There’s a popular syndicated cartoon called “The Family Circus” that’s been around for a few decades. It depicts family life with poignant humor as it re-creates scenes from a typical American family with kids and a dog. One particularly funny character—or maybe it’s a non-character—is the “Not Me!” guy. Whenever the kids are doing something they shouldn’t, like raiding the cookie jar for instance, the mom walks in and asks, “Who ate all the cookies?” (or whatever scandalous thing they might have done. One by one, each child says, “Not me!”, as a little ghost-like character runs through the scene. So, the guilty party (or parties) shifts the blame for their obvious infractions to the make-believe figure known as “Not Me!”.
It’s a lot like that in Washington these days. From the top down, those in leadership never take responsibility for their actions. President Obama has made it his standard operating procedure to blame George W. Bush for everything. How many times has he told us, “I inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression.” Not only is that not true, but he seems to forget that whatever he inherited, he also helped to create. Since presidents don’t actually hold the purse strings (the Congress does), he would have voted for those very over-blown budgets that helped get the Republicans bumped out of power. Provided he bothered to show up on those days and didn’t vote “present” instead as he was known to do. Responsible for the economy? “Not Me!”, says the president. “I’m just cleaning up the mess I inherited.” Take-over of the automobile industry? “Not Me! I’ve got enough on my plate!” Socializing the free market? “Not Me! I believe in the power of the free market system.”
When he isn’t shifting the blame to the previous administration and shirking his responsibility for the current problems at hand, he’s golfing, taking multiple vacations and campaigning. On the campaign trail last week, when speaking at a Democrat fundraising event in Massachusetts, he decided to blame a new enemy for the state of things: the American people. Said Obama, “Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared…and the country’s scared.”
In other words, his policies are good for us, we’re just too scared and stupid to realize it. Once again it’s “Not Me! Not my policies! It’s you people!” Forget that these kinds of policies have been tried here and around the world many times and have failed each and every time. It’s us- we just don’t get it.
Now this isn’t the first time this president has talked down to and about the American people here and abroad. He’s apologized to people on our behalf…did you ask him to? Not me!
Did anyone ask you, as a taxpayer, if you wanted to bail out Wall Street, the auto industry and people who had mortgages they should never have had? Not me!
Are you looking forward to the government’s take-over of the health care system and all of the “unintended consequences” that it’s already bringing (such as higher premiums)? Not me!
So, Mr. President, many of us are scared. But, we were scared when you were still a candidate who talked about redistributing the wealth, and blathered on about “hope and change” and “fundamentally transforming America”. Those of us who were thinking clearly then, are still thinking clearly now, and we’re still not buying it. In fact, some of your voters, who were taken in 2 years ago, have awakened to the reality of just what your hope and change involves…and they ain’t liking it!
So, I plan to be voting on November 2nd, against Jim Cooper, an entrenched incumbent who voted for all of this mess, yet comes back home and preaches how fiscally conservative he is. I hope everyone reading this will be voting for principled conservatives as well.
Who wants to live in the America of “Hopeless Chains”…high unemployment, stifling the private sector, stealing liberty and massive government intrusion into every aspect of daily life?