The Right To Disagree
By: Michael John McCrae
New tones in dialogue aside I would remind everyone of something Hillary Clinton said: â€œI am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic, and we should stand up and say, â€œWE ARE AMERICANS AND WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DEBATE AND DISAGREE WITH ANY ADMINISTRATION!â€
Of course Hillary was speaking of democratic disagreements with the Bush Administration, but I do not disagree with Hillaryâ€™s assessment that disagreement, in line with the constitutional right of free speech is not un-patriotic. In many cases it is a duty to point out the flaws in certain political positions and policies and long as the disagreements are based in true and properly debatable information.
Apparently President-elect Obama knows this as he respectfully apologized for making a crude remark about Nancy Reagan in his very first post-election press conference. His â€œnewâ€ tone sounded greatly like the arrogant tone of all democrats, but as the now â€œpresident of all the peopleâ€ heâ€™ll have to tame his arrogance a wee bit more, or at least until heâ€™s officially inaugurated.
After two years on the stump Tom Brokaw admitted he didnâ€™t know much of the fellow about to be crowned king of the world. Other pundits and fellows who have been lap-dogging the democrat are immediately questioning all these â€œClintonianâ€ choices for administration positions.
This should not surprise anyone. There had to be some sort of deal struck with Bill Clinton to get him out of his Harlem, New York office and into the campaign fray. Hillary will score some type of high profile administration job. She cannot be the â€œjuniorâ€ to Chuck Schumerâ€™s â€œseniorâ€ senate designation for very much longer. After all she gleaned 18 million votes in the primaries and is still very popular among the cast of â€œThe Viewâ€.
Yet, there is no love lost between now selected Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and Hillary Clinton. This situation may still not work out, but if Hillary can squeak herself a Supreme Court appointment her influence can outlive even her hubbyâ€™s weak legacy of shame and failure.
When you have a chance to go to Obamaâ€™s new website www.change.gov , sneak over there and look at all the plans he has to put America back to work in a voluntary, non-paid status while accepting greater hordes of immigrants into American jobs Americans havenâ€™t been doing. With the unemployment rate having raised to 6.5 percent maybe the one million Americans whoâ€™ve lost jobs over the past 3 months wonâ€™t be too choosy. Of course there is a corresponding suggestion to increase the time limits on unemployment compensation; all paid by the tax dollars of those 93.5 percent of us whoâ€™ve managed to stay employed.
There is a rule about taxes that says one is a fool to raise taxes during times of economic instability and slowdown. We have templates in Michigan, New Jersey and California which show job losses and corporate flight as a result of putative governmental tax policies and www.change.gov is preparing to follow in the steps of these liberal democrat state strongholds at a national level.
I just hope thereâ€™s enough room in the Cayman Islands and Ireland to harbor all the corporations preparing to move to more favorable tax havens.
Anyway, allow me to agree once more with the past screech of Hillary Clinton: â€œWE ARE AMERICANS AND WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DEBATE AND DISAGREE WITH ANY ADMINISTRATION!â€