07 Nov 2012

Not the Same America Anymore

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Michael J. Hurd was a little bitter.

Bill O’Reilly said it well—and honestly:

“It’s not a traditional America anymore, and there are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff. They want things. And who is going to give them things? President Obama.”

Twenty years ago, O’Reilly said, Obama would have been “roundly defeated by an establishment candidate” like Romney.

“The white establishment is now the minority,” he added. “The voters, many of them, feel this economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff.”

The primary issue is not race. It’s outlook. You have basically two types of people, when considered in the context of electoral politics. One wants to do, and wants to be left alone to do it. The other wants to get, not in the traditional American sense of pursuing happiness…but to have goodies to which one is entitled, and provided for by others.

Since the welfare/entitlement state began in earnest, back in the 1930s, the trend has been consistent and steady. Ignore the periods of exception or backing off the trend, such as when Eisenhower or Reagan were President. These periods were the exception, not the norm. They did not represent the steady direction the country was taking, even at those times.
Before Obama, presidential elections were usually decided by the state of the economy. This is because most people, before Obama, wanted a thriving economy above all else.

Things have changed.

The fact that Obama—an open redistributer or wealth—won the first time was an indication that perhaps something had changed in American society. …

Obama won. Before 2012, this would not have been possible in America. At the end of the day, a majority would never have voted back into office a President presiding over such a lousy economy. Obama himself, back in 2009, predicted he would not be a two-term President if the economy didn’t appreciably improve. The economy did not appreciably approve. Yet Obama won anyway. …

This is so not the America of 1776. There are still good and great people to be found in this society, and some of them will perhaps still manage to flourish, unless liberty perishes altogether and some kind of a dictatorship takes hold in coming decades. (It certainly can, on our current course, especially with continued debt, deficits and economic decline.)

One thing is for sure. Those of us who yearn to think, live self-responsibly and independently must share a society with a plurality of people who would rather force others to take care of them. Not every single person who voted for Obama is a mooching dependent of the welfare state, of course. The truth is much uglier than that. The majority of people live their lives in such fear—even if they’re doing quite well for themselves—that they chose to support the least freedom loving President in our relatively young nation’s history. Obama provides them with the illusion that they’re not alone, even though they are more alone with a hack like Obama, not less.

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SDD

Past the point of no return
The final threshold
The bridge is crossed
So stand and watch it burn
We’ve passed the point of no return.



Darlene O'Hara

You commented that the primary reason is not race, but, face the facts, it’s always about race in this country! It’s comments like yours and the media that continues to divide this country. The people spoke, not just blacks but people from every background, race and economic level. The media hard as it could tried to make it look as though more than 50% of this country was against the President and that was proven to be a lie. If you put as much effort into finding a solution instead of finding a divide, imagine where we could take this country. Stop The Divide and The Closet Hateness! Where you are should I say are you actually waiting for this country to return to where it was? It was only good for a select few. Less than 60 years ago, even Jews weren’t allowed at certain venues and so many other minorities who now can “fit in” seem to forget their history. I’m sure you’ll rip this apart for whatever reason, but the fact remains, President Obama was selected and as such, we should support him and all should work together and find a way to get us back to the country you say we were which will never be again for many reasons, and good ones!

Let’s build a new nation together but as long as we have bigots, yes, bigots like you and so many others with a hidden agenda this country will continue to repeat the mistakes of the past. Please let’s work together and stop the stupidity.



COL Goff

Ms. O’Hara,

Of course it isn’t about race – name one country, other than the US, at any point in history, where a black man (or a member of any distinct minority for that matter) has been elected to the highest political office in a democratic election by a white majority. Name one other country on earth where people of such diverse backgrounds coexist in relative peace. None exists.

Don’t insult your countrymen by reducing reasoned, philosophical political objections to policy to an issue of race. Race has nothing to do with it. I loathed clinton and kerry and gore – I would loathe obama no less where he a white man.

Also, kindly find another blog to pollute with your idiocy.



boligat

It’s always about race because people like Ms. O’Hara make it so.



Joe Canadian

ya, thank goodness there isn’t too many countries that are still as they were in 1776 eh?

In fact, if y’all want to live in a place as it was in 1776, I suppose you could just go live THERE then.

by the way, happy 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House. Cheers.



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