Views on the News – 10/27/2012
By: David Coughlin
Barack Obama is not a good liar; he is a victim of media complicity in the fallacies and half-truths that constitute the myth of Barack Obama, but fiction works only if you can get your audience to suspend disbelief, and every day fewer people are buying into the meme. When a candidate can’t run on his past and has no ideas for the future, he must destroy his opponent in the present, which can be done by distorting his adversary’s history and lying about his plans for the future. There is a problem with this approach, however. It works only if people trust the candidate doing the distorting. Should people actually take a look for themselves and not come up with the same conclusion, the disseminator with the poor past and no plans begins to lose credibility. During the first two debates, America looked at Mitt Romney and realized that Barack Obama has been lying to them. Once people realize that a candidate is a liar, many are loath to ever believe anything he says again, or at the very least, they approach all he says with studied suspicion. The first debate was a game-changer. Romney not only showed himself to be a viable alternative, but also exposed Barack Obama as a liar on all things of substance, while destroying the myth of Obama the genius. Very simply, the myth of Barack Obama has become Barack Obama the myth. This is how you know this election is over and that Obama has lost (by a landslide), he has been reduced to preaching to the choir. The relationship between Obama and his dwindling base has become incestuous. They cheer him on, and he speaks only to them. They saw in the first debate how misleading the months and months of negative ads against Romney from the Obama campaign had been. Now, when they hear him claim he said something that they know he never said — they see the lie and the cover-up. The problem with “trust”: once it’s broken, it’s almost impossible to get back. When someone is trusted, the little inconveniences of truth can be ignored for shared purpose. Once trust is lost, reality is all that’s left. The reality of Barack Obama is frightening because he has been a starkly bad President, and every time he opens up his mouth, more and more people see it. America now sees him as a sad man enthralled with his own lies, just as they did after the first and second debate. This is why he continues to slide in the polls, despite all his victories. Barack Obama has become a joke, and the laughter will stop after November 7th.
(“Bye-Bye, Optimus Prime” by William L. Gensert dated October 21, 2012 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/10/bye_bye_optimus_prime.html )
President Barack Obama’s popularity is disintegrating faster than his credibility, as reality rears its ugly head. Less than a month ago his re-election seemed assured. Today the election looks like it has shifted dramatically in favor of Romney. Mitt Romney is not Obama’s problem, but he is the beneficiary of Obama’s problem. Romney’s surge is derivative, emanating from the growing “anybody but Obama” crowd. Obama was elected as a dissenting vote against Bush and Republicans. He was aided by a magnificent marketing campaign which sold him as a messiah, at least in the political sense, but there is no magic left. Now Romney represents a dissenting vote to Obama and his policies. His election offers an opportunity to escape the political “Bizzaro World” of the last several years. Obama was never as strong as the media and pollsters led voters to believe. Nor was Romney as weak as he was portrayed. Data, records and performance become drivers around the time of elections. When people pay attention, information ultimately gets through. Reality can be hidden or suppressed for a time, but it now dominates this election. It is reality that has doomed Obama. Four years ago he was isolated from it. He had no data trail, record, or reputation. Obama’s only hope in this election was to suppress reality once again, for it is a potent contraceptive against the only thing that Obama can trade off — false promises, distortions, and propaganda. Obama’s problem relates to his performance because he is now known, has a record, and is unable to run away from it. Arguably Obama has failed at everything, making most matters worse than they had to be. Pollsters have an opportunity to influence elections, at least up to a point. To the extent they choose to do so, polls can easily be skewed in favor of one opponent versus another. Ultimately, however, a pollster’s future is dependent upon accuracy. If political meddling occurs, it dissipates as the election nears. The future value of a pollster is based on his accuracy. Polls late in the election cycle are the ones used to evaluate pollsters. The closer the election the more effort and objectivity is put into the design and sampling for polls. Self-preservation now trumps political ideology. Even the media is constrained by the same credibility concerns that force pollsters toward honesty. Smarter members of the media have already showed signs of moving away from “their man.” It is motivated by the need to preserve their personal brand. As the election outcome becomes more apparent, more in the media will distance themselves from being associated with a loser, because their future credibility and livelihood depends on maintaining their personal brand credibility.
(“Obama’s Problem: Reality Bites” by Monty Pelerin dated October 22, 2012 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/10/obamas_problem_reality_bites.html )
This November’s election wave will wash away far more than just a failed Presidency, with the entire liberal bubble and the political/media/crony bubble forever exposed. For the record, “we” refers to the quarter of the country that never bought into the fraudulent vapor of Obama and who lost respect for anyone who did. We knew it was Marxist voodoo that could not last. Early in 2009, per Rasmussen, another 25% got over the phony high of Obama’s election. Since then, Obama’s been underwater on approval. Millions more have joined this narrow majority in the past weeks. Debates have been the catalysts, but this epiphany has been building for much longer, and now it’s reached critical mass. There is now understanding of the shallowness of Obama and of liberalism. Everything said by the supposedly racist, mean-spirited conservatives has been validated. We’ve been right about the academia elites, the Jurassic media, the elitist conservative pundits, the establishment, the “Obama foam” class, and Occupy and union thugs, too. This includes anybody who makes his living from government, and the reporting thereof. It encompasses those who live inside the bubble, plus those who depend on them. These people are all intertwined, co-dependent, and out of step with America. The wave grew in February 2009, when Rick Santelli reintroduced the term “Tea Party” into our vernacular on CNBC, and his rant went viral thanks to Matt Drudge and Limbaugh. The phrase “Tea Party” was everywhere. Thus, when people connected in spring ’09 at town hall meetings opposing ObamaCare, Tea Party groups organically sprang up. In November 2009, Jon Corzine was decisively beaten by Chris Christie, and Bob McDonnell won Virginia big. The wave then crashed at Hyannis months later and washed the Ted Kennedy seat out of Democrat hands with Scott Brown’s campaign being anti-ObamaCare and pro-Tea, even as he avoided the term. Then came 2010, which, like 1994, was fought ideologically. With Pelosi predicting victory, Democrats lost 69 seats in Congress, 700 state seats, lots of governors – and damned near every dogcatcher. Undeterred, the bubble-dwellers then put all their chips on the table in Wisconsin, where they had unions, a hack judge, and the sacrosanct teachers on their side, but Scott Walker won the absurd recall easily. The bigger story is the damage done to public unions, with the infantile behavior of so-called dedicated educators seen nationwide. Three networks, two wires, one cable, and three dailies ruled the bubble and the opinions of the world. We know the rest: along came Rush, Drudge, Fox, Hannity, Levin, Savage, Beck, and the conservative websites. Breitbart emerged and inspired millions to embrace tech toys to expose the “racial Marxism” of the Democrat-media complex. Liberal mischief was exposed:
· A union thug fakes racism at a Tea Party – it goes viral.
· SEIU members confess to being paid to protest – it goes viral.
· A Democrat congressman insults a youngster — it goes viral.
· Chris Matthews wets his pants – it goes viral.
· Anthony Weiner…well, you know – it goes viral.
The entire bubble is intellectually naked, and everyone sees the political porn without the networks, cable channels, or newspapers that once controlled access. In the bubble, where politics is but a game, they miss the cumulative effect of all this. They have no sense of the undertow pulling on many. Different dots connect for different people:
· For some, it may be Obama snarking, “Can you say that a little louder, Candy?” after blaming the video for weeks.
· Add this to Big Bird, binders, and contraception for middle-aged students, and even unserious voters can tell that Obama is unserious.
· For others, it may be the pipeline and gas prices, orr the cancer ad, the phony Harvard Cherokee, or fat union perks.
Whatever the dots, they all connect those inside the liberal matrix of Obama, all Democrats, the media, unions, Occupy, and the pundits. If such realizations have hit critical mass, we have a wave. Gone will be Obama and the Democrat Senate. More than that, however, will be the exposition of the entire liberal myth. Obama has been the face of liberalism, and the bubble has been his support system, and when this vapor gets blown away, the propagators will see their credibility blown away as well. In the meantime, enjoy the wave; because it’s coming; you can feel it, too; I know you can.
(“The Wave That Breaks the Liberal Bubble” by C. Edmund Wright dated October 24, 2012 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/10/the_wave_that_breaks_the_liberal_bubble.html )
Not only is the objective of politicians to say what they think we want to hear in order to get elected, but their followers want to be led fearlessly into the future and don’t want to hear the leader’s doubts nor failures. While all politicians dissemble about what they are going to do, it is far less common for them to lie about what they already have done, and this is what Obama does constantly. He actually said during the 2008 campaign that it was his objective to bankrupt companies generating electricity with coal. He has been anti-fossil fuels as a policy. He is for green energy. He dramatically cut back on drilling leases on public lands and canceled the Keystone Pipeline as part of his anti-fossil-fuels policy. Now, on the campaign trail and in the second debate, he is touting the increase in oil and gas production on private land in the last four years (most of which increase is from fracking that his EPA is against)! Everybody knows that he is against fossil fuels, but now he is running as a fossil fuel producer! This is a kind of dissembling that we have not seen before. Obama carries out his own policies and then, rather than running on them, runs away from them. He thought it appropriate to bow, and bow deeply, to the Saudi king. The point being that Obama took an unprecedented step, presumably in pursuit of a policy, and yet denied it when it became public. Now he is trying it on Benghazi. The administration said for weeks Benghazi was a reaction to the trailer for “The Innocence of Muslims.” Hillary’s speech on the trailer as the reason for the attack is easily remembered because of the slow-talking schoolmarmish tone she used. Susan Rice was out there paying her dues as a “made woman” of the administration by peddling the trailer-as-cause line. The guy who made the trailer was rousted out at 1:00am, with film crews waiting, for allegedly violating parole. Absurd statements were made by Hillary and Obama about the “respect” accorded religion in the United States. This line was pushed by the regime for several weeks. But now that it has conceded that Benghazi was a terrorist attack unrelated to the film trailer, it is denying history that has just been made and that can be recalled on YouTube by anybody! The administration does not expect to be held accountable for its deeds, since it knows there is virtually no public support for its deeds, so it tells damn lies to conceal them.
(“Brass, Lies, and Videotape” by Greg Richards dated October 19, 2012 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/10/brass_lies_and_videotape.html )
We see a new feminist movement arising in America, the “Women Warriors” who are conservative women representing reason and are selflessly seeking answers to critical concerns beyond gender and sex. Women Warriors understand the conflicts of the world, the crises confronting America, and are sounding the alarm. Liberal feminists think they have cornered the market on defining a woman. They think they own the agenda on what a woman wants; that only they represent women’s rights. To listen to a liberal feminist, it’s as if the women’s revolution was only about sex and the womb. This is ultimate hypocrisy, yet this limitation of women as sexual objects is the primary mantra from the Obama White House — one that has been accused of being a hostile workplace for women. The new conservative women’s movement has proven to be vividly aware of the intentions and the failures of President Obama, and the dangers that his reelection pose. They know of the unsustainable, crushing debt that makes America vulnerable to economic collapse and attack; they know that Obama has accrued more debt in the last four years than all past American Presidents combined. Conservative women are aware of the rising health care costs of the ObamaCare rollout; they know that ObamaCare has hit their pocketbooks and lessened the quality of their health care. They know the economy is being smothered by government, and they understand the historical evidence as to why “a government that governs least governs best.” Women Warriors know that “spreading the wealth around” is the death of liberty, and how long we have known this. They know that Medicare and Social Security are insolvent, and they have the fortitude and sense of responsibility to address the problem. Women Warriors know that the Lilly Ledbetter law is counterproductive for women, and a hindrance to their employment. Women Warriors know that more women than men have lost their jobs during Obama’s tenure. Women Warriors know that regarding the safety of our people in Libya, Obama did nothing and blamed America. They know that al-Qaeda is not defeated and will settle for nothing but the destruction of America. They know that Israel is our ally and that Iran is our enemy; that meeting with Netanyahu is more important than being on The View. Women Warriors know that we have enough energy in our country to be self-sufficient, and that we must be self-sufficient because the Middle East is imploding. Women Warriors are, to quote George Washington, “trembling for the fate of America,” not for free birth control. Woman Warriors know that we need a President who will abide by the constraints of the Constitution and resist the vanities of power, who will stand behind the inconveniences of truth and not cower from the responsibility of strength, and woman Warriors know that Mitt Romney will not fail us as President Obama has failed us.
(“Women Warriors: New Movement Challenges Liberal Feminism” by Janine Turner dated October 23, 2012 published by PJ Media at http://pjmedia.com/blog/women-warriors-new-movement-challenges-liberal-feminism/ )
There are those who say that the TEA Party is fading in influence, but nothing could be further from the truth, but unfortunately, the movement is on the cusp of achieving what once seemed nearly impossible: keeping the Senate Democrat. The switch in fortunes can be attributed to many causes, a slate of lackluster Republican candidates high among them, but one thing is beyond serious dispute: If not for a series of TEA Party upsets in Republican primaries, the Republicans would be taking over the Senate majority in January. In the 2010 cycle, TEA Party candidates caused the Republicans to lose three Senate seats easily within their grasp: Sharron Angle allowed Democrat leader Harry Reid to keep his seat in Nevada, Christine O’Donnell handed Joe Biden’s former seat right back to the Democrats in Delaware, and a TEA Party favorite in Colorado, Ken Buck, lost a seat that was his to lose. There’s a case to be made that the outcome is bad for everybody because it will continue the paralysis for another two years. This outcome will continue a split between a Democrat Senate and a Republican House, which has produced mostly finger-pointing over the past two years. The TEA Party faithful, who claimed they wanted to shake up Washington, have wound up perpetuating the old system. In fighting for ideological purity in primaries regardless of the consequences, they have set back their own cause of limited government and expanded freedom. In Missouri, as in Indiana, Delaware, Colorado and Nevada, the TEA Party has done serious damage to Republicans’ hopes of being the majority.
(“The tea party is helping Democrats” by Dana Milbank dated October 19, 2012 published by The Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-the-tea-party-is-helping-democrats/2012/10/19/815e07e0-1a08-11e2-aa6f-3b636fecb829_story.html )
David Coughlin is a political pundit, editor of the policy action planning web site “Return to Common Sense,” and an active member of the White Plains Tea Party. He retired from IBM after a short career in the U.S. Army. He currently resides with his wife of 40 years in Hawthorne, NY. He was educated at West Point (Bachelor of Science, 1971) and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Masters, Administrative Science, 1976).