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A Teachable Moment

The Obama Administration has been a major disappointment to the Left.  Even the old-line Press such as The New York Times and The Washington Post and NBC, ABC and CBS have begun to question the Administrations competence.  The E-bola virus has many running scared and we again see Obama’s words not matching reality.   He promised with virtual certainty that the virus would not reach our shores.   Now it has.  He then said we can handle its spread.   We are not so sure, particularly when Obama’s rhetoric seldom squares with the truth.   At home the economy remains weak, Obamacare is failing, the Justice Department chokes off legitimate businesses with endless regulation and green energy pipe dreams.   And abroad we see the rise of ISIS, Putin on the march in the Ukraine, Iran nearly nuclear and Israel standing virtually alone.

On the Right, we are not surprised as we knew Barack Obama was a false messiah and did not expect the planet to heal or the oceans to recede.  We did not think the President and his crowd were the ones we were waiting for.   All that seems rather comical now but few are laughing as these Obama failures also bring with them great danger.   I suppose we should be grateful for small favors as Barack cancelled a fund raiser last week to stay home and focus on e-bola.   His usual answer to a crisis is to hit the golf course or fly on Air Force One to raise money for Democrats.

But Conservatives cannot simply sit on the side lines, watch Obama and his Administration implode and pick up the pieces in the 2014 mid-term elections.   As Rahm Emmanuel said, “Never let a crisis go to waste.”   Emmanuel said that as a cynic and an opportunist.   Let us employ the moment to help the nation.   William Kristol does that in his editorial in the October 13 issue of The Weekly Standard titled “A Teachable Moment.”   Dr. Kristol has a PhD from Harvard in Political Science.   One of his professors was the late, great conservative James Q. Wilson.   Bill says that at these low moments help has arrived in the person of President Barack Obama.  The collapse of the Obama Administration is a teachable moment.

Young people’s hopes have been dashed as they cannot find work due to the crush of Obamacare on businesses.   Their debt is staggering.  This is a time, says Kristol, when young minds can be opened to conservative truths, ears can be induced to hear conservative arguments, eyes can be fitted with contact lenses so as better to see conservative insights.   The simple fact is that Obama and his Administration have been exposed as farcical.  When Liberalism’s domestic policies are not working as they are supposed to, Bill would turn the young to his late father, Irving Kristol:   “I have observed for years that the unanticipated consequences of social action are always more important, and usually less agreeable, than the intended consequences.”

In the face of the terrible failures of Obama’s foreign policy,  we can learn from Winston Churchill.   When Neville Chamberlin returned from Munich still trying to appease Adolph Hitler, Churchill met him with this stinging rebuke:  “You had a choice between war and dishonor at Munich.  You have chosen dishonor and now you shall have war.”   Our young people may be inspired by this and wonder at our loss of courage.  That is a good time to remember Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s address at the Harvard commencement in May 1978.   Said the Soviet Dissident like an Old Testament prophet with long beard and flailing arms:  “A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today.  The Western world has lost it civic courage. . .Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elite, (and where do we find more of those than at Harvard) causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society.”  C.S. Lewis wrote in The Screwtape Letters XXIX:  Courage is not simply ONE of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality.  Pilate was courageous till it became risky.”

Barack Obama has handed us an opportunity if we but know what to do with it.   He still thinks himself the smartest man in any room and that he is never wrong.   Charles Krauthammer rightly calls this delusional.  Back in 1911 John Masefield wrote about such foolishness in his monumental poem “The Everlasting Mercy.”

The trained mind outs the upright soul, As Jesus said the trained mind might.

Being brighter than the son’s of light, But trained men’s minds are spread so thin,

They let all sorts of darkness in;  Whatever light man finds they doubt it,

They love not light, but talk about it.

Romans 8:28 reads, “We know all things God works for the good of those who love Him.”   Barack Obama is a foolish, dangerous failure.   Bill Kristol is right.  Let us seize the day.   Grasp the moment.   Don’t let this crisis go to waste.   In all things, God works.   Praise be to God.