Friday, August 7, 2009

The White House - Thugs on Parade

I have not seen anything like the thuggery being committed by the White House on the health care initiative. Nixonian in scope an execution, it is designed to reign in dissent and, ultimately, 1st Amendment rights. A couple of points:

  • If Bush had come down on war protesters or Code Pink (both organized groups) he would have been impeached. But when Obama does it, the media and a significant portion of the public look away and allow him room.
  • If, like the spin that is being told, you believe that this is a small but vocal minority, especially based on the approval ratings of the proposed bill, then you will have a big surprise for you in the 2010 elections.
  • Obama holds dominant positions in both houses. If this is good legislation, supported by mandate, it is a lay-down. Why won't it get through? Republicans can do nothing to stop it. Period.

Obama was ushered in on a wave that was massive, and appeared poised to have Democratic dominance of Washington for decades to come. In 8 short months, that hope is lost. People are realistically (as supported by the polls) talking about taking back the congress in 2010 and the presidency in 2012. The speed and height of Obama's fall are truly remarkable, and he now runs the risk of losing the media and splintering his party.


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