November 20, 2013
"Arrogance, ignorance, and incompetence ..... not a pretty cocktail of personality traits in the best of situations. No sirree. Not a pretty cocktail in an office-mate and not a pretty cocktail in a head of state. In fact, in a leader, it's a lethal cocktail." -Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair
The Peter Principle is a proposition that states that members of an organization will eventually be promoted beyond their level of ability. In politics and politicians, the Peter Principle is expanded to include the adverse affects of power, money and corruption. In the case of the current American president, Barack Hussein Obama, it is abundantly clear that he was promoted (elected ..... twice) way beyond his limited capabilities of organizing communities. With a multitude of foreign and domestic problems and national scandals bearing down on him and the disaster that is Obama Care, he is floundering in panic, even resorting to the unconstitutional act of changing a law by presidential edict and more lying. His trust and credibility used up in a plethora of lies and distortions that have now been exposed, the true Obama is emerging, an image of a hopelessly flawed man whose past and inadequacies were covered up by a fawning press and an in-attentive, distracted and non-thinking electorate who was hood winked by Obama's slick, glib and snake-oil oratory.
But in that emergence of the real Obama, something else is being exposed ..... liberalism and progressivism. Born in the early 20th Century in the days of President's Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, progressivism and the ideology of big government and the flawed philosophy of Keynesian economics, governments, world wide, have become notorious examples of the Peter Principle, having lost their capability to fix complex problems and instead have bankrupted the planet. Awash in debt to fund an exponentially rising social agenda, governments, in collusion with central bankers, are bumping into each other trying to find more money in very creative ways. One such way in one country (Cyprus) was to confiscate the retirement funds of its citizens in order to pay for more entitlement spending and the growing interest on the debt to the central bankers. Other countries may soon follow.
Liberalism and Progressivism and their always failed ideology whenever or wherever it is tried, are beginning to collapse under their own weight and the American people, for the first time, are getting a good look inside the arrogance, abuse and corruption that have built up around them. Obama Care is just one more giant failed program that progressives have inflicted on the American people and the economy, and has exposed liberalism's gross incompetence, as well as its inflexibility to acknowledge that the program it created under the Liberalism banner is failing miserably and damaging millions of Americans. In spite of the growing failures of Obama Care, the liberals hold onto the program for dear life, as if it was as important as the air we breath. Some liberals (Democrats) that have finally realized this great program they hatched could put many of them back on the streets as private citizens, are now crying foul to the president as their hopes for re-election dim rapidly.
It has become abundantly clear that government is not constituted to develop and manage complex programs and social schemes. Medicare, Medicaid, DOE, HHS, DHS and the IRS, rife with waste, fraud, abuse and corruption, are glaring examples of government's inability to manage anything efficiently, fiscally responsible and within budget. Liberals apply the top-down "government model" to all such grandiose schemes with predictable outcomes. The predictable outcomes are waste, fraud, abuse and corruption. The "government model" works on the principle that no one is really in charge and therefore, no one is responsible for any failures. Any failures are met with only one solution, the addition of more taxpayer money. Successes under the liberal "government model" are rare. Failures are the norm.
Now there is a large segment of the American population (Conservatives) that is acutely aware of the failed "government model" under liberalism and thus champion and promote smaller government, less taxes, less regulation and a greater reliance on the self-correcting systems of capitalism and free markets, rather than on dependence on the "government model." However, since liberalism and progressivism have been so embedded in our institutions, academia and the news media for the last century, the utterances and promotions of this large segment are met with charges of racism, throw granny over the cliff, conservatives hate children and poor people and conservatives willingly kill the planet with environmental degradation.
Conservatives are also accused by liberals of being deniers of the "absolutely" proven "science" of man-caused global warming. In fact, 97% of 75 scientists have concrete evidence, from questionable computer models, that man is the sole cause of rising world temperatures, in spite of volumes of observable data that proves just the opposite. Only liberals believe in man-caused global warming. Why? Because liberals believe in the "government model" of top-down control of all humans on a planet-wide scale, for the purposes of implementing social equity and wealth re-distribution from rich countries to poor countries and from wealthy people to poor people. The liberal "government model" is a sure vote getter from the masses. Could “buying” votes be their motive?
The saddest part is that liberalism and progressivism find no room in their ideology for the uniquely American attributes of individual freedom, self-reliance, independence, individual responsibility and the adherence to the principles of the U. S. Constitution. It was those individual attributes and our Constitution that made America the richest, most powerful and most generous nation on Earth. It was dependence on the "government model", which in fact has made a growing segment of the American population and the nation as a whole, greedy, immoral, weak, lazy and mediocre. It is the wealth created from these very attributes that liberals use to fund their socialist agenda ..... to buy votes.
The crystal clear window into liberalism and progressivism is Obama Care. With the Obama Care legislation passed only by Democrats (liberals) it is owned by Democrats lock, stock and barrel. Democrats own whatever the outcome of Obama Care will be and it will be a fitting pay back for their arrogant, know-it-all paternalism.
The conservatives in the U. S. House and Senate knew what this legislation meant and not a single conservative voted for the law. They knew that the liberal "government model" would make a mess of it. They knew that millions of Americans would lose their health insurance and shoved kicking and screaming into the health care exchanges. Even Obama and those in his Administration knew right after the law was passed because they wrote it into the law.
Conservatives knew you could not add 30,000,000 more Americans to a health care system with a limited number of doctors, nurses, hospitals and ambulances without driving up costs, lower quality and increase wait times. They knew that doctors would jump ship even before the law was implemented. They knew you could not expand the benefits of a one-size-fits-all health care package and not see health care costs rise exponentially. They knew that the nationalization of the American health care system would eliminate the right of free choice for individuals and small and large businesses to choose, of their own free will, the health care plan that fits them. Conservatives knew all this and they told us well in advance of the passage of the law and they continued to tell us as the law was being implemented. During the August 2009 town hall meetings with politicians, before Obama Care was passed in March of 2011, the people themselves told the politicians loud and clear, what conservatives were telling the nation, "Obama Care would destroy America and freedom."
Liberals (Democrats) would not listen and in collusion with the media, academia and Hollywood, they kept promoting and pushing the plan, while the President lied through his teeth, multiple times. Now, with the roll out of the law turning into a monumental debacle, what the conservatives told us is all coming true and the liberals are running for cover, a cover they will not find. As is usual for the liberal "government model", no one in government is responsible for the Obama Care failure and no one is suffering the consequences of being fired, being brought up on criminal charges, or facing impeachment. It is a known fact that not one person has been fired or reprimanded for the scandals of Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS, NSA spying, or the Justice Department warrants filed against the Associated Press and James Rosen of Fox News. Conservative U. S. House members are trying to gin up articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder, but the Articles will go nowhere in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
Liberals are either looking for a place to hide, blaming each other, or covering each other's tails. This failed, corrupt liberal "government model" is an embarrassment for America, the American people and the political process, but more importantly, it is a revelation of the abject failure of liberalism and progressivism.
It remains to be seen whether Obama Care will be "fixed" or scrapped. Unfortunately, the damage to the American people and to our economy has been done. How deep those damages will be and whether America will recover from them, does not appear in our crystal ball.
Whether liberal motives and their own specific "government model" are truly altruistic but hopelessly misguided, or just plain evil, we will leave to the judgment of history. However, to those of us who are paying attention, liberals may have "risen to the level of their own destruction." Liberalism, through the window of Obama Care, has been exposed for what it is ..... the manifestation of a failed, reckless ideology with disastrous consequences for America and ALL Americans.
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Obama's arrogance, ignorance and incompetence, along with his signature achievement, Obama Care, are a lethal cocktail indeed and it could possibly bring down liberalism, but the greatest fear is that it could end up being the destruction of America and American freedom.
Nevertheless, we must remember that any group of men or women can be corrupted by power and money, conservative, independent, or liberal. The only force that can keep any group from being corrupted are the people themselves, unless they too are corrupt, immoral, or just plain ignorant.
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© 2013 Ron Ewart — All Rights Reserved
Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly column, "In Defense of Rural America", is the President of the National Association of Rural Landowners, (NARLO) a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State and dedicated to restoring, maintaining and defending property rights for urban and rural landowners. Mr. Ewart can be reached by e-mail for comment at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by 'phone at 1 800 682-7848.