A ‘Flawed’ GOP Field vs. A Flawed President
Obama's shortcomings dwarf those of the Republican hopefuls.
March 6, 2011 - 12:00 am
Aside from numerous headlines on conservative blogs like “Obama dances while the Middle East burns,” there was no criticism from the mainstream media — only glowing reports and footage on the festivities themselves.
Now, in contrast, here is how a “flawed” Republican president reacted to a crisis when American lives were in danger:
- In August 2003 President Bush said he decided to stop playing golf to show his respect for the troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families.
“I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” Bush said in an interview with Politico and Yahoo News on May 13, 2008. “I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”
Here’s the signal Obama was sending the loved ones of those Americans waiting to leave Libya: We party — you enjoy the ferry.
Imagine the media outrage if George W. Bush had thrown a similar party during a crisis of this type.
- What could be more flawed than the $821 billion stimulus package, increased from the originally enacted $787 billion stimulus? Well, yes — ObamaCare may turn out to be even more economically disastrous. But one hopes the courts will intervene or Congress will defund it. The stimulus bill is so flawed, failed, and costly that our great grandchildren’s children will be still be paying for it. Filled to the brim with waste, fraud, and lies, it never pushed unemployment rates below Obama’s stated goal of 8%.
While traveling recently on the Florida’s Turnpike, I stopped at one of those huge tourist-friendly service areas with food courts and gift shops. There was a very small work-in-progress road project of about 200 square feet between two curbs. It looked like the gravel was being readied for a garden. Although the purpose of the project was not exactly clear, the sign sure was. It boldly proclaimed The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. I swelled up with national pride knowing our economy is being stimulated by a gas station shrub garden. Who knows — maybe it was a future plot for an electric car charger for Government Motors’ Chevy Volt.
And since the stimulus sign was stimulating itself, I had all the more reason to feel proud of my government’s ability to create jobs at turnpike rest stops.
Flawed? Super flawed? So unbelievably flawed that recently Obama was reduced to telling our nation’s governors at a White House meeting that, even though many of our states are flat broke, the Recovery Act helped manage every state’s budget “whether you admit it or not”? Yes. But not if you ask a fawning press or a doting media.
Republicans must unite behind one of their “flawed” candidates and help that person triumph before we all collapse under the weight of our debt.
The alternative? A second-term president who throws more glamorous parties during more international crises while ordering up more stimulus project signs.
We must defeat this modern day Emperor Nero — or else we will follow the Roman Empire down the path to collapse and ruin.