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: Was just sent this, but was written right after the election.

Uncle Bill
12-08-2012, 07:12 PM
And it is about the best thought out series of comments concerning the election I've read or heard. While she musters a little more class than I, she still knows who the 'fools' are...don't we all!


Laura Hollis

November 8, 2012

Laura Hollis is: Current: Associate Professional Specialist and Concurrent

Associate Professor of Law at University of Notre Dame.

Past: Director at Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Associate

Director and Clinical Professor at University of Illinois at


Education: University of Notre Dame Law School, University of Notre Dame.

Summary: She has 20+ years' experience in curriculum and other program

development and delivery.

"I am already reading so many pundits and other talking heads analyzing the

disaster that was this year's elections. I am adding my own ten cents. Here


1. We are outnumbered

We accurately foresaw the enthusiasm, the passion, the commitment, the

determination, and the turnout. Married women, men, independents, Catholics,

evangelicals - they all went for Romney in percentages as high or higher

than the groups which voted for McCain in 2008. It wasn't enough. What we

saw in the election on Tuesday was a tipping point: we are now at a place

where there are legitimately fewer Americans who desire a free republic with

a free people than there are those who think the government should give them

stuff. There are fewer of us who believe in the value of free exchange and

free enterprise. There are fewer of us who do not wish to demonize

successful people in order to justify taking from them. We are outnumbered.

For the moment. It's just that simple.

2. It wasn't the candidate(s)

Some are already saying, "Romney was the wrong guy"; "He should have picked

Marco Rubio to get Florida/Rob Portman to get Ohio/Chris Christie to get

[someplace else]." With all due respect, these assessments are incorrect.

Romney ran a strategic and well-organized campaign. Yes, he could have hit

harder on Benghazi. But for those who would have loved that, there are those

who would have found it distasteful. No matter what tactic you could point

to that Romney could have done better, it would have been spun in a way that

was detrimental to his chances. Romney would have been an excellent

president, and Ryan was an inspired choice. No matter who we ran this year,

they would have lost. See #1, above.

3. It's the culture, stupid!

We have been trying to fight this battle every four years at the voting

booth. It is long past time we admit that is not where the battle really is.

We abdicated control of the culture - starting back in the 1960s. And now

our largest primary social institutions - education, the media, Hollywood

(entertainment) have become really nothing more than an assembly line for

cranking out reliable little Leftists. Furthermore, we have allowed the

government to undermine the institutions that instill good character -

marriage, the family, communities, schools, our churches. So, here we are,

at least two full generations later - we are reaping what we have sown. It

took nearly fifty years to get here; it will take another fifty years to get

back. But it starts with the determination to reclaim education, the media,

and the entertainment business. If we fail to do that, we can kiss every

election goodbye from here on out. And much more.

4. America has become a nation of adolescents

The real loser in this election was adulthood: Maturity. Responsibility. The

understanding that liberty must be accompanied by self-restraint. Obama is a

spoiled child, and the behavior and language of his followers and their

advertisements throughout the campaign makes it clear how many of them are,

as well. Romney is a grown-up. Romney should have won. Those of us who

expected him to win assumed that voters would act like grownups. Because if

we were a nation of grownups, he would have won.

But what did win? Sex. Drugs. Bad language. Bad manners. Vulgarity. Lies.

Cheating. Name-calling. Finger-pointing. Blaming. And irresponsible

spending. This does not bode well. People grow up one of two ways: either

they choose to, or circumstances force them to. The warnings are all there,

whether it is the looming economic disaster, or the inability of the

government to respond to crises like Hurricane Sandy, or the growing

strength and brazenness of our enemies. American voters stick their fingers

in their ears and say, "Lalalalalala, I can't hear you." It is unpleasant to

think about the circumstances it will take to force Americans to grow up. It

is even more unpleasant to think about Obama at the helm when those

circumstances arrive.

5. Yes, there is apparently a Vagina Vote

It's the subject matter of another column in its entirety to point out, one

by one, all of the inconsistencies and hypocrisies of the Democrats this

year. Suffice it to say that the only "war on women" was the one waged by

the Obama campaign, which sexualized and objectified women, featuring them

dressed up like vulvas at the Democrat National Convention, appealing to

their "lady parts," comparing voting to losing your virginity with Obama,

trumpeting the thrills of destroying our children in the womb (and using our

daughters in commercials to do so), and making Catholics pay for their birth

control. For a significant number of women, this was appealing. It might

call into question the wisdom of the Nineteenth Amendment, but for the fact

that large numbers of women (largely married) used their "lady smarts"

instead. Either way, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are rolling

over in their graves.

6. It's not about giving up on "social issues"

No Republican candidate should participate in a debate or go out on the

stump without thorough debate prep and a complete set of talking points that

they stick to. This should start with a good grounding in biology and a

reluctance to purport to know the will of God. (Thank you, Todd and

Richard.) That said, we do not hold the values we do because they garner

votes. We hold the values we do because we believe that they are time-tested

principles without which a civilized, free and prosperous society is not

possible. We defend the unborn because we understand that a society which

views some lives as expendable is capable of viewing all lives as expendable. We defend

family - mothers, fathers, marriage, children - because history makes it

quite clear that societies without intact families quickly descend into

anarchy and barbarism, and we have plenty of proof of that in our inner

cities where marriage is infrequent and unwed motherhood approaches 80

percent. When Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, many thought that the

abortion cause was lost. Forty years later, ultrasound technology has

demonstrated the inevitable connection between science and morality. More

Americans than ever define themselves as "pro-life." What is tragic is that

tens of millions of children have lost their lives while Americans figure

out what should have been obvious before. There is no "giving up" on social

issues. There is only the realization that we have to fight the battle on

other fronts. The truth will win out in the end.


Uncle Bill
12-08-2012, 07:22 PM
Laura Hollis, Cont'd

7. Obama does not have a mandate. And he does not need one. I have to laugh

- bitterly - when I read conservative pundits trying to assure us that Obama

"has to know" that he does not have a mandate, and so he will have to govern

from the middle. I don't know what they're smoking. Obama does not care that

he does not have a mandate. He does not view

himself as being elected (much less re-elected) to represent individuals. He

views himself as having been re-elected to complete the "fundamental

transformation" of America, the basic structure of which he despises. Expect

much more of the same - largely the complete disregard of the will of half

the American public, his willingness to rule by executive order, and the

utter inability of another divided Congress to rein him in. Stanley Kurtz

has it all laid out here.

8. The Corrupt Media is the enemy Too strong? I don't think so. I have been

watching the media try to throw elections since at least the early 1990s. In

2008 and again this year, we saw the media cravenly cover up for the

incompetence and deceit of this President, while demonizing a good,

honorable and decent man with lies and smears. This is on top of the daily

barrage of insults that conservatives (and by that I mean the electorate,

not the politicians) must endure at the hands of this arrogant bunch of

elitist snobs. Bias is one thing. What we observed with Benghazi was

professional malpractice and fraud. They need to go. Republicans,

Libertarians and other conservatives need to be prepared to

play hardball with the Pravda press from here on out. And while we are at

it, to defend those journalists of whatever political stripe (Jake Tapper,

Sharyl Atkisson, Eli Lake) who actually do their jobs. As well as Fox News

and talk radio. Because you can fully expect a re-elected Obama to try to

reinstate the Fairness Doctrine in term 2.

9. Small business and entrepreneurs will be hurt the worst

For all the blather about "Wall Street versus Main Street," Obama's statist

agenda will unquestionably benefit the biggest corporations which - as with

the public sector unions - are in the best position to make campaign

donations, hire lobbyists, and get special exemptions carved out from

Obama's health care laws, his environmental regulations, his labor laws. It

will be the small business, the entrepreneur, and the first-time innovators

who will be crushed by their inability to compete on a level playing field.

10. America is more polarized than ever; and this time it's personal I've

been following politics for a long time, and it feels different this time.

Not just for me. I've received messages from other conservatives who are

saying the same thing: there is little to no tolerance left out there for

those who are bringing this country to its knees - even when they have been

our friends. It isn't just about "my guy" versus "your guy." It is my view

of America versus your view of America - a crippled, hemorrhaging,

debt-laden, weakened and dependent America that I want no part of and resent

being foisted on me. I no longer have any patience for stupidity, blindness,

or vulgarity, so with each dumb "tweet" or FB post by one of my happily

lefty comrades, another one bites the dust, for me. Delete. What does this

portend for a divided Congress? I expect that Republicans will be

demoralized and chastened for a short time. But I see them in a bad

position. Americans in general want Congress to work together. But many do

not want Obama's policies, and so Republicans who support them will be

toast. Good luck, guys.

11. It's possible that America just has to hit rock bottom

I truly believe that most Americans who voted for Obama have no idea what

they are in for. Most simply believe him when he says that all he really

wants is for the rich to pay "a little bit more." So reasonable! Who could

argue with that except a greedy racist? America is on a horrific bender. Has

been for some time now. The warning signs of our fiscal profligacy and

culture of lack of personal responsibility are everywhere - too many to

mention. We need only look at

other countries which have gone the route we are walking now to see what is

in store. For the past four years - but certainly within the past campaign

season - we have tried to warn Americans. Too many refuse to listen, even

when all of

the events that have transpired during Obama's presidency - unemployment,

economic stagnation, skyrocketing prices, the depression of the dollar, the

collapse of foreign policy, Benghazi, hopelessly inept responses to natural

disasters - can be tied directly to Obama's statist philosophies, and his

decisions. What that means, I fear, is that they will not see what is coming

until the whole thing collapses. That is what makes me so sad today. I see

the country I love headed toward its own "rock bottom," and I cannot seem to

reach those who are taking it there.

murral stark
12-08-2012, 07:32 PM
I think you wrote that using a "pen name";)