Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Over the past few months one thing has become more clear to me than it was on November 4, 2008 — Barak Obama is a bait & switch artist. He wasn't all that good at it, but good enough to get a large number of people to vote for him believing he is a "centrist". He is no such thing, I had held out hope he would live up to his rhetoric but on a large number of policy concerns he is much farther to the left than Bush was to the right.

Obama is smart, making his moves on a large number of insignificant fronts, but add them all up and they sum to a decidedly leftward lurch. It will take time for these directions to percolate down but when they do it will be too late and the guy after Obama will take the rap.

Now, Al-Pazeera has a story out on W speaking in front of a Canadian crowd:
CALGARY, Alberta – Former President George W. Bush said on Tuesday that he won't criticize Barack Obama because the new U.S. president "deserves my silence," and said he plans to write a book about the 12 toughest decisions he made in office. Bush declined to critique the Obama administration in his first speech since leaving office in January. Former Vice President Dick Cheney has said that Obama's decisions threatened America's safety.

"I'm not going to spend my time criticizing him. There are plenty of critics in the arena," Bush said. "He deserves my silence."

Bush said he wants Obama to succeed and said it's important that he has that support. Talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has said he hoped Obama would fail. [emphasis added]
Source: Bush declines to criticize Obama in Canada speech from Al-Pazeera & Yahoo News (ROB GILLIES).

Now, what gets me in this article is how Rush is gratuitously brought into the discussion. There is no mention of him being brought up in the speech. Sure, Rush is well on the record as hoping for President Obama's failure, but there were scant few Democrat well wishes for President Bush. In fact, James Carville had hopes similar to Rush's and by the last eight years so too many Democrats. Quite simply put, many Democrats despite their feigning outrage over Rush Limbaugh's desire for President Obama to fail, were in the failure cheering box from '00 to '08.

In any event, I don't think we can be 100% united for more than brief periods of time. This is not an indictment, but a praise. Our nation was built on the premise we will never agree and instead of assuming 100% agreement rules were put down to deal with our disagreements in a peaceable manner. I am much more in fear of those who outrage at Rush than those who outrage at squishes who praise President Obama. Remember, President Obama commands the US Military and Federal Law Enforcement, whereas Rush does not.

For the record, I detested the bleating of certain commentators who were outraged (or at least acted so) when Democrats would "play politics" with our national defense. Politics is how we settle our disagreements, I rue the disagreements but in a liberal society there are bound to be disagreements.

I too hope for an Obama failure. I fear the direction he is trying to lurch the nation into is one of servitude and slavery.