About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Help Me Out Here

Thanks to a long time reader of these messages who wrote - "Doug - I can't, for the life of me, figure out why the Republican pundits think Obama is a shoe-in...I just do not see BO's claim to be the only one who is electable.  Help me out here."  This posting is focused on answering this question.

For starters we are outnumbered & BO will call on all of his Alinsky community organizer skills to bring out the numbers in his favor – it will be harder than in 2008 but where else are these type of people going to go.  Even after the worst three years in memory BO still has a 43% job approval rating meaning 43% favor the redistribution of wealth rather than the creation of wealth as described in Death of Democracy.  In other words these people are not interested in any of the substantive reasons BO should not be reelected – click on Alphabetically A Through Y Why BO Should Not Be Reelected.

The latest poll reported tonight shows BO defeating Mitt 46 to 43 & defeating Newt 49 to 40.  Factor in that many Tea Party & far right voters simply will not vote for Mitt or Newt.  I personally know of some well informed people who did not vote in the SC primary – like it or not this is a factor favoring BO.

It is far better for people who are deeply concerned about our country like the writer above to work to find people who ordinarily would vote for statist candidates to convince them to vote for anti-statist candidates wherever they find them.  If we are going to develop a real & lasting coalition of such people - like the two subscribers highlighted in the last two postings - we cannot ask them to merely vote along party lines – this will produce people like Boehner, Cantor, & the two leading Republican presidential candidates which will ultimately turn people off.

The best answer to the above question though appeared in today's WSJ Global View column below by Bret Stephens.  Couple all of this together & then go work for all of the Jim DeMint-type candidates you can find if you want any chance @ all. 

It doesn't matter that Mr. Obama can't get the economy out of second gear. It doesn't matter that he cynically betrayed his core promise as a candidate to be a unifying president. It doesn't matter that he keeps blaming Bush. It doesn't matter that he thinks ATMs are weapons of employment destruction. It doesn't matter that Tim Geithner remains secretary of Treasury. It doesn't matter that the result of his "reset" with Russia is Moscow selling fighter jets to Damascus. It doesn't matter that the Obama name is synonymous with the most unpopular law in memory. It doesn't matter that his wife thinks America doesn't deserve him. It doesn't matter that the Evel Knievel theory of fiscal stimulus isn't going to make it over the Snake River Canyon of debt.

Above all, it doesn't matter that Americans are generally eager to send Mr. Obama packing. All they need is to be reasonably sure that the alternative won't be another fiasco. But they can't be reasonably sure, so it's going to be four more years of the disappointment you already know.
As for the current GOP field, it's like confronting a terminal diagnosis. There may be an apparent range of treatments: conventional (Romney), experimental (Gingrich), homeopathic (Paul) or prayerful (Santorum). But none will avail you in the end. Just try to exit laughing.

That's my theory for why South Carolina gave Newt Gingrich his big primary win on Saturday: Voters instinctively prefer the idea of an entertaining Newt-Obama contest—the aspiring Caesar versus the failed Redeemer—over a dreary Mitt-Obama one. The problem is that voters also know that Gaius Gingrich is liable to deliver his prime-time speeches in purple toga while holding tight to darling Messalina's—sorry, Callista's—bejeweled fingers. A primary ballot for Mr. Gingrich is a vote for an entertaining election, not a Republican in the White House.

Then there is Mitt Romney, even now the presumptive nominee. If Mr. Gingrich demonstrated his unfitness to be a serious Republican nominee with his destructive attacks on private equity (a prime legacy of the Reagan years), Mr. Romney has demonstrated his unfitness by—where to start?

Oh, yes, the moment in last week's debate when Mr. Romney equivocated about releasing his tax returns. The former Massachusetts governor is nothing if not a scripted politician, and the least one can ask of such people is that they should know their lines by heart. Did nobody in Mr. Romney's expensive campaign shop tell him that this question was sure to come, and that a decision had to be made, in advance, as to what the answer would be? Great CEOs don't just surround themselves with consultants and advance men. They also hire contrarians, alter egos and at least someone who isn't afraid to poke a finger in their chest. On the evidence of his campaign, Mr. Romney is a lousy CEO.

But it's worse than that. The usual rap on Mr. Romney is that he's robotic, but the real reason he can't gain traction with voters is that they suspect he's concealing some unnameable private doubt. Al Gore and George Bush Sr. were like that, too, and not just because they were all to the proverbial manor born. It's that they were basically hollow men.

Thus the core difference between Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama: For the governor, the convictions are the veneer. For the president, the pragmatism is. Voters always see through this. They usually prefer the man who stands for something.

What about Rick Santorum and Ron Paul? They are owed some respect, especially for the contrast between their willingness to take a stand for principle against the front-runners' willingness to say anything. But Messrs. Santorum and Paul are two tedious men, deep in conversation with some country that's not quite America, appealing to a devoted base but not beyond it. Sorry, gentlemen: You're not going anywhere.

Finally, there are the men not in the field: Mitch Daniels, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Haley Barbour. This was the GOP A-Team, the guys who should have showed up to the first debate but didn't because running for president is hard and the spouses were reluctant. Nothing commends them for it. If this election is as important as they all say it is, they had a duty to step up. Abraham Lincoln did not shy from the contest of 1860 because of Mary Todd. If Mr. Obama wins in November—or, rather, when he does—the failure will lie as heavily on their shoulders as it will with the nominee.

What should readers who despair of a second Obama term make of all this? Hope ObamaCare is repealed by the High Court, the Iranian bomb is repealed by the Israeli Air Force, and the Senate switches hands, giving America a healthy spell of Hippocratic government.

All perfectly plausible. And the U.S. will surely survive four more years. Who knows? By then maybe Republicans will have figured out that if they don't want to lose, they shouldn't run with losers.



  1. Thanks for the 'wonderful' reply.

    I don't know if the polls have any validity tho. The vast majority of Americans are still asleep politically. They will start taking notice around September.

    But, if you are right, I don't know if the country can last 4 more years. And I don't think it will go out with a whimper. The 'have-nots' will rise up when the money runs out. Those remaining 'haves' are not going to roll over. Could get messy.

    Thanks again for the good news.

    OMG (Obama must go)

  2. I agree with the Bret Stephens column that you mentioned.

    Take it for what it is worth, but Republicans who pull the strings, might want BO re-elected.

    Why - they know in their hearts, economy will be in bad shape for next several years (not one year) and if Republicans were in office - who would get the blame??

    But, if BO was re-elected and country went downhill for those years - would the public applaud BO. I think not.

    When the following elections are held, Republicans would win BIG, but only if they produce a person who has a plan to improve the country. Not the present ones who are busy shooting each other in the foot.

  3. This is so true! It really speaks to my hope for a shining knight to come forward to rescue us....we are running with losers...good way to put it!