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As I See It: To govern or to reign?

Sounds like one of those Shakespearean questions, doesn’t it? Although it is not quite as definitive as, “To be or not to be,” it appears to be a question that has bounced around this federal administration since it was first inaugurated.

To “govern” is essentially to have political authority and be responsible for directing the affairs, policies and economy of a state. To “reign” is to exercise sovereign power or a controlling influence over something, especially to rule a country as its king.

The difference in these two verbs is mostly a matter of degree in how one does what one is supposed to do. In the Obama Administration, it’s like they rolled the dice and every facet of both cubes was already labeled, “reign.”

I know I’m going to catch all kinds of flak for this next statement, but if he had been white, there is no way he would have been elected president with his credentials. And that lack of credentials and any real practical experience in business or the art of governing are really evident today.

Is there anyone who still believes in the Arab Spring? Libya, Egypt and Syria all look like they are approaching a quasi-eternal nuclear winter rather than any significant rebirth that includes even the slightest vestiges of freedom for the people.

I’m not saying that Sen. John McCain ran an effective campaign and should have been elected in 2008, but the final result was more a temper tantrum of the electorate over the economy and the anti-Bush sentiment fueled by a willing media establishment. That temper tantrum put a man in the Oval Office who had minimal experience in anything but Chicago politics, least of all in foreign policy.

While Bill Clinton was the original Teflon President, the non-stick coating that has been applied to President Obama has yet to be named, but it is orders of magnitude more effective than Teflon!

And to this day, he and his administration still use President Bush as the boogeyman to scare Obama’s sycophants and supporters into ignoring his obvious shortcomings.

The $64,000 questions still remain. Will we attack Syria purportedly over the Assad Regime’s use of the nerve agent Sarin? And if we are going to attack, how are we going to do it and when?

Which begs another question: What was so insignificant about the first 100,000 casualties of this civil war that any real substantive action by the United States has yet to take place? Perhaps we should heed the thoughts of the former secretary of state — at this point, what difference does it make?

In my analysis, the president is first and foremost an angry black man whose prism is a socialist view of what the world and our society ought to look like. Secondly, he is an apologist for and a tacit supporter of some of the more militant factions, but not necessarily the most militant groups, in Islam — especially in their conflict with Israel.

And finally third, he is the president of the United States, but does not believe our country should be the most prosperous or powerful in the world. This results in many of his actions being directed toward righting perceived wrongs instead of being the best things to do for the country as a whole.

The United States has been one of the leaders in the world since the Industrial Revolution. At times, the country did not do itself proud in some of its actions. But on the whole, our ancestors and predecessors did many things that were for the good of many people and nations. The rebuilding of Western Europe after World War II was likely more responsible for the eventual implosion of the former Soviet Union than the military side of the Cold War, which drew us into many armed conflicts in proxy nations.

The president has successfully marginalized the Congress and now reigns over the country running a never-ending money-raising machine and playing golf while his like-thinking minions issue fiats on his behalf that attempt to control every aspect of our lives. It’s rather humorous how we each individually want to have a limited government that leaves us alone, while it limits and controls the actions and activities of others.

Well, I think we got the second part of what we wished for anyway.

In just a few days, we are going to hit the $17 trillion mark on the national debt, a figure that is far short of the total sum of money the nation, the states and the cities really owe. Ninety million Americans no longer work to earn a living. And the only real growth industry is the government that is hiring more and more people to make sure we do exactly what the government says we will do. Even the president’s longtime supporters are beginning to waffle.

The president has reigned for far too long and governed the whole country far too little. And now that his reign is crumbling around him it will be interesting to see what he and the major media outlets do to save both his presidency and his legacy.

I hope it doesn’t include some misguided actions that only increase the body count in Syria.

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I guess maybe I should pray.

Well, that’s the way I see it.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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