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Well, a nation divided down the middle has chosen to re-elect the worst president in our nation’s history while keeping the Republicans firmly in control of the House.  This ensures that no major piece of legislation will get through Congress in the next two years.  So the people collectively have voted for Obama and gridlock.  What lessons should be taken away from this debacle?

1.  The Triumph of Identity Politics -The mainstay of Obama’s victory were groups that he assiduously courted:  Blacks, Hispanics, single women and homosexuals.  That Obama has been a disaster for the nation in his economic and fiscal policies, and presided over a truly lousy economy, mattered not one whit to substantial majorities of these groups.

2.  Divide and Rule-Obama pursued a strategy of winning by getting his supporters to the polls and demonizing his adversaries.  The strategy worked and will no doubt be copied in the years to come, as politicians seek success through division.

3.  Vote for Revenge-Obama and many of his followers will no doubt assume that he has received a mandate to pursue his policies.  That is a mistaken view.  Through the manner of his winning, Obama has ensured that half the nation will be actively working against him and all his works until he leaves office.

4.  Issues, what Issues?-The nation faces a stagnant economy, sliding back into recession, a fiscal cliff,  the middle east in flames and a president who has no clue about what to  about any of it.  None of this mattered this election to a slight majority of Americans.

5.  Government Dependence-Obama greatly expanded the ranks of those who depend upon the government for their sustenance, and a slight majority of the American people endorsed this policy.

6.  Religious Freedom-Politicians will take away from this election that they can use the Catholic Church as a whipping boy and not suffer at the polls.

7.  Permanent Campaign Mode-Obama has never governed as President of the United States, but rather as the head of a political faction within the country.  He never left campaign mode and now that this stance has paid off for him he will never leave it.

8.  Changing Country-Michael Barone, the most knowledgeable man about American politics, predicted a Romney landslide as did I.  In the America in which he and I spent our lives that would have happened.  Obama and his acolytes have succeeded in changing half of that America.

9.  Corrupt Media-Throughout this campaign the Mainstream Media have done their best to aid Obama in his quest for re-election.  Their protection of him from answering questions about the Benghazi debacle was merely the most glaring example.  They have succeed in their goal, at the cost of whatever minimal trust in them that people who do not share their political views had.

10.  What Next?-More division and more pretending that the problems of the country will vanish if we have more government, create more money out of thin air and studiously ignore reality.  The cleanup of this mess will take decades.

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  • OK, so Obama won. Now the Catholic Church has to really energize itself to stand up, light its lamp, gird its loins, and preach and act on Catholic teaching and Catholic values. We have good leaders we can count on: Dolan, George, Fr. Barron among them. Obama does not stand for much besides a godless quasi-European style socialism. This is not true to American values and standards. The USA is greater than Obama and the government teat-sucking secularists who want us to use our tax dollars to pay for their sexual escapades. We are better than this! Obama pandered to the lowest, crassest inclinations people have to be lewd, selfish and self-indulgent. We have to man up and oppose these tendencies in our culture so we can make a decent world for our children. The abuse scandal is behind us. It is the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization. Onward Christian Soldiers!

  • Don – any word on how the Catholics voted? There was a graphic on last night that showed a breakdown that included how weekly Church-goers voted, but I don’t recall the numbers? Have you seen anything yet?

  • This is the fruit of liberal control of our school system and liberal infection within the Body of Christ for 50 years. This will result in persecution of the Church first by economic measures, and then by more severe measures. It will affect all of authenticate Christianity in the US, not just the Roman jurisdiction. If at work you don’t sign statements in company retraining saying you support gay equality and women’s freedom – euphemisms for perversion and murder – then you’ll lose your job. Just last year my company came out with on-line training about gay equality. It will now be govt mandated. And yes, Don, with all due respect, I fully expect blogs like this one to be labelled as hate speech and outlawed. You say no. But you had me even thinking I was wrong that Obama was going to win. I always hope you’re right in predicting these kinds of things. But I saw what my company did last year and is doing now. And one last thing: with Obama’s opposition to both coal and nuclear, we can expect less and less reliable electric supply with higher and higher prices.

  • ” Have you seen anything yet?”

    Not yet Larry.

  • “I fully expect blogs like this one to be labelled as hate speech and outlawed.”

    Don’t get ridiculous Paul. Such a law couldn’t get through the Democrat controlled Senate, let alone the Republican controlled House, and would be flagrantly unconstitutional in any case. I am depressed over the election results also, but there is no need to darken the stink weed with fears that have no chance of coming true. What we and the nation will confront during the next four years will be bad enough without summoning up imaginary fears.

  • I think that Romney was completely blindsided by the power of identity politics. He was running for CEO and presented a good case.

    I also think that the Republicans had a few “own goals” from the likes of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. The Republicans overplayed their hand after 2010, especially at the state level, much like the Democrats did after 2008.

    And yes, the media was actively campaigning for Obama.

    I believe Obama lost white Catholics by a significant margin (and won Latino Catholics by an even larger one). But the real story is the collapse of the evangelical right. I know a lot of young people who were raised in evangelical homes who no longer go to any church and voted overwhelmingly for Obama.

  • I hope that I am being ridiculous and you are right, Donald. I really do.

  • Is it possible that the shenanigans in the GOP, in taking too long to choose its nominee, because so many stayed in the race, left little time for the GOP to concentrate on giving the American people an idea of who Romney is, until the first debate? (I say this as someone who followed Paul’s campaign rather than Romney’s).

  • A portion of today’s reading I found especially comforting:

    Do everything without grumbling or questioning,
    that you may be blameless and innocent,
    children of God without blemish
    in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,
    among whom you shine like lights in the world,
    as you hold on to the word of life,

  • Welcome to Europe! Oh, but without the architecture, art, music, deep historical roots, or religion…

  • I don’t think certain blogs will be outlawed. Democracy is really good at fooling people into thinking they aren’t under secularist dhimmitude. I recall a scene in the final episode of The Prisoner when Number 6 was allowed to approach the podium and speak his mind. Complete freedom of speech, but every time he opened his mouth, the crowd spoke at the same time and drowned him out.

  • Related to the Catholic vote, Deacon Greg @Patheos assembled news stories showing that Catholics supported that guy in greater numbers than the general population, about 52% – 45%.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2012/11/obama-wins-with-the-catholic-vote/

    We have a lot of work to do. Economic concerns were a big factor, and it would seem that many Catholics expect to need federal government assistance in getting a job or getting aid if there is no job. I have not seen stats on social issues and Catholic voting, yet.

  • Another thing we should learn is that you can’t run a candidate that represents the power within the Republican party. That is, those whose only concern is tax rates, deregulation, and bloated defense budgets. The social religious voters, the right to bear arms people, etc, are just along for the ride because there is nowhere else to go. These are the people who bring the numbers to the polls for the Republican party but they are getting sick of doing all the grunt work when the leaders have no real concern over their issues. Santorum could have been just what was needed but he also ran as a war-mongering tax slayer.

  • I’m less shocked or dismayed about the Presidential election (seeing it as a symptom) as watching the three social issue Amendments here in Florida getting defeated by a wide margin. I think some of the Fox analysts were dead on in that this is no longer a center-right country. People are, by and large, more socially liberal and fiscally thoughtless/irresponsible than ever before and the results show that.

  • H.L. Mencken summed it up best: “Never underestimate the stupidity of the American people.”

  • Susan: As long as we have you and strong, committed Catholics like you, there’s always a chance. I’ll pray for, and with, you.

    “This is the fruit of liberal control of our school system and liberal infection within the Body of Christ for 50 years.” Amen.

    It is no accident that education, media and government, the three places where morality is sustained in a modern society, are now strongholds of the Godless left. They attacked slowly and stealthily, using deceit, obfuscation and generationalist strategy in true Maoist – Leninist form. Worse yet, those of us who do see it are derided as fools.

    1. 1 Cor. 1:20-25 – ‘Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs, the Greeks search for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

    Don: “Such a law couldn’t get through the Democrat controlled Senate, let alone the Republican controlled House, and would be flagrantly unconstitutional in any case.”

    Parroting Scott W, legislaive action is the last tactic they’d use, for that very reason. IRS audits and police surveillance are but two non-legislative tools in the fascist box. They don’t have to outlaw anything. Simple allegations and ‘investigations’ that make freedoms too expensive are all that are necessary. Watch your back.

    Solly makes a valid point; the Left does a much better job of Poster Child demagoguery, so the GOP’s belief in honest competition can be a liability, unless a once-in-a-generation Great Communicator or Great Emancipator comes along.

    “I think that Romney was completely blindsided by the power of identity politics.”

    Excellent variation on Solly’s theme. This, unfortunately, is the new normal in a society of video-eaters and slogan-bearers, and the GOP machine will flounder trying to find a conservative fit. Substance and consequence are no longer majority considerations; if something breaks, even if the government causes it, the government will fix it just like Mummy and Dadda always have. May the best Nanny win.

    @Will Leamon: When your ears and heart are open to the voice of The Lord, there are no coincidences. That reading was meant for today.

    Spambot: “We have a lot of work to do.” No kidding. But the Lord gives graces to His people even in adversity. The opportunities for service will be over-plentiful soon and very soon. He does not call us as a nation; He calls us as His individual, created children. Our nation was founded and dependent upon that; as the majority turn from it, it is our duty to remain steadfast so that when the Chastisement comes we will not be found wanting. Observe the Sacraments. Stay reconciled. Pray the Rosary daily (those who don’t, who must number few here.)

    Matthew 25:40 – “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

    Sheep and goats, grain and chaff, all are being sorted now. We know who wins, so let us continue the preparations with renewed vigor, purpose and faith in the Almighty, Eternal One.

    And, two years hence, when The People’s House and a third of the Senate are up for reelection, perhaps The Lord will grace us with an impeachment- and conviction-capable majority. I believe it will come to that, so stay strong in the tribulations that will be necessary for its emergence.

  • I’m sorry but the inevitable “why didn’t we nominate a conservative?” perspective that will likely be all over radio tomorrow is totally wrong. Mitt may very well have ended up a pretty centrist, technocratic president, but the problem is that he was perceived by a good portion of the electorate to be some kind of extremist (or, at least, “captive” to alleged extremists)

    does this mean we gotta go all Jon Hunstman next election (which fortunately sounds almost impossible now given how he’d be mocked as Mitt v2?) no. I think the whole “if the GOP ditched the social issues they’d’ve won” perspective is off too, although that certainly played a role to an extent. i’m thinking the projection of a more populist (which does not have to = leftwing) message next time will be very important.

    Rick Santorum had elements of this but obviously, it wouldn’t be Santorum. who, we’ll eventually find out i guess.

  • The Obama Victory means is that Americans are becoming more like Europeans. Decay of Faith and Morals. Unfortunately. You need a New Evangelization. My country, Brazil also needs very …

    http://algosolido.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/barack-obama-and-the-white-house-in-cube-form-1/

    http://algosolido.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/barack-obama-and-the-white-house-in-cube-form-2/

  • “Its is the fruit of liberal control of our school system”

    Thank you, Paul P.

    But this must also be understood for what it is, which goes far deeper than merely liberal control of the system. Anytime you have state control of education your will inevitably churn out little minds that have been formed and molded in the image and likeness of the state. I have seen no figure or organization call for what needs to be done to restore this nation: the end of government run education on every level.

    No society can remain free which accepts the state as a source of intellectual formation. Its high time for separation of Education and State.

  • I was going to write a separate post on this but instead I will leave this as a comment.

    Here are the silver linings:

    Republican control of the House. If Americans had clearly rejected Republican policies, as some suggested, then the GOP would not have maintained control of the House. Additionally, it seems that the Congressional defeat means that Nancy Pelosi will be out as minority leader, so an election result that means Nancy Pelosi is punted to the sidelines isn’t all bad.

    GOP bench vs. Democratic bench. Republicans should have a field of excellent candidates in 2016. Among the leading candidates for the Democrats, on the other hand, will be Martin O’Malley. Yeah.

    Supreme Court. This isn’t so much a silver lining as a caution against pessimism. I think we can take it to the bank that Ruth Bader Ginsburg will now retire soon and will be replaced by another younger leftist. I’m uncertain about Breyer. However, barring health issues, there is no way Scalia or Thomas will retire over the next four years, and I am somewhat confident that Anthony Kennedy will stick around. Furthermore, it seems as though the Obama presidency has turned AK back into some kind of judicial conservative. I also think that the election results might convince Chief Justice Roberts that his attempts to split the difference judicially are unwise. Of course, that could be naive optimism on my part.

  • Of course there are plenty of reasons for pessimism, and anyone looking at my twitter feed last night knows that I am not exactly feeling great about last night’s results. But sometimes you have to look at the bright side in order to keep from going insane.

  • “But sometimes you have to look at the bright side in order to keep from going insane.”

    There are no final defeats or final victories in American politics. Our adversaries had a good night last night and a bad night in 2010. On to 2014!

  • All recent Presidents have found their second term frought with difficulties or embarrassments (the 1937-38 recession, the Korean War, the 1957-58 recession, the Watergate scandal, the Iran-Contra scandal, Monica Lewinsky, Hurricane Katrina and the breakdown in law & order in Iraq). If Obama is fortunate, his problems will extend no farther than blabbermouth sluts, rogues in the NSC staff, and ordinary business recessions. Somehow I suspect the bond market will see to it his problems are somewhat more consequential and intractable. Congratulations, Mr. President.

  • Republicans should have a field of excellent candidates in 2016.

    I’m sorry, Paul, but who are these excellent candidates? Rubio? Jindal?? Scan their records; has any one of them ever pronounced anything remotely socially conservative? If so, you can forget them as viable candidates… Chris M is right; the Presidential results are a symptom. This country is turning left on social issues quickly, and the media machine will not tolerate anyone who doesn’t come along for the ride. Sure, the R party might be able to get someone into the WH next time around, but it’s going to be someone who is hardly recognizable as a conservative. Apparently, even a horrible economy is not enough for those “moderate” voters to overlook their pet issues of the identity/sexual politices variety.

  • Let’s not go overboard on the gloom and doom J. Christian as tempting as it is this morning. Obama won a narrow popular vote victory and that is hardly a reason to jump to the conclusion that a social conservative never can win. Social conservatives win routinely all the time in this country, but it requires the ability to defend one’s positions forthrightly and articulately.

  • The demonization of any Repub candidate will occur years before the election when they have limited funds to fight back (cf Romney).

  • Social liberals win routinely all the time in this country, and it does Not require the ability to defend one’s positions forthrightly and articulately. A pretty big advantage.

  • I have to agree with donald on the social issues front- I took this election as framed by the Republican Romney side as Economics 101- The Repubs wanted to win based on a prudential judgment re: economic theory and practice and view of federal gov’t oversight and regulatory powers. I think pretty much all eggs were placed in this basket. The narrow loss indicated that as many or a bit more believed that Obama’s economic views are not socialist but rather more along the lines of FDR. I believe that since many conservative traditional values individuals also agree with the Romney et al economic vision- they collapsed the social issues and economic issues into one Big Issue with little or no separation. The fact that Romney spent little or no effort to take the offense on the Big Three (abortion, gay marriage, religious liberty) which were the only real non-negotiables in the the mix- this was the chink in his armour. He tried not to offend on these issues to play to swing indies- but obama did go on the offense with his planned parenthood shout-outs and ads. We really haven’t had a big time Republican national candidate for president go out and try to educate and convert the general public on the social issue fronts- they go behind closed doors to offer some promises but really play it down in public- and that doesn’t work when you are relying on a majority to agree with you on a prudential judgment call of economics and role of the Fed.

    I think that the Pro_life leaders need to be convincing and say to the Republican establishment – give us a chance – put us front and center- let’s get the facts out and debate with relish not embarrassment on these cultural/moral issue fronts. If Republican is just another name for a particular judgment on economic theory- then I don’t see where the passion beyond that ideological base is going to come from- there are many Mark Shea-types out and about in the Catholic universe who want to cheerlead on these issue fronts but need solid trustworthy political leaders who do more than shout “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” and then expect social issue Catholics to get excited. I would like to point to young bloods in the Party like my old college buddy- Jeff Fortenberry- as the point man for a better vision that hits more non-negotiable territory with passion and intelligence- and is maybe less ideological on the prudential economic front.

  • Then why Rozin does the House have a solid pro-life majority along with most state legislatures?

  • There are no final defeats or final victories in American politics. Our adversaries had a good night last night and a bad night in 2010. On to 2014!

    Agreed.

  • GOP bench vs. Democratic bench

    Well, the GOP may have a deep bench, but only one can candidate can run.

    With that, whomever we choose, doesn’t stand much of a chance against Hilary Clinton with both the Chicago and Clinton Machine’s united.

  • Don, the answer is gerrymandering. I did not say there is no support for conservatism. But it has trouble now even in most statewide elections, let alone national elections. Akin could speak inarticulately in his district but not in a state that went big for Romney. The Repubs were saved by Obama’s ineptitude in having a blowout in a census year. The Dems will wait it out until 2020 and try to undo it then. Look at what happened in Illinois yesterday where they controlled the gerrymandering. The lesson is that philosophy has to be out front and the results of that policy centered. Far too many empty talking points go unchallenged or even tacitly accepted.

  • How does Barone earn the title of “the most knowledgeable man in American politics” after predicting a Romney landslide? I think Brit Hume was much more salient and accurate when he said Americans reside in the center-left rather than center-right as many so-called pundits claimed.

  • “With that, whomever we choose, doesn’t stand much of a chance against Hilary Clinton with both the Chicago and Clinton Machine’s united.”

    let’s take a breather, we have no idea what things are gonna be like then.

  • Well Donald I agree with you on #6. The rest seems to be result of your lopsided view of American politics. All Christians should be pleased that health care for 30 million Americans, many of the children will not be threatened. Immigration reform will be possible, progress towards alternative energy will not be thwarted and much more.

  • #6 – That is really distressing. The realization what little influence our Church and its shepherds have on society. Lots and lots of stray sheep.

    There is a direct correlation between the lack of defense of religion and the moral morass that’s building. We lost a good number of battles in the culture war this election. Homosexual unions were approved by voters in 2 states for the first time. Pro-life measures, like prohibiting the funding of abortion in FL, lost. Liberalization of controlled substances via legalization is on the fast track. Many cultural warriors lost their races.

  • “All recent Presidents have found their second term frought with difficulties or embarrassments”

    Art, I think that’s been true of all Presidents. Washington had a rebellion on his hands. Jefferson’s former VP was tried for treason. To my knowledge, every second term has been less focused and more scandal-ridden. Part of it is that you bring in your best people at first, but by the second term, a lot of them have retired and you’re stuck with the second-tier or party hacks.

  • “many of the children will not be threatened?”

    Oh, except for the millions who will be butchered in the womb, and even out of it, when they are left on tables to die.

    And the children who are alive will be in serfdom to the federal government for their entire lives to pay for the selfishness and short-sightedness of their elders.

    Under Obamacare, I wouldn’t be surprised if women carrying children with Downs or some other serious birth defect come under increasing social pressure to abort their babies. Carrying such a child to term will not be seen as selfless, but as the opposite. How dare these women burden the national healthcare system with defective offspring. Why, a real patriot would abort!

    I can’t see the bright side of any of this, at least right now. I was initially not enthused about Romney but I came to see him as a good man and capable manager. Ryan is one of the brightest, most able men in the country. We are no longer a country of serious adults, but a nation of Honey Boo Boos.

    I never again want to hear any Obama voters complain about how pols lie to them. Mourdock made the mistake of telling the truth and that doomed him. Lizzie Warren’s lies made her a national joke – and yet she’s the one who got into the Senate.

  • “All recent Presidents have found their second term frought with difficulties or embarrassments”

    And Obama will continue to blame the “obstructionist” GOP House for standing in his way and the MSM will continue to peddle that line.

  • With several times the money, Romney couldn’t get out as many voters as McCain.

    That is a pretty significant lesson, too.

  • Donald, I think it’s telling that on a Catholic blog, the first thing you talked about in the aftermath of this was the economy, religious freedom not until #6, and abortion and gay marriage not at all.

    You were not wrong to do so in the context of a post-mortem of this election–but that is the whole problem. The issues that matter most to the Lord and to us were not even a factor…or more to the point, to the extent that they were a factor, it was because Obama’s people brought them up, because that campaign was the one that stood to gain from them.

    We lost this country long ago on the things that are really important, and have long been reduced to running stealth campaigns that hide behind issues like the economy and hope to sneak in changes that we couldn’t get approved openly.

    That was the source of my deep skepticism of the Republican spin of the polls. Such a defense, rooted in misdirection and even deception, could not stand forever–and with Obama’s re-election locking in the HHS mandate, the preservation of Roe, and likely gay marriage across the land (once the Defense of Marriage Act is struck down without defense from this administration, and the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the Constitution is applied) it has now been taken away from us.

    There is no longer any hope of opposing these evils in the political realm. A sinful and unrepentant nation has been delivered into the hands of the leaders it deserves, and for the faithful remnant…

    Gird your loins. To steal a line from John Zmirak just before Obama was elected the first time: “This is not where persecutions end. This is where persecutions begin.

  • “I can’t see the bright side of any of this, at least right now.”

    Catholics don’t have to believe that everything has a bright side. We have to believe that everything has a purpose.

  • “There is no longer any hope of opposing these evils in the political realm. A sinful and unrepentant nation has been delivered into the hands of the leaders it deserves, and for the faithful remnant…”

    Oh really? The almost half of the nation that opposes this gets the leaders it deserves? I think that is bad theology and worse politics.

  • “All Christians should be pleased that health care for 30 million Americans, many of the children will not be threatened. Immigration reform will be possible, progress towards alternative energy will not be thwarted and much more.”

    Go peddle your Junk elsewhere Jay, I am in no mood for brain dead liberalism today.

  • “With several times the money, Romney couldn’t get out as many voters as McCain.

    That is a pretty significant lesson, too.”

    Our vote totals were down by two million and Obama’s vote total was down by ten million. Some of that doubtless was as a result of Sandy but more I suspect of people simply tuning out from political involvement. I suspect we will see more of that in the future, especially if the next four years are as rough as I expect them to be.

  • Pinky, reminds me of the scene in “Fiddler on the Roof” where Tevye receives bad news about a “small demonstration.”

    “Dear God.
    Did you have to send me news like that today of all days?
    I know, I know we are the chosen people.
    But once in a while, can’t you choose someone else?”

    So, Dear God, I know there is a purpose to everything, but couldn’t you choose another election to shows its purpose?

    To all except Jay, Hats off to the many varied points in this thread.

  • Some months ago when I suggested there were only minor differences between Obama and Romney, I was practically run out of TAC. Most of the contributors here have tried to show the contrast between the two but I humbly ask you to consider the following:

    Judge Andrew Napolitano nailed it when he said, “Barack Obama loves Big Labor; Mitt Romney loves Big Business; but they both love Big Government.”

    Steve Baldwin, a former California State legislator and former Executive Director of the Council for National Policy, said:

    “As someone who was asked by one of the presidential candidates to investigate Romney’s gubernatorial record, I can assure you there is little in Romney’s background to suggest he will be a Reagan-type president willing to undertake bold action to save our economy and restore our culture. I know every bill he signed and every statement he made as Governor. I know who his appointees were and the liberal vision that governed his actions. As Massachusetts Governor, he sided with the big government types in every crisis he faced. Indeed, he repeatedly sold out constitutional rights–freedom of religion, the 2nd amendment, etc., every time he had the opportunity to do so.

    “He raised taxes on the private sector, destroyed job creation when he implemented RomneyCare, and came out in support of amnesty for illegal aliens. Most of his judicial appointees were to the left of Obama’s two appointments to the Supreme Court. As governor, he led the country in advancing three of the left’s most sacred issues: Cap and Trade, socialized medicine and gay marriage. Romney even supported Obama’s bailouts and the useless $8 billion stimulus. And he’s hostile to the notion of engaging in serious budget cuts, telling one reporter, ‘I’m not going to cut $1 trillion in the first year.’

    “Let’s not also forget that Romney’s advisors actually met with Obama’s advisors on a dozen occasions to assist them with designing ObamaCare! It’s no surprise that Romney is refusing to call ObamaCare a tax, even though it’s the largest middle class tax hike in American history. The reason for this is because, while governor, his RomneyCare plan–the model for ObamaCare–was attacked as a tax and he argued it wasn’t.

    “In other words, ObamaCare has been taken off the table as a campaign issue because Romney is afraid of being portrayed as a hypocrite for his past statements on this issue. This is reason number 167 why Romney should never have become our nominee.

    “I don’t care how his campaign portrays him today, his record as Governor is far more indicative of how he will govern than his campaign sound bites. If you’re not familiar with what I am disclosing about Romney, it’s because the truth about Romney was kept from Republican voters. Yes, the conservative movement sold out to Romney. Starting in 2004, Romney created a slew of PACS and foundations that funneled thousands of dollars to hundreds of conservative groups, think tanks, grass roots leaders and GOP entities.

    “In return, many of these entities that normally would have attacked Romney during the presidential primary went silent or even promoted him. I’ve tracked all of Romney contributions to conservative and GOP groups and it’s disgusting. It means that the leadership of our own conservative movement is up for the highest bidder and cannot be trusted to do the right thing. Even National Review, the nation’s leading conservative publication, took money from Romney and for the last six years blocked all articles critical of Romney. Instead, they published a slew of articles portraying him to be a conservative superstar. It was all phony and I can prove it.”

    As Chuck Baldwin (no relation to Steve), a columnist put it, “Even though Romney will promote at least 85% of the Obama agenda, conservatives have no fear or trepidation of Romney because he is a Republican, whereas Obama scares the pants off of them because he is a Democrat. Ah, don’t you just love partisan politics?”

  • I feel so sad for USA. We Indian Christians had been praying that America will vote for a Government that respects religion, protects human life from conception, honors marriage and supports family. As GK Chesterton said humanity has become a people without chest. Our mind and heart has ceased to guide us, sad to say, we are guided by our loins.
    America beware! You will soon be overtaken by societies – Indians, Chinese and Muslim nations – which respects God (China already has the biggest population of born-again Christians) and are founded on cohesive families. Remember America was great because America was good. America will cease to be great when America ceases to be good.
    But let us pray. Let America return to God and godly values. May God bless America.

  • “Oh really? The almost half of the nation that opposes this gets the leaders it deserves? I think that is bad theology and worse politics.”

    Abortion, gay marriage, and (to a lesser extent) religious freedom were buried deep in Romney’s campaign where it was hoped that they wouldn’t be spotted except by those looking for them, and you’re assuming that everyone who voted for Romney–less than half the nation to begin with–agreed on those issues?

    Even after this debacle, you’re still indulging in wishful thinking.

    So yes, Donald, I do think that. All power is granted from above–that’s explicit Scripture. Sin is its own reward, in this life just as surely as after death, and America has been sowing this harvest for a very long time.

  • One recalls the scathing words of the abbé Laberthonnière, written a hundred years ago to those French Catholics, who hoped that L’Action française would lead to “the triumph of the Church in society.”

    “The triumph of the Church in society? That would be excellent. However, it would be necessary to examine by what means our religion permits us to pursue it. Moreover, it has not been promised us. And then, it is not, perhaps, the most pressing of our tasks…

    Her power does not consist in giving orders, to which external obedience is required, backed up by threats or favours. Her power is to raise souls to the life above. It is to give birth to and to cultivate in consciences the supernaturalising obligation to live for God and for others, through Christ, and to pass through temporal defeats to a triumph that is timeless.

    Do not indulge in childish dreams, when you have in your grasp eternal realities that invite you. Understand, all you who would triumph and reign on earth – Et nunc, reges, intellegite.”

  • Jay Junk stated in part, “…progress towards alternative energy will not be thwarted…”

    This is correct, but is no source for rejoicing. Alternative energy such as wind and solar are exceedingly ephemeral, having capacity factors of 20 to 30% at most. This is obvious in observing that on windless days, there is no wind energy, and on days too windy, wind turbines are locked down.

    Likewise with solar energy: at night there is no solar energy, on cloudy days it is much reduced, peaking only happens when the sun is positioned at maximum, and fall and winter months give shorter than 12 hour days.

    Geothermal energy is constrained by availability, and releases far more radioactivity to the environment from naturally occurring radionuclides such as Radium, Radon, Thorium and Uranium that occur naturally at subterranean levels.

    Tidal energy is constrained by location availability of good tidal areas, and by the non-constant level of tides.

    Renewable energy has a devastating environmental impact. Wind turbines are known to kill a great deal of raptor and bat populations, and are notorious for leaking lubricating oil. Solar cells have longevities of typically five years before replacement must be made, and their manufacture requires rare earth metals. Additionally, the manufacturing process uses very hazardous chemicals and invariably results in a great deal of land pollution. Solar thermal units use heat transport chemicals other than water because of an inability to maintain the high temperatures necessary for steam turbine operation. Often these chemicals are explosive and constitute excessive environmental hazards. And when the sun sets, the heat source is lost.

    All forms of renewable energy except geothermal require a large footprint because of low energy density. For example, a 1000 MW wind turbine farm can take up scores of square miles of land area, and still produce only an average of 300 MW, and that is only when the wind is blowing at optimum velocity. A similar thing is true with solar photovoltaics or solar thermal plants that use mirrors for concentrating sunlight.

    In a word, renewable or alternative energy is a joke, and the bankrupcy of Obama-financed Solyndra demonstrates an example of that. Yes, alternative energy if planned carefully could supply 20% of the electric grid, but no more than that due to instabilities caused by unavoidable and unrepeventable variations in energy source, whether wind, solar or tidal is irrelevant. 80% of the grid has to come from stable sources of electrical generation such as coal, natural gas, oil or nuclear.

    Of these choices, only nuclear can safely generate the energy we need for as long as we need it, Fukushima, Chernobyl, TMI and Windscale notwithstanding. The new reactor designs use passive cooling systems that obviate the conditions at those plants which resulted in accidents.

    The Fukushima BWRs never upgraded their designs the way US BWRs did, and the plants were built right on the seacost so when a tsunami happened, the diesel intakes got flooded and electricity for core cooling was lost. Neverthless, only six people died – plant worker volunteers; no member of the p[ublic died, contrasted with a renewable energy hydro-electric dam the cracked because of the Sendai earthquake and killed thousands by flooding.

    Chernobyl was a graphite moderated, light water cooled reactor with a positive void coefficient of reactivity designed to be a plutonium weapons breeder; this type of government design was always “outlawed” in the West, and US light water cooled and moderated reactors cannot by the laws of physics undergo a Chernobyl event.

    TMI unit 2 was a Combustion Engineering once through steam generator PWR; even so, when the worst happened, the radioactivity was contained in containment and no member of the publc was injured.

    was a British graphite moderated reactor whose graphite blocks caught fire; no such plant is licensed in the US.

    And as for spent fuel, that is an energy resource – NOT waste – whose long-lived actinides can be consumed in fast neutron reactors or Carlo Rubbia energy amplifiers, leaving behind only short lived radionuclides that decay in mere hundreds of years contrasted with the never-decay of the mercury released by coal fired power plants.

    All these things can be done with Westinghouse’s AP1000 design, GE’s ESBWR design or PRISM design, or a myriad others, but Barack Hussein Obama opposes these. He appointed anti-nuclear activist Gregory Jackzo as NRC Chairman and when Jackzo began abusing women on the job, he replaced him with geologist Allison MacFarlane who has not an ounce of nuclear or engineering experience or training and whose husband is an anthropologists of anti-nuclear activists. Obama’s DOE Secretary, Stephen Chu set up loan guarruntees for a new plant at Constellation Energy’s Calvert Cliff’s site in Maryland, and the terms oof the agreement would have bankrupt the company. Yet useless solar cell and wind turbine companies get hundreds of millions of dollars, often borrowed from communist China.

    Now how do I know these things? 30+ years of training and experience starting as a submarine reactor operator and continuing in the commercial nuclear power industry. A small pellet of uranium the size of a pencil eraser contains as much energy as 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas, or 1,780 pounds of coal, or 149 gallons of oil, and this pellet weighs approximately 7 grams. And all the “waste” (really just used fuel waiting to be recycled / reprocessed) is completely contained and sequestered, unlike coal and oil and gas whose refuse is dumped into the environment by 100s of millions of tons per year, and that refuse contains carcinogens which never ever decay away.

    Too many people mouth the liberal lie of renewable energy because public schools controlled by liberals teach neither critical thinking skills nor any real science (yet we conservatives are called anti-science – go figure!). It’s all physics – a 7 gram pellet or uranium or thorium or plutonium has the energy of almost a ton of coal, and when that ton is burned, where does its waste go (which still weighs a ton)?

  • Of course, I’m very disappointed by the outcome, but surprising I feel at peace. Maybe it’s because I now have clarity. There’s no more false hope of a political solution to what is a deep spiritual sickness. In the spiritual realm, I believe that Our Lord is dividing the sheep from the goats and preparing us for a purifying chastisement of some kind. I just hope and pray that I and everyone here, remain faithful to Him despite everything that will come. Another thing, the schism that took place in the American Catholic Church over Humanae Vitae will come out officially and the establishment of an American Patriotic Catholic Church loyal to the state (Obama), and not Rome is a real possibility. When I hear discussions from liberal catholics, especially at my place of employment, believe me, they would welcome it. “Gird your loins” indeed! We on the Christian right are up against a Marxist Left who has made common cause with Islam, and a ruling class that constantly stabs us in the back. Plus, “Vichy” catholics within the Church who may collaborate in that persecution. We may very well be reduced to a Gideon’s Army, but will ultimately become the corner stone of the new America that will rise out of the ashes

  • Sorry, Donald, that I got carried away w/ myself again in that response to Jay Junk. It isn’t possible to “sound-bite” a complex topic like energy and liberal mis-management thereof. An understanding of physics and engineering is required along with an accurate history what the politicians did. An ability in logical reasoning is also required. Too many are subject to the disinformation of the media and don’t know the facts, or have never been taught to actually think critically.

    That said, I do believe there is hope – Faith, Hope and Love. I do not know if the Republic can be saved, but I for one will not surrender. I won’t just give up on what I know to be best and truest of America. And while I may loathe and detest Obama, the right thing to do is shower him with prayer, not hate him. I was thinking about that at lunch time as I was limping along in my leg brace for exercise and praying my Rosary. How often have I prayed the Rosary for our elected leaders? Maybe I shouldn’t complain. Maybe I should pray the Serenity Prayer a lot more than I have been.

    BTW, today is the Glorious Mysteries. The victory was already won on Calvary, and all we are seeing is the Devil squirming. He lost back then, and while this battle didn’t go for us as we would like, God has been good to each of us, so I need to put some gratitude in my attitude. Please remind me of that in the next post comment when I go off the deep end – again! My short term memory sucks.

  • With several times the money, Romney couldn’t get out as many voters as McCain. That is a pretty significant lesson, too.

    I am not sure what the lesson is. It looks as if voter turnout is returning to historical norms, having been quite elevated in 2004 and 2008.

  • Art,

    The lesson is that unless the money goes right into the pocket of the voter, campaign spending doesn’t increase turnout among people disinclined to vote. The only other way that it might have an effect is if someone personally cajoled each such person and offered to stand in line for them until they got to the check in table. I predict the Dems will have email voting by 2020.

  • Maybe, Art. But it may also point out a structural flaw in the GOP’s organization–it can raise gobs of cash, but it can’t get out the vote.

  • The GOP largely relies on volunteers to get out the vote while the Democrats largely rely on paid staffers. I think the days of relying on volunteer ad hoc organizations to get out the vote may have reached its shelf life. The Democrats actually stood in awe of the Republican get out the vote effort in 2004 in Ohio which was quite successful. They copied it and have improved upon it.

  • @Paul Primavera
    Thank you for your post. As a female, Catholic, chemist, I get tired of the “liberals love science”/”conservatives are knuckle dragging morons” narrative. It is government regulation that keeps us from building the new nuclear reactors. It is liberal government that perpetuates the “green energy” canard.
    When the “green energy” folks start talking, I want to tell them: “Until you can tell me the ideal gas law equation and do a simple calculation using this equation, don’t talk to me about science.”

  • The GOP largely relies on volunteers to get out the vote while the Democrats largely rely on paid staffers. I think the days of relying on volunteer ad hoc organizations to get out the vote may have reached its shelf life.

    When I volunteered outside the polling place yesterday, I had to bring my own table. I had no banner or any other means to identify that I was affiliated with the GOP. The Democrats had a large tent, and at least three groups of people rotating – one handing out a Democrat sample ballot, one advocating on behalf of question 6 (gay marriage), and one pair of volunteers advocating for all the ballot initiatives.

    Now this is the bluest part of a blue state, so it’s probably not really fair to compare. I’m sure there was some poor Democrat equivalent to me in west Texas (though noticeably warmer). But, there is definitely a lack of a solid organization that could at least put the state more in play.

  • Thanks, Deb!

    Ideal Gas Law Equation: PV = nRT

    Hour 1 of day 1 in Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow in US Naval Nuclear Power School, circa 1977.

    But I am a knuckle dragging, Bible believing, Mass attending Christian conservative.

  • “The GOP largely relies on volunteers to get out the vote while the Democrats largely rely on paid staffers. I think the days of relying on volunteer ad hoc organizations to get out the vote may have reached its shelf life.”

    Money in the pocket is a consistent motivator. not the best motivator or a noble motivator but the most consistent. My experiences in VA echo Mr Zummo’s. No contest in the “on the ground” organization. The Dems also knocked on doors of registered voters or maybe voters who had recently voted to pressure them to vote.

  • Paul Primavera, I always enjoy your posts.

    The logic of what you say gets overwhelmed by the nonsense of things like The China Syndrome and half-baked attempts at reporting what goes on in nuclear power. Just like coal, radical envoirnmentalists hate nuclear power and that is that.

    I have worked doing financial and regulatory reporting in health insurance since 1989. Obamacare likely means the end of my job and career sometime in the future. The lamestream media has long blamed health insurance companies for all if the ills in health care.

    What we have in the majority of the electorate consist of the multiple pierced and tattooed, with ear plugs, the faithful readers of the supermarket magazines who swoon over all things Kardashian, Hollywood – who shapes culture now, and I could go on but I won’t.

  • Paul W. Primavera, your posts concerning the pros and cons of various energy sources have always and will continue to fascinate me. I’m not scientific, just endlessly curious. Thanks!

    America may not seem at all like the same country many of us were born into (i.e. pre-Roe vs. Wade) but I don’t feel like giving up on my homeland quite yet. Hard not to be afraid, though, afraid of what comes after this unnerving election. Padre Pio, pray for us worriers.

  • Paul Z – You were the first one to point out what a lackluster campaign both Senate candidates in VA were running. That really did stand out to me. The best lacked all conviction, while the worst kind of lacked conviction too. I think the power has been shifting toward Northern VA for a while now. Also, the Democratic Party didn’t really suffer the same devastation as in other Southern states through the 1970’s to 2000’s. Part of that probably has to do with the one-term governorship, which has required both parties to push new talent forward. Though “talent” may not be the right word.

    I can’t shake the feeling that the VA Republicans just wanted to sit this one out. I think the same thing happened in FL, where they’ve been on the wrong end of a national co-dependent relationship, always being asked to carry an extra burden. They seemed exhausted after getting Rubio in office.

  • Maybe, Art. But it may also point out a structural flaw in the GOP’s organization–it can raise gobs of cash, but it can’t get out the vote.

    OK. The thing is, campaign techniques come to matter because these elections are so closely contested.

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    Just to re-iterate: the U.S. Senate has not passed a budget in three years and the majority caucus increases in size. Masses of young people are unemployed, and they vote for the incumbent party by a large majority. There does appear to be a durable shift toward the Democratic Party in presidential contests in recent years in spite of flagrant fiscal mismanagement and in spite of imposing on the public a medical insurance scheme that that public dislikes. (And, yet, the Republican Party had its best back-to-back performance in contests for the House of Representatives since 1928, go figure). Making sense of this would tax just about anyone’s skills.

    A while back, Donald Douglas said we had developed a terrible problem of collective action. I think we can see this comes not only from institutional defects which have been manifest for at least a generation, but from cultural ones as well. People disagree about whether the restructuring of the political economy during the years running from 1933 to 1947 was wise, but the people who undertook this restructuring could at least keep simple accounts and organize common activities. Public sector borrowing was kept within bounds prior to the war and national mobilization and demobilization were expeditious. Imagine that now.

    Elite positions are occupied by creatures such as Harry Reid, who has no sense of stewardship, and nothing they do persuades a decisive segment of the electorate to get rid of them. One might say we will learn the hard way that this is no way to run a government, but our problem may be less tractable than that. It may be that the way people process experience robs it of its power to teach. We saw what this looked like in the Southern Cone of South America a generation ago: a long period of relative economic decline and intense political contention before exasperated military officers put worthless politicians and their clueless constituents on a half-generation long time out. If we are fortunate, our junta will be run by officers like those in Chile and not those in Argentina.

  • Art says “And, yet, the Republican Party had its best back-to-back performance in contests for the House of Representatives since 1928, go figure)”

    Its due to an off year landslide coupled with census based gerrymandering. That will work only to 2020.

    “The U.S. Senate has not passed a budget in three years and the majority caucus increases in size. ”

    From the standpoint of the public a budget is passed every year. They don’t understand the difference between a regular budget and a continuing resolution. A CR technically hamstrings new spending but Obama operates the Executive without much financial oversight so he moves money around and redefines legislation to suit the Dems. The budget is so bloated that there’s enough money sloshing around to keep everyone quiet.

  • As I have stated before, help is on the way in the Church via younger priests, nun, seminarians and novices who actually believe what the Church teachers. Unfortunately, they are having to combat 50 years of societal indoctrination by the Far Left. Historically, we have been through this before and we will eventually prevail, though I hate to count the cost.

    In the meantime, we need to pray that our country doesn’t go the way of past world powers, disappearing into the mists of history.

  • “Its due to an off year landslide coupled with census based gerrymandering. That will work only to 2020.”

    In 2010 the Republicans won in districts that had often been gerrymandered against them. Your argument also does not explain 2006 and 2008 where the Republicans suffered huge losses in the House.

  • “The budget is so bloated that there’s enough money sloshing around to keep everyone quiet.”

    People did not keep quiet in 2009 and 2010 and I doubt if they will keep quiet in 2013 and 2014. Pessimism should always be tempered by reality.

  • “OK, so Obama won. Now the Catholic Church has to really energize itself to stand up, light its lamp, gird its loins, and preach and act on Catholic teaching and Catholic values. We have good leaders we can count on: Dolan, George, Fr. Barron among them”

    ROTFL – if anyone thinks that the Bishop who sits and laughs with the abortionist in chief, or the Bishop who allows “Fr. Phleger” a continuing pulpit (and that is only one of many errant priest – I know because I live in this diocese) are going to lead anyone into battle for the sake of Catholic principles they are kidding themselves. I also have had the opportunity to watch a few of Fr. Barron’s “Catholicism” series and can not believe that someone who make the religious equivalent of Obama’s apology tour is likely to take up the cause either.

    We have been assured that the Church will prevail in the end – surely God alone will gain the glory as he seems to have no one to fight for him and for his children save himself.

  • Sigh. Harry Reid.

    You know, I was aware that Romney might not win. It was no sure thing. But the Senate is what really knocked the wind out of me today. The Republicans were supposed to pick up 7 seats this year. They ended up losing two. Every close race broke the other way.

    I know. At least we kept the House. But there aren’t many sentences that begin with “at least” that can describe this election. Maybe I’m feeling it worse, as a Marylander, where we apporved gay marriage, a ridiculous redistricting (seriously, you’ve got to look up the map for it, it’s unbelievable), and that horrible casino expansion. But two other states went for gay marriage too, and a few states expanded the use of marijuana. At least we kept the House. And at least Joe Donnelly is good on the issues. And at least Deb Fischer isn’t Bob Kerrey. But that’s about it.

  • Donald, I was referring to the people or various special interest groups taking the money as being quiet about the lack of a budget, not conservatives. Conservatives have been pretty even handed about criticizing Repub and Dem administrations on this, agreed.

    As for the House, obviously a landslide can’t occur without some overrunning of established district preferences. Even gerrymandered districts differ in degree with some more tenuous. We have had an unusual string of Congressional landslides in a short period. My point is that absent a landslide the gerrymandering will prevail. There was no landslide in 2012 obviously so the gerrymandering was effective. I specifically noted the counterexample of Illinois which the Dems gerrymandered in 2010. Lo and behold Repubs lost most of their seats there this cycle. I just want to caution folks about reading too much from a policy standpoint in the Repubs doing so well in the House. The landslide of 2010 was particularly well timed because it came in a census year. This also affected the state legislatures. I do not expect the Repubs to lose the House until 2020 at the earliest. You see what happened with the Dems when they had a landslide but couldn’t re -gerrymander the districts as well. They were swept out rather easily in 2010.

    Unfortunately with an autocratic President control of the House means less than it otherwise would, particularly where the Repubs won’t refuse to pass a CR.

  • “Sigh. Harry Reid.”

    I believe that Dingy Harry will be very effective at electing Republicans in 2014. This election was a disaster and there is no way to sugar coat it. It is especially disturbing because it comes after a disastrous first term for Obama and the expectation of victory. However, the vote totals were closer than in 2008 and I do not think this was an ideological election, but rather that the Republicans got taken to the cleaners by a superb get out the vote machine of the Democrats. One advantage of being beaten is that it can be a great learning experience, and there is much to learn from yesterday.

  • Sorry I meant 2022 at the earliest. Gerrymandering is becoming more of an exact science than it was in the past so the Repubs should be fairly safe for this decade.

  • It was a good election result in many ways. No amount of money swung the votes in Romney’s favour which shows that a substantial proportion of the Republican pool are a principled lot. He was unlikely to have gone against the various oligarchies – http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/10/14/david-stockman-mitt-romney-and-the-bain-drain.html. I hope this marks the end of the elusive “values bloc” with Latinos and migrants from Asia, who supposedly put family values above their sectarian interests. When the beans are counted it is their votes which were decisive in putting Obama over the top. The Republicans need a bruiser like Richard Nixon, but whether such a character can rise up through the crybaby primaries remains to be seen.

  • “It was a good election result in many ways. No amount of money swung the votes in Romney’s favour which shows that a substantial proportion of the Republican pool are a principled lot.”

    Rubbish. Almost all Republicans greatly preferred Romney to Obama.

    “The Republicans need a bruiser like Richard Nixon,”

    Nixon was a crook Ivan and a big government man. Wage and price controls ring a bell? He set the party up for one if its biggest electoral losses in its history in 1974.

  • “The Republicans need a bruiser like Richard Nixon,”

    For what? Political patronage? Mr. Nixon had his virtues, but they found little expression in public life.

    1. The man was a wretched administrator. Read the accounts of John Dean and Richard Nathan about how business got done in the Nixon Administration. There was little mind given to political appointments. They could not trust their own patronage recipients to actually implement (much less design) Administration policy and not to be captured by the permanent government and then attempted to supervise them by manufacturing a hypertrophied White House Staff.

    2. An aspect of that was Nixon’s wretched inner life. He could deal with only a few people one-on-one without a prepared script in hand and found it nearly impossible to fire anyone. Read Ron Nessen’s memoir of the Ford Administration. Henry Kissinger was always a difficult man, but he never attempted to jerk Ford around in the manner that was routine with Nixon.

    3. Nixon was about Nixon. He had little in the way of an ideological or programmatic center of gravity and went to and fro according to the kultursmog of the political establishment and calculations of electoral advantage. Much to the exasperation of pols like Robert Dole, he manifested little committment to building the Republican Party as an institution. Dole recalled the 1972 election as an abnormal opportunity “and we spent it all on the presidential race”.

    4. A consequence of factors 1 & 2 was the Watergate scandal. Behind all that were men whose deficit of scruple finally caught up with them (John Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman), a whole crew of people who had no business holding responsible positions (the young Charles Colson, John Dean, Howard Hunt, Gordon Liddy, John Ehrlichman), men lost in their own apparatchikiness (Jeb Magruder, Dwight Chapin, Egil Krough), and various rogues who just needed the work (Donald Segretti, Anthony Ulaszewicz, Bernard Barker &co.). They were pursuing (among other) a mess of others who had no business holding responsible positions (Morton Halperin, Daniel Ellsburg) or were just plain rogues (Jack Anderson). It was not until the Clinton years you had such a collection of non-talent in one place.

  • “The Republicans need a bruiser like Richard Nixon,”

    Nixon was a crook Ivan and a big government man. Wage and price controls ring a bell? He set the party up for one if its biggest electoral losses in its history in 1974.

    But at least Nixon won the presidency twice.. Romney couldn’t even beat a man who made Jimmy Carter look like George Washington.

  • Some Catholic bloggers give up blogging for Lent. I’m going to have to give it up during election and immediate post-election season because all the gloom and doom and handwringing is beginning to drive me barking mad to the point that my husband and daughter are noticing it, which is not good. I spent literally all night in front of the computer last night and was an emotional wreck this morning thinking about all this. Of course when I get like this my husband cites it as evidence that I “take religion and politics much too seriously” and should be doing something more useful like cleaning house… grrr… but maybe he’s right. Anyway, in order not to spend the next few months getting ready for the men in white coats, I’m going to have to take a hiatus from visiting this site until we all get the election out of our system. In the meantime I will just say extra prayers every day for you all and concentrate on serving my family and the public well and treating everyone with respect and kindness. Blessings to all.

  • Obama did not win the INFORMED AND FAITHFUL Catholic vote. Only uninformed and/or unfaithful secularists who claim to be “Catholic” voted for Obama. There’s a Pacific-sized difference between those two demographics as in opposite ends of the spectrum.

    We have a lot of education work to do in the New Evangelization.

  • The main thing that makes me so sad about this is how so many people here are so sad about this. Forget whether four years of Mr. Weathervane, hardly the local favorite back during the primaries, would have really turned the game around given that everyone knew the election was going to be close. Forget the fact that rejoicing when gay marriage loses by only a few points and wailing when it wins by the same amount is a tragic example of simply not getting it. One would still hope that Catholics, of all people, could be more far-sighted and circumspect regarding how our plight compares with *real* setbacks over the last two millennia. To take just one example, it took about five centuries of heroic effort, diluted by incessant Christian infighting and betrayals, to drive the Ottomans out of Europe. Granted, it wasn’t Don John or Jan Sobieski who did as much to knock them out as it was the Mongols, and come to think of it, another half century of socialist multikulti might put an ironic epilogue to that particular saga, but my point remains. Why would anyone expect socialism to be a less intransigent foe than were the Ottomans?

    Get a spine, people. Leave the hyperventilating to the liberals.

  • On the subject of “alternative energy,” it is interesting that, in France, the whole green agenda has come under attack from the Hard Left, particularly the Anarcho-Sydicalists, Anti-Globalist and Anti-Capitalist groups, who see it as a pretext for state control:

    “Without ecology, nothing would have enough authority to gag any and all objections to the exorbitant progress of control.

    Tracking, transparency, certification, eco-taxes, environmental excellence, and the policing of water, all give us an idea of the coming state of ecological emergency. Everything is permitted to a power structure that bases its authority in Nature, in health and in well-being.”

  • [T]he inevitable “why didn’t we nominate a conservative?” perspective that will likely be all over radio tomorrow is totally wrong. …the problem is that he was perceived by a good portion of the electorate to be some kind of extremist (or, at least, “captive” to alleged extremists).
    JDP

    Mitt was perceived that way because he was painted that way by the Establishmen Media.

    Here’s something extra to think about: if another person had won the Republican nomination, what other charges of “extremist!” could the Establishment Media have pinned on him? Speaker Gingrich has been married 3 times? Santorum is — ewww — Catholic? Rick Perry is from Texas and owns a gun?

    [D]oes this mean we gotta go all Jon Hunstman next election…? no.

    I agree, JDP. The Obama campaign and its Establishment Media bylined operatives threw about all the nasty and invented charges they could throw at any conservative Republican at Romney. Nominating Milquetoast Mitt, former governor of Massachusetts (hardly friendly to hard-core conservatives!), didn’t cause the leftists to hold back any of their vitriol, cheap shots, and dirty media tricks. So I ask, next election why not go with a real conservative who’ll stand up for America’s core Judeo-Christian values?

    I think the whole “if the GOP ditched the social issues they’d’ve won” perspective is off too, although that certainly played a role to an extent.

    I agree with you on that too, JDP.

    If there was anything to be gained by “ditch(ing) the social issues” the Libertarian Party candidate would have – in my opinion – climbed to double digit percentages of the total vote, a record. (Even 1.1% would have been an all-time LP high.) Didn’t happen.

    I do expect to see talk on the social issues to increasingly become talk about fiscal responsibility. The effort to defund Planned Parenthood is a prototypical example of such a move. In a welfare state all social pathologies cost the public treasury money so there’s lots of opportunity to curb social pathologies by turning off the cash spigots that directly and indirectly pay to enable them.

  • “But at least Nixon won the presidency twice.”

    Nixon lost the presidency in 1960, almost lost the presidency in 1968 at a time when the Democrats were engaging in self-immolation, won a landslide victory in 1972 when a ham sandwich running on the Republican line could have done the same, and then immediately threw his victory away by refusing to immediately come clean on the Watergate mess.

  • “Blessings to all.”

    Blessings to you Elaine. Politics is always a business of, as Kipling said, “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;”. The victories are never final and the defeats are never lasting. The important thing is to learn from both and to use that knowledge next time around to advance the causes you believe in.

  • If 50% of Catholics voted for a pro-abort candidate, how will the Church be persecuted? They obviously don’t adhere to its teachings preferred to betray her Savior than to change their evil ways.

    Kyrie Eleison.

  • Donald,
    RM Nixon in comparison with the men of his time was no great crook. He did not have an extended and powerful family like Kennedy to handle the skullduggery, hence the presence of unsavory characters in his kitchen cabinet. The man was subjected to a constant stream of villification and had to defend himself with no help from the press. A personal hobglobin in the form of Jack Anderson pursued him throughout his career and the East Coast set hated him from his HUAC days.

    He was a pragmatist in taking the US out of the unsustainable Gold Standard and imposed a temporary wage and price freeze based on sound advice. The effect of going from trust based on gold to one based on government fiat is different from the “oil shock ” which came during the Yom Kippur War during his term. In the former, there is no reason for relative prices to change drastically unless the US government itself collapses in which case some caudillo would have already made out with the gold in Fort Knox; in the latter there is real inflation based on the drastic rise in the price of a basic input. The EPA which came in his term was necessary for ensuring a clean environment, a task that no private sector company would have undertaken since there is no money in it. Government is a neccesary evil when it comes to safeguarding the commons. The problem is that in the US it is often captured by the incompetent and corrupt.

    Dr Kissinger was often taunted as a court Jew and had to show his mettle by embellishing his record. His account does not comport with the Nixon who saved Israel by ordering the massive airlift over Kissinger’s timidity. Nixon didn’t allow Israel which had at that time no great friends in the US after Liberty to “twist slowly in the wind”. In the middle of a war against a ruthless enemy in Vietnam, the press was going full court in undermining his efforts, his defects pale in comparison to their treachery. It wasn’t just to save his hide that tried to salvage Watergate, I surmise that he suspected correctly that the press and the anitwar faction were going to blow it up out of all proportion, in order to destroy his war effort. Sun-Tzu the military theorist who seem to have distilled all the wisdom of village crones advised tha “the one who betrays a secret must be put to death along with the one he told it to.” Now there is little doubt that the Vietnamese and Chinese for whom this would be mother’s milk, understood that when Nixon could not stop Ellsburg from publishing the Pentagon Papers, that he had lost control, his mojo even for while the Vietnamese had no hope of defeating the US in battle they knew that they could rely on their friends in the US to deliver victory to them.

  • MPS wrote in part, ““Without ecology, nothing would have enough authority to gag any and all objections to the exorbitant progress of control….”

    Progress – economic, industrial and technological – can only be safely pursued by access to low cost, reliable energy. Dr. Bernard Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Pittsburgh, tells us how, particularly in his work, The Nuclear Energy Option (http://www.phyast.pitt.edu/~blc/book/BOOK.html):

    http://www.phyast.pitt.edu/~blc/

    Just scroll down the wbe page for all the various links to his papers. Kindly read what a real scientist has to say:

    Test of the linear-no threshold theory …. (8.8 MB PDF)
    Update of test of the linear-no threshold theory …. (4.0 MB PDF)
    Cancer Risk from Low-Level Radiation
    Catalog of risks (17.0 MB PDF)
    Risk Analysis of Buried Wastes from Electricity Generation (5.0 MB PDF)
    Discounting in Assessment of Future Radiation Risks (5.1 MB PDF)
    Treatment of Confounding Factors in a Test of the Linear-No Threshold Theory, or Test of Linear-No Threshold Theory: Rationale for Procedures (186 kB HTML)
    Test of the Linear-no Threshold Theory-Recent Semi-popular (71 kB HTML)
    The Cancer Risk from Low Level Radiation (601 kB PDF)
    Probabilistic risk analysis of a high level radioactive waste repository (37 kB HTML)
    Perspectives on the risks from buried high level waste (98 kB HTML)
    Book-The Nuclear Energy Option (1.5 MB HTML)
    Instruction for accessing data file (6 kB HTML)
    Response to The potential for bias in Cohen’s ecological analysis of lung cancer and residential radon (23 kB HTML)
    Response to suggestion by Puskin of an alternative explanation of my data
    Response to Mossman Letter to Editor, Health Physics News, July 2003
    Understanding the Toxicity of Buried Radioactive Waste and Its Impacts

    —–

    God has provided enough thorium and uranium in Earth’s crust to power human civilization at the energy consumption level of the average American for tens of thousands of years without polluting the environment. That is no exaggeration. We don’t do it for the same reasons that Obama got re-elected: sin – the sin of greed, the sin of liberal-ISM: I-Self-Me.

  • “RM Nixon in comparison with the men of his time was no great crook.”

    Oh yes he was Ivan. The fact that other politicians of his time, LBJ comes to mind, were also great crooks does not negate this reality.

    “The man was subjected to a constant stream of villification and had to defend himself with no help from the press.”

    Poor baby! Such villification is a common fact of life for most Republican politicians. Reagan got just as much without engaging in the criminal and stupid actions that Nixon did.

    “imposed a temporary wage and price freeze based on sound advice.”
    The advice was foolishness and did nothing to curb inflation. Even a cursory look at history would have shown him that such a move was self-defeating, but for all his self-vaunted intellect Nixon never did give much evidence of learning from history.

    “The EPA which came in his term was necessary for ensuring a clean environment,”

    Absolutely not, and it has been a curse on this country ever since.

    “Government is a neccesary evil when it comes to safeguarding the commons.”

    Government is often a cure that is worse than the illness it seeks to correct. Nixon was one of the prime builders of the modern US welfare state.

    “Nixon didn’t allow Israel which had at that time no great friends in the US after Liberty to “twist slowly in the wind”.”

    Actually Israel was overwhelmingly popular on both sides of the aisle in Nixon’s time.

    “I surmise that he suspected correctly that the press and the anitwar faction were going to blow it up out of all proportion, in order to destroy his war effort.”

    Nixon was always a paranoid fruit loop and that destroyed him. McGovern was absolutely no threat to him politically. A 15 minute speech denouncing aides who went too far would have solved the whole mess for him, and the idiot instead destroyed himself with a futile coverup.

  • A 15 minute speech denouncing aides who went too far would have solved the whole mess for him, and the idiot instead destroyed himself with a futile coverup.

    It would not have worked. The ‘aides’ in question included his campaign director, (who was also the former Attorney-General), the deputy campaign director, and the general counsel to the Committee to Re-elect the President. The treasurer of the CRP and one of H.R. Haldeman’s secretaries also had some knowledge of what was up, though they were not implicated. The whole business was an extension of the Plumbers operation, so coming clean meant taking out anyone implicated in that (John Ehrlichman, for one). Given that the chief of security at his campaign headquarters was among those arrested (walking around with phony identification), it is amazing the whole mess took as long as it did to unravel. Nixon’s personal relationship with John Mitchell precluded coming clean.

  • Ivan,

    Again, I refer you to Ron Nessen. Gerald Ford maintained a cold contempt for Richard Nixon and took years to forgive him. The reason for that was that Nixon had violated codes that politicians observe amongst themselves. Barry Goldwater’s views were similar. Read some of George Will’s early columns to get a sense of what Gordon Allott and his staff thought of Nixon. The Kennedys were godawful (and treated with kid gloves by the press) and Lyndon Johnson was thorough in his absence of scruple. Nixon was not the singular figure that hackademics and hack journalists claimed he was. Doesn’t make him kosher. We could have done better (and did, before 1961 and after 1974).

  • Government is often a cure that is worse than the illness it seeks to correct. Nixon was one of the prime builders of the modern US welfare state.

    Ivan has a point. Common property resources and externalities are market failures. The EPA’s methods and specific policy decisions can be criticized, but an appratus like the EPA is legitimate and useful at all levels. We need a better EPA, not no EPA.

  • Nixon was one of the prime builders of the modern US welfare state.

    He wasn’t. Nixon, with the assistance of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, made a failed attempt to rationalize federal welfare programs and grants to the states generally. He did succeed in arranging for the dismantling of the Office of Economic Opportunity, the Great Society’s most misbegotten agency.

  • Everybody knows that Kennedy stole the election in 1960, which was razor close. In any event, it can be safe to say Nixon waw far better at winning presidential elections than Romney, who, let me repeat, lost to the man who made Jimmy Carter look like George Washington. Donald, as one who studies military history, you know that when fight to not lose instead of fighting to win, you usually lose. And Romney fought to not lose. Oh, can we now say that Michael Barone was wrong…again?

    Another thing, listening to pundits like Karl Rove Charles Krauthammer make asses of themselves post election would be funny if it wasn’t so painful. Krauthammer’s “He won, biut he doesn’t have a mandate.” was a classic for the ages. Since when has that stopped Obama? Did he have a mandate to inmpose Obamacare on an American public that anoverwhelming majority of Americans did not want? If the Consitition doesn’t stop him from making recess appointments while the Senate is not in recess or imposing this HHS mandate, what’s a lack of a mandate.

  • Everybody knows that Kennedy stole the election in 1960, which was razor close.

    Umm, no. There is a reasonable inference that the electoral votes of Illinois were stolen. Illinois would not have sufficed for Nixon.

  • The Kennedy myth may or may not be true. Historians differ, arguing over the facts in IL, TX and MO. After reading many of the arguments, I’m inclined to think that Kennedy did steal it, but I’m not remotely certain — and no reasonable person can be.

  • “Nixon’s personal relationship with John Mitchell precluded coming clean.”

    Mitchell would have gladly taken the fall for Nixon and John Ehrlichman, if he had been assured of a pardon down the road, would have also. Haldeman would have gladly died for Nixon.

  • “Everybody knows that Kennedy stole the election in 1960″

    It was LBJ who did the stealing in Texas. Daley stole elections in Illinois as a matter of course.

  • “it can be safe to say Nixon was far better at winning presidential elections than Romney, who, let me repeat, lost to the man who made Jimmy Carter look like George Washington.”

    Nixon did not have the demographic problems confronting Romney, and Obama is a far abler politician than Humphrey or McGovern, both of whom were leading the Democrats at a time when the party was falling apart. Nixon in both 68 and 72 had a cakewalk compared to Romney this year. Not that Romney is a great politician, but Nixon was a truly miserable one, at least in his post Veep career. I do enjoy viewing his Checkers Speech however which amply displays Nixon’s talent for prevarication, schmaltz and self-pity. It saved his neck however, and in some ways Obama reminds me of Nixon but with much greater political skill.

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