Now back to the real world. It’s traditional that a new president get a honeymoon of some indefinite length. It’s also traditional for Republicans (and many conservatives) to act as Charlie Brown to Lucy with the football.
Obama will get the most lavish and extended honeymoon in history. Every time he walks to the podium without falling down will be trumpeted as the greatest accomplishment since MacArthur returned to the Philippines. It will be the natural tendency of Republicans to join in the praise, and worse, to try to be “bipartisan” when it comes to legislation that is manifestly bad for the country and abhorrent to conservative principles. This tendency will be magnified by the Republicans’ fear that any opposition to Obama’s policies will be portrayed as motivated by racism rather than principle.
Senator McCain is an American hero, a remarkable man. I can think of few I respect more. But he’s likely to be the first to be leading the charge toward bipartisanship. This would be a mistake of galactic proportions. This must be resisted.
It’s all well and good for Republicans to congratulate Obama today, and on Inauguration Day. The GOP shouldn’t oppose merely for the sake of opposition. But if they were paying any attention to what Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Rangel, Schumer, etc, have been saying over the last year, they should realize that on the major issues of the day, liberals are determined to take the nation down a hard left path that will, in the words of Obama, “fundamentally transform” America.
Republicans and conservatives will be taking a needed hard look at ourselves. Losers usually do. We must reassess, recalibrate and argue.
But in the meantime, we still have principles to defend and we must defend them vigorously. Particularly in the first 100 days when many of the most objectionable bills will likely be brought up.
For those inclined to make nice, which of the following Democratic agenda items are you prepared to sign on to so that you’ll get invited to the right parties?
- Employee Free Choice Act
- Fairness Doctrine
- Freedom of Choice Act
- Nationalization of health care
- Estate tax increases
- “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” (driver’s licenses for illegals)
- Capital gains tax increases
- Defense cuts
- Liberal judicial appointments
- Racial and ethnic preferences
- Income tax increases
- Bans on oil drilling
- Global poverty tax/Kyoto
These are but a few. Perhaps the most worrisome agenda items are those that will betray a fecklessness in foreign policy that could lead to a nuclear Iran, a vulnerable Israel, an imperial Russia, and an imploding Pakistan.
In many cases, the congressional math may preclude Republicans from little more than voicing principled opposition. But that’s not nothing. It’s imperative. Republican politicians for too long have been spectacularly inept in communicating their ideas, principles and positions. They’ve been unconscionably silent in defending their own. They shouldn’t then be surprised when they get their hindquarters handed to them.
Last night was Obama’s night. January 20th too. Watch for genuine opportunities to work together for the betterment of the country. But on every other occasion fight. Fight every attempt to entrench a new entitlement. Fight every attempt to redistribute wealth. Fight every attempt to radicalize the courts. Fight every attempt to weaken our defenses. Fight every attempt to restrict political speech. Fight every attempt to revise history. Fight for what’s best about America.