I did not edit before I commented, so just to clarify..."siting" should be "citing" and most importantly "we cannot CLEARLY expect to SEE transformation" should be "we CAN CLEARLY expect to SEE transformation... how much and to what degree the transformation will take shape is the question...
I do not think it wise to equate liberal agendas with competence and conservative agendas with incompetence. It's also not wise to think of liberalism as progressive and conservatism with back woods, old hat idealism. When you ONLY talk about health care coverage and economic stimulus under this administration, ANYONE would agree with you that those are issues that need to be dealt with in a new way. But the problem with that is that we get so much more than we bargained for in the process! In getting two good things, we open a pandora's box of social changes that we did not expect, nor want.
I also just also wanted to say this post so refreshed and energized me, especially Mr. Reynolds comments to it! My husband and I were talking about this very thing a few weeks ago. At the time, I compared Obama's changes more to Amsterdam, Sweden, Norway and Germany Europe as opposed to France, but I'm glad to see others who are much smarter than me are talking about how America is going to look after all is said and done. It's an extremely important question that we need to be asking in the midst of all this fear. It's my opinion that the older generations think China when they think of Obama's brand of socialism, but I'm thirty-one and I saw his brand of socialism as being European in demeanor and agenda.
This is not my blog, so please forgive me of my long, ranting comments. I appreciate your approach.Comment Posted By Heather On 14.03.2009 @ 08:28
"Okay, I read your piece carefully and I still have no idea what the hell you’re talking about. What transformation?"
Are you SERIOUS? You could NOT POSSIBLY be that dumb, and so clearly you are deceived! The man, I'm referring to Obama, ran on a platform of CHANGE? His entire campaign was about changing the culture in Washington. He's been talking about a "fundamental change in Washington" for some time.
Really, its a shame you are even allowed to vote if you can't discern the effect that the president's leadership is going to have in shaping the country's values, in fact, often the world's values. That's why its considered the most important job in the world (among Americans). Do you actually believe that Barack Obama has NO AGENDA to shape and transform our country or its culture??? He's already fundamentally changed the political campaigning process. He was the first to use text messages and twitter to speak to his voting base, you twit. And that's just the tip of proverbial liberal iceburg.
The following is just a sampling of the articles hitting my inbox over the past few months. You may notice that I am siting primarily social issues in my examples. Why? Precisely because these are the exact kinds of social changes that WILL lead to fundamental cultural transformation under this kind of administration. When mixed with the kinds of sweeping economic, political, defense, diplomacy and foreign relation changes that we have already seen in the first 50+ days of Obama's presidency, we cannot CLEARLY expect to SEE transformation...how much and to what degree the transformation will take shape is the fundamental question that is trying to be answered in this article. And now, I digress and leave you with just a small FEW key examples of the social changes already taking place:
"A move is under way in Congress right now to force you and me to pay for coercive abortion programs overseas. Congress’ latest spending spree paved the way for U.S. taxpayers to fund China’s forced abortion policy through the U.N. Population Fund."
"As if you haven’t noticed, the political climate has changed dramatically since early November... [And apparently you have NOT noticed Mr. Reynolds] congressional Democrats are moving quickly to consolidate their power and silence opposition to president-elect Obama’s agenda.
House Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats reinstated an archaic rule that greatly limits the ability of the minority party to amend pending legislation. One congressman said this move “severely limits the democratic process in the House.”"
Although the Obama administration is a little over 24 hours old, the new President has already set to work undoing years of pro-life and pro-family policy.
"Minutes after Obama took the oath of office, the transfer of power was made complete on the White House website. The page, once home to a host of family values, now welcomes an extreme collection of anti-life, anti-woman, and anti-family agendas. Under the caption "civil rights," Obama pledges to fight for nationwide civil unions [for homosexual partners], repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, homosexual adoption, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, expanded "hate crimes," and over 1,100 costly same-sex benefits. He promises to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" [in the military] as well as block a federal amendment to preserve marriage. In exchange for the support of groups like Planned Parenthood, the abortion business is also due for a rich payoff from the 44th president, including his support of abortion-on-demand, more funding for "family planning" programs, embryonic stem cell experiments, and tax-funded abortion."Comment Posted By Heather On 13.03.2009 @ 19:38
This is quite possibly the most ridiculous explanation I've ever heard (apart from the one that claims McCains POW injuries prevent him from using email). Why can't you just admit that he was clueless?
I will not pretend to be a conservative. I am not. However, I am truly sympathetic to true conservatives who have become apologists for an incompetent campaign and candidate. I could have been a Goldwater conservative, but the republican party of today holds no sway for me. It is has become more concerned with dictating moral edicts than holding true to its fiscal foundation. The bailout is proof of this.
Maybe the republican party can be returned to its conservative roots when President Obama gets them riled up. Then, they can throw out the Bush neocons and all the BS out there to return to roots of fiscal responsibility.Comment Posted By Heather On 26.09.2008 @ 11:08
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