"Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won."
- President Obama
Barack Obama has won. Twice. And precisely because elections have consequences, the nation has lost. Twice.
Today, the people know. Only 20 percent of likely voters strongly approve of Obama's job performance; 43 percent strongly disapprove. A huge gap.
There's Obamacare, of course. It's the mess that keeps on growing. The president and Democrats told us that we could keep our health insurance if we liked it, "period," that the average family would save $2,500 a year, that we could keep our doctors.
We now know the truth, and we are free. The president and the Democrats no longer have moral authority over us. Oh, the president still lives in the big white house, and the Democrats still run the Senate, but that's about it.
They recognize their plight, of course, so they've resorted to governing by coercion and deception. It's all they have left.
Coercion: A week and a half ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his band of thieves voted to jam more of their agenda down the throats of the American people.
They tossed aside 200 years of tradition and eliminated important filibusters by the minority party in the Senate. Democrats (the majority party for now) thus will be able to fill judicial vacancies and important administration posts with their scallywags.
To put a face on it, the singularly inept Susan Rice, who got the Benghazi attack all wrong on the Sunday news shows last year, would be the nation's secretary of state today under the new rule.
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, one of only three Democrats to buck Reid, explained his vote. "I firmly believe that the filibuster is a vital protection of the minority views and exactly why the Framers of our Constitution made the Senate the 'cooling saucer.'"
Manchin is right. Reid and the other Democrats, including Obama, are wrong.
Deception: Last Saturday night, our dance with the devil (Iran) stopped, and President Obama addressed the nation from the State Dining Room in the White House. Good news was in the air; the teleprompter was ready.
Obama: "For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, and key parts of the program will be rolled back."
More Obama: "Diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure - a future in which we can verify that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful, and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon."
Vintage Obama. Hope and change. Then crash and burn.
An angry Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "What was achieved last night in Geneva is not a historic agreement, but a historic mistake."
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, added the "period."
He thanked God that Iran's new government "was able to legitimize the Iranian nation's nuclear program on the international stage and take the initial step in a way that the nuclear rights and the enrichment rights of the Iranian nation are acknowledged by world powers." The agreement, he added, will "open the way for future big strides in technical and economic progress."
The White House issued a "fact sheet" that says no such thing. It's full of hope and change.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry isn't playing along. The "fact sheet," the ministry said, is a "one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva, and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action."
Foreign policy experts in the United States concur, and so it seems that President Obama has laid another egg. Again.
What next from this administration? More coercion, more deception. It's all they have left.
Yes, elections have consequences, and everyone who voted for Obama needs to think about that in 2016, when Hillary Clinton and the Democrats promise more hope, more change.