There’s family, of course. There’s friends. There’s good health, and good pastrami sandwiches and all of that. And, of course, I’d be thrilled if my Auburn Tigers derailed Alabama’s season next weekend, but other than a short list of things, upset hippies are right up there on the list of things which make me smile.
They’re just so fun when they’re angry, hopping around and huffing and puffing and getting all irritated in their itchy hemp underpants. I think that’s why I laugh until my sides hurt whenever I see that video of those crunchy, rarely-showered kids crying over dead trees.
And, oh boy, I can hear them getting all worked up now that Barack Obama is likely to break one of his most fundamental campaign promises. That’s right — Reuters and other news organizations are reporting that it’s all but official, that Obama will likely decide not to roll back the perpetually maligned Bush tax cuts and instead just let them expire in 2010.
(As an aside, 2010 is interesting timing, considering that will be the year when I finish law school, move, study for the bar, take it, and dance naked through the streets should I actually pass the darned thing. Regardless, as a fresh new lawyer, I will aspire to work my butt off and make $249,999 per year. — Jeff)
The whole thing amazes me. Looking back upon this election as a conservative, watching him renege on a campaign promise is nothing groundbreaking, as I watched as he went back on his promise to take public financing, flip-flopped on his opinion on offshore drilling, and so on and so forth. Still, for the lefties in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, this has got to be fairly new ground. How much, after all, did Obama focus his campaign against John McCain on McCain’s promise to not roll back the so-called unequivocal Bush tax cuts, only to parrot his rival’s talking points since securing the win on November 4? How much, after all, did Obama campaign for “change coming to Washington,” only to fill his support staff and cabinet with still-warm Clinton accomplices (not to mention an actual Clinton herself)?
Oh boy, the hippies have got to be pissed. The folks over at Salon.com seem to be in a pre-panic denial mode, trying to convince themselves that they actually knew Obama would govern from the center-left rather than the hard-left known and loved by the progressive movement. Heck, I’m still not convinced that he wants to be as pragmatic as he’s been, but rather has been forced to migrate to the middle by extenuating circumstances, economic and otherwise.
Still, to me, this is just another affirmation that conservative principles really are correct. His inevitable decision to countermand the very foundation of his candidacy (besides celebrity and Messiah-worship, that is) and spit in the face of his lefternmost supporters shows the merit of reducing, rather than increasing, taxes in any economy. Furthermore, it shows that the ideas, ideals and policies of the progressive movement simply will not work when removed from the idyllic sanctity of Starbucks and academia and put to task in the real world.
In the meantime, I hold out the hope that Obama will continue to display pragmatism and that the adverse effects of his presidency will be tempered somewhat by extrinsic economic conditions. Even if the shift toward the center will not last, I will enjoy it as much as I can — it is not often, after all, that we can see hippie unrest in action.
A Public Service Message from America’s Right:
Not sure if your neighborhood hippie is upset?
Not sure if the changes you see are simply the honeymoon phase of the election coming to fruition, the effects of the herbal medication wearing off, or actual hippie discontent?
Look to the following video for the warning signs: