Barack Obama and the Hard Left are laying a trap for the next President. Unless the Republican nominee recognizes and prepares for this trap, he risks walking right into it when he assumes office next January. Barack Obama and the Hard Left are currently sowing chaos that they hope will overwhelm the first year of the next administration in order to entrench the "Fundamental Transformation" he's already got written.
To prepare for this trap, the next President must understand Barack Obama's real agenda. Barack Obama's actions over the last year reveal a man clearly uninterested in re-election. For example, Catholics are swing voters in traditional swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida; why would any politician interested in winning an election in those states issue a mandate that offends the deepest moral beliefs of The Catholic Church?!? Clearly, a politician interested in those states would NEVER take such an action. Thus, one must conclude Barack Obama is uninterested in re-election. What, then, is Barack Obama's real agenda?!?
Barack Obama's primary agenda, at this point, is to ensure the legislative changes he has already accomplished go fully into effect. To secure his fundamental transformation of America, Barack Obama and the Hard Left will sow chaos throughout the United States and the World in 2012. Expect that chaos to spillover into 2013/14 and the first year of the new administration, regardless of the new President's identity. Barack Obama and the Hard Left understand that, in American politics, major changes in policy occur almost exclusively in the first year of new Presidential administrations. Thus, Barack Obama and the Hard Left understand that if the new President spends 2013 reacting to National and Global Chaos, this window for major policy changes can pass without unwinding Obama's previous legislative victories.
Barack Obama's allies in the #Occupy movement have clearly stated their intention to "Recreate [the chaos of 19]68" in 2012. To understand why recreating 1968 benefits the hard left, one needs to properly understand the events of 1969. In 1969, Richard Nixon assumed the Presidency following the Biggest Expansion of Government (prior to Obama) in American History. Nixon's inauguration was followed shortly thereafter by Leftist Campus Takeovers, the Emergence of the Weathermen, Homosexual Attacks on the NYPD, the Manson Murders, and the Marxist-inspired 'Days of Rage.' Against this backdrop, and a continuing War in Vietnam, conservative efforts to unwind Medicare and the War on Poverty floundered. From the perspective of the Hard Left, which seeks to expand government and does not particularly care who holds elected office at any given time, 1969 (and Richard Nixon's entire Presidency) was an unqualified victory.
At CPAC 2011, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said the left "need only play good defense. The federal spending commitments now in place will bring about the leviathan state they have always sought. The health care travesty now on the books will engulf private markets and produce a single-payer system or its equivalent, and it won?t take long to happen." Conservatives MUST remember this fact as we move forward into 2012 and beyond. Between Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and Automatic Defense Cuts, Barack Obama's fundamental transformation of America is already law. During the coming chaos, whether it's in the form of #Occupy Related Violence, Drug Cartel Violence, a shooting war in the Middle East or any other source, the Federal Bureaucracy will continue business as usual. Under current law, business as usual will entrench Barack Obama's fundamental transformation. That's one of the reasons we should expect the coming chaos to continue (at least) into 2014 which is, NOT coincidentally, the year Obamacare goes into full effect.
Fortunately, the coming chaos is a surmountable challenge. The key, for conservatives, is to recognize the coming chaos for what it really is and act accordingly. That means electing to Congress committed conservatives who will enact conservative legislation NO MATTER WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD.
The coming chaos is deliberate, and Barack Obama and the Hard Left are behind it. Their goal is to distract and confuse the new administration in 2013 the same way the hard left did to Richard Nixon in 1969. Forewarned is forearmed and, as long as a conservative Congress is willing to move forward no matter what, they will fail....