Obama Under Fire From a Left Stoned on Socialist Fantasies
Posted on December 15 2010 7:00 pm
Some people are so far out on the extreme, they’re hard to believe. Comedian Tim Wilson wrote a whole song about such people, called “Too Stoned For Sturgis.” (“Sturgis” refers to an annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, where it seems a lot of alcoholic beverages and other substances are consumed.) As Wilson observes, “When you’re too fried for bikers, you’re pushing the ‘fried’ envelope.”
Being “too stoned for Sturgis,” Wilson sings, is like being:
- Too loud for NASCAR
- Too dirty for Larry Flynt
- Too ugly for the Rolling Stones
- Too stupid for Jenny Jones
- Too greasy for the Waffle House
- Too important for the New York Times.
In the same vein, there are people who are too left-wing for Barack Obama. They attacked him from the left on the issue of the “public option” in Obamacare, and they are attacking him now over the tax-cut compromise.
Now, when you’re too left-wing, capitalist-bashing and class-war-mongering for Barack Obama, you’re pushing the left-wing envelope. Obama was the most radical Senator in Congress when he was there, and as President he engineered a quasi-Stalinist collectivization of the entire medical industry. Being more left-wing than him is like being too unscrupulous for Bernie Madoff, or too self-seeking and mendacious for Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame.
Yet because Obama had to make some modest, unavoidable compromises in order to have a chance of passing the tax bill — because the bill will not increase taxes on “the rich” — he has been consigned to outer darkness by the way-out left.
That is a very fanatical reaction. After all, Democrats got what they wanted: retention of the tax cut for the middle class. Yet they frothed with anger because their hated enemies, “the rich,” got the same thing. That is a “dog in a manger” attitude; it is the sentiment that (to paraphrase David Merrick), “It is not enough that I should succeed – my enemies must fail.” Animosity fuels the flak from the left.
Some of the extremists’ remarks:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (speaking to MSNBC ) :
It is an absolute disaster and insult to the vast majority of the American people.
Paul Begala, generic Democrat (on MSNBC) :
Democrats are unhappy. I think they get the sense that, you know, they understand compromise is give-and-take. But they feel like the president is giving and the Republicans are taking.
Ed Schultz, MSNBC ranter :
Liberals are furious and they should be, including me.
Democrats even resorted to literally cursing Obama. During a meeting of House Democrats, a member was heard saying, “F–k the President.” Howard Fineman, appearing on MSNBC’s “Countdown,” told Keith Olbermann,
There was sotto voce, apparently, you know, not too loud, an ‘F*** the president,’ there was a ‘No F***ing way.’ There was a ‘He F***ed it up.’ There was a lot of anger.”
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