Election-Day Thoughts

Election day 2014. Many of us have anticipated this day since . . . oh, since election day 2012. I’ll be up late tonight watching returns, not because I’m some kind of political junkie, but because I sense the fate of our nation rests on what happens.

Democrats have done their best to stoke the fears of the lesser-informed voters. They’ve raised the false alarms of racism and sexism continually. They’ve told people to be afraid of what Republicans will do if they regain control of the Senate, meanwhile conveniently ignoring the real threats that await us regardless of who is in control:

Wave

The Democrat party has an amazing propensity for being scared of phantoms while ignoring real dangers:

Calm Down

Around election time, we always get commentators moaning about the low percentage of the electorate that shows up at the polls. Yet one of the most disturbing features of our day is the plethora of man-on-the-street interviews that showcase just how ignorant a large part of our citizens are of the basics of government and political reality. I’m not adding my voice to those who want more people to vote just for the sake of voting. If you aren’t informed, please stay home. You will be serving your country admirably by doing so.

NoDoz

In this election, President Obama has been a virtual no-show; he’s practically toxic, with some candidates refusing to say that they voted for him (even though it’s obvious to everyone that they did) and others politely or pointedly declining his presence at campaign stops. They also seem to have developed a strange sort of amnesia about their previous support for Obamacare and other assorted Obama policies. This time it’s Republicans who want voters to make the connection with our president:

Vote Obama

The results from today may force Obama to view himself differently:

Dressed for Halloween

Then again, he may instead double-down on his disastrous ideology—which is what I expect will happen. This self-appointed emperor has no clothes; he just doesn’t know it.

Clearing Out the Cartoon Inventory

Cartoonpalooza today. Regular readers know I like to include political cartoons to help illustrate my commentary. Sometimes, the backlog of cartoons I’d like to share gets too large to parcel out in small doses. Occasionally, I need to clear out the inventory; today is one of those days.

Fortunately, all the cartoons have a theme. I’m sure you’ll pick up on it. Let’s begin with the overall feeling Americans are getting as the Obama regime stumbles forward in its attempt to remake America in its image:

America Airlines

Many are dumbfounded by the choices being made by this administration:

Priorities

We were told at the beginning of Obama’s reign that we would be amazed at the transparency he would bring to the operation of government. Yes, we’re amazed:

Nothing to See

Increasingly, the presumed leader of the free world seems out of touch with reality. That’s because he’s created his own:

Global Warming

Democrats in this year’s congressional elections are feeling a bit dragged down by their chief:

Ball & Chain

They have only themselves to blame, of course. They signed on to his overinflated ego from the start, thinking it would help them. Now they’re hiding their connection and trying to convince voters they’re not really on board with him or his policies:

Obama Virus

Photoshop

Campaign

Not all his supporters have disappeared, though. He still has a fanatical contingent who aren’t disturbed by facts or reality. They share his delusions. Many of them live in a fantasyworld of their own called Hollywood:

Paltrow

Meditate on these things today. Then vote responsibly.

Mutiny on the Democrat Bounty

The purported “most transparent” administration in history is not pleased with the new transparency. In truth, this has been arguably the most obstructive, secretive administration in history, acknowledged even by the journalists that have done their best to place President Obama on an unassailable pedestal. They are becoming more disgruntled with the lack of access; they are, in effect, spurned lovers.

Former administration officials have been writing books about their time with this president. The carefully polished, and largely contrived, image of a man who is cool, competent, and in charge is crumbling at an increasing rate of speed.

Books

To be fair, tell-all books can sometimes be written for purely political purposes, i.e., Hillary Clinton’s inaptly titled tome Hard Choices. She’s doing her best to distance herself from Obama as she attempts to take his place in 2016. But Robert Gates’s Duty has no such motive, and the newest one to appear, Worthy Fights by Leon Panetta, purports to be an honest perspective. One can question Panetta’s motives also, though, because he is largely seen as a Clinton operative.

Et Tu

Regardless of the reason for publishing his book, Panetta has been making some rather disturbing claims about his time in the Obama cabinet. Boil it all down, and what he’s saying is that this president is not up to the task of leading the country. And that comes from a lifelong Democrat who willingly served in two high-level positions under Obama. It’s been difficult for the White House to parry these charges. One might expect a tried-and-true defense to pop up at any time now:

Caused By a Video

Damage-control mode is in full swing, with the Obama faithful doing what they have done over and over with such incidents as Benghazi and the IRS debacle:

Cover-Up Team

Democrats who have backed Obama’s policies from the start and from whose ranks seldom is heard a discouraging word, are now beginning to panic, particularly with the midterm elections only a couple of weeks away. Suddenly, no one running on the Democrat ticket is an Obamaphile. If you think I’m exaggerating, just look at some of the ads they’re running. They keep saying things like “I’m not Obama” and highlighting how they disagree with various of his policies, despite the incontrovertible fact that until his approval ratings tanked, they were on board 100%.

Blame Captain

It would be funnier if it didn’t showcase the sad spectacle of politicians who can’t really think of anything other than protecting their own power base, and whose primary goal in life is their own advancement. They are just as much to blame for the state of this nation as their leader, but don’t expect them to accept responsibility. Honesty on that side of the aisle is virtually nonexistent.

America’s Nero?

So now we’re sending humanitarian aid—finally—to those displaced in Iraq by the bloodthirsty ISIS terrorist organization. And we’re dropping a few bombs on ISIS positions. I wonder how many Americans have been fooled into thinking this somehow represents decisive action? I don’t recall which military spokesman it was, but someone in the last day or two clearly stated that our pinprick policy of bombing wasn’t going to put any real dent in the ISIS forward movement.

Back when President Obama was being questioned about this rising threat to Iraq’s stability, he dismissed ISIS as the “junior varsity” compared to Al Qaeda. Well, it appears he was somewhat shortsighted in his dismissal.

Life's a Beach

While he’s “busy” vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, reports now indicate ISIS is far more threatening than Al Qaeda at its peak. It’s better funded, better organized, and has set up what it calls an Islamic State in what was a section of Iraq. Our leader never saw this coming:

Islamic State

For Obama, of course, the most important thing is never to get America involved again in Iraq. Circumstances, though, may foil his plans:

Dragged

No matter where one looks with respect to the Obama foreign policy, one sees American retreat from leadership and the looming threat of more terrorist attacks here at home. With the congressional elections coming up soon, Democrats are scrambling to disassociate themselves from the presumed head of their party:

Run

Even Hillary Clinton, already transparently running for the top job, is attempting to put some distance between herself and her former boss:

What Difference

That’s going to be a hard sell. After all, she was his secretary of state, responsible for enacting all aspects of his foreign policy. She can’t legitimately claim to be separate from his policies. Her best hope is the collective amnesia of the average American voter.

Obama has demonstrated such a high level of incompetence that, coupled with his unconstitutional power grabs and the use of government agencies to attack political opponents, it’s no wonder the “I” word is being bandied about. Republican leaders are aware that Democrats seek to use that to gain sympathy for Obama and reverse the electoral tide this November. That’s why Republicans, on the whole, are not falling for a strategy that has no hope of success in the Democrat-controlled Senate, no matter how eager Democrats are for them to take the bait:

The I Word

So, in a perverse sort of way, it’s Democrats who are pushing the impeachment talk. Even Obama himself wants to use it for his advantage:

To Get Impeached

Right. As if that’s ever going to happen.

Meanwhile, our own Nero continues to play his figurative fiddle while all around us burns.

Race, Hypocrisy, & the Coming Elections

No one can argue that racial discrimination is entirely a thing of the past. As long as there are human beings, there will be those who harbor ill will toward anyone who is “different,” a word that can be defined in numerous ways. We’re talking about a feature of life simply called “sin,” another term that has innumerable manifestations, both personally and in society.

Yet the United States has gone to greater lengths than any other nation to do whatever government is capable of doing to minimize the effects of unfair discrimination. Civil rights acts passed after the Civil War were the first steps toward rectifying a wrong; then the more well-known Civil Rights Act of 1964 further solidified the nation’s stance that we should aim toward a colorblind society, one in which all people, regardless of outward appearance or ethnicity, are to be judged equally under the law.

Some innocently thought that the election of a black president (or at least one of mixed parentage) would be the proverbial final nail in the coffin of racial tensions. But when that president continues to bring up race himself and hires on associates with huge racial chips on their shoulders, it becomes impossible to leave race behind.

Take Eric Holder, for instance, our attorney general, the man who heads up the Justice Department. From the beginning of his tenure, he has made race a feature of his concept of carrying out justice. Under this administration, we have taken a giant leap backward with regard to race relations:

Color Blind

Something tells me Holder isn’t exactly on board with that whole “equal under the law” idea. And he’s particularly upset by the most recent Supreme Court decision that allows Michigan to stop making decisions on university admissions based on affirmative action policies. Really, all the Michigan state government is saying is that we ought to stop making race a cornerstone for policy—that we should treat everyone equally. How is that unfair discrimination?

Discriminating

What the Court actually has done is reinsert a little common sense and “fair” play into the way we judge one another.

That’s not going to stop President Obama’s party from making race one of the foundations for the upcoming congressional elections. More than ever, Democrats seem determined to make a case that race is the central issue on the political scene:

Dem Platform

What this seeks to accomplish, of course, is to divert attention from the new healthcare crisis created by Obamacare, which may very well be the key factor pushing voters to the polls this November. Yet the drumbeat will go on, as Republicans will be accused of every sort of evil intent, not only on race but with regard to a supposed war on women:

Racist Woman-Hater

Don’t you love the logic in that cartoon? The real question is whether the American public is going to fall for this logic once again. Democrats will do their best to spread this type of disinformation, but it will take a lot of money to do so. That leads to another glaring bit of hypocrisy: the Democrat theme lately is that Republicans are the party dependent on the billionaires to get elected, whereas studies show that the biggest political donors are those giving to the Democrats. While Republicans stand accused of being the “fat cats,” Democrats are awash in cash:

Too Much Influence

This bit of hypocrisy needs to be exposed for what it is. Democrats truly fear what may happen in these elections, and they have good reason to fear:

Heaven Real

For the sake of the country, may their fears be realized.

Return of the Phony “War on Women”

Politicians from all countries throughout all ages have lied. That’s nothing new. Neither is it unexpected. The power that comes with political position brings all latent arrogance/pride to the surface more easily perhaps than other professions. While lying is pandemic (one of the Ten Commandments forbids giving false witness), some politicians have taken the practice to a higher level.

Take the Obama administration and the Democrats as a whole, for example (you knew I was going there, right?). To what lengths are these people willing to go to maintain power? Harry Reid, on the Senate floor in the last election cycle, flatly stated that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes in ten years. It was patently false, but that didn’t stop him from declaring it. President Obama refuses to acknowledge one smidgen of corruption in the IRS affair. Everyone, including the president himself, knows that’s a whopper.

One of the biggest lies promoted in the previous presidential election was that the Republicans were waging a war on women. The proof? Why, they didn’t want to pay for contraception for everyone. A “poor” Georgetown law student who would soon be a lawyer raking in more money than most people ever see, was being discriminated against.

They now have decided that’s still a winner. The phony “War on Women” has been resurrected:

Falsely Claim

Also in circulation is the discredited statistic that women only make 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. That has been debunked on both the Right and the Left; it doesn’t take into account many other factors. Yet that hasn’t stopped Obama from making it the basis of his latest accusations:

Not a Myth

It’s rather embarrassing to trumpet a war on women using this approach when one’s own White House pays women less than men. Well, change that—this administration isn’t embarrassed by anything, not even loss of credibility:

Credibility Gap

Remember when Romney made a remark about having binders full of women? Although everyone knew what he really meant by that comment, the Democrats made a joke out of it, and used it as further evidence that women were on the periphery of Republicans’ interests. Perhaps there’s a better application of that phrase now:

Binders

The hypocrisy and outright lying on this issue is so blatant, I’m sure the mainstream media will pick up on it very soon. Sure. The same media that avoided reporting Obama’s remark about having visited all 57 states is not about to start being honest now. The rest of us are the ones who have to disseminate the truth. We need to be faithful in that task.

Grand Political Theater at the White House

The administration took a victory lap in the Rose Garden yesterday, celebrating the claim that more than 7 million people have now signed up for health insurance through Obamacare. President Obama himself showed up to beam and chastise Republicans for opposing his legislation. It was grand political theater with all his loyal Democrat legislators in attendance.

But know this—it was no more than political theater. Why?

There are many things we don’t know about that 7 million number. Let me count the ways we are in the dark:

  • First, we have no idea how many of those they claim to have signed up are really signed up. Have they paid anything? Simply signing up is not the same thing as paying. I think we can reasonably subtract a significant number just on that question alone.
  • Second, we don’t know how many registered for Medicaid. Early estimates showed approximately a 4:1 advantage for Medicaid recipients. Those are not exactly paying customers; their costs are incurred by the government, both federal and state.
  • Third, it is obvious that perhaps a majority of the paying consumers were forced into the system because the law caused them to lose the health insurance they already had. That’s not an increase in the total of people covered by insurance; it’s simply a replacement.
  • Fourth, we aren’t being told the percentage of signees who are younger, and therefore healthier, which is essential for the system to be financially feasible. Until now, that percentage was estimated to be far too low to create a workable program.
  • Fifth, the other factor that is unknown is how many of those registered were actually uninsured in the first place. Again, all indications have been that the figure is extremely low. Wasn’t this supposed to be aimed primarily at those who didn’t have insurance? If they aren’t the ones benefiting, how can anyone call this a success?

Beyond the questions, there are the certainties: higher premiums and deductibles, unneeded coverages pushing those costs higher, and loss of doctors and medical facilities in the program. Again, how does this spell success? Yet our president will continue to say it’s working just as he intended:

Working Perfectly

That’s what’s even scarier. I don’t think this temporary victory lap is going to make Democrats running for reelection really feel any better. They will still be faced with voters who have lost their insurance and doctors, some of whom have even lost the treatments they were receiving for serious diseases. They also will have to answer to those who are now paying more for less. Those voters will not be happy.

Dems 14

So yesterday’s news didn’t change anything of substance with this unpopular law. Failure is still failure, no matter how you try to dress it up as a success.

It’s almost as if yesterday was April Fool’s Day or something. Oh . . .