By: Phil Brennan

There's an old story about a farmer who upon returning home from a week in the city was met by his handyman with some bad news. Asked if anything had happened while he was away, the handyman said, "Not much except that the dog died."

"The dog died?" : the stunned farmer asked. " How did he die?'

"He died from eating burnt horseflesh?"

The farmer asked “Where did he get that?"

"He got it after the barn burned down with the horses inside."

When asked how the barn had been set afire he muttered that “it was sparks from the house when it was on fire.”

"The house burned down?” the stunned farmer asked. "How did it burn down?"

"It started when a candle set the drapes on fire."

:What candle?" the farmer asked.

"The one beside your wife's coffin." the handyman said.

“My wife’s coffin?” the shocked farmer said. “Are you saying my wife died?”


“Outside of that nothing’s new.”

I think about that story whenever anybody asks me what’s happening to America under the Obama administration.

I begin the long and frightening litany of the slow but steady march toward socialism that has been taking place since Barack Obama took office - his arrogance- his patently obvious egomania - his determination to change America into his Marxist vision of what it should be, his open disdain for such long-time allies as Israel and his fawning obeisance to their enemies - his forcing government health care down the throats of an unwilling American public which by a large majority does not want it.

No president in history has squandered the nation’s resources so recklessly or placed such a crushing burden on future generations of Americans. No president in our history has concealed from the American people vast parts of his background or refused to open his birth certificate or even much of his academic record to public scrutiny when to do so would silence all questions about his national origins.

I'm just barely getting started with the long list of Barack Obama's assaults on our liberty and our prosperity when I suddenly realize there's a much easier way to explain what has happened to our nation under his presidency.

Instead of wasting time and our breath lets just sum it all up by simply explaining that the dog died.

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Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for He is editor & publisher of Wednesday on the Web and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.  Phil Brennan is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.

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Published in the April 19, 2010 issue of  Ether Zone.
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