Off to a roaring start…

9 03 2009

…roaring with laughter.

In a world where appearances can be everything it would appear that Obama and Co. don’t have a clue. First, he can’t make up his mind on policy – saying one thing then going with another, only to revert back to the first position at the first sign of heat from his base. Then dumping that base for positions 100% different from what he staked his campaign on, leaving everybody’s head swimming. Then supporting it again…nor not. I can’t remember.

Second, he seems to be clueless when it comes to appointing both staff and cabinet members alike. If its not tax trouble its investigations, or as we’ve seem in a case or two, his appointees politics just can’t mesh up with his, causing early withdrawals.

Now, in front of the whole world (with the glaring exception of our own country’s press) he embarrasses his country and, at the least, perplexes Great Britain. Muffing maybe to date his most important international meeting of this presidency.

For longer than I can remember we’ve shared a special relationship with the British people. In fact it was well known that they were our number one ally. Someone neglected to tell Obama’s people about all that, so I guess they’ll be blaming Bush, but one would think it was kinda common knowledge. However we now find in the Obama camp that the policy is “What’s so special about Great Britain? They’re just another country, like any other.”

Of course the little press coverage that the incident did receive here at home went more to tongue in cheek posturing, with the New York Post summing up the Brit’s complaint about Obama canceling a joint news conference with the statement that a news conference had never actually been scheduled. Well, perhaps one was never “planned”, but I’d suspect that the Prime Minister was certainly expecting one. After all, that would be the norm.

Besides, we’re told, Mr. Obama is tired. It’s hard work being the King…, I mean the President!

And isn’t anybody there that would fill Obama in on the do’s and don’ts when it comes to such things as how to show proper appreciations between nations that are so close? Certainly there is someone left on staff from some prior administration that knows the etiquette of gifting! Surely there must have been something just left lying around the place that would have had more meaning that a box set of DVD’s! I’m sure the DVD’s were nice, and would have made a fine ‘extra’, but as the main event, that was tacky at best.

Models for the boys? Well, I feel sure they liked them, if they don’t already have them…

Our press hasn’t been reporting much about this but it is getting rather large play in Europe and elsewhere. All that happiness about Obama’s election there has now turned to a bit of head scratching as they try to figure out the man. They, I’m sure, are hoping its just the jitters of newness and all the turmoil that happened over the fall that has exploded since the election. And maybe it is just a failure of focus, and time will tell…, but for now we aren’t winning near the friends that Obama’s supporters had expected.

Meanwhile Hugo Chavez is offering his guidance and direction, even if Iran now questionings Obama’s motives and plans. Most of the world seems to have their head tilted, waiting to see what’s next. Me too.

I see, too, that we gave back the bust of Sir Winston Churchill that England had sent over to us after the tragedy of 9-11, …or did they ask for that back? Oh well, they did offer to knight Ted Kennedy, so there is still that.





A Rush to judgment…

6 03 2009

I was somewhat amused by the reaction to Rush Limbaugh’s address at CPAC by many in the media, and most on the other side of the political aisle. If attacking Limbaugh for praising America, and more importantly, Americans, is the best they can do, things truly are looking up for the Grand Old Party.

Bobby Jindal too. The critics came out of the woodwork to critique Jindal’s speech the other night. A speech which expounded on the ability of Americans to overcome hardship and adversity.

On Jindal it was more of a style issue, not content. Rush’s comments however were picked on for a illegitimate reason – his wish for the Obama “failure”. What they didn’t tell you was what it was Limbaugh wanted Obama’s presidency to fail at.

First things first, so I’ll go to the Jindal issue first.

It seems to me that there were an awful lot of people that wanted Bobby to match Barack Obama’s address to the nation in flowery style and prose and say something that would open the eyes of the American public to the grave and tragic mistake that was made back first of November. That never was to be. Bobby Jindal isn’t a poet, he’s a technocrat. He speaks in terms of reality, not wishy feely hopes and dreams.

What Jindal told us was more American history than anything else. More of a ‘Look, this is where we came from and this is why we’re so great. See, these are the changes we’ve made to that and this is where thats gotten us.’ speech. And one that we needed to have made.

The “Washington” republicans had for the large part over the last few years walked away from many of the core values and principles the had brought the party to power and done so much for the country. For some reason it became stylish for them to reach out for some ‘middle ground’ and make compromises. Many thought that this was the way to ‘grow’ the party, make new friends, and work with those across the aisle.

This new ‘republicanism’ took over the leadership of the party it seems and many of our elected officials were found taking positions that went counter to what most of the mainstream conservatives believed. The past couple of national elections found many of those mainstream conservatives turning up their nose at those candidates and their backs on the republican party. The best we could manage in the past election was John McCain.

Now don’t get me wrong, John McCain is a fine man. A true hero. A great American. He’s also probably the most middle ground politician in the Senate. Heck, just a few years earlier he had been considered a viable candidate for Vice President on the Democrat’s ticket! Nuff said on that.

Bobby Jindal went before the American public as if with hat in hand and said that we were sorry we had strayed and we really do remember why and what we were and what we want to be for you, the American public, again. He may not have used those words, but that was the very real message that Jindal gave. “This is America. This is what we believe. What believe in is you.”

That’s also the message that Rush Limbaugh spoke the other day at CPAC. “When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don’t see groups. We don’t see victims. We don’t see people we want to exploit. What we see — what we see is potential. We do not look out across the country and see the average American, the person that makes this country work. We do not see that person with contempt. We don’t think that person doesn’t have what it takes. We believe that person can be the best he or she wants to be if certain things are just removed from their path like onerous taxes, regulations and too much government.

We want every American to be the best he or she chooses to be. We recognize that we are all individuals. We love and revere our founding documents, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. We believe that the preamble to the Constitution contains an inarguable truth that we are all endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life. Liberty, Freedom. And the pursuit of happiness.”

If this is what the democrats want to rally against I say let’em.

If the democrats want to take the position that American’s aren’t the great people that we republicans say they are, let’em. If the democrats want to try to make the case that our greatness didn’t come from within, but was granted to them by some government program or policy, I say let them try. If the best they can do is argue against what Rush Limbaugh has to say. I say bring it on!I don’t expect it to be long before America starts to see for itself what Obama and the democrats have brought to the American table. If arguing the simple truths brought out by Bobby Jindal and Rush Limbaugh is the best argument they can bring, well, things really are looking up for the GOP.

Look, Rush Limbaugh doesn’t want Obama to fail just because he’s a liberal and Rush is conservative. Rush wants Obama to fail because what Obama wants for America isn’t at all what we believe is right for America, and if Obama succeeds in his plans America itself will suffer. It’s just that simple. It’s not hard to understand at all.