The Obama administration and its effect on America, international affairs, and freedom.
Real Clear Politics has a great article about one of Obama’s blind spots: his lack of understanding of the conservative position, after having spent his entire life among radical liberals. From his perspective, his agenda is moderate, and his mode of governing is bipartisan. However, in a country that remains deeply conservative and distrustful of aggregations of state power and socialism, Obama’s policies are wrongheaded. While this may not give much perspective on his rhetoric, it is enlightening and helpful to counteract the assertions of our fellow citizens who believe that Washington is acting in a bipartisan and centrist manner.
Patterico praises Fred Thompson for his response to the Obama administration: wanting that which will be harmful to fail, and that which will be helpful to succeed. This differs in style but not in substance from Rush Limbaugh’s remarks, and, more importantly, fails to communicate the horrific situation awaiting America if we continue down this path. Great civilisations the world over have fallen; when the Roman Empire fell, it took most of the world with it for a millennium. America – for all its wealth, innovation, and intellectual firepower – is not immune from the fate that has eventually met every once-great country.
Speaking of Patterico’s: Scott Jacobs of The Jury Talks Back has a more fiery post about the effect of Tim Geithner’s rhetorical missteps on the American economy. This blogger is shocked to find that Mr. Jacobs failed to liken the effects of erstwhile Treasury Secretary to a WMD, or even a Republican at a swanky Manhattan cocktail party, to make his point.
It’s not just gun sales that are on the rise: the latest economic news has apparently stimulated another branch of the economy. It’s good news, especially for those in sticky situations. (With this, yours truly will stop making all sorts of double entendres.)
France, Germany, and New Zealand have rejected calls to spend their way to prosperity. When socialist countries act more capitalistic than we do, we may want to assume that they’ve tried our newfangled ideas and found them lacking.
Nevertheless, what works in compact countries like New Zealand may be comically ineffective in America – a vast, sprawling expanse of suburbs, rural farmland, and cities where the average commuting time is 90 minutes and the average commuting distance is six miles. Somehow, this blogger doubts that any amount of money or technology can get an American to say, “Road trip! Split the electric bill?”