CHICAGO, August 28, 2011—Chicago Sun Times columnist Laura Washington opines that the Democrats have something to celebrate: the “flawed” front running candidates of the GOP, Michelle Bachmann, Mitt Romney, and Rick Perry.
All candidates are flawed. Barack Obama was seriously flawed. His only accomplishment was being allowed to join the corrupt Chicago Democratic Machine. They put him in the Illinois and U.S. Senate, where he did nothing but show up to collect a paycheck - the Chicago way. His views were as extreme as Bachmann’s or Perry’s.
Obama has no accomplishments in office. Everything he’s done has failed miserably. The economy is no better now than when he took office, and unemployment is worse. We are are still fighting two major wars and a few minor ones, not that you’d know it if you relied on the mainstream media for your news. He is the most flawed candidate of all.
Obama did not stop another Great Depression, nor did he end the recession, not in any way that matters to the unemployed. He wasted money on stimulus plans that failed. He put the blame for his failures on everyone else: He blamed the business community for not hiring workers in his glorious new economy; he blamed banks for doing what they’d been encouraged to do - loan money to lower-income people to buy homes they couldn’t afford; he blamed Bush and the media lapped it up.
Blaming others works for a while. But if you do nothing except whine and complain, eventually no one will listen to you. Obama is the whiner and complainer in chief. He had and has no plans to improve the economy or our national security. He has no plans to reduce the debt, the deficit, or (the easiest thing) government spending. Because he does not want to.
All candidates are flawed. So what? Perry and Romney were governors. They were executives. They knew what their constituents wanted and gave it to them. They did what they were elected to do. Bachmann represents constituents as they want her to. Are they flawed? Of course. Have they changed positions and gone from one side to another? President Obama was just as flawed as they are. He was elected in spite of the flaws.
This president is deaf to the people. He couldn’t care less. He does what he wants, and when he doesn’t get what he wants he makes speeches, eloquent speeches that distract us from his failings. He’s a talker; when it comes to governing, he is out of his element. As described by Einstein’s theory of insanity, he keeps doing the same things over and over hoping he gets a different result.
We want candidates who will appeal to our aspirations and relieve our anxieties. We will not fall for the con of hope and change again. We want meat and potatoes, not pie in the sky with ice cream on top. We want the private sector economy back, and with it new industry, businesses, commerce, building, the things that create jobs and put money in our pockets.
This president is against all that. He is against profit, and his regulatory agencies will do everything possible to prevent businesses from profiting, growing and creating jobs. Obama believes that government creates jobs, working families, and prosperity. He has it backwards, just like everything else he believes.
So, Laura Washington, progressives, Obama supporters, and Democrats have nothing to cheer about in the flaws of Obama’s rivals. They have the most flawed candidate in the race. He doesn’t dislike his flaws; he cultures them. Or we could say he just keeps shooting himself over and over again. In reality, the Democratic party is one self-inflicted, infected wound.
It may take this country a decade or more to bounce back from Obama’s failures. If he gets another term, a generation may be needed.
So bring on the flawed candidates. Their flaws combined do not come close to Obama’s. America is ready for change: change for the better, commonsense change. We need an adult as a president, not some poseur pretending he knows what he’s doing.
America needs someone who can walk into the White House and take charge on day one. The guy there now is still in on-the-job-training mode.
Those flawed candidates are not the alternatives to a flawed president. They are the imperative.
Peter Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance writer, freelance photographer, and consultant. He is a passionate cook and eater. He likes to be the sharp stick that pokes, annoys, and provokes. His opinions are his and his alone.
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