What is wrong with the Republicans?
Can anyone tell me?
I think it all started with Roosevelt.
No, not FDR–the other one…his cousin Teddy!
Republicans, especially those in the Establishment and we all know who they are, have been having a field day in the post-mortem of their potentially devastating loss in the 2012 presidential race.
They have been blaming conservative thinking, the Tea Partiers, and talk radio, especially Rush Limbaugh for what has become a regular quadrennial exercise in lost opportunities.
This is a pattern that I thought dated back to 1964 when Barry Goldwater suffered one of the worst defeats in Republican electorial history.
That year there had been an ideological split between New York liberal governor, Nelson Rockefeller and Goldwater’s libertarian brand of conservatism–which to my consternation later included gay marriage and abortion rights.
That division has carried on its diverse history ever since with the establishment usually offering up so-called moderates such as Bob Dole, John McCain and both Bushes.
The only exception has been Ronald Reagan who energized and greatly expanded the base given to him by Goldwater.
But the price of at least six of the best years in the 20th century was unfortunately 12 years of the Bushes with their water-down conservatism that underscored the Republican establishment’s marriage to the big government policies of the left.
Thanks to George W. Bush and his fellow Republicans’ abject failure to defend the charge that BUSH DID it!! we now have to suffer eight, not just four years of Obama.
How did this all happen?
Glenn Beck was notorious for his laying all the blame of Big Government on Woodrow Wilson’s doorstep.
As one of the originator of the Progressive Movement, Wilson certainly was a reliable and a viable proponent of the first real inroads socialism made in American political history.
But few realize that his election would have probably not have happened had the other Roosevelt, Cousin Teddy bolted his party because he was as mad as a Bull Moose.
Roosevelt was indeed mad, bordering on lunacy in some dramatic ways, like his reckless charge up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War in 1898.
Historians tell us that since he was extremely near-sighted, he had 22 pairs of replacement glasses sown into his military tunic.
It was well-known historian Richard Hofstadter and others who wrote about Roosevelt decided role in as a progressive Republican, motivated by the spirit of the times, wafting over large urban centers in the country.
In his confusing and somewhat contradictory book, The American Political Tradition (1948) he laid out an account on the ideology of previous U.S. presidents and other political figures.
He knew that Roosevelt despised the rich Hofstadter had the temerity to write that TR was conservative frightened by any sign of organized power among the people.
This sounds like pure baloney to me.
This is all a little too much to take given his real history.
Without even realizing it, Hofstadter underscored the elite sense of entitlement that has characterized liberals and progressives ever since.
They despise all the people less fortunate and not as well-educated as they.
They believe that their role is divest the wealthy of their money and power and keep the people enslaved in their dependence on government.
It was his 3rd party challenge to President William Taft, whom he had chosen as his own successor in 1908, that had guaranteed a narrow victory for the naive and inexperienced Wilson.
When Republican operative Mark Hanna first heard that William McKinley had been assassinated in Buffalo, New York on September 6, 1901, he quipped in disgust That damned cowboy is in the White House!
As president Roosevelt demonstrated a penchant for being anti-big business…not unlike Obama.
He strove for more government regulations and was the nation’s first environmentalist.
Like most of his patrician class, Roosevelt believed that he had a moral obligation to help the poor and unfortunate and to legislate their behavior.
This was out of what the French called, noblesse oblige.
In a historical synthesis that would have had the approval of both Hegel and Marx, Roosevelt led the fight to turn Hamilton and Jefferson on their heads by using the former’s emphasis on big government to ensure the latter’s emphasis on better condition for the poor and the common folk.
This approach served to revolutionize American political history.
In doing so it set the country on the dangerous course of state socialism with many Marxist overtones and policies.
Richard Zachs’ portrayal of Roosevelt in his recent book, Island of Vice, detailed TR’s contentious battles as New York’s Police Commissioner to clean sin-loving New York City’s lewd underbelly.
Roosevelt’s demeanor betrayed that self-righteous moral arrogance that still runs through liberals in both parties today.
As governor of New York, he boxed with sparring partners several times a week, a practice he regularly continued as President until one blow detached his left retina, leaving him blind in that eye.
A fact not made public until many years later.
A health culturalist because he was sickly as a child, TR practiced judo attaining a third degree brown belt and continued his habit of, like Quincy Adams before him, skinny-dipping in the Potomac River during winter.
In a speech delivered after leaving the Presidency in August 1910, Roosevelt introduced the phrase Square Deal to describe his progressive views .
In his broad outline, he stressed equality of opportunity for all citizens and emphasized the importance of fair government regulations of corporate ‘special interests’.
Doesn’t this brief outline sound familiar?
Running through it is a complete lack of respect for people’s freedom and their own abilities to run their lives without government interference.
Historians credit Roosevelt for changing the nation’s political system by permanently placing the presidency at center stage and making character as important as the issues.
Roosevelt failed to understand the people he sought to save from themselves didn’t want or ask for his help.
As it is today, people like this usually make things worse for everyone.
He brought this same attitude to the Oval Office as president.
Thanks to Theodore Roosevelt and his Teddy Bear morality we now will have to endure another four years of this expansive approach.
If the Republicans listen to their establishment leaders they will be doomed to follow the same destructive path.
Just look what the Republican leadership did to Rep. Todd Akin in Missouri.
Had they grouped behind him after he apologized for his gaffe, there was a better than 50% chance that he would have unseated the out-of-touch with Missouri Claire McCaskill.
As it played out she won in a landslide after inundating the state with ads that did nothing more than play clips from Romney, Rove and other establishment leaders condemning their fellow Republican.
This was a breach of the Party’s own 11th Commandment that Ronald Reagan spoke against.
In effect Akin lost because of the ghost of Teddy Roosevelt.
If they don’t change their attacks on conservatives, undoubtedly they will go the way of the Whigs, a party that lost sight of its origins, its history and its purpose in life.
And maybe that’s what should happen to these moderates who are useless in a time of political crisis.
I know a lot of people figure they can endure another four years of this president and then breathe a sigh of relief when he will finally vacates the Oval Office.
After all didn’t he say, even before the voting, that this would be his final campaign?
However he didn’t say it would be his last election, just his last campaign.
In actuality Obama has never served as a real president.
While he may have been present for four years,but that’s not what being a president means.
He is supposed to lead us…from the front not from a safe haven in Chicago or Martha’s Vineyard.
He was too busy with his nine-year campaign for the White House.
Now that he has finished his last campaign, will he actually lead us?
Will he compromise with the House of Representatives and save us all from the financial cliff?
Since conservatives have already been over an electoral cliff, I can only imagine what the other one will feel like.
I certainly hope he can compromise but as Al Gore once said, can a Zebra change its spots?
He looks down on all achievement and despises the human spirit that wants to be free to pursue their own happiness.
This man is such a narcissist that he feeds off the rush of the power, and the pomp and circumstance of being our president.
I don’t see his giving it up easily.
But you say that can’t happen.
We have the 20th amendment which limited a president to a maximum of fewer than 10 years.
He can have just under two additional years if he had become president after the death or resignation of the president
Obama is on record as saying that Constitution puts too many limitations on his ability to perform the duties of his office.
He told us that four years was not long enough to undo the mistakes of the Bush years.
He needed a second term.
Does anyone really think he can turn things around with the same policies that acerbated a bad situation in 2009?
He will need years after that but the Constitution will get in his way.
If it does will he announce a gridlock and have himself elected by mandate from the people, supported by federal troops if necessary?
In others words, things may be so bad and violent that he may declare marshal law.
That just can’t happen here!
Really think again.
I harken back to the election of 1860 when President Lincoln had to take all kinds of extra-constitution actions, such as the suspension of habeus corpus and the like to preserve national order.
I fear this election will have a similar impact as the one in 1860.
I say that because it exposed the fatal flaw in what used to be a representative democracy, but has now crossed the line and become a full-fledged democracy.
The inherent weakness in that is when its politicians have no scruples they will buy their repeated elections by giving people what Bill O’Reilly simplistically called giving lots of free stuff.
Rush Limbaugh said the free stuff came from Santa Claus.
We have already crossed that line when candidate Romney warned inadvertently about the 47 % of the American people who depend on the government largesse for their survival.
That percentage is higher and more than 50% find themselves dependent on the federal government.
When more than half of a country’s population lives at the expense of the taxpayers and producers, it is a sign that the country is in danger of following the Greek model.
Now these entitled citizens will continually vote the same people in each election, because they have been to quote a lady friend of mine, babyified, that is, treated as if they were children.
This is true because Obama has never inspired them to be all they can be, because he has no faith in people’s ability to help themselves.
And if they could or even tried, he would be out of a job.
Democracy then can ironically quickly become a nail in the coffin of self-government.
This could also be the last campaign because Obama won this one handily because of his background as a community organizer.
Obama internalized Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals to the letter.
Romney never rebounded from the thorough demonization Obama laid on him in April.
Sarah Palin should apologize to Obama for demeaning his abilities for setting up and maintaining a viable organization that was responsible for producing an amazing ground game.
His people’s superb use of technology in identifying and herding out the vote was pure 21st century.
When coupled with early voting in 30 states, it was a one-two punch that connected on the Romney camp’s chin.
I nearly got into an argument with a guy in line on election day.
He said that Missouri needed early voting.
I said that it was fraught with danger.
I thought the fraud possibilities were just too great.
But my real concern should have been for giving many more days to muster and transport the troops from their homes, dorms, street corners, factories, and drunk tanks to the polls en masse.
When limited to a single day, there is only so much your boots on the ground can do.
Stretch that over several days and the results increase exponentially.
Just ask yourself, who won the early voting?
Obama did by a very large margin that Romney never could overcome in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania.
But the deciding factor and this is true of most democratic mobs, err voters, was their ignorance factor.
The exit polls showed that a strong plurality thought economic issues were paramount.
This should have translated into an easy Republican victory.
Then how did Obama win on the economy?
You guessed it!
BUSH DID IT!!!!
That makes two elections that he has cost Republicans and he wasn’t even on the ticket.
But how could Bush have done this?
Tax cuts? They have never caused a recession.
In fact they often have avoided severe economic down-swings.
Granted a lot of money, not to mention lives, were sacrificed in the name of freedom and democracy but that’s not it.
The best answer for the stock market crash and the ensuing recession was a housing crisis.
And who was accountable for that?
Christopher Dobbs, the former Senator from Connecticut and Barney Frank, the homosexual representative from Massachusetts, were the main architects of the Great Recession.
Through Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac, they forced millions of improvident loans to poor people, who did not have enough income to pay their mortgages on the American taxpayers.
Banks and brokerage houses, who investment income was plagued by low interests created a series of creative investments by bundling all kinds of home loans and selling them as investment.
When the value of many of these homes declined to a value less than what the owner owed to the banks and houses.
This caused people to default on their loans and left the banks holding a diverse portfolio of good assets mixed in with some bad assets.
According to the existent regulations in such cases—mark to market they call it–all the investments had to be regarded as worthless.
This caused a downward spiral where banks could not keep up with their reserve payments and the markets collapsed.
It was not George W. Bush but a pair of unscrupulous Democrats who mandated that banks comply with their nefarious philosophy.
No Republican has ever defended George Bush and in not doing so they sowed the real seeds for Romney’s disappointing loss.
This was simple Econ 101 and the Americans don’t understand a thing about business, commerce and market forces.
They think government creates jobs–work maybe but real jobs come from the private sector.
They don’t understand that taxing capital hurts investment and prevents or discourages risk-takers from a real investment in America.
Again no Republican sufficiently taught this to the American voter.
Steve Forbes is already predicting a Recession for 2013.
When ObamaCare kicks in full force in 2014 there probably will be another one.
The American economy will probably stagnate under these Obama negatives until the next decade.
A permanent president?
Maybe that will be good news.
Without any more campaigns we will be spared the interminable flurry of robo-calls that have disturbed us for 18 months.
That has to be some kind of silver lining.
It is something to think about.
1) No one ever sought help for a massage addiction;
2) Size is of no importance to her;
3) No one will ever ask you if your heart is healthy enough for a massage;
4) She will never tell you that you are too heavy for her;
5) You never have to satisfy her;
6) She never complains about the laundry;
7) The only after smells will be fragrant creams and oils;
8) You never will lay awake wondering if she will be in the mood;
9) You can be ready at a moment’s notice;
10) She will never comment on any natural emissions, drips or noises;
11) For any pillow talk after you always get the pillow;
12) The only thing she needs to hear is what time next week.