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Obama’s Hope, Post-Partisan, Post-Racial Promises Were All BS

March 13, 2009

Many Americans swallowed a big load of BS last autumn and elected Barack Obama President of the United States.  The promise that things would be different in Washington this time — no earmarks, no partisanship, and a spirit of hope — have vaporized.  Or rather, they have been swept away by Team Obama’s arrogance with attacks on Rush Limbaugh and a stimulus, omnibus and future budget so eager to spend that I feel completly hopeless.

And taxes are rising and certain to rise more in the future.

My Children and grandchildren now alreay have a debt of staggering proportions to deal with — that’s their national inheritance.

They may find a socialist America where nobody has the incentive to work — work and pay will only mean more taxation and ugly admonishments: from the White House.

John McCain calls it generational theft: and that is exactly what it is…

Related:
Obama’s mythical mystique of government and science and their inherent moral benevolence

Obama’s Schools Will Have To Follow Federal Rules, Like Socialist, Communist Schools

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By Michael Gerson
The Washington Post

In Mark Strand’s pleasingly odd poem “The Tunnel,” the author is tormented by a persistent, moaning man in front of his house. The narrator vainly orders him to leave, makes obscene gestures through the window and destroys the living room furniture “to prove I own nothing of value.” Finally, the author takes refuge in his basement and digs a tunnel to escape — only to emerge moaning outside a house, where “I have been waiting for days.”

Against all my expectations, President Obama is having this effect on me.

Following Obama during the New Hampshire primary, I saw a candidate who — though I disagreed with him on many issues — defended idealism and rhetoric against the supremely cynical Clinton machine, who brought a religious sensibility to matters of social justice, who took care to understand and accommodate the arguments of others, who provided a temperamental contrast to culture-war politics.
After just weeks of governing, that image seems like a brittle, yellowed photograph, buried at the back of a drawer.

Obama’s proposed budget shows all the vision, restraint and grace of a grasping committee chairman, using the cover of a still-unresolved banking crisis to push through a broad liberal wish list before anyone notices its costs and complications. The pledge of “responsibility” has become the massive expansion of debt, the constant allocation of blame to others and the childish cultivation of controversy with conservative media figures to favorably polarize the electorate. The pledge of “honesty” and “sacrifice” has become the deceptive guarantee of apparently limitless public benefits at the expense of a very few. The pledge of “bipartisan” cooperation has become an attempt to shove Republicans until their backs reach some wall of outrage and humiliation.

None of this is new or exceptional — which is the point. It is exactly the way things have always been done.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn
/content/article/2009/03/12/AR2009
031202761.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03
/12/tea-party-update-revolution-is-brewing/

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Blagojevich: Giving the Finger to Obama, The Senate, Illinois and Everyone Else

December 31, 2008

In appointing veteran African-American officeholder Roland Burris to the Senate, embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich has done more than just flout the will of the Illinois establishment, the Senate and President-elect Barack Obama. With one stunning and politically exquisite act of defiance, he audaciously reasserted his authority and designed a trap that his opponents cannot easily sidestep.

“If he was going to appoint somebody, this is as clever as he could have been — in the sense it gets him back in the limelight and it puts him on the offensive,” said Kent Redfield, a professor at the University of Illinois-Springfield and the author of several books on Illinois politics. “Burris would have been an OK caretaker appointment a month ago. And he’s an African-American from Chicago who has a clean record.”

By Josh Kraushaar
Politico

Just days ago, as a result of criminal charges lodged against him in connection with the alleged attempted sale of the Obama Senate seat, it appeared that Blagojevich was boxed in, destined to leave office in disgrace with only the timing of his departure in question.

The state’s attorney general sought to have him declared too incapacitated to serve. The Legislature was moving inexorably toward impeachment. Blagojevich’s attorney said the governor would relinquish the responsibility of making the appointment if a special election was held instead.

But in a gambit as unexpected as it was politically shrewd, the seemingly powerless two-term Democratic governor suddenly turned the tables by picking a candidate whose stature and background….

Read the rest from Politico:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20081231/pl_politico/16954

Blagojevich Caper Won’t End: His Appointee Calls Him “Reprehensible”

December 31, 2008

Lincoln may be turning over in his grave.

In the Land of Lincoln, there must have been a conversation today that ended, “Let’s get distance from the guy that appointed me to the U.S. Senate yesterday.”

Former Illinois Attorney Gen. Roland Burris was appointed to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat yesterday.

Today Burris said the appointment was “legal” and that he “has done nothing wrong” and that the behavior of the man that appointed him “is reprehensible.”

When you say things that are bizarre and have never been said by sane men before: watch out.

A cast of players in this sad comedy doesn’t know that….

A former Dean of the Harvard School of Law told us: ” innocent until proven guilty rarely applies to stupidity, a crime without a statute of limitations”….

Roland Burris said Gov. Rod Blagojevich is innocent until proven guilty.

Roland Burris said Gov. Rod Blagojevich is innocent until proven guilty

Related essays:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS
/12/31/illinois.senate/index.html

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Related:
End Crazy, Archaic Practice of Governors Filling Vacant U.S. Senate Seats
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Obama’s Peace of Mind: Rick Warren and a Holy Host of Others Still Compete to Ruin It
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 Barack Obama’s Senate Seat Not Post-Racial?

In Illinois, The Governor is Lynching The Post-Racial President-Elect

December 31, 2008

A famous politician we once knew said: “You can’t trust anyone.  Least of all your friends.”

Barack Obama must be thinking that as he lines up his putt today in Hawaii.

Because Barack Obama is suffering just from knowing the Governor of Illinois and Congressman Bobby Rush of Illinois today.

These are the kind of wingnuts that makes one wonder….

Related:
End Crazy, Archaic Practice of Governors Filling Vacant U.S. Senate Seats
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Obama’s Peace of Mind: Rick Warren and a Holy Host of Others Still Compete to Ruin It
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 Barack Obama’s Senate Seat Not Post-Racial?
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Blagojevich Caper Won’t End: His Appointee Calls Him “Reprehensible”

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Barack Obama doesn’t need this, not right now.

Already, Obama’s Hawaiian vacation has been interrupted by news of an Israeli incursion into Gaza. He faces a mounting economic crisis even before he takes office.

By Carrie Budoff Brown, Jonathan Martin
Politico

And now, just as Obama was starting to distance himself from the machinations over filling his Senate seat, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s surprise pick is dragging him back in to the home-state mess – along with the kind of hard-edged racial politics Obama tries to avoid.

Blagojevich, who has been charged with attempting to sell the Senate seat, announced Tuesday he was tapping Roland Burris, the first African-American to win statewide election in Illinois and the closest thing in the state to a black elder statesman.

But Obama is backing efforts led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to block Burris, saying Blagojevich is too tainted by corruption charges to make the pick.

In this Aug. 17, 2005, file photo Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, ... 
In this Aug. 17, 2005, file photo Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, left, laughs with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich during Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair  in Springfield, Ill.

It’s not clear Reid can block Burris. But Obama’s bigger headache could come from a longtime South Side congressman and one-time rival – Rep. Bobby Rush – who is unmistakably daring officials not to block the ascension of an African-American to replace Obama.

U. S Rep. Bobby Rush speaks after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ... 
U. S Rep. Bobby Rush speaks after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris, right, to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 in Chicago.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

“I would ask you to not hang or lynch the appointee while you castigate the appointer,” Rush said at Blagojevich’s news conference. “Let me just remind you that there presently is no African-American in the U.S. Senate.”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/
20081231/pl_politico/16952

Barack Obama’s Senate Seat Not Post-Racial?

December 31, 2008

Can the people of Illinois explain this to the rest of us?

Yesterday, Rod Blagoyevich played the race card to hide his own (alleged) wrongdoing and corruption and gain voter sympathy and support.  We suppose.

And he used a respected African American member of the U.S. House of Representatives and another respected Illinois politician to do it.

After announcing that he had appointed Roland Burris as his nominee to fill Barack Obama’s seat in the U.S. Senate, Rod Blagoyevich urged the participation of Democratic U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of Chicago.

“Let me just remind you that there is presently no African-American in the Senate,” said Rush.

Above: Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, right, named Roland Burris to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the Senate. Photo: Amanda Rivkin for The New York Times

Excuse me?  How is that relevant?  And where did you come from?

At that point the news conference seemed to be taking a turn like that found in a banana republic or in a carnival.

Congressman Rush,  appearing at Blagojevich’s announcement at Burris’ invitation (we were told), emphasized the role of race in the appointment and seemed to use  racially charged terms to defend the appointment to the Senate.

Blagojevich said he was “absolutely confident and certain” that Burris would be seated in the Senate and Rush said, “I don’t think that anyone, any U.S. senator who’s sitting in the Senate right now, wants to go on record to deny one African American from being seated in the U.S. Senate.”

Rush also said if the Senate rejected the Burris nomination he would take the issue to the Congressional Black Caucus….

Is that a threat?

U. S Rep. Bobby Rush speaks after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ... 
U. S Rep. Bobby Rush speaks after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris, right, to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 in Chicago.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Writing for the Associated Press, Deanna Bellandi  reported, “Rep. Bobby Rush, an Illinois Democrat who was invited to speak at Blagojevich’s news conference, urged Senate leaders not to block Burris. In fact, he almost dared them to try to stop Burris’ appointment.”

The news conference had the look of  a circus and left a very bad taste in my mouth for sure…

Blago is using us all.  And he is using the black community the most, it seems….

Didn’t Groucho Marx say, “I would never join a club that would have me as a member”?

Rod Blagoyevich is running out of places where he’s welcome as a member — and now he is taking others with him…

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich shakes hands with Pastor Marshall ... 

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich shakes hands with Pastor Marshall Hatch of the New Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church as he arrives at his home with Pastor Ira Acree, right, of the Greater St. John Bible Church, and the Rev. Steve Jones, president of the Baptist pastor’s conference, Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, in Chicago. 

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Joan Walsh wrote for Salon:


I was sad to see Roland Burris diminish his political legacy by going along with Rod Blagojevich’s charade, and sadder still to see Rep. Bobby Rush bring race into the scandal. Illinois has the proud distinction of electing two African-Americans to the Senate, as well as giving America its first black president. I’d love to see a black candidate fill Obama’s shoes as well. But Rush and Burris don’t advance the cause of black political progress, or social justice, by claiming race should in any way legitimize this illegitimate choice by Blagojevich. Thankfully, Barack Obama quickly added his voice to those objecting to Blagojevich’s slick move.
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Read John Kass from the Chicago Tribune:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/
columnists/chi-kass-burris-31-dec31,
0,1367315.column

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See the Associated Press report and watch the video:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081
231/ap_on_re_us/illinois_governor

CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS
/12/31/illinois.senate/index.html