By Phil Perkins
July 8, 2013
Those who still cling to the hope that America will someday "right the ship" and return to the glorious times of another, bygone era, are in my humble opinion clinging to an increasingly false hope. If the events of the last four and a half years haven’t yet convinced you, especially in light of recent events, then I don’t know what will.
By the way, "FUBAR" is one of those acronyms designed by the military, which due to their mission tend to look at the world decidedly without rose-colored glasses. The cleaned-up version stands for "Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition (or in some quarters, Repair). Either way may apply in the case of our once-great country.
Just look at what is happening with the Obama scandals these days—that is, next to nothing. Between the MSM’s desire to move on because of the continued humiliation it may cause them to report the truth about their hero, and Republicans’ incompetence in keeping the pressure on with media, the administration, and the public, we are looking at a real possibility of none of these foul matters mattering much by next year at election time. The recent Massachusetts Senate race provides some preliminary, albeit one-off evidence of this continued apathy toward the utter corruption and dishonesty of Obama in particular and all Democrats who follow his lead in general.
To further prove my point, to the extent that anything can be proven these days, just who is it that could inspire a meaningful reversal of the progressives’ march toward "fundamentally transforming" America? Time and time again, so-called conservatives in the Republican Party have failed us in that regard, the latest being Sen. Marco Rubio and his about-face on immigration "reform." This capitulation on Rubio’s part—and let’s make no mistake that’s what it is despite his protestations to the contrary—is simply the latest example of Republicans caving to progressive pressure and, in so doing, at least tacitly buying the lie that the progressives are the enlightened and morally superior ones after all. I’m sure that Rubio would strongly disagree with that assessment, but what he and others like him fail to recognize is the spin the MSM puts on the story to make every cave-in—from Rubio’s on this issue to Rob Portman’s on gay "marriage"—look like a long-lost Republican finally "seeing the light." Even when a Republican tries to talk tough, as Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently did to a feminist state legislator filibustering an anti-abortion bill, he came off sounding ham-handed while she was portrayed as a hero (heroine no longer being a PC term).
Life in these once-United States has been a series, since at least 1992, of seminal events leading us closer and closer to the Rubicon. The election of morally-challenged Bill Clinton and the predictable scandals that followed, and his amazing ability with a complicit media to overcome them and leave office with almost two-thirds of the nation approving his performance, was a clear warning sign that trouble was ahead. And was it ever. The 2000 election debacle and the whipping-boy status given to George W. Bush by angry liberals who refused to consider him a legitimate president. The 9/11 attacks and the too-short aftermath of unity followed by a quick dissolution to the divisiveness of the post-’92 period. The Iraq War and Bush’s failure to adequately articulate why we were there and what was to be done once Saddam was out of the way. The ennui of the final Bush years as he squandered any chance of a positive legacy by setting the all-time record for presidential cheek-turning in the face of the worst barrage of invective (including Nixon) ever hurled at a sitting president.
All of the aforementioned events set the nation up perfectly to accept a charlatan like Obama, especially given the desire to elect the first African-American president. After electing Clinton twice despite his many foibles, it should not have come as a shock that the country, 16 more years down the slope toward progressivism’s ultimate goals, would do the same with Obama. Nor will it come as a shock that no matter what happens between now and January 2017, we are stuck with this utterly corrupt president and his lackeys, and face the real prospect of one very similar to him (Hillary, anyone?) taking over upon his exit.