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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Dear Rick Santorum: Is that a Threat?

I wondered what the far right's reaction would be to the election of Barack Obama. I didn't have to wonder long. In yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer occasional columnist Rick Santorum asked if Obama would lead or be led. If he is led by liberal Congress wrote the Senator, there will be government-controlled health care, automobile manufacturing, and more. If he leads, he will end affirmative action and abortion and will stay in Iraq. That sounds like an ultimatum, Mr. Santorum. Execute an uncompromising conservative agenda or face political sabotage.

4 Comments:

  • "Execute an uncompromising conservative agenda or face political sabotage" - judging by the republican pick out of the primaries and the democratic romp on the national level, the public's position on the conservative agenda is pretty clear. McCain's VP pick appealed to the far right, but failed to garner enough votes to send him to Washington. At least for now, the conservatives are not only out of power, they are pretty unpopular. I might have missed something during the campaign, but I don’t think Obama was elected on a platform that at all supported ending affirmative action and abortion. If I recall correctly, those candidates actually lost. While the
    American public continues to reap the benefits of their unregulated domestic and hawkish international policies of the previous administration - we can only hope that the "liberal congress" and the incoming president implement some popularly based and majority serving policies before the right returns to a position of power. I guess Sen. Santorum won't be one of those "reach across the aisle" kind of guys, and under the circumstances, that is too bad.

    By Blogger kobe2, At November 9, 2008 7:24 AM  

  • I have been wondering since the election began, meaning when Hillary was out and we knew it would be Obama versus McCain, what would actually happen in the end. Politicians always have their platforms and promises, but the realities of how government works and what can actually be accomplished are quite different. If McCain would have won, I would be writing the same thing. But, as Obama won, here is my question or issue. Who will Obama truly turn out to be? What have we gotten ourselves into? I think the issues of our country are pretty severe, and I wish the best to our new President as he struggles to solve our problems. Yet, I am anxious to see who this man will truly turn out to be and who he will become now that he holds our country's highest office.

    By Anonymous hlk, At November 11, 2008 5:16 PM  

  • I have reflected on the issues brought up in the original posting over the course of the last week. One would have thought that the electorate would have leaned in the same direction on both measures. The fact that anti-abortion measures fail while anti-gay/lesbian issues pass speak is curious. Certainly both cannot be contributed to a shift towards the right, but neither can they be attributed as a shift towards the left either. It seems that the values issues might be more complicated, and it seems to be no more religiously based that grounded in a spirit of strict individualism. Quite the quandary...

    By Blogger kobe2, At November 15, 2008 7:53 AM  

  • An advertising program's effectiveness is sometimes calculated by the number of viewers that recall the content at some interval after initial exposure. The 11/11 posting by hlk reminds me of the postcards "Who is Barak Obama?" - one would have to call that campaign a success.

    By Blogger kobe2, At November 15, 2008 12:18 PM  

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