Monday, August 16, 2010

President Unpopular

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In less than two years he’s gone from one of the most popular presidents of all time to being President Zero, and now President Minus 22 Percent.  That’s even less popular than Bill English.

Nile Gardiner gives ten reasons key reasons why the Obama presidency is in meltdown.  The best reason to celebrate? Number 5: “Obama’s Big Government message is falling flat.”

But there might be even more good news. Dislike for the Obama Administration doesn’t guarantee anything better on the horizon. (Just see what’s happened here in NZ!) Robert Tracinski, however, suggests a new political “camp” forming within the Tea Party movement might offer some hope for genuine political change.  It’s called “constitutional conservatism.”

_Quote Let's look at precisely what the phrase means, as I have gathered from how it is being used. A "constitutional conservative" is someone who wants to restrain the power of government within the original limits set for it by the US Constitution. Specifically, "constitutional conservatives" want to resurrect the doctrine of enumerated powers, which constrains Congress to stick to the small number of limited powers explicitly described in Article I of the Constitution. …One of the top agenda items of the "constitutional conservatives" [is] a requirement that all legislation proposed in Congress has to "point to where they are enumerated in the Constitution."
    The label "constitutional conservative" is based on the recognition that [the American] system of government, as originally conceived by America's Founding Fathers, would be radically smaller than it is today, that the Founders' vision is fundamentally incompatible with the majority of current government programs and with the vast array of current government controls on the economy.
    It is clear that the rise of this new term is a powerfully good trend. For the first time, there is a strain of "conservatism" that we can actually sign on to—though the use of the term "conservative" is still a misnomer. "Constitutional conservatism" is "conservative" only in the sense that it seeks to "conserve" the original meaning of the Constitution. But in today's context, it is actually a radical and ideological agenda that would require overturning the past one hundred years of political precedent…

It’s early days, but it sounds promising.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Christian Libz said...

Robert Tracinski is right when he suggested that:

constitutional conservative" is someone who wants to restrain the power of government within the original limits set for it by the US Constitution. Specifically, "constitutional conservatives" want to resurrect the doctrine of enumerated powers, which constrains Congress to stick to the small number of limited powers explicitly described in Article I of the Constitution.

This is exactly what Sarah Palin stands for. Ronald Reagan is Sarah Palin's hero. American can't wait to get to the next election and the tea party movement is going to get Sarah there to the white house, because president zero is finished. US voters were stupid and idiot (the last election), but this time, they're awaken by the tea party movement so Sarah will be there at the white house.

8/16/2010 01:30:00 pm  
Blogger PC said...

I'm not sure Sarah Palin even understands what it means.

8/16/2010 02:12:00 pm  
Anonymous Falafulu Fisi said...

Man, that Nile Gardiner blog article you linked to is one that every American should read about. Obama is fucking destroying a great country from within. He doesn't like the super-power status of the US, he hates its wealth, he basically hates everything that the founding fathers did (its constitution) in establishing that great nation.

Wake up America, your country is rotting within and you voters have been responsible for putting a reckless man in the white house in the first place.

8/16/2010 03:14:00 pm  
Blogger libertyscott said...

As long as constitutional conservatives don't get hijacked by the evangelicals who are anything BUT constitutional conservatives, there may be some hope.

Palin is unelectable though. Intelligent people who oppose Obama couldn't bring themselves to vote for someone who can't even name a newspaper to pretend she reads it.

The Republicans can royally screw this up because far too many of them believe their religion should be used to impose laws on everyone else. It has to stop appearing to be the party that glorifies the stupid and rejects anyone who isn't a bible thumping protestant.

8/16/2010 07:09:00 pm  
Blogger WAKE UP said...

"Palin is unelectable..."

I refudiate* that.

* "refudiate": a clever neologism coined by Palin, combining both rejection of an untruth and the the smear tactics it implies, simultaneously.

8/17/2010 09:31:00 am  

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