Today is the 64th day of Obama’s presidency: the honeymoon is almost over. The US is trillions of dollars in debt, the jobless rate is rising, and not even Bill Gates can get a loan from the frozen-solid banks. Do any of those things make you chuckle? Probably not, but by now all of you have probably seen Obama’s interview where he openly laughed about the problems facing the United States. Obama stated he needed a little “gallows humor” to make it through the day. I’m still not laughing.

To try to put Obama’s second public blunder in four days into perspective (See Obama and the Special Olympics for number 1), I thought I’d draw a comparison to FDR’s fireside chats of the early 1930s. Although I’m not the first person to compare Obama to Roosevelt, I may be the first person to use it to condemn Obama’s actions rather than praise them.

Whether you like or dislike FDR’s politics, it is difficult to deny that he was a statesman and connected well with the American public. Much like Obama’s purpose for accepting interviews with Jay Leno and 60 Minutes, Roosevelt used public communication to reach out to Americans. FDR spoke slowly and used conventional language at the fireside to inform the general public about the programs being implemented through the New Deal. He made clear attempts to engage and include all Americans in his talks. Roosevelt did not speak in a condescending manner, but rather spoke as a wise leader, stressing that Americans should not fear in the trying times facing the country. He even took the time to express his appreciation of the American public. He stated, “I can never be sufficiently grateful to the people for the loyal support they have given me…”

To say the least Obama is not FDR. Not only is Obama’s tone often condescending, it likely reaches the level of narcissistic. His public appearances in the past week can be likened to those of actors publicizing their most recent movies. Unlike Roosevelt, Obama doesn’t appear to care whether he takes the opportunities in the public spotlight to calm nerves. Instead, by laughing and joking about the failing economy, Obama ostracizes himself from the millions of Americans currently struggling to make ends meet. Any wisdom he may have is trumped by his overbearing effort to be cool and popular.

Luckily, more and more Americans are realizing that we don’t need a cool President who makes good NCAA Tourney picks. Right now we need a wise leader who can engage and include Americans in a plan that is positive for the entire country, not just for the publicity of one man: the President.

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Credit: Michael Ramirez

A recent Fox News article I read online got the ol’ wheels turning about one of the many areas in which the conservative movement, in recent years, has failed America. The article, which I recommend checking out after reading this piece, can be found here. It simply related some of the latest poll numbers the news agency had on President Obama and his policies, but it revealed some enlightening, but not the least bit surprising inconsistencies.

About seventy-seven percent believe Obama is increasing the size of the government, and fifty-six percent believe government is too big already. Despite this, President Obama retains a sixty-three percent job approval rating and forty-nine percent say the country needs the economics of Obama rather than the economics of Reagan. Also in another apparent contradiction, Americans also overwhelmingly believe that “you cannot make the rich poor by making the poor rich,” (seventy-two percent), and sixty-nine percent believe raising taxes during a recession is a bad idea. Tell me I’m not the only one who sees the obvious logical fallacies within these numbers.

There can only be two conclusions. The first and simplest would be that Americans have gotten too ignorant to understand the defiance of their politics by the left and see only “hope” and “change,” voting for it blindly because they don’t know any better. That would be the cynical view, and while I believe there to be some merit in it, I cannot believe that we as a country are there yet. The only other explanation is also two-pronged – first, that the conservative movement has failed to pin these inconsistencies on the left and particularly on President Obama and that, also, our party has failed to become the truest form of opposition to the left and has not made them accountable for their ridiculous and un-American positions.

And what happened? We all know the story – when we had a Republican in the White House and control of congress, the true conservatives watched in horror while our government expanded entitlements and increased the deficit. The GOP became a slightly less scary version of the Democrats, and we all continued to watch as they took over all three houses and exposed the Republicans for exactly what they had become.

If there is to be any true remedy for the right, we must both return to form to battle the Dems on spending and we must expose them for who they are – self-important hypocrites who want to take your money, give it to your undeserving neighbors in an obvious scheme to manipulate votes, and expand their power base by making every American dependent on government.

So the Congress is feigning outrage at AIG bonuses, despite the fact that they now own the company.  So what’re they covering, what’s more outrageous than the bonuses?  How about campaign contributions with bailout money?

While a few big firms, such as Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase, have curtailed their campaign giving, others are quietly doling out cash to select members of Congress, particularly those who serve on committees that oversee TARP. In recent filings with the Federal Election Commission, the political action committee for Bank of America (which got $15 billion in bailout money) sent out $24,500 in the first two months of 2009, including $1,500 to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and another $15,000 to members of the House and Senate banking panels. Citigroup ($25 billion) dished out $29,620, including $2,500 to House GOP Whip Eric Cantor, who also got $10,000 from UBS which, while not a TARP recipient, got $5 billion in bailout funds as an AIG “counterparty.” “This certainly appears to be a case of TARP funds being recycled into campaign contributions,” says Brett Kappell, a D.C. lawyer who tracks donations. (A spokesman for Cantor did not respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Hoyer said it’s his “policy to accept legal contributions.”)

HT: Flashpoint

Have you heard? AIG is using some of its government funds to pay contractual bonuses out. What an unspeakable outrage right? I too am pretty upset with the idea that government money is going to pay the bonuses of employees in a private [edit: public] company, but isn’t it laughable that the same government who insists we rescue AIG because of its “vital importance” to the economy is now enraged by the way they run their business? The problem is irreconcilable conflicts of interest between the employees who can freely work for the company with the best incentives, the corporation that wants to maintain a competitive advantage, the government who wants to control the operational affairs of private enterprise, and the tax payers who don’t want to pay a single penny to save uncompetitive corporations, no matter how “vital.”

Because of these diametrically opposite interests, the government’s plan is beginning to experience stress. Corporations like AIG are frustrated with the bureaucratic impositions on their ability to manage their business (e.g., Chrysler wanting to acquire Fiat). Government involvement requires companies to virtually zero out their risk, meaning less innovation, investment, and a less competitive environment. If you need an example, see Amtrak. The obvious differences between how the government and corporations run their business demonstrates the friction that is occurring between the two. Sure, AIG and GM and the rest may survive extinction, but they will not be any more competitive. Are we better off having used trillions in borrowed money to save them, or should we have let the market do our bidding instead? I bet you know my answer already.

Now, we hear how outraged the President is over AIG’s move to pay these bonuses. Well, if you give whiskey to an alcoholic, what exactly do you expect? The result is completely predictable.

There are public questions over whether Treasury Secretary Geithner knew about AIG’s plans, and if he didn’t, then why not. Is it becoming clear that Geithner is overwhelmed? That’s a subject for a future post. What’s important now is to point out that rescuing failed businesses isn’t healthy for the economy; it isn’t noble, responsible, or even reasonable. This will only become more clear as things play out.

This Post has become massive with information, and tons of people have visited, and continue to (and send me updates). For clarity’s sake, this post now holds just updates…not the original protest article. For that article, click here.

FOLLOWUP ARTICLE, click here AT http://www.squarewon.org/2009/03/30/notre-dame-conservative-catholicism-and-the-tv-show-house/

For a Personal Thank You to Bishop D’Arcy, click here.

BISHOP D’ARCY, WHO HAS OVERSEEN ND’s GRADUATION FOR 25 YEARS…BOYCOTTS OBAMA’S SPEECH!!!!

*JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP, SIGN THE PETITION TO PROTEST, READ RELATED ARTICLES…AT THE BOTTOM*

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Catholic Church…wow!  While the leaders at Notre Dame continue to herald their decision to give Obama an honorary doctorate and commencement speech honors…the people are rising up!

Things you need to know:

The Notre Dame Scandal Petition is over 165,000! With the right effort, we could have 200k by the end of the week. Keep working! (link below)

The Facebook Group Now has over 700 members (link below)

National Right to life has called for Obama’s invitation to be rescinded. (link below)

George Weigel, biographer of Pope John Paul II has recently relayed his severe distaste of having Obama speak. (link below)

When people say “All Presidents are asked to speak at Notre Dame,” two things: 1. Only EIGHT President’s have received the honor Obama is receiving…only EIGHT. 2. The Bishops just released the statement saying that all Catholic Institutions must refrain from honoring pro-abortion leaders.

Civility. Always Civility. We must relay our message powerfully, rationally, and kindly. Catholics and supporters of this Catholic cause MUST do so courageously, with conviction, and with proper prudence.

Let’s keep it up!!!

Join the Facebook Protest Group, Click Here.

Sign the Petition to Send to Notre Dame Protesting, Click Here.

For the article announcing his speech, Click Here.

To protest, write the President of ND, Click Here.

Father Jonathan Morris of FoxNews weighs in.

Read HotAir Article, Click Here.

Read Article at Boston.com, Click Here.

LifeNet Article, along with Bishop’s addresses, Click Here.

Blog Entry, vote in support of un-inviting Obama, Click Here

Article where ND President Jenkins says that all President’s are invited to speak the University, and fails to mention that Obama is ONLY THE 9th President to receive the honorary doctorate, Click Here.

Theologian George Weigel weighs in, Click Here.

Another great article, Click Here.

Another Great Blog: Mary’s Anawim, Click Here.

American Papist Weighs in, Click Here.

AP Press Announcement: ND Spokesman says “I don’t foresee a circumstance in which we would rescind the invitation…” WE DO!!!

National Right to Life Calls for Obama invite to be rescinded.

This is particularly timely, considering AIG:

“If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else’s expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves.”

Thomas Sowell

When you hear all the poverty groups…keep in mind the corruption and the fact that many of them are population control…a.k.a. abortion. I’m hoping these Hollywood people just don’t know.

Hollywood people “Pledge…”

Now we know some very specific people to NOT support in film.

http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?mkt=en-us&vid=98d1744c-be9d-4db3-b26a-ca8f421cb600

*Update*

President Obama called the head of the Special Olympics and apologized. Thank you Mr. President.

Its snowing in major cities today, and since its the first day of spring, we now have proof that the Earth is warming.

“Its an offhand remark making fun of his own bowling, is what Obama’s PR guy said about Obama comparing his own bowling career to the Special Olympics.

I’m watching people this morning push this comment aside on the news…and I’m wondering why. I’m also trying to wrap my head around what would have happened had if Bush had said this, or the headlines that Coulter, a known satirist received, when making a slur against John Edwards’ sexual preference.

I’m also considering what this means: our “politically correct” system applies to one party. Well, we all knew that right? What’s worse however, is that Obama can say “I was making fun of my bowling,” and people say, “Ok, no big deal, you were making fun of your bowling,” when he was making fun of his own bowling by using a very specific part of our society, those that struggle harder to succeed…and do succeed.

The Special Olympics is something that our “entertainment” has been quick to tease and laugh at, and certainly Sarah Palin’s child was a topic of fun for all those people out there with their noses up.

Here’s what I see with the Special Olympics: I see success. I see potential. I see the representation of a group of people who work their hardest, taking their best qualities and work to achieve. Further, I see a group of people who might have trouble scoring well on the LSAT, but have no trouble giving someone a huge hug that they do not know. Isn’t that what all the liberals love? I suppose not.We needed a simple apology, and Obama is not giving it, and the press is not willing to call him on this.

President Obama, in all his “glory,” will probably not lose votes over this “gaffe,” but while he might not, what he should recognize is that this comment goes beyond politics…its about decency. Instead of thinking about whether his statement will affect his policy, he should look at the fact that he insulted a lot of Mothers and Fathers who are working hard to take care of their children…and yes, President Obama, they should have the children as opposed to an abortion.

Our dignity rests not in our race, color, greed, “gender,” or capacity to learn. Our dignity rests in the fact that we are humans. I imagine that if Mr. Obama had insulted a large constituency race, like say, Hispanics, the apology comes immediately. Apparently those “special” in our society are not a large enough constituency group.

Unfortunately, it looks like the press is going to gloss over this statement, but to me it says a lot about what President Obama really cares about. Take away politics, take away money, what was said was rude, and even if its a release, an apology is needed.

 “A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And a recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”

– Ronald Reagan

Might we be saying something similar in 2012?