Friday, April 6, 2012
Change the subject and attack
by Roger Hedgecock
When you're losing an argument, change the subject.
When you're President Obama and you're losing an argument, change the subject and attack.
This President has more chaff and flares to divert incoming fire than a Marine chopper landing hot in bad guy country.
From the beginning, Obama championed a government led, debt fueled "economic recovery" from the "worst recession since the Great Depression". Let's compare the results: Roosevelt v. Obama.
The American economy tanked in 1930, '31, and '32, when the country turned to FDR. Roosevelt won re-election in 1936 because the economy in 1935 was growing at an annual rate of 13percent!
In 2008, mired in recession, the country turned to Obama. By 2011, the GDP growth rate was only 1.7percent. Obamanomics is simply not working.
Gas prices soaring, electricity rates skyrocketing, jobless rate too high? Re-election at stake?
Time to change the subject and attack.
The new subject was contraceptives and Obama attacked the "Republican war on women".
When new regulations to implement ObamaCare forced all employers to include contraceptives, female sterilization, and "morning after" abortion pills in "health care" coverage, the Catholic Church said no, citing its moral opposition and the First Amendment right to freedom of worship.
When the Church started winning in the court of public opinion with a straight from the ACLU playbook civil rights campaign, Obama changed the subject again.
Republicans were trying to deny contraceptive health coverage to women. But soon enough the public realized contraceptives are available everywhere at a nominal price. Never mind.
"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon". When you're really losing a political argument, play the race card. Guaranteed to put Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson on TV for at least two weeks. Take folks mind off the price of food and gas.
Almost worked too. Until the truth about that shooting started to come out and NBC and ABC had to admit they doctored the audio and video "news".
Adding insult to injury, the Supreme Court shredded ObamaCare in three days of hearings that left the President fuming.
The Supreme Court ridiculed ObamaCare's mandate that you buy health insurance coverage defined by the government at a price set by the insurance companies.
In a "free" country? Really? If the government can require you to purchase government defined health insurance, why not broccoli, why not a Chevy Volt?
Obama changed the subject and attacked the right of the Court to question the law!
The Supreme Court, Obama intoned, "must understand" how "unprecedented" it would be to find this mandate unconstitutional when the law was passed by a substantial majority of Congress.
How odd of the "Constitutional Professor" to have forgotten Marbury v. Madison, an 1803 case which established the Supreme Court as the referee in determining whether laws passed by Congress are constitutional.
How odd of Obama to champion Congress now when just two months ago he was issuing Executive Orders and declaring Congress irrelevant saying "We can't wait" for Congress to act.
And the President must be hoping that people have forgotten that ObamaCare passed the Senate late on Christmas Eve 2009 with a bare minimum 60 votes with all Republicans voting no. In March 2010, the House passed the law with a one vote margin, again with no Republican votes and 32 Democrats voting no.
No member of Congress, voting yes or no, read the whole 2700 page bill before voting.
ObamaCare has never commanded a majority of public support in any poll and current polling indicates it is more unpopular than ever.
What's Obama to do when he's run out of diversions, when his change of subjects strategy is not working, when his attacks fizzle, when the failure of his policies becomes too apparent to too many voters, and his re-election chances look dim?
This week, Obama announced that "Unlawful Presence Waivers" would be granted to anyone illegally in the U.S. if they can show they are a relative of a U.S. citizen. Bingo, instant amnesty. No Congress needed.
Couple that with the Department of Justice jihad against any state that would require voter identification at the polls and what do you get? Undocumented Democrats tipping the scales in November in swing states like Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Florida.
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Posted by Brett at 2:40 PM