Thursday, January 29, 2009

Presidential Support

The left has belabored us for the last eight years with the cry of “dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” Now suddenly, that saw is no longer valid when legitimate dissent comes from thinking conservatives in opposition to some of the suicidal (national) proposals to come from the congress and the white house. Reasoned complaints over policy have been greeted as radical rants and diatribes when the authors are merely stating the truth.

Under furious attack are the talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and others for their dissection of issues relative to the proposed “bail out.” They, rightly, question the need to adopt long term fiscal policies with the potential to bankrupt the nation as a response to the immediate needs of the current downturn. These objections are then portrayed as “treasonous”, and unfair to the new president.

A former president had a comment when questioned on a similar matter:

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.”
“Roosevelt in the Kansas City Star”, 149
May 7, 1918

An anonymous poster on Andrew Breitbart’s (“Big Hollywood”) blog offered a comparison of how far we should go in supporting our new chief executive. I read the list and have come to the conclusion that it is valid and I shall comply. See what you think:

“America wanted change and we got it. Apparently the first thing that changed is that dissent is no longer the highest form of patriotism. Rush Limbaugh found that out when he was accused of wanting the President to fail. How dare he not support our President! According to Jon Stewart what Rush said was almost treasonous..

As someone who did not vote for President Obama, I don’t want to be lumped in with the haters, so here is a list of examples showing just how much I support our President:

1. I support him as much as Code Pink supports our troops.
2. I support him as much as N.O.W. supports Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
3. I support him as much as the Hollywood community supported Theo Van Gogh.
4. I support him as much as Nancy Pelosi supports the Catholic Church’s teachings on life.
5. I support him as much as Al Gore supports cutting down on his personal carbon footprint to save the world.
6. I support him as much as John Edwards supports The National Enquirer’s right to publish pictures of his girlfriend and baby.
7. I support him as much as Western gay rights groups support Mehdi Kazemi.
8. I support him as much as the Castro brothers support Oscar Biscet’s right to free speech.
9. I support him as much as Ted Kennedy supports renewable wind energy off the coast of his summer mansion.
10. I support him as much as Bill Clinton supports Hillary’s ambitions for higher office.
11. I support him as much as the National Education Association supports the rights of students and parents to get a quality education over the security of a teacher’s job.
12. I support him just as much as he supports the right of a baby who survives an abortion to not spend its only living moments waiting to die in a storage room.

I hope that clears everything up. Now could someone please tell me what time the oceans are going to start receding because I’d really hate to miss that one?”

It all boils down to whose “ox is being gored.” A former president once quipped, “If you can’t stand the heat; get out of the kitchen.” He was a Democrat back in the day when you could find a Democrat with principal. Yes children, they did actually exist. Like all good dinosaurs, they have joined the dodo bird and are now essentially extinct.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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