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

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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.

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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. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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