America is getting a very valuable lesson in politics courtesy of Professor Barack Obama.
How often have you dismissed campaign rhetoric? Nearly all politicians (or potential politicians) say things while on the campaign trail. Only rarely will they enact or follow through on their promises once in office. Between kissing babies and excoriating their opponents, they always offer up grand plans that ususally dissipate in the cold light of political realities once they reach office.
It's like a game. You know that once in office, you won't see the same firebrand that whipped crowds into a voting frenzy at the town square. You expect a much more subdued public official than campaigner.
It's the American Way. Or at least it was prior to the arrival of Barack Obama.
Psychologically, there's a reason for that: politicians generally have enormous egos. Their ego commands them to say virtually anything to achieve the goal of being elected. A chicken in every pot? Literally, we all know that won't happen, it's the underlying supposition that's designed to make the favorable impression on the voting populace.
Over the years, we've built up a kind of national immunity to campaign rhetoric. We dismiss it the day after election day, sort of like a used diaper.
Things are very different now. Eighteen months into the reign of Barack the Magnificent, we're finding out that he was deadly serious about some of the things he pledged while running for office. Nowhere is that more evident than in his response to the Deepwater Horizon tragedy.
Here's what I mean:
We allowed our national somnambulence to overtake us when we heard this. Of course, at the time, "global warming" or "climate change" had yet to be exposed as the grand fraud that it is. ClimateGate had yet to reveal the truth to the world that a small group of scientist were being paid to lie in order allow politicians to impose an agenda of societal and economic control in the name of "science".
Nothing else explains the reason that this statement from Obama didn't take his presidential bid to the bottom of the Gulf to rest alongside the broken pipe of the Deepwater spill. We just didn't think he was at all serious. How could someone who wanted to be President actually advocate the economic ruin of his country?
Obama's imposition of a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico proves he's very serious when it comes to imposing his will on the unwilling public. Even though it was overturned by Federal Judge Martin Feldman, Obama intends to appeal it. Instead of standing down in the face of even more economic damage to the Gulf coast area already ravaged by the spill, Obama remains determined to stick to his campaign promise to make energy costs for his fellow countrymen "necessarily skyrocket".
This just might turn out to be a good thing for the country. For too long, the void between a politician's campaign promises and reality has been as big as the Grand Canyon. We're now waking up to the fact that there are elements within Washington that don't have best interest of the nation in their hearts and are doing their best to bring us to our knees.
I'm willing to bet that we, as a nation, will start paying closer attention to what campaigning politicians say from now on.
And that we'll start to take them at their word.