September 22, 2009
By Brian Darling
I love President Barack Obama. No kidding. I love the guy.
Barack Obama is the best community organizer of
conservatives since Ronald Reagan.
Not even conservative icon Sarah Palin, had she been
elected Vice President, could have put together hundreds of town
hall meetings with conservatives turning out and decrying the
socialist aspects of the liberal health care bills.
It's even less likely a President John McCain could have
gathered Americans in different cities to conduct anti-big
government Tea Party rallies. Who else but President Obama could
motivate the huge rally in Washington, D.C. on September 12, where
hundreds of thousands declared their intention to take back the
nation? Glenn Beck and FreedomWorks couldn't have done it without
the expertise and hard work of the Obama administration.
Conservatives need to take a moment to thank the one guy who
could organize a community of conservatives in a mere nine months
of work. Thank you, President Obama.
Push Out the Czars
Many lawmakers are upset with the proliferation of policy aides
in the Obama administration, people commonly referred to as
"czars." Many of the czars do not face any confirmation process in
the Senate and they can't be forced to testify before Congress.
Conservatives see the Obama administration is giving these czars
too much power, and we want some Congressional oversight over these
Congressman Jack Kingson (R-Ga.) has introduced the "Czar
Accountability and Reform (CZAR) Act of 2009" to remove the salary
of a czar unless that person has been subject to the advice and
consent of the Senate. If President Obama has a czar able to tell a
Cabinet-level official what to do, this legislation would take away
that person's salary. Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) has
written a letter to the House Oversight and Government Reform
Committee urging hearings.
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) also plans to act soon. Vitter tells
HUMAN EVENTS, "I'm very concerned about restricting that undefined
authority of what are essentially political advisory positions and
I'm working to introduce an amendment to the Interior Department
spending bill in the very near future with that particular goal in
mind." Vitter is joined by Senators Robert C. Byrd (D-W.V.) and
Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who have reservations about the
potential for a violation of the separation of powers between
Congress and the Executive Branch.
Alexander calls the czars, "an affront to the Constitution" and
"anti-democratic." Alexander pointed out that the proliferation of
between 32 or 34 czars is "a poor example of a new era of
transparency, which is what was promised to this country."
conservative Uniter - Progressive Divider
While millions of Americans rally against the President's
domestic policies, the left is becoming increasingly irritated with
the President's national security policies. As a candidate, Obama
characterized the war in Afghanistan as the "good war," but it
appears many in his party now disagree. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
said, "I don't think there's a great deal of support for sending
more troops." According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 61 percent of
Democrats favors an immediate withdraw from Afghanistan or
establishing a short timeline for withdraw, compared to just 19
percent of Republicans.
If the President follows the recommendations of Gen. Stanley
McChrystal, who is rumored to be seeking an increase of anywhere
from 14,000 to 40,000 or so troops, he will have to defy his
political base. Last week's request by the White House for the
extension of three key provisions in the PATRIOT Act and have
further enraged the President's left flank.
Don't get the wrong impression about our President's foreign
policy intentions. Just because Obama is angering the left does not
mean he's right by conservatives. Thursday Obama officials told
America's allies in Poland and the Czech Republic that the White
House has spiked plans for a long-range missile defense third site
in Eastern Europe. This pre-emptive retreat from missile defense --
based on supposed and unproven changes in intelligence -- will make
the Russian government very happy.
Indeed, it appears the White House has traded away the third
site for its arms-control agenda. It may jump start negotiations
with Moscow on a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). But
it's not a good sign that the Obama Administration is dismantling a
deterrent to nuclear missile attack in Eastern Europe before
negotiations begin. What will be left to negotiate? Even worse,
America has abandoned a missile defense system that not only would
have protected Europe, but also the United States, as well.
An "Atta Boy" should be extended to the President's Press
Secretary Robert Gibbs, Democrat National Committee Chairman Howard
Dean and loony left-wing commentator Keith Olbermann for helping to
unify conservatives against the policies of President Obama. Their
constant attacks against conservatives, along with the President's
left-wing policies, are boosting the resurgence of the conservative
movement. Without these activities by the left, conservatives might
still be disorganized and not have a reason to fight. Thanks again,
Mr. President. There's no way conservatives could have pulled
together this quickly without your efforts.
Brian Darling is director of U.S.
Senate Relations at The Heritage Foundation.
First Appeared in Human Events
I love President Barack Obama. No kidding. I love the guy. Barack Obama is the best community organizer of conservatives since Ronald Reagan.
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