Barack Obama: Architect of American decline

Barack Obama uses politics as a tool, but his agenda has never had anything to do with politics as we know it. Photo: AP

CHARLOTTE, N.C., November 17, 2013 — Timing was of the essence for President Obama to achieve the things he wanted to accomplish as president. In basketball terms, a sport Obama thoroughly enjoys, the administration attempted an alley oop that “alleyed” too soon, only to become nothing more than the “oop.”

It wasn’t supposed to work this way. The bulk of the Obamacare rollout was scheduled to arrive after the 2012 election. That way the debacle we are now witnessing could be delayed until the president was re-elected. Timing. Nothing more.

Unfortunately for the president there was a miscalculation along the way. Something called the 2014 elections got in the way. No skin off Obama’s Pinocchio nose, but his fellow Democrats, who blindly supported the Affordable Care Act, now have some “ ‘splainin’ to do.”

As usual, the media are focusing on the trees instead of the forest because they still believe this has something to do with politics as usual in Washington.

Obama uses politics as a tool, but his agenda has never had anything to do with politics as we know it. If it did the problems we face today would never have arisen.

In the beginning, Obama was the ultimate American story. He characterized the American dream of being able to become the president of the United States by rising from the humblest of beginnings. Until now. Now the Horatio Alger story has become a Greek tragedy thanks to the hubris of a man who believes he is something he is not because everyone else told him that he is.

This presidency has never been about the Washington-style politics we know. Obama has never followed the Constitution as it was written or intended. He has always chosen loopholes to bypass what the founding fathers so eloquently established. That by itself should tell us this was never about Washington politics.

But the media never saw it that way. They still don’t. They are still talking about 2014, whether Obama hss been damaged, what his legacy will be and the panic in the White House.

This story is bigger than that. It always has been. It is about a fundamental strategy to alter the foundations upon which the United States was built. Obama’s Democratic allies never saw that coming. They were blindsided by party loyalty and phony issues such as race.

Obama didn’t fool Maureen Scott, who recognized immediately what he is about when she wrote, “He acts in the most hateful, spiteful, malevolent, vindictive ways in order to manipulate and maintain power and control over others. Perhaps, because, as a child, he grew up harboring an abiding bitterness toward the U.S. that was instilled in him by his family and mentors … it seems to have never left him.”

Uncomfortable as those words may be, Scott is on the mark.

Scott goes on to say, “Obama has promoted the degeneration of peace, civility, and quality of cooperation between us. He thrives on tearing us down, rather than building us up. He is the Architect of the decline of America, and the epitome of a Demagogue.”

Those are not the words of politics as usual as we know.

Obama knew from day one that his healthcare program would be a disaster, but he needed to bridge the gap between 2009 and 2012 so he could make it all come together. Once again, a matter of timing.

The president would prefer to find a way to get through the elections in 2014 and keep his fellow Dems in power. That way he would be able to complete his final two years in office without obstruction. By normal standards he might be considered a lame duck, but these are not normal times. The ACA machine is well entrenched now. It is an avalanche that cannot be stopped, so, lame duck or not, Obama can continue his personal quest to dismantle as much of the country as possible.

The question for the president is whether he can regain his rhythm and get his timing back.

We make a big deal out of Obama being the first African-American president, but that is really a misnomer. He is not a man with an abiding allegiance to this country, the “American” part of his race being a formality of birth. So why would he be motivated to follow the tenets of the independence and freedom most Americans inherently value?

Perhaps the politics we have always known will return in 2016. That would be refreshing. For now we are fighting to preserve our soul.


Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( Read more of What in the World and Bob Taylor at The Washington Times Communities.

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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