This is why you should never talk politics with strangers. Or perhaps, looking at this another way, think of this (sent to me by a cousin in Atlanta) as a parable of sorts:

A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude."

She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a conservative."

"I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."

The man smiled and responded, "You must be an Obama liberal."

"I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"

"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it's my fault."

Truth often is found in humor. In the Age of Obama, it is acceptable for leaders to forsake responsibility, blame their predecessors and demonize ordinary citizens (who hold no office) simply for exercising their rights to petition the government and exercise freedom of speech to espouse their views on issues (see Debra Sounders at SFGate.com). In their view, this is acceptable because they are here to be served, not serve, thus the appetite for bigger and bigger government as the answer for every problem — even as that formula has failed so demonstrably — the more government, the more they are needed to run it. Anyone getting in the way of that is trash (or at least trashable).

As blogger Kim Priestap observed recently on Facebook, the video below is prophetic (almost three million views, to boot). It has featured here many times and we gladly post it again. The circumstances are uncannily similar and appropriate to view once more given our country's current decrepit circumstances. Substitute US for UK and Barack Obama for Gordon Brown and you have America in August 2011, smack in the middle of the Age of Obama. Now, who will it be in America to be the man in the boat who stands up to the arrogance and incompetence of the balloonist . . . who will be America's Daniel Hannan?

America in the Age of Obama: A devalued country under a devalued president.