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Updated on September 25, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

The time is nearing for President Obama and his trusty companion, Joe Biden, to head to the Democrat Party Convention and lead the party faithful in the shouting of the re-election mantra chosen for the next four year term. As one might recall, the term, “Hope & Change” was used in the last effort to elect Obama to the office. One might also recall that few, if any, who cast their vote on the basis of the slogan, ever really asked, “Hope….hope for what?” “Change….change for what? The assumption was that the answers to those questions were far too obvious to talk about. Even Obama embraced that assumption leaving the explanation off the table while promising everything from slowing the movement in the Universe to eliminating world hunger. The people only cheered for they knew the savior was surely standing on the podium. In retrospect, one must surely ask, “What were we thinking”, or better yet, “Were we thinking?”

I suppose we can assume that “Hope & Change” is behind us now that we are submerged in more debt than ever continually grown by an ever-increasing annual deficit as each Obama-year passes on the books. After four years, who is it that now truly has “hope” other than those who desire to see this so-called savior removed from the office after one term of fumbled footballs? What change is it which has occurred in the past four years that convinces us that the savior has arrived? Could it be the squandering of over $800 billion borrowed dollars as an economic stimulus which seemed to simply disappear into thin air yet end up in the pockets of far too many of the messiah’s cronies? Could the change come in the form of the promises of Obama-Care as the death panels for the elderly take their seats to decide who lives and who dies on the basis of what it will cost in terms of healthcare and what the value of their remaining lives might be to society? Please, Lord, let there be more to “Hope & Change” than those outcomes.

Obama says that we cannot go back as he speaks of the days prior to his taking office as something worse than the Great Depression. He insinuates that he indeed has led the American people to another place in the past four years…a place better than we have ever seen. He stops short of calling it “Utopia” or “Eden” only to say that we have more to do to get to the sweet spot said to be out there somewhere before us. One cannot be certain of that belief but one can be certain that if we do arrive somewhere out there that we will do so burdened by crushing debt that has buried our children and the generations beyond promising them that their lives will fall short of our own in terms of personal wealth and pleasures of life. We can be sure that we will truly have “spent ourselves into prosperity and Utopia.”

Now Obama and company look to the coming of another term in office on the back of a single word slogan…”Forward”. The word offers a powerful and positive promise that we are truly headed somewhere good as a nation. It implies that we are already on the road to the right place as long as we continue to progress…”Forward!” That progress, by the way, is defined and measured by the Obama Administration as the primary judge. It goes unquestioned by the mainstream media. On the contrary, it is embraced and supported by those agencies who seldom question what it is that we have achieved in the past four years or where we are really headed in the next term. The foregone conclusion seems to be that as long as Obama, the anointed savior, is at the helm, there will only be glassy waters meeting our bow.

Our nation is approaching a national debt burden of $16 trillion dollars and the spending deficit continues to be very high. Annual spending has increased by a factor of 140% over the past four years while revenue into the government has increased only by a mere 43% over the same term. One must concede that there was a time when a 43% increase in revenue might be considered significant in such a short period yet the spending so far overshadows the revenue increase that it is simply lost in the noise. The growth in Gross Domestic Product, the output of the nation, is all but stagnant and miserable while our debt burden rushes to exceed it. Soon our liabilities will exceed our assets as a nation yet we have a sitting president who really lends no credence to motivating the private sector as it believes that sector of our nation if fine. In fact, it is so good and so aggressive that he is will to increase the Environmental Protection Agency’s operating budget by 125% just to keep a regulatory watch over it making doubly sure that it does not fire up and run to its potential. A second term will guarantee that this action stays in place.

Employment fall out and a lack of employment opportunities also stem from this stagnation of the private sector under this president. Obama believes that a large central government is truly the answer to all ills of the people. He believes that the more the government spends, the healthier the potential becomes for the economy to flourish, with or without the private sector’s participation. In four years alone, Obama has grown the size of government by a factor of 18%. In essence, the federal government has expanded by approximately 1/5th in size in the time Obama has been in office mainly on the platform of government take-over and growth of entitlement programs. Much of the government’s energy, effort, and spending have gone into making people more dependent on the government than they have ever been before. This fact is particularly evident in the black population of the nation with exceptionally high unemployment numbers and government assistance levels. Black people stepped up and voted in great masses for Obama in 2008 to elect him to high office. Is this the payback they get for that devotion and loyalty…the promises of growing government dependence?

When it comes to redistribution of wealth, the government has two choices. It can declare its authority and power thus seizing the assets of those who have earned it on the justification that revenue is needed to provide for those in need, or, the government can spend money that it does not have to cover such entitlements while creating even more in the process only to use that growing debt burden to rationalize raising taxes on those who earn to higher and higher levels. Either way, the money goes to the government and is redistributed in the name of “caring and sharing”. In effect, such redistribution eventually only creates more and more who need such assistance and eventually breaks down the machine which generates the assets leaving us all out of work and in need. All that is left then are those in power in the government who have managed to keep their assets out of the mix and us, the poor and starving masses. Yes, “Forward”, must be the answer to our ills as a nation.

We live in a free country at the moment. We are guaranteed those rights and freedoms under our founding documents associated with our Constitution. Little by little, as this justification to grown government and rationalize ever-growing entitlement spending expands; we lose more and more of those precious freedoms as a people. Far too many of us will trade them like beads for whiskey for the promises of immediate gratification and security yet, in truth, most of us are on our own regardless of what politicians may promise will happen in the future.

“Forward!... To where, Mr. President?” “Forward!...How, Mr. President?” Forward! Why, Mr. President?” Where have you heard those questions asked and how many more times have you seen that same reporter who asked them in the next crowd assembled around the president? The media trades its responsibility to report the facts and to maintain the honest for a place near the arm and the ear of the president. The result sells advertising but does little or nothing for the objectivity or the credibility of those who engage in the media profession. Our Founding Fathers counted on a free press to keep the government honest and functioning on behalf of the people. Those days are long since gone; the free press has sold out. In this day and time, the people must listen, learn from their observations and experiences then vote their convictions. Otherwise, they are simply sheep being herded by the politicians and the sold-out media.

This upcoming presidential election of November 2012 is not really about the conservatism of Mitt Romney. It is not about the wealth or religion of Mitt Romney. In effect, it has no bearing on the potential dangers of a Romney presidency for there is only one real danger in Mitt Romney becoming president and that is the possibility that he would continue upon the same path on which Obama has established his direction in the past four years…the only real and apparent danger. On the other hand, the election is pivotal to stopping the erosion of this country as we know it at a four year point rather than allowing such damage to continue for an additional four years. It is time for the American people to realize that when Obama yells “Forward!” that his intentions do not at all match the visions which come into their heads as a result of hearing that word. It is past time. If ever there was a time for “hope & change”, it will come in November and America’s fate will be determined.

©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.

2 September 2012



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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @ahorseback....Socialism is rather insidious at first because it is so mask behind the compassion for those of less fortune and it plays off of them. How could anyone be against helping other people...especially the little man? But it reaches far beyond that premise into a collectvism which eventually will destroy the middle class American. Obama knows it but America cannot be transformed into a socialist state without breaking the back and the will of the middle class. His programs will do that keeping the private sector at bay; keep the job market marginal; and slowly raising the the tax burden on middle income America to pay for the outrageous spending ideas that never stop and are rationalized in the name of "investment" in America. As a nation, we are living on borrowed time with our current conditions. If this man goes back into office, that time is four years shorter. Keep on fighting and thanks for the good comments! ~WB

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      ahorseback 5 years ago

      Wayne , I could not believe the niavite ' of the left four years ago , I can't believe it now ! No one seems to get it , he's to un-American and I don't care where he was born ! Yet so many immature and un-political minded folk still , still believe in hope and change .......? baffles me !

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Ken Burgess....I see those numbers shaping up with women in this election. Romney has gained ground with married women but that is only part of the equation. We also know that Obama is playing the "war on women card" frequently now sensing that he is losing ground. We can only home that the divide on the women's vote does not play out in the battle ground states so much as it does across the popular vote. It seems rather myopic to me to ignore all of Obama's failures and vote for him on the basis of the fear-mongering he is pedaling. Even if Romney was focused on Roe-Wade, I think it would be extremely difficult if not impossible to reverse. The real confusion comes on issues such as Planned Parenthood which for me falls in about the same realm with PBS. The government has supported it with billions of dollars annually since inception yet the concept cannot find its own has been crippled by government intervention and dependency just as Obama will cripple the people of this nation with welfare and food stamps. Thanks Ken! ~WB

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      Ken Burgess 5 years ago from Florida

      Wayne its always a pleasure to read your perspectives on an issue.

      I would have no doubts about how this election would go... but for the concern women have for Abortion and by extension Planned Parenthood.

      I'd say close to half of the women who will vote put that issue as their number one concern... a concern that they feel supersedes even the likelihood of a horrible economic future for our country and millions more jobs lost in the coming years, if we stay on course with Obama.

      The Dems will try and convince women that Romney will do away with every advance they have made in the last 50 years... and a lot of them will buy into the fear mongering.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop....No doubt, Obama feels compelled to carry out the mindset of his father and make sure that America pays for all that was done wrong in the world since we are viewed in some circles as an "aggressor". His actions to date make that clearly his goal. The silent majority, now, more than ever, needs to be heard. Thanks much! ~WB

      @ib radmasters...LOL! No doubt. Obama continues to dangle the promise of better days ahead to those hungry to hear such promises...and there are apparently lots of them. They have hung on for four years with that anticipation and now he will convince them that things are in place if they vote correctly, keep him in office...good times and good things are in order. In truth, his direction will destroy the middle class of America with devastating taxation and make the poor even poorer along the way. There is no promise but an empty one to fulfill but it will continued to be dangled and embraced in the shadows of ignorance and entitlement. Thanks much! ~WB

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California


      The old saying, "sticks and stones will break our bones, but words won't harm us" is not applicable as evidenced by the Obama words in 2008, and now in 2012, I think we should opt for the sticks and stones, it will be less painful than more words.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      How it isn't absurdly clear to everyone that Obama has a vision for America based upon years and years of hearing just how bad we are as a nation is a complete puzzlement for me. His vision for us is a nightmare. The only way to stop it is to get him out of office and out of our lives forever. I think that seeing the movie 2016 and reading the book Amateur is all the education anyone needs to make an informed decision in November. Voted up!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @poetvix....Given the opportunity, Obama will slice up America and pass the pieces out to those that remain. His father hated capitalist and colonial societies and basically spent his lifetime fighting both. Obama sees it as his heritage to continue in the process of dismantling the one great symbol of it all...America. We can either decide to join him or we can stop it right now. What sane person would assist an arson in purposely burning down their own home? Thanks much! ~WB

      @50 Caliber....Obama has an agenda which extends far beyond race and class division...those being simply tools to the end. Give another term in office, he will break the financial back of this nation and that seals the deal. We are on our way to becoming a fourth-rate nation cowering in the shadows of a world overseen by China, Russia and the Muslim dominated Middle East. God help us if we do nothing in this next election. Thanks much. ~WB

      @drbj....Saw that documentary this weekend as well. Thank God that it was the product of a man from India as opposed to a white boy from America who would only be labeled "racist" for making it. I have said it time and time again since 2010...Obama is bent on bankrupting America and breaking our financial spine, destroying our economy, undermining our military, and redefining our moral values. Call it something from a movie, a bad dream, call it what you want but have no doubt, it is real, very real and 2012 is our last exit for turning it around. Thanks much! ~WB

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      I saw the movie, '2016 Obama,' Wayne, and Will's synopsis is on the mark. BO is trying to fulfill his father'a anti-colonialist/capitalist dream and bankrupting our country in the process. When high-ranking Dem execs are asked, "Can you say that our country is better off than it was 4 years ago?" every one of them hems and haws, will not answer the question directly and rehashes the old Bush's fault - he got us into this hole in the first place.

      God help us if we don't change horses and the riders in November.

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      50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

      Wayne, I've seen enough of "ass I damn well please" illegal alien president, (until he releases all he has sealed and gets vetted properly.) He ignores or calls executive privilege, keeps a "Kill" list, executed a US Citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki on foreign soil who was born in New Mexico, The targeted killing of an American citizen was an unprecedented Presidential order which al-Aulaqi's father and civil rights groups challenged in court. his relatives were from the Yemen area. Two weeks later his 16 year old son, born in Denver, Colorado was killed by a CIA led air strike near Yemen. Nasser al-Aulaqi, the father of Anwar, made an audio recording condemning the killings of his son and grandson as senseless murders.

      We won't know as the right to due process was not allowed the two a Father and a 16 year old son. In the aftermath they started tacking on ties to 9/11, the underwear bomber and the Fort Hood shootings where the obama guy couldn't even muster more than 2 hands on his crotch at the memorial service. Once a guy like obama gets away with denying the rights of due process for citizens, what if some guy named Sorros ticks him off over loosing 1 or 2 million taxpayer dollars in a drunken late night poker game? Does he pay out of Medicare or Social Security, or have Secret Service just kill him? Seems that the CIA could ave taken down a 16 year old and his dad, hit in a drone attack in a convoy, our Special forces couldn't have intercepted and tried to take him alive for trial? Our services are better than just kill everybody who may have held information of later attacks or tied obama into Al-Qaeda?

      I have heard off shore news talk about the millions spent on sealing all his records, 2 pass ports, 4 Social Security numbers, and his recent refusal to co-operate with a Federal Judges Ruling:

      Toss "Fast and Furious" his denial to allow Arizona to repair the aqua-duct for Tombstone, Arizona in there next to law suites against Arizona, while inviting foreign countries who might be cheated out of illegal immigration benefits of entering through the Arizona gateway and let's Ice the Cake, with his destruction of the Posse Comitatus Act, by placing US troops on patrol in the US (Bush helped here) The last but not least, an impeachable offense "attempted bribery of a US Congressional Candidate to throw an election" (blame congress here) I wrote a lot of emails and the response was "Pelosi let it fall to the floor" it took place when he held both houses.

      A bit of fun to dry the crying eyes of those of us who feel raped

      Remember in November,

      Peace by ballot, or wetting the tree of liberty,


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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I don't think our nation, our freedom, our economy, or perhaps even the global economies can survive four more years. I can't add anything to your most logically laid out, important facts. So, I will leave you with my thanks for being a voice of reason amongst a sea of propaganda with no purpose other than to perpetuate the misery of the masses to keep those enjoying media sized paychecks on the receiving end of them. God bless!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @FitnezzJim...I suppose "Onward & Upward" might have been overly complex! LOL! Lemmings are just what the doctor ordered when it comes to the Pied Piper, Obama...never quite explaining how he will lead the rats out of town. Sadly, we have more than our share of them. Thanks much! ~WB

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      FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      I hate lemmings. Everyone knows that 'forward' to a lemming really means 'over the cliff you go!'.

      I wonder if lemming commercials are in our future.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Ericdierker...I remember that step appropriate to the institution....somewhat repeated in "Oh God, Where Arthe Thou?". Thanks for the good words! ~WB

      @fpherj48...I was hoping that would be your response! ~WB

      @WillStarr...Want to see that one for myself Will but it all makes sense! ~WB

      @Mhatter99...You make a great point. We have watched for 50 yrs with most of us unaware of the legislation enacted to spend our Social Security contribution for other things....a Ponzi scheme in action. We need to get involved and speak, if not, scream our opinion. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. In my humble opinion, America will amble down the same path regardless of who is president until "We the people" get more involved.

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Wayne, that was exactly the "Imagine" I imagined when I wrote the comment.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      To understand Barack Obama, I recommend the movie, "2016". We just saw it, and it explains who Obama is and why he has made such bewildering decisions.

      Obama, like the father who abandoned him, is an anti-colonialist, and thus resents what he sees as American colonialism and American influence on other countries. Therefore, Obama's goal is to diminish the US as a nation, and thus diminish our power and influence, just like his daddy.

      That's why he won't issue drilling permits in the US, but supports drilling in third world countries. That's why he is drastically reducing our nuclear arsenal, but making no serious attempt to keep Iran from attaining a nuke. That's why he wants to diminish the US and its influence on lesser countries. And that's why he apologizes for the US.

      He sees us through his father's anti-colonialism eyes, and he resents it.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wouldn't think of it. My VOTE is valuable. It needs to mean something!

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very well done hub Wayne thanks again. I just decided I would like an honest politician to adopt as a motto "sideways". Kind of reminds me of that act in "best little whorehouse in Texas" Where the politician does a Texas sidestep.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @bankscottage...Your suggestion of the slogan, "Imagine" took me directly to thoughts of John Lennon and his song "Imagine" as well as to thoughts of his socialist leanings...."Imagine there is no country, it's easy if you try" takes on much more seriou implications in that light. Thanks for your great comment! ~WB

      @fpherj48....I applaud your hard work and determination to be sold on your choice. Every American should be as dedicated to get there and weigh the process as seriously. I beg you though, please do not waste your vote on third party demonstrations or write-ins as everyone of those votes goes down as a vote for Obama in the end. Thanks much! ~WB

      @dahoglund....I have the same thoughts and hopes, Don. Hopefully common sense will prevail at the polls this years and we can start to get America going back in the right direction. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I had the same thought about "hope and change" empty slogans. As President Lincoln said--'you can't fool all of the people all of the time." My faith is with the people now and I hope it is not misplaced.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      So....ah......Wayne, Will, this mean you're not voting for Obama?

      Oh c'mon! Just kidding. As an Independent, I have read all of the political hubs with great focus and interest....I've thought and listened and followed all that I am able, that is offered in the news, on the tube, online, and amongst my peers......It's tough being an Independent. Takes time, energy consideration. We don't just go off half-cocked, voting blindly for our PARTY, regardless of whether or not the candidate is a total moron, morally bankrupt, egomaniac ...(OK, I realize I just described your basic Politician) but in any event.

      I am, at this point, leaning VERY heavily toward Mitt......since his acceptance speech and what I've seen and heard in the few days since then. This is where I pay even closer far, I'm with you guys.......duly noting I am seriously pissing off some people I dearly love. This Politics gets messy..................UP+++

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Wayne, I think it is "Forward" as in "Forward March", right off of the fiscal cliff.

      As you point out, the media certainly doesn't question or challenge their favored party, at least not on a regular basis. Again, as you point out, we as voters do not challenge politicians enough on their rhetoric. The strategy of "Hope and Change" was brilliant because he never had to define it. Voters defined it as they wanted, but they never questioned whether that was how Obama defined it. This time, he made it easier for us, only one word that isn't defined, "Forward". Maybe he should have just used "Imagine".

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr...Plain as the nose on one's would think! Thanks Will! ~WB

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Not to mention his far-left mother and grandfather, or his proud Communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis.

      Obama has surrounded himself with left wing radicals, a fact of which most voters were unaware when they voted for him, because the adoring media covered it up.

      They still are.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr....Ah, yes...we cannot forget the influence of his professed communist father. Thanks for the reminder, Will! ~WB

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      According to Obama, we cannot go back to the traditional America which was once the beacon of real hope to the entire world.

      He claims that we must go forward into the leftist dream America of his Marxist father. That was the Hope and Change he was speaking about, but never admitted to.