In this morning’s (Fri 7/16) West Chester Daily Local, a letter writer defended the Obama administration against talking point charges that it is eradicating freedom, has sold its soul to the Socialists–the usual tripe. Along the way, the letter writer made the point that the Obama administration has had 18 months to respond to the messes left behind by George W. Bush’s administration.
Although I ought to know better by now, I couldn’t help but read the comments section. Out of 8 comments, every single one of them accused the letter writer of blaming Bush for Obama’s mistakes. It’s become another Republican talking point to respond to every mention of Bush with, “He hasn’t been President for a long time now. You can’t keep blaming him for all your problems.”
We’ll set aside for now the fact that we’re right. George W. Bush came very close to destroying the United States, and to expect Obama to fix that in 18 months is ridiculous. We’ll also forget, momentarily, that one reason the Obama administration hasn’t been more effective is that the entire Republican party is devoted to making sure Obama can’t get things done without gigantic fights.
Even with those set aside, what still rings the loudest is how unbelievably, ridiculously full of shit Republicans are, accusing us of “blaming Bush” for everything when, to this day, they still routinely blame Bill Clinton for problems that he had nothing to do with.
John Stewart did a segment on this on his June 30 show. Here’s the link to it–
Stewart documents example after example of Republicans blaming Clinton, even as recently as just a few weeks before the segment.
So apparently it’s OK to blame a President who hasn’t been in office for TEN FREAKIN’ YEARS for problems HE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH, but it’s not OK to blame a President out of office for 18 months for problems his administration was uniquely responsible for.
I changed my mind; this doesn’t even rise to the level of hypocrisy. It’s simple lying. It’s almost enough to make me rethink my commitment to free speech–not quite, but almost. The First Amendment protects unpopular speech, but I’m not so sure any more that it should protect people who knowingly, willingly, and obviously lie about everything.