Former CNN yakker, current Fox News contributor and longtime embodiment of nearly everything unpleasant about movement conservatism Erick Erickson penned what was, even for him, a remarkable piece of rabid anti-Obama paranoia on Monday, claiming in a post that essentially every current right-wing bugaboo was the consequence of deliberate and "malicious" actions on the part of President Obama.
"For the longest time I have chosen to chalk our President’s stumbles, bumbles, and disasters up to incompetence," Erickson writes, seemingly more in sorrow than anger. "But it is clearer and clearer that is not true," he continues. "It is clear that President Obama’s disastrous policies are premised not in incompetence, but in maliciousness."
He then claims Obama is "a Nero who when not persecuting Christians, plays golf while the world burns," combining an impossibly lazy cliché with an impossibly lazy right-wing punch-line-cum-talking-point in order to reach a kind of Platonic ideal of hack punditry.
Erickson has no evidence to support his ridiculous claim, of course, but he nevertheless chugs ahead by insisting the president's main goal is to undermine the position of the country he leads and has for much of at least the past 15 years incessantly claimed to love.
"Barack Obama is setting out to remake the world order," Erickson warns. "That remake is premised on the United States needing to take a back seat or, to put it another way, lead from behind."
The inevitable result of Obama's leadership? Dead innocents, of course. "How many people in this world will die because Barack Obama played golf while the world burned?" Erickson asks, no doubt rending his shirt in the process.
"How many Americans will eventually lose their lives because Barack Obama chose the rest of the world over his own national interests?"
There is grave incompetence in the White House. But there is also a maliciousness that views the very image of the shining city on the hill a jingoist insult to the rest of the world.
Al Qaeda once sensed weakness when, during the Clinton administration, we prosecuted instead of fought. How much more weakness does ISIS sense as we retreat from the globe, dither on the world stage, and watch our President play the back nine.
It is malicious hostility toward the world order those American leaders who lived through World War II sought to create to foster stability, peace, security. Because Barack Obama and the left have no sense of history and no respect for their predecessors on the world stage, they will seek to undo without every appreciating why it was that order came to be.
But then the body bags will be some future President’s problem.