Tuesday, March 2, 2010

" I Told You So"

About Barack Obama, as did many of us, but this person is Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, former Democratic Party activist and donor, not to mention a HUGE supporter of Hillary Clinton. Lady de Rothschild was an insider in the DNC, and saw first hand how they treated Hillary Clinton, and her supporters. She took her considerable political weight, and threw it behind McCain. Lady de Rothschild is also a very strong, powerful woman all on her own, and frankly, is just freakin' awesome, IMHO.

Lady de Rothschild has continued to stay in the political landscape, and has the following post in The Daily Beast. What a post it is:
Obama’s shortcomings were eminently foreseeable, says one of McCain's most prominent Democratic backers. Lynn Forester de Rothschild on how the president's fake bipartisanship could never hide his true leftist agenda.

The failures of the Obama presidency were clearly telegraphed by the Obama candidacy. I hate to say it, but I told you so.

Back in September 2008, as a lifelong Democratic Party loyalist and activist, I backed John McCain; I told The New York Times, “I love my country more than my party.” Supporting a Republican was the last thing I expected to be doing in the fall of 2008. But I knew it was my only choice, given the decision by the Democratic Party establishment to reject 18 million voters in favor of the inexperienced and ideological Barack Obama.

His cynical use of centrist language as a tool to get elected does not change the fact of his true objectives for America.

After watching President Obama in office for more than a year, it is clear to me that, during the campaign, we already knew what kind of president he would become.

Yes, most of us DID know what kind of president Obama would become, hence why so many of us supported Clinton:
The health-care summit vividly demonstrated Mr. Obama’s fake bipartisanship. When he was a candidate, we celebrated when he said, “We are not red or blue states. We are the United States of America.” But candidate Obama had no record of bipartisan behavior. Ironically, the one time that Obama entered into a bipartisan effort was with, of all people, John McCain. He reached across the aisle to draft ethics reform legislation with Senator McCain. But when Obama returned to the Democratic establishment with a bill that did not meet their favor, he backed away fast. It was candidate McCain who had worked productively and regularly with Democrats, like with Russ Feingold on campaign-finance reform and Ted Kennedy on immigration. The record told me more than the rhetoric about which candidate would honestly respect the other side and reach across the aisle to find the best solutions for America.

Perhaps the biggest fabrication of the Obama candidacy was his claim of being a centrist. Sure, he made promises during the campaign that pleased moderates. He promised “the elimination of capital gains taxes for small business,” a $3,000 refundable tax credit to existing businesses for every additional employee hired through 2010, removal of penalties for early withdrawal of 401(k) savings during the recession, and no administration jobs for lobbyists. Perhaps the best of all was the promise he made in the Mississippi presidential debate when he said, “We need earmark reform. And when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.” They were specific, sensible promises—ones that enabled him to mislead the electorate about his real plans for America.

Oh, sure he would. Many of us knew Obama would give the same kind of attention to the issues that came before him as he did while an IL Senator ("Present!") or as a US Senator ("I changed my mind!" like he apparently did in regard to a promise made to John McCain), and so many more (remember FISA, for instance?). Ahem. Some of us were paying attention, though:
Again, I chose to look beyond the rhetoric to the record. At the time, it was obvious that a candidate who won the primary because of the left would be beholden to the left, no matter what promises he made to get elected. It was also obvious to ask what kind of president would have voted “present” on 129 difficult votes while in the Illinois State Senate. He was always thinking about how to keep every constituency happy; how to maintain his viability for the White House. In The Audacity of Hope, he criticized Bill Clinton for giving too much respect to Ronald Reagan. He asked the Democratic Leadership Council, the centrist Democratic group, to remove his name from their lists.

So if he wasn’t going to be a centrist Democrat in the tradition of Bill Clinton, what did Barack Obama want from his presidency, should he be elected? He told us from the beginning. It was a stunning agenda, but it seemed innocuous, even inspiring, during the campaign. Standing on the steps of the old Illinois State Capitol, announcing his candidacy for president, Obama declared he was running “not just to hold an office, but to gather with you to transform a nation.” Suddenly now everyone is worried he is trying to transform America. He had said so all along. His is an effort to make a bigger, more intrusive and more costly government. His hope is, and has always been, to turn the country into a nation that looks more like a European social democracy. He ignores that the roots of our strength have always been small government and a dynamic private sector, fostered by both Democrats and Republicans. His cynical use of centrist language as a tool to get elected does not change the fact of his true objectives for America. It is telling that under Obama’s presidency, according to Sunday’s CNN Poll, 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of independents and 70 percent of Republicans see the federal government as a threat to the rights of Americans.

Holy crapoli. There are some pretty bad numbers, especially for the "Transformational King" that was supposed to be Obama, especially this soon. Again, "We Told You So:
Our central problem is that the combination of his grandiloquence and the September 2008 financial crisis led to his election. Now, the only way to stop him in the next three years is through voter pressure on Congress. One course is to follow Massachusetts and just elect any Republican. But both parties lack courageous leaders who will fight for the values and policies of the middle. We need a movement of the militant middle; millions of voters who support the sensible policies from both parties. This would give Democrats political cover to stand up to Obama, Pelosi, and Reid and Republicans the backbone to acknowledge that the country must progress in order to be strong. Most Americans see a false choice between a smaller government and a progressive country. We must have both. It is our only hope. (Lady de Rothschild is chief executive of E.L. Rothschild LLC, a private investment company. She is a director of the Estee Lauder Cos. and The Economist Newspaper Ltd.)

Interesting points by Lady de Rothschild, don't you think? Here she is explaining why she said, "Told You So":

I love this woman, and she is an excellent role model during Women's History Month. I think she is fantastic - so eloquent, so knowledgeable, so diplomatic, so RIGHT, especially about Bill Clinton, and SO right about Barack Obama. Told you so...


Anonymous said...

I do love Lady Lynn, and every time I hear her, I remember who SHOULD be in the White House, and it isn't the Pretender we've got. I wish there were someone here I could say "I told you so" to, but they're all still following Tinker Bell, looking for their unicorns who MUST have slipped out of their pens in the dead of night but SURELY are just taking a walk in the woods or something and ohhhhh, if it weren't for those nasty Republicans or Sarah Palin or those stupid Tea Partiers who are SO stupid they JUST found out what "tea bagging" means - hahaha, they're SO stupid - it's all their fault the unicorns won't come home.

And they'll vote for Pelosi and they'll vote for Boxer and they'll vote for Feinstein because they've all got that "D" after their names, not realizing that D now stands for Destruction - of our Constitution.

Well, when this becomes the Socialist States of America, and all these "progressives" have to start sharing their hard-earned wealth with everyone else and suddenly realize how stupid THEY were, and they start to cry and moan, THEN I'll be able to say "I told you so." But I'll be in the democratic island of Gozo, Malta, relaxing on my terrace, gazing out at the blue Mediterranean.... and SO not caring!

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Hey, SF -

I know, right? I just love hearing her speak - she is so eloquent, and gracious - just a lovely, lovely woman, that Lady Lynn...

Can I just say, that the DEMOCRATS are the ones who keep using the "tea bagging" term against the Tea Party people, even when they have been told a million times it is homophobic. I have heard a number of Dems say that, and cannot believe they continue to get away with it. Pathetic.

I fear you are right - honestly, SF, it wasn't so long ago that I would have been one of those people - as long as there is a D, they have my vote. My eyes have been opened, but it took a lot of years to get me here. I think often of how the parties really push this dichotomy, and ill will toward one another, while they are being all buddy buddy behind closed doors in DC. They WANT us to see each the other as "the enemy," and whatever is the name du jour to use against them. It is sad, really - it doesn't help us as a country, that's for sure.

Again, took me a while to open my eyes, but now that I have, wow - I am embarrassed that I refused to admit that Republicans can have good ideas, too, and that they are not all aliens, like of the intergalactic sort.

Of course, my disgust at the DNC over the fraud they perpetrated on us, and the fraud they pushed on us, along with their blatant misogyny, will not be something I'll soon forget.

Sorry - rambling, but you are quite right - these people will realize it when it starts affecting their wallets. Until then, they will continue to act superior, make fun of people like Palin, belittle Republicans, and support whatever Obama wants to do.

I guess most people don't get up in arms until it hits them directly. So you'd think the gay community out there might just answer the damn clue phone and realize that Obama still has done NOTHING for our community. Just saying...

Great comment, SF - but ave you considered Montserrat??

Anonymous said...

I was such a loyal Dem for so many years, and bought into the party line so completely, it amazes me what a turn-around I've done. The treatment of Hillary started it, the adulation of Obama fed it, but what the DNC/RBC did completely ended my blind acceptance. As an Independent, I now feel free to judge someone by their actions and record, NOT the letter after their name. The past couple of years opened my eyes after almost 4 decades of being a good little comrade.

And the Dems are as bad as I ever thought the Repubs to be. Anyone who doesn't agree with them is wrong. Period. And so they're fair game. People here think the term "tea bagger" is funny because it's used against the Tea Party Movement which they see as being right-wing. They don't stop to think about it being a derogatory term. Just like all the horrible things said about Sarah Palin were okay because she's just a stupid, scary Repub.

And yeah, can you believe it, the Repubs actually do have good ideas? Who knew? Gosh, they're people just like us. All these years I've been taught to look at them like the devil incarnate. So nice to take the blinders off!!

LOL - answer the clue phone...too funny! Reminds me of Glenn Beck's red phone, he's forever waiting for the White House to call him and correct any inaccuracies.

I'll never go back to being a Dem. I like my Indie status, where my only allegiance is to the truth.

Monserrat, eh? Don't know that much about it, I'll have to research.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Hey, SF -

I said very much the same thing to my partner just the other day, SF. I am glad to be an Indie, too, and able to admit that the Reps are NOT the Devil Incarnate, and Dems are not the be-all and end-all.

And yes, I remember realizing that the Dems, after all the propaganda I had swallowed, were not any better than the Reps.

The RBC did it for me, too. That was the final straw. A party cannot call itself Democratic and violate one of the most basic tenets of being democratic. Nope, never again.

Oh, Montserrat looks fantastic. I hope to get there some time in the near future, but the real estate is very affordable there now. Something abt a pesky little volcano. An active volcano, that is. Naturally, where the volcano is is off-limits for people to live.

It is a British territory, and many Irish people live there. It has a small population, too. Here's a link: http://www.tradewindsmontserrat.com/index.html

Check it out! :-)