For eight long years we have watched the RINOs in the House and Senate sit back and allow Obama to do all manner of things as the “first Black president,“ their every reasonable criticism stifled for fear of being called racists. One might say this was our first “affirmative action president,” and not be too far from the truth. After all, America elected its first Black president and in doing so, it hoped to finally prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that America is the land where opportunity exists for everyone, regardless of race—and, in this case, a remarkable lack of experience.
I am reminded of the remarks made by George W. Bush when accepting the Republican nomination in 2000: “Our current president [William Jefferson Clinton] embodied the potential of a generation. So many talents. So much charm. Such great skill. But, in the end, to what end? So much promise, to no great purpose.” Like Clinton, Obama’s charm and lofty rhetoric carried the day, and his promise to fundamentally change America—a promise that sounded vague but inspiring—has been kept. And now after eight grueling years, we want it changed back.
The American people have watched our victories in the Middle East reversed, have seen the lack of leadership create the vacuum necessary to breed the likes of ISIS—or, as Mr. Obama stubbornly insists on calling it, ISIL—because the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” would include Israel. We have been enormously embarrassed by President Obama’s backpeddling on Syria’s crossing the infamous “red line,” which was followed by Mr. Putin installing troops on the ground there, troops which, incidentally, were killing those we trained. Remember? We set up a program to train 5,000 troops and, in the end, there were only five, the rest dead or deserted. And of course, there is the travesty of Benghazi and the president who went to bed while our consulate burned and four Americans perished. And then there is the Iran deal which freed-up cash for the Iranians to pursue their nuclear ambitions and paid $400 million in ransom for three American hostages. This is what leading from behind looks like, folks.
On the home front, we saw the IRS used like the Democrat Party’s own band of thugs to thwart efforts of conservative groups to become nonprofits. Later, we watched the FBI being used in much the same way to hide the crimes of Hillary Clinton and her money-laundering operation (I mean, “foundation”). The Department of Justice was politicized under Eric Holder, who found a willing successor in Loretta Lynch. I bet you’ve already forgotten about the DOJ going after Gibson Guitar for sourcing its wood from prohibited sources. How about Fast and Furious?
We have seen racial divide grow by leaps and bounds during Obama’s tenure. Ironically, America’s “first Black president” failed to unite America, instead, inserting himself into the fray, often on the wrong side: “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin,” and the Cambridge police acted stupidly when they mistakenly arrested a professor for breaking and entering his own home. Today, thanks in great part to Obama’s statements, attitudes, and reactions, our law enforcement officers have a target painted on their backs.
We have seen taxpayer money squandered right and left. Obama’s decision to implement an economic stimulus fizzled out, unless maybe you were part of solar energy and Solyndra. Then it took only a little under two years for you to declare bankruptcy and for 1,100 to lose their jobs. Having done a bang-up job with the economic stimulus, Obama undertook revamping our healthcare system. His signature legislation, ObamaCare, had an inauspicious debut: its website Healthcare.gov crashed and burned, wasting some $840 million. Today that’s the least of it. According to the Heritage Foundation, “over half of the counties in the U.S. have only one or two insurers to choose from in their ObamaCare exchanges.” And of course, there’s the fact that ObamaCare raids the coffers of Medicare to fund itself to the tune of $716 billion over ten years.
So now we come to the end of the Obama tenure and it cannot come soon enough. I think history, if properly recorded, will log these eight years under Barack Obama’s leadership as some of the worst we have ever endured. I have heard that he may have already surpassed the dubious record accorded to Jimmy Carter, i.e., one of the worst presidents ever. There will still be those standing on the Left saying our criticism is based on nothing more than President Obama’s blackness. But looking over the last eight years, he could have been any color and the dismal results would have been the same.
We have much to look forward to. On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in, and not a moment too soon. He has promised to dismantle ObamaCare and the Iran deal for starters. He plans to simplify the tax code and jump-start the economy by lowering the corporate tax rate. Mike Pence has indicated what will shock people is the rate at which Mr. Trump will blaze through the gridlock that clogs up Washington. It’s all good. So, goodbye, Mr. Obama. You said if you couldn’t do the job in four years, you didn’t deserve eight. Somehow, inconceivably, we gave them to you anyway. Now it’s time to start anew. Here’s to President Trump and the New Year!
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