In his post-election press conference President Obama said,
Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to travel around the country and meet people where they live and where they work, from backyards to factory floors. I did some talking, but mostly I did a lot of listening.
This is nonsense. The Democrats lost over 60 seats in the House of Representatives precisely because they did not listen to American people. The people made it clear they did not want Obamacare. The Democrats ignored them.
For two years the Democrats governed without notice of the Republicans, ramming through such bills as the stimulus package. When Republicans argued for their position, Obama answered, “I won.” Now that the Republicans have won back the House, suddenly compromise is important again. Of course, to the left compromise always means Republicans cooperating in the expansion of state power.
As George Neumayr writes, Obama learned nothing from this election.
Obama received praise after the press conference for his “pensive” demeanor, but what’s stunning about him is his utter lack of reflection. He either has no capacity for critical thinking or what little he once possessed has dissipated in ideological reliance upon mindless cliché and sophistry. In any case, it is scary. At the end of the day, he is nothing more than a shallow pol with little interest in or knowledge of governing. He backed into the White House through effortless luck (he ran against one of the worst Republican presidential candidates ever), and apparently assumed that running the White House would be just as easy.
His shallowness also makes him obtuse, even from a rawly political and self-interested standpoint. He suffered one of the worst defeats in decades because of his environmental, socialist, and Brave New World dilettantism, yet spent much of the press conference talking about “electric cars,” gays in the military, and 26-year-olds who, thanks to his largesse, will get to stay on the health care plans of their “parents.”
Dr. Hurd warns us of the worst:
Republicans have a clear majority in the House, and possibly a working majority in the Senate. Obama now stands alone. And, my sense of the situation is: He doesn’t mind a bit.
Humbled? You’ve got to be kidding. I would love to have a candidate for capitalism and individual rights who’s as unyielding and unbending as this man is for socialism. This is a man who encouraged citizens to report opposition to his plan for socialized medicine to a special White House email address. What is this — a totalitarian state? Not yet, but if we did things Obama’s way, it would be. Watch and see. He will use the regulatory agencies of the federal government to ram through whatever he wishes in the coming two years. Who’s going to stop him? Republicans? Republicans have never stood on principle before, and have never stood up to a liberal Democratic President before. If they do this time, it will be different. I’m waiting and watching to see how they respond to this President’s forthcoming abuse of executive power. America is about to meet the real Obama. Fasten your seatbelts, because it’s not going to be pretty.
The Tea Parties are more important than ever because the Republicans need the American people to stiffen their spine and stand up to Obama, the MSM and the Washington establishment. The Republicans need to find the confidence to defend limited government, free market economics and individual rights. The Republicans need to throw off pragmatism and stand on principle. The Republicans need to cleanse themselves of the lingering stench of Karl Rove/George Bush’s compassionate conservatism.
This is frightening, uncharted territory for the Republicans. If they can get this right — by repealing Obamacare, cutting spending and lowering the deficit — then they will buy freedom time in America, and that would be an heroic victory. They’ve never done anything like this before, but then, they have never faced an intransigent leftist in the White House before. Obama’s consistent statism might help them be more consistent in the opposite direction.