As I struggle to make some sense about what is going on with our government, I am struck by the various poll numbers that show how often Obama’s agenda is at odds with the views of the public-at-large. In no particular order, below are issues/positions that Obama has pushed with which the American public, generally, disagrees.
-KSM Trial in NYC
-Closing GITMO (and civilian trials vs. military courts for terrorists)
-Healthcare Reform (or takeover depending our your point of view)
-Sestak Situation (something seems foul for a lot of people)
-Handling of the BP Spill
-6 month suspension of deep-water drilling
-DOJ Lawsuit against AZ’s Immigration Law
-Wall Street Bailouts (Stimulus Program, too)
-DOJ’s failure to investigate the Black Panther for voter intimidation
-Decline in support for Israel
-Afghanistan War Effort
-His position on the “Protest Rally” in the streets of Tehran
-NASA’s Mission to “help” the Muslim world feel good
-FinReg….which nobody understands (and nothing on Fannie & Freddie)
-Cap & Trade Legislation
-Climate Change Legislation
-His “Apology Tour” around the world
-Denying US exceptionalism
-Abuse of the reconciliation and confirmation processes to advance his agenda
I am sure you can add a few items to the list, but my brain started to hurt! I wonder why this president seems determined to poke a stick in the eye of the voting public. Is his personal agenda so important to him that he is willing to sacrifice his political career (re-election) in the process? Bill Clinton faced a similar problem in the mid-90’s and made the conscious decision to move to the center to preserve his presidency. I am reminded that there is a significant difference in their belief systems. Clinton’s goal was to get re-elected….fulfilling his narcissistic image of himself. Obama sees himself as a transformative figure with strong, left-wing beliefs. Obama is a true believer in big government solutions to all problems, real or imagined. He was schooled in radical politics…..trained by members of the SDS, and the American Socialist and Communists Parties. Throw in Reverend Wright and what can one expect. Obama seems to be moving more to the left since he has already lost the center……and that will work to his (and the Dems) disadvantage with independents.
We realize Obama is naive, inexperienced to govern, and lost without his teleprompter; but, is he such a political dunce that he cannot see what is happening? Does he really care? A friend believes that Obama knows he will be opposed in 2012 by another Democrat and he is trying to get all he can during his remaining 2+ years in office.
I am concerned that many of the Obama supporters of 2008 are in such denial about their “man” that they will still vote for him (and any Democrat) because if the do not stick with him, they must admit to themselves that they made a mistake!! Somehow, I don’t think that is possible for a large portion of his non-minority supporters….despite the fact that many Americans believe that Obama is bent on destroying the country as we currently know it. Call him a socialist, marxist, progressive, visionary, etc.; but, he has never been called a capitalist!
Back to the question: Can/will Obama move more towards the center towards the majority opinion? I tend to think not! We’ll see! Clinton lived and survived by the polls; Obama will end his career by ignoring the polls.