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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Depressed Americans View the 60 Day Wonder

Traditional Americans who love their country as it is are aghast at the socialization program that is under way, the unimaginable debt being piled up, and the ineptness and the incompetence of Obama, his staff and his appointees. Perhaps many of us, like me, came from poverty in childhood, and have achieved a standard of living beyond our wildest dreams. What we want most is for our children and our grandchildren (and for legal immigrants) to have the same opportunities and freedoms to succeed (and sometimes to fail) that we had.

Almost all of the people I talk to are dumbfounded at what is going on – and are deeply depressed that there seems to be no way to stop or slow down the vicious program that is under way nor to slow the destruction of our free market system. Every time one of these people, who used to be called useful idiots by avowed Marxists, opens his mouth, the situation worsens, the market drops further, and more panic sets in.

The only hope we have is that some in the liberal press, who put these people in power, will start doing their job – and that the rising protests will be heard and listened to by even the most liberal Democrats. Only if that happens will the country of our birth survive until 2012.

With all that said, I want to point out that what we hope for may already be happening. The Democrats, in general, seem greatly embarrassed and concerned at the duplicity and the ineptness surrounding the government-approved AIG bonuses. Former supporters in the public eye, like David Gergen, David Brooks, Christopher Buckley, Maureen Dowd, Jim Cramer, Warren Buffett, and many others are already jumping ship – and recent polls show a rapid loss of support for Obama.

An even more interesting poll has just come out:
“Just as the economic news was relentlessly negative until the last few days, poll numbers for Republicans were horrific for months. So the GOP should be heartened by the first encouraging polling news it has received perhaps since Lehman Brothers defaulted in mid-September: Republicans have pulled even with Democrats on the generic congressional ballot test, according to a survey by a respected pair of firms.

In the new National Public Radio poll conducted by the Democratic polling company Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and its Republican counterpart, Public Opinion Strategies, 42 percent of the 800 likely voters surveyed March 10 to 14 said that if the next congressional election were held today they would vote for the Republican candidate; an identical percentage of respondents said they would vote for the Democratic one. For several years, Democrats held a substantial lead on this question.

Democrats still outnumbered Republicans in terms of party identification in this poll by 6 points, 45 percent to 39 percent. Democrats also favored their own party's congressional candidates 83 percent to 7 percent. But voters who call themselves independents gave GOP candidates the edge by 14 points, 38 percent to 24 percent. And self-identified Republicans supported their own party's candidates 85 percent to 3 percent.

Republican pollster Glen Bolger, who worked on the survey for Public Opinion Strategies, says that this is the first time since 2004 that he has seen independents favoring Republicans on the generic ballot test
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We who knew what was going to happen and are so depressed can read the following piece of satire with some satisfaction – not that it changes anything:

Palinphobes and the audacity of type

By Noemie Emery 3/17/09 DCExaminer

Now that the Obama presidency is nearing the 60-day mark, it’s time to thank those fastidious scribes on the left and the right who worked so hard to warn us against Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, and the dire things that would surely occur if she ever got close to executive power.

How right they were to insist that she was unfit for high office. Let’s just imagine what she might have done:

As president, she might have caused the stock market to plunge over 2,000 points in the six weeks after she assumed office, left important posts in the Treasury unfilled for two months, been described by insiders as ‘overwhelmed’ by the office, and then gone on to diss the British Prime Minister on his first state visit, giving him, as one head of state to another, a set of DVDs plucked from the aisles of Wal Mart, a tasteful gift, even if they can’t be played on a TV in Britain. (Note, the Prime Minister, who is losing his eyesight, may even be blind in one eye).

As vice president, she might have told Katie Couric that when the stock market crashed in 1929, President Franklin D. Roosevelt went on TV to reassure a terrified nation. Or on her first trip abroad as Secretary of State, she might have, as the AP reported, “raised eyebrows on her first visit to Europe...when she mispronounced her “EU counterparts names and claimed U.S. democracy was older than Europe’s,” then gave the Russian minister a gag “reset” button, on which the word “reset” was translated incorrectly.

What a good thing that Palin, whom Christopher Buckley called “an embarrassment, and a dangerous one,” wasn’t in office to cause such debacles, and that we have Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton instead.

“This is not a leader, this is a follower,” wrote ex-Reagan muse Peggy Noonan. “She follows what she imagines is the base, which is in fact a vast and broken-hearted thing whose pain she cannot, actually, imagine...she doesn’t seem to understand the implications of her own thoughts.”

Huh? While indulging in prose such as this, the Palinphobes didn’t seem to understand the implications of Palin’s record as governor, which they appear to never have looked at, while obsessing over her life in Alaska (too rural), her children (too many), and her exploits as a huntress (too much).

This is the flip side of their refusal to be disturbed by the fact that Obama had no record to speak of, as long as he looked like a Gap or Vogue model, and could write and could talk up a storm. A Gap or Vogue model would never disgrace you, and besides, he was there.

“You’re camping, and you wake up one morning and there is a mountain,” as David Brooks put it. “The next morning, there is a mountain...Obama is just the mountain. He is just there.” Braced by rationales such as this, the literati flocked to Obama, while denouncing Palin as appealing to the party’s least logical members and wing.

Call the Palinphobes lacking in logic and they will have tantrums, but this time the sandal might fit. This is the Audacity of Type, a faith-based illusion if ever there was one, the belief that qualities shared by and appealing to pundits and writers - glibness, a worldly patina, and a superficial verbal facility - are those needed to run a great nation in a troubled and dangerous era.

But which is more rational, to place limited trust in a proven reformer, who can learn certain facts she does not know already, or to breathe fictional traits into an unknown quantity, who has never run anything, or ever done much besides talk
?


“Having a first class temperament and first class intellect, President Obama will...surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit.” Buckley wrote last October. Surely he will.

Obama may be there, but your 401k isn’t. Buckley and Brooks are now feeling queasy, while Noonan and friends are taking to Xanax. “The sale of antidepressants and antianxiety drugs is widespread,” she reported last Friday. “People feel ‘unled, overwhelmed.”’

But at least, we now have sophisticates running the country, not a moose-hunting ditz from Alaska. God knows what might happen then.

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4 Comments:

At 6:17 PM, Blogger You Are Nobody said...

things will work out

 
At 3:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama fiddles while the economy burns. This man is so egotistical he thinks he's a comedian on the Jay Leno show, laughs on 60 minutes until the commentator asks if he is punch drunk, This man is so self-absorbed.he thinks he is a second Lincoln, insults those who oppose his views, advocates late term abortion and will take the doctors license away if he don't kill the fetus,,what the @$& do we have in this man.he goes anywhwere and everywhere to sop up the adulation he so much needs...everything else is secondary what a sick man

 
At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

One thing is for sure; We are stuck with Barack Obama for the next four years, but that doesn't mean that we can't pack the House and Senate with a Republican majority again. The Republicans need to use the same tactics that the Democrats have been using by getting rid of crooked Democrats like Chris Dodd, and Charley Rangle. The Republicans need to stop acting like sanctimonius whimps. The next Democrat that steps out of line, should be a signal for the GOP to call for his immediate resignation, and they can start with Timothy Geitner and the two above mentioned crooks. Right now, we have no checks and balances and Obama and his left wing ilk are doing what they darn well please. This has to stop.

 
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