I’ve received some great emails from readers, a mix of sadness and fight.
You have to understand my philosophy.
You may have noticed in the run up to the election, I refused to make a prediction based on the polls or criticisms of the polls. Because it didn’t matter as to what we had to do.
And now, the loss of the presidential election, disappointment with the Senate, and relatively good news in the House, will not change what I plan on doing. If we had done better — obviously my preference — we still would have had to fight against backsliding and betrayal.
Sure, I’m unhappy that Santa Claus and many of his progressive elves won this time. And I don’t underestimate the continuing damage they will do.
But I’m not letting it get me down.
I’ve developed an unnatural ability to put defeat behind me. You have to be that way as a plaintiff’s lawyer, which I was for most of my career, where you ate what you killed. Getting bogged down in the aftermath of lost cases just made the situation worse. Close it out, move on to the next fight.
I don’t know if it’s healthy, but it is my philosophy.
How convenient that LukeHandCool suggested this song to me, just as I was preparing to get philosophical:
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It’s a good and healthy philosophy, but it’s time to learn from our mistakes and false assumptions. And it’s time to accept the reality of the attitudes and beliefs of the majority of American people who don’t live our comforting but isolated Dextrosphere.
Conservatives are speaking a language most of the country doesn’t understand.
America’s attitudes and beliefs can be changed, but it will take a great deal of time spanning several election cycles and it will require profound changes in our social institutions.
The GOP is almost as rotten as the rest of this mess. As usual, the Republicans who have the most power are fully prepared to draw the wrong conclusions and blame the wrong people.
We’re outnumbered and outgunned.
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”
~ George Bernard Shaw ~
Remember, we just lost by a few percent, by people who generally don’t pay attention and are easily manipulated. But fact and reality have a way of clarifying thought. We need to do what is right, not give in to what we know is wrong, and trust that we can make a difference.
We didn’t lose the center, we just did not get the base turned out. That’s one of the surprising things about this cycle.
My guess is that the “low information voters” are low information largely out of apathy, and don’t vote out of that same apathy. It’s the high information voters we need to get out the door.
…a mix of sadness and fight.
Out of my very limited knowledge of poetry, I chose one of the most pessimistic examples to post after your Thursday entry titled “Mood”. I regret that choice and will not link to it.
…a mix of sadness and fight.
This better characterizes my reaction:
One more musical note for your collection to pick yourself up, and reboot. Sure, it’s Bob Dylan’s kid, but the kid’s got the right idea. Wallflowers, Reboot the Mission.
Eyes on the Prize, Professor.
Better a “lonely bull” than an indoctrinated dumbass. 😛
I picked up a copy of “The Victory Lab” to get a better handle on what tactics have used against us. It provides a pretty good primer how Ken Buck lost to Bennett in Colorado. From what I heard though the same methods were used in Wisconsin to win the recall.
Here is the real irony – if in fact Dems have already mastered this strategy – it eliminates the need to communicate through the media which was already decidedly on their side. Anyway, I am only 1/3 of the way through and I can see endless ways this could be useful in the future.
I also would point to a good article written by Harry Enten at the Guardian. Enten argues it may indeed have been black not Latino voters who increased turnout this election. If his hypothesis proves true, it is quite likely this advantage is unlikely to appear in a future race when Barack Obama is not on the ballot. We have work to do for sure, but it might not be as overwhelming as it feels this week. One step at time and sooner or later we find a way out of Oz.
When I look at the looming bankruptcy of the blue state model I see the Democrat victory for Obama as a sort of political Tet Offensive. They won but it wasn’t the overwhelming win the sons and grandsons of Walter Cronkite are trying to make it out to be. The Washington Post’s 3-D map by county shows it all. The Democrats won because of a vicious cycle of overpaid public employees and corrupt urban politicians turn out 99+ percent of an urban underclass they keep fearful and ignorant on purpose. Not only is the money to keep this going quickly running out but Breitbart notes that the Democrat party’s hold on blacks in the 18-29 age group dropped by 8% points this election. Republicans had a lock on the black vote until FDR, when younger blacks began to swing to the Democrats. By 1964 the Democrats owned the black vote. Younger blacks are now recognizing they are being used. With a little encouragement it will swing back.
Another bright spot was the defeat in Michigan of the ballot initiative that would have enshrined collective bargaining in the state constitution. Voters are catching on about the corrosive nature of unions. Given what is happening with the Sandy cleanup and the unionized utility workers expect this to continue even in the bluest of states.
In my email to the Professor, I likened us to lonely matadors and the bulls to the leftists.
A romantic image for sure, but we’re not in a bullring fighting a traditional bullfight against them.
Yeah, we’re wearing our finest, holding our red capes, conscious of the importance and wisdom of traditions.
But, instead of a bullring, I feel like I’m a matador in a narrow street in Pamplona. And here they come.
As matadors, ridicule and satire must be our capes. A few successful movies, TV shows, or other media in the popular culture from our point of view would go a long way towards leveling the playing field. Like Huey Lewis, we need to prove, especially to the young, the cool irony that it’s hip to be a square.
If we can succeed in fighting on the popular culture battleground, everything else will follow. A few Greg Gutfelds, Dennis Millers, Prof. Jacobsons, Joel Engels, etc., … can have a lot more influence than millions of dollars in super PAC ads.
Society and its institutions are fragile, like the wares in a china shop, and the bulls are breaking everything.
But we’ll always have the truth on our side. We just need to outsmart the bulls and get them out of the china shop.
Andrew Breitbart was the great lonely bull(sh*t fighter). We need to continue his tradition.
Let’s count our blessings. We’re down, but we’re not out. Think of all the friends and comraderie we’ve found here at LI since just the last election a mere four year ago!
LukeHandCool (who will get all philosophical and stuff as he has a few bottles of Dos XX with dinner now. Stay thirsty, my friends, and, Olé!)
This all brought back the memory of when we celebrated our daughter’s 16th birthday with a vacation in Cancun.
After a long day of sightseeing the pyramid and ruins at Chichen Itza, we drove back and got lost in Cancun.
We were running out of gas and only had $2.50 on us.
When we stopped to get gas, my wife told the attendant in her best Japanese-accented Spanish,
“Dues, dues dollars!”
He looked completely confused and I asked her, “What are you trying to tell him?”
She said, “I’m telling him to put two-and-a-half dollars in.”
I finally realized she was trying to split “dos” and “tres” to find the middle between two and three. She’s insane.
“If we can succeed in fighting on the popular culture battleground, everything else will follow. A few Greg Gutfelds, Dennis Millers, Prof. Jacobsons, Joel Engels, etc., … can have a lot more influence than millions of dollars in super PAC ads.”
I agree completely. Just a few observations from a conservative grandmother–1)Do you realize how many people get their news from John Stewart? It’s shocking! 2)When I was growing up, I can’t recall ever using the words “racist” or “gay” in conversation. Young kids today now use them regularly. The left has successfully set the narrative. 3)Most Liberals weren’t even thinking about the economy when they voted. They just knew that the Republicans hate women, minorities and just want to help the rich. Their sound bites worked because (at least here in my part of Ohio) they weren’t really countered very well. In-fact, when I think about all the commercials, t.v. shows, newspaper articles and fliers I saw supporting the left, they almost doubled any I saw supporting Romney. Yes, he had great crowds from people already on his side, but that’s not how you draw more people in. We have to figure out how to have more of a voice in the media. (I would love to see Red Eye moved up against Stewart.)
I feel the same way about putting Red Eye somewhere in prime time.
Gutfeld is great off the cuff. I’ve seen Jon Stewart in a couple of interviews and he was actually kind of boring … I think he needs writers and is just great at delivery.
Gutfeld goes after Bill Maher every so often. I haven’t seen Maher come back at him. I’d bet Maher is afraid to mix it up with Gutfeld.
Romney was a horrible candidate but was close enough that any one of a dozen factors would have easily made a difference. The democratic parties continued strength however, suggests that there is something fundamentally flawed with how Romney campaigned nationally.
I mean seriously, on all core issues we were consistently ranked as being more popular than the democrats issues, but we still LOST the election. This means Romney did something very very wrong, and looking to find out what it was this is what I came up with:
1) I think we can all agree that nominating Romney was by FAR the biggest blunder the GOP could have made. Nominating a guy that embodies “Wall Street” and is the perfect caricature for Obama’s “Class Warfare, hate wall street, soak the rich campaign” eliminated all the built in advantages the GOP had going in to the campaign.
On ALL the important issues a large majority agreed that the GOP was better, economy, jobs, balancing the budget.
So what happened?
Well Romney’s biggest undoing was on the question of “who cares about people like me” that is where the perception of Romney as the “Wall Street 1% guy” killed him. And were all the built in advantages the GOP had were effectively NUKED because of the perception of Romney.
This pains me to say, but Romney is 100% at fault for this loss. A GENERIC Republican would have won easily, with all the built in advantages we had.
WE NEED TO REALIZE THAT PERCEPTION MATTERS.
It also explains why 5 million blue collar whites stayed home, it wasn’t the ground game, it was the fact that while they hate Obama, they hated the caricature of Romney even more.
All the gaffes Romney made: “I like to fire people” “I’ll bet you $10,000” “I have a few friends who OWN Nascar teams” The “money shot” Romney photo. And the 47% comment. “I don’t care about the poor”
All taken out of context, but you knew the media would take them out of context.
This loss is 100% Romney’s fault.
No more moderates and no more DC based consultants! A huge share of the blame goes to the K Street consultants Romney hired. There is a piece at RedState about the con some of them ran to enrich themselves and settle old scores with Romney’s money. Winning the election was way down their list of priorities. Those consultants promised this great GOTV effort and it was a bust. They didn’t properly target their ads to specific regions in the swing states. What works with coal miners in Western PA doesn’t in the Philly suburbs. Suburban Cincinnati has different hot buttons than Columbus. Jacksonville isn’t Miami. They tied up thousands of volunteers with Orca who could have been out on the street rounding up R leaning voters on election day.
I got three automated calls from Romney, one at the start of early voting and two on election day. All the Romney e-mails were pleas for money. My neighbor, a Republican leaning independent, got several calls in the three weeks before the election by real people with specific reasons why he should vote for Obama. He got e-mails about the issues. He voted for Romney but he was impressed by the diligence of the Obama campaign. Yet we were constantly told Romney volunteers were beating Obama’s ground game.
The same DC based consultants have been screwing up winnable campaigns for years. I’ve had run ins with those sent by the RNC and RNCC to campaigns in Illinois and NC for over 20 years now and have never been impressed. One year a candidate’s mother, a PR professional, actually told me she had yanked a flyer the national party had sent out of all her neighbors’ mailboxes. That’s how appalled she was by how bad a fit it was for that area.
Aren’t they already talking about Rubio?
Raquel, your thesis is easily handled.
Just exactly who would have beaten Champ?
Rick Santorum? Nice guy but a two-term senator who accomplished little while he was there isn’t going to motivate the country.
Newt Gingrich? He had more baggage than a Pullman porter.
Michelle Bachman? She can barely win her own district.
Rick Perry? Again, nice guy, but he didn’t exactly set the world on fire.
Sarah Palin? I admire her greatly but she’s polarizing, polarizing, polarizing. And she quit as governor.
Jeb Bush? Oh sure, a Bush could beat Obama, no doubt. Sigh.
Mittens got the call because he’s the one who managed to win the primaries. He’s the one who slogged through. There was something there. It wasn’t enough.
But tell me please who we were going to nominate who was a better candidate than Mitt.
Romney was ordained by the Establishment. They picked him. And they’re going to pick the next one too. Romney made a mistake when he slighted the Tea Party and Palin. I wasn’t for him, but I thought he was a decent man who could help us, and I voted for him.
Let me endorse NCMountainGirl’s comment: the Republican party, especially its consultants and hired guns, have forgotten how to win big elections.
None of them are Lee Atwater.
I find it sad that the business candidate had such a lousy ground game, knowing that in 2008 the lack of a ground game was fatal to John McCain. It’s sad that the Republican technology base was pitiful, that ORCA was a complete Charlie-Fox, and that — precisely because we had primaries and no clear candidate until May — the Obama team had a three year head-start on building their ground game, voter base and message. I guess all that OFA money really did to something for them.
But let me also note that our party missed something even more important — we missed what kind of election this was.
We thought it was an economic election. It seemed obvious, right? Unemployment. Recession. Incomes down. Taxes up. We’re Republicans, and we saw the election as a referendum on the economy.
But Champ and his team saw it as a cultural election. War on women. Contraceptives. Plutocrats. Bain. They’re Democrats, and they saw the election as a class war.
That’s how they fought it, and they persuaded roughly 50% of the country to see it their way. That was enough.
The majority of voters in America told the pollsters that they were against Obamacare, that jobs were priority one, and that the economy was the most important issue.
Then they voted to protect their ladyparts.
Class war trumps referendum.
Culture trumps the economy.
We need to understand that in 2014 and 2016, or conservatives will get beat again.
We need consultants, campaign managers, campaign workers, and (most of all) candidates who internalize that and recognize that it’s not enough to do politics as usual. We have to start changing the culture.
Instapundit quotes a reader who points out that if we took the money spent on the Romney campaign, and use the money to buy and close the New York Times, we’d be a lot better off. That reader gets it — we can’t win if we don’t change the culture and the various mediums (e.g., media) that shape that culture.
Ronald Reagan — for a while — did that. He brought a better brand of conservatism into sharp focus and showed how you could use that to make America, not just the economy but the whole country, better, and in that time people got it. Then we threw that lesson away, and we haven’t done well since because the world has changed, and it no longer listens to our old message.
We need to make conservative principles resonate in today’s world. If we don’t do that the traditional political tools of GOTV, attack ads and candidate fly-ins won’t matter.
In the end we lost this election because we (that is, Mitt and his people) ran the wrong campaign. It’s coming out, as it always does for the loser, that in addition they didn’t run that wrong campaign very well. But even if ORCA had worked perfectly, even if they had believed the polls, and even if they’d exiled Steve Schmidt to Easter Island, Mitt likely still would have lost.
It’s culture. It’s always culture.
You hit the nail on the head: LEE ATWATER — the GOP needed answer to the Secretary of Extortion, Mr. Goebbels Axelrod.
I heard the K Street Kons weren’t communicating with many of the newcomers in the state party organizations in several swing states. They had the “We won, so STFU” attitude. If you had been for Gingrich or Santorum they wanted nothing to do with you, even if you came from an area where Gingrich or Santorum had done better than Romney in the primaries. Stupid doesn’t begin to describe it.
Obama targeted the white working class with the anti-Bain ads all summer long. It worked very well in the rust belt where there have been so many plant closings over the years. Instead of running ads about his economic plans Mitt needed to work extra hard to humanize himself in those areas. To run testimonials from all the people he has helped over the years. To talk up Main Street values like how he had his whole company out looking for an employee’s lost daughter. I bet most of the Republican leaners who stayed home still don’t know that story.
I was part of a major national grassroots group that ‘auditioned’ for the Romney campaign. We were blown off, and no one with our creds replaced us.
The Romney campaign was crap. If he ran Bain Capital like that, we’d never have heard of Mitt Romney.
Nice guy, not nice guy — who cares. The bottom line is he stunk, his campaign staff stunk and the GOP establishment stinks.
We need to move the GOP hacks aside and take over.
Romney didn’t embrace the Tea Party or Palin either. Maybe they were among the 3 million who didn’t vote. The Establishment is absolutely no different than the Dems.
You mentioned Reagan. Except Reagan didn’t have the electoral wind in his sail taken out by fundamentalists who persist in making their idiosyncratic position on rape and abortion the defining platform of the GOP when the singular danger facing our Republic is the destruction of everyone’s economic liberty.
We won in 2010 on Obamacare, an economic issue. We won Wisconsin 2012 on the Union pension benefits, an economic issue.
I’m a disabled vet who now really regrets spending the last 24 years not being able to bend my knees and having to wear braces on both of them just so people can vote themselves free crap, legally steal from others, play the race and class envy cards all with the general acceptance of the populace.
I no longer care for the citizens of this country.
most of them deserve to starve to death.
Thank you for your service. We appreciate your pain and our prayers are with you.
You’ll know who to care about.
I love the movie Duddley DoRight with Brendan Frasier.
There is a scene where after Snidley Whiplash takes over the town, Duddley climbs on a motorcycle and starts having fun.
That is where the left is now. They are running things their way.
We get to have fun going after them.
I am a strong believer in the prophetic.
I believe in God and His purposes.
Hurricane Issac, meaning laughter, dominated just the RNC convention and was soon forgotten.
However, Hurricane Sandy still is tearing at the NJ and NYC areas. The left is on sandy soil and quicksand. Things are a mess for them and they are stuck with the mess, can’t turn to us to bail them out.
Someone said that if Issac hit Tampa they would stop being an atheist.
Well, I take the viewpoint that whatever we do and however we fight the good fight, we have fun and do it in all joy and laughter.
Issac is one of my heroes from the Old Testament. God loved Jacob and hated Esau despite Issac’s viewpoint. Hurricane Issac didn’t harm the RNC convention by turning away its wrath. It harmed it by being used by the Esau like media.
Well, I think it is time for us to climb up with joy and laughter on our motorcycles and have a blast.
Get together, celebrate your conservatism. Have a great Tea Party during the holiday season. Give each other high fives. Whoop and holler.
Have get together in a park, in a public place, where those around you will see a happy face and associate with conservatism.
It will drive the left nuts! Plus, partying is the best revenge until the next election. 😎
So, anyone for a Tea Party celebration on Jan. 20th to celebrate our conservatism in every town and village? After all, Obama is out of office in four years and he can’t stop it.
Check this out. You need a photo ID to ride the buses in Madison, WI. Oh the racism!
Being a genetic amalgam of ancestors who embraced most of the lost causes over the past 400-years, I never, never, never, never give up. Ever. There’s a certain romance, a bittersweet one to be sure, associated with a cause which, though lost, is still a cause worth defending. Losing doesn’t invalidate one’s cause, it just gives the other guys a leg up on writing the history and gleaning the field of spoils. Defeat does nothing to settle the right or wrong of a cause. Might does not make right. Never did. Never will. As long as one believer is left to fight, the cause is alive and the issue is not settled.
There are a couple of great lines in Kipling’s “If” that go like this,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss.
Those embody the mindset of the fighter in for the long haul.
Resist & Resolve!
I’m with you. My ancestors were Highland Scots so losing causes are bred in the bone. I grew up in a Republican family in a heavily Catholic neighborhood in St. Paul Minnesota. In the straw poll at school in 1964 it was 42 to 2. Then I moved to downtown Chicago which was actually less Democrat. When I moved here I discovered it was a Democrat county controlled since the 1950s by the political offspring of a couple of barely literate good ol’ boys who could have taught Saul Alinsky a few things about both class warfare and community organizing. On top of it all, my baseball team is the Chicago Cubs and my football team the Vikings. I lose a lot more fights than I win but I am still fighting.
In politics tomorrow is always another day.
Gary Johnson was my first choice when he first ran as a Republican. He was largely ignored out of the lineup. We all knew Romney was McCain II, but put on our best game faces. I should have voted for my first choice, even when he bolted to the Libertarian Party. Never again will I vote for the lesser of two evils. That’s still a vote for evil.
It will take decades to turn this country back around, if that’s even possible. Weaning the populace from the national teat will be tough. The only way that may occur may be national bankruptcy. I won’t say “So be it,” but apparently the majority of our neighbors welcome it.
I’m convinced we have to start at the local level and begin to educate people. Not on how to vote, but on how to think. Decades of work, with possibly little to show for our efforts, but laying the groundwork for a better tomorrow for generations we may never see.
Living in the past precludes a future. You can reflect but don’t allow yourself to be captured.
Put me in the fight category. I am depressed slightly about it. But I refuse after generations of sacrifice to be apart of the generation that destroyed this country.
I emailed him asking what I can do. I’m a senior at Arizona State studying political science and business. My step mom teaches at ASU. Her forte is enviromental studies(somehow in the lib arts & no sci background). I know intimately the type of people propagating the bs that gives the “Liberals” their credibility. I’ve held a job since high school. I’ve interned for John McCain. My grandfather was a hero in Vietnam and retired a Bird Colonel. My brother became an Army Ranger after 9/11.
I’ll be DAMNED if they carried that cross for this America!
One way or another this will not stand. Strong Americans will never give up the fight. The answer is always FIGHT.
on a lighter not I really enjoyed the brass
this election hit me hard, and I’ll admit I may not be in my right mind now.
I just find myself really not caring anymore.
I’m the guy that maintains our private road, the other 6 houses refuse to do a thing. namely because I do.
I’m also the first house.
guess what…they can shovel the 4 foot drifts themselves this year.
I have had it.
Do it and just leave a Bible on their front porch
I am happy… that I never have to see BHO run for president again, ever. THANK GOD for term limits.
As I commented on an earlier LI post, America has yet to suffer enough pain to reject what BHO and his slime are selling.
With Carter the pain happened in his first term. Apparently, liberals learned from that and adapted. “I’ll gladly give you free stuff for your vote today and your pain later.”
What if Obama decides to modify the constitution the allow him to run for President a 3rd or 4th time?
A Marxist like Obama will never give up power voluntarily.
The guy isn’t even coherent without a prompter. He’s a puppet. His freinds will never give up on power.
I mentioned this in another thread but I actually used the Obama campaign’s website to call voters to get to the polls. I focused on voters in swing states obviously the call list was full of Dems, but instead of telling them to go vote, I would try to discourage them from voting if they were decided on Obama, or I would purposefully give them the wrong polling information. There was some that I was able to convince to vote for Romney.
It was my own operation counterweight. I also enlisted a few friends to do the same. Sadly it didn’t pay any dividends.
But I would encourage us to be more creative in dealing with the LEFT in the future. We are at WAR with the left, this election is NOT some football game. This is a WAR for the heart and soul of our country.
Liberal schadenfreude is out of control from Hot Air: http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2012/11/10/liberal-schadenfreude-is-out-of-control/comment-page-1/#comments
My husband and I own a few car dealerships, and employ approximately 370 people. I can tell you right now I made a list of libtards working for us. And they will be in for a big surprise in a few days when I personally go in and fire everyone on that list with a vengeance.See if they keep their Obama gloating up in the unemployment line.
Elections have consequences.
It’s been more than three days now, I only want to say the grieving period is over. We need to now start preparing for the next battle. We need to organize better and stronger than the opposition. I’ll be damned if I’m going to give up on this great country. I hope the Professor will be willing to lead.
Getting bogged down in the aftermath of lost cases just made the situation worse.
Exactly so, Professor. As we used to say in the Ninth Marines back in the day — and we had a whole lot of bad days back then — “ruck up and move out” … and that’s exactly what I intend to do one more time. 🙂
I’m just now edging out of the numb phase, into the inevitable defiant phase.
Strange, it seemed to me, that I was never in denial, nor have developed a true anger.
I will go about my life as I always have–honest, and forthright;not to anyone’s benefit–not even mine–it’s just who I am.
However, I no longer consider myself a conservative. That, much to my dismay, is nothing more than a political term.
I am who I am. I believe in the God Almighty, right and wrong, common sense, tradition, the Constitution, helping those who seek it, and belting those who seek to take advantage of my good nature in the mouth.
What I am not is a constituent to a government that is adverse to everything that I am.
I am no longer a Reformist.
I am a Separatist.
I separate from this government not as a collective, nor a movement. I separate as an individual.
I do not separate legally, nor civically-
I separate with all they seek–my heart, mind, soul, and spirit.
Thank you, professor.
I have always moved on rather quickly after adversity, I feel it is healthy.
I appreciate hearing your philsophy, since this time I am stuck in the depression stage. Hoping your little article will help me on to acceptance.
Maybe I will set “Only the lonely” as a ringtone!
Romney was a crappy candidate, because the crappy GOP establishment wanted one of their own.
There reason there was no GOP candidate competent to win the election is that the GOP does not have a conservative farm team — but merely a crappy GOP establishment farm team.
Right now, the GOP’s national A-team is John Boehner and Eric Cantor. Anyone with brains would put these two clowns out to pasture and install the most dynamic of the young bucks in Congress in their place — or the likes of Peter King. But hanging on to the goodies is the corrupt GOP leadership’s trade, not winning.
Even Diane Sawyer knows that.
In 1864 Britain controlled more than 1/3 of the world -swathes of the ME Africa all of India & China , SE Asia & Australasia.
They were all ruled by Governors who reported to the Home Office in London. which employed just 67 staff including servants & 2 sanitation boys (buckets ).
So 1/4 of the land , 1/3 of the population of the whole world managed by 65 people & 2 bucket boys .
It is not as if the Colonial Governors had staff either. Sudan with 7 million & massive lands had 25 British civil servants to do everything. Some colonies of hundreds of thousands had 3 British .
Puts all current guvmints into perspective.
Now where is my pith helmet?
That sounds like how the GOP is run — that is, if 67 Sudanese suddenly began running the British Empire.
We have 2 bucket boys in the White House. (Michelle is a boy, no?)
Well there are some similarities , The African people loved Queen Victoria , They handed out images of the 19 year old beautiful Victoria in her coronation outfit & golden carriage &festooned horses, TheAfricans had never seen or dreamt of anything like this,
If they were getting restive they would say The Great White Queen From The North is unhappy & Will not becoming to see you.
Worked a treat.
If you truly believe that a handful of Brits ran the Empire, you should read (for openers) about the Sepoy Rebellion.
FGS You are humourlesss.
Thinking about it: it turns out that Senator Joseph McCarthy was 100% correct. Read his landmark speech, “Enemies from Within:”
The left smeared him from the get-go to hide the truth, and a secretly corrupted media happily aided them.
I’m not sad. I’m damned pissed >:O
I expect that those clients who lost found it harder to move on than their attorney. We, the people, are the clients, and have been given an indefinite sentence.
“The Lonely Bull” by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. One of my favorite go to songs when I’m down, ever since I was a child. Thanks for the video. And thanks for the chin up. I needed it. I’ll fight as long as you will professor. Hmmm, I guess that’s forever, huh?
“The Lonely Bull” by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. One of my favorite go to songs when I’m down, ever since I was a child. Thanks for the video. And thanks for the chin up. I needed it. I’ll fight as long as you will, Professor. Hmmm, I guess that’s forever, huh?
People are welcome to stay and fight. I won’t be. I’ve been looking for employment in Canada (having a job in Canada seems to be the only way that I can become a permanent resident, other than marrying a Canadian) since Wednesday morning. In case anybody’s interested, here’s why:
I’m sixty years old. I believe that the things that Barack Obama will do (and, just as important, not do) during his second term will doom the USA for my remaining lifetime and beyond.
First, it’s reasonable to expect that he will be able to nominate replacements for two or more Supreme Court justices. Right now, there are three justices who consistently believe that the US Constitution means what it says, four who believe that it means whatever they want, and two who can’t make up their minds (Kennedy and Roberts). Those of us who believe that the Constitution means what it says haven’t done all that well in 2012, and I’d expect that Justice Ginsburg will retire soon, to be replaced by somebody similar. It’s reasonable to expect that either Kennedy or Scalia will retire or leave because of illness or death, to be replaced by somebody similar to Ginsburg. In short, I expect to have a Supreme Court “interpreting” the Constitution in ways that are invalid for the rest of my life.
Second, our national debt, at $16 trillion, exceeds the 2011 GDP, at $15.1 trillion. The Federal Reserve has grown the money supply (I’m using M2 as the measure), by 18.7%, from $7.8 trillion in 2008 to $9.2 trillion in 2011, while GDP has grown 5.5%, from $14.3 trillion in 2008 to the aforementioned $15.1 trillion (complete data, except for the $16 trillion figure, can be found at the St. Louis Fed’s FRED database on the web). This is a recipe for runaway inflation. Germany between the First and Second World Wars comes to mind, as does Zimbabwe rather recently.
Third, the USA is no longer a serious country. I can point to many examples over the past four years that demonstrate that: our treatment of our allies (Israel and Poland come to mind), the absolute failure of our Congress and the empty suit in the White House to address the national debt, and the belief of at least a substantial minority of the electorate that government can provide for people are a few. The third example brings me to my next and final point:
I create wealth. I create software that allows people to do things far more efficiently than they do now; in many cases, it makes things feasible that would not otherwise be (they could be done, but they would take far too long). My software eliminates mistakes, does things that weren’t previously being done, and makes people’s lives better. I love doing it. I’m not complaining about my life. I do, however, think that it is a real problem for the country that we employ increasing numbers of people who don’t create wealth and, all too often, pay them quite well. What does a “life coach” do that creates wealth? Or a “career coach”? Or, for that matter, the typical attorney (sorry, Professor)? I spent thirty-four years of my life in Silicon Valley. Companies founded there include Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Apple, and Applied Materials; now the IPOs are for companies like Facebook. To put it bluntly and perhaps arrogantly, American no longer deserves somebody like me.
I’m well aware that there will be problems living in Canada, which has far less of a commitment to free speech than does the US, and is even less serious about combatting Islamofascism. But Canada has a federal deficit that is approximately one-third of its GDP (it was 63.8% in 1997) and has a balance of trade that hovers around zero (neither much of a surplus nor much of a deficit), so I expect its currency to hold its value much better than the US dollar will.
I’ve made my decision, and I’m leaving as soon as I can.
My husband doesn’t read blogs, but he knows my favorite bloggers by name and asks about the latest on the blogs I read. The morning of November 7, he mentioned your name and wondered what you’d be writing on your blog. I told him that you’re always steady, never too high, never too low, and I thought that it might be because you’re a lawyer.
Great perfesser! My sentiments exactly and let’s return to the fight, rested, invigorated and ready to help. Liked that video and maybe it’s because Alpert and I share the same first name. And everyone ready to throw away their heritage from this great land just give a thought to how many gave their lives so you could run away. If they had not sacrificed their lives there may have been a very high wall and machine guns to prevent you from running away to your safe haven. Enjoy Canadian version of Obamacare.