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Ben Stein: Thank You, Barack Obama [For singlehandedly reviving the GOP]
The American Spectator ^ | September 14, 2009 | Ben Stein

Posted on 09/14/2009 2:55:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Dear Mr. President:

As a 64-year-old, lifelong fiscal conservative and Republican since Nixon, may I humbly thank you? In the eight months or so since you took office, you have succeeded in reviving a party, the GOP, that many had left for dead.

1) You have named men to office so wildly irresponsible, so extreme in their positions, so vulgar in their means of expression, that they have made the Republican Party regain its of gleam of gentility and good graces. I am not talking only about the tough guy/ballet dancer Rahm Emanuel, who screamed like a jilted drunken sorority girl at GOP leaders after Joe Wilson's outburst (itself a disgrace) last Wednesday night. I am talking about a high White House official who called Republicans by a barnyard epithet at a public speech recently. This is the same guy who signed a petition to investigate whether the government caused 9/11 -- itself a favored position of Neo-Nazis and other nut jobs. Thank you. I thought no one could outdo an appointment like Henry Paulson, Bush 43's Treasury Secretary -- but you have.

2) You have proposed a national health care plan so wildly extravagant, incomprehensibly complex and over the top that it makes President George W. Bush's budget gaffes seem like blips -- plus you have told fibs about it so immense that you have embarrassed yourself as a public figure:

• Obviously, no responsible leader in government thinks there are enough savings in Medicare to pay for national health insurance.(continued)

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Issues; Parties; Polls; U.S. Congress
KEYWORDS: benstein; congress; gopcomeback; healthcare; obama; obamacare; palin; socializedmedicine; taxes; thankyou; third100days; vanjones
If the Republicans do come back, it'll be our job to hold their feet to the fire this time and purge all RINOs!!
1 posted on 09/14/2009 2:55:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

plus you have told fibs ..”

YOU LIE!


2 posted on 09/14/2009 3:00:28 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yeah, Barry, thanks.

FUBO,squirrel,obama,politics,satire

3 posted on 09/14/2009 3:00:29 PM PDT by Flag_This (ACORN delenda est)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ben is wrong. The GOP has not been revived by Obama - conservatism has.


4 posted on 09/14/2009 3:00:49 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We have to defeat the RINO’s we can starting with the 2010 elections in primaries.
If in some states the party INSISTS on there being no contest for the Republican office, then petition a recall if you must to remove the offending RINO.

Especially go after ALL DEMOCRATS everywhere, including McCain.

5 posted on 09/14/2009 3:01:57 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The GOP is still in a coma!

Many of us have been holding the GOP’s feet to the fire for decades. Ben Stein is more a libertarian than a conservative. The Republican Party has no future when they embrace social liberals.


6 posted on 09/14/2009 3:03:38 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Thank you, I was just going to point out the same thing. As Rush said today, “You didn’t come out in droves like this when the Republicans were in power”. We were mad, yes, but it took an abject socialist like Obama to really light the fire.

But, this has to turn into a revival of the Republican party if we’re going to get anywhere in future elections. All a third party will do is splinter the vote and hand Obama a second term. I don’t like it but that’s how it is.


7 posted on 09/14/2009 3:03:58 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s funny, right there. I don’t care who ya are.


8 posted on 09/14/2009 3:07:41 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ditto that. If a RINO is on the ticket, fuhgeddaboutit!


9 posted on 09/14/2009 3:08:30 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Pubbies are getting a little ahead of themselves. They still have to field a candidate who’s a better alternative to the Dem. That seems to be a chronic problem for them.


10 posted on 09/14/2009 3:11:45 PM PDT by Nachoman (Think of life as an adventure you don't survive.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Pubbies are getting a little ahead of themselves. They still have to field a candidate who’s a better alternative to the Dem. That seems to be a chronic problem for them.


11 posted on 09/14/2009 3:11:45 PM PDT by Nachoman (Think of life as an adventure you don't survive.)
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To: BradyLS

CONSERATISM....works every time its tried. If McCain continues to speak for Republicans...thank Obama’s gaffes won’t mean anything. And we DO NOT WANT A THIRD PARTY....that will re-elect the messiah.


12 posted on 09/14/2009 3:12:18 PM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Winner!


13 posted on 09/14/2009 3:13:35 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit The law will be followed, dammit!)
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To: Reagan Man

Thanks, you just convinced me to sit out the election! I won’t vote third party and the GOP can’t win.


14 posted on 09/14/2009 3:14:34 PM PDT by Krodg
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

“Ben is wrong. The GOP has not been revived by Obama - conservatism has.”

Dead on.

I won’t be voting for any more RINO’s ... PERIOD!


15 posted on 09/14/2009 3:16:52 PM PDT by maggief (He had a dream. We got a nightmare!)
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To: bigbob

‘All a third party will do is splinter the vote and hand Obama a second term. I don’t like it but that’s how it is.’

And that will be in every election. The Two party monopoly will continue.


16 posted on 09/14/2009 3:17:08 PM PDT by BGHater (Insanity is voting for Republicans and expecting Conservatism.)
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To: Krodg

I think you might be in a coma too. LOL


17 posted on 09/14/2009 3:17:51 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ben is overly optimistic:


18 posted on 09/14/2009 3:18:31 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Proud FR Mobster)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Ben is wrong. The GOP has not been revived by Obama - conservatism has.

Hear, hear!

Stein misses on that important point, but otherwise a very good commentary.
I especially like the last paragraph:

Thank you, thank you, thank you. We thought we were down and out, and now you have given us a fresh start. You have, so to speak, let us hit the "reset" button on all of our messy recent history. You guys are so bush league, so to speak, you make us look like seasoned, sensible, prudent professionals. And it only took eight months. Thank you, President Obama, and we'll look for more. You truly are the gift that keeps on giving.

19 posted on 09/14/2009 3:22:09 PM PDT by skeptoid
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To: TADSLOS

Lol. Bush killed the GOP?


20 posted on 09/14/2009 3:22:12 PM PDT by BGHater (Insanity is voting for Republicans and expecting Conservatism.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, that’s a good point! I think Rush was right today when he said that we have to get the GOP in gear and make it conservative again, because while we are annoyed at the wusses in the GOP, what we are really freaked out about is the New Fascist Democrat Obama Land.

We have to forget the fantasy third party, because when it has emerged, it has only led to failure and loss of elections.

We can’t afford to lose the next election (if we have one). The Dems were obviously sticking their fingers in their ears and ignored us on 9/12, but I think a lot of Republican elected officials got the message.


21 posted on 09/14/2009 3:27:20 PM PDT by livius
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To: BGHater

Looks that way, doesn’t it? That’s what “compassion” gets you.


22 posted on 09/14/2009 3:30:23 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Proud FR Mobster)
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To: BGHater
Lol. Bush killed the GOP?

He did't do it any good by cowtowing to the illegals.

El Presidente

(cut and pasted from the Bush White House website)

23 posted on 09/14/2009 3:30:42 PM PDT by skeptoid
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Didn’t Ben support the O a year ago?


24 posted on 09/14/2009 3:31:44 PM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: skeptoid
Oops; should be 'kowtowing'
25 posted on 09/14/2009 3:33:41 PM PDT by skeptoid
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To: Kozak
Didn’t Ben support the O a year ago?

I don't remember that, but he did contribute to Al Franken's Senate race.

26 posted on 09/14/2009 3:39:28 PM PDT by RJL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great letter!!!


27 posted on 09/14/2009 3:42:51 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A great read!


28 posted on 09/14/2009 3:43:32 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/user/GloriaJane)
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To: Krodg

That’s not a great idea. Don’t you think you should at least wait and see who the pubbie candidate is? Do you really want Obama in for a second term?


29 posted on 09/14/2009 3:44:39 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"If the Republicans do come back, it'll be our job to hold their feet to the fire this time and purge all RINOs!!"

Definately!

30 posted on 09/14/2009 4:20:55 PM PDT by sweet_diane (Joe Wilson should not apologize TO the members of the House...he should apologize FOR them!)
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To: Reagan Man

I am not in a coma. I’m just tired of the constant slams against the GOP. Why not say something good about the ones that are conservative and work against the ones that aren’t? The constant put down gets very depressing.


31 posted on 09/14/2009 5:00:50 PM PDT by Krodg
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To: TADSLOS

Rasmussen Reports shows that 44% would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 37% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent.

This is now the 11th straight week GOP candidates have held the advantage.

Support for both parties rose one point over the past week, giving Republicans their highest level of support of the past several years. Support for Democrats last week reached its lowest point during that same time period.


32 posted on 09/14/2009 5:06:16 PM PDT by 1035rep (The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.)
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To: Krodg
If you're tired of the “constant slams against the GOP”, I don't know what to tell you except they're bound to get more frequent. After all, Free Republic is first and foremost, a conservative forum, not a GOP forum. Conservatives make up the vast majority of FReepers. We began to speak out strongly against Bush and the GOP Congress starting in 2005 and 2006. We warned the GOP they'd lose in 2006 and 2008, if they didn't get back to advancing conservatism. Of course, they didn't listen and today America is saddled with a hardcore, leftwing socialist government.

There are some good conservatives in the House and a FEW in the Senate. You can't get more conservative then my Representative, Doug Lamborn. So far, however, they're making little headway against the liberal agenda of Obama. When they do make a difference I'm the first to give them kudos.

Sorry you're depressed. If you intend on sticking around FR, I suggest you grow some thicker skin.

33 posted on 09/14/2009 6:06:07 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Thank you for creating a massive federal entitlement program that will push us closer day by day to national bankruptcy while you fiddle. Every large government entitlement program -- Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid -- is racing towards bankruptcy. Now, you have created a new one to sink the ship of state. A rescue party led by the Republicans will, sooner or later, look mighty handy to the voters.

Thank you for posting this, 2ndDivisionVet. You always find the best articles first.

34 posted on 09/14/2009 10:03:30 PM PDT by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters now.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Yes, the GOP has committed suicide in my opinion. I will never again vote for someone just because they have a R behind their name and are running against a D. I am much more inclined to find the independent candidates and get to know them and even campaign for them before I blindly accept the R candidate. In fact I think we here in Mississippi need to get rid of our current R and elect dedicated conservatives.


35 posted on 09/16/2009 9:31:40 AM PDT by johnbubba1055
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