Jong says her fear that Obama might lose the election has developed into an “obsession. A paralyzing terror. An anxious fever that keeps you awake at night.” She also says that her friends Jane Fonda and Naomi Wolf are extremely worried that Obama will be sabotaged by Republican dirty tricks, and that if an Obama loss indeed comes to pass, the result will be a second American Civil War.
McCain could win in a blowout and she would consider the election “stolen.” It’s part of left wing mythology.
Besides, in a civil war, who has all the guns?
So the campaign swelled field operations to 19,000 “neighborhood teams” as of late October, focused on 1,400 neighborhoods across the state, according to a recent report from the St. Petersburg Times. The teams are directed by about 500 paid campaign field organizers, and are replicated nationally. In all, the Obama campaign estimates that 1.5 million volunteers are helping it to get out the vote in the battleground states.These neighborhood teams have both phone-banked and physically knocked on doors to make sure that voters are registered and know where to vote — an effort that will continue all the way through Election Day.
“The last weekend before the election, they’re going to have constant phone-banking and canvassing, asking people whether they’ve voted yet, and if not, when they’re going to vote,” says Scanlon, discussing plans laid out by four team leaders at a local Plant City campaign office.
But the calling won’t be a completely random affair. The Obama campaign will give volunteers access to databases that have been constantly updated throughout the summer through its field-office computers, and through myBo — Obama supporters’ nickname for myBarackObama.com — with information about potential voters’ political leanings. The information in the database has accumulated over time from previous election campaigns, and is constantly updated with information gathered at people’s doorsteps by canvassers like Scanlon, and through phone calls.
How big a step is it from neighborhood volunteer to Stasi reporter?
After all, your opponents are not just people that disagree with you; they’re evil!
But conservative beliefs do not lend themselves to being absorbed into the hive.
Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor’s identity, campaign officials confirmed.
Faced with a huge influx of donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged. Instead, the campaign is scrutinizing its books for improper donations after the money has been deposited.
This doesn’t make sense to me.
If you disable the security on your credit card operations. How exactly do you determine later whether or not someone using an untraceable credit card and possibly a false name, is a legal donor? They say they’re examining the books, but what are the books going to tell them if the info is false?
And what is going to happen to the money that they can’t return because they don’t know who donated it?
Do you thing anyone’s going to ask those questions?
WASHINGTON, DC – In a shocking reversal with major implications for the U.S. presidential election, political kingmaker, the Alien has switched his endorsement from Barack Obama to John McCain amid furor. Both political camps are buzzing about the implications, as the Alien has correctly predicted the winning president in every election for the past 28 years.
Sorry Obama, Acorn can’t help you here.
So, if Obama actually wins this election and delivers on even half of his promises, I’m vacillating on whether to pull a reverse John Galt and plug IN to the system. I don’t qualify for any government programs at the moment – as far as I know. Being a typical hard-working middle aged white person – like Obama’s grandma – I was raised to earn your own way. I have not looked into getting government cheese, food stamps, utility bill assistance, etc. Never crossed my mind.
So I mean to look into every government assistance program Obama/Pelosi/Reid provides or funds. Even if I don’t sign up, at least I’ll have an idea where my money is going to. But if I do take an occasional sip from the public teat, consider it my own way of “spreading the wealth” back around to me
And “it’s good for everybody”…right, Obama?.
A commenter expands on the idea.
Here’s The Deal: The Reverse John Galt
Here’s how to plug in, teat up and pig out:
1) Sell your house and liquidate any other assets you might have in bank accounts and the like. You don’t want assets the government can either confiscate, or use to deny you benefits. Stashing your cash won’t be easy, but it’s possible. If you’re asked what happened to the money, you “blew” it on slots at the casino. You may even then quality for Social Security Disability since you have a “gambling” addiction.
2) Once you have hidden all of your assets, get fired from your job. It’s not that hard … don’t do anything overt, but generally be a pain in everyone’s ass, especially your boss. Point out all his deficiencies to his boss within his earshot. Eventually, they’ll give you severance (to buy you off) and let you go. They won’t even fight it when you …
Read it all.
They seem to have a lot of co-sponsors. But they’re all Democrats so I think its just some red meat for the faithful.
No one in their right mind would want to create a department that would be empowered to inject themselves into any conflict anywhere in the world, including this country. It would federalize what are now State law violations.
It certainly couldn’t pass a 10th Amendment challenge, if that’s still recognized as a valid amendment. (It’s hard to tell)
I’m curious though. How would a department dedicated to peace and non-violence enforce their decisions? They couldn’t use the police or military.
I love politics and public policy, but the ugliness, the anger, the coarseness and even the threats of violence I’ve experienced as a conservative opinion-writer in achingly “tolerant” Portland have contributed to my decision to leave the business after this election. My heart was starting to harden — do we conservatives not have hearts, do we not bleed? — and I didn’t want that to happen.
I joked at first about some of it. When a reader sent me my column covered with dried feces, I looked on the bright side. He could have said he wouldn’t …. on my column. I took comfort in the fact law officers visited the Iraq War foe (a peace advocate!) and the liberal critic (a Portland public school teacher!) who threatened my family. But the constant expletive-laced rants, the nifty Nazi-Hitler-German references, the holier-than-thou hate for any opposing view from the half-informed — well, it’s not what our public discourse should be about. It wasn’t in a better age. If I sometimes responded in kind (and I did), forgive me.
It’s funny. The whole mantra of the left is to engage our enemies, to find common ground with those who hate us and to accomodate different people. But when it comes to American citizens who happen to disagree with them politically there is no change of accomodation, no engagement, no common ground.
Political differences are not worked out by engaging in conversations, any disagreement to even the smallest degree are met with a deluge of shrieks, liberal use of personal attacks, the invariable “Hitler” comparisions and occasional paper-mache puppets. They act as if, by disagreeing with them, conservatives had rendered themselves unworthy of participation in the political arena.
Now, one of my favorite Oregonian columnists, Dave Reinhart, says he is going to hang it up after this election. I understand why he is quitting, but I can’t help thinking that it is a victory for those elements which wish to silence other points of view. I haven’t been threatened, but I have been spit at, swore at and had somebody’s halitosis enjected into my personal ecosphere. I have been persona non grata at some family gatherings. But I haven’t been tempted to give up expressing my opinion. But then, I have not had to withstand the abuse from the public and, in Dave’s case, probably his “co-workers” that he has. That’s mostly because no one reads what I write.
I did once. Back in the nineties when I first got on the Internet, I got onto the newsgroups. They’re kind of like cyber bulletin boards where you can post opinions like you can on blogs and people can respond to you. I think Instapundit started there.
After reading for a while I thought I would try my hand. So I wrote a posting. I don’t even remember what the subject was. Probably something of burning importance at the time, but since rendered moot. I thought I made a good argument for my views and waited for someone to challenge me so we could engage in a back-and-forth.
I got one response. It said “Fuck You!”
What does that mean? There’s no argument to be made because there are no facts given, no opinions express, no thought at all required. Just “Fuck You!”
This was in the nineties. Nowdays it is the standard that polictical discourse has sunk even further. If you read the sites like Kos, you can see that there is an entire world of fanciful conspiracies, nefarious plots and skullduggery constructed out of whole cloth that is accepted as the real world.
You can’t really discuss the events of the days with people that believe that every action or statement of their political enemies is aimed at transforming the world into a real life version of Mordor any more than you can discuss baseball with wolverines.
But we have to. I’m going to miss Dave after the election. I think there is an excellent chance that our opposites are going to win this round and we’re going to need people like Dave, to tell the Emperor that he has no clothes and to count the silver after the party.
It looks likely, if you can believe what you see in the newspapers and on TV, that the Democrats are going to be firmly in control of the levers of government for the next few years. Last time that happened we developed a Clinton Derangement Syndrome which was a milder version of what is gripping the left now. We had our conspriazoids on the radio like the left has Alex Jones. But they never spread into the main stream. BDS (Bush Degrangement Syndrome) has taken hold at the highest levels of the left. It is not the provence of a few on the fringe of late night talk radio. It is on display on the front page of many of our newspapers and virtually all of our evening news programs.
If we descend into an ODS (Obama Derangement Syndrome) we are lost. We don’t have control of the media. We are not going to be able to conduct the propaganda war that has been the norm since the 2000 elections. We’re going to have to fight for every bit of exposure that we can get. And ranting about conspiracies is not going to be the way. We need voices like Dave who can make an argument in a clear manner without becoming infected with the rage.
I’m certainly going to miss him.
And what is so interesting about this you may ask?
Barbara West is the TV news anchor in Florida that asked Joe Biden some tough questions.
The response from the Obama campaign to this outrage was the ostrasim of the TV station. They will no longer talk to them.
OK. That’s their perogative. If they only want to take softball questions from lapdog news anchors, I guess they can do that.
But this is what happen in the “unofficial” reaches of the Democrat Party. The personal lives of people like “Joe the Plumber” and this news anchor get scrutinized.
“Are you now or have you ever a member of the Republican party?”
The resemblence to the Stasi is uncanny.