CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 31, 2014 — No American president has ever been more vindictive than President Barack Obama.
When the smoke has cleared on Wednesday morning and cleaning crews are sweeping up the confetti, Obama will awaken with his power base in shambles.
He will respond like a wounded animal backed into a corner, and he will not go down without a vicious fight.
After six years of Obama’s misrule, the American people have finally opened their eyes to the president’s policies. Americans elected Dr. Jekyll; a man who promised change. And change we got — into Mr. Hyde.
But if you think the first three-fourths of his reign was bad, wait until you see what Obama has in store for his last two years in power.
Obama came to office with a specific agenda that has frequently been mislabeled as “incompetence.” That was by design. He wanted it to look that way. It gave him an excuse to re-make the country into his own image of what the United States should be.
Rush Limbaugh has wondered out loud on his radio program if Barack and Michelle sit in the White House late at night and giggle about how they have duped the country.
It worked for two reasons. First, Obama knew he had an edge by being the first black president in history. That gave him leverage no other president has ever had; Obama knew he held the fear of being called racists over his opponents.
Second, Obama never cared about his legacy in the sense that most analysts regard a legacy. Other presidents want to go down in the history books as having accomplished something grand for the country. That was never part of Obama’s plan. Rather he set out to equalize everything: to bring down the rich, to create class warfare, to do away with the Constitution.
In that sense, Obama succeeded and the only thing the Republicans can do by winning the 2014 midterms is try to slow the machine.
On domestic issues, Obama succeeded beyond his wildest imagination. So much so that with two years remaining he still believes, and will certainly try, to reach far beyond the goals he established for himself and his band of anarchists back in 2008.
Jekyll cannot stop drinking the magic potion that has radically transformed him into the vicious Mr. Hyde who would do as much harm to the country as possible while he remains in office.
Foreign policy is another matter. Obama has been over his head in all things international since he uttered the oath of office.
Once again the president pulled the wool over the eyes of Americans by making them believe that his formative years of growing up in an Islamic country gave him insights into dealing with the Muslim world that no other chief executive has ever possessed.
In the end, Obama’s Islamic leanings have only served to alienate Israel, our most important ally in the Middle East, while make the entire region a hotbed of terrorism. Today the world is infinitely more dangerous than it was when Obama took up residence on Pennsylvania Avenue.
After Tuesday, Obama will officially be a lame duck. But though his inkwell is running low and his telephone signal is fading, the president will not be deterred in completing as much of his agenda as possible.
The good news is that such tactics should present Republicans with an ideal opportunity to stop the president in his tracks and, in the process, turn the country back in the right direction. With each new strategy employed by Obama, the Republicans should counter in such a way as to make their own presidential candidate in 2016 as strong as possible.
Tuesday’s election could change things in a way that should send a message to Washington that current policies are not acceptable. But in the process, the victors must also use the coming two years to make significant changes that turn the tide of turmoil that began six years ago.
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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