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Let’s Learn From the Past and Stop Spending the
Future

Remember the BP oil spill? We can still learn a few
things from that experience.

In the constantly multiplying days since the BP oil
spill all we have received from President Obama are many nuanced, vetted, and
parsed versions of Bart Simpson’s famous dodge, “I didn’t do it, nobody
saw me do it, there’s no way you can prove anything!”  Not exactly the change those who voted for
the only honest politician from Chicago had hoped for is it?  It makes me wonder, is there a sign on the
President’s desk that says, “The Buck Stops Over There.”  More than three years into a national
calamity and only six months away from what we hope will be change in 2013 and
Mr. Obama still thinks his fingerprints aren’t on anything except the levers of
imperial power and a big arrow that points to Crawford, Texas.

In his first
address
to the nation from the Oval Office President Obama sounded like a
professor lecturing his self-indulgent students as to why they failed their test
because they didn’t study, “It’s a bad result but it’s your fault.”  BP was responsible for the leaking oil
because they are greedy capitalists, but America was responsible because we use
more oil than we possess or are allowed
to produce
parroting the falsehood,
“We consume more than 20% of the world’s oil, but have less than 2% of the
world’s oil reserve.”   Mr. Obama went so
far as to blame Mother Nature falsely saying “And that’s part of the reason oil
companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean — because we’re
running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water.”

The safest place to drill for oil is on land and we
have proven reserves in ANWAR a region
that was specifically set aside for drilling, but the Green Police who now rule
the nation won’t allow it.  There are
also proven reserves in shallow water but the Green Police once again wag their
petulant finger in denial.  We are
drilling in the most dangerous places almost asking for a disaster because our
ineffectual unrealistic leader and his fellow travelers would rather invest
billions more on green technology in the hopes of creating green jobs.

Acting as Venture Socialists, the Progressives our
President represents have been investing billions of our tax dollars for decades
in windmills and solar panels, and they still aren’t viable.  And if Spain,
the world’s leader in creating Green Jobs is any indication for every green job
produced 2.5 private sector jobs are lost and most green jobs are either
non-producing government jobs or temporary.
Where’s the leadership?  Our
government has told us for forty years that they have been trying to achieve energy
independence
.  Now we know we have
the reserves
to make that a reality and what has our leader led us to?   President Obama has managed to lead us from
a recession into The Great Recession.  Which at least qualifies as following the
advice of a cartoon characters or as Hank Hill said to his
near-do-well son, “Bobby, if you’re gonna do something wrong, do it right!”

Everyday drip, drip, drip another assault on
American traditions another insult to the American people as our President bows
to foreign potentates or apologizes for our history.  His poll numbers show this is wearing
thin.  Even the shills over at MSNBC have
begun to question
the leadership of President Obama, “What are we trying to do in this
administration?  Why does he want a
second term? Would he tell us? What’s he going to do in his second term, more
of this? Is this it? Is this as good as it gets? Where are we going?”  If this is leadership, as Dilbert once observed,
don’t step in it.

Having spent the better part of two decades
teaching, I thought I had heard every excuse ever to grace the mind of an
evasion artist.  I’ve heard everything
from “I know its plagiarized but I didn’t have time to check over the work of
the guy I hired to write my paper,” to
“I didn’t know that no late submissions accepted meant I couldn’t turn
in work after the due date.”  And in the
comedy series category I have heard 8,000 versions of “Bill Gates ate my
homework.” However, as creative as some of those have been President Obama’s
endless variations of “George Bush did it” has now become the all-time longest
running excuse.  Evasion isn’t leadership
just as saying something doesn’t make it true.

Now Mr. Obama is telling
us he is a fiscal conservative and a budget cutting tightfisted economically
conservative red white and blue deficit hawk.
After three years of FDR on steroids we are supposed to believe he is
really Calvin Coolidge, Ronald Reagan, and scrooge McDuck all rolled up in
one.  Then again it isn’t class warfare;
it is making sure everyone pays their fair
share
except of course for his supporters who pay
nothing
.  It isn’t helping establish Islamist
regimes
throughout the Middle East; it is supporting democracy.  And, oh yes, it isn’t out-of-control
spending; it is investing
in our future.  I guess since we’re
investing in the future it makes sense to spend the incomes of our great great
grandchildren.  Can anyone say taxation
without representation?

The continual fog of political spin and deception is
poisoning the already fractured dialog between America’s citizens and their
perpetually re-elected representatives.
This lead from behind, managing the decline transformation of America
has got to stop.  Just as no one ever
gets to step into the same river twice no one gets to live in the country they
grew up in because the times they are a changing. But what we are experiencing
today is not normal change. This is a top down revolution that is designed to
transform America into a social democracy.

Evading the problems will not make them go
away.  We have got to face up to the hard
choices that need to be made.  Are we all
going to silently follow as we are led over a cliff?  Or are we going to stand for something before
we fall for nothing.  What we need is
someone who will tell us the truth: “We’re broke.”  We need someone who will stand for limited
government, personal liberty, and economic opportunity.  We need someone who will stand up and be
counted not someone who counts on others standing up to do the job so they can
buy votes by expropriating the hard-earned fruit of their labor to pass the
wealth around.

We don’t need another four years of evasion and
trickery. We need to take a long hard look at the dire situation these
Progressives have created, and then we need to plan ahead, put our nose to the
grindstone, and work our way out of this hole.
Or as Hank Hill said,
“If you plan ahead, then when things happen, you’re prepared for them.”

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and
Religion for Southside Virginia Community
College.
 He is the Historian of the
Future and the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R.
Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr.
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