We all need a political reality check

Many times I find myself wishing that I could take President Obama at his word. Of course the same could be said of many politicians but Obama so often presents himself as such a likable guy. He’s definitely a gifted orator. His words about togetherness flowed like honey in his inaugural address. Who (in times like these) wouldn’t feel moved by such a speech? And I truly sympathize with the monumental task of being president. Anyone in such a position will be harshly and unjustly criticized. I often pray for the president and his family. 

But, as much as I’d like to believe in the words of the president, it saddens me to agree with those who warn that Obama is a smooth talker who uses words to deceive people. The difficulty with not accepting this warning is the President’s record. 

There’s no escaping the fact that Obama is a passionate and divisive partisan ideologue. He’s driven (defiantly at times) by an agenda to bring America under a liberal view of big government. “In the weeks after his re-election, Obama displayed enormous and impressive energy as he moved to break the Republican Party,” Matthew Continetti noted on The Washington Free Beacon on Jan. 18. “He pressed the GOP on every front, including tax increases, the debt ceiling, gun control, an immigration plan that includes amnesty for illegal migrants, and nominating for secretary of defense a Republican dove who, unlike every other prospective cabinet member, is eager to whittle down his department.”

All politicians are guilty of partisanship but Obama relentlessly promotes himself as a unifying leader. He wants us to view him as a leader who cares about what the people want. Yet he aggressively imposes his social agenda on the country while being unmoved by the fact that almost half of the voters voted against him.
The President’s determination to socially restructure America unfolded like an outline in his second inaugural. At times his language was coded in ways that some would miss, but I agree with columnist, Charles Krauthammer who described the address as “an ode to big government.” This was Obama’s moment for declaring his intention on “expanding liberalism’s agenda for climate change, gun control, immigration, and gay rights. He outlined the liberal agenda, the big government agenda in the future,” Krauthammer said.
Don’t miss how he contrasted America’s original dream of “all men are created equal” with “the privileges of a few.” After admirable words about working together, he turned to his economic agenda in saying, “our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it.” Clearly Obama is interested in a version of equality based in notions of financial redistribution – a philosophy that is taking us into economic ruin. 
But before being too hard on the president for being a champion of the welfare state, all blame cannot be laid on him. The American people have increasingly and naively looked to the federal government as their big daddy.

Our future will be determined not so much by a single president as by the choices of an electorate. Will we continue to hand freedoms over to government? Do we really want a welfare state? Let’s vote for politicians who won’t use our money to appear compassionate.

Let’s remember that the only way government gives you anything is by taking it from taxpayers. Try changing the way you talk about government. Each time you say, “The government should pay for…” instead say, “You and I should pay for…” Perhaps this will lead us back into reality.

Steve Cornell

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1 Response to We all need a political reality check

  1. Steve, you and so many others espousing an alleged “small government” philosophy seem to have a case of amnesia when it comes to the actual facts surrounding President Obama and how he has “repeatedly contributed to Washington gridlock.” As a citizen who has voted for the candidate rather than the party affiliation of that candidate throughout my life, I am indeed proud of “the president we elected,” regardless of his ethnicity. President Obama demonstrated remarkable patience and civility throughout his first term despite the almost immediate hostility and intransigence that he encountered from the Republican Party, who literally from day one of his presidency, made it their top priority to defeat him. As Mitch McConnell infamously said (and Michele Bachman repeated ad nauseum), “the single most important thing that we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” Bear in mind that this statement was made in October 2010, when our country was on the brink of default. Rather than reaching out to the elected president in a spirit of bipartisanship, top Republicans including Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Jim DeMint, Jon Kyl, among others, actually met in Washington D.C. on the evening of the first Obama inaugural and immediately strategized that they would not cooperate with the new president. From Robert Draper’s book “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives,” consider this excerpt: “The dinner lasted nearly four hours. They parted company almost giddily. The Republicans had agreed on a way forward: Go after Geithner. (And indeed Kyl did, the next day: ‘Would you answer my question rather than dancing around it—please?’)Show united and unyielding opposition to the president’s economic policies. (Eight days later, Minority Whip Cantor would hold the House Republicans to a unanimous No against Obama’s economic stimulus plan.) Begin attacking vulnerable Democrats on the airwaves. (The first National Republican Congressional Committee attack ads would run in less than two months.)Win the spear point of the House in 2010. Jab Obama relentlessly in 2011. Win the White House and the Senate in 2012.”
    As an objective measure of what I consider to be the President bending over backwards to try to reach out to the Republicans, spend the time that I did and watch in its entirety the dialogue that he engaged in with Republican leadership when he attended a meeting with them in Baltimore on January 29, 2010. It is still available on YouTube as “President Obama Takes Questions at GOP House Issues Conference”), and observe as he repeatedly urges them not to engage in the usual Washington gridlock (“I want us to have a constructive debate…”). Or give the “Bipartisan Meeting on Health Reform” held on February 25, 2010 a try (available on YouTube as “White House Health Care Summit”). Despite having a majority in both chambers of Congress, the President attempted to solicit ideas from the Republicans concerning the critical need to reform the broken health care system that contributed to the damaged economy. All he got for his efforts was the same parroted talking points from the Republicans who were desperately trying to run out the clock as they anticipated the Democrats losing their super majority: “Americans want Washington leaders to scrap the current health care bill and start the discussions on Feb. 25 with a clean sheet of paper.” Look it up on John Boehner’s congressional website, posted on February 19, 2010, the week before the summit. Now that’s bipartisanship for you.
    President Obama was elected, as were his predecessors, with a mandate to attempt to implement what the majority of Americans desired through their vote last November (and in November 2008). I’m sorry that you don’t agree with his “liberal” policies, but that’s how democracy (or more precisely, republicanism) works. When we had to endure eight years of President Bush and the near-disaster that almost happened to our economy due to an unnecessary war (among other causes), majority rule (at least in his second election) was the factor that allowed such a terrible administration to implement their policies. As to your point in your column, “Yet he aggressively imposes his social agenda on the country while being unmoved by the fact that almost half of the voters cast their vote against him”, I hate to break it to you, Pastor, but that’s known as majority rule.
    If you examine the objective evidence, our economy is absolutely starting to show signs of not only a recovery, but possibly a complete resurgence. Though our nation is still dealing with stubborn unemployment, which in many ways is beyond the control of the government, the Dow Jones has experienced a tremendous recovery since the near-crash of the fall of 2008 (“As Worries Ebb, Small Investors Propel Markets” – New York Times January 25, 2013), the housing market is showing very positive signs of growth, among other indices of an increasingly vibrant economy. I marvel at how the Republicans are always able to get blue collar people from so-called “Red States” to consistently vote against their own interests, whether striving to dismantle unions trying to prevent the return of the days when workers were virtual slaves, or convincing people (like Mitt Romney did) that going to the E.R. is an acceptable health care option for those so impoverished that they cannot afford health care coverage. I’m sure that you realize that “Obamacare” was originally the almost identical health care system proposed by the Heritage Foundation to encourage “personal responsibility.” If you have the time (which you appear to have as demonstrated by your incessant blog posts), I encourage you and your flock to read two great books: “Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches From America’s Class War,” or “What’s the Matter with Kansas.” I am also incredulous that right-leaning Christians consistently ignore the social justice message that Jesus preached, but are able to glean a “small government” philosophy from his teachings. It occurs to me that the actual religion being practiced by some is not “Christianity” but “American Right-Wingianity.” And don’t get me started on that pesky Second Amendment…Jesus would want you to have an AR-15 available while you’re turning your other cheek.

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