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It’s About Competence, Stupid

It is no coincidence that havoc is breaking out across the Arab world, resulting in attacks on several US embassies and the lynching of the US Ambassador to Libya along with three other staffers. It is no coincidence that Vladimir Putin is flexing Russian nationalist muscle all around the world, doing his “I dare you” dance in the face of this administration. It is no coincidence the Chinese are sinking enormous amounts of capital into developing what will soon be the world’s foremost blue-water navy … or that Hugo Chavez has invited Iran to establish a foothold in our hemisphere. It is no coincidence that Iran has apparently reached the point where deployment of nuclear weapons and delivery systems is imminent. The term “dirty bomb” has been replaced in intelligence circles with the more ominous “medium range vehicle”. Does anyone feel safer than you did four years ago?

The current administration has been tried and found incompetent by the court of world opinion, if the daily headlines are any indication. There is no need to listen to what the Republicans have to say about Obama/Biden, as it can be easily dismissed as partisanship. Just look at how other countries respond to us. The open contempt for the US has reached a boiling point reminiscent of the last days of the Carter Administration, a hallmark of indecision, pacifism and adherence to wrong beliefs at the Executive level.

Teddy Roosevelt’s philosophy on foreign policy was encapsulated in one simple phrase; “Walk softly, and carry a big stick.” It is patently obvious that nobody thinks we’re carrying that stick anymore. Obama can try and run his entire campaign on the killing of Osama bin Laden, but that’s old news and not even bin Laden’s buddies mourn him anymore as they plot their next atrocities. So much for our “bowing’” president’s foreign policy triumphs.

It is no coincidence that actual unemployment and underemployment (not the government-doctored statistic) has stubbornly remained in double digits, according to real, actual labor studies. Four years of hostility, suspicion and regulatory assault on employers across the country has ensured that jobless rates are extremely unlikely to improve, and so they haven’t. Instead, we’ve been enslaved financially through two phony stimulus loans totaling approximately 1.5 trillion dollars, the only evidence of which is an insurmountable IOU ball and chain around your grandchildren’s ankle. I don’t know what else people expected from a demonstrable Marxist when they checked the ballot next to the name “Obama”. Are you better off financially than you were four years ago? Are you even AS secure financially now as you were four years ago?

It is no coincidence that we have gasoline prices hovering around $4 per gallon, twice what they were when BHO took the oath of office. Energy research has been crippled by this administration’s refusal to issue exploration permits for our own domestic oil, rejection of a natural gas pipeline with Canada over political favors, and a declared presidential objective to put the US coal industry out of business. Instead, we have been pitched on the vastly overstated potential of wind power, solar power and “renewable” fuels like ethanol, which cost much more to produce than they can ever yield in economic benefit and have impacted skyrocketing food prices.

If free energy was simply there for the taking (and selling) in sufficient amounts to meet the demand, the market in America would be pursuing it without any incentives from the government. The practicality of wind and solar supplying the bulk of our energy needs is based solely on a return to the requirements of a 1700’s economy. When you take the greatest economic engine the world has ever known and choke off its fuel supply, you get what we have now – stagnation. Are we any more energy independent than we were four years ago?

It is no coincidence that Americans are now more paranoid about their own government than those of hostile foreign states. We now live in fear of political correctness, forced government regulations that disarm us and violate our religious convictions, invasion of our privacy, redistribution of our hard-earned paychecks to those who won’t work, and unchecked encroachment of federal power. We’re afraid to articulate what we believe, lest some government agency descend on us and persecute us for not toeing the popular line or worse, take our children away from us. American is about freedom and individualism, and always has been. Now it’s more about groupthink and groupspeak. Are we any freer than we were four years ago?

Campaign strategist James Carville is credited with the slogan “It’s (about) the economy, stupid!” during Bill Clinton’s first run against President George H. W. Bush. It was an effective rallying point for Democrats, as the national economy was enduring a mild recession. After four years of precipitous decline on every front under the mismanagement of Obama/Biden, we must conclude that “It’s about competence, stupid!”

It is no coincidence that the only nation with anything to fear from another four years of Obama’s incompetence is … America.

Nathan Clark

Nathan Clark is a conservative commentator who resides with his wife in New Hampshire. He is passionate about preserving the vision of our nation's Founders and advancing those tried and true principles deep into America's future. His interests range broadly from flyfishing, cooking and shooting to pro sports, gardening, live music and fine-scale modeling.

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