Friday, September 9, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up

Is anyone surprised that President Obama’s speech before Congress was a predictable demand for more of the same policies that have damaged our nation so dramatically since 2009? Anybody expecting more clearly hasn’t been paying attention to this failed presidency.

Of course Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand predictably gave their blind support to the President, though Sen. Gillibrand was kind enough to provide some comic relief by heralding the “bold new ideas” in Obama’s speech. Ah, yes – higher taxes and more spending... what daring concepts!

The only thing “bold” about this spectacle is that Obama had the audacity to propose liberal “solutions” that have no chance of being taken seriously.

Obama’s irrelevance is on full display in the battle to replace Anthony Weiner. In New York’s 9th Congressional District – as heavily Democratic as any liberal could hope for – Republican Bob Turner now enjoys a 6-point lead over Democrat David Weprin.

The fact that this race is even close – much less leaning Republican – is a poor reflection on Obama, who not surprisingly has not been making many trips to New York to stump for his fellow liberal Weprin.

But the irrelevance of the President’s campaign-style speech and his failure as a leader and even as a politician are brought into greater focus by the milestone we’ll be observing this weekend: The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Though the Democrats have sunk so low as to try to exploit the memories of that dreadful day in an effort to help the Weprin campaign, President Obama’s narrow-minded ideas and the Democrats’ campaign shenanigans seem particularly insignificant in light of the national horror we experienced ten years ago.

This weekend all of us at the Conservative Party will say a prayer for those whose loved ones were killed on that terrible day, and for those who lived through the ordeal and know they will never be the same.

And really, none of us will ever be the same. We all experienced this, and ten years later, the memories are still vivid. There will inevitably be calls to “move on” and “let go.” I agree with Peggy Noonan that these are quite simply not options.

But perhaps the most powerful thing that has ever been or can ever be written about 9/11 is not a news column or essay or book, and it certainly needs no literary flourish or clever presentation. I’m talking about the full list of the almost 3,000 people who were killed that day a decade ago. This is the ultimate story of 9/11, and it is simply overwhelming.

We’ll post a new poll question on Monday. Until then, take care.

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