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Democracy: "the worship of jackals by jackasses"

In American Thinker William Gensert speculated on what a second term of President Obama would be like. His conclusions included the following:

To sum up, in Barack II, he will cut out coal and oil, diminish natural gas, and forbid nuclear power. Electric bills will skyrocket, and the nation will face rolling blackouts. Gasoline will become even more unaffordable than it is already.

The double-whammy of high transportation and energy costs will tank the economy, and jobs will become even scarcer than they are already. In short, we will have been fundamentally transformed into a third-world country.

It’s coming, but like everything for Barack, it’s scheduled for…again…after the election. And all this, he will do by himself. Because when you are transformative, you don’t have to abide by the Constitution, separation of powers, checks and balances, and judicial review. Executive fiat will be sufficient.

Mr. Gensert’s expectations are entirely consistent with Obama’s words and actions from his first campaign and first term. After re-election he will have no reason to hold back as he will never run for office again.

Recognizing the reasonableness of these expectations and combining them with a disastrous first term, how does one account for the possibility that Mr. Obama has a reasonable chance to be re-elected? For many, he is considered hands-down the worst performing president in modern times. The fact that this question can be asked is proof-positive of how far this once-great country has deteriorated. Politics has become entertainment. The same intelligence exhibited in top-rated TV shows (American Idol, Jersey Shore, reality TV, etc.) is reflected in election outcomes. In Mr. Mencken’s words: "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses."


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