Monday, January 19, 2009

Wake up, America!!!!!!

That's the great thing about a two-newspaper town. The giddy left-wing paper (you know, the one that went all gooey about Gov. Palin's command of national issues on its front page last summer) is filling up the Kool-Aid powdered soft drink mix pitchers of hope as fast as those liberals and feminists and unionists can order them. Fortunately, we have the sober, responsible voice of the Detroit News to go behind the curtain and show us what those people are really up to. Take it away, Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley:

Where's the hope?

Barack Obama won the presidency and inspired the American people by challenging them to have the audacity to hope for better days ahead and a different way of doing things.

... And yet, since Election Day, Obama's message of hope has given way to doom and gloom warnings of worsening economic conditions and a much longer road to recovery. He's even using the taboo D word -- depression -- to describe the present danger.

(Big guy? Hyphens in the preposed compound modifier in "doom-and-gloom warnings," OK?)

Obama is trash-talking the economy for obvious reasons. First, he wants to lower expectations of his ability to work miracles. The economy is a mess, and the longer he can blame it all on George W. Bush, the better for him. (Clever, huh?)

Obama is also building support for his economic stimulus plan. If he can convince Americans they face a frightening future without massive government intervention, he can get them to sign off on borrowing and spending billions of dollars for public works projects and expanding the welfare state. (
ZOMG! You don't mean ...)

The left has been waiting for this opportunity to shove the national needle left of center for nearly 30 years, and Obama isn't going to squander it by being too positive.

You mean -- the president-elect? He's going to ... he's going to use fear for openly political ends? To make his sinister backers happy and lull us all into swallowing his party's snake oil? Surely no president would ... you in the back there?

“All these debates will matter not if there is another attack on the homeland,” he said, his voice rising as he leaned over the lectern for effect.

Well, that was just a press conference. Surely Mr. Bush was less scary when he had time to prepare a television address?

As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before 9/11. But I never did. Every morning, I received a briefing on the threats to our nation. I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe. ... There is legitimate debate about many of these decisions. But there can be little debate about the results. America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil. This is a tribute to those who toil night and day to keep us safe.

But when he talks on the radio -- well, surely Mr. Bush going to sound all hopey and FDR-like then, isn't he?

While our Nation is safer than it was seven years ago, the gravest threat to our people remains another terrorist attack. Our enemies are patient, and determined to strike again.

Does everybody in the outgoing administration feel that way?

MR. LEHRER: And if that had not happened, you think there would have been further attacks?
VICE PRES. CHENEY: There's no doubt in mind there would have been.

Wow. Fear appeals! You think there's a tradition of that in presidential politics that might be worth noting?

Anyway, long may the News wave -- don't hold the people who gather and print the news responsible for the babblings of the editorial page. But for you lot in the White House, now that we're inside the 12-hour mark: Please don't let the door hit you on the way out.


Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

I dunno, seems like "borrowing and spending billions of dollars for public works projects and expanding the welfare state" is better than borrowing and spending billions for wars of choice and alienating the world... But then, I'm a leftist.

9:42 AM, January 20, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's probably time to drop the references to powdered soft drink mixes, too. After I saw a blog that mentioned "drinking the Kool-Aid" with comment from someone saying how much they liked Kool-Aid as a kid, I quizzed my offspring about whether they knew what "drinking the Kool-Aid" meant.

The two of them are in mid to late 20s, and they didn't know about Jonestown. So, they thought it meant going along with the crowd. Talking about lemmings would be clearer to them than talking about Kool-Aid (since they didn't know it was laced with cyanide).

10:57 PM, January 20, 2009  

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