The fight over the Dems spending bill is getting a bit nasty. And some would say downright ghetto. Obama played is angry hand too early and too flippantly when he mocked the Republicans’ opposition to the so-called stimulus bill. His answer to the opposition’s cry that the bill contains far too much spending and not enough stimulus wasn’t to agree with the truth but to mock the disagreements.
At the retreat in front of the Dems in VA the Prez said, “What do you think a stimulus is?,” referring to the massive spending in the bill. “That’s the whole point. No, seriously, that’s the point.”
But that comment alone shows the Prez inability to gauge the bad politics of huge spending in a recessionary climate. He just doesn’t get it. He’s too blinded by the rage that liberals have built over the years, the anger at the Bush administration for doing the exact opposite of what humanity demands. And the rage is legitimate, no matter what the right of center folks decry. We’re in two wars. Our financial markets are in turmoil. People are losing jobs by the bucketful each month. The Bush administration’s policies, however right or wrong, backed America into a corner and the Dems are trying desperately to fight their way out of it with old policy tricks.
But what is needed is true leadership. A voice of true caution and opposition that stands firm on American principals even in the face of extreme danger. President Obama is not providing that voice. The voice he’s providing is whiny and repetative. But John McCain, the former POW in Vietnam who suppposedly broke under torture is emerging as more than the voice of opposition, but the voice of reason in a symphony of irrationalism!
Sen. McCain launched an attack against Obama and the Dems on the Senate floor last week he was brilliant. “The whole point, Mr. President, is to enact tax cuts and spending measures that truly stimulate the economy,” McCain said. “There are billions and tens of billions of dollars in this bill which will have no effect within three, four, five or more years, or ever. Or ever.”
And he’s right. But the Dems are so blinded by the pent up need to save the world on the backs of the productive that they have refused to do what’s right. Instead they’re doing whatever they want without thought to the consequences of their actions. It’s a classic case of power gone a muck. It’s exactly what their predecessors did. And it’s exactly why they criticized the Bush administration.
But why am I not surprised. It’s politics as usual in D.C. I was watching the movie “Bobby,” last night. I hadn’t seen it before and was surprised that it wasn’t exactly about Robert F. Kennedy as much as it was about the people who were in his environment that night. It wasn’t about RFK it was about how the world felt about RFK. And RFK was extraordinary. What would our world have been like if he was president instead of Nixon? We’ll never know. Perhaps we’d be buying all our goods from India. But I digress.
The point is all of our political heroes haven’t been men or women but the idea of men and women. The ideas and feelings that those people evoked. There have been relatively few transformative figures in American history. Figures who changed the course of our history for the better. But even when they were it was the people of the United States that rose up in revolutionary terms – be it strikes, poetry, books, marches, sit-ins, underground rail roads, newspapers and yes, even war, whatever way they could – to protest the tyranny of men in power.
Last week McCain sounded the clarion call. Are we listening? Should we be? Well, let’s take a lesson from our founders.
When a few men in power wrote the Constitution of the United States a band of men began a campaign, a loyal opposition that shot holes in the document that George, John, and James were pushing. They felt it gave too much power to a central government and it was too much like the Ole’ English. So they wrote 13 amendments to that Constitution, including the freedom of the press clause that the liberals love so much. 10 stood the test of debate. Another 17 more would come. We didn’t get the longest-standing single governing document without debate. Without opposition. And without people disagreeing with the people in power. George Washington won a freakin’ war and even he wasn’t exempt from debate. And neither is Prez Obama.
The Dems cried bloody hell when the Repubs dismissed their opposition to the Iraq war as unpatriotic. I find it just as offensive for the Dems to dismiss the Repubs opposition to run-away spending as a flippantly partisan. It’s not partisan to point out what is wrong. It’s truly American.