Nicholas Guariglia addresses the rapidly growing commentary meme of Barack Obama’s penchant for broken promises.
What could anyone have possibly expected from a young, overtly leftist Chicago upstart who had accomplished precisely nothing of significance throughout his short career â€” and yet still promised the world, and more, to his loyal adherents?
Consider his campaign pledges: It wasnâ€™t too long ago that Obama promised to â€œtell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over.â€ Ah, the corporate lobbyist, every candidateâ€™s favorite whipping boy. â€œThey have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president,â€ Barack once swore to his sea of idolizing worshipers.
That was then; this is now. President Obama has allowed seventeen exceptions to the no-lobbyist rule. And remember that â€œsunlight before signingâ€ pledge, giving citizens enough time to read a bill â€” and offer their opinions on it â€” before it is signed into law? Well, thatâ€™s gone to the wayside, too.
Consider his tone and lack of bipartisanship: Obamaâ€™s election was supposed to end the â€œpolitics as usual,â€ filled with â€œdivisivenessâ€ and all other sorts of bad things. It was on Inauguration Day, as I recall, when Obama proclaimed â€œan end to the petty grievances â€¦ that for far too long have strangled our politics.â€ We should â€œset aside childish things,â€ Obama suggested, and â€œchoose our better history.â€
So much for that. The first thing President Obama did was allow Nancy Pelosi to write the egregious â€œstimulusâ€ bill, effectively making it her own personal wish list. When opposition to the bill began to mount, Obama brought Republicans to the bargaining table â€” only to snicker â€œI wonâ€ to their faces.
Additionally, President Obamaâ€™s recent speech to House Democrats was as snide and sarcastic of a national address as you will ever see. It was laced with flippant, partisan attacks on those who dared to question the logic of this massive bill. His administration went on the offensive, campaign-style, impugning the motives of those who have philosophical problems with the stimulus â€” what he calls â€œbickeringâ€ â€” while discarding any semblance of bipartisan spirit or grace under pressure.
Consider the dialogue: Gone is the pie-in-the-sky talk about post-partisan politics, transcending space and time, and all that other nonsense. We just passed a spending bill which will â€” using contemporary monetary standards â€” cost more than Bushâ€™s Iraq war and Rooseveltâ€™s New Deal combined. It is, by far, the largest spending bill in American history. We could buy real estate on Mars for a fifth of the cost.
Remember Obama’s promise to the voters of Illinois to serve his full Senate term if elected? Remember Obama’s promise to use federal campaign financing?
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