Fortune plays a role in everyone's life. Poets and philosophers have written about it and history has turned on nothing more than the luck of the draw. Now I've always believed that one makes his own luck, at least in the long run. And there's truth in that, but it's not the whole truth. Fate can be cruel, it can be deadly and it can be instantaneous. Obama used to be lucky, but no more.
Don't misunderstand, our President has only himself to blame for much of the trouble he is in. He doesn't have the experience, the skills, the requisite knowledge, the temperament or frankly the intelligence for the most demanding job in the world. He outsourced all his legislative accomplishments to Pelosi and Reid (he hates smoozing Congressmen), he's appointed "czars" in this area or that, to do the job of the executive. And frankly, I think he feels he is too big for the job (that's one of the pitfalls of narcissism, when you believe your own BS it's easy enough to get others to buy in, but when they finally open their eyes all that's left is you and your ego). The fact is, he is the wrong man at the wrong time, and that's most of his (and our) problem. But again, that's not the whole story.
Obama used to be lucky; lucky in his opponents, lucky in the times and lucky in the mood of the country. But now the worm has turned. His opposition is competent, accomplished and energized. Romney looks presidential and is well suited to the position. The economy is terrible and the blame game is old and tired. The mood of the productive elements of the country (and those who desire to be productive) is bitter and they feel manipulated and abused. In Wisconsin the Republican Governor faces a recall election and win or lose, the public unions with their obstinacy and greed are on full display. Europe is coming apart at the seams as a result of the very policies Obama advocates. California is showing us the American version of a fool's paradise. In my state, the site of the Democratic convention, a very senior member of the NCDP is accused of sexual harassment (male on male) after infecting his live-in girlfriend with HIV. And then there's John Edwards; 'nuff said. Not a week goes by that some Democrat doesn't say something or do something stupid that dominates the news cycle for days on end.
I said three years ago that Obama would lose re-election by a landslide. I'm not that smart, maybe I'm just lucky.
The Blog: A compendium of thoughts on politics, world affairs, economics, pop culture and social issues, from the center right perspective of me--Bryan McGrath--a University of Virginia graduate who spent a career in the world's greatest Navy keeping my mouth shut about politics and social issues (ok, publicly keeping it shut). Those days are over! I've also invited a few friends to join in, so pull up a chair and chime in where you will. Keep it clean, civil, concise and relevant.
The Fish: The fish is a "coat of arms" for the blog, symbolizing three formative influences in the life of the blog founder. The first is his experience at the University of Virginia--symbolized most importantly by the fish itself, or a caricature of a "Wahoo", the fish we have acquired as an informal nickname. Additionally there is the sword, the sword of a Cavalier. It is not wielded in a threatening manner, as this is a civil blog. But it is there, should it be needed. Thirdly, there is the influence of 21 years in the Navy--symbolized by the anchor on the Wahoo's fin (and again, the sword) . Finally, there is the bowler, tuxedo, and monocle, symbols of a refined, intellectual conservatism, or what I seek to encourage here.
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