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Obama is the New Carter -- Michelle is the New Malaise

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By The Neville Awards
Posted May 20, 2008

There's mucho pain in Obamaland. According to Michelle "the vast majority of Americans are struggling every day to reach an ever-shifting and moving bar"..."folks are struggling like never before"...and only Barack can fix the hole in our "collective soul". You'd think it was the Great Depression all over again.

After some stinging criticism of Michelle, Barack also ordered the [conservative] media to "Lay off my wife". Sorry Barack...if she's out there making policy speeches and telling us how awful the country and the American people are she's fair game.

Barack Obama has done his best to conceal the fact that underneath all the Kumbayah rhetoric about "change" and being a new kind of politican, he is nothing but a 1960's style liberal with some incredibly naive views about American foreign policy. He is, in short, Jimmy Carter minus the annoying sweater. He and his wife project a vision of America that just doesn't square with the facts on the ground.

As of this writing unemployment is just under 5% (lower than the Clinton years) and GDP growth, while very slow, advanced at .6%. That by definition is not recession. If the economy is growing it is NOT receding.

But the liberals have been trading on malaise and misery since 1972. Most notable was Jimmy Carter's "Malaise Speech", July 15, 1979, in which he lectured the American people and blamed them for a crisis of spirit. All the American people really wanted was real leadership, especially during the Carter induced Iranian Hostage Crisis. They found that leader in Reagan. During his first campaign Bill Clinton called the Bush I economy "the worst since the Great Depression". Typical.

Excerpts from Carter's "Malaise Speech", July 15, 1979. Read the whole speech

The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America.

The symptoms of this crisis of the American spirit are all around us. For the first time in the history of our country a majority of our people believe that the next five years will be worse than the past five years. Two-thirds of our people do not even vote. The productivity of American workers is actually dropping, and the willingness of Americans to save for the future has fallen below that of all other people in the Western world.

Often you see paralysis and stagnation and drift. You don't like it, and neither do I. What can we do?

I ask Congress to give me authority for mandatory conservation and for standby gasoline rationing. To further conserve energy, I'm proposing tonight an extra $10 billion over the next decade to strengthen our public transportation systems. And I'm asking you for your good and for your nation's security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save fuel. Every act of energy conservation like this is more than just common sense -- I tell you it is an act of patriotism.

So, the solution of our energy crisis can also help us to conquer the crisis of the spirit in our country. It can rekindle our sense of unity, our confidence in the future, and give our nation and all of us individually a new sense of purpose.

Sound familiar? You've heard it just recently in Michelle Obama's depressing "Raising the Bar" speech. You heard it when Obama spoke in Oregon giving his version of Carter's "Malaise Speech". Pitching his message to Oregon's tree-hugging voters, Obama called on the United States to "lead by example" on global warming, and develop new technologies at home which could be exported to developing countries:

Excerpted from Obama's Oregon "Malaise Speech", May 17, 2008.

We are also going to have to negotiate with other countries. China, India, in particular Brazil. They are growing so fast that they are consuming more and more energy and pretty soon, if their carbon footprint even approaches ours, we're goners.

We can't drive our SUVs and, you know, eat as much as we want and keep our homes on, you know, 72 degrees at all times, whether we're living in the desert or we're living in the tundra, and then just expect every other country is going to say OK, you know, you guys go ahead keep on using 25 percent of the world's energy, even though you only account for 3 percent of the population, and we'll be fine. Don't worry about us. That's not leadership.

What a condescending liberal-guilt baiting load of elitist bile. Sounds like Kerry's ill-fated 2004 "smell", er "global test". Let's check in with the U.N., Europe and Asia to see if it's OK. Since when do we need permission to be Americans? Since when do we need permission to defend our borders and national security, drive our autos, heat or cool our homes or eat a great steak?

And what if the rest of the world says "screw you" and chooses not to go along with our "example". After all, China, India and Brazil are growing their economies by 6% or more. Why should they change because Barack and the libs say so?

Leftists in this country are always yammering and whining about how "the world community hates us". It's not the world that hates us, it's the international left that hates us. If we are such an international pariah why is everyone trying to get here? Why is Europe finally electing right-leaning governments after years/decades of unproductive leftist policies and economic stagnation? (Now if we could only get them to realize the threat that unchecked Islamic immigration poses.)

We should probably check in with Barack's campaign headquarters the next time we crank up the SUV.

On foreign policy Barack is pathetically lacking. He wants to pull out the troops in Iraq effectivley surrendering Iraq to Iran. Just because we declare "peace" does not make it so.

We were at war with Al Qaida for 8 years during the Clinton administration but we were not exactly engaged. We've technically been at war with Iran since 1979 but we've not exactly been engaged. We've been appeasing them. In the meantime they've got Syria/Hezbollah doing their dirty work in Lebanon and they are supplying arms to Hamas and they are killing our soldiers in Iraq.

In front of that adoring Oregon crowd Obama said the following:

Excerpted from Obama's Oregon "Malaise Speech", May 17, 2008.

Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us." "Iran, they spend 1/100th of what we spend on the military. If Iran ever tried to pose a serious threat to us, they wouldn't stand a chance.

Stand a chance from who is the real question...which president? Obama has already signaled his intent to talk, without preconditions, with Iran...a sign of weakness on our part if we do that. No doubt Obama will be tested and retested by our enemies in his first two (God forbid) years in office. Will he have the resolve not to back down? Carter demonstrated, time and time again, he did not have the cojones to stand up to Iran or the Soviet Union.

Former U.N. Amabassador John Bolton put it this way in his recent article "Bring On the Foreign Policy Debate":

At first glance, the idea of sitting down with adversaries seems hard to quarrel with. In our daily lives, we meet with competitors, opponents and unpleasant people all the time. Mr. Obama hopes to characterize the debate about international negotiations as one between his reasonableness and the hard-line attitude of a group of unilateralist GOP cowboys.

The real debate is radically different. On one side are those who believe that negotiations should be used to resolve international disputes 99% of the time. That is where I am, and where I think Mr. McCain is. On the other side are those like Mr. Obama, who apparently want to use negotiations 100% of the time. It is the 100%-ers who suffer from an obsession that is na´ve and dangerous.

By the way, per radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, here is what the dinosaur media didn't tell you about the Big Barack Oregon rally. It was opened by one of the most popular indie bands, The Decemberists, who begin each of their concerts with the Soviet national anthem. So the real question is were the 75,000 kids there for the band or for the candidate? Remember the Springsteen concerts for Kerry...lotta good it did him.
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