In June of 2009, long before the broader public viewed President Obama as an emperor without cloths, Blog reader Jim Mahoney understood the president and his radical agenda and wrote the piece below. Jim’s words penned nearly two years ago accurately predicted where the Country was heading under President Obama.
The Presidency of George W. Bush had serious flaws, especially related to his fiscal policies. However, under Barack Obama’s leadership, not one major policy area including financial, social and foreign policies has improved. The presidency of Barack Obama will be viewed by history as a failure comparable to that of Jimmy Carter.
Who is Out of Touch? Jim Mahoney © 2009
I subscribe to several liberal and conservative blogs and newsgroups to stay informed about all sides of the issues. The price I pay for this is that I received a lot of unsolicited emails. Recently I received an email with the subject “Send Cheney Packing”. It was from Jen O’Malley Dillon (why do liberals always seem to have three names?), the Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee. It was, I’m sure, what she thought was a very clever message soliciting contributions to purchase a bus ticket to send Dick Cheyney back to Wyoming. The message was illustrated with a cartoon graphic of Dick Cheney in a short yellow bus (nice bit of sensitivity there, Jen). I eagerly read the message to discover what the vice president could have said that was deserving of banishment. I’ll spare you the text of the entire message, but I will reprint selected passages from the email followed by my comments. The message begins:
“After some of his recent interviews, former Vice President Cheney has shown that he clearly doesn’t know when to pack it in. In just the last week, he’s gone on national television in an effort to tear down President Obama’s agenda – saying the President’s economic programs will be “devastating to our society” and that his foreign policy makes us seem “weak” to the rest of the world.”
Well, let’s review some of the Obama economic policies. Obama, who blasted the Bush budget deficits during the campaign, has managed to quadruple that deficit in his first three months in office. He has already spent more money than all 43 of the previous presidents combined, saddling future generations with a huge debt that we may never be able to repay. If that isn’t devastating I don’t know what is. In addition, Obama is already well on his way to nationalizing the financial and auto industries and he is moving swiftly to institute government run healthcare, unionization of companies without a secret ballot vote and granting citizenship to illegal aliens. He is acting as quickly as possible to set these policies at the national level to virtually guarantee that we may never be able to unravel them. I’m no expert, but none of this sound like a rational economic policy to me.
Obama has also been demonstrably amateurish on foreign policy matters as well. At the G 20 Summit in Great Britain he literally bowed down to the king of Saudi Arabia and then figuratively bowed down to European leaders by apologizing for America’s past “arrogance”. He traveled to the continent that gave the world Communism, Socialism and Fascism and felt that only America needed to apologize. I would have liked for him to expand the apology club a little. I’d like Great Britain to apologize for the way they starved, impoverished and tortured my ancestors in Ireland. Italy could apologize for adopting Fascism in WWII, France could apologize for its cowardice in every war since the American Revolution and don’t even get me started on Germany. However, in the world of Barack Obama, only the United States is ever at fault. But wait, there’s more. He continued the apology tour barely a week later at the Summit of the Americas. Obama allowed himself to be used as propaganda prop by Hugo Chavez, who handed him an anti-American book that Obama displayed prominently for the television cameras. Obama then sat silently as Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega unleashed a tirade of anti-American rhetoric. His only response was to express relief that he wasn’t being held responsible for things that happened before he was born. His actions project a staggering level of weakness that has to have our enemies salivating. But I suppose none of that matters to Jen as long as we have the coolest president evah! Let’s continue with Jen’s insightful observations about Dick Cheney:
“I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for him to stop sniping from the sidelines and let President Obama usher in the changes Americans demanded after eight years of Cheney’s disastrous policies.”
Sniping from the sidelines? Oh, really. I seem to remember a speech in which former vice president Al Gore was growling that George Bush “betrayed this country” by taking us into war on supposedly false information. Furthermore, Gore made these comments in a deliberate attempt to discredit the President of the United States during a time of war. Also, was it not Jimmy Carter and Gore’s former boss, Bill Clinton who broke with the long standing tradition of former presidents not criticizing their successors? And who can forget this attack on the Bush administration from Hillary Clinton when she was a sitting senator laying the groundwork for her presidential campaign? “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic, and we should stand up and say, “We are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration” (emphasis added)
I guess Jen didn’t get the memo or she would have known that Hillary herself gave the green light for dissent against any president, and Dick Cheney is merely following her lead. At the time she made her statement, Hillary was praised by the media for taking a stand and “speaking truth to power”. What is different now other than the political party of the president being criticized? Rather than waste time on the obvious, let’s get back to Jen’s big closing argument:
“…While President Obama has been working to tackle America’s biggest issues, Cheney has been busy bashing the President in nationally-televised interviews – warning about a “vast expansion of the deficit” and agreeing with Sean Hannity that the President is “naive.” “
The fact that government spending and the deficit are going to explode under the Obama administration is openly acknowledged by both the White House and the Congressional Budget Office. You want to talk naive? Obama appears to believe that he can make the brutal dictators of the world listen to reason by the mere power of his personality. In a shocking bit of irony, Obama announced a plan for unilateral American disarmament on the day after North Korea lobbed a missile into the Pacific Ocean. Although it was deemed a failure by missile experts, the North Korean missile easily had the range to make Japan a potential target, and Los Angeles could potentially be in range after a few more months of testing. Is it really wise for him to telegraph an intention to disarm at this time? By any objective measure of their handling of the economy, foreign policy and national defense, the kindest thing we can say about the Obama administration is that it is amateur night. Even after a cursory examination of the evidence, it doesn’t sound as if Mr. Cheney is incorrect as much as he is daring to speak out against the media-manufactured image that the American public is in universal agreement with everything Barack Obama says and does.
Let us for a moment accept the premise of the Democrat Committee message at face value. If Mr. Cheyney’s remarks are as out of the mainstream as they would have us believe, why not just let him spout his views and destroy his own credibility as the American people make up their own minds? Instead, any statements uttered by prominent conservatives like Cheney cause liberals to spring into action to simultaneously dismiss them as irrelevant while expending inordinate amounts of energy to discredit them. If conservatism is really dead, why do liberals still fear it so?
The answer to this question was provided in a column by Michael Reagan in which he said, “There’s an old adage that explains that one does not shoot arrows at dead tigers. If there is a fusillade of arrows flying in the direction of a tiger you can be sure of two things: the beast is very much alive and is seen as a dangerous threat to the people manning the bows.” Folks like Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal have a volley of arrows flying at them because liberals fear the ability they have to energize the conservative voters in America. If Sarah Palin is indeed as inconsequential as liberals would have us believe, why are they still viciously attacking her seven months after the election? Have you thought about John Kerry for even a passing moment since the day after the 2004 election?
The media not only attack the voices of conservatism, they also presume to decide who our spokesmen should be. Tune in to any liberal cable news network and you’ll see a panel discussion of “experts” telling the Republicans what they need to do to be successful. Their formula for success usually requires that conservatives abandon their core principles. Does it strike anyone else as strange that conservatives should accept advice from liberals on how they can be more successful? What’s next; the manager of the New York Mets giving his suggestions for the Phillies’ player roster?
As Barack Obama and his willing accomplices in congress attempt to push through their socialist programs at breakneck speed, we owe Dick Cheney our thanks for speaking up and demonstrating the backbone that is sadly lacking in the Republican members of congress. Obama needs his poll numbers to remain high if he hopes to implement his agenda and Dick Cheney is pointing out the disconnect between the public’s perception of Obama personally and the dismal reality of our economy, foreign policy and national security. The administration is well aware that Cheney’s message is being heard by both the conservative base and a growing throng of Obama voters who are experiencing buyer’s remorse. The more they attack conservatives for speaking out, the more you will know that message is gaining traction.