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Blockades, Obama, Executive Arrogance but a Sign of Hope

The Weekly Standard differs from Time and Newsweek in two important respects.  First, it is an intellectual, scholarly look at the news and culture.   Second, it is written from a conservative vantage point.  In some ways this would be expected.  Liberalism has run out of steam and is being exposed daily as comically unworkable but still dangerous by the Obama Administration.  Conservative scholarship is on the march.   Conservative books sell.  Conservative ideas are never out of vogue.   We see this in practical ways as Left leaning CNN and off the chart Leftist, Statist MSNBC have no ratings while FOX draws huge audiences.

The June 14 issue of The Weekly Standard is an exceptionally strong one.  The editorial and first two features deal with failure on the Left in contrast with Conservative good sense.   Editor Bill Kristol emphasizes the success of blockades from Lord Nelson’s protecting Britain from Napoleon, Lincoln’s starving the South, the beginning of the end of the Cold War under Kennedy over Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Israel’s blockade of Hamas run-Gaza.   He notes the weakness of the Obama Administration’s policies  making the world more dangerous.  Like David Broder, Kristol mentions Obama and Jimmy Carter in the same paragraph.  He goes on to say we survived Carter because men like Ronald Reagan and Scoop Jackson gave our friends hope of better days ahead.

Executive Editor of the Standard Fred Barnes writes about Obama’s killing bipartisanship by ignoring Republicans as he forces through his agenda–an agenda making the President and his Party increasingly unpopular.   Ironically, after no less than The Washington Post notes this one sidedness, Obama asked to attend the weekly Republican luncheon on May 22 to discuss bipartisanship.  This was a frosty gathering where the President came more to lecture than to listen.  Senator Bob Corker insisted on being heard as the President sought to interrupt.   Corker referred to the Post article and asked how Obama could be calling for bipartisanship when he himself is rejecting it.    There followed a classic Barack 17 minute filibuster, “nothing answer.”   Fred closes by stating that Obama proceeds on this course at his peril.   The entire Democrat Party is in trouble which is illustrated by the fact that when he goes to PA only the defeated Arlen Specter shows up.   All Democrat hopefuls are otherwise occupied.

The Barnes‘ piece transitions to business consultant Andrew Wilson’s article on “Arrogance in the Executive” as the Administration tackles the Gulf oil crisis.   The heart of the Wilson piece is the Obama unfounded faith in government, unfounded faith in his  own abilities (this is increasingly comical to watch but also enraging as this man has never run anything) and his utter contempt for the private sector which has solutions.   But in face of the increasing failure of the President’s programs he stubbornly hangs on to the idea that there is nothing that government cannot do.

These articles are all reality which right now is a downer.    But then we come to the feature article on Indiana’s very popular Governor Mitch Daniels by Andrew Ferguson.   Daniels is a penny pincher who rides a Harley and stayed in private homes when he campaigned sleeping in guest rooms, dens, children’s rooms and on foldout couches.   His main food was pork tenderloins as big as a plate and his favorite dessert was a deep fried Snickers bar dipped in pancake batter.   No sign of arrogance here.

Penny pinching is literal for this leader.   He sensed that the state owned too many cars.   So he dispatched lieutenants to parking lots of state facilities.   They placed a penny on a tire of each vehicle.   They returned a month later.   If the pennies were still there they said, “Give us the keys.”    No overconfidence in government here.   On the contrary.    This is paying off as Indiana has a Triple-A bond rating and for the first time in 40 years more people are moving in than moving out.

Ferguson closes with the Governor quoting Civil War historian, Bruce Catton.  Of commanding Union General Grant it was said, “There was no nonsense, no sentiment;  only a plain spoken businessman of the Republic, there for one single purpose–getting that command across the river.”

There are leaders like this emerging across the land.   We have one here in CO by the name of Ken Buck.   There is another in FL named Marco Rubio.  Bill Brady is of this cloth and running for Governor of IL, next door to IN.   Pray for them, thank God for them. Governor Mitch Daniels is right when he says:   “What we have seen in the past year is shock and awe statism.  For the first time in my life, the country faces survival level issues.”    May the Daniels tribal brand increase.