If the President and the Congress could muster as much political energy for pressing domestic issues, as they did this past week for a foreign policy matter, our nation would be much better off.
The President delivered a fair foreign policy speech yesterday from the East Room of the White House. It was a message he should have delivered a week ago. I would not have agreed with him, but it would have been preferable to have it in the open that he was engaging in a globalist venture. As Yleem said yesterday after, don’t even trust, just verify. But the American people want to hear about something other than Syria. I wish it were not the case, however, that is the cold hard reality. Americans want some serious attention focused on fixing problems right here in the United States.
For example, I wish he would take to that podium and tell the country he made a mistake on healthcare policy. Rather than invest precious domestic political capital on Syria (he could have acted on his own, then reported to the Congress), he should announce that he plans to work with the Congress to dismantle the socialized medical system, European-style program that he and the Democrats imposed on the nation a few years ago. This will never happen. Maybe not right away.
Our best hope for this healthcare crisis, at this juncture, is for courageous Republicans and Democrats to offer and debate legislation to defund The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Socialism is bad for America and the road to ending begins by defunding it. If necessary, one regulation at a time.
If admitting political defeat on socialized medicine is not palatable right now, then what about tackling a just as serious issue: the federal deficit? Or, shelving the immigration reform debate and using the political capital for learning what happened in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the torture and murder of our Ambassador and three other Americans?
Official Washington is not interested in any of these topics, including Syria. In fact, more people watched Apple’s unveiling of the new iPhone 5s than the President’s Syria message yesterday. I think this is what official Washington is hoping for, distractions. A lot of them. There is a lot at stake this fall. It has nothing to do with Syria either. If the President and the Congress could muster as much political energy for pressing domestic issues, as they did this past week for a foreign policy matter, our nation would be much better off.
In unrelated but great political news form outside the belly of the beast, two Colorado state Senators appear to have been recalled by the voters because of their anti-gun rights positions. Very historic vote. Why stop with the Senate? Maybe it is time to recall the Colorado governor as well. As Michelle Malkin pens:
… [T]he message has been sent and the bright red line has been drawn. Other Democratic state legislators across the country posing as “moderates” cannot carry water for the Bloomberg conglomerate and think they can escape without electoral consequences.
Could we recall the President?