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Posted in Ethics, Philosophy, Politics by Michael LaBossiere on November 2, 2012
English: Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie

English: Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In an earlier post I discussed how politicians and pundits often present alternative realities of the science fiction sort. I also wrote a post about how some commentators were shocked that Romney was doing so poorly against the actual Obama when they believed they should have been easily trouncing the Obama-who-isn’t (that is, their straw man/alternative universe version of Obama).

During the Republican National Convention, New Jersey governor Chris Christie gave a rousing speech against President Obama and accused him of lacking leadership. In a rather clever analogy, he compared Obama to a man blundering in the dark, trying to find a light switch. Christie continued to ably serve in the attack role for his man Mitt Romney after the RNC. Naturally, this sort of political rhetoric is all part of the game and sensible folks know that such speeches are not about presenting the truth but about influencing emotions via presenting a narrative of a world that is not and of a world that probably never will be.

Then Sandy smashed into the east coast of the United States and hammered New Jersey especially hard. People died. Millions of people were left without power. Property was destroyed and damaged on a massive scale.

President Obama did what a president should do-he stepped into the crisis and got things done to help the people of the United States. Governor Christie did exactly what a governor should do-he stepped into the crisis and got things done to help the people of his state.

Reality had savagely slammed into the carefully crafted political narrative of an alternative reality in which government is almost always a problem and Obama is blundering in the dark. To Christie’s credit, he knew when the time to play at political narrative ended and the time to “get real” began. This was, of course, when Sandy hit his state.  Christie also exhibited those rare but laudable traits: sincerity, a sense of moral duty and honesty. He praised Obama for his praiseworthy actions and made it clear that his concern was completely focused on the good of the people of New Jersey.  This is how it should be and both men have done the right thing.

It is, of course, tempting to some to accuse Obama and Christie of playing a subtle political game. That is, their game is to create the illusion they are not playing the political game by doing what they should do rather than obviously playing for political points.  The challenge is, of course, to prove this. After all, the behavior of a clever person playing a political game while skillfully avoiding the appearance of playing the game would look identical to that of a person who was, in fact, not playing a political game but doing what should be done. Naturally, if evidence is available to support the hypothesis that there is political game play going on (and not just the fact that both men are politicians and an election is coming up), then such evidence should be given due consideration. Naturally, even if both men are playing a clever game, at least they are playing it the right way. That is, at least they are acting like leaders.

While I have been pushed ever closer to cynicism, I am taking the words and actions of Obama and Christie as being sincere and not part of a brilliant game within a game. I could be wrong and I am sure there is a well developed narrative for the clever ploys allegedly being played.

While it took a disaster to make it happen, it is good to see leaders working across party lines to get things done. It is also refreshing to hear sincere praise rather than the usual venomous lies and distortions that make up most of contemporary politics.

It would be a good thing if we could maintain this spirit and work together with the real world, rather than retreating ever deeper into the distorted alternative realities that make up much of contemporary politics. It should, of course, always be remembered that these political narratives cannot stand up when reality intrudes, at least when that reality includes a massive storm.

While it is disappointing, it is not surprising that governor Christie is being attacked for his willingness to work with the president. Rush Limbaugh, for example, launched into an attack against Christie-even going so far as to imply that Christie has changed his sexual orientation. To attack leaders because they are willing to set aside petty political bickering to work together for the common good in the face of a major disaster shows moral bankruptcy and meanness of spirit. What we need is more honest cooperation and less ideological blindness.

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  1. T. J. Babson said, on November 2, 2012 at 4:50 am

    A more cynical analysis:

    Today, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ushered President Obama into his state to do a photo op tour where Obama could demonstrate his bona fides in the presidential look-alike contest. He could comfort the grieving; he could stand in pictures backdropped by devastation; he could receive plaudits from Christie for signing checks that he could very well have signed from Washington, D.C.

    The question isn’t why Obama headed down to New Jersey. The question is why Christie, who has a state to run, didn’t do the same as Andrew Cuomo and Michael Bloomberg and tell Obama to stay home.

    And the answer is simple: he’s playing politics.

    Now, Christie isn’t playing presidential politics the way that Obama is. No, he’s playing gubernatorial politics. Come November 2013, Christie will find himself up for re-election. What’s more, his likely opponent will be Newark Mayor Corey Booker, a supremely popular figure in the state with impeccable credentials and cross-the-aisle appeal. His politics are far more moderate than Barack Obama’s, even though he’s certainly a liberal (which matches the state). Not just that – Booker has been all over the Hurricane Sandy fallout. He was using his Twitter account to attempt to distribute emergency information and reach out to individual constituents. Even more dramatic, Booker drove around the city trying to help residents and deliver supplies. And he apparently didn’t bring a camera crew with him.

    Booker is a real threat to Christie’s political ambitions. So Christie did what most politicians would: he reached out to President Obama to boost his 2013 gubernatorial campaign. And Obama, who has been out to get Booker since Booker defended Bain Capital a few months ago, was more than happy to both undercut Booker’s 2013 campaign and grab some photo ops with the New Jersey devastation.

    It’s a smart political move for Christie, with possible national ramifications for the presidential race. Obama gets to look like the commander-in-chief; Christie gets to look like a bipartisan governor who cares about disaster management. And Cory Booker gets left out in the political cold, even as he does the real on-the-ground work.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/31/Christie-plays-politics-brings-Obama-Cory-Booker?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BreitbartFeed+%28Breitbart+Feed%29&utm_content=My+Yahoo

    • Michael LaBossiere said, on November 2, 2012 at 5:59 am

      Interesting conspiracy theory: Obama allies with Christie so that Christie can beat Booker because Obama is mad at Booker for a remark he made.

      It does fit…but is it the best explanation?

      • T. J. Babson said, on November 2, 2012 at 6:48 am

        I think the analysis works even without the Booker part.

      • T. J. Babson said, on November 2, 2012 at 6:50 am

        I think most politicians would kill their grandmother to win the next election.

        • Michael LaBossiere said, on November 2, 2012 at 8:20 am

          Perhaps my cynicism is weak, but I don’t agree. I don’t think Obama or Romney would murder their grandmothers to win. But perhaps I am giving them too much credit.

        • biomass2 said, on November 2, 2012 at 8:27 am

          Their aunts—perhaps. Their Gammas—never.

        • W.J. McCabe said, on November 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

          Mitt Romney would do it multiple times. Whatever it takes.

          • T. J. Babson said, on November 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

            Are you aware of how Obama won his elections in Illinois?

            • Michael LaBossiere said, on November 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

              You mean the deal with Lucifer? The devil is also red…

            • T. J. Babson said, on November 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

              I was mostly thinking of his standard tactic of going after sealed divorce records.

  2. T. J. Babson said, on November 2, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Compare and contrast:

    Compare the Christie’s interaction with Obama to the way Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco interacted with President Bush after Hurricane Katrina. Here’s how Bush described some of it in his book “Decision Points” (at page 308-309):

    The initial plan had been for me to land at the New Orleans airport, pick up Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin, and survey the damage on an aerial tour. But on the Marine One flight from Mississippi, we received word that the governor, mayor, and a Louisiana congressional delegation were demanding a private meeting on Air Force One first.

    The tone started out tense and got worse. The governor and mayor bickered. Everyone blasted the Federal Emergency Management Agency for failing to meet their needs. Congressman Bobby Jindal pointed out that FEMA had asked people to email their requests, despite the lack of electricity in the city. I shook my head. “We’ll fix it,” I said, looking at FEMA Director Mike Brown. Senator Mary Landrieu interrupted with unproductive emotional outbursts. “Would you please be quiet?” I had to say to her at one point.

    I asked to speak to Governor Blanco privately. We walked out of the conference room, through a narrow passageway, and into the small cabin at the front tip of Air Force One. I told her it was clear the state and local response forces had been overwhelmed. “Governor,” I pressed, “you need to authorize the federal government to take charge of the response.”

    She told me she needed twenty-four hours to think it over.

    “We don’t have twenty-four hours,” I snapped. “We’ve waited too long already.”

    The governor refused to give an answer.

    Next I asked to meet privately with Mayor Nagin. He had spent four days since Katrina holed up in a downtown hotel. He hadn’t bathed or eaten a hot meal until he used my shower and ate breakfast on Air Force One. In a radio interview the previous evening, he had vented his frustrations with the federal government. “Get off your asses and do something,” he said, “and let’s fix the biggest goddamn crisis in the history of this country.” Then he broke down in tears. When I met him on the plane, Ray whispered an apology for his outburst and explained that he was exhausted.

    I asked the mayor what he thought about federalizing the response. He supported it. “Nobody’s in charge,” he said. “We need a clear chain of command.” But only the governor could request that the federal government assume control of the emergency.

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2012/11/did-chris-christie-sudden-love-in-with.html

    • Michael LaBossiere said, on November 2, 2012 at 8:24 am

      So, on the face of it Cristie and Obama are setting aside bipartisan bickering to get things done. That is a good thing.

      Or they are smart schemers who are orchestrating a clever plan to keep Cristie as governor and Obama as President-thus setting aside bipartisan bickering to get things done while seeking political advantages. That seems to also be at least okay. That is, they are acting like politicians while also doing what is right (albeit from impure motives).

      Is there some sort of negative consequence I am missing?

      • T. J. Babson said, on November 2, 2012 at 8:59 am

        Of course it is a good thing. But it is also smart politically. If Obama had worked more with the Republicans like Clinton did he would win in a landslide next Tuesday, but he didn’t and he won’t.

        • Michael LaBossiere said, on November 2, 2012 at 10:02 am

          If only he had accepted the outstretched hands of the Republicans, who gave speech after speech about how their number one priority was working with the President to get things done.

          Wait, wrong reality.

          • T. J. Babson said, on November 2, 2012 at 11:10 am

            In 2009-2010 Obama made sure to bring Republicans along in a bipartisan effort to solve the nations problems.

            Wait, wrong reality.

  3. WTP said, on November 2, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Here’s some politics and reality for you. Do the research yourself, lest I get accused of cherry-picking. Go to Google News and type in “Staten Island” and Sandy and tell me what you see. I understand NYC has the resources to run their marathon this weekend, so perhaps that will cheer some “folks” up.

    • biomass2 said, on November 2, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      The system worked as it should.

      So. The initial decision to proceed is made by NYC’s “independent’ mayor and race organizers to go ahead with the marathon for two reasons. One, they believe it will be a great symbolic gesture to prove that the city and its people will not allow Sandy to bring it to its knees. Two, it will bring to the city millions of dollars in business . So, two of the greatest drivers of the American character, steadfastness and money are aligned on one side.

      On the other side stand simple human understanding, public pressure, and the media’s ability, when it’s at its best, to show what’s happening on the ground . The result? The event is cancelled.

  4. T. J. Babson said, on November 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Do we really want 4 more years of this?

    • $6 trillion in new national debt under Obama…after he promised to decrease the deficit.

    • Obamacare — A massive and incredibly convoluted bill which exponentially increases the federal government’s control over our personal lives…which neither Obama nor a single Democrat even read before passing, and which will likely bankrupt the nation.

    • Billions of taxpayer dollars gambled on “green” companies like Solyndra, NextEra, Light Squared, Ener1, Solar Trust and many others — all of which went bankrupt.

    • An intentional refusal to enforce federal immigration laws.

    • Unemployment at or above 8% for almost his entire term in office (which was actually closer to 15% actual unemployment).

    • Operation Fast & Furious — a government-sponsored illegal gun-running scheme designed to purposely go awry so as to induce public outcry for gun control.

    • Spent 20 years listening to a racist anti-American pastor (Rev. Jeremiah Wright), whom Obama desribed as a mentor. On March 18, 2008, Obama gave a speech in which he said “I could no more disown Jeremiah Wright than I could disown my own grandmother” and “[Wright’s church, Trinity United] embodies the black community in its entirety.” Now Obama tries to pretend that Jeremiah Wright doesn’t exist, and that his extremist anti-white philosophy didn’t influence Obama’s worldview.

    • Increased the percentage of Americans dependent on food stamps to unprecedented levels (now over 15% of the nation’s population).

    • Before he entered politics, Obama worked as a lawyer suing banks in landmark cases, forcing them to give home loans to unqualified minority borrowers — a practice now understood as one of the primary initial causes of the eventual housing bubble and market collapse.

    • Handed out over 1,200 waivers to politically connected donors exempting them from the onerous requirements of Obamacare.

    • Greatly expanding the number of unaccountable “czars,” which essentially amounts to unilaterally adding new federal departments with no congressional oversight — leading to a true “bureaucracy” in the original sense (rule by unelected bureaucrats).

    • Using taxpayer dollars to bail out the private pension funds of autoworkers’ unions at GM & Chrysler.

    • Illegally ending the welfare-to-work requirements passed by Congress.

    • Doling out $800 billion in stimulus cash for “shovel-ready” jobs that didn’t exist — the money just evaporated with no measurable economic benefit.

    • Alienating and isolating Israel, our strongest ally in the Middle East.

    • Apologizing to Islamists and terrorists for offending them.

    • Under Obama’s watch, for the first time in history America’s credit rating was downgraded, due to his poor economic policies.

    • Stopped American oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, allowing other nations with worse environmental records to drill instead — thereby managing to both weaken our economy and damage the environment simultaneously.

    • Proposed in 2008 to intentionally bankrupt the coal industry — and now lies to voters and workers in coal-producing regions about his true intent.

    • Pretends to be concerned about skyrocketing energy prices, when in fact he vowed to increase them on purpose (so as to make alternative energy schemes more competitive.)

    • In a primary debate against Hillary Clinton in 2008, Obama said he would never force people to buy health insurance, since those without it couldn’t afford to buy it. Less than two years later, he rammed through Obamacare, which does indeed force people to buy health insurance.

    • During the 2008 campaign, Obama repeatedly promised that if he was elected “No family making less than $250,000 will see any form of tax increase.” This promise was broken over and over again once he was elected.

    • In 2008 Obama vowed if elected to increase security along the U.S.-Mexican border — and then in 2010 stopped construction of a “virtual fence” on the border and re-routed money earmarked for border security to other projects.

    • Cash for Clunkers, which doled out taxpayer money to anyone who wanted to replace their old cars, but which mostly only ended up subsidizing the puchase of foreign-made cars by people who could have afforded them on their own anyway; meanwhile, the traded-in cars were all destroyed, creating a shortage and thereby increasing the cost of used cars, hurting the pocketbooks of poor people.

    • Violated the U.S. Constitution by authorizing assassinations and drone strikes to kill American citizens abroad — without due process.

    • Was caught on a “hot mike” promising the President of Russia that he would cave in to their demands for a weaker missile shield — after he was re-elected and no longer had to keep up the pretense that he sought to defend America.

    • Soon after taking office, Obama rescinded the “Mexico City Policy,” which previously had banned NGOs which are supported by American taxpayer funds from using those funds to perform abortions in foreign countries.

    • Appointed Van Jones, a former avowed communist who supported a “9/11 Truth” petition, to be “Green Jobs Czar.”

    • Appointed Anita Dunn, who said Chairman Mao was her “favorite philosopher,” to be White House Communications Director.

    • Appointed John Holdren, who perviously entertained the notion of forced mass sterilzation to stop overpopulation, to be Science Czar.

    • Appointed Steven Chu, who openly advocated an artificial increase in gasoline prices to $10/gallon (and similar increases in other energy prices) to be Secretary of Energy.

    • Appointed Kevin Jennings, who led a group that promoted X-rated “sex-positive” textbooks for 13-year-olds, instructed teenagers at a conference how to perform “fisting” (anal penetration by fists), who refused to report instances of statutory rape, and who expressed admiration for a member of NAMBLA, to be America’s “Safe School’s Czar.”

    • When states voted to enforce the federal immigration laws which the federal government refused to enforced, Obama sued to stop them.

    • Blocked continued construction of the Keystone Pipeline, thereby intentionally reducing energy resources for the US and forcing Canada to sell more of its oil to China.

    • Repeatedly changed his position on gay marriage over the years, depending on what was politically expedient at the moment and which intended audience he was addressing.

    • Before he was president, Obama staunchly opposed raising the national debt limit — but once elected, he insisted that it be raised.

    • When giving a 2009 speech in France that he hoped and assumed Americans would never hear, he described the United States as “arrogant” and “dismissive.”

    • When states tied to stop election fraud with voter ID laws, Obama sued to prevent them from doing so.

    • Instructed Attorney General Eric Holder to stonewall any investigation into the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panthers.

    • Promised in 2008 that once elected he would officially recognize the Armenian Genocide; but to this date he has still failed to do so, caving in to threats and pressure from Turkey.

    • Vowed to end the influence of lobbyists in Washington, but under Obama’s watch their influence has only increased.

    • When he was first running for President, Obama promised, “I will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.” Needless to say, he has broken that promise with almost every bill he has signed since.

    • Aided and abetted the “Arab Spring” which deposed existing secular governments across North Africa, leading to a regional power vacuum which was filled by Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other hardline Islamists.

    • Refused to provide assistance or support the the earlier secular Iranian democracy uprising, allowing them to be crushed by the Islamic fundamentalist Iranian regime.

    • In his first months in office, Obama bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia, the president of China, the Emperor of Japan, and President of Mexico, among others.

    • Ordered NASA to make one of its top priorities not space exploration or scientific research but “Muslim outreach.”

    • Used Obamacare as a pretext to greatly increase the size and power of the IRS (which was given 16,000 new agents and additional mandates to penalize taxpayers for noncompliance).

    • Used the IRS to harass conservative businesses.

    • In the GM bailout, he illegally shortchanged investors who according to bankruptcy laws were first in line to be recompensed; instead, he gave their share to the unions.

    • Shut down oil drilling in the US, but then turned around and lent $2 billion to Brazil to support their government-controlled oil-drilling effort — and then promised the US would become one of Brazil’s biggest oil customers.

    • Sued Boeing in an effort to control where businesses could locate, kowtow to the unions, and block the creation of 1,000 jobs in South Carolina, a right-to-work (i.e. no forced unionization) state.

    • Adopted a longstanding Socialist political slogan, “Forward!”, as his 2012 campaign motto.

    • Sent insulting form letters to the familes of dead SEALs.

    • Neither disavowed nor distanced himself from anti-Romney campaign ads which threatened or implied vilence against Republicans.

    • Shortly after the recent eruption of anti-American violence in North Africa, Obama went to Las Vegas to do his debate preparation in a hotel…with a romanticized North Africa theme.

    • Said in an interview that the Muslim call to prayer was “the most beautiful sound in the world.”

    • Union boss and far-left activist Andy Stern has visitied Obama in the White House at least 53 times, at last count — greater access than any other private citizen.

    • Hosted at the White House many Islamist members of groups associated with Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, etc.

    • Sponsored performances by and attended fundraisers with radical rappers like Michael Franti and Common, both of whose lyrics have in some cases been anti-police, anti-white, and anti-America.

    • Hired Timothy Geithner, who is documented as cheating on his own personal taxes, to be Secretary of the Treasury.

    • Told Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher that it was good to “spread the wealth around.”

    • Told small business owners nationwide in a 2012 speech that “you didn’t build that” — implying that they should not claim credit for their own success, since taxpayers (i.e. themselves and other business owners) had funded the national infrastructure.

    • Insulted the British people by rudely returning to them a bust of Churchill which previously had been a ceremonial gift on display at the White House; when later confronted on this inexplicable action, he lied about it.

    • Canceled plans to complete a missile defense shield in Poland, a move which was highly praised by Russia and Iran — the very nations whose missile threats would have been neutralized if the shield had been completed.

    • By loudly publicizing (for personal political gain) the identity of exact SEAL teams who had killed Osama bin Laden, Obama made them a target for reprisals by Islamists; a short time later 22 SEALS were shot down and killed in Afghanistan, their worst loss of life ever.

    • Established an extra-Constitutional top secret “kill list” of people (including Americans) Obama claims the right to kill on sight, and then bragged about it publicly.

    • Established the “Truth Team” program which encouraged citizens to report to the government any friends or relatives they hear repeating “lies” about Obama.

    • Attack Watch!

    • Twisted the arms of defense contractors to not issue layoff notices in early November, so as to avoid causing bad news for Obama right before the election — even though federal law (the “WARN Act”) requires such notices.

    • After the attacks on American interests in North Africa on September 11, 2012, Obama gave a speech to the U.N. and declared “The future must not belong to those who slander The Prophet of Islam” — transferring the blame from the attackers onto the makers of a film trailer that supposedly “offended” the Islamists.

    • Repeatedly snubbed and got into public tiffs with Benjamin Netanyahu, who as the leader of Israel is supposed to be Obama’s closest colleague in international affairs.

    • On May 19, 2011, Obama told Israel they must return to the 1967 borders as a pre-condition for continuing talks with the Palestinians — even though the status of the borders was the main issue the talks were supposed to address.

    • Encouraged politically biased hiring practices in the Justice Department.

    • Attempted to force returning veterans to pay huge increases for their health coverage…as a way to generate more funding for his Obamacare provisions.

    • In June of 2011, he annointed his own underage daughters as “senior staff members” so that their vacation to Africa would be paid for with taxpayer money.

    • Interviews with high school classmates revealed that Obama was a heavy and frequent user of marijuana in his teenage years (not to mention his self-admitted cocaine use in college).

    • Played over 100 rounds of golf during his first three years in office, meaning that he was on the links close to 10% of the days he has been president.

    • Voted to allow partial-birth abortions not just once but three times in a row as an Illinois state senator.

    • The pastor whom Obama selected to give the national benediction at his 2009 inauguration recently declared that “all white people are going to Hell.”

    • $6 trillion in new national debt under Obama…after he promised to decrease the deficit.

    • Obamacare — A massive and incredibly convoluted bill which exponentially increases the federal government’s control over our personal lives…which neither Obama nor a single Democrat even read before passing, and which will likely bankrupt the nation.

    • Billions of taxpayer dollars gambled on “green” companies like Solyndra, NextEra, Light Squared, Ener1, Solar Trust and many others — all of which went bankrupt.

    • An intentional refusal to enforce federal immigration laws.

    • Unemployment at or above 8% for almost his entire term in office (which was actually closer to 15% actual unemployment).

    • Operation Fast & Furious — a government-sponsored illegal gun-running scheme designed to purposely go awry so as to induce public outcry for gun control.

    • Spent 20 years listening to a racist anti-American pastor (Rev. Jeremiah Wright), whom Obama desribed as a mentor. On March 18, 2008, Obama gave a speech in which he said “I could no more disown Jeremiah Wright than I could disown my own grandmother” and “[Wright’s church, Trinity United] embodies the black community in its entirety.” Now Obama tries to pretend that Jeremiah Wright doesn’t exist, and that his extremist anti-white philosophy didn’t influence Obama’s worldview.

    • Increased the percentage of Americans dependent on food stamps to unprecedented levels (now over 15% of the nation’s population).

    • Before he entered politics, Obama worked as a lawyer suing banks in landmark cases, forcing them to give home loans to unqualified minority borrowers — a practice now understood as one of the primary initial causes of the eventual housing bubble and market collapse.

    • Handed out over 1,200 waivers to politically connected donors exempting them from the onerous requirements of Obamacare.

    • Greatly expanding the number of unaccountable “czars,” which essentially amounts to unilaterally adding new federal departments with no congressional oversight — leading to a true “bureaucracy” in the original sense (rule by unelected bureaucrats).

    • Using taxpayer dollars to bail out the private pension funds of autoworkers’ unions at GM & Chrysler.

    • Illegally ending the welfare-to-work requirements passed by Congress.

    • Doling out $800 billion in stimulus cash for “shovel-ready” jobs that didn’t exist — the money just evaporated with no measurable economic benefit.

    • Alienating and isolating Israel, our strongest ally in the Middle East.

    • Apologizing to Islamists and terrorists for offending them.

    • Under Obama’s watch, for the first time in history America’s credit rating was downgraded, due to his poor economic policies.

    • Stopped American oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, allowing other nations with worse environmental records to drill instead — thereby managing to both weaken our economy and damage the environment simultaneously.

    • Proposed in 2008 to intentionally bankrupt the coal industry — and now lies to voters and workers in coal-producing regions about his true intent.

    • Pretends to be concerned about skyrocketing energy prices, when in fact he vowed to increase them on purpose (so as to make alternative energy schemes more competitive.)

    • In a primary debate against Hillary Clinton in 2008, Obama said he would never force people to buy health insurance, since those without it couldn’t afford to buy it. Less than two years later, he rammed through Obamacare, which does indeed force people to buy health insurance.

    • During the 2008 campaign, Obama repeatedly promised that if he was elected “No family making less than $250,000 will see any form of tax increase.” This promise was broken over and over again once he was elected.

    • In 2008 Obama vowed if elected to increase security along the U.S.-Mexican border — and then in 2010 stopped construction of a “virtual fence” on the border and re-routed money earmarked for border security to other projects.

    • Cash for Clunkers, which doled out taxpayer money to anyone who wanted to replace their old cars, but which mostly only ended up subsidizing the puchase of foreign-made cars by people who could have afforded them on their own anyway; meanwhile, the traded-in cars were all destroyed, creating a shortage and thereby increasing the cost of used cars, hurting the pocketbooks of poor people.

    • Violated the U.S. Constitution by authorizing assassinations and drone strikes to kill American citizens abroad — without due process.

    • Was caught on a “hot mike” promising the President of Russia that he would cave in to their demands for a weaker missile shield — after he was re-elected and no longer had to keep up the pretense that he sought to defend America.

    • Soon after taking office, Obama rescinded the “Mexico City Policy,” which previously had banned NGOs which are supported by American taxpayer funds from using those funds to perform abortions in foreign countries.

    • Appointed Van Jones, a former avowed communist who supported a “9/11 Truth” petition, to be “Green Jobs Czar.”

    • Appointed Anita Dunn, who said Chairman Mao was her “favorite philosopher,” to be White House Communications Director.

    • Appointed John Holdren, who perviously entertained the notion of forced mass sterilzation to stop overpopulation, to be Science Czar.

    • Appointed Steven Chu, who openly advocated an artificial increase in gasoline prices to $10/gallon (and similar increases in other energy prices) to be Secretary of Energy.

    • Appointed Kevin Jennings, who led a group that promoted X-rated “sex-positive” textbooks for 13-year-olds, instructed teenagers at a conference how to perform “fisting” (anal penetration by fists), who refused to report instances of statutory rape, and who expressed admiration for a member of NAMBLA, to be America’s “Safe School’s Czar.”

    • When states voted to enforce the federal immigration laws which the federal government refused to enforced, Obama sued to stop them.

    • Blocked continued construction of the Keystone Pipeline, thereby intentionally reducing energy resources for the US and forcing Canada to sell more of its oil to China.

    • Repeatedly changed his position on gay marriage over the years, depending on what was politically expedient at the moment and which intended audience he was addressing.

    • Before he was president, Obama staunchly opposed raising the national debt limit — but once elected, he insisted that it be raised.

    • When giving a 2009 speech in France that he hoped and assumed Americans would never hear, he described the United States as “arrogant” and “dismissive.”

    • When states tied to stop election fraud with voter ID laws, Obama sued to prevent them from doing so.

    • Instructed Attorney General Eric Holder to stonewall any investigation into the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panthers.

    • Promised in 2008 that once elected he would officially recognize the Armenian Genocide; but to this date he has still failed to do so, caving in to threats and pressure from Turkey.

    • Vowed to end the influence of lobbyists in Washington, but under Obama’s watch their influence has only increased.

    • When he was first running for President, Obama promised, “I will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.” Needless to say, he has broken that promise with almost every bill he has signed since.

    • Aided and abetted the “Arab Spring” which deposed existing secular governments across North Africa, leading to a regional power vacuum which was filled by Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other hardline Islamists.

    • Refused to provide assistance or support the the earlier secular Iranian democracy uprising, allowing them to be crushed by the Islamic fundamentalist Iranian regime.

    • In his first months in office, Obama bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia, the president of China, the Emperor of Japan, and President of Mexico, among others.

    • Ordered NASA to make one of its top priorities not space exploration or scientific research but “Muslim outreach.”

    • Used Obamacare as a pretext to greatly increase the size and power of the IRS (which was given 16,000 new agents and additional mandates to penalize taxpayers for noncompliance).

    • Used the IRS to harass conservative businesses.

    • In the GM bailout, he illegally shortchanged investors who according to bankruptcy laws were first in line to be recompensed; instead, he gave their share to the unions.

    • Shut down oil drilling in the US, but then turned around and lent $2 billion to Brazil to support their government-controlled oil-drilling effort — and then promised the US would become one of Brazil’s biggest oil customers.

    • Sued Boeing in an effort to control where businesses could locate, kowtow to the unions, and block the creation of 1,000 jobs in South Carolina, a right-to-work (i.e. no forced unionization) state.

    • Adopted a longstanding Socialist political slogan, “Forward!”, as his 2012 campaign motto.

    • Sent insulting form letters to the familes of dead SEALs.

    • Neither disavowed nor distanced himself from anti-Romney campaign ads which threatened or implied vilence against Republicans.

    • Shortly after the recent eruption of anti-American violence in North Africa, Obama went to Las Vegas to do his debate preparation in a hotel…with a romanticized North Africa theme.

    • Said in an interview that the Muslim call to prayer was “the most beautiful sound in the world.”

    • Union boss and far-left activist Andy Stern has visitied Obama in the White House at least 53 times, at last count — greater access than any other private citizen.

    • Hosted at the White House many Islamist members of groups associated with Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, etc.

    • Sponsored performances by and attended fundraisers with radical rappers like Michael Franti and Common, both of whose lyrics have in some cases been anti-police, anti-white, and anti-America.

    • Hired Timothy Geithner, who is documented as cheating on his own personal taxes, to be Secretary of the Treasury.

    • Told Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher that it was good to “spread the wealth around.”

    • Told small business owners nationwide in a 2012 speech that “you didn’t build that” — implying that they should not claim credit for their own success, since taxpayers (i.e. themselves and other business owners) had funded the national infrastructure.

    • Insulted the British people by rudely returning to them a bust of Churchill which previously had been a ceremonial gift on display at the White House; when later confronted on this inexplicable action, he lied about it.

    • Canceled plans to complete a missile defense shield in Poland, a move which was highly praised by Russia and Iran — the very nations whose missile threats would have been neutralized if the shield had been completed.

    • By loudly publicizing (for personal political gain) the identity of exact SEAL teams who had killed Osama bin Laden, Obama made them a target for reprisals by Islamists; a short time later 22 SEALS were shot down and killed in Afghanistan, their worst loss of life ever.

    • Established an extra-Constitutional top secret “kill list” of people (including Americans) Obama claims the right to kill on sight, and then bragged about it publicly.

    • Established the “Truth Team” program which encouraged citizens to report to the government any friends or relatives they hear repeating “lies” about Obama.

    • Attack Watch!

    • Twisted the arms of defense contractors to not issue layoff notices in early November, so as to avoid causing bad news for Obama right before the election — even though federal law (the “WARN Act”) requires such notices.

    • After the attacks on American interests in North Africa on September 11, 2012, Obama gave a speech to the U.N. and declared “The future must not belong to those who slander The Prophet of Islam” — transferring the blame from the attackers onto the makers of a film trailer that supposedly “offended” the Islamists.

    • Repeatedly snubbed and got into public tiffs with Benjamin Netanyahu, who as the leader of Israel is supposed to be Obama’s closest colleague in international affairs.

    • On May 19, 2011, Obama told Israel they must return to the 1967 borders as a pre-condition for continuing talks with the Palestinians — even though the status of the borders was the main issue the talks were supposed to address.

    • Encouraged politically biased hiring practices in the Justice Department.

    • Attempted to force returning veterans to pay huge increases for their health coverage…as a way to generate more funding for his Obamacare provisions.

    • In June of 2011, he annointed his own underage daughters as “senior staff members” so that their vacation to Africa would be paid for with taxpayer money.

    • Interviews with high school classmates revealed that Obama was a heavy and frequent user of marijuana in his teenage years (not to mention his self-admitted cocaine use in college).

    • Played over 100 rounds of golf during his first three years in office, meaning that he was on the links close to 10% of the days he has been president.

    • Voted to allow partial-birth abortions not just once but three times in a row as an Illinois state senator.

    • The pastor whom Obama selected to give the national benediction at his 2009 inauguration recently declared that “all white people are going to Hell.”

    http://pjmedia.com/zombie/2012/11/02/why-was-there-no-october-surprise/

    • Michael LaBossiere said, on November 3, 2012 at 6:36 am

      4 more years of straw man attacks, distortions, outright lies and an occasional legitimate criticism? Not really.

      • magus71 said, on November 3, 2012 at 6:54 am

      • WTP said, on November 3, 2012 at 7:44 am

        So what are you telling us? You’ve finally found honest work?

        Much of what TJ posted here (and I have no patience to read all of it, just scrolling through) are simple objective facts. He did use cocaine, he has talked about “spreading the wealth around” (he could learn to be more disingenuous like yourself), played over 100 rounds of golf (twice a month? with his job?), stuck his nose into Boeing’s relocation decision, robbed GM investors of their legal/financial rights, and appointed Anita Dunn who told high school students that she admired Mao.

        This last item I find interesting as I’m sure Mike would argue, as Dunn claimed, that she was making the statement ironically. Having just done the research with text from the speech below, I ask you where is the irony? Is it in the deception and lies of people who think they are hiding their true beliefs?


        A lot of you have great deal of ability. A lot of you work hard. Put them together and that answers the why not question. There is usually not a good reason. And then the 3rd lesson and tip actually come from two of my favorite political philosophers. Mao Tse-tung and Mother Teresa, not often couple with each other, but the two people that I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point which is you’re going to make choices, you’re going to challenge, you’re going to say why not. You’re going to figure out how to do things that have never been done before. But here’s the deal, these are your choices, they’re no one else’s.

        In 1947, when Mao Tse-tung was being challenged within his own party, on his plan to basically take China over, Chiang Kai-shek and the nationalist Chinese held the cities, they had the army, they had the air force, they had everything on their side and people said how can you win, how can you do this, how can you do this against all odds against you, and Mao Tse-tung said “You fight your war and I’ll fight mine.” Think about that for a second, you don’t have to accept the definition of how to do things and you don’t have to follow other people’s choices in the past. Okay. It is about your choices in your path, you fight your own war. You lay out your own path. You figure out what is right for you. You don’t let external definition how good you are internally. You fight your own war. You let them fight their’s. Everybody has their own path.

        And what ironically happened to those who challenged Mao within his own party?

    • biomass2 said, on November 3, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Heavy, man.
      Mike, may I post a book on here?🙂

      TJ.:
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romneys-election-campaign-insults-voters/2012/11/02/69fcc1fc-2428-11e2-9313-3c7f59038d93_story.html?hpid=z2
      And Mitt hasn’t even been in the Oval Office yet. . .

    • daclosetgeek said, on November 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      I do agree with all the rest but this one:-
      Interviews with high school classmates revealed that Obama was a heavy and frequent user of marijuana in his teenage years (not to mention his self-admitted cocaine use in college).
      So what?
      Who cares if he took drugs when he was a teenager he didn’t know he was going to be president did he. Ha ha. Everyone does drugs. Alcohol, tobacco and coffee are drugs. I think smoking weed is better than drinking. It cannot kill you. It doesn’t make you act like a nob head.

      • Michael LaBossiere said, on November 13, 2012 at 7:40 am

        If teen age drug use disqualified one from holding political office, we’d have much smaller pool of candidates.

        • WTP said, on November 13, 2012 at 9:37 am

          Cocaine is a significantly different issue than Mary Jane, but given that I think you’d still have a far more mentally stable pool of candidates and likely better qualified.

  5. T. J. Babson said, on November 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Even before the election Dems say they won’t work with Romney. To Dems, “bipartisanship” only means going along with their agenda.

    The notion of working across the aisle has emerged as a key selling point for Romney, one that’s won him a number of newspaper endorsements in recent weeks.

    Reid on Friday warned that those endorsements might have been premature.

    “Mitt Romney’s fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his ‘severely conservative’ agenda is laughable,” Reid said in a statement, referring to Romney’s description of his own political leanings during the GOP primaries. “In fact, Mitt Romney’s Tea Party agenda has already been rejected in the Senate.”

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2954191/posts?page=26

    • Michael LaBossiere said, on November 3, 2012 at 11:41 am

      The Democrats are following the example set by the Republicans. That said, blaming the other side (whichever side one is on) is not going to get things done.

      Bashing away at the other side does not help, although I suppose that warm feeling of self-righteousness helps one sleep at night. I know it helps me.🙂

      • T. J. Babson said, on November 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        Can you cite even one example of bipartisanship on Obama’s part in the first two years he was in office?

        • Michael LaBossiere said, on November 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

          Killing Bin Laden. I think we all agreed that was a good thing.🙂

          Here is a reasonable analysis of the bipartisan history in the Obama administration.

          I know NPR is sometimes painted as a liberal hotbed, but they generally do a decent analysis.

          Will the Republicans work with Obama in the second term if he makes a genuine attempt? Or will they be too mad to ever cooperate?

          • WTP said, on November 4, 2012 at 1:31 am

            From the link:

            The new president demanded bold and swift action to fix a battered economy. Eight days later, the Democratic-led House approved an $825 billion stimulus package — without a single Republican voting for it.

            Notice the president demanded. Even in their own words, Leftists don’t see themselves as a big part of the problem. No Republicans voted for it because it was a bad idea. If even Olympia Snow couldn’t buy into it, you should know you’ve got a problem. Central, top-down control of any economy, yet alone one as complex as the US in the 21st century, is a fool’s errand. In spite of the failures of socialism time and time again, across numerous countries across dozens of decades, they think “it’ll work this time”.

    • T. J. Babson said, on November 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      “The Democrats are following the example set by the Republicans.”

      Except Mitch McConnell made his remark 2 years after the election of Obama. Reid can’t even wait until the election.

      There could be only one Republican in Washington, yet Dems would still manage to try to blame her for everything.

      • Michael LaBossiere said, on November 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

        True-the Democrats who say otherwise are lying.

        However, the Republicans made it clear that they would not be cooperating.

        http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2012/09/25/mitch_mcconnell_and_the_one_term_president.html

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/robert-draper-anti-obama-campaign_n_1452899.html

        But, it is a serious problem that the party divisions are impairing cooperation. I agree that an opposition party has a role in opposing but there is an important difference between opposing and simply obstructing.

        I would say it is past time for the parties to at least make an effort to work together.

        I tell you what, if Mitt Romney wins I will be critical but I will make a good faith effort to be objective and fair when being critical. When he is right or at least has a reasonable view, I will say so. I’ll also give him the respect that the office deserves. I’ll do the same for Obama if he wins a second term.

        If you like, I’ll even put my promise in a permanent post.

      • WTP said, on November 4, 2012 at 1:21 am

        I tell you what, if Mitt Romney wins I will be critical but I will make a good faith effort to be objective and fair when being critical. When he is right or at least has a reasonable view, I will say so. I’ll also give him the respect that the office deserves. I’ll do the same for Obama if he wins a second term.

        If you like, I’ll even put my promise in a permanent post.

        If you buy that TJ, there’s a bridge in Brooklyn in which you may be interested. While past performance may not be an indicator of future results, that’s the way to bet.

  6. Reader said, on November 4, 2012 at 6:21 am

    If I were an american, I’ll vote for Romney.

  7. magus71 said, on November 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Even I the eternal doomsayer for our culture and nation, overestimated the willingness of the American people to get themselves off the dole. I won’t make that mistake twice.

    • Michael LaBossiere said, on November 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      You just need to look at the subsidies given to businesses to see how much people like that “free stuff.”


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