A reader called one of my recent columns “conservative dribble” and asked, “Where's the balance?” This is basketball crazy Kentucky, but the commenter probably meant “conservative drivel,” i.e., what dictionary.com defines as “childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.”
As for where the balance is, just look around. The liberal perspective dominates Kentucky's largest newspapers, most of America's big city newspapers, three national television networks, two prominent cable television networks, public radio, and public television. This column regularly makes a conservative case against liberal Democratic President Barack Obama and his administration. But since it is Christmas, in the seasonal spirit of giving here is the case for them as they might make it.
After a Republican administration presided over the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the American economy is growing again. Jobs are being created at a good pace, and the unemployment rate is down.
Budget deficits are down, too. Energy costs are low, even as we are protecting our natural environment and tackling climate change.
The economy would be even better if congressional Republicans were not blocking Obama administration initiatives. We should further tax the wealthy, who are doing just fine, raise the minimum wage, and use government to redress growing income inequality.
Every American now has access to affordable health care. There has been no cost explosion as Obamacare critics claimed. In fact, growth in health care costs has been historically reasonable.
With intransigent congressional Republicans blocking a comprehensive reform bill, the Obama administration has taken lawful executive action to bring millions of undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and into the economy. It has increased deportations of those who deserve it, but backs a path to citizenship for millions more unauthorized aliens who are already part of America.
The administration has advocated for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered Americans by supporting gay marriage and otherwise. Eric Holder's Justice Department is acting aggressively to tackle racial profiling, protect civil rights, and end police brutality, especially against young African-American men.
After a Republican administration allowed the worst attack on the American homeland since Pearl Harbor, the Obama administration has kept America safe. Osama bin Laden is dead, Al Qaeda is on the run, and electronic surveillance techniques are carefully calibrated to respect personal privacy.
We are killing terrorists around the world with drone strikes. We have also restored American values by advocating the Guantanamo prison's closure and repudiating torture.
The Obama policy to destroy the new terrorist menace known as ISIS, or the Islamic State, is effective but prudent. It relies on airpower and regional forces from the Middle East instead of putting American ground troops in harm's way.
After a Republican administration embroiled American in not one, but two expensive, ill-conceived, long, and mismanaged wars on the other side of the world, the Obama administration has ended those failed conflicts. Fewer American military personnel are being killed and maimed, and the burden of defending their hard won advances is now on local governments and militaries where it belongs.
We sensibly tried to reset the U. S. relationship with Russia, but are now making Vladimir Putin and his regime pay a high price for their aggression in Ukraine. As we did successfully with Syrian chemical weapons, we are trying to negotiate a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons rather than plunging into another military conflict as the current Israeli government and many Republicans seem determined to do.
America's traditional Asian and European alliances are as strong as ever. The nation has provided an outstanding example of its humanitarian leadership by sending our military to fight the Ebola outbreak in Africa and by pursuing an even-handed approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Obama administration has been essentially scandal-free. Investigations of Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups and the deadly assault on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya have revealed no real wrongdoing.
Racism, especially among Republicans, probably plays some role in President Obama's low approval ratings notwithstanding the administration's many successes. Republican obstructionism, Rush Limbaugh and his ilk, and Fox News are also to blame, of course.
The recent elections were not a repudiation of Obama or his administration's policies, even though he had said that every one of those policies was on the ballot. The real problem was that Democratic candidates did not enthusiastically embrace and advocate for either Obama or his policies.
So there is the balance. It is the case for the Obama administration made by a conservative, and perhaps more effectively than Democrats do themselves. I don't subscribe to it, of course, but please accept it as my Christmas gift to the liberals who read my columns.
Those columns will now return to their regular role of monitoring liberal media bias, rebutting well-intentioned but wrong-headed progressive policies, and advocating commonsense conservative reforms to improve America and Kentucky. Meanwhile, enjoy the holidays everyone.
John David Dyche is a Louisville attorney and a political commentator for WDRB.com. His e-mail is email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @jddyche.