Dissent is valuable to a republic. It encourages discussion and debate on issues. The framers of our constitution encouraged dissent through our first amendment right of freedom of speech. For the past eight years, this spirit of dissent was used as it should.

In the time of President Bush, there have been people who have called him a mass murderer. They have tarred and feathered him like no other. They have demonstrated. Shouted. Demanded (and still do) criminal charges be brought against him. He took it all. He didn’t fight back. He stood tall. He let them have their say, and he had his.

A view of the President's desk

Barack Obama is three days into his Presidency, and he is already miffed about a select few who do not agree with him. As the New York Post reports:

“You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,” he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.

One White House official confirmed the comment but said he was simply trying to make a larger point about bipartisan efforts.

“There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats,” the official said. “We shouldn’t let partisan politics derail what are very important things that need to get done.”

That wasn’t Obama’s only jab at Republicans today.

He is the President of the United States. The leader of the free world. He’s afraid of a man on the radio.

He wants “bipartisanship” and Republicans to work with Democrats. What he really wants is for them to shut up and go along for the ride. Isn’t it ironic that eight years of protest and celebration of our rights to freedom of speech can come to a crashing halt when a Democrat gets in office?

I seldom agreed with the left wing tirades against President Bush, but I don’t believe they should be silenced. They are allowed to speak their opinion, even if it is completely wacky.

Three days after the former President has settled down back in Midland, Texas, we are to now told to submit to President Obama.


I will not. I will not shut up. You do not get a free pass. You should be watched closely for what you do and say. You are to be held accountable.


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  1. He should worry about what his own staff and advisors say. Robert Reich one of his economic advisors speaking before Congress 2 weeks before the inauguration about the stimulus package was quoted as saying,

    “It seems to me that infrastructure spending is a very important and good way of stimulating the economy. The challenge will be to do it quickly, to find projects that can be done that will have a high social return, that also can be done with the greatest speed possible,” Reich said.

    “I am concerned, as I’m sure many of you are, that these jobs not simply go to high skilled people who are already professionals or to white male construction workers,” he said

    A little racist that comment????

    His own blog (http://robertreich.blogspot.com/)

    “But if there aren’t enough skilled professionals to do the jobs involving new technologies, the stimulus will just increase the wages of the professionals who already have the right skills rather than generate many new jobs in these fields. And if construction jobs go mainly to white males who already dominate the construction trades, many people who need jobs the most — women, minorities, and the poor and long-term unemployed — will be shut out.”

    Yes, ok Mr. Reich let’s in the interest of social engineering of jobs, assign the longterm unemployed to build our bridges and roads. Make sure you are willing to take the maiden voyage along them before you ask anyone else too.

    This is all total bull, what does race have to do with anything? If you qualify for the job, if you have the skills the job requires and if you possess the motivation to work then you should be considered. The fact that you have sat on your ass for the past year and collected a check should not move you to the top of the list!

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