Over at Conservative Convictions a new blog effort by my respected conservative friend, Robert and the equally engaging Jennifer, there has been a lot of activity and some very interesting posts. Alas, a comment thread under the post for “Part II – Approaches to the New Administration” that is quite lengthy concerning Bill Ayers, the Weather Underground and President-Elect Obama shows how easily distracted people can get by unproductive arguments. I don’t think most Americans are unduly impressed with this fragment of a conspiracy theory cut from whole cloth. They said this by their vote. Beating this dead horse will do nothing to win the hearts and minds of Americans.
Much has been made by conservatives about the unpatriotic-ness of criticizing our government and current president but over at The Liberal Lie, The Conservative Truth we find this post: “BARACK OBAMA - SHOULD WE WANT HIM TO SUCCEED ? - THE SUNDAY COMMENTARY.” You can go read the complete post for yourself but this paragraph sums up the gist of it:
As an American I support the office of the President and respect the position even when I disagree with the office holder because he still is the leader of this Nation and the Commander in Chief of the greatest military in the world. But from a stand point of principle, core beliefs and supporting a policy that I have almost no agreements with is asking anyone to disregard personal and political philosophy just to wish success for someone who is polar opposite of what I believe and stand for.
The post goes on at length attempting to make a rational argument for abandoning the former stance of “criticize President Bush and you are unpatriotic”, becoming, “criticize President Obama and wish him failure ONLY because you have the best interests of your country at heart” and, somehow, that now makes you patriotic. When liberals made this type of argument they were called unpatriotic. The conservative movement will have to make up their minds; which is going to be?
There are other blogs, and other examples, but I’m supposed to be writing my first-ever blog post, not my first online novel!
While I recognize that there will be a period of disappointment and bitterness over the outcome of this election and it will be reflected in the various blogs, I hope the conservative movement will not get too mired down in their own distractions, thus losing this window of opportunity to enact the positive changes many conservatives crave.