Both critics and supporters of President Obama have often been quick to dismiss his failures as little more than policy disagreements. Some regard his failures as a lack of bravery. Some feel he’s just not good at playing the game. He came in on a whirlwind of excitement, offering Americans an alternative to the Bush administration at just the right time. That he was also swept into office on the winds of cultural change gave voters even less reason to closely examine his bona-fides.
That was in 2008, of course, and doesn’t excuse the public for voting for the man a second time in 2012. But there can be little doubt now that he will go down in history as one of the country’s worst presidents. In his time in the White House, he has governed using a metric that even his closest advisers seem unable to piece together. Whatever it is, it has led him to make a series of unforgivable mistakes (most of which he has yet to admit were mistakes at all).
He has proven to be particularly obstinate when it comes to working within the system, and not all of this can be blamed on inexperience. After six years in the White House, after all, he has vastly more experience as President than almost anyone else alive today. Yet he still lacks the political wisdom to reach across the aisle. Are Republicans in Congress easy to work with? Probably not. But how does that give him free reign to ignore an entire branch of government?
And that’s before we even get into the specifics:
– The ill-advised deal he made with the Taliban for the release of likely deserter Bowe Bergdahl
– Recognizing Hamas as the legitimate government of Palestine
– The planned executive action on immigration
– Scandals at the IRS and the VA
– A questionable commitment to stomping out terrorism
– Environmental regulations that will see thousands of coal miners lose their jobs
Aaaaaand so on.
According to recent polls, the majority of Americans regard Obama as the worst president in their lifetime. He’s only there, however, for another year and a half. While a lot can happen in a year and a half [shudder] it’s time to start looking beyond the regime of Barack Obama.
2016 will bring us a new crop of candidates, one of which will almost certainly be Hillary Clinton. The question is whether the next man (or woman) in the White House will undo some of the damage or continue to drive the country further into a leftist snake pit.
It’s tempting to sit back, relax, and say that anyone would be better than Obama. That’s probably true, but it’s no reason for complacency. Even someone half as liberal would likely continue some of Obama’s worst policies just as a matter of professional courtesy.
If ever there was a time when we needed a conservative savior, that time is now.