Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The Hundred Days
The historically famous “Hundred Days” marked the end of one egomaniac’s career. Unfortunately, this newsworthy elapse of time occurs at the beginning of another’s venture into the history books. The Left swoons, of course, and engages in its typical practice of attributing qualities and virtues to its hero that are mostly imaginary. Does his “coolness” really reflect self-confidence and steadiness of purpose, or is it the absent-minded insouciance of an ignoramus who has launched himself onto the crosswalk in the path of rush-hour traffic? When he extended the hand of friendship to the caudillos of hostile foreign regimes, was it patience and humility, or callous disregard for the dignity of his office that caused him to ignore the sting of the joy-buzzer? Does the mere association of his awesome self with the idea of statist control expunge inefficacy and injustice from socialism, or does Obama, in fact, care only for the power at the end of the journey, and view personal freedom as just another annoying pothole in the road to serfdom?
By almost any measure of good governance, Obama’s performance is abysmal. He seems to have no sense of the idea of stewardship, of the fact that he is “standing on the shoulders of giants”; quite to the contrary, he appears to be under the impression that the election has awarded him a personal and proprietary interest in the presidency that permits him to rewrite the social contract. He has led the charge on historically-unprecedented spending, he has diminished the dignity of the United States in the eyes of the world, he proposes the kind of health care “reform” that, on its face, has been a disaster wherever it has been implemented, he has embraced the junk science behind the theory of anthropogenic global warming, and he has frozen out the GOP in his egotistical drive to ram through policies that, were they to be described honestly by the MSM, would be rejected as unpalatable, not only by Republicans, but by millions of independents, and probably by millions of Democrats, as well.
To expand on this last point: the concept of a “loyal opposition” presupposes some workable level of inclusiveness and fairness. If Obama – and the leaders of his party – believe that we should have a government of the Democrats, by the Democrats, and for the Democrats, then loyal opposition is at an end, and it is time, as I have said before, to begin working toward a constitutional convention.