When Barack Obama promised change that would transform America, most never suspected that he would make history by presiding over the nation's first-ever credit downgrade. But, well, yes -- he can.
And he did.
Of course, the blame cannot be laid entirely at Obama's feet. Since Congress controls the purse strings, it allocates the money (the president does have a veto pen, however). And, if in light of this we can still say that a president "spends," for two terms Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, spent like a drunken sailor.
Yet the reality is that Obama has spent like three drunken sailors and a tipsy cabin boy. And this isn't just rhetoric. According to a Weekly Standard piece featured at the very liberal NPR, deficit spending under Obama is three and one half times what it was under Bush, as he has signed increases amounting to a whopping one trillion a year more in deficit spending. So the reality is that, in a great measure, the president owns our economic woes.
Yet there is something even more significant here: when Standard & Poor's lowered our credit rating, it wasn't just a fiscal reality.
It was symbolic.
It was symbolic of a man who has downgraded the White House, the Constitution, human life, foreign policy, and race relations -- and America herself.
Welcome to the reign of President Downgrade.
The U.S. is the nation that defeated Nazism, stood down communism, and helped spread democracy and freedom wherever these ethereal blessings could take root. It is the land that has provided 300 million people of all races, creeds, and colors unprecedented wealth and human rights. For these reasons and others, American presidents generally exhibited a healthy patriotism.
But not President Downgrade.
Within months of taking office, he had already apologized for America on foreign soil. In 2009 hesaid that the U.S. "has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive" toward Europe when speaking to, of all peoples, the French. And he managed to start this downgrade even before taking office. In a 2008 Berlin speech he said, "I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions."
To place this statement in perspective, let's apply it not to a mother country, but to a mother. Imagine if a person said, "I know my mother has not perfected herself. At times, she has struggled to keep the promise of fairness for all of her children. She has made her share of mistakes, and there are times when her actions around the town have not lived up to her best intentions." Since it's a given that all people are imperfect, this statement would be gratuitous.
That is, unless the person believed that his mother was unusually flawed.
As President Downgrade believes about America.
He has downgraded our Constitution as well, with his effort to turn us into a top-down, command-control socialist state. He has undermined the rule of law and our system of checks and balances and has further subverted the Natural Economy; he has visited on us blatantly unconstitutional ObamaCare, which was bought but not paid for with bribery and backroom deals; he has in a sense nationalized the banks, the financial arena, and automakers; and he next wants to institute a cap-and-trade scam that would give Big Brother a vice-grip around the private sector's neck, to name just a few of President Downgrade's constitutional trespasses. To him, our Constitution is not a for limited government and America's national contract. It is an impediment.
He has downgraded foreign policy by snubbing longtime allies such as Britain and Israel. Perhaps even worse, he has bowed to potentates in reality -- and to the world metaphorically. As to the latter, his tendency to behave as if he is ashamed of his country tells other leaders he is a weak sister who can be had. Moreover, people generally are contemptuous of those who throw their own under the bus; no one respects a traitor. And what do you suppose foreign leaders think about a nation that has elected one?
President Downgrade seeks to downgrade human life with his opposition to the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, his lifting of the ban on overseas abortion funding, and ObamaCare's taxpayer financing of abortion through .