Thursday, June 17, 2010

Back To Jimmy Carter's "Malaise"

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I had an eerie feeling of dejavu listening to President Obama's speech the other night.

It felt too much like July 15, 1979.

President Obama made many feel like the "malaise" President Carter described nearly 30 years ago. I know he didn't use the word "malaise," but one of his staff did in describing his fateful speech, and it stuck.

Some of Obama's strongest supporters are now beginning to turn on him.

Back in 1979 Carter said, "I'm proposing a bold conservation program to involve every state, county, and city and every average American in our energy battle."

In 2010 Obama is saying, "Tonight I'd like to lay out for you what our battle plan is going to be."

Both seeing the energy issue as a war.

In '79 Carter said, "In little more than two decades we've gone from a position of energy independence to one in which almost half the oil we use comes from foreign countries at prices that are going through the roof."

In 2010, President Obama is saying, "I laid out a set of principles that would move our country towards energy independence."

Not only is President Obama sounding like President Carter, he seems to be leading like President Carter.

And his strongest supporters in the media are upset and are comparing him to Jimmy Carter.

Chris Matthews at MSNBC said Obama is trying to push the exact same transition that "broke Carter," and he worked for Carter.

Matthews, who has been an outspoken advocate of President Obama and Keith Olbermann observed on air that Obama didn't seem to have command of the situation. Matthews said of Obama, "I don't sense executive command."

Olbermann concluded, "It was a great speech if you were on a different planet for the past 57 days."

And therein is the problem.

A man who has excelled in acquiring academic entitlements, now out of the classroom and community organizing in South Chicago, finds himself on another planet.

It's called the real world. It is no longer classroom hypotheticals, but real problems with real consequences.

And he isn't able to lead in this new environment.
The New York Times was questioning his ability to lead even before the speech earlier this week.

Rather than leading, President Obama has spent a year and a half blaming George W. Bush for every problem that exists in America.

He has made "Blaming Bush" a cottage industry, which worked for him for a while, but as the economy became his economy and the unemployment numbers became his unemployment numbers and record budget deficits became his deficits and his healthcare plan now faces a strong majority of Americans who want it repealed, reality is dawning.

Not only does he presently have the lowest approval rating in his presidency, but a recent
Public Policy Poll hands him the ultimate chink in the armor. Their polling finds more Louisiana people believe that George W. Bush did a better job handling Hurricane Katrina, than Barack Obama has done with the BP oil spill.

But there is good news.

After Jimmy Carter came Ronald Reagan.

The next two years will define what America, our state and our communities are to become over the next many decades.

The future is in the hands of God and He has, in this country, given "we the people" the right and the responsibility to choose our leaders and our future.

Choose well.

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Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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  1. Great thoughts. Thanks.

  2. The thought of Ronald Reagan brings sunshine to the soul.

  3. I'm wondering if we miss George Bush yet. I do.

  4. Tea Party All The Way!!!

  5. It seems like there is a fundamental shift taking place back toward conservative values. Could that be true?

  6. It seems crazy to me that we knew we were in trouble with energy back in the '70's and seem to be no more energy independent than we were back then as if we have learned nothing.

    I wonder where our economy would be right now if we had more oil refineries and all oil was purchased by American companies who got the oil from America without having to go a mile deep into the ocean to get it.

    It took a dollar something a gallon to put our economy into a spin such that a domino effect happend in the housing market, a combination of too many being overextended because of the benefit of owning a home, and a rise in gasoline prices at the pump.

    Still I wonder what America would be like today if we had been energy independent for the last twenty years or so, but spent it all away as fast as it came in and even more so.

    Wouldn't we be in a worse condition than we are in today?

    I trust Sara Palin was right when she said that the way out of our economic mess was energy independence. It seemed to me that she not only said it, but knew it, believed it, and would have done something about it.

    Did they get all the oil spill cleaned up yet?

    I'm still waiting to hear about all the private sector going after all the crude oil in and on the gulf waters because of the profit they are making as they turn it in for money.

    Maybe somebody who spilled the oil could dig some big holes in various places and line them with something so they could be filled with oil that private enterprise brings in, if they need a place to store it.

    Maybe a government could have some ideas to help private enterprise rather than tell us sit back and watch how it's done for us by our professional government as it that's their job.

    I do not believe that it is. I'm not convinced that our government knows what it's job is. It's not supposed to run everything, but to give the people the opportunity to run the economy responsibly, ecconomicaly, and in such a way that takes care of the environment.

  7. Oil spill in the gulf... Is that a green job opportunity, or is that all done already?


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