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The “Winning” is Over; Now What?

Congratulations, President-Elect Obama. Those are the words he’s been longing to hear. The words the media has been longing to hear as well, as they have beat the drum very loudly on his behalf for a year now.

As I stare at the keyboard, the progress is slow.

Possibly because I have no words to describe my shock and dismay at the way women voted against their own self interest and rewarded a party that trashed the rights and reputations of two strong women. They came out in big numbers to, once again, reward the Democratic Party for treating them as second class citizens. GLBT voters in many instances did the same thing.

The Democratic Party offered women nothing this year except a threat – vote for us or Roe v. Wade will be overturned. And by the way, as blogger Texas Hill Country pointed out, it was Democrats that voted down GLBT rights in 4 states this year.

Hillary Clinton was for years demonized and painted as “divisive and polarizing” so effectively that the electorate was poisoned against her—until they actually met her up close and personal, or watched her on the campaign trail passionately fighting for her policies and candidacy.

They then realized these labels were just so much media hogwash. The same vilification and gutting was done to Sarah Palin, and from the looks of it, people are buying the bogus media spin. Whatever the respective politics of these two ladies, the “diva” moniker that has now been attached to Palin is no more true that the “polarizing” slur that had been leveled against Hillary for many years.

Congratulations, people, you’ve allowed yourselves to be manipulated once again.

Surely the election was less an up or down vote on Senator Obama than a referendum on George Bush, the Iraq war and the tyrannical rule of the neo-cons. The economic meltdown also got blamed on Bush, while the truth is there is plenty of blame to go around and the Democrats must bear great responsibility for fighting against any regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Moreover, we proved once and for all that the media and big money picks our presidents. This year, we proved that our votes mean a little less. We are more than happy to be told which path to follow. And logic be damned.

But I cannot put all the blame on those who made the error in judgment of choosing Barack Obama, either in the primaries or in the general election. We are faced with two wars abroad and economic turmoil at home. Americans are struggling to make ends meet and do not necesarilly have the time to get out a spoon and a magic decoder ring and dig around on the internet to suss out the truth of a story that the media has deigned to withhold from them. The American people, all of them, of every party, demographic and strata, deserved a lot better than the press gave them. The end result was planned a long time ago. I just wish someone had sent us the memo. It would have saved all of us a lot of time, money and effort.

While I was truly very moved on behalf of the African American community in celebrating this historic moment, I wish I could be happier about the methods Obama and his campaign manager, David Axelrod, employed to get here. As much as I long for justice in this regard, those cries will probably fall on deaf ears. The media and the DNC have created a protective coating around Barack Obama the likes of which I have never seen.

I was absolutely wrong in thinking he could not win and my fatal error in judgment was thinking the press would only vilify a woman; but since they had always had a good relationship with Senator McCain, I truly believed the general election would at least allow some vetting and a little more balance in press favorability toward both candidates. How wrong I was. The media helped sling the mud at Senator McCain, an honorable man, while clearing the brush away from Obama’s path to continue his clear road to the White House. Almost a billion dollars in dough didn’t hurt either.

Those who thought Bush was previously made of Teflon will find he looks like a pin cushion compared to Obama. And I hope that the media is happy about the Frankenstein they have created. It will be very interesting to see if the press, after the initial luster wears off, will make any attempts to do their job, or will once again, as they did with President Bush, provide cover and not realistically examine the policies and actions of an Obama Presidency.

In the New Hampshire Union Leader, Thomas Sowell, the Rose and Milton Friedman senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, posted the editorial, “A Lack of Substance:”

…Once the election is over, the glittering generalities of rhetoric and style will mean nothing. Everything will depend on performance in facing huge challenges, domestic and foreign. Performance is where Barack Obama has nothing to show for his political career, either in Illinois or in Washington.

Policies that he proposes under the banner of “change” are almost all policies that have been tried repeatedly in other countries — and failed repeatedly in other countries. Politicians telling businesses how to operate? That’s been tried in countries around the world, especially during the second half of the 20th century. It has failed so often and so badly that even socialist and communist governments were freeing up their markets by the end of the century.

The economies of China and India began their takeoff into high rates of growth when they got rid of precisely the kinds of policies that Obama is advocating for the United States under the magic mantra of “change.”

Putting restrictions on international trade to save jobs at home? That was tried here with the Smoot-Hawley tariff during the Great Depression.

Unemployment was 9 percent when that tariff was passed to save jobs, but unemployment went up instead of down and reached 25 percent before the decade was over.

Higher taxes to “spread the wealth around,” as Obama puts it? The idea of redistributing wealth has turned into the reality of redistributing poverty in countries where wealth has fled and the production of new wealth has been stifled by a lack of incentives.

Economic disasters, however, may pale by comparison with the catastrophe of Iran with nuclear weapons. Glib rhetoric about Iran being “a small country,” as Obama called it, will be a bitter irony for Americans who will have to live in the shadow of a nuclear threat that cannot be deterred, as that of the Soviet Union could be, by the threat of a nuclear counterattack.

Suicidal fanatics cannot be deterred. If they are willing to die and we are not, then we are at their mercy — and they have no mercy. Moreover, once they get nuclear weapons, that is a situation which cannot be reversed, either in this generation or in generations to come.

Is this the legacy we wish to leave our children and grandchildren, by voting on the basis of style and symbolism, rather than substance?

If Barack Obama thinks that such a catastrophe can be avoided by sitting down and talking with the leaders of Iran, then he is repeating a fallacy that helped bring on World War II.

In a nuclear age, one country does not have to send troops to occupy another country in order to conquer it. A country is conquered if another country can dictate who rules it, as the Mongols once did with Russia, and as Osama bin Laden tried to do when he threatened retaliation against places in the United States that voted for George W. Bush. But he didn’t have nuclear weapons to back up that threat — yet.

What the Middle East fanatics want is not just our resources or even our lives, but our humiliation first, in whatever sadistic ways they can think of. Their lust for humiliation has already been repeatedly demonstrated in their videotaped beheadings that find such an eager market in the Middle East.

None of this can be prevented by glib talk, but only by character, courage and decisive actions — none of which Barack Obama has ever demonstrated.

Look, I don’t think we should start running around with our hair on fire. And whether one subscribes to Mr. Sowell’s foreign policy doomsday scenario regarding Iran isn’t even the point. But surely, whether the threat is as dire a picture as he paints or not, clearly there is one. And Joe Biden’s dangerous prediction that Obama will be tested in the first six months of his presidency is not one we wish to see come true.

I am all in favor of diplomacy first, but one needs to use the right combination of carrots and sticks. Diplomacy is certainly more effective if foreign leaders believe they are actually dealing with an American leader possessed of a spine of steel. I know Hillary’s got one. I know McCain’s got one. Obama. No. I’m just not seeing it.

President Sarkozy of France has referred to Obama’s foreign policy ideas and acumen as “hopelessly naïve.” The new Russian President Medvedev is sort of throwing down the gauntlet indicating that if America wants better relations with Russia, we are going to have to reach out and pucker up. Clearly this is not an indicator they think they are dealing with strong American leadership.

The fact that the stock market plunged nearly 500 points after Election Day is also not an indicator of confidence in America’s choice. Oh, well. Logic be damned.

In the NH Union Leader, a commenter left the following in response to Mr. Sowell’s editorial:

C’mon people, let’s give Obama a chance to prove we non kool-ade drinkers wrong. Look, nobody is more disappointed this morning than I, but, it is customary to give a new President a “honeymoon” period at the start of his first term. Let’s try to honor that custom.

The strange bedfellows responsible for Obamas victory may want to savor the honeymoon, as the marriage promises to be a very rocky union. I, for one, refuse to play the role of abused spouse in this forced marriage. There are many ways around an oppressive government, and if Obama plans on over-reaching, I promise to use each and every one of them.

Let’s hope Obama’s administration doesn’t seize the mantle of “the worst Presidency in US history”. I’m confident the socialist spin machine will be able to place any Obama mis-step at the feet of George W. Bush. Hell, they still, on occasion, blame Reagan.

We appear to be living the ancient Chinese curse:
“May you live in interesting times.”

I wonder if Rev. (not so) Wright will be at the Inauguration?
Interesting, indeed!

G*d Damn America? No, no, no, God Bless America!

— Michael Paradis, Manchester

Barack Obama will now be our President and I am doing my best to open my heart and lend support, not for his sake, because I still do not trust him, but for the sake of our country, which is in trouble. And we all need to pull together to get through the difficult situation in which we now find ourselves. I am hoping these sobering realities encourage President-Elect Obama to grow quickly into a new pair of shoes and hit the books. The winning is done. The posturing is done. Speeches are done. Now the real work begins.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1IS_WHBjQA jeanniejo

    11/10 USATODAY full page ad re:BO’s citizenship – We the People

    http://www.wethepeoplefoundation.org/UPDATE/misc2008/Obama-USA-TODAY-ad.htm

    An Open Letter to Barack Obama:

    Are You a Natural Born Citizen of the United States?

    Are you Legally Qualified to Hold the Office of the United States?

    Dear Mr. Obama:

    On October 24, 2008, a federal judge granted your request to dismiss a lawsuit by Citizen Philip Berg, who challenged your qualifications under the “Natural Born Citizen” clause of the U.S. Constitution to legally hold the office of President of the United States of America.

    Mr. Berg presented factual evidence to the Court in support of his claim that you are either a citizen of your father’s native Kenya by birth, or that you became a citizen of Indonesia, relinquishing your prior citizenship when you moved there with your mother in 1967.

    In your response to the lawsuit, you neither denied Mr. Berg’s claims nor submitted any evidence which would refute his assertions. Instead, you argued that the Court lacked the jurisdiction to determine the question of your legal eligibility because Mr. Berg lacked “standing.”

    Astonishingly, the judge agreed, simply saying, “[Mr. Berg] would have us derail the democratic process by invalidating a candidate for whom millions of people voted and underwent excessive vetting during what was one of the most hotly contested presidential primary [sic] in living memory.”

    Unfortunately, your response to the legal claim was clearly evasive and strikingly out of character, suggesting you may, in fact, lack a critical Constitutional qualification necessary to assume the Office of President: i.e., that you are not a “natural born” citizen of the United States or one who has relinquished his American citizenship.

    Before you can exercise any of the powers of the United States, you must prove that you have fully satisfied each and every eligibility requirement that the Constitution mandates for any individual’s exercise of those powers.

    Regardless of the tactics chosen in defending yourself against the Berg lawsuit, significant questions regarding your legal capacity to hold this nation’s highest office have been put forth publicly, and you have failed to directly refute them with documentary evidence that is routinely available to any bona fide, natural born U.S. Citizen.

    As one who has ventured into the fray of public service of his own volition, seeking to possess the vast powers of the Office of President, it is not unreasonable to demand that you produce evidence of your citizenship to answer the questions and allay the concerns of the People. Indeed, as the one seeking the office, you are under a moral, legal, and fiduciary duty to proffer such evidence to establish your qualifications as explicitly mandated by Article II of the Constitution.

    Should you proceed to assume the office of the President of the United States as anything but a bona fide natural born citizen of the United States that has not relinquished that citizenship, you would be inviting a national disaster, placing our Republic at great risk from untold consequences. For example:

    ·Neither the Electoral College on December 15, nor the House of Representatives on January 6 would be able to elect you, except as a poseur – a usurper;

    ·As a usurper, you would be unable to take the required “Oath or Affirmation” of office on January 20 without committing the crime of perjury or false swearing, for being ineligible for the Office of the President you cannot faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States;

    ·Your every act in the usurped Office of the President would be a criminal offense as an act under color of law that would subject the People to the deprivation of their constitutional rights, and entitling you to no obedience whatsoever from the People;

    ·as a usurper acting in the guise of the President you could not function as the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy and of the militia of the several states, as such forces would be under no legal obligation to remain obedient to you;

    ·No one in any civilian agency in the Executive Branch would be required to obey any of your proclamations, executive orders or directives, as such orders would be legally VOID;

    ·Your appointment of Ambassadors and Judges to the Supreme Court would be VOID ab initio (i.e., from the beginning), no matter what subsequent actions the Senate might take as well as rendering any such acts by such appointed officials void as well;

    ·Congress would not be able to pass any new laws because they would not be able to acquire the signature of a bona fide President, rendering all such legislation legally VOID;

    ·As a usurper, Congress would be unable to remove you from the Office of the President on Impeachment, inviting certain political chaos including a potential for armed conflicts within the General Government or among the States and the People to effect the removal of such a usurper.

    As an attorney and sitting U.S. Senator, I’m sure you agree that our Constitution is the cornerstone of our system of governance. It is the very foundation of our system of Law and Order – indeed, it is the supreme law of the land. I’m sure you also agree that its precise language was no accident and cannot be ignored if Individual, unalienable, natural Rights, Freedoms and Liberties are to be protected and preserved.

    As our next potential President, you have a high-order obligation to the Constitution (and to those who have fought and died for our Freedom) that extends far beyond that of securing a majority of the votes of the Electoral College. No matter your promises of change and prosperity, your heartfelt intent or the widespread support you have garnered in seeking the highest Office of the Land, the integrity of the Republic and Rule of Law cannot, — must not — be put at risk, by allowing a constitutionally unqualified person to sit, as a usurper, in the Office of the President.

    No matter the level of practical difficulty, embarrassment or disruption of the nation’s business, we must — above all — honor and protect the Constitution and the divine, unalienable, Individual Rights it guarantees, including the Right to a President who is a natural born citizen of the United States of America that has not relinquished his American citizenship. Our nation has endured similar disruptions in the past, and will weather this crisis as well. Indeed, it is both yours and the People’s mutual respect for, and commitment to, the Constitution and Rule of Law that insures the perpetuation of Liberty.

    As a long time defender of my state and federal Constitutions, and in consideration of the lack of sufficient evidence needed to establish your credentials as President, I am compelled to lodge this Petition for Redress of Grievances and public challenge to you.

    Make no mistake: This issue IS a Constitutional crisis. Although it will not be easy for you, your family or our Republic, you have it within your ability to halt this escalating crisis by either producing the certified documents establishing beyond question your qualifications to hold the Office of President, or by immediately withdrawing yourself from the Electoral College process.

    With due respect, I hereby request that you deliver the following documents to Mr. Berg and myself at the National Press Club in Washington, DC at noon on Monday, November 17, 2008:

    (a) a certified copy of your “vault” (original long version) birth certificate;
    (b) certified copies of all reissued and sealed birth certificates in the names
    Barack Hussein Obama, Barry Soetoro, Barry Obama, Barack Dunham
    and Barry Dunham;
    (c) a certified copy of your Certification of Citizenship;
    (d) a certified copy of your Oath of Allegiance taken upon age of maturity;
    (e) certified copies of your admission forms for Occidental College, Columbia
    University and Harvard Law School; and
    (f) certified copies of any court orders or legal documents changing your name
    from Barry Soetoro.

    In the alternative, in defense of the Constitution, and in honor of the Republic and that for which it stands, please announce before such time your withdrawal from the 2008 Presidential election process.

    “In a government of laws, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”
    Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438, 469-471.

    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

    Sincerely,

    Robert L. Schulz,
    Founder and Chairman, We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education, Inc

  • hootnannie

    Bobo will not magically become presidential now anymore than W did. Just propping someone up as a figurehead, whether it’s done by greedy Repubs or bleeding-heart Dems, won’t make for an effective leader. I guess media members who believe they have secure jobs, health care, and homes don’t care whether a fool is elected simply as a symbol. But maybe Matthews is smart to say he’ll do everything to help Bobo. Anyone who doesn’t may find himself without access or even his high-paid position.

  • IronMan

    What a pleasant site this has become. Take a look at yourself, people.Last March so many of you were full of life and optimism. Now, because of the loss you’ve degenerated into self pity, hatefulness and loathing. It is a pitiful state of affairs when you live to spew stupidity. I for one will not be joining you. I have a life, away from Obama and McCain and whoever. Get a grip and be constructive. If its third party time, then so be it…get it going! But to sit around and whine all day on these boards…..gotta be something better. 99 straight posts about “I dont trust him” and “he cheated” and “hes not my president”…So what are you gonna do about it????

  • EyesOpen

    I believe the media will continue to be complacent until his second term – that is if we still have term limits at that point. There is big business in this for them to build up, shut up, and bring down the hammer. That is the dynamic they used with Bush, they will likely repeat with Obama. His first term will be glossed over with rainbows and unicorns until Nov 5 2012.

  • glennmcgahee

    My dear friends. Don’t you see? Obama succeeded in getting a mixed race MAN elected for the highest office in the land creating a historic day for the history books. Isn’t that enough? You can’t expect him to govern effectively too. Man, he’s tired and all that he wants to do now is shoot some hoops and have that pack of cigarettes without everybody looking over his shoulder. All the gay people should be proud. They went for him although he helped the anti-gay amendments pass across the country that will forever put gay intolerance into the constitutions of these states. Yea, he did say that these measures were devicive and discriminatory, but he never once asked his supporters to vote against these measures. He began his campaign with ex-gays with his gospel tour threoughout southern churches, but even with that the gay community chose to look the other way. Even when he and Biden publicly stated that they beleived marriage is between a man and woman only. I’m scratching my head. At least the gay/lesbian community has claim to the lowest place on the totem pole of discrimination now. That is until we elect some gay guy President. Notice I didn’t say Lesbian since we all know a woman CANNOT do it.

  • Zenia Loggins

    We need to STOP, STOP, STOP, STOP, STOP, STOP being so intellectual about Obama!!! He is the pits. bottom of the pile, pit-stop, bad for this country, fraud, con artist, bam boozler, rope a dope, sorry butt, divider, fascist, socialist, ghetto sleeze, mac daddy, and pimp. He has sold a bill of goods to the people of this country and until we STOP BEING POLITICALLY CORRECT, CIVIL, AND NICE we are going to continually be fooled! Obama has changed political campaigns in this country–rallies, debates, etc will not work unless there is a good ground game using direct and honest assessments of the opposition! It burned me out to hear McCain say Obama was “inspirational–he was devious–” that he was a good man–he is a con!!! PLEASE GET RID OF YOUR GUILT—YOU ARE NOT A RACIST!!!

    • KathyNeocon

      ITA–Obama is a con, a thug, a fraud and a sniveling, arrogant, whiney liar. I’m white and don’t feel in the least bit racist or guilty in saying that. I will not congratulate him, open my heart and prefer NOT to open my wallet to him unless forced to do so by the IRS.

      • /www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibsP6XN2dIo&eurl trixta

        Just remember you’re only half a racist since BO is half black.

    • IronMan

      When you say “Ghetto sleaze” then you ARE being racist. He didn’t come from a ghetto and didn’t live in one. The only association you make with “ghetto” is because he is black. You can say a lot about him, but don’t try to mask that racism with anger.

  • Tricia

    I always heard watch what you wish for you might get it! America is about to find that out

  • mkm125

    “I will join and work for any who are working toward a viable decent third party. And I think that’s where we should be putting our money and efforts.”

    K–count me in!

  • Kelligesq

    THE PARTY’S OVER – THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THAT IS:

    I worked the polls in Florida on Tuesday. The voting was not overwhelming…crowds we expected did not materialize although most of the voters truthfully were black…and I would say the youth outnumbered the elders. 40 % voted before election day in early voting.

    Many people stayed home instead of voting – not liking either choice.

    My thoughts:

    1)We can forget about the media being taken to task or monopoly ownerships broken up – after all they played a major part in his election, and hiding his dirt.

    2) For the Zero: be careful of what you ask for , for you may get it. And what he has gotten is a country in bankruptcy and falling even further – the market in collapse and going to go futher down – his plans to raise taxes on people losing their jobs in the tens of thousands every week is laughable. And none of his grand plans and false promises can come to be, because there’s no money for funding it – as the multi nationals, auto mfrs, banks, Wall Street, mortgage companies, builders, and who knows who else keep demanding more and more money FROM US THE TAXPAYERS to bail them out of bankruptcy,
    Obama is no Einstein, and he’s no Bill Clinton with 165 IQ to pull the country out of this 1929 type tailspin.

    Failure will be his name and legacy, not as bad as GWB, but the next two years are going to be worse financially than the current year. He couldnt let Hillary have the election, with a man behind her who could have possibly at least kept us afloat.

    3) I voted for a republican for the first time in my life.., I;’ve left the democratic party and will not be going back. I know many of you think it can be changed from the inside. It. can’t. It’s dirty and as bad as the dirty days of the republican party.

    We need a third viable honest decent party – and this Democratic party will never never be that again.
    I will never lift a finger to help the current democratiic party again.

    Move – on raised 88 million dolllars for Obama. There’s no reason that within a couple of years we couldnt do that – for a third party candidate,.

    I will join and work for any who are working toward a viable decent third party. And I think that’s where we should be putting our money and efforts.

    K.