Opinion: Obama's Wavering Ways - A President With No Principle
Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 11:08 AM
To listen to Obama during yesterday's press conference, the GOP has been spending all of its time fighting for... tax breaks for corporate jets? He gave the tax break six mentions, none of which admitted that the tax breaks came from the stimulus plan pushed by himself and his own party.
That's where we ultimately are with Obama as our president. He is anti-war, except when starting one with Libya. He is against the "Bush tax cuts" except when he extends them. Iraq was the war he opposed, Afghanistan the one he supported, yet he's pulling troops out of the latter without declaring anything resembling victory.
He accused John McCain of questioning his patriotism when he opposed the war in Iraq yet blatantly questioned the patriotism of anyone who opposes the war in Libya. He opposes gay marriage with a wink, wink that maybe he actually supports gay marriage. He's very assertive in the declarations he makes and he's equally assertive when making declarations which contradict his first set of declarations. This is a man without principle.
But I've written all this before. We elected a president without much grounding and ultimately we bear the responsibility of this. Sure, it can be blamed on George W. Bush, as Obama would tell you many things can be.
No matter what people thought of Bush, there was no denying that this was a man with a set of guiding principles from which he would not waver. Perhaps his dedication to the things he stood for ultimately rubbed people the wrong way. But to choose an unpredictable president who will say and do anything to be liked is a bad option for our country.
While it's important to me that the next president be a conservative, who understands how to work a balance sheet and won't keep spending money we don't have, in the next election I'll be looking for a candidate who knows who he (or she) is and will stand up for their beliefs.
The presidency of Barack Obama has been a lesson that a well-spoken politician who changes his mind with the wind is the worst possible thing for America. It has prevented us from coming together as a country and moving on from these troubled times. It's hard for a business to open when they're unclear what their president is going to say or do next. It's hard for our allies to trust us when they never know when the president will change his mind.
The presidency of Barack Obama was summed up in his press conference yesterday: A whole lot of talk about very, very little.
Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Brooklyn, Karol Markowicz is a public relations consultant in NYC and a veteran of Republican campaigns in four states. She blogs about politics at Alarming News and about life in the city with her husband and baby at 212 Baby. She can be followed on Twitter.