I have been watching an interesting phenomenon on the right which is beginning to cause me concern. I am referring to the over-the-top hysteria in response to the first months in office of our new president, which distinctly reminds me of the Bush Is Hitler crowd on the left.
(Speaking of this Bush is Hitler crowd, have you see any "I am so sorry” postings from that quarter as Obama continues and even escalates the former president's war policy in Afghanistan and attempts to consolidate his military occupation of Iraq?)
Conservatives, please. Let's not duplicate the manias of the left as we figure out how to deal with Mr. Obama. He is not the anti-Christ, although a disturbing number of people on the right are convinced he is.
I have recently received commentaries which claim that "Obama's speeches are unlike any political speech we have heard in American history" and "never has a politician in this land had such a quasi-religious impact on so many people" and "Obama is a narcissist" which leads the author of to then compare Obama to David Koresh, Charles Manson, Stalin and Saddam Hussein. Excuse me while I blow my nose.
These fellows have failed to notice that all politicians are narcissists – and that a recent American president was a world class exponent of the imperial me. So what? Political egos are one of the reasons the founders put checks and balances on executive power. As for serial lying, is there a politician that cannot be accused of that? And once, the same recent president set a pretty a high bar in this category, and we survived it. As for Obama's speeches, they are hardly in the Huey Long, Louie Farrakhan, Fidel Castro vein. They are in fact eloquently and cleverly centrist and sober. So what's the panic?
It is true that Obama has shown surprising ineptitude in his first months in office, but he's not a zero with no accomplishments as many conservatives seem to think --- unless you regard beating the Clinton machine and winning the presidency as nothing. But in doing this you fall into the Bush-is-an-idiot bag of liberal miasmas.
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