APOLLOSPEAKS' UNFINISHED BLOGBOOK PUBLISHED FROM TOWNHALL ARCHIVES
2009-02-26 17:16:14.000 -- THE RISE AND FALL OF BARACK OBAMA: THE END OF NEW DEAL/GREAT SOCIETY LIBERALISM AND COUNTERCULTURE SIXTIES RADICALISM
John McCain is not to blame for his defeat on November 4th. Nor must any blame fall on Sarah Palin the great reformer governor of Alaska who proved to be a formidable candidate, gifted running mate and asset in getting Conservatives to vote. There is nothing that McCain and Palin could have done differently to change the election’s outcome as their campaign was overtaken by domestic events beyond their control and deftly exploited by Barack Obama.
A paradigm shift from Right to Left had nothing to do with McCain’s defeat. If the radical leftist Obama had run an honest, open, transparent campaign standing on principle like a Lincoln, a Reagan or a George McGovern (who had the courage of his beliefs when he ran in 72) McCain would likely have beat him housing crash, financial meltdown and all. Obama won by hiding his socialist-liberal left wing views, watering down his brand and running after swing voters at the center where progressive supporters like Arianna Huffington wrongly predicted he would lose (see note 1). In fact, if the sitting President had been a Democrat: a two term Al Gore or a first term John Kerry, the mostly government-caused housing and credit crash (which originated with Bill Clinton) would have hit us all the same, and Gore and Kerry incurring the blame McCain, Romney or Mike Huckabee would now be President with a Republican controlled House and Senate. The paradigm shift is a myth invented by the radical Left to give themselves the false hope of enduring in power-and endure they will not as they don‘t know how to govern or how the world works. America remains a center-right country and will be dramatically more so after four or eight disastrous years of Obama, Pelosi and Reid.
My friends, throughout the vicissitudes of time and changing fortunes no matter who’s in or out, up or down, or what party controls the centers of power we are a nation under God, directed by forces of incalculable power, with an inescapable destiny and mission in this world. And what occurred November 4th, as shocking as it was, was designed by Providence to recall us to our senses and national destiny after suffering through a period of purgatorial calamity. For that calamity is here in the person of a man of staggering blindness and naivety, the most destructive utopian left-wing President since Lyndon Johnson, Barack Hussein Obama.
If you are fearless like me about America’s future and its purpose in history, if you believe that we are the greatest instrument forged by God for doing good in this world and that our past success is prelude to greater achievements and victories, then be sure that Barack Obama and John McCain were Providential candidates destined to run for the presidency; be sure that one was fated to win and the other to lose and that the worst man won and triumphed in the end for the overarching good of our republic and the world. If this strikes you as absurd then do understand that at certain critical periods in our nation’s history we need a Herbert Hoover or a Jimmy Carter to get a wartime FDR or Ronald Reagan, and this, I believe, is one of those times (see note 2). For a neophyte politician from Chicago the most unqualified, ill prepared and inexperienced President in our history; an impatient man from the radical Left driven by blind ambition, revolutionary illusion and generational theft has taken command of the most powerful nation on earth to advance our destiny in mysterious ways completely unknown to him and his friends. Let me explain:
1. See “Memo to Obama: The Center is for Losers” published June 30, 2008 Huffington Post.
2. There are two FDRs: the economic dunce of the failed New Deal and the brilliant victorious wartime leader; the FDR whose popular government activism and anti-business tax and spend policies prolonged the Depression by many years and turned it into the greatest economic crisis in our history; and the great Commander-in-Chief who Churchill said “was the greatest man I ever knew” and led us to victory in World War II.
CHAPTER 1. THE GHOST OF LBJ
It’s no mere accident of history or work of chance that America is now headed by the biggest spending Liberal Democrat since Lyndon Johnson; whose confidence in state power to build a Great Society (or "More Perfect Union") of social justice and equality is equal to Johnson’s soaring ambitions, and just as destructively flawed.
But this is as it should be at this pivotal time in history when the enemies of freedom are advancing abroad and America is asleep and in dangerous retreat. For Obama is national shock treatment; he’s the right man at the right time to lead this country into danger and rouse it from forgetfulness; the right man and sacrificial lamb to light the funeral pyre for the nihilistic/hedonistic Left, the reckless forces of anti-Americanism, deficit spending and debt and the soft government tyranny that sprung up in the 1960s midwifed by the murder of JFK and LBJ’s feckless leadership in the Vietnam War.
For it was no historical accident that John McCain followed his predecessor Barry Goldwater to defeat on Election Day. It was no accident that McCain, who was born in 1936 (the number 44 squared) was running for the 44th presidency and was defeated 44 years after LBJ sent Goldwater back to the Senate. It was no accident that McCain chose a 44 year old running mate born in 1964 the year of Goldwater’s landslide defeat*.
*Sarah Palin was born February 11, 1964.
Nor was it accidental that LBJ was 68 days into his 56th year when he defeated Barry Goldwater; and that Obama beat McCain in the 56th presidential race in US history exactly 68 days from his acceptance speech in Denver-the first Democratic convention held in that city since 1908 the year of Johnson’s birth (see note 1).
Nor was it by chance that the Republican Party held its convention in the state of Minnesota: for this is the home of Walter Mondale who lost the presidential race in 1984 along with Geraldine Ferraro, his groundbreaking female running mate.
That meaningless chance was not at work in the last presidential race was unmistakably clear at the Democratic Convention. For it landed on the centennial birth of Lyndon Johnson the father of the Great Society disaster and the man who was losing the Vietnam War when John McCain lost his freedom while at combat over North Vietnam. Coming one day before August 28th when Obama delivered his acceptance speech the timing was perfect for a presidential hopeful who is a Great Society liberal guilt ridden over the failures of the 1960s and LBJ’s destructive welfare state; whose wife, like Sarah Palin, was born in 1964 when Johnson beat Goldwater*; and who in 1996 opposed the Welfare Reform Bill as being too hard on the poor**-a bill that was reluctantly signed into law by Bill Clinton who gave his convention speech on LBJ’s anniversary reminding us of his greatest achievement-and Obama’s obsolete and ruinous welfare views***.
*Michele Obama was born January 17, 1964 25 days before Sarah Palin.
**Obama in his blind, reckless ideological stupidity wanted to continue LBJ’s disastrous War on Poverty which turned our inner cities into war zones and moral wastelands.
***Clinton gave his convention speech on August 27th, the 100th anniversary of LBJ’s birth. It was on the 27th that Obama made his first appearance at the convention-signs of failure, signs of Vietnam .
History was made in 2008 and was meaningfully repeated in many extraordinary ways with the tragic ghost of LBJ hovering over Obama’s ill-starred victory signaling bad times ahead for our economy, foreign policy and the two wars abroad-and better days beyond with common sense and Conservatism triumphing in the end.
1. From August 27, 1964 when LBJ turned 56 to Election Day, November 3rd was 68 days.
From Obama’s convention speech on August 28, 2008 (one day after the LBJ centennial) to Election Day, November 4th was 68 days.
The number 68 is emblematic of the calamitous year 1968 when Johnson’s victory of four years earlier would turn to dust and he wouldn’t seek reelection.
Amazingly and perhaps providentially Obama’s acceptance speech on August 28th fell right smack in between the 100th anniversary of LBJ’s birth the day before, and John McCain’s 72nd birthday the day after, thus linking McCain‘s defeat to LBJ‘s victory over Goldwater. For as Obama’s speech was given on the 28th day of August McCain (born 1936 when LBJ was 28 years old) was in his 28th year when Johnson beat Goldwater-a numeric sign that a Higher Power was at work in this election.
Could these "coincidences" and convergences meaningfully prefigure a failed one term presidency for Obama during a time of war and civil turmoil similar to Johnson’s four disastrous years in office? From the reckless path Obama is taking on domestic issues and foreign policy what is taking shape is a presidency far more calamitous than LBJ’s with the potential for a Conservative backlash just as great.
CHAPTER 2: THE REGRESSIVE PROGRESSIVE, OR THE POLITICS OF GOOD INTENTIONS AND BAD RESULTS
When asked by a youngster during the campaign what was wrong with America Obama answered “America isn’t what it used to be.” A puzzling answer coming from a man who ran against all past history promising a brave new world of progressive innovation and fundamental change; change that would be so transcendently unique and different that it could only be compared to itself. But such are the foolish dreams of utopian idealists who living for the perfect future ignore the socialist disasters of the past believing that they’ll succeed at last where all other’s failed; believing against hope that they’ll escape the laws of economic history and make the impossible reality.
And such is Barack Hussein Obama a man mentally stuck in a future world divorced from time and space lost in the fog of unreason while hankering for an idealized past-a nostalgia for the 1960s not just for the days of JFK, whose style he vainly tries to emulate, but for the progressive presidency of Lyndon Johnson who aspired to be a second FDR but gave us instead two disastrous wars: Vietnam and the War on Poverty, which Obama, so it seems, is about to repeat and give us anew in different forms.
Change is coming to America, a great historical shift, not during the Obama presidency but because of it. Fancying himself an economic savior and messiah of the poor, the new LBJ and FDR combined, Obama believes it's his destiny to complete the unfinished work of the 1930s and the promise and hope of the 1960s and extend it beyond our borders worldwide; that it’s his mission to revive the failed New Deal and LBJ’s war to spread wealth and end poverty with education, healthcare and clean air for all; to turn America into a socialist “city on a hill” “a perfect Union” free from hatred, social strife and discord. An irresistible example of the revolutionary state for humanity to love, copy and emulate.
In short, Obama the “progressive” is really a regressive, a New Deal/Great Society die hard radical who has learned nothing from the failures and disasters of the past-failures that needlessly prolonged the Great Depression and the suffering of millions; failures that transferred trillions of dollars from haves to have nots from the 60s to the 90s in an unconditional war that made poverty the winner, damaged our economy and turned many of our inner cities into war zones and moral wastelands.
Those were the days my friends which in Obama’s view should never have ended and which he now wants to restore transcending Johnson’s ideal of a Great Society to include all of mankind, the totality of the world’s poor, adding a colossal folly to an impossible dream of government created paradise and, like LBJ, dooming his presidency to failure and defeat (see note 1).
Socialism is the politics of good intentions and bad results; it’s that kindness which is cruelty, that empathy without wisdom mistaken for true mercy, that worship of state power which corrupts the human soul, is hungry for control, and makes a shambles of the world it seeks to transform. And this is the politics of Barack Obama a utopian idealist driven by dreams of social redemption that can never see fruition. An ill-starred man, a sacrificial lamb, with tragedy, misfortune and failure written all over him.
While this is cause for grave concern and terrible damage will be done in the years ahead in both domestic and foreign affairs, we mustn’t despair that the sky is falling in and that America’s long journey and mission of liberty are at an end. For if it were my friends, if we have reached the end of the open road after more than two centuries of progress, prosperity and freedom (surviving great wars, economic trials and the turmoil of the Sixties), the great survivor John McCain, one of the best and bravest Americans ever to have run for President, would not have been a candidate in the presidential race, let me explain:
CHAPTER THREE: THE MEANING OF JOHN MCCAIN’S CANDIDACY, OR THE GREAT SURVIVOR
To be continued
1. Obama co-sponsored the Global Poverty Act, a bill that would commit 0.7% of GDP on foreign aide close to $1 trillion more than we currently spend.