What was Waterloo? Waterloo refers to the Battle of Waterloo, fought and lost by Napoleon Bonaparte, the famous French military and political leader.
Upon Napoleon’s return to power in 1815, many states that had opposed him formed the Seventh Coalition and began to mobilise armies. The defeat at Waterloo put an end to Napoleon’s rule as the French emperor, and marked the end of Napoleon’s Hundred Days of return from exile.
Some Americans have an anti-French bias. To label anything as French is to call it weak, bad, and cowardly. The Republicans’ ”freedom fries” gambit and Weekly Standard’s “France gave passports to Iraqi officials before the start of the Iraq War” canard fueled this phenomenon.
On March 11, 2003, Representatives Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) and Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-North Carolina) declared that all references to French fries and French toast on the menus of the restaurants and snack bars run by the House of Representatives would be removed. House cafeterias were ordered to rename French fries to “freedom fries”.
It is well known that many Republicans and allied conservatives hate Obama. They hate him with a passion not seen since the Bush years, when Democrats and allied liberals villified the President on every possible occasion, and not seen since the Clinton years, when Republicans and allied conservatives villified the President on every possible occasion, and so on since at least the time of Nixon.
Recently, Republicans and allied conservatives have once again used the French card in referring to Obama’s health care initiative as a Waterloo:
“I can almost guarantee you this thing won’t pass before August, and if we can hold it back until we go home for a month’s break in August,” members of Congress will hear from “outraged” constituents, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint said on the call, which was organized by the group Conservatives for Patients Rights. “Senators and Congressmen will come back in September afraid to vote against the American people,” DeMint predicted, adding that “this health care issue Is D-Day for freedom in America.”
“If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him,” he said.
In one politically suave statement, Republican Senator James DeMint tied Obama to Napoleon Bonaparte, considered as a ruthless and crazy dictator (yet successful military leader), and the French. Translated: Obama is a crazy ruthless dictator who is weak, bad and cowardly. And he’s a “socialist.” Sorry I left that out.
“At least in Europe, the Socialist leaders who so admire my opponent are upfront about their objectives,” McCain said in a radio address. “They use real numbers and honest language. And we should demand equal candor from Sen. Obama. Raising taxes on some in order to give checks to others is not a tax cut; it’s just another government giveaway.”
The Waterloo comment is part of the Republican and allied conservatives’ scheme to make sure, as Rush Limbaugh put it, Obama “fails.”
I disagree fervently with the people on our side of the aisle who have caved and who say, “Well, I hope he succeeds. We’ve got to give him a chance.” Why? They didn’t give Bush a chance in 2000. Before he was inaugurated the search-and-destroy mission had begun. I’m not talking about search-and-destroy, but I’ve been listening to Barack Obama for a year-and-a-half. I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don’t want them to succeed.
I hope he fails.