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Let's get one thing clear: Obama unquestionably ranks among the bottom five presidents in US history. In terms of sublime awfulness he's right up there with our late and extremely unlamented ex-PM Gordon Brown – which is quite some doing, given that Brown singlehandedly wrought more destruction on his country than the Luftwaffe, Dutch Elm Disease, the South Sea Bubble, the Fire of London and the Black Death combined.
Agreed: the damage President Obama has done to the US economy with everything from Ben Bernanke's insane money-printing programme, to his cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, to his ban on deep-water drilling to his crony capitalism hand-outs to disaster zones like Solyndra to his persecution of companies like Gibson is incalculable. And, of course, if he gets a second term the damage he and his rag-bag of Marxist cronies at organisations like the Environmental Protection Agency manage to inflict on the US small businessman trying to make an honest buck will make his first term look like Calvin Coolidge on steroids.
So why do I think this would be preferable to a presidency under Mitt Romney? Simple. Because I've seen what happens, America, when you elect yet another spineless, yet ruthless, principle-free blow-with-the-wind, big government, crony-capitalist RINO squish. His name is Dave Cameron – and trust me, the cure is far worse than the disease.
Of course it may not seem that way at first. You'll be so busy dancing round in circles singing "Ding Dong the witch is dead!" that euphoria and relief will completely overwhelm your intellect and your powers of observation. You'll read endless articles by David L Brooks, the New York Times's pet pretend-conservative, telling you how Romney is just the kind of uniting, post-partisan, pragmatic POTUS America needed. And you'll believe it because you'll want to believe it. This may last for some considerable length of time. In Britain, many Cameroon conservatives of the Nick Boles persuasion continue to perform this auto-lobotomisation even now.
But then, little by little, something rather unpleasant will begin to dawn on you. The label on the can may have changed but the contents taste remarkably similar. Similarly emetic, that is.
Yes, I know from the other side of the pond David Cameron may look just the kind of stand-up conservative you'd like running the US. But that's only because the stories you hear about him are extremely selective. For example, I'm constantly surprised by US talk show hosts telling me how tough on militant Islam Cameron is because of some speech they heard Dave give once about the problems of multiculturalism.
But surely we should judge our political leaders by what they actually achieve rather than (Tony Blair-style) by what they tell us they are achieving.
Here are some of David Cameron's achievements so far:
He has prolonged the economic crisis, impoverished savers, encouraged the profligate and further enriched the rich with the kind of Quantitative Easing programme which would make Paul Krugman positively enormous in his trousers.
He has urged quotas for women in the boardroom, apparently in the belief that the State has either the knowledge or the right to decide how business conducts its affairs.
He has presided over a massive wind-farm building programme which, besides destroying the British countryside and enriching his father-in-law, is causing energy bills to soar to the point where old people are dying of hypothermia.
He has surrendered at almost every turn to the Carthaginian terms offered to Britain by the European Socialist Superstate.
He has proved himself incapable of expelling the Islamist hate-preacher Abu Qatada.
The list is by no means exhaustive. I would go on but, actually, this was never meant to be a "collected examples of the unutterable crapness of David Cameron" blog. Rather, it's supposed to be a more generalised warning about the dangers of short-termist thinking.
Yes, of course, conservative/libertarian America, I fully understand how desperate you are to rid yourself of the POTUS from hell. But what you need to ask yourselves – and I don't believe many of you are: you're a bit like an hysterical woman who's just had a tarantula drop on top of her in the bath, you just want to GET RID OF IT NOW! – is what ultimately you're trying to achieve.
I'm presuming what you really want is stuff like: smaller government; a genuine – as opposed to an illusory, QE-driven – economic recovery; sensible environmentalism (ie conservation but not eco-fascism); liberty; an end of crony capitalism; a diminution of the power of Wall Street; a resurgence of American greatness; a renewed sense of confidence and purpose.
You're not going to get any of that from a Romney administration.
But you will, provided you've got the patience, get it in 2016 from President West or President Rand Paul or President Palin or President Ryan.