Hope and Change.
That’s what President Obama promised on the campaign trail last year and voters lapped it up. Our President, who had less executive experience than most hot dog vendors at the time of his election, has pressed hard to fulfill the second half of his slogan but obviously missed the mark on the first part. Since January, he’s fed American citizens a steady diet of radical Change that’s left them feeling more Despair than Hope.
Maybe that’s why his poll numbers are consistently bottoming out. Gallup, Rasmussen, and Zogby are all showing the President’s approval ratings at or near their low points for his presidency–below 50%. But Obama refuses to believe his policies are to blame, and even continues to push his Democratic allies in Congress toward political suicide by twisting their arms to coerce them to support his Socialist agenda.
Most Americans have figured out that Obamanomics isn’t working, but the President believes he’s persuasive enough that he can feed them s**t and make them believe it’s chocolate. Though not one element of his radical Change can be viewed as successful, he continues to press forward with the most radical element of his planned Change–a government takeover of the US health care system–and tries to convince us we’ll be better off with bureaucrats deciding what doctors we can see, what treatments we receive, and what medicines we’re prescribed.
His record thus far demonstrates why a majority of Americans think there’s a better way than Obama’s way.
His stimulus was supposed to keep unemployment from reaching 9% (what the administration predicted it would reach without his stimulus package). We were told his trillion dollar stimulus package would create economic growth that would cause the unemployment rate to peak at 8% this past summer and spur job growth that would have already begun offering Hope to those looking for work.
But his stimulus package didn’t turn the tide, didn’t stimulate the economy, and didn’t create jobs. The President’s stimulus actually stimulated the unemployment rate, which spiked to 10.2% last month–13% higher than he predicted it would have reached without the stimulus, and 27% higher than we were promised it would reach if we allowed him to squander another trillion of our hard earned dollars.
He promised time and again throughout the campaign he’d never raise taxes on middle class families, but he’s supported the Cap & Trade bill in the house that promises to raise the average American family’s utility bill by $1700 per year through increased taxes that will certainly be passed on to consumers. Even his number one priority–creating a government run health care system–promises tons of new taxes that middle class families will be saddled with.
Obama thought he’d finally found a feather for his cap when he blew $3 billion on the Cash-4-Clunkers program this summer. Though the administration touted it as a success, others recognized that whatever benefit the program provided the economy was temporary at best and short-changing future auto sales at worst. Later we learned each vehicle sold through the program cost the American taxpayer $24,000. Unsustainable and too costly, this program can also be chalked up as one of the President’s failures.
His foreign policy failures are as glaring as his domestic failures. Campaigning on a promise to sit down with America’s enemies, he sold citizens on the idea that our differences were of our own making and the hearts of our enemies would soften, tyrants would become amiable, and the lamb would lie down with the lion in all corners of the globe.
But our enemies didn’t lie down, they didn’t become amiable, and Obama’s naivete only served to harden their hearts and strengthen their resolve to challenge us all the more. Iran’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators, North Korea’s barrage of missiles, and the failure to act in the face of a rapidly growing Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan have proven the President completely incompetent in matters of foreign affairs.
And now, in a resounding slap to the face of all survivors of the victims on 9/11, against the will of a majority of Americans, the administration has announced the Guantanamo Bay terrorists will be tried in civilian courts in New York City! Including admitted 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed.
Naivete that can only be present in one who has never worn the uniform, who has never served in the combat arms, who has never put his life on the line for his country is the only thing that can explain this insane decision.
Along with trial in our civilian courts come all the accompanying protections of our bill of rights. Miranda, rules of evidence, and every other technicality used to protect criminals from punishment for their crimes will now be at the disposal of lawyers for terrorists captured on a foreign battlefield by the US military.
Every pencil pushing bureaucrat who argued in favor of this insanity should be issued boots and a rifle and dropped into a hot LZ along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border tomorrow! Then let’s see how many of them favor assigning our constitutional protections to the bloodthirsty lunatics they’ll meet there.
But Americans are rapidly regaining consciousness and recognizing their error in voting for this naive and inexperienced President. While Obama’s approval numbers have often remained under 50% in Rasmussen’s poll of likely voters, today marks the first day a majority disapprove in the Gallup poll of all American adults.
Maybe a few Democrats will begin to wake up and realize our only Hope is to stop the Change!
Contact your Senators tomorrow and tell them to vote no on Cloture for Reid’s health care bill!
by Charles Krauthammer at Townhall.com
WASHINGTON — Sure, Election Day 2009 will scare moderate Democrats and make passage of Obamacare more difficult. Sure, it makes it easier for resurgent Republicans to raise money and recruit candidates for 2010. But the most important effect of Tuesday’s elections is historical. It demolishes the great realignment myth of 2008.
In the aftermath of last year’s Obama sweep, we heard endlessly about its fundamental, revolutionary, transformational nature. How it was ushering in an FDR-like realignment for the 21st century in which new demographics — most prominently, rising minorities and the young — would bury the GOP far into the future. One book proclaimed “The Death of Conservatism,” while the more modest merely predicted the terminal decline of the Republican Party into a regional party of the Deep South or a rump party of marginalized angry white men.
This was all ridiculous from the beginning. 2008 was a historical anomaly. A uniquely charismatic candidate was running at a time of deep war weariness, with an intensely unpopular Republican president, against a politically incompetent opponent, amid the greatest financial collapse since the Great Depression. And still he won by only seven points.
Exactly a year later comes the empirical validation of that skepticism. Virginia — presumed harbinger of the new realignment, having gone Democratic in ’08 for the first time in 44 years — went red again. With a vengeance. Barack Obama had carried it by six points. The Republican gubernatorial candidate won by 17 — a 23-point swing. New Jersey went from plus 15 Democratic in 2008 to minus 4 in 2009. A 19-point swing.
What happened? The vaunted Obama realignment vanished.
Well, it’s now official. Minnesota Democrats have stolen the election to seat a genuine idiot in the US Senate. Here’s you’re new Senator Minnesotans.
And just to remind everyone, Coleman was ahead before the dubious, repeated recounts that finally “found” enough votes to put the clown on top. Here are some of the questionable votes that show just how fraudulent the recount was.
Nevada authorities have now charged ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) with voter registration fraud after uncovering materials demanding employees register at least 20 new voters per day or be terminated. Under Nevada law, such quotas in voter registration drives qualify as fraud.
You may recall the ACORN voter registration drives leading up to the November elections. Supposedly a non-partisan group, the Chicago Sun Times notes its drives target areas and neighborhoods that lean Democratic. All well and good, if everything is done nice and legal. But ACORN is known to cross that line of legality in an effort to promote the Democratic Party.
On October 7, 2008, Nevada authorities raided the Las Vegas offices of the community organization with a search warrant issued on charges that ACORN had employed convicted felons to register voters and had submitted 300 fraudulent voter registration cards in the drive. In response to the search, Matthew Henderson, the southwest regional director for ACORN stated, “We don’t think fraud is a rampant problem. This was a politically motivated stunt, that is all there is to it because those new voters can reshape the electorate of Nevada.” I guess the organization will now get its chance to defend itself in court.
There’s an obvious pattern of abuse, but President Obama’s ties to the organization may keep justice from being served. It appears ACORN may be generously rewarded for its work on behalf of the President and the Democratic Party through the Obama stimulus plan. Coincidence? I think not.
But ACORN has been caught in similar precarious situations in the past and escaped with no more than a slap on the wrist. In 2007, felony charges were filed in King County, WA against ACORN employees and supervisor in what WA Secretary of State Sam Reed called “the worst case of voter-registration fraud in the history of the state of Washington.” What penalty did ACORN pay? A $25,000 fine and a promise not to do it again.
We’ll see if Nevada can do a better job of holding them accountable this time.
Strange things keep happening in Minnesota, where the disputed recount in the Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken may be nearing a dubious outcome. Thanks to the machinations of Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and a meek state Canvassing Board, Mr. Franken may emerge as an illegitimate victor.
Mr. Franken started the recount 215 votes behind Senator Coleman, but he now claims a 225-vote lead and suddenly the man who was insisting on “counting every vote” wants to shut the process down. He’s getting help from Mr. Ritchie and his four fellow Canvassing Board members, who have delivered inconsistent rulings and are ignoring glaring problems with the tallies.
A Double Edged Sword–It’s Only Words
Update–11:00 am CST
Roland Burris, appointed to serve out President-elect Barack Hussein Obama’s term in the US Senate by Democratic Governor Rod “The Senate Seat Salesman” Blagojevich, just won’t go away. Much to the chagrin of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), the President-elect, and other leaders of their party.
After clear signals from party leaders that no appointment from the governor who was caught on tape peddling his political influence would be seated, and in spite of the fact that Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (also a Democrat) refuses to certify the appointment, Burris stationed himself at the Capitol and proclaimed himself the junior Senator from Illinois.
Today, he plans to seat himself. Yesterday, the Secretary of the Senate refused to acknowledge Burris as the Illinois Senator and, as of now, Democratic leaders still say he won’t be allowed in. This should be interesting.
That won’t be the only challenge facing the Democratic majority in the Senate as Al “Count ’til you win, then stop counting” Franken plans to take the seat after the MN State Canvassing Board certified the highly dubious recount that effectively stole the election in that state. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has promised to filibuster the seating of the comedian-turned-politician in light of Senator Norm Coleman’s decision to challenge the results of the election in the Minnesota courts, a move encouraged by the MN Supreme Court in its most recent ruling on the recount.
It appears the opening of the 111th Congress is off to a rocky start for the Democrats who were sitting atop the world only 2 short months ago, basking in the glow of their election victories. Now, the chickens are coming home to roost as each new scandal comes to light.
Mr. Burris marches on Washington–Michelle Malkin
Well, it looks like the Democrats have successfully stolen another election. Franken now holds a 225 vote lead over Coleman in the Minnesota Senate race. After throwing out thousands of absentee ballots (disenfranchising thousands of voters), counting votes twice in Franken leaning areas, “finding” votes for Franken in the trunk of an election official’s car, inconsistently and irrationally throwing out obvious votes for Coleman and counting not-so-obvious for Franken, and now only counting previously rejected absentee ballots in areas that favored Franken, it appears comedian-turned-politician Al Franken will be seated as the next MN Senator.
The obvious cheating seems to be the latest Democratic strategy to win close elections. If they’re losing on election day in left-leaning areas, they’re not worried. They now know they can simply keep counting until they win. They tried it in Florida in 2000, and until the SCOTUS finally put a stop to the madness they gained votes with each recount. They tried again in Ohio in 2004, but fortunately then-Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell was able to put an end to their strategy before they could steal enough votes. They successfully stole the Washington governor’s race that same year using this strategy and now it appears to have worked for them once again.
Count on seeing Democrats employ this deplorable strategy every time they see an opportunity to overturn the results of an election. It’s absolutely disgusting.
Minnesotans, it appears you’ll be able to call this your new Senator:
Coleman will likely file a lawsuit to challenge the results, but at this point it appears the Dems have succeeded in stealing another election.
A real clown takes a Senate seat–Michelle Malkin
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today declared the MN Senate race all but over, and appears ready to overstep his constitutional authority and seat Democratic comedian-turned-politician Al Franken before a winner is declared in the MN Senate race.
With around 2,000 absentee ballots apparently invalidated without cause (other than the obvious fact they’re likely to favor incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman, R-MN), Reid has decided that Franken’s dubious 47 vote lead is sufficient to declare him the winner and seat him as Minnesotan’s next representative in the US Senate. Even the current lead of 47 votes is suspect due to the numerous questionable tactics used by the State Canvassing Board in the several recounts since the November 4 election.
Still, by his self-granted powers to subvert Minnesota’s legal process to determine the winner of the race, is making statements that imply Franken will be seated before the recount is officially over.
If there’s a silver lining in this Democratic power grab to coronate a Senator instead of electing him, its that this may be the final straw for many GOP leaders who finally appear ready to do battle with the Machiavellian Democratic Party. Here are some quotes from influential Republican leaders on Reid’s latest dictum.
RNC Chair candidate Ken Blackwell
“The American people will see right through Harry Reid’s crass partisan power grab…He wants to manufacture a filibuster-proof majority to push through his liberal agenda. Americans expect fairness, but Reid is offering political games. There are over 1,300 disputed ballots in Minnesota that must be resolved before anyone is seated.”
Executive Director of the Republican National Lawyers’ Assn Michael B. Thielen
“To say the race is ready to be certified is ridiculous…We’ve still got a long way to go, including the issue of double-counting of ballots, which has to be resolved by the courts.”
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
“Minnesotans will not accept a recount in which some votes are counted twice, and I expect the Senate would have a problem seating a candidate who has not duly won an election.”
Minnesota GOP Chairman Ron Carey
“Harry Reid’s insertion of Senate Democrats into this process is entirely inappropriate. Minnesotans should have the final say who represents them in Washington, not Senate Democrat leaders. Minnesota has a process that will verify Norm Coleman was elected to continue to serve as our senior senator.”
Hopefully, this brazen, premature move by Reid in his quest to impose a near filibuster-proof majority in the US Senate will galvanize GOP resolve, resulting in a stronger, more cohesive conservative Republican Party.
A future recount fight? Reading of statute 204c.40sub2–The Political Animal
It looks like we can count on the Democrats to implement this “count ’til we win” strategy anytime we have a close election.
In 2000, in Florida they counted, counted, counted, and counted again and were prepared to count some more before SCOTUS finally put a stop to it. Recall though, after the initial recount Democrats only wanted subsequent recounts in counties that would favor their party. With sympathetic election officials using magnifying glasses to identify flyspecks that “obviously indicated” the voter intended to vote for Gore, Bush’s lead dwindled with each recount. The Florida Supreme Court was perfectly willing to allow this obvious cheating until they “found” enough votes to put Gore on top. Fortunately, SCOTUS put a stop to it before the Democratic thieves stole the election.
They tried to do the same thing in Ohio in 2004 in an effort to give the election to Kerry, but this time then-Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (currently a candidate for RNC Chairman) certified the vote to avoid this insanity yet again. Though stealing 119,000 votes would have been a far more difficult task, the Democrats were ready to try. Fortunately, Blackwell put an end to the “count ’til Dems win” process then.
That same year though, the Washington governor’s race was stolen using this Democratic strategy. From the WSJ:
In Washington’s 2004 gubernatorial election, at least 1,392 felons illegally voted, 252 provisional ballots were wrongly counted, and 19 votes were cast from beyond the grave, according to Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges’s opinion in a case brought by Dino Rossi, Ms. Gregoire’s Republican opponent.