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The attitude cultivated in America under one term of President Obama

The attitude cultivated in America under one term of President Obama

Ignorance? Apathy? Mediocrity? All of the above?

In a video taken outside a Romney rally, one Obama supporter shares why he won’t vote for Romney. Pay close attention, because this is what happens when nearly every mainstream media outlet in the country is in the tank for one candidate. Some quotes that stuck out to me (h/t Twitchy):

Cameraman: What’s wrong with Romney?

Obama supporter: Uh. He’s for the rich.

Cameraman: He says he’s not going to raise taxes on the middle class… What if he cut taxes for everybody, would that be good for you?

Obama supporter: No.

Cameraman: Are things better with Obama?

Obama supporter: …Well things are definitely not worse.

Cameraman: Did you see our Ambassador got assassinated in Libya?

Obama supporter: He probably had it coming.

Cameraman: So Obama can’t solve the middle east problem for us?

Obama supporter: Well, neither can Romney.

Then, of course, there’s always this (posted by the same YouTube user):

This is the attitude taking hold among many Americans who support President Obama. Many Americans who are content with watching the steady downgrade of America before their very eyes.

It’s not a novel attitude, but the increasing prevalence of this attitude is novel. So I keep asking myself the same question. Can we really afford four more years of President Obama?

To borrow a quote from Remember the Titans:


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Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention:

…there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and (I) believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.

Boldface mine.

The Obama campaign has been willing to use outright lies to fool the populace, with the willing assistance of the media. Romney needs to expose the lies.

    retire05 in reply to MadCon. | September 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    MadCon, this didn’t start with Obama. You would have to go all the way back to the FDR administration to see exactly how far the Democrats were willing to lie to the people to retain their power. Yet, FDR is hailed as a hero, although it has now been proven that he single handedly extended the Great Depression longer than need be.

    You have been losing your Constitutional freedoms, for the sake of free stuff, since the 1930’s. Despotic governments don’t roll in with a bang; they roll in silently, quietly, while we were not looking or paying attention.

      MadCon in reply to retire05. | September 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      I agree but I think Obama, the Democratic Party, and the media have brought the deception to a whole new level. Most people — especially low-information voters — aren’t aware of the history and that’s what the Democrats use to their advantage. It’s easy to fool people when they don’t even know the background. We can thank our public education system for that.

        98ZJUSMC in reply to MadCon. | September 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm

        They don’t have to worry about lying anymore – as if they ever really did yet, there was at least some accountability. The ignorant are told lies are truth and they have no reason to think otherwise. I know, think is a misnomer there.

        Make it: believe

        The Church of Liberal Progressive Fundamentalism. Up is Down. Government is King.

        Free. Stuff.

        After all, it just appears out of nowhere and taxing the evil rich keeps giving me:

        Free. Stuff.

        The Money Tree® will provide.

        Let us prey.

    98ZJUSMC in reply to MadCon. | September 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Romney needs to expose the lies

    Not that easy to do. That job is better done by the rise and success of online news. There isn’t time for Romney make that much of an impact and it’s difficult to do without coming off as a whiner. He can do so by criticizing them obliquely, but a frontal assault would come off wrong.

    Online news is overtaking broadcast, and even cable news, as the place we get our news. The Conservative (Drudge, LI, Breitbart, AOSHQ, Lucienne et. al.) blogosphere and aggregators have taken the lead. This is where the battle against the Blamestream® Media will ultimately be won.

      MadCon in reply to 98ZJUSMC. | September 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      I remember when Reagan debated Carter before the 1980 election and used the phrase against Carter, “There you go again” multiple times. It was very effective. People still remember it after all these years.

      Romney can use a phrase like that in the debates against Obama whenever Obama uses a subtle or not-so-subtle lie. Something humorous and not mean.

        MadCon in reply to MadCon. | September 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm

        Here’s a suggestion for Romney to use during the debates when Obama says something false for the umpteenth time:

        “Again, if only that were true.”

        Gingrich was good at exposing the false premises during debates. Romney is hopefully getting some coaching from him and others who are skilled at debating.

    Rosalie in reply to MadCon. | September 29, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    As we can see by those vids, exposing O’s lies wouldn’t do anything to change their minds. We can only hope they’re in the minority.

      MadCon in reply to Rosalie. | September 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      True enough. But as I mentioned above, Romney needs something pithy like Reagan’s “There you go again” comment during the debates that’ll stick in people’s minds.

      Another suggestion (to borrow from Seinfeld’s “It’s not a lie if you believe it” line):

      “Well, Mr. Obama, believing that doesn’t mean it’s true.”

Obama didn’t give me a free phone. And I am a taxpayer. Where’s my phone? Where’s my disability check? Where is my free stuff? You people are cheap. I want my free stuff now and I want lots of it.
Romney needs to promise a free flat screen tv, free cable and a free blu-ray player. “Queenie” will still vote for Obama because the media will say that the tv causes AIDS, cable causes blindness and blu-ray causes erectile dysfunction.

Here is another addition to your admirable list–a renewed MEDIA WHORE effort to accept “HUMAN SACRIFICES” from this Administration for OBAMA’S ERRORS:


[Or, How LEON PANETTA and DNI Attempt to Re-Write History]
[Or, “They Now JUMP Under the Bus Themselves”]
[Or, “Public Servant Suicides Will Now be Televised on the White House Lawn”]

Long ago, in a corrupted land
(A place once deemed mankind’s peak!)
A practice arose, still seen today,
Among the minions of the evil and weak.

To preserve the “honor” of the “elect”,
One d@mned soul would “take the heat”
And claim: “I alone did the dirty deed”–
Thus avoiding the MASTER’S DEFEAT.

But still we can only watch in awe,
Since, for each and every “fuss”

How ugly the sights we might yet see,
Until Romney & Ryan arrive,
The whole d@mned White House,
Sheltering BO, with their MASS SUICIDE

Sec Def Leon Panetta, DNI, Sec. State, EVERY CZAR, the entire Dem Rat Senate, and a host of
The first ugly historical account can be seen at

Antinomianism, antipathy, apathy
Holder, Obama, Biden or The cult of personality

Subotai Bahadur | September 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Professor, you do realize that this is not a matter of political reasoning; but rather a matter of religious faith amongst those who think like that?

They are not going to accept the concept of a Romney victory, or any improvement in the country that happens as real/desirable. They are going to work to do anything, legal or illegal, to bring about the destruction of this country and inauguration of their statist nirvana.

If they accept or acknowledge any improvements in our lives outside of government handouts [or even the possibility of such improvement]; it would mean overturning their entire world view. TWANLOC.

I expect the period after the election, if such takes place, to be “interesting” in the Chinese sense, regardless of who wins.

Subotai Bahadur

    but rather a matter of religious faith amongst those who think like that

    That’s exactly what it is.

    “Lead us not into employment, as it does not pay $20.00/hr as we demand that those, who have more than we, provide our daily bread.”

    …and cell phones.

    – Devotion to St. Class Envy of the Urban Dwelling Sheep

“He probably had it coming.”

The Crape of Good Hope.

Holy shinola, Obama supporter’s comments are scary =:O Is there any hope for such a person?

Don’t you know that noticing that Obama supporters are ignorant and how they have their grubby hands out of government goodies is racist? Just ask Althouse.

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to G Joubert. | September 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I believe Althouse wrote that playing the video more than once, as Rush was doing, risked inciting those of base who have racist instincts. That statement says far more about the jejune Althouse than it does about those of us who are appalled by the attitudes expressed in the video.

    I didn’t pay close attention because I only scan Althouse to see if she has something about Wisconsin politics. On other topics I keep thinking I must be reading Kathleen Parker’s sister with a law degree who is trying too hard to seem cool to her students. I keep picturing Parker and Althouse at lunch in 2008 gushing about their latest crush and doodling on their napkins Ms Ann Althouse-Obama and Mrs. Kathleen P. Obama.

    I also think Althouse may have been intentionally provocative to increase traffic. She got hundreds of comments on that thread while most of the preceding posts had generated few comments.

      I only scan Althouse to see if she has something about Wisconsin politics. On other topics I keep thinking I must be reading Kathleen Parker’s sister with a law degree who is trying too hard to seem cool to her students.

      *Ding!* *Ding!* *Ding!*

      A winnah!!


      0. I scanned the following before submitting. Boy, am I in a vile mood. Potential reader, be warned. If you seek the milk of human kindness, look elsewhere.

      1. First, credit where it’s due: Althouse waded into some of those hostile demonstrations in Madison. And she clawed her way from starving artist up to where she is. A decent person, I think. Otoh…

      2. I was one of the earliest regular commenters at her blog. Something about her rubbed me the wrong way and I moved on. No regrets. I personally know quite enough people who overrate their high IQs and I don’t need to look online for more. Althouse’s talent-to-arrogance ratio is too low for me.

      3. Mountain Girl, your comparison with Kathleen Parker rings true, but I prefer an analogy with Andrew Sullivan. In both Althouse and Sullivan I infer a egocentric effort to be unconventional and provocative. The behavior strikes me as mannered and inauthentic.

      4. I went over there in response to your & Joubert’s posts. It seems to me that she is setting her readership up for a month’s debate about the cosmically important issue How will Althouse vote?

      5. deleted I heeded my conscience and suppressed a burst of nasty toward another major blogger. I retain the venom for use against Romney if he blows the election. 🙁

    I noticed that too and said that Ann Althouse is a White Liberal Racist in Denial.

    Forget for a moment that Romney is not responsible to the Rush Limbaugh show. What I want to focus on is the fact that Limbaugh never made any comment about this woman’s race. The race angle is entirely Althouse’s. In her mind, this woman (paid to demonstrate outside of Romney rallies by the SEIU) represents, not people who want free stuff, but black people in general.

    I’m sure she would try to defend herself by claiming that you could tell the woman was black because of her speech pattern and that Limbaugh didn’t have to say anything about her race to make a racist point. But Limbaugh doesn’t do race despite the claims from the Left that he’s a racist. Recall that his biggest controversy involved another individual who demanded free stuff; her name was Sandra Fluke and she was a white female. He is opposed to government hand-outs and the redistribution of wealth from producers to consumers irrespective of their race or gender.

    At this point we can only conclude that Althouse is a racist. A female, white, Liberal law professor and a racist. One of many. She may not realize it herself and may not understand it and certainly won’t admit it, but her comments prove conclusively that she’s a racist. Limbaugh never referred to the woman’s race. Althouse is unloading her own attribution of blackness onto this woman, is appalled that this is what has happened to a class of people – which in her mind is colored black – and like any self-admiring Liberal transfers her racist attitude to Limbaugh. If this woman were white, there is no question that Limbaugh would play the tape over and over again because of what it says about a freeloader society.

    Althouse is the one that made it about race, not Limbaugh. Althouse is the racist, not Limbaugh.

“He probably had it coming.”

That’s typical of a mindset present before Obama even took office, and exemplified by KOS’s infamous “fuck em” about the slain US contractors in Iraq.

Had I been filming that I have serious doubts about my ability to keep filming. Some things simply deserving a frank and physical response.

Anyone willing to say such a vile thing about a diplomatic representative of our nation clearly having it coming.

“He probably had it coming.”

Everyone,(even teh gheys) go under the bus in service to the Narrative® or teh Won.

These people are both ignorant and evil. There is no other explanation.

This so called “attitude” has been percolating just below the mainstream for decades.

Starting with Supreme Court ruling in the late 50’s-60’s that granted rights that never existed, and took away rights that have always existed.

I’ll say it again. Progressives have long understood that a child spends as much, if not more, time under the influence of their school teachers as do their parents.

It’s no accident Education is the stronghold of progressives.

3 generations of “teachers” that teach the children that teach their children that teach their children and the link is lost.

I love it when progressives blame the “parents” for all things that ail society, when they know damn well they were the ones that taught those parents what to think. Clever.

Yes, attitude is everything. Again, no accident progressive flocked to the new, exciting “medical” disciple they called “psychology”.

    OrgunCon in reply to Browndog. | September 30, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Ah yes, I love that blame game on the parents. Oh, sure parents could do better but who has pushed into the home over the last 50 years? Who is considered “in loco parentis” and thus can violate student’s 4th ammendment rights with locker/body drug searches? Or help girls get abortions without parental notification while the kids need a school nurse to hand out their tylenol? Suspensions are handed out for tiny toy guns or butter knives and now affirmative action discipline.

    They take any criticism of public schools as a personal affront, because those schools are their churches. You’re attacking their religious institutions. They can dish it out but they can’t take the heat.

NC Mountain Girl | September 29, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Mr. He Had it Coming seems to be suffering from terminal overexposure to oikophobic Marxist professors.

By the way, Obamaphone Lady is now over 2.1 million views

I’m especially fond of cooperatives, including the unions, especially those that represent public employees, which demand compensation for the consequences of inflationary and distorting policies which they support.

There is no instant gratification without consequences. Not everyone, and, in fact, very few, will enjoy a beachfront property in Hawaii. Except, perhaps, our opportunistic president with a myopic vision for the future.

A-FREAKING-MEN..! Sloth, fecklessness, cluelessness, contempt for the unaccustomed torture of thought, vapidity, herd one-mindedness, on and on and on. The Obama years.

‘He that soweth the wind shall reapeth the whirlwind.’

Two unrelated thoughts:

1. We have reasonable restrictions on 1st and 2nd amendment rights. We have gun safety classes that are required. Why not have reasonable restrictions on who can vote? Neither of these idiots (nor the ones Howard Stern came across the other day, who didn’t know that bin Laden was dead) should be allowed near a voting booth.

2. Sure, tax me. I have an excess of income, compared to the national averages. In exchange, I want some of the excess that the people have who are getting my excess money. They have an excess of time and labor (for those not working). I want a crew at my house to do my yard work that I don’t have time to do, since I’m at my business, making excess wealth for the government to redistribute. Well, redistribute some labor, please. 14th amendment, baby, make it a two-way street.

    Be careful what you ask for … the Re-, er, Progressives might just take you up on it.

    The problem with your paradigm (2), is that their time and labor, and your money, will still be subordinated to the control of those alleged Best and Brightest at the top … and remain just as vulnerable to their errors and avarice.

    The two-way redistribution you describe still comes at the expense of your right to pursue happiness …

    … i.e. your right to get ahead …

    … and get ahead despite the best efforts of those who think they “know better”.

Perhaps the good news in all this is that the sort of people depicted in the video cannot possibly be studiously responsible voters. These are talkers, not doers, who likely find slothful reasons not to vote.

    Nora in NC in reply to Henry Hawkins. | September 30, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Oh, but they will vote, Henry. Here’s how it happens around here:
    1. Church and civic groups announce a special road trip to the early-voting polling place. They either drive around the neighborhood to pick up their members or have everyone meet up at a collection point for coffee and doughnuts.
    2. Then the organizers drive the group to the early-voting location (no need to worry about who goes to which precinct anymore, and if anybody’s not registered – well, hey, it’s One-Stop, register and vote the same day!).
    3. And afterward, everybody gets a free lunch in the social hall/rec center.

    In 2008, the Obama campaign very cleverly scheduled an appearance by Teh One on a Sunday during early voting, at about noon. This gave the churches enough time to gather their members and get them down to the rally. Buses immediately left the rally for the early-voting locations (which agreed to extend their hours for this “special occasion”!), and then it was back to church for a big lunch before evening service.

    And that’s how Obama carried North Carolina.

    I detest early voting for a lot of reasons. The above scenario is only one of them.

These two are prime examples of what I consider the fundamental problem in this nation …

… we have been led, for almost a century and from BOTH sides of the aisle, to “outsource” our individual responsibility, neighborly interdependence, and most significantly PERSONAL INITIATIVE to others; our employers, our academic community, our unions, and particularly our government …

… empowering them to go beyond their legitimate missions and attempt to solve virtually all of OUR problems FOR us as we simply plod off to work or school, expecting our free stuff and getting mad when those who will get the bill protest.

After all, because we seem to think that wealth can only be attained by cheating, “they have it coming” … though the kinds of greed that exploit us all can just as easily be wearing the union label, a lab coat, a Malcom X or La Raza shirt, green Birkenstocks, and/or any number of “non-profit” clothing … not to mentioned wrapped in the flag, and/or the swaddling clothes that are “for the children”.

It is my heartfelt wish that Mr. Romney confront this fundamental problem, for if it is not corrected, it won’t matter who is President … we will still be sliding towards persistent decline.

But as 98ZJUSMC said, he may not have enough time to turn around enough minds, and votes, to avoid the electoral backlash of the initial response to confronting this problem … a knee-jerk response that is sure to be stoked by the mendacity of his opponents.

Besides, this is more OUR battle to fight, than his … and it will extend well after the election, even if he carries the day.

The profound ignorance on public display is discouraging. Between asinine pop culture, educational indoctrination and media bias, people have been trained to not have critical thought. It is “religion” and I am not so sure that there is a way out of this mess.

I’m completely disheartened. The guy can’t really say much about what Obama has done, only that things aren’t worse which is highly debatable. The Ambassador Chris Stevens, a guy that worked his rear off for Libya, taught children to read, tried to organize people into fending for themselves, probably had it coming. Hey Mr. White Guy, what do YOU have coming? What have you done in your life? Who have you helped and made sacrifices for?

Maybe this attitude has always been out there, but “journalists” have never been interested in bringing it to the publics attention. I don’t know, whatever it is, it’s scary as hell.

This is maddening. You’re a law professor, right? So how in good conscience do you take a couple of cherrypicked examples of “knuckle-headism” and then generalize with such a sweepingly stupid statement? Seriously, Jacobson, if this is an indicator of your reasoning ability, it’s time for your students to find another tutor. You’re entitled to your POV but the stuff you put up here is simply retreads of RNC talking points. Put some thought into these posts; otherwise, you aren’t anything more than just another partisan hack.

    These two may have drank the Kool-Aid more deeply than others, but they are drinking the same flavor as the millions of others that buy the Progressive LIE about their role in society.

    Their views are the “logical” outcome of the Progressive ideologies this Administration has sought to implement as policy … from opening the doors to watered-down work requirements for welfare, to glossing over rampant entitlement spending with the notion that all we need to do, is tax the rich a “little” more (and if they resist? SEE! They really ARE greedy SOBs!), to promoting junk science and not-ready-for-prime-time technology in the name of “saving the planet” because it happens to dovetail with the ideology of wealth-redistribution and “payback” for our colonialist “sins”.

    This extends all the way back to this notion, promoted by Progressives for almost a century now:

    All you need to do is show up for work or go to school; we have experts who have the answers to your housing needs, your health care needs, your financial needs … no need to plan for your future or actively manage your career, since we can do a better job than you can; just trust us to solve those problems FOR you.

    The knuckle-headism of these two is only the tip of the iceberg … and it extends all the way to the Knucklehead-in-Chief in the Oval Office, who bitterly clings to the fantasies of a profit-free Progressive Utopia as millions suffer by following the advice of his fellow-travelers and trading their right to exercise personal initiative and get ahead, in exchange for “free stuff” … just like the Biblical Esau traded away his birthright for a bowl of food.

    How about our alleged Best and Brightest putting some THOUGHT into what they seek to jam down our throats, instead?

This guys calls himself middle class, but he looks poor. Romney can’t cut his taxes because he already pays no taxes. I sincerely hope that the media keeps predicting an easy Obama win, so that millions of slackers won’t bother to vote.

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It seems to me that its easy to blame the media and to say the public is not informed, but maybe take it a different direction – maybe, just maybe, people are what they are. Maybe they like the direction the country is going. I doubt without decent education on the value of a good and properous business to hire these folks those people have no clue what they could be in for if we have four more years of Obama. Most are struggling and see Obama as a friend. Michelle Obama comes across as one of them, young, dresses youthfully most of the time and behaves like a child. She is one of them.

If they are union, they stand with the union. Unions do not give their members the right to chose. If you are a union member and a republican you don’t/can’t talk about it when you are on the job. But, if the U.S. loses its credibility with the world, if we lose trade, and fall to the bottom then the unions will go to pot because there will be no jobs. Then what will the union members do, scream and holler and blame it on the republicans when it was all Obama’s fault?

Sometimes you have to look through the fog and see life as it could be – maybe they just want it that way. If Romney wants to win, he needs to do something outragiously different as he is campaigning. I am voting for Romney as are my family, but I can see and hear the other folks and I know in my heart, it will be a hard sell to turn the middle of the road folks.

Obama has pulled the wool over many American’s minds, I hope they wake up before its too late. We are so afraid of our future if Obama is elected for four more years.