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Stop blaming Obama
The Daily Vex ^ | 08/08/2010 | Devon W

Posted on 08/08/2010 9:49:05 PM PDT by HushTX

Stop blaming Obama.

I have noticed a growing trend to attribute every crisis or failure to President Obama. Out of control spending, the leak in the gulf, sexual education in public schools are all Obama’s fault.

Except, not really.

While it is easy to blame the man in the White House for any number of problems in this country, and it is tempting to praise the Commander in Chief when things go right, there are more players in this grand game than the President alone. The obvious next step is to look at the President’s cabinet, those he has appointed to those roles, but that is not exactly the point I’m getting at. Sure, it’s easy to say that they are responsible for problems under the jurisdiction of their office, but that is as dishonest a response as placing all blame on President Obama.

Congress- the House and Senate- are obviously a mess, and are guilty of bringing on so much of the frustration, ills and woes that face us today. The dangerous legislation they enact, the denial of accountability, the rampant ignorance and the sheer lack of understanding that plague our legislative branch have put the United States between Barack and a hard place, but even they are not the end of the line when seeking someone to blame.

My fellow Americans, I am blaming you. Everything we have today is your fault. It is my fault. It is our fault.

We voted these people into office. We, as voters, have allowed them to lapse into untouchable incumbency, and our own ignorance has fueled their abusive corruption of our Constitution and legislative system. It doesn’t matter if you vote Democrat or Republican, Green party or any other third party. The fact is, you don’t do your damn job as citizens. Even I have failed in this regard at times. We are all to blame for the state of this country.

Those who are in a fit over President Obama’s birth certificate need to realize that they had a chance to address the situation before he was elected. Sure, the few meager attempts made were blocked by those who wanted Mr. Obama to win, but the avenues of pursuit were hardly exhausted, and the reality is that this was not a logical means by which to prevent his election. Instead, producing a viable and electable candidate to oppose him would have been more effective and likely would have succeeded. Instead, the choice was John McCain, the least electable Republican I knew of at the time. Conservatives and Republicans, you let the left wing media dictate who your candidate was, and you deserved to lose.

More importantly, conservatives and Republicans are at fault for not holding each other accountable. This “better Republican than Democrat” nonsense is why the Right is suffering so much. The value of the candidate is outweighed by his or her party affiliation, and somehow people are surprised when the Republican Party isn’t conservative.

Republicans, really, get most of the blame. I don’t mean Republican Senators or Representatives, or any other public servant. I mean all people who identify themselves as Republicans. You have allowed the truth of the party’s history to be hidden and forgotten, and allowed your opposition to take credit for matters of historical significance. You have allowed your opposition to hide its involvement in matters of social consequence, and stand idly by while supports of the Democratic Party attack you as racist, bigots, enemies of the common people. I would wager it’s because you are all ignorant of the facts I refer to, and I can’t say that I feel sorry for any of you.

By no means do I mean to claim that the Democratic Party is a nest of vipers waiting to strike. There are a handful of people within its ranks that truly want the best for America, and a handful that mean well. I would say that the ratio is about the same as the few within the Republican Party that are sincere in their desire to help the country. Unfortunately, there are so many who are misguided and lied to by the “elite” of our country- Republican and Democrat alike- that nobody can really see which way the wind is blowing anymore.

A major failing of the average American is a lack of reliable information… a lack caused by laziness, not the absence of such information. Liberals tend to rely on sources such as CNN and CBS while conservatives lambaste them for their blind adherence to the message of the mainstream media. But what about conservatives who only go to Fox News? I tend to get a majority of my news from Fox, but I don’t limit myself to a single source. I fact check, I challenge the information, I research and I dig. I realize I am not the only one, but those of us who do are in the minority. Even with all my effort, I still get things wrong sometimes. How much worse off are those who don’t even try?

Here’s a news flash: Fox News is biased! Every source of information is biased, period. The trick is in identifying the bias, because finding that can give as much information as the article or story itself. Looking at the whole picture will reveal a wealth of information you cannot find any other way. I have added the Huffington Post, a second tier news source with an obvious and deliberate liberal bias, to my daily reading. While some of what I read infuriates me, I still read it daily. I don’t know many liberals who make a point of following Fox News, despite its right wing slant. For that matter, I don’t know many conservatives who make a point of following liberal publications.

How exactly do you propose to address the “agenda” of your opposition if you don’t know what they are saying? If you only pick a handful of articles to look at, specifically the ones that are obviously and openly fallacious, and limit your response to insulting them, how do you intend to fix the problems associated with the media’s attempts to dictate public opinion?

The media’s agenda driven corruption and departure from journalistic purity is your fault, America. Instead of holding so-called journalists accountable, the average American is content to listen to what is deemed “worth reporting,” and soaks in the ideology the media elite want to perpetuate. The same is happening with fans of Fox News and talk radio. There is regurgitation without contemplation, and it’s killing our country. Yet, instead of calling each other out for this, Americans try to avoid conflict and try not to “make anyone feel bad.” Sometimes people need to feel bad. Sometimes that’s what it takes to spur them to correct undesirable behavior. Conservatives love to say that Congress is not supposed to be full of elites, but rather it was meant to be a body of common people representing the best interests of common people. If that’s the case, why did we let things get so out of hand? More important, why do we complain about it instead of fixing it?

I don’t have a solution. I don’t have a magic fix that will put everything back the way “it should be.” But I do intend to hold myself and my peers accountable. That means I don’t tolerate this “blame Obama” mentality that is going around. Nobody should settle for pinning blame on the President, even if you can see his involvement. Hold the President accountable for his part in this mess, but hold your elected officials on all levels accountable. Hold your friends and family accountable. Hold yourself accountable. Don’t let people sit in their ignorance. Don’t let them make ridiculously off base claims without challenging them. Don’t settle for citation of sources that don’t give the full picture. Do a little research and have some facts to work with, and use those facts in discussion with others.

And make sure you are friends with people who don’t agree! They will be your biggest resource when developing your arguments and challenging your ideas. They may even be your best friends.

What it all comes down to is that we can see the writing on the wall. We see what our "leaders" are doing, how our representatives are betraying us. We get all up in arms, but every time an election cycle rolls around we put ourselves in the same boat. We do it to ourselves. Then we blame Congress. We blame the President. We blame the liberals, the conservatives, the Democrats, the Republicans. We fight amongst ourselves, and let the people at the top encourage our division so they can stay in power.

Are we really this stupid?

Quit whining, do something about it, stop shifting the blame. If you don't want Obama and the Democrats to pursue their agenda, get them out of office. If you happen to believe in the Democrats and their agenda, make sure they stay in power.

Stop throwing accusations and insults, and use some facts to sway others to your side. Listen to the opposition. If you're really right, you have nothing to worry about.

What it all comes down to is that Americans have failed America, and it's time for us to be held accountable.


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At the risk of flaming, I'm posting today's Vex. I think most people at Free Republic know I'm hardcore conservative, so hopefully that won't be lost on those who read this. I'm just sick of whining and inaction.
1 posted on 08/08/2010 9:49:09 PM PDT by HushTX
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To: HushTX

Stop blaming Obama ..........


Yeah, let’s keep blaming bush.


2 posted on 08/08/2010 9:51:13 PM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: boycott

Bush’s fault LOL!


3 posted on 08/08/2010 9:52:21 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: HushTX

if he don’t want the blame VETO THE BILLS. If he sign the bills, he takes full responsibility for the good and bad in the bill. He’s basically saying, on balance, its good enough to sign


4 posted on 08/08/2010 9:54:45 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: HushTX

free the long form!!!


5 posted on 08/08/2010 9:55:07 PM PDT by chicken head
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To: boycott

People are still blaming Bush? I mean... people not on Democratic Underground?

I suppose I could have mentioned Bush directly, but I thought the overall inclusion of ALL elected officials would be sufficient to make my point. Otherwise I would get into listing every damned public servant ever, just for fairness sake. The direct mention of Obama is meant to illustrate a point and draw readers in through the use of modern relevance. I didn’t realize we took the Bush-blamers seriously, so discounted them as a symptom of the problem I’m addressing.


6 posted on 08/08/2010 9:55:44 PM PDT by HushTX (quit whining)
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To: HushTX

OK, I promise I’ll never blame Obama for anything
again even though he and his lackies can’t stop
blaming Bush for everything. Thanks, I feel better
already.


7 posted on 08/08/2010 9:56:16 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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To: HushTX

If the mosque in Ground Zero is built, I will blame Obama. HIS State Dept. is paying for a fund raising tour to the Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Qatar by the Imam who want s to build it. He already has a mosque 10 blocks away.


8 posted on 08/08/2010 9:56:51 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: HushTX

It’s true that in politics just one guy can’t get all the blame, that’s just lazy thinking. Doesn’t mean that the country wouldn’t be on balance much better off with Obama out.


9 posted on 08/08/2010 9:57:03 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: HushTX

The buck stops there. He do the time, it’s his crime.


10 posted on 08/08/2010 9:57:24 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: HushTX

Come on now. I was just making a little fun of how the libs want to blame Bush for everything. If it’s a cloudy day, they blame Bush.


11 posted on 08/08/2010 9:58:44 PM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: HushTX

If the writer is trying to channel Ted Nugent, the Uncle Ted said it much better.


12 posted on 08/08/2010 9:59:23 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: HushTX
Those who are in a fit over President Obama’s birth certificate need to realize that they had a chance to address the situation before he was elected.

I must have missed the time in 2004 when John Kerry saw fit to post a bogus birth certificate online.

13 posted on 08/08/2010 9:59:43 PM PDT by abishai
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To: HushTX

I get a kick out of folks, even people that voted for him, when they say they can’t believe what Obama is doing. I tell them he is doing everything that he campaigned on. How can one be surprised?


14 posted on 08/08/2010 10:00:18 PM PDT by 21twelve ( UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES MY ARSE: "..now begin the work of remaking America."-Obama, 1/20/09)
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To: 4rcane

Does that excuse the voters of their part in the problem?

I agree with this assessment, though, and if you’re willing to make the point as a comment on my blog, that would be awesome. I hadn’t considered that aspect, and since I was pretty much ranting rather than attempting a graduate thesis, I contented myself to the aspects that seemed within the scope of the rant.

But I agree with what you’re getting at. I still think my points are valid, though, as I’m really trying to get at the laziness that has gotten us in this mess.


15 posted on 08/08/2010 10:00:18 PM PDT by HushTX (quit whining)
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To: HushTX

btt


16 posted on 08/08/2010 10:00:56 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: HushTX

17 posted on 08/08/2010 10:01:20 PM PDT by MamaLucci (I will not comply.)
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To: boycott

Oh, that’s fair. I make fun of liberals all the time. :-)

That’s Bush’s fault.


18 posted on 08/08/2010 10:01:57 PM PDT by HushTX (quit whining)
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To: HushTX

After 8 YEARS of “BUSH’S FAULT!”(TM) for horrible DEMOCRAT economic policies, the pansy lib wimps are trying NOT to make what Obama is doing (and isn’t doing) stick to him?

Tough kash*tsky....

They reap what they have sown.


19 posted on 08/08/2010 10:02:58 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Obama White House=Tammany Hall on the National Mall)
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To: stainlessbanner

I’ll keep that in mind if I ever try to channel Ted Nugent.


20 posted on 08/08/2010 10:03:01 PM PDT by HushTX (quit whining)
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To: HushTX

Oh, that’s fair. I make fun of liberals all the time. :-)

That’s Bush’s fault.


If there was any misunderstanding, I would like to blame Bush for that too.


21 posted on 08/08/2010 10:03:29 PM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: HushTX

Obama, Reid and Pelosi are all our fault or anyone who identifies themselves as a republican?

That was some craptastic writing and I’m glad I read the article before commenting on the title.

Lame. Nice try but, Lame.


22 posted on 08/08/2010 10:03:29 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: 21twelve

I tell them it’s their fault.

They are responsible for his election, so they are responsible for his failings and attacks on America. They were warned.


23 posted on 08/08/2010 10:04:27 PM PDT by HushTX (quit whining)
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To: boycott

So long as you don’t blame Obama, because obviously that was the only point I was trying to make.

Unless one reads the rest of my post.

Then it’s Bush’s fault, because he’s the only one who votes.


24 posted on 08/08/2010 10:05:23 PM PDT by HushTX (quit whining)
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To: HushTX

Wait! You wrote that?

LOL

I would comment and rebut point by point and line by line but it’s getting late and I have spent all my witticisms on some others who can’t even write.

Nice try at being a contrarian and posing original thought but, Anh! I ain’t buying.


25 posted on 08/08/2010 10:06:39 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: 4rcane
if he don’t want the blame VETO THE BILLS. If he sign the bills, he takes full responsibility for the good and bad in the bill. He’s basically saying, on balance, its good enough to sign

Not only that Bozo pushed for most of the bills, he wanted the stimulus, the cap and tax(which he hasn't gotten yet)and the health care takeover along with the auto industry take over. All of these things are part of his agenda, so, yes, it is his fault for being a socialist dictator wannabe.

26 posted on 08/08/2010 10:08:52 PM PDT by calex59
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To: HushTX

So long as you don’t blame Obama ..


Obama really cannot be blamed for anything because he was playing golf, vacationing, entertaining movie stars, etc.

Therefore, it’s Bush’s fault.


27 posted on 08/08/2010 10:08:54 PM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: Sivad

I’m going the other way.

If I get split ends, my black jeans fade, I get hiccups and everything else that goes even slightly askew in my life, it’s all 0’s fault.

Bush did his all purpose scapegoat time for 8 years so Obimbo can suck it up and take his lumps, too.


28 posted on 08/08/2010 10:10:12 PM PDT by Salamander (And I think I need some rest but sleeping don't come very easy in a straight white vest.)
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To: HushTX

FUBO!!


29 posted on 08/08/2010 10:10:31 PM PDT by unkus
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To: HushTX
the Commander in Chief

What part of Commander in Chief doesn't the author understand? Oh, wait... it must be above his pay grade...

30 posted on 08/08/2010 10:11:15 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: HushTX
and it's time for us to be held accountable.

EXCUSE ME!?!?!?! I had NOTHING to do with the election of The Failed Obama Administration©!

31 posted on 08/08/2010 10:12:29 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: HushTX
The obvious next step is to look at the President’s cabinet, those he has appointed to those roles...

Stop right there. If he appointed them, he's responsible.

Perpetual juveniles, all of them.

32 posted on 08/08/2010 10:12:50 PM PDT by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: Vendome

Sometimes I just post my irritation. Sometimes I share that irritation here because I know others might agree. Sometimes because I know I’m not right on target and the only way to fix that is to take the slings and arrows that come with the territory.

On the other hand, I sometimes receive “nice tries” and “whatevers.” That’s alright too.

In the end, I’ve been forced to step it up when I get lazy with my writing, because FReepers don’t accept craptastic writing, and getting the kick in the pants has helped.


33 posted on 08/08/2010 10:14:18 PM PDT by HushTX (quit whining)
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To: HushTX

Obama is a marxist quisling. Of course I blame him for pushing this country towards marxism. He’s a traitor, and unworthy to be a damn dog catcher, much less president. And of course I don’t blame him solely for America’s ills. Just for exacerbating them and creating new ones of uncommon offense to our constitutional republic.


34 posted on 08/08/2010 10:15:42 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: April Lexington

I didn’t vote for Obama, but I didn’t do a whole lot to try to dissuade my friends from voting for him. I consider myself to be partially to blame.

What would you say is a better way to address that? Please understand, this is a serious question, not an attempt to diminish your opinion.


35 posted on 08/08/2010 10:18:11 PM PDT by HushTX (quit whining)
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To: HushTX

I get where you are coming and I appreciate your original thought.

I don’t think I would debate you because I have said something similar, you just got real granular.

It is something to think about though.

Maybe you were a little tongue in cheek and now that you responded I appreciate it better.

Post on.


36 posted on 08/08/2010 10:18:39 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: HushTX

I blame Obama for this blog entry!


37 posted on 08/08/2010 10:20:50 PM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked." BHO)
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To: Vendome
I don't think this is one of my best posts, not by a long shot.

But I do want to be called out on the flaws in my writing, even if it's just a five-minute-rant like this one. I want people to say "what the hell was that?" I want people to demand more of me, and when they do I intend on asking "how would I better approach this?"

Trust me, if I wanted to dodge criticism, I wouldn't post on Free Republic.

But yeah, a lot of what I blabber on about is tongue in cheek, but I need to improve my means of presenting that so that I can craft my writing better.
38 posted on 08/08/2010 10:25:00 PM PDT by HushTX (quit whining)
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To: scott7278

Actually.... that one works. It’s his fault.


39 posted on 08/08/2010 10:25:23 PM PDT by HushTX (quit whining)
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To: HushTX

Round up the usual suspects!!!!

my hat off to Casablanca


40 posted on 08/08/2010 10:25:36 PM PDT by Liaison
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To: HushTX

Its ironic that they say stop blaming Obama but they are perfectly willing to blame Bush who hasn’t been president for almost 2 years.


41 posted on 08/08/2010 10:27:10 PM PDT by beckysueb
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To: beckysueb

Well, to be fair, I’m not exactly defending Obama, so much as I’m holding myself and other voters accountable.

Would you say a necessary inclusion to this is a mention of the tendency for libtards to blame Bush, and if so how exactly would you suggest I do that without detracting from the intended message of citizens responsibility?


42 posted on 08/08/2010 10:29:20 PM PDT by HushTX (quit whining)
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To: HushTX

Here is the Vendome Cliff note to better writing.

Write everything, read it and start cutting until you have the true essence of what you are trying to say.

Otherwise, it’s writing that is on the fly and is what it is.

Also, your title sucked and you can tell by the responses they didn’t bother to read your article.

LOL


43 posted on 08/08/2010 10:29:33 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: HushTX
I was working my butt off for that idiot McWhatshisname. Not because I could stand him but because I lived through the 1960s and I knew what was coming. Nobody understood the Malcolm X thing and the Angela Davis thing. They were all focused on Dr. MLK. But some of us understood what Moscow was doing in the Black Community (Soul, Brother!) and it scared the crap out of us. We screamed from the rooftops but Alinsky and his ilk know how to marginalize us and keep us from having an impact. Until now... These are horrifically dangerous people who are hell bent on destroying the United States and they have big money behind them.
44 posted on 08/08/2010 10:32:04 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Vendome

Yeah, the title was intended to get a rise out of people. I didn’t anticipate the rest to go unread, however. Stupid of me, given that anything like that is typically ignored here.

Of course, given the theme of my blog, the rising blood pressure I’m noticing is keeping with the theme. Just not exactly how I intended.

I think my points are valid, but am curious how “the opposition” will respond when they read it.


45 posted on 08/08/2010 10:33:05 PM PDT by HushTX (quit whining)
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To: scott7278

I blame 0bama for logging me in! And either beebing my stuner or stuning my beeber, which ever comes first.

I will agree on one foundational point of this vanity.

Running John McCain was about 1/2 inch short of arrogantly saying “we (repubs) don’t give a crap about the country or its people and we can do whatever we want”. Maybe that’s a viewpoint that benefits from a smelly pile of hindsight, but IMO most Republican leaners and conservatives found themselves unable to get excited about so mediocre a candidate. And understandably so. That 0bama won with so thin a resume and so little sizzle was surprising to me, maybe because I was at least partially as complacent as the RNC who chose McSlug to run as Bob Dole redux.

But we only get two to choose from and what little sizzle 0bama had, it worked.

If all it takes is a decade to undo the damge currently being done to the US, it will be evidence yet again of how blessed is the United States.


46 posted on 08/08/2010 10:36:09 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder ("No longer can we make no mistake for too long". Barack d****it 0bama, 2009, 2010, 2011.)
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To: HushTX
Those who are in a fit over President Obama’s birth certificate need to realize that they had a chance to address the situation before he was elected.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

We here on FR raised it and roared it to the high heavens. The Journolist made sure it was censored.The issue did not reach daylight until after the inauguration when the law suits began.

Of course we blame Obama and we will continue to do so.The more we blame him, the sooner he will be gone, and we will have a chance to fix this mess.

The MSM defence of Obama at all costs is not only growing thin, its making America angry. If they keep it up, there won't be even one print media outlet left, they won't be able to earn enough circulation to survive.

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The MSM IN 2009

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47 posted on 08/08/2010 10:36:32 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama .......yes......is a fascist... ..He meets every diagnostic of history.)
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To: April Lexington

Then I can honestly say you represent the minority, but I thank you for it. How do you address the lack of action and accountability of the greater US populace? Or, I suppose more accurately, of conservatives in America? If we really are in the right, which I believe we are, then how did we give so much ground to people who cannot scrape together enough facts to fit in a Happy Meal?


48 posted on 08/08/2010 10:36:39 PM PDT by HushTX (quit whining)
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To: HushTX
I consider myself to be partially to blame.

I'd say repentance is good. Git over it and get back to work electing ANYTHING but socialists and communists...

49 posted on 08/08/2010 10:37:15 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: HushTX

All I know is they blamed Bush for every single thing that happened to every body and everything right up to this day so now its time to blame Obama. As far as blaming ourselves, I didn’t vote for him and I tried my darndest to get people to see through him. Sometimes I suceeded. Sometimes I didn’t. We may share some of the blame for not trying hard enough. But I think the media was determined to get him elected and we were overpowered.


50 posted on 08/08/2010 10:38:17 PM PDT by beckysueb
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