If anyone had any question that the election of Barack Obama to the presidency would result in drastic changes to the political face of the United States, it should be patently clear by now.

Putting aside for the moment the dramatic and deep political, economic, social and constitutional changes he’s instituting – whether by congressional pressure, political strong-arming or arbitrary executive orders – there’s another change that’s taken place.

The presence of Barack Obama in the White House is effectively putting a final end to the Kennedy Camelot.

Despite the efforts of media sycophants to portray Obama and his family as replicas of JFK and Jackie, there’s no comparison. In fact, they don’t hold a candle to them.

JFK was a Democrat, but Obama’s policies and ambitions are different. To put it bluntly, JFK put his country first, in words and policies. He wasn’t reticent to speak of the superior qualities of his country, both historically and for the future.

It’s tough to say the same about Obama, a president who finds it difficult to praise his country.

The effects are wide ranging.

Politically, the announcement last week by Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy that he will not run for office again, seems to put the final flourish on Kennedy family members in public office.

And yes, it does relate to Barack Obama and what he’s done as president.

The 42-year-old, youngest son of the late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, has served eight terms in Congress. He’s stated he wants his life to take another direction and he won’t run for a ninth term.

In fact, he’s spent his entire adult life in office, going from college to Washington. He ran for re-election every two years, and despite his numerous public battles with depression, alcohol and, as they say, substance abuse, Rhode Island voters returned him to office. He was, after all, a Kennedy.

But times they are a’changin!

Ted Kennedy died after a protracted illness and in an election that astounded everyone who lives in the Washington Democrat bubble, the Democrat candidate did not win. A virtually unknown Republican candidate, Scott Brown, won in a landslide.

Imagine, Massachusetts without a Kennedy in Congress.

Brown completed a GOP trifecta: The Republicans won the governor’s office in Virginia, then New Jersey. The Massachusetts Senate seat was the third.

It was a pattern Democrats didn’t – and still don’t want to acknowledge: a growing, national discontent with the Obama administration and the high-handed tactics of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.

They still haven’t recovered from the shock – whether from grass-roots tea party activism, the phenomenal support for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and most certainly from those three election losses.

Little by little, Democrats nationally see the handwriting on the wall. They know they’ll face tough re-election battles with the real prospect of losing. Taking the hint, the list of those not re-upping grows.

I suspect that while Patrick Kennedy isn’t considered the brightest of the Kennedys, he’s smart enough to know he’d likely lose the upcoming race.

Add him to the list of Democrat dropouts – thanks to Barack.

But the final end to Camelot came with the Obama budget and his surprising, abrupt end to the U.S. space program.

What started with the Cold War competition between the Soviets and the United States – the space race – ended with barely a whimper, under the Obama ax.

Unfortunately, Obama let the Russians win.

What began in October 1957 with the launch of the Soviet Sputnik evolved quickly into a concentrated American effort to get a man into space.

Less than a year later, Congress passed the National Aeronautics and Space Act and NASA officially began.

In 1961, President John Kennedy addressed a joint session of Congress, laying out the challenge: America would have a man on the moon in 10 years – no ifs, ands or buts.

He wanted America first and made it happen – with the budget, the manpower and the spirit of competition.

In July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made those moon walks and returned safely to Earth. The U.S. space program – Kennedy’s vision – put the United States in the lead.

Over the years, there were other space projects, much success and some tragic failures. Other countries, especially the Soviets (now the Russians), continued the race.

Along the way, the International Space Station became a joint project with other nations and slowly, the United States became “one of many.” As various administrations and the media became jaded and lessened their interest, the excitement of space diminished.

President George Bush attempted to revitalize the challenge, laying out plans to return Americans to the moon and for flights to Mars within 10 years.

Then, Barack Obama was elected, and his first budget administered the coup de gras to Americans in space. As the Shuttle program is phased out and not replaced, he canceled the Constellation Moon Program and the development of the Ares and Orion space vehicles.

According to Obama, NASA will monitor Earth climate, the U.S. will have to depend on (and pay) the Russians to transport Americans to the Space Station and private ventures will develop space travel.

Am I the only one to find it ludicrous that Obama wants private business to build space vehicles but orders the government to own automobile companies?!?

Thanks to Obama, the goals and strength of Kennedy’s view of America’s role in space has been trashed.

But that shouldn’t be surprising. The current president never speaks of American dominance or leadership in anything.

His eye isn’t on the sparrow; it’s at ground level or lower.

Poor JFK – his party and his vision for his country have been destroyed.

Poor America. We all lose.

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