I never thought of this election as the game changer that it is so often referred to as on the radio. With a constitution, two houses in congress, a judicial system etc, any single presidential election won’t really rise to the level of game changing. Rather, our elections display super tanker like agility where if you want to change direction you should have thought about that well in advance. I see yesterday’s election that way. Decades ago we set our course towards socialism and as we approach it, many Americans are realizing that socialism is not really a place they want to end up. So we’ve started to turn the tanker, but it will take some time and definitely a sustained effort to make it happen.
Yesterday’s election was a testament to the sustained effort that has been going on lately. We may still have a socialist President for the next 4 years, but our course is changing. In 2008 President Obama was elected with a 53 to 46 percent margin, while yesterday he apparently won with just a 51 to 49 percent margin. He has had 4 years to further his socialist causes, but is losing his edge to those of us who are turning the tanker. It might not be too long before we reach the tipping point in the electoral college and finally elect a president that will help steer us away from socialism.
I am certainly not disappointed at all with the 2012 election. And look at those red/blue maps, especially look at our our state red/blue map.
The whole East side of our state is red, and look at Clallam, Wahkiakum and Lewis counties on the West side. Lewis County went 60 to 37 in favor of Mitt Romney which is one of the better showings in the whole state, certainly on the west side. The Lewis County GOP should be holding seminars. Our own Whatcom County went towards reelecting President Obama, but with solid Republican representative in our state government, we could be the next Lewis County.
And the Washington governors race, while still very close, is positive news in itself just by being close. We have had a long reign of liberal Democrats in Olympia and yet recent elections have been so close that they indicate that we could be really close to that tipping point. Perhaps we’ve even reached that point now as barely half the votes have been counted. That’s nothing but good news.
Other good outcomes in this election were in favor of limiting tax increases to needing a 2/3 majority and favoring charter schools which should help our future generations from again steering a course towards socialism.
An couple of unsettling outcomes were in R-74 and I-502 that both seem to have us passing laws that rewrite reality. R-74 not being rejected would have us believe that the state government can redefine marriage to be between two people regardless of them being both men or both women, but the reality of this world is that the natural unity is between men and women. No piece of paper is going to change what marriage is, because marriage is and has been what it is for as long as we’ve been around. What this law against reality will bring us is not a new definition of marriage, but rather it will bring us, and especially our children, much confusion. A recent example of this type of confusion is all over the news right now.
Officials at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, said that state law renders them powerless to prevent a “transgender” man from using the women’s locker room at the school because he supposedly identifies as a woman. The 45-year-old man, who calls himself Colleen Francis, reportedly exposed himself on several occasions to young girls who were using the locker room as part of swimming clubs. But instead of having the man arrested, school officials have insisted that a state non-discrimination law protects the “transgendered” man from prosecution.
When a law says something is reality even though it is obviously not reality, what we get is trouble and confusion. The reality is that men are men, women are women and legislating otherwise doesn’t change that reality. We apparently have a law that says a man can be a woman if he feels like it, resulting in having a “woman” with a penis exposing “herself” to children in a public place. No matter how the law defines a woman, the penis is a dead giveaway and reality wins out. It’s just a waste of taxpayer time and money to deal with things like this and R-74 that are against reality.
I-502 is also a little contrary to reality, or maybe it was just a great shuck and jive by people who want to freely smoke pot. Before the election I-502 was touted as a new approach to marijuana use that would generate new state and local tax revenue for education, health care, substance abuse and would allow law enforcement to be focused on violent crimes, yet the day after it passed the Bellingham Herald ran an article titled Washington voters legalize recreational pot use. So what is the reality? Is it lofty ambitions or recreational pot use? Oh and another reality surrounding this new State law is that it is that marijuana is still against Federal law, so careful what kind of cop is standing next to you when you light up. Oh and then there is always the reality of these anticipated tax revenues from state regulated marijuana farms and stores; check this, marijuana grows like weed ya know and if it’s legalish to possess marijuana, then who will be paying good money, let alone high taxes on something that they can grow at home?
All in all this was a good election that the real message of the election is that we just need to keep on movin’
Ok, sorry for the music, but this was really about the costumes and dance moves. ;)
If you’ve still got that blank ballot kicking around, it’s time to get ‘r done. There is a drop box right across the street from 9-11 in Ferndale or you can always mail it. Based on research and/or meeting the candidates in person, here’s how I voted.
President/Vice President – Romney/Ryan
Governor – McKenna
U.S. Senate – Michael Baumgartner
U.S. Rep, District 1 – John Koster
U.S. Rep, District 2 – Dan Matthews
Lt. Governor – Bill Finkbeiner
Secretary of State – Kim Wyman
State Treasurer – Sharon Hanek
State Auditor – James Watkins
Attorney General – Reagan Dunn
Commissioner of Public Lands – Clint Didier
State Sen. District 40 – John Swapp – He’s not in my area, but I’d vote for him if I could.
State Rep. District 42, Pos. 1 – Jason Overstreet
State Rep. District 42, Pos. 2 – Vincent Buys
Public Utility District 1 – Paul Kenner
State Supreme Court Justice, Pos. 9 – Richard Sanders
Whatcom County Superior Court Judge – Dave Grant
Reject – Ref 74 current definition of marriage is fine.
Yes – I-1185 – Requiring 2/3 majority to raise taxes is a good idea.
Yes – I-1240 – Allows expansion of charter schools, current plan is not working time to try plan b
No – I-502 – Don’t think more access to drugs is good and having the State run the cartel is a super bad idea.
Approve – SJR 8221 – to keep debt limits low. More borrowing to balance the budget is a bad idea.
No – Prop. No. 1 – Add more bureaucrats is no way to fix problems in the port commission.
Remember that section of the presidential debate where President Obama talked about a balanced approach to taxes and spending? And remember how he tried to chastise Mitt Romney for refusing President Obama’s balanced approach?
“Our untenable spending habits were at the root of this past summer’s crisis over the debt ceiling. President Obama’s insistence on a “balanced approach”—by which he meant a combination of spending cuts and tax increases—would have put a seal of congressional approval on a baseline level of spending significantly higher than when he took office. That is precisely why the President’s approach had to be soundly rejected. He wanted to move the country in the wrong direction of more taxes and more spending at a time when both are smothering the economy.”
Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth, Kindle Edition.”
Overspending is a national problem and I’m so looking forward to having Mitt Romney in the White House so we can put his mind and talents to work solving, rather than perpetuating this problem.
As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20, so I won’t second guess what happened leading up to the death of our US Ambassador and 3 other Americans in a Sept 11th attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
I won’t second guess, first guess,or third guess because nobody has to guess at the events leading up to this attack and murder. All of those events were readily available to anyone reading the news or their daily security briefings. All it would have taken to avoid this tragedy was for someone in a position of power to show a little foresight and leadership.
Yes, someone in the White House could have and should have shown leadership and stopped this dangerous situation from turning tragic. What kind of leader wouldn’t recognize the danger, or if they did recognize the danger, what kind of leader doesn’t act on that danger? What kind of leader wouldn’t recognize a 9/11 anniversary as a potentially dangerous situation for Americans living in Muslim nations and especially Muslim nations that recently went through a violent revolution.
My answer is the kind of leader we have in President Obama, who refers to this tragic event, with diminished concern, as a “bump in the road.” President Obama is the kind of leader who apparently either doesn’t recognize the true danger, doesn’t want to recognize the true danger, or is simply incapable of leading Americans safely through these dangers.
As you read through this tidbit list of events leading up to the 9/11/12 attack on our Benghazi Embassy, ask yourself at what point would you increase US security beyond the two men assigned to protect two embassy personnel? When would you decide that this is a dangerous situation warranting additional security?
February 2011 – beginning of Libyan revolution against Qaddafi regime.
On February 16, 2011 Libyan protesters clashed with police in an anti-government demonstration inspired by the uprisings that brought down the rulers of Libya’s neighbors, Egypt and Tunisia. Opposition activists, organizing through social media, rallied against the country’s long-time leader, Moammar Gadhafi, in the country’s second-biggest city, Benghazi.
Mid-March 2011 – UN resolution supporting Libyan Rebels
Shortly before midnight, the streets of Libya’s de facto rebel capital, Benghazi, were quiet, nearly deserted.
A few minutes after midnight, tracer bullets and celebratory machine-gun fire were racing into the air from every direction and residents piled into their cars for a massive street party.
In between, the United Nations Security Council voted by 10-0 to not only impose a no-fly zone over eastern Libya but to allow for “all necessary measures” short of an occupation to protect the country’s civilians from Col. Muammar Qaddafi, the dictator who’s ruled Libya for nearly 42 years.
Late March 2011 – President Obama offers special support for Libyan Rebels
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
October 2011 – End of Qaddafi regime
Five days after he was sodomized, beaten, and shot in the head, former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi was finally laid to rest at a “secret location” in the Libyan desert, according to the NTC, the transitional government in Libya. And not a moment too soon. Qaddafi’s body has been on display in a meat cooler in Misrata since Thursday
November 2011 – Transitional Government established in Libya.
TRIPOLI, Libya – Libya’s transitional leaders swore on a Quran to uphold the ideals of the revolution that toppled Muammar Qaddafi as they took their oaths of office Thursday, another key step in the country’s hoped-for march toward democracy.
January 2012 – President Obama appoints Christopher Stevens as US Ambassador to Libya
President Barack Obama on Monday night announced his intent to nominate career Senior Foreign Service member John Christopher Stevens as US ambassador to Libya.
March 2012 – Attitude check
(CBS News) Armed vandals attacked and smashed the headstones of Allied and Italian service members laid to rest in a World War II cemetery in Benghazi and then posted video of their desecration online.
May 2012 – Attack on International Red Cross in Benghazi
BENGHAZI (Reuters) – A rocket-propelled grenade hit the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi overnight, leaving a small hole in the side of the building but causing no casualties, an ICRC spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Benghazi has suffered a series of small attacks since the beginning of the year that have raised concerns over the ruling National Transitional Council’s (NTC) ability to impose its authority and ensure security after last year’s rebellion ended Muammar Gaddafi’s 40-year rule.
June 2012 – US embassy in Benghazi, Libya. US officials ask Libyan government for increased security.
A bomb went off outside the US embassy offices in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi Tuesday night, causing minor damage to its main gate.
A US embassy official in Tripoli told BBC that no one was injured in the attack, by unknown assailants.
The US official deplored the attack and asked the Libyan government to increase security around US facilities.
Washington had confirmed a few hours before the attack that a U.S.-operated drone had killed Abu Yahya al-Libi, a Libyan-born cleric and senior al Qaeda operative, in Pakistan.
The U.S. State Department said it had asked Libyan authorities to increase security around U.S. facilities.
“We deplore the attack on our diplomatic mission in Benghazi,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told a news briefing.
Toner said a local guard reported that an attack was underway against one of the Benghazi compound’s perimeter walls and warned diplomatic staff to take cover.
The bombing will revive concerns about the lack of security in Libya, where last year Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in an uprising supported by NATO air power.
July 2012 – Libyan elections
Despite violence that left at least several dead, numerous gun battles, allegations of voter fraud, dozens of polling places unable to operate, mass protests, militias running wild, and whole regions still in chaos, Western governments and the United Nations — largely responsible for the recent “regime change” that killed dictator Moammar Gadhafi and thousands of innocent civilians — celebrated political elections in Libya on Saturday, July 7 as a success. Meanwhile, multiple armed factions are still threatening to unleash full-blown civil war amid ongoing battles all across the chaos-stricken nation.
August 27th – State Dept. issues Travel Warning citing potential for political assignations among the reasons.
Travel Warning U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Bureau of Consular Affairs
August 27, 2012
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Libya. The incidence of violent crime, especially carjacking and robbery, has become a serious problem. In addition, political violence in the form of assassinations and vehicle bombs has increased in both Benghazi and Tripoli.
September 4th – Libyan news notes increased security fears over increase in Islamist groups.
Small-scale crimes, such as carjacking, robberies, and petty theft, and more serious acts of violence such as car bombings and political assassinations, are posing an increasing challenge to the Libyan authorities. There are also increased security fears over apparent increase in Islamists groups and Qadhafi regime loyalists has increased security concerns across Libya, particularly in Tripoli and Benghazi.
September 5th – President Obama receives final daily briefing before 9/11 anniversary
According to the White House schedule President Obama receives last daily briefing Wednesday September 5th with no more daily briefings in the five more days leading up to 9/11 anniversary.
September 10th Early – Inadequate security at US Embassy
Benghazi, awash in guns, has recently witnessed a string of assassinations as well as attacks on international missions, including a bomb said to be planted by another Islamist group that exploded near the United States mission there as recently as June. But a Libyan politician who had breakfast with Mr. Stevens at the mission the morning before he was killed described security, mainly four video cameras and as few as four Libyan guards, as sorely inadequate for an American ambassador in such a tumultuous environment.
September 10th Late – Video posted calling for attacks on Americans
In a video posted late Monday on militant websites, al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri described his late lieutenant Abu Yahya al-Libi as a “lion of jihad and knowledge.”
The killing of al-Libi, who was Libyan by birth, was the biggest setback to al-Qaida since the death of Osama bin Laden.
Al-Zawahri also urged Libyans — al-Libi was born in the north African country — to attack Americans to avenge the late militant’s death, saying his “blood is calling, urging and inciting you to fight and kill the Crusaders.”
September 11th – US Embassy in Benghazi still operating in “an interim facility” with a reduced level of security compared to formal embassies in permanent facilities.
A senior administration official Wednesday called the Benghazi consulate “an interim facility,” which the State Department began using “before the fall of Qadhafi.” It was staffed Tuesday by Libyan and State Department security officers. The consulate came under fire from heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades at about 10 p.m. local time on Tuesday. By the time the attack ended several hours later, four Americans were dead and three others had been injured.
The Benghazi consulate had “lock-and-key” security, not the same level of defenses as a formal embassy, an intelligence source told POLITICO. That means it had no bulletproof glass, reinforced doors or other features common to embassies. The intelligence source contrasted it with the American embassy in Cairo, Egypt – “a permanent facility, which is a lot easier to defend.” The Cairo embassy also was attacked Tuesday.
September 11th – US Embassy in Benghazi attacked killing four Americans
The US ambassador to Libya and three other American staffers died on Tuesday night in an attack on the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, US officials have said.
An armed mob attacked and set fire to the consulate building during a protest against an amateur film deemed offensive to Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, after similar protests in Egypt’s capital.
The two incidents came on the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 al-Qaeda attacks in the US.
The US government confirmed that Ambassador Chris Stevens and information technology officer Sean Smith, in addition to two unnamed personnel, died in the attack. Libyan security source told Al Jazeera that Stevens died from smoke inhalation.
September 12th – News of the rape and murder of Ambassador Stevens surfaces
Sources said that “the U.S. ambassador to Libya was raped sexually before killing by gunmen who stormed the embassy building in Benghazi last night to protest against the film is offensive to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh),” The sources said that “Ambassador was killed and representation of his body in a manner similar to what happened with Gaddafi ahead kill him. ” has reported: kill the U.S. ambassador in Libya Christopher Stevens and three Americans in an attack on Tuesday evening 09/11/2012 the U.S. consulate in Benghazi
Google Translation of www.tayyar.org
September 13th – President Obama sends in the Marines…to Tripoli…because there are no Americans alive in Benghazi.
President Obama condemned the killings, promised to bring the assailants to justice and ordered tighter security at all American diplomatic installations. The administration also sent 50 Marines to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, to help with security at the American Embassy there, ordered all nonemergency personnel to leave Libya and warned Americans not to travel there.
Obama administration officials and regional officials scrambled to sort out conflicting reports about the attack and the motivation of the attackers. A senior Obama administration officials told reporters during a conference call that “it was clearly a complex attack,” but offered no details.
September 15th – US Embassy attack is attributed to al Qaeda
Benghazi, Libya – The attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans and ten Libyans was the work of “experienced masterminds” that had been planned well in advance, the Libyan president says.
“I think this was al-Qaeda,” President Mohamed al-Magarief told Al Jazeera on Friday, in his first interview with foreign media since the violence three days earlier.
“If you take into account the weapons used like RPGs and other heavy weapons, it proves that it was pre-planned,” he said. “It’s a dirty act of revenge that has nothing to do with religion.”
His comments to Al Jazeera marked the first time his government has openly attributed acts of violence to religious extremists.
So at what point did you decide to increase US security? Was it when we first located US Citizens in the Embassy? Was it after the spring bombing at the embassy? Was it in the weeks leading up to the 9/11 anniversary? Was it Sept 10th after the release of a video calling for death to Americans? Or did you wait to send in the Marines, like President Obama, until after our ambassador was raped and then killed with the the other three Americans?
When I heard about the attacks on our embassy in Libya I was dumfounded to hear that all four Americans at the embassy had died. I was not dumfounded that they had died in the attack, I was dumfounded that the casualty list was just four Americans dead, rather than something like 20 Marines wounded and 4 Americans dead. I wondered, especially on 9/11, why there was no US security for the four Americans?
It was heartbreaking to hear that they were dead, it was angering to hear the way they were killed and I was ashamed that our leaders didn’t see fit to protect them from such a clear an present danger. How could President Obama apologize to the world for the amateur movie that didn’t cause this violence, yet not apologize to Ambassador Steven’s family for failing to protect a person he appointed to his dangerous position, I don’t think President Obama is at fault causing the violence, but he is at fault for not providing the leadership necessary to protect these Americans. One more reason President Obama is not fit for the office he holds.
See below for update to post originally dated July, 20, 2012
Yes, President Obama may have actually done this in a recent campaign speech which I think will go down in history as one of the most anti-American campaign speeches ever written. Unlike Christ, though, if we let Success die on a cross it won’t return on the third day. In is address President Obama makes the following points:
- America can’t cut anymore spending so we must raise taxes
- The wealthy should pay those tax increases because they didn’t really earn their money.
- No one is successful on their own initiative, drive and intelligence
- Individual people don’t create the environment for success, government does.
- Anyone and everyone who is successful, owes a debt to our government collective.
- Our government will collect wealth from those who are successful and then redistribute it to those who they deem as needy and deserving.
The idea of the government centered nation that President Obama talks about isn’t a new idea by any means, it is exactly the same message that famous communist organizer Karl Marx promoted back in the 1800’s.
From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
It is however, a new idea for a sitting US president to openly and vigorously promote government controlled collectivism as if it were the American Way. Government controlled collectivism isn’t the American Way, never has been the American Way, and it is a pretty horrific thought to think that our President thinks that it is the American Way.
The American Way of Life is individualistic, dynamic, pragmatic. It affirms the supreme value and dignity of the individual; it stresses incessant activity on his part, for he is never to rest but is always to be striving to “get ahead”; it defines an ethic of self-reliance, merit, and character, and judges by achievement: “deeds, not creeds” are what count. The American Way of Life is humanitarian, “forward looking,” optimistic.
Will Herberg, Protestant-Catholic-Jew: An Essay in American Religious Sociology (1960)
Our government has never been the center of the American Way, nor the American Dream. The very idea of America, is the idea of individual liberty, that is individuals pursuing life, liberty and happiness. People have flocked tot the land of opportunity so that they may have the opportunity to flourish on their own merit, not for the opportunity to have government tell them what they can and can’t do. People flock from socialist nations, not to them. When was the last time you heard of refugees fleeing to the Peoples Republic of China or to the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea? People come to our land of opportunity because they have the opportunity to become successful, but if our government leaders eliminate the opportunity to become successful or simply demonize those who have succeeded, then America is just another hunk of dirt to live on.
President Obama’s perception of America is completely bassackwards. Here’s some of his own words from that ridiculous campaign speech of his.
-look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something – there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.
Most media, both mainstream and independent, seems to have focused on a single phrase, “If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Even though it is ripped out of context, I can’t manage to blame them because it really is a pretty catchy phrase. I know that I can’t read it without having the MC Hammer song “Can’t Touch This” run through my head. DaDaDaDa..DaDa..DaDa…didn’t build that. But it really isn’t that phrase alone that bothers me, because anyone who succeeds knows that others were involved and that they have others to thank.
What bothers me the most is his backwards thinking that has individual success as the product of government instead of good government as the product of successful individuals. Whether through taxes or charity, when people are successful at whatever level, they can and do give back to our nation. From that individual success roads are made, schools are built and public servants are paid, but government cannot make us successful. Government can burden us to the point where success is unlikely, but government can’t make someone successful. If you grew up in America like I did then we all drove the same roads, paid the same taxes, followed the same rules and went to the same schools, yet we didn’t all succeed to the same level.
Success is the realm of the individual ingenuity, drive and perseverance. When we teach our children that they must look to government for success rather than inside themselves, we have devalued the human spirit and set our nation on a road to ruin. When someone succeeds in our nation I want us to look at them as a role model not a demon. I want to look at entrepreneurs, inventors, industrious people, and leaders as heroes. I want them to receive recognition, wealth and accolades. And unlike our President, when I see successful people at whatever level of success, I want to know what sets them apart, what makes them special, extraordinary and what makes them tick. I want to know that given equal opportunity, what makes them successful where others have failed.
We owe much to those who have figured out how to succeed. Ingenious, industrious, driven people figure out every day how to become successful. Some do it with government help, some in spite of government help, and even more others who pull it off without any government help at all. Some do it for money. Some do it for fame. Some succeed because it fills some need inside them to be the best they can be. Perhaps it is the remnant of a prehistoric survival instinct? I don’t know, but I do know that it is a trait that should be fostered, not bred out of our society.
And being bred out of our society is exactly what will happen if we all take President Obama’s advice to heart. Imagine one of the President’s children coming home and showing Dad a great test score. Then imagine how much enthusiasm they will feel towards future success after Dad tells them they aren’t that smart, that they couldn’t have done that on their own, that without help they would certainly fail and then has them sit down to write out thank you notes to the butcher the baker and the candlestick maker. And I’m not saying that all the other don’t deserve recognition, but if you don’t recognize and reward the individual effort it took to get the great test score then don’t hold you breath waiting for more good test scores.
When we make success a crime and nail it to a cross for all to jeer at and poke with sharp sticks, who among us will want to succeed? And when nobody succeeds, we fail.
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I had to add in this YouTube that I think was created a month or so after President Obama’s original you didn’t build it quote because the video is essentially acting out what I described in the second to last paragraph of this post.