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President Reacts To Election Defeat & Shows He Just Doesn’t Get It

Bookmark and Share   President Obama just doesn’t get it.

In his usual arrogance, he addressed the beating that he, his policies and his Party took in the midterm elections by declaring that the way he sees it , while he made great progress over the past two years, he failed to do a good enough job at proving and explaining it to the people. His explanation for the historic losses of his Party makes clear that what the President really failed at, was to accept the real message the voters sent him last night.

Last night, voters did not tell the President that he hasn’t communicated well enough with them. They told him that they do not want endless spending, out of control government growth and, a massive new government bureaucracy that runs healthcare. Yet President Obama dismisses these conclusion by declaring;

“I don’t think the American people want to see us re-litigate the fights of the past  two years”.

On that, the President is wrong. 

A majority of voters have made it clear that they want Obamacare repealed and replaced.  A majority of voters have made it clear that they do not want anymore government stimulus packages that line the pockets of big union bosses and spend billions on temporary jobs that cost more money to create than they generate.

Voters told the President and his Party that they rejected the policy choices that they rammed through Congress. Voters told him and his Party that they did not like the exaggerated manipulation and abuse of the legislative process that they led. Yet President Obama refuses to accept that and in doing so, despite his once famously telling Senator John McCain that “elections have consequences” , he apparently does not believe those consequences apply to him.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that President Obama feels much more confident talking down to the American electorate than with them. Apparently President Obama is not willing to accept the will of the people and although he now claims to want to work with the new Republican majority in the House, one can’t help but wonder why he wishes to do so now and refused to sincerely do so in the past. Just days ago he called those who oppose his ideas “enemies” and then further offended any sense of bipartisanship by

declaring that Republicans and Democrats can work together but that the Republicans will have to sit in the backseat.

This did not lay the groundwork for a promising working relationship with the new Republican majority, a majority that has stated that their responsibility now is to “to listen to the American people” and carry out their will. If President Obama is unwilling to face the facts, this will put him at odds with the new working majority in the House and at odds with the overwhelming working majority of states and statehouses that a plurality of Americans have given the G.O.P. control of.

As such if President Obama refuses to acknowledge the real message handed to him by the American electorate during the 2010 elections, he risks becoming the individual most responsible for gridlock and a continued tone of divisive partisan politics. What President Obama must realize, and hopefully what the G.O.P. understands, is that when it comes to big government and big spending, Republicans can not compromise. This was the loudest message delivered by the voters on November 2, 2010. Thos issues are the ones which voters gave the G.O.P. a second chance to prove themselves to be true to and for Republicans to compromise on these issues would be a betrayal of the general mandate which produced a record number of Democrat defeats in the House and in statehouses. Republicans have seemingly accepted that and so should President Obama.

So while I urge the new Republican majority to use their first hundred days in office to reach out to Democrats, sincerely find those issues where they share common ground and move on them, I also urge the President and his Party to follow the Republican lead and listen to the people. It is time for him to stop being so doctrinaire and prove that as our President, he is not tone deaf to his fellow Americans.

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Former President Bush Welcomes Our Troops Home

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Bookmark and Share     I am often touched by the dramatic return home of our men and women who have been fighting in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am sensitive to the sacrifices that they and their loved ones make and by the bravery of their willingness to risk life and limb to serve this nation’s cause. The fact that I have not made the sacrifice is something that will always make me inferior to these true patriots and heroes. So my appreciation for our soldiers is sincere and profound. Which is why when ever I am privy to the scenes of our hero’s returning home, I literally begin to shed a sentimental tear of gratitude, pride and joy.

Their homecomings are a raw nerve of emotions that seem to pour out as they unfold with scenes of smiling wives and girlfriends and Moms and sisters come running to embrace their loved ones. I am always floored by the beaming smiles and wide, anxious eyes of a soldier reaching out to touch the baby, their baby, who was born while they were off at war, and have never seen met in person.

All these scenes just pull at my heart strings but the video that I present to you below had added meaning for me. It demonstrated to me, one man’s level of true sincerity and his true appreciation for the men and women who have fought in this nation’s recent wars. That man is former President George W. Bush.

Since he has left office, most all that anyone has heard about him is their belief that he is responsible for all that is wrong in the world and that he will go down in history as the worst President in history. Other than that, we hear President Obama blame every failure of his own former President Bush. Those are the sentiments that the mainstream media conveys on a daily basis. Yet they fail to point out the true reasons for the economic downturn that world economy has taken and they refuse to acknowledge how once President Obama took office, he saw fit to carry out the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, in accordance with the previous Administrations handling and timelines of those wars.

The hypocrisy and illegitimacy of all the negativism directed at Bush is enough to make a lesser man bitter. But not G. W. Bush. He sits by allowing the current Administration to lead as they fit and without any opposition or tongue lashings from him and instead of countering the Democrat regime in Washington, every time they attack and slander, he simply lets it go, resigned with confidence that history will judge him properly and prove him just.

George Bush has always been a sincere man. He has always said what he believes and done what he believed to be right, regardless of credit or blame. And apparently that has not changed.

Without any fanfare or press releases, without any massive entourages or television camera and without any need for credit or public approval, President Bush and his wife, former First Lady Laura Bush, arrived at Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport last week to welcome home soldiers returning from Iraq.

A group of local citizens organize welcome home events that insures the presence of Americans at the gates that returning soldiers pass through when they come home. These people shower these soldiers, with thanks and welcomes that demonstrate their appreciation and pride in them. It is in sharp contrast to the welcome home that many Viet Nam Vets received when they returned home from war. Many them walked in to protests, where they were called names and spat on. But to insure that history does not repeat itself and that our defenders of freedom are treated with respect, tens of thousands of America coordinate efforts that offer returning soldiers a warm welcome that holds them up as heroes, not as villains.

But on this particular day, when these Iraqi soldiers stepped off their plane, at the end of the line of dozens of ordinary citizens who showered them  with thanks and praise, was President and Mrs. Bush.

It must have been a big surprise andan  incredibly fulfilling moment to be thanked by a President, especially the one whom the they were there as all the events that events that led up to their missions transpired under. 

If you have a few moments, whatch this video for yourself.  You will surely find it to be simply inspring and heartwarming.

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Why Democrats Are Going Down

Bookmark and Share    President Obama rose to power on a wave of enthusiasm and popularity that was based on a vision for America that would transform us from being a war weary, economically troubled nation, into one that would be an economic powerhouse at peace with the world and ready to provide a chicken in every pot and car in every garage.

Problem is that almost two years later, the economy has worsened, unemployment has risen, the world is far from being a more peaceful place and his attempts to put a chicken in every pot with socialist style healthcare and a car in every garage with Cash-For-Clunkers have fallen short of living up to the promise that many saw in candidate Obama.

President Obama’s plan for delivering hope and change was based on nothing but one single approach……spending. The President’s answer to everything has simply been to spend. His answer to high unemployment was to spend little more than $250,000 per new job created……temporary and unsustainable jobs. Jobs that don’t even pay an eighth of the amount it cost taxpayers to create. His answer to saving the environment from carbon emissions was to spend money by giving Americans thousands of dollars for cars that were in many cases only worth hundreds of dollars. His answer to making healthcare more affordable was to have the federal government take control of it at a cost that is now projected to be well over a trillion dollars with an additional $10 to $20 billion in administrative costs to implement Obamacare over the next ten years and with $105 billion over the same 10 year period for Congress to fund discretionary programs in the overhaul.

In the meantime, his promise to get unemployment below a still staggering 8.0% has failed to materialize, the American auto industry is still struggling along with banks, and big and small businesses alike. And through it all, the only concrete results of the Obama Administration to date is a quadrupling of the national debt and a richer and happier China that owns most of our debt.

And while the Chinese celebrate and develop a new generation of fighters that could make our aircraft carriers and battleships obsolete, President Obama has done nothing to keep us safe from nuclear proliferation in the Mid East and on the Korean Peninsula. But he did scrap our promised non-offensive missile defense shield in Europe before the Polish Prime Minister was killed in a plane crash. That new window of opportunity for potential threats to fly through, certainly did not make the world safer for us, our allies or our interests, but so long as it is what the Russians and Iranian’s wanted, who cares right? I mean after all, didn’t President Obama promise to make our enemies in the world love us? How’s that been going for us? Have you noticed the friendlier tone of the explosives that terrorists are using these days or the warm and fuzzy feel good tone of Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

With consumer confidence at one of its lowest points in years, unemployment is at it highest since the 80’s, Wall Street is bouncing up and down in uncontrollable spasms of brief glimpses of optimism and long durations of fear, and the world is at greater risk from the nuclear ambitions and muscle flexing of North Korea and Iran, it is no wonder why the President’s base, his ardent liberal followers and cheerleaders, are jumping ship and even taking shots at him. After nearly year two years of an aggressive “Blame Bush” policy, and no credit of his own to lay claim to, Democrats are finding it necessary to not just run from the Obama agenda and its creators but they are beginning to have to show voters that they are opposing their President. Smart move when you consider that last year, all of the candidates that President Obama campaigned for, from Virginia to New Jersey and even Massachusetts, lost…..big time.

The situation is an extremely sad one for Americans. For all the freshness and change that Americans saw in then Senator Obama in 2008, in 2010 he is about as fresh as rotten eggs and for all his reforms, there is so little actual change that it  has left an already cynical electorate feeling duped and even more cynical than they were before.

Include also the fact that despite being our first multi-racial President, racial tensions are on the rise with groups like the New Black Panthers threatening to kill white babies and the NAACP crying racism for every single disagreement on any single issue. The Obama Administration has even inspired tens of millions Americans into activism in the cause of political revolution, one that the left tries to write off as a race based revolution.

At the moment President Obama’s presidency is exemplified by the BP oil disaster in the Gulf. His Administration seems like a broken pipe that has money flowing out of it uncontrollably while he sits and waits for something to happen that will fix the deficit, the out of control unemployment rate and shrinking economy. It seems that much like the way he handled the Gulf oil disaster, he is handling everything else, from the economy, to foreign affairs, all the same way……helplessly,  much like Jimmy Carter in the late 70’s when Iran took Americans Hostage for 444 days.

The failures of President Obama and his inability to live up to the messianic image and expectations that his presidential campaign created, now puts him and his Party in dire straights. But that fault is not President Obama’s alone. All of the most controversial issues of the past year and a half were settled along strictly partisan lines. And to achieve these Party lines votes, the American people saw a process led by Democrats that illustrated all that we despise about politics. They saw legislators bribe each other with pork barrel, deficit spending and back room deals that cut out the loyal opposition from having any legitimate input. They saw attempts to escape responsibility for passage of controversial legislation by trying to simply “deem” bills passed,  rather than actually having a recorded vote. Voters saw Democrats pass legislation along partisan lines without even reading the bills they voted on.

The last year and a half has been ugly indeed. Marred with blunders, indecision, and scandals and through it all, Democrats stood quietly by and accepted it. They followed their leader and held the Party line. Unfortunately for them though, that line is attached to sinking fortunes.

As the midterm elections approach, Democrats are about to implode and our President is about to encounter one of the most embarrassing elections since Walter Mondale walked away with a win in only one state against Ronald Reagan in 1984.

This is because, as I said, Democrats have tied their fortunes to the President and now they find that it is too late to cut the cord and distance themselves from him. And the reasons for the die being cast by President Obama are simple.

He has failed to inspire us. His speeches are dull and preaching what seems to be a professorial elitism of a distant philosophy that is detached from reality. He has lost our faith and trust as exemplified in recent polls conducted by your more pro-Obama media outlets and by the dramatic number of people who feel our government is headed in the wrong direction. His handling of the Gulf oil disaster has shown him to be indecisive and his constant blaming of all that he fails to succeed at on George Bush has people believing that President Obama is unwilling to take responsibility for his own presidency. This has all helped create a lack of confidence in the leadership being provided by him and his Party.

On foreign affairs and national security, President Obama has done nothing but apologize for America and back down to our adversaries as demonstrated in the case with a missile defense system in Poland that was meant to  insure our allies security in the face of possible Russian aggression, and a lack of an aggressive stand against the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea. Then there was the stand in support of Hugo Chavez’s ousted Marxists friend in Honduras, who was constitutionally removed from office, and the returning of the bust of the highly respected hero, Winston Churchill, to the British.  All of these recorded instances help to create the impression that America’s foreign policy is upside down and bass ackwards. The Obama foreign affairs policy of appeasement and strategic blunders has actually weakened America’s standing in the world and has been uninspiring at home and abroad.

All of this has had nothing but a demoralizing effect on America and our allies. Over 18 months into the Obama presidency and Americans not only know that they are no better now than they were before he took office.  Instead  they understand that with a bigger government, a quadrupled debt, a stagnant economy and enemies emboldened by our timidity, we are in fact much worse off than we were 18 months ago.

Americans can be patient people. They are willing to give our leaders a chance, but we begin to lose our patience when we see that we are taking three or four steps back for every one step forward that we might be taking. And that is exactly where we are at now, with little more than ten weeks to go before the midterm elections.

And it should be noted that with only that much time to go before November, time is not on the side of the Democrats.

The typical bulk of all campaigning takes place between Labor Day and Election Day. In this election cycle, Labor Day comes late, September 6th. And Election day falls on November 2nd, the first rather than the second week of November . That makes for the shortest possible general election cycle their could be . That in turn means that even if Democrats can begin to turn their fortunes around, they will have little time to catch up to, and then surpass Republicans, who have the wind behind their backs.

This seemingly insignificant amount of time that the traditional campaign season will lack, can make all the difference in an election. As University of Virginia Professor and political pundit par excellence notes, in 1968, if Hubert Humphrey had just one more week in that condensed election cycle, it is more than likely that he would have caught up to and passed Richard Nixon.

So all things considered, the future is not looking good for liberalism and its Democratic home in America. But considering all the reasons why, it is quite understandable.

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