Category Archives: Opinion

REACTION FROM A READER

This came in my email.  Sandy left me backlogged so I am not certain what post was referenced.  However the message is clear.  It is time for courage and reflection.  It is not time to give up.

“I’m on the road today, enroute to London for meetings with underwriters, so am using my iPhone. Since I haven’t figured out how to comment in Random Thots with this contraption (designed by a devout Socialist named Steve Jobs, I might add), I decided to send this comment directly to you.

Today’s message was especially well-timed. I know that most -if not all- of my conservative friends are more despondent and non-communicative than ever before. The Lindbaughs and Millers and Hannitys etc are all screaming “The end of the world is here!” and I’m too stubborn to join them as they jump off the cliff. Many of my friends are truly fearful to even send email comments – fearing the Obama KGB are collecting the data for a planned purge. Not me.

Anyway, I think your message today was enlightening.  It helped me take a deep breath and know that pulling historical messages into the forefront gives people the courage to do the same. I have faith that it is not time to surrender. In my mind, that time is never.”

“MORE FLEXIBILITY AFTER MY RE-ELECTION”

About a year ago President Barack Obama was caught on an open mic saying to then Russian President Medvedev that he, Obama, would have more flexibility after the election.  What the Russian leader heard of course was – Russia will have more flexibility if Obama is re-elected.  And so they have.  And so has Iran, Syria, Libya, Egypt and the whole Muslim Middle East.

Fifty two Americans were held hostage for 444 days during Jimmy Carter’s presidency.  The day Reagan was sworn in replacing Carter as President, Saddam Hussein knew he had lost his flexibility and immediately released all hostages.  Less than a week after Obama’s re-election Syria launched rockets into Israel’s Golan Heights.  It is the same Golan Heights that Syria invaded and started the 7 Day War in 1967.  Now Assad knows all he has to fear is a demand from the U.S. that he stop annoying Israel and a request for negotiation.  America isn’t the only nation that lost the election; Israel lost too.

THE LAWN SIGN AND BUMPER STICKER PREDICTOR

Some polls show Romney clearly in the lead.  Others show the election is still close.  None show Obama with a clear lead.  And the election is tomorrow so the polls are saying Romney will be the winner.  The crowds coming out to Romney and Ryan appearances are huge and growing.  The attendance at Obama’s campaign stops is shrinking.

Ryan is making a great impression on the voters as shown by the huge crowds his appearances are attracting.  Biden continues to make a fool of himself wherever he goes.  The ratio of campaign fund contributions received is far more favorable to Republicans than has been the case for many years.  Obama has lost much of the Catholic vote and has even lost support from the normally solidly Democratic Jewish sector.

There is another observation that I think is very telling although not at all scientific.  It’s the Lawn Sign and Bumper Sticker Predictor.  I live in a part of the country where it takes real courage to show outward support for any Republican.  Think of it as a village of thousands of Chris Matthews.  In 2008, Obama bumper stickers were everywhere while McCain stickers were all but non- existent.  This year Romney’s name is seen as often as Obama’s.  Lawn signs are fewer in number.  Significantly notable to the careful observer is that  the strings of signs promote all of this year’s Democratic contenders often with the exception of Obama/Biden.

Swing voters by definition are the one group that can be depended upon to vote for whomever they think is the best candidate irrespective of party.  Obama’s appeal to voters by promising that if re-elected he will satisfy their desire for “revenge” contrasts sharply against Romney’s promise for a Bigger and Better America.  Swing voters are the last group likely to share Obama’s rage and be looking for revenge.

We are in the last hour and the President looks like toast.  How could he possibly come out the winner?  Voter fraud.  Remember, this has become the Party of Saul Alinsky and Chicago machines, the Party of ends justify the means.  Fraudulent votes do not show up in the polls before the election.  However, the signs are telling me it will be a landslide for Romney/Ryan that will overwhelm whatever voter fraud can be mustered.

SNIPPETS FROM ELSEWHERE

Peggy Noonan, always interesting had this to say about the narcissism of Barack Obama.  Considering that his programs are not working, Peggy said,

It is one thing to think you’re Lebron.  It’s another thing to keep missing the basket and losing games and still think you’re Lebron.

That’s our President.  The Democratic Party has gone far astray from the days when the Party’s President kept a sign right on his desk that read “The Buck Stops Here” and he took that very seriously.  In case you are too young to remember who that was, here’s a clue or two.  His adult daughter played the piano and the President lived with his wife in a very modest home smack in the middle of that now disdainful fly-over country.  Mr. Barack H. Obama is the very antithesis of Harry S. Truman.

From Caroline Glick, denouncing the Dunham sex ad designed to appeal to young voters with the message that voting is like a woman giving up her virginity; it should be done with the right man and that man should be Barack Obama, Glick’s response is:

It is demeaning and contemptuous of women. It reduces us to sexual objects. When called on to vote, as far as Obama is concerned, as slaves to our passions, we make our decisions not based on our capacity for rational choice. Rather we choose our leaders solely on the basis of our sexual desires.

Beyond the ad’s bald attempt to impersonalize, generalize and cheapen the most personal act human beings engage in, the ad is repulsive because it takes for granted that what happens in our private lives is the government’s business.

That’s our President.  Here is one more snippet from elsewhere.

“Did you see what President Obama said today? He asked his supporters to vote for revenge — for revenge,” Romney said. “Instead I ask the American people to vote for love of country.”

That’s our next President.  How refreshing.  It is a breath of fresh air coming out of a world of pollution.

 

OBAMA’S INFRASTRUCTURE DEMOLITION TEAM

Have you noticed that right up to this hour the President’s campaign is not aimed to appeal to the center?  Class warfare remains paramount in his strategy.  He is sacrificing his likeability in the closing days in an effort to strengthen his appeal is to the far left.  John Heilemann explained the strategy back in May when he wrote “Hope: The Sequel,” for the New York magazine

Stanley Kurtz puts it in simpler words,

He’s shooting for a “realignment.” Obama is trying to shape a new kind of electorate, creating a long-term Democratic majority that would allow him and his successors to stop catering to the center and finally govern decisively from the left.

Obama and his advisors never abandoned their quest to shape a permanent leftist majority, a coalition that would forever put an end to Clintonian triangulation and usher in unfettered leftist Obamaism instead. Obama’s frantic efforts to gin up the women’s vote and the youth vote aren’t only desperate attempts to secure his base. They flow from a deliberate decision not to fight for the center, but to build an independent majority on what is supposedly the “demographically ascendent” left.

Obama is going for broke, the whole magilla, Reno or bust, all or none and he is almost there.  Look at how close the polls have remained.  It’s a strategy guaranteed to lose some votes from the swing voters in the middle.  With polls narrowing to the region of 47 to 49 percent for each candidate, Bill Clinton would appeal to the center to win the prize.  Obama is not about to do that; it’s against his religion, metaphorically so to speak.

The President is counting on voter fraud, community organizing style, to pull him through with little ACORNs working quietly around the country and Somalis being bused in to Ohio to vote.  The Democratic demolition team is threatening the very infrastructure of the American voting process.  Don’t let that happen.  Vote.

THE INCREDIBLE NEW YORK TIMES

Ten days prior to election day, or more significantly, after nearly four years of Obama’s governance, the New Youk Times looks at his record and has this to say.

President Obama has shown a firm commitment to using government to help foster growth. He has formed sensible budget policies that are not dedicated to protecting the powerful, and has worked to save the social safety net to protect the powerless. Mr. Obama has impressive achievements despite the implacable wall of refusal erected by Congressional Republicans so intent on stopping him

In the Online edition a photograph of Abraham Lincoln appears beside that comment.  Subtle, isn’t it.  Those “sensible budget policies” were so outrageous that not one single Democrat voted for the his Budget Proposals.

In the poisonous atmosphere of this campaign, it may be easy to overlook Mr. Obama’s many important achievements, including carrying out the economic stimulus, saving the auto industry, improving fuel efficiency standards, and making two very fine Supreme Court appointments.

Sadly the day is past when the New York Times editors had a little class and knew enough to call their own candidate President and not Mr.

Mr. Obama prevented another Great Depression. Mr. Obama championed [programs] like the $840 billion stimulus bill. Republicans say it failed, but it created and preserved 2.5 million jobs and prevented unemployment from reaching 12 percent. Poverty would have been much worse without the billions spent on Medicaid, food stamps and jobless benefits.

Obama “prevented unemployment from reaching 12 percent.”  Isn’t that just dandy.  Give him another four years and he may do twice as well; he may prevent unemployment from reaching 24 percent.

Foreign Affairs. Mr. Obama and his administration have been resolute in attacking Al Qaeda’s leadership.

Mr. Obama deserves credit for his handling of the Arab Spring.

These statements are understandable if the only news the editors read is what’s printed in their own newspaper.

Civil Rights. The extraordinary fact of Mr. Obama’s 2008 election did not usher in a new post-racial era. In fact, the steady undercurrent of racism in national politics is truly disturbing.

Yes, it’s very disturbing.  And as the Times implies, it has worsened over the last four years, yet this is somehow Bush’s fault.  The editors must have struggled over this one to no avail if the best excuse they could come up with was to blame Bush again.

For these and many other reasons, we enthusiastically endorse President Barack Obama for a second term, and express the hope that his victory will be accompanied by a new Congress willing to work for policies that Americans need (emphasis ours).

The endorsement of the Democrat was fully expected.  The Times endorsed Lincoln and he was probably the only Republican endorsement the paper ever made.  Their star correspondent Walter Duranty did give a hearty endorsement of Joseph Stalin but I don’t think Stalin was a Republican and Duranty wasn’t an editor.

REAGAN vs. OBAMA ON THE ECONOMY

President Obama often asks the voters to understand that he inherited a very bad economy, and he did. But in many ways it was not as bad as the economy Reagan inherited from Carter.

On Reagan’s Election Day in 1980, unemployment was at 7.5 percent and headed for 10.8 percent; inflation was at 12.5 percent, headed for 13.6 percent, and interest rates were at 15.5 percent, headed for 21.5 percent by Christmas, well before Reagan was sworn in.

Obama inherited an unemployment rate of 6.8 percent and no inflation problem. Inflation was only 1.1 percent in comparison to the crushing 21.5 percent left by Carter. By the time Reagan was sworn in in January business men, farmers and home buyers (if you could find one) were paying 23 to 24 percent interest rates on loans.

Reagan wasted no energy on blaming Jimmy Carter. He approached the problem by lowering marginal tax rates in gradual steps over three years. He eased the regulatory burden on businesses, making it simpler to open or expand a business. His infectious optimism reminded people “the best is yet to come.” America was still “the shining city on the hill,” and Reagan reversed the country’s mood from a Carter-induced “malaise” to a can-do spirit.

In stark contrast, Obama did just the opposite with predictable results. He increased the regulatory environment increasing the cost and difficulty of opening or expanding a business. He introduced new law burdening business with new costs that are significant and beyond measurability at the same time. He fought for a return to higher taxes before acquiescing. Obama made his belief clear that America never was a shining city on a hill; it was a country in need of complete transformation. For America’s leader to wear a flag pin on his lapel was to honor a nation that was undeserving of such respect, a country that was in no way exceptional.

Reagan’s policies worked. By the end of his first term, inflation was down, employment was up, the economy was in good shape again and the mood of the nation had gone from morose to bright and cheery. In the bid for a second term, Reagan won every state with the sole exception of Minnesota.

Today we are where we are because of the president we picked in 2008, not because of what he inherited.

This post was adapted on an article by Peter Hegseth.