A 1-In-100 Blogger: Politics, Obama and a History Lesson

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Politics, Obama and a History Lesson

At times it seems paying too close attention to politics can drive anyone crazy. "So the pendulum swings," some will say. A shift in political power is apparently healthy and normal, so I'm told. Our political system is uniquely structured so that we have a system of checks-and-balances. In this system, several branches of government are created and power is shared between them. At the same time, the powers of one branch can be challenged by another branch. This is what the system of checks and balances is all about.

Before President Obama, I only experienced two different last-names in the Executive branch, as President of the United States: the Bush's and Clinton. It would have been ironic had Hillary Clinton won the presidency over Barack Obama. I never got to experience what it must have been like when Ronald Reagan was the President. But still today he can be heard as he speaks out against socialized medicine.

“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” ~ Ronald Reagan, from his first inaugural speech as governor of California, January 5, 1967

Perhaps he is one of the greatest President's of your time. But I wouldn't know, as hard I might try there's little I can do to imagine what life was like during an era that I did not exist. For me it has been Clinton and the Bush's, until Obama came along hoping to fundamentally transform America.

The pendulum swings. Far, far left it goes...

To make political matters more difficult for Republicans, Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats hold a Congressional supermajority, not seen since 1977 under Jimmy Carter; thus, tipping the political balance of power further left than I have ever seen in my lifetime.

There's a chance I'm thinking too pessimistic about the lasting negative effects Barack Obama will leave for Americans during his presidency. We survived the American economy of the 1930s, the decade in which President Franklin D. Roosevelt did everything he could to interfere with the economy's adjustment from depression to health. The country withstood the Presidency of Jimmy Carter, who after embarrassing himself yet again was headlined on #TCOT Report as the "Worst President in American History (Until Obama)."

Taking a look at how FDR damaged America, Roosevelt created New Deal programs marked by inconsistent planning, wasteful spending, and opportunity for political gain -- falling flat in achieving the economic revitalization that America so desperately needed from the Great Depression. From 1933 to 1940, the unemployment rate averaged 18 percent. Some say it never fell below 20 percent.

Similar to what President Obama is currently in the process of doing, Roosevelt broke every promise he had made and did the exact opposite of what he had promised. During a time of economic "crisis," Roosevelt swore to 'reduce the cost of government operations twenty-five percent.' From 1933 to 1936, government expenditures sky-rocketed up 83 percent.

Also like President Obama, Franklin Roosevelt was a Statist. Which slowly moves toward socialism. President Obama is simply continuing a socialist agenda, and with the help of our education system Obama's administration is attempting to indoctrinate school children with propaganda as well.

Or am I exaggerating how far left the Obama administration is taking America? Is it me who is the extremist? After all, we survived FDR and Jimmy Carter with most of our liberty still intact. If that's the case, then the balance of political power will do its thing and America will be fine after another President takes office. A gain of 20 Conservative seats in the U.S. House would be a great benefit to the country, too.

Meanwhile, children go to public school every weekday, but during this Presidency they must learn something new. The children receive a follow up on President Obama’s education speech, an order made to "educate the whole child." Upon watching and learning about the 'Story of Stuff' (see video below), the children must take a simple test to verify that they've learned what Obama wants them to believe. Then they are taught to praise Obama.

Once the children have learned all that they can from the Story of Stuff, and only after they've taken Obama's test to make sure they are satisfactorily indoctrinated, teachers gather your kids together and sing fun songs in praise of a great dictator, or President. Whatever.

Lyrics - Song 1:
Mm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said that all must lend a hand
To make this country strong again
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said we must be fair today
Equal work means equal pay
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said that we must take a stand
To make sure everyone gets a chance
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said red, yellow, black or white
All are equal in his sight
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

Mmm, mmm, mm
Barack Hussein Obama

Lyrics - Song 2:
Hello, Mr. President we honor you today!
For all your great accomplishments, we all doth say "hooray!"

Hooray, Mr. President! You're number one!
The first black American to lead this great nation!

Hooray, Mr. President we honor your great plans
To make this country's economy number one again!

Hooray Mr. President, we're really proud of you!
And we stand for all Americans under the great Red, White, and Blue!

So continue ---- Mr. President we know you'll do the trick
So here's a hearty hip-hooray ----

Hip, hip hooray!
Hip, hip hooray!
Hip, hip hooray!

Maybe children shouldn't be getting lessons in school on the Story of Stuff, just a thought. I guess it could be voted on by individual states and districts? In my opinion, children in school should be taught the facts instead of what Barack Obama wants them to learn. Or, quite possibly, I've become an extremist in the eyes of America and it is not Obama or his agenda that is out of line, it could be me. It's not like the Obama administration is going so far as to use the National Endowment for the Arts as a propaganda arm for its left-wing agenda on health care, the environment, education, and "community renewal."

My hope is that our system of checks and balances will hold up, keeping the United States in tact, because the Obama administration is doing everything in its growing power to fundamentally change it.

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