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Will The American Spirit Survive Obama?
The American Thinker ^ | September 28, 2010 | Lloyd Marcus

Posted on 09/28/2010 3:13:02 AM PDT by Scanian

I recently caught the last five minutes of Rocky, the classic movie starring Sylvester Stallone. During the finale, Championship Boxing Exhibition, Rocky, the extreme underdog amateur, was knocked down several times by powerful punches from the reigning champion. Upon being knocked down yet again, Rocky's coach instructed, "Stay down!"

I thought, that is exactly what many family and friends, who love us, advise when the goin' gets tough: "Quit. Give up on your dream." Like such family and friends, Rocky's well-intentioned coach did not get it. Instinctively, Rocky knew he had to get back up, or he would never be able to look at himself in the mirror again. Even after seeing the scene for the gazillionth time, when Rocky struggles to his feet and battles the champion to the final bell, I still get a lump in my throat.

Rocky strikes a universal chord. I was in college when the movie was first released in the '70s. Several of my fellow black friends were militants running around touting "Black Power" with raised fists. And yet they were crazy about the Italian Stallion, Rocky.

Rocky is universally loved because he tells us that no matter how much life beats you down, if you can find the strength to pick yourself back up, you are a winner. Rocky also tells us that certain things are worth fighting for -- risking losing for the dream of winning. Rocky epitomized the American Spirit.

And then, along came the Obama administration. In fairness, while no other president has promoted entitlement and American unexceptionalism more than Obama, we have been traveling down this entitlement road for quite awhile.

Like Rocky's coach, but for sinister reasons, Obama and liberals advise Americans, "Stay down! Striving for personal success is evil. You're entitled to the fruit of the labor of someone else. Illegal immigration is fine. Enforcing the law is insensitive, heartless, and racist. Competition damages self-esteem. Capitalism is unfair. Expecting immigrants to learn English is cruel and racist. We expect very little of you."

In keeping with their constant appealing to our lower nature and "don't strive for excellence" mindset, liberals coach minorities with messages like "You're victims of American racism. You deserve handouts. America is controlled by rich white people." Much has been written about the Left's "bigotry of low expectations" in regards to minorities.

No longer do we celebrate the "Rockys" of America -- folks who sacrifice, take risks, and struggle to achieve a better life for their families and themselves. Obama and company demonize achievers, calling them selfish and greedy exploiters of the poor.

In the name of "social justice," King Obama has begun confiscating and redistributing the wealth of Americans who were knocked down by life several times but courageously kept struggling to pick themselves back up and became winners. Reading the biographies of the wealthy will confirm that most of them took risks and experienced failures; many faced bankruptcies, lost marriages, and tremendous sacrifices and struggles. But they kept getting back up.

Not only has Obama vowed to confiscate the wealth of these "American Rockys" -- and in his own words, "spread it around" America -- but he intends to redistribute their hard-earned money around the world.

Some say the American Dream is dead. Nobody wants to work hard to achieve a goal. They believe liberals have successfully divided Americans into various victimized groups, all believing they are entitled. These fatalists say far too many Americans would rather sit on their butts and wait for whatever entitlement crumbs the government throws their way.

I do not believe we have reached such an ugly un-Rocky/un-American critical mass. Traveling on the Tea Party Express, I have attended hundreds of Tea Parties across America. Rocky is alive and well in the hearts and minds of millions of Tea Party patriots who still celebrate ambition, courage, and personal achievement. These folks are downright repulsed by the idea of government controlling outcomes, dictating who wins and who loses.

Daily assaults by Obama have severely beaten down the spirit of America. He proclaims that the U.S. is no longer -- nor should it be -- the world economic leader. So how many more Obama brutal punches can the spirit of American exceptionalism endure? Will it survive the Obama regime?

Yes, it will. No matter how many times the American spirit is knocked down, it always gets back up. Tea Party patriots have declared, "King Obama, you're dethroned! We're taking back America!" Adriannnnnn, I LOVE YOU!!!


TOPICS: Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: entitlement; obama; racism; redistribution; victimization

1 posted on 09/28/2010 3:13:09 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

The Free Market is down and out and in need of CPR. The Federal Government has smothered it and it is needing Liberation. Two more years of Obama...Doubt it.


2 posted on 09/28/2010 3:16:58 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (counter revolutionary)
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To: Scanian

A couple of episodes of Jack Bauer topped off with any Rocky flick and America is gooder to go !


3 posted on 09/28/2010 3:41:47 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: screaminsunshine
Don't worry.

He will have his wings clipped.

Seriously.

And, while two years is long, it will go quickly--relatively speaking. Take it from me.

Hang in there. We all hang together, or we hang separately.

4 posted on 09/28/2010 3:42:42 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (They should count their blessings The American People are going to take power from them peacefully..)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Is it any better in Tokyo?


5 posted on 09/28/2010 3:50:28 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (counter revolutionary)
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To: Scanian

Americans have an almost genetic sense that we would rather “die on our feet than live on our knees”. Zero currently is able to run amok due to confusion among the folks but as that confusion ends and just what he is is becoming clearer by the hour the folks are turning on him in droves. As dark as it seems just now a new dawn is coming that will really show the world something. IMHO. We are Americans, the folks who showed the world time and again. At Lexington, Yorktown, Tripoli, Iwo, Normandy, you name it. We have repeatedly driven straight through the grim opposition to our success and will continue to do so. “Americans love a fight.” Gen George Patton. ‘Nuff said.


6 posted on 09/28/2010 4:00:50 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Hi AIT.

C’mon guys. Stay with us. We’re gonna win this fight.


7 posted on 09/28/2010 4:00:50 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Scanian

Does Rocky have to deal with a crooked referree when it’s time to declare a winner?


8 posted on 09/28/2010 4:05:05 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: knarf
Jack Bauer...Pfft.

Rocky is good, though.

9 posted on 09/28/2010 4:09:23 AM PDT by Celtic Cross (Pablo is very whiney)
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To: Scanian

Will the american spirit survive 0? Those who voted for him already lost it, or more likely never had it to begin with. The american spirit has to do with independence and a strong work ethic. The 0 spirit is “when’s someone gonna help us?” as typified by the natural born 0 votes whining on the national news after Katrina


10 posted on 09/28/2010 4:12:29 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: wastoute
I have a rather different opinion than that, I truly regret to say. A large, large portion of the American population has become europized. Wimpy, liberal, cowed, metro, weak. No longer do ‘Americans love a fight’. Many, I would hazard a guess at 40%, are irrevocably europized. Hopefully the rest of us will be able to turn this country around.
11 posted on 09/28/2010 4:18:38 AM PDT by Celtic Cross (Pablo is very whiney)
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To: Scanian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVAhr4hZDJE


12 posted on 09/28/2010 4:38:07 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God's redemption.)
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To: Celtic Cross

Well I think America is splitting into two cultures. One is the traditonal American culture, epitomized by perhaps Rocky but more so by hardwoking, vituous self-reliant people. This is the culture that built American greatness.

The other, newer culture is epitomized by Obama’s aunt - opportunistic parasites who want to enjoy the wealth created by the old culture and who expect the “system” to take care of them. As America is overrun with immigrants (and some native-born) with this expectation (just as the Roman Republic was) it will be increasingly hard to maintain he old culture.


13 posted on 09/28/2010 4:40:14 AM PDT by jtal
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To: Scanian

If the Left is thrown from power after this November, there is a chance. If not, then IMHO the answer is “no.”


14 posted on 09/28/2010 4:41:30 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Scanian

Absolutely it will survive.

LLS


15 posted on 09/28/2010 4:42:08 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: wastoute

DAMN RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LLS


16 posted on 09/28/2010 4:43:07 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Scanian
Obama is just a symptom of the underlying problem. The problem is the electorate that perpetually support politicians like Obama.
17 posted on 09/28/2010 4:44:17 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: sodpoodle

Excellent video.


18 posted on 09/28/2010 4:44:44 AM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: Rocky

Was sent to me this a.m.

Think I’ll post it on every thread;)


19 posted on 09/28/2010 4:49:54 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God's redemption.)
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To: Scanian

If we can survive Jimmy Carter (which in some ways was worse than Obama—remember the shockingly high inflation and prime lending rates?), we can survive Obama. I still remember Carter’s infamous “malaise” speech that effectively doomed his Presidency from 1979.


20 posted on 09/28/2010 5:09:21 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Scanian

“What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” -Friedrich Nietzsche


21 posted on 09/28/2010 5:19:11 AM PDT by Millie
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To: screaminsunshine
In some sense, yes, and in some sense, no.

Here is the good news. Obama is Temporary. (his administration)

Same with the current Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) here in Japan. A bunch of bumbling idiots, the Chinese and NORKs are rolling them in the alley like a lone, drunken coastguardsman=--part of the reason they do it is because they know Obama is (gulp!) at the helm in Washington....

22 posted on 09/28/2010 5:34:06 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (How many of us can get our "training wheels" in the form of being awarded 4-star General status?)
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To: wastoute
Well said.

Nuff said.

Eagles Up!

23 posted on 09/28/2010 5:35:01 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (How many of us can get our "training wheels" in the form of being awarded 4-star General status?)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

We will relieve him of his command in November. Help is on the way.


24 posted on 09/28/2010 5:38:42 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (counter revolutionary)
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To: jtal

It would be “easy” to destroy that second culture, actually.
Perhaps “simple” would be a better word, because “it ain’t gonna be easy”.

Simply remove their entitlements. When they can no longer eat without working, that “culture” of dependence and entitlement goes away pretty quickly, within a couple of generations.


25 posted on 09/28/2010 5:40:29 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: screaminsunshine
I think Patrict Lumumba Obongo will lose heart, and resign, sometime in the second half of his single term. I have always felt that, a weird sense.

I see it in "quitters". I think fundamentally he is a QUITTER, a "I'll take my marbles home" type of narcissist of the worst type. These people cannot function when all the praise, and adoration, and outright idolotry is sucked out of the room. (Remember this idiotic kids, prompted by their parents or teachers, singing those stupid Maoist type Cult of Personality songs??)

If the Democrats are smart, as a party, they are well advised to jettison this guy as soon as possible and look for an alternative in 2012. Regardless, they are still going to get creamed at the polls in two years. We are just warming up in the next 40 days. ;-)

26 posted on 09/28/2010 5:44:08 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (How many of us can get our "training wheels" in the form of being awarded 4-star General status?)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I think the opposite. I think he is a committed Communist who will do everything he can against us. All the way. He will have to be completely beaten down and flushed out of his bunker.


27 posted on 09/28/2010 5:56:55 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (counter revolutionary)
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To: Scanian

Obama thinks it won’t survive. Fortunately he has a nearly perfect track record of being dead nuts wrong.


28 posted on 09/28/2010 6:01:31 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: screaminsunshine

How bout, a COMMUNIST and a QUITTER?? (His narcissism just might check his Maoism). But we will see. At least his aides are starting to jump ship here and there, that is how it usually begins. Soon, he wont trust anyone in the West Wing.


29 posted on 09/28/2010 6:02:11 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (How many of us can get our "training wheels" in the form of being awarded 4-star General status?)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

OK. I hope he quits. I see more likelyhood of Impeachment once the investigations begin next year. Who do you think the Repubs will nominate for 2012. I think it may be Gingritch but hope for Palin or DeMent.


30 posted on 09/28/2010 6:06:06 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (counter revolutionary)
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To: Scanian

“If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.”
RONALD REAGAN, “A Time For Choosing” speech, October 27, 1964

At this time in our history, we must ask ourselves:

Are we living in the country that our founding fathers envisioned when they sacrificed their lives, fortunes and sacred honor?

Do we sit idle while our country is on a course of soon becoming a place that we ourselves would flee if given a choice?

Do we live a life of ease today, so that our children and grandchildren can face the consequences of our inaction when we are gone?

The fact that we and our children’s children have nowhere else to go... the fact that HUMANITY has nowhere else to go... gives those questions an even heavier weight than the one our Founders pondered many years ago when deciding whether or not to break with England.

“I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.”
RONALD REAGAN, First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981

Time to choose, America.


31 posted on 09/28/2010 8:12:19 AM PDT by Painesright
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