Never Enough Time or Money to Do It Right
For Congress, "There is never enough time or money to do something right the first time, but always enough time and money to do it over," albeit Congress gets it wrong again; or perhaps like the Keith Olbermann signature line in describing the progression of a political target as "Worse, Worser, and Worst." Nothing ever gets better but the bad transforms to Worse, Worser, and Worst. Who can argue that the 21st Century epitomizes that progression?
Incumbency is the primary occupation of the President and Congress while re-election is the pre-occupation that overrides all prescribed duties of office. Campaigning is perpetual and prevents anything of significance to be done until after the next two-year election cycle after which the process is repeated over again, living a bad version of the repetitive days in the movie "Groundhog Day" which relives the same day over and over until it is gotten right. As usual, it only works in the movies.
The 1950s song, "Turn, Turn, Turn" popularizes the notion that "To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven," incorporating themes and times for everything... "A time to be born, die, plant, reap, kill, heal, break, build, weep, laugh, mourn, dance, cast, gather, embrace and not, get, lose, keep, cast away, rend, sow, silence, speak, love, hate, war, and peace.
Legacy rears its ugly head when after all the harm that has been done, it is time to put the Emperor in new clothes that will transform history into making the President a "Legacy in his own mind." How does one dress up the legacy of 1.2 million abortions each year and equating that with women's health, when science proves that women are naturally designed specifically for creating children, and that the fetus in the womb is a living growing human baby? How does one dress up the legacy of the ugly reality of a President dedicated to the eradication of its own future citizens and pass the cost onto those whose religion prohibits abortion?
How does one dress up the legacy of a president who does not protect the Constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion but transforms it into freedom from religion, in the process setting up anti-religion as the only legitimate religion in the US? The former Chicago Senator criticized the Bush II DECLARED war against Iraq while he conducts secret drone attacks, arbitrarily killing terrorists as well as thousands of innocent civilians, in addition to covert undeclared wars in many countries the US is not at war with.
Likewise, how does one dress up the legacy of the President who emphatically criticized the Bush II deficit spending when he actually doubled the Bush II deficits and fights for still more spending?
How does one dress up the legacy of a president who wasted the first two years of his totally democratically controlled Congress to pass a still unread estimated 4,000 pages of unconstitutional healthcare law and regulations that are on-track to add to the debt and deficit while destroying healthcare as we know it?
The President is presumed to represent ALL the people but mandates the interests of 330,000 each year abortion provider Planned Parenthood, mandating State contributions to PP under threat of loss of Medicaid funds. Obama favors various minority and special interest groups such as ACLU, NARAL, LGBT, Gays, environmentalists, unions, illegal immigrants, guns, artificial diversity, investments in unproven energy sources, assisted by unconstitutional Executive Orders and appointments to what amounts to be cabinet positions requiring Senate Advise and Consent, as Obama bows before Islamist leaders who advocate the eradication of the US.
The Bush II legacy was damaged beyond control as a result of his pre-emptive Iraq War, creating Middle East unrest that eliminated Iran's most feared enemy, Iraq. Obama's legacy will suffer as he trumped this Iraq action by forcing the overthrow of Egypt Dictator Hosni Mubarak, friend and natural protector of Israel, and replaced him with the Muslim Brotherhood that is openly and directly dedicated to the eradication of Israel and the US while it demands and takes massive US aid in money and military equipment. Ditto in Obama upsetting Libya, further inflaming the Middle East and North Africa.
Presidential legacy is dependent upon actual work and performance, not the stroke of the magic pen that arbitrarily changes historical reality, but that has changed into Disney-type Pixar animated unreality.
The 22nd amendment to the Constitution precludes any President from more than two terms, so second term presidents tend to concentrate on securing a favorable legacy and preparing their presidential library. Obama has much help as Democrats rally to make the best of his negatives and help him secure his legacy and theirs. There is a die-hard element proposing steps to enable Obama to secure a third term.
Congressman Jose Serrano (D-NY) has reintroduced a bill to repeal the 22nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would end presidential term limits. Liberal pundits simply would disregard this limitation and demand that Obama run for a third term he would certainly steal if not legitimately elected.
A true legacy is depicted in St. Paul's letter 2 Timothy 4:7 putting it aptly as far as legacies go; "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith," placing his adult life in perspective as he faithfully endeavored to serve his Lord through thick or thin. Another Paul 1 Corinthians 13:4 letter often quoted in wedding ceremonies states, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud." These two Paul letters in particular are something for Obama to think about, but he won't.
There is an old computer dictum applying to computer documents, "WYSIWYG, pronounced "wih-see-wig," What You See Is What You Get, and that applies to the current President, warts and all. Another maxim is "We get the government we deserve."
Based on deterioration of family, related religious, and moral values, like it or not, Mr. Obama is the archetype of where America really stands, but seemingly the majority demands more and more of the same. Be careful what you ask for; You might get it.