Why do I continue to be amazed?

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–

http://www.gotchamediablog.com/2010/06/daily-show-fox-friends-blame-clinton.html

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.

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2 Responses to Why do I continue to be amazed?

  1. Greg C. says:

    “George W. Bush came very close to destroying the United States.” C’mon, Seth. This is hyperbole and you know it. Our country is far stronger than any one administration.

    “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.” Reagan did it and so did Clinton. Obama is a good man but he’s not very good at being president. He had a big victory with health care, but other than that he’s been pretty ineffective and hasn’t shown much leadership. Bush did a lot of damage and blaming him for many of our problems is fair, but based on the huge Obamagasm his supporters had when he was elected, I think most of them would have expected more sooner.

  2. sethkahn says:

    Me, hyperbolic?

    Yes, the country is stronger than any one administration. I would revise my claim to say that GWBush nearly brought to fruition much of what previous administrations had seeded. I will go to my grave believing that the Bush administration nearly brought the nation to its knees.

    And yes, Reagan and Clinton had fights with Congresses controlled by the other party, but nothing like what we’re seeing right now. Nothing. Even the trumped-up Clinton impeachment wasn’t in the same league as this. That was a smokescreen to divert attention from getting work done. What the current Republican congressional cohort is doing is nothing but obstructionism, plain and simple; they simply refuse to participate in anything that might make Obama look effective. They’d rather sell each and every citizen (besides themselves) down the river than risk Obama’s being able to take any credit for anything.

    And by the way, I couldn’t disagree more that Obama hasn’t gotten anything done besides healthcare. Getting the stimulus through was huge. Getting financial aid reform through was also huge, although it didn’t get the air time other issues have because it isn’t very sexy. Getting the financial reform package through was even huger than healthcare.

    And, anybody who expected Obama to reform the entire universe neither understood the situation nor listened to anything he said. He’s never been, or claimed to be, anything other than a pragmatic, slightly left of center Democrat. Progressives who believed otherwise were fooling themselves, and conservatives who think he’s a socialist are deluded.

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