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Democrats Better Start Soul Searching
Commentary Magazine ^ | November 11, 2012 | Abe Greenwald

Posted on 11/12/2012 7:28:26 AM PST by Kaslin

Barack Obama ushered in America’s first large-scale experiment in personality-cult politics. The experiment continues apace. Obama got reelected because he enjoys a degree of personal popularity disconnected from his record. No modern president has ever been returned to office with employment figures and right-rack-wrong-track numbers as poor as those Obama has achieved.

Obama couldn’t run on his record, which proved to be no problem—Americans didn’t vote on his record. According to exit polls, 77 percent of voters said the economy is bad and only 25 percent said they’re better off than they were four years ago. But since six in ten voters claimed the economy as their number one issue, it’s clear this election wasn’t about issues at all.

The president’s reelection is not evidence of a new liberal America, but rather of the illogical and confused experience that is infatuation. For multiple reasons, Americans continue to have a crush on Barack Obama even after his universally panned first term. No longer quite head over heels, they’re at the “I know he’s no good for me, but I can change him” phase. Whatever this means, it surely doesn’t suggest conservatives would be wise to move closer to policies that aren’t even popular among Obama supporters.

Why isn’t soul searching underway on the left? When the personality at the center of the cult leaves the stage in four years, Democrats will own his results without the benefit of his appeal. We can’t know quite what a second Obama term will bring, but if his first term is an indication, there’s little reason to expect his party will be crowing. The fiscal cliff is here but a whole landscape of steep drops comes next: the economic cliff (over which lies a possible double-dip recession), the Obamacare cliff (over which lies an unprecedented bureaucratic behemoth), the Iran cliff (over which lies a nuclear bomb), and so on. A precipice in every direction and a president who’s given us no reason to presume he can steer clear. Have Democrats stopped to wonder what initiatives they’ll have to defend when the dust settles in 2016?

Already Obama has signaled he’s continuing policies that don’t meet the moment. There’s the assurance of more taxes, of course. But that’s not all. On Friday, citing ecological concerns, the administration closed off 1.6 million acres of federal land in western states from planned oil shale extraction. An American energy boom lies in wait underground and Obama is determined to keep it there. Abroad, the groundwork is being laid to offer Iran a fanciful “grand bargain” in an effort to halt its work on a nuclear weapon. Think “Russian reset” with fanatical theocrats.

Perhaps Democrats are confident purely because of their stance on social issues. But as a tactical matter (principle and ideology are a different question), is doesn’t make sense for Republicans to fret over the culture and identity wars that have transfixed the left. Gay marriage as a presidential issue is off the table. The November election showed the future of that question lives at the state level, which is both a popular and conservative approach. Obama himself has said he’ll do nothing about it nationally. Multiple polls taken this year show opposition to abortion is at least as high as it’s been in 15 years. By 2016, the new class war will surely have wound down after Americans see that making the “rich pay their fare share” didn’t solve everyone else’s problems and in fact created new ones.

On immigration reform, of course conservatives should act. That was true before Obama’s reelection; it’s now inevitable. In the next four years, serious Republicans will offer policies aiming to give foreign workers a path to citizenship. Leaders like Marco Rubio have already gotten a brilliant head start.

It is in the nature of personality cults to fail at most things beyond generating and disseminating propaganda. This inability is the result of two things. First, the personality’s popularity is not results-driven. Since adoration hasn’t been earned by achievement but by the advent of charisma, why kill yourself trying to get results. Second, few people are willing to candidly critique the personality at the center of the cult, so there is little chance of course correction. None of this bodes well for Barack Obama. And for the country’s sake, let’s hope it’s wrong.

To effect a revolution in American politics, you have to set parameters that successors will be compelled to heed. FDR implemented programs that at least produced identifiable results before revealing their unsustainable flaws. Bill Clinton had no problem declaring the age of big government over because Ronald Reagan had ushered in a prosperous era in which this was so. What part of the Obama agenda will resonate when isolated from the Obama phenomenon? It’s too soon to say, but not too soon wonder.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; bhofascism; democrats; elections; obama; obamatruthfile; obamessiah; socialistdemocrats

1 posted on 11/12/2012 7:28:29 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Democrats search their souls? Might as well advise Pol Pot to consult his conscience.


2 posted on 11/12/2012 7:31:14 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Kaslin

The ‘rats and the children follow the Pied Piper.


3 posted on 11/12/2012 7:31:46 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine (Cynical about the political process. Who, me?)
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To: Kaslin
Democrats Better Start Soul Searching

Good advice, but most devil worshiping dims have no soul.

4 posted on 11/12/2012 7:33:01 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Never Underestimate the Power of Evil or Evil Doers)
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To: Kaslin

Can’t search for what ain’t there.


5 posted on 11/12/2012 7:33:35 AM PST by KStorm (Just a normal guy, tryin' to catch a train.)
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To: Kaslin

6 posted on 11/12/2012 7:35:23 AM PST by PLD
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To: Kaslin

Obama is the new Jim Jones.


7 posted on 11/12/2012 7:37:29 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Kaslin

All too many people feel comfortable with Obama because he is a mediocrity at best. An evil mediocrity. A successful, traditional. decent man is too much of a challenge to their dark, empty souls. Obama is a much better fit. Just the way Bill Clinton is still popular. Being around him does not make anybody with a guilty conscience uncomfortable.


8 posted on 11/12/2012 7:37:49 AM PST by all the best (`~!)
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To: Kaslin

First, you have to have a soul.


9 posted on 11/12/2012 7:38:08 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: Kaslin

Get ready for President Joe Biden.


10 posted on 11/12/2012 7:38:18 AM PST by Tugo (A simple sojourners.)
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To: Kaslin

His re-election was based on fraud! Those who voted against him (right and dismayed left) are still out there. They didn’t vote this man back into office.

Why isn’t the right media making more of this!?!?!?!?


11 posted on 11/12/2012 7:38:31 AM PST by Exit148
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To: Kaslin

Let’s start with something easier...let’s see if Democrats can find the Constitution.


12 posted on 11/12/2012 7:41:52 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Kaslin

This assumes that Zero is going to leave.


13 posted on 11/12/2012 7:42:29 AM PST by BAW (We are the Resistance.)
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To: Kaslin

THE CRISIS TO COME

What now? Just after the 2008 election, White House adviser Rahm Emanuel said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Libertarians rightly reject Emanuel’s Big Government agenda. As we have seen, however, he was correct about a crisis. The problems of the 1970s and the early 1990s were serious enough to foster mild reforms restraining Big Government. They were not serious enough to bring fundamental liberalizing changes.

But the New Deal order faces deeper crises to come. Spending (and borrowing) seem set to increase until they cannot, leading to what may be an unprecedented fiscal crisis of the state. Officials may try to raise taxes to cover the spending. Such unprecedented tax hikes may expose what might be called Big Government’s crisis of consent. In general, Americans are unwilling to pay for the government they have, much less additional spending equal to 5 percent of national income. Why should they? Except in times of severe threats to national security, a majority of Americans have never trusted the federal government. The fiscal crisis to come may simply reveal the lack of support for many of the institutions and policies enacted after 1937.

Cato scholars provide ideas to liberalize public policy. But it will take more than good policy ideas. A majority of Americans will have to truly want less government and persist in that desire when programs begin to be cut back. That majority must find its voice in leaders with the political skill and wide appeal of Reagan. But such leaders must also want less government. For a decade, the Republican Party has been dominated by social conservatives and crusading internationalists, two world-views inimical to limiting government. A GOP that returned to market liberalism and social moderation might find in the crises to come an opportunity to restore the almost lost promise of America, the promise of liberty for all under the rule of law.

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2010 edition of Cato Policy Report.

http://www.cato.org/pubs/policy_report/v32n2/cpr32n2-1.html

Excellent article about Reagan’s attempt to limit the federal government. The above is just an excerpt.


14 posted on 11/12/2012 7:44:03 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Kaslin

“Barack Obama ushered in America’s first large-scale experiment in personality-cult politics.”

Seems to me that FDR was the first to do this......

BUT, like his preceding cult leader FDR, O will find a way to stay “Dear Leader” for another 12 years.....


15 posted on 11/12/2012 7:45:11 AM PST by Arlis (.)
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To: Kaslin

Sad state of affairs in our nation. People willfully voted against their own financial future because they lacked the intellectual curiosity to get beyond popular culture. Too many fell for single issue propaganda or saw the Great Leader on their favorite shows, and somehow put that above a clear reduction in their own personal situation. Families living on less, foreclosures, unemployment among the young, among Black voters and Hispanics higher than at any other time. Those same groups overwhelmingly returned to vote for more of the same.

We are either going to need to witness a great awakening over the next four years, or be doomed to permanent decline. That’s if this house of cards is propped up that long without collapse. From everything I see, the odds are high on either sharp collapse or extended permanent decline. I don’t see how we recover from this divisive identity politics. It has always been there, but too many people have become overly gullible and more willing to accept the propaganda.


16 posted on 11/12/2012 7:46:41 AM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: Kaslin

He got re-elected because he is the political equivalent of Donovan McNabb.

Limbaugh’s sportscasting career came to a crashing halt when he pointed out the obvious....that the black guy was really stinkin’ it up out there, and the media was working triple-overtime to cover it up and give him a pass.

Dare to say otherwise and you become a RAAAAAAACIST. Hence polls showing most of the voters still blame Bush for the crappy economy. You can puke at the Super Bowl, forget what the overtime rules are, and take your career straight down the flusher. But you are NEVER EVER EVER at fault being the black guy.

It is just that simple.


17 posted on 11/12/2012 7:47:25 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: all the best

Ah... they hated Romney for the same reason they hate seeing modestly dressed daughters.

“You’re JUDGING ME!”

(honestly, we didn’t even consider you when we got dressed this morning)


18 posted on 11/12/2012 7:47:54 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin
The voting in this last election showed a tremendous lack of adult maturity. Consequences (i.e., an appropriate reaction to the horrific record and dire effects of idiotic policies) were not considered--JUST like a child's thinking would reflect. Rather than exhibit adult abstract thinking--"If this, then that" and being able to follow lines of THINKING which would reveal the bad consequences of bad policies being followed--Obama voters exhibited childlike thinking based on emotions and concrete thinking--"I gotta phone!!", "He's better looking than Romney!", etc.

Keeping your offspring on Obamacare until the age of 26--when they should already be launched into an independent life of their own--echoes the encouragement of dependency and childlikeness. As do all the government handouts, like a sharp spike in the numbers receiving food stamps (and from what I've personally observed in grocery lines, a lot of those food stamps are not needed by that particular recipient, well-dressed and buying luxury foods). Dependency is like being a child, dependent on others. Independence is a hallmark of adulthood.

Apparently we have become a nation of Peter Pans, as evidenced by the reelection of the most unqualified imposter dolt one could possibly find on planet Earth.

19 posted on 11/12/2012 7:54:18 AM PST by EinNYC
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Obama is the new Jim Jones.

Nicholae Carpathia

20 posted on 11/12/2012 7:55:08 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Obama is the new Jim Jones.

The Obamazombies who voted for him are already leaking Kool-Aid from every orifice.

21 posted on 11/12/2012 7:56:34 AM PST by MissMagnolia ("It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains" - Patrick Henry)
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To: Kaslin
Democrats will own his results without the benefit of his appeal.

2012 just proved results don't matter. What matters is giving the underclass freebies, citizenship, obamaphonium etc. That is all that matters.

22 posted on 11/12/2012 7:56:52 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Sports broadcasts are part of the media/pop culture attempt to dumb down society. I watched horse racing on NBC a few nights ago, the Breeders Cup. To put it in perspective, to serious players, the Breeders Cup is much larger than the Kentucky Derby. It is truly the World Series of the sport. NBC had a one-hour broadcast to focus on the primary event after the NBC Sport Network (formerly Versus) showed two days of races spanning many hours. During the few minutes NBC dedicated to this big race, what do we get? A ditzy broad who is an entertainment reporter and who said “I am picking Alpha because he looked at me earlier.” (Alpha finished in last place.) An unqualified dunce when there are so many people with credentials to give proper analysis?


23 posted on 11/12/2012 7:57:36 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Smile on Dems: Ignorance is bliss.)
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To: Kaslin

24 posted on 11/12/2012 8:02:44 AM PST by COBOL2Java (The GOP-e said "Beat a Marxist with a Liberal!" What a colossal blunder.)
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To: Kaslin

Ya first gotta have a soul to be able to search for it.


25 posted on 11/12/2012 8:06:15 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt.)
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To: Kaslin

They have no souls as defined by Western Judeo-Christian morality. They are interested in establishing a dictatorship of the socialistic/communistic elite over this nation and driving out/oppressing their enemies; i.e. folks who actually work and pay the bills, people who believe in the constitution, individual freedom, individual RESPONSIBILITY, and economic freedom.

They are interested only in taking from the productive to give to the non-productive to keep themselves in power.


26 posted on 11/12/2012 8:06:44 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: EinNYC

This was the second election won by low information voters.

This is the new normal.....

God save the republic, for surely the majority electorate is not up to the task


27 posted on 11/12/2012 8:06:58 AM PST by petro45acp ( God save the republic, for surely the majority electorate is not up to the task)
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To: Kaslin
Obama couldn’t run on his record, which proved to be no problem—Americans didn’t vote on his record. According to exit polls, 77 percent of voters said the economy is bad and only 25 percent said they’re better off than they were four years ago. But since six in ten voters claimed the economy as their number one issue, it’s clear this election wasn’t about issues at all

What is clear is that the Marxist machinery was far better than the RINO machinery. See"The Manchurian President" by Aaron Klein for details. The Pubbies never stood a chance.

28 posted on 11/12/2012 8:11:18 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: EinNYC
Keeping your offspring on Obamacare until the age of 26--when they should already be launched into an independent life of their own--echoes the encouragement of dependency and childlikeness.

Of all the things "conservatives" pick up on as evidence of dependency and cheating the system, this is the stupidest. Guess what E? This ain't part of obamacare and it is NOT a handout. I have my 23 yo daughter on my company healthcare and I pay almost DOUBLE versus just me and my wife. I repeat, it is NOT FREE. Oh, and she can't find a job paying more than $10 an hour and she is fighting hard against cancer.

At least find a decent issue to raise concerns about regarding barry obama---there's a million of them out there. This is the kind of thing people rightly point out about conservatives and how "mean" they are. And please, no lectures about Constitutionality, that ship has sailed.

29 posted on 11/12/2012 8:16:50 AM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: petro45acp
I am a NYC high school teacher. I am appalled by the low level of work assigned to the students in many cases. I just witnessed last week an assignment given to 9th grade English students, which consisted of filling in 8 boxes for 8 word roots with the following information: 2 examples of words made from that word root, a PICTURE of what that word root means, the meaning of the word root and a sentence made with a word from that word root. In most cases, it was obvious that even after the drawing of cartoons and looking up of words, they hadn't a clue what the word root or words made from it meant. Yet I am quite sure that this lesson would be lauded by the Bloomberg-bots observing it, in that it was "child-centered". Oh yeah, and the "new norm" in these small schools Bloomberg created from deliberately destroying large community high schools is that the students call their teacher by their FIRST NAME. No way, Jose. I am not "one" with my students. I am their TEACHER.

Would you agree that the level of this lesson was more appropriate to a 6th or 7th grade class?

This is but a microscopic example of why we are a nation of people not exhibiting age-appropriate behavior or levels of thinking.

30 posted on 11/12/2012 8:23:52 AM PST by EinNYC
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To: Exit148

Why isn’t the right media making more of this!?!?!?!?

WHAT right wing media is that?


31 posted on 11/12/2012 8:40:25 AM PST by Josephat
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To: Kaslin
In my view, Democrats easily choose idols and worship them intently.

Exhibit “A”: That company is, and has been, the focus of abject worship by liberals. Look, I own an iPhone, but have you ever witnessed such devotion beyond reason to a company? Look anywhere online and see the outpouring if someone dare speak ill of anything Apple.

I saw the same thing, but to on a smaller scale, with companies such as Tesla Motors.

It is the same with Obama. They literally worship Obama and this idolatrous worship blinds them to reality. So yes, it cult-like, but because Liberals have rejected the true God, they worship other things and people in His place.

32 posted on 11/12/2012 8:42:16 AM PST by Obadiah (Americans said, "Give us Barabbas!")
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Limbaugh’s sportscasting career came to a crashing halt when he pointed out the obvious....that the black guy was really stinkin’ it up out there, and the media was working triple-overtime to cover it up and give him a pass.

Limbaugh was full of baloney on McNabb. At that point he wasn't Joe Montanna by any stretch but he was certainly not a scrub like Rush implied. I'd say at that time McNabb was at least in the top 10 QBs and probably top 5. Now if Rush had said "Michael Vick" instead I'd have been there with him.

33 posted on 11/12/2012 8:42:38 AM PST by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I wish because they could all drink the kool-aid for real...problem solved.


34 posted on 11/12/2012 8:57:59 AM PST by Leep (Are you smarter than a 7th grade math student and or Barack 0bama?)
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To: Kaslin
Democrats Better Start Soul Searching

As far as most of them are concerned, they don't have one.

35 posted on 11/12/2012 9:00:45 AM PST by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: Kaslin
You assume he leaves office in 2016 a cult will demand he stays forever
36 posted on 11/12/2012 9:02:57 AM PST by reluctantwarrior (Strength and Honor, just call me Buzzkill for short......)
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To: Kaslin

The American people are the ones who need some soul searching. How in the world could we allow this president with one of the worst records of any chief executive in our history be given a second term? Americans today are all about flash and style over substance. Watching the election night coverage I saw numerous shots of young Obama supporters celebrating as if it were New Year’s Eve and I thought they’re the ones who are going to suffer because they have to pay the bills for this economic catastrophe and their futures had just been thrown into the trash. I thought if they only knew what was in store for them they wouldn’t be in such a joyous mood. We’re all currently living during America’s demise and we have no one to blame but ourselves.


37 posted on 11/12/2012 9:04:07 AM PST by dowcaet
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To: Kaslin

This was my thought early this morning as I thought about the slurry of resignations that will occur in the Obama Administration. Democrats and Undecideds better be prepared to finally speak out. Not like it will mean all that much.


38 posted on 11/12/2012 9:04:45 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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To: Exit148
OCCUPY THIS Facebook Page

Who here lives in one of these states: WI, OH, PA, VA, FL?

How many of you are willing to put a little effort into this? Apparently the election is not final for 15 days. Romney conceded on false numbers. Think about it.

The call for volunteers reads: People in those key states can call the Secretary of State's office today and find out who are the electors chosen by the GOP last year besides calling the State GOP headquarters. Get your group, organization or just yourself to contact every elector in those states and demand they challenge the vote. Tea Party groups network in those states and get the word out. Stand up and fight. Don't walk away and allow fraud to steal this election - again. Show that evil waste of human skin, George Soros, we will not roll over and take it, again. Make your voices heard in Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida. There are millions of you mad as I am. Please, start the fight first thing Monday morning.

If a half dozen electors in each of those five states are flooded with phone calls telling him/her that if the impostor is allowed to stay in the White House four more years, the destruction to this republic and them will be complete. Appeal to their own self survival. We're tired of cowards. Always be polite, but don't hold back. If you or your group does this, please let me know. We need to make sure this fight stays in front of the American people. It won't by the MSM or cable networks like FOX, but we have the Internet.

Here's contact info for all states:

OHIO:
(614) 466-2655
(877) SOS-Ohio (767-6446)
TTY: (614) 466-0562
TTY Toll-free: (877) 644-6889
E-mail the Agency
180 East Broad Street, 16th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

WISCONSIN:
30 W. Mifflin, 10th Floor
Madison, WI
(608) 266-8888

PENNSYLVANIA:
302 N Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-6458

VIRGINIA:
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
1111 East Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 786-2441
Fax: (804) 371-0017

FLORIDA:
Director's Office (for Elections)
Main Line: (850) 245-6200
Fax Numbers: (850) 245-6217 or (850) 245-6218
Email: DivElections@dos.state.fl.us
Mailing Address:
Department of State
Division of Elections
Director's Office
Room 316, R. A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250

39 posted on 11/12/2012 9:09:19 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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To: Kaslin

King obama says no shale oil will be extracted. What would happen if the energy companies said “to hell with it” and started extracting anyway? What if they started drilling where the king says they can’t drill? Exactly what could the king do about it?


40 posted on 11/12/2012 8:11:44 PM PST by Terry Mross (No liberal who isn't prepared should be askin' me for help. It won't be pretty.)
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To: EinNYC

“Would you agree that the level of this lesson was more appropriate to a “6th or 7th grade class?”

I do agree, and even maybe at a lower grade. These are language skills and that translates to the ability to think. Add this to horrible approaches to math (severely limiting the ability to perform at a higher level), and a decidedly leftward cant to history, it is less than surprising the state of the electorate.

Wish you the best. As a teacher where you are....


41 posted on 11/13/2012 6:27:02 AM PST by petro45acp ( God save the republic, for surely the majority electorate is not up to the task)
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To: Kaslin
Have Democrats stopped to wonder what initiatives they’ll have to defend when the dust settles in 2016?

What? They will just blame it on the Republicans. Did the R's ever say the partisan D's passed the health care bill, the stimulus, the GM bailout, Dodd Frank, all passed by the partisan D's. R's had nothing to do with any of these onerous bills we all will suffer under but the R's will take the rap.

42 posted on 11/13/2012 8:28:22 AM PST by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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