“The United States is a republic, and a republic is a state in which the people are the boss.” —Willis Goldbeck
Several readers took umbrage with the recent column in which I wrote, "Despite my sincere best wishes for the incoming administration, I remain a prisoner of reason and empirical evidence.”
Specifically, critics were offended that I would want President Obama to succeed so that the nation and republic could succeed.
Apparently I either did a lousy job of articulating my position in the Jan. 20 column or readers interpreted what they wanted. It is axiomatic that, for the republic to survive and Obama to “succeed,” his administration’s articulated (and implied) agenda, must fail. Got that?
The early arrogance eventually will be mitigated (sooner rather than later) as reality masticates the glutes of the über-liberals’ wants and dreams and the deaf, dumb, blind media enablers will eschew kumbaya Kool-Aid and return to self-preservation.Obama told GOP leaders Friday, "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done."
a. A White House flack said the boss was simply trying to make a larger point about bipartisan efforts.
b. "There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats . . . We shouldn't let partisan politics derail what are very important things that need to get done." In an exchange with Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., the president shot back: "I won . . . I will trump you on that." That may be the closest a U.S. president has ever been reported to saying “neener-neener-neener . . . ”
Every time a partisan Democrat (or Republican, for that matter) calls for opponents to set aside “petty partisan politics” what he really means is to abandon “your” core principles and accept “my” principles du jour. THEN we can play nice . . . as long as you do what I want, when I want, the way I want it.
When the new president made a surprise visit to the White House press corps recently, he quickly became ticked off when he was faced with a for real substantive question. Apparently, the King had come down from on high to provide his devoted subjects the gift of kissing his ring.
When Obama was asked how he could rationalize a strict ban on lobbyists in his administration while proposing a deputy defense secretary nominee who lobbied for Raytheon, he interrupted with a knowing (albeit patronizing) smile on his face.
"Ahh, see," he said, "I came down here to visit. See, this is what happens. I can't end up visiting with you guys and shaking hands if I'm going to get grilled every time I come down here."
Fine, Mr. President, but don’t troll for photo ops and then get angry if someone strays from the gospel according to you and actually attempts to do their job.
Despite the rebuke, the Politico reporter pressed further by asking about Pentagon nominee, William Lynn III. Obama turned more serious, putting his hand on the reporter's shoulder, and staring him in the eye.
"Alright, come on" he said, with obvious frustration in his voice. "We will be having a press conference at which time you can feel free to [ask] questions. Right now, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself to you guys — that's all I was trying to do."
Two points are illustrated by the early days of marking territory, displays of dominance and establishing rapport in the Age of Obama.
1. President Obama still is riding the wave of perception rather than reality.
2. Some media enablers already are suffering buyer’s remorse and reacting to critics blaming them for giving Obama a free ride into the Oval Office.
Bernie Goldberg had a neat line: “After Barack Obama became president this week he found out the economy was worse than he thought — so he had to lay off 17 journalists.”
Goldberg says, “The only reason the joke works is because it has an air of believability to it . . . lot of the mainstream media rolled over for Obama during the campaign.”
Hey, there are consequences to everything we do in life. Kings, paupers, agnostics, and even messiahs cannot avoid the laws of consequences.
David Patten in Newsmax outlined a chilling scenario of Obama’s “Dirty Dozen” in which he runs down the liberal Dems’ wish list, from fast-tracking voter fraud and banning offshore drilling to erasing the Second Amendment and killing off talk radio.
It was a thoughtful and compelling article but unlikely to become reality anywhere other than a Nancy Pelosi or Daily Kos erotic dream.
The nation is divided. It remains divided and, for the very reasons the framers hated democracies and insisted on gifting us with a republic, the Obama agenda will learn its reach exceeds its grasp.
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