Let's save America instead
In short, Rush was right, for if conservatives and Republicans are to conserve enough of the City on a Hill to keep it Shining, President Barack Obama and liberal mainstream of the Democratic party must fail in their efforts to enact their dreams of fundamental change into law.
Presidencies come and go. The Flag must always be defended and preserved by We the People.
Yet, too many of our conservative beltway pundits feel the need, much too often, to offer advice to ObamaDems on how they could succeed in implementing their goals by going it slow or some such other obfuscating strategy. They seem to offer this insidious advice either out of a confusion between the success of America and that of the "presidency"; or due to pure intellectual pride.
I was reminded of some recent conservative offers of such bilge when I ran across a New Republic column entitled: Job One: The only way Obama can pull his presidency back from the brink.
I was not taken aback to read such advice from a senior editor of the one of the preeminent liberal political publications in America. They believe that a sussessful Obama Presidency equals a successful America since they share his policy goals and world view.
But what is quite ironic about John Judis' Job One column is that he fears the passage of a major health care reform bill will destroy Obama's presidency and ultimately backfire on ObamaDems and end up wiping out the party and their legislative achievements.
Because some of conservative pundit superstars have given Obama advice akin to Judis that would have ObamaDems treat the American people like lobsters calmly awaiting their deaths in lukewarm water. Consider:
Rich Lowry of National Review:
The Obama team is fiddling with his health-care talking points. But the verbiage is beside the point. What Obama needs is a little modesty. It’s easy to imagine an alternative history of a more cautious Obama administration that wouldn’t have stoked a voter backlash in all of six months.
No, Rich heir to Buckley's perch, what Obama needs is to have his world view and proven failed policies utterly rejected. We don't need any alternative histories where the liberal big government stew grows larger and hotter my small degrees over time.
We should thank God for the overreach that caused the LobsterAmericans to leap from the socialist pot of boiling water.
We don't want "modest" liberals that are competent in advancing the big government ball.
Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal:
A final factor contributed to the mess of the health-care debate, and that the White House might ponder it. Looking back, what a lucky man President Clinton was to have—to help bring about after his own health-care fiasco—a Congress controlled by the opposite party. What a great and historic team Mr. Clinton and Newt Gingrich were, a popular Democratic president and a determined GOP leader with a solid majority. Welfare reform, a balanced budget, and a sense the public could have that not much crazy would happen and some serious progress might be made. If Mr. Clinton pressed too hard, Mr. Gingrich would push back. If Mr. Gingrich pressed too hard Mr. Clinton pushed back. Two gifted, often perplexing and always controversial Boomers who didn’t even like each other, and yet you look back now and realize: Good things happened there.
Right now Mr. Obama’s gift is his curse, a Congress dominated by his party. While the country worries about the economy and two wars, the Democrats of Congress are preoccupied with the idea that this is their moment, now is their time, health care now, “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” the only blazingly memorable phrase to be uttered in the new era.
No, former Reagan speechwriter (and exhibit A for how much more important is the employer than the employee in that occupation), it is a gift to America that we have the clarity necessary for the re-education of America in the failures and foibles of modern day liberalism that only one-party domination can afford.
Obama is no Bill Clinton.
Obama is a first-class power-craved Marxist ideologue who wants to fundamentally change America. Bill Clinton's vision of America, while liberal in many ways, included self-empowered entrepreneurs that didn't have to crawl to Washington for a piece of Obama's action lest pitchforks be unleashed to squash them.
And finally, Charles Krauthammer:
Obamacare Version 1.0 is dead. The 1,000-page monstrosity that emerged in various editions from Congress was done in by widespread national revulsion not just at its expense and intrusiveness but at the mendacity with which it is being sold. You don't need a Ph.D. to see that the promise to expand coverage and reduce costs is a crude deception, or that cutting $500 billion from Medicare without affecting care is a fiction.
But there is an exit strategy. And a politically clever one, if the Democrats are smart enough to seize it.
I am not going to repeat the insidiously wicked advice that the man I dubbed "The Master" when I discovered his great wisdom and intellect many years ago. His "politically clever" advice reminds of Screwtape's whisperings to Wormwood in trying to advance the scope of Hades.
Hypothetically, would I like for Obama's presidency to be a "success"?
Yes, if by success we had a Clinton-Gingrich-like gridlock that basically kept the federal government from growing except for occasional midnight basketball. That scenario might even be better than the alternative we endured with a Republican George "compassionate conservative (redundancy)" Bush with small majorities in both Houses of Congress where Democrat filibuster threats kept tax cuts non-permanent.
There is also an argument to be made (and I made it soon after the Inauguration) that America needs for the world to perceive a strong Presidency for the sake of deterrence. But that argument is now out the window after numerous apology tours and abandonment of freedom-loving allies in Honduras, Iran, Ukraine, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Obama is determined to exude weakness and roll back the cause of Liberty.
I seriously wonder if We the People need to form an "American Underground" to aid and abet freedom fighters abroad?
It even appears that Obama is trying to lose the victories in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Rush Limbaugh was right to wish that Obama fails, i.e. fails to enacy his policy preferences.
Does anyone now doubt that America would be better off had Obama failed to pass the non-stimulus aka Government Growthulus, Omnibus spending, and currency-destroying budget blueprint with a first year deficit of $1.8 trillion (Bush and the GOP's worse was just over $400 Billion) bills?
I think not.
Has anyone else noticed that the stock market began to rally just as loud voices emanated from Town Halls portending rough sledding for ObamaCare enactment and after Blue Dog senators buried the Cap & Trade energy tax in committee?
So, Charles, Rich and Peggy, get over yourselves and focus your brilliant minds on advice for the GOP to save America not just from ObamaDem expansion of the Welfare State, but also on ways to cut it back.
"Presidencies" are but a procedure engaged in producing the substance of what we call America and when we have liberals in charge of makking a Bill into a Law, we must pray for incompetence and failure on their part.
Substance people. The presidency is not a television show. Let's focus on the need for filling peoples' wallets at home and the need for a strong defense abroad.
"One man with courage makes a majority." - Andrew Jackson
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