I first saw Pete DuPont in 1988, when he was running in the NH primary and I was holding a Jack Kemp sign in the freezing rain. He spoke at a “Peace is Primary” rally hosted by lefties and urged them to change their name to “Freedom is Primary.” They didn’t like that. Heh heh. He was awesome. Since then he’s remained pretty awesome in his semi-regular column in the WSJ. Here he is in Four More Years?
Before being elected in 2008, Barack Obama said: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” That belief has turned out to be wholly accurate. America has been greatly transformed by all areas of this administration’s policy goals and actions.
From ObamaCare, excessive spending, increased debt and lack of effort on reforming entitlement programs, to flawed policies on taxes and energy, this administration’s efforts have hurt our economy, stifled job creation, and taken away many of the freedoms and characteristics that have made America great. It would be foolhardy to expect this administration to do a 180 if granted a second term. It would also be foolhardy to ignore the question of what eight years of such policies will do to America.
One final thought on what lies behind the very negative impact of the president’s first term is the increasing jadedness on the part of Americans. The president many people felt would unite the country has instead used one wedge issue after another to divide our people along the lines of income, race, sex and class. This setting of one group against another is part of the re-election process and prospects. It may lead to a more difficult, divisive, and nastier election than we have seen in a while. And that may in turn mean an more difficult time for whoever is president in 2013.