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Just Who Are the Fools

Posted by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 8:14 PM
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 By Terry Paulson (Townhall)

A regular reader e-mailed me the morning after Obama's election victory, "You should probably leave the country. best for all concerned. slam the door on yer way out."

I replied, "Saving the future of America has never been a sprint.... It's a marathon. It's not a movie; it's a soap opera. It's not bad enough yet for people to wake up to reality. You're stuck with me, like I am stuck with you. America now will get what it voted for. I pray that my assessment of our short-term future as a result of this election does not come to pass. I will support him where I can, but I do not trust his promises."

Yes, I was disappointed and saddened for my country. The Democrats kept the presidency, held the U.S. Senate, and took veto-proof control of both California's Senate and Assembly. I received another e-mail quoting from a comment to a March 2010 Czech Republic Newspaper article published in the Prager Zeitung:

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."

But such derisive rhetoric fails to address the reality conservatives face. First, most of the millions who voted for Obama are not fools. We conservatives believe they made the wrong choice, but they're not fools. The President is not a fool. While producing a terrible economic record, he ran a focused campaign, marshaled an impressive ground game, and got the votes out he needed to win. That is hardly the work of a fool.

The great American saga continues, and the true optimists are realists. They face the current realities and get busy attempting to change them.

Some suggest jettisoning principles to reach America's changing demographics, but changing core principles would be political suicide. Instead, conservatives must reach out and engage the voters they must convince and make the case in a way that's compelling to them. You do that by listening to, engaging, and influencing a new generation of Americans.

Seth Godin recently observed: "Who you hang out with determines what you dream about and what you collide with. And the collisions and the dreams lead to your changes. And the changes are what you become. Change the outcome by changing your circle." Conservatives need to start hanging out with and positively colliding with a wider circle of Americans.

Ronald Reagan would say, "They call me a great communicator. I prefer to say I communicated great ideas!" Reagan was an educator. His collection of taped speeches stressed those speeches that communicated timeless principles critical to the future of America. It's time for all conservatives to embrace that role.

It seems like a long way to the mid-term elections in 2014, but we can learn from the president's election game plan. President Obama realized his vulnerability and kept a campaign contingent in each of the swing states for four years. The drone of well-funded, last-minute ads won't change minds already sold on liberal talking points. Now is the time to start engaging, not just the swing states, but all segments of citizens on critical American values and saving the American dream. If we conservatives don't make our case in a way that makes sense and changes minds, it's we who are the fools!

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imamomzilla
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 8:15 PM

 Thoughts?

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Nov. 19, 2012 at 9:40 PM
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"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Nov. 19, 2012 at 9:50 PM
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Bravo!

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Nov. 19, 2012 at 9:51 PM
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Quoting Ednarooni160:

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

My husband & I were discussing this tonight. I believe it's goin' to take an act of God to change hearts, ladies. America is in for a rude awakening....

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Nov. 19, 2012 at 10:04 PM
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Disagree.

There is a three branch system in the federal government for a reason.

If we wanted true change, we would do away with the corrupt, money in exchange for future favors systems of campaign, elections and ultimately federal government business.

Seems many here voted for more of the same by voting for either MR or BO-

blues_pagan
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 10:10 PM
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I am with Sisteract on this one.  There are three branches in government and people simply voted in all of the same people which means more of the same.  Both sides did this, Conservatives and Liberals.

Peanutx3
by Silver Member on Nov. 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Yep

Quoting blues_pagan:

I am with Sisteract on this one.  There are three branches in government and people simply voted in all of the same people which means more of the same.  Both sides did this, Conservatives and Liberals.


blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Nov. 19, 2012 at 10:27 PM
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America now will get what it voted for!

Elections have consequences, severe repercussions are facing the Nation. America will have to fall before she can rise to the level of success and prosperity. Common sense and intelligence reveals a deeply rooted problem concerning recent elections. Obama is a symptom of deterioration, a tool of failure but the hearts of many have been fooled and deceived under the guise of progress and false hope for the future.

Thank you momzilla for posting this. A reminder we are not alone. The fatal path we are facing in terms of the economy, the deficit and Obama's foreign policy leaving us vulnerable to our enemies everyday due to lack of leadership and vision. Corruption on the rise before Obama's 2nd term begins is a preview of coming events~

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Nov. 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM
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Yep!

Denying it just make the problems persist and harder to overcome.

I just do not see why some are so slow to realize that both parties are the same- represent the same- will do the same; become puppets to their $$$$ masters.

Quoting blues_pagan:

I am with Sisteract on this one.  There are three branches in government and people simply voted in all of the same people which means more of the same.  Both sides did this, Conservatives and Liberals.


Peanutx3
by Silver Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 12:10 AM
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They are just too brainwashed into thinking their party is right and the other is wrong.

Quoting Sisteract:

Yep!

Denying it just make the problems persist and harder to overcome.

I just do not see why some are so slow to realize that both parties are the same- represent the same- will do the same; become puppets to their $$$$ masters.

Quoting blues_pagan:

I am with Sisteract on this one.  There are three branches in government and people simply voted in all of the same people which means more of the same.  Both sides did this, Conservatives and Liberals.



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