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4 Lessons I've Learned From Our President
The Left saw fit to ram this lesson home early and often. In fact, they didn't even wait until Obama was president - the Democratic Primary in 2008 came up to a choice between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton: you're a racist if you didn't vote Obama, and you're a sexist if you didn't vote Clinton. And since the election, the Left has made it their mission to re-define the term "racism" at every turn.
It has been ridiculous from the start, and it only gets worse as time goes on. First you were racist if you didn't cast the "historic" vote for Obama in the 2008 presidential race, regardless of whether or not you agreed with the plans he was putting forth for the nation. Then, you were racist if you disagreed with any policies or statements President Obama put forward. Don't like Obamacare? You're a racist. Don't think we should raise taxes? You're a racist. Don't like seeing the Leader of the Free World bowing to foreign leaders and apologizing for America's past? You're a racist.
It's almost like a game now: anytime a conservative speaks out, liberals launch into a session of "6 Degrees of Racism," a word-association game where they see how many logical leaps they have to make in order to turn an otherwise-innocuous statement into some kind of racist "dog whistle."
For those who don't know about this, MSNBC has perfected the theory that all conservatives apparently speak in some kind of racist code-language, and we are always trying to send some sort of racist message out to our Bible-thumping closet-KKK-member rank-and-file. Personally, I have never met any conservative that could actually hear these "dog whistles," which makes me wonder who the dogs actually are in this analogy.
Under this theory, we have learned that using the word Chicago is racist, because black people live in Chicago, the word apartment is racist because black people live in apartments, bringing up President Obama's love for golf is racist because Tiger Woods is black and a philanderer, so mentioning golf is tantamount to accusing the president of adultery by association, and the list goes on and on.
2. Every Republican is George W. Bush.
It was just a few weeks ago that Michelle Obama said in an interview that her husband takes responsibility and doesn't engage in divisiveness or finger-pointing. Try telling that to George W. Bush. One of President Obama's favorite activities since he was elected has been to blame America's every hardship on President Bush. Let's face it - while President Obama rarely blames George Bush by name, we all know who ran "the previous administration," as Obama always puts it. President Obama ran his 2008 campaign largely by equating John McCain to George W. Bush, and has continued the trend during this campaign, constantly leveling accusations that Mitt Romney wants to go back to "the failed policies of the past," by which he really means "all the stuff the Left didn't like about George W. Bush."
This is likely why America was treated to the utterly banal question directed to Mitt Romney in the second presidential debate: "prove to us that you aren't just a repeat of George W. Bush" (paraphrased, of course). It was a transparently planted question geared entirely toward putting Romney on the defensive and giving President Obama an opportunity to attack him.
George W. Bush was a very good wartime president, and he did a lot of things right - in many ways, his legacy has taken a largely undeserved beating over the past four years.
There is really only one thing America needs to know about the Romney/Ryan ticket that differentiates them from the Bush administration: Romney and Ryan are running on a platform of fiscal responsibility. While George W. Bush did a lot of things right during his eight years in office, his downfall was that he spent way too much money. George W. Bush bought in to the idea of so-called "compassionate conservatism," basically buying into the leftist lie that compassion can flow from the government in the form of never-ending, ever-expanding entitlement spending. But today, we're seeing the results of government compassion: unmanageable debt and a society that is increasingly dependent on government handouts.
And let's face it: if we're drawing parallels here, President Obama's failed policies have much more in common with the failed policies of Jimmy Carter than Mitt Romney's ideas have with George W. Bush.
3. Low Gas Prices Bring Recessions
I'm pretty sure that no one, Right or Left, saw this one coming:
He [Romney] said when I took office, the price of gasoline was $1.80, $1.86. Why is that? Because the economy was on the verge of collapse, because we were about to go through the worst recession since the Great Depression...
Did you catch that? Because I've read it many, many times since President Obama said it during the October 16 debate, and I still don't understand it.
According to President Obama, gas prices were low four years ago because the economy was about to collapse. That's quite the mind-bender, considering America's prosperity was built on cheap energy.
I'm getting a headache just trying to figure out the nuances of this one, so let's move on...
4. We Choose When To Leave Our People Behind
President Obama said something quite startling the other day during a press conference about Hurricane Sandy:
This is a tough time for a lot of people -- millions of folks all across the Eastern Seaboard.? But America is tougher, and we're tougher because we pull together.? We leave nobody behind.? We make sure that we respond as a nation and remind ourselves that whenever an American is in need, all of us stand together to make sure that we're providing the help that's necessary.
This is quite a statement in light of the fact that this president is facing increasing questions about why four Americans were left behind to die in Benghazi. According to Newt Gingrich, there are even more emails out there that will directly contradict President Obama's latest lie on Benghazi, that the White House had no role in telling our forces to "stand down" and not go into Libya to save our people there.
There has been a stark contrast between the press coverage of President Obama's "role" in Hurricane Sandy and his role in the deaths in Benghazi. President Obama has tried very hard to look presidential during the hurricane and its aftermath, but the truth is that while the storm has been horrific in many parts of the Northeast, the people there don't need the president. They might need federal money and some federal resources to help with clean-up and recovery, but as far as President Obama's actual role goes, this is little more than a photo-op. The White House made sure they released a picture of President Obama in the Situation Room during the hurricane, but there is no similar picture of the president taken while our SEALs were fighting for their lives in Benghazi.
By making this statement, President Obama just sent a message to our troops overseas: "You are expendable." This president is facing one of the biggest presidential scandals of modern times because he left our people behind to die. Maybe our ambassador and our SEALs would be alive today if Benghazi had been hit by a hurricane instead of by Islamic terrorists.
One of the values that has made our military the greatest in the world is the pledge that we don't leave our people behind. President Obama has been very busy lately telling the media how "offended" he is that people dare to criticize him over the events and the cover-up in Benghazi. Well, Mr. President, millions of Americans are offended that you would make such a statement when we can get no clear answer from your administration about why our brave solders were left to die.
I don't fault the president for caring about and helping the people whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Our ability to band together as Americans in times of crisis is one of the things that makes the USA the great nation that it is. But for the president to explicitly state "We leave nobody behind" given the still-unanswered-for events in Benghazi is inexcusable.
Robert Cleveland, Senior Conservative Editor: Robert Cleveland is the IT Director for a document management services company. When he isn't working on computers and scanners, he's spending time with his wife and kids, or writing about just how jacked-up Washington politics is. He is a strong believer that hard work and freedom are what make America the greatest nation on the planet, and it is of the utmost importance that we never lose those values. Robert's other writing can be found at his blog, more...)