Patterico has a post up with some videos of what’s going on at CPAC. I expect to see some red meat tossed around at a gathering such as this. Partisanship is what you expect from a gathering of Conservatives and Republicans. There’s a point though where the barbs and jabs go too far.
During the campaign there was talk as to the birthright of then Candidate Obama. Is he a native born American? It was all the rage on the far right and a complete embarrasment to me as an American. If there was any kind of real issue here it would’ve been exposed immediately. There’s no issue here folks. He was born in Hawaii as he said. Let’s get over that right now and be done with it.
Then there is John Bolton making this idiotic joke about a barbarian nuking Chicago. Are we so far removed from the Cold War where a sick joke about nuking an American city makes us all laugh? OH! Wait, it’s okay to hit on Chicago because that’s where President Obama is from? That’s bullcrap. Petty, political, cheap bull crap.
Then there’s the whole “He’s not MY President!” garbage. If you are an American then he IS your President…end of discussion. If you want to be like Alec Baldwin and say you are leaving the country then fine, you can be an idiot like Mr. Baldwin. How can you say that you support the troops and then crap on their Commander in Chief? The majority of people in the country voted for Barrack Obama. Do you thwart the will of the American public? The American system that has served us so well over these 240 someodd years? You don’t have to like this guy or his policies but you damn well better respect the position he holds. Respecting that position means recognizing him as the President of the United States. If he’s not your President then you are abdicating your citizenship.
Rush Limbaugh trots out the “I hope he fails!” and everyone jumped on it. Did anyone actually listen to his explanation? Maybe I misunderstood him but I think he said he want’s his policies to fail. Aren’t all conservatives in that boat? He has proposed reinstating the Assault Weapon Ban. Is it hypocritical of me to want that to fail while also saying I support the President? I don’t think so. I think that’s called being a proud American.
Come on people. Let’s be respectful in our opposition. American politics is a full contact sport but there is still a line that we just shouldn’t cross. The far left may have stepped all over it these past 8 years so it may be a bit hard to see but it’s still there. Conservatives believe in America. President Obama has issued several policies that I sincerely believe will be unmitigated disasters. However, like the failed skydiver flapping his arms on the way down, I sincerely hope that these policies are SOMEHOW successful. The President said the other night, and I’m paraphrasing, that all this money spent will revive our economy in such a way that we can also pay down half of the debt by 2011. So there we have our benchmark. We Conservatives failed to stop stimuluspalooza so now we have it. Shouldn’t we now hope for the success of the plan? What possible good for America can come from actively working to sabotage the plan?
If you consider yourself a Conservative, would you agree with these statements?
- Conservatives do NOT suggest killing or harming the President.
- Conservatives do NOT wish ill on the President and the Administration simply to score political points.
- Conservatives ALWAYS recognize the supremacy of the United States and want her to be successful regardless of the President.
If not then you need to reevaluate your ideology. During the Clinton years the militia movement was strong. Some of these groups were outrageously over the top in both their rhetoric and actions. A group in Idaho or Montana setup their own courts and issued convictions to politicians and the President while claiming to be true Americans all the way. That kind of rhetoric didn’t serve any purpose whatever except to mark these people as hotheaded fools. We all remember the horrible actions of Tim McVey and company. From the sound of some of the rants out there we aren’t that far from something else like the OKCity bombing. Dear God, don’t let that happen.