Stay classy San Diego. So is dissent still Patriotic?
In case you missed it, when President George W. Bush was announced to the crowd, some booed loudly, shocking even the commentators on the official Obama network, MSNBC. One section of onlookers sang, "Nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye." And, finally, as Bush left the White House, one deep thinker took the opportunity to give the "one-finger salute," thus saying more about himself than anything else.
This from a movement that fancies itself all about peace, love and global karma.
So much for the "responsibility" era, that Obama was supposed to bring to the country. So much for a "New Politics." Unless of course you were like me and knew that "New Politics" really means the Chicago Way.
Look at the Stimulus Bill. If anything needs a "New" way it's that.
"We're being a little too politically sensitive to the conservative right," said Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.), drifting well off the new administration's message. "Coming to the middle on a political spectrum does not make it right."I agree with Rep. Boehner, the bill is little more than "liberal Democrat ideas that were stuck in the back of a cabinet somewhere." Of course when the CBO report came out and it wasn't what the Democrats wanted to hear. The report that projected less than half of the $355 billion that House Democrats would spend to create jobs through infrastructure programs and other efforts is likely to be used before the end of fiscal 2010, had to immediately be ignored by the Dem Leadership. It needs to be bigger they say. $13 billion for formula grants to increase the federal share of special education costs and prevent these mandatory costs from forcing states to cut other areas of education. How much of that will be going straight to the Teachers Unions, then right back to House and Senate Democrats as "Campaign Contributions?"
At which point the House of Representatives fell back into its comfortable partisan ways: The majority pushed its bill through committees last week on largely party-line votes, and the minority complained that it had been railroaded.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi summoned her no-nonsense voice to remind the losers of how majority rule works: "Yes, we wrote the bill. Yes, we won the election." (The California Democrat then remembered to add: "That doesn't mean we don't want ... bipartisan support.")
As for GITMO, Barry screwed the pouch. He caved in to the anti-war left. When we are attacked, all those anti-war code pinkers will all be yelling, "It's not my fault." I really do hope that Obama screws everyone, closes GITMO, open another detention area and sends all those prisoners to some pacific island 300 miles from nowhere.
He can't free them (see Said Ali al-Shihri), most of their own countries don't want them. Sending them to Egypt and Yemen will amount to Extraordinary Rendition, which he said he wouldn't do. So what send them to Fort Levenworth? Ha I'd like to see anyone welcome those detainees to their homes. Maybe we should start a Code Pink/Detainee Big Brother program. Everyone that wants the prisoners free, will have to take one in and try to rehabilitate them with love and kindness. It'll will kill two birds with one stone.