On Hostage-Takers and Hostages

December 9, 2010


The more I think about this, the angrier I get.

In what may have been his very first feeble attempt at bipartisanship since being elected over two years ago, President Obama promptly destroyed any smidgin of good will he may have accumulated by mewling to the press about the perfidy of Republicans as he announced his deal to extend unemployment benefits (again!) in exchange for dropping a greatly-desired-by-Democrats tax increase. In response to a reporter’s question about rewarding the “obstructionism” of the Republicans, the President had this to say:

“It’s tempting not to negoitate with hostage takers, unless the hostage gets harmed. Then people will question the wisdom of that strategy. In this case, the hostage was the American people, and I was not willing to see them get harmed.”

Others have pointed out with skill and eloquence the clear message this sends to those who wish us ill: Our president will negotiate with terrorists, especially if they threaten to harm Americans.

My complaint is this: In the history of this nation, I don’t believe there has been another president who actively viewed more than half of his constituency as “the enemy“. Obama’s words display this mind-set time and time again. In this instance, his view is that Congressional Republicans have taken the American public hostage in order to force the President to act on something the American people overwhelmingly want: low taxes and more jobs.

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