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November 8, 2008

 

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The Obama kool-aid drinking zealots voted their man into office buying his promise and ignoring his words and deeds, thus guaranteeing disappointment in the future… the only question is how long? African Americans have revealed themselves as racists who voted for Obama with bothering to understand his positions on most issues, thus marginalizing themselves in the future. Michelle Obama’s views about her husband running for President?  “It’s way too soon.  He hasn’t done anything yet. I couldn’t have said it better myself.  It’s as if half of the nation is under a hypnotic spell and I believe the new term for this phenomenon should be “hope-nosis.” Thomas Jefferson said, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free ... it expects what never was and never will be." Americans didn't vote for Mr. Obama and Democratic congressional candidates because they support their redistributionist agenda, but because they are fed up with the Republican politicians in office. Fundamentally, Americans continue to prefer a limited government, a restrained judiciary, fiscal discipline, and traditional values. Actual voters indicated that they prefer judges who apply the law equally over those who take into account the personal circumstances and life experiences of individuals who find themselves in a courtroom. Voters are as pro-life as they were in 2004 and believe that the Second Amendment is a crucial part of the Constitution. Just 33% of actual voters said they considered themselves Republicans, but 41% thought of themselves as conservatives. On the other end of the spectrum, 39% aligned as Democrats, but just 20% described their ideological alignment as liberal. According to the Club for Growth poll, 73% of voters prefer the federal government to focus on "creating economic conditions that give all people opportunities to create wealth through their own efforts" over "spreading wealth from higher income people to middle and lower income people." Two-thirds of respondents prefer to see the permanent elimination of the death tax, and 65% prefer to keep capital gains and dividend tax rates at their current lows. Over half of respondents think more than a quarter of federal spending in Washington is "wasteful," and 66% prefer candidates "who want to reduce overall federal spending, even if that includes cutting some money that would come" to their own districts. One of the biggest losers in this election was Hillary Clinton, since unless something dramatic intervenes, Obama has erased any possibility that Hillary will ever run again. Hillary Clinton coined a phrase that describes what’s happening here, “a willing suspension of disbelief? Gerald Ford summed it up well, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." Sir Alexander Fraser Tytler, over 200 years ago, observed "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence; from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependency back again into bondage."

 

The Mainstream Media has revealed themselves as shamelessly liberal by a three to one margin, and have given up the mantle as an objective news source, causing readership and viewership to accelerate! National pollsters who broadcast their doom and gloom and predicted of a double digit drubbing were disproven once again, hopefully put a nail in their coffin as objective pollsters. Rasmussen Reports a majority of voters (51%) say most reporters have tried to help Barack Obama win the presidency, and only 31% say reporters have offered unbiased coverage. As a result of constant New Media exposés, the Leftwing media are now discredited and widely distrusted, and teetering on the edge of a death spiral as evidenced by The New York Times' debt securities now have junk bond status from S&P. The media rationalize their loss of readers and viewers by blaming the Internet and alternative media, like talk radio and cable. But if the big media had practiced balanced coverage, chances are that talk radio and cable news might not exist. The alternative media prospers because they circumvent the biases of the established media. The public has already turned on big media, but big media is too into denial to notice. People are no longer buying their product; newsrooms are being downsized. Traditional media outlets are dying and savvy conservative politicians have taken to ignoring them, or hastening their demise. Instead of subjecting themselves to heavy-handed interviews and biased coverage, Republicans are finding other ways to reach the public with their campaign messages. There will come a time in the year ahead when either Obama's unexamined past will come back to haunt him, or his inexperience and tentativeness in foreign affairs will be embarrassingly apparent, or his European-socialist agenda for domestic programs simply won't work. Journalists" will then be left to wonder what happened to their once-great profession, as they pick up their final paychecks.

 

The best prediction on how Democrats will behave in the new administration lies in their own words, so listen to what Barack Obama himself has said. The President takes an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution,“ but Obama says:  “The Constitution is a flawed document.” The President appoints U.S. Supreme Court justices, who serve for life once confirmed by the U.S. Senate, but Obama’s view of the Supreme Court:  “[It] never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth … It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution.” The reason Justice is represented in American with scales and a blindfold is because judges are supposed to dispense justice without regard to who is before them, but Obama’s view of “Blind justice: “We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old--and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges.” The President’s energy policy should benefit users and providers of energy, but Obama’s views of energy policy: “[U]nder my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”  And “If somebody wants to build a coal power plant thay can, it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.” The President should extol the American promises of protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but Obama’s view of the value of human life: “That’s above my pay grade.” The American economic system rewarding individual initiative has created more prosperity for more people than any other system in human history and we know that higher taxes crush new business and business growth, and reduce jobs, but Obama’s (now infamous) view of taxation?  “Spread the wealth.” Barack Obama is a Fabian socialist, who believe in gradual nationalization of the economy through manipulation of the democratic process:

·        Socialism is not new, and it has failed wherever it has been tried. It won’t help you achieve your dreams; it will only punish and stifle your success!

·        Here is the Obama playbook: The left will identify, freeze, personalize and polarize an industry, probably health care. He will attempt to nationalize one-fifth of the U.S. economy through legislative action. He will focus, as Lenin did, on the "commanding heights" of the economy, not the little guy.

Charlie Gibson asked, “[I]n each instance, when the rate dropped, revenues from the tax increased; the government took in more money. And in the 1980s, when the tax was increased to 28 percent, the revenues went down.  So why raise it at all, especially given the fact that 100 million people in this country own stock and would be affected?“ Here’s what Obama says:  “Well, Charlie, what I've said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.” What about Obama’s view of the First Amendment? Threats of criminal liable prosecutions, Justice Department intimidation, and no promise to veto the “Fairness Doctrine” if his compatriots in Congress pass it. It is ironic that many of those who are most eager to have a massive government intrusion into the market are among those whose previous intrusions into the market are largely responsible for the current financial crisis. It was the left - the "liberals" or "progressives" - who led the charge to force lending institutions to lend to people whose credit history made them eligible only for "subprime" loans that were risky for both borrowers and lenders. It started way back in the Carter administration, with the Community Reinvestment Act, and gained momentum over the years with legal threats from Attorney General Janet Reno and thuggery from ACORN, all to force lenders to lend where third parties wanted them to lend. Now we have a bad stomach ache - and now the left wants to start amputating the market. The President’s most significant responsibility is the safety of the American people, but Obama’s view of Iran, a country currently building nuclear reactors?  “Iran … [is] tiny … [it doesn’t] pose a serious threat to us.  Iran, they spend 1/100th of what we spend on the military. If Iran ever tried to pose a serious threat to us, they wouldn't stand a chance.” It's difficult to tell how much utterly unchecked leftism America will be willing to endure, or for how long. One thing for certain is that Obama, in tandem with Pelosi/Reid is the greatest gift the Republicans and conservatives everywhere could have been given. We can only hope Obama does little irreparable damage in his one term. Over the next four years, there will be no political 'moderation' in Obama to muddy the waters, confuse his identity, or cast doubts about who's to blame for what. 

 

Barack Obama sees the United States, its military, its capitalist economy, its treasury and indeed all three branches of its government through the distorted prism of imperfection; through smudged glasses tinted green with envy; the ones so typically worn by bespectacled masses of liberal Democrats today. At least partly because the leftist Mainstream Media, who treat Obama as a beloved pet, have not breathed a word about the yawning disconnect between the saccharine persona Obama has constructed for himself and the man's very real history, a majority of Americans have bought into the scam. America may be safe from the dreaded third Bush term, but it may be worse for Barack Obama resurrected as a second Carter administration. (Remember malaise, double digit inflation and interest rates, Americans in prison in Iran, a shrunken and emasculated military, Andrew Young America's voice in the UN?) Obama remarked that the Supreme Court "didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it has been interpreted," that is to say, he noted that the U.S. Constitution as written is only a guarantee of negative liberties from government -- and not an entitlement to a right to welfare or economic justice. Obama has said that Americans who do not agree with his Socialist (actually Communist) policies of theft-by-politicians are “selfish.” Obama claims to be the post-partisan healer who will produce the political ecumenism he claims Americans yearn for, but in Illinois and in Washington he's voted the straight liberal Democratic line and has never cooperated with Republicans on anything. The same ideological suicide could happen to the Democratic Party itself. The Obama campaign, with its many incestuous links to “small ‘c’ communists” " and Islamic fascists, could end up discrediting the entire Democratic Party, if Americans realize they've been Suckered Big by the slickest demagogue since Bill Clinton. The economy is weak and trending downward because of the bursting of the housing bubble. However the agenda of the ultraliberal new President and Congressional majorities is everything that could possibly be wrong for this new economic environment: higher taxes, especially higher marginal tax rates, explosive increases in government spending, expensive new regulatory burdens for the economy, protectionism closing down free trade. Democrat policies will not promote economic revival… they will only drag the economy farther and farther down.

 

Senator Jim DeMint, a Republican from South Carolina, spoke for many conservatives on Tuesday in saying that Republicans had lost by straying from conservative principles: “Americans have again rejected the Democrat-lite strategy of higher spending and bigger government, and it’s time for Republicans to chart a new, more principled course.” The Democrats are the party of interests and the Republicans are the party of values. Democrats promise a vast expansion of governmental spending and power they credibly can pledge benefits for all of the party’s most committed loyalists. None of the most prominent components of the GOP coalition expect to gain directly or personally from political victories. The GOP effort to out-do the Democrats in pandering and the service of special interests led directly to the disastrous Congressional defeats of 2006, and to the loss in 2008. The Republican slogan “Country First” neatly contrasts the Republican emphasis on lasting values and long-term security with the Democratic preference for feel-good, immediate gratification initiatives to pay off the party’s hungry and demanding special interests. The 2006 failure of the Republican Congressional majorities, which were thrown out because they stopped advancing still badly needed positive reforms that would further promote American prosperity, freedom, and strength. Club for Growth poll found voters have not rejected conservative ideals; they are disgusted with Republican politicians who govern like liberals. Instead they had given in to acting like liberal Democrats in trying to buy votes with government spending and maintain their incumbency with simple minded, low road buyoffs. Almost without exception every time President Bush reached out to Democrats to pass legislation such as Medicare Prescriptions, No Child Left Behind, Campaign Finance Reform, Ethanol have been a disaster: embracing a liberal program and expanding government intervention but then attacked by Democrats during the election campaign. The key to success in the next election is to return to traditional conservative values that will contrast starkly with the liberal agenda by embracing a radical new approach to governing:

·        Target downsizing the federal government by 50%!

·        Decentralize many federal social programs back to the states where they belong!

·        Begin the transition of Social Security to personal accounts!

·        Begin the transition of Medicare from a government program to a personal choice program!

·        Restructure social programs to have a goal of individual independence and prosperity!

·        Implement a line item veto so earmarks can be eliminated once and for all!

·        Implement a flat tax of only 10% to pay for the downsized federal government!

·        Rebuild the military to protect us now and in the future!

Republicans need to package their vision for the future in terms that average American voters understand and demonstrate a coherent middle class, small business, and entrepreneurial agenda. Republicans also need to promote up and coming conservatives into Party leadership positions such as Governors Palin, Sanford, and Jindal, Senators DeMint and Coburn, and Congressmen Flake, Pence, Hensarling, and Shadegg. An Obama presidency will certainly mean short-term pain, but America should learn some very hard lessons. Conservatives have been handed an unprecedented opportunity to define themselves, regroup, sharpen their ideological knives and come out swinging.  

 

Geoffrey Hunt published a conservative creed four years ago, that deserves to be reprinted in its entirety and endorsed by a resurrected conservative Republican Party:

Amen.

 

If you are sick and tired of government and politics as usual, read my web site with its individual issue analysis and recommendations at: http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com Remember this site is updated every Saturday. Individual issue updates this week include:

 

This Week’s Best Articles:

·        How to Get Your Hand Bitten” by Randall Hoven dated November 7, 2008 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/11/how_to_get_your_hand_bitten.html .

·        Post-journalism” by Victor Davis Hanson dated November 7, 2008 published by National Review Online at http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YWU5YTBiN2QwNmIzZDFkMmE5MjI2MDc4ODNjNWFlNzM= .

·        How to Move the Middle” by Ramesh Ponnuru dated November 7, 2008 published by The New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/07/opinion/07ponnuru.html?_r=2&ref=opinion&oref=slogin&oref=slogin .

·        Credo in Unam Nationem, Sub Deo-Redux” by Geoffrey P. Hunt dated November 8, 2008 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/11/credo_in_unam_nationem_sub_deo_1.html .

 

David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY