President Barack Obama has been in office for only eight short days. One day was filled with the celebratory inaugural events and festivities and two days were on the weekend, and thus at least partly shared with his family. That leaves five days that the president has thus far had to conduct the people’s business.
In a normal election cycle when a new president takes office, it has been customary and perhaps even traditional for there to be a 100-day honeymoon between the president and winning political party (the winners) on one side, and his detractors on the other side of the political spectrum (the losers in the election). During this time, the president and his party have been allowed to proceed in office mostly without criticism in order to allow him and them to settle in and get into normal operational mode with his new duties and responsibilities. Once the 100- or so day period expires, it is expected that the president has now established his modus operandi. The gloves come off and the opposition, as well as the press, can then take all the shots they want at him and his performance.
Thus, it is truly amazing that the ultra-right wing mouthpieces such as Rush (the druggie) Limbaugh and Fox News, as well some extremely conservative congresspersons have taken as many shots at the new chief executive within the first five working days of his administration as they have.
Limbaugh jumped the gun and stated on inauguration day last week, before Obama even had the opportunity to take the oath of office, that he hopes Obama fails. “I hope he fails”, he stated on his nationwide radio program.
In a country where freedom of speech is revered, there is nothing illegal about what Rush said. And it is also true that there is nothing illegal about someone displaying incredibly bad manners, or having incredibly bad body odor, either. But people generally try to exhibit good manners and good grooming and strive for social acceptance. Therefore, there has to be a reason why Rush would rush (pardon the pun) to be the first to publicly criticize Obama on the very day of his inauguration.
The probable reason seems to be a revealing sense of desperation that ultra-conservatives have over their loss of influence and relevance in American politics. During the Bush years, these folks held sway over political and policy decisions made by the White House. But the collective American electorate voted in November to end that scenario and start fresh.
So those ultra-conservative folks probably feel they have nowhere else to go, and their only hope for continued existence is to make lots of outrageous noise whenever they can. Like throwing spaghetti on a wall, perhaps they hope that some of their nonsensical, emotion-based rhetoric will stick.
It’s not just the Rush’s of the country who are doing it. Fox News reported about a statement made by Obama in which he said “I won”, referring to not only the presidency but the increased control of congress that the democrats won in November, when responding to a republican congressman opposing the economic stimulus package that is making its way through congress.
The news report alone is simply common fare for right-slanting Fox and isn’t really a big deal by itself. But the ultra-conservative losers (of the election, of course ) grabbed onto this weak report and emailed it around the internet to their sympathizers. Comments accompanying the email included such hate-mongering as “so Obama thinks that because he won he can direct policy?” and “Don’t you just LOVE (dripping with sarcasm) Obama’s comment about how he won?”
Those ultra-conservatives have got to get a grip! After all, wasn’t it their champion of the ultra-conservative war on reality, GW Bush, who always talked about how he won the election, he’s the president, and he’s the “decider-guy”? HMmmmmm….
The utter divisiveness of the ultra-conservative pundits stands in sharp contrast to the bipartisan efforts of Obama and his bipartisan administration. Just yesterday Obama met with congressional republicans, on their turf no less, to seek support for the critical economic stimulus bill winding its way through congress. Most of the republican congressionals later said that they genuinely appreciated Obama’s effort, although it may not have changed their view on the bill One even commented that so far, Obama has met with them more in his first week of office (once) than Bush did in his entire eight years in office (zero, for those following along at home).
For blow-hard Rush to state, in response to Obama’s statement that republicans should not be listening to Rush if they want to get along with the democrats, that Obama is “not a unifier and not bipartisan“ is not only a total fabrication and it flies in the face of reality (there’s that war on reality again), but clearly an effort on Rush’s part to deflect the truth, sow seeds of hate and uninformed discontent, and desperately seek to retain some semblance of relevancy in this era of “out with the old, in with the new.”
Unfortunately, there will always be an audience for the Rush’s of the world…people like white supremacist skinheads, fascists who believe the leaders are always more important than We, the PEOPLE!!, religious zealots who want to remake everyone into their warped image of the world, and human losers who think that logic is overrated and only emotion and the masking of their own human and societal (and/or other.. ) inadequacies should rule the nation.
There is no such thing as a constitutional ban on decision-making by the galactically stupid. But there are days when some of us could wish for one.