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Clueless: Obama Voters Know Nothing About Government
Independent Journal Review ^ | 11/9/2012 | Kyle Becker

Posted on 11/10/2012 7:19:24 AM PST by Beave Meister

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If you’re a young Obama voter and you happen to be reading this, then give yourself a pat on the back for having the intellectual curiosity to read something else besides what Jay-Z and your ex-hippie college professors think. You’re in the minority, and I applaud you for it.

And it’s not your fault that you don’t know anything about American politics. Your professors haven’t taught you anything but the left-wing pablum that has been spoonfed you since second grade.

You voted in 2012 for Obama. Here’s your participation trophy.

But it looks pretty bad when repeated “man on the street” interviews show that the most unblinking Obama voters know very little about the basic functioning of American government; whose platform was whose before the election; and the main issue facing citizens: the economy. To be fair, if you airdropped someone into the backwoods of America and asked your typical conservative recluse about basic civics, he would likely fare no better. Yet liberals are supposed to be intellectually superior to everyone else, due to their proper academic pedigree.

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KEYWORDS: 2012; cluelesslibrals; congress; democrats; elections; fraud; government; idiotliberals; idiotsdidntvote4mitt; labanimals; liberals; morons; obama; patheticliberals; zombies; zombiesliberals
This is what we're up against, folks......Most of these liberals have no more brains than lab animals. And I'm being kind with that comparison.
1 posted on 11/10/2012 7:19:28 AM PST by Beave Meister
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To: Beave Meister
Kids rebelled in the muslim world and look what happened.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeGlJ7OouR0

2 posted on 11/10/2012 7:23:02 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Beave Meister

Brain Death: It’s not just for Zombies anymore.


3 posted on 11/10/2012 7:23:33 AM PST by formosa (consider me galt)
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To: Beave Meister

I have been saying this for a very long time, and this last election proves it. The so called American people are no longer capable of self governance.


4 posted on 11/10/2012 7:24:05 AM PST by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Beave Meister

They know everything they have to know. If they vote Dem that don’t have to take the initiative and risk to rob their more productive fellow citizens. They can sit on their asses and have the government transfer the loot electronically right to their accounts. What’s more to know?


5 posted on 11/10/2012 7:24:43 AM PST by all the best (`~!)
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To: Beave Meister
When I was in the 8th grade I took a mandatory US government class. To receive a passing grade you had to pass the US citizen test.
6 posted on 11/10/2012 7:27:56 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Beave Meister

Just stop at the word clueless. Liberals are clueless. period.

I have talked to them and the level of naivete and lack of understanding, on all subjects, is breathtaking.


7 posted on 11/10/2012 7:31:00 AM PST by MustKnowHistory
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To: Beave Meister

Actually saw one Obamabot post this on a message board:

“Abortion is science. Repuvlicams don’t like abortion because it’s scientific.”


8 posted on 11/10/2012 7:34:23 AM PST by TigerClaws
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To: Beave Meister

9 posted on 11/10/2012 7:42:55 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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They all understand the word free, as in free food, free phones, ect. Too bad they don’t understand the word freedom.


10 posted on 11/10/2012 8:02:18 AM PST by LilyBean
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To: TigerClaws
“Abortion is science. Repuvlicams don’t like abortion because it’s scientific.”

That is so stupid on so many levels it hurts to think about it.

11 posted on 11/10/2012 8:03:55 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: Beave Meister

There will be many more in 2016 voting for Hillery.


12 posted on 11/10/2012 8:05:12 AM PST by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: Beave Meister

At my workplace politics is a very rare topic of conversation. In the few years I’ve been there, I’ve overheard politics come up only a tiny handful of times. The last time was just a couple days or so before we got hit by hurricane sandy. I overheard a coworkers say how she intended to vote for obama. How she always votes democrat. And she also said “you’ve got to have a brain to vote democrat”.

At that I leaned in and asked her who her congressman is. She said she didn’t know. I asked who her senator is. Her answer? “Ummmmm....Hillary Clinton?”


13 posted on 11/10/2012 8:06:13 AM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: Beave Meister

To me its our turn for class warfare:

Frame it as

Takers vs Makers

Non Thinkers vs Thinkers


14 posted on 11/10/2012 8:09:04 AM PST by patriotspride
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To: Beave Meister
DailyJobcuts.com Let's hope most of these layoffs are Obama voters.
15 posted on 11/10/2012 8:10:38 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (christian.bahits.com)
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To: TigerClaws
I had to go take a couple aspiring and a Tums after reading that.

Not surprising at all, but nauseating - every time - nonetheless !



16 posted on 11/10/2012 8:14:14 AM PST by tomkat
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To: Huskrrrr

When I was in the 8th grade I took a mandatory US government class. To receive a passing grade you had to pass the US citizen test.


Born and raised in Phila. Catholic school for first 8 years.

1950’s - learned about parties, platforms, and yes even planks

1960;s - 9-12 - Public school due to relocation - outside of Philly

Civics class was more sociology - beginning of touchy feely world


17 posted on 11/10/2012 8:14:40 AM PST by patriotspride
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aspiring for something stronger, but settling for aspirin


< damn >

18 posted on 11/10/2012 8:16:30 AM PST by tomkat
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To: Beave Meister

I read a posst here the other day in which a guy was saying that his daughter said she vor=ted for Obama because she didn’t like the way Romney laughed and interrupted during the debate. He informed her that it was Joe Biden who did that and she said she didn’t like him either, but she voted for Obama.


19 posted on 11/10/2012 8:34:06 AM PST by Baynative
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To: duckman
There will be many more in 2016 voting for Hillary.

If Hillary runs in 2016 it'll be as a Republican. She's far too conservative for today's Democrat party.

20 posted on 11/10/2012 8:37:08 AM PST by Drew68
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To: Beave Meister; All
Then, it's up to those who understand the ideas of liberty to participate in a massive effort to help fellow citizens to understand that America's choice is between freedom and slavery to government!

The following essay was published in the Bicentennial Year of the Constitution - 1987. It's message applies even more to today's challenges.

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CITIZENS

"Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, judges and governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature." - Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Edward Carrington January 16, 1787

Background And Original Intent

"A good constitution is the greatest blessing which a socie­ty can enjoy." So said James Wilson, in his oration at Philadelphia on July 4, 1788, celebrating the adoption of the Constitution of the United States. Wilson, who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, preached startlingly democratic theories - more democratic than the ideas of any other delegate to the Constitutional Convention.

Yet Wilson emphasized the duties, as well as the rights, of citizens:

"Need I infer, that it is the duty of every citizen to use his best and most unremitting endeavours for preserving it [the Constitution] pure, healthful, and vigorous? For the accomplishment of this great purpose, the exertions of no one citizen are unimportant. Let no one, therefore harbour, for a moment, the mean idea, that he is and can be of no value to his country: let the contrary manly impres­sion animate his soul. Every one can, at many times, perform, to the state, useful services; and he, who steadily pursues the road of patriotism, has the most inviting prospect of being able, at some times, to perform eminent ones."

Wilson's argument is quite as sound now as it was two centuries ago. The success of the American Republic as a political structure has been the consequence, in very large part, of the voluntary participation of citizens in public affairs - enlisting in the army in time of war; serving on school boards; taking part unpaid in political campaigns; petitioning legislatures; sup­porting the President in an hour of crisis; and in a hundred other great ways, or small-assuming responsibility for the com­mon good. The Constitution has functioned well, most of the time, because conscientious men and women have given it flesh.

The Premises of Americans' Responsibility Under the Constitution of 1787

In the matters which most immediately affect private life, power should remain in the hands of the citizens, or of the several states - not in the possession of federal government. So, at least, the Constitution declares. Americans have no official cards of identity, or internal passports, or system of national registration of all citizens - obligations imposed upon citizens in much of the rest of the world. This freedom results from Americans' voluntary assumption of responsibility.

In matters of public concern, it was the original intent to keep authority as close to home as possible. The lesser courts, the police, the maintenance of roads and sanitation, the levying of real-property taxes, the control of public schools, and many other essential functions still are carried on by the agen­cies of local community: the township, the village, the city, the county, the voluntary association. Citizens' cooperation in voluntary community throughout the United States has been noted and commended in the books of Alexis de Tocqueville, Lord Bryce, Julian Marias, and other distinguished visitors to the United States, over the past two centuries:

A republic whose citizens - whose leaders, indeed - are concerned chiefly with "looking out for Number One," and ig­noring their responsibilities of citizenship, soon cannot "insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare" - or carry on the other major duties of the state. When the crisis comes, the people may turn in desperation to the hero-administrator, the misty figure somewhere at the summit. But in the end, that hero­administrator will not save the republic, although he may govern for a time by force. A democratic republic cannot long endure unless a great many of its citizens stand ready and will­ing to brighten the corner where they are, and to sacrifice much for the nation, if need be.

Has The Consciousness of Responsibility Withered in America?

For the past five or six decades, several perceptive observers have remarked, an increasing proportion of the American population has ceased to feel responsible for the common defense, for productive work, for choosing able men and women to represent them in politics, for accepting personal responsibility for the needs of the community, or even for their own livelihood. Unless this deterioration is arrested, the responsible citizens will be too few to support and protect the irresponsible. By 1978 there were more people receiving regular government checks than there were workers in the private sector.

What follows, if we are to judge by the history of fallen civilizations, is described by Albert Jay Nock in his book Memoirs of a Superfluous Man (1943):

"... closer centralization; a steadily growing bureaucracy; State power and faith in State power increasing; social power and faith in social power diminishing; the State absorbing a continually larger proportion of the national income; production languishing; the State in consequence taking over one 'essential industry' after another, managing them with ever-increasing corruption, inefficiency, and prodigality, and finally resorting to a system of forced labor. Then at some point in this process a collision of State interests, at least as general and as violent as that which occurred in 1914, will result in an industrial and financial dislocation too severe for the asthenic [weak] social structure to bear; and from this the State will be left to 'the rusty death of machinery' and the casual anonymous forces of dissolution."

Modem civilization offers a great variety of diversions, amusements, and enticements - some of them baneful. But modem civilization does not offer many inducements to the performance of duties, except perhaps monetary payment, and certainly it does not teach people that the real reward for responsible citizenship is the preservation of a free society.

It is not money that can induce citizens to labor and sacrifice for the common good. They must be moved by patriotism and their attachment to the Constitution. And patriotism alone, ignorant boasting about ones native land, would not suffice to preserve the Republic.

Thus it is that on the occasion of the Bicentennial celebrating of the Constitution, a mighty effort ought to be made to restore the American public's awareness of the principles of their government, of their responsibilities toward their country, their neighbors, their children, their parents, and themselves to be sure that their patrotism is based on this solid foundation. No one knows how late the hour is; but it is later than most people think. Love of the Republic shelters all our other loves; and that love is worth some sacrifice.

Responsibilities Are Readily Forgotten

Nearly all of us are quick to claim benefits, but not everybody is eager to fulfill obligations. We have become a nation obsessed with rights, forgetful of responsibilities. In an age of seeming affluence, a great many people find it easy to forget that all good things must be paid for by somebody or other - paid for through hard work, through painful abstinence, sometimes through bitter sacrifice. Below we set down some of the causes for the decline of a sense of responsibility among some American citizens.

In other words, the temptation of public men in Washington is always to offer to have the federal government assume fresh responsibilities - with consequent decay of local and private vigor (it might be argued that, at least in part, a failure in the proper exercise of citizens' responsibility permitted the development of the welfare state syndrome - that the government owes them a living. In any event, once it got under way and the welfare state grew, the sense of citizens' responsibility and rugged individualism deteriorated).

These are only some of the reasons why a 'permissive" society speaks often of rights and seldom of responsibilities. A time comes, in the course of events, when abruptly there is a most urgent need for men and women ready to fulfill high and exacting and dangerous responsibilities. And if there are no such citizens, then liberty can be lost. It must be remembered that the great strength of the Signers of the Declaration and the Framers of the Constitution was that they knew their classical history, and how the ancient Greek cities had lost their liberties, and how the Roman system had sunk to its ruin under the weight of proletariat and military state.

Prospects For The Renewal Of Responsibility

What may be done by way of remedy? Although America's social difficulties are formidable, probably they are less daunting than those of any other great nation today. The economic resources of the United States remain impressive; and the country's intellectual resources are large.

This essay cannot offer, in its small compass, a detailed program for the popular recovery of devotion to duty. Here we can only suggest healing approaches:

In your own circumstances, you may encounter oppor­tunities for the renewal of responsibility more promising where you live than any suggested here. In any society, it always has been a minority who have upheld order and justice and freedom. If only one out of every ten citizens of the United States of America should vigorously fulfill his responsibilities to our civil social order - why, we would not need to fear for the future of this nation.


Consider

  1. In all previous cultures, children ordinarily accepted responsibility for the well-being of their parents in old age; and in various societies, the children were so held accountable in law. Why has this form of responsibility decayed in the twentieth century? Can you think of political and social causes for the care of elderly parents being turned over to public agencies?

  2. Can you name seven or eight voluntary associations or organizations, not subsidized or directed by government, that perform important services in your community or in America generally? Explore the benefits from this kind of involvement as opposed to "letting the government do it."

  3. Responsible citizenship sometimes brings risks - all the way from unpopularity in some local dispute to pushing forward under enemy fire in military action. How may schools help to teach the rising generation the high importance of performing duties that may be dangerous?

  4. Are you and I personally responsible for our decisions and actions, or are we simply creatures of our environment, "conditioned" to respond in one way or another to events and challenges? Marshal the arguments on either side of this question, and then consider the probable social consequences of believing in freedom of the will, or believing that society, rather than the individual person, is responsible for citizen's actions.

  5. What are you doing to help preserve the great principles on which this nation and your personal freedoms are based?


Our Ageless Constitution, W. David Stedman & La Vaughn G. Lewis, Editors (Asheboro, NC, W. David Stedman Associates, 1987) Part VII Essay (Dr. Russell Kirk & La Vaughn G. Lewis, Co-Authors):  ISBN 0-937047-01-5 Read more

21 posted on 11/10/2012 8:37:31 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: Beave Meister

Obama Voters Know Nothing About Government? Hell, neither does Obama.


22 posted on 11/10/2012 8:47:57 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: Joe Brower

That is good: we no longer have self-government.


23 posted on 11/10/2012 8:59:25 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Beave Meister

This is a result of very careful and specific liberal policies and actions. They started by targeting our youth and dumbing down schools. Standardized curriculums which de-emphasized history, civics and economics were developed, textbooks written and teachers brainwashed. Reason and logic were twisted with the help of new math and sociology with the finally result being a population dependent on liberal media reporting agenda-based news stories and selective censorship of the truth. Our schools are a joke producing mush-for-brains graduates interested only in immediate personal satisfaction unable to see, or even hypothesize, the effects of insane political programs. How does this get reversed?


24 posted on 11/10/2012 9:08:48 AM PST by immadashell
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To: Las Vegas Ron; TigerClaws

yes, yes it is


25 posted on 11/10/2012 9:10:44 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: immadashell
Our schools are a joke producing mush-for-brains graduates interested only in immediate personal satisfaction unable to see, or even hypothesize, the effects of insane political programs. How does this get reversed?

HOMESCHOOL!

Yes, I am shouting.

26 posted on 11/10/2012 9:11:57 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Beave Meister
Most of these liberals have no more brains than lab animals. And I'm being kind with that comparison.

No, you are INSULTING lab animals!!

27 posted on 11/10/2012 9:17:34 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: Beave Meister

You mean kind of like this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nY0M7IdNl7U


28 posted on 11/10/2012 10:57:49 AM PST by aahil
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To: Beave Meister

They only know they get free money if they vote Democrat. That is the bottom line.


29 posted on 11/10/2012 5:04:25 PM PST by CodeToad (Padme: "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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