One wonders how Paul Buchanan could possibly ever be taken seriously when he writes drivel such as this.
To be fair and balanced, mention should be made of Left protests against the previous US administration. There were sit-downs, marches, yellow ribbon displays and assorted tongue-lashings from the left-leaning media (such as it is). Yet most Left protest against the W. Bush administration’s illegal war in Iraq, its abuses of privacy under the so-called Patriot Act and its use of torture as an interrogation technique was confined to proper channels of voice and redress, and even when it involved street demonstrations never reached the point of questioning the legitimacy of the political system itself.
Are you freaking kidding? Questioning the legitimacy of the Bush administration was in full flight from the day the Florida vote became official. The criticism of Bush was rabid and irrational. That’s why the call it Bush Derangement Syndrome.
Heck, people are even now connecting Bush with current events like the Balloon Boy hoax.
Buchanan has a list of charges, “crimes of opposition” if you will. Let’s go through them.
From a congressman calling the president a liar during his address to Congress,
to a Fox TV commentator calling Obama a racist with an abiding hatred of white people,
which was stupid and wrong – he even denied it minutes later… so that’s 1.
to a radio talk show host openly wishing that the president fail (and later crowing about Chicago’s failed Olympic bid as a ”defeat” for Obama),
Forgetting the “Bush failed” celebration that the left held ever time a soldier died in Iraq? Besides, since when do people get so upset when partisan shock jocks crow about a presidential failure?
to the steady drumbeat of Fox-led accusations that the Obama administration and its policies are “socialist,”
to the questioning of his birthplace, heritage and religious orientation,
I think the consensus is now that he was born in Hawaii, but there’s something embarrassing on his original birth certificate. As for his heritage, that’s hotly debated by those that want to cover up the more obvious but embarrassing elements. As for his religious orientation, he attended a “Black Liberation Theology” church, but now seems to want to deny that. Whether “Black Liberation” theology is actually christian is a larger debate.
to the funding and organization of “astroturf” Tea Party demonstrations,
Get that? Going to protests against the government is now “disloyal opposition”. Oh, and no conservative ever turns up at protests unless some rich guy pays for it, right? Actually, even National Radio’s correspondent admitted that the protests were genuine.
to approval of people showing up armed at presidential rallies,
…something that’s unfortunately defended by the US constitution and state law. Oh, and one of the guys who did was black, so it’s not a racial thing.
to attempting to tar him by association with ACORN, Bill Ayers and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright,
That’s like “taring” me with the charge that I write a conservative blog. All of those things are provable. He sat on Ayers’ board and sat in Wright’s pews for years. Obama only rejected Wright once it became politically embracing, and the media was far more interested in Palin’s daughter’s boyfriend’s myspace page than exploring the Ayers connections.
to accusations that he is an “internationalist” who is soft on terrorism and will sell-out US interests to a variety of hostile foreign interests,
Which he does seem to be doing to some extent. Witness nice handshakes with Chavez, and refusal to defend US policy. Put this in the “bigger debate” pile.
to claiming that he promotes the browning of America via tacit acceptance of illegal immigration,
I think that makes 2 legitimate hits so far… though more for the interpretation of intent than anything.
to encouraging military insubordination to the civilian political leadership on matters of war and strategy,
Hm, not sure where that charge comes from.
to the grotesque characterizations of Obama and his family’s racial lineage,
You made a cartoon suggesting that a monkey rather than Pelosi wrote the stimulus bill? Why, that’s racist!
I think a bigger problem is the Democrats hiding from criticism by trying to tar all their critics as racist.
to advising people to stock weapons in anticipation of a (fictitious) federal personal arms ban,
I guess they’ll come in handy when the Democrats fictitious draft comes into place.
to the refusal of the Republican congressional bloc to honestly negotiate health care and financial reform
Buchanan can’t have missed the news that the Democrats have solid majorities in both houses, surely?
Besides, Republicans have plenty of ideas. Quote: But Republicans, especially in the House, have been shunned by committee chairs and Democratic leaders who simply refuse to accept GOP amendments to health care bills, even when those amendments align with the President’s stated goals for health care reform.
—taken in isolation these acts may demonstrate nothing other than the behavior of lunatics. But taken together and linked by common sources of funding, organization, direction and expression, they constitute a degree of political disloyalty seldom seen in modern US politics. Hypocrisy is one thing: calls to sedition are another.
Hypocrisy indeed. Buchanan just marched into the room with a heard of elephants and expects us to ignore them.
Yep, there’s some stuff in the opposition to Obama which is just not right. I’m no fan of Glenn Beck beck for the same reason I’m no fan of The Standard – too much hyperventilating and “reading into” small details. But some of the stuff Beck comes up with does need answering. Obama does have links to some dodgy people, and there has been little if any sunlight on those relationships.
But while Buchanan condemns people like Glenn Beck, he is in that last paragraph endorsing the exact same strategies, and he’s even used them throughout his post.
In fact, I’m beginning to wonder if the real problem is that the Democrats miss being the opposition, because they find it harder to use their usual tactics, and are annoyed at their opponents starting to use some of them.
Does that make them a “disloyal government”?