Obama the Shameless

If the news media hadn’t told you how brilliant Barack Obama was every day for the last six years, you might have your doubts.

Invoking a national outrage in which 41 laws were violated by a lone madman in Newtown, Connecticut, the president of the United States and celebrated orator said on Thursday, “We need everybody to remember how we felt 100 days ago and make sure that what we said at that time wasn’t just a bunch of platitudes, that we meant it.”

Then, as always, Obama’s inner Alinskyite took over. “There are some powerful voices on the other side who are interested in running out the clock, or changing the subject,” the president said, asserting that “their assumption is that people will just forget about it.” If that happens, Obama added, then “shame on us if we’ve forgotten.”

Shame, he said. Shame.

It’s a simple concept, and it’s familiar. But it’s darn rare these days in the political sphere. It’s rare for a couple of reasons. First, Bill Clinton is a respected public figure. Mark Sanford is making a comeback. Gay couples are demanding the right to wed, and Christ is in the closet. Ours is a judgment-free moment in history. The second reason that shame is rarely invoked in politics is that it’s radioactive. No one likes to feel shame, least of all public shame. As soon as it’s invoked, its invoker is examined for hypocrisy. In our modern culture, assigning shame to anything is a daring act. In effect, Barack Obama invited the world to examine his faults last Thursday.

For anyone just waking up from a coma, the Obama administration has spent six trillion of your great-grandchildren’s dollars over the last four years. Have we cured cancer? Nope. Defeated al Qaida? Nope. Landed on Neptune? Nope. With $6 trillion stolen from an unborn American generation, we’ve maintained the status quo. We’ve expanded the nanny state a little, but mostly, we’ve just paid off existing entitlements.

As a nation, we’re burning the house down because we’re cold. The next American generation is going to be cold, staring at a pile of ashes and told that they have to pay interest on it. We’re forcing future American taxpayers to pay for our decadence. We’re feasting and leaving the bill for a generation that is presently unable to protest. Obama’s America is one that sacrifices the future on the altar of the now. Ours is a government of thieving hedonists. And the leader of that government is invoking shame over the fact that only 41 laws prohibited Adam Lanza from shooting up an elementary school?

Whether Republican leaders realize it or not, Barack Obama just pulled his goalie. He opened a door to Republican victory and a conservative resurgence that could define the next 10 election cycles. By invoking shame, Obama started a conversation that he never intended to start.