Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1459870 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Nov 5, 2008, titled Barack Obama, our next President. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...

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“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#846666 Jan 24, 2013
*The Increasing Discontent of the Unsuccessful*

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky is the spiritual leader of
Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, New Jersey.
The most charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo for the incumbent President and for a divided Congress. They must enjoy gridlock, partisanship, incompetence, economic stagnation and avoidance of responsibility. And fewer people voted.
But as we awake from the nightmare, it is important to eschew the facile explanations for the Romney defeat that will prevail among the chattering classes. Romney did not lose because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy that devastated this area, nor did he lose because he ran a poor campaign, nor did he lose because the Republicans could have chosen better candidates, nor did he lose because Obama benefited from a slight uptick in the economy due to the business cycle.
Romney lost because he didn’t get enough votes to win.
That might seem obvious, but not for the obvious reasons. Romney lost because the conservative virtues – the traditional American virtues – of liberty, hard work, free enterprise, private initiative and aspirations to moral greatness – no longer inspire or animate a majority of the electorate.
The simplest reason why Romney lost was because it is impossible to compete against free stuff. Every businessman knows this; that is why the “loss leader” or the giveaway is such a powerful marketing tool. Obama’s America is one in which free stuff is given away: the adults among the 47,000,000 on food stamps clearly recognized for whom they should vote, and so they did, by the tens of millions; those who – courtesy of Obama – receive two full
years of unemployment benefits (which, of course, both disincentivizes looking for work and also motivates people to work off the books while collecting their windfall) surely know for whom to vote. The lure of free stuff is irresistible.
The defining moment of the whole campaign was the revelation of the secretly-recorded video in which Romney acknowledged the difficulty of winning an election in which “47% of the people” start off against him because they pay no taxes and just receive money –“free stuff”– from the government. Almost half of the population has no skin in the game – they don’t care about high taxes, promoting business, or creating jobs, nor do they care that the money for their free stuff is being borrowed from their children and from the Chinese. They just want the free stuff that comes their way at someone else’s expense. In the end, that 47%
leaves very little margin for error for any Republican and does not bode well for the future.
It is impossible to imagine a conservative candidate winning against such overwhelming odds. People do vote their pocketbooks. In essence, the people vote for a Congress who will not raise their taxes, and for a President who will give them free stuff, never mind who has to pay for it.
That engenders the second reason why Romney lost: the inescapable
conclusion that the electorate is ignorant and uninformed. Indeed, it does not pay to be an informed voter, because most other voters – the clear majority – are unintelligent and easily swayed by emotion and raw populism. That is the indelicate way of saying that too many people vote with their hearts and not their heads. That is why Obama did not have to produce a second term agenda, or even defend his first-term record. He needed only to portray Mitt Romney as a rapacious capitalist who throws elderly women over a cliff, when he is not just snatching away their cancer medication, while starving the poor and cutting taxes for the rich.

“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#846667 Jan 24, 2013
During his 1956 presidential campaign, a woman called out to Adlai Stevenson:“Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!” Stevenson called back:“That’s not enough, madam, we need a majority!” Truer words were never spoken.
Obama could get away with saying that “Romney wants the rich to play by a different set of rules”– without ever defining what those different rules were; with saying that the “rich should pay their fair share”– without ever defining what a “fair share” is; with saying that Romney wants the poor, elderly and sick to “fend for themselves”– without even acknowledging that all these government programs are going bankrupt, their current insolvency only papered over by deficit spending.
Similarly, Obama (or his surrogates) could hint to blacks that a
Romney victory would lead them back into chains and proclaim to women that their abortions and birth control would be taken away. He could appeal to Hispanics that Romney would have them all arrested and shipped to Mexico and unabashedly state that he will not enforce the current immigration laws. He could espouse the furtherance of the incestuous relationship between governments and unions – in which politicians ply the unions with public money, in exchange for which the unions provide the politicians with votes, in exchange for which the politicians provide more money and the unions provide more votes, etc., even though the money is gone.
Obama also knows that the electorate has changed – that whites will soon be a minority in America (they’re already a minority in California) and that the new immigrants to the US are primarily from the Third World and do not share the traditional American values that attracted immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is a different world, and a different America. Obama is part of that different America, knows it, and knows how to tap into it. That is why he won.
Obama also proved again that negative advertising works, invective
sells, and harsh personal attacks succeed. That Romney never engaged in such diatribes points to his essential goodness as a person; his “negative ads” were simple facts, never personal abuse – facts about high unemployment, lower take-home pay, a loss of American power and prestige abroad, a lack of leadership, etc. As a politician, though, Romney failed because he did not embrace the devil’s bargain of making unsustainable promises.
It turned out that it was not possible for Romney and Ryan – people of substance, depth and ideas – to compete with the shallow populism and platitudes of their opponents. Obama mastered the politics of envy – of class warfare – never reaching out to Americans as such but to individual groups, and cobbling together a winning majority from these minority groups. If an Obama could not be defeated – with his record and his vision of America, in which free stuff seduces voters – it is hard to envision any change in the future. The road to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and to a European-socialist economy – those very economies that are
collapsing today in Europe – is paved.
Lily Boca Raton Fl

Boca Raton, FL

#846668 Jan 24, 2013
Lord Fetch wrote:
so...dickholes, so much for your abortion debate:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/24/catholi...
Bingo!
DEMidiots

Pompano Beach, FL

#846669 Jan 24, 2013
Lily Boca Raton Fl wrote:
Paul Ryan reintroduced his Personhood bill giving eggs legal rights
Now you can crack them open to look for liquor.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#846670 Jan 24, 2013
Lily Boca Raton Fl wrote:
<quoted text>
No, it's republican lawmakers who continue to bring forth bills attempting to for e women to bear their racists babies. The latest is in NM, claiming that a woman who aborts a rapists or in estrous baby is destroying evidence and should be charged with evidence tampering.
Just try and tell me you haven't been drinking. "racist babies"?

The terms of the legislation, which was brought up by a woman, sound reasonable to me.

“Tampering with evidence shall include pressuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest, with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime.”

A guy rapes a 15 year old girl, then convince her to have an abortion so he can deny it.
DEMidiots

Pompano Beach, FL

#846671 Jan 24, 2013
GOPIdiots wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm so sorry you were born with a small penis!
You mean you thought you were the only one?
dem

Chicago, IL

#846672 Jan 24, 2013
Evening, imbeciles.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#846673 Jan 24, 2013
Lily Boca Raton Fl wrote:
Paul Ryan reintroduced his Personhood bill giving eggs legal rights
it's actually a fertilized egg, there is a big difference

<I'm not saying i agree with it>
dem

Chicago, IL

#846674 Jan 24, 2013
Evening, lily.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#846675 Jan 24, 2013
GOPIdiots wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm so sorry you were born with a small penis!
Why, do you prefer big ones? TMI!

“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#846676 Jan 24, 2013
Eman wrote:
<quoted text>
I may be way off here, because i've never been in the military, but wouldn't their ability to get pregnant (and thus have to be removed from combat duty) cause logistic issues?
A TV News Report this afternoon said that 11% of all female troops get pregnant during active duty. It is much higher for Naval Personnel....but, gee, let's not rock the boat...it's not PC.
Lily Boca Raton Fl

Boca Raton, FL

#846677 Jan 24, 2013
Rand Paul is such a dolt
Lily Boca Raton Fl

Boca Raton, FL

#846678 Jan 24, 2013
Eman wrote:
<quoted text>
it's actually a fertilized egg, there is a big difference
<I'm not saying i agree with it>
Hi Dem
DEMidiots

Pompano Beach, FL

#846679 Jan 24, 2013
GOPIdiots wrote:
<quoted text>
You keep voting for losers, who's the fool?
Since your Party has alienated anyone under the age of 30, women, minorities, and anyone not living in the South, my guess is you'll continue to vote for Presidential losers.
You're the fool who voted for the loser...Obama got in again, dummy! And as far as who the parties have...the taxpayers are still Republicans; the lowlife bottomfeeding illegal alien leeches like yourself are now the majority...voting for Obama to continue their enslaved dependence on the government's purse full of Republican workers tax money.

“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#846680 Jan 24, 2013
Eman wrote:
<quoted text>
I can see that being changed.
Heck, they lowered standards for minorities and they can do it again.

If it don't fit, make it fit.
Lily Boca Raton Fl

Boca Raton, FL

#846681 Jan 24, 2013
Eman wrote:
<quoted text>
Just try and tell me you haven't been drinking. "racist babies"?
The terms of the legislation, which was brought up by a woman, sound reasonable to me.
“Tampering with evidence shall include pressuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest, with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime.”
A guy rapes a 15 year old girl, then convince her to have an abortion so he can deny it.
Rapists, my iPad self corrects, didnt notice
DEMidiots

Pompano Beach, FL

#846682 Jan 24, 2013
GOPIdiots wrote:
<quoted text>
You're too stupid to even think up an original screenname.
But then, you're an idiot.
Keep losing!
You spelled DEM incorrectly in your posting name, you bottomfeeding ghetto leech.

“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#846683 Jan 24, 2013
GOPIdiots wrote:
<quoted text>
But when Bonehead cries, it's natural, and only a quirk, right?
The rightwing hysteria over Benghazi is rather hypocritical, considering the foreign policy issues during the previous GOP administration.
You must be busy watching the fly on your nose again.

Come back when you can make sense, OK?

I'm tolerant of your type.
DEMidiots

Pompano Beach, FL

#846684 Jan 24, 2013
Lily Boca Raton Fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Bingo!
lily plays it at the liquor store now...and wins!
Lily Boca Raton Fl

Boca Raton, FL

#846685 Jan 24, 2013
Eman wrote:
<quoted text>
Just try and tell me you haven't been drinking. "racist babies"?
The terms of the legislation, which was brought up by a woman, sound reasonable to me.
“Tampering with evidence shall include pressuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest, with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime.”
A guy rapes a 15 year old girl, then convince her to have an abortion so he can deny it.
It's attempting to criminalize the victim. It's not going to pass, nevertheless, it's a continued attempt to take abortion rights away. The evidence is the rape, punish the rapist.

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