The messiah that wasn’t.

Obamacare is only a symptom.

Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 10/24/14


It has been said that politics abandons its wounded. Certainly that seems the case with respect to President Obama.

More than one Democratic candidate locked in a tight mid-term race has either been reluctant or has outright refused to admit having ever even voted for Obama. Democrats are all but unanimous in not wishing to be seen with him.

A difficult second term – one that has included the horribly botched rollout of Obamacare, continuing revelations concerning what happened in Benghazi, the Veterans Affairs hospital scandals, the IRS scandal, the meteoric rise of the terrorist group ISIS, and just lately the government’s poor response to the Ebola crisis – has exacted a heavy toll. The cool, smooth competence of the Obama campaign has devolved into an increasingly unhinged Obama administration.

Things were very much different not that long ago. But even so, given the near collapse of his second term, it’s becoming hard to remember just how brightly the Obama star once shone.

I was on the floor of what was then called the Fleet Center in Boston for the 2004 Democratic National Convention and Obama’s keynote speech. I and a colleague both recognized an up and comer when we saw one. I compared Obama’s speech to the one future president Ronald Reagan gave at the 1964 GOP convention.

I was again on hand in 2008 when Obama accepted the Democratic nomination on a stage adorned with Greek columns in a stadium filled with close to 100,000 people. All around me I saw women – and men – with tears streaming down their faces.

Fast forward six years and one can imagine the disappointment of many of those weeping supporters, even if they might be loathe to say so.

Following yet another difficult, costly, controversial and ultimately indecisive war, and in the wake of the housing collapse that nearly brought about an economic collapse, millions of Americans wanted to believe that what was needed was a benevolent, all-seeing philosopher king – a man who by dint of charm, intellect and personality could bring order out of chaos.

That was the ‘hope’ of “Hope & Change.”

Little of that hope now remains. What’s left is a civics lesson.

The Messiah exists in Judeo-Christian theology but nowhere in the U.S. Constitution. When it comes to governing a free nation, there is no place for a messiah.

No cult of personality can effectively or justly govern any nation, let alone a republic of 50 sovereign states and 315 million people. Prosperity is the fruit of freedom and freedom exists only where there is individual responsibility, a keenly felt duty of self-help, dispersed power and a cultural belief in government restrained by law.

To the extent that these national traits existed six years ago, they exist much less so today. The results are now on display.

The country tried a messiah in 2008. In 2014, Democrats by their deeds if not their words are admitting that it didn’t work out.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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2 Responses

  1. L Miles says:

    Mr. Obama was a slick creation of a masterfully organized media conspiracy with the Democrat Party and ALL of its far-Left supporters and big government sponsors of the welfare state to benefit the “poor” and “crony capitalists” looking for a hand-out and greater political power. How does $7 trillion dollars of additional national debt with nothing to show for it impress you? And they got away with it!

    This is a testimony of how easily some Americans can be mislead to trust and be willing to vote for a Presidential candidate with absolutely NO experience in public or private life other than being a community agitator. All of his medical and educational records and publications were deliberately scrubbed from public and private documents prohibiting the normal scrutiny given any normal candidate. This caused his left-wing loyalties and track record to be hidden and protected from public analysis or debate. The far-left agitators in this country were successful in the creation of a thickly camouflaged image of a person with slick speeches and an air of superiority and confidence to give his empty suit a facade of respectability and wisdom.

    There is NO substitute for private and public experience that exhibits ones skills and talents for solving problems honestly to the benefit of society at large without special favors and kick-backs to his followers. A rigorous and honest analysis of any candidate’s full history should be welcomed as he declares the depth and breadth of his philosophies and his successes and failures in carrying them out. Full disclosure is necessary for honest and Constitutional government. Otherwise any skilled and persuasive liar can lead a nation to ruin.

    Our society is filled with scam artists (criminals) that successfully prey on the elderly, poor and the rich (gullible actors and athletes) because they are experts as selling a LIE as the TRUTH and selling themselves as trustworthy. Our country and its future are too precious to tolerate scam artists in the political arena of ideas, particularly as President. Any future Presidential candidate should be kicked off the stage if he doesn’t welcome full disclosure. How better can we judge his honesty with the American people in order to make an intelligent decision as voters?

  2. Linda E. Montrose says:

    One thing that everyone should understand, especially politicians, is what one does in darkness, WILL come to light. This article is a good example of that very thing. No matter how much covering up is done, the truth will come out. It is too bad this country has had to go through this because no one wanted to hear the truth about obama at the beginning…now the light is coming through.

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