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Sunday, November 9. 2008
A slightly emotional message, which arrived over the transom. I will not say what friend wrote this thing, but I think they got it off their chest by doing so. Very therapeutic for them:
I guess that covers most of it. Go in peace.
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My only concern in the short term is the potential for abuse of the Executive Order. A president or governor can wreak havoc with those things.
WHAT do you mean they will have no one to blame? We are dealing with extremely immature, illogical, irresponsible individuals.....think a fifteen year old caught with their hand in the cooky jar.....everyone is doing it, they did it first, it was their fault, they left the cooky jar there. Come on, they'll blame it on Bush and the republicans even if they are in power for the next fifty years (perish the thought).
Judith is spot on, but when that occurs we DO have a perfect retort. "That's exactly what my 14 year old would say!" as we laugh and laugh and laugh. It will drive them wild.
Considering what we've just been through and what we have to think about in the near future, blame is the least of our problems. It's childish stuff, and one can always note that Congress has lower numbers than Bush - and had them when he was in power.
Obama is going to have to move to the middle if he wants to stay in power, and that will mean immense in-fighting within his party. That will be fun to watch as they self-implode. He can't do what he wants until the financial crisis is 'solved', and for sure, foreign affairs will take up a lot of his time. What few things from his campaign promises he manages to pass will enrage republicans and that is a good thing.
Anyway, I'm glad it's over. Please pass an amendment that presidential campaigning may not start until six months before elections.
I am afraid it has already begun.
Given the work that needs to be done, including the complete overhaul of the RNC, conservatives might as well get at it.
My brother made an interesting comment to me earlier today. He said if conservatives do not compete for the Hispanic and black vote, it won't matter what they say. I said it depends upon what "compete" means. If compete means school choice, speaking English, lower taxes and less regulation so they can prosper in business and so on, then fine. If it means identity politics and buying votes, then it has already been lost.
We will see. No matter, it will be a long four years.
Barrett is right. Campaigning to minorities (and youth) has to assume that they, or their relations, came to the U.S. for the freedom to attain their dreams of a better standard of living. Recent African immigrants have the same economic profile as whites in the U.S. We know that that dream is only achievable in an environment of a limited, non-interventionist government. So sell it.
The problem is penetrating the educational and media barrier which ignores, or most often actually denigrates, these principles. Thus, the conservative/libertarian movement must select young, dynamic and, gulp, diverse spokespersons who can sell the concept in the language and symbolism with which these groups are familiar.
The left commands nearly all the major institutions in the U.S. Therefore, conservatism/libertarianism must take on the mantle of rebellion and revolution. As Tom Petty once sang: "don't back down." Accusations of "racist" and "bigoted" are ready to be rolled out once Obama assumes the office. Get ready to NOT apologize for your principles.
BTW The hard nut to crack will be defending national borders without seeming to be indiscriminately anti-Hispanic. Use the Cuban community (and recent African immigrants) as both the entry point to this cultural community and the example of minority success in a free and open U.S.
I know, Barrett. The new and improved republican party is now in gear. Or at least many conservative blogs are talking about it.
I have a great quotation I can't find at the moment, but it basically states that out of all chaos, great good comes. I guess we can hope
Confucius, or Chairman Mao, or perhaps Raul Duke said, "There is great disorder under the heavens, and the situation is excellent."
Why would anyone think obama will rule from the middle. Remember pelosi, fair congress, bipartisanship....baloney. Through all kinds of manipulations (I admit, I want to say no fair), and with great arrogance, obama has won the right to "rule" (he made no bones about his attitude towards the office of president and the role the constitution will play in his monarchy). This combination of ultra lefties in congress, ultra lefties in the whitehouse is a steamroller beginning the flattening. There really is no one to hold the line, the American people have joined an American hater and vaulted him into the whitehouse.
"Why would anyone think obama will rule from the middle."
He wants to stay in power for as long as he can. Only one-half of this country likes him. That's why he will move to the center. He'll get some of his liberal stuff done, and good for that. It'll make us losers all the more determined to get it together and get our party where it belongs.
"the American people have joined an American hater " Not true. Obama is no monarch. Human nature dictates that when 50% of any group of people dislike you, you make some compromises if you want to survive.
52% of American voters have joined themselves to an American hater.
He will hate it more when the 48% don't join him now or ever, in his hatred.
Hateful Hussein is one ugly boy who ain't trolling for approval from his camp or the camp of the resistance.
Opie, your friend has hit the mark with this.
USA can definitely not be racist with one ugly mulatto puppet pretendening to be President.
It will be interesting what kind of dog such a critter will take as a pet.
The Presidency will survive and so will USA.
I think it was Collin Judas who said, so what if he is Muslim?
I don't agree that it is over, though, it ain't as bad as my daughter would have me think.
58 million American voters weren't mesmerized by the magic negro and constitute a substantial resistance to this bad joke.
God save the Queen.