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Why The Great And Growing Backlash? (Victor Davis Hanson On The Scott Brown Win Alert)
National Review ^ | 1/20/2010 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 01/20/2010 2:17:26 AM PST by goldstategop

Dream up a gargantuan backlash against Barack Obama’s left-wing gospel, and you still could not invent the notion of a relatively unknown, conservative Scott Brown knocking off an Obama-endorsed, liberal, female attorney in liberal Massachusetts — in a race to fill the seat once held by Ted Kennedy.

If a liberal senatorial candidate can be defeated in Massachusetts, eleven months after the Obama hope-and-change blitzkrieg, it is hard to believe that any liberal seat is necessarily safe anywhere.

So the real story is not a populist backlash, but a growing populist backlash, whose ultimate nature and magnitude are as yet unknown. What’s going on?

BUYING JOBS? Voters are sick and tired of a terrible year of big spending and big deficits — especially the sight of Obama and his congressional allies almost daily talking breezily about spending what we do not have.

Voters went for the hope-and-change Obama in part because he promised fiscal sobriety after the Bush $500 billion deficit. Instead, in utterly cynical fashion, Obama trumped that red ink four times over. In the process, he developed a terrible habit of promising favored constituencies a hundred billion here, a hundred billion there as if it were all paper money — rather than real borrowed currency that will have to be confiscated in the future from the beleaguered taxpayer. It only makes it worse than the more the administration borrowed, printed, and spent, the higher unemployment rose and the lower economic activity plummeted.

Most have had enough of pie-in-the-sky talk of massive new health-care entitlements, cap-and-trade taxes and regulation, more stimulus, and more takeovers of private enterprise. The country is broke and the people want to pay off, not incur more, crushing debt. What got us into the mess was too much borrowing, skyrocketing debt, and reckless spending — not too many balanced budgets and too much lean government.

PROPHETS CAN’T MISLEAD? No politician quite gets a pass for deception and prevarication. Obama in his narcissism thought his sonorous rhetoric made him exempt from a “read my lips” or “I didn’t have sex with that woman” moment. It didn’t.

People heard his serial promises about airing the health-care debate on C-SPAN, his new-transparency/no-lobbyist vows, and his monotonous boasts to close down Guantanamo within a year. All that is now “inoperative.” The problem was not just that Obama made promises that he broke, but that he made them so frequently and so vehemently — and so cavalierly broke them. That brazen campaign deception is problematic for a politician, but proves fatal for a self-appointed messiah.

A CESSATION OF CORRUPTION We went from a Republican “culture of corruption” to a liberal cesspool of corruption. Sen. Chris Dodd lectures Wall Street while he gets sweetheart loans and vacation-home deals. Few could make up a story that the nation’s top tax lawmaker, House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel, is a tax dodger, and the nation’s top tax enforcer, Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, is an even more egregious tax dodger. When the Democratic Senate leadership started buying health-care votes at $300 million a clip, our Congress became little more than the praetorian guard, auctioning off its support to any wannabe late Roman emperor. The idea of a muckraking Obama nominating Tom Daschle as his Health Secretary — the liberal populist who skips out of thousands of dollars in taxes on his free corporate limousine service — was the stuff of satire.

BUSH REALLY, REALLY, REALLY DID DO IT No one likes a serial whiner. It has been a year now — and Obama still blames George W. Bush ad nauseam. He did it in Massachusetts again — and on the eve of the election, no less. Blaming the past for the mistakes of the present gets old quickly. And when one adds in the constant What’s the Matter With Kansas? brand of condescension about naïve yokels not knowing what’s good for them, it gets even worse.

Yet Obama still pontificates that angry deluded voters will “suddenly” come to appreciate how he rammed health care down their otherwise ignorant throats: “The American people will suddenly learn that this bill does things they like and doesn’t do things that people have been trying to say it does. . . . The worst fears will prove groundless. And the American people’s hope for a fair shake from their insurance companies — for quality, affordable health care they need — will finally be realized.”

Good luck with that, O philosopher king!

WALL STREET POPULISTS Elite liberals are not good class warriors. Factor in multi-millionaire Nancy Pelosi’s government mega-jet or Barack Obama’s various overseas junkets or the big Wall Street money that went into Obama’s near billion-dollar campaign coffers, and it is hard to take seriously Obama’s constant war against “them.” The voters have figured out that their president likes the elite plutocracy and the lower middle classes, but not so much the wannabe rich who aspire to cross his hated $250,000 income threshold — at which point suddenly they become unpatriotic, unwilling to pay their fair shares, and reluctant to spread the wealth around.

It is not particularly smart to constantly demonize the entrepreneurial classes, promise to raise income, payroll, health-care, and inheritance taxes on them, and expand government regulations — and then wonder why they are not creating more jobs.

ELMER GANTRY Devotees turn on false prophets with a special vengeance. Obama is beginning to grate. His flip-the-switch-on, evangelical cadences at rallies sound more like a Harvard nerd doing blues imitations than Martin Luther King Jr. Purple-state presidents don’t appoint Van Joneses and Anita Dunns, or turn the NEA into a quid pro quo Ministry of Approved Culture. A healer doesn’t start in on the “rich,” “Wall Street,” the “big” oil companies, drug companies, insurance companies, or “fat-cat bankers” — especially when he has done his best to shake them all down for campaign money, hire as many of them as he can in his own administration, and arrange cut-rate loans, insider deals, bailouts, and guarantees for all of them.

Obama’s populism is beginning to sound more like a bought boxer who belatedly has second thoughts about throwing the fight he previously contracted. In short, Obama’s ideological presidency hinged on his post-racial, post-national mesmerizing presence that reassured reluctant Democrats to vote against their local constituencies.

If cap-and-trade or health care reform polled below 50 percent, a worried congressional supporter could always call in Him to charm bolting voters. But now? We have in a blink gone from Obama as the bankable 10 percent edge, to Obama as a non-factor, to Obama as a real liability. In short, why vote for an agenda as unpopular as its albatross author?

LIKED BY ALL, RESPECTED BY NONE Obama thought the antidote to “smoke ’em out,” “dead or alive,” and “bring ’em on” braggadocio was bowing to the Saudis, promulgating new and undiscovered great moments in Islamic history, and reaching out to Ahmadinejad as he rounded up and beat down reformers in the streets of Tehran.

It’s one thing to accuse Bush of shredding the Constitution, quite another to adopt his anti-terrorism protocols like tribunals, renditions, Predators, intercepts, and wiretaps. Somehow Obama offended his base by such duplicity, and then his opposition by his tokenism of trashing Bush, promising the architect of 9/11 a show trial a few blocks from the former World Trade Center, and using touchy-feely euphemisms to suggest we are not in a war against terrorism emanating from the radical Islamic world.

Ahmadinejad, Assad, Chávez, the Castro Brothers, Putin, and others for the first six months liked us as much as they had little respect for our sycophancy; now they openly show contempt. We accept that obsequiousness cannot earn respect, but it apparently cannot earn affection either.

The best thing that could happen to Barack Obama is more Democratic losses in hodgepodge elections that might yank away our young transfixed Narcissus from his mesmerizing reflecting pool.

Almost immediately after Obama showed his ideological cards last spring, I suggested in the first weeks of his presidency that the bait-and-switch president would soon face a Carter/Clinton moment in which he could either press on with his polarizing ideology, damage his party for a generation, and eventually end up churlish and sneering at the electorate, who did not appreciate his exalted morality and genius — or triangulate and follow the Dick Morris/Bill Clinton model of talking and acting sort of centrist.

Who knows after Obama’s Scott Brown moment? We now may hear once again the old “no more Red State/Blue State” tropes, the stale campaign promises of presidential vetoes, claims of financial sobriety, the return of a “war on terror,” and smaller government

We’re either down to all that — or Obama’s more principled road to perdition.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 2010elections; backlash; conservatism; liberalism; ma2010; massachusetts; nationalreview; obama; scottbrown; socialism; statism; vdh; victordavishanson; welfarestate
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Victor Davis Hanson surveys the year of the Obama presidency and the factors that led to the meteoric ascension of Scott Brown to the US Senate. He concludes Obama can either return to his campaign promises or continue along his present path and bring political catastrophe on himself and his party. That is the stark choice that awaits him now.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

1 posted on 01/20/2010 2:17:27 AM PST by goldstategop
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2 posted on 01/20/2010 2:21:57 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: goldstategop

Brown got about the same number of votes as McCain had; Coakley got about half the number Obama did.


3 posted on 01/20/2010 2:30:54 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: goldstategop

Great read. Thanks for posting.


4 posted on 01/20/2010 2:34:46 AM PST by Cobra64
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To: goldstategop
"he could either press on with his polarizing ideology, damage his party for a generation, and eventually end up churlish and sneering at the electorate, who did not appreciate his exalted morality and genius"

Well why not? It's the Chicago way!

5 posted on 01/20/2010 2:34:56 AM PST by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: goldstategop

Another brilliant piece by VDH. Bump.....


6 posted on 01/20/2010 2:38:46 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: goldstategop

bttt


7 posted on 01/20/2010 2:40:46 AM PST by PogySailor (We're so screwed.....welcome to the American Oligarchy)
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To: goldstategop
“Dream up a gargantuan backlash against Barack Obama’s left-wing gospel, and you still could not invent the notion of a relatively unknown, conservative Scott Brown knocking off an Obama-endorsed, liberal, female attorney in liberal Massachusetts — in a race to fill the seat once held by Ted Kennedy.”

No doubt! Of all the things we hoped would happen, particularly this November, we never dreamed of this.

8 posted on 01/20/2010 2:41:42 AM PST by ryan71 (TERM LIMITS)
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To: goldstategop
He concludes Obama can either return to his campaign promises or continue along his present path and bring political catastrophe on himself and his party

Which campaign promises is Obama breaking?

He has been entirely transparent since his first fundraiser in Bill Ayers living room, he wants to "build coalitions of power to bring about redistributive change", in his own words, and the fact that there were millions of white morons who wanted to be fooled isn't his fault.

9 posted on 01/20/2010 2:42:39 AM PST by Jim Noble (Hu's the communist?)
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To: goldstategop
Voters are sick and tired of a terrible year of big spending and big deficits — especially the sight of Obama and his congressional allies almost daily talking breezily about spending what we do not have.

Couldn't have said it better!

10 posted on 01/20/2010 2:53:19 AM PST by REPANDPROUDOFIT (Hey General, you can call me "ma'am" !)
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To: Jim Noble

and the fact that there were millions of white morons who wanted to be fooled isn’t his fault.

Can’t argue with that.


11 posted on 01/20/2010 2:57:10 AM PST by wita
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To: Jim Noble
His campaign promises for transparency, fiscal discipline, reducing taxes and measured health care reform. All of which he broke in record time. Getting back to them might be a start to saving his presidency. But he will have to do it himself - no one is going to save Obama from his worst mistakes.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

12 posted on 01/20/2010 2:58:24 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
His campaign promises for transparency, fiscal discipline, reducing taxes and measured health care reform

That doesn't count, since everybody with an IQ above 85 knew he was lying.

13 posted on 01/20/2010 3:00:01 AM PST by Jim Noble (Hu's the communist?)
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To: Jim Noble

Exactly right, JN.


14 posted on 01/20/2010 3:01:03 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: goldstategop

Cogent and perspicacious.


15 posted on 01/20/2010 3:01:16 AM PST by sourcery (LepPrelosi: Vote for a cure...)
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To: Jim Noble

He has been entirely transparent since his first fundraiser in Bill Ayers living room, he wants to “build coalitions of power to bring about redistributive change”, in his own words, and the fact that there were millions of white morons who wanted to be fooled isn’t his fault. <

I Agree! From the start it was clear who O was, he told us!
Many here have known from the start where he was going to take this country and tried to warn those who bought the hype.

What’s worse is Obama is not finished! I believe he and his so called progressive minions will now move quickly to rend as much of American fabric as they can, they know their time is short. Even if it destroys the Democratic party, of whom they could care less.


16 posted on 01/20/2010 3:01:38 AM PST by timetostand (Ya say ya wanna revolution -- OK!)
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To: goldstategop

This is but the first salvo in what I hope will remain a peaceful uprising.

They pilfer our paychecks.
They threaten the health of our families with DMV-sytle medicine.
They threaten our prosperity by attacking the private sector.
They dare confesses our “sins” to foreign powers, bow to foreign leaders, and humiliate a proud people.
They weaken our defense.
They coddle our sworn enemies.
They threaten our founding principles with their “change.”
They label us “extremists”, the same people whose ancestors fought and died for this system and country.

and on, and on...

They have no idea the rage that is boiling just beneath the surface.

This election was a kiss on the cheek.

Heed the warning from the greatest force known to humankind, a free people:

LEAVE...US...ALONE!


17 posted on 01/20/2010 3:02:48 AM PST by Boucheau
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To: Jim Noble
True. But I as I point out if he wants any thing resembling a successful presidency, he will have to backtrack. Voters are forgiving of human mistakes. What they will not forgive is crass arrogance and a refusal to heed life's lessons.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

18 posted on 01/20/2010 3:03:16 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

The best thing that could happen to Barack Obama is more Democratic losses in hodgepodge elections that might yank away our young transfixed Narcissus from his mesmerizing reflecting pool.

Only if sufficient humility takes its place and allows him to become somewhat human whereby he is able to understand basic economics. Impeachment is otherwise the only alternative to a continual train wreck.


19 posted on 01/20/2010 3:03:56 AM PST by wita
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To: goldstategop
But I as I point out if he wants any thing resembling a successful presidency, he will have to backtrack

But I don't think he cares about what you or I would consider "a successful Presidency" - AT ALL.

Successful in his terms - yes.

Successful within the constitutional and historic traditions of the Republic - he could care less.

20 posted on 01/20/2010 3:05:48 AM PST by Jim Noble (Hu's the communist?)
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To: goldstategop
The voters have figured out that their president likes the elite plutocracy and the lower middle classes, but not so much the wannabe rich who aspire to cross his hated $250,000 income threshold — at which point suddenly they become unpatriotic, unwilling to pay their fair shares, and reluctant to spread the wealth around. It is not particularly smart to constantly demonize the entrepreneurial classes, promise to raise income, payroll, health-care, and inheritance taxes on them, and expand government regulations — and then wonder why they are not creating more jobs.

It goes a little deeper than that, but no one really wants to talk about it.

Obama is, at his core, a blatant racist who is for "his people" and against whites (even though he is half white).

I had a neighbor who was of mixed race (African American father, white German mother).

The man hated half of himself, and did everything he could to favor anything "black" over everything "white."

Obama (and his wife) think of Americans who are of European ancestry as evil, and he thinks they should be looted so that any goods and income they have can be "redistributed" to "his people."

The New Black Panther thugs can waive nightsticks at voters outside a white old folks home used as a polling place, and Obama protects them.

Nothing speaks louder of his racism than this.

He fashions himself as some kind of bastardized black Moses, and it is incredibly dangerous to this nation.

More so than people realize.

21 posted on 01/20/2010 3:06:28 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Diogenesis
"They are popularly associated with nuclear power plants. However, this association is misleading, as the same kind of cooling towers are often used at large coal-fired power plants as well." - Wikipedia article on Cooling Tower

This sort of imagery is enough to make one despair that reason can ever prevail in public discourse. Note the black smoke. Can any ignorance be more abysmal?

22 posted on 01/20/2010 3:09:17 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: goldstategop

VDH eviscerates this phony baloney 0bama and his cheap rap-star rhetoric and boasts
A rap-star tells me global warming is a threat...Yeah I’m sure going to believe that! Cap n trade ...yeah I’ll believe that too


23 posted on 01/20/2010 3:10:29 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: goldstategop

bump for a later read.


24 posted on 01/20/2010 3:20:37 AM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Jim Noble

I cannot understand how people say they hoped Obungler would be better, and not do the things he has done in his first year. His past record clearly showed me what kind of marxist he would become!


25 posted on 01/20/2010 3:24:31 AM PST by kickstart ("A gun is a tool. It is only as good or as bad as the man who uses it" . Alan Ladd in 'Shane')
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To: goldstategop

Posts don’t get better than this one! Perfectly said.


26 posted on 01/20/2010 3:38:46 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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27 posted on 01/20/2010 3:39:19 AM PST by Lazamataz (Hey Obama, Can You Hear Me Now....? GOOOOoood......)
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To: goldstategop

“But I as I point out if he wants any thing resembling a successful presidency, he will have to backtrack. Voters are forgiving of human mistakes. What they will not forgive is crass arrogance and a refusal to heed life’s lessons”

One thing cannot be reinterated enough: Obama’s camp are not out to do what’s good for America. The only success they are after in this presidency is success in forcing into being as many anti-capitalism programs as they can in the time they have left. If they launch five socialist initiatives and succeed in getting through only two of them, they have still succeeded in moving along their Marxist agenda. Theirs is a longer term agenda. Obama was raised and mentored by true Marxist believers.


28 posted on 01/20/2010 3:59:37 AM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: goldstategop
The best thing that could happen to Barack Obama is more Democratic losses in hodgepodge elections that might yank away our young transfixed Narcissus from his mesmerizing reflecting pool.

Ha!

29 posted on 01/20/2010 4:17:37 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: goldstategop
Jive-Talking Rapper.

That sums up the fool in the White House.

30 posted on 01/20/2010 4:26:01 AM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority (Tyranny - are we there yet?)
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To: All
Victor Davis Hanson:

Just a partial list: http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/victordavishanson/index:

"Let me be perfectly NOT clear" & "Make lots of MISTAKES about it" [Victor Davis Hanson on Obama's lies]
Our Sorta, Kinda War on Terror - President Obama has not signed up for a serious effort against radical Islam
Truths We Dare Not Speak. Five propositions that simply have become taboo
When Conservative Felonies Become Liberal Misdemeanors
2010: Our Year of Decision
Beating the Dead Terrorist Horse. September 11 taught us many lessons. To our peril, we have forgotten them
Bush Did It! And, Really, Bush Did It! And Bush Really Did It!
A Humpty-Dumpty View of the World
2009 Chickens and Their 2010 Roost
Where Did These Guys Come From? The Origins of Obamism
The War Against the Wannabe Rich. Why attack the productive classes who want to be rich?
The Long March From California to Copenhagen [Hanson on debate between capitalism and socialism]
The Palin Wonder
Why Are We Tiring of Obama?
Change, Weakness, Disaster, Obama: Answers from Victor Davis Hanson
If Iran Refuses To Cooperate, Block Its Ports
Resetting the Reset Button [Victor Davis Hanson dissects 0's pathetic diplomacy]
Riding the Back of the Tiger [Victor Davis Hanson on Obama not understanding What Causes Wars...]
What Bush Inherited, and What He Left Left Behind
Who Are ‘They’? To Obama, “they” are responsible for all our troubles. Problem is, “they” are most of us
Afghan Mythologies. We have everything we need to defeat the Taliban.
The Discreet Charm of the Left-wing Plutocracy
Truman and the Principles of U.S. Foreign Policy. Jimmy Carter rejected the postwar consensus. President Obama appears to be following a similar path
Dr. Barack and Mr. Obama - The backlash is sharp as voters learn that Obama is not the man they thought he was
Obama and "Redistributive Change". His real agenda
The War Against the Producers
President Palin’s First 100 Days. Imagine if Sarah Palin had Obama’s record
Thoughts About Depressed Americans
Our Battered American [gets angrier - Must Read Rant]
Just a partial list. Much more at the link:  http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/victordavishanson/index
31 posted on 01/20/2010 5:54:50 AM PST by Tolik
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To: goldstategop; neverdem; Lando Lincoln; SJackson; dennisw; kellynla; monkeyshine; Alouette; ...
Obama has to wonder what brought about the Scott Brown moment.

 

  Ping !

Let me know if you want in or out.

Links:   

FR Index of his articles:  http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/victordavishanson/index
NRO archive: http://author.nationalreview.com/?q=MjI1MQ==
Pajamasmedia:  http://pajamasmedia.com/victordavishanson/
His website: http://victorhanson.com/

32 posted on 01/20/2010 5:56:51 AM PST by Tolik
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To: Tolik

Another great VDH analysis. Can’t wait to see what Steyn has to say.


33 posted on 01/20/2010 6:13:16 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Mass. elects Scott Brown. NVA:" for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my birth state")
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To: goldstategop

“The best thing that could happen to Barack Obama is more Democratic losses in hodgepodge elections that might yank away our young transfixed Narcissus from his mesmerizing reflecting pool.”

Great article..


34 posted on 01/20/2010 6:20:30 AM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men and Women)
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To: Jim Noble
That doesn't count, since everybody with an IQ above 85 knew he was lying.

It does count. They were still campaign promises. Whether we took him at his word or dismissed his promises is immaterial. They were still promises, and he has broken them.

He lied to the American people and it is now evident for all to see. And this, if for no other reason, is why it counts.

35 posted on 01/20/2010 6:33:58 AM PST by bcsco (Hey, GOP: The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration...)
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To: SkyPilot

Regarding Obama’s “roots”, have you noticed that he gets really emotional when he criticizes bankers, but not when he addresses horrible events like the Fort Hood massacre or the Haiti earthquakes?

I maintain that he resented his grandmother, and agree with you about his innate racist outlook. There are numerous examples of his behavior that illustrate this - starting with insulting the Prime Minister of Great Britain last year.


36 posted on 01/20/2010 7:03:25 AM PST by maica (Freedom consists not in doing what we like,but in having the right to do what we ought. John Paul II)
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To: maica

I forgot to include that Obama’s grandmother was a banker, and probably the only disciplined person in Barry’s family circle.


37 posted on 01/20/2010 7:07:09 AM PST by maica (Freedom consists not in doing what we like,but in having the right to do what we ought. John Paul II)
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To: goldstategop

It’s no coincidence that almost everything Obama has done was a wrong turn and has been bad for America. Is it gross incompetency or something bordering on malicious intent? Is it the work of an air-head, celebrity president or a sinister socialist with an agenda? Maybe a combination of both? One thing is for sure: America cannot take three more years of this nonsense. Let’s admit one thing: it was fun while it lasted — a spectacle and pageant of messianic proportions, America’s first Demiurge and Demagogue packaged into One, paraded around, flying on Air Force One if not flying the seat of his pants. Entertainment and Greek columns, low bows and low brow rappers, American Idol come to life like Pygmalion, Marxist idolatry at its finest dress up and served to the masses — but the party is over. The Emperor-Elect, demigod/Che substitute must go.


38 posted on 01/20/2010 7:25:01 AM PST by Blind Eye Jones
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To: Blind Eye Jones
It’s no coincidence that almost everything Obama has done was a wrong turn and has been bad for America. Is it gross incompetency or something bordering on malicious intent? Is it the work of an air-head, celebrity president or a sinister socialist with an agenda? Maybe a combination of both? One thing is for sure: America cannot take three more years of this nonsense. Let’s admit one thing: it was fun while it lasted — a spectacle and pageant of messianic proportions, America’s first Demiurge and Demagogue packaged into One, paraded around, flying on Air Force One if not flying the seat of his pants. Entertainment and Greek columns, low bows and low brow rappers, American Idol come to life like Pygmalion, Marxist idolatry at its finest dress up and served to the masses — but the party is over. The Emperor-Elect, demigod/Che substitute must go.

Great synopsis(posted here for re-reading), but we're stuck with this incompetent teleprompter reader for 3 more years. Elections have consequences.

39 posted on 01/20/2010 7:28:49 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: dr_lew
Can any ignorance be more abysmal?
Definitely.
How about a complete disregard for artistic license?
Or getting you panties in a bunch over a cartoon and pretending it has implications pertaining to the state of public discourse.
...sigh...
40 posted on 01/20/2010 8:40:32 AM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: goldstategop

Outstanding article.
Thank you for the ping.


41 posted on 01/20/2010 8:44:35 AM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: bcsco
He lied to the American people and it is now evident for all to see

Oh stop it.

He said, on tape, that his agenda was "to build coalitions of power to bring about redistributive change". He said that his plan was to "fundamentally transform the United States of America". He wrote, not once but twice, that he decided to become a politician when he was "electrified" by a phrase in a sermon. That phrase was "white folks' greed runs a world in need" (which, by the way, was referring to Port-au-Prince, a place where white folks, greedy or otherwise, have as little influence as anywhere on the planet).

All this was glaringly obvious by August 2008 at the very latest.

The problem with Obama is NOT that he's breaking campaign promises.

The problem is that he's keeping them.

42 posted on 01/20/2010 8:52:38 AM PST by Jim Noble (Hu's the communist?)
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To: Jim Noble
Oh stop it.

Happy to. I don't want to intrude on anyone who's not open to discussion.

43 posted on 01/20/2010 9:04:28 AM PST by bcsco (Hey, GOP: The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration...)
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To: wita

That’s just the thing. The Narcissist doesn’t respond to these sorts of reversals with honest, rational self-reevaluation - if he did, he wouldn’t be a Narcissist.

Instead, his nature dictates that he respond with paranoid feelings of betrayal. He blames his failures on everyone around him, believing that they have either let him down or are actively conspiring against him. From what few clues we’ve seen as to Obama’s reaction to these events, it’s starting to look like that’s exactly what Obama is doing.


44 posted on 01/20/2010 9:30:27 AM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: goldstategop; Tolik

IMHO, I think VDH’s writing is getting even better lately, as exceptional as he was already.


45 posted on 01/20/2010 9:44:26 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Jim Noble
That doesn't count, since everybody with an IQ above 85 knew he was lying.

Disagree. Even if they "knew" he was lying, a vast swath of the electorate voted for him -- which means either that they didn't "know," or that they let their attraction to Obama overwhelm any doubts such lies might have engendered.

This is nothing new in human relations: how many marriages begin with such hopes -- and founder once the hopes can no longer compete with the lies? And how many political or religious movements have risen and fallen over the same phenomenon?

Human nature has the unfortunate tendency to elevate hope far above reason. Obama's election is no different in that regard.

46 posted on 01/20/2010 10:01:35 AM PST by r9etb
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To: goldstategop
It is not particularly smart to constantly demonize the entrepreneurial classes, promise to raise income, payroll, health-care, and inheritance taxes on them, and expand government regulations — and then wonder why they are not creating more jobs.

You get what you reward, not what you think you reward, and 0bama has assumed that because he has a number of extremely wealthy donors, he has control of the capitalist classes, if there is any such thing clearly defined at all. It is an ideologue's approach. Where you punish risk-taking with attenuated rewards that are taxed and redistributed in pursuit of "social justice," you're punishing risk-taking. And you'll get less of it.

We must remember that 0bama is, in political terms, a very young and inexperienced man who is attempting to do what all such people do, substitute a theoretical understanding for the lessons of hard experience. Everyone with the latter knows how terribly inadequate the former turns out to be. That is not a lesson that is readily available when one fills one's staff with academics and the theory-besotted. Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton can't help him but a Dick Cheney could.

47 posted on 01/20/2010 11:32:13 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Tolik

thanks for the ping


48 posted on 01/20/2010 1:52:56 PM PST by GOPJ (Barack Obama is not a liberal; he is a Third World Socialist of the really angry kind -James Lewis)
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To: FARS
LIKED BY ALL, RESPECTED BY NONE Obama thought the antidote to “smoke ’em out,” “dead or alive,” and “bring ’em on” braggadocio was bowing to the Saudis, promulgating new and undiscovered great moments in Islamic history, and reaching out to Ahmadinejad as he rounded up and beat down reformers in the streets of Tehran.

ping

49 posted on 01/20/2010 1:57:19 PM PST by GOPJ (Barack Obama is not a liberal; he is a Third World Socialist of the really angry kind -James Lewis)
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To: goldstategop

VDH for president!


50 posted on 01/21/2010 3:54:46 AM PST by RU88 (Bow to no man)
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