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The Progressive Agenda Marches On

There seems to be a common theme among the pundits and talking heads this morning, as they discuss the 2nd coming inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States. I first heard it on NPR, as one of newscasters described Obama’s speech as progressive. As quoted by Hot Air, a former White House speechwriter described it this way.

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Atlantic Editor James Fallows, a former White House speechwriter, tweeted that the address was “the most sustainedly ‘progressive’ statement Barack Obama has made in a decade.”

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Admittedly, I have yet to watch Obama’s speech. I will probably watch portions of it later today or tonight, but I have been too busy to spend several minutes listening to a speech with which I know I am going to disagree. From the portions I have seen quoted from different news sources, one thing is abundantly clear. Barack Obama is intent on driving his progressive agenda right down our throats. He mentioned a variety of topics and issues in his speech, ranging from equating gay rights to the civil rights struggle black Americans have went through, to giving a shout out to climate change. He went so far as to take a swipe at those of us who believe climate change is nothing more than a hoax being perpetrated to collect more money from the nations who have been declared to be guilty of said hoax.

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Progressive AgendaThis is no time to mince words. I have serious doubts about the progressive agenda Obama seems ready to force upon us, but I have no such doubts about his willingness to do just that. He has already shown a decidedly different side of himself in the negotiations over the fiscal cliff. He refuses to acknowledge we have a spending problem and believes the only “balanced” way to achieve deficit reduction is to raise taxes even more than they have already been raised. Who knows, maybe he really doesn’t see our spending as a problem, but that doesn’t change that it is. He has also shown an unwillingness to negotiate with the Republicans in the House of Representatives. His idea of negotiations seems to be “give me what I want and that’s final”. He says he will not negotiate with them over the debt ceiling and John Boehner says that’s fine, as he no longer sees a point in holding one-on-one talks with President Obama. After the refusal of the President to budge one inch on his progressive ideology, who can blame him for that. No one likes to beat their head on a brick wall for very long. It starts hurting after a while.

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Where does this leave us as we head into Obama’s second term? Much the same as we were before, I would say. We need to go into this looking the truth full on in the face. We need to realize that no matter what happens in Washington, Republicans are going to get the blame. It will not matter what the truth is, the media will see to it that the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of anyone who stands in the way of Obama’s progressive ways. To look at it any other way is to be more than a little naive.

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The one difference I can already see is in Obama himself. He is certainly bolder than he has been, possibly because he knows he doesn’t have to worry about another reelection. The flexibility he spoke about to the Russian President is upon us and trust me, it isn’t going to be used to compromise with those who disagree with his progressive agenda. More than ever, President Obama feels emboldened to push that agenda harder than he has ever pushed it before. What’s more, there are many people in this country who believe that is exactly what he needs to do.

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As I was listening to the news on NPR this morning, they were interviewing some of the young people who attended the inauguration. The young people in question were from Chicago and they used a statement from one of them to close out the segment. I was unable to find the exact quote, but the gist of it was simple. The young lady who was speaking said she was glad to see how bold Obama was in his speech. She said he was finally able to say everything he felt, without worrying about running for reelection. She said she was glad to see him doing just that and felt proud of him.

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The feelings expressed by the young lady from Chicago are exactly the reason we have to contend with President Obama for another four years. The progressive agenda really is marching on and we have our work cut out for us, if we expect to put a stop to the way it is changing America.

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  • Truly there is no escape from the “regressive” agenda. I particularly liked his comments on so-called climate change.

    The progressives won’t be satisfied until we have to go to Canada to buy high-flush toilets.

    • It does seem to be everywhere. If it weren’t so serious, it would almost be fun to sit back and see what they come up with next.

  • Dragonconservative

    The Republicans need to attack Obama in the same way tha he attacked them; Obama chose big issues hat would get his base out to vote and portray Republicans as evil. The issue that did just that was the “War on Women.” There was no war on women. Contraception was a minor issue before Sandra Fluke came along. Overall, the issue is unimportant. But the Democrats were able to use it in a way to win over some women and the independents. Republicans need to do the same; they need to attack the Democrats.

    One such issue that they can win is that of big labor. With Scott Walker’s success last year and Rick Snyder’s recent right-to-work legislation, Republicans can turn big labor into an issue just as big as the “War on Women,” with one vital difference. Big labor is an issue, and unions have way too much power, especially in big cities. Republicans need to boost popularity by portraying the Democrats as trying to hurt small businesses through collective bargaining rights. The Democrats can lose a lot of power if unions are defeated.

    • I agree. I am a little tired of watching the Republicans take all the heat, constantly on the defensive. They should pick an issue, whether it be big labor or something else of significance, and drive their points home as hard as they can. They are going to be criticized in the media, so they might as well get their money’s worth.

  • There is nothing more dangerous to Liberty than a Cult of Personality. That is what we have here. The 2014 mid-terms will tell us if Liberty dies, or gasps once again and lives.

    • I believe that is an accurate description of what we are seeing. The people who voted Obama back into office have little or no idea what his policies are. Neither do they care what those policies are. They are in love with the idea of the man himself and it is hurting our country.

      You are right about the 2014 mid-term elections. We should be able to get a better feel for the direction the country is about to take.

  • Imagine what could happen if the Democrats win the House in 2014.Passing the Dream Act could pick them up a lot of votes.

    • Okay, now I am going to have nightmares of a complete Democratic majority in Washington. That’s a scary thought to entertain.

  • I couldn’t agree more with everything you wrote Larry! Obama feels emboldened and he is going to push for everything an it is going to be fast paced so that the American people cannot keep up with it. I hope the Republicans don’t cave, but I am not hopeful. One thing is certain; we need to hold the House in 2014 or he will get all that he wants and I can’t even bear to think about that right now!

    • I think you are right. Obama feels like he has the momentum and I have no doubt he will be pushing for all he is worth. He really feels he doesn’t have to negotiate with anyone, that he can get his own way on everything. That’s one reason why I believe the Republicans need to push back on his agenda, and I mean push hard. He needs to realize he can’t have everything, just because he won the election. What he really needs is a good dose of political reality.

      • Part of the reason he feels he can ge what he want is because he always seems to get what he wants. It is time to show him this can’t always be the case; the Republicans need to hold him down as much as possible unti 2014.

        • It does seem that no one is willing to stand in his way. He makes all kinds of outrageous accusations and then somehow, manages to claim the moral high ground. I certainly do not agree with his policies and his agenda, but I have to give him credit for being a masterful politician.

  • Unless something happens in the next few years I don’t see Republicans stopping this guy from doing anything and making them look bad in the process. I think sending John Boehner into retirement is a critical first step.

    • They are really going to have to dig in their heels and be prepared for anything the Obama administration, or the media, may throw their way. It will not be pretty, but it may be necessary.