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By: Wayne Brown


The arrival of 2012 is just days away now. The process of squaring off for the Presidential election of 2012 will take on more serious tones. With that, the mainstream media will begin the process of selling the America public on the idea that our current leader, Barack Obama, is a genuine success story who truly has the interest of all Americans at heart. In fact, that propaganda will come at all of us wave after wave in the coming months with the hope that the public can once again be duped into electing this man to the high office of President.


In the process of “selling the incumbent”, the media will also continue the personal attacks on the remaining candidates seemingly doing everything in their power to expose any flaw to the public which will make them look weak and unacceptable as a candidate. Accusations and allegations will fly with little substance to back them up but in the fast-paced world of today’s media, who requires fact or substance when the important aspect is winning an election at all costs?


Obama cannot run on his record from his first term in office. There is not a candidate out there or a former president for that matter who would make that argument. From Obama-Care to Stimulus; unemployment to the Keystone Pipeline, his record comes up with one big final conclusion…all the wrong choices! As his first term in office nears its end, the one bright shining accomplishment of this administration is that he has managed to grow the size of the federal government by a factor approaching 20% in just four short years. He has also drowned the American public in five trillion dollars of new debt and he remains more than willing to create an even higher burden in that area.


Based on what the public knows of “Obama-Care” at this time, there are no real positives to exploit. The costs will be higher, medical assistance much more selective, and the government will be butt-deep in every aspect of it. The Medicare Program will also see an accelerated fall to its curtain of unsustainability as the funds are drained from it to use as startup money for Obama-Care. As more and more of the aspects of this program become harsh realities to Americans, it will become obvious that the tradeoff was a poor one for the future of American healthcare and the American taxpayer.


The Keystone Pipeline Project is one of the last opportunities Obama could hang his hat upon in the name of job creation. Government does not create jobs…never has but the current attitude toward this project certainly is a fine example of what government can do to depress any growth in the jobs market by simply regulating it into depression. This project alone could create 20,000 jobs on the near-term and potentially 200,000 jobs over the course of the project. Never mind the economic impact to various regions of the country with the influx of workers and payroll earnings. We have a president who wants to claim that he is dedicated to “job creation” and then when the opportunity arises, he looks the other way and rejects it. His rejection comes strictly on the heels of his political affiliations which could alter his support in the upcoming election. In other words, he puts America first until that process threatens his re-election chances.


The President is butt-deep in the cause of rabid environmentalism. That fact was evident during the Gulf oil spill and his lack of control over the EPA in solving that issue. America has a need to create some additional energy independence in the fossil fuel arena which is currently the most viable source of functional energy. A new pipeline linking Canada can go a long way toward reducing our dependence on the Middle-East yet Obama cannot and will not approve the venture for fear of losing his “favorite son” status with big labor unions and rabid environmental groups who still stand with him. America has proven many times over that pipelines can be erected and maintained in an environmentally safe manner. We have plenty of pipelines in service every day in this country exhibiting those exact characteristics. While the President would like the majority of Americans to believe that he will not approve the project on the basis of that concern, the truth of the matter is he is not willing to toy with his own political survival even if it improves things for America.


This President came to office on the promise that he was not cut from the same cloth as “Washington politicians”. He assured the American people that he could bring about change in the working atmosphere in Washington and do so by bridging gaps to bi-partisan functionality. He ran for office on the promise of being a “politician who could unite” and bring about change. Instead, the reality of the facts demonstrates to us that he is far from a “uniting type” as one could be. He is, in fact, a promoter of class envy and warfare who has done more to create divisions in the fabric of America than any president before his time.


A good example of that poor behavior is the current fiasco over the payroll deduction holdback. Obama would have you believe that this is a “tax” when in actuality it is a “contribution” to your Social Security benefit which you will reap the benefit of at a later date. Taxes are not generally returned in that fashion unless you overpay them. Still, Obama insists on referring to it as a tax so that he can claim that he is in favor of extending it and giving Americans a break which is worth $1,000 on average. Just yesterday he stormed into the Press Room to charge the Republicans with stonewalling and delaying in order to allow the reduction to expire. In actuality, he and his cohorts are the stonewalling, delaying types. Reid sent the Senate home for the holidays and Obama has made it clear that he will only work with a two month temporary extension of the rate. The Republicans want to extend it for an entire year which would fulfill the value stated by Obama for the average American. As it stands, Obama’s extension is worth about $150 to the average Joe….yet he beats the drum and touts the $1000 figure in his speeches and press tirades.

The shame of all is that Obama can continue to carry on this misleading effort without really being called on it by those on the right. In fact, the Republicans actually believe they stand to lose votes if they appear to attack or argue with the left. I cannot imagine how they could gain any votes sitting there like the three monkeys….see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. For once and maybe the most important time in history, speak up and tell the damn truth when you do. Surprisingly, many votes will come from that process. American so still appreciate and respond to an honest and straight forward explanation. Obama’s only true interest on this particular matter is to simply wrap it up and let him hurry off on yet another vacation at taxpayer expense.

Since Obama will, by most assessments, not be able to effectively run on his past record, what can we expect from his campaign? First and foremost, you can expect to see a lot of pandering just like he is doing in rejecting the pipeline project. He will continue to create as many divisions in the American public as possible in terms of wealth distribution and envy. He will pander to the Latino vote with pleas for a viable immigration relief program which he will point out can only be successfully done under his guidance and supervision. He will continue to run his mouth about job creation ignoring the fact that the government has grown by a far greater factor than either the economy or the job market since he has taken office. He will pander to environmentalist hawking his desire to take America green by the end of his next term of office and doing so by spending taxpayer money on technology and alternatives which have not yet matured or developed and will not do so even with money thrown at it. He will continue to paint an ugly face on fossil fuel producers while deepening Americas’ reliance on foreign oil as he throws taxpayer money to Brazil and Venezuela to increase their ability to produce fossil fuels. He continue the onslaught of the EPA on the American coal industry ignoring the affordability and efficiency of coal and the fact that countries like China heavily depend on it. He will help to run coal producers out of business as his primary supporter and puppet-master, George Soros, buys up coal entities and export capabilities for the products. And, of course, he will continue to bow and give thanks to “big labor” so they can circulate taxpayer dollars and member dues back into his political coffers. He will do all of this while pointing out that the problems that he inherited were so much bigger than he realized and how he needs four more years to make the plans he has put in place successful. He will play every card in his marked deck to win this hand.

At the same time, he will keep America embroiled in some form of chaos as a distraction from the issues which he really does not want to discuss in detail anyway. The “Occupy” crowd under the direction of the George Soros funded organizations like AdBusters, will continue to fuel this effort with young people and manipulate them such to create a growing level of conflict and violence on the streets of America. He will sympathize with these people and their rights to voice their position on the American stage. He will tear down rather than search for compromise on these issues leaving many Americans in fear of being out on their own streets. This will be especially the case nearing election time, especially in those “red states” throughout America. Over and over, this President will tell the American public that this movement is driven here in America by the same fires that kindled it in Europe. He will tell Americans to heed the message of the movement and look for ways to support it. In the end, all of this will simply create more fear, more division, and most conveniently, more distraction for the Obama camp. From a “Community Instigator” viewpoint, things could not be better.

For those Americans who truly want their country back and who truly want to see a return to respect for the Constitution and the values of the Founding Fathers, the times could not be more critical. If those Americans are to prevail in the 2012 election and return a conservative government to Washington, there must be considerable and on-going focus placed on getting on message and staying there. The conservative movement cannot afford the distraction of arguing over candidates for the nomination and throwing tantrums when their favorite does not prevail. Forthright conservative politicians who really care about the future and welfare of America cannot show it by announcing they will run as “independents” to win the day. History has shown far too many times that this only splinters the conservative voting base and allows the opposition to win.

Obama cannot rule the day on issues over the next eleven months nor can the mainstream media be allowed to tell the American voter what to think about issues. Americans must get out and educate themselves and define a focus for 2012. Once they have that focus, they must maintain it and they must convince others that the sane thing to do is embrace it if we are ever to return to the values and functionality which made this country great.

America cannot spend its way out of debt nor can we improve our plight by continuing to increase that debt while our economic engine is in stagnation. American business and investment is in a holding pattern awaiting Obama’s departure from the White House and a return to a governmental mindset and environment in which a business can make and execute a viable five year plan. Then and only then will we see our economy get up off its knees and begin to grow. Then and only then will we see alternative technology (including some of the “green” stuff) begin to take root and sustain itself as a viable product in the marketplace with the consumer. Then and only then will we see the market improve for jobs and income opportunities. Hopefully, we can then begin to see a federal government which moves in a direction of shrinking itself and getting it tentacles out of our private lives as was intended by the Founding Fathers.

If the concepts of conservatism and capitalism are to survive for the future in America, these things must come to past. Is it viable to think that it is possible? I certainly still believe that it is very possible. 42% of all Americans are self-described “conservatives” with an additional 30% describing themselves as “moderates with conservative leanings”. Given the awakening of that cross-section of voters, the numbers certainly can be an overwhelming majority force for the continuance of conservatism and capitalism. That does not mean it will be easy. In the past three years, the federal government and the Obama Administration have dug America into a very deep hole. Overcoming those difficulties will take years to conquer but it can be done if the focus can be sustained and the attitude created to marginalize government in the lives of the American people.

Don’t be distracted by psycho-babble and chaos. Focus on the facts, the issues, the truth, and the goal. Stay true to the focus and back the conservative nominee and other conservative candidates with as much effort as you can exert. One person can make a difference but they cannot do so by remaining silent and inactive. If the promises of hope and change along with the concept of “fundamental transformation” still appeals to your senses and seems to hold some improved outlook for America, listen closely to what Milton Friedman has to say about that prospect in his discussion of capitalism in an interview with liberal television host, Phil Donahue. One only has to look at Donahue’s face to see the true realizations echoing through his brain.



© Copyright WBrown2011. All Rights Reserved.


12/21/2011


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Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky

There are only three roads for any election campaign. The candidate can run on his promises, on his record, or as the lesser of two evils. Obama won in 2008 with promises he has not, never could have, kept. His record is so bad, one of the worst of all US presidents in the often sordid history of Washington, he cannot run on that. That leaves demonization of whomever his opponent may be after the Republican convention, and that is exactly what his handlers have been admitting in interviews they will do. They in fact have already begun. A massive, thoroughly negative campaign is what they need that infamous billion dollars for, which will assure continued adoration from a cash-hungry mass media to whom most of it will go. Buckle up, folks. This is going to be the nastiest, ugliest, most divisive presidential race in living memory.


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Clarke Stevens 4 years ago from North Kingstown, RI, United States

Thanks for the Hub, Wayne. I wish I could agree with you when you suggest 1) if Obama hadn't been President, we'd be much better off and 2) if Obama isn't re-elected, our troubles will start being corrected. The problem today is that we're near bankrupt as a nation -- in terms of leadership. Not many politicians (ok, maybe Alan Simpson) are willing to do more than finger-point, while they let the ship sink. We need to re-set their focus: from fund raising and the next election, to saving the country.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Great hub.The people on the left refuse to recognize that our troubles have been created by liberal democrats like Barney Frank. What I have woken up to is how far back some bad policies go.


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GA Anderson 4 years ago from USA

@Wayne - great hub - there are several issues I would like to come back and beat-up on you about.

Recently I have reached the point where I believe conservative Pro-America Anti-Obama folks, like yourself - (hold on now - I didn't say that was bad), are failing to objectively address some areas that make the Repubs look as politically conniving as the Dems.

But.... (and is this the second time you used it, or did I see it elsewhere?)

the Friedman clip is an entire statement in itself that is Sooooooo, true and undeniable, that a la that CNN guy (was it Blitzer?)- "I get shivers up and down my leg." LOL :-) I am still trying to think of a way to build an article around that one video clip - reality meets fantasy

Once again, per your usual standard - good job.

but, I will be back to make you stand up for a couple points that should have been presented a little differently ( as in less "talking point" positions)

ps. still glad I found your writings - quality work, as usual

GA


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Very good hub about a serious issue. Don't forget to mention that we need a President that loves our country. I don't know why Obama and his wife stayed in our country long enough to go into politics. They obviously hate it. They have shown us that when they turn their backs and refuse to cross their hearts while everyone else is saluting our flag.


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GA Anderson 4 years ago from USA

@Becky - wow! Ah do you really..., no wait, I'm probably about to be outa line here. I'll just pass it back to Wayne.

Sorry


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

Attikos...That is probably one of the few truths coming out of the Obama Administration...of course, it is totally out of necessity. Of course, Obama is starting to tout new campaign phrases like a "new level of understanding and cooperation"...talk about smoke and mirrors. No doubt he will use smear tactics but they won't come from his lips...the mainstream media will do that leg work fed by his cronies. Obama will attempt appear presidential with his new "understanding and cooperation" concepts. WB

@Clarke Stevens...I don't disagree with you at all on your premises. My urgency is that we are not at a time and place in America's financial status that will allow us to continue tolerating Obama. I am sick of both sides of the aisle but I do not see a viable alternative emerging at a level that will offer a real choice other than to splinter the existing vote. We cannot afford that today...it guarantees Obama another win. The Liberaterians brought what they had and fell short; the Tea Party continues to try but it is more of a mindset and movement at this point than a "party" per se. The Democratic Party is lost to socialist and communist elements and the Republicans are afraid of their own shadow. The conservative side of the aisle is not demanding what it can from the political arena...as a public we need to be asking for more and more and more until we get the committment that we want on this side of the aisle. WB

@dahoglund...You are correct, DA...we have suffered some intolerable S.O.B.'s on both sides of the aisle in our journey to where we are today. Ultimately, the Congress has miserably failed those they were elected to represent again and again. Today, we have an "out of control" president and administration but a gutless Congress and Supreme Court. How much does Obama have to ignore the Constitution before someone within the halls of power calls his hand to adhere to the laws of this land? WB

@GA Anderson...I don't disagree with your point and in fact touched on that briefly in this hub although that was not my centerpiece. I am disgusted with the whole lot on both sides of the aisle and the majority of Americans should be as well. We have been lied to over and over and succeeding elected officials have perpretrated those lies until the walls came tumbling down in 2008. Now we have an ineffective Congress with no ability to find consensus and an ineffective leader in the White House who considers it beneath his dignity to moderate the conflicts in Washington. In truth, he does not want the conflicts in Washington to go away. His focus for America is not one of a "healing" nature. It is a disruptive, destructive path to socialism, plain and simple. A damned fool can see that. I have used the Friedman video before but I felt it delivered the message behind this hub as well. As a nation, we cannot throw away our grounding principles in the name of creating a new America in the image of socialism which is exactly what Obama & Co wants to do. We have a huge problem in that we are running out of time financially while we attempt rid ourselves of the primary evil within our government. BTW...Thanks for the good words, I appreciate them and I also appreciate your opinions and responses. WB

@Becky Katz...If America elects to look, the fact that you point out is quite evident. I personally have never seen a less patriotic president or a president who cared so little for our culture and foundation as a country. He regards the Constitution as an "outdate document" while taking high regard in his own opinion. This is a man who could not manage his own household budget before he got into politics...a train wreck financially on a personal scale. Now he is spending our money and making committments on our behalf. Something about that sticks in my craw. WB

@GA Anderson...No problem....go ahead with your response. I fully expect that we will have some exchanges between all of us as a result of this hub. You are certainly a proper gentleman for your consideration but I am sure that Becky, like I, would like to hear what you have to say. WB


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GA Anderson 4 years ago from USA

@Wayne - ah what the hell, ok

@Becky - I don't know you, so this isn't personal. But that was a bunch of fanatical right wing hogwash. Fanatical extremism is just as bad when it comes from the right as it is when it comes from the left, or anywhere else for that matter.

I'm surprised you left out the American flag lapel pin atrocity - how dare he not proudly display his lapel pin.

Hogwash, boulderdash, and to hell with parroting somebody else's "talking points.

Of course Obama loves America. How silly to buy into somebody else's rubbish. I believe he is a sincere man. The problem is I don't think he is seeing the same America we are, or envisioning the same American future we do.

Question and criticize his policies and leadership all you want - and I will probably be right there with ya.

condemn his vision of America as it should be - and I'm probably right there with ya.

scream about the liberal borderline socialist appointments he's made and I'm probably right there with ya

but parrot that "he hates America" and OMG he didn't salute the flag , right wing hate speech - and I'm not getting close to ya.

or at least that's my take on the man

Thank goodness for opinions, what would we do without them. Oh, and Baskin Robbin's 31 flavors too!

GA


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I would and I have no problem replying in a civil, intelligent manner. I would like to see your question. I believe that Obama is an idiot and I am not afraid to say it. I believe we need another Reagan. Fiercely patriotic, financially savvy, politically powerful and personally a very conservative person. We need someone to take charge of this country and get us back on track. I have not seen anyone except Cain and Palin that I believe could have the personal magnetism and financial acuity to pull this off. Unfortunately, they are not running.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Ok, here is my civil reply. I have seen videos of him where he is turning away when the Pledge is being spoken. I have watched him and his wife stand with their hands at their sides while the Pledge is being spoken. I have seen interviews of his wife where she says, WITH HER OWN MOuTH, that she was never proud of this country. She has never cared for this country until her husband was elected. Every one of those things tell me that they do not love this country. I do not get my information from people's opinions, I LOOK for the truth. I do my research before I randomly run my mouth.

I have no problem with a lapel pin. I have bigger things to worry about.

As for Baskin Robbins, good stuff.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

The other things that you mention, Wayne covered pretty well and I agree with him.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@GA, @Becky Katz...I think both of you want the same things but maybe there are some differences in priority. Patriotism is obviously the most outward indicator and proof to Becky that our leader understands our culture, the sacrifices that have made, the respect that is due. All that comes out in saluting the flag and placing our hand over our heart when saluting the country. Apparently this is one of the many things that Obama feels about America that needs to be fundamentally transformed. On that basis, it is a big deal to me and he makes it a big deal by his actions. At the same time, I think GA places a high value on the actions taken which have brought us to this point in our history both economically and morally. He would rather see the energy focused on the bigger issues. That rationale carries weight as well. History has shown us leaders from both sides of the aisle who have been successful in bringing Americans together in a manner that crossed political lines and found the senergy of our 'oneness' as a country. This so-called leader and I use the term very loosely, is not of that mindset and never has been. He is of the opinion that we have a country based on outdated documents and methods. He is a proponent of "big government" and the bigger the better. He believes Americans need to have their big government at the center of their lives so it can make the decisions that is best for them. In essence, he believes the government can protect a fool from himself. His consorting with socialist and communist further paint his image for what he is and what he subscribes to for the future of this country. His worship at the altar of Saul Alinsky and his focus on radical practices as effective methods to cure the ills of our society are even far more alarming. There is nothing about this man that shows he cares in the least for the values of democracy or capitalism, two of the things that help this country to exceed the efforts of the rest of the world and provide untold individual opportunity and growth. It is readily apparent that he believes in a society in which government decides who gets what and how much. We will never address or begin to solve our issues that we face as a nation unless we have a person in the White House willing to unite and to lead. Obama is not capable of either. WB


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GA Anderson 4 years ago from USA

@ Becky and Wayne - Great discussion, one of the reasons I like a forum like this.

@Wayne - you got most of the "meat" of my response right. But to be more clear, I believe that intelligent and rational discussions, (hold on Becky, let me finish :)), need to deal with issues and reality - not vitriol and rhetoric. So, while I enjoy "discussing" opposing views, I challenge what I perceive as just plain wrong.

I do not believe Obama hates America. I don't just think that statement disagrees with my position - I think it is wrong. I believe that if he truly "hated" America, he would never have tried to become president, and that kind of attitude would have manifested itself in obvious ways that would have precluded him from ever getting the kind of mass support he received.

To restate what I really think is the "Obama problem" - the America he wants is not the America we want. He does not hate it - he just wants to change it to his vision of what it should be.

@Becky - thanks for your response. And for not taking my reply as an insult or affront. Because it was not intended that way. I just believe you misspoke. Your replies to my reply indicated that. And I mostly agree with you.

except maybe the "Michele thing" - It could have been just an ill-considered gaff, or a "Freudian slip" that proves your point - unfortunately for me - I don't know enough about it to make that judgement. ps. She did not say "She has never cared for this country" - you got the first part right though.

As for the videos you mentioned to buttress your point - I haven't seen them, but that isn't challenging that you have.

I have seen clips like that, that were manipulated or presented out of context to make a particular point, or fit the presenter's agenda, those I dismiss as misleading.

As for "idiot" - I wouldn't go that far. The man is neither dumb nor an idiot. I do think, however, that he is extremely unqualified for the position, and doesn't have a clue about American's core values, and would probably fail economics 101, even at a fifth grade level.

Now there's a funny mental picture - can you imagine Obama on Jeff Foxworthy's show "Are you smarter than a fifth grader?" - If the topic was economics and free market capitalism? It would probably look like what many people think a Gingrich/Obama debate would.

I might even go along with - just plain incompetent, but not "hate" or "idiot"

yes, we do need a "Reagan" personality now.

GA


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I also believe that a patriotic man would never hurt or apologize for this country. There is no need to apologize. The other things are very important also but you had covered them very well. I understand where GA is coming from, but I do not see a reason to recover the things that you already covered so well.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

The bottom line is that Obama's presidency has been a disaster for our nation and four more years may hurt us so badly that we will never be able to undo the damage. Listening to him blame this latest impasse on the Republicans is blowing my mind. Clearly, he has nothing but contempt for us because he is not worried about lying to us on a daily basis. Up interesting, useful and awesome.


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GA Anderson 4 years ago from USA

@breakfastpop - Geezz... I feel like a blind man in a pasture full of cow patties - no matter which way I turn, I'm stepping in it. :)

but... the Repubs handled this last political sideshow - they deserve all the bad press & vibes they got, and are still getting - how dumb was that? A purely political battle a few days before Christmas.

There was no high moral ground being defended - it was ugly, dumb, political theater at its ugliest.

Boehner was quoted somewhere as saying part of his job as leader was "picking the battles" - well he sure picked a winner here didn't he.

And to the public - the Repubs ARE to blame for this. Mostly for being dumb enough to let it happen.

Just boils my blood to see supposedly intelligent people making such dumb decisions. Maybe Boehner was "channeling" Newt in a replay of 98'

But the worst part yet - is that the public blow-back is going to taint the candidates too

It's really looking like the Repubs may not be a ble to field a candidate that can beat Obama

Even as bad as we see his presidential performance - there are still A LOT of the type of people that got him elected, that see his performance as nothing short of stellar. To them his stimulus programs saved the nation from a great depression - and he got them a national healthcare plan (maybe), etc. etc.

it's not looking good folks. If the conservatives don't stop shooting themselves in the ass, they are going to hand him a second term.

Damn, now it's all over my shoes again.

GA


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

GA: Nah, you just haven't swallowed the "%1" Tea


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Obummy is the champion of divisiveness. Divide and conquer has always worked before when he was merely a community activist. He has not changed. So he will do his best to set the protesters against the rich, the have nots against the haves, the liberals against the conservatives, and so forth.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Wayne, have you ever considered running for office?

YOU are exactly what we need!

You understand what our country needs...

You know how to communicate your thoughts to the people...

You have passion and love for doing what is right for this country...

You have this hub as a speech that would generate excitement out of any true conservative!

You are always a treat and you have a way of making me proud of everything you write.

Chris


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I have thought the same thing Chris. He is so clear on what the problems are. I wish he was running, I would definitely vote for him. We need someone who isn't a politician to run for office. They are still honest.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj...Very true, Doc. If he has a competency, it is divisiveness and the ability to make friends with socialist and communists. WB

@CMerritt...Chris, thanks much for those good words. While I can provide a perspective, I am not sure that I would be effective in the role. Very few politicians prosper on being straight-shooters and straight-talkers. They "play" people for their vote and when they can do it on both sides of the aisle, all the better. Of course, we, the voters, are to blame for that because we have rewarded the behavior over and over. At the same time, our media is far to willing to feed on accusation and allegation as opposed to facts and they consume it like raw meat. We have some very good conservative politicians in the form of Michelle Bachman, Rick Santorium, and a few others. The media does not like any of them and thus give them little or no face time or air time excluding the public to the greatest extent possible from exposure to them. The same would be true for me. There are a lot of good voices out there who are speaking out for conservatism, truth, and a return to constitutional foundations. The Republican Party for the most part (as an organization) is a train-wreck dominated over by out-dated traditionalists who are afraid of their own shadow and have no guts to defend those who share the brand...i.e. Herman Cain. In my mind, Cain was never proved guilty but was simply consumed by allegation and accusation to the point that his support in the voting sector was undermined. All that time, the Republican Party sat mute and let it go. Cain was tossed aside and the party moved on waiting for the dogs to attack the next one. Conversely, the Democrat Party, though basically an arm of the socialist philosphy now, will defend their charges to the death...Obama is a prime example and Bill Clinton was a close second. I don't agreee with their politics but at least they will defend their peers. Until that happens, the Republicans are on a down hill slide and face the threat of third party politicians who will do nothing more than splinter the vote and guarantee a liberal victory...Obama is counting on it this time around. Thanks the for good words and the encouragement. You too, Becky! WB


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pearsonm 4 years ago from United States

Great article Wayne. I too am a graduate at your alma mater, and am pleased to see someone voicing a well-thought-out opinion on Obama and the problems this country faces.

to: GA

I served in the first Persian Gulf war, (Desert Storm/Shield) and in the Bosnian crisis in the early-mid 90's and have seen the ugly side of war. So, I do take a little issue with Obama not wearing the flag, and truthfully, it was sad that he forgot or refused (whichever) to place his hand over his heart in homage of the national anthem and/or the pledge when I saw many die and I was wounded for it. So, I do take issue with that. It is also sad that he forgot the number of states we had while running for office, but I chalk that up to being nervous. Don't get me wrong, I didn't care for Bush too much either. However, if you check the unemployment rate before Obama and after, you will notice that he has done nothing to help. He's also never lifted the moritorium on drilling in the gulf and now many of our offshore platforms have relocated to other areas. For lack of a better term, I think he is a "tool." We need someone more friendly to business, particularly the small businesses. Right now, the repubs have that locked up tight. I would vote libertarian, but I don't think Paul has a chance.


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GA Anderson 4 years ago from USA

@pearsonm - I understand your perspective on the "lapel" pin issue. Although I can see that it would make a difference to you, I still do not believe it is the "litmus test" issue right-wingers have blown it up to be.

I too am a veteran, Navy, and I could be wrong about the importance of the issue - but it is just my perspective that it is a politically manufactured affair.

And don't mistake my distaste for right-wing silliness as support for Obama. I am an equal opportunity curmudgeon when it comes to political shenanigans - I don't wear any party's colors. As Forest said, "Stupid is as stupid does," or something like that.

I like your description as a "tool" in both senses of its use. Literally I believe he is a "tool" for other manipulators, and in the jargon of meaning a knucklehead - yep, he is a "tool" there too.

As for the Repubs - they aren't much better, but at least their schemes don't promote an entitlement mentality as much as the Dems do. Too bad they don't seem to have a candidate that can beat Obama in 2012.

GA

ps. I beginning to think maybe we should try a Ron Paul-type candidate. The things we have been doing haven't worked. Maybe with a little legislative control - Ron Paul wouldn't be so bad.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@pearsonm...Yes, back my day at USM, we used coal-oil laterns to study by! LOL! Actually, my senior year was the first year that the "Golden Eagle" was the official mascot..."General Nat'" died a natural death before there was ever any controversy. That year, in the new basketball arena built on the west side of the campus, I saw both "Blood, Sweat & Tears" and "Steppin' Wolf" in concert. The "Cowsills" had performed earlier that year but I past. I lived in a memorial park complete with grave in a double-trailer my junior year and in a cinder block apartment in a plumber's backyard my senior year. We were conniving little jackasses that probably should have been deprived of an education. I served in the Air Force for six years and did my time in SE Asia thus I am a bit sensitive on the patriotic front.

@GA & pearsonm...I think the "patriotism symbolism" with regard to Obama is greatly amplified by the citizenship question and all of the other unanswered questions regarding his education. He was hyped as "Magna Cum Laude" grad of Columbia but little proof of that fact ever arose....this would not normally be a question with a presidential type especially if they had above average performance to flaunt. Obama took it a step further by referring to the Constitution as an "outdated document" which should have been the tip-off as to what his definition of "fundamental transformation" would be. He also surrounded himself with self-professed socialist and communist and went so far as to say that he worshiped at the altar of Saul Alinsky in his community activist days. There is no "gain" in not wearing the flag and not saluting it unless you are attempting make an impression on those who have no respect for it. It is that simple. At the same time, I have problems with a man who so loved the "study of law" that he graduated "Magna Cum Laude" but never really truly practiced law and quickly relinquished his license upon taking up the political life. Additionally, most if not all scholars of law would be in awe of the Constitution and the outbranches of it in terms of the "Rule of Law" in our society...not the case with him. Never in all my life have I ever been so suspect or so uncomfortable with a so-called "fellow American" occupying the White House regardless of his party affiliation. The media wants to shrug every point regarding Obama off with the counter-argument that he is a genius. He has never had to really answer any challenge to his claims of having America in his best interest. He could not lead a group of Boy Scouts on a weekend outing in the woods much less lead the country. I will give anyone who occupies the office every potential break in the name of respect for the office but this one...he goes way beyond the pale. This guy is marching to a drum that most Americans do not even hear and they don't want to hear it if they know what is good for them and their peers. Four more years of this will finish the country...I have no doubt, and the thing that eats at my insides the most is that when it is all said and done, the outcome will be fine with Obama. WB


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Oh...damn! CMerritt...you beat me to the comment section!! I absorbed every word of this magnificant "speech," as well as each and every comment. Sorry to say I'm not familiar with any one on this site, (yet) but pleased to say I have found you....and plan to be a pest to all of you very soon. I fully intended my only comment to be, "WAYNE BROWN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012"..but like I said, someone else feels that way too. I am sending this link to every email friend I have, who are not members of this wonderful world of HubPages. (I actually reminded myself that there IS life outside of HP)....Voted UP and across the board...except "funny." This is anything BUT funny. Thank you so much for this. The entire country should thank you!


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TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Wayne,

Hey, congrats on the 100 hub score, and an awesome comentary. I just finiched giving a very passionate speach today. I think this is very important.

There are less than a hundred forty million votes to go around between the republicans, dems, and independants out of a hundred sixty some odd million registered voters. 72 mil. dems, 55 mil. repubs, and 42 mil. independants. It'd take too long to do this justice but this is what I'm selling; This is not about voting FOR a conservative. It's about voting against Obama. Too much responsibility is given to the candidates. The responsibility of getting rid of Obama is on the voters. We need 66 million anti Obama votes in November. That'll get the job done. That means that everyone who really believes that four more years with a coach who can't win a ball game would put us out of business, needs to dig up two friends who never vote. We all kinow a few people who sit on their hands. If we make two non voters commit to joining us at the voting booth, it doesn't matter who matches up the best against Obama, or how much mud a billion dollars can buy. It doesn't matter if Obama DOES tweak a few things that look positive to the untrained eye. We will blow him out of the water. I've said it a thousand times, and I'll keep saying it; Politicans don't win or lose elections. Voters do. This is a voting contest. It's the only game you'll ever find that all you've got to do to win .. is show up. Sorry to write a book here Wayne. It's just that all the negative things surrounding this election can serve to kill the will to vote. We have to focus on the prize, while casually considering the rest. Obama has no say so in this matter. We do. I apologize for the long comment. I hate it when someone gets on a soap box on my hubs, but I'm very passionate about changing the guard. Then, I'm going to get busy slapping the bad boys on the right around.

Thanks my friend.

Voted you a straight pal. Keep it up!

jim


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@fpherj48...Thank you...glad you find my perspective agreeable! WB

@TheManWithNoPants...Thanks much Jim. In my time in life, I have never been more gravely concerned with the welfare of America's future. My only ability to effect change is to write about it and to hope that we can create a senergy within the voting public to stop what is going on in Washington today. For all that we have suffered as a nation in terms of corrupt politicians, the present takes the cake...spineless bastard! WB

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