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It was 28 years ago today, Jimmy Carter talked about "malaise"...with 1980 electoral map
www2.volstate.edu ^ | July 15, 1979

Posted on 07/15/2007 4:11:42 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch

Good evening.

This is a special night for me. Exactly 3 years ago, on July 15, 1976, I accepted the nomination of my party to run for President of the United States. I promised you a President who is not isolated from the people, who feels your pain, and who shares your dreams and who draws his strength and his wisdom from you.

During the past 3 years I've spoken to you on many occasions about national concerns, the energy crisis, reorganizing the Government, our Nation's economy, and issues of war and especially peace. But over those years the subjects of the speeches, the talks, and the press conferences have become increasingly narrow, focused more and more on what the isolated world of Washington thinks is important. Gradually, you've heard more and more about what the Government thinks or what the Government should be doing and less and less about our Nation's hopes, our dreams, and our vision of the future.

Ten days ago I had planned to speak to you again about a very important subject -- energy. For the fifth time I would have described the urgency of the problem and laid out a series of legislative recommendations to the Congress. But as I was preparing to speak, I began to ask myself the same question that I now know has been troubling many of you. Why have we not been able to get together as a nation to resolve our serious energy problem?

It's clear that the true problems of our Nation are much deeper -- deeper than gasoline lines of energy shortages, deeper even than inflation or recession. And I realize more than ever that as President I need your help. So, I decided to reach out and listen to the voices of America.

I invited to Camp David people from almost every segment of our society business and labor, teachers and preachers, Governors, mayors, and private citizens. And then I left Camp David to listen to other Americans, men and women like you. It has been an extraordinary 10 days, and I want to share with you what I've heard. First of all, I got a lot of personal advice. Let me quote a few of the typical comments that I wrote down.

This from a southern Governor: "Mr. President, you are not leading this Nation -- you're just managing the Government."

"You don't see the people enough any more."

"Some of your Cabinet members don't seem loyal. There is not enough discipline among your disciples."

"Don't talk to us about politics or the mechanics of government, but about an understanding of our common good."

"Mr. President, we're in trouble. Talk to us about blood and sweat and tears."

"If you lead, Mr. President, we will follow."

Many people talked about themselves and about the condition of our Nation. This from a young woman in Pennsylvania: "I feel so far from government. I feel like ordinary people are excluded from political power."

And this from a young Chicano: "Some of us have suffered from recession all our lives."

"Some people have wasted energy, but others haven't had anything to waste."

And this from a religious leader: "No material shortage can touch the important things like God's love for us or our love for one another."

And I like this one particularly from a black woman who happens to be the mayor of a small Mississippi town: "The big-shots are not the only ones who are important. Remember, you can't sell anything on Wall Street unless someone digs it up somewhere else first."

This kind of summarized a lot of other statements: "Mr. President, we are confronted with a moral and a spiritual crisis."

Several of our discussions were on energy, and I have a notebook full of comments and advice. I'll read just a few.

"We can't go on consuming 40 percent more energy than we produce. When we import oil we are also importing inflation plus unemployment."

"We've got to use what we have. The Middle East has only 5 percent of the world's energy, but the United States has 24 percent."

And this is one of the most vivid statements: "Our neck is stretched over the fence and OPEC has a knife."

"There will be other cartels and other shortages. American wisdom and courage right now can set a path to follow in the future."

This was a good one: "Be bold, Mr. President. We may make mistakes, but we are ready to experiment."

And this one from a labor leader got to the heart of it: "The real issue is freedom. We must deal with the energy problem on a war footing."

And the last that I'll read: "When we enter the moral equivalent of war, Mr. President, don't issue us BB guns."

These 10 days confirmed my belief in the decency and the strength and the wisdom of the American people, but it also bore out some of my longstanding concerns about our Nation's underlying problems.

I know, of course, being President, that government actions and legislation can be very important. That's why I've worked hard to put my campaign promises into law -- and I have to admit, with just mixed success. But after listening to the American people I have been reminded again that all the legislation in the world can't fix what's wrong with America. So, I want to speak to you first tonight about a subject even more serious than energy or inflation. I want to talk to you right now about a fundamental threat to American democracy.

I do not mean our political and civil liberties. They will endure. And I do not refer to the outward strength of America, a nation that is at peace tonight everywhere in the world, with unmatched economic power and military might.

The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our Nation.

The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America.

The confidence that we have always had as a people is not simply some romantic dream or a proverb in a dusty book that we read just on the Fourth of July. It is the idea which founded our Nation and has guided our development as a people. Confidence in the future has supported everything else -- public institutions and private enterprise, our own families, and the very Constitution of the United States. Confidence has defined our course and has served as a link between generations. We've always believed in something called progress. We've always had a faith that the days of our children would be better than our own.

Our people are losing that faith, not only in government itself but in the ability as citizens to serve as the ultimate rulers and shapers of our democracy. As a people we know our past and we are proud of it. Our progress has been part of the living history of America, even the world. We always believed that we were part of a great movement of humanity itself called democracy, involved in the search for freedom, and that belief has always strengthened us in our purpose. But just as we are losing our confidence in the future, we are also beginning to close the door on our past.

In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we've discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. We've learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose.

The symptoms of this crisis of the American spirit are all around us. For the first time in the history of our country a majority of our people believe that the next 5 years will be worse than the past 5 years. Two-thirds of our people do not even vote. The productivity of American workers is actually dropping, and the willingness of Americans to save for the future has fallen below that of all other people in the Western world.

As you know, there is a growing disrespect for government and for churches and for schools, the news media, and other institutions. This is not a message of happiness or reassurance, but it is the truth and it is a warning.

These changes did not happen overnight. They've come upon us gradually over the last generation, years that were filled with shocks and tragedy.

We were sure that ours was a nation of the ballot, not the bullet, until the murders of John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. We were taught that our armies were always invincible and our causes were always just, only to suffer the agony of Vietnam. We respected the Presidency as a place of honor until the shock of Water gate.

We remember when the phrase "sound as a dollar" was an expression of absolute dependability, until 10 years of inflation began to shrink our dollar and our savings. We believed that our Nation's re sources were limitless until 1973, when we had to face a growing dependence on foreign oil.

These wounds are still very deep. They have never been healed.

Looking for a way out of this crisis, our people have turned to the Federal Government and found it isolated from the mainstream of our Nation's life. Washington, D.C., has become an island. The gap between our citizens and our Government has never been so wide. The people are looking for honest answers, not easy answers; clear leadership, not false claims and evasiveness and politics as usual.

What you see too often in Washington and elsewhere around the country is a system of government that seems incapable of action. You see a Congress twisted and pulled in every direction by hundreds of well financed and powerful special interests. You see every extreme position defended to the last vote, almost to the last breath by one unyielding group or another. You often see a balanced and a fair approach that demands sacrifice, a little sacrifice from everyone, abandoned like an orphan without support and without friends.

Often you see paralysis and stagnation and drift. You don't like, and neither do I. What can we do?

First of all, we must face the truth, and then we can change our course. We simply must have faith in each other, faith in our ability to govern ourselves, and faith in the future of this Nation. Restoring that faith and that confidence to America is now the most important task we face. It is a true challenge of this generation of Americans.

One of the visitors to Camp David last week put it this way: "We've got to stop crying and start sweating, stop talking and start walking, stop cursing and start praying. The strength we need will not come from the White House, but from every house in America."

We know the strength of America. We are strong. We can regain our unity. We can regain our confidence. We are the heirs of generations who survived threats much more powerful and awesome than those that challenge us now. Our fathers and mothers were strong men and women who shaped a new society during the Great Depression, who fought world wars, and who carved out a new charter of peace for the world.

We ourselves and the same Americans who just 10 years ago put a man on the Moon. We are the generation that dedicated our society to the pursuit of human rights and equality. And we are the generation that will win the war on the energy problem and in that process rebuild the unity and confidence of America.

We are at a turning point in our history. There are two paths to choose. One is a path I've warned about tonight, the path that leads to fragmentation and self-interest. Down that road lies a mistaken idea of freedom, the right to grasp for ourselves some advantage over others. That path would be one of constant conflict between narrow interests ending in chaos and immobility. It is a certain route to failure.

All the traditions of our past, all the lessons of our heritage, all the promises of our future point to another path, the path of common purpose and the restoration of American values. That path leads to true freedom for our Nation and ourselves. We can take the first steps down that path as we begin to solve our energy problem.

Energy will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this Nation, and it can also be the standard around which we rally. On the battlefield of energy we can win for our Nation a new confidence, and we can seize control again of our common destiny.

In little more than two decades we've gone from a position of energy independence to one in which almost half the oil we use comes from foreign countries, at prices that are going through the roof. Our excessive dependence on OPEC has already taken a tremendous tool on our economy and our people. This is the direct cause of the long lines which have made millions of you spend aggravating hours waiting for gasoline. It's a cause of the increased inflation and unemployment that we now face. This intolerable dependence on foreign oil threatens our economic independence and the very security of our Nation.

The energy crisis is real. It is worldwide. It is a clear and present danger to our Nation. These are facts and we simply must face them.

What I have to say to you now about energy is simple and vitally important.

Point one: I am tonight setting a clear goal for the energy policy of the United States. Beginning this moment, this Nation will never use more foreign oil than we did in 1977 -- never. From now on, every new addition to our demand for energy will be met from our own production and our own conservation. The generation-long growth in our dependence on foreign oil will be stopped dead in its tracks right now and then reversed as we move through the 1980's, for I am tonight setting the further goal of cutting our dependence on foreign oil by one-half by the end of the next decade -- a saving of over 4 1/2 million barrels of imported oil per day.

Point two: To ensure that we meet these targets, I will use my Presidential authority to set import quotas. I'm announcing tonight that for 1979 and 1980, I will forbid the entry into this country of one drop of foreign oil more than these goals allow. These quotas will ensure a reduction in imports even below the ambitious levels we set at the recent Tokyo summit.

Point three: To give us energy security, I am asking for the most massive peacetime commitment of funds and resources in our Nation's history to develop America's own alternative sources of fuel -- from coal, from oil shale, from plant products for gasohol, from unconventional gas, from the Sun.

I propose the creation of an energy security corporation to lead this effort to replace 2 1/2 million barrels of imported oil per day by 1990. The corporation will issue up to $5 billion in energy bonds, and I especially want them to be in small denominations so that average Americans can invest directly in America's energy security.

Just as a similar synthetic rubber corporation helped us win World War II, so will we mobilize American determination and ability to win the energy war. Moreover, I will soon submit legislation to Congress calling for the creation of this Nation's first solar bank, which will help us achieve the crucial goal of 20 percent of our energy coming from solar power by the year 2000.

These efforts will cost money, a lot of money, and that is why Congress must enact the windfall profits tax without delay. It will be money well spent. Unlike the billions of dollars that we ship to foreign countries to pay for foreign oil, these funds will be paid by Americans to Americans. These funds will go to fight, not to increase, inflation and unemployment.

Point four: I'm asking Congress to mandate, to require as a matter of law, that our Nation's utility companies cut their massive use of oil by 50 percent within the next decade and switch to other fuels, especially coal, our most abundant energy source.

Point five: To make absolutely certain that nothing stands in the way of achieving these goals, I will urge Congress to create an energy mobilization board which, like the War Production Board in World War II, will have the responsibility and authority to cut through the redtape, the delays, and the endless roadblocks to completing key energy projects.

We will protect our environment. But when this Nation critically needs a refinery or a pipeline, we will build it.

Point six: I'm proposing a bold conservation program to involve every State, county, and city and every average American in our energy battle. This effort will permit you to build conservation into your homes and your lives at a cost you can afford.

I ask Congress to give me authority for mandatory conservation and for standby gasoline rationing. To further conserve energy, I'm proposing tonight an extra $10 billion over the next decade to strengthen our public transportation systems. And I'm asking you for your good and for your Nation's security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save fuel. Every act of energy conservation like this is more than just common sense -- I tell you it is an act of patriotism.

Our Nation must be fair to the poorest among us, so we will increase aid to needy Americans to cope with rising energy prices. We often think of conservation only in terms of sacrifice. In fact, it is the most painless and immediate way of rebuilding our Nation's strength. Every gallon of oil each one of us saves is a new form of production. It gives us more freedom, more confidence, that much more control over our own lives.

So, the solution of our energy crisis can also help us to conquer the crisis of the spirit in our country. It can rekindle our sense of unity, our confidence in the future, and give our Nation and all of us individually a new sense of purpose.

You know we can do it. We have the natural resources. We have more oil in our shale alone than several Saudi Arabias. We have more coal than any nation on Earth. We have the world's highest level of technology. We have the most skilled work force, with innovative genius, and I firmly believe that we have the national will to win this war.

I do not promise you that this struggle for freedom will be easy. I do not promise a quick way out of our Nation's problems, when the truth is that the only way out is an all-out effort. What I do promise you is that I will lead our fight, and I will enforce fairness in our struggle, and I will ensure honesty. And above all, I will act.

We can manage the short-term shortages more effectively and we will, but there are no short-term solutions to our long-range problems. There is simply no way to avoid sacrifice.

Twelve hours from now I will speak again in Kansas City, to expand and to explain further our energy program. Just as the search for solutions to our energy shortages has now led us to a new awareness of our Nation's deeper problems, so our willingness to work for those solutions in energy can strengthen us to attack those deeper problems.

I will continue to travel this country, to hear the people of America. You can help me to develop a national agenda for the 1980's. I will listen and I will act. We will act together. These were the promises I made 3 years ago, and I intend to keep them.

Little by little we can and we must rebuild our confidence. We can spend until we empty our treasuries, and we may summon all the wonders of science. But we can succeed only if we tap our greatest resources -- America's people, America's values, and America's confidence.

I have seen the strength of America in the inexhaustible resources of our people. In the days to come, let us renew that strength in the struggle for an energy-secure nation.

In closing, let me say this: I will do my best, but I will not do it alone. Let your voice be heard. Whenever you have a chance, say something good about our country. With God's help and for the sake of our Nation, it is time for us to join hands in America. Let us commit ourselves together to a rebirth of the American spirit. Working together with our common faith we cannot fail.

Thank you and good night.


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KEYWORDS: anniversary; genreagan; genx; jimmycarter
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1 posted on 07/15/2007 4:11:49 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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To: InvisibleChurch

New York, Illinois, and California all going GOP. *Sigh*

Those were the days.


2 posted on 07/15/2007 4:13:56 PM PDT by Perdogg (Support the President's Policy in Iraq)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Contrast this speech codifying defeat with what Carter’s successor had to say less than two years later.

http://www.reaganfoundation.org/reagan/speeches/first.asp


3 posted on 07/15/2007 4:14:50 PM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: Perdogg

New York, Illinois, and California all going GOP. *Sigh*

Those were the days.


Those states didn’t vote FOR President Reagan. They voted AGAINST President Carter.


4 posted on 07/15/2007 4:23:21 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Perdogg
>>>>>New York, Illinois, and California all going GOP.

Wrong again. New York, Illinois, and California all going for Reagan!

And you posting that you'd vote for a liberal like Giuliani isn't gonna help the GOP regain power and advance conservatism.

5 posted on 07/15/2007 4:24:41 PM PDT by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: Perdogg

If they would STOP screwing with the base of the Party, and listen to us and follow our directions which the great majority of us assert, why then a lot of those states would come back and would be in the Red State column.


6 posted on 07/15/2007 4:26:29 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Sad so many members of the World's Policeman--our fellow Americans--know little about their "beat")
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To: Perdogg

Yeah, and the flipside of that is that Carter still got his best vote totals in the South. Carter only lost the region in 1980 because he got outvoted in the metropolitan areas. Look at a county map from 1980 and you’ll see I’m right.


7 posted on 07/15/2007 4:29:16 PM PDT by AzaleaCity5691
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To: InvisibleChurch
It was 20 years ago today
Sargent Carter brought jihad to stay
He's been going in and out of style
But he's hated jews all the while
So let me intoduce to you
The one and only jihad James
In Sargent Carter's lonely terrorist club Baaaaaaaaand.
8 posted on 07/15/2007 4:30:26 PM PDT by joebuck
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To: abb

I always say Jimmy Carter is the reason I’m on the right. We are not losers! thank you jimmy


9 posted on 07/15/2007 4:32:04 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Grizzled Bear

1984 is here:

http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/collections/stats/elections/maps/1984ec.gif

against mondale/ferarro?


10 posted on 07/15/2007 4:35:36 PM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: InvisibleChurch

Loser president from the party of losers.


11 posted on 07/15/2007 4:36:46 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Rusty0604

I hate that worthless little self-absorbed peanut farmer with the Chiclet grin and the Nazi attitude!

):^(


12 posted on 07/15/2007 4:39:06 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: InvisibleChurch

Theres something else DC has failed us on.
We are still held hostage to oil.
We need to move the capital to a army base in the middle of Nebraska. DC can become a tourist attraction.
Make all the congresspeople live in sparse furnishings untill they get congress adjurned and go back home.
6 years is all they get and no generous pension of 150,000 plus.Make the Presidency one 6 year term.


13 posted on 07/15/2007 4:44:34 PM PDT by winodog
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To: InvisibleChurch

One of Carter’s lines in the peroration jumped off the page:

“Whenever you have a chance, say something good about our country.”

Does the man ever read his own speeches?


14 posted on 07/15/2007 4:52:58 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

As a 13 year old in 1979, one thing I remember clearly was the replacement of the lights on the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center in New York with reflectors. I had gone with my mother to the lighting of the tree several times as a kid but we didn’t go for the “unveiling” that year.

I already knew from the news that things were downcast in the nation and the world and that my father was fortunate to have purchased the house before the “misery index” really kicked in. But no lights on the tree, in New York City, well, that just seemed ridiculous to me.

When Ronald Reagan came to office I didn’t have to hear the news, I could see how upbeat everyone had become. Heck, Reagan even won Hudson County in New Jersey!


15 posted on 07/15/2007 4:58:37 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

i did a word search and danged if i could find the words

nuclear/refinery/oil: new exploration

in all of jimmyland there....

did anybody else find any of these words in his plan?


16 posted on 07/15/2007 5:01:06 PM PDT by flat
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To: InvisibleChurch
And this from a young Chicano: "Some of us have suffered from recession all our lives."

Chicano? Is that someone from Chicago?

17 posted on 07/15/2007 5:02:24 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68

Don’t get me wrong! Thank God Ronald Reagan was elected!

I think the nation was in “Anyone but Jimmy” mode in 1980 (that’s the date on the map).

The voters actually voted for President Reagan in 84.


18 posted on 07/15/2007 5:04:56 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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19 posted on 07/15/2007 5:06:59 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I was a newlywed...starting out with an 16 % mortgage thanks to this goofy idiot...I remember old people lining up to seel their silver dollars for $18 a pop. The worst president in my life for sure....probably the worst president of all time.

People forget, but a Hillary presidency will be even worse....

nick


20 posted on 07/15/2007 5:08:42 PM PDT by nikos1121 (Thank you again Jimmy Carter.)
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To: Perdogg
New York, Illinois, and California all going GOP. *Sigh*

And Massachusetts!!

21 posted on 07/15/2007 5:14:34 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If martyrdom is so cool,why does Osama Obama go to such great lengths to avoid it?)
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To: InvisibleChurch

CARTER is the malaise.


22 posted on 07/15/2007 5:15:49 PM PDT by fishergirl (My warrior, my soldier, my hero - my son. God bless our troops!)
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To: InvisibleChurch
1980 ~ jimmah carter’s malaise.....

the reason for me to become a conservative embracing the values and principles of Ronald Reagan and never ever looking back!!!

23 posted on 07/15/2007 5:22:09 PM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: nikos1121

Actually, bad as Hillary would be, I don’t think she could top Jimmy Carter in sheer cluelessness. He is, and always will be, the Worst President Ever.


24 posted on 07/15/2007 5:25:53 PM PDT by B Knotts (Anybody but Giuliani!)
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To: Grizzled Bear

I know John Anderson took votes away from Carter in NY. But California was Reagan Country.

Ford actually won California in 1976 49.35% to 47.57%.

In 1980 Reagan got 52.69% of the vote. Carter only got 35.91% and John Anderson got 8.62% of the vote.

Now Californians would vote for an ass if it had a “D” beside it.

Ford took Illinois 50.10% to 48.13% in 1976. Reagan took it 49.65% with Carter getting 41.72% and Anderson 7.30%.

In 1984 Reagan won Illinois by 12.5% and California by 16.0%.


25 posted on 07/15/2007 5:26:21 PM PDT by Perdogg (Support the President's Policy in Iraq)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Traditionally Republicans are in blue, the international color of conservatives, Democrats/socialists/communists are in red. I prefer this map myself, though they are really hard to find these days. Democrats and the leftist MSM realized red was too close to home so messed with the colors. It's quite amazing how almost all maps were redone to favor the socialists. Blue has positive connotations of being the color of loyalty, faithfulness, honor, and the Democrats very successfully hijacked it in America, yet blue is still conservative in the rest of the world.


26 posted on 07/15/2007 5:37:10 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: Perdogg
California used to be reliable electorally until 1992. In fact, a Republican won California in 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984 and 1988. In 1992, Perot took votes from GHWB, giving the state to Clinton. So that loss was understandable.

But what happened after 1992 that put California solidly in the Democratic column?

27 posted on 07/15/2007 5:43:00 PM PDT by Don'tMessWithTexas
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To: headsonpikes

The other clause that jumped off the page to me was “...who feels your pain...” Just a little bit of foreboding for 1992.

Good Lord, I hate Dems who profess to “feel my pain”. I guess that means all of them.


28 posted on 07/15/2007 5:44:49 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Reeses

>>>>”Democrats and the leftist MSM realized red was too close to home so messed with the colors. It’s quite amazing how almost all maps were redone to favor the socialists”<<<<<

That is how they “Manage” information these days, Talk Radio can’t control colors... they can.

TT


29 posted on 07/15/2007 5:45:30 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

>>>>I hate Dems who profess to “feel my pain”<<<<<

Not me! I’m on Offense! They are the surrender Monkeys, I’m proud of the Pain that they feel, I plan to continue inflicting as much as I can as long as I can whether they feel it or not.

TT


30 posted on 07/15/2007 5:49:21 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: Don'tMessWithTexas

>>>>”But what happened after 1992 that put California solidly in the Democratic column?”<<<<<

Tax and Regulation chased the base to friendlier turf, they moved.

TT


31 posted on 07/15/2007 5:51:52 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: nyyankeefan
Me too.

Jimmuh identified the problem at that time, but hadn't a clue that (a) he was a major cause, and (b) leadership is not wringing your hands and whining, but inspiring your people with optimism and positive speeches.

32 posted on 07/15/2007 5:52:11 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: InvisibleChurch

most of the presidents in my lifetime have been

duds.


33 posted on 07/15/2007 5:52:49 PM PDT by ken21 ( b 4 fred.)
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34 posted on 07/15/2007 5:56:00 PM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: Perdogg

Now Californians would vote for an ass if it had a “D” beside it.


California went for Kerry, right?

;-)


35 posted on 07/15/2007 5:57:57 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: ken21

>>>>”most of the presidents in my lifetime have been

duds”<<<<<

On the bright side, One Good One can change the History of the World and we just happen to be the Nation that has done it, over and over again.

Dry spells suck but hey to quote Gump “it happens”

TT


36 posted on 07/15/2007 5:59:33 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Where does the word ‘malaise’ appear in the speech?


37 posted on 07/15/2007 6:02:16 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: TexasTransplant
Here's the revisionist MSM version updated at Wikipedia. Someone downloaded it, switched the colors, then re-uploaded it. The google cache of it still has the correct colors though.


38 posted on 07/15/2007 6:04:25 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: Don'tMessWithTexas

Demographic shift from south of the border to north.


39 posted on 07/15/2007 6:04:40 PM PDT by Perdogg (Support the President's Policy in Iraq)
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To: TexasTransplant

I remember a magazine cover once when Jimmy Carter was running for president that showed Carter with his two upper front teeth missing when he was governor of Georgia. He since had false teeth put in but it permanently affected Carter’s speech, which he why he sounds funny talking. For the life of me I can’t find that picture anywhere. It’s pretty hilarious. It’s amazing how it went from a national magazine cover picture to being totally eliminated everywhere. I don’t believe photos of the toothless Carter exist anywhere anymore. The photos were completely destroyed. It’s another demonstration of the power of the leftist MSM!


40 posted on 07/15/2007 6:14:04 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: Reeses

I sell for a living, things change.

I suggest that we sell the notion that “Red” is by far a human beings favorite color, Red Sports Cars, Red Hair, Red Fingernails, Red Underwear, Red everything... stupid media will about face in a couple of years.

TT


41 posted on 07/15/2007 6:14:14 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: Reeses

>>>”showed Carter with his two upper front teeth missing when he was governor of Georgia”<<<<

I will bet that a Freeper has that picture, and I will bet that looter guy is in it as well!

TT


42 posted on 07/15/2007 6:17:17 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: InvisibleChurch
What an ass. While blaming OPEC and oil imports for the "energy crisis," Carter merely intensified the pain by introducing more quotas.

In 1979, as the Iranian crisis turned into a "fuel crisis," international spot prices moved past $20 a barrel. OPEC official prices were $13-16 a barrel. Meanwhile, domestic U.S. crude was price-limited to $5-$6/ barrel.

Ya think there was an incentive to produce? Price limits and import quotas caused the "energy crisis" and not OPEC.

Yeah, no sheet, Jimmah:

I know, of course, being President, that government actions and legislation can be very important.
Thanks for the memories!


43 posted on 07/15/2007 6:18:22 PM PDT by nicollo (you're freakin' out!)
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To: Reeses

What is the .. etymology of this change, because I’m old enough to remember this from national election coverage on the major networks but memory is not always infallible but there doesn’t seem to be anything by way of explanation. The green map above reminded me of that - gave me a bit of indigestion but whattaya do? Then you brought it up, which is one of the great things about the forums.


44 posted on 07/15/2007 6:23:03 PM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: Chi-townChief
It don't.

mal·aise 1 : an indefinite feeling of debility or lack of health often indicative of or accompanying the onset of an illness 2 : a vague sense of mental or moral ill-being

45 posted on 07/15/2007 6:23:31 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Forty on the highway, forty in the driveway.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

he was a useless POS then and is still a useless POS


46 posted on 07/15/2007 6:23:43 PM PDT by bfree (liberalism is the enemy of freedom!!!)
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To: Freedom4US
What is the .. etymology of this change

I think it was the Carter election map shown on TV that was the genesis of the change. Newspapers didn't use so much color back then. The leftist MSM then switched the color coding rules for Reagan saying the challenger would be red, the incumbent blue, to be "fair", then alternate that way going forward. They make up their rules as they go along. Then based on a market research study showing an advantage for blue they changed the rules to always show Republicans red, Democrats blue, to give Democrats a permanent boost. The Gore/Bush recount fiasco, with Bush the "red challenger" solidified that change. Now "red state" means Republican, "blue state" Democrat. The leftist MSM has completed the switch. Outside of America people are confused at the current color scheme. Aren't the reds supposed to be red?

47 posted on 07/15/2007 7:07:34 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: Rusty0604

The amazing thing is that in 1980 nobody had a clue just how big an idiot/traitor the peanut farmer was.


48 posted on 07/15/2007 7:10:12 PM PDT by Mad_as_heck (The MSM - America's (domestic) public enemy #1.)
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To: bfree
It was Carter who turned me into a Reagan Conservative. For that, I thank him from the bottom of my heart.

For everything else, he can go to hell for all I care.
49 posted on 07/15/2007 7:26:41 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Press 1 for English, press 2 for deport)
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To: InvisibleChurch
"...Thanks, for the memories...." :D
50 posted on 07/15/2007 7:58:53 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass ( just b/c, you suffer from paranoia, doesn't mean they're not out to get you....Run, Fred, Run :^)
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