The Barack Obama Presidency: When being unbelievable is the best defense

Paul A. Ibbetson

As we step into a new year I take a moment to reflect on what has been attempted and what has been accomplished in the struggle to preserve traditional conservative values in this country. This is a struggle to which I have committed myself for the long haul. Through my radio program “Conscience of Kansas” I have had the opportunity to bring to the radio-listening public some of the country’s most renowned conservative minds. The topic they have all addressed in their own unique fashion is sections of Barack Obama’s life and his effect on the country in his position as President of the United States.

Speaking about their books, articles and lectures, these individuals boldly stepped to the radio microphone to share their investigations of Barack Obama and their concerns for the future of the United States. Jerome Corsi submitted the question that has still today to be answered on the absence of candidate vetting in the years preceding the 2008 election that would place into power a politician that could not or would not proffer simple qualifying documents such as a long-form birth certificate. David Freddoso outlined the hypocrisy and arrogance of Obama before the country would see it full-blown from the White House steps. Tim Carney, with his sharp mind and energetic zeal, walked listeners through the economic disasters that would befall the country under the Obama agenda. Brad O’Leary gave credence to the attack on Christianity that has become part of the administration’s operating procedure. David Limbaugh, when talking with me about the totality of the damage inflicted on the country to date in combination with Obama’s nonchalant indifference to voices of opposition, showed his frustration with a strength of emotion that cannot be questioned. The concern that came to mind when listening to Limbaugh as well as these other voices of reason is, “will people believe them?”

I perceive that the problem for believability in cases like these are not based on a lack of factual evidence; on the contrary, the evidence brought against Barack Obama comes with endless pages of easily traceable source material which validate the arguments being forwarded. Since this is the case, it would be reasonable at first glance to assume that Obama would be politically doomed. To say this, however, is to underestimate the psychological advantage that sets in Obama’s favor when being faced with the facts of his catastrophic administration. What advantage is that, you ask? The advantage is that the true story of Barack Obama’s life and policies in practice, when grouped together, defy belief.

In fact, Barack Obama’s life and presidency would be un-publishable as a work of fiction because in its totality, it lacks the realistic foundations that even the most fantastic works of fiction require. To put it plainly, the actions of Barack Obama are so historically over-the-top, so mindboggling in their destructive audacity, that on an average citizen’s case-by-case analysis alone they appear to be pure fiction. When the actions of this President are presented in a chronological series, most people suffer a mental overload and simply disengage from attempting to place so many unbelievable pieces of information under their mental “fact” category.

Some of the most creative fiction writers have paralleled limited portions of the Obama history with success. Let’s take a look. A fresh politician gains political ascension while being controlled by sinister powerful forces (The Manchurian Candidate, 1962). A death-panel-conducive healthcare system that combines utopian ideals with compulsory participation (Logan’s Run,1976), or the systematic denegation of society that sees people being completely dependent on government while that same government feeds upon the populace (Soylent Green, 1973). How about a government so totalitarian in nature that its citizens are instructed to turn in (flag) their neighbors when they challenge aspects of the government’s agenda (Nineteen Eighty-Four, 1949) or one that turns its back on the biblical foundations of childbirth to embrace an atheistic, eugenic vision of the future ( Brave New World, 1932; Gattaca, 1997)? Even individuals like Obama who appear to have the uncanny ability to draw vermin and other pestilence to their proximity have been documented into fictional works (Amityville Horror, 1977). The most compelling piece of fiction that Barack Obama has put into motion is the “all is well” scenario as seen in his “Summer of Recovery” tour while unemployment continued to hang near 10 percent (The Matrix, 1999).

If you tried to publish even a limited grouping of Obama parallels from reality to fiction, your piece would be rejected and you would be told it was too overwhelming, too grisly and too unbelievable. Publishers would tell you to tone it down, make it more like real life. This is what political writers face when attempting to counter the Obama agenda. To expose Obama, the opposition must expose the truth and in doing so readers are taken to the edge of their sanity. The President has, to a greater extent, been able to hide behind the outrageousness of his decisions. Still the battle for the acknowledgement of reality must continue. Personally, if the American people fail to take hold of the reins of government, I fear the future of America will fall somewhere among the realities of Red Dawn (1984), Mad Max (1979) and Planet of the Apes (1968).

Paul A. Ibbetson is a former Chief of Police of Cherryvale, Kansas, and member of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force. Paul received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at Wichita State University, and is currently completing his PhD. in sociology at Kansas State University. Paul is the author of the books Living Under The Patriot Act: Educating A Society and Feeding Lions: Sharing The Conservative Philosophy In A Politically Hostile World. Paul is also the radio host of the Kansas Broadcasting Association’s 2008, 2009 and 2010 Entertainment Program of the Year, Conscience of Kansas airing on KSDB Manhattan 91.9 f.m. For interviews or questions, please contact

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