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Inaugural Fear

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAYou don’t really want to read my depressing thoughts about Barack Obama’s second inauguration, do you?

If it makes you feel better, I had no such thoughts when he was sworn in four years ago. At least, that’s what I thought until I searched my blog and saw what I wrote on that occasion.

We have a new president. I don’t have a lot to say about it. His speech was workmanlike; the poem was strange and unnecessary; the closing prayer was racially divisive tripe. “When the Red Man can get ahead, man?” What the hell is that?

As I write this, a television is following Barack’s slow drive through DC after the inaugural. I cannot remember anything in either Bush term approaching this level of excitement. Obama is going to be a disappointment to just about everyone, only because God Himself couldn’t live up to this kind of hype.

So, it turns out I was somewhat depressed four years ago. But I can’t imagine I felt as bleak as I do today.

Obama didn’t live up to the hype.

The man who called George W. Bush unpatriotic for racking up $4 trillion in debt in eight years piled up $5 trillion in four. As we stand by helplessly as entitlement programs metastasize and consume the entire federal budget, he pushes through a new entitlement that is already estimated to cost trillions more than originally projected. The so-called “Affordable Care Act” has accelerated the already unsustainable growth of health care costs by double digits, and it has raised average insurance rates by about $2,000 per family. (Heaven help us if health care gets any more “affordable.”) In the meantime, the economy continues to suck out loud, as unacceptably high unemployment lingers longer than it has in living memory. Yes, we got Bin Laden, but, as we received word this past week, Algeria just got us, executing a number of American hostages with impunity only months after a resurgent al Qaeda murdered an American diplomat in our own embassy as the administration blamed YouTube.

Demonstrably and objectively, this president is a failure. And we just signed him up for another four-year hitch.

I’d like to say we know he is a failure, but the people who voted for him don’t seem to realize it. A friend of mine on Facebook posted the following self-congratulatory bile he encountered on another website:

Today is about Americans’ rejection of fear.
The fear of embracing “the other” as Barack Hussein Obama’s opponents tried to paint him.
The fear of “socialism,” as his opponents have falsely tried to paint his policies.
The fear of racial and ethnic minorities and our country’s changing demographics.
The fear of people of other faiths.
The fear of gays, lesbians and the transgendered.
The fear of the poor.
The fear of health care reform.
The fear of change.
Our fear of each other.

Congratulations, America, and thank you, for again rejecting the unreasoning, unjustified terror that our president’s opponents tried so hard to spread.

Wow. “Unreasoning, unjustified terror.”

What would that look like, exactly?

Terror that your opponent might confiscate your uterus? Personally fire you from your job? Give you cancer? It’s amazing that Obama could even have gotten a single vote, given the repeated assurances that Republicans were actively working to prevent minorities from voting. The Vice President of the United States told a group of African-Americans that Romney and the GOP were going to bring back slavery. Where was “hope and change” in 2012? It took a back seat to the hundreds of millions of dollars spent to tell you that Mitt Romney was a genocidal monster. Barack Obama ran the smallest, meanest, most vitriolic reelection campaign in living memory.

Mitt Romney was “weird.” (Fear of the “other…”)

Mitt was a “vulture capitalist.” (As opponents have falsely tried to paint his policies…)

Mitt, with voter ID laws bringing back Jim Crow, was supposedly working to “put y’all back in chains.” (The fear of racial and ethnic minorities and our country’s changing demographics…)

Scads of commentators and Obama’s most prominent SuperPAC donor went out of their way to deride Mitt Romney’s religion in scathing terms. (The fear of people of other faiths…)

Romney was accused of trying to prevent homosexuals from visiting each other in hospitals and take away their children. (The fear of gays, lesbians and the transgendered…)

Mitt Romney volunteered countless hours to help the poor and the needy as an unpaid minister and was still derided as someone who hated poor people. (The fear of the poor…)

Romney created sweeping health care reform in Massachusetts which was alternately and opportunistically praised and ridiculed, depending on whims of the audience. (The fear of health care reform…)

Romney proposed modifications to entitlement programs to make them sustainable in the long term, whereas now, unchanged, they’re on track to double our debt in less than two decades and make our nation insolvent. (The fear of change…)

Mitt Romney is a robot. He isn’t human. He has no idea what real people are like. (Our fear of each other…)

You want to know what I fear? I fear that Obama did everything he now retroactively accuses Romney and the Republicans of having done – and it worked. The way to the White House is fear, hatred, division – and, if you’re a Democrat, all of that is forgotten once you win, and people can speak of your inauguration in glowing terms while, at the same time, backhandedly slandering Republicans as being guilty of the tactics they themselves perfected.

Four more years of this.

And then, due to shifting demographics, government dependency, and unsustainable benefits that no one will risk reforming, we’ll get more of the same for decades to come – until the nation either comes to its senses or finally buckles under the strain.

Hail to the Chief.

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