Obama won. Life goes on.

People whining about the re-election of Barack Obama could learn a lesson from cartoon character Linus Van Pelt, the best friend of Charlie Brown.

In one Charlie Brown cartoon, Charlie Brown is in bed, whining about how horrible his day has been.  Linus enters the room and then proceeds to remind Charlie Brown that the earth was still turning.  In short, Charlie Brown had not experienced doomsday.

Well, the same is true for the USA. The re-election of Barack Obama was disappointing to some of us, but it wasn’t the beginning of the end.

The wailing and gnashing of teeth on the part of some Republicans is quite bewildering considering how often that Republicans claim that they are believers in God. Apparently, the God they believe in isn’t the same God mentioned in the first verse of the Tanakh (a.k.a. Old Testament).

In Ezra 1:1 we read the following: “In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing.”

In Exodus 4: 21 God says to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.”

Yes, the God of the book of Genesis manipulated the will of men who ruled nations.  He possesses the ability and the authority to have His sovereign will done on Earth no matter who leads a nation.

The official motto of the USA is “In God We Trust”.  When an election doesn’t go as you want it to, that is the time when you should act as if you believe the aforementioned motto.

Granted, not everyone believes in the existence of God. Atheists and agnostics reject the aforementioned motto, and the U.S. Constitution says that they have a right to do so.  Yet, their lack of belief isn’t preventing me from having peace about the future. The outcome of an election isn’t doing so, either.

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  • Commander_Chico

    Nothing will change dramatically. Nothing would have changed dramatically if Romney was elected, either. The long-term trends would be negative either way.

    • Oysteria

      You’re right, but I’m of the mind that one way is a lot faster than the other. Why hasten it? I figured Obama was going to win two weeks ago when talking to a friend of 20+ years. I’ve been busy and hadn’t seen her in a few months only to find that she had decided to vote for Obama for the simple reason that she was afraid of losing her newly acquired disability benefits and food stamps. Hint: she’s not disabled and she’s my age – way too early for retirement. She was bragging about how she didn’t have to work any more and was hoping it would be approved before the election. I don’t mind saying that inside I was a bit miffed that she seemed to be totally oblivious to the fact that people a lot worse off were struggling to go to work every day to pay for her to sit at home and sip her wine and watch soap operas. Now she’s whining that she doesn’t have insurance. I simply said, “Well, you did before you quit your job.” Next I’ll be paying for her healthcare too.
      That is the fast road to decline for the country.

      • JWH

        People like your friend annoy the bejesus out of me. A few years ago, a friend of mine lost her job. After looking for a permanent job for about a month without luck, my friend jumped into contract work … only to find that the contract work was decent when it came, but that it was a long time between contracts.

        So my friend downsized everything in her life, from her car to her living space, to make her money go farther. When she realized her money wasn’t going far enough … she applied for food stamps. My friend was not proud of this, but she did it to avoid starving. I think my friend has had to do the food stamps once or twice more when contracts are thin in the ground.

        She actually needed the food stamps … but people like your friend make it harder for people like my friend.

      • TomInCali

        You DO pay for her healthcare. Without insurance, she’ll likely go to the ER for any care and claim indigence, leaving it to society to pick up the tab.

        And by the way, Republican counties are the fastest growing consumers of food stamps.

        • jim_m

          Fastest growing because the dems are already on them.

        • herddog505

          THANKS, OBAMA!

        • 914

          Fastest growing because of your hero closing down free enterprise.

        • Vagabond661

          Fastest growing because they were the ones with jobs who got laid off.

          • jim_m

            And whose industries were targeted by obama for destruction.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Boeing Layoffs announced – California hit hardest, so far.

            http://www.cnbc.com/id/49729998

        • olhardhead

          Of course Republican counties are where people that WORK live. with TFG’s policy’s more and more of those WORKERS are loosing their J.O.B.s

    • http://www.outsidethebeltway.com rodney dill

      I think I’ll save a link to this prediction.

      • fustian24

        I’m with you. I think there’s going to be some fairly dramatic change coming. None of it good.

        For starters, if you thought the economy was bad the last four years, wait until you see what happens when they increase taxes substantially.

        Obamacare is going to be the law of the land, and once started, it will never stop. We’re going to watch the best healthcare system in the world start an immediate decline.

        Think of the judges and an Obama that doesn’t have to get reelected will select for the Supreme Court. Lesbian? Muslim? Pederast? Addict? Illegal immigrant?

        Iran will not be stopped by this President. I don’t think he wants to.

        That nest egg you’ve been saving your entire life? If it’s not already in gold, it’s gone.

        But, hey, free birth control!

    • retired.military

      Chico
      “Nothing will change dramatically’

      I have lost quite a few bets lately.

      I will gladly bet you $10 you are wrong on this one and I pray that I lose.

      • Commander_Chico

        I’d be happy to take it, but how and when do you measure “dramatic” change?

  • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

    In the words of that obscure band that Paul McCartney was in before “Wings”…

    Try to see it my way,
    Do I have to keep on talking till I can’t go on?
    While you see it your way,
    Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone.
    We can work it out,
    We can work it out.

    Think of what you’re saying.
    You can get it wrong and still you think that it’s alright.
    Think of what I’m saying,
    We can work it out and get it straight, or say good night.
    We can work it out,
    We can work it out.

    Life is very short, and there’s no time
    For fussing and fighting, my friend.
    I have always thought that it’s a crime,
    So I will ask you once again.

    Try to see it my way,
    Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong.
    While you see it your way
    There’s a chance that we may fall apart before too long.
    We can work it out,
    We can work it out.

    Life is very short, and there’s no time
    For fussing and fighting, my friend.
    I have always thought that it’s a crime,
    So I will ask you once again.

    Try to see it my way,
    Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong.
    While you see it your way
    There’s a chance that we may fall apart before too long.
    We can work it out,
    We can work it out.

    ———————

    Life goes on.

    • Wild_Willie

      Or “After everything is said, they keep saying it”. ww

      • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

        My thinking is – like it or not (and I know there’s plenty that don’t, on both sides) we’ve GOT to work together. There’s issues that have to be dealt with, and holding grudges for real or imaginary disagreements is counterproductive.

        We’ve got 300 million people. MAYBE we’re not governable with our current setup, but EITHER party going “It’s my way or I’ll fuck everything up every way I can” isn’t going to cut it.

        • jim_m

          Oh, you mean stating, “I won”. and pushing through your agenda on strict party lines isn’t going to work this time?

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Yep. I don’t think it will.

            That worked once, and burned a hell of a lot of trust and good will in the process. I don’t see trying to shove massive legislation through on a party-line vote working a second time.

            We’re in deep, deep economic shit. There was a certain thought that if Republicans got control of the House, Senate, and Oval Office that we could forestall it – but that would have (again) required that one party ram through something enormously unpopular.

            When the problem gets bad enough – it’ll get dealt with. At present, there’s apparently no problems that are bad enough that they MUST be dealt with. (Our opinions to the contrary. Yes, things are bad, that’s demonstrable. But it’s not bad ENOUGH yet for the idiots inside the beltway to notice, and fix.)

          • jim_m

            but that would have (again) required that one party ram through something enormously unpopular.

            After the last 4 years I have gained the impression that anything that actually cuts spending is anathema to the dems. They have assiduously avoided any discussion of a budget for that reason. Creating a budget would force them to face reality.

            I see nothing in the current circumstances or in the rhetoric of the left that indicates that they are the least bit interested in cutting any spending (other than military). There is no meaningful interest in entitlement reform. There is no interest in reducing the deficit.

            Heck, you cannot even get the dems to agree to stop calling a reduction in the increase in spending a spending cut. When they are calling an increase in spending a spending cut there is no rational basis for engagement on the issue.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            There will be – in time.

            It’ll take things getting REALLY bad in order for them to face reality.

            Sometimes Reality gets your attention gently, if you’re actually paying attention to a situation because there’s problems. Other times, she kicks you in the nuts because you’ve been ignoring her and let a situation go from merely annoying to troublesome to truly bad.

            There’s a solid shot to the nuts coming – probably two or three of ‘em that’ll make the economic fun we’ve had seem like a whomp with a pillow. And there’s not a cup in sight.

          • olhardhead

            JL, let me get this right. You think that things aren’t REALLY BAD now? Seriously…wow….donno what to say.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Things are bad. They’re not REALLY bad yet.

            I’m talking Weimar Republic hyperinflation bad. 3rd World insolvent kleptocracy bad. Bribes to pretty much everyone in government to get anything done bad, from driver’s licenses to building permit bad. Not being able to afford to keep city utilities going bad.

            That sort of ‘bad’.

          • olhardhead

            JL, yup. that’d be REALLY bad. Things are as bad as I want to see’em right efing now, but I get your point after this election that REALLY BAD ain’t far down the road!

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Well, we’re at ‘bad’ now. Next is ‘kinda bad’, then ‘pretty bad’, then ‘Man, how did it get this bad?” then REALLY bad.

            I estimate that we’ve got about 30 years before REALLY bad hits. And hopefully before that things will change.

          • retired.military

            Jlawson

            I give it 10 at the outside. I wish for 30 as I would be 82 and wouldnt care.

            Folks have to realize the following

            Under Carter interest rates were about 18-20% . Say 20% for ease of math.
            Interest on debt now $16T at 2% = $320B per year.

            Now $20 trillion in debt which we will hit in about 2015. at 20%

            interest = $4T per year.

            Now if everything else stays the same that means that you are adding an addition $3.6T to the debt every year JUST IN INTEREST.

            How long do you think it is going to take for people to stop buying US treasury bonds ?

            It is like a whirlpool. On the outside things go kinda slow. The farther you go in the faster and faster it goes until it sucks everything down. And there is no US out there to bail us out.

            I call this the Honey Boo Booization of America. Why? Because it is about this time that Joe Six Pack turns off Honey Boo Boo, People stop wondering who Beyonce is sleeping with, and you cant afford to cast your vote for American Idol and the light clicks on that something is wrong.

            And when we crash everyone crashes. They may decide just to wipe out all nation’s debt and start all over again. But international trade is going to be a bitch if they do that. Not to mention just about everyone who has cash assets will be wiped out. The rich folks will have bought precious metals and land so they wont be hurt as bad.

            Now lets look at the 20% inflation scenario further.
            Gas prices go up over $5 a gallon if not more unless the govt sets prices which means black market gas and even less supply (history proves this).

            The rich will have protection against inflation. Those living paycheck to paycheck will get no relief. Our paychecks will stay the same or go up slightly while savings become worthless and our paychecks buy less and less.

            Who will get elected? Why the ones who promise the masses free stuff. and the pain goes on and on. Think of the Carter years stretching on for 20 years or so.

          • Commander_Chico

            Good post, retired.

          • retired.military

            But the ones in office now will simply retire (with their fortunes) and laugh all the way to the bank (Probably in a low cost of living country) while the system crumbles. The ones with millions now now will ALWAYS be fine. They have more options than the rest of us. Congress fits into that category.

          • jim_m

            When the problem gets bad enough – it’ll get dealt with

            I would argue that states such as California and Illinois, both controlled by democrats, are evidence that no matter how bad it gets the left is unwilling to face reality. Both states are unwilling to address entitlements and pensions. The dems are unwilling to do anything to upset the unions. It is bankrupting the states but the dems cannot bring themselves to do the right thing for the states. They would rather please their political supporters over the short term and sacrifice everyone else’s future.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Kick the problem down the road far enough, and it ain’t your problem any more.

            Like I said – trouble’s coming, and it’s going to really, really hurt. But that’s what it will take to get their attention – the time when things could be solved with a bit of pain has passed.

          • Wild_Willie

            I agree with most said here BUT first order of business this year is the spending bill, etc. This will be the bell weather of how committed the parties are of cooperating. ww

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Yep. But with Reid still in charge, I’ll be surprised to see anything decent actually go through…

          • jim_m

            4 more years of trillion dollar deficits and no budget.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            As long as Reid’s there, pretty much.

          • retired.military

            I see your $4 T and raise it $2 Trillion more.

          • 914

            All there will be is more porkulia pay off’s for Barry’s ass kissing chronie’s.

          • 914

            Why do we have to suffer to get their attention? They are working for us instead of vice versa as they seem to think.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            They’re working for who pays them. Whether they’re working for the good of the country or not is questionable, but as I’ve said – their primary allegiance is to make sure they keep themselves in office.

            We’re very much a second, part-time job, so to speak…

          • retired.military

            Both states wont deal with it because the US GOVT and Obama will bail them out. WHy bother dealing with something when you dont have to when you have an uncle with the license to print money.

          • 914

            The idiots inside the beltway are not intelligent enough to fix it.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            I… disagree. They’re smart enough – but where’s the incentive? Anything they do is going to be massively unpopular to some constituency, whether it’s cutting back more promises of free stuff, or cutting established programs back.

            Either will impact their chances of getting re-elected, which is THE most important thing in their lives. “Doing the right thing” is a low priority compared to that.

            It ain’t rocket science – it’s political science. We’ve got to cut back, but with no incentive to do so (because elections obviously aren’t enough) we’re stuck in a system of perverse incentives that reward the politician for making the problem worse, not solving it.

          • jim_m

            Actually, since most politicians are raking in millions in graft there is powerful disincentive to do anything.

          • 914

            Exactly. They are insulated from the consequences of their own actions until the masses come calling. With pitchforks.

          • Hugh_G

            You mean the 68,811,084 who voted for President Obama? Heh.

          • 914

            No.. Those are droids marching to their Jim Jones leader.

          • Hugh_G

            If that were true there’d still be more of us than you.

            But since it isn’t rue that we are droids, what that statement perfectly exemplifies is the attitude that makes people turn away from the extremists like you and your particular brand of politics.

          • 914

            Highly doubtful.

          • Hugh_G

            You might want to check the demographics of the election before you get too far into denial

          • retired.military

            Yep. THe demographics broke down like this.

            The “give me free stuff ” demographics voted 100% for Obama. Along with 93% of the African Americans. But no racism there.

          • Hugh_G

            Oh come on now RM. You know that isn’t true. That’s a meme from Bill O’Reilly et al. If you and conservatives in general really believe that then the Republican Party is going the way of the dinosaurs.

            I’m not talking racism here. The truth of the matter is that there is very little reason for any minority to be attracted to the Republican Party. If it was “racism” why did the vast majority of Asian Americans and Hispanics vote for the President? Why did the vast majority of women vote for him? Why did the vast majority of 18-29yos vote for the President. Really, seriously take a hard look at the demographics. The party of the big tent has shrunk to the party of a pup tent. If it doesn’t change we’ll have just one party and even I don’t want that.

          • retired.military

            Hugh

            Are you suggesting that they then turn towards people like Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow and Olberman? Those 3 say things much more vile on a weekly basis than is ever written here. Look at the negative ads that Obama put on Romney. Everything from “He killed my sick wife” to “He is going to put you back in the kitchen barefoot and pregnant.” Yet Liberals always say that conservatives are mean.

          • Hugh_G

            No I’m not. In another thread I expressed my equal disgust with MSNBC and Fox News. Both say vile things. Then, of course, there is Limbaugh et al.

            Both sides ran negative campaigns in this election and other elections. Neither has clean hands in that regard. My wife and I not once listened to an ad from either side. We either fast forwarded if taped or muted if watching live.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Like I said – perverse incentives.

          • retired.military

            “Either will impact their chances of getting re-elected”

            They have the “give me free stuff” demographics. As long as you give folks free stuff than they will vote for you.

          • olhardhead

            Betta grab your wallet JL….TFG’s acommin to git it.

          • retired.military

            Jlawson

            ” I don’t see trying to shove massive legislation through on a party-line vote working a second time’

            Nope it will be by executive order and EPA, FDA, (name your poison) regulation.

            BTW CNBC put out a story the day after election day that a double dip recession is coming (imagine that the day after election day).

            The UN will pass a gun control treaty, Obama will sign it. What’s that you say about the Senate? Well if the senate doesnt DISAPPROVE it in 60 days than it becomes binding.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            And the way the senate’s been going lately, you can pretty much expect… crickets.

            Thing is, though – I think there’s a certain point at which folks look at what government tells them to do, and then they tell government where to shove it sideways. Michelle’s ‘school lunch program’ was an example of that – people complained, and the kids rejected it.

            http://articles.latimes.com/2011/dec/17/local/la-me-food-lausd-20111218
            So they revamped it, and tried again – and again the kids rejected it.
            And that was nothing compared to gun control. I don’t believe there’ll be much support for anything like the Assault Weapons ban of the ’90s. It didn’t do any good then, and now? Folks get burned once, they tend to remember and not do it a second time.
            But time will tell, won’t it?

          • http://www.wizbangblog.com David Robertson

            Correction: The U.S. Senate has to ratify a treaty before it becomes binding.

        • r.a.

          “We’ve got 300 million people. MAYBE we’re not governable with our
          current setup, but EITHER party going “It’s my way or I’ll fuck
          everything up every way I can” isn’t going to cut it.”

          Exactly. At some point all of the different political factions are going to have to lay down their ideologies, set aside some grievances, and sit down and try to work some things out. Needs to happen, and I hope it does. But I am not holding my breath.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Like I said – things are going to have to get BAD for that to happen.

            The folks who got into office by promising everyone every cent that can be scraped out of the coffers of the ‘rich’ aren’t in it for the good of the people, it’s to get their own good out of the people.

            It’s really hard to turn down ‘free stuff’, when you don’t understand where the cost is for it, or where the money comes from in the first place. And the folks who got into office on the promise of free stuff don’t dare let the marks wise up, or they’ll be out – and they’ll fight any attempt to change things as long as there’s still support to be gathered from the marks.

            The next 4 years, I think, are going to be significantly worse than the last 4. I don’t see any radical change for the better myself…

  • http://www.outsidethebeltway.com rodney dill

    Linus: “You win some, and you lose some.”
    Charlie: “Gee… Wouldn’t that be nice.”

  • GarandFan

    Be of good cheer! This administration has continually stepped on it’s dick. It will continue to do so. Only now it doesn’t have to worry about re-election. So look for the real Barry to emerge and how flexible he can be.

    • jim_m

      Flexible in appeasing our enemies and inflexible in imposing his left wing ideology at home.

    • Jack Zimms

      I don’t want the administration to keep stepping on their dicks. I want the U.S. to get its house in order. Unfortunately, the will likely continue to do the first in spades and fail to do the later at all.

  • ackwired

    Thanks for writing this. Most people around here that quote scripture think that God commanded them to vote for Romney and are waiting for him to smite the country for electing Obama.

    • jim_m

      So you think. Demonstrates that you are a poor judge of character

      • ackwired

        Character has nothing to do with it. That is what they are saying and posting on facebook.

        • jim_m

          Most people around here…

          I’m sorry. I took that to mean here, where you are posting, on Wizbang. Not unnamed other people on Facebook. You weren’t even claiming that it is people where you live.

          Your statement is even emptier than I thought. There are millions of people on Facebook. You are now claiming that a few loons represent all of the right. I’ll remember that and be sure to categorize all liberals as being lunatic troothers. Yourself included.

          • ackwired

            As usual, I’ll ignore the juvenile insults. When I said around here, I meant here, where I live. Most of my facebook friends are not nameless, and live in this area.

  • Jack Zimms

    Hitler was elected and life went on. Wars have broken out several times but life went on. The Great depression happened and life went on. Great potato famine happened and life went on.

    Yes, life goes on but that doesn’t make great tragedies less tragic. Thinking we can continue to kick the can down the road will result in a tragedy.

    The Democrats are already saying that Obama has a mandate and “he won so he gets to do what he wants”. They ignore the fact that Republicans won the House and expect them to roll over. Unfortunately knowing how gutless Republicans politicians tend to be, they probably will.

    As Rome burned there were those who claimed everything was ok and life will go on!!

    • Vagabond661

      It will. It will just be a lot more expensive for the private sector.

    • TomInCali

      They ignore the fact that Republicans won the House and expect them to roll over.

      Yes they did keep the House. But they lost seats overall, and they lost seats in the Senate, and they lost the presidency. One would think that, while not necessarily “rolling over”, they might take that as a hint.

      • jim_m

        Technically, the Presidency was not theirs to lose.

        You might think that since the dems are down to only 20 governorships that they might take it as a hint.

        Since the dems can’t manage to control more than 40% of the nation’s state houses you might think they would take it as a hint.

        You might consider the fact that in exit polling a strong plurality identified themselves as conservatives and take a hint.

        You might consider that over half of Americans think the country is on the wrong track and take a hint.

        But no. You’re an ass and think that winning the Presidency by less than 3% margin in the popular vote is a mandate and the GOP should blithely accept any socialist/redistributionist policies obama can conceive of in his adolescent understanding of the world.

        Only an ass thinks that this constitutes a blank check to do whatever you wanted and that there should be no consultation or compromise with the 49% of Americans who think obama sucks.

        • TomInCali

          Uh, winning the presidency and gaining seats in the House and Senate are far more significant things than “exit polls”.

          You’re an ass and think that winning the Presidency by less than 3% margin in the popular vote is a mandate

          As I’ve stated in other comments, I do not think it’s a mandate. So fuck you for putting words in my mouth. However, someone who called Bush’s .5% and 2.4% victories mandates would look pretty stupid telling someone who wanted to call Obama’s 3% victory a mandate that it wasn’t.

          • jim_m

            I didn’t use the term “mandate” in my comment so I wasn’t putting any words in your mouth. In fact I was using your convention of “taking a hint” throughout.

            We are agreed that there is no mandate as many liberal pundits are also agreeing. obama did not run on a platform or a plan so there is nothing to mandate.

            If there is to be a solution then it will be found through real negotiation and compromise by both sides. Unfortunately, the left seems to think that compromise is getting 100% of their way and in return the right gets blamed for when it doesn’t work out.

          • TomInCali

            I didn’t use the term “mandate” in my comment so I wasn’t putting any words in your mouth.

            Let’s check the wayback machine… set it for: one comment ago:

            You’re an ass and think that winning the Presidency by less than 3% margin in the popular vote is a mandate

            Funny, that sure looks like you using the term “mandate” to me.

          • jim_m

            So I did.

      • retired.military

        Tom

        Did the dems take it as a hint when the same thing happened in 94? or when Bush was elected ? or in 2002 when republicans gained control fo the House and the Senate?

        • TomInCali

          Absolutely. The Democrats caved like bad souffles to just about anything Bush and the Republicans tried to push through. Personally I’d prefer principled compromise to just rolling over belly-up, but once mustn’t expect principles from a politician.

          • jim_m

            So when Bush took Teddy Kennedy’s ideas and wrapped them into the No Child Left Behind legislation and backed it, that was the left caving in? I seem to recall it was just the left blaming Bush for their own failures.

            While some on the left are honest about it most are like you.

    • Digg34

      Ask the Germans how much fun it was living through hitler and after.

  • Jack Zimms

    Any bets that there will be little to no actual cuts? They will undue the past debt ceiling agreement. Extend the ceiling once again and plan all cuts to take affect years from now which will never happen until we go bankrupt. All why claiming the agreed to cuts that never happens are real cuts and bragging about the 10 year accumulative
    number.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      Kicking the can down the road once more…

  • jim_m

    Rubio heads to Iowa

    I think everyone knows.

    • Commander_Chico

      On the other hand, Ryan has no future outside Congress.

  • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

    Interesting. Looks like Holder AND Clinton are stepping down.

    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/11/08/report-holder-announces-he-might-not-stay-on-as-attorney-general/

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/clinton-step-down-probably-days-after-inauguration_662080.html

    So will Hillary try for the Presidency? Or will she go “You know, it’s been fun, but I think I’m going to bug out while the bugging out is good, before it all goes pear-shaped in the ME and I’m left holding the bag.”

    • retired.military

      hillary will run in 2016.

  • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

    More folks bugging out…

    Also among those also reported to be spending more time with their families after January: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83519.html

    Interesting…

    • jim_m

      Sounds like an improvement in every case.

  • Digg34

    Every time we lose, we are pushed farther and farther from the government our founders imagined. The liberals have nothing really to lose. They gain three steps when they win and we gain only one. I feel like we may have passed the point of no return.

    • fustian24

      I’m with you.

      This was our big chance, for example, to stop Obamacare. Now it will be the law of the land. If you really think we’re going to be able to unring this bell in four years, tell me an entitlement program that has EVER been cut back.

      If Obama really is a socialist (and I mean, c’mon), and his goal is ever more state control, then a crashing economy that puts more and more people on the dole is not a bug, it’s a feature.

      History seems to be moving us in one direction…left.

  • jim_m

    Professor Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection has the measure of this

    In 1984,Ronald Reagan won the popular vote by about 17,000,000 votes. He won the electoral college with the incomprehensible margin of 525-13. Were Democrats forever wiped of the face of the earth to never again regain power?

    Of course not.

    They maintained control of Congress, and less than 8 years after that Presidential shellacking, a Democrat President was sitting in the oval office.

    8 years to come back from 17,000,000 votes.

    By contrast, Barack Obama narrowly defeated Mitt Romney by less than 3,000,000 votes with a much larger electorate.

    On Tuesday night, we lost an election. Nothing more.

    Idiots claiming things like “Conservatism in America is dead” are just that , idiots.

  • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

    Life does go on…

    Nov. 1st…

    Two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf on November 1, the Pentagon disclosed on Thursday.

    The incident, reported first by CNN, raised fresh concerns within the Obama administration about Iranian military aggression in crucial Gulf oil shipping lanes.

    http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/08/first-on-cnn-iranian-jets-fire-on-u-s-drone/?hpt=hp_t1

    Funny we’re only hearing about this today…

    And funny how we didn’t hear about this before the election.

    October 30th…

    The United States is no longer one of the world’s ten most “prosperous” countries for the first time according to the Legatum Institute.

    The Legatum Prosperity Index assessed and ranked the prosperity of 142 countries based on eight sub-categories: economy, entrepreneurship and opportunity, health, governance, education, safety and security, personal freedom, and social capital.

    America experienced an “unprecedented” fall to twelfth in the rankings, as it experienced “weakening performance across five of the Index’s eight sub-categories.”

    http://www.businessinsider.com/us-crashes-out-of-the-top-10-in-world-prosperity-index-2012-11#ixzz2Bgq4aOhe

    So… we’re NOT doing well? Isn’t that odd…

    And it looks like Iran’s going to be pushing Obama hard. Poor sap – he might end up wishing he hadn’t won…

    • Commander_Chico

      Note that the top countries on the Legatum Prosperity Index are Scandosocialist countries. Raising the USA’s rank on that index appears to require policies that American conservatives oppose.

      1. Norway

      2. Denmark

      3. Sweden

      4. Australia

      5. New Zealand

      6. Canada

      7. Finland

      8. Netherlands

      9. Switzerland

      10. Ireland

      11. Luxembourg

      12. United States

      13. United Kingdom

      14. Germany

      Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/us-crashes-out-of-the-top-10-in-world-prosperity-index-2012-11#ixzz2Bje0RcuX

      • cirby

        Never mind that the Legatum Prosperity Index is based on “more government is good by definition.”

        For example, they weight “rule of law” and “regulation” highly in their Governance sub-section.

        They rank higher gross numbers (how many enrolled) under “education” as better – and don’t have a measurement for “results.”

        Under “personal freedom,” they rank “tolerance of immigrants” and “tolerance of minorities” highly – but downrank “civil liberties” and “freedom of choice” – while ranking “satisfaction with freedom of choice” much higher. In other words, a low-choice country with a good propaganda machine (or gullible residents) will score higher.

        The doozy is “social capital.” That’s one of those apparently-scientific measures you get when sociologists get bored. The highest marker is “perceptions of social support.” So if a population is highly-supported (community and government), but don’t know how well-supported they are, the score ends up low… but a low-support population who believes they have a good support structure will score high. They score “religious attendance” very low, though – even though study after study shows that a high degree of religious belief makes better “social capital.”

        Basically? They picked their favorite social and societal trends that support a socialist model, weighted them so that their preconceptions come out as “good,” and threw some numbers at the result.

  • Wild_Willie

    Well, it is the dem’s that have to moderate their tone if they want a chance at 2016. There have to actually be accomplishments they have to run on. Obama is done and I am sure if he stays in character, he won’t care about his fellow party members and will start fighting his own party. Watch! ww