Friday, October 01, 2010

O’Reilly on Obama's "Progressive Values"

Bill O’Reilly’s latest column, Progressive Values, discusses President Obama and his “progressive values.” Unlike some, O’Reilly actually admires him for this.
One of the admirable things about President Obama is that he seems to be a man of principle. He does not seem to waver under public pressure; he sticks to his guns, as the old cliché goes. But those proverbial guns may now be directly pointed at him.

A few months ago, in the face of declining poll numbers for the liberal president, the debate was whether he would move toward the center like Bill Clinton did in order to mollify public opinion. Well, that question is now being answered: Mr. Obama is moving even further left.
O’Reilly goes on to discuss what he perceives as “progressive values” (“social justice” being the biggie) but points out that while many in the country don’t really care about these said values, they do care about the price tag.
It is hard to ascertain just how deeply Barack Obama embraces the progressive vision, but he certainly has not refuted much of it. He is, however, running into big problems with the massive spending his administration has imposed on the nation. In fiscal year 2009, the Obama administration spent a record-breaking $3.52 trillion, racking up a breathtaking $1.4 trillion deficit. That kind of balance sheet cannot be sustained.

The truth is that most Americans couldn't care less about progressive values, as they are locked in on their financial futures. If the United States can't meet its fiscal obligations, every single one of us will suffer grievously. The folks are beginning to understand the danger of massive debt.

So, Mr. Obama has a dilemma. While he is moving to the left on his social justice agenda, the voters are clearly not following. All the polls show that. We are a generous nation; most of us want people to have good lives. But there comes a time when theory bangs up against reality. And, in order to secure a second term, President Obama will have to get real.
As much as O’Reilly gets demonized by those on the Left, he does often provide some pretty well thought out analysis and this is one of those times. I get the feeling that O’Reilly, unlike some of his Fox News cohorts, does not belief that the President is trying to dismantle the country. It is obvious that Mr. Obama is a big, BIG believer that the government should be used to make the world a better place. And it is this belief that has drawn him to the kinds of people that he has in his administration. Are some of those people the kinds who would like to dismantle this country? I’m sure that they are. I’m sure that there are people in the administration that are complete and total radicals but I don’t think that is the case with the President (just like I never thought that George W. Bush was someone with totalitarian leanings; Dick Cheney on the other hand…).

This all having been said, Obama is not doing a very good job leading the country or explaining why his “progressive values” are a good thing. He is losing the debate and in the process of losing his job.


Otter Limits said...

The problem with Obama, and what will eventually be his downfall is that, in my opinion, most of citizens of this country, including myself, are not sold on the idea that government is the answer to the country's problems.

Dave said...

I agree. While I think that there is some good that the government can do, I certainly don’t have as much faith in it as Obama seems to. I was more interested in O’Reilly’s take on the situation then actually commenting on the President’s policies myself.

Otter Limits said...

I think that there is very little good that the government can do personally.

Building roads was a good idea though.