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October 27, 2010

A Referendum on the Redeemer

OPINION OCTOBER 28, 2010

Barack Obama put the Democrats in the position of forever redeeming a fallen nation rather than leading a great one.

By SHELBY STEELE

Whether or not the Republicans win big next week, it is already clear that the “transformative” aspirations of the Obama presidency—the special promise of this first black president to “change” us into a better society—are much less likely to materialize. There will be enough Republican gains to make the “no” in the “party of no” even more formidable, if not definitive.

But apart from this politics of numbers, there is also now a deepening disenchantment with Barack Obama himself. (He has a meager 37% approval rating by the latest Harris poll.) His embarrassed supporters console themselves that their intentions were good; their vote helped make history. But for Mr. Obama himself there is no road back to the charisma and political capital he enjoyed on his inauguration day.

How is it that Barack Obama could step into the presidency with an air of inevitability and then, in less than two years, find himself unwelcome at the campaign rallies of many of his fellow Democrats?

The first answer is well-known: His policymaking has been grandiose, thoughtless and bullying. His health-care bill was ambitious to the point of destructiveness and, finally, so chaotic that today no citizen knows where they stand in relation to it. His financial-reform bill seems little more than a short-sighted scapegoating of Wall Street. In foreign policy he has failed to articulate a role for America in the world. We don’t know why we do what we do in foreign affairs. George W. Bush at least made a valiant stab at an American rationale—democratization—but with Mr. Obama there is nothing.

via Shelby Steele: A Referendum on the Redeemer – WSJ.com.

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2 Comments
  1. Don Martin permalink
    October 28, 2010 4:08 AM

    Obama is a habitual liar. He has lied to all of us and ruined our hope for change. How are we to really know his background when we know he will lie to us. Very disappointing man with no honor.

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