The question for the United States is not whether who they elect President in the November elections will be capable of making the United States strong and a force in the world again but whether or not what remains of the country will permit such a turn-around or will it take far longer or possibly never. Part of the answer will be staged around President Reagan after President Carter but that is a false narrative. First thing is that things happen at a much faster pace, almost light speed, compared to the late 1970s and early 1980s. We are talking modern dual and quad Pentium complete processing boards in a single chip all compared to a few years away from the 8080A processor and looking forward to clock speeds 100K system clock speeds. Today almost nothing outside a museum or high school science project runs so slowly and even the average calculator has greater computing power than the processor boards used on the Space Shuttle. The first thing one needs to remember is that President Jimmy Carter had under three months from when he knew with undeniable certainty he was leaving office while President Barack Obama has had four years more than that since he knew with certainty that he would be expected to leave office and two years more than that when he knew that he would have no effect on deferral elections and a full year since he could no longer effect any state elections. The big question is with little possibility of ever facing impeachment no matter what he does over the next year and nothing to prevent his going against Congress and ignoring the Supreme Court if necessary, what will he manage to accomplish and what has he already accomplished beyond things that President Carter would have died before serving such dishonors. So, exactly what will the next President of the United States be facing and other effects this could impose on the world.
The biggest vacuum had been the complete evacuation of the United States military from the world’s stage. The wholesale retreat with little planning and no coordination or considerations of what the effects would be of leaving Iraq basically high and dry along with the planned retreat from Afghanistan given an out-by date will only have the enemies of a democratic and modern Afghanistan just lining the borders waiting for the last plane of American troops wheels to leave the runway before tearing that country apart and the countryside a week earlier when the American troops are too busy bugging out to be able to turn aside and prevent the complete dismantling of all their hard won gains. The complete disregard for the hard fighting and American and allied losses and the scores more injured, many with permanent disabilities and scars which will haunt them for a lifetime and to have their and their friends sacrifices simply tossed into the White House trash basket making many furious is completely understandable. The dishonors of the total disregard for their efforts and sacrifices in Iraq and Afghanistan, the breaking of the promises made by those same servicemen and women and of the American people added to the approval for women to be placed in combat units even if altering the requirements to be in such units and the repeal of don’t ask don’t tell replacing it with open enrollment for all forms and varieties of sexual orientations and proclivities; is it any surprise that when the service men and women also saw ranking officers being forced from service for putting the military ahead of political correctness and is it any surprise with many of the officers and higher enlisted men they served with and respected seen being forced or voluntarily leaving the service that many promising young officers and enlisted men and women leaving the service right behind them. This did not bother the people in the White House and the Pentagon went along as they are required to obey their civilian commanders and if these civilian commanders are demanding they make decisions they are unable to meet, then their only recourse is to leave the military altogether. As the number decreased the military was instructed to allow certain types who were underrepresented in the service to be given preferential treatment over traditional inductees. This only served to chase even more traditional service personnel to get out instead of reenlisting and making the service their life’s work and their goal in life.
The reduced numbers fit with the plans in Washington as the funds saved by allowing for a smaller and less capable military with less equipment and the saved funds for all the cancelled weapons systems such as the F-22 Raptor as why should the United States have a fifth generation fighter vastly superior to that of other nations as shouldn’t the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter suffice, the exact same aircraft the United States is promising to any number of other nations such as Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Britain, Turkey, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Japan and Singapore possibly or already having made orders for delivery of this advanced fighter giving them the same aircraft as the United States, so what could possibly go wrong here as none of these nations would ever become an adversary, could they? But then again, the current White House has a model for the United States which is based on the European national body but this misses a crucial reason that the Europeans could safely function in this still dangerous world because after World War II the United States gave them all assurances that they could rely on the United States to have the great military upon which the rest of the free and Western World could depend. Well, that does create a problem because as the United States moves at an ever increasing speed to become just another European nation with a similarly weak border and shore control only military then who will protect the Western World and the free nations from the threats which are still legion in the world? Why worry about that, there are people we need to have become dependent upon government for their health care and we need those funds for supporting Social Security payments and Medicare. There are no longer the threats such as the Soviet Union and we are allied with China and so what if they are slowly building islands to claim the entirety of the South China Sea, they’ll allow trade ships to pass and Russia is our new friend as well as Turkish President Erdogan and the Iranian Ayatollah and Supreme Leader but not Egyptian President Sisi, he desires causing a reformation of Islam to purge it of the violent passages and instead form a religion which is not bent on world conquest and can coexist with all other religions and is against President Obama’s friends in the Muslim Brotherhood. Sounds like such a great plan whose ramifications are going to be so great.
Then there is the, as we have heard and been assured about repeatedly, wonderful healthcare offered by Obamacare. There has been uncountable people purchasing new health insurance coverage beyond even the most optimistic predictions. Never mind that there have been untold numbers of people who had their coverage cancelled for not meeting the extremely specific demands of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act which appears to explain a sizeable percentage of the purchases. The healthcare system enacted with a straight party line votes without a single Republican vote in either the House or the Senate and only making it to the President’s desk was the fact that there was a solid majority if Democrats in both houses to usher the legislation through Congress. There is an underreported side effect of Obamacare has been the ever-growing number of health insurance companies including one of the largest which have reported they are losing their shirts and the biggest losses come from the Obamacare government Exchanges themselves and their losses are significant enough that first off the rate of government reimbursement is insignificant as the amounts of their losses are too great and the 80% reimbursement still leaves them losing tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars and secondly the government payment schedules are shoddy and slow making their losses even more painful and damaging. Talking about losses, the economy which we are told has been recovering since early in 2009 but has apparently not reached the job market as corporate profits steadily climb. Isn’t corporate profits soaring while jobs are stagnant supposed to be a republican thing and the media goes completely bonkers, oh, wait, that’s it, the media thing would never point this out with a Democrat in the White House and if challenged it will become the do nothing Congress because the republicans are preventing the President from accomplishing the necessary changes necessary.
About a do nothing congress, let’s discuss this for a moment or so. There are a number of good things which can be the result of a truly do nothing Congress. Unfortunately a do nothing Congress usually means that the Congress is not passing leftist, socialist, communist and burdensome legislation which strangles companies in business, prevents new start-up companies from forming and make coordinating your company into subservience to the government and collecting corporate welfare payments. General Electric has realized mind-blowing profits by simply playing the government game of green energy projects backed by government funding for the past decades, very impressive and unlike the following list of green energy companies which went belly-up and the funding they received from the government: Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*, SpectraWatt ($500,000)*, Solyndra ($535 million)*, Beacon Power ($43 million)*, Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million), SunPower ($1.2 billion), First Solar ($1.46 billion), Babcock and Brown ($178 million), EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*, Amonix ($5.9 million), Fisker Automotive ($529 million), Abound Solar ($400 million)*, A123 Systems ($279 million)*, Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*, Johnson Controls ($299 million), Brightsource ($1.6 billion), ECOtality ($126.2 million), Raser Technologies ($33 million)*, Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*, Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*, Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*, Range Fuels ($80 million)*, Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*, Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*, Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*, GreenVolts ($500,000), Vestas ($50 million), LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million), Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*, Navistar ($39 million), Satcon ($3 million)*, Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*, and Mascoma Corp. ($100million) (*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy). There’s some big bucks to be stolen, we mean made in green business. These government “investments” cost the American taxpayers almost seven and a half billion dollars, sounds like a smart investment of their money, better bet it has been because there are trillions more to be thrown into the environmental vortex in the years to come. Isn’t government wonderful? Trust that the environmental area is just an easy target as there are even greater boondoggles out there just waiting for your tax monies now and in the future. Still, the scariest of all items would be if the race in the November 2016 elections are between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump (or worse, Hilary Clinton against Jeb Bush) as the choices for President which makes any third party with a sane candidate and some cash could become viable except the media will only play up a third party candidate they can bring down somewhere near the date of the elections a la Ross Perot.
The great achievements, negative as they may be, of President Barack Obama will turn out to be the pull out of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and the arming of Iran with potentially nuclear weapons, the disruption of Syria and Libya, the almost turning of Egypt over to the root of all Sunni terrorist organizations, the doting support of Putin, the Ayatollahs, China, and all things collective at home. Only the final one might be reversible while the gains of Russia, China and Iran will be far more difficult to push back, especially Iran as that became a mandatory agreement when it was pushed through the United Nations Security Council and as such the law of the land as dictated by the Constitution. His health care system could be completely erased, redacted, eviscerated, declawed but not modified into Republican Obamacare Lite as that would only lead to a manufactured, or would that be manufractured, set of additional rules dictated by bureaucrats which would only produce a more massive boondoggle than we already have. The solitary cure would be the complete redaction of the entire healthcare act and the weeding out of the additional protocols which were hidden deep inside defense spending bills, omnibus spending bills, and virtually every other needed legislation such that it would be like weeding a football field (pitch) which had been allowed to go to seed for a couple of decades manually. The weeds are everywhere and easy to find but with time they pop up every so often anywhere demanding constant dedications and diligence. Thus it would be gutting all the hidden agendas. Another item which needs to be addressed but will never see the light of day is an amendment to the Constitution which forbids anybody other than a vote of Congress to manufacture or initiate any rule, law, regulation or other enforceable item, idea, report, licensing, administrative move of any applicable implication or consideration no matter how much easier it would make the government’s job especially if it lays the onus on private enterprise or private citizens and only the enforcements writ into the legislation by Congress shall be permitted with every Federal court responsible for eradicating all such items found resulting from present legislation and only applying the exact dictates of the legislation and regarding bureaucratic additions and stipulated legalese as voided from the record and Congress charged to define those items they thought they had allocated to the agencies as that is unconstitutional in the strictest and most liberal interpretations of the constitution which relegates the making of laws to the Congress and not to any Administrative agency which is a part of the Presidency and not an arm of Congress. That would remove probably two thirds of all regulations and required bookkeeping for small businesses and large and especially the small business who can ill-afford a lawyer, accountant and expert in governmental forms just to run his arcade or soda bar.
In the end, President Obama was not any worse than many former Presidents when it comes to increasing the size and scope of government domestically as President Lyndon Baines Johnson very likely holds the record until President Barack Obama with President Johnson’s War on Poverty, Welfare, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, and a whole host of other giveaways at taxpayer expense which easily contested him for the top spot depending on the end results of Obamacare which looks very much like, once three quarters of health insurers go under two years after Obama leaves Washington and the Federal Government is called upon to straighten out the mess which means takes total control over health coverage negating all need for health insurance and instead opening a market for above the Federal Medical coverage health providers which will be largely like HMOs or other type of system except they along with one or two others will own a medium sized hospital with every diagnostic and surgical tools and systems with some of the finest physicians in the United States working with them where your basic healthcare would be provided at the costs dictated by the government and all other care would either be included in your subsequent membership level or at a pay as you go level which people would need to pay should they require such procedures. This would be the platinum standard of health club care where members of this club have purchased in their level of membership. There is always a way around any requirement if your pocketbook is deep enough.
The real harm done by President Obama is that he has set by his foreign fecklessness which has destroyed the entirety of the Middle East and North Africa and allowed terrorism to spread into Central Africa and complete its hold on the horn of Africa. It has provided Iran with control over the southern exit of the Red Sea by basically occupying Yemen through arming, training and supplementing a nativist clan’s Civil War against the rest of their nation of Yemen thus holding sway over two vital chokepoint waterways, Straits Of Hormuz which controls the flow of oil from the Middle East including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the Emirates along the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea and Suez Canal with the Bal el-Mandeb at the extreme southern end of the Red Sea which also closes access to Asia for the Israeli port of Eilat which is considered an act of war as a casus belli under international treaties and law. President Obama has also empowered a reinvigorated Russia, at least militarily invigorated, and furthered China’s growing claims to the western Pacific Ocean and South China Sea and all the trade routes therein. On the nuclear front he has modeled his treaty with Iran basically around the treaty made by President Clinton with North Korea even going so far as to establish the leaders of the negotiating team including the same members as the former disaster which led to a nuclear powered North Korea. This treaty has yet to be signed by either side and the Iranians have already declared the treaty a dead deal as they claim the United States negotiated in bad faith as proven by suspected actions and basically so that Iran can proceed with their nuclear weapons program ignoring all the obligations presumably in place as an unsigned treaty has been expounded with great fanfare by the Administration as their signature accomplishment as the world disintegrates and burns all around them. All in all, President Obama had done more to destabilize the entire globe than done by any single leader or groups of leaders including Peace in Our Time famed Neville Chamberlin and his faithful if less than enamored Édouard Daladier did when they ushered in World War II because as every war up until World War II from out of antiquity when the first clan took heavy branches as clubs and rocks as projectiles and set upon the neighboring clan killing the adult men and older people of both genders and taking the young children and women as their newest members of the clan, the casualties have steadily risen in almost every war and then dropped after world War II until now. The current war, the War to conquer the world should Islam prove victorious with a great deal of thanks to President Obama who made it possible or the War to Defend the Free World from the Onslaught of Islam and the Forcing of the Reformation of Islam where the Mecca Quran is Declared to Supercede all of the Medina Quran inverting the current later verse superseding the earlier verses from Mecca. (For a quick synopsis and a number of useful links in the comments visit our article Which Quran, Mecca or Medina? for a quick summary and reasons for the differences between the two writings of the Quran and why it is being interpreted as it is today across both Sunni and Shia Islam. Thank you.
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