At the official kickoff of his reelection campaign, President Obama offered a tacit (although unintended) admission of four years of failure, declaring, "We have to move forward, to the future we imagined in 2008. ... That’s why I’m running for a second term as president of the United States." This peculiar yet revealing emphasis on the future, the past, and the imaginary neglects only two things: the present and reality. Lacking laudable achievements to tout in the present, Obama wants voters to focus on the future they imagined in the past. This is what he means by moving "forward."
As viewers watch the Democratic Convention unfold this week in Charlotte, they will hear a steady dose of emphasis on the increasingly distant past ("it's Bush's fault") and the still-imaginary future. But they will hear precious little about the present—about achievements by the Obama administration that are bearing fruit in the present day lives of everyday Americans.
In four years, Obama has spearheaded the passage of two major pieces of legislation: his economic "stimulus" and Obamacare. Viewers likely won't hear much about either.
On the "stimulus," they likely won't hear Obama—or his party—talk about the estimate published by Obama's own economists, which says that for every $317,000 in taxpayer-provided "stimulus" money that has been spent, just one job has been created or saved. Obama and his party hardly want to highlight the paltry bang that Americans have gotten for each of the $831,000,000,000 in "stimulus" bucks that have made (or are still making) their way out the door. Moreover, as Paul Ryan said Wednesday night at the GOP convention, "That money wasn’t just spent and wasted—it was borrowed, spent, and wasted."
Indeed, viewers likely won't hear Obama or the Democrats note that the national debt has risen more in a single term under Obama than it has in two terms under any other president.
They also likely won't hear that—according to official government figures—the percentage of Americans who are currently employed (58.4 percent) is lower than it ever was under President Bush (under whom the percentage was always over 60 percent); that the employment rate is worse now, more than three years into the Obama recovery, than it ever was during the recession from which we're ostensibly recovering; or that the 30 worst months of employment in the past 25 years have all come under Obama.
On Obamacare, those watching likely won't hear about its 2,700 pages of federal largess, its colossal expansion of Medicaid (into which more than a third of Obamacare's newly insured would be dumped at taxpayer expense -- according to the CBO), its roughly $2 trillion 10-year price-tag, its tax hikes, its Medicare raid (and Obama's probably illegal Senior Swindle, which attempts to cover up that raid), its grisly Independent Payment Advisory Board, its unprecedented requirement that essentially every private citizen must buy a product or service of the federal government's choosing, or -- most significantly -- its massive consolidation of money and power in Washington at the expense of Americans' liberty.
Instead, they'll hear that Obamacare provides such perks as "free" birth control. But they won't hear that it does so by making Americans no longer free to offer or to choose health plans that don't provide free birth control, free sterilization, and free access to the abortion drug ella -- that, amazingly, Obamacare makes such popular plans illegal from coast to coast. Here, as in most instances, Obama's preferred method is coercion.
Most of all, viewers likely won't hear any mention of the nation-defining choice that this election offers American voters: Do we want to keep Obamacare, or repeal it?
On this crucial matter, and across the board, every effort will be made to divert Americans' attention from present-day realities and choices. In the spirit of an aging movement longing for the past, the question Obama and the Democrats will ask is not, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" but rather, "Can you still recall how much better off you imagined you'd be four years ago?"