Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hoping to Fail or Failing to Hope?

I know it's been awhile since I've posted but something has really been grinding my gears (thanks Peter!).

Recent comments made by Republicans about their desire that President Obama fail are tragically telling of the individuals making the statements, their party (my party, too by the way), and the country as a whole. A few of the offenders (they are indeed offensive to any rational person) include: radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, LA Gov. Bobby Jindal, Rep. Party Chairman Micheal Steele, and most recently fmr Sen. (and actor) Fred Thompson. That list includes very crazy persons.. and seemingly quite sane people and they all repeat the same thing they either "hope he (Obama) will fail" or they support those statements in a wholehearted way.

These people who are joining this chorus are losers. Plain and simple. I know at least a few of you who are reading this are already looking for the comment button to blast me for blindly supporting the President's policies and probably are ready to use a liberal sprinkling of the words : koolaid, messiah, sheep, brain dead, and biased media. If you really are that simple-minded go ahead.. but I'll just respond by letting you know you should have read past the first two paragraphs....

Like I said, these people are losers. They are failing themselves, their ideology, and the American people. First, they fail themselves. How petty do you have to be to lose a popularity contest and then hope the other side trips on their way to the podium? Pretty dang petty. These politicians and critics are doing just the opposite of what a responsible person who disagrees should do, find alternate solutions and try to convince others their way is better. Simply saying that you hope the ones with the coherent plan don't do so hot basically says "I hope the front-runner falls so I'll come in first!" Folks, that's just the voice of pettiness, anger, and desperation at work.

Second, these people are taking the Republican Party's elephant 'round back, replacing it with a giant elephant balloon than going out and publicly poking holes in it... all for the cause of advancing the party (with the notable exception of Rush, who does it for the money and power). Of all the public figures who have spewed these sentiments Rush is the only one who hasn't done harm to the party.. which is remarkable. He is one man, a man who can be (very easily) discredited at very little true political cost. I know he has tens of millions of listeners but most of these folks would be equally swayed by the next nutcase (liberal, conservative, crazy, sane, or possibly dead) who takes over the time slot. Before you go off firing the cannon on me ponder this, his listeners call themselves 'ditto heads'! They reference the fact that they are COPYING someone else, not thinking for themselves! 'Ditto head' ought to be used as a derogatory term for the blind followers of anyone (especially in a democracy that is based on the fact that people will think then vote).. not as a self-imposed label. What's wrong with us?

Enough about Rush.. back to my point, the Republican party is being hurt. By only "hoping" that the President's policies fail you basically shoot yourself in the foot and demonstrate pretty clearly that you have no idea what you actually support. Solving the economic crisis is not a two solution game where you can simply say "that is wrong" and logically that means you are right, it is the economy for goodness sake, a million solutions exist. The right way of criticizing the Obama policies should be to tie all democrats to it then say that it WILL fail, give evidence (this is important!), then inform the public of your better solution. Simply saying 'i think that's bad just cuz...' then saying tax-cuts a few times before shrugging your shoulders and going home is not going to cut it. Don't believe me.. watch for the 2010 election results.

Lastly, this approach is terrible for the American electorate and the nation as a whole. When policy debates keep gravitating to personal and distracting issues faster and faster the American people find themselves uniting less and dividing more. That is isn't good for us as a nation. I'm not saying one side should lay down and surrender, what I am saying is that if we both just agreed that we both want the same thing then debated how to get there we would have some progress. Simply pointing fingers and name-calling doesn't produce solutions it produces doubts, political demons, and more problems.


Remember that fear, smears, and lies only go so far before we, the American people, get fed up and vote in your replacements. Be careful.

12 comments:

Tom Harper said...

Good post. I think the Republican Party is painting itself into a corner with this "I hope he fails" rhetoric. Even though I disagree with their views -- especially the perversion that the party has devolved into since 2001 -- it's important that we continue to have two viable parties.

If the Republicans keep pushing themselves further and further into the fringes, the Democrats will become just as entrenched and powercrazed and corrupt as the Republican Party has been. Nobody will benefit from that.

MKotyk88 said...

I agree with you completely. After the defeat of the GOP in November they have done very little to remedy themselves. By allowing jerks like Rush to 'speak' for the party they are alienating not only new members but also some of their own.

Windroot said...

I've written about this a couple of time. What's sad is that having taken this position, the Republican's are now vested in failure as the only option that can salvage their political fortunes. Not exactly a lot of strategic thinking here.

Maybe this is why so many Republicans on the state and local levels are distancing themselves from the Congressional Republicans and the wannabe Republican presidential hopefuls.

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Simple PC Guy said...

If you have listen to Rush's show, then you would know the "real" meaning of ditto head.

BTW, did you or any body on the left want President Bush to succeed?

Strong Moderate said...

Thanks for all the comments guys.

As for Simple PC Guy, please enlighten us! I have never said 'no' to new knowledge, maybe I owe "real" dittoheads an apology.

In addition I'd just like to ask if you actually read my post or any other posts for that matter. I am NOT on the 'left.' I am a Republican and I have been pretty objective, telling it like it is. When Bush was wrong like not changing (or having) his Iraq war plans and engaging in HUGE deficit spending I cried foul and (unlike so many others) offered alternatives and solutions.

I hope every President succeeds and keeps America free and safe, that is just the problem with these GOP talking heads and Rush. They fail to see that anything else is just wrong.

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Harrison said...

If you believe in X and the other guy believes in Y and those two things are opposite why would you want the other guy's views to win out? The media has endlessly spun this as a negative but it's not.

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Bob said...

As a Democrat who doesn't agree with most of your views, I have to say I'm impressed with the fact that you will admit that some of your party members are taking the low road by Agreeing with Rush and hoping Obama fails. It's nice to know that not all Republicans feel the the same and I respect you for speaking the truth.