Note To David Frum, David Brooks, Kathleen Parker, Peggy Noonan, Chris Buckley, et al.
Thanks so much.
Before the election, you were smarter than the rest of us. Rather than holding your tongues, you piled on to a struggling McCain campaign showing little of the restraint you so hoped Obama would demonstrate fiscally. Surprise! President Barack Obama is governing just as the unwashed conservative masses thought he’d govern: a big-spending, big-government, freedom-infringing liberal.
Those of us who consider ourselves moderates — moderate-conservative, in my case — are forced to confront the reality that Barack Obama is not who we thought he was. His words are responsible; his character is inspiring. But his actions betray a transformational liberalism that should put every centrist on notice. As Clive Crook, an Obama admirer, wrote in The Financial Times, the Obama budget “contains no trace of compromise. It makes no gesture, however small, however costless to its larger agenda, of a bipartisan approach to the great questions it addresses. It is a liberal’s dream of a new New Deal.”
David Brooks goes on to defend himself in his “moderate manifesto” and disparage the very people who were smarter than him all along. Heaven forbid power gets in the hands of those people should discontent with Obama’s policies result in Republican wins in the House and Senate.
Note to David Frum: Rush was right. Note to Kathleen Parker: does your God fear seem so helpful now? Doesn’t statist domination seem a little more fearsome than people praying? I said shortly after the election:
Perhaps Ms. Parker could gather her formidable wit and way with words and formulate a solution rather than destroy what isn’t really a problem. Dehumanizing, demeaning, and really, demonizing the whole base of the Republican party seems counter-productive for someone who is in the same party. When the foundation crumbles, the house will fall on Ms. Parker, too. Unless, of course, she’s really not part of the house anymore, if she ever was, and has already moved in spirit (and one could say, in body, considering her employer) to another home. If that’s the case, she should admit to herself and to her readers her new home.
David Frum, Kathleen Parker, Chris Buckley, David Brooks and the rest, have become experts at demolition. They need to refocus their efforts and consider what it will take to rebuild their house. Or have they already moved and don’t know it?
And yet, while some are admitting that President Obama’s policies might, possibly maybe a problem, they’re still clinging to the idea that he’s better than the alternative–religion-clinging, gun-loving, Rush Limbaugh-listening, Sarah Palin-adoring Americans.
Moderates, as usual, are stupid. They play along with the administration’s games. They’re useful dupes. Rather than help shape an alternative argument, they trash the people who pay attention. Independents and moderates don’t pay attention–they hope for a middle, gentle, “nice” way. That way lead to the Obama administration to begin with.
Ah, but that’s an inconvenient truth. Moderation means compromising any value remotely attached to conservatism. So the guys in Congress kill their own credibility by embracing the “reality” of earmarks. Voters see and are unimpressed. Why vote Republican? They’re just moderate versions of Democrats.
Why vote for a boring, moderate Mitt Romney when the people can have an exciting Barack Obama? As Kathleen Parker, David Brooks, Christopher Buckley and the rest of the moderates have demonstrated, they swoon over cults of personality. They just don’t like to go to the conservative church.
P.S. I don’t think this infighting is helpful, do you? Like Ace, I’d like to stop the infighting and non-stop. Still, when the morally obtuse moderates get a guy like this elected, it ticks me off and I think they should be ignored like the crazy uncle at the family reunion. The Republican party lead by RNC Chairman Steele should ignore the moderates, and his own moderate impulses, for that matter. This is why:
Obama’s cultists are making much of the fact that Obama seeks to put Iraq War costs back into the regular budget. They hail this as an advance for transparency, accountability, and honesty.
That’s a lie.
He wants to put the exceptional and temporary costs of the Iraq War into the regular budget so he can fraudulently claim $1.6 trillion in “savings” down the line.
In Related News… The United States has “cut” over $75 trillion from its budgets over the past 230 odd years by not fighting the fucking British every goddamn f*cking year.
And Ace is right about why people, including the dumb-butt moderates who sung Obama’s praises still love Obama:
There is a psychological principle that kicks in about expensive purchases. If someone pays a lot of money for something, they will have a high interest in claiming their purchase wise and the product sound because they don’t want to admit they’ve been gulled. (Yeah, gulled again — one of my favorite words. I’m hoping to repopularize it.)
They’ll claim it’s good, even if it’s crap. If they’d paid less money for it they’d have no problem admitting it’s crap — after all, they have no ego to protect in that case. Pay small money for something, no harm in admitting you got what you paid for.
I think that’s going on with Obama. The public took a huge chance on this stutterin’ prick, and ignored the warnings. They were also bullied by the media into voting for him, and indulged themselves in the media flattery for being so progressively-minded.
And now they’re eluctant to admit to themselves they been had. Bamboozled. Run amok.
But at some point people do confront the ill wisdom of a purchase, and at that point, the invective and anger begins flowing.
The moderates in Washington helped elect the most tax-thieving, redistribution-loving, progressive in history because they told themselves that he’d “govern from the middle”. The ignored evidence because the guy sounded good and made them feel comfortable.
So, thanks a lot guys! You’re so much smarter than us that you’ve helped the demise of our country. Why are we still listening to you?
P.P.S. And oh, by the way, Joe the Plumber (who I don’t want as the Republican spokesman) got it when you didn’t. Maybe a plumber wouldn’t be a thought leader if the pointy heads had worthwhile thoughts and ideas. Bah.
Cross-posted at MelissaClouthier.com