Yesterday we introduced the concept of Obama as the Dying King. It's an ancient concept that goes back to the dying gods of Egypt and Mesopotamia. Not to mention the Christian God who died on the Cross for the sins of the world.
If you are a king, a real king who represents his country before all eternity then he knows that eventually, he must sacrifice himself for his people. Think Lincoln. Think George W. Bush crucified for eight long years by the "civility" chaps over at the DNC.
But if Obama is to nobly sacrifice himself for his country, then the next question is: for what does he sacrifice himself? ObamaCare? Clean energy? Very fast trains? Er, sorry, chums. But those issues are simple bribe-the-voters progressive chestnuts. And they are part of the basic narrative of the Obama administration: He Made Things Worse.
No. The cause for which Obama can honorably sacrifice himself is the issue by which he entered national politics, his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention where he declared that we are all one people.
The pundits, the pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them... We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.
Yeah. Something got lost there in the "leading from behind" presidency of "false choices" and Professor Obama lectures and the "great dissuader."
So here is President Obama's great opportunity for a lasting legacy. He can end his failed policies and return to the great promise of his great 2004 speech. He can be remembered as the president that ended the racial divide. He can be the president who ended the Blue State Red State polarization. What a legacy that would be! How the president would go down in history!
But he won't, of course. Because President Obama isn't thinking much about the bigger things. He is sitting in the White House in a funk and the only thing he is capable of doing is doing what he has knows how to do. And what he knows how to do is to play the Alinsky community organizer, the chap that prods marginalized communities into political action to serve the ideological agenda of the left. Trouble is, of course, that he's been doing his community organizer thing for the last two years and it has got him into the biggest mess that a president ever got into in our lifetimes, Nixon excepted. What can he do about it? Who knows? The problem is that nothing in his life, up to now, is a preparation for this moment. The president is like all the other liberals that thought, in 2009, that that were entering upon a new era in America, a fundamental change that would usher in Hope and Change. Only they weren't. Instead they were flying up a box canyon, and it's now too late to turn around without crashing.
The president won't take my advice. Heck no. But, if you ask me, the best thing he can do with the rest of his presidency is to bring America together and stop playing the left-wing politics of division and hate. Bring Red State and Blue State together Mr. President. Bring black and white together. Bring feminist and conservative Christian mothers together. Bring gays and heteros together. Then you will go down in history as the President for All Seasons. Even if you lose in 2012.