Come on Barack Obama: I TRIPLE-DOG DARE YOU!
January 25, 2010 10 Comments
ATLANTA— In the wake of the Massachusetts’s massacre, Barack Obama is reconstituting his 2008 election campaign team, centralizing control of the mid-term Democratic election campaign arm, and vowing to “fight” for his agenda. Mr. Obama and his team are declaring they will not back off big goals like health care reform and cap-and-trade. And they actually believe this attitude will help them. To this I say: bring it on, Barack!
Democrats cannot accept that Massachusetts was a rejection of Barack Obama’s big government largess. But that interpretation is not an invention of FoxNews and Rush Limbaugh, it’s a reality that news organizations the world over are covering and dissecting. There is a broad-based populism that is swelling up even in the most unlikely of places against government over-reach during the past several years.
Barack Obama’s agenda is the ultimate big-government overreach. For a man who so accurately read the near-term political landscape in 2008 in winning the presidency, he has horribly misread the longer-term political landscape of the United States.
Ronald Reagan fundamentally shifted America’s view of the state, and it is going to take much more than a sappy campaign of “hope and change” to alter America’s perspective back to favoring big-government solutions.
The utterly despicable behavior of the U.S. Senate in the final weeks of the health care negotiations only fueled this long-held perception that the government is a large, corrupting force, politically self-interested and incapable of adequately solving our social problems.
I think if you confronted Americans with a given social problem and asked them, would you prefer to confront this problem by being given more personal options and being allowed to address it yourself or having your personal options limited and letting your elected representatives address it for you, it’s no contest as to which side would win.
And yet that is what the Obama agenda is about. Limiting personal options and letting government address our legitimate long-term concerns over health care costs, energy dependence, and education.
Barack Obama witnessed a revolution against his agenda last Tuesday. And it is clear from the news reporting we got over the weekend that Mr. Obama has not understood this in the least.
I love my country and I want what is best for it. And so part of me roots for Mr. Obama to “get it” and to change course and be more centrist and moderate in the coming months- to reject his own agenda.
…but there is an even bigger part of me that recognizes Mr. Obama’s every instinct seems antithetical to the values of freedom, economic growth and prosperity. That part of me recognizes he will stubbornly not change course. But that part of me also knows my own connection with the underlying American social fabric and recognizes that I stand with a vast majority of Americans in opposing big-government overreach.
That part of me says: let Barack Obama keep on fighting!
It is clear from Massachusetts that his fight more than anything else will ensure a quick and sustainable conservative revival in this country.
Keep it up, Barack!