Post-election Confessions

The 2014 Mid-term Election was… Tuesday….

Today… the New York Times… the official mouthpiece of the Obama Administration trots out this….

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/07/world/middleeast/-more-than-600-reported-chemical-weapons-exposure-in-iraq-pentagon-acknowledges.html

Does the timing look at all… suspicious…?

Hint: Mustard and other blister agents potentially affect DNA….

Finally… a Judicial Decision that Begs the Question….

Interesting thought. Either the Constitutionally mandated Elective process should be followed… or the Supreme Court should say why not….

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/07/us/appeals-court-upholds-same-sex-marriage-ban.html?action=click&contentCollection=Middle%20East&region=Footer&module=TopNews&pgtype=article

Finally a Federal Court seems to understand the Rule of Law….

Doesn’t matter what I think. You think. Anyone else thinks….

Do I get to do what I want? Or think best for my family and friends and myself? Or am I required to submit to the Rule of Law…?

I don’t like Obamacare. I believe my family and I are hurt by Obamacare. Am I allowed to not participate… not be bound by State or Federal Law… because of my Constitutional Right to the pursuit of happiness…? That’s the argument so far presented by Same-Sex Marriage proponents: my individual happiness trumps the Rule of Law. You will easily see the same argument playing out in many, many rulings and executive actions… and executed inactions… pursued by the current administration….

Political Fantasy and Another Fascinating Example of Lost Cause Mythology.

An interesting Hollywood script about the recent election results….

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywood-reeling-bitter-election-defeats-746423?mobile_redirect=false

This narrative is getting old. It’s a great piece of Hollywood fiction. Follows right on the heals of another great fiction about such defeats…. The legendary “Lost Cause of the Confederacy”. Goes something like this…. “We didn’t LOSE…. We were SOLD OUT!!! We were virtuous people standing up for RIGHT… against all odds…. And we would have won… if our leaders hadn’t been cowards… who ran… and conspired with the enemy!”

It’s really a seductive story. A seductive… fantasy….

The only problem is… that fantasy has no connection with reality….

If someone… such as say… President Obama… wishes to trot out the day of the election… run that lie up the flag pole… and see who salutes…. Well… if you want to believe him… when he’s defending the loss of the Senate on his watch… because he specifically stated that the 2014 Mid-term Election was a referendum on his policies… and governance… as a deflection from the truth…. Well…. Believe him. If you want…. If you desire…. If you wish…. If you fantasize…. If you REALLY are that gullible.

But… that’s an incredible story. An incredible fantasy. An incredible… diversion… even when pronounced with a straight face in front of reporters… BEFORE the said event.

But… AFTER the said event…. After the SAD event…. It’s simply incredulous!

If the Democrats had lost some seats, but not control of the Senate, certainly that scenario would have been credible. If they had lost the majority, but remained control with their caucused independents… it would have been defensible…. Maybe even if they had ceded the necessary six seats…..

But… not when they also lost a ton of seats in the House. And gubernatorial races. In solid Blue States that haven’t gone Red in decades. And lost control of State Assemblies. And their losses penetrated all the way down the ticket to local offices….

The Democrats suffered INCREDIBLE losses in this election. And this fantastic story… set forth to defend their shellacking… is nothing short of incredulous….

President Obama attempted to make this election a referendum on his Presidency. On his… performance… and the lack thereof. Was his pronouncement due to HUBRIS…? Perhaps.

But… perhaps he was setting himself… or some surrogate… such as Attorney General Holder… or Reverend Al Sharpton… or Bill Maher… or Chris Matthews… or Rachel Maddow… to play the race card. Or the sex card. Or… the same-sex card….

Or… perhaps he had some other surrogate…. Such as… say… Senator Mary Landrieu….

The problem is… this thrashing… the sheer intensity… the sheer volume… the sheer… magnitude… suggests something far… far… far deeper than simply a repudiation of their esteemed leader (yes, that was a joke)….

This seems to be a complete repudiation of the entire Progressive Liberal agenda…. Americans have tasted expansive government… and spit it out!

Why? The rich are getting richer. And making HUGE contributions to the Democrats… to maintain their positions of power. Meanwhile… the Middle Class can’t get their piece of the American Dream… because they are being taxed… and regulated… into the poor house…. And the poor can’t get ahead… because they can’t find good jobs… and because if and when they do… they are being taxed and regulated back into the poor house. Obamacare was nothing but a tax. And a raw deal. Yet another government regulation that restricts our freedoms. And… the laws and taxes and regulations that are heaped upon the working man’s head… don’t seem to apply to the President… or the Attorney General… or Senators… or Congressmen… or the IRS… or Undocumented Aliens… or…. You get the picture. Senator Elizabeth Warren is exactly right: IT’S A RIGGED GAME!!! And she should know: she was one of the ones who helped to rig it!

President Obama… Senator Reid… Congressman Pelosi… and their surrogates… such as Attorney General Holder… and former Secretary of State Clinton… are all HUGE fans of that exalted Communist and community organizer… Saul Alinsky…. They studied his book Rules for Radicals. And… they found ways to put his tenants into practice…. Lie about your opponents in order to spread fear amongst your constituents…. Then… lie to your constituents…. That’s how you bring a disparate group of desperate single-issue constituents together into a more-or-less cohesive group of charged-up voters- create enthusiasm by polemic invectives against your opponent… even when you agree with what he has done; never miss an opportunity to demonize the opposition… especially if he isn’t even running…. Create a straw man to argue against…. Then… lie to your constituents…. Make specific promises to each group… then don’t follow through… so they won’t leave the alliance before you need them… which is in perpetuity… because the idea… the goal… is not to win an election: the goal is to seize control of power… forever…. So… you really can’t give ANYONE what they want… or they may lose enthusiasm for the cause…. Do what YOU want…. And keep them hungry…. And… hope they are all too stupid to catch on…. If they do… show them the demon again….

So… the Democratic “Lost Cause” Scenario… is nothing more than a Hollywood bad B-movie script. A nauseating narrative… to minimize the damage… from a truly legendary defeat. An attempt to rewrite history into a more favorable… and entertaining… light-show.

So… as one would expect… the Democrats are trying to change the narrative. Give a different explanation… that fits with their Progressive Liberal Agenda better. Less destructively…. They seem to be willfully missing the message… and claim they have a prophet who has a better message….

However… I suspect the Republicans will likely miss the message and present their interpretation of the message… filtered through the rosy lens of their agenda… complete with a full-measure of spin….

I hope the Republicans recognize the magnitude of the message. The uniqueness of the opportunity… to effect meaningful change. Get it? Hope. And meaningful Change…. Not just of the political agenda… but of the direct… and mechanism of leadership. Maybe start by offering everyone who is interested a place at the table. As a stakeholder. A meaningful… valued… stakeholder….

I wonder how this will affect the make-up… and the backbone… of the Supreme Court going forward.