It’s interesting how many proverbs and sayings apply to Barack Obama’s strategies. It confirms the biblical proverb,
“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”
Fortunately, the US Founding Fathers were familiar with biblical and secular proverbs. They distilled collective wisdoms and universal truths into their political system. Unfortunately, Obama has proved wrong Abraham Lincoln’s claim that,
“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all of the time”.
He fooled a majority twice and likely will, sadly, prove Shakespeare’s observation that
“What’s done can’t be undone.”
Obama misrepresented himself in the 2008 election, benefiting from the American people’s passion for equality and desire to elect an African American President. His policies were a pig in a poke. It’s a phrase from the unscrupulous practice in early English farmer’s markets of putting a cat in a poke (bag) and selling it as a small pig. It led to another well-known phrase. When the buyer opened the poke the cat was out of the bag.
After four years, we found out there were two cats in his bag. One a far left agenda, such as the extent of Obamacare, hidden during the election. Proof it would have lost the election if exposed the Democratically controlled Senate and Congress literally rushed to judgment. Obama knew the public, in the passion of the moment, would give him the benefit of the doubt. He knew once the cows are out it’s too late to close the gate. Spokeswoman, Nancy Pelosi naively exposed it saying pass the plan to learn what it involves.
He gave clues, like suggesting he’d be a one term President. He bypassed procedures putting power and control in the hands of bureaucracies. For example,
“Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, the former governor of coal-producing West Virginia, is blasting the Obama administration for using the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate coal-fueled power plants out of business.”
Mary McCarthy explained,
“Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.”
They can despoil and delay through any political cycle. Bureaucracies are established to solve problems, but too often their objective becomes perpetuating the problem. Resolve it and you have no job.
The second cat in the poke was Obama’s offer of hope and change. Many thought it was something new and different; Americans are prepared to experiment. If it was genuinely new and didn’t work fine, but it was already tried and failed.
Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus said,
”In the past 150 years the socialists have been very effectively destroying human freedom under humane and compassionate slogans, such as caring for man, ensuring social equality, and fostering social welfare.”
Every country that committed to alternate energies are abandoning them. All US government attempts to use them have failed. Obama compounded the problem by declaring war on coal and using the EPA to put them out of business.
The US proved that people not government create prosperity. Sadly, just like Obama’s use of failed strategies, the US now face a dilemma explained by Lord Thomas Macaulay in an 1857 letter to an American friend.
A democracy cannot survive as a permanent form of government. It can last only until its citizens discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority who vote will vote for the candidates promising the greatest benefits from the public purse, with the result that a democracy will always collapse from loose fiscal policies, always followed with a dictatorship.
Some mainstream media ((MSM) said Obama went too far left too fast, letting ideology override reason and threaten US success. But the MSM were the king makers who bought the pig in the poke and convinced others to buy. They helped personify the enemy as nasty capitalists, bankers, industrialists, and entrepreneurs who created the most successful economy in history. George Monbiot wrote in the Guardian
“Quite right too; every time someone dies as a result of floods in Bangladesh, an airline executive should be dragged out of his office and drowned.”
MSM idolization confirms the proverb that there are none so blind as those who will not see. They ignored the proverb that you are known by the company you keep. From Jeremiah Wright through Bill Ayers to the White House Czars there were similar histories. The proverb, “If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, you can be reasonably sure it is a duck” applies.
The Founding Fathers knew the proverbs and understood human nature. By November 2010 their election system anticipated demagoguery and fired a shot across his (Obama’s) bow. Benjamin Franklin’s proverbial wisdom warned,
“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.”
He also warned;
“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.”
Obama’s rhetoric swayed the people against reason mostly because he promised more of robbing Peter to Paul. As George Bernard Shaw observed, this guarantees Paul’s support. Now it appears the cat that came out of the bag has nine lives.