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Fool Me Once …

“Shame on you Barack Obama!” — Hillary Clinton 2008

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” — Attributed to Abraham Lincoln (a real President)

Mr. Obama’s “You didn’t build that” remark was correctly perceived as an insult by every liberty lover, every entrepreneur and every business person in the country. Almost immediately, Obama became an object of ridicule, a laughing stock.

Cartoon jokes flourished. We saw pictures of Henry Ford, Noah, Steve Jobs and the Chinese by the Great Wall, all with the caption: “You didn’t build that…”

Shortly after the monumental gaffe, Obama and his handlers frantically attempted to blame critics for making mischief “out of context”. When Republican commercials replayed the remark in full context, the insult was repeated, with elaboration, thousands of times. Obama’s collectivist cat was fully out of the bag and no amount of double talk could herd it back in.

Years ago, after Barack Obama stepped on to the national stage –first declaring himself unqualified to be President, and then rapidly preparing to run–many of us suspected the public and private faces of the man were separate, and distinctly different.

When he declared himself a Christian, and claimed his works might get him into heaven, kids in Sunday school said, “Hey, that’s not right!”

When he made jokes about being born in a manger then proclaimed he must stand with Muslims if push comes to Shariah, this “emerging Muslim nation,” got cold feet up to the bended knees.

And when he promised fiscal restraint then bankrupted the county, a majority went all Tea Party on the guy.

When he said he’d never throw Jeremiah Wright or Israel under the bus, and then did so, everybody felt the twinge.

And today, when he tells us he saved the auto industry with GM upside down $42 Billion, or when he tells the VFW his economic policies worked, most thinking people realize he must not care what we think, or, he believes we don’t think at all.

Now comes word from Rasmussen reporting Romney polls five points higher than Obama, a man who has failed with almost every step taken these last 43 months. Add to that glowing record of failure:
• — the failure to conceal his real hatred for America
• — the failure to execute his scorch the earth campaign this cycle, and
• — the failure to fool fewer and fewer, anymore.

The only ones fooled now are the captain and his ship of fools.

Allan Erickson

Allan Erickson---Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter, and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012.

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