"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." -- JP Curran, 1790

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The arrogance of assumed mandates

It is clear that President Obama's arrogance over his victory is glaring. When you counter opposition leaders with whom you hope to form a grand bargain for major legislation, retorting "I won" in response to questioning of your proposed economic agenda, you are sewing the seeds of trench warfare.

Obama is steadily showing his arrogance, which is a benign attitude incorporated into his DNA as a Chicago politician. What Obama and Rahm will learn the hard way is that victory does not equal an unquestionable mandate. Unlike single party dominated political geographies like Chicago, Boston, and Cheyenne; Washington forces the intelligent use of political capital. The beauty of 2 party systems is that is prevents ideological domination.

Obama better cool his brazen opulence and tone down his partisan quips if he hopes to gain concessions from the Right. Democrats are not the opposition any longer, they now have to play the friendly bargainer.

Signing off...JCB Sphere: Related Content

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