Monday, February 9, 2009
Sarah Like "Sully," Obama "Nellie"
Scroll down to read what we absolutely must do to start winning again in 2010 -- and to win big in the presidential year of 2012.
The motto of the woman pictured above is "Serve the people." To find out what Obama's motto could be, scroll down. Hint: It's less about serving than about scaring.
Most Americans remember a part of Franklin Roosevelt's Depression-era remarks about fear. Yes, he did say in his 1st Inaugural, "The only thing we have to fear is . . . fear itself," but that's not the whole statement. It went this way, "The only thing we have to fear is . . . fear itself . . . nameless, unreasoning fear." The final three words, starting with "nameless," are extremely important.
Granted, there are situations in which fear is appropriate -- for example, if you wake up and see a hungry grizzly bear climbing through your bedroom window. In a case like that, there's nothing unreasonable about fear. (After the initial surge of terror, of course, the most important thing you can do is to calm down and decide -- reason -- quickly about how you're going to get out of the situation. In other words, act like Captain "Sully," not like Nervous Nellie.
Barack Obama has told us that, without his (potentially catastrophic) Stimulus Bill, we will face a financial "catastrophe." How he knows that -- the reasoning part -- remains unclear.
So, why did he appeal to one of our primal instincts? Because he knows -- or at least his speech guru Aexlrod knows -- that fear sells. Scare people half to death and many of them will do your bidding. The last thing Obama wants his audiences to do is have reasoned responses to his rhetoric.
When he tells us, for example, that "95% of the American people are going to get a tax cut," he is lying to us. He knows that nearly 50% of American wage earners (and their immediate dependents) don't pay federal income taxes.
When they get their $500 or $1000 "tax cut" from the Treasury -- and yes, Tim Geithner and Tom Daschle who didn't pay their taxes, will get one -- it will not be a tax refund. Instead, it will be a welfare check. In other words, Obama will be putting half the population on what our grandparents used to call the "dole," welfare. As Obama told Joe the Plumber, it's not about stimulus, but rather about "redistribution of wealth."
Why do such a damaging thing? Because Axelrod/Obama know that dependent people are reliable providers of votes in future elections. When the government basically "owns" someone, he or she expresses gratitude by voting for bigger and bigger government. Sadly, though, he or she is no longer a free, independent citizen.
Thus, we have FDR, along with all other great American leaders, arguing against reliance on "nameless, unreasoning fear." In contrast, we have Obama and his minions relying completely on fear because reason isn't on their side. As every tyrant knows, fear is his most powerful ally. Gov. Sarah Palin's motto is "Serve the people." In contrast, Obama's seems to be: "Scare the people."
In today's difficult times, we will still sing "God bless America." Yet the more appropriate phrase might be "God help America." In fact, God generally blesses our land most abundantly when the vast majority of Americans do everything in their power to help themselves, their families, and their communities.
WHAT WE MUST DO TO START WINNING AGAIN . . .
We've all heard the saying that "close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades." In fact, close also counts in politics, where we need allies who are "close enough" in their views to vote with us against Obama-Biden types. We have been skunked badly in two straight elections, and rationalizations about those devastating losses aren't helpful. Clearly, we need to do a much better jub of explaining why our principles and policies are better for the American people -- at least for a MAJORITY of the American people.
Part of the process involves our talking, but a bigger part involves listening to why so many good people did not side with us. We need inspirational leaders, like Gov. Palin (and her Lt. Gov. Todd Parnell), Marsha Blackburn, Diana Irey, Linda Chavez, Tom Coburn, and, yes, like Michael Steele. Winning AL, MS, UT, ID, KY, and WY are not going to be enough. States like OH, FL, NC, VA, and even PA are winnable if we do a much better job of organizing and fundraising. The Left outraised us in donations by two-to-one and three-to-one. We have to do more than just express our opinions on the Net and the Rush Limbaugh Show, important as both those activities are. All of those who are serious about winning are going to have to put their money where their mouths are.
Specifically, we need many more young voters and more Hispanics, and it's up to US to figure out the best ways to get much more support from those groups. There are 26 million veterans in the U.S., and we need a plan/mechanism for contacting every one of them. Ultimately, all groups that stand for classic American values are going to have to work together, share information, and leverage one another's strengths.