Scott Riddle made his weekly visit to the Cafe, not being a regular since he is big time busy with his cows, insurance, and mostly Texas Holdem poker games, and as usual launched into an assessment of current political strategies and tactics, "Well Obama waits a week after the Arizona shooting to check out the polls and read the wind's direction before he kicks off his 'triangulation' strategy."
"What the heck is triangulation? I never understood it when Clinton was doing it? Does it have anything to do with having sex with young girls?", Butch Jackson engaged with a semi-serious set of questions.
"Don't know about the sex part, Butch, but Obama did meet with Clinton for advice after the November shellacking he took. Triangulation is where the President sits at the top of the triangle with the Conservative Republicans on one vortex and the Progressive/Liberal/Commie Dems at the other vortex. The idea is for Obama to appear moderate for two years and stay above the fray in an attempt to get re-elected in 2012. So Obama comes out with a plea for civility and a plea for us to all get along and work together trying to make both sides look bad and for him to look good. Of course, the whole strategy is based on folks being stupid enough to fall for it because if re-elected, he will gut this Country and Conservatives like a pig before a 4th of July barbecue"
"And how do you think his first triangulation worked?"
"Obama's approval ratings are up about 6 points since his speech, so it did work to some degree with Moderates. A great example is old John McCain. The Arizona senator and Obama's 2008 opponent penned an op-ed in the Washington Post, saying Obama 'comforted and inspired the country' by calling for greater civility in the nation's political discourse. I disagree with many of the president's policies, but I believe he is a patriot sincerely intent on using his time in office to advance our country's cause,' McCain wrote. 'I reject accusations that his policies and beliefs make him unworthy to lead America or opposed to its founding ideals.' Now that sounds nice but the last time I looked up the definition of patriot it described someone who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors. Obama defended our country just last night by giving one of his few state dinners sucking up to the Communist President of China who is killing us in trade because they cheat by controlling their currency valuations, and they support every enemy we have (N. Korea, Iran, etc.) in the world. Obama defends us against Islamic Muslim Terrorists by calling them a small radical group of outliers and wants to give captured murderers full US Citizen rights in our courts. The man will not say the word war."
And here came Billy Roy, "Scott, you are right on. First, this is exactly why McCain isn't President. He consistently compromises with the Socialists, particularly when he isn't in an election year. More importantly though, I hear Republicans say we should question Obama's policies and not question Obama's motives. The problem with that is that he and his thugs lie like dogs. They will argue with the Republicans over whether Obamacare will reduce health care costs when the truth is they don't care what is in the legislation as long as the government can take over and run all of the insurance companies out of business. Their motive is not to reduce the costs of health care, but to take it over."
After a sizable deep breath because BM is a big man, "Look what happened when people didn't question Castro's motives, or Stalin's, or Hitler's motives. Many people in those countries tried to have civil debates and could not believe that anyone would take over the government and destroy their freedom and way of life. We damn well better question Obama's motives. He has told us everything we need to know and that is he wants his government to 'transform' American and redistribute our wealth in a manner that he will determine to be fair. Period. What more do we need to know about his motives. Limbaugh has it right. Obama's agenda must be stopped now by the Republican House and by the non-Socialist courts. We need to be civil and polite all right. We need to politely vote his ass out of office in 2012."
Scott actually closed this session, "I just hope folks realize we face a choice between two futures. One is a Socialist future where the federal government claims ever increasing shares of our income and grants itself the authority to make decisions affecting virtually every aspect of our daily lives. The other future is built upon the idea that individual freedom trumps government authority, and that in those rare cases when solving a problem requires government, the government that governs best is the one that is smallest and closest to the people. That is the future that we should fight for – reaffirming our individual liberty, strengthening private markets, shrinking the size of governments, and making decisions wherever possible at the local level rather than in Washington."
Think "civilly" about that,