Civility, transparency, and change – oh my! The 2008 election was all about transparency and change. Those two words and the slogan, “Yes we can!” were used repeatedly, but have they rung true? Has BO conducted himself with transparency? I think making back room deals and passing monster bills in the middle of the night that no one has read answers that question. While we are at it, let’s not forget about the issue of BO’s birth certificate, an issue that is so easy to resolve it makes me wonder why he hasn’t put it to rest yet. BO is fueling the so-called Birther movement by not being transparent. What possible reason does he have for not producing his birth certificate? Of course that is the very question that has the Birthers is a tizzy.
I’m not sure what type of “change” BO was talking about on the campaign trial. Has he changed anything? It’s still politics as usual in DC. The Dems---who have held a majority in the Senate since 2006 – are still blaming W for all the problems of the nation. They like to pretend they have done nothing to get us to this point and continually try to re-write history editing out their contributions to the mess we currently find ourselves. So…no change there.
Now the word de jour is “civility.” Isn’t it convenient the Dems want to be civil now -- after a massive political upset in the November elections left them powerless in the House. They want no name calling or no finger pointing and want to tone down the vicious rhetoric. Really? Again, all too convenient now that they lost the House and realize that they are very likely to lose the Presidency and their control of the Senate in upcoming elections. While they controlled the Senate, House, and Presidency did they act with civility? No. BO was a poor winner telling Republicans “I won”-- meaning he was in charge and, with his party controlling both the House and Senate at the time, there was no need for him to seek bipartisan solutions. BO also told Republicans they could sit in the back [of the bus], a remark that brings us to my next topic – racism. Had Republicans told the first black President to sit in the back, there would surely have been immediate claims of racism with Dems drudging up the image or Rosa Parks. In fact, almost anytime Republicans disagree with, or stand up, to BO they are called racist—insert Joe Wilson here. Calling a person racist each time he or she disagrees with someone of the opposite race is intellectually lazy and about the least civil thing you can do.
Let’s not kid ourselves. While the Dems ruled without any checks or balances we’ve all seen the change we’ve learned to accept – more unemployment, more debt, and less prestige in the world as our president apologized and bowed his way across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We’ve seen their transparency as BO silently created a branch of czars and passed bills during holidays and in the dead of night that most of America didn’t want. And of course we’ve seen their brand of civility as they cry racism the minute anyone disagrees with BO and compare Republicans to Nazis. No, we’ve seen what happens when the Dems are in charge. Now when they see their grip on power slipping away they want to re-write history and paint themselves the victim and want to change the rules so they can’t be treated as “civilly” as they treated the rest of us.