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Musings and observations

Many of us still had hope that McCain would pull a surprise victory last night. In the end it wasn’t even really close. Even without all the ACORN fraud and intimidation tactics at polls, Obama had this election easily.

Libs will no doubt be expecting anger coming from this side. Maybe a little hatred and venom. Sorry to disappoint… we’re just not as good at that as some of you are.

And so… congrats to Barack Obama. He ran a brilliant campaign and a majority of Americans decided they wanted him to be president. And in many ways this election is historic.

No I haven’t drunk the Kool-Aid… the guy’s still a socialist and probably the most radical man to ever be elected to the Oval Office. And yes I believe he will take this country on a dangerous course and attempt to undermine the Constitution for which he admittedly has little regard.  So this blog and others will continue to be vigilant during his presidency.

But on the other hand, I don’t have to be reminded by some pompous-ass news anchor with a raised eyebrow and lilting voice about the significance of this event.  We have officially reached the point in this society where a man’s race is no longer a hindrance to his reaching the highest office in the land and for THAT at least… I am very proud.  Wrong guy for the job but it really is quite remarkable how far we’ve come in 40 years.

The demographics of this election have been interesting to observe. A good many of these voters were college kids… those of the ‘know it all’ variety (bless their rambunctious little hearts). Some of them liked Obama for no other reason than that he was young and hip — the antithesis of stuffy old GOPosaurs like McCain. Others did know about Barry’s radical leanings but they decided they kind of dug that. The mere excitement of change can sometimes override any serious consideration for the consequences of that change.

And let’s not forget the influence that liberal college professors have on the impressionable skulls full o’ mush who attend their classes. These kids emerge with a good education but no life experience and often a very skewed view of the world.  For most, these beliefs are shaken off when the reality of everyday life takes over. In some, however, it never departs. These people go on to be academians, journalists… sometimes even U.S. Presidents.

Another large part of the demographic consisted of what the dems like to refer to as “the little guy”. They are part of a generation who has been brought up to believe that government is responsible for their happiness and that the sole purpose for it’s existence is to meet their basic needs. This is where we get folks like Peggy Joseph,  who is convinced that Barack is going to pay her mortgage and put gas in her car. Many on my side felt anger at seeing that YouTube clip. I just felt a kind of sadness at witnessing the result of years of liberal indoctrination on full display — from someone who is obviously otherwise a nice person. She’s looking for a hero and is convinced that Barack Obama is that man.

So how do you convince someone like Peggy of her own power and potential to achieve great things without the help of a politician or bureaucrat? It’s damn near impossible when that’s all she’s been taught for her entire life by parents, peers, teachers, and politicians. They truly believe they are where they are because others are holding them down. They really think that the reason they are struggling is because the jaded, uncaring “Grey Poupon” class hoards all the wealth and refuses to give them their fair share.

For those who buy into this, I have a recommendation: get your hands on a copy of The Pursuit of HappYness. Read it. Learn it. Love it. Live it. Chris Gardner’s story is America in all it’s glory and spirit. The man went from homelessness to being a millionaire, folks — without any help from the government and without once blaming anyone else for his circumstances. He shows what pressing on in the face of all odds and refusing to make excuses will accomplish in a person’s life. He exemplifies the fruits of hard work, sacrifice, vision and most importantly an attitude that refuses to recognize defeat.

This attitude — contrary to what many of you have been told — is how most of the well-off in this country attain their wealth, by the way. You get out what you put in, folks. You can choose to embrace that now and set your own goals or you can continue to vote for smooth talking politicians who promise to lift you to higher ground. If you did the latter yesterday… get back with me in a couple of years and fill me in on how much better your financial situation is under Barack Obama.

But I digress…

Let’s get to the real reason Obama won the presidency and Democrats won congress: Republicans. They’ve become the party of blue-blood moderate weenies. Is it any coincidence that the only instances where the GOP has been markedly successful in the past three decades is when they have moved decidedly to the right? Ronald Reagan, Contract with America… show us a genuine commitment to shrink government and you’ll win every time. The Republican Revolution of 1994 didn’t occur as the result of reaching out to the opposition in an effort to get along. It occurred because the GOP decided for once to reach out to the people and listen to them. The result: a clear, point by point, conservative agenda… and an overwhelming shift in the balance of power in the ’94 elections.

But in the years that followed, they got complacent. They relaxed, stopped listening to voters and become drunk with their own power. As a result there is little to distinguish them from Democrats now in their behavior or their campaign promises. Problem for them is that this will not — nor will it ever — get them a lot of votes. When it comes to getting the support of liberal and centrist voters, you can’t out-Democrat a Democrat.

So that’s where we stand. If the GOP keeps foisting moderates such as McCain on us who want to be liked by their political enemies and treated nicely by MSM, this is what they’re going to get every time. But give us someone who truly appreciates the importance of individual liberty and rugged individualism and who can articulate his or her case in an interesting and inspiring manner — and we will have our next Republican Revolution.

If the party doesn’t accomplish this in coming years, the next revolution will likely involve libertarians… and I may very well be fighting front and center when the time comes. Time to shape up, Republican party or we will ship you out.

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Turfin’ U.S.A.

barack obama

Obama will visit McCain’s turf in NC today as part a two week tour to the “battleground states”, where he hopes to exploit a weak economy to extract votes from what promises to be a tough crowd:

On Monday, Obama also will travel to North Carolina — a state that has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1976 — to talk economics to an electorate increasingly edgy about its future.

The Illinois senator plans to push into other Republican bastions with his economic message, hoping to reverse history in places like Missouri, which hasn’t voted for a Democrat since 1996 and Virginia, which last voted Democratic in 1964.

I don’t expect Barry to sway many in these states. But then again – as a once cocky Hillary learned early in the Dem race – you don’t let your guard down on this tortoise.

As for the economy — even though the numbers on Friday jolted the markets a bit, I think some of the more recent weekly jobless data is painting a more promising picture. In any event, the long-expected crash and burn may turn out to be more of a fender-bender. But rest assured, Obama will have the media’s help in stoking up some nice, robust fear on this issue in coming months.

Aside from that and the Iraq War, the two big factors to watch out for in this election are:

Funds:

McCain will need all the financial help he can muster as he moves toward the November vote against Obama’s well-oiled fundraising machinery that has rolled up an astounding bankroll, much of it from small donors on the Internet.

Obama has raked in $264 million in 16 months. McCain has raised less than half that much, $115 million, in 17 months.

The “Harriet” factor:

For his part, Obama faces the huge challenge of wooing the Clinton base, as the Democrats try to patch things up after what was an extended, exhausting and often bitter campaign. Time grows short for Obama on that front with the party convention set for late August in Denver.

Through the primary season polls showed Clinton back
ers — especially women and working class voters — increasingly declaring they would vote for McCain rather than Obama
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The latter may well decide this election. But even if McCain manages to get these votes he’d best keep his eyes open. Barry has a way of sneaking up on you.

More here:

Obama heads for republican turf with economic message



Lies… part duet

John McCain

Lest any libs accuse me of not being fair and balanced (like I care), I now bring you the second installment of the FOXnews segment, Trail of Tall Tales. This time the focus is on statements that John McCain has uttered that turned out to be… um… not so true. Fair warning though: his examples are outright BORING compared to Hillary’s. In most of these instances McCain is just doing what politicians dotalking out of both sides of his mouth. Examples include reversing his stance on the Confederate flag in SC, claiming to be an economic expert, lying about John Kerry… asking… him to… be a running ma………………..

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Sorry, dozed off there.

McCain has his moments but he’s just not as much fun as Sen. Clinton. Yes, John contradicts himself, but Hillary creates elaborate fairy-tales in which she or another family member is the star. The woman spins enough yarn to cover the entire world in ugly quilts. Sorry John, she’s just more entertaining.

But I digress. Here is the link to McCain’s foibles and fables for those who are interested. What do I care, the guy’s practically a Democrat anyway. Obama will come tomorrow. THEN, well have some fun.

Trail of Tall Tales: John McCain



Live from New York… it’s John McCain?

Senator John McCain appeared on SNL this past weekend. The intention obviously was to endear himself to the “hip” crowd by showing that he had the ability to laugh at himself. But while parts of the skit are funny (the proposed device for jamming “Gaydar”) I’m not sure that this appearance really helps him. Frankly his age is something that, even in jest, he may not want to be emphasizing at this point. McCain did it repeatedly, so much so that by the end of the speech you find yourself thinking “Man, this guy really IS old.”

Yes I know Reagan also joked about his age but he was much more clever about it. During the 1984 Presidential debates against Walter Mondale he quipped “I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” Thus, Reagan succeeded in being very funny while at the same time disarming his foes by sending the clear message that his age was an asset, not a liability.

Also, it struck me as a little odd that McCain would go into different ways in which he screwed up the state of Arizona during his years as a Senator. Although the examples were obviously fictitious, his making light of his own ineptness may be interpreted as an admission of ineptness. It makes me wonder, does this guy really want to be president? It’s one thing to poke fun at yourself, but it’s quite another to become a parody of yourself.

I’m curious as to who wrote this piece for him. Perhaps Al Franken is back on the SNL staff? He certainly could use the work. Overall the skit was funny — just perhaps ill-advised.

Here’s the YouTube clip:



In a perfect world…

John McCain

John McCain has outlined his vision of what the world will look like after he becomes President. All I can say is he’d better have plenty of Red Bull on hand if he expects to accomplish all of this in four years.

From the Boston Globe:

In the world of President John McCain, most US troops will be back home from a safer, democratic Iraq by January 2013 – the first date he has mentioned for ending the war.

Afghanistan will be more stable, with the Taliban and Al Qaeda under control and Osama bin Laden dead or captured. Iran and North Korea will no longer have nuclear programs, and the genocide will have ended in Darfur.

At home, the economy will be humming, the tax code simpler, schools better, and healthcare more affordable. The borders will be secure, illegal immigrants deported, and a guest worker program in place. The country will have weaned itself off foreign oil.

And all races and cultures will live in harmony and all vehicles will run on water.

Sorry to be skeptical — yeah McCain would be better than the… shudder… alternative — but geez, where is all this coming from? What is the plan? As we saw on the other side with John Kerry in 2004, any candidate can get up there and say anything.

As for the January 2013 promise, many are now criticizing him for specifying what would appear to be a proposed pull-out date for Iraq. McCain insists that this is not the case at all, but rather a promise to end the war — victoriously — by 2013. As in mission accomplished, get out the ticker tape.

The McCain camp later attempted to clarify that point:

“Senator McCain has always said his decisions about force levels in Iraq would be guided by two fundamental factors: conditions on the ground and the advice of military commanders,” his campaign said in a statement. “As commander in chief, Senator McCain would ensure we would prevail with honor against our enemies. He believes this can be accomplished in Iraq by 2013 – but only if we reject the course of arbitrary withdrawal following a politically motivated timeline.”

Again, that would be grand. But what is the strategy? My support for our troops and our mission overseas has never waned, but even with the best and most detailed plans in place, war is ultimately an unpredictable beast. We could accomplish our goals by next week for all I know, but for McCain to claim that he will have this — along with a dead Bin Laden, a neutered North Korea and a genocide-free Darfir — neatly wrapped up by the end of his term seems a little ambitious.

But later in the article comes a promise that, given McCain’s past record, I can believe:

Instead of officials cashing in after leaving government, McCain said he wants scores of private-sector leaders to work for his administration for $1 a year. And instead of partisan fighting, he promised to seek advice from Democrats and appoint them to high office.

Very easy to envision this. I watched this man become almost giddy a few years ago as he schmoozed with the Dems on such issues as campaign finance reform and immigration — all while appearing to take some kind of naughty delight in getting under the skin of the Prez and fellow Republicans. For a time, there were even whispers about him changing parties (he denied it, but he sure seemed to enjoy all the attention). Democrats, of course, exploited him to the hilt as did the media who christened him with his now famous “maverick” label. Do you really expect  McCain’s love affair with the left to end when he becomes President? Ha! I’ve got some prime land in the Okefenokee for ya’ if you’re buyin’ into that…

But hey, I’ll give the man a chance to prove me wrong — watching hopefully but with a skeptical eye. Though I expect him to be firm in his foreign policy, I don’t expect much out of of him domestically that will cause him to be hailed as the next Reagan. The Republican party in general, with it’s increasing slide to the center, has lost much of my respect. Though I will still side with them more often than the Dems, for the most part they are complete weenies. Sorry… but thems the facts.

In my utopian world, I would wake up after election day to find that Ron Paul has pulled the upset of the Millennium. Or Bob Barr. Or even Alan Keyes (yes he is actually running). None of them perfect, but all with a much better grasp on the Constitution and the values that our Founders envisioned — that of smaller government and greater individual liberty. Or if it’s too late for that, I’ll even take Ayn Rand’s version of utopia in Atlas Shrugged — the one where the producers of society go into hiding and form their own perfect capitalist system, leaving the whiners of the dependency class to fend for themselves.

Alright, not very realistic — but it’s a wonderful thought. And why not? Who’s to say it can’t work? Who’s John Galt?