... Obama wants congratulations because the Islamic State hasn’t marched an army across the Rio Grande and sacked San Antonio, or sent a squad of terrorists to take out a shopping mall with signed, dated, notarized orders from Raqqa in their pockets ... In truth, the number and frequency of deadly terrorist attacks on U.S. soil grew substantially worse under Obama. The raw number of fatalities under his predecessor, of course, is distorted by the horrific carnage of 9/11.
No one knew what a “lone wolf” terrorist was until Obama came along. The departing President seems to think “lone wolves” are less of a problem than big-ticket, carefully-planned professional atrocities like 9/11… but that’s the exact opposite of what his own intelligence community says. They’re warning that isolated extremists using the Internet to connect with global terrorist ideologies are difficult to spot in advance, and our resources are stretched to the breaking point keeping tabs on them.
The situation worldwide is even worse, with the number of annual terrorist deaths increasing over 400 percent since Obama took office. ISIS happened on Obama’s watch, while al-Qaeda and the Taliban are resurgent. The hellish mess he made of Syria will threaten the security of Western nations for years to come.
5. Race Relations:
One of the outgoing President’s most surreal claims is that race relations improved on his watch — perhaps the clearest instance in modern history of a politician saying, “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?”
... Polls show most Americans think race relations have gotten worse — in fact, the percentage that finds them poor today is almost equal to the percentage that found them in good shape when Obama took office. Also, public perception that the government makes racial tensions worse (prominently including the police force) has grown more negative.
It is, to put it mildly, a staggering disappointment that racial tensions grew worse under the President who was supposed to be a historic healer, and that black Americans seem so widely disappointed with their situation as 2017 dawns. (And that’s not just a matter of opinion — there are hard numbers on black employment, median income, home ownership, and welfare dependency to back up their sense of dismay.)
6. Government Debt:
The national debt was $10.6 trillion when Obama took office, while complaining that George W. Bush’s deficits were not only too high, they were downright unpatriotic.
Obama would go on to add more debt than Bush in just three years of his spendthrift presidency. He leaves office with a national debt of $19.7 trillion, coming just shy of doubling the debt all by himself… and all we got for it was a mediocre economy, dwindling workforce, and sky-high welfare dependency.
8. Foreign Relations:
Terrorism is worse under Obama because he bungled foreign relations comprehensively, in every corner of the globe, agitating and emboldening sinister forces. He clocked out when ISIS rolled into Iraq, made a bloody disaster of Libya, watched Yemen come apart at the seams, poured American credibility down the rat hole of Syria, let the Taliban come back in Afghanistan, responded with Twitter hashtags when an ISIS affiliate pulled off mass kidnappings in Nigeria, brought Islamists to power in Egypt, delivered pallets of cash to the terror masters of Iran, stabbed Israel in the back, and sent an aging folk singer to serenade Paris after a terrorist massacre.
Obama and his foreign policy team were driven by the weird conviction that they could fix the world by doing the opposite of what every previous administration had done. Beating up on America’s allies was much easier than fighting its enemies. Obama would make history by being the first American leader to seriously entertain the grievances of anti-American groups around the world.
9. Health Care:
No amount of Democrat spin can conceal the breathtaking disaster of ObamaCare, which spent $2 trillion to achieve the goose egg of net improvement in Gallup’s poll. (The cost projections get worse every year, too. The 10-year Congressional Budget Office projection in 2016 was $136 billion more expensive than it was in 2015.) Remember when the liars who foisted the Affordable Care Act on us claimed it would be revenue-neutral?
... ObamaCare is imploding, with so many insurers fleeing its mismanaged markets that many Americans are dealing with functional monopolies. Nothing close to this desperate situation existed before Obama seized control of the health insurance industry. It’s not easy to think of a less efficient, more costly, more liberty-destroying way to help the fairly small group of people who couldn’t get decent insurance policies in 2009. (Forcing the people who didn’t want to buy insurance to make a purchase at gunpoint is a very different matter.)
10. Trust in Government and Media:
Both are at all-time lows, although it should be noted trust levels for both have been low for a long time, and trust in government tends to shift along partisan lines.
Obama’s presidency clearly hurt both metrics. He produced a string of expensive big government flops that shook public faith in Washington, prominently including ObamaCare and its train-wreck launch. Big media burned away its credibility protecting Obama, pushing Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, and getting the 2016 election spectacularly wrong. Their conduct since the election — pumping out Fake News stories, falling for hate-crime hoaxes, loudly announcing that investigative reporting was about to make a comeback after eight years in hibernation — has only confirmed the public’s distrust.
Conservatives are people who have been mugged by reality. This is why the majority of liberals tend to be young people who have been shielded from hard, cold reality up to that point in their lives. They are idealists until reality slaps them in the face ... at which point either their worldview shifts or they suffer the consequences of stubbornly sticking with a delusional worldview.
After Titanic struck the iceberg, many initially believed the ship was truly unsinkable and refused to get into the lifeboats with the tragic result of many of the initial lifeboats being launched with less-than-full capacity. At 11:40 PM on Sunday, April 14th, Titanic collides with an iceberg that rips through six of her fourteen water-tight compartments and causes substantial enough damage to spell her doom. About an hour after the collision, the decision is made to begin loading lifeboats. The plan is to evacuate women and children first. Tragically, there aren’t enough lifeboats for all the Titanic passengers. In fact, the ship’s twenty lifeboats only have room for half of the individuals on board. And that is bad enough. But the really tragic thing is that a significant number of the lifeboats launch with many empty seats. In fact, by some estimates after the fact, less than 800 passengers use the lifeboats, even though there is adequate capacity for well over 1,100. The massive Titanic sinks at 2:20 AM Monday, April 15th. An estimated 300 people needlessly lost their lives because they could not face reality.
As Pastor Jonathan Hoover observed in June 2015 on his blog,
Life with the crowd isn't safe if the crowd is going down with the ship.
Alexis De Tocqueville said that “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” He was spot on. As a culture, we’re in the big middle of ceasing to be good… in many ways. Now it’s not the Titanic that’s sinking. It’s the majority—the “unsinkable” majority. It’s that undefined group that moralizes, litigates and legislates by virtue of its sheer size. Because of it’s mammoth dimensions, many think it can’t sink. They’re wrong. It’s sinking underneath our feet right now. And you and I have a very difficult decision to make. The lifeboats are available to us. They represent a new life… one that is characterized by being in the minority. It doesn’t look as stable or steady as life with the crowd, and in some ways, it may seem more dangerous. But make no mistake—the ship is sinking.
Getting into that lifeboat marked “minority” may mean your future looks a little less assured, it may mean someone might call you an unpleasant name or make you the butt of an embarrassing joke. You could be accused of hatred, discrimination, or backwardness. You might be seen as a trouble-maker, a non-conformist, or an impediment to progress. But the ship is sinking. And getting off the ship is more important than being liked and loved.
And, lest you think I’m being flippant about such a terrible event as the sinking of the Titanic to compare it to our current cultural situation, you should know that I deeply grieve the fact that our country is slipping away from the principles that guided it’s construction. My heart aches when I see our national culture get farther away from God each year. But that is why I refuse to stay on the ship.
I’ve made up my mind. I want to be a lifeboat person. I’m willing to let life be choppy for a little while if it means I don’t have to go down with the ship. Perhaps that is what Joshua was trying to say when he remarked:
Joshua 24:15a,c (NLT)
But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. … But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”
The ship is sinking. Let’s make the tough call and man the lifeboats. It’s time.
Until or unless more Americans shift their worldview from the delusional one that many hold, this ship will continue to sink lower and lower - until the inevitable happens. National repentance would be a good start on the road back to reality.