Tuesday’s anemic State of the Union address by President Obama covered a wide array of topics but was notable for lack of substance. Probably the most glaring omission was his failure to explain how he plans to put the millions of unemployed Americans back to work, an issue that has plagued the administration from the beginning. There was also no mention of the Keystone pipeline, a project that will help America achieve energy independence and create thousands of jobs. His signature healthcare plan has been a fiasco from the beginning and is arguably the biggest job killer of all. He declared 2014 to be a “year of action,” but there was no plan announced for economic growth, no new ideas. Moreover, the American public is increasingly doubtful of his ability to work with Congress to get anything done. His threat to rely on executive orders if Congress does not cooperate, not only smacks of dictatorship, but is symptomatic of a dysfunctional president.
Compounding the presidential failures at governance is the fact he has lost credibility. The problem is that the president lied about his signature healthcare law. His promises, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan, period,” and “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, period,” have been proven false. So, where’s the credibility? How can anything uttered by him be believed? The country is now paying the price for electing an inexperienced, unqualified, and incompetent, but smooth talking politician as president. The country deserves better. There is no doubt about President Obama’s likeability, his eloquent speech making ability. But more is needed. His leadership qualities are clearly lacking, and his lack of experience is painfully clear.
With apologies to Shakespeare, the fault dear Brutus lies not in our stars but in ourselves. Our political system allows anyone to run for president. Maybe that’s the way it should be in a free country. On the other hand, it can be argued with a fair degree of conviction that only someone with demonstrated experience at governance, in making decisions, in leadership, should be qualified to run. I think this was the intent of the founding fathers. As stated by Alexander Hamilton in “The Federalist” (No. 68), “…the office of president will seldom fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents of low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity [will not suffice]…It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters preeminent for ability and virtue.”
At a business convention I recently attended, one of the featured speakers was billionaire Donald J. Trump. Trump, always an interesting speaker, was clear: He wants to see America great again. Amen to that. Greatness includes leadership, a quality that has been lacking in the present administration. It also includes the ability to take responsibility for its failures. But to date no one has been held accountable for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, no one has been held responsible for the IRS scandalous targeting of conservative groups for inquiry. It seems to be a trademark of this administration to duck responsibility whenever possible.
President Obama had no proven record of accomplishments he could point to when he was elected. Nor did he have any record of working with diverse groups of people to reach a compromise on given issues. He never showed himself to be a leader in any respect. I hope the country doesn’t repeat these mistakes again but I have my doubts.
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