With the new sheriff riding in on a unicorn promising an end to partisan politics, some held out hope it would be so and a change from business as usual inside the Beltway.
Almost before Sen. John McCain conceded to Sen. Barack Obama on that Tuesday in November, President-elect Obama started to show his partisan colors. Confidential meetings with President Bush in which it was only him and Obama got leaked to the press were only the start. As President Bush extended the hand of friendship towards Obama and his incoming administration, the knife was already out and plunging into Bush's political back as payback.
Then on the day of inauguration, amidst jeering cat-calls from the crowd on Bush's departure; there was Obama's speech. There were thinly veiled smack downs on the failure of the past eight years laced throughout. So much graciousness there.
Now President Obama seeks political cover for the Democrats' hundreds of billions of dollars spending splurge. Instead of seeking harmony by listening to the concerns of the minority Republican Party, he seeks to browbeat and divide them. How does he do that one asks? By accusing them of being puppets of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
To those Republicans who are thinking of putting distance between themselves and Rush Limbaugh, then you are falling into President Obama's trap as predicted by Obama's ideological mentor Saul Alinsky - "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."
I feel I must remind many Americans who find themselves in opposition to all the plans of President Obama and his allies of the words of a great American statesman. As the ink was drying on the Declaration of Independence that meant every one of those men was committing treason against the Crown, Benjamin Franklin remarked "We must all hang together, gentlemen...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately."
Lets be the voice of principled and reasonable opposition, not the unhinged and unprincipled opposition that has faced this nation for the past eight years. But we can do this only if we hang together on core beliefs like getting spending under control, the government out of the economy, and defending this nation from enemies to name a few.