Views on the News
Views on the News:
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
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
Senator Jim DeMint, a Republican from
· 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!
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
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:
- I believe in one nation, under God, indivisible, with freedom and justice for all.
- I believe in the Constitution of the
, a nation of laws not men. United States
- I believe in the greatness of
, having no limit to what it may achieve. America
- I believe in
's manifest destiny and the obligation to use our resources and power to preserve and propagate liberty and democratic government around the world. America
- I believe the
has the right and obligation to use military force, even preemptively, but judiciously, anywhere in the world whenever the vital interests of the United States and her allies are threatened. United States
- I believe the
is a nation without peer, whose sovereignty shall never be subjugated to nor compromised by any nation or nations anywhere on earth for national security, trade, economics or for any other purpose. United States
- I believe in the sanctity of human life, including protections for the unborn and the infirm.
- I believe in the right of consenting adults to make lifestyle choices, provided I am neither required to pay for such choices nor required to accept corruption of traditional family institutions in name or form, as a condition for accepting such choices.
- I believe in free market capitalism.
- I believe that private citizens and private enterprises can spend their own money more wisely than the government.
- I believe taxes should support only those necessary and minimally essential government functions, not to underwrite an ever-expanding role of government intruding into our private lives nor enlarging the welfare state.
- I believe tax burdens should be fairly distributed and proportional; no economic class should disproportionately subsidize another.
- I believe tax policies should not confiscate the rewards of achievement; instead taxes should encourage entrepreneurship, inspire upward mobility and motivate wealth creation.
- I believe in equal opportunities and if measured objectively I can accept unequal outcomes.
- I believe in the self-esteem of achievement, not in patronizing generosity.
- I believe in personal accountability where I am responsible for my own actions and where I will not blame the shortcomings and disappointments of this life on someone else.
- I believe in freedom of expression, the competition of ideas in an open marketplace free from intimidation, prejudice, suppression and retaliation.
- I believe in leaders who respect differences of opinion and reject the politics of hate, distortion and personal destruction.
- I believe in leaders who are intellectually honest with me and who value my intelligence and common sense as much as their own.
- I believe in leaders who are authentic and can make a personal connection with me despite our differences in personal taste and economic station in life.
- I believe in leaders who appeal to my hopes instead of reinforcing my fears.
- I believe in leaders who identify with my dreams and aspirations instead of reminding me of my failures, misjudgments and infirmities.
- I believe in American democracy where voting is a valued privilege, not a right afforded to every inhabitant, regardless of citizenship, criminality, or inability to fill out a ballot.
- I believe in voting as a sacred duty where on that day all qualified American citizens are equal with power and authority to judge and choose.
- I believe in the unique American ideology of liberty, freedom of thought, assembly, speech and worship; of political power used to protect private property and promote economic self-determination.
- I believe the unique American ideology transcends
and binds the racial, ethnic and religious diversity in
and offers hope for millions of oppressed people around the globe. America
- I believe in Almighty God who shed His grace on this great nation, from the beginning, and who pours His blessings upon us and our descendents, now and forever,
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:
- Civil Rights at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/civilrights.html
- Family at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/family.html
This Week’s Best Articles:
Why We Must Elect a Non-Lawyer” by David R. Usher dated
November 2, 2008published by American Daily http://www.americandaily.com/article/23489 .
- “The Obama Bubble Could Cost the democrats” by James
November 2, 2008published by American Thinker http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/11/the_obama_bubble_could_cost_th.html .
- “Obama Says Not
Being a Communist is Selfish” by Sher Zieve dated
November 2, 2008published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/23496 .
Most reliable Constituents: The Press” by Rich Noyes dated
November 2, 2008published by News Busters at http://www.newsbusters.org/node/25822 .
Gives Way to Dependence” by Terry Paulson dated Liberty November 2, 2008published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/TerryPaulson/2008/11/02/democracies_die_when_liberty_gives_way_to_dependence .
- “Obama’s vision is
far from that of Founding Fathers” by Star Parker dated
November 3, 2008published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/StarParker/2008/11/03/obamas_vision_is_far_from_that_of_founding_fathers .
Liberals, Don’t Worry” by William Kristol
November 3, 2008published by The New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/03/opinion/03kristol.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin .
Bitter End” by Larry Thornberry dated
November 3, 2008published by The American Spectator at http://www.spectator.org/archives/2008/11/03/the-bitter-end .
” by Jayme Evans dated Schoolof Thought Dismisses Middle Class November 3, 2008published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/23505 .
- “Just Too
Much Obama Didn’t Know” by JB Williams dated
November 3, 2008published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/23503 .
- “Media Are
Big Losers in Election 2008” by Roger Aronoff
November 3, 2008published by Accuracy in Media at http://www.aim.org/aim-column/media-are-big-losers-in-election-2008/ .
- “Reasons Not to Vote for Barack
Obama, In His Own Words” by Laura Hollis dated
November 3, 2008published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/LauraHollis/2008/11/03/reasons_not_to_vote_for_barack_obama,_in_his_own_words .
- Barack Obama, Fabian
Socialist” by Jerry Bowyer dated
November 3, 2008published by Forbes Magazine at http://www.forbes.com/opinions/2008/11/03/obama-fabian-socialist-oped-cx_jb_1103bowyer.html .
Meltdown” by Cal Thomas dated
November 4, 2008published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/CalThomas/2008/11/04/media_meltdown .
But Obama Scares Me” by David Limbaugh dated
November 4, 2008published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/DavidLimbaugh/2008/11/04/sorry,_but_obama_scares_me .
- “The Party
of Interests Versus the Party of Values” by Michael Medved dated
November 4, 2008published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/MichaelMedved/2008/11/04/the_party_of_interests_versus_the_party_of_values .
- “Catch a
Falling Flag” by Peter Ferrara dated
November 5, 2008published by The American Spectator at http://www.spectator.org/archives/2008/11/05/catch-a-falling-flag .
Inflated Obama Lead; Only One Pollster Called
Election” by David A. Patten dated
November 5, 2008published by News Max at http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/polls_inflated_obama_lead/2008/11/05/147971.html .
Say Reporters Tried to Help Obama” dated
November 5, 2008published by Yahoo News at http://news.yahoo.com/s/rasmussen/20081105/pl_rasmussen/reportershelpedobama20081105 .
- “Was Last
Night a Victory for Conservatism?” by John Hinderaker,
Scott Johnson, and Paul Mirengoff dated
November 5, 2008published by Powerline Blog at http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2008/11/022006.php .
Tolls for Thee” by Emmett Tyrell dated Bell November 6, 2008published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/EmmettTyrrell/2008/11/06/campaign_08,_the_bell_tolls_for_thee .
Voters Don’t Want Big Government” by Pat Toomey dated
November 6, 2008published by The Wall Street Journal at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122593328956303419.html .
- “Saul Alinsky Takes the White House” by Quin Hillyer dated
November 6, 2008published by The American Spectator at http://www.spectator.org/archives/2008/11/06/saul-alinsky-takes-the-white-h .
of an Obama Presidency” by Dave Smithee dated
November 6, 2008published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/11/opportunities_of_an_obama_pres.html .
Newspaper Belongs in the Trash” by Rachel Alexander dated
November 7, 2008published by The American Spectator at http://www.spectator.org/archives/2008/11/07/the-newspaper-belongs-in-the-t .
- “The Left’s
Coming Economic Overreach” by Thomas Sowell dated
November 7, 2008published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=2CF46009-795E-4C9A-9185-C0D0288D74E6 .
- “GOP Needs
Night of Long Knives” by Deroy Murdock dated
November 7, 2008published by Human Events Online at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=29394 .
“How to Get Your Hand Bitten” by Randall Hoven dated
“Post-journalism” by Victor Davis Hanson dated
“How to Move the Middle” by Ramesh Ponnuru dated
“Credo in Unam Nationem,
Sub Deo-Redux” by Geoffrey P. Hunt dated