Friday, April 26, 2013

Ever the Optimist

Ever the Optimist.

I just read Peggy Noonan’s article from the Wall Street Journal, I pulled it from the Drudge Report.
I’ve always loved the way she writes, and the common sense she weaves through her pieces.  Her ability to show how the “The Presidential wheel turns” and is turning on President Barack Obama was clear and to the point.  So is most of her writing.
Amid the recent backdrop of 5 living Presidents together on one stage for President George W’s Presidential Library, there was one who stood out.  While the rest evoked positive passions for, as Peggy said “the way we were”, like I said one didn’t.  Instead that one stood out as he likes to do but from the wrong emotions.  Those emotions were the ones we feel when we are being used cheaply and taken for granted by someone who is manipulative and self-serving.  Again better said by Noonan.
President Obama was more formal than the other speakers and less confident than usual, as if he knew he was surrounded by people who have something he doesn't. "No matter how much you think you're ready to assume the office of the president, it's impossible to understand the nature of the job until it's yours." This is a way of seeming to laud others when you're lauding yourself. He veered into current policy disputes, using Mr. Bush's failed comprehensive immigration reform to buttress his own effort. That was manipulative, graceless and typical.”
The wheel does seem to be turning when noted and respected journalist Tom Brokow turns down an invite to the White House Correspondents dinner because of the way the expense and foppery of the event must appear to outsiders, those not in the Beltway.  As he said the televised affair must look to the average person as if ‘We’re Versailles. The rest of you eat cake.’” Not to mention how as I try to write with Peggy’s style, the old look of two competing sides trying to be civil to one another from the past has changed to one of obvious suck-uppyness.  This article about Brokow came from Politico which normally has a slight left slant.  Again some “Wheel” turnage?

Then I ran across this “wheel turning” article again in Politico, by Keith Koffler, titled “Obama’s hubris problem”.

Koffler’s critique of Obama’s seemingly reckless race to turn Noonan’s “wheel” faster is well stated.  Koffler chronicles a few examples of the President’s “high handedness and self-absorption”.  By the time the reader has read the few it seems more like many and by the time the second page is read the many have become a picture of a manipulative, self-aggrandizing leader much more worried about the word I than We.

Further into the article Koffler brings up the idea of  and that Obama is giving off that vibe more and more by legislating from the Executive through executive order and picking which laws he and his justice department will enforce and which ones they won’t.  The saying “L’etat, c’est moi” is attributed to Napoleon and means “I am the State”.  Is it just me or doesn't it seem ironic that the sayings above "Let them eat cake" and  “L’etat, c’est moi” are French words describing an American President?

The “Presidential wheel turns” indeed and it is becoming so blatant that even what talk show host Rush Limbaugh calls the “Low information voter” is picking up on it.

The list of evidence for the turning wheel is all around us and it is coming in ever increasing cascades as an avalanche gathers coming down a mountain -- well ever an optimist I hope and work for change instead of morning about loss.  One thing seems certain, from all of the above to the arrogance and Nixonian style cover up of Ben Gazzi, to the petulance of recent press conferences when he hasn’t gotten his way, to homeland security trying to get the corner on the ammunition market to stifle gun sales without legislation, Obama is coming off the rails.  Speaking of which is the coming "train wreck" that is coming with the costs of Obama Care.  The list of his growing abuses of executive power is long and much too obvious and denials are too often and wordy to be believed anymore by most, except the most entranced.

The proof is becoming clear to more and more people, the proof indeed will be in the pudding or the "cake" as it were.

This “Obama Fatigue” that Peggy Noonan talks about let us hope not be replaced by the ”Hillary Clinton fatigue”, we all remember.  If it is, then we will have forgotten.  Forgotten about the fatigue we had with her that nearly cost her husband the election. Forgotten about her Hillary Care, and about her peevishness and pettiness.  I'm hopeful however that once she starts talking, even with Bill by her side we will remember the emotions she evoked in us, while different than those of the current President they are just as “emotionless” with that same lack of conscience or empathy that in others of lesser personage we describe as psychopathic.

Ever the optimist I think the people are saying they want more from their leaders than $500,000 hotel bills from the Vice President.  They want more than to be allowed to eat the left over cake crumbs.  They want to be exempted from Obama Care just like everyone within the Beltway seems to be doing.  They are starting to demand that laws be applied equally to Congress and Presidents and then themselves.  That our leaders should lead by example not by "do as I say not as I do".  That even a President who won two elections and is a “Lame Duck Wearing a Crown” isn’t above the law.

The final proof of the wheel turning is that Donna Brazile just wrote an article for CNN saying that Bush came through on Katrina.  The upshot of which was that beyond the talk that all politicians use to assuage the masses, the Bushes (W. and his wife) actually followed through and made more trips to the Katrina site than the Obamas and Biden’s took vacation trips and that is saying a lot.  Donna if you remember was Gore-Lieberman’s campaign manager. 



To her credit she gave credit where credit was due and some of us on the other side should also practice that a little more, and a little less preaching or the “Wheel” will quit turning.

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