Hennen Column: My New Year’s Resolution Is To Forget Barack Obama


Any listener to my radio show over the last 5 years would have little trouble recognizing that I really don’t think much of President Barack Obama policies. So it may surprise some that I’m pledging to pretty much ignore him in the future. In fact, I’m planning to write and sign a pledge and then frame it in our Common Sense Club studio as a daily reminder of my pact with the listeners.

Here’s the main reason for this very unusual decision for a conservative radio talk show host: President Barack Obama is merely a symptom of a larger problem. The four alarm fire we have in this country is a majority of Americans would vote for the man twice! There are many things wrong with the current condition of the greatest country on earth. But honestly, they didn’t all descend upon us in the last 4 years either.

Thus, I’d suggest conservatives roll up the sleeves and go to work dissecting the mindset that elects a President with the thinnest resume in history, and after 4 years of disastrous incompetence reelects the culprit.

Why do a majority of American’s support this man? Does the conservative product need a better package? Has his party succeeded in enabling enough Americans with government goodies that they won’t bite the hand that feeds them? Has the American spirit of individualism been overtaken by the “gimmee, gimmee” gang?

Any time spent berating Obama is wasted energy; he is here to stay for 4 more years. We’d all be much wiser to take on the culture that brought us to the sad chapter in America history. And this is not a 4-year-old crisis. This drift started decades ago.

We have much to do. Things will get worse before they get better. But until we address the root cause of this mess, we will flounder. Election 2012 was a 2×4 to the side of my head. A painful, yet important wake up call. At least one listener I have was months ahead of me in this epiphany. I’ll only use his first name, but here is part of a note John sent me this past June for use on my radio show:

Barry Obama isn’t the problem, he never has been. It’s the voters that are blind to the truths of life and human nature that are the problem – enough of them voted for this theoretical idealist with little to no real-life experience, and so he’s our President. Makes me kind of mad – the general population elects him, then we conservatives (me included) bash the tar out of him. The point is, HE AIN’T THE ROOT PROBLEM. He couldn’t elect himself – it took a great enough percentage of voters to put him there. Until we educate the voting public, we’re DEAD MEAT. Less complaining, more education is needed. The truths of freedom, free enterprise and the wonders of capitalism are what made America great – these freedoms are the fertile ground that shot us to the top of the heap in less than 200 years, from nothing. Ahead of every other nation on the face of the earth, in virtually all categories (perhaps some exceptions). Which is why people from all nations on the globe want to either immigrate here or be educated here or have their medical treatment here, etc. And parents and the public school system (in general, there are exceptions) have failed to educate young people in these things. And young people grow into VOTERS.

Enlighten people as to the wonders of freedom, creativity, inventiveness, ingenuity, helping their fellow man, the profit motive, dangling the carrot, free enterprise, why you would work 70 hour weeks, gratitude for employment, etc., and the political truth will become obvious. Elections will take care of themselves. That’s my 2 cents worth. Now I feel better.

I am so blessed to have the benefit of the daily wise counsel of a great radio audience. Another listener sent along this quote that sums up the reason for my New Years Resolution:

(This quote was translated into English from an article appearing in the Czech Republic as published in the Prager Zeitung of 28 April 2011.)

… “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of Idiots such as those who made him their president.”

You have my word. I’m moving on from the symptom and will try mightily to improve the human condition that wrought this disease on our great land.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Rick Olson

    This is probably a good resolution. The big question is this, Scott: How long can you hold out without talking about Barack Obama?

  • Thresherman

    Every year I resolve to suffer fools gladly, it gets harder each year as it seems that they are undergoing a population explosion.

  • WOOF

    Erasing George W. Bush, Dick Cheney
    and then Mitt Romney was easy.
    They knew enough to disappear.
    Barack Hussein Obama is gonna be in your face.

    • Snarkie

      Danza slap

    • jl

      I see, you “erased G.W. Bush”, yet libs bring him up numerous times when it’s convienent to blame him. The only thing erased here is your logic.

      • WOOF

        Republicans denied their fathers,
        erased evidence of them
        and chained them in a dark basement,
        not I.

      • noblindersonme

        jeepers woof ! you really are perceptive arn’t you ! and so smart ! Gee that resonates so well especially since you cons NEVER bring up Carter or Clinton when you want to be conveinent !!!! How LOGICAL is that, asshat !
        If you are going to preach about taking the higher ground than don’t be guilty of fighting in the gutter just as much yourself!

  • Matthew Hawkins

    You really are useless.

    Your talent is self promotion.

  • Neiman

    The fault is with the people to be sure, the John Daily, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey type voters, taking their marching orders from entertainers. That is obvious.

    But, if we are to turn this around, conservatives better look inward, they are the problem. No,not conservative ideology, which is right for America. (1) The GOP has refused to keep up with the times, with modern high-tech communications, creative sounds bites that capture the imagination to better communicate the message. (2) They refuse to engage modern Madison Avenue type communication experts to help them craft their message in terms the people, especially young people and people of color can understand and support. (3) They refuse to craft their messages in humane, compassionate terms, instead they throw out balance sheets and say there are the facts take it or leave it. (4) They refuse to work together, like the Democrats, hitting the Sunday talk shows with the same sound bite messages, albeit unlike the Democrats we need ours to be truthful and subject to fact checking. (5) Most GOP types are lone wolves looking towards getting in power and the White House, they are too self interested and not enough interested in the common people. (6) The National Republican Party and party leaders need to be better at grass roots organizing and in helping pick candidates that will not steal, sow their wild oats or lie, we have had too many. (7) We need to stop sending RINOS against the Democrats, they are just conservative Democrats, not Republicans. (8) We should not abandon our moral/family values as Rob wants us to do, but we should be able to stand on those values, without allowing them to be the things Democrats can lie about and use against us.

    I could go on, but the point is, stop blaming Obama and the people, if we want to win – we must stop complaining and find honorable, high tech ways to win. We must start with blaming ourselves for our losses an get off our butts and change the dynamics.

  • Camburn

    What we have observed in the past 12 years is poor government. The folks that were elected didn’t want to pay for the legislation that was passed. Instead, they borrowed, and fed at the trough of public largess. This is not a Republican/Democrat problem, as both parties are essentially the same.

    This is a national problem. The only sane response is to use an Article V Convention.


    This is the type of action that should be front and center if common sense is truly what you are expressing.

    • Neiman

      An Article 5 Convention opens up the entire Constitution to amendment and that could prove costly to our liberty. Be careful what you wish for, IMO it could result in amending and completely overthrowing the Constitution – thus it is a very dangerous course, especially as the people now seem bent on a socialist course for the country. What may seem like a good idea could have disastrous consequences.

      • Camburn

        The Constitutional scholars of the country don’t agree with you at all. An Article V is a very defined convention. You need to brush up on the law, or read the opinions of the scholars on this one.

        • Neiman

          I am not well versed in this are of the Constitution; but, it is my understanding that once convened it is impossible to restrict or control.

          The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

          As it appears to me, once called, any amendments may be proposed and if ratified by 3/4 of the states, that vote will amend the Constitution. So, while it may have a defined purpose when first called, I see no restriction once convened that would limit the number or form of amendments, any or all of which may become law. If that is true, then it is dangerous in that no one can predict where it may end up.

          Thanks by the way for your condescension.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Obama is a perfidious charlatan. Good luck with your resolution. As for myself, I take solice in believing that Obama will spend eternity in Purgatory

  • Ricardo

    It’s true that we started on this social and economic path many decades ago. FDR led us into the restroom. Kennedy took us to the toilet and Johnson pushed our heads into the bowl. Carter actually flushed the toilet but many of us survived by clinging to the rim. Reagan and Bush pulled us back out of the toilet and we were breathing easier again. Clinton tried to flush us but Congress kept him away from the handle, at least to some degree. Clinton was smart and astute enough to take credit for a tech boom while not opposing Congress too much. It’s a conveniently overlooked fact that Clinton’s policies allowed terrorism to flourish and led us to 9/11 (Bush could have blamed him but did not. Bush had to clean up the mess created by Clinton and got blamed for that). Obama is just the latest oval office buffoon and he has us in the swirling toilet water while he pushes hard and steady on the flush handle. And guess what? A majority of the American people seem to love it!

  • LastBestHope

    I’m with ya Scott. This is exactly the right course of action for conservatives to take. Obama is a done deal. To spend 4 more years ranting against this single person and laying all the blame for our national decline at his door misses the larger points Mr. Henne outlines.

    The problem is US. The solution is US.

    • spud

      It’s a good thing Mrs Clinton is coming down the pike so Scott will have something to blabber about to the twenty or so listeners he still has. Hill will get to the top of the Hill in 2016 and the supreme court will be shifted once and for all. That should be worth a few pleasant dreams for you. Happy new year Hopeless.

      • LastBestHope

        “Hill” is your wet dream? LOL…one of us is hopeless.

        • spud

          She is your “nightmare” female vote % 60% she could get. Game, set, and you still are a hopeless loser. Romney landslide LOL… you are the hopeless one. And a lousy prognosticator.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Only a fool would double down on the “Democrats want free stuff” meme. This nonsense perpetuated by your presidential candidate is poison in the veins for the conservative party.

    You are clearly doubling down on stupid. Listen to Jindal and folks like Joe Scarborough. You’re an idiot who really should stop thinking for himself.

  • noblindersonme

    an inconsequential boost. Scott is gonna forget about Obama ! who the hell cares what the fool thinks . Obama actually had a much much much better year than scott did and the local public has pretty much ignored and forgotten about scott! How many times did he get fired and shamed from his job this past year? WHAT were the ratings of his station that he assured us were gonna dominate local talk radio ? Oh it was about a 1 or a 2! While his hated KFGO got about a 14 -15 rating!!!! but scott was fired from that station wasn’t he!!!

  • silverstreak

    Trying to educate people may prove a daunting task when we have about 50 million people that are functionally illiterate with millions more that can’t read at all.
    If someone is unable to even read a newspaper,how are they going to make informed descisions concerning their everyday life,much less voting?

    Is it any wonder why most Americans can’t even pass a basic civics exam?
    The scary part is about 30% of the elected officials didn’t know that life,liberty and the persuit of happiness are the inalienable rights referred to in the Declaration of Independence.


  • LibertyFargo

    An elective despotism was not the government we fought for. – Thomas Jefferson