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The Unintended Consequences of High Expectations

Occasionally, an event happens that requires a person to do something so great or spectacular that there’s no way they can possibly make the mark. Which, conversely, earns said person the “failure” label, regardless of what they may-or may not-have actually done.

Which brings us to the small matter of PBO’s newly awarded Nobel Prize…and the bigger issues behind it.

I can’t say that PBO’s specifically done anything, at this point in his administration, to warrant nomination for a Nobel, much less to win one. I’ve been arguing most of the day that even people I disagree with politically have had a moment, action, or event where I can say “that’s why they won a Nobel.” With PBO, that moment or action hasn’t arrived yet (more on that “yet” later).

The bigger problem I have is the corner PBO-and by extension, the country-has been painted into.

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Written by Coby Dillard

October 10, 2009 at 7:53 am

From “Grateful Nation” to “Rightwing Extremist”

Catching up on something I didn’t get to comment on earlier in the week…

This past week, a report from DHS entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” was leaked online. The report looks at the growth of “right wing” elements in light of the current financial crisis and the presidency of Barack Obama.

There are some common-sense truths in the report. It makes sense that white supremacist activity would increase because of-and during-the Obama ascendancy, for example. Aside from that, there’s a lot of generalities and stereotypes that make this report look like someone’s attempt to paint anyone with a conservative viewpoint, or who is a veteran, as some sort of extremist.

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Uphold the Oath: A Letter to President Obama

I do solemly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God.

Mr. President,

The oath you are about to take is one that I take seriously, both as a veteran and as a federal employee. Let me try to explain why.

I believe there is no higher duty for a public servant than the responsibility to ensure that our Constitution is preserved and defended against anyone and anything. Without it, our country has nothing to stand for or stand on. The idea to “support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic” (as contained in the Oath of Enlistment) is the basis of why the military and the government exist.

Tomorrow, that responsibility becomes yours. The protection of our nation and our way of life rests on your shoulders alone.

In issues of policy, I suppose that I will disagree with you often. But I take to heart the words of Bill Kristol after the election:

We pledge our support for those of his policies we can support, our willingness to give him the benefit of the doubt in cases of uncertainty, and our constructive criticism and loyal opposition where we are compelled to differ.

Where I can support you, you will have that support. Where I am opposed to you, I will be fervently.

But at the end of the day, I can expect-or demand-no more of you than that you do your job. Keep us safe. Keep us secure. Preserve our democracy through the means you feel best, without regard to the shifting winds of public opinion.

And, remembering a comment I made during the campaign season, I offer this:

I do solemly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

Uphold the oath, sir. I will hold my end.

HB2DF,

-Coby

Written by Coby Dillard

January 19, 2009 at 10:01 pm

“Magic Negroes” and the GOP

(Also over at the RPVNetwork blog)

Over the course of the last week-as we’ve all heard by now-RNC Chariman candidate Chip Saltsman sent out a CD with a song, “Barack the Magic Negro.” The song was designed to parody Barack Obama, and was based in part on an editorial written in the LA Times during the campaign season.

I’m going to address this from three perspectives.

As an African American-political bent aside-I am a little offended that someone would refer to the first African American president as a “magic negro.” A poster on a liberal blog that I read regularly gave the history of the term (from Wikipedia):

The magical negro (sometimes called the mystical negro or magic negro) is a supporting, often mystical stock character in fiction who, by use of special insight or powers, helps the white protagonist get out of trouble.

Where some will see satire with that, I don’t. Being blunt, there was no mystical ascension, no white protagonist to beat. All the signs were there for a massive GOP loss, and we were lucky that it wasn’t as bad as predicted.

As a conservative, I have no opinion on the CD. It doesn’t speak to anything that I consider a conservative ideal or belief, so it seems more a waste of time/resources than anything.

Lastly, as an African American conservative who wants to see his party do a better job of reaching out to blacks and minority communities, I feel that this is a major setback. From my perspective, it’s a lot harder for me-or any other black conservative/Republican-to knock on doors to spread our message AND preserve our personal credibility and that of the party. These are the type of stunts that make people want to tune out the Republican Party, regardless of whether our message can benefit them or not. The reality for the GOP is that if we continue to poke fun or “satirize” the very people we need to win elections, then we have to accept that –ideology and beliefs aside-they will continue to abandon us at the voting booth.

Now, do I need to see some sort of apology for this incident to be smoothed over? No. If Mr. Saltsman doesn’t believe he should apologize and that he’s done nothing wrong, so be it. I have to respect him for at least standing on what he believes.

At the same time, we all have to recognize that this sort of behavior can’t continue. We can, will, and should disagree with Obama on matters of principle and policy. Going after him for spite, though, is not in our-or the country’s-best interest.

HB2DF,

-D.

Written by Coby Dillard

December 29, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Rank, Privledge, and Everyone Else

Note: I have survived the recent outbreak of whatever the hell’s going around, though I’m still not feeling that great. Watch this damn weather…

Weighing in on something unrelated to the military, homeland security, or that vein…school choice.

I, for one, am a fan of being allowed to pick whatever school provides a reasonable chance for success for my child to attend. If it’s a private school, and I’m surrounded by bad public ones, I believe that the (local) government should subsidize me in some way (either a scholarship or some sort of tax break) for packing my child to a private school, since the responsibility for quality education falls on their shoulders.

The Democratic solution seems to be to throw more money at the teachers and schools.

Unless you just happen to be the President-elect of the United States.

In a city that has some of the nation’s worst public schools-not just in terms of education, but in material condition as well (I remember a few of them closing the winter of ’07 cause they didn’t have heat!), the Obamas have the choice in education that they don’t want to give to the rest of the country. Doesn’t that seem just a little bit hypocritical?

My suggestion: pack the Obama girls off to school in Southeast DC-not Navy Yard Southeast, across the river Southeast!-and let them go to school there. Put that Secret Service detail to good use.

And, while they’re there plodding along with the rest of the students, maybe the good president-elect can rethink how influential those teachers’ unions should’ve been to his campaign…

HB2DF,

-D.

Written by Coby Dillard

November 17, 2008 at 9:53 am

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The Doctrine Endorsement

This is my first time voting in an election where I’ve actually paid attention to what the hell’s going on.

In 2008, America is blessed to have two equally qualified candidates for the presidency. One is a genuine hero who has given all for his country, and only asks for one more opportunity to lead her in the sunset of his life. The other is a man whose ascendancy through the political ranks is unmatched in the history of the country.

One brings over 30 years of military and public service. The other has a thinner resume, but one that has given him the benefit of more exposure to the everyday American’s problems.

One has, even by his detractors, been credited with organizing, planning, and executing what may well be remembered as one of America’s greatest political campaigns-if not the greatest. The other has run a campaign that has run the gamut from honorable to despicable, preying on the most visceral emotions of our citizens.

One is a liberal. One is a conservative.

 

Both John McCain and Barack Obama offer completely different visions for the future of our country.

McCain is a self-described “maverick;” willing to break with his party on issues where he doesn’t agree. In an era of extreme partisanship, demonstrated by both parties, a hand who is willing to select the best ideas-regardless of party-may be what this country needs. He is well versed in defense, national security, and foreign policy matters. However, in economic matters, McCain has shown-and admitted-that he is a little behind the curve. And his vice presidential selection-while an intelligent woman-appears, at times, to be somewhat out of her depth on the national political stage. With McCain’s past health issues I have to wonder whether, should the worst happen, Sarah Palin is ready to lead a country of moderates, being a far-right conservative.

Barack Obama, by comparison, has relatively little experience. He has only been on the national scene for a few years. But in that short time, he has proven himself to be a quick study; able to grasp America’s problems and come up with practical solutions. He possesses an ability to detach himself from the cries of the people and see the larger picture, while still keeping an ear to the people. Obama has assembled a team which-politics aside-will be more than able to leverage their collective knowledge and experience to his benefit. And, of course, he is a gifted, inspirational speaker.

 

There’s been a lot of fuss over issues that are really non-issues, given the grave state of our nation. Troopergate, Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, the Keating scandal of the 1980’s…all have served up to us as political tools to benefit one candidate over another. That’s the nature of the business we, as politicians and activists, are in. As people, though, I wonder what will be said about our country in the days following next Tuesday.

I was once a staunch McCain supporter. But when his campaign turned increasingly cynical and negative, he lost my vote. I then shifted my vote-not my support-to Obama, but have been unable to reconcile voting for someone who I disagree with in so many areas.

This puts me in a difficult spot; the proverbial rock and hard place. Do I vote for someone who I agree with but has come to disgust me, or someone who is a break from the politics of division who I agree with on very little?

 

When it’s all said and done, a vote for the presidency should be a vote for the person who best represents you. Your ideals, your values, your beliefs.

John McCain represents many of the same political philosophies I do. I believe that he will carry my concerns with him to the White House. I do not, however, condone his cynicism, or the “slash and burn” politics that he has come to embody.

So I’ll vote for him. With no pleasure at all. The consequences of that decision will be what they are.

And should Obama win, I will not lament McCain’s defeat.

HB2DF,

-D.

Written by Coby Dillard

October 28, 2008 at 11:02 am

There Is One Problem…

So, this week I’ve been doing two things: becoming a pseudo-expert on parts of Virginia’s (somewhat confusing) absentee voter laws, and reading through some of Obama’s plans and speeches. A friend of mine reminded me that even if you’re going to vote against something, it might be nice to know what you’re getting in return.

Fair enough. So I read, in probably the most open-minded fashion that I’ve done during this election cycle.

Everything that stunk before-tax policy, immigration policy-still stunk as I read his plans. But, okay…those aren’t my most important issues. Disagree, but I’ll survive that element of an Obama administration.

Read his thoughts on veterans’ issues. Nothing bad there, and he has been a bit more specific than McCain. Alright.

Then I got to the issues that were important to me: Obama’s plans/thoughts for the War on Terror, foreign policy, and national security. And I was immediately reminded of all the reasons I had no intention of voting for Obama in the first place.

All of his policies related to the GWOT, national security, and foreign policy all are centered around one key element: Iraq. Namely, starting the motion to end the war on his first day in office. Now, I know that at some point, the war’s gotta end; fully recognize that. But stating outfront that you want to end the war (even though he now says he’ll listen to the guys on the ground as to how), and then tying that decision to every tenet on our policy…well, if someone’s thinking that just marching out of Iraq is gonna solve all America’s strategic and military ills, well, you’re wrong.

So, here’s my challenge to my few readers (ADD moment: you should see my stat chart for this blog):

The Obama policies that concern me are here, here, and here (see, I’ve even done the heavy work for you). Let’s discuss this. If you’re an Obama supporter and there’s something I’m missing, let me know. If you’re in the McCain camp and think my concerns are valid, let me know.

Help me rationalize this.

Only one rule: this isn’t a Wright/Ayers/Rezko discussion. If that’s all you’ve got, stay home.

HB2DF,

-D.

Written by Coby Dillard

October 23, 2008 at 9:44 am