An old saying attributed to Abraham Lincoln goes: "You may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."
The saying approaches reality every passing day with respect to the holder of the office of the presidency of the United States.
The missing threads in the thread-bare fabric that was presented as whole cloth during his meteoric rise in popularity to the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama have been found to be the threads of competency.
After 17 months in office, there appears to be something of a national revelation occurring. Suddenly headlines are appearing in leading newspapers across the nation.
Examples: "He Was Supposed to Be Competent" — Peggy Noonan in The Wall Street Journal; "Myth of Competence" is Dead — Leonard Pitts Jr. in the Miami Herald; "The Death of the Myth of Obama's Competence" — Rick Moran in the American Thinker; and "The Oil Spill Tars Dems' Reputation for Competence" — Michael Baron in The Examiner.
Bill McCollum, Florida attorney general, said, ". . . The federal government's response to the disaster has not been competent.”
Not in modern times has the president of the United States faced such withering criticism.
The oil spill is now being called "Obama's Katrina" in an attempt to equate President George W. Bush's handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when President Bush was considering a fly-over of the devastated areas of Louisiana and Alabama sufficient for an initial involvement of the White House in what has now been identified as America's worst hurricane disaster.
Barely a year and a half into his administration, it would appear that President Obama has effectively just received a vote of no confidence.
In the United Kingdom a vote of no confidence taken in the Parliament would call for a general election in the nation. No such provision exists in the U.S. Constitution.
Therefore, President Obama will face the daunting task of governing a nation that has expressed a lack of confidence in his competency to govern.
The president of the United States wields enormous power. The Constitution provides a method whereby the president can share this power by appointment of others in a structure known as the president's Cabinet. All appointments of cabinet members must be approved by the U.S. Senate.
President Obama apparently has found a way around these constitutional restrictions by appointing dozens of so-called "czars" who avoid the constitutional approval by the U.S. Senate and further have no published guidelines or restrictions on their conduct or activities.
Each of these czars apparently is operating at what could be called a sub-Cabinet level, but not being responsible for any accountability to a recognized constitutional authority.
The singular act of appointing these czars needs congressional oversight, inasmuch as their activities may constitute the creation of a shadow government mentioned by individuals such as George Soros who speaks openly about a "regime change" in the United States.
The word "regime" by Soros' definition means a system of government to be brought about by the creation, first, of a shadow government.
That shadow government may already be in place.
George Soros is a master of currency manipulation and claims openly that he "broke the Bank of England" and overnight became a billionaire. Soros is credited with participation in several regime changes in eastern European countries.
America is not approaching, but is sailing in some of the most dangerous political waters in its history. It should not expect a year or a month of notice that major changes will occur.
No doubt the type of changes in the offing will be the type of changes Americans are apt to read about in the morning papers, much as the British people awakened to the morning news that the Bank of England had been broken.
The financial carnage left by that act included the loss of family fortunes, to say nothing of losses of the ordinary man in the street and Britain’s industry as well.
Now that the president's lack of competency has been exposed, that news should alert the nation to the fact that a person lacking the competence to govern is exposed to all those who will seize the opportunity to manipulate that individual.
Knowing the president's background, his former associates, and the backgrounds of some he attempted to appoint to high office — Van Jones, for example — indicates that close observation of White House activities is paramount.
Any swift change will occur during a period when the attention of the nation is focused on some major national problem.
America faces two at the present time: an apparently uncontrollable illegal immigration problem in Arizona and an oil well catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.
Vigilance must be the watchword!
E. Ralph Hostetter, a prominent businessman and agricultural publisher, also is a national and local award-winning columnist. He welcomes comments by e-mail sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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