Saturday, August 09, 2008

Living in the Best of Times, and the Worst of Times

McCain appeals for the votes of 50,000 Harley-riding Americans. Senator Obama appeals for the approval of 200,000 Germans. So which demographic would you rather have: 50,000 Harley riders casting their ballots for you on Election Day, or the support of 200,000 non-citizens who can't cast a ballot for you?

And a 7 year old girl asks Senator Obama why he wants to run for president of the United States of America.
“America is, uh, is no longer, uh, what it could be, what it once was. And I say to myself, 'I don’t want that future for my children.'”
--Barack Obama, 8/7/08, in response to the question of a 7-year old on why he was running for president.
"No longer what it could be. What it once was."....?!?!.......sounds like he's endorsing John McCain. He certainly isn't taking us to a previous time in American history, since the country has never swung as hard left as his policies seem to want to take us.

There's an interesting book by Gregg Easterbrook called The Progress Paradox How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse. In it, the author talks about how it is within human nature to romanticize the past and fabricate a belief that somehow, our grandparents had it better; and that today, we are far worse off. Easterbrook points out, in so many significant ways, how the world is a far better place to live in today than it ever was in human history.

I believe some of that is going on here, injected by a steroid shot of BDS political hyperbolic scaremongering that for the last 8 years President Bush has become "the worst president in history"- even though his legacy's history can't possibly be known yet- taking the country down a dark path of misery, imperialistic overreach, ruining the economy and taking from the poor and giving to the rich, gas prices shooting up to levels paid at by so many people in other countries, failure to prevent 9/11, failure in Katrina, failure to stop global warming and ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, Terri Schiavo, causing Americans to be hated around the world, taking us lying us into war, abu Ghraib and human rights violations through Gitmo and rendition programs, stripping away our civil liberties, the Constitution's just a piece of paper, and seizing unprecedented presidential powers. I'm sure I missed a few.

If I had the time on my hands, I'd go through and point out statistical comparisons and facts that on so many issues, the BDS sufferers have placed personal politics over reality, because it's all happening under Bush's watch.

If these last 8 years have been the worst years in American history due to the leadership of one man, I'd say give me more of the same. Give me more of the McSame over Barack Obama, any year of the decade.

Cross-posted at Flopping Aces

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Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

For this guy to put our Nation down to a child is the ultimate in stupidity!

He is so scripted that he can't even change his tune to talk to a child!

Saturday, August 09, 2008 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Ken's right. After he said that he turned toward the adult audience for approval! What a dimwit!

There's also one thing he's forgetting: America is no longer what it once was and for him it's a good thing. If it was what it once was, he wouldn't be running for president, now would he? Sheesh!

Saturday, August 09, 2008 1:23:00 PM  
Blogger Z said...

and he'll do his darndest to make SURE America is never returned to what She once was, won't he.
Because it's not the America he or the Mrs. envision. They've bought into the victimhood trap even as he's RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, for goodness Gayle here says!!

And yes, slamming our country in front of kids is as bad as Harry Reid slamming our president to kids "he's a loser"...

It HAS TO STOP...but who'll stop'em?

Saturday, August 09, 2008 2:43:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

He is so scripted that he can't even change his tune to talk to a child!

Actually, ken, I think he was caught off guard and gave a candid response that reveals much of how he thinks and the line of reasoning he's campaigning on. He probably doesn't even think there's anything wrong with his response.

Now, he may not believe that America's truly gone to hell in a handbasket, living the privileged life that he has since adulthood, making a success out of himself. But his way of thinking, or believing, is indicative of what so many fatcat rich Democrats I work with think. Just this past Friday, while working with a client in a highrise gymnasium, some lady on a treadmill was going on and on about Bush and the state of the country, as though the sky were falling. And this lady is living a life of luxury.

Saturday, August 09, 2008 3:41:00 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

I could be wrong but I think the debates may undo him. He has won people over with his canned speeches to the masses. It's an aura, thousands of adoring fans lapping up canned responses.

As far as the Dem debates, they did not prepare him for the real thing. They were largely in a comfortable atmosphere with softball questions, this is what the Saturday Night Live jokes were about. When he gets to the debates with John McCain, he will have some tough questions to answer on the spot, without a teleprompter.

He would not be the first presidential candidate sunk by the debates. They have claimed more carrers than anything else. Nixon sweating in '60, Perot upstaging Bush in '92, Gore rolling his eyes in 2000, Kerry's arrogance in '04. They are the few times people get to directly compare the candidates. I think Obama is going to look small and inexperienced next to McCain. Especially during national seurity questions.

Time will tell but I think it could be interesting.

Saturday, August 09, 2008 6:21:00 PM  
Blogger Z said...

Words, that story about the woman ragging on Bush sounds familiar....the friend I was trying to have for dinner with you is a painter and teaches painting all over Beverly Hills and the West Side.......she has to listen ALL day long to rich painting students, in their mansions, say how bad things are going..and has to keep her mouth shut or lose clientele. At a gallery opening a few years back, she heard one artist come in and say "Think there are any REPUBLICANS here?" with a really disdainful tone. They're like Brown Shirts!
And say they're the PROGRESSIVE, FREE TIHNKERS!>>>OPEN MINDS, dontchaknow!
Talk and lose your job. scary.

Sunday, August 10, 2008 4:15:00 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

When BHO opens his mouth without a script or teleprompter, he inserts foot.

I hope he gets more such opportunities without a script and in bigger venues. He'll do himself in -- with any of his followers who still have any sense of reason. I know one individual who finally decided to vote for McCain, precisely because of BHO's comment to that student.

Sunday, August 10, 2008 7:41:00 AM  
Blogger Z said...

Did you hear the DNC has some celebrities (Sarandon, etc.) scheduled to speak?

i'm hoping the whole country sees the types voting DEMOCRAT.....

Doesn't it feel like the Dems are going out of their way to appeal to the far left wing of their party? I mean, Elizabeth Edwards goes to DailyKOS to publish her remarks about John's affair? KOS?

Actually, come to think of it, it might be nice if the Republicans started going out of their way to appeal to Republicans, but I guess that's not quite as important; we need the middle.

Sunday, August 10, 2008 9:07:00 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

yeah, Sean Hannity was talking about this. He asked that same question, "Would you rather talk to some bikers or Germans?" I'm partial to bikers anyway but yeah, bikers in a heartbeat.

Sunday, August 10, 2008 8:44:00 PM  

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