Last Friday, President Obama went to his version of the Lion's Den. He went to meet and have a Q and A with Republican Congressmen in Baltimore. Here is the video (and the Transcript):
Today, President Obama released his budget for Fiscal Year 2011 [FY2011], and no Republican will vote for it. Let's start with the debt ceiling being raised (up to $1.9T so far), and then let's go into reasons that Rachel Maddow and her Oxford Education cannot understand.
For all the cheering last Friday by the Left, President Obama had no effing clue what the Republicans believe. How do you wage a battle of ideas when one side (that is Obama and the Left) refuses to understand the other side (that is Republicans and Conservatives)? Mr. President, let me help you: Read this post.
Just because the Conservatives and Republicans don't support Government Run Health Care [GRHC] does not make them any less of an opposition. Why? It is on a Liberal and Democratic party wishlist, not the Republicans. It will rise and fall on the strength of Democrats. You can have 60 votes or 51 votes, if the Left believed in what they were doing, it would have passed last May.
When you study President Obama's background, he never had to deal with Conservatives or Republicans. In Chicago, it's a One Party City (like Los Angeles). In Illinois, he never had any hard fought campaigns in his general election. And come 2008, it was going to be a Democratic party year so the only real opposition he had was from Hillary!
Even though the Republicans fielded a Moderate, not one person who asked for Republicans to be more Moderate supported him. Another lie bites the dust.
When Democrats, like Steve Benen, say he will only engage in the opposition if they "act," a certain way completely ignores what happened during the last Administration. And Mr. President and Ms. Maddow, you need to start listening here (but you should have read what came before).
Once upon a time Senator Vandenberg (R-MI) said "Politics stops at the water's Edge," to support a Democratic President under fire. Why? Because American politics and policy does not revolve around one president, ever.
All the hatred of President Bush got to levels unseen in American politics. The Democrats needed an Emmanuel Goldstein and President Bush (then Senator McCain, then Former Governor Palin) supplied that role.
Did any Democratic Senator stand up between 2004 - 2008 to defend President Bush and his Wilsonianism? A big, fat NO. If a Democratic partisan stubbed their toe, they blamed Bush. Heck, no Democrat between 2001 - 2008 ever gave President Bush the benefit of the doubt.
Chickens are now coming home to roost.
So, why are the Republicans voting "No," on anything President Obama endorses? Three reasons:
1) President Obama has a Huffington Post understanding of the Right, or the Right as seen from the Left. Not once has he ever spoken to a Conservative to understand his or her views. I say President Obama should invite Rush Limbaugh to the White House for a week to learn about Republicans and Conservatives. And if he doesn't want to do that, send Gary Aminoff.
2) The Democrats had such a Hate for Bush, McCain and Palin that unless we hear an apology, the Republicans will never ever support anything Democrats do ever again. Stop blaming Bush and Republicans for everything that goes wrong. President Obama and the Democrats have a large majority, Republicans have nothing to do with it. You want our help and support once in a while? Stop with the Emmanuel Goldsteining of our people and apologize on the White House lawn to Bush, McCain and Palin. Without it, no votes.
3) We don't support the President's views on public policy. As the Minority Party, we oppose. It's our job. Don't like it? Follow the actions listed in #2.
If President Obama cannot get Democrats to vote for his budget, it is DOA -- No Republican House member or Senator should vote on anything but Defense, Homeland Security and HHS. that's it.
My question: Why do Liberals fail to understand Conservatives, Republicans and Tea Partiers? Are we not Americans too?