by Dee Newman
You know, I’ve always been amazed by certain political leaders’ ability to talk out of both sides of their mouths and never say anything that resembles the truth, and yet, convince a sizable number of folks that they are uttering Gospel.
The same Republicans who are now blaming the government and the President for inadequate regulatory oversight are the same folks who, just a few months ago, were accusing him and his administration of trying to engineer a socialist takeover of our society, portraying his administration as a classic, tax and spend, big-government over-regulator. Yes, the same right-wing intransigents who have for decades fought to make government regulatory officials impotent, are now demanding a robust Federal response to the Gulf oil spill and blaming the Obama administration for the disaster.
And to top it off, when the President starts to kick some ass and demands BP to set aside $20 billion to help the people of the Gulf whose lives and livelihood have been completely devastated by BP’s greed and incompetence, they call his actions unwarranted and unconstitutional, demanding that he apologize to BP.
Are they nuts? Have they lost all contact with reality?
And, how about all the seemingly rational folks who appear to be shaking their heads in agreement? Are they nuts, too? I suppose, as Ben Franklin once said, rational beings can rationalize anything.
But, how can anyone in their right mind believe such utter nonsense and hypocrisy as we have been subjected to in recent weeks by the leadership of the Grand Old Party?
I learned a long time ago that the distortion of truth, information, and facts by politicians is always intended to defend the indefensible. You would think that this time the indefensible is so outrages and obvious defending it would be political suicide.
After this past week, if the American people cannot distinguish between the “watch-dogs” and the “lap-dogs” or the “ass-kickers” from the “ass-kissers,” then, believe you me, hope for our future, here in the land of the free and the home of the brave, looks pretty damn dismal to me, at best.