CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 30, 2015 — An interesting analogy circulating on the Internet is between Germanwings flight 9525, which crashed in May of this year, and President Obama’s term in office.
The pilot of the Germanwings flight left the cockpit with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz flying the plane. Following the pilot’s departure, Lubitz, for reasons still unknown, locked the cabin door in order to prevent re-entry by the pilot. Lubitz then purposely guided his plane into an 8-minute dive, crashing into a mountain at more than 400 mph.
The crash resulted in the instantaneous deaths of 150 men, women and children following a prolonged descent that began under routine flight conditions, catching everyone unaware.
At first there was minimal concern. This was followed by uncomfortable nervousness, followed in the last seconds by fear and panic, then horror and death. Eight minutes of living hell flowed from the madness of a single selfish individual.
One man at the helm denied 150 people and the pilot any opportunity to rescue themselves from a cruel fate. Passengers were helpless to alter their situation because they had been completely locked out of the lone source of security that represented the difference between life and death.
With several recent Supreme Court decisions in a week the press lauded as the best of Obama’s tenure, plus the president’s atrocious domestic and foreign policies, the American people have, much like the Germanwings pilot and passengers, been “locked out” of the cockpit.
Obama’s supporters and uninformed voters fail to recognize that in his six-plus years in office, the president has put this country on a collision course with destiny that will not, and perhaps cannot, be corrected for decades.
One man. A single egomaniacal individual promised the American people “change” before he took office. It is just about the only promise he has kept. The country we knew then has completely changed from the country in which we now live.
It is not because our president had the best interests of the people who elected him and the people he supposedly serves at heart. Rather it is because Obama came into office with a radical liberal agenda that he, and only he, determined was “the right thing to do.”
As a result, race relations are far worse in this country than they were before Obama took office.
The world is in much greater danger of expanded terrorist attacks because our president refuses to recognize there is a problem with Islam.
We are deluged with personal appearances on late night talk shows and endless rounds of golf during pivotal times of decision and crisis.
Americans are treated to renditions of “Amazing Grace” by a narcissist who fancies himself a pop singer and who truly believes he has given this country the “Amazing Grace” of his unique wisdom as an “American Idol.”
Only recently have Americans begun to whisper that perhaps something is wrong. Maybe, just maybe, the plane is veering off course and we are headed into that mountain.
The problem is that none of us know how far away that mountain is because groups that are supposed to be a counterweight to presidential power are joining him in “locking” the American people out of the cockpit.
Congress talks loudly but does nothing. The euphoria of the mid-term elections has shown that meaningless words actually speak louder than actions.
The Supreme Court has become a caricature of itself by citing laws and interpreting the Constitution in ways it was never intended to be understood.
As the analogy correctly points out, the passengers of the Germanwings plane were initially quiet. Then they became nervous and confused. It was only toward the end that the screams were heard. By then it was too late.
It really doesn’t matter why Lubitz did what he did. Whatever his motivations, they resulted in death and destruction. The outcome was devastatingly final.
Rather than analyze Obama’s intentions, we must become aware of the potential he has established for disaster before it is too late.
If the American people do not find the key, and if we continue on this path, we are doomed to hit that mountain sooner or later.
How sad that an individual with so much opportunity for good, who was elected twice “because of the color of his skin rather than the content of his character,” could be the architect of death of this country as we know it.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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