Christopher Buckley, that not-so-proud scion of the founder of the modern Conservative movement, is having a “come to Jesus” moment, and it’s difficult not to feel a bit of schadenfreude. Mr. Buckley finds himself concerned about President Obama’s multi-trillion dollar budget:
“The strange thing is that one feels almost unpatriotic, entertaining negative thoughts about Mr. Obama’s grand plan, as if one were indulging in—call it—the audacity of nope. It is on the one hand clear that something must be done about our economic woes. But that is very different from saying that spending these vast, oceanic sums of money is the right corrective to a decade of fiscal incontinence.”
This seems strange, coming from the man, who just last October, after declaring himself to be a small-government conservative, confidently informed us that Obama must “understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves.”
Oh, he understands it, Christopher, he even have preached it during his campaign, but one thing is certain, he never had any intention of practicing now what he preached then. And if you hadn’t been such an uncritical, dare I say headline-hungry rube, you never would have fallen for a snake oil salesman with a slick act.
“If he raises taxes and throws up tariff walls and opens the coffers of the DNC to bribe-money from the special interest groups against whom he has (somewhat disingenuously) railed during the campaign trail, then he will almost certainly reap a whirlwind that will make Katrina look like a balmy summer zephyr.”
No, Mr. Buckley, President Obama will not reap the whirlwind; we, the American people will be forced to reap it. And it is credulous fools like you, whose actions on November 4, 2008, helped to set that whirlwind in motion.
Batten down the hatches.