The latest gaffe by our President – muffing the toast to Queen Elizabeth – is just that: only the latest.Â What I want to know is, who was the lonely soul who caught it?Â Besides the Queen herself, of course.Â Must have been a Brit because what Barack Obama does in public, and how embarassed we would have been by it once upon a time, says more about us than it does about Obama.
Someone said today that the Queen should have covered for him, glossed it over or something.Â Well, the man is fifty years old and graduated Harvard magna cum laude,or so we are led to believe.Â Then some say that it was Obama’s staff that botched it, by not prepping him properly.Â Well, yes, and that is part of my point. Â Nobody has ever prepped him properly, and he obtained the Presidency because he wasn’t vetted properly.Â In other words, it’s not just Obama who doesn’t know, Â and doesn’t want to learn, how to do his job; it’s the vast majority of the power elites, the movers and shakers, the media watchdogs, the veteran politicos, the senior academicians and everyone else who “counts’.
We suspect Obama has done about as well as can be expected, having been born to vagabond communist parents, started out in America, jerked up and plopped in Indonesia, re-routed to the statesÂ for his junior high and high school education at just the precise time that the leftist radicals of the seventies were taking over the US educational system, then beingÂ mentored Â by more radical communists and anarchists in his undergrad and graduate days.Â Â This has been chronicled by conservative authors since Obama became President…..but he should never have become President.Â He was not equipped.Â He has been called a post-American President.Â You might say he is also a post-Constitutional, post-Traditional, post-realist, post -government-by-law-and-not-men President.
Who allowed Obama and Valerie Jarrett to post an avowedÂ communist to a White House position?Â Who allowed Obama to call the Cambridge Police Department stupid?Â How could the State Department sit idly by and let him disrespect the British and the Israelis as he has done?Â Nobody resigns in protest or on principle anymore, do they?Â After the first bow, where was the voice in his ear saying “Don’t ever do that again”?Â Â How could a Harvard graduate – magna cum laude – not know how to pronounce corpsman? How could the Commander-in-Chief not know how to pronounce corpsman?
And then there is the disrespecting of the office itself; the putting of the feet up on the desk in the Oval Office, and being photographed doing it! Oh, and how soon we forget, the office was dissed in a big, big way by a previous President not that long ago wasn’t it?Â Incidentally, it was another President who not only never wore a uniform of the US armed services, but also had no respect for the military, or protocol, or tradition, or American greatness, the meaning of “is” and triangulation to the contraryÂ …….withstanding.
At least during the nineties, though, there were still a few stagehands in the background to advise on which fork to use.Â Today, in all of the Social Democrat arenas, there are none.Â Nobody knows how to act, and nobody cares.Â It has gotten so bad that we no longer have a Department of State, we have a Department of World.Â Those in charge ofÂ helping navigateÂ the ship of stateÂ do not know their own raison d’etre, so it’s not surprising they cannot offer advice and guidance to the Head of State, who thinks he is Head of World, who started his campaign for PresidentÂ in Berlin, Germany.
When we remark about how coldly and callously Obama flouts, sidesteps and mocks the rule of law, with his Executive Orders, his stepping on the toes of the States, his use of Executive Departments and Agencies to bypass Congress, we not only fail to attribute it to his entire life history of no respect for Tradition, which makes it convenient to have no respect for decorum in matters of State, but also to have no allegiance to codified standards of political interaction, i.e. law. We also fail to attribute the lack ofÂ correction of him for same by those hangers-on and goaders-on and prodders-on in his official and unofficial entourages to their own lack of upbringing in the traditions of America, of their own non-minding of manners andÂ mangling of protocols, or outright disregard of them.Â And also the lack of criticism of him by those outlets – media, academia, pseudo-statesman/commentator types, to the fact that many, if not most of those types also were raised and matriculated and evolved during the same period – post Kennedy, post-Vietnam, as Obama.
The disease is an equal opportunity, non-discriminating, pervasive one.Â It is the ‘anything goes’, all viewpoints have equal merit, moral relativist, one-world disease that started spreading outward from America two generations ago (it was supposed to have been democracy, but the Peace Corps got hijacked).
It is wrong to excuse Obama for the things he says and does.Â It is wrong for the media to do it, it is wrong for senior Democrats to do it.Â It is wrong for senior Republicans to do it.Â And it is likewise wrong to appease him, on any front and at any level, in hopes that he will grow in office, or suddenly appreciate American exceptionalism and example.Â He is not going to change.Â But the problems we have as a nation, and the reason we have him as President in the first place, can be illustrated by pointing to another Democrat who apparently has a problem with tradition, respect for the office of the Presidency and the symbolism the office-holder has as our leader.Â When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law on 23 March, 2010, Vice President Joesph R. Biden introduced the President at the ceremony in the White House, turned and embraced the President (when did ‘the embrace’ gain etiquette status?Â What in the name of God ever happened to the handshake?)Â and said in his ear, but loud enough for the microphone two feet away to pick up, “This is a big f***ing deal”.Â Â Â He said that to the President of the United States, in public, in front of tens, if not hundreds, of millions of people watching live on television.Â To date, there has been no apology, either for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act itselfÂ ( that was the really offensive thing) or for the remarks heard by millions of schoolchildren listening in across the nation.
Barack Obama is a menace to the United States of America, and as we said earlier, he should never have become President.Â He was ill-equipped, he didn’t deserve it and he doesn’t appreciate it.Â If he truly believes presiding over somethingÂ entitles one to transform it, he is not as well-educated asÂ has been presumed. Â But Joe Biden spent most of his adult life surrounded by the shrines and statues and institutions in the District of Columbia, heard and gave impassioned speeches, supposedly was a true American success story and was ensconced in the Senate of the United States of America for thirty-six years, becoming a senior statesman.Â Yet he glibly and effortlessly disrespected the President, his office, theÂ place they were in and the American people in what all who were celebrating the event said was an historic, momentous occasion.Â Joe Biden should never have achieved his high office, either.
If time permitted, we could hold forth on the Secretary of State as well, but surely you begin to get the picture.Â Is it any wonder that adherence to The Constitution is optional these days?