Saturday, October 25, 2008

Obama as Carter, Redux

Victor Davis Hanson mocks the gutless "conservatives" who have run wailing into Obama's embrace, and reminds them with whom they seek solace:

Why do so many conservatives think that an Obama-elect might be prove a centrist, and so why do they use phrases like “I pray” or “I hope” that Obama might turn out, well, not to be Obama?

Jimmy Carter did exactly what he promised: raised taxes, grew the government, told the world he had no inordinate fear of communism, trashed our allies as retrograde right-wing authoritarians—and we got the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Iranian hostage-taking (have we forgotten that the “Great Satan” originated as a slur against Nobel laureate Carter?), communism in Central America, the Cambodian Holocaust, and spikes of 12% inflation, 18% interest, and 7% unemployment.

So why would any conservative think that Obamafriend of Ayers, Khalidi, Meeks, Pfleger, and Wright, veteran of mysterious campaigns in which rivals in 1996 and 2004 simply dropped out or were forced out, erstwhile advocate of repealing NAFTA, controlling guns, stopping new drilling and nuclear plants, zealot for bringing all troops home by March 2008, advocate of a trillion dollars in new spending, and raising the tax burden on the 5% who now pay 60% of the aggregate income taxes, supporter of more oppression studies and racial reparations—would not likewise try to govern as he has lived the last 20 years?

Why would anyone think that an Obama would not wish to enact the visions of those who first backed him—the crowd, ACORN, The Huffington Post, Sen. Reid, Rep. Pelosi, a Chris Dodd or Barney Frank—rather than the late pilers-on like Colin Powell or Scott McClellan?

Two thoughts:

-A second Carter term is terrifying. The two greatest threats to the United States in the last decade have been the Taliban (see September 11th, 2001) and Iran (promising a second and better Holocaust - soon!). Both regimes are creations of the foreign-policy miscues of the Carter Administration. WIll we be suffering from Barack Obama's foolishness in 2035?

-The Left can take Colin Powell and his bandwagon-jumping ilk - we have Joe Lieberman, the Last Honest Man in American politics. And his spirit and his soul by our side is worth more than all the carpet-baggers Obama can collect.

Meanwhile, I hope McCain is keeping a list. 'Cause when he wins the election, I want these valueless tools to banished for life from the corridors of power....

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