President Obama is betting that he can "have it all." He has chosen to press hard on issues in which it is likely that he will lose badly and become a lame duck long before this usually occurs in 2nd presidential terms:
- Guns. It is transparently obvious that the president as the head anti-gun person wants severe restrictions on gun ownership in the United States. His allies in this matter frequently slip in public speech and mention that what they want now is just a first step. The widespread deception involved in the propaganda against gun ownership involves the mis-stated results of polling. Examples: The supposed 90% of Americans who want more inclusive sales background checks - Yes, they want that but what kind of background checks? The supposed 40% of gun sales that are unchecked, yes, but what sort of sales are those? The implication in the propaganda is that these are sales conducted by unlicensed commercial sellers operating on the fringes of gun shows. This is untrue. Such chicanery has confirmed gun owner belief that whatever legislation is passed this year, it must be held to rigid minimums. This view will prevail and Obama will be forced to accept that. That will weaken him.
- Immigration. A compromise is possible, but any provision in the bill that creates a veiled amnesty will cause it to fail in the House. The notion that a mere statement on the part of the DHS that they have a comprehensive plan for border control should serve as a trigger for a quick beginning of "the path to citizenship" will cause the bill to fail. That would weaken Obama.
- Foreign Policy. We have the spectacle of John Kerry traveling the world attempting to dictate behavior to one and all. Israel, Turkey, Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, NE Asia, Egypt. How absurd! How mistaken this is as to the true nature of international politics. This process is bound to fail and the failure will weaken Obama.
- Obama's Budget. Chained CPI is the least of the issues that Obama's base has with this document. BHO has revealed himself as someone who is quite willing to abandon the ideals of the Democratic Party. This will weaken him.
"I am the president, clothed in immense power!" "The fate of mankind rests in our hands!"
Obama's problem is that he lacks Lincoln's power, a power fortuitously given by civil war to "the great emancipator."
No, he is much more like Grant in his second term. pl