Partisan Stupidity in US Politics, part 1
This will be the first in a few installments of opinion pieces on "what's wrong in America" which being an independent I feel uniquely qualified to ruffle feathers on both sides. Yes, this IS a major problem for this country which sees one side of the spectrum spending 4 or 8 years virtually trying to destroy every endeavor the NATION attempts if they can isolate it to the other side's leaders. What if all that energy were channeled to all positive exploits?
This happened particularly during the Bush administration, which saw Congressional Democrats join Republicans and give the President overwhelming mandate to remove Saddam Hussein then turn on him for political capital in the 2004 election. Ever since they have worked to do anything to call that AMERICAN policy action a mistake, even telling the world (wrongly) we (or Bush) knowingly went in on false pretenses.
Anyway here we are in 2012 and this episode centers around hypocrisy and how core ideologies are thrown out the window- roles reversed- just for partisan politics.
During the 2012 Super Bowl, Chrysler aired an ad made by Clint Eastwood of as wholly non partisan nature, it was masterful, it was emotionally moving. Clint has long ago reached a status of iconic American hero, and his voice seemed to crackle with emotion. One could posit he may have done this one for free. For the team. Its message was simple, the auto industry which was on the ropes, was making a comeback- but it was just halftime, we weren't out of the woods yet so let's pull together. There was no pro-Obama message at all.
It was all good, how could you pervert THAT? The kind of thing the left might ridicule the right for being "jingoist".
Yet Obama is associated with a bailout, so the next day GOP pundits came out swinging like self loathing, self defeatist. leftists are known to do.
"Detroit's still a ghost town" they said. GM's going to default on its loans. American cars are junk! they said. Oh Lordy, they sounded like the leftists who flocked to Toyota dealers in the '80's espousing anything US made.
They wanted a portrayal of failure, even failure itself, if it made Obama look bad.
Shame on you! What are you idiots thinking? Shooting down the auto industry won't take down Obama but will cost Americans jobs.
Soon coming, part 1, chapter 2: The GM machine rumbles to life.