Everything was going so well. He almost pulled it off.
Unemployment benefits were running out, dropping people from the unemployment rolls, making the unemployment figures begin to artificially dip. The liberal media did what they did best, and failed to report the fact that while the number of those on unemployment dropped, the number of people re-entering the workforce hadn’t risen. But you wouldn’t know this listening to the evening news.
Speaking of the liberal media, they also are doing a good job keeping mum about Operation Fast & Furious. Obama’s Department of Justice and BATFE had willingly allowed guns to be purchased from US gun shops by people known or suspected to be supplying arms to Mexican drug cartels. These are people who the gun shops or the instant background check would have typically denied. The stated purpose was to “follow the guns” to catch the drug lords. But there was no effort to actually follow the guns; instead, the Obama DoJ was setting the stage for an all-out assault on the 2nd Amendment. Since taking office, Obama’s White House and its staff — including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — have been talking about how the US is “an arms bazaar for drug lords and terrorists”. Operation Fast & Furious was engineered to create evidence where none existed, and the liberal media lap dogs have been doing an excellent job of not reporting the details of this scandal.
The Republican field was narrowed and Mitt Romney had become the front-runner. His past included passing RomneyCare as governor of Massachusetts, and a history with Wall Street venture capital firm Bain Capital. This was an ideal situation for Obama, because RomneyCare bears more than a passing resemblance to ObamaCare. And the Occupy Wall Street “movement” (and I use that term lightly because more than a little evidence shows that it was promoted and paid for by some of the people on Obama’s sideline) could be used to attack Romney’s Wall Street past. And of course, the media was doing an excellent job of already painting Romney as the “Wall Street” candidate, while at the same time calling the GOP presidential nominee race for Mitt before the race had even begun.
The bailouts of the auto industry and “stimulus” programs gave the Democrats an easy way to launder taxpayer dollars and turn them into campaign contributions. Taxpayer dollars flowed into GM and Chrysler, which means it went straight to the auto unions, which in turn donated massive amounts back to Democrat fundraising coffers. Similarly, the “stimulus” programs served to primarily “stimulate” government jobs and other union jobs, which again poured money straight back to the Democrat party and the Obama reelection campaign.
And ObamaCare was jammed down our throats, with its tyrannical shackles set to fully close around our wrists and ankles only after the 2012 election. The full damage of ObamaCare wouldn’t be realized until it was too late.
Everything was perfect. Obama was heading for a liberty-crushing second term.
Tie game. Just minutes left on the clock. Third down and long from midfield. The ball was snapped, Obama went downfield, gained separation from the defenders, a perfect pass was thrown to him. And, like happens every Sunday during football season, he turned upfield to run in the winning touchdown before he had full control of the ball. And he dropped the pass.
He thought everything was all sewn up. He thought he had had it. And, drunk on his own power, already seeing his face on the cover of Socialist Illustrated, he rushed to flex his self-appointed power rather than waiting until after the election. He decided push ahead with his pro-choice agenda, thinking that the Catholic Church — many of whom had come out and supported him in 2008 — would just sit idly by. And he thought that other religions (who weren’t so strict on contraceptives and sterilization and abortifacients) would just roll their eyes at the few Catholics who would make a fuss about the unconstitutional mandate he shoved through. He thought he had it. And he turned upfield before fully catching the ball.
Now there are some self-proclaimed Catholics who aren’t upset by his mandate. You know the ones… the “Chreasters”, the “Catholic Reservists”, the “CINOs”, or whatever you want to call the Nancy Pelosi-Joe Biden-Ted Kennedy sect of people who call themselves Catholics but who come to Church only on Christmas and Easter and who proudly display a “Pro Choice” bumper sticker on their car… they’re not upset at all. They don’t see what the big fuss is about. But they’re the only ones. Catholics everywhere who, for whatever reason, had turned a blind eye to Obama’s past where he said that a baby born alive after a botched late-term abortion should have no medical care and left to die, are finally realizing just who Obama really is. And it’s not just the Catholics. People of all faiths are standing with the Catholics because they are realizing that if Obama is willing to bulldoze the Catholic Church, he’s willing to bulldoze any faith. And any right. We Americans are finally realizing that if he’s so flippant about attacking an important tenant of someone’s faith and belief in God, something as deep and important as how someone chooses to worship God, what rights guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights won’t he attack?
But here’s the unintended consequence to Obama’s mis-timed turn upfield: Mitt Romney’s support is beginning to wane. The attack machine had set up Romney to be the candidate so that they could easily tear him down, and Obama’s dropped pass has actually generated a swell of support for Rick Santorum, the unlikely unknown staunch “I live what I say I believe” Catholic from a suburb of Pittsburgh. And Rick doesn’t have the RomneyCare and Wall Street baggage that Romney does. While I still have some reservations about Santorum, in light of Obama’s dropped pass, his ability to harness the recent anti-Obama furor and win the game is beginning to overshadow Romney.
So it’s fourth and long. And with his non-compromising “compromise”, Obama’s going for it. We need a strong defensive stand to turn the ball over on downs. And then we need to put the ball in the hands of someone who can put it in the end zone, even if his end zone dance involves a sweater vest.