Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Day of Reckoning

A society without means to detect lies and theft soon squanders liberty and freedom…

I know yesterday's voting was supposed to bring some kind of clarity to the political campaigning… The number of people voting was down from the last election cycle. What this confirmed, at least to me, is a lack of enthusiasm for the candidates. Is this the writing on the wall? Will this same lack of interest carry into November?

Or could this simply mean the voters have accepted that Romney will be the presidential candidate?

Well, I hope all the candidates have gotten their fill of cheese grits and go home…. They have been guests who have stayed to long, imposed on our good manners and generally made a confusing mess. Long before November I am going to want all the candidates to go home, crawl in a hole for the next two years and keep their mouths shut.

With all this hoopla do any of us have any clearer picture of the character, moral values, beliefs, or goals for the country of any of these candidates than we had a week or two ago before yesterday's voting?…. Or a month ago..I got lots of 'robo' calls from the candidates saying they were the best one to lead the country….I feel like a prisoner of hope… because I'm not smart enough to know if any of them are worthy or capable to do the job of president that is needed.

One of these men will end up in the political contest against a president who is topping each of them in early polling with supporters who are enamored and fully committed to him…

"WASHINGTON –  A majority of Americans disapprove of the way President  Barack Obama is handling the economy -- with a record number who "disapprove strongly" -- amid soaring gas prices and an uncertain fiscal future, a new Washington Post-ABC News survey out Monday found.

The  poll found that 50 percent of those surveyed strongly disapprove of Obama's economic performance -- the highest in the poll's history. A total of 59 percent gave the president negative marks on the economy.

With rising gas prices hitting Americans at the pump, 65 percent said they found Obama's handling of the issue unsatisfactory. Of that number, 52 percent were said to "disapprove strongly" and only 14 percent "approve strongly" of Obama's performance on gas prices.

However, it appeared that the responses could have been based in part on political ideology, with Democrats less likely than Republicans to say that gas prices have taken a toll on their families, the study found.

The president also fared poorly on other issues. Sixty-three percent of Americans gave him negative marks on the country's budget deficit, while just 16 percent strongly approved of his work in that area. Asked about the White House's energy policy, 48 percent disapproved with Obama's performance.

Obama's handling of foreign policy, and specifically the war in Afghanistan, was almost evenly split between those who approved and disapproved -- 46 percent approved while 47 percent disapproved.

Regarding the president's overall job performance, 50 percent said they were unhappy with Obama and 39 percent strongly disapproved of his performance, while just 28 percent strongly agreed that he was doing a good job.

Asked who they would vote for if the presidential election were held today, 47 percent said they would vote for Obama if his opponent was:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- but he would not be re-elected as 49 percent threw their support behind Romney. Against the former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Obama received 49 percent to Santorum's 46 percent.

The survey had a  margin of error of four percentage points. ( 4 % is a lot.)

This is a polling report out of the Washington Post….

Polling manager Peyton M. Craighill and polling analyst Scott Clement contributed to this report. "

Thanks yuys for the report.

So the point here is no matter how the polled voters feel about the job Obama is doing ,on many different fronts, they will vote for him again… (Healthcare bill was not part of this study.. Good thinking.) The whole report is amazing…. Also, these same Obama supporters are very worried that conservatives will get into power again and destroy their country. Does this sound like a familiar worry?

If the country is not radically divided now it will be before the elections. The more radical the more difficult for the independent voters to come down on one side or the other… They will be the deciding voters…. Gas prices, food prices, unemployment numbers and our president's poor performance are what is impacting them and everyone else but will these problems be what decides their votes…?

I was reading an article yesterday chastising the Tea party…. The writer's point was the Tea Party is preaching to the choir. First, I realized the rightness in the article and secondly, I realized I had no idea how to educate/enlighten others as to our beliefs and principles…. There was a young woman in Alabama that Cavuto was interviewing last night on his show. The Tea Party there was supporting a candidate running against a sitting Republican. In disbelief Cavuto said to her that if successful you run the risk of your new guy being beaten by a liberal democrat. She said, "Yes we do see the risk but it is a issue of principle…." Cavuto shook his head and ended the interview. In that moment it was clear that he, along with many others who fill our nightly news, don't have a clue as to what the Tea Party is about…. From time to time I also forget.. I catch myself thinking about which candidate is the most electable…. and this is what keeps the political game going.

When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors.

When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing.

When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you.

When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed.

Ayn Rand, 1958

I could be wrong but I don't believe corruption is more wide spread today than it was in the eight or ten congresses before this one. Certainly it is becoming harder to keep corruption hidden…. Probably some kinds of corruption more than others.. The problem for voters is that the idea of corruption is so rampant it has become almost acceptable.. If they get caught the house and senate ethics committees seem to offer little or no punishment. There are many elected moral men in office…. But like the adage about one bad apple in a barrel spoils the whole barrel. This is why we need to replace them all…. If we leave some in office the new folks we elect sooner or later will be tainted.

This is the modus operandi of the political class… They know how to educate and barter well with money and power. If our newly elected go along they will get along and be taken into the elite ruling class.

I don't know and can't find who was selected in all the other political contest. The presidential candidates over shadowed everything else.

Before I hit the send key let me draw attention so something Obama is doing that is very disturbing. Some may remember in Obama's first campaign he spoke of creating a army for inside the country. This idea seemed to have been dropped. Dropped because it seemed politically dangerous… But like everything else he promised he is following up and testing the waters for a homeland militia. Watch the 'youtube' video below… There are many ways this could be spun or rationalized but the core idea and activity is simply frightening.



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