"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fred Barnes: The Five Faulty Theories that Led Obama and Democrats to Disaster

Today while looking for articles about the upcoming election tomorrow, I found all kinds with predictions of what was going to happen on November 2nd. Then I ran across this article from one of my favorites, Fred Barnes, that explained the reasons for the tsunami that is about to hit Democrats tomorrow. It makes perfect sense.

During 2008 campaign, we couldn't believe what we were witnessing as the words of Obama never did match his background but the media went all out for him which will start to cover in the days ahead along with some things that are happening with this President. How he reacts after tomorrow we think we even shock some Democrats. He has never been one to roll up the sleeves and get to work.

Obama is now going to be faced with a new Speaker of the House John Boehner who is one of those roll up the sleeves and get to work people along with Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Mike Pence and other House Republicans. You don't get to where John Boehner is today without hard work and ideas. Like Marco Rubio, he comes from a blue collar family where if you work hard, you can be successful at whatever you do.

That is something Obama has been missing as everything has been handed to him. His surrogates always were able to get other candidates out of the way or make sure every piece of dirty laundry true or not was brought out while covering for Obama. They made sure the members of the media were right there with them in the cover-up of the 'real' Obama.

The American Dream that comes from growing up in mainstream America is not something Obama experienced as a child.  It seems he didn't learn at an early age you have to work for what you achieve because the only thing he has ever worked at is campaigning.  He certainly doesn't work at being President or before that a Senator.  Most of us have faced adversity in our lives and learned to deal with what is handed to us. Obama has been protected by his mentors from learning first hand that you don't always get what you want. He is guilty of thinking he had a mandate for Change but never understood the American people as Fred Barnes has pointed out in his piece today.

Republicans have to remember the same lesson -- the Country is center right and if you govern from center right, everything will be fine but you cannot tilt too far right or they will face a similar backlash. The American people want The People's House back in control of people who understand America and our Constitution and are willing to do what is necessary to preserve our Freedoms. We have watched a group of Republicans led by Republican Leader Boehner, Whip Eric Cantor, and Conference Chair Mike Pence stand up day in and day out for the American people and they never wavered even though vastly out numbered. They kept right on fighting.

Never have been prouder to call myself a Republican then I have these last two years when I have seen how hard the members of Congress have fought for us against all odds. We won the Massachusetts Senate Seat with Scott Brown, then the Virginia and New Jersey Governorships with Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie and the members of the Republican Party became rejuvenated.

Americans for the first time in my lifetime had enough which led to the Tea Party movement which has grown and become stronger because of the leftist, progressive agenda of Obama and the Democrats in Congress.  The media has ignored the fact that a lot of Tea Party people are also the Republican grassroots who form the backbone of most campaigns.  Having the Grassroots involvement doesn't fit the narrative of many media members.  We didn't have the Tea Party in 2004 when the Republican Grassroots rose up here in Oklahoma to work to elected Dr. Tom Coburn to the Senate, but we had those same ideals of the Tea Party they have today. The people fueling Ken Buck's campaign in Colorado are made up with the grassroots along with others who also support the ideals of the Tea Party movement. 

The media has tried their best to define the Tea Party but they don't get it -- the Tea Party is people with the ideals of our Founding Fathers not an 'official' political party as they come from across the political spectrum, from small towns and rural area to large cities. They are united against the path to socialism this Administration and Congress have set us on and on November 2nd, and along with many Americans will speak loud and clear. We want to get America back to the principles of what this Country has been founded on in our Constitution which starts out

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Freedom is a precious gift that was given to all of us by our Founding Fathers and those who fought in the Revolutionary War to secure those Freedoms. This election is about keeping our freedoms and pulling America back from the brink of a socialist path that Obama/Pelosi/Reid have us on today.

Remember November 2nd is the day 'We The People' Take America Back!

Remember November: The Final Act from Republican Governors Association on Vimeo.

The Five Faulty Theories that Led Obama and Democrats to Disaster
12:00 AM, Nov 1, 2010 • By FRED BARNES

The original sin of President Obama and Democrats was their belief in the theory that smashing victories by their party in the 2006 and 2008 elections represented a political realignment that would leave them in power in Washington for decades to come.

As even they should know by now, that theory wasn’t close to being true. A true realignment – and there have been only a handful of them in our history – requires a dramatic shift in the political and ideological leanings of Americans. That hasn’t happened.

The exit polls in the 2008 election and extensive polls since then found that America remains a country with twice as many self-identified conservatives as liberals, while about one-third of Americans consider themselves to be moderates. This breakdown has been the case for years.

The second theory is loosely related to the supposed realignment. It holds that during a serious economic downturn, like the one we experienced beginning in 2008, the public is eager for drastic action by Washington, significantly enlarging the federal government’s role in the economy and in the lives of average Americans. As Michael Barone has noted, Obama and Democrats “acted on this theory,” only to discover that if it was ever operative, it isn’t anymore.

The third theory is also connected to the idea of a center-left nation with faith in the power of government to solve the most difficult problems – a deep recession, for instance. Government spending, widely distributed, would spur demand, cause economic growth, and create jobs. That’s how the theory said things would work.

Thus we got the $1 trillion stimulus (with interest payments included)....

Theory number four grew out of the presidential experience of Bill Clinton. In 1993 and 1994 – his first two years in office – Clinton and his wife Hillary put together a comprehensive health care bill. It never came to a vote. After Democrats were crushed in the midterm election in 1994, the theory arose that the failure to enact the health care measure had caused the defeat, but passage of a health care bill would spare Democrats a similar thrashing this year.

This was always a dubious theory, since crime, a tax hike, gun control, and several other issues played major roles in the Republican landslide in 1994....

Finally, there’s the theory that the president can use the bully pulpit to sell his program to the public. President Obama was regarded as uniquely gifted as a speaker and therefore perfectly suited to using the presidential megaphone to persuade the public. Wrong.


Five theories, wrongly believed but aggressively pursued. Obama and Democrats, who think of themselves as the smart ones, should have known better. That they didn’t is likely to translate into disastrous results tomorrow.

Excerpt:  Read More at Weekly Standard

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