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Obama’s Pretense

Perhaps the one thing which caused me to change my once favorable opinion of Barack Obama was when I realized his notion of a “new kind of politics” was just a slogan, pretense masking an undistinguished record.  The more familiar I became with Obama’s ideas, the more apparent it became that he was pretty much a standard issue liberal.  See a social problem, look for a government solution.

He had no record of reaching across the partisan divide to forge a consensus on controversial issues, had never bucked his party leadership on such matters.  Heck, he hadn’t even stood up to bigots and extremists in his own life.

Two pieces I read in the past twenty-four hours confirm this image of Obama, offering the same kind of politics his party has offered for more than three-quarters of a century.  Jonah Goldberg contends the Democratic nominee “symbolizes a return to an older vision of the United States that was seen as the ‘wave of the future’ eight decades ago.”

In a more detailed piece, Roger Kimball finds “most depressing . . . is the extent to which [the whole Obama juggernaut] represents a return of bad ideas that have already been tried time and again, have failed and made people poorer and less stalwart, and yet seem poised to make a sorry comeback once again.“  In listing the taxes Obama plans to raise, Kimball holds that “Obama plans to resuscitate the welfare policies of the Great Society, but by stealth.”

Obama’s promise is all pretense.  It’s not a new kind of politics, but the same old liberalism.  The only difference is that when FDR tried these ideas back in the 1930s, he didn’t know they would exacerbate the Great Depression.  Now, we have a record of their failure, but that’s not deterring Obama from wanting to try them again.

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  1. “most depressing . . . is the extent to which [the whole Obama juggernaut] represents a return of bad ideas that have already been tried time and again, have failed and made people poorer and less stalwart, ….

    He must be talking about Reagan, trickle down economics

    Comment by MikeinCincy — October 30, 2008 @ 5:34 pm - October 30, 2008

  2. Um, Mike, Reagan’s economics worked.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — October 30, 2008 @ 5:37 pm - October 30, 2008

  3. My favorite part of all of the Rove/Bush right-wing blogs right now is that none of them even pretend to have anything good to construct or try to say about McCain or Palin. It’s all Obama-bashing, all the time.

    Comment by torrentprime — October 30, 2008 @ 6:49 pm - October 30, 2008

  4. My favorite part of left-wingers who comment on conservatives web-sites is that they never have challenge our criticisms of their candidates, merely attack us instead.

    For all the time you spend on our blog it’s clear you don’t read my posts because I’ve been spending a lot of time of late defending Sarah Palin.

    Now, why don’t you try defending Barack Obama by taking issue of some of my criticisms?

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — October 30, 2008 @ 6:54 pm - October 30, 2008

  5. #4 – Dan, trying to talk sense to chronic habitual victims of their own self-loathing (I’m talking to you, TP) is an exercise in futility.

    Remember, liberals love America the way OJ loved Nicole.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — October 30, 2008 @ 8:17 pm - October 30, 2008

  6. He must be talking about Reagan, trickle down economics

    So how is trickle up poverty going to be better?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 31, 2008 @ 3:24 am - October 31, 2008

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