“What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment & death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment . . . inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose.”
~ Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Jean Nicholas Demeunier, January 24, 1786
In their constant insistence that GOP is purely obstructionist with the sole rationale for blocking Obama being some personal or racial motive, our friends on the left are united. Their position reveals that the Democrats and the media have a remarkable conception of governance, one where the opposing party has no right to stop what they believe to be wrong for the country, rather they are supposed to fall in line and help this president with his agenda even if, like Obamacare, that agenda was passed without a single vote from them.
Well, we don’t have to go along to get along and we do have a right and a duty to fight. It is part of America’s DNA, codified in the Declaration of Independence:
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
As much as he is wont to claim that everything in Washington has happened only to him and he is unique in facing such a wall of opposition, Obama isn’t the first to face such opposition to a “progressive” trajectory. The 80th Congress was nicknamed the “Do Nothing Congress” by President Harry Truman. Many Republican members of this Congress had opposed many of the bills passed during FDR’s administration and when redistricting created a GOP majority in the 1946 elections, they tried to halt the growing state.
Conservative commentator George Will issued my favorite analysis of the President’s SOTU speech, saying, “The cow kicked Nellie in the belly in the barn. Didn’t do her any good, didn’t do her any harm.” I tend to agree with Will that the initiatives proposed were relatively unambitious but perhaps camouflaged by the milquetoast triteness of the President’s boilerplate “progressive” laundry list of a speech, there was a methodology expressed of how to further those initiatives and it was something that continued to gnaw at my intellect during the post-SOTU “there’s an hour I’ll never get back” afterglow.
Obama was like a poker player trying to bluff his way out of a losing hand. It was relatively low key and buried in retreaded rhetorical flourishes, but Obama gave up a tell last night. Last night, America saw something unique in the post-WWII iteration of presidential power.
We saw a weakened President threaten America.
The current Democrat policies are opposed for a reason. They are the same “progressive” tax, spend then borrow and spend again policies favored by governments intent on closing down cupcake businesses run by 11 year-old little girls. President Obama’s SOTU indicates that he plans to “go it alone” via executive orders to implement them, intending to “inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose.”
The GOP has every right and responsibility to stop him.