We’ve heard a lot about “taking our country back” in the last four years from the various political blocs that did NOT support Barrack Obama’s election in 2008, from Hillary supporters to the most extreme right-wing nuts.  And of course — OF COURSE! — the Obama supporters latched onto this sentiment as RACIST!!  “Who do you want to take your country back from, huh?  We know you’re talking CODE TALK, and you want to take it back from the black man in the White House!”  RUBBISH!

Hmmm… “Back” is spelled like “Black,” without the L.  And L stands for Liberal!  So take the L out of BLACK and you have BACK!  Aha!  It’s so obvious!

We just want to take our country back from the kids!  It’s all about “responsible, mature citizenship.”  It’s about the adults who stayed home in 2008 and let their kids do the voting, or who allowed their children to talk them into following the fad of voting for The One.  It didn’t help that the Republicans rolled over and let the rudderless John McCain have the nomination, knowing the Dems would win, no matter who they nominated.

So my contention is that it’s simply another Generation Gap issue, and has nothing to do with racial issues or even typical right/left issues.  It’s about the grown-ups taking the car keys away from the teenager who drove the family’s only vehicle roughly, and returned it with an empty gas tank!

I’m not saying that kids are currently running the country, per se.  I mean that our kids got us into this mess by turning the act of voting from an act of good citizenship into a cultural craze.  In the past, I’ve likened it to the Beatlemania of 1964, but at least Beatlemania had some basis in reality!  I mean, come on!  It was The Beatles, fer cryin’ out loud!  Obama?  Feh.

In 2008, this nation had just limped through two terms of a different kind of madcap group that took the nation by storm, Dubya and the Neo-Cons!  They were famous for such classics as “Saddam Has Weapons of Mass Destruction,” and “Ay-Rabs Bombed Us, So We’re Bombing Them!”

The Republicans were so disgusted with their own administration that they didn’t even bother to register to vote that year.  They just didn’t have the will to campaign.  They just threw up their hands and tossed the keys to the kids.  They figured they couldn’t do much worse.  Boy, were they wrong!

I turned 61 on Thursday, the same day Mitt Romney formally accepted the nomination of his party for the office of president. So after going to work as usual and having the same old Thursday supper I always have, and watching my usual Thursday TV shows, I finished the day by watching Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech.  It wasn’t a bad conclusion to the day at all!

Birthdays are for kids, so I don’t put much stock in them.  I had no expectations, so I wasn’t disappointed when nobody made a fuss.  Well, maybe a little.  But I’ve got a decent job and I have learned to avoid letting anyone at work know my age, and nobody knows my birthday there.  I’m keeping it that way, because I don’t want anybody marking days on the calendar, counting the days until I can be pushed into retirement.  I can just see them now, waiting at my office door on my 62nd birthday with a one-week severance check and a cheap knock-off brass watch!

As they say, “old age isn’t for sissies!”  Now that I’m officially in my 60’s, I feel blind-sided with psychological oldness, but the reality of declining energy and increasing pain reinforce it exponentially! The worst indication of age I’ve noticed is that I tend to forget what I was saying and ramble on about things pointlessly, just like when I used to smoke pot in the “old” days.

Now where was I?

Oh right, taking our country back from the kids.  Well, there’s only one thing we can do about it, and that is to get the vote out for Romney.  But first, we’ve got to make sure all our friends and relatives who would vote for Romney remember they must register to vote!  So how will we remember?

Heh.  I think the real question would be:  After the last four years, you really think we’ll forget?

It was the unusually large turnout of young voters that gave Obama the edge to win the election in 2008, but that was only part of the equation.  It was also the fact that older voters and more conservative voters stayed home.  And it’s a fairly well-accepted premise that as we age, we become more conservative.  It’s not universal, but in general it seems to be true.  We become more patriotic, more civic-minded, and more responsible.  We take fewer chances, being less willing to gamble away what we have built as a nation, less willing to throw away the values of our elders.

This year, I don’t think the elders will be sitting out the election like they did in 2008.  And I suspect that many of those kids who voted for Obama have matured enough to see the mistake that was made in handing over the country to a man with no experience in governance or business.  I hope they have learned their lesson.  The future of this country rides on it.


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  • JohnnyTwoDog

    “the teenager who drove the family’s only vehicle roughly, and returned it with an empty gas tank!”
    Steve, that is the best analogy I have ever heard.

  • jrterrier

    Again, I think it speaks well of the intellect and interests of both Romney and Newt that they are working together. I’m thrilled to see it.

  • jrterrier

    Newt fed up with one-sided bias — muted but classic Newt.
    Biden ‘chains’ comment. Pres Obama’s vote in Chicago to abort child even if born alive, etc.

  • HObama HObamanana

    The Dimocraps have focused their entire message on youth that don’t have the life experience to see beyond their idealism. The message doesn’t have to be true or even make sense, it only needs to arouse a sense of oppression and a passion to slay it. It’s a well conceived and equally disguised brainwashing. All these young people see is a black man telling them that white people of the other party are trying to stop him because he is black. Racism pure and simple. And that same black man gLeefully tells them that he is just like them, that he is doing this to help them because the white man is out to get them too. The white man doesn’t want them to be gay, the white man doesn’t want them to be rich, the white man wants to control women’s bodies. And that is all the kids hear and all they care about.

    As I was growing up, I watched in horror as blacks were being beaten and having dogs sicked on them while they were doing nothing more than walking peacefully down the street. It seemed so unfair to me. I had been taught that all humans were made in God’s image and what was happening just didn’t sit well with what I was learning in church. It seemed blasphemous. So when John Kennedy spoke out against it I embraced the Dimocrap party without question. And if the Dims were for it then the Republicans had to be against it. Little did I know, or care, that the complete opposite of my belief system was the truth. But that’s how young people see the world. They don’t question reality any more than reacting against an injustice that they perceive to be true.

    I’m embarrassed to say that I maintained that youthful ignorance until 2008. I honestly believed that Republicans were racists. That they were the haves and I was a have not. It took a traumatic experience to wake me up, to allow me to finally see beyond the purple haze. I’m not so certain what it will take to wake these young people up though. Maybe the only solution is to wake the adults up, to get us off our asses and out to the polls. Perhaps then we can begin the process of re-educating the youngins.

  • elizabethrc

    Steve, I think it’s a mistake to go into old age with trepidation. My mother was my role model for what aging should be. When she was 86, after an infrequent snowstorm in southern Virginia, where she lived, she went out in the back yard, laid down in the snow and made snow angels.
    She said that when she would see herself in the mirror, she was always surprised because inside she still felt as she did when she was in her 20’s.
    It’s attitude. It’s appreciating the sights, smells and sounds of life. It’s even little things like accomplishing something each day, even if it’s nothing more than dusting the furniture. It’s being a part of life and not being parted from life.
    I’m older than you and I can tell you the passion is still there (the fact that my blood can boil over Obama’s misadventures proves that). The old addage that life is what you make of it is true.
    I’m also loving the part of old age which allows me to be fearlessly outspoken without caring so much what others think. I don’t necessarily go out of my way to insult anyone, but truth as I see it is more important than political correctness. Now THAT’s an invention of the young and ignorant!


    An imam is held in Pakistan accused of planting burnt pages of the Koran
    on a Christian girl who was jailed on charges of blasphemy.

    this kid has downs syndrom and this sick bastard did this. She could have been killed and has been in jail and most likely scared to death. Her family has been threatened

    islam is not a religion it is a sickness



    occupy member threatens home invasion of RNC convention attendees

    most of the guys I know would meet him with a 12 guage

  • jrterrier
    • getfitnow

      This is great. Romney has hit his stride.

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    Don’t show this post to Claire Mcksahill, her kids told her who to vote for in 2008, she was so proud to tell people her kids told her who to vote for.

    • HELENK2

      she should have drop kicked her kids

    • getfitnow

      So was Caroline Kennedy. I see she’s speaking at the convention. I’ve seen her speak—didn’t inherit her father’s gift.

  • DianaLC

    Steve in KC,
    I think I was always old somehow. Well, maybe not always. I did take on a liberal attitute when I was younger, but never would I have disrespected my elders by pretending I knew more than they did to their faces. The few times I tried drinking and got silly, I felt terrible for desecrating the temple of my soul. Never took drugs.
    I was happy to hear Laura Ingraham state the other night that she liked Romney because he was the Ward Cleaver candidate and that we needed adults in charge.
    That’s exactly how I am feeling. I am reading the Maraniss book on Obama. As I get into it, I am in some way rather sad for him, as he didn’t have a Ward and June Cleaver upbringing and so could never know what I mean about “having an adult in charge.”
    What my generation had were t.v. shows like Leave It to Beaver, Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Show, My Three Sons, The Ozzy and Harriet Show. We may not have been growing up in quite the more affluent homes as those depicted on t.v., but many of us lived in two-parent homes in which good manners and good morals were expected.
    I watch television now and shake my head when I see ads for shows like Bad Girls and many others that seem to glorify in-your-face nastiness. Don’t even get me started on the Jerry Springer Show.
    It’s not, I think, just a generational thing. I think it’s the horrible change in what is now accepted behavior.
    I want to get back to the days when a presidential candidate taking the stage to the tune of “99 Problems and a Bitch Ain’t One” while rubbing a middle finger across his cheek would have caused an uproar and an outcry for that person to get out of the race. That is not only not adult behavior, it’s bad behavior.
    And that is why the tender stories of the things Mitt did for others added to the fact that others had to tell them for him, as he was so reluctant to bring them up himself was touching to me.
    I pray hard for kind, non-partisan, honest leadership for our country by people who make adult decisions as “servants” of the people. (I liked so much that Romney used that term about political responsibility.)

    • elizabethrc

      Diana, you couldn’t be more right about the anti-civil shows on TV these days. They seem designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator among us.
      Ever watch Storage Wars, Auction Hunters, that show about a father and son who repair motorcycles? Then there ar the ones about repossessing things from owners. It’s all about who can yell the loudest, threaten the most fearsomely and act the most outrageously. Smash things, crash things, show how macho they are and never, never call people by their real name. Instead, substitute “Dude”. These are people you and I would probably never invite into our homes. Everything is about confrontation and winning at all costs.
      The only thing I flip off is those channels, so I guess I’m behind the time.

      • HObama HObamanana

        The emptiness, incivility and violence are not limited to shows featuring men. Barack and Michelle Obama let their 11 year old daughter watch Keeping up with the Kardashians and are of the opinion that an 11 year old is wise enough to see through the superficial hype. Then there is Basketball Wives which one of the most violent shows I’ve seen. Not that I’ve actually watched it, but I did see a clip featuring one of the stars that really shocked me.

        • elizabethrc

          HObama: You are quite right that it isn’t just men depicted poorly. The women on those car repossession shows, the auction shows and the like have nose-ringed, tattooed, monstrously dressed examples of what not to be, what not to wear, how not to act.
          When women are portrayed in far too many roles on TV, they are cast as silly, superficial, acquisitive brats. Their whole reason for being seems to be centered on their own navels. Sad, really.

          • HObama HObamanana

            Well I never watch any of that stuff. But I agree, it’s all so very superficial and demeaning. I’ve never quite got the nose ring/tattoos all over one’s body thing. I think it makes women look hideous. But they have the right to believe otherwise. There is so much nonsense on television, in the movies and generally throughout our culture that I find myself living in a foreign land sometimes, not understanding the language. If I was someone that wasn’t, as Jimi Hendrix said, Experienced, I could probably write it off as being out of touch. But I’ve been there and done most of it. I just grew up and started to take life seriously.

            Marge pointed out an awesome blog post that explains a lot of what is happening. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Take a look if you like.


  • jrterrier

    First they have to medicate the hosts on MSNBC. maybe there’s something in the water there. If there is an adult left at that station, they better come forward soon.
    Hysterical MSNBC Host’s On Air Meltdown Over Business Owners http://shar.es/7DLks

    • HObama HObamanana

      Or they could just be honest and rename the whole network The Jerry Springer Show.

  • jrterrier

    “A crowd of thousands cheered Mitt Romney at a rally [in Cincinnati] here during the opening leg of a cross-country campaign swing on Saturday, testing for the first time whether he can sustain political momentum coming out of the Republican National Convention.”

  • jrterrier

    here you go. it’s not complicated. “negrohood” is not racist because is was a DEM who used the term. I’m not making this up. they are going to put you back in chains, when spoken to a largely African American audience by the white, DEM VP of the USA is also not racist.

    everything is racist, so long as it’s a REP who uttered it.
    Dog-Whistling Past the Graveyard

    “Still, now that “golf” and “Chicago” — along with “Clint,” “Medicare,” “debt,” “jobs,” “foreign policy,” and “quantitative easing” — are all racist code words, are there any words left that aren’t racist? Yes, here’s one:


    Not familiar with it? New York Assembly candidate Ben Akselrod used it the other day in a campaign mailout to Brooklyn electors, arguing that his opponent “has allowed crime to go up over 50 percent in our negrohood so far this year.”

    Like Messrs. Dunn, Matthews, and O’Donnell, Ben Akselrod is frighteningly pasty white, and a Democrat, and so presumably has highly refined racial antennae. Had a campaign staffer suggested that Mr. Akselrod’s opponent was wont to wear “plus-fours” and had a “niblick,” obviously such naked racism would have been deleted in the first draft. But the more subtly allusive “negrohood” apparently just slipped through.

    Mr. Akselrod now says it was a “typo.” Could happen to anyone. You’re typing “neighborhood,” and you leave out the “i,” and the “h” and “b,” and the “o” and “r” get mysteriously inverted. Either that, or your desktop came with Al Sharpton’s spellcheck. And then nobody at the campaign office reading through the mailer spotted it. Odd.”


  • JJ_the_PUMA

    You are all wrong here. All of us received a book full of dog-whistle racist code words four years ago, which we use to communicate with each other. The problem is that Chris Matthews got his hands on a copy of the book and has been spilling the beans. I for one admit my involvement in this. When I use the word “Chicago”, you all know exactly what I mean.

    • shelldoll2

      How can we repair this damage? I mean my dog can’t whistle but if he could I just know it would be racist!

      Everyone hide your copies of our book.

      You know the one. The one that begins with Chicago and ends with The.

      • FormerLiberal9
        • shelldoll2


      • jrterrier

        They are so overusing the term that it’s become a joke. That’s actually the tragedy. There will come a point that someone does something that is really racist and it won’t matter because they’ve trivialized it. They will have cried wolf one too many times.

    • jrterrier

      This morning on the ABC show, George Will turned to Donna Brazile and asked a question whose response was Chicago. When she said “Chicago,” Will told her she was a racist because Chris Matthews says so.


    part of the problem in letting the kids pick the winner was they did not get the education the older generations got. either in school or the school of hard knocks.
    the schools turned into teaching liberal propaganda not education. we kept a lot of them from learning in the school of hard knocks.
    many are starting to face reality now with the lack of jobs and having to rethink their futures.
    what is that saying reality bites

    • getfitnow