Last evening I was ready to walk out the door to go to a party when a book titled “The Amateur” by Edward Klein was delivered to my door. I had been anxiously waiting its arrival, and wanted to dive right in and read, however I only read page one and two when my ride to the party arrived. This morning I planned on reading, however decided to write an article before I read any further.

The introduction is titled, “The Dark Side of Obama.” The book has already topped the best seller list, and I can tell from the first two pages, the author knows what he’s talking about. My first thought was, “He’s got it.”

I haven’t written much about politics since the lengthy season of debates among Republican hopefuls, and Mitt Romney came out the winner, to go up against the Democrat President Obama, in just a few months.

The articles I’ve written previously about Obama have always emphasized his charisma, and eloquent rhetoric. He came on the scene in the last election, out of no place, it seemed, and mesmerized voters across this nation. The tempo of the public reminded me of the era of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who mesmerized this nation with his very charismatic voice. He was a physical cripple, but that was usually hidden when he spoke to crowds, frequently from the rear of a train as he criss-crossed this country. His theme was about the “common man,” and today Obama speaks so frequently about the “middle class.”

Roosevelt was a professional politician, and so is Romney, but in this book, Obama is described as an amateur. After reading the first two pages, I looked up the word “amateur” in the dictionary, and it is described as “One who practices an art or science for his own pleasure, rather than a profession,” further stating, “An athlete who has not engaged in contest for money, but rather one who does something without professional skill. Not an expert, and has no particular discriminating judgment.

During the era of Roosevelt, my parents and grandparents kept up with everything Roosevelt uttered via radio and newspapers. And my family despised his agenda and all he did to curtail farming, and extremely critical of the direction he took this country during the thirties and early forties.
I was a senior in high school when everyone was called into the school auditorium, to hear his famous speech announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor and the beginning of world war two. My class had a senior trip planned to to go to Washington, and cancelled because of the war. But the thing I recall so vividly is his mesmerizing voice, listening to that speech.

I’m excited about this book “The Amateur,” and anxious to read it, however before I continue, wanted to recall events which led us to where we are today. There are two things which stand out in my mind relative to all his campaign speeches in the last election. The first is, I never heard him mention the word “Freedom,” and secondly, his mantra about Change, and Transformation of America, without ever articulating just what his plans for transformation were, and no one asked him.

During that lengthy campaign era of the last election, I kept wondering why anyone would want to transform America from the Principles upon which it was founded, that provided the greatest good for the greatest number known to mankind, to some other unnamed system.

It didn’t take long to learn what his transformation meant, because Barack Obama hit the deck running, to implement his socialist agenda, and ramrodded a number of changes through with his Democratic Congress and Presidential mandates. He moved with lightning speed to transform, while he had the power of a congress behind him. Until the next election which unseated the Democratic regime in the House of Representatives, and slowed him down. Continuing his charismatic speeches, blaming everyone and everything, for slowing down his agenda.

As I look back on the past three and half years of the Obama regime, I’m reminded of the notion that the government is never far behind nor very far ahead of the tempo of the American citizenry. And in this connection, it appears the majority have bought into line, hook and sinker, the agenda of this “Amateur.” Despite what the polls report, he is still quite popular, still riding high with his charismatic rhetoric, collecting a staggering amount of money for re-election, bouncing off and on Air-Force One criss-crossing this country, for re-election and more of the same.

It seems the majority are unable or unwilling to recognize the wrecking bar technique of the President’s agenda to dismantle the principles upon which this nation was founded, which have resulted in the conditions we now face, a state of economic collapse. Politicians and pundits seem to be so focused on the results of this dismantling, the focus is on the results and not the cause. With attention upon what this one man says, and false hopes he will save this nation fron collapse, as he continues to be-dazzle with rhetoric, going in the same direction he so eloquently describes as “moving forward.”

The old Southern saying, “One can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear” comes to mind, and this country elected an individual who had no background experience relative to the Capitalistic, free-enterprising system this country was founded upon. His experience was government- funded community service. This nation got caught up in what he says, and ignored the fact he had no background experience to prepare him for the role of running this country.

Common sense would suggest after three and half years of the wrecking bar and dismantling, one would think anyone with one eye and half sense would recognize, what has and is taking place. But such is not the case, still so caught up in the charismatic rhetoric, unable or unwilling to face reality, the direction the country has taken since his election remains unchanged.

We have not turned the corner back to the principles of Free-enterprise, individual Freedom and private property ownership we once thrived on. No, no, no, the transformation Barack Obama promised is still very much in play, 24-7.

Any expectations of change of direction can only come from the hearts and minds of individual Americans. As Dr. Phil says, “We can’t change that which we refuse to acknowledge.” And at this juncture, there’s not sufficient recognition and acknowledgement that the majority have been led down the bridle path of socialism, by the trickery of jack-hammer rhetoric and an apparent refusal to admit that. So the beat goes on. Same song, second verse, like sheep to slaughter.

Time is of the essence, and we only have a short window of opportunity to change our direction. In my opinion, reading the book “The Amateur” is a great place to start, re-thinking where we are, where we came from, how we got here and where we are headed. Just from the introduction, it appears it’s not a book of conjecture, but a well-researched account of where we are, today. And a story of how we got to this place in our history.

Here’s a great quote from American writer, Robert Heinlein: “There seems to have been an actual decline in rational thinking. The United States had become a place where entertainers and professional athletes were mistaken for people of importance, they were idolized and treated as leaders, their opinions were sought on everything and they took themselves just as seriously. —After all if an athlete is paid a million or more a year, he knows he is important… so his opinions of foreign affairs and domestic policies must be important, too, even though he proves himself to be ignorant and subliterate every time he opens his mouth.”



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  1. Stafon says:

    Surprising to think of seomithng like that

  2. Thank you stefan, I just finished an article prompted by your comment. I appreciate your reading my articles and taking the time to comment.