Are you kidding?
By Chris Ingram
I’ve taken a lot of heat for my column earlier this week titled “Get Ready for Obamalism.” The criticism has come from the left and right and the media in e-mails, postings, phone calls, and interviews.
I taped a local politics show here in Tampa yesterday (“Flashpoint” airing on Sundays on ABC following “This Week”). The host took me to task for questioning the intelligence of Obama supporters (which I did in a reply to a post after the above mentioned article). Hey, the site is called “Irreverent View.” I’m not writing for a scholarly journal, the church bulletin, or even some mullet wrapper of a newspaper. This is an opinion site folks! I write what I think (that’s my opinion) with a touch of sarcasm and snarkyness to keep it interesting. Anyhow, I looked it up online, and if someone had an 80 IQ, they would be considered borderline retarded. Obviously I don’t really think Obama voters are borderline retarded – that was the sarcasm I told you about. But I stand by the point that a lot of people voted for this guy based on his call for “change” and they know nothing else about him. And I think that is retarded.
Earlier this summer my Godson’s mother (who is Cuban) forwarded me an e-mail about a politician who gave rousing public speeches, was personable, ran against an ineffectual government, and promised everyday people a better life in the form of a government that would take care of them. Today we know this man as Fidel Castro. Dictator. Head of a communist regime. I’m not saying Obama is a dictator or a communist, but he’s definitely got some serious socialist tendencies. If you ask an Obama supporter why they voted for him, all they can do is say “because he’s for change.” Ask them to name three policies he will change (and what the change is, not just what the policies he’s going to change are) and they get that “dear in the headlights” look Dan Quayle used to be so well-known for.
Voting for someone we know nothing about is no way to elect a president.
Some of my Republican friends took issue with my comments and accused me of misrepresenting Bush’s presidency. One Republican reader gave me a bunch of excuses as to why the deficit is so large; why our international standing sucks; and why our economy is in the tank. None of it had to do with putting the blame on George W. Bush. It apparently had something to do with the folks over at cable news station MSNBC because he kept accusing me of being just like some of the hosts of their shows. I told this reader he’d drunk the Bush Kool-aid. He didn’t like that. But what do you expect from a guy who works for the administration?
I also got ripped from a few lefties who said I should be “inspired” by Obama’s election. Inspired by what? The fact that he wants to take more of my money in the form of taxes to pay for a bunch of social programs I don’t believe in? Thanks but no thanks. Of course I think what they really meant was I should be inspired because a black man (half black actually), is president. OK. That’s great if you’re someone who thinks we should judge and measure people based on the groups they belong to of which they had no control. I don’t.
Personally, I’d rather forget about skin color. I think we should look at our country not as a nation of groups, but as a nation of individuals. But the “group” thing is a lot easier to sell, scare, and spook people with. Politicians love it. Bureaucrats love it. The media loves it. Groups that think that because at some point or another they were disaffected by someone else love it too. Again, I don’t.
I am not inspired by Barack Obama just because of the color of his skin. I’ll be inspired by Barack Obama if he cuts government spending; doesn’t cater to the teacher’s unions and their ridiculous self-serving demands; sends some Wall Street CEOs to prison; does something about the looming Social Security crisis; and pays down the national debt. In fact, if he did all that, I’d be happy to pay more in taxes. Just don’t increase mine and cut someone else’s. That’s class warfare and it stinks. We’re all to blame for the mess we’re in and we should all make some sacrifices to fix it.
That will inspire me.
I’m not going to hold my breath.
On an unrelated note, ignore all the stories you are hearing about “anonymous sources” from within the McCain campaign saying Sarah Palin “didn’t know Africa was a continent.” That’s a bunch of bull shit. The people who are saying this are the same self-serving fools who drove McCain’s campaign into the ground. They also happen to be former George W. Bush campaign operatives whom McCain foolishly hired. These Bush people are also now loyal to, and in support of Mitt “I’ll say anything” Romney. They want to discredit Palin because ol’ “Mr. Two Positions on Every Issue” Romney has his sites on 2012.
Just four years away.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of http://www.IrreverentView.com. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: Chris@411Communications.net.