, Newburyport, MA


January 26, 2013

Swinging from extreme right to hard left


“Not for long if Obama has his way,” Freddy said. “That’s why his inaugural address was more of a campaign speech than a ‘let’s bury the hatchet everybody and just get along’ that inaugurals are usually all about.

“At heart, Obama’s a social worker. That’s what he did in Chicago before he ran for public office. Social workers have to overcome obstacles to make government work. Obama sees Republicans as obstacles.

“The far right sees Democrats wanting to give away the store. Nothing new about that. And you and I are old enough to remember how it really began with FDR. Talk about a revolution? Banners everywhere. Parades. Headlines in newspapers like Roosevelt was a revolutionary, which in more ways than the usual one, he was.”

“That was 82 years ago, when he was planting the roots for what we have today,” I said.

“Which Obama’s going all out to spread them as wide and as deep as he can,” Freddy said.

“Which means more government in our lives,” I said.

“The beating heart of what divides us,” Freddy said. “Reagan put his finger on it. He saw the government of his time as the problem back then. Obama does now. Considering the size of the debt load we’re carrying —which is so big nobody can. That’s going to be someone else’s problem, and our great, great, great grandchildren will still be trying to pay it off. “

“Everything didn’t come up roses from Reagan’s watch,” I said.

“Because Clinton moved toward the middle to seal off a letdown, and it worked,” Freddy said.

“Where we can’t seem to be able to stay very long,” I said.

“Put hard-line politics on hold forever? Perish the thought,” Freddy said.


Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and a staff columnist.

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