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The way I feel tonight

The way I feel tonight

More motivated than ever.

It might have been that way regardless of the Veep pick, but the immediate attempt by the mainstream media and liberal magazines and newspapers to Palinize Paul Ryan brought back bitter memories of the type which motivated me for the 2010 elections.

It’s okay to want to crush them again. Really, it’s okay.

Remember November … 6th this year.


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Your motivation, your enthusiasm, and your willingness to engage is coming through loud and strong!

The vid is an excellent rallying call!

“Forward for Freedom” (Learned on Michelle Malkin’s blog that this is the motto of the USS Wisconsin).

Henry Hawkins | August 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I’m serving my part in the leadership rotation in our local Tea Party org and I must have received 40 calls and 20 texts since this morning’s announcement. Our members are pleased and primed for action, ready to rock. This week we’re sending out an email call for funds to forward to the Romney campaign. Folks are as pumped up as they were for the 2010 midterms. Democracy in action and 100% pure grassroots. I love it.

    98ZJUSMC in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Thx Henry. Very good to hear.

    Keep it up.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to 98ZJUSMC. | August 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Thx right back.

      Hey, just noticed the USMC in your tag. There’s a bit of an argument among NC-ers of late concerning Camp LeJeune, which got mentioned in the national news a lot during the Sikh shooting story cycle. Nat’l newspeople kept pronouncing it Camp Le’Jern’ with the ‘r’ in there, upsetting the crap out of NC-ers who’ve heard Le ‘Joon’ all their lives. It’s been going back and forth on morning radio, radio talk shows, and letters to the editor pages.

      If you were ever at LeJeune, do you remember any such confusion as to pronunciation?

        If I may…

        A couple of years ago, some journalist who was doing a story on General Lejeune got together with a former marine and they decided to start a movement to get people to pronounce Lejeune the way Gen Lejeune pronounced it.. with an “R”. General Lejeune was from Louisiana so that might explain the mangled pronunciation.

    LukeHandCool in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Way to go Our Hank!

    It’s gonna take money and it’s also gonna take talking to our friends, family members, relatives, neighbors, coworkers, etc., etc., and persuading them our side is right.

    I’m working on some coworkers. California is a lost cause, but my proselytizing is for future generations.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to LukeHandCool. | August 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      You bet, damn the torpedoes time. Also, I’ll be telling people that if they’ve developed a habit of not mentioning their conservative beliefs so as not to get into arguments, the time for that to stop is now, that spreading the word and letting other possibly isolated conservatives know they are not alone could not be any more important. I’m not shy in real life, but I know a lot of folks have been cowed by PC into silence. That chit needs to stop right now.

I”m sorry, I could not resist posting this:

“Not really interested in your criticisms of the Ryan pick.”
Prof. Jacobson continues:

“So what about Republicans and other Romney supporters who don’t think much of the pick or Ryan as V.P.? What should they do?”

“Shut up.”

“No criticism you mount now can change anything, and you simply piling on will not just to bury Ryan, but to bury Romney. These are not policy positions where there is a gradation. It’s all or nothing on the Ryan pick.

“Your either are with Ryan or against him. And if you’re against him publicly, then you’re with Obama.”

GRADE: 4.0

Professor Jacobson is right. Remember, this election is not over until the fat lady sings ( — sings ‘goodbye’ that is).

    No one has a real issue with Ryan, the problem is with Romney. Ild easily pluck down for nearly anyone but Romney. Seriousily how the hell did this guy end up with the nod? Right now we have a cabal of rinos controlling the party, who have sold us monied interests who don’t give a dam whose in the whitehouse regardless of the party. That’s it we’ve been sold out by an owned candidate. They used that money to consolidate conservative media assets to destroy and impede anyone who impeded Romney. I remember the hit jobs, in particular the ones on newt and how coordinated they were. They set up and divided the conservative vote to prevent a genuine conservative candidate from emerging. Now they have thier candidate. Let them use thier money to defeat him

      JoAnne in reply to imfine. | August 11, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Hmmmmm, as the Prof just said earlier, SHUT UP!

      barbara in reply to imfine. | August 11, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      So you’re saying you want a second Bambi term?

      I can think of several people besides Romney I’d rather have as our Presidential candidate, but Romney’s the one we have. I’d vote for a syphalitic camel over Bambi. We can cure syphalis; ain’t no curing Marxism. 🙁

        imfine in reply to barbara. | August 12, 2012 at 1:29 am

        I think the point your missing is Romney is Obama. Think about it, just about everything you hate about Obama, Romney has done or supports the same thing. I see no substantive difference between the 2. Romney still support both Romneycare and Obamacare, except in the later it appears that he wants to “fix it”. He still lauds universal healthcare in mass, even as the whole system is coming apart at the seems. Open immigration, yup supports it. Government-corporate cronyism, double check there. Expansive welfare state? Ohh yeah he loves that too. I am not necessarily as bad as Obama on everything, but quite frankly he’s pretty far out there on the left.

        For god freaking sakes can anyone give me a f’ng bone why they think substantively why this guy is any better than Obama? You have maybe 2 issues you have for Romney, foriegn policy and the supreme court. That’s it. They are big, but quite frankly control of congress is the bigger issue. If Romney is elected we lose it 2014 and the dems take full control again for Obama redux in 2016. Assuming we didn’t experience collapse by then. Then all this gaming is pointless. We need a RR again. We need a decade to fix the damage that has been done. It’s laughable to even hear the suggestion that Romney wants to fix anything. He clearly doesn’t. So who cares who wins when there is a dem on both sides of the ticket?

          sybilll in reply to imfine. | August 12, 2012 at 3:12 am

          Andrew Breitbart wisely said, prior to his untimely death: “Either you are with us, whether you like our candidate or not, or you are on the other side”.

          Midwest Rhino in reply to imfine. | August 12, 2012 at 5:06 am

          DC is still run by some real corrupt jerks, but Obama is compromising with them from the dark side … he is more allied with Chavez than America. He seems more anti-capitalist than Rev. Wright. He studies subversive tactics from Alinsky, and lies to us constantly. Obama is spawned from the slimy Chicago machine, with Jarret and others pulling his strings, and the media paving his way.

          Romney has been swimming in the DC and NYC waters, and has those connections, but he compromises with them from a different position entirely. Budgets mean something to Romney. He knows how business works at the Wall Street level, while Obama just wheels and deals with those bankers for his subversive purposes.

          If Romney was not your or our first choice, he is the only choice now, and has picked a strong VP. In working with him, perhaps the Tea party and others will inspire him to catch the wave. Obama instead seemed to be inspired to believe he WAS God. Romney is more able to catch the energy of the working majority. Growing into the role is something all presidents do.

          I don’t know that he will move in that direction, but he did choose Ryan. And I am quite certain that Obama wants America to go very far left, and he will tell any lie, and break any law, to get there. He would take guns and confiscate assets. For the term, Romney will have to be our champion, and we have to fight against the media and Hollywood and the Democrat slime machine. Taking swipes at Romney “imperfections” is a waste of energy. He has the potential to see the light, to hear the call to greatness.

          Otherwise, Obama continues his coup, dictating executive orders that go against congress. Gun running type operations, using Holder, the IRS and the EPA as hit men … Obama is a wannabe tyrant, with the temperament and executive skills of a child. Stopping that lunatic is the prime objective.

          brett_mcs in reply to imfine. | August 12, 2012 at 6:35 am

          There is not much apparent difference, day to day, between spending just within ones means and spending just beyond them. But as Benjamin Franklin points out, one is the road to success, the other the road to ruin.

      Sanddog in reply to imfine. | August 11, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      You know, I didn’t like Bush or McCain but since my only other choice was Gore, Kerry or Obama, I sucked it up, put on my big girl panties and took solace in the fact that at least both of them picked VPs I would have been happy to vote for if they had been at the top of the ticket.

      I’m not going to pout just because I don’t get to personally choose the nominees. My vote won’t solve the problems of this country but at least it can help minimize the damage.

        imfine in reply to Sanddog. | August 12, 2012 at 1:39 am

        Look I’m not telling you who to vote for. I see good and bad on either scenerio, Romney certainly has a chance to be a mind blowing great president that brings back 80’s style growth and a resurgence in conservatism. Or he could destroy the republican party and 4 years there will be no more opposition to democrats. What do you think he’ll do? He scares the crap out of me more than he gives me hope.

          Midwest Rhino in reply to imfine. | August 12, 2012 at 5:22 am

          The US ox has been gored … and the resulting fiscal cliff is ahead. Romney has management skills, Obama would love more chaos and a subversive overthrow.

          The cliff will be scary, and we the people will have to be more vocal and active than ever. The Tea party has to grow, but for president in 2012, the choice seems easy.

      n.n in reply to imfine. | August 11, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      Well, if Romney will indeed be the Republican nominee, and nominally the conservative representative, the best advice to follow and, incidentally, is universally applicable, is to hold him accountable for his actions, before and after their realization. As for now, we only have an estimate of the future, not the least of which is minimal knowledge of the whole dynamic in government, in the world, and no ability to divine it. Anyway, Romney, as well as anyone and everyone else represents a risk, so let’s manage it to mitigate it. In this regard, The Tea Party is an excellent example of not only raising awareness, but also follow through.

      rdm in reply to imfine. | August 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

      I have some ‘up’ advice for you aside from “shut up”;

      “Grow up”. Or to use song lyrics “you can’t always get what you want, but if your try sometimes, you might find, you can get what you need.”. The are precisely two sides in this conflict; Obama and not-Obama. And if you aren’t on the side of the angels, well, I think you can figure out where you really are. An angel with a dented halo is better than the horns and a pitchfork.

        imfine in reply to rdm. | August 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

        All I have to say is look at Massachusetts, look at what he did there. If you think that’s progress, it you think that’s being grown up supporting what he did, than i question what side your on. I’m on the side of the republic and the constitution, not whomever is running the RNC at any given moment. Whose side are you on? Do you really think having Romney instead of Obama push liberal legislation through congress is an improvement?

          JoAnne in reply to imfine. | August 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm

          Romney had to work with what he had in Mass. Now, if we the people, have any smarts, he will be blessed with a Republican Congress. I’m willing to go with that. But I do know we need to get onboard or the train will leave without us, once again. WE are the brakes on this out of control train and we need to remember that fact. They can’t do the awful things they’ve done unless we take our eyes off the track we’re headed down. (Enough of the railroad metaphors)!

          We need to push for tort reform across the board – we need to push for government to obey the rules of accounting and quit making it up as they go along. We need to push for a smaller, more limited Federal government – get rid of all the unelected czars that have been foisted on us and are accountable to none of us. There is much to be done and it involves US getting off our collective duffs and doing something!

      Can’t disagree with this, but at this point, we’ve got what we’ve got. We’ll deal with the RINOs as they have dealt with us — but after the election.

    I really like what AllahPundit over at wrote. This really summarized the way I felt about Romney.

    “Until last night, I thought Romney was running for president because he wanted to be president, full stop. Everything about him suggested personal ambition over vision — the endless flip-flops, the extreme caution on the trail, the negative-ad carpet-bombing of Gingrich and Santorum in the primaries. Then I wake up this morning and find he’s made the boldest move on entitlement reform in modern U.S. history, all but gambling his candidacy on the public’s ability to not only see through Democratic Mediscare smears but to embrace a reform agenda. I don’t know how to process it. I respect Romney tremendously for it, but it just doesn’t compute. It’s like watching C-3PO lead the raid on the Death Star.”

    Do read the whole thing at

    The thing is, Romney is doing more than thinking like the corporate manager he is. Of course, he is running a turnaround operation. So he picks his team with the people best equipped to make the necessary decisions. But to grab every “third rail” of American politics at once? That’s something more…

    Dare I hope that beyond his personal ambition, he sees a chance to really make a lasting difference for America? That’s really the biggest surprise for me. Everything until now has screamed he’s too cautious and way too ambitious to take this kind of risk. People like me have often decried the half-hearted and apologetic approach to conservative, small government policy most mainstream Republican politicians typically serve up. Well – we got our wish with the one politician who is best equipped to articulate a viable small government agenda *and* make the necessary political judgments as to what the “art of the possible” is.

    In most respects, with the Ryan pick, we have forced the decisive battle we’ve wanted over the size and scope of government in America. So we’ve got to make sure that we come out victorious, with an unambiguous mandate for major cutbacks- and with enough down ticket support to make sure that the Republican establishment can’t collude with the Democrats to water any reforms down to the point of uselessness.

    The Eleventh Commandment was a phrase used by President Ronald Reagan during his 1966 campaign for Governor of California. The Commandment reads:

    “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”

    Let’s all pay our respects to our late President and follow his Commandment.

    Or, as Archie Bunker said, “Put a sock in it.”

You damn straight it’s OK, Prof.

It might have been that way regardless of the Veep pick

Me, not so much.

I’d have no hair if he’d chosen Portman, Pawlenty, Daniels–safe Romney like

I expected Rubio, as I told a buddy a few days ago.

Did Romney chose Ryan because of the need to align the tea party crowd?


Doubt it.

By choosing Ryan, he aligned himself with conservative ideology–that was made clear today.

The way I feel tonight…is there is a clear(er) choice as to the direction of America.

I pray, And I mean I do pray, that she choose wisely.

    logos in reply to Browndog. | August 11, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I think selecting Rubio would have a built in issue we don’t want to address right now. There are some who declare Rubio to be ineligible to serve as President. I don’t have a dog in that hunt; I just think this year is not the year to give this to the Democrats to chew on.

Good to see that Romney is serious. I wondered if a man running for President for so long was going to do what it takes.

I don’t expect a miracle, but I’m pleased with his VP pick. It shows that the spending, the debt and the economy will remain front and center in this campaign. It needs to be.

I’m almost excited and optimistic about the future of this country again.

The fact that an anti-Ryan ad could run within hours of the announcement proves that they were ready to DEMONIZE every candidate.

It has nothing to do with “truth” which the leftists deny anyway. It has everything to do with power and their twisted views.

They have nothing to run on so they have to DEMONIZE!

“Give us 8 years and we will give you the ‘Worker’s Paradise'” really isn’t the smartest slogan Obama could come up with but it is the most accurate.

    Tamminator in reply to WarEagle82. | August 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    You just figured that out now?
    Brilliant observation, Obama voter.
    Hey, a non-vote for McCain was a vote for Obama.
    Didn’t figure that out until now?
    Just trying to catch you up, Paulbot.

      WarEagle82 in reply to Tamminator. | August 12, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Ah, “Tammy” has weighed in a gain. I thought I smelled something.

      Still too stupid to do the election math from 2008.

      Still can’t figure out the difference between Chuck Baldwin and Ron Paul.

      Still can’t count past 10 even with your shoes off.

      Somewhere in Russia, a village desperately needs you for comic relief. What a dolt…

Get ready to RuuuuuuuuuuuuuuMBLE !!!

We can do it!!

The results of the 2010 midterm elections tell me we can definitely do this!

ShakesheadOften | August 11, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Gah! My thoughts exactly. I’ve been out of pocket since the announcement and missed much of the initial vitriol. I’m just now catching up and getting infuriated. The left are trying to pull out their catch-phrases, race-card playing, and demagoguery and they’re doing nothing more than getting me angry and more interested in supporting Romney (and I’ve been a huge fan of Paul Ryan for a while now, so I’m ecstatic to begin with). I view Paul Ryan as one of the few “adults in the room” willing to speak the truth that $16 trillion dollars of debt is unsustainable. The people screaming against him rather than talking with him want only to suck as much out of our country as they can before it collapses. Well, their comments only make me want to scream ENOUGH!!! Where is YOUR plan?? How will YOU deal with our financial crisis?? With a budget that doesn’t even garner a single vote in your OWN PARTY???

This morning I told my generally-liberal father about the VP pick and he didn’t know who Paul Ryan was. When I told him about the anti-Ryan ad where “granny” was pushed over a cliff, even he rolled his eyes. The dems are going too far against a truly talented foe and they don’t realize it. I wish we could have three VP debates.

Romney’s choice wasn’t poor. It was brilliant. I support Romney-Ryan 2012!!

Henry Hawkins | August 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I’m licking my chops for the debates. Romney has done well in debates without a teleprompter, but Obama? Without a script? Hee hee hee. I expect a parade of forced errors, ums, ers, uhs, and verbose run-ons that require cutting him off every time, which always kills any rhetorical momentum one may have built up before being forcibly cut off.

And Ryan versus Biden? LOL. It may be the first debate called off midway through due to the ‘mercy rule’.

It’s a ways off, and dependent, but I’d love to see the list of Romney cabinet appointees.

(By the way, I hoping everyone realizes my post was a take-off on the “IRAC” format of a law school exam. The ‘thumbs down’ comments otherwise baffle me.)

Ryan is the best possible choice by Romney! For different reasons I’d also have been very happy with Rubio. I’m a non-native resident of Wisconsin (not Ryan’s district) and have been following Ryan for some time. He is a truly brilliant man, is vastly knowledgeable, and is politically seasoned. No downside! Governor Walker has been a strong proponent of Romney’s selecting Ryan.

Ryan has at least 20 I.Q. points on Obama and 40 on Biden.

If tasked to counter that ad, the obvious thing I would exploit is that it does not mention the Bush administration. Either Bush administration, iirc.

Obama is trying his utmost to demonize the current GOP ticket, but he’ll resume trying to run against Bush if he sees a payoff. I don’t know how best to mitigate that, but IMHO the militant urgency of the ad leaves the opposition an unnecessarily big opening.

Morpheus: The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.

Neither Romney nor Ryan were my first choices respectively yet I will support that very fine ticket wholeheartedly. Romney will be a great POTUS and Ryan a great VEEP plus as a team they’ll get this country moving on track once again.

Professor, keep up your good work and continue to push for a strong America, the Beautiful, we truly do have spacious skies, with amber waves of grain. We are energetic and strong as a people and need to be that beacon for the world and for ourselves once again. God Bless us all.

I was not for Romney. I give credit where credit is due tho. Over the last several months he has been much better than I thought he would be especially given the despicable media. With his choice of Ryan the election will be a contrast of competance/ideas vs hysteria/lies. I feel if Romney\ Ryan keep to the message , keep pressing to the goal , ignore the nonsense they will win. Let surrogates deal with the nonsense. When the media does its thing ,do not accept their premis ,blow by it ,deliver our message. Always ask if 4 more years of the Obama ,dem insanity is what you want.

BannedbytheGuardian | August 12, 2012 at 1:34 am

Euro Commie here (thanks Browndog & Henry :)) here looks forward to the economics based campaign.

I really was struggling with gay marriage .

Yesterday AM, I sent my otherwise conservative leaning daughter an email about Ryan as Romney’s pick. Her reply? He’s against same sex couple adoptions. My response:

That’s it? What is the equivalence compared to a program that will save social security and medicare? Obama and his democrat congress took $500,000,000,000 [billion] out of medicare to make ObamaCare look like it would save premium costs.
So we vote for Obama, the Country goes broke, but Bill and Bob can adopt a child?
You need to reorder your priorities. You have a child to consider. What will be his future?
And, isn’t this really a 10th Amendment issue?

I am waiting for her reply. I am hoping, no, praying that she looks at Ryan through this prism.

MESSAGE TO WOMEN: You Must Hate Paul Ryan.
via Glenn Reynolds

As all know, this election is certainly not going to be all warm and fuzzy and as indicated by the choice of words “MESSAGE TO WOMEN”, a difficult road will now be more complicated.

As mentioned in prior comments here, I’d vote for a Snickers Candy bar over Dearth<(spelled exactly the way I feel) Vader.

Without going into a tome as to the above..

To some of the comments this A.M. I didn't know and tickled that some pointed it out (as I will conduct a search for..) Neo-Marxist Saul Alinky's 'Tactics On Capitalism/Bain Capital'

Since this is the Prof’s board I will respect his “statement” regarding commenting on Romney. I will say that Romney’s selection of Ryan as his VP running mate is a major plus. I like Ryan – he brings a lot to the GOP ticket.

However I have to admit it does tweak my nose to read here and at other sites about how “we’re not going to let the Left & the media Palinize Ryan” A whole lot of people didn’t have that same fervor to defend her when she was being Palinized. Maybe if people in the GOP hadn’t added their attacks to those of the Left /Dems she might have done better? I imagine she might have liked her party to stand behind her like we’re all calling for people to do for Ryan.

    Thanks Katiejane:

    You are correct in your statement. What bothers me is that they are still going at it. When will it end?

    I am behind the Ryan pick, but would like to know why Ryan attended the premiere of Game Change, particularly after Sarah Palin spoke so highly of his plan to revamp Medicare. I will support him, but this is a sore spot because everyone is now calling for unity, yet where were they when she needed them? I guess I just hate unfairness.

DINORightMarie | August 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

Professor, you might also want to link at some point to this follow-up to the excellent video you imbed here.

It’s called “Four Weeks” and is a great summary of what Obama and the Democrats are, who they are, and what they have managed to do to America. Sad thing is, it could have been made yesterday – everything in it is still true (but I would add the incessant fundraisers to the AWOL POTUS’ schedule).

Great post!!! Even more motivated now – fundamental restoration has begun!

And, to all my fellow-commenters here: we’ve expressed our differences, our grievances with imperfect Republicans and man in general. Great!! That’s what the First Amendment is all about. However, we don’t have TIME for petty in-fighting; let’s FIGHT to get this team elected (and all those battling in those Operation Counterweight elections, too)!!

Focus. Focus. Focus. Eye on the prize, the goal. No retreating – just “reloading.” (Do I need pander and bow to the Frankfort School Left to insert the PC caveat that that terms is just rhetorical!?? Let’s hope not.)

Remember. November. 6th.


That is one of the worst ads I have seen. MOVES TOO FAST, doesnt let people finish sentences, It had possibilities with content and subject matter but the PRODUCTION IS AWFUL!!!!!!!

I am pleased that Romney picked a conservative. and he picked someone that may well be smarter than he is. That is also the sign of a great executive,too. I am glad we can engage on the budget and give-aways issues. The idea is: are we going to be a free people, or are we going to be subjects? I am glad that Romney saw that a conservative pick was necessary too.

Just thinking of a tune to inspire….

I hope that we can all put aside the relatively minor differences and realize that none of us are as strong as all of us. If not, we will be reduced to a third world nation with a second rate military to defend us from attacks. And then we will see… John Stuart Mills once stated: “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

Palinizing Ryan would require his demonization by Republican “intellectuals.”