“Let me tell you this as a politician. Politicians will not take some risks unless the people push them to take some risks.” – Barack Obama 032113, Jerusalem.
(Aside from the ridiculous logic behind such a statement… if “the people” are demanding it then where is the “risk”? That’s not the point.)
This message was, I believe, a genuine observation. It is a disappointing observation from a Socialist who has not had a recent run of luck fomenting unrest and the “grassroots” swell of discontent over extremely important Leftist issues like ridding the United States of guns… convincing the population that slowing the growth rate of government spending is a “cut”… having the message that “the United States does not have a spending problem” being received with anything but laughter if not outright disbelief that such a disconnect can exist in government.
The Editor of the Jerusalem Post is quoted as saying “We do not know why he is here…”
Allow me to help the esteemed Editor out. President Obama is in Israel because he needs “a victory”. He needs to get away from so many recent failures and “do something big and worldly”. He needs to re-establish is “cred’s”.
Israel is being used to take the focus off of a failed Gun Ban, His Sequester Plan that could not be blamed on Republicans, Cuts that are anything but… and no open protests from the streets demanding anything close to Socialism. Where is Occupy? Where are the mass protests in front of “Big Banks”? Where are the riots, aside from the mean streets of Chicago… and then only minorities killing minorities?
This is theater. A distraction presented to you from a President that is fully aware time is running out for his Fellow Travelers to push through their horrible ideas.
This is an attempt at a “Reset” domestically so he can return from the Middle East as the “President of the World” and hope that we have forgotten what he has been up to for the last several years. He desperately desires a blank slate… or at least softer resistance, with the aim to get some of his Progressive goals codified.
We are coming into summer… A time for comfortable protest.
This is it folks. The time is now. If it’s going to get done, on his watch, it must happen this summer and fall. The upcoming elections demand it. Political Risk Taking demands it.
Expect to see your local community organizer arranging civil unrest on a street near you.
Expect to see extra tight camara shots of a few people while being told of “huge protests”.
Expect to hear interviews of “people on the street” who, out of a healthy sense of self-preservation, you would never get close enough to hear in any other circumstance.
And of course… Expect to hear Liberal politicians who are not up for re-election in the next two years. (Like, Bloomberg and McCain… Don’t look for Senator Susan Collins as she is up in 2014. She’ll suddenly be embracing “Conservative” issues that don’t really challenge the Establishment… oh wait, Breaking News… She has decided to jump on the Benghazi Bandwagon now that the public has forgotten, the Secretary of State has changed and the Republicans have zero leverage to get real answers. Timing is everything.)
Anyway… They (Obama) only have a little over six more months to get it all done. Or at least as much as possible.
Break out the cooler and lawn chairs. Should make for cheap entertainment. This crap is fun to watch.