Book Review: The Great Destroyer

David Limbaugh’s anticipated new book, The Great Destroyer (Regnery Publishing), is finally out and it doesn’t disappoint. Following on his earlier work Crimes Against Liberty, Limbaugh carefully and thoughtfully delivers another devastating critique of the Obama Administration.

Conservative and libertarian readers will appreciate Limbaugh’s recollection of Mr. Obama’s transgressions, though some may find daunting the sheer volume of the administration’s failures, arrogance, and deceit. Because of the meticulous annotation, the book will provide a handy reference for this period of trial for the republic — as well as a ready guide for the run-up to the 2012 presidential contest.

Limbaugh organized The Great Destroyer into a dozen chapters analyzing the various ways Barack Obama and his administration have embarked on all-out assaults against American ideals, his political foes, sound economic principles, domestic energy production, American business, and national security.  In quiet mockery of the left’s persistent use of the terminology of war to describe everything but war, the individual chapters are titled “The War on America’, “The War on the Right” and so on, each examining the course of the disastrous administration from the perspective of a different Obama target.

Mr. Obama campaigned in 2008 as a uniter, a centrist who could heal the country of its racial, religious, and political divisions.

“But from the beginning he has been one of the most partisan and divisive presidents in our history. Because his extremist liberal agenda has been unpopular with the electorate, he has demonized his opponents as a means of diverting attention from the substance of the legislation or policy in question and making it a contest about personalities. … [H]e has always picked out one or more groups to target with each initiative…” (p. 37, emphasis added)

Observers have been surprised, Limbaugh points out, at how far afield the Obama White House and permanent campaign organization have gone to attack opponents. Obama social media guru Jesse Lee spent much of one month in 2011 engaged in a partisan battle with Kevin Eder on Twitter, for instance.

Crystallizing the predicament Mr. Obama’s policies have wrought for our future as a nation, Limbaugh concludes one chapter,

Obama once proclaimed that he believes in American exceptionalism “just as the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”  Well, if America continues on our current fiscal path, we’re going to learn first-hand what “Greek exceptionalism” really feels like.

One particularly egregious Obama policy has been driven by his axiomatic ideological desire to end the use of fossil fuels. As a result, Mr. Obama has been unwilling to wait while free people in a free market to adopt energy alternatives to oil, coal, and natural gas as they become economically preferable. Mr. Obama has therefore been committed to raising fuel prices to European levels.

Obama’s slow and uneven response to the BP oil spill, followed by moratorium and “permitorium”, can be understood as not letting a crisis go to waste in pursuit of punitive prices for fossil fuels. Likewise, impeding oil and gas industry progress toward use of oil shale, blocking the Keystone XL pipeline, Obama’s lip service to nuclear power production and open hostility to coal mining can all be understood in context of his desire to force alternative “clean” energy to become economically viable.

Limbaugh exposes the weakness of the increase in Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards from 30.2 to 55.4 miles per gallon by 2025. In the rush to implement what Limbaugh correctly labels “the draconian proposal”, the administration paid little attention to such concerns as cost, engineering difficulty, and safety. As a result, vehicle prices are likely to increase by as much as $10,000.

In addition, to get that many miles per gallon, cars will necessarily be made lighter, and lighter cars are less safe as a matter of physics. In an omission that can be forgiven as outside the scope of the book, Limbaugh fails to note the predictable next step: liberals will sue car makers for endangering car buyers.

Highlighting one of the worst ways in which the Obama administration attacks the American economy and system of laws, Limbaugh notes the system of “collusive jurisprudence” employed by the EPA and other federal agencies. The agencies use their budgets to fund dozens of environmentalist groups, many of whom — with tacit agency approval — use their funding to sue the very agency doing the funding. The agency then quietly settles out of court in favor of the suing group — often agreeing to a cash settlement. In this manner liberal bureaucrats can accomplish through the courts what they cannot through legislation.

In a final bit of advice for Republicans in that party’s effort to defeat Mr. Obama in the November 6 election, Limbaugh says:

If there were ever a time in our history that conservatism should be a winning message, it is now, after the nation has suffered from nearly four years of unbridled liberalism. Unlike today’s mainstream liberalism, mainstream conservatism is not extremism, and Republicans must quit apologizing for it and running from it. If Republicans soften their message too much, they will demoralize their base and reduce voter intensity, which will be devastating if we are to overcome the inevitable electoral chicanery that we’ll see in 2012 from Team Obama’s nationwide, coordinated community organizing effort.

So whether the reader is more interested in Mr. Obama’s cheerleading for America’s foes, apologies for our past, demonization of those he sees as his foes, thuggish use of his office to silence dissent, lies about energy production, Solyndra, Fast and Furious, Boeing, the Arab Spring, or simply the details of Mr. Obama’s self-adoration, The Great Destroyer is a great choice.