John Ransom

I know it’s unrealistic to ask president Obama to stop torturing the English language in an attempt to do so much for our own good.

But is it too much to ask everyone else stop doing it too?

Obama’s recent attempt to rewrite his words on healthcare reform is just the crowning act of a majestic, fool-worthy, and compulsive act that stopped entertaining Americans at a quarter past his own reelection.

"Now, if you had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn't changed since the law passed," the tortured president said torturedly about his tortured healthcare promise: “If you like your current insurance, you keep that insurance."

Even if you love Obama you have to admit, he has real difficulty taking responsibility for anything he says or does.

And it’s like torture for the rest of us.

Is it any wonder he doesn’t want any messy questions about his past, when his past apparently includes stuff as recent as 6 months ago?

Even when he has nothing to hide—because HE CAN’T hide it in this instance-- Obama has a kind of guttural reaction to critics.

This president, unfortunately, lacks the capacity to be candid…ever… even with himself.

He is, I’m afraid, chronically incapable of telling the truth, even now, when it’s in his own best interest to do so.

And that’s the worrisome part.

In the definition of hubris, the capacity to fool oneself, while not fooling others must loom large. Anyone who can fart in an elevator with only one other person around and convince himself that the stench will go unnoticed, or worse, that he didn’t do it, has issues beyond mere workplace competency.

It goes right to emotional competency. Anyone not tortured by doubts about themselves in that instance, must suffer from some sort of delusion.

Obama, it seems, suffers such a defect.

And any country ruled by such a fool is bound to suffer even worse on his behalf.

John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance, host of Ransom Notes Radio and you can catch more of the best money advice and monetary commentary by him daily 10am PT, 1pm ET at or on Comcast Cable