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I Thought Republicans Were For Rallying Around Our President In Time Of Crisis

I thought Republicans believed that in a time of crisis all Americans should rally around our President. I can recall Republicans who said we had to get behind George W. Bush and all his wars so we could avenge the attacks of September 11, 2001. I might even be able to recall suggestions—subtle and otherwise—that people who did not support George W. Bush were not fully loyal.  

Well—This does not seem to be the case for Republicans anymore as President Barack H. Obama works to fight our economic crisis. Where is the Republican message of “country first” that John McCain kept pushing at us for all those months?

I guess supporting our President in these hard times for our nation is not as important as the Republican religion of tax cuts as the cure to every ill, and the Republican fear that a government that helps people will show a path outside of ceaseless brutal competition with each other.

Patriotism is sitautional with Republicans in Congress. That is if loyalty to the nation is what motivated them in the first place after September 11. Maybe what they saw was Karl Rove’s vision of a permanent Republican majority in a nation always afraid of another terrorist attack.

Barack Obama should not get everything he wants just because he says so. The Democratic majorities in Congress must be independent in a way that the previous Republican majorities were not. Just don’t expect much constructive input from Republicans. Whatever it is that truly moves them, the good of the nation is not so high on the list.

January 26, 2009 - Posted by | Barack Obama, Politics | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Is this where we get out the blue pompoms and wave them just because the leadership is now blue? Or is there something in your argument that is compelling to support?

    Right now, we’ve seen rhetoric from congress and the president as there hasn’t been enough time to accomplish anything meaningful. You can’t rally around just words.

    Comment by LOUDelf | January 26, 2009

  2. I just thought based on what I was told by our leaders after 9/11, that we were supposed to support our President regardless. That was the message I got. Instead of trying to make any kind of reasoned argument what we heard was crap about God and country and things that had nothing to do with the issues at hand. So I was just wondering if when a Democrat is in charge during hard times, if that kind of thinkng we saw during the Bush years was a two way street.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 26, 2009

  3. I do agree that there was a sentiment that we had to support the president as he ‘knows best’ after 9/11, considering the sensitivity of the information that the public could not see. I also agree it was over-the-top to some extent.

    On the other side, we are not talking about military action with security sensitivity here, we’re talking throwing billions (or trillions) of dollars at a problem, and that is where the president will meet with resistance from Republicans and the general populace if it looks like handouts, as much of it has (including before Obama took office).

    But let’s face it. The job of president has to be the toughest in the world. I’ll agree some of the same people who claimed we needed to blindly follow the pres 2-7 years ago are the same ones differing from that strategy now. We as a people need to respect the office, no matter what are party is as all presidents truly want what they think is best for the country an overwelming majority of the time, and can’t please everyone all of the time. However, it is also our job as a people not to be lazy, and just allow our public servants to risk our safety and money. We do need to speak up.

    Comment by LOUDelf | January 26, 2009

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