Monday, January 24, 2011

Beware of the Wolf

Ronald Reagan's birthday is approaching.  On February 6, the Gipper would have been 100 years old.  This pending centennial, apparently, has given USA Today cause to publish tributes from Reagan's admirers, like John Boehner, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Ed Meese.  Even Sam Donaldson wrote a semi-positive remembrance.

But one tribute has taken me aback.  Barack Obama penned this piece lauding the Reagan's leadership and legacy.

Has the ultra-liberal changed his thinking?  Has the conservatism embodied by Ronald Reagan broken through and convinced Obama of the errors of his thinking?  His philosophy and love of freedom?  His view of government and its role in the lives of the American people?

Sadly, I don't think so.

And that brings me to the State of the Union address, which Obama will deliver tomorrow evening to a posturing group of politicians who think that sitting in a chair next to someone you disagree with makes a difference.  But the biggest phony of the night will be the one reading the TelePrompTer.  Obama, no doubt, will speak of bipartisanship and cooperation.  Of moderating our difference and setting a new tone in Washington.

Blah . . . blah . . . blah.

It would be worth ignoring completely if it wasn't so dangerous.  Faced with the fact of his policies' huge defeat in November and the power shift in Congress to the GOP, Obama is almost certain to paint himself as a moderate tomorrow night.  But do not be fooled.  The man lives and breaths liberalism.  He's a tax-and-spend Democrat who has done and is doing everything in his power to socialize this country - emphasis now our healthcare system.

Ronald Reagan said "Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem."

Barack Obama is a far cry from Ronald Reagan.  Beware of the wolf in sheep's clothing.

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