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Opening Arguments

All about the ideas

Those who've visited here over the last three-and-a-half years or who've read our editorial page will not be shocked to hear that I did not vote for Barack Obama. He represents the antithesis of the restrained-government approach I've always sought in candidates. But, come Jan. 20, he will be my president, too. I wish him well, because I wish the country well. If there is to be Obama Derangement Syndrome, I will try (and fail occasionally, probably) not to be a participant.

By "wish him well," I partly mean I hope he is wise enough to realize he can't possibly do all the things he has promised to do and that some of them might actually be harmful to the country. But I suspect he will be trying to do a lot of what he said he would try to do, so I expect to have a lot to write about and be critical of. But with a certain coolness, as suggested by Glenn Reynolds in Forbes:

You don't have to love the "other guy." You don't have to hold back on fighting against policies you don't like. You don't have to pull punches. But once someone is duly and legally elected president, you do owe some respect to the office and the Constitution. And to your fellow Americans.

What we all have to try to do is get back to arguing about ideas instead of sniping at personalities. Might be hard in the blogosphere, I know, but people once believed such arguments actually accomplished something.


Wed, 11/05/2008 - 12:31pm

Nah, I think we should all go on an 8 year Rezko odyssey like we did with Whitewater. Dan Burton is still available to serve in this capacity.

Bob G.
Wed, 11/05/2008 - 1:34pm

Thanks for echoing my sentiments, Leo...

I still maintain an avid respect for the OFFICE of President...and the wisdom to run it well enough,


tim zank
Wed, 11/05/2008 - 4:04pm

"But once someone is duly and legally elected president, you do owe some respect to the office and the Constitution. And to your fellow Americans."

They sure as hell didn't do that for W., but they will for the "ONE" I'm sure.

William Larsen
Thu, 11/06/2008 - 12:39pm

I think this country is in for some deep doo-doo. Both sides promised everything from healthcare to tax incentives. The bottom line is who is going to pay for it? Will they be able to borrow the funds from the rest of the world who is also experiencing a tight lending market?

Stimulus package = increased deficit
Tax incentivies = increased deficit
Middle class tax break/stimulus = increased deficit
Healthcare for chidlren = increased deficit
$2,000 child tax credit = increased deficit

What program will be cut or eliminated to counter these initiatives? These politicians bought votes using the taxpayers money and the taxpayer has not yet figured it out. How many think they will be chosen to be Paul this go around at the expense of Peter? You know what, I think we are all going to be Petter this time.

Bob G.
Thu, 11/06/2008 - 2:56pm

These politicians buy votes by saying ANYTHING we want to hear...and that's the problem.

It becomes aquestion of who can be MORE POPULAR...as in entertaining...screw the REAL issues, or the result of solving probelms through sacrifice and hard work.

Always has been...an always will be.
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