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Chicago Editorial Writer Suggests Obama Step Down After First Term
Published September 19, 2011|
President Obama’s hometown newspaper has some startling advice for the commander-in-chief — quit while you’re behind.
Citing the president’s record-low approval ratings and unease in the Democratic base, a Chicago Tribune editorial writer recommended over the weekend that Obama need not feel obligated to run for a second term.
Steve Chapman said that with Obama facing the prospect of a double-dip recession and, if he wins reelection, a gridlocked second term, it might be better to call it a presidency and let someone else — maybe Hillary Clinton — carry the Democratic mantle in the 2012 election.
“I checked the Constitution, and he is under no compulsion to run for re-election,” Chapman wrote in the Tribune. “He can scrap the campaign, bag the fundraising calls and never watch another Republican debate as long as he’s willing to vacate the premises by Jan. 20, 2013. That might be the sensible thing to do.”
Chapman said the high unemployment already makes it difficult for Obama to run. He noted that his recently unveiled jobs bill has not yet lit a brushfire of support, and that his party just lost two special elections in Congress.
“In hard times, voters have a powerful urge to punish incumbents. He could slake this thirst by stepping aside and taking the blame. Then someone less reviled could replace him at the top of the ticket,” Chapman wrote.
Though ex-Obama rival and now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has brushed off talk of presidential aspirations, Chapman said Clinton would be just the right fit.
“Her husband presided over a boom, she’s been busy deposing dictators instead of destroying jobs, and she’s never been accused of being a pushover,” he wrote. “Not only that, Clinton is a savvy political veteran who already knows how to run for president.”
Obama was the first Democratic candidate for president ever endorsed by The Chicago Tribune. Chapman was on the board at the time.
The words “caveat emptor” apply here.
Democrats not only seized dictatorial control of Congress – not only owning the House of Representatives (which they’d controlled since 2006) but also seizing a filibuster-proof Senate Majority (which they’d ALSO controlled since 2006) – and elected the most radical, leftist president in U.S. history.
And the ONLY possible thing that could go wrong was that the American people would see Democrats in action and reject them.
Things really weren’t going all that awful until Democrats took control of the House and the Senate. Yes, George Bush had tried seventeen times to reform and regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - which ultimately caused our financial crisis – only to be continually thwarted by Democrats who used these Government Sponsored Enterprises as a cash cow for liberal social policies. Yes, John McCain was one of the Republicans who in 2005 and 2006 had BEGGED Democrats to pass reforms on Fannie and Freddie before a crisis imploded the American financial system.
But nope. Democrats would have nothing of it. Barney Frank, July 14, 2008:
REP. BARNEY FRANK, D-MASS.: I think this is a case where Fannie and Freddie are fundamentally sound, that they are not in danger of going under. They’re not the best investments these days from the long-term standpoint going back. I think they are in good shape going forward.
They’re in a housing market. I do think their prospects going forward are very solid. And in fact, we’re going to do some things that are going to improve them.
For the factual record, our 2008 implosion officially began less than two months after Barney Frank said those words above on September 7, 2008 when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac went bankrupt. All the other players – Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, AIG, etc. - found themselves holding toxic assets that they had purchased from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The massive mortgage backed securities which ONLY Fannie and Freddie could bundle had so many bad/bankrupt mortgages and it was so difficult to extricate the bad mortgages from the good ones that the entire securities packages were no longer assets, but liabilities. Collapse after collapse followed.
Americans listened to the mainstream media – even though most Americans KNOW that the mainstream media is little more than the propaganda mouthpiece for the institutional left – and blamed George Bush entirely for the problems he tried to fix but couldn’t due to Democrat intransigence.
They elected a demagogue who promised messianic transformation of our society. The man-made all kinds of impossible promises. And the American people were stupid enough and depraved enough to believe those promises.
Frankly, I remember another moment in history as found in the words of jailed journalist Stephen Laurent – who went against the massive tide to oppose the Führer of that time:
“I am writing this from cell 24. Outside a new Germany is being created. Many millions are rejoicing. Hitler is promising everyone precisely what they want. I think when they wake to their sobering senses, they will find they have been led by the nose and duped by lies.”
Obama DID fundamentally transform the United States of America, just as he promised he would do. He imposed a “fundamental transformation” of our health care system with ObamaCare. He imposed a “fundamental transformation” of our financial system with the Dodd/Frank Act. Both of these monstrosities were well over 2,000 pages of power-grabbing legislation. Both of these massive government takeovers have tens of thousands of additional pages that are literally still being written such that nobody knows what the law will truly look like by the time they are done.
When Obama couldn’t get his way with Congress – even the Democrat-controlled Congress prior to 2010 – he simply dictated his agenda by executive fiat. He strangled businesses with EPA regulations that the Democrat Congress had rejected. He decided that he was literally above the law: decreeing that he would not follow the Defense of Marriage Act that had been passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. He decreed that he would abandon immigration law even after himself saying that doing so would be un-American, undemocratic and unconstitutional. And, yes, he rammed home an incredibly unpopular ObamaCare takeover of the health care system that is also flagrantly unconstitutional. And the ONLY reason that it hasn’t already been ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court is because Obama has used every procedural gimmick available to prevent it from going to that court for a decision which he knows will go against his power grabbing.
But finally, people are increasingly waking up to their sobering senses and finding out that they had been duped by lies.
But everything that’s happened has been Bush’s fault, we’ve been told over and over and over again.
And so now even Obama’s hometown newspaper is parroting a famous quote from the past given to an infamous failure and fool from the past:
“You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”
In the name of God, GO, Obama.
And as long as the Obama regime continues to recklessly head this nation in the wrong direction, we are living in God damn America.