A few years ago I thought we couldn’t have a president worse than George W. Bush. I was wrong. W has to be smiling now because Obama actually makes him look good.
Obama has often been called a dictator because of the executive orders he sends out like office memos. But he is close the opposite of a dictator. There is nothing of Teddy Roosevelt’s Bully Pulpit to his presidency.
He has, in fact, shown a singular lack of leadership. He has shown next to no gumption in protecting the U.S. Over the current Ebola crisis, the worst epidemic since AIDS in the 1980’s, he has deferred to the medical community. With the BP oil spill, he deferred to BP and the other oil companies, and allowed the Gulf to remain a mess for months. He has allowed large numbers from Guatemala to pass through our porous borders without making any effort to overhaul the country’s immigration system.
We may ask ourselves why we’re continuing to pick incompetent leaders. The people who have the experience to actually run the country usually have made many enemies by the time they have gained their experience. The leaders of both major parties do not want to push these people in elections. So less experienced people are chosen, and we get stagnant economies and bumbling foreign policies.
It’s time we reconsidered our priorities in picking leaders.