By Charlie Daniels and originally published at charliedaniels.com
There has never been a time in the history of America when almost half the citizens were getting some kind of government subsidy.
There has never been a time in the modern history of America when the percentage of people in the active work force has been so low and the families on food stamps so high.
There has never been a time in the history of America when so many people had the attitude that they were owed something, that three generations of living on public assistance is a perfectly acceptable way to raise a family, content on never moving forward in the world, having little regard for education, work ethic or upward mobility.
They don't even realize what an exponentially growing eighteen trillion dollar national debt means and many think there will be no consequences to printing unsecured currency and borrowing just to pay the interest on the loans we have already accrued.
I have come to believe that President Obama has waded too far out in the water and is in way over his head and is hoping to use enough band aids and patches to get through his term before the day of reckoning comes and the whole house of cards comes tumbling down, and I don't think he really cares as long as it happens on somebody else's watch.
His soft and placating approach to Islamic terrorism puts America in jeopardy at home and overseas, as he is more concerned with stepping on Muslim toes than he is in protecting the Homeland, and I don't say that lightly.
Any leader worth his salt would admit his mistake of pulling all the troops out of Iraq, as a third grader could have predicted what would happen.
Any president worth the title would, instead of coming up with fairy tales about some obscure video causing the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, have taken the bull by the horns, identified the guilty parties and done whatever was necessary to insure those people were never placed in positions of authority again.
A president who really cared about the future of the nation he leads would, as distasteful as it would be, immediately put troops on the ground with sensible and productive rules of engagement to completely destroy ISIS, because I believe that even he knows, there is no other way and ISIS is one of the biggest Islamic threats we've ever had to our Homeland.
Any president who really cares about the fiscal future of the nation would institute stringent spending cuts to federal programs and cut corporate tax rates to attract the manufacturing we've lost back to our shores.
A president who really cares about bringing America together and bridging racial divides would never bring in a belligerent race baiter like Al Sharpton to advise him.
A real leader would never use semantics to justify dealing with terrorists as he did in the case of Bowe Bergdahl and giving up five of the world's most dangerous terrorists in the process.
A real leader would not have resuscitated the dying communist regime of Fidel Castro without concessions that would have benefitted the long-suffering people of Cuba. As it is he has just picked up another huge drain on the economy without anything at all in return.
The problem is, as much as some people love this man and believe he can do no wrong, if they would be honest and look at the facts they would have to admit that, whatever else Barack Hussein Obama is, he is not a leader.
He could have been, nobody ever had a greater chance to unite the nation, bring about a thriving economy and bring the wars we were involved in to a suitable and equitable conclusion.
But Obama was not interested in doing that, he had a selfish personal vision of what America should be and having almost king like control with both houses of Congress and astronomical public approval ratings he squandered American treasure on that vision, alienating half the country immediately and putting America's feet on the slippery slope of fiscal ruin while taking our international prestige down to dangerous lows.
Nobody fears us, nobody respects us, nobody trusts us and few are willing to join us in any kind of meaningful coalition,
Russia is rebuilding the Soviet Union, at least the parts of it they want, Iran is building a nuclear device, we have insulted our only ally in the Middle East, Israel and the forces of ISIS march, basically unimpeded across territory once won at a terrible cost of American blood and Obama wants to refuse the generous offer of Canadian oil from the best friend we've got.
2016 May well be the most important election in American history, a crossroads with one road leading to sure fiscal ruin and a weak faltering foreign policy, the other to little more than hope, but hope nevertheless, and that's a whole lot more than we have now.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem.
God Bless America