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The last of the three presidential debates has come and gone
and the spin meisters are going full speed trying to convince voters that their
Frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a damn who won last night's
debate. Most pundits have called it a draw. I would give the edge to Mitt
Romney on substance and style. He was certainly more "presidential"
than a grinning, condescending, boorish President Obama.
Of Course, there are still two more weeks of furious campaigning ahead
and the attack dogs will be off their leashes and barking as vociferously as ever.
So what is one to make of the 2012 presidential race?
I can't recall a more negative campaign in my lifetime. The
most disconcerting thing to me is the insertion of characteristically malicious
Chicago political tactics into the race for our nation's highest office.
In Chicago, where I spent a majority of my professional
journalism career, the norm in political battles is to launch personal attacks
and to demonize your opponent at every opportunity.
Tune in to the Starz TV show "Boss" and you will
see what I mean.
Kelsey Grammer as Chicago's "Boss"
The political goon squad in the White House is a throwback
to the original Mayor Daley--the one who pushed JFK over the top in 1960 and
who periodically raised the dead so they could vote.
Mayor Daley knew how to win elections. Buy votes by giving people
free "stuff" and make your opponent appear to be some kind of reprobate.
The gang of political operatives who surround Obama are
following the same strategy.
To the credit of the majority of Americans, however, it is
not working. Most Americans do not live in Chicago or Cook County and most do
not like the dirty, in-your-face kind of politics that got a succession of
Chicago mayors elected.
You can argue who won last night's debate, who delivered the
most zingers, etc. But you cannot argue with Mitt Romney's steady climb in the
collective presidential campaign polls.
I think Americans are finally seeing past the veneer of
Obama's "messiah complex" and finding that this man, who was less
prepared for the job than any other president in our history, is simply in over
Not only does he not understand how the U.S. economy works,
he is fundamentally opposed to capitalism--though you will never get him to
admit it publicly.
His denials during last night's debate to the contrary,
Obama DID go on an apology tour in 2009 after his election. As N. Y. Yankee's
manager Casey Stengel used to say: "You can look it up." Fact
checkers have already run clips of Obama apologizing in Egypt, France, and
Specifically, in Strasbourg, France Obama said: "there
have been times where America has shown arrogance and has been dismissive, even
During a speech in Egypt Obama talked about: "a
new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based
on mutual interest and mutual respect." Then, citing the "fear and
anger" after 9/11, Obama said that in some cases, "it led us to act
contrary to our traditions and our ideals."
And of course, who can forget the awful display of cow towing when
an obsequious Obama bowed before the Saudi king. I thought he was going to kiss
the king's ring.
Obama bowing to Saudi King
But more troubling is the fact that this is a president who
believes the federal government has all the solutions to our fiscal woes, when
in fact, the federal government is more often the cause of our economic
Remember what Ronald Reagan once said: "The nine most
terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm
here to help.'"
Thank you President
Obama. You have "helped" our nation enough. Go play another round of
golf. Show us how cool you are and have another dance with Ellen DeGeneres. Visit
the cackling magpies on "The View."
Or better yet. Start packing. It's time to put the adults
back in the White House.
I think the following Biblical quote sums up Joe Biden's bizarre behavior in last night's debate with Republican V.P. nominee Paul Ryan very well:
"If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet." --Proverbs 29:9.
Naturally, Democrats have rallied around Joe "the gaffer" following last evening's debate, saying that was just Joe being Joe.
I thought he was the vice-president and as such he owed a national TV audience a modicum of vice-presidential behavior--that is, being respectful rather than disdainful of your debate opponent.
Smirkin' Joe Biden in Action
And where was the alleged moderator in all of this? ABC's Martha Raddatz was strangely quiet as Biden smirked, lifted his eyes to the ceiling and shot mocking stares at Ryan.
In fact, Raddatz
followed the Biden lead– interrupting the debaters 50 times. She jumped often
and heavily on Ryan, interrupting him 31
times, 12 more than the 19 times she cut off Biden. She also took a liberal
tone on abortion and let Biden control the tone of the debate by never cutting him off when he
stepped all over Ryan during his remarks.
left-leaning anchor Anderson Cooper said after the debate that Biden managed to
“continually inject himself” into Ryan’s comments--an understatement if ever I
Ryan suggested that Biden's behavior signaled desperation.
"Mr. Vice President, I know you are under a lot of
duress to make up for lost ground," Ryan said.
Biden immediately uncorked his biggest throaty laugh of the
"... But I think people would be better served if we
don't keep interrupting each other," Ryan said.
In my opinion, Ryan
was not forceful enough in going after Biden.
At those points when Biden burst out laughing at Ryan's
remarks on such issues as Iran working toward building a nuclear weapon or how
the administration was AWOL when the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other
Americans were murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Ryan should have stopped
talking and said: "Joe, I am not sure why are these issues are so funny to
you, but I can guarantee you they are not funny to the American people."
Smirkin' Joe Biden Guffaws Again
This is the kind of verbal counter-punching that was missing
from Ryan's performance. It was patently obvious that Biden's mission was to
keep Ryan off balance the entire night with his annoying eye rolling,
condescending, smug attitude.
That Ryan managed to stay on his feet and weather what has
to be the most disrespectful and rude conduct of a sitting vice-president in
American history says something about his character.
He would not be pulled into below the belt verbal punch fest
that Biden was hoping to create.
Instead, he remained on point and despite the constant
badgering by both Biden and his willing sidekick Raddatz, he answered questions
as best he could.
There are those who say style is not as important as
substance. In a national debate for the nation's highest office, I beg to
differ. Substance should take precedence. That's a given. But style should not
be ignored. It says something about a person's character.
In 1988 Biden, then a presidential candidate, admitted plagiarizing a speech by Neil
Kinnock, leader of the British Labor Party. It was also reported that he also plagiarized a law paper
at the Syracuse University School of Law in 1965 for which he received an
These revelations were reported by no less a left-leaning
authority than the New York Times and as a result Biden was forced to resign
from the presidential race that year. The Times and other papers said in
numerous stories that Biden lacked the mental and verbal discipline to be
After last night, it appears he lacks the same qualities
needed to be Vice-President.
I have just returned from a three week sojourn to
Europe--specifically, Paris, Munich and Venice--and points in between aboard
A couple of things I noticed. Many Europeans are terrified
that Barack Obama will be defeated in the upcoming election. This in spite of
the fact that Chicago's political mafia is running the Democratic party and the
Democrats NEVER or rarely lose elections in Chicago and Cook County.
After watching a plethora of German talk shows and reading a
few German newspapers it was interesting to note that while many Europeans now
realize Obama is NOT the political embodiment of the Second Coming, that he is
in fact (horrors) a mere mortal, and that he and his socialist policies have
made things worse in the U.S. and not better, they still believe it would be some
kind of celestial blasphemy if he is not re-elected.
As one person on a talk show put it: "He is so
intelligent and truthful."
This was, of course, before this week's debate with
challenger Mitt Romney. I wonder what she thinks now after the big can of whoop
ass Romney opened on an obviously ill-prepared Obama. Without his teleprompter,
Obama was exposed as a shallow and ineffective speaker.
As the Bumbler-in-Chief scrambled for answers and to make
his case to the American people during the debate I am sure he was wishing he
could be on yet another golf course somewhere.
Obama is a very good golfer--having had plenty of practice
to improve his golf game during his tenure in the White House. So far Obama as
played 105 rounds of golf during his 3.5 years in office--more than anybody
since President Eisenhower, who played about 200 rounds in his 8 years in
office between 1952 and 1960.
According to Keith Koffler, a reporter for the White House
Dossier: “Obama’s golfing takes about five hours, including the motorcades back
and forth from the fairways. If one thinks of this as taking up much of the day
– include getting ready to go and cooling off afterward – it's fair to say that
Obama has spent more than three months of his presidency golfing.”
He might have added that he has spent another six months
campaigning for re-election and three months on vacation. That means for almost
a year the nation has had a president who has done everything but work at the
job he was elected to do. I won't even go into the tax-payer dollars spent by
Michelle Obama on her 16 vacations to places like Spain, South Africa, Aspen
Michelle and Friends in Spain 2010
And believe me, these were not taken sitting in coach in the
back of the plane or on a Greyhound Bus.
Of course, Michelle is not running for re-election. But it seems
rather insensitive to be taking lavish vacations at a time when some 23 million
American are out of work and millions more have lost their homes, businesses
But, hey, that's OK. After all, it is Barack Obama and he can
do no wrong. Certainly not in Europe.
It is amazing how naive some Europeans are about the United
States. Of course, the all act as if they know everything there is to know
about this country--from its politics to its economy to its social issues.
It is difficult to blame them when you read European
newspapers or watch news and talk shows.
For example, after this week's debate, a few European newspapers
reported that Obama actually did well in his face off with Romney.
What debate were they watching--maybe it was a re-run of the
Nixon-Kennedy debate of 1960.
Of course, maybe they were affected by Denver's mile-high
altitude--an explanation that former Vice President Al Gore offered in Obama's
The fact is this. Most, if not all, of the European nations
that make up the European Union are left-leaning and are pushing hard for an
Obama victory in November. In nations where the quality of life is measured by
how many cradle-to grave entitlements you can extract from government, a U.S.
that has a closet socialist in the White House is one Europeans can readily
Romney and Ryan scare the hell out of Europeans. They are,
after all, in favor of reducing government's size and checking its intrusion into
our lives and businesses. This is a philosophy that few Europeans understand or
will ever embrace.
Just look at the rioting in Greece, Spain and Italy when
governments attempt to get spending under control by curbing unsustainable
pensions that begin at 55 and can amount to some 80 percent of one's annual salary.
When you make the majority of the populace dependent on
government entitlements and handouts you wind up with Greece, Spain and Italy.
Now look at what's happened in the U.S. since 2008l. When Obama
moved into the White House the number of Americans getting food stamps was 31
million. In 2000 there were just 17 million Americans on food stamps.
Today, some 47 million Americans are on food
stamps--otherwise known as the newly named "Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program" or SNAP. That means some 23 million American household
are using food stamps--fully 15 percent of the U.S. population.
And that's not the whole story. Today, there are more
Americans dependent on the federal government than ever before in U.S. history.
According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation
conducted by the U.S. Census, well over 100 million Americans are enrolled in
at least one welfare program run by the federal government. Many are enrolled in more than one.
That is about a third of the entire population of the country. That figure does not include Social Security
or Medicare. Today the federal
government runs almost 80 different “means-tested welfare programs,” and almost
all of those programs have experienced substantial growth in recent years.
I agree that we will always need a safety net for those that
cannot take care of themselves, but it is utterly ridiculous that the federal
government is financially supporting one-third of all Americans. How much farther do things really need to go
before we finally admit that we have become a socialist nation like our
At the current rate of government-sponsored dependency, it
will not be very long before half the nation is on welfare. However, we likely will never get to that
point because the colossal and unsustainable debt that we are currently running
up will no doubt destroy our financial
system before that ever happens.
I can hear the shovels in China already digging our grave.