Monday, December 28, 2009

As bad as all that
Tom Smith

Where Obamaism comes from.

Unfortunately it is a case of whether this will result in metaphorically speaking a chastened person who has learned his lesson or just a dead person who killed himself by doing something stupid.  Occasionally I feel encouraged that a majority of people is really figuring out we (though I take no credit -- I certainly did not vote for the guy) elected a hard core leftist to the Presidency.

And this.  Oh dear.

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Hard core leftist? You cant be serious -

Health care (no single payer health care, no public option); defense (increased troops in Afganistan, delayed pull out from Iraq); 'war on terror' (delayed closing of Guantanamo, bringing only some of the inmates to US soil for real trials, continued rendition policies, expansion of prisons overseas, no repeal of Patriot Act); education (support for vouchers and standardized testing); defended Defense of Marriage Act and opposed same sex marriage; hasnt repealed Dont Ask, Dont tell; stated that he believes Jesus Christ died for his sins; etc; etc....

These are not the policies of a 'hard core leftist.'

Posted by: Johnny | Dec 28, 2009 2:36:16 PM

Uhhh Johnny, there's a difference between what he would like to do and what he is able to do. Just because he can't do everything you'd like him to do doesn't mean his sympathies are very far to the left. Do you really think he wouldn't ram single payer down the unwilling throats of America if he could? He's already doing it with this abortion coming out of Congress which America isn't too keen on. With Afghanistan the guy was tripping over himself to say that just about as soon as the troops got there they would be coming out. If he hadn't boxed himself in during the campaign by running around trying to score political points calling Afghanistan a war of necessity opposed to Iraq as a war of choice, he'd be hightailing out of Afghanistan too. And where is the support for vouchers? Arnie "allegedly pro reform" Duncan is saying okey dokey to Congress eliminating DC vouchers. With same sex marriage he announced that he was against it but then opposed prop 8 in California.

Posted by: john knox | Dec 28, 2009 3:14:58 PM

We did what? We elected what?

Something very bad has happened. Millions of us acted on a matter of great importance, important not just to our own individual interests, but to the common good, in a state of vincible, that is culpable, ingnorance.

We had a duty to overcome our ignorance before we acted, if we could have done so by reasonable diligence. But what if that information just wasn't there? What if Effendi Obama's record was being hidden from us?

In that case, we should have drawn the inference that what was concealed was adverse to the one concealing it. This never happened, and that was our great failing.

This guilt extends not only to those who voted for the Effendi, but even to those opposing him, whose duty it had been, under out adversarial political traditions to point out what we did not know about this man.

Posted by: Lou Gots | Dec 29, 2009 4:24:11 AM

I think it should be "Obamism."

Posted by: Chris | Dec 29, 2009 8:47:49 AM

Though as a Catholic I am usually willing to feel guilty for about anything, I am not going to take any credit for electing our young president. We all here at the RC opposed his election strenuously.

Posted by: Tom Smith | Dec 29, 2009 11:23:35 AM