Ten reasons to moan

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Yesterday the Republican National Committee released its NEW! AND! IMPROVED! Ten Commandments. Get ready. Get set. Go!

(1) Smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill
(2) Market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare;
(3) Market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;
(4) Workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check
(5) Legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;
(6) Victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;
(7) Containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat
(8) Retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;
(9) Protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and
(10) The right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership.

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Andrew Sullivan’s take is great. Personally, I don’t know what to say, except that I’m dazzled, in a this-s•••-can’t-be-serious sort of way. Absolutely nothing about global warming, which is slowly (or quickly) destroying our planet? Defending marriage (or, in other words, opposing gay marriage) ranks as one of the top 10 most pressing things in the United States? Guns are truly that important?

Mostly, I’m staggered by the blatant (and literally spelled out) anti-Barack Obama message. During the Bush years, the Republicans (often rightly) complained about the Democrats slamming George W. Bush for the mere sake of slamming George W. Bush. They termed it “unpatriotic” during a time of war. So are we no longer in a time of war? And when did it officially become the goal—not just an option, but a goal—to oppose the president of the United States?

Truth be told, the ongoing health care debate speaks volumes about our ragged-ass political system. Nearly every Democrat votes with his/her party, nearly every Republican votes with his/her party. It’s pathetic. This isn’t an issue that should be nearly so clear-cut, one-side-or-the-other. It’s nuanced and detailed; it impacts different states and regions in varying ways.

And yet, this is where we are—a Ten Commandments that commands you not to ever, ever, ever support the rival party.

Sad—but not surprising.

11 thoughts on “Ten reasons to moan”

  1. Man, Sun Tzu sure wasted a lot of pages on that Art of War thing.

    Likewise, West Point could graduate people much quicker if they would only stop babbling about strategies and realize there’s only one that matters.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the one size fits all recommendation for war and all things war related.

    Surge, baby, Surge!

    (I can’t believe I actually used to be a Republican. I’m not sure I’d admit that if this wasn’t anonymous.)

  2. I would like to correct a misnomer:From 2000-2008, I listened to a LOT of conservative talk radio, watched 2 hours of Fox nightly, read a slew of conservative blogs, newspapers, magazines, etc and I hardly remember a serious conservative or Republican accuse a poltical critic of Bush to be un-American or un-patriotic. I can think of one sole example of a serious minded person making that comment.

    However, in the last 10 months, without much effort, I have heard a lot of criticism toward opponents of Obama as being un-American and un-patriotic. Some of this criticism from the White House itself!

  3. I would like to correct a misnomer: From 2000-2008, I listened to a LOT of conservative talk radio, watched 2 hours of Fox nightly, read a slew of conservative blogs, newspapers, magazines, etc and I hardly remember a serious conservative or Republican complain about deficit spending. I can’t think of one sole example of a serious minded person making that comment.

    However, in the last 10 months, without much effort, I have heard a lot of criticism from opponents of Obama about government spending being un-American and un-patriotic. Some of this criticism from Fox News itself!

    (Couldn’t resist)

  4. JWeb271 — very clever, unfortunately untrue. There was a lot of critism of deficit spending from conservative media. As for Fox News, it is nice to know you an avid watcher like myself.

  5. Okay, fine, I will more properly address your post:

    “Deliver Us From Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, And Liberalism” by Sean Hannity (2004)

    “Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism” by Sean Hannity (2004)

    “The Enemy Within: Saving America from the Liberal Assault on Our Churches, Schools, and Military” by Michael Savage (2005)

    “Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism” by Ann Coulter (2005)

    “Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning” by Jonah Goldberg (2008)

    It took me three minutes to put together this list. You have the right to believe what you prefer to believe, but don’t mistake beliefs for facts.

  6. Matt, your second post gave me a great idea.

    I went to the Fox News website. Searched “deficit spending”. 30,542 hits. Quite a lot, right?

    Well, then I narrowed the search by date, and guess what happened? Literally half of those hits are from the last twelve months.

    So, in the Bush years, years in which deficits soared, there was an average of 1900 references per year to deficit spending.

    In this last year, a year in which deficits continued to soar: 14,000 references. That’s a percentage increase of….a hell of a lot.

    Did same experiment at admittedly partisan World Net Daily with the exact same result. Half of all hits are from the last year.

    Okay, so maybe that’s not the most scientific methodology, I admit, but what it reveals about Fox’s biased reporting, and about conservatives commitment to lowering government spending, is damning nonetheless.

  7. JWeb – what? You initially made two wry observations: conservatives didn’t criticize deficit spending under Bush, and that FOX News has criticized Obama’s policies as unpatriotic or un-American. Your list of books doesn’t address the first point of deficit spending. And seeing how 4 of the 5 books pre-date 2008, definitely doesn’t address criticism of Obama. And the only book that post-dates Obama’s Presidency has nothing to do with Fox – or Obama for that matter.

    My overarching point was that despite what those on the left now claim, during the Bush Administration dissent was rarely mocked or accused as un-American or un-patriotic by any “Serious Minded” or “Serious” conservative or Republican. This includes the White House, White House spokesmen, party leaders, pundits, etc. Coulter and Savage are not usually described as serious-minded critics. In 2008, I have found the opposite to be true with the Obama admistration – with the reaction to health-care protesters being the prime example (examples include Fishy emails, the use of the term tea-baggers, quoted comments from the POTUS himself, as well as Pelosi and Reid).

    JWeb, I never presented my opinion as fact – just observation.

  8. The list of books was about your claim that conservatives didn’t call liberals unamerican. Because you spoke so fondly of Fox, I concentrated my quick research on those Fox hosts and frequent guests who have made whole careers out of calling liberals unamerican. Now, if your assertion is that these people are not “serious minded,” then I am in complete agreement with that. Which is why I don’t watch Fox News.

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