Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Obama Begins his Final Four Years - Chris Matthews overboard in Praise, Lupe Fiasco raps anti-Obama, the Great Divide of American Politics Continues – One Solution.
Countdown - Screenshot from the Drudge Report - lest we forget
Yesterday, President Barack Obama celebrated the beginning of his second term, in televised ceremonies to the nation. There was much pomp and circumstance as befits the office of the President, and yet, some forget, that the Office of the President is an individual citizen who is duly elected by a majority, to serve the interest of the nation. That would be true no matter who has led in the past, nor who will lead in the future. The Office does not make the title-holder a king, or a dictator – just a man (or someday perhaps a woman) who had the political machine behind them, and a ton of money, to put them into the nation’s driver’s seat for a period of four to eight years. Some have been stellar, some have been bumblers, and yet, that depends on the individual point of view, and individuals tend to disagree.
This morning, over at Red State, Erick Erickson, wrote an excellent piece on the day - Entitled: “The Loyal Opposition”. In short, Erickson congratulates President Obama on his second term, and then lays out the problems he had with those on the right who were over-the-by means of “tweets” and other comments about the President – noting that it served no purpose – he spoke of the anger, and the need for the Republican Party to do something constructive, rather than to focus on the criminal aspects of the Presidents’ first term – Benghazi and Fast and Furious for example. The blame, Erikson wrote, fell on the “establishment Republicans”. On several points Erickson is correct. It is correct to congratulate the President of the United States on winning a second term. Whether on agrees of disagrees with the President’s policy – the fact remains he was hired bay majority of the people to represent all the people, thereby he happens to be all of the “collective” our President. Fortunately one can still agree or disagree with the President, but one should also be outraged by the work done by leaders of the Republican Party in office. They have done nothing but act like cohorts of the President for fear of being “disliked by the public”. They refuse to take one for the team, as the saying goes, and therefore, are as complicit in the minds of those who do not care for the President’s ideology as the President himself.
There are those who view the President as some sort of “saint” or in the case of Chris Matthews, as the second coming of Abraham Lincoln. Matthews, apparently not a history major, suggested that Obama’s speech was as great or great than the Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln(for those Historically Impaired). He was, of course, off the mark, the speech delivered by teleprompter spoke of a change in the way we perceive the world, in peace, and it was a typical progressive speech, one that anyone at the union hall would have delivered, but perhaps not as well. How does one compare, realistically, Barack Obama and Lincoln – in the only way possible – both men had no disregard for the Constitution, due process and acted much more as the sole arm of the government, giving short-shrift to those other branches – the Legislative and Judiciary. That is an accurate assessment. Barack Obama is fighting political opposition, so was Lincoln. Obama uses the press to his benefit; Lincoln jailed the press for disagreeing. (This makes one wonder if the press is more aware of the connection hat one might suppose).
Rest assured the administration does not care for dissent. Ask Lupe Fiasco – (who?) Lupe Fiasco is an entertainer, a rapper, one of the many that came up at the same time as Eminem, Three Six Mafia, and a few others whose names have been forgotten as the changes in what’s hot in pop culture and music move forward. Lupe was to perform at a pre-inauguration event, and while in practice, Lupe’s “rap “included more than a bit of anti-Obama messaging. He was summarily strong-armed off the stage. The video and story is available at The Daily Caller. The fact that Mr. Fiasco, decided to exercise his first amendment rights, and was prevented from doing so, may upset some, but his timing, in reality, was off a bit. It was neither the time nor the place (although granted, it would have given him a huge audience for messaging), but it was seen as disrespecting the Office. The Office is of import, not the man who holds the office. That is the difference everyone who was negative yesterday, seemed to be missing. If Lupe Fiasco wants to become part of a movement to take a slightly right turn, then he would better serve the country and his ratings among 50 percent of them, by releasing more of those tunes to the general population and like those Lady Gaga’s and Madonnas, use the stage as a “teaching” moment, to those who would be shocked by a different point of view.
The Drudge Report Reminds us of the reality of the station – the Headline reads: 1461 days – directly underneath a photo of the President. This headline links to a CNN online article on the Inauguration and the social festivities which are part and parcel of the event.
It is not that the man will be reelected, (although some insist this will take place) – but a change is definitely needed, and that is in the perception by some, both in government and in the political party that is the Republican Party, and in the Tea Party, and in those Parties that see a different agenda for America, a free society, that allows everyone to get up and out, rather than to get a handout and then vote for more. Yesterday was neither the time nor the place, as Erik Erikson pointed out, but a time to celebrate that we are a free people and agree or not, the President, again is our President. That said, there must be change with a backbone, and that will require opposition leaders (anti-progressives (socialist/communists) who will fight tooth and nail to get their message out to a hostile media, never mind FOX, which is most likely sympathetic, but the trenches. If someone disagrees with a position in the media, then it is the duty of a conservative to convert and teach, and at the very least, use composure to disagree and use a teaching moment in front of a camera, no matter how small an audience – and above all, no rhetoric. What the nation needs is a new “Newt”, not that there is much wrong with the old “Newt”, (except a few flights of fancy), but someone who, was able to get his message across, and yes, in doing do, lost his position, that requires someone who can take one for the nation, rather than for some imaginary team (speaking of the Republican Party). Leaders, who will not go to Washington, collect their salary and then vote with the Speaker of the House to raise the debt ceiling – for example. Until and unless those types of leaders emerge, this ridiculous name-calling does nothing, using the time strategically and in the right place and time, will. What the average American does not know should be hammered home, again, and again, - That the government has no money of its own. That they are thanking the wrong group of people for their good fortunes, be it free cell phones, an ebt card, or unemployment extensions or selective tax break. The taxpayer is the sole revenue of the government, and father, Government employees, producing no discernible income from a source other than the government, is also beholden to the tax payer. The true taxpayer is one who resides in the private sector. Should the private sector not produce enough taxpayers, then there will be no benefits, period.
There is the salacious argument that teachers, and any government (state or federal) employee pays taxes. This statement is true. It is the need to point out to those who should be smarter, that their paycheck comes from the government, and that the government has no money of its’ own. So, their paychecks, and the taxes they pay, are coming from the private sector, and the individual taxpayer.
Therefore, if there are fewer public sector taxpayers, then, math suggests that sooner or later, one must either raise the debt ceiling and borrow the money (which has to be paid back in the form of “revenue” – (revenue is a code word for taxes on those who have private sector jobs), or should that fail, and there is not enough private sector jobs to sustain a raise in the debt ceiling, the benefits will – stop.
Until that message delivered, and understood, there will be no “progress”. Of course there are other problems that are faced daily, but, ignorance, in this case, may not be “bliss” should the economy go into further decline. In any event, this should be hammered home, which would prevent one’s children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and so on, from having to pay exorbitant taxes in order to bail out individuals who benefited from excesses of this and previous administrations (include states).
That is the message that the Congress, the Senate and the Office of the President depend on the largess of the private sector employee, (not on billionaires and millionaires) that every dime wasted, is a dime that belongs to the people, in collective, and that should be used for the nation’s defense and roads.
Without the private sector, those we complain so vehemently about, would not be sitting so pretty in Washington, rather, they would have to resort to living as “we the people” do, on a paycheck, from a firm or business they establish. It’s a basic concept, and it needs to be taught, from the bottom to the top.