Standard & Poors' downgrade of our country's credit rating may end up being the defining event of the Obama Administration – bigger than his blackness, bigger than Obamacare. To some, the difference between AAA and AA+ may seem overblown, but as the juggernaut and erstwhile standard-bearer of the global economy, the United States has taken an enormous hit, both symbolically and economically, from S&P.
When President Obama spoke of hope and change and fundamental transformation to those adoring crowds in 2008, how many people imagined just what it was that Obama's policies would lead to? How many people in those joyous throngs are unemployed or underemployed now, or suffering in some other way, spiritually or otherwise, in the declining America Obama has brought us?
Obama and his Democrat cohorts have spent like a drunken Navy on permanent shore leave. As bad as deficit spending was under President Bush, Barack Obama has far outpaced him in terms of sheer destructive profligacy, digging us a hole 350% deeper than that of his predecessor.
The nation that vanquished Nazism, that faced down Soviet communism, that promoted democracy and offered a free and prosperous home to 300 million of its citizens, has found itself badly damaged and diminished under President Downgrade.
Soon after assuming office in 2009, President Downgrade began his Global Apology Tour. He told the French that the U.S. "has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive," toward its European brethren. His representatives have apologized for the Americans' lawful passage of border protection measures in Arizona. He has curtsied and bowed and declared himself simpatico to an unseemly parade of tyrants and thugs around the world. Americans should not have been overly surprised; even during the campaign, Candidate Downgrade spoke deprecatingly of his homeland in the empty, gaseous pronouncements of his Berlin speech.
President Downgrade also looks askance at the Constitution, particularly at its emphasis on limiting the power and scope of government. The Constitution, which he has sworn an oath to uphold, is actually an obstacle to President Downgrade – though our political culture has not yet deteriorated to the point where he feels free to speak openly about it.
President Downgrade has long endeavored to downgrade the importance of human life. Three separate times in his political career he has voted against the unborn, up to and including advocating in favor of taking the lives of babies who have survived botched late-term abortions. Even as he declares such matters as "above my pay grade", he favors taxpayer subsidies for them.
He has sullied the White House by throwing its doors open to rappers and representatives from cultures openly hostile to us. His "Justice Department" has downgraded race relations by refusing to pursue legal action against nightstick wielding black nationalists who intimidate white voters.
Come 2012 we are confident the electorate will vote to upgrade the White House by rejecting President Downgrade. But it will take quite a bit longer to restore the broader luster of the culture. At least we are cognizant that such a restoration is needed. The first step in solving any problem is acknowledging its existence.
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