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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.
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