A Survey of the Damage

From Dennis Prager via the National Review:

The President Who Has Done the Most Damage

The only question is whether it can ever be undone.

I have been broadcasting for 31 years and writing for longer than that. I do not recall ever saying on radio or in print that a president is doing lasting damage to our country. I did not like the presidencies of Jimmy Carter (the last Democrat I voted for) or Bill Clinton. Nor did I care for the “compassionate conservatism” of George W. Bush. In modern political parlance “compassionate” is a euphemism for ever-expanding government.

But I have never written or broadcast that our country was being seriously damaged by a president. So it is with great sadness that I write that President Barack Obama has done and continues to do major damage to America. The only question is whether this can ever be undone.

This is equally true domestically and internationally.

Domestically, his policies have had a grave impact on the American economy.

He has overseen the weakest recovery from a recession in modern American history.

He has mired the country in unprecedented levels of debt: about $6.5 trillion — that is 6,500 billion — in five years (this after calling his predecessor “unpatriotic” for adding nearly $5 trillion in eight years).

He has fashioned a country in which more Americans now receive government aid — means-tested, let alone non-means-tested — than work full-time.

He has no method of paying for this debt other than printing more money — thereby surreptitiously taxing everyone through inflation, including the poor he claims to be helping, and cheapening the dollar to the point that some countries are talking about another reserve currency — and saddling the next generations with enormous debts.

With his 2,500-page Affordable Care Act he has made it impossible for hundreds of thousands, soon millions, of Americans to keep their individual or employer-sponsored group health insurance; he has stymied American medical innovation with an utterly destructive tax on medical devices; and he has caused hundreds of thousands of workers to lose full-time jobs because of the health-care costs imposed by Obamacare on employers.

His Internal Revenue Service used its unparalleled power to stymie political dissent. No one has been held accountable.

His ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Libya. No one has been blamed. The only blame the Obama administration has leveled was on a videomaker in California who had nothing to do with the assault.

In this president’s White House the buck stops nowhere.

Among presidents in modern American history, he has also been a uniquely divisive force. It began with his forcing Obamacare through Congress — the only major legislation in American history to be passed with no votes from the opposition party.

Though he has had a unique opportunity to do so, he has not only not helped heal racial tensions, he has exacerbated them. His intrusions into the Trayvon Martin affair (“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”) and into the confrontation between a white police officer and a black Harvard professor (the police “acted stupidly”) were unwarranted, irresponsible, demagogic, and, most of all, divisive.

He should have been reassuring black Americans that America is in fact the least racist country in the world — something he should know as well as anybody, having been raised only by whites and being the first black elected the leader of a white-majority nation. Instead, he echoed the inflammatory speech of professional race-baiters such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

He has also divided the country by economic class, using classic Marxist language against “the rich” and “corporate profits.”

Regarding America in the world, he has been, if possible, even more damaging. The United States is at its weakest, has fewer allies, and has less military and diplomatic influence than at any time since before World War II.

One wonders if there is a remaining ally nation that trusts him. And worse, no American enemy fears him. If you are a free movement (the democratic Iranian and Syrian oppositions) or a free country (Israel), you have little or no reason to believe that you have a steadfast ally in the United States.

Even non-democratic allies no longer trust America. Barack Obama has alienated our most important and longest standing Arab allies, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Both the anti–Muslim Brotherhood and the anti-Iran Arab states have lost respect for him.

And his complete withdrawal of American troops from Iraq has left that country with weekly bloodbaths.

Virtually nothing Barack Obama has done has left America or the world better since he became president. Nearly everything he has touched has been made worse.

He did, however, promise before the 2008 election that “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” That is the one promise he has kept.


Can it be undone? Not in our lifetimes, nor the near future. The damage is so extensive, it could take generations to fix it, and only if conservatives are in charge the entire time, which is not likely.

This is said with the assumption that the US continues to do business as usual, but what if all that changes?


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15 Responses to A Survey of the Damage

  1. We should have listened, when he attended the “church” of David Wright, and heard him preach, “God Damn America”,,,
    But we never asked him what he meant by “Transforming America”,,, Who knew how low he would go? Limbo Rock Politics.

  2. Hardnox says:

    It was crystal clear that Zero was going to be a disaster when he couldn’t even manage to respect our Flag.

    That was the bellwether right there.

  3. Mrs AL says:

    This needs to be read by MANY MANY U.S. Citizens, Kathy! Honest evaluation by a forthright author. My compliments on posting this.

    While we have been heading toward this moment in history since before I was 2-cells, the Resident is the focal point and point person for the destruction of the United States of America.

  4. Clyde says:

    SIGH. Shit, we KNEW this asshole was going to be a disaster BEFORE he beat Hitlary for the nod. Glad to see SOME finally coming around.

  5. Buck says:

    The most serious damage is to our alliances. No foreign power will ever trust us again no matter who is the POTUS at the time because they cannot guarantee the next POTUS won’t be another Obama….

  6. Garnet92 says:

    While I totally agree with Dennis, I think that one problem surpasses all of the others in magnitude and importance and that is that millions in this country STILL don’t see the problem yet – they’re still Obama supporters and foolishly believe that he is good for the country.

    That makes turning around this ship of state doubly difficult and who knows how long it will take. Good catch Kathy!

    • Kathy says:

      Yes, There are still huge numbers of O supporters out there…and they need this insurance in the worst way because they’re still procreating.

    • Hardnox says:

      I don’t know about that G. The brothas and the sistas are trashing him 24/7 around here. They are none too happy.

  7. Rich B says:

    I truly believe that most critically thinking Americans saw all of the above coming. I’ve been a fan and reader of most of the most popular conservative blogs and we were warned. Read/search my blog and its posts and you’ll see I saw through this empty suit currently masquerading as president from the get go. I’ve been posting here on HardNox and now Knox and Friends for about three or so years and my guess is Knox and all the friends were wise to this POS Omama back in 2004 when he made the keynote speech at the DNC. Hell, Stevie Wonder could have seen what was coming down, even if he is a blind faith black man who will NEVER find fault with the Liar-In-Chief, no matter what Omama does to trash America.

    No, it was the LIV and caucasian wankers suffering from the curious disease known as “white guilt” who were fooled. And there is the problem. We’re outnumbered by the gimme gimme gimme dead weight such as the fat-ass phone lady who wants her free Omama phone. I’m sure she got one too. And guess who paid the bill?

    The ones paying the bills have reached the end of their rope when it comes to paying for those who refuse to carry a fair share of the load. I don’t see too many other ways out of the current situation when we come to the realization that we’ve been sold out by the dems AND the repubs. I don’t know if a third party candidate will stand a chance of winning the office of president although we have elected trash such as bill clinton with only a plurality not that long ago. All I know is things can’t go on as they have… the ones paying the bills here in the USA are tapped out and seriously pissed. Give em enough time and they will stand up and say ENOUGH!

    I say things will NEVER change as long as a progressive or anyone as stupid as Omama’s supporters can cast a vote. The only solution may be the next (and hopefully last) American revolution.

    • Kathy says:

      Great comments, Rich. You are absolutely correct in that far too many people, on both sides bought into that hope and change mumbo jumbo, and some of them were simply voting against McCain.

      A lot of those LIVs and freeloaders are ignorant enough to think the government has their own money. They don’t have a clue who’s really paying for those phones and food stamps. That could be about to change real soon.

  8. tannngl says:

    I vascilate almost daily between despair and hope on this. But you know my graphic on this: http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i134/doe864/specialty%20stuff/6575_1209900244847_1148954855_608971_5344744_n.jpg

    Here’s another article close in subject to this, Kathy, from WND. It’s about Frank Gaffney’s opinion that O is going to use suspension of the Constitution after getting rid of conservative Generals in the military and causing some kind of horrible emergency. *despair*

    • Kathy says:

      I do too, Tannngl, and some days my ‘Never give up’ attitude is stronger than others.

      I’ve read several articles about the numbers of generals and other high level military that have left the ranks, either fired or forced retirement, and most of them for the flimsiest of reasons. Yep, something is coming down the pike, straight from the Oval Office and it’s not a matter of ‘if’, it’s a matter of when.