He took the stage in Charlotte and, like the kid in the school choir who could only sing one note, Barack Obama hit that note with perfect pitch, just as he did four years earlier. Only this time, the reviews were mixed (aside from Chris Matthews, who as usual needed a cigarette). Hope and change were the order of the day, and the promises again rolled effortlessly from the candidate's lips:
Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I'm asking you to choose that future. I'm asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country, goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit; real achievable plans that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation. That's what we can do in the next four years, and that's why I'm running for a second term as President of the United States.
Oh yeah? Tell it to the Marines. For he seems to be saying that while he didn't get around to improving things in the last four years, this time around he's fixn' to commence to begin to start to go ahead and get in there and go to town to prepare to take steps to pursue progress by moving forward and going for broke, see? Actually, he already went for broke and found it, but you get the general drift.
Pablum like that was fresh and vibrant four years ago. At his beguiling best, not even Bill Clinton himself could hit the stirring notes of the 2008 Barack Obama. Across the globe, great throngs of humanity gathered to bask in the soaring oratory, the great smashing of the lines of traditional political demarcation, the unification of mankind, the healing of the planet, the transcendence over mere grievance, all incarnate in a little jug-eared liberal from Chicago. Four years later, in a smaller venue, safe from the rain that never fell, the messianic figure from 2008 appeared smaller, fallen himself. He sang the same note, because it seems to be the only one he knows. It was the oratorical equivalent of watching the same tired artillery pieces being dragged across Red Square year after year in the Soviet Union.
Like Barry White singing I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby, the President implored, "If you turn away now -- if you turn away now, if you buy into the cynicism that the change we fought for isn't possible, well, change will not happen." And the audience applauds, but wonders if this guy has just run out of ideas. Not by a long shot, as it turns out.
The Heritage Foundation reports that the EPA appears poised to implement those cap and trade energy regulations that could not get through Congress, through administrative action instead. After the election, of course. During a panel discussion hosted by Politico last week, former EPA Administrator Carol Browner said that, "…Obama would use the [Clean Water Act] and the [Clean Air Act] to go even further in his attempts to regulate air pollution." This is nothing less than federal regulation of virtually every smoke stack and muffler in the country, public or private, and will of necessity, drive fuel costs and utility bills through the roof. It's been estimated by ICF International that 20 percent of America's coal power plants could close by 2020 due to regulations the EPA is prepared to unleash after the election. According to the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, the EPA's new mercury and air toxic's rule alone could add $100 billion per year to the nation's electricity production. Does that sound like a guy who is out of ideas?
In recent weeks, FirstEnergy Corps, based in Ohio, closed power plants in Albright, Rivesville, and Willow Island, West Virgina, in addition to four other plants in Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania because they simply could not comply with the new emissions standards. When Barack Obama warned that under his plans, "electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket," he wasn't just whistling Dixie. They already have. University of Alabama Professor Andrew Morris (co-author of The False Promise of Green Energy) says, "Electric rates will be going up and up as a result of these standards."
Johnny One-Note has some other tunes as well: Remember when the public employee unions actively and vocally supported the implementation of Obamacare? Over at her own website, Mallory Factor writes, "The real reason for stalwart union support of Obamacare is that the law throws the door wide open for unionizing most of the 21 million health care workers needed to implement Obamacare." By increasing the number of health care workers that receive payment under some sort of government program (Medicaid or what will be a growing public option) unions will attempt to enlist state governments to treat these workers like government employees and unionize them, complete with compulsory dues. According to Ms. Factor, unions receive $1 billion in dues for every million members in the 27 non-right to work states. These are the ideas that dare not see the light of day before the election. Hence, Barack Obama's adherence to the stale platitudes of yesterday.
"This is my last election," President Obama told Russian President Medvedev, adding, "After my election, I have more flexibility." Are these the words of a man who really believes what his teleprompter told him in Charlotte when he said, "…America is not about what can be done for us. It's about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self government."? Self government? Capitulations to Russia that he dare not unveil prior to the election, administrative agencies gone wild, union thuggery that hath no limit, government that rules against the consent of the governed, …if these are exercises in self government, then the Declaration of Independence has no meaning, the Constitution is pointless, and we might as well lower the flag and call it a day.
If, on the other hand, America is more than a plaything for utopian puppet masters and weak-kneed guardians; If, as the Founders maintained, men are not born to be subservient to any but their Creator; If we are to accept the accumulated wisdom of the ages, which shows that if citizens do not restrain their government, it will restrain them; Then we have only one option. President Obama and all those who masquerade as advocates of the people but then issue one dictate after another against the people, must be voted out of office. Then, finally, We the People will have added truth to Barack Obama's own words when he said, "My fellow citizens, you were the change."