“I’m less concerned about style points. I’m much more concerned with getting the policy right…” – Barack Obama
This statement he made in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos is something that has stuck with me the past few days. This president is so obsessed with style over substance that “style” has been considered his only strong suit. This is why his “likability” has been so high with people – he’s a nice guy. That is how he has gotten to where he is today without accomplishing anything of substance.
Obama’s first foray onto the national stage happened at the 2004 Democratic Convention when he made such an electrifying speech that people were starstruck. It was the style points of that speech that catapulted him from an obscure Senatorial candidate to a future president.
However, when you compare the style of that speech to the substance of his presidency, you will see an entirely different picture.
“…summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…”
“…that we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door…”
Yet, Obama has signed the NDAA into law (allowing for the indefinite detention of Americans based on who he decides is a terrorist, which would include those who speak out against his policies.) He wants to decide who is a journalist under the protection of the First Amendment and who is not.
“…that we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution…”
“…they don’t expect government to solve all of their problems…” and “…They know they have to work hard to get a head …”
I’ll wait for you to stop laughing.
“…They don’t want their tax money wasted by a welfare agency…”
Yet, the number of people on food stamps has never been higher. Obama even advertised it as your right to be on it. The number of people on disability would constitute the eighth most populous state in the union.
“…where hard work is rewarded…”
Obama reminded everyone who believed that hard work would pay off that they “didn’t build that. It was someone else.”
“…all Americans can afford the same health coverage our politicians in Washington have for themselves…”
Yet, Obama exempted himself and members of Congress from Obamacare.
Obama halted the Keystone Pipeline, halted offshore drilling in America for five years while paying for it in Brazil, and paid for failure after failure in the green energy industry with taxpayer money.
“…ever go to war without enough troops to win the war, secure the peace …”
McChrystal did not get the number of troops he needed to win in Afghanistan. Libya, Egypt, and Syria are all consumed with violence as Obama chooses to support the Muslim Brotherhood and the rebels with known ties to al Qaeda.
“…and earn the respect of the world…”
Ahmadinejad called him an “amateur politician”, Putin declared him “pathetic”, and Assad has already missed the first deadline in the proposed chemical weapons deal. This is Obama’s reputation on the world stage.
“…These enemies must be found. They must be pursued. And they must be defeated…”
Benghazi – Nothing else needs to be said.
“…there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America…”
That Obama wants to fundamentally transform into something it is not.
“…There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America…”
Obama will go down in history as the most racially divisive president in history.
“…We worship an awesome God…”
While Obama declares that the U.S. is not a Christian nation.
“…pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes…”
Whereas Obama’s supporters have said that everyone should pledge allegiance to him – not the flag.
“…I’m talking about something more substantial…”
Exactly what accomplishment of substance has he done?
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