WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is acknowledging in the wake of this week's election rout that he hasn't been able to successfully promote his economic-rescue message to anxious Americans.It is hard to believe that Obama and the left really believe this stuff, though I suppose I'd rather believe they mean it and are simply wrong than that they are lying.
Puhleeze, as Dr. Laura is wont to say (Haven't heard her in years, though. Is she still saying that?). It is certainly not that the Tea Partiers and the rest of the country don't understand your message, Mr. Obama, it's that we HATE your message. Your message is ANTI-AMERICAN, your message is MARXIST / COMMUNIST, your message is the destruction of what America was meant to be, AND APPARENTLY YOU DON'T KNOW IT. Your healthcare bill means the destruction of the greatest medical system the world has ever known (and government programs have already done damage to it), and a recipe for national bankruptcy. Again, I'd rather believe you are ignorant of the true nature of America and what's good for the nation, depressing though that is in itself, than that you are consciously out to destroy America as the Communist Party always has been, and so many suspect is true of you as well.
Obama says in an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" that he "stopped paying attention" to the leadership style he displayed during his run for the presidency.Right, "take responsibility" for a problem that isn't the real problem.
Obama also said he recognizes now that "leadership is not just legislation," and that "it's a matter of persuading people. And giving them confidence and bringing them together. And setting a tone. And making an argument that people can understand."
"And I think that - we haven't always been successful at that," he said. "And I take personal responsibility for that. And it's something that I've got to examine closely as I go forward."
We UNDERSTAND the argument, Mr. President, boy do I wish YOU understood the Right's objections to it, and that the Left in general understood. I think we need a massive education program in what America was meant to be and why Leftist policies are destructive of what it was meant to be, which is why the Tea Parties have been able to have as much success as they have had in this election.
Yes, the nation needs better solutions to the health insurance problems. But let's be clear, a LOT of the problem of the uninsured started with the government programs Medicare and Medicaid, which cost more than we can afford and are vulnerable to all kinds of fraud. Without those more citizens would have been able to afford private insurance over all the decades they have been in force.
Sure, it would be nice if the private sector could find ways to extend coverage to those who are still outside the system and still unable to afford coverage, but government interference has made that increasingly hard to accomplish.
The Left seems to think that if they steal enough from the citizenry to cover the poorest of the poor then it's just fine if millions of the middle classes go without adequate coverage. They have no sense of reality so they've been systematically destroying a pretty good system because they are deluded that their idealism can be translated into practical reality. It can't. Private charity is still the best way to take care of the poorest of the poor.
P.S. Here's a great letter from Senator DeMint of South Carolina to the newly elected conservatives, on how to avoid being co-opted and de-fanged by the establishment they are entering.