Janice Shaw Crouse

Enough, already. After a 100-day honeymoon, it is past time for everyone to take a cleansing breath of fresh air and taste a bit of reality. According to the Gallup Poll, this president is the second least popular president in 40 years. Even Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon had higher approval ratings at this point in their presidencies.

Underneath all the media “visuals” that make a compelling story, there is the sobering reality that this president is very divisive and extremely partisan. President Obama’s policies are “socialist,” and it is not just the GOP’s “knuckle-dragging base” that think so. George Will describes the President’s picayune policies as “supervisory liberalism of the most nagging, annoying sort.”

Further, the major changes made by this administration are going unnoticed by the major media. President Obama is instituting domestic policies “under the radar” that will fundamentally change the nation’s social contract with its citizens. His foreign policy gaffes and his overreaching regarding the financial crisis have overshadowed his worst offenses and his primary agenda: restructuring the domestic social policies of the United States of America. Let’s look at just two significant issues.

1. PRIVACY — America is being overtaken by a culture of surveillance. There are efforts to turn over to the federal government the power to regulate “hate speech” and to determine the “motive” or “intent” of an individual and to produce “invasive” legislation that would interfere with our fundamental rights of free speech, including Internet privacy and the free flow of information via talk radio and conservative news outlets.

2. ABORTION — One of his first acts as President was an executive order that rescinded the Mexico City Policy. Now the U.S. can fund groups that promote and/or provide abortions around the world. Americans’ tax money will be used to promote and provide those abortions, and the new policy will increase (rather than decrease as promised) the number of abortions.

The grassroots “tea parties” around the nation are an indication of unrest that must be noted. These protests have been largely ignored or dismissed, but they are a significant reaction to the arrogance of an administration that seeks to fundamentally usurp the basic foundation stones of America’s domestic policies and the pro-life, pro-family, pro-marriage stances that have made this nation the envy of the rest of the world.

The press gave Obama a pass when he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia — a bow that the White House has tried to deny despite photographs and video that prove otherwise. Now it is way past time for the media to stop genuflecting to Obama. The press had better stop kissing Obama’s feet, get up off of its knees, and use its constitutionally-protected freedom to start reporting the facts about the realities of the mess the country is struggling to get out of. If they do not get back to doing the job the Founders envisioned for them, newspapers will continue to lose circulation as the public’s tolerance with the Obama adoration reaches its limits. What is at stake, however, is more far more important than the survival of the newspaper business.

Truth is to mismanagement of government what bleach is to mold and mildew in the bathroom. Without regular applications, conditions deteriorate at an alarming rate and filth develops in every nook and cranny. If you want to see where this uncritical, mindless praise-fest will take us, think Detroit.

Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse is a former speechwriter for George H. W. Bush and now political commentator for the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
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