Communicator vs Obfuscator?
Much has been made about the late President Reagan as "The Great Communicator," as political and social conservatives across America honor his memory, and long for a return to the resurgence of their ideals which he heralded. Amidst the victory of a very different Presidency, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, in an op-ed in the Washington Examiner, notes the similarities in the two presidencies amidst the differences -- and one difference in particular.
Like Reagan, Obama came into office during a period of major economic recession.
Like Reagan, Obama has proposed a transformational program of economic change to combat the recession.
But unlike Reagan, seven months into his presidency, Obama's program for change is foundering, while Reagan's was triumphant.
Obama would be wise to ask himself, why?
The answer boils down to one word...
While very pointed in its indictment, this piece refuses to cast aspersions on the current President -- a fresh breeze of civility amidst depictions of political shouting matches. It also betrays the long term contrast between two political philosophies. Which way will America choose to preserve herself?