Saturday, November 07, 2009

Hope and Clueless

On the political/social scene, things have been so crazy lately that it defies imagination. When I sit down to try and blog about it to vent a bit, my blood pressure starts to rise way out of proportion. And of course, my current job situation (in the belly of the beast so to speak) makes it a bit difficult to take part in Tea Party Demos. So what to do?

Obviously the main-stream media (now the state-controlled media) is of little value and this is very dangerous since the Founders were counting on the media to keep the citizenry well informed as a vital part of our republic. Luckily, we do have some limited alternatives. Fox News has stepped forward to establish a beach head and althought the loony-left discounts them; the ratings speak for themselves. I also had to restart my subscription to National Review (allowed to lapse during Bush's first term).

And as usual, Wes Pruden has an interesting column this week that sums up the off-year election results in VA and NJ. If we thought the Clinton white house was in constant campaign mode, the current effort by BHO and his socialists makes theirs look like a freshman government project.

To quote Pruden:

"Mr. Obama continues to campaign for the job the rest of us thought we gave him a year ago. The day after the Republicans sent wake-up calls from Virginia and New Jersey, he was back on the stump, working up a sweat -- or at least a gentlemanly perspiration -- and breathing hard against George W. Bush."

Followed by this:

"Some of this was even true. Americans had, in fact, gone to the polls the year before, and had in fact cast ballots for "the future they wanted to see." Very few voters ever cast ballots for a future they don't want to see. But the rest of his stump speech was a good deal of the windy exaggeration expected during a campaign. But like it or not, Mr. Obama is the president now, and the opportunities and failures at the White House are his. George W. is back home in Texas, where he no longer frightens women and horses. We've still got record deficits, two wars and now our allies don't know what to believe. Someone should break the news, gently, to the president that the election is over and he won."

And who can't help but get down-right chilled when they see Pelosi open her mouth and cast those loony deer-in-the-headlights eyes at the camera. Pruden finishes with:

"Nancy Pelosi and her purveyors of fairy-tale economics in the House understand this. The longer Congress takes to create the vast bureaucracy to "reform" health care, the greater the likelihood that common sense and a righteously angered public will kill the evil scheme. Most people look at the $1.05 trillion - that's trillion, with a 't,' not a 'b' - health care "reform" and see a debt to crush their grandchildren. The Republicans got a lesson in the elections, too. The natives are restless; Barack Obama's windy eloquence and his 25-cent promises of hope and change are stale and getting a little moldy. Even credulity has its limits. But winning in spite of themselves won't be enough to resurrect the Republican corpse. Unattended corpses get moldy, too."

May the Lord have pity on us.


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