I hope Obama is a one-term President. Not only is his far-left view of the world naive; it is dangerous.
Obama wishes to impose various far-left policies on America that are based on some fantasy government utopia dreamed-up by fuzzy sweater-wearing college professors. Cap and trade, government-controlled health care, unlimited unionization, crony capitalism with Wall Street, unlimited government money to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, over-regulation, increased taxation, devaluation of the dollar, and a weak posture abroad are just a few of Obama’s dangerously destructive policy ideas.
Some, like government-controlled health care, have already been put into law. Others, like cap and trade, are DOA now that the GOP runs the House. Some policies that have already been enacted could be repealed, but only when Republicans have 60 votes in the Senate (that could take awhile). Other policies, like the pathetically weak foreign policy, can’t be changed by Congress.
If Obama is a one-termer, American will be better off. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has even said ”the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
Pundits criticized the Senator for that remark, but he was being refreshingly honest in my view. In fact, Republicans aren’t the only ones saying Obama should be a one-term President. When Republicans say it, they mean they want him defeated. But now two Democrats have stepped forward, calling for Obama to announce that he won’t seek reelection.
Pollsters Doug Schoen and and Pat Caddell wrote an editorial for Sunday’s Washington Post. In it, they explain why Obama should not seek reelection. They see it as a way for Obama to get stuff done the next two years and bring the country back from the abyss. Rather than focus on campaigning for reelection, Obama should focus on fixing America’s problems.
From the Washington Post:
This is a critical moment for the country. From the faltering economy to the burdensome deficit to our foreign policy struggles, America is suffering a widespread sense of crisis and anxiety about the future. Under these circumstances, Obama has the opportunity to seize the high ground and the imagination of the nation once again, and to galvanize the public for the hard decisions that must be made. The only way he can do so, though, is by putting national interests ahead of personal or political ones.
To that end, we believe Obama should announce immediately that he will not be a candidate for reelection in 2012.
If the president goes down the reelection road, we are guaranteed two years of political gridlock at a time when we can ill afford it. But by explicitly saying he will be a one-term president, Obama can deliver on his central campaign promise of 2008, draining the poison from our culture of polarization and ending the resentment and division that have eroded our national identity and common purpose.
This is a very interesting idea from Schoen and Caddell. Both have been criticized by other Democrats for being hard on Obama. In this piece, they aren’t particularly hard on him. I actually think this idea of theirs is pretty good. I just don’t see the self-important Obama taking their advice.
Read the entire editorial at washingtonpost.com.