Nitpicking Democrats and excusing Republicans do nothing to limit government 

How Partisanship Hurts Conservatism

Obama-loving liberals are goofy. Despite their once fierce — and warranted — hatred for George W. Bush, Democrats now make every excuse in the book for a president who behaves just like him.

Obama first burst onto the scene promising to reverse the Bush policies most unpopular with the Left: quagmire wars, warrantless wiretapping, extraordinary rendition, torture. But President Obama has failed to not only reverse these policies, he has expanded them. And Obama Democrats continue to confuse that style for substantive difference, exemplifying the same sort of mindless partisanship that characterized the Bush Republicans they once abhorred.

And perceiving style for substance is by no means exclusive to the Left. When Michelle Obama took a trip to Spain recently, a man called into The Morning Buzz with Richard Todd to voice his anger over it. Puzzled by the caller's rage, I sort of dismissed him, only to learn that Rush Limbaugh had also harshly criticized the first lady for the same reason. Standing in a restaurant later that day, I overheard a group of old men having a political discussion. "Barack Hussein Obama," said one man, repeatedly. Another declared, "If the Republicans don't win the next election, there's going to be riots."

In their hatred for all things Obama, I'm quite sure all of these men consider themselves patriots of some sort, who might "save" this country if they could only get rid of the current administration. They think they're valiant, but they're not.

They're completely useless.

If conservatives want to know how Obama and his party are currently able to get away with creating colossal debt and an even more monstrous government, they should look no further than the last administration. Where was the Right — as the Left often asks — when Bush doubled the size of government and the national debt during his eight-year term? Where was the caller who is so angry about Michelle Obama's vacation when Bush created the largest entitlement expansion since Lyndon Johnson, with Medicare Plan B? What was Limbaugh complaining about the same week Dubya enacted the federally intrusive education disaster No Child Left Behind? I can tell you where today's Republican House Minority Leader and Obama-critic John Boehner was: He was standing right next to Bush as he signed No Child, heartily endorsing the legislation as one of his "proudest achievements."

It has been reported that some Republican outfit, apparently nostalgic for pre-Obama America, has erected a billboard featuring Bush with the caption, "Miss me yet?" Are they kidding? Hell no, I don't miss him, and any serious conservative shouldn't either, as our current president simply continues to build upon the last one's statist achievements.

When was the last time a president left office and left behind a federal government that was smaller than he found it? Not even Ronald Reagan did this, and each successive administration after him has piled on newer and bigger bureaucracies. Imagine this: What if there had never been a George W. Bush and America went straight from Bill Clinton to Obama in 2000? Now imagine Obama did exactly everything Bush did, in terms of policy, programs, the whole works. Would the Right be beating up a Democratic president for doing exactly what they either defended or ignored Bush doing? Of course they would. "Why is President Obama on vacation down at the Crawford Ranch in Texas?" an angry talk radio caller might ask. Limbaugh would've probably asked the same incessantly. "Barack Hussein Obama" would've been accused by conservatives of bankrupting the country with his Medicare expansion, and riots might have been predicted over No Child Left Behind. It would certainly not go unnoticed by Republicans that Obama had doubled the national debt. And the GOP would promise voters they would never do any of this stuff and a vote for them come November would be the surest way to stop it.

Last week, I had the honor of speaking at Young Americans for Liberty's national convention in Washington, D.C., a relatively new but rapidly growing conservative student activist organization. These younger conservatives give me much hope; they understand that America's ever-increasing statism is the fault of both parties, and they seem far more concerned with addressing this primary problem than with getting bogged down in the partisan minutia of bitching about nonsense — like where the first lady vacations or what the president's middle name is. If Michelle Obama stayed on permanent vacation or if the president's name was Barack Hussein Osama Adolf Hitler Mel Gibson Obama, this would matter less than the fact that the next time the Republicans are in charge, they will probably fail to dismantle the bureaucratic monstrosities the Democrats are now erecting. And if history is any guide, the Republicans will likely add to them.

Perhaps there should be riots — and they should be bipartisan.

Catch Southern Avenger commentaries every Tuesday and Friday at 7:50 a.m. on the "Morning Buzz with Richard Todd" on 1250 AM WTMA.


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