Obama, in his rhetoric about hopes and dreams, rolls out the word “bipartisan” — a lot. Time to duck again.
He repeatedly speaks of presiding over a “post-partisan” Washington climate, implying he could work more successfully with Republicans to achieve compromises acceptable to the mainstream on energy, on taxes, on Iraq.
Yet what he means is this: By electing him and more congressional Democrats, he and Congress (to a degree the present meager Democratic congressional majority cannot) could load liberals onto the federal courts, let the Bush tax cuts expire, throttle a return to nuclear energy, and pull U.S. troops out beginning yesterday. And never mind consequent slaughter and killing fields in Iraq to rival what happened following a “bipartisan” Democratic Congress’ abandonment of Southeast Asia in 1975.
In the contemporary lexicon, just as “moderate” and “centrist” have been redefined to mean “liberal,” so “bipartisan” generally stands redefined to mean “more liberal” — i.e., more leftist legislation in number and degree, more emphatic leftism (pacifism) in foreign and national-security policy, more institutionalization of leftist ideas.
So on the one hand in the Democratic primaries we have the oh-so-centrist warm and caring Hillary Clinton of the glassy eyes. On the other we have Barack Obama preaching bipartisanship while summoning the very partisan John Kerry to proclaim in South Carolina that Obama has been “right about the war from the beginning.” Even Congressman John Murtha admits the surge may be working. To continue to insist we never should have gone into Iraq, even on the verge of victory, is essentially to say we should give the place back to the jihadists. How bipartisan or moderate — or caring — is that?
Liberals rarely call themselves liberals, preferring to coo along as moderates. Yet Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are ideological twins — not moderate but exceedingly liberal. And despite the words they toss around, both are less interested in working with Republicans bipartisanly than in electing more Democrats so Congress can ram through more leftist legislation.
So when they start throwing “moderate” and “bipartisan” at you, it’s time to put your hand on your wallet — and duck.
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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