By Mr. Curmudgeon:
A headline in Sunday’s Washington Post foreshadows doom for President Obama’s re-election hopes: “In Close Presidential Race, Foreign-Policy Debate Likely to Prove Pivotal.” No two events are more damning of Obama’s foreign policy initiatives than his administration’s support for the Arab Spring, which inspired the president’s ill-conceived military intervention in Libya.
During the second presidential debate, President Obama expressed outrage that Romney would question his administration’s attempt to pin the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others on a “spontaneous” Libyan mob reacting to an anti-Islamic video posted on YouTube.
Any “suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the secretary of state, our U.N. ambassador, anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, Governor, is offensive,” said Obama.
As revelation after revelation proved the president and his foreign policy team lied about the deadly Libyan attack, and deflected attention from an Al Qaeda 9/11 anniversary assault on American soil (which U.S. embassies clearly are), the press became uncharacteristically insistent that the administration explain itself.
Afraid he might be confronted with hard follow-up questions concerning his Libyan falsehoods, Obama made an appearance at a sober and serious foreign policy venue to explain – Comedy Central. “Every piece of information that we got – as we got it – we laid it out to the American people,” Obama told the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart. “… [When] four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.”
Conservative media had a field day with Obama’s response and completely missed what followed.
“… What happens during the course of a presidency is that, you know the government is a big operation,” the president continued, “At any given time, something screws up, and you make sure that you find out what’s broken, and you fix it. And you know whatever else, you know I have done throughout the course of my presidency, the one thing that I’ve been absolutely clear about is, America’s security comes first.”
And there, from the president’s lips, came the greatest indictment of Progressivism.
Big government, Progressives tell us, is the answer to all our problems: their bureaucrats can plan our old-age retirement; plan our health-care needs; manage the environment around us; direct our economy; and plan the democratic development of foreign governments – even Islamic ones.
This Progressive government behemoth stumbled us into a second Great Depression; wasted nearly six trillion dollars unsuccessfully trying to “fix” the problem; oversaw a dramatic spike in poverty and food-stamp dependence; directed scarce tax dollars toward green-energy boondoggles; and denied added security to a foreign U.S. diplomatic mission whose ambassador confided to his dear diary that Al Qaeda thugs had put a price on his head.
Did any of you notice the gargantuan octopus in the room? Big government spends an inordinate amount of time trying (and failing) to fix its screw-ups – destroying millions of lives in the process.
Living in a free society comes with a price: that free men and women are responsible for themselves. That the arbitrary nature of life deals us all some bad breaks. Consider this the curse of freedom.
Authoritarian governments, on the other hand, promise a “social safety net” to soften life’s blows and regulations geared to protect us from sharp, pointy objects. They curtail our freedom while failing to come through on their promises. So, in defense of the authoritarian Progressive octopus, Obama assures us it can be fixed if the beast is allowed to grow more tentacles.
Obama’s declining re-election prospects are not due to his foreign policy blunders alone. It’s that a growing number of Americans no longer view the Progressive octopus as a cute, cuddly multi-armed Sesame Street Muppet dispensing goodies to one and all. Millions are slowly recognizing the inescapable fact that the fumbling, tentacled monster of state is as accomplished at squeezing out the life’s blood of economies — and the liberty and happiness of its citizens — as it is at getting U.S. ambassadors killed.