Breaking America's spirit

Voters bought into a disastrous president -- despite all the warnings

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Even liberal magazine Time is highlighting his historic plummet in popularity from near 70 percent to near 40. Even liberal comedian David Letterman is making stabbing jokes about his endless vacations. Even Democrats running for re-election are running as fast and as far as they can from this president.

"This is basically a Democratic campaign slogan now: Don't blame me for Obama and Pelosi," writes the magazine.

"I'm not one of them," Elkhart, Ind., Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly says of his leaders in Washington.

Time recently went to Elkhart, the nation's heartland and a former Obama stronghold, in a great quest to figure out what's gone wrong with his presidency.

"We bought what he said. He offered a lot of hope," one Obama voter and Democratic donor who plans to vote Republican this November told Time . "He's trying to Europeanize us, and the Europeans are going the other way."

You have to wonder: If the national news media had been this interested in Mr. Obama and his background in 2008, would he have been elected? Would so many Americans who now regret their vote for him be so surprised at what he's become?

Has he become anything other than what he is?

Instead, surveys and analysis of media reports during the campaign prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the former "mainstream" media weren't merely reporting on the campaign: They were actively promoting Obama. Instead of looking under his glossy surface, they went ga-ga over his romping in the surf without a shirt. They were intent on re-creating Camelot.

But all along, there were troubling signs -- big, flashing, buzzing neon signs that the "mainstream" media actively chose to ignore.

Others saw the signs and tried to warn America.

He was raised amid a forest of socialists and communists. He consorted with homegrown anti-American terrorists. His 20-year pastor and the man who performed his wedding ceremony was shown to be a virulent, venomous anti-American and racist. In tellingly unguarded moments, the candidate himself uttered oddly belittling and disapproving views of ordinary Americans, as if we're all racist paranoids with hair triggers on our guns, never far from reach. He called his grandmother a "typical white person." He had to be publicly shamed into wearing a flag pin on his lapel. He talked openly about using government to "spread the wealth around."

His wafer-thin record in the Illinois legislature was spotted with stealthy "present" votes, but nonetheless included an astonishing stance against requiring that medical aid be given to live babies born from botched abortions. In supporting abortion for any reason, he said he wouldn't want his daughter "punished" with a baby.

He talked ceaselessly about "change" and never quite defined it. On the eve of the election, he promised to "fundamentally transform" America.

Well, if you thought America needed changing "fundamentally," then you shouldn't be disappointed or surprised. But if you didn't understand his radical background and cohorts -- some, like Van Jones, were so radical they were drummed out of the administration early on -- then the past year-plus has to have been the biggest electoral surprise in your lifetime.

"The entire American spirit is being broken," the Elkhart man told Time .

Those of us who tried to warn people were accused of picking on him. We weren't then, and we're not now. Rather, it's essential to remember these troubling signs that Mr. Obama was always miles out of the mainstream in order to fully understand his disastrous stewardship of the economy and his cascading popularity. His image's false front is in splinters on the ground.

His problem comes down to two simple things, really: Obama is just being Obama; and much of Elkart, Ind., and the rest of the American electorate, thanks to a sycophantic news media, were wholly unprepared for it.

We can only hope the truth will set them free.

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scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 09/04/10 - 10:31 pm
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Well said!!! Dittos

Well said!!! Dittos

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/04/10 - 10:41 pm
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President Obama is a pretty

President Obama is a pretty nice guy, but it's like playing Louisiana Lafayette. Sooner or later, you have to score on them, no matter how much it embarrasses everyone.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 09/04/10 - 10:42 pm
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Same here, Scoop! Dittos X

Same here, Scoop! Dittos X couple hundred thousand!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/04/10 - 11:09 pm
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"When plunder becomes a way

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it."

Could this concept explain the support for our Marxist-in-Chief?

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 09/04/10 - 11:28 pm
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Republicans are excited and

Republicans are excited and expecting to make gains in the coming election. Many are voting against Obama. But all is not roses:

GOP Image Still Weak
Despite the Republican Party’s favorable electoral prospects, its image with the public is still relatively weak. The public views the Democratic Party as more concerned about the needs of “people like me,” more able to bring about needed change, and as governing in a more honest and ethical way.

http://people-press.org/report/630/

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GAterp 09/04/10 - 11:33 pm
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I voted for President Obama

I voted for President Obama in 2008, and no matter what ACES says, it will never convince me to vote for a Republican for President in 2012. And if Obama's approval rating is at 40% then that is still 13 percentage points higher than W's approval rating, which stood at 27% for almost two years. And forget W anyway. Who does the GOP have to run against President Obama? Who is your credible, responsible, and accountable candidate for President in 2012? Who? Who? It might as well be an Owl.

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chascush 09/04/10 - 11:53 pm
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GAterp, 'Who does the GOP

GAterp, 'Who does the GOP have to run against President Obama? Who is your credible, responsible, and accountable candidate for President in 2012? '
Stop a bus and get the 1st one off and they will be better than the idiot in the WH.

chascush
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chascush 09/04/10 - 11:58 pm
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TNULTH. The chronicle should

TNULTH. The chronicle should block such ignorant racist remarks. But I wonder how far he is from the most of the liberals.

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chascush 09/05/10 - 12:04 am
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A very good article, when you

A very good article, when you read Hussein books and look at his past how can anyone expect any difference? Look at the people he hung out with. He is what is; he can’t help it. The problem is we elected the idiot president.

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sjgraci 09/05/10 - 02:15 am
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chronicle YOU are the problem

chronicle YOU are the problem with America.

You suggest a large majority of Americans are stupid. In this case, I'd say the majority finally got it right over the really stupid. Who did you fawn all over? Palin and McCain. Yeah that's who America should have put in office. Bring her on again. Let's watch a crushing of epic proportions. Who else you got that's going to take down President Obama?

Here's a clue, the most intelligent, articulate, honest, and best leader for the job to pull us back from the radical right abyss won. And he'll win again. God help us if the really stupid had got or get their way.

DanK
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DanK 09/05/10 - 03:20 am
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This endless tiresome vitriol

This endless tiresome vitriol from the AC and the extremists that it panders to is nauseating. Trying to characterize the centrist policies of the current administration as Marxist and trying to label Obama as a radical socialist simply demonstrates that you wouldn't know a socialist if he bit you on the nose. The real complaint that the right wing has with the current administration is that it has not continued the Republican campaign to redistribute all the wealth of America into the hands of the largest corporations and the ultra-rich minority, who promptly send it off into Swiss bank accounts and off-shore tax havens. Everything else is just trumped up ideological rhetoric shouted from every media outlet they can buy. It's unfortunate that the AC is a part of that, simply recycling bogus "information" gleaned from the far right's script writers.

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maggiemae 09/05/10 - 04:43 am
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The Dems sure are bitter.

The Dems sure are bitter. They should cheer up. We will save them.
I feel sure they are embarrassed by what Obama has wrought, but it can still be fixed. Hang with us...we are coming.

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johnston.cliff 09/05/10 - 05:10 am
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Most of the whiners are

Most of the whiners are racist extremists, but even Dems who love this country, and there are some, know that Marxism doesn't work here (or anywhere) and that the last election was like the Palestinians electing hamas. Not only was nothing improved, a bad situation became stupidly worse. Much worse than anyone imagined at the time.
This horrible diversity experiment gone wrong has not only precipitated buyers remorse, but with all of the damage already done, we as a nation are having a pretty severe case of buyers depression.
obama and his supporters in congress must go as soon as possible.
First stop the bleeding, THEN start repairs.

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concernednative 09/05/10 - 06:23 am
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This editorial is just a

This editorial is just a recap of a Sean Hannity episode.

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Brad Owens 09/05/10 - 06:26 am
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All I can say is that I would

All I can say is that I would not want to have a "D" by my name on the ballot this year.

Obama got a Republican elected in Mass for God's sake!

I don't like Obama's policies and I think he has proven me right on all my pre-election comments. I said he was a faker who could not deliver on his promises. Also, he likes to 'nuance' any position he does take, which is rare (him taking a position that is).

Brad

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Brad Owens 09/05/10 - 06:36 am
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P.S. I do think it is funny

P.S. I do think it is funny how Obama's numbers have just dropped. If you look at it from a national level, he doesn't even have the full Democratic support numbers anymore. That is pretty bad for the first two years of the first term of the first Democratic President since the Dubya.

Democratic candidates are going to get crushed this year.

BO

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KSL 09/05/10 - 07:37 am
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DanK, you speak of the so

DanK, you speak of the so called ultra rich minority (Republicans), and yet you say nothing of the ultra rich Democrats who do the same thing. You totally ignore the fact that there is a whole group of fat cat Dems out there manipulating our lives.

I can tell you have not researched where campaign contributions come from and who which party gets the most from who.

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HTN007 09/05/10 - 08:03 am
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The only thing that will set

The only thing that will set us free is this falls election and the election in 2012!

NewHere
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NewHere 09/05/10 - 08:14 am
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His numbers are similar to

His numbers are similar to Ronald Reagan after to years in office, ....the ac is just a rag.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 09/05/10 - 08:45 am
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It's funny to see the one's

It's funny to see the one's who keep bemoaning the AC, yet support them financially every day by reading the online version and posting here. Keep up the good work. I'm sure the AC appreciates it.

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maggiemae 09/05/10 - 08:48 am
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I know. It hurts when you

I know. It hurts when you idol falls to earth.

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americafirst 09/05/10 - 08:50 am
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As much as I hate to admit

As much as I hate to admit it, I have to agree in part with some of the comments by the liberal wackos. No matter how bad Obama is and no matter how bad of shape this country is in come 2012, unless the Republicans nominate an electable candidate, we will have four more years of Obama. Conservatives should learn from the mistakes of the Dems. No president was more vulnerable to losing reelection than Bush but the Dems helped us by nominating Kerry and running him as a war hero. If Sarah Palin is anywhere near the Republican ticket in 2012, we will lose and God help this country because Obama won't.

KSL
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KSL 09/05/10 - 08:58 am
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How much did any of us know

How much did any of us know about Obama at this point before the 2008 elections?

KSL
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KSL 09/05/10 - 09:00 am
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LOL, Not enough, not nearly

LOL, Not enough, not nearly enough, right on up to election day.

KSL
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KSL 09/05/10 - 09:01 am
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My point actually is that he

My point actually is that he was a fairly late emerging candidate despite the fact that behind the scenes he had been working on it for years.

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Techfan 09/05/10 - 09:09 am
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tigger: Strange, I haven't

tigger: Strange, I haven't gotten my bill for reading and posting on the online edition.

Abby-noll
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Abby-noll 09/05/10 - 09:11 am
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It didn't matter how much we

It didn't matter how much we knew or didn't know about him. If anyone spoke against him then they MUST be a racist, a bigot, a close minded Republican. It was as if people were hypnotized by the news media to accept what ever was said and vote for the worst candidate we've seen in the history of this nation. We've had some idiots, but NOTHING like this before. He wants to change the fundamental stucture of our great country and people are just standing by saying "go for it" out of fear of being labeled a racisist.

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Tigger_The_Tiger 09/05/10 - 09:17 am
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Techfan....do you not know

Techfan....do you not know how ad revenue works?

Mr.L.A.Kegbrat
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Mr.L.A.Kegbrat 09/05/10 - 09:24 am
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This column is another

This column is another pointless, and factless criticism of Obama--yet another one.

I pointed out yesterday on one of these threads that conservative wingnuts are completely unable to use facts to support their point of view.

This column is a textbook example. The wingnut who wrote it uses no facts whatsoever. Instead, he writes Obama comes from a crowd of Duh...socialists, communists, and terrorists.

How incredibly simple-minded and false. I just have no respect at all for the intellect behind the Augusta Chronicle editorial writer.

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bettyboop 09/05/10 - 09:35 am
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KSL..there were many of us on

KSL..there were many of us on here who tried to warn everyone about the narcissitic elitist in the WH......we were called racist and still are because we saw through the facade he wore....meaning we had read his books and looked for areas in his background that showed his true colors....and still the sheeple continued to exhort his highness's grand scams so here we are .

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