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The following article was posted on February 20th, 2013, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 30 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [] - Volume 27, Issue 30

Here's the difference Obama makes

Larry Bargenquast - Orcutt

Now that everyone’s had a chance to experience Obama’s Alinsky Rules For Radicals up close and personal for the past four years, surely even those on the left are beginning to suspect their gold-plated celebrity president has become tarnished and corroded.

Even though their beliefs are based on faulty assumptions, flawed reasoning, or misplaced compassion, certainly even the liberals are beginning to suspect that Obama’s brand of socialism is an ideology of dictators and fools. Socialism’s been tried one way or another around the world for centuries with disastrous results—a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual would promote it—while the whole idea of saving the planet from man-made climate disruption, a concept engendered by grant-seeking scientists with discredited computer projections instead of real-world data, is nothing but nonsense.

In the meantime, Obama’s class warfare foolishness keeps strangling the economy, expanding government bureaucracy, driving up the price of energy, and killing jobs. He ignores Congress and the Pentagon, uses drones to kill Americans, gives F-16s and Abrams tanks to Egypt, and covers up gun-running schemes and Embassy attacks that kill dedicated Americans. Hillary, the smartest woman in the world, who at Wellesley studied literally at the feet of Saul Alinsky, says, “What difference does it make?”

What difference does it make if Obama arms Muslims in the Middle East to cause worldwide instability and serious trouble for America down the road?

What difference does it make if Obama shuts down oil pipelines, gas refineries, and coal plants that produce electricity as long as he can soak the rich, pony up handouts for minority voters, and control the propaganda, guns, and children? No difference, of course, unless you just love a good dictator.