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Wednesday, November 5. 2008
Quote from an 85 year-old codger neighbor yesterday afternoon (WW2 gunner, devout Roman Catholic, Repub, widower, master tomato-grower):
"I like John McCain, but I had to vote for a change. You turn on the nightly news and the whole country seems like it's just going to hell. We have to do something different."
There you go.
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Wow! That's huge. But I still don't get it. I would have figured that, as a WWII gunner, he would empathize and support McCain's POW sacrifices and service to our country. That is character this country needs.
But that says it all, right there, doesn't it?
"turn on the nightly news".
Feelin mighty low this morning. I started to dry heave last nite, when Ohio went. Didn't sleep good, bad dreams all nite. This sure in hell ain't Kansas, Toto. I think it was Ronald Reagan that said this, someone will have to correct me if I am wrong "Any country that has tasted freedom and then lost it will never taste it again"
Luther, I think I'll come and live with you for awhile. You can try and help me with my Dago rage problem. I think the problem is going to last a long time. Your friend, a real low lowly shepard.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
jappy dear ... chin up. I'm depressed too, even though my state [Texas] went for McCain. I had my anger episode this morning, and then I decided to stay focused on the future. The man who won is singularly unprepared for the job he's getting. Far as I can see, he's never been a success at anything he tried to do .. the Annenburg Challenge thing, the community organizer thing. He's been a foot-soldier, not an achiever. And any man who has written two autobiographies [two!] by the time he's in his forties, is way too much of a narcissist to be effective in his job as leader of a diverse country such as ours. Most real leaders are far too busy to take the time to write memoirs until they are retired.
So we hunker down and plan to be a loyal opposition party. We work hard to chase down the voter fraud people and nail them legally [ACORN look out!] and we look for new strong leaders to put in place. A good place to look for them is in our military veterans, who are pragmatic, tough and energetic, and far more ready to lead than the man who won this election, not by a landslide, or anything near that.
Anyway, buck up. I'm going to, and I plan to take no crap from anyone about our candidate.
I too am depressed.
I hate to say it, but the republicans only have themselves to blame. In 1994, the republican revolution was bought by America, we wanted less taxes, a balanced budget etc...and what did they do? They were put into power and bloated the budget, caved into the democrats and didn't veto anything in the past 8 years.
All of us wanted change, but where was the republican change? McCain sounded like Dole vs. Clinton, not effective enough. Palin was the only reformer on the ticket and she was lamblasted by the media because she had star power.
The republicans only have a few months to start from scratch. Where is the party of limited government? I heard little of this during the campaign and infact the only candidate early on was Ron Paul.
well let me tell you something, for the first time in my adult life I am embarrassed by my country.
If the Left has taught us anything, it should be that there is money to be made by dissenting and fomenting revolution. I plan on figuring a way to cash in on the coming resistance.
I'll be out in the workshop manufacturing Barracuda Barricades and Filibuster Brown Shoes.
It's a beautiful day!
Has anyone seen the address where we send our mortgage and car payment booklets to Obama for payment?
I'm with Pajak, put on a happy face and rip off the revolution or government in this case. The sixties leftists have become the establishment in total.
I remember when Bush got in, in 2001 and as a gesture of good will to the environmentalist left he invited all the right people and organizations, Robert Redford etc., to a ceremony releasing some California Condors and taking them off the endangered species list. None of these scumbags showed up. Redford said that Bush was destroying the environment. Two months in office and he was destroying the environment. They couldn't give him a chance. Lets play by their rules, no honeymoon for the Obama. Its war, screw the left.
As far as seeking our future leadership from the military. I was just thinking that Gen. Petraeus would make a good President. He has all the chops necessary, he's stubborn and determined in the pursuit of our goals, and able to deal effectively with fools without giving away the farm.
Yeah, your neighbor sounds like my mother-in-law. Gets all her news from TV. Votes straight Democrat because her family always has. Every four years, the party tells her the Republicans are trying to take away her Social Security, and she believes 'em, every time.
Message to Fellow Maggie's Farmers: It is much too soon to throw in the towel! Let's see what further information, revelations, cover-ups, etc come out over the next week or 2 before drawing any conclusions or pointing fingers of blame. It takes time to gain the perspective we will need for an intelligent response and there is surely no rush at this point! Let's plan to ready, aim, fire! and not go off half-cocked as the ready, fire, aim! reactionaries striking out in defeat!
IMHO spend the day or a few days in hurt. Then move on. Any more rage would be counter productive.
If we are right Obama will fall flat, especially in handling the coming ME war with Iran.
All we can do nationally is block everything in the Senate and that won't be easy. However the Democrats have always been successful doing it , even those few years they were in the minority.
If you want to stop Obama with one term then we have to have a better organization and find a LEADER.
And I will say it can't be Sarah at the top of the ticket, or Ron Paul, or some old geezer who is "owed his chance".
It has got to be Governor. This election probuced some unusual circumstances because only two previos Presidents had come out of the Senate.
We need to attack Obama every day, relentlessly. The list of things the Republicans must change is a long one. We didn't earn the name "The Dumb Party" for nothing.
Now the gangsta's are in charge. You might also want to clean you weapons for they will attack our foundations.
So hopefully if the Repubs learned anything from all of this is that they will never be able to buy love and respect from the political/cultural liberal elite. The liberal elite will simply take the gifts and kick them in the groin with a smile. That means the Repubs need to rediscover a core governing philosophy that is acceptable to a majority of middle/right and conservative constituents and govern by their principle. They'll find great success from those who matter most even if they find their Georgetown holiday party invitations a bit short.
The American people will then have a choice between sober, principled effective government versus a childish, liberal utopian hash.
And if the various noisy far right factions can't grow up and find some common working ground with the middle/right and moderate conservatives than they need to go away to their own private echo chambers.
"..You turn on the nightly news and the whole country seems like it's just going to hell. We have to do something different."
And that was by design, as far as I'm concerned.
Now that we have a liberal president (elect) I expect news stories to suddenly become much more optimistic.
"...You turn on the nightly news and the whole country seems like it's just going to hell"....That sir is commonly known as CNN sickness, happens to me every time I stumble onto Wolf Blitzer, Larry King,or almost any other MSM talking head. The late Peter Jennings along with Walter Cronkite really made my stomach queezy.
Voting machine fraud, pollster bias and the Bradley effect didn't happen. The conspiracy theorists are out to destroy America!
The Conspiracy is out to destroy American theorists.
(Fixed that for you)