Daily Show: War against tyranny

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

When Barack Obama ran for president, he campaigned on a platform that included affordable health care, raising taxes for those making $250,000 a year or more, pulling back from Iraq, reasserting ourselves in Afghanistan and major investments in energy technologies and education.

Since being elected, he has moved - sometimes with speed and sometimes with caution - in those directions. Or, as Glenn Beck put it, "Fascism is coming. ... They are controlling your life."

So not only is Obama a total wimp who is going to let Europe run roughshod over us, he's also an iron-fisted tyrant who will crush anyone who doesn't bend to his will. Things have gotten so bad that I just have to let the conservatives tell you about it.

Here's what conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart had to say: "My children go to a public school in Westwood, and since Barack Obama has become president they no longer call it St. Patrick's Day. They are calling it Potato Day. This political correctness is dangerous, and it is the destruction of language."

Two things to point out: I don't think that request is coming from Obama himself, and I'm not Irish, but I'm pretty sure Potato Day is less politically correct than St. Patrick's Day.

By the way, at that school, you're no longer allowed to say "Merry Christmas." Now you have to say, "How do you like them apples, Jew boy?"

So, government taking over our schools, our corporations, our health care and our personal liberties is scary. Hmmm.

While President Bush was the one who started the bailouts, nationalized an insurance company, added a $17 trillion prescription drug entitlement program, had a government-mandated public school initiative program literally titled No Child Left Behind, wiretapped citizens without warrants, created secret internment camps in international waters beyond the reach of our justice system, and allowed his vice president to live in a netherworld between the executive and legislative branches (where his house did not exist on Google Earth), it is only now, with the advent of Potato Day, that tyranny has come to our shores.

So the conservatives are going to fight for their freedoms against tyranny, aka our democratically elected president. I think they might be confusing tyranny with losing, and I feel for them because I've been there a few times. In fact, one of them was a bit of a nail-biter.

When the guy you disagree with gets elected, he's probably going to do things you don't agree with. He could cut taxes on the wealthy, remove the government's oversight capability or invade a country that you thought should not be invaded. That's not tyranny, that's democracy.

By the way, when disagreement was expressed about that president's actions when y'all were in power, I believe the response was "Why do you hate America?," "Love it or leave it" and "Suck on my truck nuts."

Guys, you have been out of power for 10 weeks. You've got a midterm election in 20 months. Pace your rage.

Besides, it's not so bad being in the minority. Sometimes you can take advantage and make a career out of it.

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