John Ransom

If Obama really believes in the separation of church and state, perhaps he should stop acting like he’s a god; just a thought for a guy who, apparently, would like to win another presidential term.

Americans occasionally will make sacrifices to false gods, like they did in November 2008 to the Obama of Greek columns and digital halos. But inevitably, the American public grows tired of the gods they make when the gods appear as nothing but mere mortals. And when that happens, look out: They’ll soon sacrifice their idol on an altar that the god himself builds.         

The process of building that altar is continuing in Team Obama’s electoral strategy.

It seems so far the crux of the reelection strategy is to actively seek to offend the greatest number of people, including business leaders, religious leaders and the silent majority who really lead the country by working and living on Main Street.

One of the real, credible strengths of this country used to be that all the decisions made on Main Street, in sum total, counted for more than any decision made by the federal government.

One of the dangers of progressive leadership, including the leadership of a majority of Republicans, is that it has led to the erroneous belief by those in and out of government of the supremacy of government decisions over the power of the individual.

For too long now voters and politicians alike have worked under the assumption that what politicians think of us is far more important than what we think of them.

That’s why there has been a see-saw in election contests between Democrats and Republicans for the last dozen years. Both sides are quite adept at winning elections by allowing voters to vote against the other guy.

And that is real crisis of confidence in our country. 

“In many troubled relationships, both sides deserve some of the blame,” wrote pollster Scott Rasmussen recently, who knows something about elections. “But the United States is a nation founded on the belief that governments gain their legitimacy only from the consent of the governed. In the relationship between the people and the Political Class, that means the voters are right, and the politicians need to change.”

It’s a message that the GOP needs to heed. Because, while Obama’s presidency may be considered a failure now, don’t expect the progressive radicalism that Obama has preached to wane just because he loses an election. It’s here to stay and the most likely result is that the GOP will adopt half-measures that meet the progressives more than half way.              

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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