I would not presume to understand the motivation or context of Rush Limbaugh’s statement “I hope he fails” (1/27, Opinion, “Disloyal opposition’s big fear: Clown time is over”). However, in many respects I, too, hope for failure of Barack Obama’s agenda.
If success means single-payer, universal health care. That would be bad for America, so I hope he fails.
If success means imposing cap and trade on our economy. That would mean billions of dollars of cost burden on our taxpayers, diminishing our standard of living with marginal if any environmental improvement. I hope he fails.
If success means continuing to bail out failing industries, not divesting from Freddie Mac or Fannie May and perpetuating the Community Reinvestment Act, I hope he fails.
Not all change is good. Not all of Obama’s proposals are best for America. Wishing for these programs to not become law does not make someone disloyal or unpatriotic.