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From Kennedy's Age of "CAMELOT" to Obama's Age of "SCAMALOT"

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Author: Jim Guirard


For almost half a century, the romantic and noble legacy label of John and Jackie Kennedy's "Camelot" years in the White House has been an integral part of our political lexicon -- and a major asset to the once liberal, now mostly left-illiberal, Democratic National Party.

How ironic it is that in the late JFK?s own state of Massachusetts the voters who elected Republican State Senator Scott Brown to the US Senate have laid the predicate for yet another Presidential legacy label ? this time the highly ignoble one of ?SCAMALOT? for the unfolding political lives of Barack Obama and his far-left entourage.

Faced with so many false assurances, exaggerated "hopes" and inflated assertions about not only Obama?s healthcare take-over but also about his radical policies on energy, taxes, the national debt, unemployment, the environment and the ongoing War on Terrorism, Bay State voters came to believe that the President is simply deceiving them -- to the point that they were routinely thinking, "You lie."

But using the somewhat softer term of "scam," instead, let us paint a full picture of what is going on here -- and posing the tough question: "Does this charismatic, smooth-talking and openly "Progressive" (i.e., socialist) President Obama scam just a little, or does he truly scam a lot?" Consider for example,

SCAM # 1 -- He loudly asserts complete "transparency" but there is little or none -- e.g., his birthplace records, his Marxist parentage and upbringing, his school records from grammar to graduate, his passport records, his radical-Left personal and professional associations, his deep association with the ACORN conspiracy, his Harvard Law Review and book writing records, and his multiple far-left, non-vetted, un-confirmed and largely unaccountable regulatory "czars."

SCAM # 2 -- He continues to assure "bipartisanship" and "accountability" but there is little of either, with most of his "economic stimulus" legislation and "TARP" funding ? and now the healthcare proposals -- crafted behind closed doors and with all of the Republicans (and all centrist and conservative Democrats, as well) actually locked out.

NOTE: Massachusetts voters seem to have decided that ?BUYpartisanship? might be a better spelling for the blatant vote-buying of several Senate Democrats (and probably as many House Democrats, as well) who are so servile as to be For Sale.

SCAM # 3 -- He promises not to sign any healthcare bill which "adds a single dime to the deficit" -- but deceitfully front-loads taxes and back-loads benefits to make it seem so, and contrives multiple "scoring" schemes which grossly underestimate hidden costs by trillions of such "single dimes."

SCAM # 4 -- He pledges not to raise the taxes of anyone who earns less than such-and-such amount -- a number which keeps getting smaller and smaller -- and cynically labels $250 "stimulus" handouts as "tax cuts for 95-percent of all taxpayers."

SCAM # 5 -- He has assured that there would no role for "lobbyists" in (or substantially influencing) his Administration but has made so many exceptions and end-runs as to render the original pledge a prima facie lie. (Surely, SEIU President Andy Stern, who virtually lives in the White House, would never "lobby" the President on anything.)

SCAM # 6 -- He pretends to have left the Liberation Theology church, when he has merely distanced himself from a particularly radical minister -- while then appointing that minister's hand-picked and equally radical successor, Rev. Cecil Morris, to his Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Initiatives, and appointing a Cuban expatriate Liberation Theology theologian, Professor Miguel Diaz, as his ambassador to the Vatican.

SCAM # 7 -- He claims not to be a socialist but a "Progressive," instead -- when the latter has long been the radical-Left's codeword for the former, and even when such "Death to America" socialists and communists as Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega proudly claim the "Progressive" label, as well.

SCAM # 8 -- He talks of "energy independence" but proposes multi-layered policies of Less Energy at Higher Prices (LEAHP) -- all of which are devoted to a ruinously low "carbon footprint" belief system which is itself a pseudo-religious scam, correctly being called by many the Branch Carbonian Cult.

SCAM # 9 -- He embraces as "scientific consensus" the junk science of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) and shamelessly rejects virtually all scientific evidence (re solar cycles, cosmic winds, ocean currents, volcanic activity, etc.) to the contrary, just as the pseudo-scientific Branch Carbonians do.

SCAM # 10 -- He promises "jobs, jobs, jobs" while he relentlessly proposes -- in an apparent state of cognitive dissonance -- both the proactive outforcing of jobs and capital investment and the determined downforcing of most major domestic energy supplies.

SCAM # 11 -- He repeatedly blames the ever exploding budget deficits and the unending loss of jobs on ?the Bush economy we inherited? -- when it was clearly the Pelosi-Reid Congressional Economy of 2007-08 (with its promises of higher taxes and of radical ?carbon-footprint? crackdowns) that he inherited and that had already ended the de facto Bush Boom of the preceding three years, 2004-06.

SCAM # 12 -- He cynically re-labels Global Terrorism a "man-made disaster" and re-defines al Qaeda-inspired and trained enemy combatants as mere Miranda-protected "criminals" -- and thereby tries to insulate himself and his legacy from ever having "lost a war" which, after all, was never a war in the first place.

Topping it all, he and his dedicated fellow ?Progressives? will continue in the media, in academia and elsewhere to muddle the truth about all of the major scams listed above ? plus false or flippantly unreliable promises to end earmarking, to reduce deficit spending, to close Gitmo, to end corruption in high places, etc. ad infinitum.

And they will do this by a wide variety of deceptive tactics, many of which come mainly from the late, great Marxist tactician of community organizing, Saul Alinsky, and his infamous "Rules for Radicals" handbook ? which the young Barack actually taught to fellow radicals in both classroom and street-wise, ACORN-style settings.

And so it is that Barack Obama's SCAMALOT army marches onward. As the French always say, "Le plus ca change, le plus c'est la meme chose." In this case, it will be the same old Big Brother dream of World Socialism -- and will remain so until we are finally able to flush the electoral toilets all across the nation later this year and again in 2012, as has so appropriately just happened in Massachusetts.

JIM GUIRARD -- 703-768-0957

A DC-area attorney and national security strategist, Jim Guirard was longtime Chief of Staff to former US Senators Allen Ellender and Russell Long. His Web site focuses on truth-in-language and truth-in-history in public discourse.