Sunday, February 17, 2013

We are fortunate: It is Rick Santorum penning columns for Wing Nut Daily while Barack Obama is President of the United States

Rick "Mr. Frothy Mix" Santorum will never be President of the United States. As a nation we can be spectacularly stupid but we are not that stupid. Consider that Santorum crashed and burned early in the process that selected so mediocre a candidate as Mitt Romney.

Mr. Santorum writes in WND Proof Obama really doesn't understand his job. Santorum goes on to take umbrage with the fact that President Obama said, in the State of the Union address "If Congress won’t act, I will." Apparently, Santorum claims that this reflects a failure of leadership. One need only ask where Mr. Santorum was while Mr. Bush was issuing edicts as signing statements. However, we need not, because Santorum goes further:
Great leaders – Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Ronald Reagan, for example – confront the great challenges of the day – slavery, civil rights, the Cold War – and make their mark on history by being bold, skillful and persuasive. This is how those great leaders got things done.
Mr. Lincoln, like Mr. Obama, was a man of great conviction. It's important to note that Mr. Lincoln was at the helm when 11 states seceded from The Union. Presumably, if we use the Santorum dictum as measurement, Mr. Lincoln failed to achieve consensus.

Dr. King was, indeed, a great leader. Ironically, most of Mr. Santorum's constituency would be uncomfortable with that reference. Dr. King never held elective office and is presumably included by Mr. Santorum for other reasons. Now what could those possibly be?

As for President Reagan, the comparison leaves me cold. First the obvious; The night of Mr. Reagan's first inauguration, no leaders of the Democratic party got together and agreed to obstruct everything (even their own ideas) in an effort to deny President Reagan a second term. Nor, for that matter, did Tip O'Neill say that his first job as speaker was to prevent the President from getting a second term.

O'Neill did what most other Speakers did. He consciously and conscientiously worked in the best interests of this country. Not to mention that President Reagan never had to contend with the cracked teapots     know-nothings that are in the current mix due to the failures of their own party. Besides, Mr. Reagan once spoke out forcefully to defeat California's anti-gay Briggs Amendment. He, therefore, could never have been a candidate for the GOP turned Hezbollah "the party of God."

Furthermore, during Reagan's first term there were 72 cloture motions (votes required to prevent a filibuster). In President Obama's first term, there were 252 cloture motions; a 250% increase. If Obama said black, the GOP said white; Anything to frustrate good government. Any President should be able to count on participative cooperation.

In a phrase, Mr. Santorum, shut the hell up! You go write your little column in WND next to whack jobs like Matt Barber and Jerome Corsi. Meanwhile, Mr. Obama has a country to run. In spite of the sabotage, things are getting much better than the fireball that Mr. Bush left behind.

Mr. Obama may not be perfect but he is our President which is something that Santorum will never be. Obama was reelected for a reason while "man on dog" Rick couldn't hold on to his Senate seat     for a reason.
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