If Obama caves to anything the Repubs are demanding in these early days, will it mean that he's showing weakness or will it mean he really and truly thinks the Repubs have some good ideas? Their stance on birth control is antiquated and Puritanistic, however, and caving on this issue, if it happens, is troubling:
If you care to hear the opinion of someone who does not believe the bailout is going to work to begin with, I would like to point out that what we are looking at is a compromise. Something that we have not seen for many years.
Now, I do agree with you on the rights stance on birth control as being antiquated, but we can not forget that there are roughly 50% who are on the right and who are also very rigid in their views on this subject. I also tend to find it quite appalling at the exaggerations being used as the reason for wanting this removed from the bill.
BUT, Obama is attempting to work WITH the Republicans, and in order to work WITH another person who has views which differ greatly from your own, in order to move forward, you have to be willing to make compromises in order to move forward. In other words, you have to be willing to pick your fights.
Try to look at it from Obama's point of view. This is obviously something that he wanted in this bill or he would not have put it in. The question he has to ask himself when he see's resistance to this being implemented is this, Is this an integral part of the overall theme of this bill? This bill in meant as a stimulus package. If this is removed, will it compromise the overall goals of this bill which is to stabilize the economy?
I think the answer to that is no. Thus, he may be willing to let this slide for now....he is willing to compromise. This is not weakness, this is strength. This is not stubborn stupidity, this is wisdom.
I would not consider this caving in. I would consider it to be brilliant statesmanship. No matter what he has done up to this point that I oppose very strongly, VERY strongly (will post on this at some point in the future), I recognize the brilliance of what he is doing.
This mans predecessor on the other hand (may his name be stricken from history), NEVER compromised. He did what he wanted no matter the national opposition at which time the traitors in congress would sign the bill fully and wholly without hardly a whimper. THAT is a cave in.
I do not believe in Tit for Tat. I do not believe that he should ramrod everything down the throats of people who disagree just because the other guy did. That would not be change, that would be a continuation of the old policies.
Some things that you have to ask yourself in the future when he is willing to make a compromise. What are his goals? Does this compromise adversely affect his goals?
I think that in the future we will find that if there is opposition to something that he feels to be paramount to the success of his intended goals, he will fight strongly and brilliantly.
Now, don't forget, this is coming from someone who is still opposed to actions being taken by this new administration. I almost fear him more than I fear his predecessor because this man is brilliant. If he surprises me and begins to implement what is really needed, I would no longer fear him, but fear for him. I would fear for him so much that (Not that it would be accepted), I would be willing to guard his body with my very life.
I want you to understand something. IF he crosses the line, IF he veer's to far from the path of the globalist's agenda, THEY will do to him what they did to JFK, our last true president.
When your keepers become your enemy, there is no protection.