The 80s Called

 

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A popular debate tactic for Team Chicago in the election of 2012 was to paint Mitt Romney as an Etch a Sketch candidate eager to return the world to a Cold War stalemate even as he warned of the serious consequences of an administration more interested in counting spilled toothpicks. Barack Obama addressing growing threats in Moscow, Iran, Afghanistan, the West Bank, and Central America took a back seat to hilarious one-liners referencing Gordon Gekko and Ivan Drago.

Except Mitt Romney was right and everyone now knows he was right.

As the world emulates the Blue Monday music video more and more every day, Barack Obama seems to disengage from it even further. He’s content to raid the liquor cabinet, grab a candle stick, and dance across the living room to Bob Seger. Obama’s merry band of pop culture Tumblr warriors have been great at keeping him ahead on Twitter trends and throwing out catchy phrases. Foreign policy? Not so much. 

As made evident by every media all-star with a Twitter account, Obama declared “No, this is not a new cold war” in brief and late remarks yesterday. Of course it isn’t — because that would mean either Obama lied to everyone in 2012 about Vladimir Putin’s growing influence or he was unaware of it.

Late Tuesday afternoon the top trends on Twitter were Cold War, Russia, Share a Coke, Jesse Ventura, Libya & Gaza. Last week it was an evil mastermind named Gruber. 

The 80’s have not only called, The Noid is banging on The White House front door. 

The last election was not about who was best qualified to handle a world begging for leadership as much as it was about painting the other guy as the town reverend who wanted to take away everyone’s birth control and ban dancing. 

It worked. But two years later the majority of the country feels we’re on a road to nowhere.

Time after time this administration has ignored distinct warnings from around the world in favor of keeping the man in charge of it relevant and cool. Thanks to the media who wants to take us back to the future of 2008, he remains largely untouchable.

There is, however, a burden that accompanies being the brightest beacon of freedom on the hill. It’s that we can never detach ourselves from events of the world, even if our leaders want to. Regimes with malicious intent for their own people and the world at large are comfortable to play war games if left unchecked, as was demonstrated when Flight MH17 was shot out of the air. It’s not a popular declaration but it is the truth. We as a country cannot just simply throw in the damn towel.

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The Obama-friendly media is content to write all this off as inconsequential in an attempt to make Obama bigger than the threats themselves, almost as though they are double-daring the world to really test his competence with a crisis. But Putin, ISIS, the Taliban and Hamas are content to wait in their box until the perfect time comes, when they can unplug the alarm clock and have an after-midnight snack. 

Putting Vladimir Putin in detention and asking him to write an essay about who he thinks he is isn’t going to work. The only people who haven’t figured this out yet happen to be in charge of our country — or in the media, where they’re clinging to what’s left of causing sea levels to recede and healing the world. He’s their buddy and Barack Obama’s got that going for him, which is nice.

The rest of us however aren’t so lucky. 

We took a chance in 2008 on an inexperienced junior senator and hoped we — along with him — would not experience too many growing pains. 3 AM phone calls have come and gone without being answered. Strategic gains in Afghanistan and Iraq have been all but terminated and a Russian bear is loose with little to no consequences. Obama now faces problems at home and abroad that can’t be fixed by simply blowing into a cartridge.

The question has to be asked of our President in all of this: Where is his mind? 

 

 

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  1. user_444739 Member
    user_444739
    @OmidMoghadam

    Who is this “We” in “We took a chance…?” Some of us had seen the cult of personality, empty suit leader movie before in other countries, and chose (forced) to seek shelter in more sane harbors. In 2008, apparently “We” decided to set the safe harbor on fire.

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  2. RightinChicago Member
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    I counted references to:
    Rain Man, Risky Business, Die Hard, Footloose, Gremlins and  Caddyshack.  The “blow into a cartridge” one has me stumped.

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  3. RightinChicago Member
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    Ahhhhhh…  “Blow into the cartridge”…  the old NES fix.
    As for his mind, I’d say its off somewhere in Pixie-land.

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  4. user_124695 Member
    user_124695
    @DavidWilliamson

    It should be apparent by now that Mr Obama’s mind, when not on the Golf course or chatting with his intellectual inferiors, is on the fundamental transformation of America into a Marxist Utopia. He doesn’t much care about the rest of the World, other than hoping it goes the same way. He is leading from behind, you might say (oh, he did).

    That is until he becomes UN Secretary General and picks up his second Ig Nobel Prize – oh, sorry, Peace Prize – how’s that first one working out for ya?

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  5. Frozen Chosen Member
    Frozen Chosen
    @FrozenChosen

    To those voters who say they would now vote for Romney after pulling the lever for Obama in 2012 I say keep your uninformed, ignorant, celebrity worshipping, waffling, amoral butt home in 2016 and let the serious people decide who will be our next president.

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  6. Stephen Miller Contributor
    Stephen Miller
    @StephenMiller

    RightinChicago:

    I counted references to: Rain Man, Risky Business, Die Hard, Footloose, Gremlins and Caddyshack. The “blow into a cartridge” one has me stumped.

     Good eye. You’re still missing a few. 

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  7. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist
    @WesternChauvinist

    Where is his mind?

    It’s tempting to answer, “When he’s not on the golf course, he’s sitting on it,” but that’s inaccurate. In fact, he’s an America-hating leftist, and the weakening and degradation of the United States is “social justice” in his mind. What did Obama voters think he meant by “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming America…”?

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  8. RightinChicago Member
    RightinChicago
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    Essay writing – Breakfast Club
    Back to the Future
    Double-daring – The Christmas Story
    Throw in the towel – Rocky IV?
    Anymore?

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  9. Concretevol Thatcher
    Concretevol
    @Concretevol

    “we as a country cannot just simply throw in the damn towel”….. Unfortunately we can but not without serious repercussions

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  10. Stephen Miller Contributor
    Stephen Miller
    @StephenMiller

    RightinChicago:

    Essay writing – Breakfast Club Back to the Future Double-daring – The Christmas Story Throw in the towel – Rocky IV? Anymore?

     You’re thinking triple-dog-dare from Christmas Story. Double Dare was the kids game show/obstable course show.  There are more than movie refs also. 

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  11. She Reagan
    She
    @She

    The “Romney as Etch-A-Sketch man” meme had nothing to do with ‘Team Chicago.’  It was started by a senior adviser within the Romney campaign itself, just one of many gaffes and circular firing squad moments which punctuated a good man’s singularly inept run for the Presidency, and which didn’t even require a whole lot of media amplification and embellishment to damage him.

    Yes, he was right.  And he’d have been a decent President.  At least, as someone once said of George Bush, when comparing him to Barack Obama, “he’d have known what country he was President of.”

    And it would have been really helpful if he’d been able to muster an effective enough campaign to convince a few more people of the fact.

    But he couldn’t.

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  12. Blondie Thatcher
    Blondie
    @Blondie

    Frozen Chosen:

    To those voters who say they would now vote for Romney after pulling the lever for Obama in 2012 I say keep your uninformed, ignorant, celebrity worshipping, waffling, amoral butt home in 2016 and let the serious people decide who will be our next president.

     AMEN!

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