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December 4, 2013

The Obama Games
by Robert L. Hale
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MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA — President Obama is a star-struck Hollywood admirer, and apparently the Hollywood elites reciprocate. This mutual admiration society is hardly surprising; both share something else — the belief that make-believe and reality are the same thing, or at least, the belief that wishing so can make them the same.


Our Hollywood-mesmerized President has clearly chosen his legacy — to make fiction into American reality.


One of Hollywood's few hits this season is the second installment of a popular book series called The Hunger Games. The story revolves around a totalitarian leader who has brought his country to the brink of utter chaos.

The make-believe country in this movie consists of 13 districts ruled by its President, who keeps iron-fisted control over the people with the help of thugs called Peacekeepers. Like the Greeks and Romans before him, the President uses "games" to subdue and control the population. Like all totalitarians, he surrounds himself with sycophants, lap dogs, and a self-indulgent core of beautiful people in a constant state of indulgence.

The games annually "reap" teams of one male and one female from each of the districts — and order the teams to fight to the death for the entertainment of the masses. The winning team, like the winner of the Greek Olympic Games, is crowned, lives a life of excess, and parades throughout the country encouraging the people to work hard and obey the President and his Peacekeepers.

The President and his supporters live off the slave labor of the people. In return, the people receive abuse, ruses, and an endless amount of rhetoric touting how thankful they should be for the largess of the President. What was, we are led to believe, a once-thriving economy, a country of free people, spirals year after year into deeper poverty, less freedom, and punishing mandates. The last scenes of the movie lead audiences to believe the masses have had enough and the country is in full rebellion. Such stories are great plots for books and movies. Possibly, this one will serve as a role model for the real America.

Our Hollywood-mesmerized President has clearly chosen his legacy — to make fiction into American reality. For more than five years, President Obama has worked tirelessly to accomplish the following:

• Expand America's welfare society and the numbers of those who depend on it
• Impose the greatest debt suffered by any nation in history
• Sow dissension, distrust, and racial strife
• Lower the standard of living
• Ignore the Constitution and blatantly violate the laws of the land
• Impose massive tax hikes on working Americans to support those whom his administration has put out of work
• Implement more strangling rules, regulations, and mandates than in the prior 232 years since independence
• Bring the nation's superior health care system increasingly under government control, increasing costs and reducing access.

The only remaining questions are how long it will be before Americans write the real end to the Obama Games, and in what form will that end play out?

We may not have to wait long for the answers. Unemployment is rising, jobs are shrinking, and federal policies are making it virtually impossible for new businesses to start. Thousands of new federal regulations are driving up the cost of energy, as regulations are forcing the closing of plants that produce our electricity. America's standing in the world is, arguably, at an all-time low and sinking.

Our borders no longer protect us from invasion; in the name of — who knows what? — Obama has invited anyone who wishes to invade America to do so. And those who wander in are fully entitled to our extensive welfare largess. Supporting and defending the nation, we now have a fully "equal armed forces" — men, women and the gender confused to protect us. How much better can it get?

The President promises to spread the wealth, that is, to take from those who work and pay taxes and give to those who do not. At the same time, those who work and pay taxes are told that they can no longer decide for themselves whether to have health care or what health care they may or may not have. That decision will be made by federal mandate. Failure to comply with any mandates will result in fines, penalties, or prison. All employers in all the mandated health care plans must provide "free" birth control, abortifacients, and sterilizations, as well as mental health treatment.

There is a possible silver lining in the dictates of this self-absorbed President and his minions. Living in the society being created by the Obama Games may well require mental health treatment for those of us who are still sane, maybe even the ultimate and most humane treatment of all — a lobotomy. Unless we end these "games," we likely won't have a prayer — literally. Today we are told that we can pray on the condition that we keep our prayers in our homes and churches. The public square is a venue reserved exclusively for the Obama Games.

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Robert L. Hale received his J.D. in law from Gonzaga University Law School in Spokane, Washington. He is founder and director of a non-profit public interest law firm. For more than three decades he has been involved in drafting proposed laws and counseling elected officials in ways to remove burdensome and unnecessary rules and regulations.

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