Today, the President declared, “The American people did not vote for gridlock.” meaning that the vox populi demands bipartisanship. Some of the Republican leadership seems to be going along already. I think they are wrong. I suspect they are misunderstand the culture change wrought by the tea party movement and approved by million of others at the ballot box.
President Obama is not just President and unelected leader of the Democratic Party, he is also the commanding officer of the left-wing, progressive, authoritarian, America-hating wing of that party. He lead a marginally legal coup d’etat that has already partly succeeded. He set out to transform American society to increase the power of government and he came through in several ways, some of which are going to be difficult or impossible to roll back: The huge increase in the national debt he engineered will not go away. We already hear that the Republican leadership is not sure it even wants to cancel all of Obamacare.
It seems to me the election six weeks ago gave the Republican lawmakers a clear, single mandate: Finish off Obama and his team of radical activists. This does not require by-partisanship, obviously, on the contrary. Between now and the end of the year, there are no problems that need be tackled right away, not even the prolongation of the so-called “Bush tax cuts.” There is nothing that the President wants to do right now that cannot be done, say January 10, when the new Republican House of Representatives is in session.
In the meantime, the Republican leadership should deny the losing, self—centered, borderline foo-foo president any victory. He should be denied what he wants at every turn, the better to expose his helplessness and his single-minded and simple-minded vision of the world. I am not promoting this because I am hateful or vengeful. I actually feel sorry for the man now. He looks like a little boy getting caught driving his Daddy’s car. I am in favor of this strategy of denial because the single most important task is to make sure he does not have a single chance to try again in 2012. I don’t even mind if our actions results in the election of another, more centrist Democratic president. A secondary cause is to expose the hard-left Democratic members of Congress so the Republicans will regain control of the upper house in 2012.
We are a long way from where we ought to be: reasonably small government, resumption of vigorous economic growth, reduction of the national debt, a dignified and rational foreign and military policy. This country will make little or no progress on those issues with a second Obama presidency. He has to go. Nothing is more important. If it serves these objectives, gridlock is fine.
Wikileak: Once more, I am underwhelmed. I did not learn anything new, fortunately. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to discover how active and how fairly realistic our State Department is.