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So That’s What They Mean by Patriotism …

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Liberals or progressives or whatever we’re supposed to call them today always get incensed at the notion that someone, somewhere has ‘questioned their patriotism.’ Never mind that the person they are accusing of this heinous offense has never (as in never) done anything of the sort.

I’ll do it though. I’ll come right out and say it. President Obama is unpatriotic.

I’ll wait for the crowd to calm down (assuming it doesn’t tar and feather me).

Okay. Why do I say this? Because of the despicable notion that members of our military should  be billed for medical care for injuries sustained in the course of carrying out their military service.

The Obama administration is considering making veterans use private insurance to pay for treatment of combat and service-related injuries. The plan would be an about-face on what veterans believe is a long-standing pledge to pay for health care costs that result from their military service.

But in a White House meeting Monday, veterans groups apparently failed to persuade President Obama to take the plan off the table.

I call that unpatriotic. Shame on Obama.

Universal health care for all except our brave fighting men and women? The man is unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.

A glass raised to Ned Rice at Breitbart.

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March 17, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Bob Beckel, Hoo Boy

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So I’m watching the new “Hannity” on Fox News which has replaced the old “Hannity & Colmes.” Not a bad effort, but I do find the format lends itself to no-depth analysis as many shows of this nature do. However, among the segments is the “Great American Panel.” Now I know none of my liberal friends think Fox News is fair and balanced, but they are very much mistaken. I tend to catch their 6pm (EST) show with Bret Baier and I know they have liberals on all the time. And conservatives. But this evening, Hannity had Bob Beckel on his panel.

Bob Beckel?

I mean WTF? Bob Beckel may be a bright guy (I have no way of knowing), but he’s the biggest partisan hack in the country. I mean that literally. THE BIGGEST PARTISAN HACK IN THE COUNTRY. He will never admit a lefty did wrong and never admit a righty did right. He has no ability to be honest about politics.

In other words – there’s no point in listening to him. He has absolutely nothing to contribute to the national debate, and having him on negates the liberal voice, which is important to have.

I’m disappointed in Sean Hannity for wasting a chair on his panel.

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March 17, 2009 at 12:50 am

Obama, Poker Player?

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Now he’s a poker player? Just as I’m beginning to think the man knows nothing other than oration I learn he plays poker. Oh. Bring. Him. On.

But seriously, in an insightful piece in the TimesOnline, Tim Reid offers some useful commentary:

What was most striking about the budget – including that it will explode the federal deficit to $1.75 trillion this year, its highest since the Second World War – was that it was a ruthless declaration of how Mr Obama intends fundamentally to change the American social contract, from Right to Left.

Its goal is not just to rescue the economy. It is to crush conservatism, end the age of anti-tax, anti-regulation policies that have been the guiding philosophies of US governance for a generation, and usher in a fresh “epoch”, as his aides call it, of New Deal-Great Society wealth redistribution and central intervention that were repudiated by Ronald Reagan 30 years ago.

I think its goal is the latter —crush conservatism. It was pretty clear all along during the election that one could not square Obama’s centrist rhetoric with his hard-left past. If the economy is saved in the process, that’s actually not so good since it will necessarily result in less government influence in the private sector. Can’t have that.

But there is also this:

Mr Obama and his aides are particularly attracted to the notion, put forward by the Yale political scientist Stephen Skowronek, that most of the truly transformative US presidents – and there are only a handful – followed failed ones. They include Thomas Jefferson after John Adams, Lincoln after James Buchanan, Franklin D. Roosevelt after Herbert Hoover and Ronald Reagan after Jimmy Carter.

I immediately noticed the flaw in this notion —all the ‘failed’ presidents on this list (Adams is questionable) were one-termers. George W. Bush was a two-term president. The parallel is further marred by the fact that most of Bush’s alleged failure is a media creation and attributing the failure of others during Hurricane Katrina (q.v. former governor of Louisiana and once and present mayor of New Orleans) to the President. Bush’s real failure was that he never managed to control his image.

But to return to Obama’s ego, one of the things that has struck me about him since he first walked on the national stage, is his singular lack of accomplishment. He has consistently managed to get himself promoted without actually doing the job he was hired to do. One might think there’s no place to go once one gets hired as POTUS, but Obama apparently does. He’ll join the pantheon of ‘transformative’ presidents.

This time, Obama will actually have to work to get there. As he’s obviously never done that before, I’m not that optimistic. But since I don’t want to go where Obama wants to go anyway, it may be for the best in the long term. In the short term however, we’re all in deep and getting deeper.

More here from Charles Krauthammer.

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March 6, 2009 at 12:47 pm

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