The president’s use of ABC News to woo the American people on health care will fall short, backfire
Barack Obama is all but guaranteeing himself a one-term presidency. Several polls continue to show that, despite the rhetoric from the mainstream press, the United States of America continues to be a center-right nation, and his administration and Democratic Party leadership have acted like a pimply-faced teenager in a hotel room on prom night — after years of planning and thinking they know what they’re doing, they finally find a willing participant in an ignorant electorate and a climate ripe for romance, only to prematurely ejaculate and ruin their chances for dates to come.
After only five months, the American people are starting to awaken and realize that they own three-quarters of General Motors, and small- and medium-sized stakes in banks large and small. They see an energy bill that will increase the regulatory and tax burden on American business and industry, and a healthcare bill that will restrict their freedom, surround them in red tape, and cost them the top-of-the-line care guaranteed by a free market health care system the envy of the world. Government has rooted itself in every aspect of their daily lives, and a country founded on the principles of limited government and power to the people will not take it for much longer.
News that ABC News will broadcast what will essentially turn out to be one large infomercial on Obama’s Health Care plan from the Blue Room in the White House will only serve to hasten this administration’s departure from the arms of its formerly willing electorate. The love is waning, the backlash is growing, and support for President Barack Obama and this Congress is inversely proportional to the expansion of government scope and reach.
As John Cardillo, an Internet security guru and [very] occasional contributor to America’s Right, pointed out to me in a message this morning, this is actually a good thing. Sponsors will rebel, and the networks are too dependent on advertising. ABC, as well as this administration, is “trying something that will bite them in the ass.” The rest of Cardillo’s message:
Doctors booed Obama at a meeting last week. The insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and AMA are all dead set against his plan. He’s about to feel like Hillary when she pitched this nonsense in the 1990s. Americans will not support his Global War on Terror policies after the next attack — and with the way he’s going, there will be another attack. That alone will be his downfall. Right-leaning Democrats know this, and they also know that his economic policies are disastrous.
Twenty-three State attorneys general came out against his proposed gun legislationHis Supreme Court nominee is under fire. He showed ineptitude in his early cabinet picks. Obama’s political capital is dwindling, and the Democrat party is very nervous about 2010 and 2012. They won’t admit this yet, but he’s done too much too fast. None of it good.
His poll numbers are falling fast. Obama is below 50 percent on his handling of the economy and spending. His personal likability is still around 60 percent, but so was George W. Bush’s even when his issue-specific polling was in the 40s. Yesterday, Gallup reported that conservatives, as an ideological group, are the largest in the US, and comprise 40 percent of the country. That’s the highest its been since 2004. Liberals remained constant at 21 percent. This will mean quite a bit come 2010.
Rush Limbaugh continues to enjoy the largest audience in radio and his numbers are growing. Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity beat all of MSNBC in ratings. In other words, right-leaning hosts are on the rise, and the left is falling flat or down.
The Wall Street Journal is enjoying increased revenue while every other newspaper is struggling to stay alive.
We’ll have to weather a little storm for some months to come, but I think Obama and this Congress are the best things to happen to the right since Reagan.
I’ve been saying as much since the election. Back in November, perhaps even on election night, I noted that an Obama presidency would leave the American public like the survivor of a particularly wicked automobile accident — grateful to have survived, reinvigorated with a new-found respect for life.
Last year, I cited the well-known bi-partisan Battleground Poll to hammer home the point that the GOP need not moderate, that John McCain could coast to victory if he only spoke to the conservative base of his party rather than actively courted new voters from groups like La Raza. The Battleground Poll, like yesterday’s Gallup Poll cited by John and by myself, confirms that this nation does indeed settle to the right — for that reason, because America is full of people who have faith in God and faith in themselves, this continued culture of government intervention simply will not stand.
And this latest move by the White House and the mainstream press will only remind the American people of the control this administration and Congress has over everything around them. Regardless of how well ABC News disguises its propaganda with token opposition talking points, the report from the Blue Room will still be received as just that . . . propaganda.
The backlash is here. This is a completely defensive move by a White House increasingly found on its heels. Obama’s recent health care speech in Wisconsin was similarly defensive, not to mention embarrassing. See, this president is a man who has never, ever been truly opposed in anything he has ever done. He skated into Illinois public office by getting his rivals tossed from the ballot, and he skated into the White House not because of his policies but because of his empty rhetoric, combined with a disillusioned, war-weary, Bush-lashed American public and a politically inept Republican on the other end of the ballot.
But, just like a pitcher who has thrown seven no-hit innings only to have a frozen-rope double slapped into left-center may struggle through the next few batters to come, Obama is seeing adversity–true, ideological adversity–for the first time in his life. As a result, the White House organizes a cheesy, Obot-packed town hall-style meeting in Wisconsin, and then asks a slobbering Charlie Gibson to quit dry-humping the presidential leg and invites him and his organization to the White House.
Yes, this move by the president and his administration is an overt manipulation of an Obama-loving mainstream press. Yes, it is nothing short of disgusting for a nation founded on a limited federal government and a free press, and yes, Edward R. Murrow is rolling in his grave. But it is the overt nature of this move which will continue to alienate an American public already being alienated.
Therefore, as vigorously as I am shaking my head because of how far we’ve fallen from the tree of Liberty and the tenets of objective journalism, I remain confident out of knowledge that the upcoming ABC News broadcast from the White House is the political equivalent of that pimply-faced teenager leaving message after message on his disappointed date’s voicemail:
“Please come back.”
But she won’t. She’ll look instead to the upperclassmen in the room, the wiser folk who know what they’re doing. And the same thing goes for the American people — at the end of the day, no matter the romance and idealism which started it, nobody wants a 46-year-old political virgin.
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