Beat Back Barack

American Thinker

There has been much talk lately about the need for the Republican  presidential nominee to move to the center.  This is a mistake.  The  only way to beat Barack Obama is to oppose him rigorously, relentlessly, and  without remorse.

This election needs a fiscal, foreign policy, and  economic conservative.  The man to defeat Obama must present the  nation a clear choice between further socialism under Obama’s control or  prosperity through economic freedom, but that’s not all; he will need to show  the world who Barack Obama is.

Americans may be inattentive, or even self-involved,  but we are not idiots.  Anyone can see the almost three years of failed  Obama governance and know that the meme which the legacy media is  trying to sell is a lie.  Obama is not just a failure; he is a spectacular  failure — and it’s not George Bush’s fault, or that of an obstructionist  Congress.

For the first two years of his presidency, Barack  Obama had super-majorities in both houses of Congress.  That’s 100% of 2  out of the 3 branches of government (Legislative, Judicial, and Executive).  He  could have done anything he wanted — immigration reform, tax increases for the  1%, or a stimulus twice as large.  He added $5 trillion to the national  debt in less than three years; he could have doubled that, if he  chose.

Instead, he gave us Dodd-Frank Financial Reform,  which frankly reformed nothing, making it impossible for businesses to get loans and people to get mortgages, while  making credit cards and bank accounts more expensive for everyone.  Does  anyone remember free checking, or low-interest credit cards with no fee?   Well, the president fixed that for us.

He  gave us ObamaCare, the means by which our government restricts care to the sick  while making it more expensive for the healthy — all while scaring business  into constraining employment and hoarding cash, instead of hiring and  investing.

Before the passage of ObamaCare, 80% of Americans  were satisfied with their health  insurance.  Yet Barack Obama felt the need to fix it.  Some  have said that getting his name in the history books was more important to him  than actually fixing what was broken.

He  shut down the oil industry in the Gulf, and any fossil fuel development on land, off our coasts, or at sea, simply to raise  the price of all energy to the point where his green energy dreams would be  cost-effective.  Remember $2-a-gallon gasoline or home heating oil under  $1?  It wasn’t that long ago.  Barack Obama fixed that for us.

After suffering a Barack shellac in the 2010  midterms, the president still controls one and a half of the three branches of  government, while the Republicans control but half of one branch, the House of  Representatives.  Yet the president’s message is not remorse for two years  of dismal policy and economic disaster; it is that the Republicans have  prevented him from solving the country’s problems.  This is how he will run  in 2012.

Americans, despite how “lazy” and “soft” Barack Obama believes us to be, can see how bad  things are, and even though some may buy the president’s lies, most are going to  lay responsibility for the nation’s woes right where it belongs: at Barack  Obama’s feet.

Obama’s only concern, since losing the House last  year, has been his own reelection.  The constant campaigning in Darth Vader’s bus — made in Canada because, despite blowing tens of  billions of dollars on bailing out car companies, Obama couldn’t find an  American-made bus acceptable for a king — his non-involvement in the  Super-Committee’s debt reduction  negotiation, the delay of the Keystone XL pipeline, and the proposing of the  American Jobs Act — which is basically the same as the failed Stimulus, just  half as big — all display our president as a non-participant in the exercise of  active governing, while fully immersed in his eternal reelection  campaign.

Where does he go from here?  Straight for the  jugular, I fear, because he needs to destroy those who dare to oppose.   What other option does he have with his record?

Barack Obama will fight dirty.  The nation needs  a candidate who will do the same.  After all, anyone who thinks that one of  Herman Cain’s accusers, Sharon Bialek, living in the same building as David Axelrod is a coincidence is  delusional.  Obama will run the most negative campaign in recent  history.  There will be allegations of racism, of corruption, of  incompetence.  The Republican nominee needs to understand that in order to  beat someone at mud-wrestling, you must get in the mud.

Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in Beyond Good and Evil  that “he who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a  monster.”  No truer words were ever written.

Yet to do battle with Mr. Obama, any candidate will  have to become something of a monster, aggressive and unremitting, without pause  or embarrassment.  Nothing should be off the table: Obama’s associations  with Bill Ayers, the former terrorist; his decades-long relationship  with the race-baiting Jeremiah Wright, the religious zealot of “God damn America” fame;  all the czars and disastrous nominations like Van Jones, an avowed “truther,” and Elizabeth Warren, who  takes credit for the moral underpinnings of the OWS crowd, and Craig Becker, Obama’s recess appointment to the NLRB who is busy  pushing through a pogrom of forced unionization and governmental control of  industry by regulatory fiat, and Lisa Jackson, who as head of the EPA has made it her life’s goal to destroy America’s  manufacturing, electrical generation, and fossil fuel industries, also through  regulation, and the failed and incompetent Eric Holder, with his Fast and  Furious program, where the administration sought to bolster support  for gun control by deliberately arming Mexican drug cartels, resulting in  hundreds of deaths in Mexico and one in America…as well as all the golf, all  the vacations, the crony capitalism, the disregard for the Constitution.  On and on it goes,  because Barack Obama has provided, in less than three years, plenty of  ammunition to do battle against his most dismal presidency.

The Republican candidate cannot take the high road  like John McCain and refuse to fight.  Barack Obama will not be  constrained; he will use whatever he can against whoever is his opponent,  without reservation, including every underhanded trick and lie at his  disposal.  The legacy media will not only support him in this, but they  will be complicit in his dirty politics.

While conservatism is a set of principles for  economic governance, liberalism is a religion for world control.  Like any  creed, it must be believed wholeheartedly.  Then, all else loses  significance.  The rule of law, moral convention, and civility mean nothing  to someone confident that he is on the side of what is right and just.  As  long as such people are true to the liberal faith, no law or ethic need apply to  their actions.

The Republicans have to understand that mindset and  get dirty — fight with both hands — for this election will be a battle to the  death for the nation, and perhaps the world.

Barack Obama is the ultimate of bullies.  Yet,  like most bullies, it is the challenge he fears, the truth he despises.   The ultimate terror for Barack Obama is that the world will see who he really  is: a petty man of little talent and few gifts.

The Republican candidate needs to show the world this  truth.

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