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An Open Letter to the DNC

28 January 2009

It is clear to me that the DNC and its affiliate organizations are being totally disingenuous about what President Obama’s opponents are saying.

If Obama wants to

  • strengthen our defenses,
  • do what is necessary to win the war on terror,
  • cut taxes across the board,
  • decrease federal expenditures on abortion,
  • preserve the First Amendment rights of all citizens, and
  • restrain the growth of government spending and intrusiveness,

then I want him to succeed.

He does not want to do what is required to accomplish any of those things.  In fact, he appears to want to do precisely the opposite:

  • emasculate our security apparatus,
  • disengage our troops from places where victory is at hand,
  • shift the tax burden onto 49% or less of our citizenry and transfer that wealth to the other 51% (thereby assuring Democratic power for decades),
  • make it easier for anyone in the world to get an abortion,
  • muzzle conservative talk radio with cynical manipulations at the FCC, and
  • dramatically increase the size and intrusiveness of government.

Therefore, AND IN THAT CONTEXT, I want President Obama to fail. And that is precisely what Rush Limbaugh is saying, despite your party’s hilarious distortions.

Here’s the syllogism, so you cannot misconstrue it.

Premise: President Obama’s brand of liberalism is bad for the United States and its future and my children; it devalues innocent life, eviscerates self-reliance and initiative, fosters inefficiency, invites further terrorism, and disdains the First Amendment.

Secondary Premise: I want the best for the United States, its future, and my children.

Conclusion: It is in the best interests of the United States, its future, and my children that President Obama fail to enact his liberal agenda, and it is my fervent hope that he will.


B. W. A.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. 28 January 2009 9:47 am


    Lay off the super-spicey T-red. Your alter ego has formed a perfervid syllogism which has some basis in reality but is chiefly a red-herring and ignores, as you put it (echoing N. T. Wright), alternative narratives. On second thought, maybe you need to eat more T-red.



  2. queueball permalink*
    28 January 2009 4:05 pm

    “Chiefly,” Coop? In what respect(s)?

    I’m not ignoring alternative narratives, I’m disputing them; and to the extent I have invoked motives on the part of the president, I’ve applied the appropriate rhetorical caveat, “appears to…” And qb’s narrative is equal parts prospective – here’s what I expect to happen if Obama has his way – and retrospective, as in, “here’s what has happened in the past with such things, and here’s what Obama has said his agenda would be.”

    Do tell.


  3. queueball permalink*
    28 January 2009 4:08 pm

    BTW, a dispute among competing narratives “having some basis in reality” is always fair game, and may the best narrative win!

    But that ignores the main piont of the post, which is to clarify what is meant by “wanting Obama to fail” and to put the lie to the distortions being set forth by the DNC apparatus as to what the phrase means, which is, simply, that I want what is best for the country, and to the extent that Obama’s agenda will take us far afield from that corpus of policies that will achieve that objective, his failure will redound to our nation’s benefit.

    The DNC would have us believe that the desire that Obama fail is a generalized, personal, and purely partisan one (which is, as the Democrats repeatedly protested during 43’s administration, tantamount to a claim of “unpatriotic”), untethered to actual policy choices and the long-term good of the U. S. But that is emphatically not the case.


  4. queueball permalink*
    28 January 2009 4:28 pm

    One last: I wanted Bush to fail similarly, when it came to expanding entitlements, increasing federal control over public education, using tariffs to achieve cynical, political objectives, and enacting an immigration policy that rewards illegal behavior.


  5. 28 January 2009 6:11 pm


    My but you do go on. Poor Rush Limbaugh! Anne Colter without cojones. Mischaracterized again by the DNC poobahs of liberalism. How will he ever speak another civilized word again?

    “Appears to . . .” is the rhetorical camel’s nose into the strawman’s tent.



  6. queueball permalink*
    28 January 2009 6:30 pm

    On the contrary, my good man, it’s a way of saying, “maybe he’ll surprise me and see the historically demonstrable error of his ways,” for example, or “maybe he’ll reconsider the value of free speech and call off his stated FCC agenda.”

    Rather than a defense of RL, perhaps my post ought to be construed as a personal refusal to be intimidated. After all, “the best defense is a good offense.” And you still haven’t made your “straw man” case. Where is it, or where are they, specifically?

    Enquiring minds want to know!


    P. S. BTW, Coop, is there a good microbrew to be had in the area immediately SE of Addison Airport? Rumor has it that qb will have to spend an hour or two cooling his heels in that area later this month. Keller’s pretty far by Panhandle standards, but not by Metroplex standards!

  7. 28 January 2009 10:12 pm


    About Keller: George Massey lives there. I reside in Frisco, north of Addison about ten miles. There are a couple of places you (we?) might want to look at near Addison. More later.

    We could get together and toast our respective strawmen.



  8. queueball permalink*
    29 January 2009 9:04 am

    LOL…all you Georges just run together; you flame one, you’ve flamed ’em all.

    (On a lark, I looked for Butterfield and found him…on Facebook. Claims to like McCain and Palin. Maybe Catholicism agrees with him after all!)

    I’ll holler backchannel in RE: Addison. qb’d be pleased to buy a round or two.


  9. 29 January 2009 10:09 am

    Let me know when. And maybe George M. could join us and we could stick him with the check!


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