We conservatives are starting to understand how liberals must have felt during the Bush administration. We are almost at the hundred-day point of the Obama presidency, and there is very little that those of us on the Right can agree with. It is if we are living in Liberal Land USA — a dimension of sight and sound, but not of logic.
The tea parties were an obvious manifestation of dissatisfaction from the Right. Leftists in the media, particularly talking heads on MSNBC and reporters on CNN, called the parties “anti-government” and even “anti-CNN.” Nancy Pelosi called it “an Astroturf movement” rather than a grassroots movement. Janeane Garofalo went on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” and unloaded:
“It’s not about bashing Democrats, it’s not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston tea party was about; they don’t know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks.”
“Teabagging,” we have learned, is a slang term used in the homosexual community that all the liberal commentators seemed conversant with but that Sean Hannity (and this writer) had never heard of.
So never mind the fact that the parties were also attended by some Democrats and people of color — and that the big spending policies of George W. Bush were also slammed. The truth is that the tea parties were fairly one-dimensional; they were about Big Government committing generational theft.
But look at what else might have come up: Obama, traveling the world and apologizing for America at every turn. And since the tea parties, he’s done it again in Port-of-Spain, and he’s sat through anti-American tirades from the likes of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
With Iran inching closer to being a nuclear power, President Obama is in a virtual duel with Israel and its new Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The President is demanding a freeze of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and says the terrorist group Hamas should be a part of ongoing negotiations.
While all this is going on, the President has released memos written by Bush administration lawyers that reveal certain enhanced interrogation methods ranging from face-slapping to waterboarding to placing a harmless caterpillar in a confined space with the detainee. All of those methods (with the exception of waterboarding) seem trivial. And even waterboarding seems justified in time of war.
Let’s not forget that these interrogations are used to get intelligence information in wartime. This isn’t the same as the local cops questioning some Beverly Hills purse snatcher.
And let’s also not forget what the other side routinely does. None of the methods seem particularly harsh when compared to the usual videotaped beheadings the other side uses. Former CIA chief Michael Hayden went on Fox News Sunday to say that this is a dangerous decision. Janet Napolitano, the DHS Secretary, defends the decision — but then “Big Sister,” as some are now calling her, has also had to defend her own agency’s report that labels seemingly mainstream conservatives as potential terrorists — you know, people who are pro-life, own guns, and might not believe in global warming. You and me, for example.
And in Liberal Land, global warming is the new religion. The Environmental Protection Agency has now ruled that carbon dioxide — the gas we humans exhale — endangers public health. That sets the stage for draconian new regulations and Obama’s planned “Cap & Trade” tax on emissions. Cap & Trade could kill any possible economic recovery.
So what is there to agree with President Obama on? Well, let’s give him due credit for the Somalia Pirate rescue. For the record, let’s state that his new Cuba policy might work. Other than that, most of his policies lead to Big Government. Which is what the tea parties were about.
The American people know that Obama’s plans with regard to education, climate change, healthcare, and energy cannot be accomplished without massive tax increases and more government involvement in our everyday lives. To many of us taxpayers, that sounds like Liberal Land. We are millions strong, Mr. President, and we just might form a movement. If that’s want you want, then continue to ignore us.