June 4, 2009

Got a comment yesterday from someone who prefers to remain anonymous and not have their comment posted – sorta defeats the whole idea of commenting, but there ya go. Anyways, this person asked why I hated Barack Obama so, and called me an angry, mean-spirited conservative racist.

That’s the problem I have with political discourse nowadays. This whole political correctness thing has gotten absurd. People used to call Bill Clinton the “teflon president”, but believe me, he doesn’t hold a candle to Barack Obama. If you criticize the Prez for any reason it must be because he’s black and as a white man you resent a black man in the White House. Therefore, voila! you’re a racist. If you try to point out that he’s: a) never run as much as a lemonade stand in his life, b) has appointed admitted tax cheaters to his administration while expecting others to pay higher taxes to pay for his ambitious socialist agenda, c) can’t stop apologizing for anything and everything America has done in the past, and d) is employing his Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security as a weapon to advance his own ideas of “civil rights, well you’re just a mean-spirited, disgruntled conservative.

My biggest issue with President Obama is that he seems to be in an awful big rush advance his obvious progressive / leftist / quasi-socialist agenda. I’m not stupid – I know why: it’s Social Activism 101 to use a crisis like our present economic one to advance your own political agenda and gain power. See, I know Obama knows that there’s a better-than-average chance the economy is turning around by 4Q this year (or 1Q next year at the latest), and by that time he’ll have lost the momentum this economic crisis has given him, and therefore a lost opportunity for him and his Democrats in Washington to gain more power over people’s lives than they ever dreamed possible.

That’s not my opinion, that’s a fact. That’s the way the game is played in Washington – it’s all about obtaining and expanding power, that’s all.

Which brings me to my final point. You know what I think is really going through that commenter’s mind when he or she calls me a racist mean-spirited conservative? Fear. The fear that I’m right.

1. Right when I say that, take away all the pretty talk when there’s a TelePrompTer in front of him, there really isn’t anything special about the so-called “Anointed One”. He may be articulate and charismatic, but he’s someone without an original idea of his own – everything he is and has learned has been the result of careful tutelage under the wings of a bunch of radical Chicago social / liberal activists.

2. Right that he’s really nothing more than an inexperienced pol still enthralled with the idea of “being President” and the perks that come along with it, rather than someone “presidential” and a leader who understands both history and the power and responsibility that comes with the Presidency.

3. Right that were he white, the better and more experienced candidate Hillary Clinton would be President (that’s not being a racist, that’s just stating a fact), and she wouldn’t screw up this golden opportunity like Obama may be in the process of doing.

4. Right in being suspicious of his ambitious, beyond-the-pale spending plans when everyone they know is doing the same thing: cutting back on discretionary spending, paying down their credit cards, and eliminating the non-essentials. If everyone else is doing it, why can’t President Obama and the federal government?

5. Finally, at its very core, the fear I’m right when I say that this is not a “man of the people”, but an arrogrant prig who, after so many years of having people around him convincing him how wonderful and special he is, has actually come to believe it, to the point where he actually thinks everything he and his administration thinks and does is above any kind of reproach, criticism, and scrutiny.

And if the latter is true – as I believe it is – that’s something inherent in Presidents past we should all have plenty to be fearful of.

[Update: Rob correctly points out that Ronald Reagan was actually the first “teflon President”, so I stand corrected. My reasoning behind my observation, however, still stands – there is no President in recent memory that has been elected with so little vetting and so little media scrutiny as Barack Obama. If the media went after him the way they went after Sarah Palin, we’d be referring to “President Clinton” today, and the country would be a hell of a lot better off, in my view.]

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 00:51 | Comments (6)
  1. I’ll y’all what scares the s–t out of me is being on a 4yr old airplane and have it come apart over the Atlantic. Air travel for me, is all but off the table. Since my last “near death” flight 3 years ago, I am reluctant to fly. Nevermind the hassle and delays and cancellations encountered at airports, nevermind the poor customer service, nevermind mechanical concerns, nevermind flying into storms the size of the Southern hemisphere (my experience).,
    As far as the political fears, we as a country have been on this teeter totter before. This year it’s this…next year it’s that…my judgement is that these cycles have and will always repeat themselves. And yet, somehow, this government manages to survive, we survive. Perhaps everyone just needs to stop being so reactive, fearful, judgemental and fatalistic. No matter how bad it seems, the sun comes up in the morning, the moon shines at night and Doug has his Tiki bar, pool and Pino Grigio and surf music to soothe his soul.
    I have my garden, big ass deck, Mojitos and Martinis, the creek and my swing to soothe my soul. “Life is easy when you know how…” ( a Tibetan monk saying and I love it).

    Comment by Jana — June 4, 2009 @ 4:28 am

  2. Jana is right. It aint all that bad. The average American does very little in their average day in deference to government unless you count stopping at the stop signs (Some don’t even do that). Oh, and “teflon President” was coined first for Reagan, not Clinton.


    Comment by Rob — June 4, 2009 @ 4:40 am

  3. Great comments, guys – thanks for the clarification, Rob. Fantastic!

    You’re both right and to a great extent I’m in agreement with you – it’s just in this case, the typical scrutiny one has typically depended on and relied upon the media to do is nowhere to be found. True journalism is dead, and the “fourth estate” has abdicated their responsibility in exchange for simply being cheerleaders for the Obama agenda.

    And whether Obama is right in what he’s pursuing (something I obviously disagree with) or not, any time you give a politician – any politician – the sense that no one is going to challenge him (or her) in their ultimate goal, which is always to gain more power and consolidate it to their own purposes, the public interest is not served.


    And Jana is right – even though air disasters are rare, that doesn’t mean flying is a pleasant experience anymore. I used to enjoy it, now you just hope and pray you can get where you’re going in one piece and without as little hassle as possible.

    Why in hell the Air France jet’s flight plan took them smack into the middle of a violent thunderstorm is beyond me. I would think in this day and age planes can be re-routed to fly around the storms, don’t you think?

    Comment by The Great White Shank — June 4, 2009 @ 10:28 am

  4. About cheerleading: We have Fox squarely in opposition to the administration but CBS, NBC, and ABC in question of the major networks. Newspapers are nearly irrelevant. Blogs and online news sources lean right if you ask me but your mileage may vary. If you’re not finding severe criticism of the Obama administration, drop me a line. I’ll send you a few thousand links.

    I fly so infrequently and plan my infrequent flights so far in advance that I can’t complain one way or the other about airlines.

    Comment by Rob — June 4, 2009 @ 11:07 am

  5. apparently, they didn’t fly directly into the storm…the particular part of the sky over the Caribbean ocean is where huge storms just appear (been there, done that) and you just get caught in them and there is no flying around. this is the area where the hurricanes get cooked up. Me fly??? When pigs fly on their own…and I doubt a pig would get on a plane these days either.

    Comment by Jana — June 4, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

  6. Great discussion here. Me, I think that blogs split pretty much down the middle, there’s so many of them that you can always find one that suits your political philosophy. The two most popular political blogs in terms of hits are left-leaning – Daily Kos and Huffington Post, Hot Air and Pajamas Media are right-leaning. I check ’em all out.

    Course, if I want interesting blogs, it’s CrabAppleLane Blog and, of course, Dave’s Fish Fear Me.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — June 4, 2009 @ 10:51 pm

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