Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Of cars and ditches...

As the world's greatest orator famously said: “After they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want the keys back,” Obama said of the GOP. “No! You can’t drive. We don’t want to have to go back into the ditch. We just got the car out.” Well no, no you didn't. You not only didn't get that car out of the ditch, Mr. President Three-putt. Out of spite [because as you also famously said "I won!"] you and your's slashed the tires, broke all the windows, shoved a crow-bar into the radiator and then set the entire thing on fire.

Not happy with that, you and yours then attempted to nuke the car from orbit by nominating Hillary for POTUS. Again, let that sink in. Hillary. The single largest example of a failed politician in the last 40 years. The only reason anyone knows her name is because she was married to a guy that got into politics and eventually became President. Granted, she had more experience than you when you ran but even you didn't have as poor a public record as she does. You even threw her a bone and let her be SOS [of which she was also lousy at] but she even managed to screw that up AND start a number of scandals in the process. But enough about her. She is and was just a symptom of a larger problem.

You had a phone and a pen (as you also said) and you along with your entire administration did not care at all for America (meaning the entire country). You only cared for your friends. For almost 8 years you have acted like spoiled children who had the house to themselves while mom and dad were away for the week-end. Just like spoiled children, you threw a party and trashed the place.

We are now saddled with a worse healthcare system than we had, much higher debt, more civil unrest, worse racial tensions, an economy on life-support, involvement in more wars, an increase in ISIS, a fed that prints money like it grows on trees, and a crushing increase in regulations. You needlessly threw good money at shaky alternate energy companies, screwed over the middle class, denigrated the police, and needlessly stuck your nose into local affairs (Beer summit anyone? If I had a kid, he would look like...).

The majority of the country has decided that adults need to be in charge for a while. These might not be the best adults but they are all we have. If one is honest, it has to be said that they could [COULD not WOULD] do worse. They would be hard pressed but it is not impossible. The Republicans have shown that they do have the capacity to play Russian roulette with a fully loaded gun but with a complete and total outsider in the driver's seat, odds are he will manage to keep them from pulling the trigger.

Well I guess this is goodbye. I believe that you wanted to be President more than you wanted to do President. You struck me as someone more infatuated with the though of being President than of someone that understood that it would be actual work and wanted to do it. Again, like a kid that LOVES the idea of having a pony but does not want the responsibility of actually taking care of one. Well you will soon not have that worry any more. I can only hope that you are so relieved to not have to pretend any longer that you go quietly into the lecture circuit and leave the new administration alone. In that sense, be a Bush and not a Carter. Go quietly into that good night. Avoid the temptation to play arm-chair quarterback with the new administration. You will have ample opportunities as the media will make you their "second guessing" go-to guy but don't. Show the new administration the same courtesy you were shown by the one you replaced. There will be plenty of people that will push you to do otherwise but resist them. Be a bigger man in retirement than you were as President. You really can afford to. The lecture circuit can be quite profitable, ask Bill.

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