Skip to comments.The Lynching of the President
Posted on 01/25/2007 9:11:38 AM PST by NorCoGOP
So there I was, lying in my bed in Malibu with my dogs, watching Mr. Bush's State of the Union speech. I thought it was darned good. Realistic, gracious, modest, sensible. I happen to think we should get out of Iraq yesterday, but I thought Mr Bush put forward his case well. And Congress responded graciously and generously on both sides of the aisle.
Then, whaam, as soon as the speech was over, ABC was bashing him, telling us how pathetic he was, how irrelevant he was, how weak he was, how unrealistic he was.
Right after that, Jim Webb gave a very short speech biting Bush's head off -- but not making any concrete proposals about anything. No network person mentioned how simple minded and unrealistic he was.
Then, tonight, the next night, I walked into the kitchen where my wife had left the radio going with NPR to amuse the cats. NPR was having a call-in show talking about the State of the Union. The first speaker I heard was a country music legend, Merle Haggard, who said he had never seen things so bad in this country. Then a legion of anonymous callers chimed in with similar thoughts.
And suddenly it hit me. The media is staging a coup against Mr. Bush. They cannot impeach him because he hasn't done anything illegal. But they can endlessly tell us what a loser he is and how out of touch he is (and I mean ENDLESSLY) and how he's just a vestigial organ on the body politic right now.
The media is doing what it can to basically oust Mr. Bush while still leaving him alive and well in the White House. It's a sort of neutron bomb of media that seeks to kill him while leaving the White House standing (for their favorite unknown, Barack Obama, to occupy).
How dare NPR ask a country singer who hates Bush to spew venom at Bush? Merle Haggard is a truly great singer and musician, but he's just one old guy. There are plenty of country singers who love Bush and would campaign for him right now. And in what sense is Mr Haggard an expert on the state of the union?
The truth is that we are in a huge economic boom. We are coming off a mammoth real estate explosion that put the most Americans in history in their own homes. We have totally full employment. After decades of stagnation, real wages are rising. Gasoline prices are way, way down. The nation is wealthier than it has ever been (although this is very unevenly distributed). Opportunities for subsidized higher education are better than they have ever been.
Most important of all, who would have ever been rash enough on September 12, 2001 to say there would not be one major or even minor successful terrorist incident against the U.S. homeland in over five years? Who would have thought we would escape without more massive terror? But we have, and it is a foolhardy person who would say that's an accident. Bush may not have done it by himself, but he had something to do with it.
True, we are mired in a war without end, costing us far too may great young and old Americans and too many limbs and wrecked families and vastly too much money. But we all know we're getting out soon. It was a huge mistake, but I'd like to see a President who did not make immense mistakes. Compared with the mistakes of Truman and FDR and Kennedy, Iraq is a mistake, but not worse than theirs.
True, we have virtually no federal oversight of corporate looting and executive suite misconduct, but we didn't have any under Clinton either. The rich get away with murder. That's what happens in the real world. Bush is to blame, but all politicians cater to the rich, and Hillary will and Barack Obama will, too. It's nauseating and I fight it constantly, but that's life.
My point: let's be aware that Bush has presided over a lot of success in addition to substantial failure. My second point: no one elected the media to anything. If we let them lynch the man we elected as President we are throwing out the Constitution with the war in Iraq. In the studios and newsrooms, there is a lynch mob at work. Let's see it for what it is. We have a good man who has made mistakes in the Oval Office. He's the only President we have, and I trust him a lot more than I trust unelected princes of the newsroom.
Democrat coup d'etat
They don't care they were elected to only ONE branch of our government. They demand it all weather you like it, or not.
Odd, my cats like NPR also - and they're not even Democrats, I don't think.........
Poll: Viewers have positive reaction to Bush speech
W was so good, the venom had to fly immediately.
Ben! You mean you're just now figuring this out? I thought you were smarter than that!
Good Article. Surprised about Merle Haggard, did I miss something?
If they are, move - and leave them where you live now.
History will render it's judgement, all this other stuff is noise.
The electronic lynching of GW by the mediots, rats in congress and pseudo conservatives started before GW was sworn in after beating the Goron.
The Bush Derangement Syndrome makes these a$$holes incapable of rational thought.
As usual, Ben Stein nails it.
How come no one on this thread is attacking Stein for calling him "Mr." Bush and not "president Bush"?
LOL...I know MY cat isn't...he guards my vehicle from marauding moonbats up here in Massachusetts...would YOU attack with this cat looking at you????
Don't worry...the license plate has been...altered...:)
I suppose the press wil paint 3-7-77 on the front door of thw White House.
Ben Stein is just now noticing this!...this has been going on since Jan 20, 2001....and I am not counting what happened during the 2000 election.
You know the SOTU address was effective when the demonic left has been spewing their hatred even moreso than usual. Just when you thought it couldn't get worse....
Good job, Mr. President, keep it up!
It will turn around.
All cats are unreconstructed theocratic monarchists ... with themselves as divine rulers.
"Good Article. Surprised about Merle Haggard, did I miss something?"
We constantly underestimate the power of propaganda, whether it's on the news, in the classroom, or in song lyrics.
I have been surprised over the past few months at the number of otherwise sensible people who think that the Iraq war was a mistake. I wish I had the opportunity to discuss that with Ben Stein, whom I greatly respect, because I really think he could be brought around in a few minutes.
Yes folks ONE is far too many......but as long as we take that narrow, myopic view of Military casualties, then NO WAR EVER will ever be described as anything BUT a FAILURE!
The author's WORDS, "We are mired in a war without end, costing us far too may great young and old Americans and too many limbs and wrecked families and vastly too much money." will become the catch phrase for ALL WARS.
Eventually this kind of thinking will be our nation's death KNELL!!
Why expect anything else? Jim Webb and the MSM both work for the Democrats. In fact, the MSM is just another branch of the Dem Party. They maintain the charade that they're just reporting the news.
One of my cats loves to watch TV, but I've never noticed him listening to the radio. He especially likes the commercials. He watched American Idol with me last night and he couldn't take his eyes off the screen. Even when I distracted him by walking out of the room. His eyes would go right back to watching the TV again. Of course, there were a lot of weirdos jumping around on there last night too, and then there were those who couldn't carry a tune in a basket. Maybe it hurt his ears like it did mine. LOL
"Ben Stein is just now noticing this!"
I don't think so. I think he is just now getting around to writing about it.
No wonder I still like what Bush is doing. I don't have TV, ignore print media and I avoid radio. I pull my news off the internet.
This is a good article.
It is in the first sentence. It is the standard fare of disrespect from liberals, another symptom of BDS.
Personally, I think Tony Snow should have the White House credentials pulled of any media person guilty of this disrespect, and there are many. At the very least, refuse to call on them or allow them to travel with the President.
It is just plain bitterness on their part.
I have known Merle Haggard since I was about 8 yrs old and dealt with him via the "business" I was in up until about 20 yrs ago. I never had a good thing to say about him.
He's addressing a very specific tactic, not the media's broad disdain of President Bush. They've been harsh and biased for the last few years, but the unified effort to portray him as a political non-entity is new.
For myself, I choose not to attack the way Mr. Stein refers to President Bush for two reasons:
1. Considering the names some people in the media and in Congress refer to the President, calling him "Mr. Bush" is downright respectful.
2. Quibbling over how Mr. Stein refers to the President, given the ideas Mr. Stein expresses, seems downright trivial.
Very well written article, thanks for the link.
Iraq was not a mistake, f'n idiot got the rest right, but to say Iraq was a mistake is to claim ignorance of the last 3 decades. Idiot.
When you throw a stone into a pack of wild dogs, the one that yelps loudest is the one you hit.
Great article, but it says "excerpts." Any idea where the whole thing would be found?
"...my wife had left the radio going with NPR to amuse the cats."
Odd, my cats like NPR also - and they're not even Democrats, I don't think....."
Pelrsonally, I don't think that cats, or dogs, know one party from another. They probably just hear yak yak yak .....
I agree...it irritates me, but I don't think it is worthy of getting worked up about. LOL...your point number one is on the mark!
Hah - and neither do we, anymore!!
Thanks for posting.
That's avery concise description of what's going on. They can't touch him physically ao they're doing everything they can to make him irrelevent. I hope somebody on our side sees this for what it is and starts fighting back.
No. Haggard's hated Bush and said so since before we went into Iraq. He's a stupid old drunk and his opinions should be given the same credence you'd give to any other stupid old drunk you'd meet.
GREAT article..I've copied and pasted the link to send to my friends and liberal foes. My friends will understand...my foes will dislike it(of course).
Is there anything the muzzies are for?
Chairman Mao once said "Religion is poison." He must have been referring to muzzies.
Who says, Mr. Stein? I do a job, I get paid. (Capt Malcome Reynolds)
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