We are in a precarious position right now. It is tempting to gloat over Obama’s perceived predicament: a first year largely seen as a failure, slumping approval numbers, continued inability to pass Obamacare, an inability (unwillingness) to improve the economy, concession to move the KSM trial out of Manhattan. Many things seem to be going our way – on the surface.
But still, this is not the time to be giddy. As momentum and public sentiment seem to swing in our favor, it is time to be all the more serious about who we are and what we believe, and about the threats we face. Our chances of significant gains on November 2nd seem to improve on a weekly, if not daily basis, but the irony of this may be that it isn’t as important as we think it will be.
It may be tempting to think that we weathered the worst of the political storm in 2009, that we can wait it out for the next nine months, with a humbled president, until the mid-terms, at which point he can be rendered impotent for the remainder of his term. I think this would be a grave error.
We are dealing with a president the likes of which our country has never seen. Obama is more extreme and radical than any president in our history. He is a very angry man; we have seen his anger surface time and again, and he openly displayed his disregard for our Constitution, particularly the separation of powers, in the State of the Union address.
His repeated refrain, “I will not give up!” should be taken seriously. Already in twelve months we have seen Obama do things we never thought we would see in America: projected trillion dollar deficits for ten years, government takeovers of industry, open disdain for our military and for our country’s past, and brazen contempt for our Constitution and the Supreme Court among them. The presidency is as powerful now as it has ever been in our nation’s history; a radical like Obama can do an awful lot from the Oval Office with or without congressional approval. Where will it stop? He has told us it won’t: “I will not give up!”
Neither should we.