There's an old saying that parents have long told their children, probably for centuries: If you can't say anything good about someone, don't say anything at all.
Unfortunately, if I applied that rule to my thoughts on Obama, I'd be struck dumb. We're now almost 25 months into the Obama presidency, and I'll be damned if I can think of anything this administration and its allies in Congress have done that I can consider to be even remotely a step in the right direction. The Obama foreign policy has been a masterpiece of delusion, emboldening enemies and slighting allies to an extent not seen since Jimmy Carter sat in the big chair. The Obama economic agenda is a sort of Keynsianism on crack, its wrong-headedness exceeded only by the incompetence of its execution. Obamacare, as I see it, is probably the most destructive piece of legislation signed into law since the Civil War. Even the personal conduct of the President and his wife has been less than inspiring to anyone who thinks the antics and excess of ancient Rome might be a bad model for presidential behavior.
At this point, in the rare instance when I hear of something from this administration that actually makes sense, such as Timothy Geitner proposing dismantling Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, my reaction is how will they screw this up? and which one of Obama's friends is going to make money off of it?
I think a new concept needs to be introduced into the debate among Obama's opposition: total repeal. Two years of Obama have done so much damage to the country and its people that we need to think beyond just stopping his re-election; we need to consider repealing as far as nature allows everything this administration has done, whether it was with the approval of Congress or by executive fiat. This is a hideous project to contemplate, but the Obama presidency is turning out to be such a disaster that if we want to minimize any future damage Obama's policies might do, we're going to have little choice but to rip the whole thing out by the roots.