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The Perfect Storm
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I don’t think I’ve ever done a “If Bush Was President When This Happened” post, but this is one of those rare times when a confluence of events occur which compels such an observation.

Within the span of two weeks, we’ve had:

an environmental catastrophe on the Gulf Coast;

protests for civil liberties combined with ethnic tribalism in response to Arizona’s new illegal immigration law, in conjunction with a proposal for a national biometric ID card;

massive flooding in Tennessee that’s left at least 29 people dead;

a car-bombing attempt in Times Square that only failed because the terrorist was too incompetent to wire the explosives correctly;

a potential global financial meltdown in the making;

the stock market boomerang 600 points and back in the span of 30 minutes;

and the death of a bill to audit the Fed in the Senate.

Now just imagine that Bush was President if these things happened all at once.  I think it’s beyond dispute that Kos, Matthew Yglesias, John Cole, Paul Krugman, and every other leftist hack would be calling for impeachment, investigations, and frog-marches of everyone and anyone connected with the administration if all these things happened at once (and Republican shills would be finding endless excuses for all these things, too).  The media would be wall-to-wall with stories asking “why doesn’t the President DO SOMETHING about this?”

Does anyone honestly believe that if Obama was a Republican, he wouldn’t be getting hammered about all this, even in the situations that are largely beyond his control?  For god’s sake, the US just participated in the bailout of Greece through its 17% stake in the IMF--what would Senator Obama have said in a situation where the American taxpayer became partially responsible for bailing out foreign banks?

Yes, that last question is rhetorical.

There’s little point in having a federal government structure in place that isn’t safeguarding the interests of its citizens or taking responsibilty for the powers granted it by the Constitution.  Obama said during his inauguration speech that government needs to work better for its people, but he’s shown during his time in office that he is largely incapable of showing the kind of leadership people expect when the shit hits the fan. 

The truly pathetic aspect of all this?  The Stupid Party doesn’t really have anyone that could do appreciably better.  This is the end game that the offal of the post-WW2 generations has produced for us.

Posted by on 05/06/10 at 07:38 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

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Posted by on 05/06/10 at 10:10 PM from United States

Now calling me offal is fightin’ words.
I understand both of ya’lls point. The AARP (pitui)is still beating the drum for Obamacare. But to call an entire generation (or 3)on the actionsof some is over the top.
Most of the folks “I” know worked, save AND did what they could with those investments. Many of my friends turned 59 1/2 in 08 and saw the handwriting on the wall. More than a few 401K’s were saved that summer.
As for the boomers that came after or went a different route… fuck ‘em, let them eat fish heads.

And try to remember, your generation, and some people here-abouts, put O’Kenya in the WH.There’s more *spawn of boomers* than boomer out there.

Posted by on 05/06/10 at 10:18 PM from Germany

The boomers gave us hippies, and hippies were, without a doubt, the worst plague of stupid ever to be unleashed on the country. 

You can’t apologize for them, you can only admit that they should have been, without exception, rounded up and shot for the good of all mankind.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 05/07/10 at 01:21 AM from United States

The one good thing the hippies did was make noncomformity and questioning the government OK.

As for their generation, it’s simplistic to say they were all self-centered morons, but they had demographics and influence on their side and politicians responded accordingly. They also came of age in a time of great prosperity, which their “Square” parents had earned for them. Of course those that became hippies wouldn’t acknowledge that.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 05/07/10 at 01:24 AM from United States

PS As far as blaming Obama for something goes, Bill Maher at least tentatively did that, but it’s true that most of the MSM would excuse him if they found out that he was a cannibal who liked to eat children with horseradish sauce and sacrificed virgins in Situation Room.

Posted by AlexinCT on 05/07/10 at 06:52 AM from United States

Does anyone honestly believe that if Obama was a Republican, he wouldn’t be getting hammered about all this, even in the situations that are largely beyond his control?

You like asking the obvious don’t you? What irks me the most is all these morons that still fail to understand the double standard. I think they are usually called independents or some such thing.

The one good thing the hippies did was make noncomformity and questioning the government OK.

Heh, you make it sound so noble. The truth is that they did do this for purely selfish and cowardly reasons, and not with any intent to do anything good. They were protesting Vietnam, not because they thought it was a bad war, but because they wanted to keep their own arses safe. The left has whitewashed history to pretend the hippy movement did what it did to “fight the man” or some other such nonsense, but these bastards were just looking to avoid responsibility and leech off the work of others.

Here we are almost 5 decades later, and that attitude has only grown worse, giving us the whole entitlement mentality, and a bunch of losers that can be traced right back to that movement, telling us that the only time it is OK to question government is when the guy in charge has a (R) next to his name. If you do otherwise you must be a lowlife. Racist being their preferred comeback now that the guy in charge has dark skin.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 05/07/10 at 07:37 AM from United States

I’ve actually been kind of impressed by the lack of panic in Washington.  A terrorist attack, two natural disasters and a stock market plunge.  I would have expected calls for martial law.

Posted by JimK on 05/07/10 at 07:55 AM from United States

The one good thing the hippies did was make noncomformity and questioning the government OK.

You, good sir, need a refresher in American History. Start with the Declaration of Independence if the precursors to that glorious document seem too dry. That is when Americans began to “Question Authority,” not in the 1960s. Hippies gave us nothing useful except *some* music and a grand and great appreciation for awesome album art.

But hippies still have to answer for ultimately allowing Phish (and thus the Spin Doctors - a pox on both their houses) to exist, so one hand washes the other I suppose.

Fucking hippies.

Posted by on 05/07/10 at 07:56 AM from United States

And try to remember, your generation, and some people here-abouts, put O’Kenya in the WH.There’s more *spawn of boomers* than boomer out there.

Oh, I definitely include Gen-X and Gen-Y in that description as well.  The Millenials haven’t been around long enough yet to cause much damage, but I have every confidence they’ll continue the race to the bottom.

I consider pretty much every generation from the Baby Boomers on down to be equally worthless.

The one good thing the hippies did was make noncomformity and questioning the government OK.

WVR, that’s actually been one of the more bizarre contradictions of the baby boomers on down--it’s always baffled me how generations that made “Question Authority” a cultural mantra seems to see no contradiction in believing that we need more government interference in our lives and society.  I suspect it has more to do with the prevailing sense of entitlement ("Gimmie gimmie gimmie!") than an actual belief that the government is a net positive force.

Posted by on 05/07/10 at 08:12 AM from United States

I’ve actually been kind of impressed by the lack of panic in Washington.  A terrorist attack, two natural disasters and a stock market plunge.  I would have expected calls for martial law.

Lack of panic is one thing--certainly no one expects the administration to go running around like chickens with their heads cut off, creating more panic in the process.  Obama’s response so far seems to be more akin to this guy, though.

Posted by on 05/07/10 at 10:15 AM from United States

For god’s sake, the US just participated in the bailout of Greece through its 17% stake in the IMF--what would Senator Obama have said in a situation where the American taxpayer became partially responsible for bailing out foreign banks?

I sure as hell am not happy about that, but yesterdays panic and the recent down streak on Wall st. seems to indicate that our market is connected to what happens in Europe/Greece, and our economy/recovery could be negatively affected if greece defaults.

Posted by on 05/07/10 at 10:56 AM from United States

Also if Bush were still at the helm they sure as heck wouldn’t let him pretend the unemployment numbers are only 10%. 

We’d still be hearing what an idiot he was for thinking there were 57 states, or that people can’t function without their arugula.

I wonder what truly unbiased reporting would do to this country?

Posted by on 05/07/10 at 11:38 AM from United States

Fucking hippies

Remember to wrap it first - they usually managed to catch a variety of diseases…

Posted by on 05/07/10 at 06:59 PM from United States

The tendency toward unshaven legs also makes necessary the use of leather chaps or a good pair of hipwaders.

HEY! I think I just figured out why they’re called “hippies”!

Posted by on 05/07/10 at 08:06 PM from United States

I’ve actually been kind of impressed by the lack of panic in Washington.  A terrorist attack, two natural disasters and a stock market plunge.  I would have expected calls for martial law.

There will be no need for martial law until mid-September.Then wait for the excuses to fly.

‘Elections, we don’t need no stupid elections’

Posted by on 05/07/10 at 08:22 PM from United States

Oh, BTW many, many boomers served with honor in all of our armed forces. And yes we were under threat of the draft board, but joined and fought just the same.
By and large “hippies” came from much different stock. I would guess quite similar to the faux-anarchist (with daddy’s credit card in hand)that we see today in places like Ft. Lewis WA.

But you self-loathers go right ahead and attempt to write history.

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