There's a lot of phony hype about how tough things have gotten for the Obama administration. Last month, the president's party took "a shellacking" from Republicans at the polls. Those aren't my words; they're President Barack Obama's. Since then, he's been depicted as "politically wounded," "forced to accept a new reality" and "pushed into a corner" by tea party Republicans. Don't believe the propaganda.
Despite GOP victories in the House of Representatives, governors' mansions and state legislatures Nov. 2, the O-Team persists in pressing its radical domestic agenda and Utopian national security policies. Obama's proclivity for waging class warfare and antipathy toward free enterprise are evident in everything that has happened since the midterm elections.
Little of what happened in Washington this week offers hope of a "new reality" at the White House or in Congress as a result of last month's balloting. The nation is rapidly heading for bankruptcy, but the $1.2 trillion, 1,924-page "omnibus" continuing resolution to keep the government running for the next nine months contains thousands of pork-laden "earmarks" that outrage most Americans.
Obama's dogged insistence on an unprecedented extension of unemployment benefits, his endorsement of an explosive increase in the national debt and his vow to reimpose a "death tax" -- and gut the transfer of family farms and small businesses from one generation to another -- are all part of his liberal dogma. Worse, his plans for dismantling U.S. defenses continue unabated. And all of this is being aided and abetted in a furious frenzy by the Democratic-controlled lame-duck Congress.
On Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi's House of Representatives voted 250-175 for repealing Section 654 of Title 10 of the U.S. Code -- the provision of law that deems homosexual conduct to be "an unacceptable risk" to our nation's "military capability." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid immediately promised to "attach the measure to a bill that will pass before the Senate adjourns." No member of either house acknowledged that the Obama administration also wants to legalize consensual sodomy in military units.
Reid followed up by declaring that despite Republican opposition, the Senate also will vote on ratifying the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which Obama hastily negotiated with Russia last spring. He wants that done now, too.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.