Obama stepped into the White House!
Where was the “change”? Contrary to their expectations they were
still mere mortals! So – this writer gets to bash the Right for not helping Obama succeed in overthrowing the Constitution more completely than he has, and bash the Left, too, because they excepted him to do so. See how moronic the words of the Left are?
And the legion of young new supporters was too busy texting to pay
attention for longer than a nanosecond. “Governing”?! What the hell
does that word, uh, like mean?” Well, it’s for sure Obama doesn’t know.. .he knows how to go on vacation. He knows how to play-act Head of State.. but he has not got clue ONE about being Head of Government. And, oh by the way, texting is how so many of those idiots in the youth Left got to the polls and decided to vote for this moron.. the Left is years ahead of the Right in technology… and now this guy is complaining that the Lefty youth vote is … using what got the lefty youth vote to the polling place.. to elect this guy the write worships??
The President’s critics left and right all had one thing in common:
impatience laced with little-to-no sense of history (let alone
reality) thrown in for good measure. Then of course there were the
white, snide know-it-all commentators/talking heads who just
couldn’t imagine that maybe, just maybe they weren’t as smart as
they thought they were and certainly not as smart as their
president. He hadn’t consulted them, had he? So he must be wrong!
What a racist statement. Martin Luther King was a Republican. Thomas Sowell is a Republican. Michael Steele is a Republican. Why is it that only “white” folks want him to get outta town? Sowell can’t STAND him. Ward Connerly can’t STAND him. And for the Left to discuss history is always laughable but NEVER accurate. If they had ANY sense of history they couldn’t support the policies they support. To believe otherwise is appallingly ignorant. Obviously this writer absolutely believes that Obama is correct JUST BECAUSE HE IS BLACK!
The Obama critics’ ideological ideas defined their idea of reality
rather than reality defining their ideas-say, about what is
possible in one year in office after the hand that the President
had been dealt by fate, or to be exact by the American idiot nation
that voted Bush into office. twice! If we’re an “idiot nation” how did we vote into office this guy he is yammering about? He can’t be right on both counts… either we ARE NOT idiots because we voted Obama into office…. Or we ARE idiots BECAUSE we did so. And as far as “what is possible in one year in office”.. how about THIS: Obama spent more money, sent the National Debt higher than ALL PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS COMBINED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Meanwhile back in the reality-based community – in just 12 short
months — President Obama:
#Continued to draw down the misbegotten war in Iraq
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics) .. on the LEFT.
#Thoughtfully and decisively picked the best of several bad choices
regarding the war in Afghanistan
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics) THOUGHTFULLY? He just about took longer to decide to give that stupid West Point speech and the decision he announced in it than it took to liberate Europe.
#Gave a major precedent-setting speech supporting gay rights
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics) Big talk.. no action…
#Restored America ‘s image around the globe
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics) Absolutely false.. our standing now – especially in Muslim countries – is lower than it was when Obama gained office. The change is the one noted above – the elites and newsmedia like him…
#Banned torture of American prisoners
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics) But somehow still does EXACTLY what Bush did and has realized the efficacy of waterboarding now that he knows what intel we got from it.
#Stopped the free fall of the American economy
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics) … only in Wonderland. The economy has CONSISTENTLY GOTTEN WORSE SINCE HE ARRIVED… Unemployment is WORSE since his “stimulus” package… housing starts are WORSE… Black unemployment is DISASTROUSLY WORSE… his regulations (non-legislative legislation ignoring Congress and establishing a true Imperial Presidency…) have cost hundreds of thousands of new jobs.
#Put the USA squarely back in the bilateral international community
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics) What on earth is the “bilateral international community,” and does this apply to unilateral withdrawal of missile defense systems in Europe? Does it apply to the unsigned bilateral trade treaties his unions handlers won’t let him sign, hurting the conomies of both America AND those international countries?
#Put the USA squarely into the middle of the international effort
to halt global warming
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics) We were already there – even though this does NOT exist. See for the Left, if you COMMENT about a problem, it’s as good as FIXED.. if you dno’t COMMENT about it then your efforts just don’t count. Actually DOING something is a no-no.
It’s like gun control – it’s all about words. Democrats DEMAND more gun control.. yet they HATE punishing criminals. If you use a gun to whack your husband, he was being mean and sexist so you can’t POSSIBLY go to jail!!! See – they think that if they just SAY guns are illegal, then we all will act like Mother Teresa. But actually to USE all those zillions of anti-gun laws to put people in jail?!?!? Oh, My! it’s not their fault.
Besides… the 2nd Amendment was put in-place to allow us to overthrow the government, not to hunt. HIstorical fact.
#Stood up for educational reform
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics) It is a logical impossibility to be pro-teacher union AND pro-education reform, and that’s ALL THERE IS TO IT, whether the Left likes or admits it or not. And one of his VERY FIRST MOVES was to deny the scholarships for black kids in DC that had gotten so many of them out of some of the worst schools in the nation. To say that Obama is “pro-school-reform” requires A LOT of Kool-Aid.
#Won a Nobel peace prize
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics) Was GIVEN a Nobel – even though he’d been in office a whopping 9 DAYS when he was nominated.. this is – or ought to be – an enormous EMBARASSMENT to the Nobel folks AND to Obama… “Won” the prize? Wow… this guy truly is a piece of work… what, exactly, did he “win” it FOR? Showing up for work between basketball games, rounds of golf and vacations?
#Moved the trial of terrorists back into the American judicial
system of checks and balances
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics) Where it does NOT belong.. he didn’t “move [it] back,” he just UNILATERALLY changed our laws and precedent and MOVE IT TO….
#Did what had to be done to start the slow, torturous and almost
impossible process of health care reform that 7 presidents had
failed to even begin
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics) That’s because there is NO ENUMERATED POWER ALLOWING THE FEDS TO BE INVOLVED IN HEALTHCARE.. Everything about this bill is blatantly unconstitutional.
#Responded to hatred from the right and left with measured good
humor and patience
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics) Seriously? BOTH sides are commenting on how thin-skinned the bastard is. Humor? Not so anyone – in ANY column I have read – has noticed…
#Stopped the free fall of job losses
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics) Unemployment gets worse every single month.. this guy must be on serious drugs to think job losses have slowed. They have NOT.
#Showed immense personal courage in the face of an armed and
dangerous far right opposition that included the sort of disgusting
people that show up at public meetings carrying loaded weapons and
carrying Timothy McVeigh-inspired signs about the “blood of
tyrants” needing to “water the tree of liberty”.
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics) So now McVeigh inspired Thomas Jefferson? Did the writer of this column ever go to school? And OBTW – the rally to which he refers was in AZ – that’s an open-carry state, which means that anyone can carry a gun that is visible when walking around. ANYONE but felons and others who have had that right judicially removed. It’s completely legal for any citizen of majority in AZ to carry a gun in the open.
#Showed that he could not only make the tough military choices but
explain and defend them brilliantly
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics) “Brilliantly”? He took 3+ months to decide on what to do in Afghanistan.. PLUS two years’ of campaigning on the issue.. did he not understand Afghanistan when he was campaigning and calling it the good war? Was he lying then or is he lying now? The delay was pure politics… he didn’t want to piss-off the Left during the Healthcare debate… men DIED for Obama to score political points in healthcare, that’s ALL THERE IS TO IT….. then he gave a speech about the war in which he NEVER ONCE used the word “victory” or “win” and never has defended – even adequately – his choice to tell the enemy when we are going to leave. He neither made a “tough choice” nor defended it. Men DIED while he played politics.
Other than those “disappointing” accomplishments — IN ONE YEAR —
President Obama “failed”! Other than that he didn’t “live up to
Who actually has failed…
…are the Americans that can’t see the beginning of a miracle of
national rebirth right under their jaded noses. Who failed are the
smart ass ideologues of the left and right who began rooting for
this President to fail so that they could be proved right in their
dire and morbid predictions. Who failed are the movers and shakers
behind our obscenely dumb news cycles that have turned “news” into
just more stupid entertainment for an entertainment-besotted
Here’s the good news: President Obama is succeeding without the
help of his lefty “supporters” or hate-filled Republican detractors! Gee – NO ONE thinks he is succeeding.. not the NY Times, the Washington Post, the Democrats in Congress.. .and CERTAINLY NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
The Future Looks Good – I can see November from my house!
After Obama has served two full terms, (and he will – never happen), after his
wisdom in moving deliberately and cautiously with great subtlety on
all fronts — with a canny and calculating eye to the possible
succeeds, (it will), after the economy is booming and new industries
are burgeoning, (they will be), after the doomsayers are all proved
not just wrong but silly: let the record show that not all
Americans were panicked into thinking the sky was falling.
This author is on drugs – serious drugs. “deliberately”? “Cautiously”? “Subtlety”? “canny and calculating”?
I think MORON doesn’t even BEGIN to describe the guy who wrote this column. Perhaps Kool-Aid Drinking, ignorant, pre-adolescent, ahistorical idiot, but “moron” doesn’t even come close.
Just because we didn’t get everything we wanted in the first short
and fraught year Obama was in office not all of us gave up. Some of
us stayed the course. And we will be proved right. Only if America fails.
PS. if you agree that Obama is shaping up to be a great president,
please pass this on and hang in there! Pass it on anyway to ensure
that his “report card” gets the attention it deserves.