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WHY CONSERVATIVES ARE NOT FEARFUL OF AN OBAMA VICTORY

If current trends hold up, John McCain will be losing this election. This is contrary to an earlier posted prediction where I indicate that McCain will win with 274 electoral votes to Obama’s 264. I extrapolate on this prediction by adding that John McCain will win the presidency through the electoral college but he will lose the popular vote. 
I still maintain this result but that prediction is less likely, due in part, to the disadvantages of current trends in Nevada, Colorado, Virginia and now, unexpectedly, Florida and North Carolina. There is a political lifetime to be had in the weeks before Election Day and anything,…. anything,…. can happen. That still does not change the indications pointing to a McCain loss at this point in time. At this late in the game it is difficult to turn the tide….difficult but not impossible.  It should be remembered that at this same point in time Michael Dukakis was ahead of Vice President George H. W. Bush by 17% and in 2000 Al Gore was ahead of Governor George W. Bush by 11%.

However; current trends have emboldened many liberals and left leaning radicals to the point of posting many overconfident, cocky and even outrageous comments. Many of these comments insinuate that conservatives and Republicans are now desperate because of Barack Obama’s electoral prospects. They even suggest that the possible Obama victory vindicates them and their liberal policies.

Well I have a newsflash for them. While they now, pat themselves on the back, they are also sticking their heads up their collective behinds and victory does not mean vindication, it only offers the opportunity for vindication.

They do not realize that with victory comes responsibility. They neglect to reflect on what they have accomplished since they took control of congress almost two years ago. Nothing.  They neglect to understand that if they win the election, they also win the responsibility to put their rhetoric into the practical application of government.

If they do win this election, liberals and Barack Obama will have to fund and implement their 1.2 trillion dollars worth of government programs. They will have to defend our nation against foreign and domestic threats and reign over an economy that is sound, stable and growing. They will have to meet our energy needs while moving us to a new, natural, efficient and healthier energy platform.

All of these things and more will need to be done and I for one vow to support the President that we elect. I will do so because whoever wins, he will be the President, our President, and his success is our success. Unlike liberal Bush haters, I will stop throwing stones at Obama not because he is Barack Obama but because he is the President. I may be a Republican but that does not supersede my being an American and I benefit more from a good President being in office than I do from any kind of Democrat or Republican being President.

Yet, from a strictly Republican perspective, contrary to liberal accusations, I do not fear Obama becoming President. My faith in my nation is strong and I know that no one person defines my nation and no one person can irrevocably change my nation or it‘s direction. Furthermore, it is my belief, that given that chance, Barack Obama will do for Republicans what they have not been able to do for themselves,…..win.

When liberals are given the chance to put their money where their mouths are, they fall short and apart. They are fractured in ideology and efforts and are incapable of leadership. A look at Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi proves this point.

Another case in point is 1994. After two years of the Bill and Hillary presidency, Republicans took control of both houses of Congress. It was the first time in over forty years that they took control of the house of representatives. They were dramatic upheavals and it took the example of liberal in action to bring it about.

Given these facts, I expect one of the largest lurches back to the right in history after the ultra liberal administration of a Barack Obama gets to work with the radical left leadership of a Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.  Do I hope for an incompetent government? No, I don’t. My country is more important than my party. My country is what I live in and for.  My party is merely the ideological tool  that I try to apply to make my nation better.

Just as my nation, my party, is not defined by any one person and I may disagree with it’s direction from time to time. In fact I have several issues with my party. Their lack of direction on issues such as spending and immigration are just two examples. Their collective taking for granted their leadership in congress in the years before they lost control in 2006 is another. But unlike liberals, Republicans tend to learn from their mistakes, whereas liberals tend to repeat them.

So the possibility of losing this election does not change my belief in the ideology of my party and it does not make me bitter over my nation. Unlike famed liberals, who in the past, have suggested that they were leaving the country if Bush was elected, I won’t leave my nation if Obama is elected. I will not turn my back on my beliefs or lose my love for America. I will, however wish my President, whoever it is, the best, offer my opinion and deal with the effects that his leadership brings us.  And as a typical American, if he screws up, I will be shouting the errors of his ways from the highest mountain tops and preparing to defeat those screw ups in the next election. In any event, I surely do hope that our next President can create a stronger economy, secure our borders, thwart terrorism and allow us to thrive as Americans. Why would I not?  Whether a Republican or a Democrat continues to achieve that, I win. We all win.

So of course I wish for that, regardless of which candidate wins. But until that winner is determined I will continue to support the candidate whom I believe is most likely to succeed in those areas.  I do not see Obama as being that success and although McCain was not my first choice, I believe he is the best choice.  It is my greatest hope that a Barack Obama administration does not deliver the same type of defense and economy that a Jimmy Carter administration brought us.  Unfortunately, I do not see Obama any different from Jimmy Carter….except for one difference….. Carter had more experience than Obama. 

So before liberals prematurely gloat over any potential campaign victory, they should take a deep breath and pray that they are capable of doing the job and reconciling reality with the myth of their words. Oh, wait,…. I’m sorry……to suggest prayer is consider politically incorrect by liberals, so let me rephrase that and write “hope” that they are capable of doing the job and reconciling reality with the myth of their words.

 

HOW WASHINGTON WORKS

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House in D.C.; one from New Jersey, another from Tennessee and the third, from Florida. They go with a White House official to examine the fence.

The Florida contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. “Well”, he says, “I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”

The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, “I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”

The New Jersey contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, “$2,700.”

The official, incredulous, says, “You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?”

The New Jersey contractor whispers back, “$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence.”

“Done!” replies the government official.

And that friends, is how it all works!

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THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE AND PALIN’S PERFECT PERFORMANCE

blog post photoThe one and only debate between vice presidential nominees Joe Biden and Sarah Palin has come and gone. Did it change any minds? Did it convince anyone to change their vote for the men running for President? Most Likely not. The electorate is quite polarized and those that remain undecided are a minority.

Personally, I am disappointed in both the presidential and vice presidential debates. I have been discouraged by the lack of any issue being articulated in a way that has changed minds by shedding new persuasive arguments on them. Yet, although no one has carried the ball to the goal post, in this one and only vice presidential debate, Governor Sarah Palin did score points.

Despite the experience of Joe Biden and his repeated runs for the presidency, Sarah Palin stood toe to toe with him and delivered a few body blows. The novice politician essentially used Joe Biden’s 35 years of beltway politics against him. Perhaps the greatest example of this was when Governor Palin stated that she does not understand Washington politicians who say they are for things that they vote against it or vise versa .

That was a remark that rang true with those of us outside of the beltway. It hit home the point that unlike Joe Biden, Sarah Palin is not accomplished in doubletalk or the politics of procrastination. She is a doer who does what she says.

Biden , for his part, was no pushover. He was congenial, personable and efficient. He got in many of the points that the Obama camp needed to hit John McCain on in areas of his perceived vulnerabilities. And Biden tried to drive them home but the fact remains, though, that those points did not hit home. Especially in the face of Sarah Palin’s strong defense of McCain and due to the fact that many of Biden’s points were false.

Sarah Palin, did at times, in fact, actually present some arguments better than McCain has. On energy she presented an “all of the above” approach, one that includes clean coal, drilling, solar, wind and hydro. On the current 800 billion dollar economic rescue package she shed light on the personal responsibility aspect of the problem which led too many to live beyond their means and laid appropriate blame for predatory loan practices at the feet of those who’s greed overtook the system. When asked by moderator Gwenn Iffel if predatory lenders played a role in the crisis, Palin didn’t flinch and responded “Darn right predatory lenders played a major role in this crisis”. She added that “we need to band together and never again be taken advantage of and exploited” and that proper federal oversight is needed. The Governor expanded further by reminding voters and Joe Biden that John McCain saw this crisis coming and offered needed oversight two years ago when he sponsored legislation that would have averted the problem we face now, legislation that Biden and his colleagues rejected.

One of my favorites moments came when Governor Palin reminded people that, muchto the dismay of the Obama-Biden ticket, they are not running against George Bush and it is not his name that will be on the ballot in November. She delivered that punch with an off handed “Oh Joe, there you go again, pointing backwards again prefacing all your remarks with George Bush while we want to discuss where we want to go from here.”

On foreign affairs Sarah Palin demonstrated familiarity with the players on the

Biden And Palin In Their First And Last Vice Presidential Debate

Biden And Palin In Their First And Last Vice Presidential Debate

international stage and reinforced a proper approach to dealing with those players. She convincingly argued against Obama’s commitment to sit down for tea with terrorists and rogue nations, without conditions, as they preach the virtues of a second holocaust or jihad against America.
 

 On taxes she displayed a Reaganesque belief in the strength of our economy being the people who pump money into the economy and the businesses which employ the people who pump money into it. At one point the Governor responded to Senator Biden’s support for tax blog post photoincreases by eloquently, yet bluntly, pointing out that his intended redistribution of wealth was not patriotic but an example of government being in the way of the people and that more often than not , government is not a part of the solution but actually the problem. She demonstrated a faith in people more than government and referred to the potential of us, one day, having to tell our children’s children about what it was like to have once been free in America, if we maintain an out of control ideology that leads to a government that controls every aspect of our lives.

 When all was said and done, this debate did not change the way one may be voting on Election Day, but it did dispel the liberal perception that Sarah Palin doesn’t have a clue and that she has no command of the issues. During the course of this debate Palin exceeded expectations and if she didn’t change the votes of those who will be supporting Obama, she did appealed to the voters that she needed to and reaffirmed their inclinations to vote for John McCain..

Sarah Palin proved that she is no flash in the pan and that regardless of the way this election turns out, she will be a force to contend with. The Alaskan, Governor made it clear that her experience is not based in talk but in the results that she achieved. Results which took on big oil, corruption and even her own party. Results that she can use to blaze a new and better direction for our nation.

She also demonstrated that she can take on the big boys and that she can handle the likes of Biden as well as the office of Vice President of the United States.

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STATE MOTTOS

Alabama: Hell Yes, We Have Electricity

Alaska: 11,623 Eskimos Can’t Be Wrong!

Arizona: But It’s A Dry Heat
Arkansas: Literacy Ain’t Everything
California: By 30, Our Women Have More Plastic Than Your Honda

Colorado: If You Don’t Ski, Don’t Bother

Connecticut: Like Massachusetts, Only The Kennedy’s Don’t Own It-Yet

Delaware: We Really Do Like The Chemicals In Our Water

Florida: Ask Us About Our Grandkids

Georgia: We Put The “Fun” In Fundamentalist Extremism

Hawaii: Haka Tiki Mou Sha’ami Leeki Toru (Death To Mainland Scum, But Leave
Your Money)

Idaho: More Than Just Potatoes…Well Okay, We’re Not, But The Potatoes Sure
Are Real Good

Illinois: Please Don’t Pronounce the “S”

Indiana: 2 Billion Years Tidal Wave Free

Iowa: We Do Amazing Things With Corn

Kansas: First Of The Rectangle States

Kentucky: Five Million People; Fifteen Last Names

Louisiana: We’re Not ALL Drunk Cajun Wackos, But That’s Our Tourism Campaign

Maine: We’re Really Cold, But We Have Cheap Lobster

Maryland: If You Can Dream It, We Can Tax It

Massachusetts: Our Taxes Are Lower Than Sweden’s (For Most Tax Brackets)

Michigan: First Line Of Defense From The Canadians

Minnesota: 10,000 Lakes… And 10,000,000,000,000 Mosquitoes

Mississippi: Come And Feel Better About Your Own State

Missouri: Your Federal Flood Relief Tax Dollars At Work

Montana: Land Of The Big Sky, The Unabomber, Right-Wing Crazies, And Very
Little Else

Nebraska: Ask About Our State Motto Contest

Nevada: Hookers and Poker!

New Hampshire: Go Away And Leave Us Alone

New Jersey: You Want A ##$%##! Motto? I Got Yer ##$%##! Motto Right Here!

New Mexico: Lizards Make Excellent pets

New York: You Have The Right To Remain Silent, You Have The Right To An
Attorney….

North Carolina: Tobacco Is A Vegetable

North Dakota: We Really Are One Of The 50 States!

Ohio: At Least We’re Not Michigan

Oklahoma: Like The Play, Only No Singing

Oregon: Spotted Owl… It’s What’s For Dinner

Pennsylvania: Cook With Coal

Rhode Island: We’re Not REALLY An Island

South Carolina: Remember The Civil War? We Didn’t Actually Surrender

South Dakota: Closer Than North Dakota

Tennessee: The Educashun State

Texas: Si’ Hablo Ing’les

Utah: Our Jesus Is Better Than Your Jesus

Vermont: Yep

Virginia: Who Says Government Stiffs And Slackjaw Yokels Don’t Mix?

Washington: Help! We’re Overrun By Nerds And Slackers!

Washington, D.C.: Wanna Be Mayor?

West Virginia: One Big Happy Family… Really!

Wisconsin: Come Cut The Cheese

Wyoming: Where Men Are Men… and the sheep are scared

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