The fantasy finally ends

Via Ann Barnhardt and WND, a bit of news that will surely have the eeeeeevil selfish money-loving right-wing loonies (like yours truly) positively choking on schadenfreude:
“When I finally found her address, I knocked on her door and brought her a pair of ruby slippers. When I interviewed Peggy, I was astonished that Peggy explained that she was now anti-Obama. She told me, ‘He was not who we thought or expected him to be.’” 
As Gilbert interviewed Joseph for his documentary, he was surprised to learn her life was quite opposite of the welfare mother image she had given on television. 
He was shocked to learn she was a suburban soccer mom with four children, who earned her living as a hard-working nurse, the daughter of Haitian immigrants. 
Even more surprising, Joseph and her children, just like her Haitian immigrant parents, had no history of ever accepting any form of government assistance or taxpayer-funded handouts. 
“Truth and honesty are important,” Joseph explained to Gilbert in the film. “He lied about everything.” 
Joseph explained that after doing some research and listening more carefully to Obama, she realized he was a fraud, and “just like the Wizard of Oz, Obama has turned out to be nothing more than a man behind a curtain.” 
She explained that her comments to a reporter in 2008 were a result of being caught up in the emotion of an Obama campaign rally, and she didn’t think for herself. 
Gilbert told WND his experience with Joseph was repeated many times over as he filmed his new documentary. 
“In my journey through America in ‘There’s No Place Like Utopia,’ I met a lot of people living in horrible conditions, particularly African Americans, who I was surprised to learn were now staunch conservatives as a result of living in progressive-controlled cities like Detroit, Chicago and Newark,” Gilbert said. 
“After 60 years of progressive politics in their cities, they understood very clearly that they had not been progressing but rather regressing all this time, and they were mad. They felt they had been used and tricked by Obama for their votes and that he never intended to keep any of his promises, just like the Wizard of Oz.”
The "Peggy" being referred to in this article is one Peggy Joseph, the same (then) numbnut who was foolish enough to say this on camera:


Hoo, boy, was she ever wrong. Of course, she wasn't the only one.

Now look, I get it, Obama was cool and different and hip and people were really into him because he was a complete blank slate onto which they could project all of their most absurd and fantastical hopes and dreams. Even I wasn't entirely immune to the fact that the US of A had just elected its first ever (half-)black President in November 2008; I was willing to give him a bit of leeway and some time to prove whether he could actually do the job.

This is what I said about the man in an email to various friends and family on election night, as I watched the man give a victory speech from the bar of a hotel in Vancouver:
The story behind Sen. Obama is certainly compelling- though rather more importantly, as far as I'm concerned, Americans elected the human Democrat, instead of the fembot, which is a huge relief. Count me among the billions who feel delight and justifiable pride in Americans for electing a black man as their President. Such a selection surely vindicates my deep respect for and abiding faith in the decency, generosity, and humanity of the American spirit...
Sen. Obama also deserves great credit for having run an exceptional campaign. He has defeated the two most powerful political machines in the world- the Clinton monolith and the Republican party's attack. His campaign has been focused, fluid, organised, efficient, and highly motivated. This speaks very well indeed for his skill as a manager of people. [Didact: I was clearly ridiculously wrong there. Hey, I was nearly 7 years younger then.] He has motivated the young people of America in a way not seen in a generation or more... [Didact: Young people obviously being models of maturity and good judgement...]
Yet management is only one part of leadership. A great leader needs the "vision thing"- but more importantly, that vision needs to be the right one. Sen. Obama certainly has a vision for America, but I, like most libertarians, am deeply uncomfortable with the direction in which that vision will point America and the rest of the free world. While in university, he actively sought out the views of individuals with socialist and even Marxist ideals- and has yet to acknowledge that those ideals were a huge mistake. America is still the world's great power, still the great guardian of freedom, and still its last, best hope against tyranny and oppression. Whatever America's faults are- and they are numerous- this is a great country. [Didact: I believed it then. I believe it now. I will believe it to my dying day until and unless this country does something so colossally stupid as to betray that belief. Like, say, electing Hillary Clinton as President in 2016...]
Does Sen. Obama's vision of America incorporate this basic reality, this axiomatic truth? Does he, like Sen. McCain, feel this truth in his very bones? I honestly don't know- but I really doubt it. 
His legislative record is paper-thin- it has never once broken with the increasingly left-wing agenda of his party. His policy platform, based on his own statements, would be the most liberal/progressive agenda since FDR's in 1933.  Lest anyone still be under the delusion that FDR's ideas before 1942 were good ones, let us remember that the Depression started out as yet another collapse of a speculative bubble that resulted in a painful but manageable recession. That recession only became a Depression because of the utterly misguided policy applications of a coterie of academics and intellectuals who believed in the power of the government over the freedom of the individual (and because of a Federal Reserve that had no clue what it was doing). 
Worst of all, the Constitution, a document of astounding wisdom, possessing an eagle-eyed understanding of human nature and a foresight bordering on clairvoyance, came under the most sustained attack it has ever experienced since President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus.
I was highly sceptical of Obarmy's abilities even then, and yet I was willing to cut him a lot of slack simply because George W. Bush had made such a royal hash of so many aspects of his time as President. Even in my worst nightmares, I never thought President Jackass would turn out to be so bad.

In looking at the way that Obarmy manipulated people on the road to victory, twice, and the way that the people of this country insist on voting for the same set of stupid and terrible ideas every time they go to the polls, I am reminded, perhaps inevitably, of the words of Major Reid from (where else?) Starship Troopers:
Both for practical reasons and for mathematically verifiable moral reasons, authority and responsibility must be equal- else a balancing takes place as surely as current flows between points of unequal potential. To permit irresponsible authority is to sow disaster; to hold a man responsible for anything he does not control is to behave with blind idiocy. The unlimited democracies were unstable because their citizens were not responsible for the fashion in which they exerted their sovereign authority... other than through the tragic logic of history... No attempt was made to determine whether a voter was socially responsible to the extent of his literally unlimited authority. If he voted for the impossible, the disastrous possible happened instead- and responsibility was then forced on him willy-nilly and destroyed both him and his foundationless temple.
In 2008, voters were freed of their responsibility to the body politic in a way never seen before in American history. Instead of responsible citizens voting in a reasonably sober and clear-eyed manner in line with their literally unlimited sovereign authority- "the Power of the Rods and the Ax!"- they voted for a man who made them "feel good" about themselves, but who showed exactly zero inclination, ability, or talent for leadership.

You people voted for the impossible in 2008. Today you see the results of the disastrous possible instead. You voted for a man who is literally incompetent to execute his oath of office, and who has done everything he can at every turn to destroy your nation. And still some of you persist in believing the myths with which this idiot surrounds himself; still you persist in thinking that he is some sort of magical talisman that will ward off the harsh economic and political realities of our world; still you believe that liberty and freedom can be secured without toil, without tears, and without sacrifice.

You are fools to believe this, and as fools shall you be judged.

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