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Election Analysis

Another election day has passed. What do the result signify?

Chris Christie 2In New Jersey, Chris Christie won reelection as governor. He won by a large margin, leading all the talking heads to chat up his presidential possibilities. While Christie won impressively, he had no coattails; the Republicans failed to pick up key legislative seats. This was a victory based on the personality of one individual, not on philosophy of government or principles. Christie ran as a middle-of-the-road guy, appealing to Democrats, who are more numerous in the state. That’s an understandable tactic, but what does the man really believe? Social conservatives are not enamored with him; he recently signed a law banning counseling to help children turn from homosexuality. He’s bought the line that homosexuality is not a choice, but simply a matter of one’s genes.

Chris Christie as the Republican nominee for president in 2016 would give me no pleasure. His presumed conservatism is purely pragmatic, and he can’t be trusted to govern on anything approaching Biblical principles. By the way, he also declined to help his fellow Republican in Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, when asked to make the short trip from New Jersey to campaign on his behalf.

KenCuccinelliCuccinelli, the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, lost last night by a slim 48-45% tally. This was after polls showed Democrat Terry McAuliffe ahead by 12-15 points just two weeks ago. Cuccinelli closed that gap rapidly due to rising disgust over Obamacare. As Virginia’s attorney general, Cuccinelli was the first to challenge Obama’s healthcare law in court. Pundits are saying if the campaign had gone just one more week, Cuccinelli could have pulled it out.

Terry McAuliffeSo now the state where I spent most of my adult life has a Clinton crony in its governor’s mansion. McAuliffe has to be one of the most unsavory creatures in politics, yet Virginians chose him regardless. His strategy of painting Cuccinelli as an extremist who hates women [translation: he’s strongly pro-life] won over enough low-information voters to make the difference.

Two other factors: an Obama financial backer set up an organization to fund the campaign of the libertarian candidate, who probably took enough votes away from Cuccinelli to affect the outcome; the Republican establishment turned its back on its own nominee, highlighting the growing rift between those who operate on principle and those who make political expediency their god. Ken Cuccinelli, a decent Christian man who puts principle first, deserved better. But Virginia voters got what they deserved.

Incidentally, the overlooked result in Virginia is that Republicans maintained a 2/3 majority in the state’s House of Delegates. McAuliffe doesn’t have a rubber-stamp legislature that will do his bidding. Don’t expect that inconvenient fact to come to light; the media will instead crow about the defeat of a Tea Party-backed candidate.

Despite the Virginia outcome, Democrats have reason to worry as the 2014 congressional elections approach. Obamacare is going to remain a key issue, no matter how they try to spin it. The Tea Party sentiment in the country is not dead, and the overreach of the Obama administration continues to energize that sector of the electorate. We could see a repeat of 2010.

Obamacare Thus Far

Let’s review how Obamacare has worked thus far. On the first day the website was open for business, a grand total of six people nationwide enrolled. By the end of the second day, a massive 248 had entered the system. In states where one actually could access an exchange, upwards of 80-90% signed up for Medicaid rather than Obamacare. I wasn’t aware Medicaid was an option. All those new Medicaid recipients don’t put money into the system; rather, they take it out.

Then there’s been the effect on private insurance plans. The stringent Obamacare requirements for including the kitchen sink along with regular coverage has led to a couple million people losing their private insurance, which was really part of the overall strategy from the beginning. This administration is no friend of private insurers; it is pushing people into the government operation:

Private Health Plans

Individuals who are then forced into Obamacare suffer from sticker shock:

Reflexes Normal

The promises had been wonderful: you can keep your plan if you like it; the average person will see a $2500 drop in premiums; everyone will end up being insured. And the band plays on, somewhat reminiscent of another historic disaster:

Keep Playing

Perhaps this is, in actuality, one of those stimulus jobs Obama promised at the beginning of his presidency:

Shovel Ready

Meanwhile, that portion of the media that is still doing its job is trying to figure out how long Kathleen Sebelius will hold onto hers. One cartoonist has an ingenious suggestion for her next career move:

Brilliant

We used to hear voices seeking to put President Obama on Mt. Rushmore, alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Now, not so much. There is an alternative being floated:

Mt. Stupid

The Unraveling of the Obamacare Utopia

History is replete with odd visionaries and assorted crackpots who try to set up their version of utopia. They are always disappointed with the results. The word itself was a play on words when it was created. Utopia literally means “no place.” In other words, there is no such place as a perfect society when men are involved in setting it up. How can it be otherwise? Mankind is so imperfect it can never fashion perfection on its own.

Even worse are coercive/compulsory utopian dreams. This is when men attempt to use government to force everyone into their schemes. Modern progressives are the source of most of those attempts; they always fail.

Obamacare is one such utopian fantasy, and the unraveling of this scheme is happening before our eyes. When even the Obama-subservient media, whether the news branch or the entertainment portion, begin to take notice, you know something may be changing. News outlets such as NBC are now reporting Obama knew back when he was promising that everyone could keep insurance plans they like, that he was blatantly lying. On the entertainment side of the media behemoth, Jon Stewart is skewering not just a botched rollout but the dishonesty and incompetence of a beloved president he rarely touched before.

The comical rollout has served as the attention-getter. While it’s not the core problem with the program, it has performed admirably as a glaring example of this administration’s typical bumbling and blundering. It is a bracing reminder of what you get when you give priority to style over substance.

The website has been a total disaster:

Error

The question has become, “Can it ever really be fixed?”

Humpty

We now know the company contracted to develop the site has connections to the Obamas. One of the key players went to college with the First Lady. It also is a failed company. It was supposed to set up a gun registry in Canada, but after many years of trying, it was booted off the job. Apparently, it has a shared quality with the administration—complete incompetence.

Last night Megyn Kelly on her Fox program reported the site was down again, and when her people called to find out how long it would take to be back up, they were told anywhere from five minutes to two days. Nice to have such precision. But we’re told if we can’t get access to the site, we can always call the toll-free number for assistance.  Reports indicate that’s not working so well either.

Call Us

Edith Is Ready

This is all quite humorous, but the real glitch is the program itself, and the real story is the lies we were told from the start. Insurance companies, saddled with Obamacare demands for how their polices must be set up, are dropping their individual plans everywhere. At latest count, at least two million people are losing their current plans on January 1. That’s only the beginning. Those numbers will rise drastically over the next weeks and months. But that’s only the portion of the population with individual plans. Wait until the full force of the law hits employers. The plans will become so expensive, they will opt for the penalties instead, and untold millions will be forced to go into the Obamacare exchanges. Ultimately, Obama and his ideologues will achieve their real goal: a single-payer system completely controlled by the federal government.

They’ve been careful not to be up front about that goal; they know that would spell doom for their utopian vision. So they’ve simply lied, again and again, about their intent and the consequences of putting this law into effect:

Pants Fires

The real threat, though, is much greater:

Biggest Lie

That’s the biggest lie of all.

For now, the media is following this story, however reluctantly. If they lose interest, or realize they may be undermining their hero, they may drop it eventually. Now is the time to educate the American public about the true nature of their president and his plans. I’m hoping the website fiasco is an answer to prayer—literally. It focuses the attention of the public in a way no other problem may have done. This may be God’s way of giving us another chance to make things right. What will we do with this opportunity?

Immigration Reform Again?

President Obama has given notice that his next priority is to return to immigration reform. Not sure the Congress will agree with that priority, but he’s going to push for it. There’s no question something needs to be reformed, even if it’s just enforcing the laws already in place, but conservatives are wary of the Senate-passed bill that they say is nothing more than amnesty. While it gives lip service to securing the border first, it doesn’t really accomplish that. They foresee greater problems unless the border is secured before we even consider anything else:

Secure the Border

I believe that concern is legitimate. Another concern is the path to citizenship that will allow those who broke the law to get here to be voters eventually. Some argue that Hispanics, in particular, will be more conservative in their voting habits, but I don’t think that’s a cogent analysis. They’re going to be far more apt to vote for the party that promises everything while requiring little:

Electing Democrats

Meanwhile, the media and the Democrats will paint those who want to be more cautious and who believe in the rule of law as hard-hearted, mean-spirited, narrow-minded [have I captured the most prominent of the clichés?] bigots/racists. It’s all part of the strategy for “winning” the politics of the situation:

Just a Bigot

It would be nice for any upcoming debate to be focused on the merits of the proposed policy rather than ad hominem attacks on the personal character of those who oppose the comprehensive package being promoted. It would also be highly unlikely. The attack dogs are just waiting to be loosed, and the media will play their game.

Pray for common sense to prevail, which would include upholding the rule of law.

The Shutdown, the Debt Ceiling, & the Media

I have to make a decision every day: do I follow the most pressing issue everyone is thinking about or do I stake off in a different direction? The last thing I want to do is be bound by what has everyone else’s attention, but there are times when it seems important to stay with one particular topic. So, once again, let’s concentrate for now on the shutdown/slimdown that’s dominating the news. This time, though, I want to connect it to the next upcoming battle—the debt ceiling.

I’ve used a couple of these posts to reveal the rather spiteful actions of the Obama administration as it curtails the public’s access to memorials, monuments, and even, in some cases, to their own homes, if located on federal land. We’re supposed to be in such dire straits that not even open-air memorials like the one commemorating WWII can be viewed.

Move Along

Yet yesterday, the administration gave approval for a protest held on the National Mall in favor of immigration reform/amnesty. A crowd dominated by illegal immigrants was granted access to an area that WWII veterans have had to fight for during the past week. So I guess the limited access is limited only to those who might oppose the president’s policies, not to those who promote them. How much did it cost the government to police yesterday’s demonstration? Arrests were made. Compare that to what it costs to police an open-air memorial that is normally without a police presence.

Shutdown Rules

This is all just part of the overall strategy:

Business as Usual

What has the mainstream media’s role been in all this?

Belongs on Donkey

That same media took part in a lovefest yesterday masquerading as a press conference. The president never once had to answer a challenging question. He could have stayed there all day spewing propaganda and false information without fear of contradiction. For instance, he not only doubled down on Republicans’ culpability for the shutdown, but declared that raising the debt ceiling wouldn’t add one dollar to the national debt. How does one get away with a statement as ludicrous as that?

Not High Enough

Everyone knows that raising the debt ceiling simply provides more room to increase spending, which will happen automatically. And what about the logic in the cartoon above? What if you tried that for your personal finances?

Personal Debt Limit

What makes this even more galling is that when he was a senator, Obama not only railed against—and voted against—raising the debt ceiling, but he cited the desire to do so as evidence of failed leadership:

Leadership Failure

We’re seeing political opportunism at its most despicable level. I now call on the mainstream media to do what it seems reluctant to do: commit a genuine act of journalism.

Shutdown Absurdities Illustrated

Yesterday, I highlighted the stunning actions of the Obama administration to make life as difficult as possible for Americans during this supposed shutdown. I think it’s important to reiterate that shutdown is a term that overreaches; with over 80% of the government still functioning, a more accurate word would be “slimdown.”

Cartoonists are now catching up with the absurdities I mentioned in the last post. For instance, in regard to monuments being closed off to the public, this seems appropriate:

Obama Monument

When alternative media try to draw attention to the intentional policy of “making life difficult,” we’re told:

Nothing to See Here

The attitude behind the closing of the WWII Memorial is captured well in this illustration of a proposed temporary monument:

Temporary Memorial

Our president is just so respectful of the military, isn’t he?

Then there’s our “leader” in the United States Senate who, flustered with a reporter’s question about funding the National Institutes of Health to help even one child with cancer, responded in a fit of pique:

Money Pit

Okay, I admit the second panel is not what he said, but it does reveal the sad truth.

Which of our citizens, by the way, seem to be most upset over this slimdown? While Republicans want it to end, and have shown their desire by passing eight bills in the House (which the Senate refuses to debate or vote on), others are wringing their hands, distraught over any disruption in government:

Paralyzed

The difference seems to be that those who don’t depend on government for their sustenance, or look to government for their purpose in life, still have a life, despite what’s transpiring in Washington. The perpetually nervous are aided in their nervousness by the mainstream media, which appears to have a favorite in this standoff:

Duel

How has the media portrayed blame in this latest episode? The same way it always does:

Intransigent

Wake up, America. You’re not being told the truth. Again.

Making Life Difficult: It’s Disgusting

“It’s disgusting.” Who said that? A National Parks ranger when asked to comment on the directives the National Park Service has received from the Obama administration with respect to shutting down national monuments and parks and closing off access to the public. Here’s his full quote:

It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation. We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.

I commented last week on the shutdown of the WWII Memorial, a move so blatantly political that it astounds even the most cynical amongst us. That memorial is an open-air monument to those who served in WWII. There’s really nothing to “close.” People walk through it if they are on the National Mall. The only explanation is the one provided by that Park Ranger, who, I hope, has not lost his job for speaking the truth.

Mt. RushmoreBut the outrage at the WWII Memorial was only just the beginning. Mt. Rushmore is the chief tourist attraction in South Dakota. Not only are the trails closed, but cones were placed along the highway viewing areas, keeping tourists from pulling over and taking pictures of the mountain.  The Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism stated, “They won’t even let you pull off on the side of the road. I just don’t know what they’re trying to accomplish.”

I can tell you, Mr. Secretary. They want the annoyance to be so great that the public will blame those the Obama administration wants them to blame—Republicans in Congress. Of course, those are the same Republicans who have passed out of the House seven separate bills funding key agencies; those bills, however, are not even being allowed a vote in the Senate, and President Obama has vowed to veto them even if they should pass through Congress.

So who’s to blame?

Let’s don’t stop itemizing those “disgusting” actions. I have a few more.

Mt. VernonMt. Vernon, George Washington’s home, is a privately owned and operated historic site. The only connection to the federal government are some jointly owned parking lots. That, apparently, was enough to order rangers to close off those parking lots, keeping visitors from going to Mt. Vernon. Meanwhile, a lesser-known historic site, the Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McClean, Virginia, was closed, even though it receives no federal funding at all. To our federal government, there seems to be no distinction between public and private.

In my state of Florida, charter guides received a message from the National Park Service that they can’t take clients fishing in Florida Bay, which is more than 1,100 square miles from the tip of the Florida mainland to the Florida Keys. So that means even the ocean is off limits? Can anything be more absurd?

Well, they’re making an attempt at greater absurdity. In Nevada, people who have lived in their privately owned homes for nearly forty years have been turned out and not allowed access to them because they sit on federal land by Lake Mead. One couple, aged 80 and 77, have had to live in a family-owned ice cream parlor for days now, and won’t be allowed to return until the shutdown is over. I’m glad they had an ice cream parlor to go to, but that’s hardly a home, certainly not the one they’ve lived in since the 1970s. Funny how no other government shutdown—and there have been about 17 of those over the years—ever required that citizens lose access to their homes. This has happened only under the Obama administration.

REIDMaybe one of the senators from Nevada could help this couple. Let’s see, who represents that state in the Senate? Oh, yes, that would be Harry Reid, erstwhile Majority Leader. You know, the one who won’t allow a vote on funding. This is strange. We all know it’s Republicans who hate children and old people, always starving them and throwing them out on the streets. At least that’s the rhetoric we always hear.

I’m also a little tired of the moral equivalence game being played, where both sides are held equally to blame for this situation. It’s the president who says he won’t negotiate, not the Republicans. It’s the Democrat Senate that won’t fund separate bills, not the Republican House. This is the height of political manipulation aided amply by the Obama media.

The mainstream media will do all in its power to promote the Obama propaganda. Alternative voices must be raised to counter the propaganda. I will do my part, however small my audience. If we all do our part, perhaps enough people will hear the truth and confront the real culprits. I will do what I can; I will not remain silent in the face of such massive manipulation and dishonesty.

The Obama minions are doing all they can to make life difficult for Americans. I agree with the aforementioned park ranger: “It’s disgusting.”