Monthly archives "December 2012"

Cassius Thinks Too Much

In Act I, Scene 2 of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Julius Caesar,” Caesar speaks to his cousin and advisor, General Marc Antony, and says, “Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;  He thinks too much:   such men are dangerous.”   Antony was a great man and great general but he was wrong when he said, “Fear not, Caesar,  he’s not dangerous.”  For Cassius, a Roman Senator, was part of the assassination of Julius Caesar.

Thinking too much was not the problem with the election of 2012.   Based on the writings and letters of our Founders it is estimated that men like Jefferson, Franklin and Adams had an education of 17 years or PhD proportions.   And these men were not simply bookish;  they were brilliant.   The average Barack Obama voter in 2012 thinks like a 7th Grader and that is being charitable.   Vice President Joe Biden fits right in with them as when in OH he thought he was in IA and he said, “We build the best cars of the 20th Century.”   Biden did not know which state or which century he was in.   Obama was not much better in 2008 when he said his campaign had visited 57 states, “so far,” as if he intended to visit the rest before it was over.   Wonder what the Press would do to Sarah Palin had she said anything so pin headed as these gentlemen did.

Obama/Biden remind one of President Tug Benson in the movie, “Hot Shots! Part Deux.”  A total buffoon, Benson suggests that for a looming war they bring the opposing army to our shores so our forces do not have to leave home.  But this was a movie.  Barack Obama and his voters are this foolish but more dangerous because in their world they mean to control health care, guns and private wealth.

When we lost John Kennedy to an assassin’s bullet and the evidence suggested that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, many could not and cannot accept this fact.  Why not?   Because Oswald was such a small, minor figure, a failure in life so it does not compute that he could act alone and take the life of the most powerful man in the world.   Many of us cannot believe that a small community organizer, state senator from Chicago and absentee U.S. Senator from IL, and now President Barack Obama can destroy the greatest nation the world has ever seen.  But it is happening before our very eyes.

Essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Sometimes events get in the saddle and ride mankind.”   We live is such a time.  What to do?   First, let us take the longer view.  During the depths of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was asked how he got through those days.   He answered that he kept before him a truth:  “This too will pass.”  Barack Obama also will pass from the scene, and, though it may not seem like it, so will his Presidency.

It is also important to keep a sense of humor.   That is another way Lincoln and Ronald Reagan coped.  Both men were great story tellers that made a point with humor about the burdens they carried.  When our Olympic Hockey team was preparing for the Russians, Coach Herb Brooks would make fun of their team and say, “Look at that player.  He reminds me of Stanley Laurel of Laurel and Hardy.”   Or speak of the Russians being plump and pompous while his team was lean and hungry.

I generally mute Obama when he is on the news as he is a record stuck in one groove repeating the same thing again and again and imagine his saying some silly line from Woody Allen or Leslie Nielsen dead panning his way through “Naked Gun.”   If I take time to read the President’s words he isn’t saying much and Woody and Leslie make more sense.   Proverbs 17:22 reads:  “A merry heart is good medicine.”  Indeed it is.

Finally, let us remember that God is still in charge.   Not a little man who said at his election that the planet began to heal and the oceans recede.  What a pompous, wind bag.  And Newt Gingrich rightly describes his Vice President as Bozo the Clown.  Men make very poor gods.   The Mayan Calendar was wrong and the world did not end on December 21, 2012.   But some day history will be wrapped up and all this will be sorted out.   Lord, hasten the day!  An on this day in this season we remember that , “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him ‘Emmanuel,’ which means God With Us.”   Matthew 1:23   “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;  He is Christ the Lord.”   Luke 2:11

Merry Christmas!    Eutychus

Taking Heart Again

The world is unraveling under Barack Obama’s watch as it did under Jimmy Carter’s.   It is more than an accident of history that we lost an ambassador during the terms of each of these men.  Weakness and foolishness invites attack on American interests.  There is a difference, however.   Jimmy Carter cared about the loss;   Barack Obama flew off to yuck it up in Las Vegas the very next day.

As things go from bad to worse under Obama there is a temptation to sit back and say, “We told you so!”   This is not a good approach for two reasons.   First, Obama and his media lap dogs are expert at casting blame on others, particularly rich Republicans.  Mitt Romney did many things right in his campaign including convincing a large number of Americans that smaller government is better than Obama’s statism.   But one thing Romney could not overcome was the Obama charge that the GOP cares more about the rich than the middle class.  The old line media was key to this.

Second, a sinking America and a world coming apart threatens all of us, not just Barack Obama’s second term.  Bill Kristol makes this point in a fine editorial, “Footprints on the Sand of Time,” in the December 17 issue of The Weekly Standard.   He also notes that we have recovered before from weak and misguided leaders. 

In the 1940’s a war weary nation allowed the Soviet Union to occupy Eastern Europe and China went Communist.  But when North Korea invaded the South Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower faced our global responsibilities.  Under Jimmy Carter we saw Khomeini take over Iran and the Sandinistas Nicaragua.   This was answered by Ronald Reagan taking over for Carter.

We have seen America go through moments of retreat followed by renewal every 30 years.    Perhaps we can return again but there is this caveat.  Barack Obama is no Harry Truman.   And the GOP does not appear to have a Reagan or an Ike waiting in the wings.   And the conservative movement is in deep disarray.   Part of this is due to there being no obvious leader–though Marco Rubio has that potential.   If the Democrats are going to anoint Hillary who will be 69 in 2016, perhaps the Republicans should turn now to Marco who will be only 45 then.

Eric Hoffer said, “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business and degenerates into a racket.”    If American conservatism has become something of a racket, 2012 should shake us out of it and a second term of Obama may waken the nation to the need of a refounded movement of the Right.   Certainly the Republicans have a much stronger bench of young stars than the Democrats beginning with Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan.   And compared to Joe Biden, who thought he was in IA when he was in OH during the campaign and did not seem to know we are no longer in the 20th Century, does not Sarah Palin look bright and beautiful?

If the House of Representatives, which, along with the GOP governors, is the power center of the Republican Party can give quarter only where they must and hold the line elsewhere, Obama’s time will come to be seen as the years the locusts have eaten.   The President is a dangerous, but frivolous man of shameless pandering, nastiness, demagoguery, and revenge who, more even than Nixon, sees his opponents as enemies.   This is the President of the United States who made Sandra Fluke a matter of national concern and central to his campaign.  Meanwhile, Rome is burning.  We are led by a very small but dangerous man.

Our ship of state is headed for the rocks of fiscal irresponsibility.   Obama will govern without Congress by executive decree without serious opposition from the media or the Courts.  He will transform the Constitution in ways unthinkable just a few years ago.  Obama and the Democrats have broken the economy and will own it–unless we have become a nation of 51% fools who refuse to see it.   Dear Lord, may it not be so.

As supporters of another way there is comfort in the words of Sir Andrew Barton:
            
            I am hurt but I am not slain. 
            I’ll lay me down and bleed awhile,
            Then I’ll rise and fight again.

And this time, let’s win!

Eutychus