It is in times of negotiation that the mettle of a man is under the most scrutiny. When there is no choice other than to meet with an opponent in the middle, it takes someone of strong character and intelligence to sift through the mud and find the gold. Well, one out of two is what we’ve got.
According to insider sources, during fiscal cliff negotiations, president Obama told speaker John Boehner that if a deal is not met, he will use his inaugural and state of the union speeches to denounce Republican leadership and place the blame for the fiscal calamity squarely on them.
According to Town Hall: “At one point, according to notes taken by a participant, Mr. Boehner told the president, ‘I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?’…’You get nothing,’ the president said. ‘I get that for free.'”
I’m no fan of John Boehner, but in the face of an unwavering President, he did what he thought he had to do: compromise. He placed $800 billion dollars in tax hikes on the table, which was unceremoniously rejected by Obama. John Boehner, in the face of a ridiculously recalcitrant administration, was willing and able to bend in order that he might reach the middle.
Now, after not a single concession was made on his part, Obama himself plans to use his power as president to dump the blame on his earnest opposition. What a guy. What’s more infuriating is the fact that a majority of Americans will fall at his feet and lap up his bile as if it were ambrosia sent down from Olympus.
Lincoln said: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
Barack Obama didn’t need power to erase his character; it was absent from the start. Democrats will always blame Republicans, and Republicans will always take the fall unless we get a speaker who is as vocal as the Democrats. The liberal PR machine is so blindingly effective because they know they cannot win on facts; they need propaganda. They spend so much time and effort building this image as the bleeding-heart, help-the-poor, we-don’t-judge, love party that the Republicans look like the Devil’s minions by default.
We need a new speaker of the House; one who can begin to build as strong and effective a PR machine as the Democrats. The speaker is the voice of the only currently conservative wing of the government, and as such, is the one who needs to lead the charge. Republicans will always have the facts; always. But as it stands now, PR beats truth. If Republicans can match Democrats in that department, they will finally have the advantage.