14 September 2009

From the WTF department

I'd like to offer a hearty "attaboy" to the members of the lunatic fringe who took to the streets on September 12.

By the way, for those of you interested in cementing the GOP as a permanent, irrelevant minority, dressing your kids up like this is a great start.

Andrew Sullivan has his take here. I agree with 90% of it.

I had similar thoughts in April during the advent of the tea party protests.

I don't disagree with the idea that the current administration spends too much and is unconcerned with the deficit. Unless Sarah Palin inexplicably wins the Republican nomination, I will not be voting to re-elect Barack Obama in 2012.

But how quickly we forget about the incompetent, big-government "compassionate conservatism" nonsense peddled by Bush & Co. for eight years that is largely responsible for the Obama administration sweeping into power in the first place. This was an administration that immediately squandered a $200 billion budget surplus, doubled the national debt in just eight years and at virtually every corner, attempted to expand the size and scope of the federal government (Medicare Part D, the TARP bailout, every single possible issue concerning civil liberties, etc.). Outside of his conduct of the war in Afghanistan, I cannot think of one single measure that should indicate to anyone -- Republican, Democrat or independent -- that George W. Bush was an effective president. Sorry.

Here's why that's relevant. Bush left office with an approval rating right at 30 percent. However, his favorables among self-identified Republicans remained in the 70s. I'd bet the farm that the vast, vast majority of those marching would be more than happy to whoop and holler and tell you how much they miss the free-spending Dubya. As Sullivan noted, "limited government" appears to be quite an elastic idea.

Look. I don't care for Obama, either. I have written ad nauseum about why his "changenhope" banter was nothing more than a dog and pony show, and how he has been intellectually lazy (at best) at almost every turn in addressing critics of his policies.

However, I can't take these protesters seriously. These marches are not borne out of principle or logic, but rather out of the same sort of hyperpartisanship that has driven intellectual discourse in this country to the brink of extinction.

1 comment:

Disgruntled fan in the exit turnstyle #1 said...

Dear Commish:

Are you the new liberal media? No I mean really, shoot the messenger and forget to read the message. I'm so glad you have decided act like the MSM did when Glenn Beck took to exposing Van Jones. The story last Tuesday on NPR was (and I'm paraphrasing here) "Van Jones resigns, coming up next, why Glenn Beck is an idiot..." I am an avid NPR listener because they usually do a better job of delivering newsworthy events in short periods of time than their MSM radio cohorts. That said, I have to put up with NPR's liberal bias and actually changed the station on Tuesday morning.

My point you ask? If you are going to decry the tea party protests because you find them hypocritical or late, you are no better than the MSM. The protests may be late, they may be hypocritical...maybe the Commish would give more clout to the protesters' point had they been out protesting Bush...but MORE IMPORTANTLY...what the commish missed was the substance of the protest.

Attacking protesters on anything but the substance of the merits of their protest is lazy, lazy pointless blogging...

By the commish's rationale, he can write off the protesters' POINT because he found the point ill timed.

All that aside, I suppose the commish never considered that at some point the straw breaks the camel's back. Maybe Obama went one step too far. NO, NO you say, that couldn't be it! You mean republicans didn't give Bush more leeway in office than they will a Democrat??!! Foul I cry!! Holy hell you have got to be kidding me Commish.

I guess the commish thinks that if you don't protest the first (and every) thing you oppose by marching on Washington you have forever given up your right and ability to credibly do so in the future.

1) Grab rear shirt collar
2) Pull with force
3) If head is not dislodged from ass, repeat steps 1 through 3 until head is dislodged from ass.