Oh, What Could Have Been

Paul Westerdawg has a nice tribute to the late John Wooden, legendary UCLA basketball coach and almost Bulldawg.

With Apologies to the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

The Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker is a North American variety of woodpecker that literally kills the tree that is the source of its food. Steve Nix, forester, explains:

Sapsuckers, on the other hand, attack living wood and often return to the tree to increase the size of the holes for fresh sap. Repeated attacks can girdle and kill branches or the entire tree. Insects, porcupines, or squirrels may be attracted to the oozing sap and cause additional injury. Wood decay or stain fungi and bacteria may enter through the feeding wounds.

How’s that for a metaphor of Obama’s plan for America?

Salieri would be so proud. The administration’s drive to complete and total national mediocrity continues apace.

First, a visual aid to kick us off. Pearls Before Swine, via Fausta (click the image to enbiggen).

Is the image of “Bumbler in Chief” deliberate? If you’d clicked through the links from a few days back, you read Stu Tarlowe’s excellent article on the dark purpose served by Obama’s “incompetence.”

It is a tremendous mistake to think that the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico will help convince Americans of Barack Obama’s incompetence. Obama’s true agenda is so insidious that even his inability to handle a crisis serves his greater strategy.

And that strategy has a name: it is the Cloward-Piven Strategy. Named for the two Leftist sociology professors who formulated it, its purpose is to bring about the demise of capitalism by overloading the system, largely by making more people desperate and dependent on the government.

He knew from Day 1 the severity of the oil spill, but did nothing. Even in the face of dismal disaster, a nominally Presidential-type President knows to at least put on his big boy pants and stand by Americans hurt by tragedy. Perhaps if the Gulf-bordering states had been full of Democrats, he’d have acted faster, if at all.

Today he did act, but with a kick-jerk reaction sure to do more damage to the region and to America.

This past week, the Gulf States who hoped Barack Obama would actually do something to help them were stunned when he imposed a ban on deep water offshore drilling.

It is no exaggeration to say that as much as shrimping is part of the way of life in the Gulf Coast area, oil drilling is too. Barack Obama, with the stroke of a pen, put tens of thousands of men and women on the unemployment line.

That was no act of moderation. That was an overreaction — a desire by Obama to move the narrative from “do nothing” to “do something.” He did something alright. In his zeal to turn this from his Katrina to his 9/11 with a “Never Again” moment, he destroyed an entire industry.

That was not an act of moderation. It was a desperate, selfish bid to change the narrative, despite all sorts of collateral damage.

How long will it take for shrimp to show up on the White House menu? Once everyday Americans can’t afford it anymore?

Obama is diddling about, he is using the crisis as a shield; hiding behind this disaster of disasters and using it as an excuse to cancel a trip abroad. The real reason he canceled the trip to Indonesia is that his safety cannot be guaranteed. Seething mobs of murderous Muslims that believe he’s aiding Israel (I’m not sure where they got that news) and all that. Given those choices, you’d think he’d gladly sharpen his focus on responding to the oil spill. Instead he goes on another vacation.

Along with his indifference to American calamity, his omission of a D-Day comment of any sort is just the other shoe. Going to yet another party was more important.

He’s losing his army, one by one by one. But even as they are abandoning The Won, they still think they are so much better than us. We don’t want to snark, “We told you so!” quite so soon, but it is great fun to daydream about that day.

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