Screaming and hollering
There’s an old adage that every lawyer knows. It goes something like this,
When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have neither the law or the facts on your side – - scream and holler and pound the table.
That, to me, just about sums up the current United States Presidential debate – - on the Democratic side.
They’re screaming and hollering and pounding the table, because they really don’t have the law or the facts on their side.
Presidential politics has always been dirty. This isn’t the dirtiest campaign ever, but it is pretty dirty and its apt to get even more so.
President Barack Obama was elected president three and a half years ago as a “uniter” some one who would get us all to work together.
He was a nice young man, with a nice family and he was black; with an African father and a white American mother. He was the perfect candidate. I didn’t vote for him, but like most Americans, I was proud of the fact that we seemed to have overcome our racial prejudices.
Then, the new president was hit with the Great Recession. He wasn’t responsible for it, he wasn’t expecting it, and he didn’t know what to do.
His first act was to arm twist Congress into passing a nearly universal health care bill, which did nothing to address the problems of the recession and he got passed a stimulus bill which gave the unions control of the automotive industry in this country.
Normally, when a president seeks re-election, he runs on his record. President Obama can’t do that. He doesn’t have the facts on his side.
So he’s screaming and hollering and pounding the table and trying to divert attention from his record, by telling Americans that Mitt Romney is the cause of all of their problems, because he’s rich, and it was the billionaires which got us into this financial trouble in the first place.
He can’t defend his record, so he demonizes his opponent. That’s all the arrows he has in his quiver.
Until this campaign, I liked the president. But, he’s just too inexperienced to handle the job of President of the United States.
Even after three and a half years on the job, he still hasn’t gained the skills necessary and there’s no reason to suspect he will – - if given another four years.
Remember that while he and his staff scream and holler and pound on the table.