Friday night cheer-me-up advice
From April 29, 2009, after Arlen Specter switched parties and the Dems gained their SuperMajority in the Senate (pending Al Franken election recount), and the political world looked a lot more grim than right now …
Relax, The Dems Will Screw Up:
It would be very easy to fall into a depression over Arlen Specter switching political parties, giving Democrats a likely filibuster-proof Senate majority. The result will be that Obama will be able to push through much of his agenda without meaningful debate….
It would be easy to be depressed, until you read this snippet from history, as reported by the Politico:
The last time either party had such a wide Senate margin was during the first two years of Jimmy Carter’s term in 1977-1978, when Democrats under then-Majority Leader Robert Byrd held 61 seats.
What history shows us is that a liberal, blame-America-first Democratic President, urged on by a liberal, blame-America-first Democratic Congress, is a prescription for political self-destruction. Leave Democrats to their own devices, and they will screw themselves politically, just when they are at the height of power….
So I’m not depressed about the long-term future of the country, although the next few years will be tough politically. The Democrats will screw up big time, as they did during the Carter years, and the damage they cause will be generational. But the clean-up is worth looking forward to, even if the mess is not.
Then came 2010. Next comes 2014.
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Yep and as the Bomb Group insignia on the noses of the
B-29s in my Dad’s 20th Air Force so ably stated:
WITH MALICE TOWARD SOME
and…the Sicilian expression:
TIME WOUNDS ALL HEELS
Baaa-Daaaaaaa-Bing. Like dat.
The F87king GOP just started working on the Establishments choice for prez in ;16…jeb bush
Thank God I’m 71
That’s funny. I was just thinking the other day that there are not a lot of rewards in old age, but not being around for the pending disaster just might be one of them. That and the fact that I have advised my next of to turn my carcass into carbon in the hopes that I can contribute a little to global warming on the way out.
The good professor is a lot more optimistic than I am. Matter of fact, I expect to see him walking about town with a brand new pony any day now.
If they nominate another RINO (like Jeb) we might as well get used to saying President Clinton again.
Yes, but Carter was never reelected.
Obviously O screwed up, but the electorate doesn’t care about good economy or standing abroad.
The electorate does care about a good economy after all almost half of the electorate voted for Romney. The losers in this economy care a ton about the economy but there weren’t enough of them to vote for change to give Romney a chance.
Many blacks are suffering in this economy however they still wanted to give Obama more time to fix things. Many hispanics thought Obama was more sympathetic to immigration issues and that seems to be the issue they cared most about.
As for our standing in the world, the vast majority of people are uninformed.
You have not learned the power of free shit young padawan.
I have noticed that the quality of free stuff is not the same as stuff you pay for. For example, free education k-12 is not the same as private school k-12 education. Will free birth control pills be as good as ones you pay for? In Cuba, free healthcare is good for some but is not good for all.
Some of that free $*** is not unattainable. Cell phones? The Pill? Health insurance for healthy young adults? They voted themselves an economy in which they can’t buy all that and still have some money leftover. It’s actually more expensive to have it free.
Relax, The Dems Will Screw Up:….and get re-elected.
“What history shows us is that a liberal, blame-America-first Democratic President, urged on by a liberal, blame-America-first Democratic Congress, is no longer a prescription for political self-destruction.
Sorry, I’m still stuck in reality.
The problem is that none of the current and highly combustible issues that face this nation can be salved by the switching of parties of one, two, three, or ten senators.
We are completely on fire here, folks. We will be going to hell in a handbasket in short order.
The only thing holding back the dam was the thin prospect that Obama might not be reelected, and that Romney would impose fiscal discipline just in the nick of time.
Now that that isn’t going to happen, we are completely at the mercy of an administration that is more desirous of overthrowing the U.S. government than the old U.S.S.R.
Gird your loins, folks. There is treason afoot in America, it’s epicenter is 1600 Penna. Ave.
If I were you, I would make preliminary plans for occupying the National Mall in protest of this administration’s lawlessness.
ObamaCare is the the game changer.
Unhappily, we don’t have the same paradigm working any longer.
We either stop by refusing to obey it, or this was our inflection point into catastrophic failure.
I am dismayed that people think 2009 looked more grim.
this was bad. this was really bad.
They passed the policy imagineable…
But I guess we have the house and they don’t have a super majority in the Senate.
they passed the worst policy imaginable
I give you a lot of credit for trying to cheer us up, Professor.
But…Jimmy Carter was a 1-termer, followed by Ronald Reagan. And 2010 was followed by 2012.
And as some people say, three days after Romney’s devastating loss, the GOP is already trying to shove yet another moderate RINO down our throats…for 2016, for cryin’ out loud. Doubtless, NRO and American Spectator will immediately start beating his drum. Then we’ll lose, and be here again. If we still have a country.
P.S. The Republicans pretend like they don’t understand about “repeating things to establish inevitability” when they’re running against Democrats, but they sure as hell “get it” when they apply it to the party (and especially the Conservative media) to anoint some RINO hack.
One of the things the media will not be able to cover up is the dramatic changes going on in education, K-12 and higher ed, which will impact virtually everyone. Going into effect right now and people are going to meetings daily and then coming back and searching out the peculiar things they are hearing.
So I pierced through the impending reality coming at us that few will be OK with and describe how it could be used to create a new political coalition around limited government and personal freedom. http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/building-a-compelling-future-political-coalition-around-advocacy-for-keeping-the-axemaker-mind/
Because no one likes the idea of creating dependency in their children.
Tried to read the linked article and found it to be totally unintelligible.
I, for one, will not move on “to a brighter future of 2-4 years from now”, until the ugly truths of what happened 4 days ago are fully examined and understood.
Because there is nothing I see that can convince me that what happened 4 days ago will not happen again in 2 years, 4 years, or 40 years.
C’mon people! Stop wallowing in your sorrow. Get up dust yourself off and go forward. Never give up and never give in! Rock on Professor J!
Begging to differ-
I am not wallowing in anything. However, I disagree with Prof: The world (political or otherwise) is a lot more grim than in ’09, or even during the Carter years, which were pretty damned grim.
The country has been deeply wounded. It is proper to express sorrow for what has happened. It is even more painful to see that most people don’t realize how bad it will get.
At least Arlen Specter has the decency to be dead.
Anybody want to get together and go spit on his grave?
I do, where do I sign up?
Thank’s for the pep talk Professor but it doesn’t cheer me up because what I’m feeling is not depression….it’s anger and disgust and a great fear for the future of our nation.
The problem that I have with this point of view can be summed up with this single snippet:
and the damage they cause will be generational.
Conservatives and Republicans haven’t been able to clean up the damage caused by the Carter and Democrat controlled Legislature from before I was BORN and we’re still dealing with the lunacy created during that time (remember the Community Reinvestment Act).
I have very little confidence that we can undo what was put into place during the 2009-2010 Legislative period once it gets beyond one political cycle. The cement sets, and it becomes almost impossible to roll back programs.
Without a veto-proof majority in the House and Senate (unlikely to happen, EVER) we’re not going to get anything done so long as Obama is President.
And even with a veto-proof majority in the House and Senate, we still have to have enough Repubs with the guts to do what has to be done.
You know what would cheer me up, seeing the Republican party do three things.
1. Treat the media as the enemey, because they are. Every Republican politician/consultant/strategist/PR that appears on news programs needs to go prepared. Prepared for attacks designed to cause gaffes and for misleading edits. Republicans need to stop buddying up with the media during primaries. Republicans need to stop acquiescing to Progressive debate moderators. I mean, that was just totally stupid.
2. Republicans, especially the establishment, need stop treating the Tea Party as the enemy.
3. Republicans need to learn to ATTACK. Constantly defending might win an election or two, but in the long run they will lose more; especially when you look at the culture war that we are in. Constantly defending is precisely where the Alinsky Democrats wants Republicans. Instead of defending when a Democrat (or the media) calls a Republican an evil capitalist, the Republican needs to respond back that the Democrat is pro-slavery. Because that is what the Democrat party is, they want more people dependant on the government so that they will continue to vote Democrat and keep them in power. This is slavery, just replace the item being produced from bales of cotton to votes.
Those three things will make me happy.
In other words, find/channel their inner Newt.
In other words, a coup at the GOP: either a third party, or take the GOP over.
I was told this election was a defining moment for the country. I was told if Obama was re-elected the damage would be irreversible, at least for a generation. I was told that from the Supreme Court, to Obamacare, to our military, to our energy needs, to the very fabric of society that made America the envy of the World, this country could not recover for a generation, if ever–to being the country of our Founders.
Now, I’m being told it’s just another election; get over it.
Yea *sigh*…I was told we had it in the bag…….still have a 1/2 bottle of Wild Turkey 101….maybe the truth is in the bottom of that…..think I’ll focus on that. Actually what I thought today was, we survived the Civil War……we will survive this……(one dog to another)
Yea, I hear ya-
I’m not trying to shoot down optimism; not in the least-
Just don’t want to hear “we’ll get ’em next time”, when we have no idea what got us the first time.
Even in the Civil War, when we lost a battle we took account-
Was it our weapons?
Our battle plan?
Act of God?
And please quit ignoring all of the cheating that went on. Baldface illegal actions were reported and photographed/recorded coast to coast Tuesday; not mentioned since. The voting system must be reformed before 2016.
Tell me about it-
Obama gets reelected and then companies announce mass firings and mass layoffs. I find this very upsetting.
Obamacare itself is upsetting on several levels. We still don’t know exactly what it is since it hasn’t been fully implemented and the ambiguities and unconstitutional aspects of it will be fought over in the courts for who knows how long.
I’m sorry, but I do not share the professors optimism. Although it may be true in that eventuality, nonetheless, it’s the people/ the voters who will decide whether or not they like or dislike a person/ the President for whatever circumstance they and their country is in.. and if in this past election, with they current economic, social, political, and military circumstance the way they are, and getting worse by the day.. they still decided that they liked and wanted Obama, and could care less about the economy, the country, the circumstance.. To them, all that mattered was Obama, Obama, Obama, like Hitler, they would rather be devoted to an Obama cult, than be responsible citizens. When that happens, the Republic ceases to properly function as it should, thus ceases to exist.
When the Nation’s people / the voters will decide whether or not they like or dislike a person / the President for whatever circumstance they find themselves and their country in.. and as in this past election, with current economic, social, political, and military circumstances the way they are, and getting worse by the day.. they still decided that they liked and wanted Obama, and could care less about the economy, the country, the circumstance to which they find themselves in, they still voted for Obama.. To them, all that mattered was Obama, Obama, Obama, like Hitler, they would rather be devoted to a Obama, than be responsible citizens. When that happens, the Republic ceases to properly function as it should, thus ceases to exist.
All the people I work with remind me to look at the map (red/blue) we have all seen.
Keep fighting the good fight.
While we pray for things, most often, results are not on our timeline.
Thank you Professor for the blog.
We will win.
Carter did not have the power of free shit or a cheer leading section disguised as journalists.
I cannot be optimist at this moment.
In fact, a little project The Duke has asked me to do is reinforcing it in me. He asked me to make a list on an Excel spreadsheet of all companies making announcements of layoffs due to “current economic conditions”, response to the Obamacare TAX, the War on Coal, Defense and Space budget cuts… in fact, anything that can be pointed directly to the head of The One.
So far, on the AutoSum of my Excel spreadsheet: 14,021, not counting the huge layoffs to come at Boeing, which can turn in the tens of thousands. More to come.
If the Palace Guard Media won’t announce these layoffs to the world, we must.
OK. Current count: 16,558. I’m sure there’s more.
Understanding takes time-
Ignoring takes no time.
Here is a START to understanding-
and it will take time-
Bill Whittle–bookmark it, watch it tommorow
Once again I agree with the professor.
They will screw up. It’s what they do. They have egos the size of Jupiter and an extremely warped sense of reality.
Carter was limited to one term because the country experienced a lot more palpable hardship on people’s lives.
The gas lines and gas rationing were absolutely brutal. Inflation was ungodly. We bought our first house during the Carter administration when almost no one in the country could afford to buy a “first home.” The interest rate was 21%. Think about how much money that really is.
I would go food shopping and everything had multiple layers of price stickers one on top of the other and each sticker higher than the one beneath it. Prices were increased on a daily basis at the worst of it.
The hostage situation was brutally reported day after day month after month by the media. It was a ceaseless ripping and grinding at the nerves of everyone.
The point is… the country has not yet suffered enough under Obama’s leadership, because the tea party rose up and stopped further crippling legislation with the mid-term election of 2010.
Pragmatically viewed, the GOP retaining control of Congress in 2012 stems a great deal of the pain liberals would otherwise unleash.
The country has been through a lot worse than the last four years in order to overcome liberal control. The great depression is a glaring example.
The Establishment is now “Sex, drugs, rock n roll” and “Peace, love, dope.” Marx, Freud and Darwin are coming for you. Grass skirt fashions and mud huts stacked ten stories high are carbon neutral.
“The Man” is now Malcolm X, William Ayers, Hugh Hefner, Gloria Steinem, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Margaret Mead, Jack London, George McGovern, John Lennon, Timothy Leary, Alan Ginsberg.
Go ahead and ask the question posed by Pontius Pilate, “What is truth?” Remind yourself of whom he asked that question.
Congratulations, hippies: you own the innocent lives that will be taken. Congratulations, watchdog media so brave in taking Nixon down. I doubt you need propofol to sleep at night.
I believe in God and purity in thought, word and deed.
Thank you, Professor.
I agree, and want to add to point 3. I truly, and mistakenly, believed the O’s reprehensible war on women would alienate voters. I wanted to believe that but should have known better. My 19 yr old daughter has been sitting through three straight semesters of social and “sexual” justice. In routine, entry level courses the subject of contraceptive and sexual freedoms are either part of the syllabus or discussed off-topic. She is waiting for marriage and let me tell you, she is the exception. These girls (and a lot of their mothers) believed their right to live this lifestyle was threatened by the perceived “loss” of contraceptive/abortion options. O won 53% of women, 60% of 18-29yr olds and 52% of 30-44 yr olds. I do not think we need to abandon social issues but we did not fight this filthy war in fact..we did not even show up.
My reply was to Kenshu
The left’s goal is to keep kids too busy with sex to think about politics.
How come the left never tries to keep US too busy with sex to post here. It might just work.
So many pro-life politicians are kind of squishy pro-lifers and thus cannot talk convincingly about pro-life issues. My impression of Romney is that his version of pro-life would be to leave things as they are and just say he would prefer for women to have their babies and nothing more.
“These girls (and a lot of their mothers) believed their right to live this lifestyle was threatened by the perceived “loss” of contraceptive/abortion options. O won 53% of women, 60% of 18-29yr olds and 52% of 30-44 yr olds.”
Yeah, why bother about the economy when they can get all their “sex and candy” from Sugar Daddy O?
And then, as they grow into their 40s and find themselves alone after having shacked up with two or three boyfriends, one after another, with bad breakups and perhaps a kid or two, they’re going to lament, “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?”
And Conservative women will have an answer ready. “Too late, honey. They’re with us!” 🙂
My prediction for 2016
After the failure of Republicans to outflank the democrats on immigration, help raise “revenue”, and begin to praise portions of ObamaCare, the establishment republicans push through the nomination of Chris Christie on his ability to reach across the aisle and work with Democrats along with Rubio because after all a hispanic of sorts.
Democrats win Senate, Presidency with a evenly split House
After the last 4 years and then this election, I’m not depressed I’m numb. As an Independent voter I swore I’d never vote for another Dem, EVER. If the GOP try to run another RINO, especially another Bush, I’m done with them too. Third party is looking pret-ty good right now.
We had better all pray that the Justices of the Supreme Court who are not knee jerk liberal hacks make it through the next four years. The Courts are where neo-Marxist Barack Hussein Obama can do the most damage now.