Friday, August 19, 2011

Ready For Prime Time?

In his first week on the trail, Rick Perry has accused lifelong Republican (and GOP appointee) Ben Bernanke of potentially "playing politics" in a treasonous manner. The secessionist threatening governor has questioned the president's patriotism as well as that dang theory of evolution ("Its only a theory out there"). He doesn't believe in global warming - thinks there is a widespread conspiracy in the scientific community to lie on the subject in pursuit of research dollars and pounds. He thinks religion (Islam? Christianity? Buddhism?) should play a greater role in the public square while the federal government should be as inconsequential as possible.

So this is what has become of today's GOP? A gaffe prone half wit Texas governor (Jim Hightower says he puts the "guber in gubernatorial"), an IRS hating former IRS employee mole, and a one-term governor without an ounce of conviction (better than a half term governor, I suppose).

Abraham Lincoln must be rolling in his grave.


Jim G. said...

Evolution is a "theory", it is.

Global warming may well turn out to be a hoax driven by 2 factors, dumb liberal/socialists who want to find yet another avenue for the government to engrain themelves in our lives and a bunch of scientists who DO have a financial interest in their theory and are therefor not objective.

I want an inconsequential federal government.


Then there is the "treasonous" issue:

In Obama’s recounting, however, luck is only half the story. His economic recovery was ruined not just by acts of God and (foreign) men, but by Americans who care nothing for their country. These people, who inhabit Congress (guess which party?), refuse to set aside “politics” for the good of the nation. They serve special interests and lobbyists, care only about the next election, place party ahead of country. Indeed, they “would rather see their opponents lose than see America win.” The blaggards!

For weeks, these calumnies have been Obama staples. Calumnies, because they give not an iota of credit to the opposition for trying to promote the public good, as presumably Obama does, but from different premises and principles. Calumnies, because they deny legitimacy to those on the other side of the great national debate about the size and scope and reach of government.

Charging one’s opponents with bad faith is the ultimate political ad hominem. It obviates argument, fact, logic, history. Conservatives resist Obama’s social-democratic, avowedly transformational agenda not just on principle but on empirical grounds, as well — the economic and moral unraveling of Europe’s social-democratic experiment, on display today from Athens to the streets of London.

Obama’s answer? He doesn’t even engage. That’s the point of these ugly accusations of bad faith. They are the equivalent of branding Republicans enemies of the people. Gov. Rick Perry has been rightly chided for throwing around the word “treasonous” in reference to the Fed. Obama gets a pass for doing the same, only slightly more artfully, regarding Republicans. After all, he is accusing them of wishing to see America fail for their own political gain. What is that if not a charge of betraying one’s country?

The charge is not just ugly. It’s laughable. All but five Republican members of the House — moderate, establishment, Tea Party, freshmen alike — voted for a budget containing radical Medicare reform knowing it could very well end many of their careers. Democrats launched gleefully into Mediscare attacks, hardly believing their luck that Republicans should have proposed something so politically risky in pursuit of fiscal solvency. Yet Obama accuses Republicans of acting for nothing but partisan advantage.

This from a man who has cagily refused to propose a single structural reform to entitlements in his three years in office. A man who ordered that the Afghan surge be unwound by September 2012, a date that makes no military sense (it occurs during the fighting season), a date not recommended by his commanders, a date whose sole purpose is to give Obama political relief on the eve of the 2012 election. And Obama dares accuse others of placing politics above country?

A plague of bad luck and bad faith — a recalcitrant providence and an unpatriotic opposition. Our president wrestles with angels. Monsters of mythic proportions.

A comforting fantasy. But a sorry excuse for a failing economy and a flailing presidency

Baxter said...

Those who believe in science believe in evolution. Ignorant folks do not. Its a great litmus test.

Global warming is not a hoax. See paragraph 1.

An inconsequential federal government is not an option in the 21st century. Bin Laden wasn't killed by a state trooper.

Calling Ben Bernanke treasonous is beyond the pale. He - more than anyone - has prevented the onset of the Great Depression II. To suggest he is a traitor is way over the top. Just ask Karl Rove.

Today's GOP would much rather see Obama lose than America win. Rush Limbaugh was pretty candid about it.

The Tea Party is purposely trying to reduce economic growth right now to sabotage Obama's chances for reelection. America will simply be collateral damage it seems.

Calumnies: "He is not a natural born American", "He is a socialist", "He hates white people", to name a few. I could go on and on.

America recognizes the obvious bad faith of the GOP. Standard and Poors dropped our credit rating a notch for that very reason. November 2012 can't come soon enough.

Baxter said...

As for the Good Doc's complaint about Obama failing to "engage"? It's overstated, of course, but he has a legitimate beef. Obama is too politically cautious which has prevented him from publishing a plan as detailed as the Ryan Plan, for example. These times call for bold, decisive action. I suggest more offense, less defense, and... SPECIFICITY. That point is one of those where I am sure that Jim & I agree.