Obama v The Popes: thinking in centuries

OK, he’s biased. I’m biased, but Charles Krauthammer has a point:

From king of the world to dead in the water in six months. 

The Knife has in the past compared one big O with another: Obama and Ozymandias. Hardly original, I know, but when you get the kind of implosion that Krauthammer eloquently describes as a direct outcome of Obama’s policies and his intransigence, then the demob happy ennui that you would normally see in the eighth year of a two-term presidency seems to have been dramatically brought forward. What an embarrassment for America.

In another cliche, Obama is guilty of hubris. Quite how guilty is evident when you examine Aristotle’s definition of it:

Aristotle defined hubris as shaming the victim, not because of anything that happened to you or might happen to you, but merely for your own gratification. Hubris is not the requital of past injuries—that is revenge. As for the pleasure in hubris, its cause is this: men think that by ill-treating others they make their own superiority the greater.

Of course, Nemesis must follow, but in what form? Three years provides plenty of opportunities.  My own modest contribution to the Obama decline timeline was actually before he got re-elected, but he’d decided to pick a fight with the Catholic Church. A year and a half later, his monumental arrogance, precipitating the “shutdown”, has led to his administration  making it illegal for military chaplains to say mass for their soldiers. 

How did it come to this? What kind of government has he created?

In fact, a non-compliant one. That particular decision, a total PR disaster, has now been the subject of a vote in the House of Representatives. Did the Democrats stand by their man? The vote went 400-1 against the ruling. The one being a Democrat called William Enyart, who must be after promotion.O’s troops are clearly becoming a little uneasy.

You might think this is all a sideshow, the chaplaincy ruling merely correcting an unintended consequence of a serious political decision. However, is this really what the US presidency is about? These are hardly easy times, there are plenty of other big issues that need attention.

The upshot is that Obama may stagger through the next three years, working on his scorched earth tactics  (see Gordon Brown). That three years will almost certainly be a mess on numerous levels. Whatever the polls say, I very much doubt that Hillary Clinton will be the next president.  Perhaps hedging his bets, Barack has recently been praising the new pope. Francis has yet to reciprocate.

Peggy Noonan’s take on Obama’s initial shot against the Church explained why he behaves like this:

There was nothing for the president to gain, except, perhaps, the pleasure of making a great church bow to him. Enjoy it while you can. You have awakened a sleeping giant.

So Obama, swaggering, high handed, de haut en bas, will be gone. And the Church will still be here.

That's the door over there, Mr President
That’s the door over there, Mr President
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