…then become a progressive Democrat. It is such a simple solution to the trying problems of our times. Imagine being able to revert to a near-childhood state of mind, and a juvenile sense of responsibility! Oh, if only we could – but, those mean old Republicans, with their responsibility, and reality…Darn those buzzkills!
Having a shrinking ability to determine reality from fantasy, the progressive movement has made the most of its past few years in positions of power in the United States government. From the time Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid ran rough-shod over the country in the U.S. Congress, along with Barack Obama’s continuing “leadership”, to the on-going fantastical, fanatical stories reported in the mainstream media, there has not been a story that they have not tried to spin wildly to their own benefits. Even when the progressive politicians have sought to relay a legitimate story, or seemingly valid concern, they seem to be guilty of sins of omission or finger pointing. I am honestly beginning to wonder if progressives either cannot deal with the truth, or if we have reached a point where they are now simply refusing to deal with the truth.
In just the last few years, we have seen a “surprise” healthcare bill. Liberals passed it through various tricks and legislative maneuvers. Giddy with the outcome, Nancy Pelosi, admitted she herself did not know exactly what the bill contained, and that we would find out soon enough. In short order, Americans everywhere tore through the legislation, and found the many problems and sketchy funding mechanisms employed within. The best things that have come from the entire mess are; the humongous amount of political capital wasted by Congressional Democrats and Obama, and how many seats that they lost in the 2010 election, and last, but certainly not least – the creation of a reinvigorated American political force – the Tea Party.
In just the last few months, we have seen a woman, paraded in front of cameras for a hearing in Washington, to gin up support for women’s healthcare. After faulting her Catholic University (Georgetown) for not covering her prophylactics, the mainstream media changed to try to claim she wanted other woman’s reproductive issues and medications covered (despite her repeated testimony referring to “birth control”). More details came out, and it was revealed that she was not the poor, struggling college student that she was billed as by the media, but was in fact, a 30 year old law student, with a long history of activism. Progressives looking for some sympathy, were forced to change their narratives.
In just the last few weeks, we have seen a young man, now in hiding, due to threats on his life, and another associated young man having lost his life. People like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton were quick to arrive on the scene, and point toward what they were positive were the problems with the case – racist, shoddy police work, and a sociopathic, racist killer. The first stories from the media were that the white man (George Zimmerman) killed the other young man (Trayvon Martin) simply because he was black. They would have us believe it was a simply cut-and-dried case of racism rearing its ugly head. Except, again, the media got it horribly wrong. The white man was actually a Hispanic, and he may have been defending himself – not seeking a certain target to murder, based solely on their race. To try and keep the manufactured narrative alive a little longer, we have seen in the past few days, the explanation that Trayvon may have lost his life because he wore a hoodie, and a Democratic Congressman Hank Johnson explained Trayvon was “executed for WWB in a GC”. Slowly but surely, progressives seeking to cash in on the tragedy are being forced again, to change their narratives.
We have seen GOP legislators chased out of their offices by both their own party, as well as by an opposition, who smelled blood in the water, and thought they could make some political points from the mess – capturing a “soft” seat, or illustrating how terrible the other party is. Not having to follow a pesky code of conduct or code of honor, or not holding many ethical considerations, and barely meeting any legal requirements, must be a very freeing life for progressives. Having media that seeks to exonerate you, rather than hold you responsible for anything you have done, must be nice too.
For the mythical beginnings of a presidency, fully invested in the election rhetoric of “Hope and Change”, the current realities are far short of the promises. A massively increased deficit, an additional war (yes, I know, it’s not a war – it is a “kinetic military action“), and a highly polarized American public, are some of the things that have been changed, and the hope looks farther and farther away as his term in office rolls onward. Regular bouts of inaction, frequently follow up by mercurial rhetoric, have also become expected by this president. It’s almost as though at the exact times he should do nothing, he acts (usually wrongly), and at the times he should act, he does nothing.
Proof of the inaction-when-action should be the order? A few examples come to mind. First, when the Green Revolution in Iran tried to topple one of the world’s most threatening regimes, in the Middle East, that of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He could have decried the stolen election itself, or when the electoral opponents claimed widespread vote-fraud, the Iranian government’s violent crackdown. While protesters were marching in the streets, and shouting at any media that they could find, requesting assistance and aid from the United States or other western powers, our president did nothing. Perhaps he thought his presidency was too young to risk going to war to help a people struggling for some measure of freedom? Perhaps he was afraid of unintentionally helping nefarious elements hiding in the Iranian freedom movement? I doubt that was the case, since a year later, he was faced with a similar situation in Egypt. Again, the order of the day was nothing. Even the main stream media began to wonder if the president would even mention the ongoing plight of the thousands in Tahrir (“Liberation”) Square in Cairo. Eventually, he did speak, and strongly urged the despot-for-life, Hosni Mubarak to step down. No shots fired, and he can still take credit for “helping” the situation. Since, he has tried to open diplomatic channels with what appears to be the new Egyptian government, consisting of the Muslim Brotherhood, among others. Currently, while Syrians march, and face their own military’s live firing at them, the president is wholly silent on the escalating slaughter.
For whatever reason, his actions seem to come with either little point, or at a major expense of some sort. I suspect because of his formerly mentioned neglecting to act against a threat that may have been “tough”, he is now overcompensating. While previously arguing against military actions in Iraq and escalation in Afghanistan, he has opened a new war front in Libya, via NATO. As it stands, the world now faces a hardened and angry Muammar Gaddafi. He has already threatened to blow up Tripoli to spite our NATO allies. This entire military action required a complete “go around” of the United States Congress, but whatever – he’s trying to show the world he carries a big stick, I suppose. I doubt that casts him in a good light anywhere, especially in the Middle East.
I find it ironic that the little man in the Oval Office seems far more likely to use a heavy hand with his own people than against outside threats. You should remember his retort to American concerns about his spending, and the legislation happily passed by Congress, that he then signed – “We won”. This is the same president who had referred to the Republicans as the “party of no”. This is also the same guy who has rejected every plan that the Republican House has offered to try to rein in run-away spending. This is the same president who looks into a camera and claims to Americans that he is trying to negotiate “in good faith”. I for one do not buy it. I have seen far too much in this still young presidency, to take anything he says at face value. I caught a show this afternoon that raised the possibility of a Republican landslide in 2012. Most opinion polls show his approval ratings sliding downward consistently (if you do not count the bump he got for ordering a SEAL Team Six to take out public enemy number one, Osama Bin Laden). Senator Bernie Sanders has even raised the question of having someone primary the president. I am heartened to find out I am not the only one who sees this political neophyte and clueless organizer for what he is. At the same time I realize, we only have two more years of this incompetence, I think, we still have two more years of this incompetence!