4-ITEMS YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE ENTERING THE VOTING BOOTH
Did you vote for Barack Obama in 2008? Many people did – obviously.
What a time. There’s still room for improvement, but what a testimony to just how far we as a nation have come in terms of racial harmony, tolerance, and diversity.
Only decades earlier, a man like Barack Obama – a black man – couldn’t even drink from the same water fountain as a white man, let alone become president of the United States. A hundred years prior to that, and he may well have been counted another man’s property.
On Nov. 4, 2008, millions gathered at the ballot box to prove, for the last time, that, in large measure, we as a nation have healed from our disgraceful, self-inflicted wounds of racial abuse, bias, and division.
That we could elect an African-American to lead the free world is indeed a very good thing.
We just happened to elect the wrong African-American.
Barack Obama’s presidency has been a halo effect. As a lot of us did in 2008, America fell victim to false advertising. As the past four years have demonstrated beyond any serious debate, the idea of President Obama was far better than the reality of President Obama. We were promised the world. We were promised transparency; but we were sold an illusion. We were taken.
Indeed, during the 2008 campaign, a then-Senator Barack Obama promised us that, if elected, we would look back upon the moment he took office and “tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless.
This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth.”
That was the idea of President Obama. That was how many good, well-meaning people voted. That was the hope offered and the change promised.
That was not what we got.
Mr. Obama’s attempts to gloss over his mounting leadership failures summarized a few of the big ones. While addressing an audience member who, perhaps like you, voted for Obama in 2008, we observed, in part, the following:
“I think you know better. I think you know that these last four years haven’t been as good as the president just described and that you don’t feel like you’re confident that the next four years are going to be much better either. …“He said that, by now, we’d have unemployment at 5.4 percent. The difference between where it is and 5.4 percent is 9 million Americans without work. …
“He said he would have, by now, put forward a plan to reform Medicare and Social Security because he pointed out they are on the road to bankruptcy. He would reform them. He’d get that done. He hasn’t even made a proposal on either one.
“He said in his first year he’d put out an immigration plan that would deal with our immigration challenges. He didn’t even file it.
“This is a president who has not been able to do what he said he’d do. He said that he’d cut in half the deficit. He hasn’t done that either. In fact, he doubled it.
“He said that by now, middle-income families would have a reduction in their health insurance premiums by $2,500 a year. It’s gone up by $2,500 a year. And if Obamacare is … implemented fully, it’ll be another $2,500. …
However there are issues that remain “under investigation” like the terrorist attack at Benghazi, Libya, Fast & Furious, murdered Border Patrol agents, what the hay are we doing in Afghanistan, and the disruption occurring in the Middle East under his watch.
President Obama has authorized a makeshift Memorandum of Amnesty through the Department of Homeland Security – a memorandum that can be quashed at any time by Congress or a Constitutional law suit. He’s done the same with same-sex marriage, created fabricated information (disinformation) regarding the killing of hundreds of Mexicans and others from Middle America, and least we never forget the misinformation campaign dealing with Benghazi, Libya.