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Will We Be Fooled Again?

Updated on January 14, 2016

On November 4, 2008, the American voters went to the polls to elect the President of the United States. Every 4 years, we hear the same story. This was to be the most important election of our lifetime. We usually just brush this off as political spin, but this year seemed to be very different. We faced very troubling times both at home and abroad.

Every Presidential election you can count on about 35-40% of the American people to vote for the Democratic candidate and about 35-40% to vote for the Republican candidate. It would not matter who were the candidates. The Democrats could run Mickey Mouse and the Republicans could run Daffy Duck. It is the 20-30% of the swing and independent voters who decide the election.

This year was no different. It would be very hard changing the minds of the die-hard Democrats or Republicans. We knew the outcome of the election was in our hands - the American voter that will cross party lines to elect the most qualified candidate who possesses integrity, experience, character and good judgment to lead our nation.

We had to decide between two very different candidates. Barack Obama, the Democrat, was a young, inexperienced African-American candidate who had done very little in his short career in the United States Senate. However, he was a political phenomenon of rare magnitude. His speeches inspired millions with expectations of "hope and change." John McCain, the Republican, was an old, experience candidate who had served his nation with dignity both in the military and in Congress for over 30 years. He lacked the charisma that his opponent had and seemed out of touch with the new and younger voters. We were torn between a young, inspirational candidate with new ideas and one that seemed to promise more of the same.

Some of us remembered when we elected Jimmy Carter in 1976. He was a candidate with very little experience. It was four years of high taxes, high interest rates, high inflation, a gas crisis, and a terrible foreign policy record. Did we want to repeat that mistake? However, many of us were unhappy with President Bush. We were tired of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The economy in 2008 was heading into a recession and we were ready for a change. We blamed Bush for the economy, but we seemed to have a short memory. The first 6 years of Bush's administration the economy was fine, despite suffering the nation's worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor. This hurt our economy temporarily, but with the help of Bush and the Republican congress it recovered to levels before the attack. In November 2006 we voted in a Democratic congress. Americans voted for change in 2006, and we got it! Consumer confidence plummeted, gas prices soared, unemployment rose, retirement investments took a big hit, and we began to face a national financial crisis. Who did the voters blame? They blamed Bush and the Republican Party.

On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President and American headed into a new year anticipating Hope and Change. What we got is not what we expected. The American people had been fooled. He was not the moderate President as he portrayed himself in his campaign. His economic stimulus package did not improve the economy and unemployment rose to about 9%. Gas prices soared to an all-time high with no relief in sight. In over three years his approval rating dropped dramatically. The majority disapproved of the healthcare legislation he rammed through Congress. Most political polls showed that only 44-46% of Americans thought he deserved to be reelected in 2012. Most polls also show that over 60% thought the country was headed in the wrong direction.

A familiar American phrase is "Fool us once, shame on you; fool us twice, shame on us." Well shame on us because we elected him again. Hopefully we have finally learned from our mistake. Over seven in 10 Obama voters, and 55 percent of Democrats, regret voting for President Obama's reelection in 2012, according to a new Economist/ poll.

The poll asked those who voted for Obama's reelection a simple question: “Do you regret voting for Barack Obama?”

— Overall, 71 percent said yes, 26 percent no.

— 80 percent of whites said yes, 39 percent of blacks said yes and 70 percent of Hispanics said yes.

— 84 percent of women said yes, and just 61 percent of men agreed.

— 55 percent of Democrats said yes, as did 71 percent of independents.

A good country learns from their mistakes and a great country will correct these mistakes. We started by returning control of the House of Representatives to the Republicans in 2010 and the Senate in 2014. Our next step is for the GOP to return to the White House in 2016.

The Republicans must find a good candidate to face Hillary Clinton in 2016. There are many that will seek the nomination - Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Chris Christie or Mike Huckabee are just a few. However, can they win? America was excited to elect the first Black President. They will be equally excited to elect the first woman. I am offering a name that many will not recognize - Dr. Ben Carson. He is an African-American Neurosurgeon who gave the keynote address at the 2013 National Prayer Conference in Washington. With Obama sitting nearby, Carson gave a very conservative message that addressed the many problems of our country, including Obamacare.

Carson is not a politician, but neither were George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower. We need a decent, God-fearing man with "common sense" to lead us out of the problems that hurt our nation today. I hate to bring up the issue of race, but Carson could win enough Black votes to defeat Hillary. America cannot afford 4-8 more years of a liberal in the White House. We have already been fooled twice. Well it seems that we are being fooled again. This time it's the GOP that is being fooled by Donald Trump. He claims that he will make America great again! We don't need to be great, we do need to be blessed. We need a leader with high moral values and integrity who can bring this nation back to one that God will be happy to bless again. Hopefully, we will wake up and not be fooled again!


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      Ken Burgess 5 years ago from Florida

      I good write up! I wrote a similar piece, my initial Hub actually. There is a lot at stake in this election, not just for America, but for the world because of our actions in it, especially in the Middle East. Please take the time to read my Hubs when you have a chance.

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa


      On Wed Oct. 3,2012, the first Presidential debate live, uncut and un- doctored. What you see and hear is what the candidates are selling. One can be the judge.

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      Joe Citizen

      Know the candidate.

      The Obama's don't want this video to be seen in 2012

      Untold story

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      Joe Citizen

      Exclusive: Paul Ryan ‘’ The true facts’’ on 'Fox News Sunday'

      Be the judge.

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      Critic 5 years ago

      The president is giving our money away to his cronies and also he spent 1.4 Billion on golf, jets, trips, you name it .... It was not his money to spend. The waste in this country from food stamps and medicare abuse can be fixed if the government were strong informers... but they are not. The President is weak and he lied about the Ambassador, fast and furious, and most everything....... The country is going down the toilet. Flushed away.

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      Joe Citizen 5 years ago

      You are very misinformed. The economy started downhill in 2007 after the democrats took over Congress. Presidents are not responsible for the budget ... Congress is. Romney was not my first choice, but he is the best choice to turn this economy around. He is a strong businessman. I know he is rich, but so is Obama! I know I cannot change the minds of most democrats. It took a long time to change my mind, but hopefully I can open up some eyes.

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      hungry4food 5 years ago

      This is why Ken Langone is right about breaking up the Big Banks , and Ron Paul is right to want the Federal Reserve Audited.

      Shariah Finance has integrated our Financial system since 911 and in 2008 it became our Financial Demise

      , in my Opinion .


      Landmark Lawsuit by US Home Owners Implicates Obama and Big Banks in Massive Global Laundering Scheme

      Home Owners Across the Nation Sue All Bank Servicers and Their Offshore Havens; Spire Law Officially Announces Filing of Landmark Lawsuit

      Hey have you realized what has integrated into our Financial System since 911 ? ????

      Shariah Finance Watch Has a List of Shariah Compliant Banks The Federal Reserve Like a Hostage is being Forced to Do QE Spending because they want to Keep the Dollar as Petrol Trade Currency and this is the reason why we have a ZERO Interest Monetary Policy and this has all Private Capital Formation Shut Down with ZERO Interest Policy there is NO private capital investment in Fixed Income that can be leveraged in the Private financial markets to lend to Growth Investments !!!

      U.S. Interest in Shariah Finance Opens Dangerous Doors, Critics Say

      Read more:,2933,451416,00.html...

      please do read the Seeking Alpha , I think what has Happened with the Financial operations that were bailed out are afraid along with the Hedge Funds , ( This is why I think Romney is soft on pointing any kind of fraud in the LIBOR because they are afraid to make any moves for fear of International Islamist Investors that are OPEC Oil tycoon Investors of the Arab nations will Pull their cash out if any kind of truth comes out .

      And Now these same Investors are integrated into this market and are the Makers of High Frequency Trading Platforms and this fear is why we see a Regulatory Lack of Enforcement even at the self regulatory level , all part of the plan ???!!!! Treasury flash crash could become reality

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      JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa


      ''Obama tripled Bush's debt! You can't fix the problem with more spending''!

      Don't be fooled by Obama and the Democrats. The Super committee is working for a bi -partisan solution to finding $1.2 trillion savings in 10 years, what a joke.

      Senator Coburn has found $9 trillion in government waste, immediate cuts of $4 trillion should not be a problem. The people SHOULD demand that government waste has to be cut.Obama wants to raise taxes to bring in more revenue. Putting people back to work will bring in more revenue, companies making profits will create more jobs.


      2/13/10 2:04 PM EST

      President Barack Obama is hailing PAY-as-you-GO budget legislation he

      signed Friday night as one in a series of crucial steps needed to snap Washington out of a DESTRUCTIVE pattern of overspending.“Now, Congress will have to pay for what it spends, just like everybody else,” Obama said in his radio and Internet address released Saturday

      morning. “After a decade of profligacy, the American people are tired of politicians who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk when it comes to

      fiscal responsibility. It’s easy to get up in front of the cameras and rant against exploding deficits. What’s hard is ACTUALLY getting deficits under control. But that’s what we must do.”

      Note that President Obama has not done anything close to what he tells the public.

      The PAYGO LAW compels NEW spending or tax changes to NOT ADD to the

      federal deficit. Not to be confused with pay-as-you-go financing, which

      is when a government saves up money to fund a specific project. Under

      the PAYGO rules a new proposal must either be "budget neutral"

      or offset with savings derived from EXISTING funds.[1] The goal of this

      is to require those in control of the budget to engage in the diligence of

      prioritizing expenses and exercising fiscal restraint. The interest on

      the national debt is $1 billion a day and rising. The unfunded liabilities of the country is $104 trillion.

      Sounds simple, if you spend more, you need to cut from existing budgeted funds. The President says EVERYONE must be included in the process. It’s time for Congress to start cutting waste FIRST before taxing anyone. Send an e-mail to the super 12 to start cutting the government. The government has increased 20% since 2008. Public sector workers unemployment is 3% and the private sector is 9%, something is not RIGHT.

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      JP 6 years ago

      By all means, we have to elect a conservative in 2012. Even an ultra-liberal dem can see how BO's spending binge is digging us into a debt hole that will take drastic measures to get out of. Yes, we had a deficit under Bush, but Obama tripled Bush's debt! You can't fix the problem with more spending! Let the banks who give out loans like candy go bankrupt! Let them learn their lessons just like families who learn the hard way when the plastic is full and the salaries aren't enough to pay them down.

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      Beverly 6 years ago

      HERMAN CAIN!!!!!!!!Obama is scary to me, love john mccain, pailin and Hilary and her ex pres hub scare me too!

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      lloyd 6 years ago

      It really doesn't matter who we put in office. THey all make promises that they don't know they can't keep until they are sworn in. It may seem like the most powerful office in the world but the reality of it is the real power is held by the fellas that own the federal reserve. They are the ones that shape history. Wake up America! Kennedy tried to stop them and we know what happened to him.

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      Joe Citizen 6 years ago

      Apparently, you drank the kool-aid ...

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      Texasbeta 6 years ago

      The economy was fine? What a joke. Apparently, you are unaware of cause/effect and what created the crisis. voted for Nixon in 1972. That explains it all

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      Joe Citizen 6 years ago

      My mistake. I should have known that ... I worked on Carter's campaign at the local level. Also, voted for Nixon in 1972 ... my first Presidential vote. Thanks for the correction.

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      Charlie 6 years ago

      Carter was elected in 1976, not 1972. Nixon was elected in '72.

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      Joe Citizen 6 years ago

      I hope you are wrong this time.