Panic! Confusion! Indecision! Conflict! The nation staggers along in a fruitless pursuit of normalcy, spending sums so vast — and utterly unavailable to this generation — they enter the realm of fantasy.
Billions morph into once-unthinkable trillions, the Alps of debt, public and private, that brought on the crisis now to be transformed into an unscalable Mount Everest.
In the midst of all this, our president appears determined to demonstrate the truth of Sarah Palin's campaign complaints that thanks to his total lack of executive experience he is utterly unprepared to run anything more complicated that a Chicago-neighborhood protest rally.
He is here, he is there, hosting gala White House festivities, making solemn pronouncements on the state of the economy, one day dire, the next day optimistic, always brimming with exuberant self-confidence and impressive verbosity (as long as there is a teleprompter in front of him), ever determined to appear in complete control.
It is slowly becoming painfully obvious that Barack Obama has risen far above his pay grade, immersed in great matters and facing monstrous difficulties with which he is totally unequipped to cope.
The blinders have slowly begun to fall off some of his most ardent supporters in the media, some of whom publicly wonder if he is competent to deal with the challenges he faces. They fail to recognize that Barack Obama knows exactly what he wants to do and where he wants to go, he just doesn't know how to do it or how to get there.
In a crisis that calls for prudence he casts aside all restraints, calling for a total transformation of the nation's economy into a Marxist animal farm where individual liberty is supplanted by freedom-suppressing Big Brother-ism.
Our money becomes the government's money, to be substantially confiscated by a tyrannical tax system and ladled out to us at the whim and caprice of the state. Strenuous effort is to be punished, indolence to be rewarded.
In one bold stroke after another, policies rooted in common sense and past experience are abandoned in favor of dangerous excursions into areas where angels fear to tread. Enemies sworn to seek our demise are courted with ardor while friends and allies such as England are both scorned and publicly insulted.
Protections of the sanctity of all human life are abandoned; bloated labor union bosses are elevated above the workers whose dues they squander on political causes and subservient political candidates; and free speech typified by conservative talk radio is faced with extinction through legislative fiat.
This apparent safari in search of a solution to our current economic difficulties has gone off into a jungle filled with coercive undergrowth and the tangle of speculative nostrums out of the Marxian atlas.
None of this is necessary. The solution to our economic problems is at hand. The past is prologue. The United States of America did not become the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the history of the world by accident.
We got there through our system of free enterprise where individuals unfettered by bothersome and obstructive government regulation and excessive taxation were free to pursue their destinies without let or hindrance from hordes of bureaucrats.
We need to go back to that system where Americans were allowed to go about their enterprises without having the heavy hands of needless regulation and confiscatory taxation placed on their shoulders.
Blessed with an incredible abundance of natural resources, we had little need for reliance on foreign sources for such commodities as oil, the lifeblood of our economy.
Excessive interference in private enterprises by fanatic tree-hugging environmentalist terrorists was non-existent — Americans were free to go about their businesses without fear of being ruined because their activities might somehow threaten the tranquility of owls and insects.
Free enterprise was free. That's what made it work.
If America is to recover and prosper, we need to re-embrace that system that made us what we became — the most free and prosperous people in all the world. Government must be told to get out of our way and allow us to pursue our destinies as we see fit.
Left to our own devices we can be trusted to act responsibly as we have long proven we can be.
We are fit to be free.
Phil Brennan writes for Newsmax.com. He is editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web (www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist (Cato) for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He is a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association For Intelligence Officers.
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