By ERNEST S. CHRISTIAN Investors Business Daily
Posted 09/24/2010 06:30 PM ET
Recently (in the Wall Street Journal no less), a barrage of big black type screamed: "Worst Ever," "Convoluted Nonsense," "Witless and Chaotic," "Nothing Makes Sense," and "Sad Fiasco."
Such unrelenting scorn — it seemed — must surely be about the Obama White House and the Democratic Congress. But, as it turned out, the venerable newspaper's outrage was directed at Hollywood's antics, not Washington's.
Easy mistake. Both create illusions, stultify the mind and tend to lower moral standards. And both are full of bad actors.
As a theatrical, the "Obama Story" could in part be patterned after a 1930s satire by playwright Bertholt Brecht about an imaginary Chicago gangster named Arturo Ui who bilked those who trusted him.
In the Obama version, the protagonist could be an obscure community organizer — with unsavory connections in Chicago and Muslim roots — who takes over America and quickly brings the world's most powerful nation to its knees.
In the opening scene of this fast-paced spoof, Obama electrifies Democrats with the power of his oratory — and, after his opponent "withdraws," gets elected Chicago-style to the Senate, where he leaves no visible tracks. Who is this guy, anyway? No one asks. No one tells.
Soon thereafter, a new presidential star is born. Joe Biden declares that Obama is a "phenom." Then he blurts out, "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean that's a storybook, man."
Who Is This Guy?
Insulting and inaccurate though Biden's patronizing comparison is, the back-handed race card works perfectly. Obama promises to transform America. Into what? He never tells. No one asks.
Biden joins the ticket and within a year, in a fit of insanity brought on by too much George W and an overdose of affirmative action, a hefty majority of voters elect Obama president. They are mostly hopeful African-Americans, Hispanics voting for amnesty, excited kiddos on a spree and other gullible people who simply got duped by a master showman.
In the second act, when Obama takes over the presidency (and America) on Jan. 20, 2009, he is reminiscent of Richard Nixon, a man with a chip on his shoulder and a "secret plan" in his hand. Further like Nixon, sporadically throughout the play, Obama points his finger at the audience and vows to make things "clear." But he never does. To this day, we still don't even know who he really is.
Is the president of the United States a Christian or a Muslim? An American or a citizen of the world? Perhaps he hasn't decided yet. As columnist Richard Cohen recently wrote in the Washington Post, "He casts no shadow."
Obama's secret plan quickly becomes obvious. Use Americans' incomes, savings and future earning capacities as collateral for borrowing trillions of dollars from foreigners. Take over America's manufacturing and financial industries.
Give those assets plus draft choices and unspecified amounts of borrowed cash to a list of "friends" on his Political Facebook. Then force his non-friends to pay off the debt with heavy taxes that pauperize and enslave them.
Poor and Huddled
In the final act, the satirical knife cuts close to the bone of reality. With the speed of summer lightning, Obama brings transformational change to America — and it is absolutely frightening.
Deficits and debts skyrocket, the dollar crashes, jobs disappear, access to doctors and medicine is restricted, energy production stops, our military defenses are dismantled and Iran goes nuclear.
The "Shining City on a Hill" disappears. So do our unalienable rights — along with capitalism and other bourgeois artifacts of America's past. They are unsuitable for the new post-constitutional, post-individual, post-Judeo-Christian world.
In a tragic reversal of history — and in mockery of the presently outward-looking invitation on the Statue of Liberty — we Americans are ourselves now the "tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
When the final curtain falls, the ashen-faced audience rises to its feet and walks silently out of the theater straight to the nearest voting booth in one last desperate attempt to save America. If the voters succeed, Nov. 2, 2010, will forever be celebrated as Independence Day 2.0.
But, if they fail, Obama and his followers will have pulled off the biggest heist in history — and the story will be told around the campfires of the hardcore left for generations to come. After all, plundering is what "redistributional" politics is really all about.
• Christian, an attorney, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury in the Ford administration.