By Tom Quiner

Conservatives have hurt themselves.

We have done to Obama what liberals did to Bush. We have ranted and railed over non-issues such as “birthergate” at the expense of the truly large issues.

Birthergate was a sideshow, one of many distractions to the important issues of the day.

All of our gnashing of teeth over minor issues has diminished legitimate outrage over issues such as government overreach with Obamacare and attacks on religious liberty, free speech, and Life.

The Obama administration has truly staked out extreme positions on many fronts that conservatives rightly consider an attack on American values.

The scandal of the moment, the IRS’ admitted targeting of conservative groups, IS a very, very big deal. Let us push to get the facts out. Let us push to see how high up the chain this corruption reaches. But let us NOT start talking about impeachment.

An impeachment trial would do irreparable harm to the country and probably set back the conservative movement for decades.

Writer C.S. Lewis put it in perspective this way:

C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis

“Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper.

Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out.

Is one’s first feeling, ‘Thank God, even they aren’t quite so bad as that,’ or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies are as bad as possible?

If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils.

You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker. If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black. Finally we shall insist on seeing everything — God and our friends and ourselves included — as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed for ever in a universe of pure hatred.”

 

6 Comments

  1. Shawn Pavlik on May 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I don’t hate Obama. I just don’t respect him as a leader, and think that he should be removed for his lack of competence, and his actions regarding Benghazi among other things.

  2. Lisa Bourne on May 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I don’t think the issue of the circumstances surrounding Barry Soetoro’s birth are at all a non-issue. The man has been, after all, placed at the helm of our once-great country. The citizens of that country have a right to know about him.

    The very use of the term, “birther,” is derogatory and the slur has the dirty fingerprints of the media all over it. Some things are easier targets than others, and some things just make them work harder to besmirch. “Sarah Palin,” “Dan Quayle,” “George W. Bush,” “Congressman Steve King,” and yes, “birther” should all be referenced as verbs as well as proper names in the vernacular because of the standard hatred-filled, crazed, smear campaign of each on the part of media “professionals” that each has come to signify.

    If all the U.S. citizens pushing to know more information about the president’s birth are kooks in one’s mind, it’s clearly a result of temporary lapse of judgment and letting the constant yammer of the media slip in and frame them. No, the fact is, Barry refused to share information on his past, not just his birth, but things throughout his past.

    Oh sure, “something” was release later at some point – WHATEVER – and he may have muttered that Benghazi might have had something to do with terrorism eons after the fact when any fourth-grader paying attention would have had the brains to call it what it was right at the time…. No, he has something to hide, and he hid it. And he was given a pass by his media lapdogs. He has something, or things, to hide or he would not have fought to keep things hidden. He has something to hide, and I don’t even care if it’s the location of his birth.

    Anyone is welcome to attempt to call me a kook for saying so. But the president’s handling of questions surrounding his birth and his past was stinking to high heaven long before Solyndra, his DOJ’s refusal to prosecute Black Panther intimidation at the voting booth, his DOJ’s refusal to enforce DOMA, his HHS secretary trolling for dollars to finance his illegal and immoral healthcare law, his trampling of the Constitution via recess appointments, the Fort Hood terrorist attack being swept under the rug, his inserting himself into the ongoing Trayvon Martin case, Fast and Furious and the deaths of border agent Bryan Terry and some 300 Mexican citizens, Benghazi and the death of Ambassador Stevens and three other American citizens, the unconstitutional and illegal seizing of reporters phone records, the targeting of other reporters for the stories they were working on and the IRS being completely egregious in the harassment of conservatives, pro-lifers and Catholics, and on and on and on.

    So yeah, anyone can say it’s crazy to suggest the president hasn’t been honorable or honest in his response on the question of his birth or the rest of his past. But frankly, in my book, THAT would be kooky.

    To your point, Tom, some conservatives (really, Republicans) have not handled things well of late, to be sure. But just the fact that people are most upset about the IRS thing, as foul as it is for all of us on so many levels, because of what it could mean to them personally, Benghazi and all of the other people dead as a result of the actions of this administration be damned; is really a commentary on the sad state of affairs to which the country has sunk. It’s been made possible to the degree it has and sped up exponentially by the election of the new and improved Barack Obama. Oh, and by the way, I’ll be sure and let you know if I hear from the IRS.

    • quinersdiner on May 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      “I don’t think the issue of the circumstances surrounding Barry Soetoro’s birth are at all a non-issue. The man has been, after all, placed at the helm of our once-great country. The citizens of that country have a right to know about him.”

      Lisa, I didn’t get worked up about the birth certificate issue because I knew nothing would change the outcome. If the decibel level is cranked all the way up on every single issue, even lesser ones such as the birth issue, then the folks in the middle we’re trying to persuade won’t be able to hear us when the really big stuff hits the fan.

      You listed quite a few of the legitimate big issues. There ARE a lot of them.

      My point is to not overplay small issues at the later expense of the really big ones that matter the most. Thanks for writing and sharing your viewpoint.

  3. Lisa Bourne on May 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    …… and for the record, what nothing has been done to stoop to the level of what the left did and continues to do to President Bush. Not even close.

  4. Harlan Bergman on May 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I don’t consider the birth certificate issue a small issue. The man is not eligible to be president. If he were not president, we wouldn’t have so many of the big issues.

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