All Hail The Great Obama
Barack Obama is likely to become the next President. Unfortunately, he’s also likely be become the next great American disappointment. He can peddle hope and social justice till he turns white but the people who are excited by his promises will not be saved by them. This is because of the type of people they are.
People who are willing to vote money out of someone else’s pocket and into their own are not people who will pull themselves up by their bootstraps if offered a helping hand. Barack Obama offers platitudes and promises but no actual solutions to social issues. Unless I’m missing something he is essentially a smooth spoken empty shell. Mr. Obama’s web site reflects him almost perfectly. The introductory video promises change but never offers any concrete details.
That’s because there are none. The only change I can count on under an Obama presidency is less money in my pocket and more in the pockets of those who live in the swamps of D.C., feeding off the rest of the population.
Obama’s 64-page “Blueprint for Change” is stunningly indefinite, promising everything everyone in America wants without ever discussing how those changes will be implemented without sparking another civil war.
Obama claims to be challenging “both sides of the aisle” to be more ethical. Whatever. If Obama really wanted ethics in Congress, he would promise to implement a system where Americans could vote electronically to execute the poorest performing members at the end of every session. Congress is already a circus, let’s make it a little entertaining. American Idol would be boring in comparison.
Here are some specific promises and my responses (my notes in italics for any Obama supporters who wander by):
- “Obama will create a centralized Internet database of lobbying reports, ethics records, and campaign finance filings in a searchable, sortable and downloadable format.”
Hopefully the font will be better chosen than the one used for “Blueprint for Change” – it is nearly unreadable.
- “Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.”
Why not go a step further and promise to force Congress to read the bills before they vote for them. You know they don’t read most of the bills before they vote don’t you Mr. Obama?
- “Hold 21st Century Fireside Chats: Obama will bring democracy and policy directly to the people by
requiring his Cabinet officials to have periodic national broadband townhall meetings to discuss issues beforetheir agencies.”
I’m thinking music videos would be more effective. Maybe you can audition for American Idol once you are elected. That would get some positive attention. Americans understand the show and you could sing a song about universal health care.
- “Free Career Officials from the Influence of Politics: Obama will issue an executive order asking all
new hires at the agencies to sign a form affirming that no political appointee offered them the job solely on the basis of political affiliation or contribution.”
Will “career officials” face the same perjury penalty threat that the IRS makes against Americans who are forced to sign tax returns – jail or huge financial penalties for lying? If so, I’m all for it. Any official who is appointed for political contributions should be fined and jailed as well as being audited.
- Americans have the right to know how their tax dollars are spent, but that information has been hidden from public view for too long. That’s why Barack Obama and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) passed a law to create a Google-like search engine to allow regular people to track federal grants, contracts, earmarks, and loans online. The Chicago Sun-Times wrote, “It would enable the public to see where federal money goes and how it is spent. It’s a brilliant idea.”
So where the fuck is the search engine? You forgot to give me a URL. I’ll give you one instead: http://www.downsizedc.org/ – oh no! Someone created your idea for free and got it online already.
You see, Mr. Obama, some of us Americans don’t need a savior. We just need to be left alone by the federal government.
We want to end laws and programs that don’t work, cause harm, and violate the Constitution. We want to restore the full force of the 9th and 10th amendments, which reserve most social functions to the people and the states.
Our goal is to reduce the federal government to a tiny fraction of its current size, decentralize power, end deficits, federal borrowing, and monetary inflation, and eliminate most federal taxation and the IRS.
We intend to achieve these ambitious goals by petitioning Congress and the President to vote against or veto bad laws and programs, and to repeal old bad laws and programs.
We intend to make this petitioning effective by recruiting every American who believes in small, Constitutional government, decentralized power, civil liberties, and low taxes.
Our goal is to have millions of Americans emailing, writing, and calling their elected representatives to oppose bad laws, and to support laws that shrink the size, scope, intrusiveness, and cost of the federal government.
Care to get on board with our grass roots program to downsize Washington D.C., Mr Obama? If so, you have my vote. I have downloaded “Blueprint for Change” and I’ll be regurgitating its promises and tracking your progress for the next four years, particularly if you are elected President.