Memorial Day brings together family and friends in honor of those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country. And this holiday, with the exception of Independence Day, generates political discussion like no other. Some people will debate how all this occurred. Other folks will debate who is responsible. But what will not be debated anywhere, is the fact that America in rough shape.
Three plus years into the supreme ruler’s reign, enough time has now passed for all adult Americans to somehow be effected by the current state of things. Those with jobs, for instance, know family members or friends that have lost them. Perhaps they suffer anxiety wondering if today is the day they get called to the chopping block. Homeowners have lost their equity. Many Americans know friends or family or neighbors that have lost their homes. Shoppers have seen food prices rise and drivers have seen gas prices climb. The sad state of the union is more than apparent — it is painfully obvious.
Informed conservatives raised concerns about Obama being too anti-business before his election. Meanwhile, McCain and other establishment Republicans were either oblivious, didn’t care or were too timid to bring it up during the campaign. The media, of course, hide Obama’s background and political outlooks from the common folk.
Even post-election, as conservatives began putting the pieces of the puzzle together, as they supplied the meaning and intentions behind Obama’s political moves, skepticism and dismissal were the typical responses. Well, now the cat is out of the bag. Obama is indeed hostile to business. He has proven he will intentionally hurt industries (and therefore America) for his own political gain. Memorial Day conversations across the country can attempt to unravel whether Obama’s hostility toward business is good or bad for the country but, like the sad condition of the economy, his actual anti-business leanings cannot be disputed.
And that begs the question: just how moronic is Obama, really? For millions of Americans this election is everything about the economy. And yet, Obama and his campaign wizards, using Bain Capital as cover, think it best to attack capitalism. Is that wise? Sure, the hard left loves it but they’re votes are in the bag. And clearly Obama will get a percentage of naive college students to bite. Except all it takes is a good keg party to jeopardize those votes. So who is the target for the anti-capitalism message? Moderates? Is it for the moderates that are worried about when they have to face the chopping block? Is he targeting the moderates that are trying desperately to scrap together the cash for a summer vacation. Or is it the moderates that just saw Hewlett-Packard announce last week they’re dumping some 27,000 jobs because they can’t turn a profit. America’s economy is crumbling around us and team-Obama has chosen an anti-capitalism campaign message. How astonishingly ludicrous. Who’s in charge?
It’s no surprise that over the last couple of weeks some 15 Democrats have backed away from this simpleminded message, shouting ‘he said it, not me’ as loud as possible, including Massachusetts Governor and Obama-buddy, Deval Patrick. These politicians know who’s buttering their bread.
Didn’t Obama, or at least his campaign folks, watch the Republican primaries? If they had, they would’ve seen what you get from attacking capitalism — no matter how deftly you use Bain Capital as cover. You get backlash, you get scorn and get an immediate drop in numbers. Will he continue down this path? Saddled by an enormous ego and loath to admit mistakes, Obama may well indeed try to ride this hobbled pony to the finish line. Patrick and the others seem to think he will.
But it’s not rocket science. Ultimately, the candidate that successfully answers the most questions — who, what, where, when, why and how — regarding America’s ability to do business is going to get elected. Capitalism, not government, rings the cash register. And it is that sound, cha-ching, that Americans want to hear.