I begin tonight with an apology that I have not been able to reply the last couple of days. My stubborn wrist has not exactly cooperated. It makes it difficult to type, as it takes me about twice as long to type as it normally does. After spending the day at work, I came home this evening to peruse the days news. News always gets more interesting as we close in towards an election. Each side becomes more desperate depending on who is leading. If a Dem is leading a Senate Contest, the GOP candidate is sure to throw out something wild. If a GOP candidate is pulling ahead, the Democrat is sure to have a new scandalous revelation to offer as proof that the opponent is the devil. I have grown used to it, although I openly admit that watching the races convinces me of one thing: Neither one of the two sides is fit to represent the average American in Washington DC. Yet somehow things never change. In fact they just seem to get worse with each cycle. As I said, I have grown used to seeing Senate and House candidates showing their ass and lying through their hypocritical teeth to sway voters. But then today, I saw something that surprised me. I hadn’t expected that the President of the United States would blatantly lie and twist on the campaign trail. Yet there it was.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think that the men who are elected President are somehow less likely to lie than those below them. After all, most Presidential candidates were in the lower chambers at one time. And when the President is actually running for office, we see them behave similarly to Congressional candidates. But in general, as I look back through my own memory at Presidential elections of the past 30 years that I have paid attention, it seemed that the Presidential races yielded a “higher level” of decency than the rat races we see for Congress.
Now I know that some of you are jumping out of your seats reading that. But bear with me a moment. There are plenty of shitty moments in Presidential campaigns. We have things like the “swift boat” stuff from the Bush v. Kerry election that are as sleazy as they come. I get that. I don’t mean that Presidential campaigns don’t get dirty. But what you can look back and see is that the candidates themselves don’t do the sleazy stuff. They may orchestrate it. They may condone it. They may even pay for it. But you don’t see them come out and actually be the one to say it. George Bush never made the claims against Kerry. The veterans group did. Barack Obama never said Palin was stupid and it was dangerous to have her “one heartbeat from the Presidency.” The media did that for him.
And there is a reason why this is. In general, the people who are running for the office of the President have to appear Presidential. Getting down and dirty in the trenches is not seen as Presidential. Presidents are as dirty as they come. After all, they rose as the cream of the political crop. You don’t think you become the most powerful person in the dirtiest profession in America by being the lone “clean” guy, do you. Of course not. But what Presidents do is appear to be different than other politicians. They appear to be more refined, more composed, more dignified, more Presidential. The people have to believe that the man they select to lead the Executive Branch is a better person than those in the Legislative Branch. That he (or she) is above the pettiness and the partisanship and the back door dealing and the corruption.
Think about this last election of Obama. He ran on a campaign of “Hope and Change.” That was appealing. He promised to change the way that government did business. He promised to get both sides to work together to solve America’s problems. He promised to eliminate the back door dealing and secrecy with new complete openness. In short, he promised to be everything that government currently was not. He presented an image of himself that was above the rest of the politicians, different from them. He presented himself as Presidential. And American bought it. Of course, time has shown that it was all a sham. He is just as partisan, just as secretive, and is in no way different than any of the other Presidents before him in terms of being a regular politician. He has proven since assuming the office that he is not Presidential.
But today I saw him take the next step down on the ladder. The President spoke at a rally in Philadelphia. And the message he brought forward was equivalent in stature to the swift boat stuff from 6 years ago. He took the podium and made some outlandish accusations, including:
So they spent the last 20 months saying no — even to policies that they had supported in the past. They said no to middle-class tax cuts. They said no to help for small businesses. They said no to a bipartisan deficit reduction commission that they had once cosponsored.
I don’t have a problem saying that Republicans are full of shit. I wouldn’t mind him saying these things if these things were true. The GOP did not say no to middle-class tax cuts. They said yes to keeping ALL tax cuts. The anti-industry Democrats said no to extending those tax cuts for the wealthy. Democrats are counting on people not actually reading or hearing any news of what actually happened. They did not say no to help for small business. They asked where the money way going to come from. These are spins from the President, and blatantly dishonest. He knows he is lying, but this doesn’t qualify as the President doing something other Presidents haven’t done. These first bunch of quotes are just ones that I wanted to comment on. I will let you know when we reach the one that I felt went too far.
Now, what’s also the truth is we’ve still got a long way to go. The hole we’re climbing out is so deep, the Republicans messed up so bad, left such a big mess, that there are still millions of Americans without work. I want everybody to understand this, just in case there’s still some undecideds out there. Before I was inaugurated and before Joe was inaugurated, we had lost 4 million jobs in the six months before that. We lost almost 800,000 jobs the month I was sworn in; 600,000 the month after that; 600,000 the month after that. Because any of our economic plans were put into place, we had lost almost 8 million jobs — because of their policies.
I am absolutely getting tired of hearing this complete line of bullshit from the Democratic party. The Republicans did not leave us in a hole, drive us into a ditch, or whatever other analogy these bullshitters want us to buy. GOVERNMENT did those things. Republicans and Democrats TOGETHER did those things. It wasn’t 8 years of Bush policies. The last two years were run by a Democratic Congress, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid. Not to mention that those 8 years included the largest terrorist attack in US history and the bursting of both the dot.com bubble and the housing bubble happened during those 8 years. That Democrats today are attempting to re-write history and pretend that they had nothing to do with it is bulldookey. It ranks right up there with Pelosi attempting to change the tax cuts that weren’t being extended as the “Obama Tax Cuts for the Middle-Class.” (Oh yes she did try to claim that!).
Let’s take a look at the Pledge to America. Anybody read the Pledge to America? Let me tell you, for starters, it turns out that the pledge was actually written in part by a former lobbyist for AIG and Exxon Mobil. That should tell you something right there. You can’t make that stuff up.
Let me ask you something Mr. President. Who wrote the Health Care Bill? How about the Economic Stimulus Bill? Who wrote the “Cap and Trade” Bill that you Democrats seem to love? Which President was it that restricted access to the White House visitors log to hide the fact that the head of one of the nation’s largest unions was a frequent visitor? Which President was it that issued a Presidential decree that no lobbyists could work in his White House and hired a couple of dozen to work in the White House within a few months? What a bunch of hypocritical horse shit. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
It is time that Americans were woken up to the fact that both of the two major parties are completely controlled by special interests. BOTH OF THEM. We cannot allow Democrats to continue to go out there pretending that it is only the Republicans that are in this particular boat. And before you go out thinking that most Americans are smart enough to know that the Democrats are in bed with special interests as deeply as the GOP, I invite you to visit the discussions on the Huffington Post, where you will find that a vast majority of the far left supporters really do believe that it is only the GOP.
We know government doesn’t have all the answers to all our problems. We know the private sector is primarily responsible for creating jobs and prosperity. I believe government should be lean and efficient, and I don’t want anybody in Washington wasting your taxpayer dollars.
You know that the private sector is primarily responsible for creating jobs and prosperity, yet you continue to takes actions that say government is responsible for creating jobs and prosperity. That the President that believes more than any other in “social justice” would pretend that he believes that something other than government is the answer is ludicrous. While he claims that he wants government to be lean and efficient, he has grown government at a faster rate than any President since FDR. He has created more bureaucracy than any President in recent history, thus killing any notion of efficiency. He opines about Bush turning a record surplus from Clinton into a record deficit (while completely ignoring the mini-recession early in the Bush Presidency and the effects of 9/11). Yet he somehow forgets to mention that he took a record deficit from Bush and TRIPLED it in the first year. That’s like calling someone a pig for eating the whole steak while you eat the rest of the cow.
And thanks to a Supreme Court decision called Citizens United, they are being helped along this year by special interest groups that are spending unlimited amounts of money on attack ads — attacking folks like Patrick Murphy, attacking folks like Joe Sestak — just attacking people without ever disclosing who’s behind all these attack ads. You don’t know. It could be the oil industry. It could be the insurance industry. It could even be foreign-owned corporations. You don’t know because they don’t have to disclose.
Now, that’s not just a threat to Democrats — that’s a threat to our democracy. Every American business and industry deserves a seat at the table, but they don’t get to a chance to buy every chair. We’ve seen what happens when they do. They put the entire economy at risk and every American might end up suffering.
And here we reach the moment where the President loses the ability to be Presidential. Look at what he is saying here. Look at how dishonest his statement is. Look at the speculations he is spouting off as though they are fact. “You don’t know. It could be the oil industry. It could be the insurance industry. It could even be foreign-owned corporations.” No, Mr. President, YOU don’t know. To make the claims you are making is nothing more than fear-mongering. You have no idea who is providing the funding that you are talking about. As such, how dare you make such a bold accusation as it could even be foreign companies. When you make a claim like that, you had better be able to back it up with some evidence. But you can’t.
This is a President that has stepped outside of the dignity of the office he holds. A President that decided to get dirty, to play the political games at the level of Congress, which is pretty low. As President you don’t make statements like this. You simply don’t do it without concrete proof that it is fact. He had already shown America that he couldn’t actually perform differently as he claimed he would do. Now he has come out and actually stooped to the level of Congress and the media. His claims are on par with Olbermann, Beck, and Limbaugh.
The move was a stupid one. In my opinion it is moves such as this one that very may well be the true catalyst for his failing in a reelection bid in 2012. He was unknown enough to fool a lot of people into believing he was Presidential in 2008. But by 2012, they are going to be well aware that “Hope and Change” was nothing more than a campaign slogan and his idea of being a different kind of President was that he would remove the caveat of acting Presidential, and instead stoop to the level of the media and Congress.
Given the approval rating for Congress, it certainly seems like a bad association to make for yourself, Mr. President. Shame on you for stepping down to a level below your title.
You can read a full transcript of the speech here (along with the Obamatons “Yes We Can” chants every minute and a half… sheep): Obama, Biden fired up at get-out-the vote rally in Philadelphia. Transcript – Lynn Sweet