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

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

    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!

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    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
    Urbana-Champaign.
    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
    goes:
    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.


    (Cont'd)
    When the one you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.

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    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.
    When the one you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.

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    I think you wrote that using a "pen name"

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