What would a president have to do. What egregious offense would committed by a sitting president would deserve the firm belief, that yes indeed this is the act, word, policy or incident – is the last straw? To Roger Simon at Politico ( Politico is the new code word for 90% pure hackery) that unforgivable act is defending the 1st amendment – Obama, the one-term president, By: Roger Simon, August 17, 2010 04:29 AM EDT
So on Friday night, he said: “As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan in accordance with local laws and ordinances.”
See what I mean about not getting it?
John Feehery, a Republican consultant, told Sheryl Gay Stolberg of The New York Times, “This is not a unifying decision on his part; he chose a side. I understand why he did this, but politically I think it’s a blunder.”
You could not put the conventional wisdom more clearly: It is far better for a president to do nothing than to choose a side. Even if the side he chooses is the right one from an ethical or moral perspective, it is a “blunder” politically because inevitably it will upset some people.
All it takes for a Democratic president to be doomed to one term is defend every American’s right to freedom of worship. I’m assuming Simon reread what he wrote and thought – gee that keep quiet rather than defend the Constitution stuff sounds darn clever. Furthermore defending said founding document is a “blunder”. I don’t know whether it is fair or even more damning to put Simon’s point in context – this blunder means President Obama is off message. It is not like anyone pays attention to what Simon has to say, but he does provide the opportunity to compare the kind of policies and behavior conservatives find acceptable. Things right-wing conservatives can do and which conservatives like Simon did not launch into some hyperbolic fit in response. From George W. Bush’s first two years in office:
* SEPTEMBER 2001 – WHITE HOUSE CREATES OFFICE TO CIRCUMVENT INTEL AGENCIES: The Pentagon creates the Office of Special Plans “in order to find evidence of what Wolfowitz and his boss, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, believed to be true-that Saddam Hussein had close ties to Al Qaeda, and that Iraq had an enormous arsenal of chemical, biological, and possibly even nuclear weapons that threatened the region and, potentially, the United States??The rising influence of the Office of Special Plans was accompanied by a decline in the influence of the C.I.A. and the D.I.A. bringing about a crucial change of direction in the American intelligence community.” The office, hand-picked by the Administration, specifically “cherry-picked intelligence that supported its pre-existing position and ignoring all the rest” while officials deliberately “bypassed the government’s customary procedures for vetting intelligence.” [Sources: New Yorker, 5/12/03; Atlantic Monthly, 1/04; New Yorker, 10/20/03]
Bush 43 cut $35 million in funding for doctors to get advanced pediatric training. 2001
Bush 43 Cut funding for research into cleaner, more efficient cars and trucks by 28%. 2001
LINDSEY FIRED FOR TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT COSTS
“Top White House adviser Larry Lindsey [was fired] when he told a newspaper that an Iraq war could cost $200 billion.” – Christian Science Monitor, 12/17/02. The invasion of Iraq will ultimately cost about $3 trillion dollars. The Whitehouse had issued an estimate of $90 billion.
In August 2001 Bush receives a memo which warns Al Qaeda may launch an attach using commercial air planes. Bush ignores the warning. No notice to air lines. No reinforced cabin doors. No extra sky marshals. But Bush did not blunder and defend the 1st Amendment.
* FEBRUARY 6, 2002 – CIA SAYS IRAQ HAS NOT PROVIDED WMD TO TERRORISTS: “The Central Intelligence Agency has no evidence that Iraq has engaged in terrorist operations against the United States in nearly a decade, and the agency is also convinced that President Saddam Hussein has not provided chemical or biological weapons to Al Qaeda or related terrorist groups, according to several American intelligence officials.” [Source: NY Times, 2/6/02] Bush and Republicans parlayed these myths include a campaign of fear. A campaign Republicans are still waging.
Dubya appointed John Negroponte — an unindicted high-level Iran Contra figure to the post of United Nations Ambassador.
Bush 43 closed the White House Office for Women’s Health Initiatives and Outreach. Part of Bush’s war on women and children.
ZINNI FIRED FOR TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY
“General Anthony Zinni, a retired Marine general who was Bush’s Middle East mediator, angered the White House when he told a foreign policy forum in October that Bush had far more pressing foreign policy priorities than Iraq and suggested there could be a prolonged, difficult aftermath to a war. He was not reappointed as Mideast envoy.” – Associated Press, 7/27/03
GENERAL DISPARAGED FOR TELLING TRUTH ABOUT TROOP LEVEL NEEDS
Despite the fact that it appears he was probably accurate, “Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz criticized the Army’s chief of staff, Gen. Eric Shinseki, after Shinseki told Congress in February that the occupation could require ‘several hundred thousand troops.’ Wolfowitz called Shinseki’s estimate ‘wildly off the mark.’” – USA Today, 6/3/03. Today we still here about the myth of the great surge – the troops Bush did not send in the first place – a factor responsible for the deaths of many U.S. troops. A surge that did not work so much as coincide with the peak of ethics cleansing – or low level genocide of Iraqi Sunnis.
Some other, blunders if you will during Bush’s first term – the Bush Department of Justice bungled it’s first terrorist prosecution, Halliburton’s connections to the White House, no bid contracts and subsequent fraud perpetuated on tax payers. $700 million Congress authorized for the war front in Afghanistan ends up going to Iraq preparations. Medicare actuary Richard Foster is threatened with being fired after he finds Bush’s infamous Medicare part D reform will cost far more than the White House and Congressional Republicans said it would.
A Republican president can be a serial liar, manipulate national security intelligence, use out troops as cannon fodder, fire and smear anyone that speaks the truth and not be condemned as a one term president. If only more people read Roger Simon. As a veteran conservative spinmeister he has reminded America how deranged and corrupt conservative values are.