After a little over four months in office, President Barack Obama has been abandoned by the Democratic Party on Gitmo and health care, two major issues that required guts and conviction. We are now treated to a public policy that continues to serve the power elite and phony wedge campaigns by the GOP. I know, it sounds clichéd, but what else can you say about the way things are turning out. For instance, in the NY Times:
Good god! I thought even a simpleton would be able to grasp the idea that Republicans have for the last eight years ignored everything that has now crumbled around us in this recession. “The party of NO.” THE NAYSAYERS. The same Republicans who are complaining the president is taking on too many issues. Am I hallucinating or are the writers of this Times piece completely out to lunch? Then another article had this bogus topic:
Democrats often complained about President George W. Bush’s frequent use of a rhetorical device as old as rhetoric itself: creating the illusion of refuting an opponent’s argument by mischaracterizing it and then knocking down that mischaracterization … guess who is knocking down straw men left and right? To listen to President Obama, a veritable army of naysayers has invaded Washington, urging him to sit on his hands at the White House and do nothing to address any of the economic or national security problems facing the country.
“There are those who say these plans are too ambitious, that we should be trying to do less, not more,” Mr. Obama told a town-hall-style meeting in Costa Mesa, Calif., on March 18. “Well, I say our challenges are too large to ignore.” Mr. Obama did not specify who, exactly, was saying America should ignore its challenges.
If there was one thing both presidential candidates agreed on last fall, it was the need to close the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Now the consensus from the campaign trail has dissolved, leaving Congressional Democrats and Republicans alike at odds with the White House. Talk radio and cable news hosts warned viewers that dangerous terrorists might end up in a neighborhood jail, Senate Democrats, who last week broke with their president to join a 90-to-6 vote against funds to close Guantánamo, faulted the White House for failing to provide political cover by reassuring the public that he had a clear plan the for the prisoners.It appears the Democrats left Obama dangling with one of the parties biggest campaign cries, close Gitmo. Brilliant. Now we can debate this ridiculous emotional wedge issue for months while health care reform slips to the back burner. Didn’t we just have eight years of kicking the can down the road with psycho babble delay tactics.
What the hell are the Democrats doing? The blue dog Democrats are just as big an obstacle to the liberal agenda as the GOP.