So what have we learned from our disaster in the Gulf of Mexico? We have learned that believing in government the way Ravi Shankar taught his drugged-out disciples to believe in gurus is not the same as governing. Having faith in an institution in no way guarantees that you will be able to make that institution worthy of such ingenuous belief.
Nobody in America has greater faith in government than Barack Obama. It is the cornerstone foundation of his entire ideology. Government does it better. Government is smarter. Government is more moral. Then came the disaster that was The Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig blowout. Then came the emergency that Barack Obama’s government would obviously handle better than a government led by CEO George W. Bush.
It would be petty to ask if there was anyone out there missing Brownie quite yet. In 2006, FEMA arriving with aid 36 hours after the storm abated was the epitome of a government that didn’t like black people. How is one to interpret the motives of our marvelously competent government that couldn’t be bothered with acknowledging that it had a responsibility for more than thirty days?
I’m convinced Barack Obama doesn’t dislike black people. His egocentrism would totally get in the way. There has to be a better explanation as to why our competent, moral, intellectual and superior government in which all the educated people truly believe, had disgusting public sex with the poodle when it came to properly handling this crisis.
Several explanations are possible. Barack Obama could have been totally corrupted by the money. BP gave him $73K personally and has donated over $16M to various elected officials in a government controlled overwhelmingly by Barack Obama’s party. The bribery conducted by BP so pervaded our environmental policy apparatus that BP was only weeks away from receiving an environmental safety award for its offshore drilling operations.
Welllllll…that one has been quietly postponed. They have to take their foot off of BP’s neck first, before BP can accept the certificate. To quote Homer Simpson at work in the nuclear reactor, “D’Oh!”
His Harvardness Barack I could be completely overwhelmed by the responsibilities of governing. He could be strung out on No-Doz and Jolt Cola after all the hard work invested in saving noble enterprises like Goldman Sachs and taking over 2/3 of the US auto industry. Which wouldn’t explain why he has already played as much golf in his Presidency as George W. Bush did in eight years.
When somebody mentioned the Gulf of Mexico, perhaps he went scrounging for his Calloway 9-Iron and booked his tickets for Sunny Cancun. That could explain why it took him so long to react to the calamitous events, surrounding the Deepwater Horizon fiasco. That whole “Fierce urgency of now” thing he bantered about in the primaries seemed to go bye-bye the first time he faced a serious environmental disaster. If he took it any easier, Joe Biden would have had to assume the Presidency.
So what was our Superior Intellect-In-Chief supposed to do with such a pressing crisis? He could have made like a Constitutional Law Instructor from the University of Chicago, no less, and actually read the USC. The 1990 Oil Pollution Act specifically calls out SOP for oceanic oil disasters. The US Coast Guard has developed OPLANS based on these SOPs for every major coastal area in The United States. It’s a shame His Harvardness would not bother to RTFM.
Of course a more insidious and destructive reason exists for this other than corruption and incompetence. Barack Obama wanted somebody else to serve as the blame toilet. He exists to take all credit. He preservers by deflecting all responsibility. When Barack Obama leaves you in charge, it is not a vote of confidence. Peggy Noonan describes our President’s tragic and fatal warping of good character below.
The original sin in my view is that as soon as the oil rig accident happened the president tried to maintain distance between the gusher and his presidency. He wanted people to associate the disaster with BP and not him. When your most creative thoughts in the middle of a disaster revolve around protecting your position, you are summoning trouble. When you try to dodge ownership of a problem, when you try to hide from responsibility, life will give you ownership and responsibility the hard way. (HT: Wall Street Journal)
Barack Obama can believe in government. I can believe in the Tooth Fairy. Neither his belief in The Leviathan nor my belief in The Dental Elf serves a particularly useful purpose. Government requires management and leadership, in the same way that good dental hygiene requires brushing, flossing and the avoidance of sweets.
Barack Obama cannot effectively manage and he cannot effectively lead. He is an empty suit and a midget vote-sucker. He is a careerist President who is in no way a consummate professional. He has no vocation or moral reason to hold the job. He avoids responsibility for anything, which disempowers him from ever being a leader or a manager the people can admire.
By fingering BP to take all the blame, rather than manning up and assuming responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon mess, Barack Obama has defiled the very alter he chooses to sacrifice upon. He can believe in government all he wants, but nobody will trust a government that requires 30 days of adverse publicity to actually give a flying (decency edit) about an environmental disaster that is now considered worse than the Exxon Valdez spill. At least Captain Chapman of the Valdez was a useless drunk. I have no (redacted) clue what excuse His Harvardness has for our nation’s response to Deepwater Horizon.
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