The Morning After: Watching an Angry President

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January 28, 2010 | Comments

Last night I felt we had just witnessed the spinning of a desperate man offering up a glorified campaign speech under the guise of a State of the Union Address. Today I awaken with a truer insight. What we actually witnessed last night was the pathetic tantrum of an angry President who does not understand – or simply does not want to understand — the basic tenets of the magnificent country he serves.

As someone on our local talk radio station said yesterday afternoon, this President needs to learn the difference between a leader and a ruler. I say that even if he does understand this, he has convinced himself that he was ushered into office with a landslide mandate (which he was not), an event, he seems to believe, that endows him with the title “ruler,” and, perhaps, “supreme being,” as well.

But last night’s disconnected, disjointed performance gave evidence that he realizes he is being regarded as mortal after all. Thus the root of his anger. He has forgotten, or simply chosen to ignore and disparage, the basic foundation of our nation – the separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government – a separation that in every way offers us the ultimate safety net. Last night he lashed out at that safety net like a spoiled child, revealing to us once more how little he thinks of this nation, her system, and, yes, her people, who have had the audacity to stand in the way of his transforming America in his own image.

In one of the most inappropriate moments of all presidential history, he blasted the Supreme Court Justices seated as a group at his feet. With a nasty sneer, he berated their majority for daring to pass down a ruling that upholds our sacred right to free speech, a ruling with which he disagrees. He then urged the Congress to fight this ruling (by whatever means necessary, perhaps, Mr. President?). The members of the legislative branch in attendance who are in his camp responded with a rousing ovation.

But he berated the legislative branch, as well, scolding them for failing to push his agenda through swiftly and secretly. As a result, he found himself standing before the nation, unable to announce his long-coveted government takeover of the American health-care system. And now, it just won’t be that easy. The democratic supermajority has been squelched, he whined, thanks to the election of a man he did not name. His dominance of all three branches of the U.S. government has been destroyed, he said in so many words, and the republicans can now take the blame for standing in the way of progress.

Which led him to the target of his most ardent anger. He is angry at us, folks, the American people, and he didn’t even try to hide it. We dared to steal that supermajority – and, in turn, the unfettered power it offered him as a ruler. He bared his hostility toward us loudly and clearly, essentially obliterating any other message he tried to cloak in false sincerity and folksiness. And we will not forget that. I don’t think those Supreme Court Justices – particularly Justice Alito – are likely to forget either.

So I suggest the President consider, perhaps, getting himself to an anger-management class. Even more importantly, though, he needs to go back to school for a basic civics lesson. Time to refresh his understanding of the separation of powers, a concept he swore to honor when he pledged on his inauguration day to uphold that “flawed document” (his words), the Constitution of the United States.

If, as we hear, this President truly was a lecturer on constitutional law in his former life, this certainly makes me wonder what he taught his students in those classes. After hearing last night’s lecture to the American people, if I were the parent of one of those students, I’d be asking for my money back today.

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Empty Rhetoric: Nothing Has Changed

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January 27, 2010 | Comments

The President’s first State of the Union just ended, and all I can say is that it was a disconnected mess. This confused President, rattled, perhaps, by the events of the last several months that culminated last week in Massachusetts, ping-ponged back and forth in his speech like his head ping-pongs back and forth to catch the messages transmitted by his twin teleprompters.

It began with his grand entrance, heralded with applause that was noticeably more muted than the applause that greeted him when last he addressed both Houses to discuss health care. He reached his exalted perch, and for the next hour or so we watched him bob back and forth between his teleprompters that, on my television at least, remained visible for the duration on both sides of the screen.

First, the President blamed George Bush, a tactic, though tired and worn, continued throughout his convoluted diatribe. Next stop: the stories of American doom and gloom always heartily embraced by the democratic party — the doom and gloom that for so many years this President has witnessed in this wasteland we call America. I have watched “the struggles,” he said, that are “the reason I ran for President.” But then he just as suddenly changed gears in a lame attempt to summon the spirit of Ronald Reagan (who, we learned tonight, was apparently a proponent of America’s nuclear disarmament), singing the praises of American optimism and extolling, without a hint of irony, the joys of accountability and transparency.

Sifting through all this ping-ponging was a challenge, punctuated as the speech was by the incessant standing Os (86 in all), Nancy Pelosi’s jack-in-box-like bouncing from her throne, and Joe Biden’s big, goofy, electric smile, reminding me of the current Walmart commercial, where the dad clown impales his foot on a unicorn (or Bozo, take your pick).

But once all was said and done, the message was clear: Nothing has changed. The President is staying the course, disappointing those who predicted so ardently that he would move to the center. As other, more realistic, pundits predicted, he instead double-downed on his agenda, taking no responsibility for our nation’s catastrophic debt, and reaffirming his devotion to cap and tax, the same ol’ health-care agenda, bigger government, the punishment of banks and Wall Street, an increase in government spending, and a vague, touchy-feely approach to national security (avoiding the issue of terrorists and Miranda rights altogether).

Perhaps the greatest shock for me began when he proclaimed, “We cut taxes for 95 percent of working Americans!” How? Really? But tax cuts are “unfair,” right? To the inevitable applause that followed, he smirked, “I thought I’d get some applause on that one.”

This segued into mention of the runaway success of the recovery act – “also known as the Stimulus Bill” – that apparently made all this possible. Really? In bread-line America? And all the stimulus-caused jobs he proceeded to list: Do those include the jobs created in congressional districts and zip codes that don’t exist? How does this dovetail with the unemployment rate? I’m so confused. (Where is Joe Wilson when we need him? Even Bill Clinton at the height of Monicagate was not so brazen).

When the speech ended, I felt kind of sick, kind of empty – as though I had just spent 70 minutes watching a desperate man, having been betrayed by his own self-importance, grasping for the essence of his identity. With squishy rhetoric and a decidedly unpresidential demeanor, a meandering flip-flopping speech, and hollow attempts to summon emotion, the President tried to speak of America’s strength and to praise her military, while at the same time laughing at those who would question the veracity of global warming and blasting the Supreme Court Justices seated before him for daring to rule in support of our Constitutional right to free speech.

But this man’s true essence came through when he spoke of health care, using direct excerpts from the countless speeches he has given on the subject since last summer. Staying the course on this one, he claimed to understand the frustration of the American people who are fed up with all the wheeling and dealing that has gone into the passage of a bill that two-thirds of Americans oppose. He revealed who he is, when he said that this process has “left most Americans saying, ‘but what’s in it for me?’”

And I say, you are wrong, Mr. President. Once again you have severely misread the citizens of this nation. Contrary to the people to whom you apparently try to appeal, we the people did not ask what’s in this bill for us, and we resent you’re implying that’s who we are. As we have made evident in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts in recent months, you and yours have us asking instead, “What are you doing to our country?” And, upon learning your intentions, we have said, “No!”

You don’t understand us, Mr. President. You don’t know who we are, and I fear you never will. As you stated clearly tonight, you are still pledging allegiance to “change we can believe in.” No thanks, Mr. President. We don’t want your brand of change. And we never will.

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Beware of the Fake Transparency We’ll Be Seeing Tonight

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January 27, 2010 | Comments

Attention, everyone: Four hours until show time. Four hours until the President’s long-awaited State of the Union Address to the nation. And yes, a show it will be.

As we all know, the President won’t be able to sing his own praises tonight about his passage of the health-care-reform bill.  That plan was squelched last week in Massachusetts, leaving him now to claim never had anything to do with it in the first place. What we can expect tonight are ample loads of transparency – not the type the President promised incessantly during his hope-and-change-riddled campaign for President, of course, but rather, the type he, his wife, his administration, and his party have been rehearsing since the tsunami they endured one week ago.

We’ve seen it coming, but we must be on our guard tonight as he takes to his telepromptered stage with humility and such compassionate concern for the “ordinary Americans” who comprise the previously dreaded “middle class.” Remember that everything you see tonight, every word, every gesture, every glance, will be carefully orchestrated, carefully scripted. The stage directions have probably even been incorporated into the teleprompter’s script.

As he enters the great hall, the President will ignore the fact that the applause that greets him tonight from a previously adoring and slobbering Congress is a bit more tepid than it was the last time he addressed them en masse. He will ignore the fact that many within this body now suddenly regard him as a potential impediment to their careers, preferring that their consitituents, who they have suddenly remembered exist, not see them applauding too enthusiastically for this suspicious character. Once positioned at the helm, the President will take a breath and adopt the majestic countenance that he believes has served him so well during the last year, looking down his aristocratic nose at the masses who have had the audacity to defy him.

Somewhere in his speech, the President will greet the wounded warriors we hear he will be planting carefully in his audience tonight, and the struggling ordinary working families – also scheduled plants – for the dramatic effect (and photo-ops) they always provide. He will refer to his wife’s address yesterday to military families, proving yet again that this ultimate power couple have the little guy’s best interests at heart. Then he will regale us with such words as “tax cuts,” “spending freeze,” and “incentives,” uttering them without hint of a sneer or a smirk. He’s got to get it right tonight, if he is to fool the masses once more.

But given the miracles we masses have witnessed over the last year in Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and in town halls and parade routes from sea to shining sea, I just don’t believe it’s going to work for him. His orchestrated words, and the embarrassing transparency inspiring them tonight, just won’t be enough to lull the sleeping giant back into its slumber.

The President, of course, will claim victory in the aftermath, refusing to acknowledge that we see his pathetic attempts as the hackneyed transparent acts of desperation that they are. He’ll convince himself that we the people – we the dupes – are buying it. He’ll convince himself that we have no choice but to swoon in the presence of his hypnotic gift. But we the people are far too sharp, and far too awake, to believe a word he says. We know transparency when we see it, and tonight’s show will be the most transparent attempt at salvaging a presidency and an administration that we have seen since Bill Clinton’s second term.

So enjoy the show, but remember, that’s all it is. Personally, I’d like to see the teleprompter have a tantrum, short out, and leave its very dependent speaker to his own devices. Now that would be a show. And as we know, miracles do happen.

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Teleprompter in the Classroom

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January 27, 2010 | Comments

Just when we thought we could not be more embarrassed because of this President, and, more importantly, just when we thought we could not be more embarrassed for our beautiful country…

We find an official presidential teleprompter set up last week in a 6th-grade classroom in Virginia – official presidential podium and all — for a speech, an inspiring one about himself, no doubt, that the President gave to said class.

A 6th-grade classroom!

I have never seen anything so ridiculous in my life. How could anyone, student or teacher, have entered that classroom, taken a gander at the electronics occupying half the room, witnessed the President’s predictably self-important expression as he spoke with his equally predictable robotic cadence, and kept a straight face? And how could anyone stand at that podium and keep a straight face?

Of course amid the deafening laughter this image has inspired among what the President likes to refer to so arrogantly as “ordinary Americans,” his spinners claim the teleprompter was necessary for a meeting with media following his inspiring talk to the 11-year-olds. (Gotta wonder why he would need the teleprompter for that, too, but you know him…)

Much has been made of the President’s addiction to his teleprompter. The man truly seems unable to give a speech without his electronic crutch — kind of a problem when your one claim to fame, and the reason you were elected in the first place, is your alleged, self-proclaimed gift as a “great orator.” This recent incident has nevertheless taken me back with a giggle to a video from the satirical website The Onion, featuring the trauma of a teleprompter malfunction at the First Family’s dinner table. It’s a must see:

Obama’s Home Teleprompter Malfunctions During Family Dinner

We all have to keep our sense of humor, now more than ever. Enjoy…

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A Week of Post-Election Damage Control

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January 26, 2010 | Comments

To commemorate the earthshattering election that occurred one week ago today – the election of republican Scott Brown in the deep blue state of Massachusetts to occupy the seat previously held for decades by Ted Kennedy — I have collected quotes from carefully orchestrated speeches and interviews the President has given in the wake of this event that has rattled to the bone his party, his presidency – and no doubt his arrogant world view, as well. The quotes, which speak for themselves, would have been drastically different, I think, had there been a drastically different election outcome last Tuesday. Enjoy…

“The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office.”

 “People are angry. They are frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.”

“I’d rather be a really good one-term President than a mediocre two-term President.”

“Part of what I had campaigned on was changing how Washington works, opening up transparency and I think it is — I think the health care debate as it unfolded legitimately raised concerns not just among my opponents, but also amongst supporters that we just don’t know what’s going on. And it’s an ugly process and it looks like there are a bunch of back room deals.”

“Let’s just clarify: I didn’t make a bunch of deals. There is a legislative process that is taking place in Congress and I am happy to own up to the fact that I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked.”

“I know folks in Washington are in a little bit of a frenzy this week, trying to figure out what the election in Massachusetts the other day means for health insurance reform, for Republicans and Democrats, and for me. This is what they love to do. But this isn’t about me. It’s about you….I’ll never stop fighting for you. I’ll take my lumps, too.”

“We were so busy just getting stuff done….that I think we lost some of the sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values.”

 “Now, we’ve gotten pretty far down the road, but I have to admit, we’ve run into a bit of a buzz saw along the way….And the longer it has taken, the uglier the process has looked.”

Tomorrow night this President will give his State of the Union Address to the nation. He has been shocked and he has been stunned, but the true character and fiber of a man do not change, and we all must remember that we have seen the true character and fiber of this man who wishes, and has never stopped wishing, to “transform” America. Should he attempt tomorrow night to convince us that he, too, has been transformed by last Tuesday’s massacre, we will not be fooled by whatever “new and improved” words we hear from him. We will not be the fools he and his believe us to be.

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Exploding Heads and Ladylike Behavior

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January 22, 2010 | Comments

So, RINO-turned-democrat Arlen Specter (D-PA), tells outspoken conservative Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to “act like a lady.”

I, in turn, invite all uppity Grizzly Moms “ferociously protecting home, family, cubs and country” (even when that means defying a flailing Senator’s definition of ladylike behavior), all anti-appeasement/non-bowing Americans, and even Senator Specter himself, to take a look at the following video:

The footage may indeed cause liberal head explosions, but that’s the risk you take when there’s a severe shortage of testosterone in the White House.

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I Believe in the Permanent Record

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January 22, 2010 | Comments

I believe in the permanent record, that elusive checklist hovering somewhere out there in the atmosphere that moms, teachers and school principals use to keep us in line. Though it may not tangibly exist, I do believe there are serious, devastating, character-damaging choices people make in life that, once revealed, become part of one’s indelible being, not to be written off as “mistakes,” never to be erased, forgotten, or sometimes even forgiven.

Join the Ku Klux Klan: permanent record. Cheat on the wife with 16 women: permanent record. Drive drunk and kill a family: permanent record. Attack innocent people in the name of your religion: permanent record. Sell secrets to those who wish to harm our country: permanent record. Vote “yes” on a 2000-page health-care-reform bill that you haven’t even read that will nationalize and ration American health care, plunge our children and grandchildren into decades of punishing debt, and inject the government into the most intimate corners of American lives: permanent record.

As to this latter example, the democrats are in chaos at the moment, thanks to that 2000-page monstrosity they have jammed down our throats almost to the point of reaching the President’s desk for one of his staged photo-op signings. But after Tuesday’s election in Massachusetts, we are seeing mea culpas being performed all over the place by democrats, who have been shown quite dramatically that their days could be numbered on Capitol Hill. “We had no idea you guys were so mad,” they whimper. “We are listening now. We promise.”

But we the people know self-preservation when we see it. What these so-called representatives are realizing is that the fury of the American public that has made itself abundantly and very vocally clear for the last year (do the town halls and tea parties ring a bell, anyone?), the fury these arrogant stiffs have chosen to ignore and vilify, has the power to run them out of office and back to their hometowns faster than you can say Martha/Marcia Coakley.

So now that they have recognized America’s true power brokers (us), vested with power handed down by the Founders themselves, they beg us to forgive them. “We understand now,” they claim. “You want us to slow down and trash a bill that only a third of you support. And you want us to read the Constitution. Okay, okay, we will. We promise. And look, we’ll even stop being the President’s lackeys! See, we’re not his toys and his tools anymore. We’re in this for you! We made a mistake, that’s all. So we’re okay now, aren’t we?

No. We’re not okay. Permanent record. We don’t trust you, and we don’t trust the President, either, even if he suddenly begins speaking with a centrist tongue. You all made your choice and signed on to an agenda designed to destroy the fabric and fiber of our great nation. You showed us who you are when you voted “yes” on that 2000-page atrocity and called us Nazis and racists, simply because we want to protect our nation and our families. Worse yet, we know you would have gleefully voted “yes” on all the atrocities yet to come: amnesty, cap and tax, more stimulus bills, appeasement of terrorists….And now you beg us to forgive you, claiming you didn’t mean it.

But you did mean it. We never heard a peep from you about the bribes and the threats and payoffs, some of you even taking the bribes yourselves. You endangered our nation as it has not been endangered since those first shots fired at Fort Sumter back in 1861. You fired your own shots. You voted “yes.” And you would have voted “yes” again and again and again.

You misread or simply dismissed the power of the American people. You ignored your own convictions (if you even had any) as well as your voters, and you knew exactly what you were doing every step of the way. We told you, no. We told you again and again and again that we don’t want this, that we don’t want our country plunging deep into a hard-left rabbit hole, that we don’t want to abandon what makes us the last best hope, the shining city on the hill. But you ignored us. You defied us. You attacked us.

So go ahead and offer your apologies, make your peace with the man upstairs, and confess to your moms and your families if you feel like it. We, however, are in no mind to forgive you. You have shown us who you are, and you have shown us we cannot trust you. Our country is too precious to us. You woke the sleeping giant, and we will not sleep again.

I teach my children that they will be faced with countless choices throughout their lives, each bringing consequences. As they will see, doing what is right when others around you are doing the opposite and beckoning to you to join them is the most difficult choice of all. But stay on your path, stick to what you know is right, and you will have no cause for regret, no reason to fear you have damaged what you love, no need to beg for forgiveness.

As Aaron Tipton says in one of my favorite songs: “Whatever you do today, you’ll have to sleep with tonight.” Plenty of elected officials are tossing and turning “tonight” after what they did “today” and over the past months. They went along with the “in” crowd, and now they see the consequences of that choice scribbled all over their own permanent records. They should have listened to their moms.

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College Students, Wake Up!

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January 21, 2010 | Comments

The results of Tuesday’s election in Massachusetts have left me thinking about a conversation I overheard this last Christmas.

Our family was flying west to California for the holidays as we do every year, this time with stopovers in both Las Vegas and Reno. On the flight between those two cities, I was seated in front of an older woman and a young female college student. As we took off over the glittering lights of the Las Vegas strip, the older woman introduced herself to her younger seatmate (and, by extension, to me) as a medical-school professor, a recent transplant to Nevada from the East Coast.

Sounding almost like a young schoolgirl herself, this mature professional woman chirped with abandon about her love for her new state. Compared to her life spent entirely in the east, Nevada was in every way living up to its reputation as “the wild west,” she said, a genuine “frontier.” Her enthusiasm for her new home was so infectious, I wanted to jump off the plane and enroll in her medical school.

Anyway, the young woman next to her, a native of Reno, she said, was in her first year at a small Massachusetts college – an International Relations major (whatever that is). The physician spoke to her about her own years training, practicing and teaching in Boston, and they chatted a bit about living in the Bay State. Then the doctor popped the big question: “So how does it feel moving from a state that has no income tax [Nevada], to a state that has one of the highest tax rates in the country [Massachusetts]?”

“Well,” said the girl, “I’m in college, so it doesn’t really affect me.”

I grinned, imagining the wise smirk the International-Relations major’s comment must have inspired on the face of her seatmate. “Oh, it will affect you,” said the doctor. “And I’m sure it’s affecting your parents, and the new federal taxes coming are going to affect them, too.” (As a parent myself, I would not be very happy to think my daughter considered punishing tax burdens as something that “doesn’t really affect me.”)

The girl’s ensuing silence indicated that she didn’t want to talk about this anymore (not a good sign for someone who wants to relate internationally). I’d like to think that once she got home, she made a similar comment to her parents, who in turn decided to look in to the education they were financing for their beloved daughter. If nothing else, I hope the physician’s statement at least gave the girl some food for thought.

It certainly gave me food for thought, as I now think back and wonder if Tuesday’s election in this young student’s adopted state has in any way “affected” her. How has it been presented and discussed, I wonder, in her probably elitist, liberal, kumbaya International Relations classes? I have my assumptions, of course, but do she and so many others like her now realize the gravity of what is at stake for her and for all of us in this country? Do they realize that this election “affected” the state in which this girl now resides, but also in her home state? And my home state. And yours. And every other state in the union.

Perhaps before this girl embarks on her career in International Relations (whatever that is), she should learn about the dangers her own country is facing at the moment – including the tax burden that will await her once she graduates and embarks on that career. I’ll wager she is learning nothing like that in those International Relations classes of hers. We can guess what she is probably learning: the Blame-America curriculum embraced by the President and his advisers and colleagues during their formative years.

As someone more in line with the American-Exceptionalism curriculum, I ask you college students out there to start thinking beyond the walls of those classes. Before you agree to packing your university auditoriums to cheer on the President and provide him with a backdrop for his latest photo-op, as happened last Sunday in Boston (and will surely happen when he campaigns for Harry Reid next month in Nevada), think about the effect this man, this Congress and their agenda could have on your long-term goals, your long-term hopes and dreams. Battles are being waged right now in all of our own backyards that you think “affect” only your parents at the moment, but if this President gets his way, the outcomes of these skirmishes will profoundly affect your future – and not in a positive manner.

So look to Massachusetts and be grateful for what happened there on Tuesday, despite what your professors may be telling you in class. Time to see the big picture and your place in it. Time to think about long-term consequences and, to paraphrase JFK, what you can do, not for this President and his colleagues, but for your country, your family and your future.

In short, wake up. It does affect you.

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It’s Morning in America

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January 20, 2010 | Comments

When a little-known Massachusetts republican wins the Senate seat occupied for decades by Ted Kennedy, endangering Kennedy’s signature issue, nationalized health care….

When you wake up the morning after that election and see a republican strategist not only appearing on MSNBC, but actually being treated with respect….

When democratic Congressmen who have voted for everything the President has mandated over the last year (particularly the health-care-reform bill opposed by one-third of the American people) state that it will be a catastrophe if democrats ignore the Massachusetts election (Evan Bayh of Indiana); that the health-care vote should be suspended until the new Massachusetts Senator is seated (Jim Webb of Virginia); and that “health care might be dead” (Anthony Weiner of New York)….

When British newspapers gleefully predict that “there will be more Scott Browns!”….

When the San Francisco Chronicle floats the notion that San Francisco Congresswoman and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, might be in trouble….

When the morning news broadcasts footage of lifelong democrats waiting in line yesterday to cast their votes for a republican candidate because they want “to save America”….

When you hear a democratic strategist say that the democrats on Capitol Hill have awakened this morning, wondering “Is it wise for me to continue following this President?”….

When liberal pundits and news commentators for the first time openly acknowledge that the Massachusetts election results are proof that the American people are obviously not happy with the backroom deals cut by the President with the pharmaceutical companies, and the singular payoffs to individual representatives in Congress (on Christmas Eve no less).…

When you sense an outright sigh of relief among democratic politicians and certain individuals within the administration’s lapdog media who have finally been given an excuse to oppose this President, this administration and this radical leftwing agenda – an excuse to vote “no” next time and perhaps even to offer criticism.…

When Americans from coast to coast awaken, having slept better and more peacefully than they have in months….

.…it’s morning in America.

At least for now. Indeed for this lovely moment, let us enjoy the morning light and the brief sense of security that was returned to us last night by the election results that came to us from Massachusetts. Provided 100,000 absentee ballots cast for that election’s democratic candidate aren’t suddenly discovered in the trunk of Al Franken’s car, we can smile, knowing we can claim victory in this battle forever to be known as the Massachusetts Miracle of 2010.

But we can’t rest, of course. Our fight continues. Even now our opposition, haven shaken off the shock of last night’s upset, is mobilizing, designing their next tactic for bypassing the will of the American people and the U.S. Constitution. We will be ready for them, of course, just as we were this time, energized and confident that we who love this country are not alone. As we’ve said all along, 2010 is gonna be great. Last night, just 19 days in, was only the beginning.

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Massachusetts Miracle 2010

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January 19, 2010 | Comments

And now we can breathe. He won. Scott Brown won. And we have witnessed a miracle in Massachusetts akin to the same miracle that occurred in Massachusetts more than two centuries ago that led to the birth of the United States of America.

This is huge, folks. But I don’t have to tell you that. Massachusetts, a state dominated by democrats three to one elects a republican to the Senate for the first time in three decades. But it goes so much deeper than that. The seat this republican won “belonged” to Ted Kennedy, the beloved “liberal lion,” a virtual god in Massachusetts (or so we were told), whose legacy issue was the health-care bill currently being jammed down our….er, I mean, currently making its way through Congress. The symbolism is just more than I can even stand!

In only a few short weeks, Scott Brown overcame a double-digit deficit behind a woman of the democrat machine, a woman who promised she would do everything Uncle Teddy – and the current President – would want. A woman America was apt to assume was exactly what Massachusetts would want.

But then tonight the miracle occurred.

They tried to stop it. Bill Clinton, Uncle Teddy’s son Patrick, John Kerry (the other U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, who you know is shaking in his boots tonight knowing that he, too, could fall victim to these voters he formerly always trusted), and yes, even the President of the United States himself – to Massachusetts they came, singing the praises of the machine and their candidate’s place in it. But the voters of Massachusetts, the patriots who cast their votes for Scott Brown, they took as much heed of the Traveling Democrat Show as the voters in Virginia and New Jersey did last November.

Tonight we watched a state of deepest blue exercise the true spirit of America – and it did so on the eve of the first anniversary of this truck-hating President’s inauguration (again, you just can’t beat the symbolism here). Indeed tonight we witnessed history – and a wake-up call to politicians coast to coast, democrats and republicans alike. We have reminded them that we are the ones with the power, and they had better never again ignore and dismiss our anger and our fury. If these politicians who have carried this administration’s water were nervous before this election – and the San Francisco Chronicle even admitted today that has been the case in California, who have been watching the Massachusetts race very carefully – they are downright terrified now.

Lots of soul searching going on tonight among these so-called elected representatives of ours, I’m sure. Am I really going to sacrifice my career and everything I have accomplished for this  guy in the White House? Should I start listening to the American people — and to my own conscience – and realize I have been following marching orders from a guy who has never even had a job in a 7-11? Do I really want to identify with the unbridled arrogance and name-calling that has spread like a virus through the halls of power of this great nation?

We’ll see, won’t we. In the meantime, we can celebrate tonight the miracle in Massachusetts, the first shot in our taking our country back to where it is meant to be. But you know, maybe it wasn’t a miracle. The founding of America was a miracle, to be sure, but the American people’s fierce determination to protect this nation and her Constitution and her people is anything but. That is our mandate, our responsibility, our honor and our privilege.

Throughout the insanity we have endured over the past couple of years as we have watched our country overtaken by leftists, globalists, appeasers, terrorist sympathizers (you know who I’m talking about), I have always maintained that the heart and soul of the American people has remained what I always believed it to be. And tonight, yet again, they have not let me down. Thank you, Massachusetts. And thank you, America. Good night.

Betsy Siino | Comments