Rick Wagner Column June 04, 2009

Thin-skinned Obama supporters can’t take heat such as they gave Bush

Another week and another flurry of hard left hooks to the body politic by our executive branch, whose political tactics of floating like Hugo and stinging like Fidel have managed to move the United States from a constitutional republic toward a neo-Marxist utopia in a remarkably short time.

The problem for those of us living here is that a neo-Marxist utopia isn’t nearly as good as just a plain old United States. As many voters are learning, however, elections have consequences and the average Joe voter and taxpayer (voter and taxpayer no longer being synonymous) have to play a bit of the old ”rope a dope” and be ready to come out swinging when they see an opening.

Counterpunching is always a good strategy to win when one is playing a bit of defense, especially when the opponent has an arsenal made up mainly of wild haymakers, rabbit punches and head butts.

One thing that is becoming fairly apparent is that those on the far left, who are now in control of the federal government, have been on the attack so long they don’t know how to put up much of a defense. After eight years of concentrating frothing attacks on the Bush administration that went practically unanswered, they’ve lost the ability to take a punch.

Even the mildest criticism of their leaders brings howls of outrage and the comedy of feigned shock and indignation. It’s like that Keith Olbermann show. It must be a satire of the far left, just as “The Colbert Report”is satire of conservatives —  right?

The other night on “Hardball” with Chris Matthews, I thought one of the poor guy’s eyes was going to pop out of his head with rage at the Republicans wondering how much the president and first lady’s little outing to New York might have cost the taxpayer. I couldn’t help but think to myself, “You’re really going to need universal health care over the next couple of years if that’s your level of tolerance.”

It’s not that any of us actually expect objectivity or even fairness from most of the alphabet channels. That horse bolted the barn long ago. It’s just that you expect a little thicker skin from a group that took a fillet knife to George Bush each day for every topic from clearing brush at his ranch to squinting. You also would think they might be a little more buttressed for a fight when you have a president who at one point thought there were 57 states and can’t remember the name of his own secretary of defense.

The fight over the next 18 months to stop this clown-car race to emulate France, circa 1975, is going to be pretty intense and probably a good exercise for the republic.  After all, this is not the first time we have had to fight our way back from these kinds of policies. In fact, it sometimes seems all too familiar as we see in the following quote:

“In the United States, also, economic crisis has led to an extension of the activities of the executive and to the pillorying, by irresponsible agitators, of certain groups and sections of the population as enemies of the rest. There have been efforts to exalt the power of the central government and to limit the rights of individuals.”

When Winston Churchill spoke those words after World War II, he was commenting on the effects of FDR’s social and economic policies. Roosevelt’s national detour down the yellow brick road to socialism was luckily not pursued by President Harry Truman. The man from Missouri was too busy ending one war, starting another and stopping Douglas MacArthur from running for president.

After him, we were fortunate enough to have a president who had some experience in holding competing groups together for a common purpose and achieving a great goal. Supreme allied commander certainly can’t begin to measure up to the experience of being a community organizer, but poor old Ike — he was just what we needed.

Rick Wagner offers more thoughts on politics at his blog, The War on Wrong, which can be reached through the blogs entry at GJSentinel.com. 


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