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Letting the DNC Rewrite History

Former President Bill Clinton’s scheduled speech tonight at the DNC convention reminds me of just how often we, as conservatives, have allowed the Democrats and the liberal media (redundancy!) to dictate the narrative and rewrite history.

Seriously, I have been hoping for a long time to see this trend change, but even with social media taking a large chunk out of the dinosaur news networks, we are still allowing the liberals to get away with an insane amount of propaganda.

Maybe it is because I am old enough to remember how things were when they actually happened.  Our newest set of voters was still in diapers during Clinton’s last term.  The Democrats work to take full advantage of the naiveté of youth, which is why they target younger voters and deceive them.  What disturbs me most is that all too often conservatives go right along with the deception unwittingly.

But I fully remember Bill Clinton’s first election.  This is because I actually supported Clinton.  Don’t hate me!

It was a definite year of discovery for me.  It was the year that I discovered first-hand how blatantly deceptive the liberals can be.

I was young.  The 1992 election wasn’t my first, but it was close to it.  I was angry at George H. W. Bush for his myopic “family values” platform.  Ross Perot had some good sound bites, but I thought the guy was a bit of a lunatic (and it turns out that I was right).  Bill Clinton was the “cool” candidate, much like Barack Obama was portrayed in 2008.  Hell, he could play the saxophone!  He went on popular shows like Arsenio to prove it.  Even most conservatives will still say that Clinton is a likable guy on a personal level.

But, in reality, Bill Clinton was Barack Obama 1.0.

Clinton’s first campaign was very much like Obama’s.  The Democrats pilloried Bush for going back on his pledge to not raise any taxes, even though it was the Democrats in Congress that placed that poison pill into an unrelated bill that Bush felt he could not veto.  Clinton promised to lower taxes and bring us all together as a nation.  He gave us empty platitudes.

What we got instead was almost IDENTICAL to Obama’s first two years in office.

As soon as Clinton got in, he and his Democrat allies in Congress passed one of the largest tax increases in the history of the country.  Then Bill and Hillary went to work to push a universal health care plan, dubbed “Hillarycare”.  The only difference was that they did not have a super-majority in Congress, like Obama.  The nation recoiled at Clinton’s actions.  They were so incredibly unpopular that Republicans swept the House and Senate races to gain control for the first time in 54 years.  The sweep was nearly identical to the one in 2010.

Citizens of the United States had developed a clear case of buyer’s remorse.

At that point, there were only two differences between Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.  Without the presence of Ross Perot in the elections, Clinton would never have come close to winning, either time.  He never managed a majority of the popular vote.  But Clinton did something else that Obama failed to do; after he got his clock cleaned in the mid-term elections, Bill Clinton decided to portray himself as a centrist.

Today, we have liberals like Barack Obama going around telling the country that his ideas are the same as Clinton’s, and that those ideas worked.  And he is allowed to get away with it.

Not even conservatives will call him on it.

But the truth is that the ideas that brought us prosperity in the 1990’s were not so popular with Clinton.  He fought against them tooth and nail, and went so far as to wage a war with the Gingrich-led Congress that would shut down the government.  If Clinton had gotten his way, and had retained control of the House or Senate, we likely would not have seen so much prosperity, even with the technological boom.  Clinton went kicking and screaming against ideas like welfare reform (vetoed three times), until he was forced into a political position where he had to sign such ideas into law.  He then turned around and portrayed ideas like welfare reform and a balanced budget as hallmarks of his administration, with the liberal media in full cooperation.

But those ideas did not originate from Clinton, he opposed them at the outset, and he only came to get on board when it became politically expedient for him to do so.

The boom in technology was enough to spur our economy to great heights, not because of Clinton’s policies, but despite them.  In fact, Clinton ignored several pitfalls that caused our economy to take a large downturn near the end of his administration.  Several companies were cooking the books.  Many of the prosperous internet corporations had no physical inventory of which to speak.  When the bubbles burst, Clinton didn’t care.  He was on his way out.

The media blamed George W. Bush for Tyco, Enron, WorldCom, and the like, but those crimes were all committed under Clinton’s watch.  Apart from that, Clinton’s administration had more high level corrupt scandals than even Obama’s.  They made Nixon look like a choir boy.  But the dinosaur media covered for him, and portrayed him as an enigmatic superstar.

And we let them.

And now we are letting them tell everyone how successful Clinton was as a President.

Why..?

Because we allowed them to create that narrative and let it become ingrained as common knowledge.

We even went along with it to a degree, and we’re paying the price now.  Obama is able to fool much of the populace with this narrative.

We’ve got to stop letting this happen.

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A Devil’s Advocate for Todd Akin

I’ll be candid here…

Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin

In my daily life, I cuss quite a bit.  It’s a habit that I developed when I was very young, and haven’t quite been able to kick.  I purposefully try to avoid using profanities in my writing, but I am definitely going to use one here, so…  If you have virgin ears (or eyes, as the case may be) you might want to turn away now.

This is the quote that got Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin into so much trouble:

“It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said.

This isn’t just stupid; it is so far beyond fucking stupid that I can fully understand why Akin’s current opponent in the Senate race donated money to his primary campaign.

Okay, I am done cussing, and now I am going to flip the script…

If you have no desire to witness a contrived defense of Akin, skip down to the next bolded line..!

I am going to play devil’s advocate here and attempt to defend the indefensible.

It won’t be easy!

I mean, “legitimate rape”..?  That doesn’t sound very easy to defend.

But we all know that some claims of rape are untrue, or even fabricated out of thin air.  Have we already forgotten the Duke LaCrosse team and Crystal Gale Magnum?  Have we forgotten about Tawana Brawley?  More to the point, I know for a fact that some women have engaged in completely consensual sex, and then have later made the accusation that they were raped.  What their motives may have been–revenge, money, or whatever–has no real bearing to the point I am trying to make here.

As for the next part of the sentence “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down”..?

All I can say, in this case, is that a woman who is being brutally assaulted physically and is terrified, in fear for her life..?  Such a condition doesn’t sound very conductive to conception to me.

Some married couples are able to have children at the drop of a hat.  I have always envied them, in a way, because when I was younger I always wanted to have a big family, even if families like the Duggars (of 19 Children and Counting fame) kind of freak me out a little.  But some couples have an extreme amount of trouble trying to conceive even under the best of conditions, and any fertility doctor would say that there are conditions which are more conductive to conception, and conditions that are not.

That’s about the best defense I can come up with, and I am DONE defending Akin, because he really doesn’t deserve it, and I feel a little dirty.  Anyone who skipped to this line would probably feel comfortable reading freely from here.

The truth is that there is a double-standard for us, as conservatives.  It isn’t just because the media has a different standard for us than they have for the liberals that they almost universally support.  It is because we hold ourselves to a higher standard, as well.  We can not expect the double-standard in the media to ever go away if we abandon the standards we hold for ourselves.

It just doesn’t work like that.

As a conservative candidate for the Senate, Akin should have been well aware of this, and thus his gaffe just isn’t excusable, despite my attempted defense of him.  He showed an astounding lack of sense in every aspect, and his selfishness in refusing to drop out of the Senate race may very well cause that seat to go to Democrat Claire McCaskill, whom I despise.

That’s really sad.  I hate to see it.

But I would hate to see us abandon any sense of principle in favor of crass political concerns much, much more.

If we do that, we might as well just give up and join the DNC.

Shot Down In Flames!

Oh, my, my, my!

SPANKED!

What a wonderful and glorious political week we have had!

Barack Obama and David Axelrod have invented a brand new game called “Hidin’ Biden”.

You have to love it.  After a week full of miscues that would have thrown the Obama campaign off message–if they actually had a message–Vice President Joe Biden got sent home to Delaware to stew for a while.  That would be funny enough, except that the White House released the announcement and actually titled it “Daily Guidance for the Vice President”.

Whoops!  Sounds like poor old Uncle Joe got spanked!

You just can not make that stuff up, and the Democrats are like the gift that keeps on giving this week..!

And, as it turns out, my musings from yesterday were not quite on target…

I speculated that John McCain may have made toxic the notion of replacing Biden with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Certainly that is what the Obama campaign would like us all to believe.  It did make sense to me, because Obama can never admit to making a mistake, especially publicly, and liberals across the nation recoiled at the idea of “taking VP advice” from McCain.

But apparently Axelrod and company DID try to recruit Hillary to replace Biden, and she shot them down!

I guess that the thought of attaching her political fortunes to someone like Barack Obama didn’t give her the warm fuzzies.  I still think it would have been really bad for us if she had accepted Obama’s offer, and that it could have been her best chance at becoming president in 2016, but–assuming they won this year–who can blame her for balking at the prospect of having to run on Obama’s dismal record?

Two members of the Obama campaign shot down in flames!  Shall we go for three..?

The coup de gras for Obama’s political week came in the form of Jim Messina.  Obama’s campaign manager has made overtures to the Romney campaign that almost certainly resulted in explosive laughter throughout the Romney/Ryan campaign headquarters:

“Please Mr. Mitt, can’t we just have a few more of those tax returns to dig through?  We promise we won’t ever bug you again for more!  We’ll be nice!  We swear!”

THAT, my friends, is pretty pathetic!

They will do anything to keep from talking about the real issues in this election, and Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his Vice President has them freaking out and shedding hair (except for Axelrod; he already shed his).

If I were the one writing Romney’s press release to respond, it would look something like this:

“BWAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHahahahahahahahaha!!!”

The Democrats are damned dangerous to this country, and Obama has been a complete disaster…

But never let it be said that they don’t provide us with comic relief!

Did McCain Make Hillary Toxic?

Lately I have had a sinking feeling in my gut.

Is he on his way out now?

Joe Biden has been running around the country making gaffes, which is fairly normal for him.  What isn’t normal is the number of gaffes made in a row, or the willingness of the media to cover them, however briefly.

Why does this matter..?

In politics, it is very hard to remove someone from a ticket without seeing a substantial backlash, unless there is a good and well-known reason for doing so.

To me, this all looks like a politically calculated set up.

The Obama campaign is stagnating.  They’re out of ideas, and have gone fully negative.  With no achievements to crow about, they have nothing positive with which to hang their hats upon.  Joe Biden doesn’t add anything for the Obama team this year.  In fact, he almost certainly represents a net loss for the campaign as a whole.  He keeps taking them off of their message.  He is seen as a buffoon everywhere except for the most liberal of circles.

He just isn’t good old “Uncle Joe” anymore.  He’s a liability.

Barack Obama does not like liabilities.

Enter Hillary Clinton.

Many pundits and politicians have made comments recently about the notion of replacing Biden with Clinton.  Seriously, I wish they would all shut the hell up!

I have nightmares about this scenario.

The Democrats would almost certainly win under this scenario.

After 4 years on the world stage, does Hillary still have presidential ambitions? Or has she set her sights elsewhere?

Like it, or not, Clinton’s positives are through the roof for a politician; higher than anyone currently in the race, regardless of the fact that she is one of the most corrupt figures in American political history.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder, I suppose.

If she still holds ambitions for the presidency, her best shot in 2016 would be from the catbird seat of Vice President.  Still, Clinton might be inclined to turn down such an offer, were one extended to her.  By all accounts, she just isn’t very fond of Barack Obama, and who could blame her after the tactics that Obama’s handler David Axelrod used against her in the last presidential primaries?

But her ambitions were enough to allow her to overcome those negative feelings and take the job as Secretary of State.  It isn’t a stretch to think that she would put her ambition for power ahead of everything else, given that she has done exactly that her entire life.

But will Obama even offer her the job?

Recently, I have been feeling it in the political winds that such a storm was brewing.

John McCain may have provided shelter from that storm.

During a recent interview on Fox News, McCain said that he would drop Biden and replace him with Hillary.  He also said that Hillary was not likely to go along with that plan, but I don’t trust that notion very much, and it isn’t really pertinent here.

What does matter is that the liberal blogosphere was completely apoplectic about the notion of taking advice from that rotten, evil bastard John McCain.

Ah, good old childish liberals.  So very predictable.

Was McCain being a Jedi Master of reverse psychology?  Probably not.  He was most likely just vocalizing what many of us were thinking.  Again, I wish some people would shut the hell up!  But in this case, I am actually glad he did it.  McCain, wittingly or not, has shored up support for Biden to remain on the Obama ticket.

And John, if this works, I forgive you for everything!

Obama Chokes on Chick-Fil-A

I absolutely love Chick-Fil-A.

My original affection for the fast food chain has little to do with the recent controversy centered around the topic of traditional marriage.  We don’t have many of them in my area, so it is a treat when I get to eat there.  The food is always great, and I’m a huge fan of waffle fries..!

Yes, I am a life-long fast food junkie, and since Chick-Fil-A is rarely available to me, it has always been elevated a little higher than the other chains I frequent.

This recent controversy just elevates them higher in my eyes.  They handled the entire situation wonderfully, with grace.  By all accounts (including my own) people who went to support them during the height of all of the drama had a very pleasant experience.  The planned boycott and protests against them fizzled.  Angry activists were greeted with the same warm kindness and service standards set for those who came in support.

Now, according to Scott Rasmussen, 61% of people hold a favorable opinion of Chick-Fil-A.

That’s bad for Barack Obama.

Obama’s former Chief of Staff and current Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel was clearly on the wrong side of this debate when he sought to deny the right of Chick-Fil-A to operate in “his” city.  It’s no stretch at all to see that Obama and Emanuel have very similar ideologies, or to think that Obama would have held the same position in Emanuel’s place.

Now, I am not naive enough to think that all of those people who see Chick-Fil-A in a positive light are opposed to homosexual marriage, but it is likely that most of them are.  Given Obama’s recent flip-flop of his past flip-flop-flippity-flopping on the issue, this does not bode well for him.  Because Obama has changed his position so many times, he loses a good deal of credibility.  Moreover, his switch in position came at a time when the LGBT community was threatening to withhold campaign donations from him; a very crass and cynical political move.  Nevermind that Obama isn’t proposing any actual policy change, or the fact that he was only paying lip-service to the LGBT community.

The real problem for Obama is that same-sex marriage has lost every time the people are allowed to vote on the issue, despite polling that would have indicated otherwise.

The Obama campaign is reading its own polls, and they’re believing them.

If we were to take polling at face value, along with exit polling, we would have had Presidents Al Gore and John Kerry, and there would have been no overwhelming Republican sweep of congress in 2010.  Most pollsters today care less about accuracy and more about propaganda.  The polls are crafted as a means to sway opinion rather than to gauge it.  They stack the deck by over-sampling Democrats, and by polling all registered voters instead of restricting themselves to those who are likely to vote.  Sometimes they don’t even bother to try to keep things that accurate;  they poll anyone, registered to vote, or not.

The fact that Obama “came out” in support of same-sex marriage indicates two things;  he was desperate for campaign cash, and his handlers are buying into their own polling.  That’s dangerous ground upon which to tread.

That so many people approve of Chick-Fil-A in the wake of what the media so desperately hoped would be a giant scandal can only be a bad thing for Obama.

Resenting Paul Ryan

I’ve been feeling pretty old lately.  Whiny and narcissistic maybe, but old just the same.  My body has taken a pretty bad beating over the years, but I am still young enough to remember how it felt off the showroom floor.  I’m going back to college late in life, and most of the people there are much younger than I am.

I feel old.

Paul Ryan has been confirmed as Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick this morning, and everyone is talking about how young and energetic he is.

Could he be TOO young, they wonder..?

At 42, Paul Ryan is slightly older than I am.

Yeah…  I’m hating THAT guy..!

Wisconsin Representative and Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan

But all jokes aside, everyone is wondering this morning how this will affect the Romney campaign, and the pundit in me is no different.

Politically, this is easy.  Ryan is a heavy-hitter in the House of Representatives.  So influential, in fact, that many pundits like me wondered aloud over the last few weeks if it would be detrimental to the party as a whole to take him away from that position.

Looking back, that was perhaps a foolish argument.  The House is in no real danger of falling to the Democrats, even if Ryan’s Wisconsin seat is lost to them, which is by no means a fait accompli.  Ryan would still be in a position to hold great influence in the House, while at the same time he would become President of the Senate, even if the position exists historically as a tie-breaker.

A policy wonk like Ryan would utilize the Vice Presidency like none before him.

This move also sets up the Romney campaign in a positive way.  It allows them to hit Obama/Biden on a policy level with a great deal of credibility; something they have otherwise failed to accomplish.  Obama won’t want to go toe-to-toe with Ryan in a policy debate, and he sure isn’t going to want Joe Biden to do it!

Expect Obama’s campaign to go even more negative, which leads me to my only real concern about Ryan’s VP nod:

Ryan has already been demonized in the media.  They REALLY don’t like him.  I suspect that they will resent the fact that they can not call him stupid, as they have with pretty much every Republican in my lifetime, including Ronald Reagan.  But they have already had some success at portraying Ryan as a heartless Republican throwing Grandma down the stairs.

I have to wonder, with Romney’s negatives at this point, if another guy with similar issues was the way to go.  I hate to bring race into it, but we all know that the Democrats will, so…  Now we have two “rich white guys who hate minorities and want to take the goodie bags away from those poor people Obama shelters with such loving care”.

That makes me a bit antsy.  It also makes me nauseous just having typed it.

The media won’t have a choice but to talk about how serious a choice this is, and that will give off a lot of credibility going in, but how long will it take before they flip the switch and go full negative..?

We have to be ready for that.

 

EDIT:  Ryan himself is already proving that he will indeed be ready!  What a great choice for VP!  The rest of us need to be ready, too!  I couldn’t be more excited…

Should I Feel Sorry?

Joe Soptic lost his wife to cancer.  I felt bad for him.

Joe Soptic

Now I don’t.

Maybe I am wrong for saying so, but I really don’t feel much sympathy for him anymore.

The only person I feel sorry for in all of this mess is his wife.

Cancer is an ugly thing, and it takes the lives of far too many people.  The difference between Soptic and other survivors of those lost to that horrible condition is that they don’t run around blaming others for the sum of all of their woes, much less specific people.

In what represents a new low in modern American politics, the Obama campaign has coordinated with one of its super-PACs to create one of the most heinous pieces of propaganda that I have ever personally witnessed.

In most circles (even most liberal circles) this ad has been rightfully scorned.  But even within the past hour, I witnessed Donna Gentile O’Donnell, advisor to Democrat Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, actually come out to defend the ad, saying that it was appropriate and did not cross a line.

What’s worse is that I couldn’t tell if she was lying, or if she really believed what she said.

Either way, it is a sad indictment of the current state of American politics that anyone like her could come anywhere near a position of political power.

I’d feel a lot more sympathetic to Soptic being used as a tool for people like O’Donnell and Stephanie Cutter (Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager, and coordinator of these attack ads), except that he is a completely willing tool.  A tool in every sense of the word.

Instead of condemning Mitt Romney and blaming him for the death of his wife, Soptic ought to be out singing Romney’s praises.  The steel mill where Soptic worked was in a death spiral, and set to close down, when Bain Capital purchased a controlling interest in it.  If anything, Romney provided Soptic with several years of employment that he otherwise would not have had.

Romney had stepped down from an active role in Bain Capital a full two years before GST issued layoffs and closed that mill, and a full seven years before Soptic’s wife became ill and was diagnosed with stage four cancer.  Ironically, since Romney’s departure, Bain has been run by Obama bundlers and supporters of the very people currently using Soptic for their own political gain.

And what of Soptic’s union?  When Soptic was layed-off, did they not have any responsibility to him?  Or, were they just interested in him when he was still able to pay union dues?

This whole episode is just disgusting, and it shows how filthy and low Obama and the Democrats really are.

So much for “Hope and Change”.

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