October 30, 2010

Not to look past Election Day, but... (tmi3rd)
— Open Blogger

Let's preface this by reminding everyone (as if they needed a reminder here) that they need to get out and kick serious ass in the voting booth on Tuesday.
All of this is moot if we don't get out and utterly crush the Left on Tuesday.

That said, starting Thursday after the election, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) is throwing a bunch of town hall meetings around Tennessee. The schedule and some thoughts are below the fold... The schedule will follow this- just a couple of quick thoughts...

Corker didn't push conservatism as hard as I might prefer to this point, although he got in in 2006 with the Democrat takeover. In any event, it'll be rather important to emphasize to the GOP (in whatever strength they have) going forward to stay true to what they've paid lip service- fiscal conservatism, most importantly.

It's going to be important to maintain the enthusiasm of the past eighteen months over the next two years. It would be quite a surprise to have Obama tack to the center (and rather unlikely, to be sure), but to give the GOP any wiggle room would be a big mistake.

As such, I want to urge our Tennessee Morons (as a former TN Moron) to go to whatever one of these is convenient to you, and politely and respectfully hold his feet to the fire.

When I was at the CBS affiliate in Nashville, Corker's people were good to me and receptive, and I suspect the same will apply today. Go let the man know what you think, get on his mailing list, and stay on him!

In the meantime, folks, let's get out and vote, and enjoy the fruits of our labors when we do. Tuesday, we hoist the black flag and start slitting throats.

Here's that schedule...

"Our national debt is at a record $13.5 trillion and rising every day. In six town hall meetings across Tennessee, Senator Bob Corker will deliver a sobering slide presentation on Washington's spending trends and mounting debt levels and then respond to questions from the audience. To view Senator Corker's presentation on America's debt crisis and to access a PDF copy, please visit: http://corker.senate.gov/public/?p=america-s-debt-crisis."

Details for each town hall meeting are listed below. Thanks so much."


Jackson – Thursday, November 4 – 1:00 p.m. CT (Doors open at 12:15 p.m. CT and guests are encouraged to arrive by 12:45 p.m. CT to be seated.)

Union University – The Grant Center

1050 Union University Drive

Jackson, TN

Memphis – Thursday, November 4 – 5:30 p.m. CT (Doors open at 4:30 p.m. CT and guests are encouraged to arrive by 5:15 p.m. CT to be seated.)

Memphis City Council Chamber

City Hall

125 N. Main Street

Memphis, TN

Tri-Cities – Wednesday, November 10 – 1:00 p.m. ET (Doors open at 11:30 a.m. ET and guests are encouraged to arrive by 12:45 p.m. ET to be seated.)

Bristol Regional Medical Center

Monarch Auditorium

1 Medical Park Boulevard

Bristol, TN

Knoxville – Thursday, November 11 – 8:30 a.m. ET (Doors open at 8:00 a.m. ET and guests are encouraged to arrive by 8:15 a.m. ET to be seated.)

Clayton Performing Arts Center

Pellissippi State Community College

10915 Hardin Valley Road

Knoxville, TN

Nashville – Thursday, November 11 – 7:00 p.m. CT (Doors open at 6:00 p.m. CT and guests are encouraged to arrive by 6:45 p.m. CT to be seated.)

Massey Performing Arts Center

Belmont University

1900 Belmont Boulevard

Nashville, TN

Chattanooga – Friday, November 12 – 11:00 a.m. ET (Doors open at 10:15 a.m. ET and guests are encouraged to arrive by 10:45 a.m. ET to be seated.)

Chattanooga State Community College

Humanities Auditorium

CC Bond Humanities Building

4501 Amnicola Highway

Chattanooga, TN

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1 murst

Posted by: dsfbd at October 30, 2010 07:40 PM (vez2r)

Posted by: I'm Genghis and Maet at October 30, 2010 07:43 PM (zxpIo)

3

It was about time to holster the previous thread and get to the serious business.

It is not enough to win some elections, we need to govern responsibly.

Posted by: Greg, stolen by a troll at October 30, 2010 07:44 PM (3W1+C)

4 GFY Jefferson.

Posted by: John Adams at October 30, 2010 07:44 PM (almiH)

5 Already voted in NM.  Before moving to Texas, where I ought to be able to vote again, since I am a native.

Posted by: huerfano at October 30, 2010 07:48 PM (No0N3)

6
Stop the madness!!11!!!1

...oh, wait...

Posted by: Jon Stewart at October 30, 2010 07:53 PM (vbh31)

7 After the election, the work will have just begun. It will take years to get the US out of the mess it got itself into over the last 30 years. This is just the beginning.

Posted by: ahem at October 30, 2010 07:58 PM (1kxoD)

8 There will be some crazy shit in the next few years. SS is going to fun. Medicare, too.

Posted by: eman at October 30, 2010 08:03 PM (5/qO3)

9 I'm ready for a Nashville Moron MeetUp! I'm not sure if we can find any Valu-Rite, but I know where to get some Everclear 190.

Posted by: Frank Rizzo at October 30, 2010 08:03 PM (eu/oz)

10 OT/

Why am I still seeing ads from the DCCC for the Frank Kravitol race?  I thought that one was out of reach.

Posted by: Serious Cat at October 30, 2010 08:03 PM (bAySe)

11 A ground report from a Tea Party buddy from Fresno, California (the red part of the state):

Just got back from the polling place at Northwest Church. Wait time was about two hours when I left. Don't forget that the early voting locations close at 5 PM, not 8 PM, but at this rate there may still be people voting then.

Posted by: ExExZonie at October 30, 2010 08:18 PM (gZHvI)

12 I posted this in the ONT, but I figure this will be the one everyone sees first thing in the AM

OK can some morons put me some knowledge:

I've been seeing the progs on my Facebook friends start passing around vids like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skEccqJFFU0

I know I've seem some pretty devastating ads from time to time on here, can someone point me at a rebuttal to this tripe?

Posted by: Lone Marauder at October 30, 2010 08:22 PM (po5rq)

13 Serious Cat-

From what I understand, the DCCC is pumping tons of money into that race. Maybe they're just trying to finish strong.

Posted by: tmi3rd at October 30, 2010 08:26 PM (WRtsc)

14 Lone Marauder...

Mourning in America would be a good start.

Posted by: tmi3rd at October 30, 2010 08:29 PM (WRtsc)

15 Lone Marauder-

Also, go check out filmladd.com... that's Ladd Ehlinger's site. He's got some pretty good winners there too.

Posted by: tmi3rd at October 30, 2010 08:30 PM (WRtsc)

16 Just filled out my ballot in preparation for Tuesday. Voted "No" a lot. CA is addicted to taxpayer money and you just have to say "No". You could give the State of California all the money in the Galaxy and it would be broke in a year.

Posted by: eman at October 30, 2010 08:36 PM (5/qO3)

17 17, I remember the 1994 elections. This one will make that one look like a Sunday picnic.

Posted by: eman at October 30, 2010 08:47 PM (5/qO3)

18 Yeah, I'm actually worrying the drubbing won't be nearly as bad as it seems. All that money floating out to leftist causes, all the voter fraud, and all the third party candidates sucking away votes from republicans.
I have nightmares about minor Right wing victories and Obama smugly talking about their new mandate delivered by an electorate that wised up due to their last minute voter efforts,

shudder...


Posted by: Ring

Don't be concerned. The 3rd parties always drop away the closer you get to election day. Plus if 3rd parties are at the top of the ballot, the down ballot effect they have will sweep a lot of GOP candidates into office. It happened in 92 when Perot ran. The GOP actually picked up seats in the House. In 96 when Clinton was re-elected, the GOP only lost 4 seats, which means although Clinton won with 49% of the vote, the Perot voters probably voted for the R congressman.

Posted by: MrCaniac at October 30, 2010 08:54 PM (oREHE)

19 Breitbart (BigGovernment) has a pretty good voice mail left by Alaskan reporters cooking up a smear against Joe.

Aww. And we find out about it on the same day as the big LOVE rally. Whose sanity are we returning to exactly?

Posted by: elliot m at October 30, 2010 08:55 PM (pDWjd)

20 I'll put the Knoxville event on my calendar and try to attend! Thanks!

Posted by: Doc at October 30, 2010 08:57 PM (MYT77)

21 Thanks TMI. I guess I know where I will be that Thursday in 2 weeks

Posted by: A.G. at October 30, 2010 09:16 PM (oAVyq)

22 12 I left the following comment at that YouTube site: There isn't a single fact in that video. It's pure propaganda, designed to appeal to emotions. It's scary to see something like this in America.

Posted by: rickl at October 30, 2010 09:36 PM (hZFhS)

23 "Our national debt is at a record $13.5 trillion and rising every day" Yeah but Paul Krugman says it's not enough and if we just spent more we'd all be rich, and he's a Nobel Laureate you know .. dumb wingnuts

Posted by: rian at October 30, 2010 10:18 PM (56WjA)

24 I have a confession to make. I was talking to a good friend tonight and she said she didn't plan on voting this year. I encouraged this and told her I understood, what with politicians being soulless creatures. Didn't mention that I voted last week. She always votes Democrat.

Posted by: Laura Castellano at October 30, 2010 10:26 PM (fuw6p)

25 Didn't Corker buy into the Cap n Tax scheme, and the underlying Global Warming bullshit? We can't afford to have any R's on that side of that issue, it's one of the big ones.

Posted by: Biff Boffo at October 30, 2010 10:57 PM (OjpF4)

26 I have a confession to make. I was talking to a good friend tonight and she said she didn't plan on voting this year. I encouraged this and told her I understood, what with politicians being soulless creatures. Didn't mention that I voted last week. She always votes Democrat. Posted by: Laura Castellano


The left will long regret the day Conservatives began studying Alinsky.

Posted by: sandbagger at October 30, 2010 10:57 PM (SuZlK)

27 I can see change from my front porch.

Posted by: Action Jackson at October 30, 2010 11:07 PM (FweJ7)

28 25 I have a confession to make. I was talking to a good friend tonight and she said she didn't plan on voting this year. I encouraged this and told her I understood, what with politicians being soulless creatures. Didn't mention that I voted last week. She always votes Democrat. Posted by: Laura Castellano at October 31, 2010 03:26 AM (fuw6p) I like the way you think.

Posted by: rickl at October 30, 2010 11:16 PM (hZFhS)

29 I'm a Bristol, TN resident so I'll see if I can go to the event on the 10th.

Posted by: Mary Beth at October 30, 2010 11:53 PM (uGE+P)

30

Reality check.  When was the last time a GOP senate ever did anything right?  What left wing nominee have they ever filibustered?  What tax have they ever stood against?  When have they ever stopped spending?  Remember, the contract with America?  Remember how it was deep sixed by the GOP senate?  Remember the last time?  Remember how they promised and promised to stop the madness and then put Ted Stevens in charge?     

You watch, every leadership post will be filled by a pork barreling, ear marking, double talking, pontificating, smoke blowing, aisle crossing, back scratching, quid pro quo ing, bribe taking, leather chair sitting, whiskey sipping, country clubbing, junket riding, USDA choice grade A old bull R I N O.   

 And every single one of these old bull rinos will think it’s just their turn to loot the treasury. 

The holy rino empire is fat, dumb, and happy with the way things are.   They like being the "loyal" opposition.  That way they can cruise under the radar while they take bribes and earmark their way to a long and prosperous life.   

Notice that no matter how many seats the Rs actually have in either chamber, the Dooms always allow them all the earmarks they want.   Why is that do you think?  Because if the rinos have their earmarks, then they won't fuss.  They will look the other way while the Doomcrats turn America into a 3rd world joke.

Look at Murkookski.  She is bragging that her status as a ranking member of the minority allows her to bring home the pork.    That's her entire campaign.   Yeah, I know, its Murkooksi.  But, they all do it.   There is not one rino up for election who isn't singing the same song.  

We've been here before.  The Republican Party came about because the Whigs would not stand up to the "slave power."   Now the Republicans won't stand up to the "government power."  It is long past time for history to start repeating itself.

“… Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions - everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.”  (Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis, describing the end of the Roman republic in Satire X, A.D. 200)

Posted by: VADM (Red) Cuthbert Collingwood (RN) at October 31, 2010 01:28 AM (UL/HQ)

31 One of the things I find amusing about elections is that, no matter how much hype is involved heading up to them, the turnout totals remain about the same.

Typically, you get around 40% turnout in a midterm.  This assumes that one party is more excited than the other.  What one party gains, the other loses, so the totals remain about the same.

I am guessing this will be true this year as well (despite the hype).  The GOOD news for Republicans is, that even the far left pollster, Gallup, predicts a 15 point win for Republicans if this ends up being the turnout model.  15 points in the generic spells BLOOOOWOUT,  I am sticking with my prediction from 6 months ago of 75 seats.

Remember that the people you see at rallies such as Becks and TDS's are pretty much activists on the fringe.  Most people are just regular folks living their lives and going to vote.  If you did a poll on the street, I am pretty sure 80% of those asked wouldn't even know who was running for Congress in their district, but they would know who "The Situation" is.

Posted by: Bill Mitchell at October 31, 2010 01:40 AM (Baf0e)

32

31 I'm a Bristol, TN resident so I'll see if I can go to the event on the 10th.

Posted by: Mary Beth at October 31, 2010 04:53 AM (uGE+P)

Hello to you. I spent months there working on the TN 357 project (new airport road) during the mid 90's. How are things in Piney Flats and Mountain City?

Posted by: Ed Anger at October 31, 2010 01:44 AM (7+pP9)

33 So I open my local paper this morning and what do I see? An editorial written by Howard Dean that strongly suggests he's 'round-the-bend, batshit crazy. I mean worse than ever, that is.

The subject of his opinion piece -- ranked choice voting. I'll let him explain it to you:

Debated vigorously when Ross Perot earned 19 percent of the presidential vote in 1992 and Ralph Nader tipped Florida away from Al Gore in 2000, split votes have become a regular feature of our elections. It wouldn't surprise me if a dozen races for governor and U.S. Senate were won with less than 50 percent of the vote.

Ranked-choice voting handles voter choice with a sensible change. After indicating your first choice, you have the option to rank alternate choices.

If no candidate wins a 50 percent plus one majority, then those rankings are used to simulate an instant runoff: the weak candidates are eliminated, and their backers' votes are added to the totals of the frontrunners. The candidate who wins a majority in the final instant runoff is the winner.

[ . . . ]

This year's elections demonstrate why it makes sense. In races for governor in Rhode Island and Colorado and for U.S. Senator in Alaska and Florida, major party nominees are running third, put in the "spoiler role" usually assigned to third parties. Elsewhere, the very lack of such viable independent and third- party candidates will keep potential voters from the polls.

Having more competition forces candidates to clean up negative campaigning and stick to the issues. Knowing they may need support from supporters of other candidates to win, candidates have to tone down personal attacks.

Reaching out to more voters also helps them govern better when they win.

The fundamental issue is majority rule. Without a majority standard, you can't hold power accountable. It's a blight on democracy when an incumbent can be returned to office even though 60 percent of voters reject that candidate as their last choice. That's why both Sen. John McCain and President Barack Obama have actively backed ranked-choice voting. No party has a lock on majority rule, and both major parties can stand up for it.
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Still crazy after all these years. So here's another crazy scheme you can look forward to the Democrats jamming up your ass.

Posted by: Ed Anger at October 31, 2010 01:58 AM (7+pP9)

34 Some New Jersey kids are getting help! Surplus of Obama commemorative coins will aid N.J. children's charity http://tiny.cc/dfw2w38lf5

Posted by: Pecos Bill at October 31, 2010 02:24 AM (j84s0)

35

“We’re funding global AIDS and the other side is not!”

---President Barack Obama, 10/30/10, Connecticut

Posted by: Ed Anger at October 31, 2010 02:44 AM (7+pP9)

36 “We’re funding global AIDS and the other side is not!”

---President Barack Obama, 10/30/10, Connecticut

Posted by: Ed Anger at October 31, 2010 07:44 AM (7+pP9)

The GREAT UNIFIER!!!11!!!eleventy!!!

Posted by: billygoat at October 31, 2010 02:58 AM (5qJM5)

37 The Guardian goes anthropological on the Tea Party:

The Tea Party is obsessed with myths about America's past. The Founding Fathers are revered as gods, the constitution is sacrosanct, America was uniquely established to be the land of the free. This reverence for the late 18th century might explain why some of its members like to dress up in colonial garb, trying to look like Mr and Mrs George Washington. In Colorado, they even go in for pioneer re-enactments, where the women and children are in period dress, the men spend the weekend dressed as Davy Crockett wandering around with muskets and everybody lives in tents (but with portable lavatories nearby).

I went to one such camp near the ski resort of Crested Butte, where I came across Bob McConnell, a veteran action man who'd served in Vietnam and climbed Everest. Another political virgin, he was running for the Republican nomination for his local congressional district.

"Breathe that air in," he instructs me as we walk towards the re-enactment camp. "That's America. That's freedom." Washington did seem another country. But Bob says it's everywhere, controlling Colorado's land, farming, minerals, even the air they breathe. He will fight to get the federal government off the state's back, he says, if he gets to Washington.
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Followed up, of course, by a bunch of snobbish comments by the eurotrash. It's fun to make left wing heads explode worldwide.

Posted by: Ed Anger at October 31, 2010 02:59 AM (7+pP9)

38 Obama is on the down low and is a demographic that does have a much higher risk of AIDS.....

Posted by: NotAMolly at October 31, 2010 03:02 AM (ADJFU)

39

Corker didn't push conservatism as hard as I might prefer to this point,

Really??...no shit??...he didn't push conservatism,??

He needs to be thrown out on his fucking ass with the rest of the RINO trash. He's pushing cap and trade...and he was all in on the finreg bill until the backlash caught up with him

 

Posted by: Yusuf Islam at October 31, 2010 03:04 AM (AnTyA)

40 Google News now has a section devoted to the Tea Party. Here's another gem they offer up:

Tea Party purists lose sight of art of compromise

It is important to emphasize that although they might share the same goals, not all Tea Partiers are rigid purists. It is more accurate to say that while not all Tea Party supporters are purists, all purists are Tea Party supporters. And make no mistake: Unlike the Goldwater convention delegates, the Tea Party candidates care about winning. With 30 percent of Americans identifying themselves as Tea Party supporters, according to a recent Gallup poll, the Tea Party is campaigning hard this year to elect "true" conservatives who believe in small government, lower taxes, individual initiative and traditional family values (and who oppose having a "socialist" in the White House). Supporters know they might not always win, but they consider a few setbacks a small price to pay for the unwavering commitment to principle over popularity and - when the cause is deemed morally right and just - to anyone who has a conscience and acts on it.

It is difficult to be an enemy of conscience. It is also foolish. Nonetheless, serious dilemmas and problems arise when individual conscience is elevated to an absolute, transformed into an uncompromisable principle, and then is regarded as the only valid guide to political action. Here we begin to see what separates the Tea Party purists from the professional politicians.

[ . . . ]

Traditional politicians generally look at the world of politics differently. Unlike the purists, they do not identify compromise with moral degeneracy. They believe in accommodation. They know from experience that working with the opposition broadens public appeal and support. Despite the popular fashion to decry our politicians and political parties, they function as a major channel through which important policy decisions are ultimately made. Without their role as brokers who can both compromise and integrate conflicting interests and demands, a bargaining society such as ours would break up into separate warring parts (as happened once in our history). But the politicians have played their most vital role in achieving agreement on "the rules of the game" by which all contestants accept each other as legitimate, thus making for a less ideological and intransigent politics.
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The lesson? If the Tea Party succeeds there will be another Civil War, and we don't want that, right?

Assholes

Posted by: Ed Anger at October 31, 2010 03:11 AM (7+pP9)

41 Corker is an absolute, 100% R.I.N.O.  He was for Cap &^ Bullshit and the Financial reg crap until TN TPers came down his throat.

He's going to run around TN with these meetings to try to convince otherwise.  God I hope you folks down south of us here in MO don't buy is bullshit.

He's up in '14.  Get.  Rid.  Of.  Him.

Posted by: Sukie Tawdry at October 31, 2010 03:15 AM (jbCcb)

42 Drudge has a pic of Colbert & Stewart in their flag outfits and underneath it it says 'Send in the Clowns'.  HA!




Posted by: Tami at October 31, 2010 03:15 AM (VuLos)

43 Not to worry. After Election Day I will be contacting Speaker Boehner to give him his marching orders, and those orders will not include "business as usual". It appears most of my Liberal friends cannot get off the plantation. Here is a typical conversation: Me: You know you guys are going to get destroyed on Nov. 2nd, right? Lib: Well, you Republicans are for the rich, and for greedy corporations, and blah, blah, blah, blah. Me: Whoah, whoah, whoah! This isn't about the Republicans! They haven't done jack shit to earn the victory we are about to give them. This is about stopping Obama in his tracks and taking back control of our government! If the Republicans fuck up again then we'll throw them out! This is last chance time. This is what Libs and MFM just don't get about the Tea Party.

Posted by: Shoppy at October 31, 2010 03:16 AM (edg8q)

44 I live near Knoxville and will attend the event at Pellissippi state. I don't care much for Corker. I would definitely like to see him GONE in 2014. But for 2 more years, he will represent Tennessee, and he needs to do it as a Conservative. So, if we can get that message through to him at these meetings (maybe yes, maybe no) it would ease some frustration til we can primary him with a true lover of our constitution, and then get him Out.

Posted by: TNpatriot at October 31, 2010 03:34 AM (AnkoY)

45 Putting Eric Cantor's face with a Hitler mustache?   Yeah that is sanity according to the lunatic left .

Posted by: NotAMolly at October 31, 2010 03:37 AM (ADJFU)

46 Corker is the TN version of Graham. He maintains his ACU rating right at the edge of 80 while crossing over on the big important bills like crap and tax.

He needs to be primaried out on the next go round. The same goes for Lamar Alexander who is an even bigger RINO. At least SC has one real Republican.

Posted by: Vic at October 31, 2010 03:37 AM (/jbAw)

47

 Breitbart (BigGovernment) has a pretty good voice mail left by Alaskan reporters cooking up a smear against Joe

Wow..I just listened to that. This is Flaming Skull worthy..

...and so is the Boxer corruption story regarding the Indian casinos that The Hill had up yesterday, but which was mysteriously taken down w/o explanation. You can see that story at Weasel Zippers or Hotair

Posted by: beedubya at October 31, 2010 03:43 AM (AnTyA)

48

 Breitbart (BigGovernment) has a pretty good voice mail left by Alaskan reporters cooking up a smear against Joe

Wow..I just listened to that. This is Flaming Skull worthy..

LOL, they played that on F&F this morning.

Posted by: Vic at October 31, 2010 03:49 AM (/jbAw)

49 That reminds me - anyone having any more virus problems at HotAir.  They popped up all over the place a few months back.  I stopped going there because of it.  But what about recently?

Posted by: Sukie Tawdry at October 31, 2010 03:50 AM (jbCcb)

50 "...to give the GOP any wiggle room would be a big mistake..." Truer words were never spoken. The real fight begins after the election.

Posted by: Bugler at October 31, 2010 04:03 AM (VXBR1)

51 That reminds me - anyone having any more virus problems at HotAir.

I used to get hit by that fake hard drive scan worm regularly. The last time I got hit by it was actually here through one of the ads that used adobe flash player as the vehicle of entry. I couldn't get the thing killed fast enough and it wiped my hard drive.

Sine then I have gone to Fire Fox with add-ons for "no script" and "ad-block". In addition, I have NOT loaded adobe flash player on FF. If I want to view a specific video I fire up IE8 which has it loaded, but I am careful as to which videos I load.

Since I went to that I haven't had a single hit by any virus threats, including Hot Air.

Posted by: Vic at October 31, 2010 04:08 AM (/jbAw)

52 I don't quite get why the Euroweenies are quite so invested in American socialism. What's on it for them? If we really continue down that road, their free security ride comes to an end.

Posted by: CoolCzech at October 31, 2010 04:33 AM (tJjm/)

53 You don't need ranked choice voting to deal with spoiler candidates, all you need is a run-off election and several states already have these. But Democrats don't like run-off elections because it's hard enough getting their lazy-ass constituency to the polls the first time. Plus, it's got to be a lot harder to cheat in a run-off election because you don't have a whole lot of time to cover yourself.

Posted by: Ghost of Lee Atwater at October 31, 2010 04:37 AM (GLKw5)

54

To every new Congressman and Senator we say to you:  "If you think for one moment we have sent you to Washington merely to pick up where your predecessor(s) left off, then sir/madam, you are utterly delusional. We The People are your bosses, not vice-versa. If you fail to heed our collective voices we will find a substitute for you. And we are prepared to keep repeating this process until we arrive at the person who understands the limitations we are putting upon your powers."

In a somewhat more personal vein, I happen to be a naturalized American - a transplanted Brit. There honestly has not been a day in my life where, if even for just a fleeting moment, I have not expressed a private prayer of gratitude for my family's being welcomed into the greatest and most exceptional country that has ever existed - and that includes the year I spent in combat in Vietnam.

I am 65 years of age, and unfortunately my wife and I have never been able to have children. Consequently, I do not have the same "stake in the future" as those of you who are parents. Nevertheless, I have been absolutely enraged over the past two years to see our government use its credit card to incur $3 trillion in additional debt with no discernible results, and most outrageously of all, with no present intent to repay that debt. Instead, the obligation for repayment of that crushing burden has been "kicked down the road" to generations yet unborn. And the 'rationale' involved? "Well, our children are just going to have to accept the fact they will not be able to have the same life-style we have purchased for ourselves."

Not quite the American Dream is it? Not quite the dream that spurs people from all over the world to leave everything behind and make their way to America - so their children will have an opportunity to prosper beyond anything their parents could have realistically hoped for themselves.

Let's hope Tuesday next is as great a beginning as we suspect it's going to be.

Posted by: alwyr at October 31, 2010 04:44 AM (w2++y)

55 Interesting...from Politicalwire.com

pwire 4 minutes ago Republicans are giving up on Miller in AK-Sen race and now think Murkowski is only chance to prevent Dem win...

Posted by: Greg at October 31, 2010 04:47 AM (huyI8)

56 Bugler -- Those aren't viruses. The commentators sound like that all the time.

Posted by: richard mcenroe at October 31, 2010 05:11 AM (LFAxM)

57 38  “We’re funding global AIDS and the other side is not!”
---President Barack Obama, 10/30/10, Connecticut
Posted by: Ed Anger at October 31, 2010 07:44 AM (7+pP9)

So ... he and they are taking credit for encouraging the spread of AIDS? What humanitarians ...

Posted by: ya2daup at October 31, 2010 05:17 AM (yRrAd)

58 Hello to you. I spent months there working on the TN 357 project (new airport road) during the mid 90's. How are things in Piney Flats and Mountain City?

Posted by: Ed Anger at October 31, 2010 06:44 AM (7+pP9)


It's beautiful here!  I'm a little further up Volunteer Parkway...just a couple miles from the TN border and it's gorgeous this time of the year.

Posted by: Mary Beth at October 31, 2010 05:39 AM (uGE+P)

59 I meant VA/TN border...

Posted by: Mary Beth at October 31, 2010 05:40 AM (uGE+P)

60 60 Yeah, kinda noticed that -- it really isn't worth much, but it would be a fun thing for "the other side" to have some fun with.

Posted by: unknown jane at October 31, 2010 05:52 AM (5/yRG)

61 Thought of the day:

For those concerned that Republican establishment efforts to hold onto power may bear fruit eventually--

The heart of that establishment resides in the Senate. Getting Federalism back via a return of Senate nominations or elections by state legislatures (with perhaps ratification of the choice by the people in the general election as a way to allow the people a check on their state folks) will perhaps drive a stake in that heart.

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