George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section. It will
quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in
this rapid-fire world of ours. Of course, as in military
a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed
by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction. Charge that to
"the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or
campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission will
be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick",
by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.
That's all I promise.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
SUNDAY through FRIDAY, November 18 through 30, 2012
'Tis the Season..."
But having just undergone open heart surgery 9 days ago, I'm not yet
Instead, I note that the secular regressives, the
air-heads, the STUPIDOS, the immoral "amorals", and their far-left
Democratic fellow-travelers ("articulate, arrogant, asinine"), have
returned to their yearly Christmas-bashing. This is as always
the ruse of "Separation
and State". But it is
really a pang of conscience - yes, even in them - that they are really
wrong side of history, Natural Law and life itself - and that they will
called to account for it.
Meanwhile, I offer two books as evidence of the depth of ignorance that
swaths of our fellow travelers have descended to during the last 30
disruption of our family life and total failure of our "education
The contents of the first are nearly impossible to believe.
The research supporting the second should get us all back to our
studies of history, unpolluted by the rantings of college
"professors" with agendas.
- "NON CAMPUS MENTIS: WORLD HISTORY
ACCORDING TO COLLEGE STUDENTS", compiled by Professor Anders
Henriksson, Workman Publishing, New York, 2011.
- "VINDICATING THE FOUNDERS: Race, Sex,
Class and Justice in the origins of America", by Thomas G. West, Rowman
and Littlefield Publishers, New York, 1997, 2001.
Now, don't get me wrong. America is a free country. Each
can live, within limits, in our own way. And America is now
divided country in so many ways. In fact, it's a very good thing
have the safety valve of diverse individual States.
But a word of caution: GET OUT OF MY FACE with your life-style and
attitudes. Leave me alone...or I will not let you
in closing: MERRY CHRISTMAS.
SATURDAY, November 17, 2012
CONTRACEPTION AND "WOMEN'S HEALTH" PUT IN FOCUS.
As I have said many times before, the only non-negotiable for the
Party and for all people of good will should be a clear stand against
Abortion. But too many Republicans, including the 70% of
are opposed to abortion, allow the Democratic Party - "abortion
central" - to conflate and confuse the above issues intentionally in
to promote abortion: the intentional killing of a live
from the moment of conception.
By contrast, true contraceptives prevent the union of ovum and
before there is any new human being.
Some so-called "contraceptives" are abortifacients that act to
destroy a conceptus already in being.
And finally there are persons of the female gender (I use the
"woman" more carefully these days) who insist that
they have control over "their own bodies". Well,
once they are pregnant there are two bodies and two sets
that have to be protected. That has little to do with "women's
health" either. An abortion can always be performed if
to save the LIFE of the mother. The term "health" in this
context includes too many variables to be taken as anything other than
Is that clear?
Judge sides with company on contraceptive coverage
By Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday temporarily
prevented the Obama
administration from forcing a Christian publishing company to
provide its employees with certain contraceptives under the new
health care law.
District Judge Reggie Walton granted a preliminary
injunction sought by Tyndale House Publishers, which
doesn't want to provide employees with contraceptives that it equates
issue are contraceptives such as Plan B and IUDs. If a woman already is
pregnant, the Plan B pill has no effect. It prevents ovulation or
fertilization of an egg, and according to the medical definition,
pregnancy doesn't begin until a fertilized egg implants itself into the
wall of the uterus. The Plan B pill may also be able to prevent a
fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus. IUDs mainly work by
blocking sperm but may also have the same uterus effect. To Tyndale,
these methods are not morally different than abortion.
based in Carol Stream, Ill., says it provides its 260 employees with
coverage for some contraceptives. The company and its president and
CEO, Mark D.
Taylor, filed the lawsuit against the Health and Human Services Department
contraceptive coverage mandate affirmatively compels the plaintiffs to
violate their religious beliefs in order to comply with the law and
avoid the sanctions that would be imposed for their noncompliance,"
wrote Walton, an appointee of President George W. Bush. He said
that if the company doesn't comply with the mandate, it is subject to
government fines and lawsuits.
Walton acknowledged that the government
has broad, compelling interests in promoting public health and ensuring
that women have equal access to health care, but he said the question
"is whether the government has shown that the application of the
contraceptive coverage mandate to the plaintiffs furthers those
compelling interests," underlying "to the plaintiffs" in the text.
Nothing in Walton's order applied to anyone other than Tyndale.
Walton said that the government hasn't
offered any proof that mandatory insurance for the specific types of
contraceptives that Tyndale objects to furthers the government's
Walton ordered the parties to appear on a
date yet to be determined for arguments on whether to make the
Matthew S. Bowman, a lawyer for Alliance
Defending Freedom, which brought the suit on behalf of Tyndale, said in
an email that Bible publishers "should be free to do business according
to the book that they publish."
He added: "The Obama administration is
not entitled to disregard religious freedom."
Health and Human Service Department declined to comment, citing the
FRIDAY, November 16, 2012
ANOTHER EDITION OF "AROUND THE WORLD IN 80
- PAKISTAN. Like a bad old
marriage. Neither party can afford to divorce. But there
are limits to endurance. And we can always find a closer
relationship in India.
- AFGHANISTAN. We need to continue
an effective presence there, in our own self-interest. Otherwise,
Pakistan and the Taliban will devour the good people there, people who
want us there. The plans for pulling out are WRONG.
- CHINA. See the sensible article
in Foreign Affairs (Nov.-Dec. 2012, p70) entitled "The Problem With
The Pivot", by Robert S. Ross.
- INDIA. Potentially our greatest
ally in Asia, next to Japan.
- RUSSIA. Never enable it.
Never trust it.
- TURKEY. Stop jerking that nation
around. Whether secular or trending Muslim, these are good
people, a good government and good friends. Incorporate them
fully into Europe.
- IRAN. See "Why Iran Should
Get The Bomb", by Kenneth Waltz, in Foreign Affairs, July-August
- SYRIA. Support anyone except the
Assad regime: war criminals, supporters of Hesbullah and Hamas, and
active enemy of Israel.
- EGYPT. Despite recent
developments, including the coming to power of the Muslim Brotherhood
and President Morsi, the Arab Spring changed the dynamics of the Middle
East. And we should cultivate that planting into Summer growth
and into a Fall harvest. Work with them.
- ISRAEL. No blank check.
But "an eye for an eye" is appropriate for Israeli survival in that
- LIBYA. More good news than bad
from there. Work with them.
- SOCIALIST EUROPE. Let them find
their own "price point".
- ENGLAND. Soul-brothers, ever
since the War of 1812.
- CANADA. Don't take it for
granted. Work closely with this proud nation, especially with
regard to the Arctic Circle, a new front line in world relations.
- MEXICO. Effectively seal our
borders. Then implement the Dream Act. Then develop a
comprehensive Immigration Policy. Not "amnesty", but a
workable system for 12 million people who are not going anywhere.
- SOUTH AMERICA. Hands Off. Quid
pro Quo. Let them work out their own destinies...and their
own false starts.
- AT HOME.
- Forget about "No New Taxes",
especially for the truly wealthy. But do it mainly with Tax
Reform, currently a Swiss Cheese of outrageous tricks used mainly by
the wealthy. And I never voted for Grover Norquist!
- Reduce spending, including for all
Entitlements. See the article in the WSJ entitled "Are Entitlements
Corrupting Us", (Sept. 1-2. 2012, pC1). And reform the Defense
Establishment, which has become another perceived entitlement by its
leadership and its political supporters. And RE-INSTATE THE DRAFT
so that all Americans have a stake in the game.
- CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS
CONSEQUENCES ARE HERE AND REAL. End the denial and take immediate
- Reform Election and Voter Registration
Laws, including the financing of elections. This may well require
Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Americans are starting to
question seriously the validity of election outcomes...a prescription
As far as political parties are concerned, a pox on both their
houses. As a former Democrat for over 30 years until 1990, I read
interest the article whose title I have been using to explain my change
years: "I Didn't Leave The Democrats. They Left Me", by
Sheldon G. Adelson, in WSJ Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, Opinion pA17.
And as for
the Republicans, STUPIDO, STUPIDO,
As far as those centers of today's Society that have become coarse,
self-centered and even depraved are concerned:
NO GOD, NO PEACE
KNOW GOD, KNOW
MONDAY through THURSDAY, November 12 through 15, 2012
THINK I'VE GOT IT!
Let's just counterfeit our own money, however much we need, to pay all
bills - and make believe. The world will have to go
along; and for
the important stuff we will get back to bartering. It will
as nobody blinks. And it will be good medicine deserved by the
all over the world who got us into this mess.
Alternative: ARMAGEDDON...POOF - PROBLEM SOLVED.
SATURDAY and SUNDAY, November 10 and 11, 2012
ONE LAST COMMENT ON THE ELECTION.
A few months ago, I stated in this section that I would have less to
personally in view of the Great Debate then taking place as part of the
election process. I am not into re-inventing the
Similarly, I can now point you to three excellent articles...one posted
Election Day and two posted after the results were in. The Day (www.theday.com) is to be commended
choice of these articles in summarizing the message sent by the
electorate. I endorse them all, as describing the way
the Republican Party and for the nation.
these articles carefully. Then take
two aspirin - and let's all get moving.
- "The Republican Party May Be About
To Learn A Vital Lesson", by Thomas L. Friedman, in The Day
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, pA4.
- "GOP Way Forward Is Staying the
Course", by Charles Krauthammer, in THe Day Saturday, Nov. 10,
- "How Come You Jews Supported Obama?",
by Jerome E. Fischer, in The Day Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, pA6,
ABOUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE 50 MILLION CATHOLICS IN THIS
A good question; for there is no such thing as a "Catholic Vote" in
this country, and there hasn't been one for many years.
Why? Because the hierarchical Church, trying very slowly to get
the Middle Ages, has rendered itself irrelevant to the lives of many
- especially to those of young and / or child-bearing ages, the
"seed-corn" of the future Church. Indeed, it was only in the
early 1990's that the Pope saw fit to forgive Galileo his "sin"
regarding the heavenly bodies.
And this is not new. I grew up as - and still am - a good
In the early years, my parents and I knew many married couples who had
going to Church when they married...because they "didn't want to be
hypocrites". They returned - after their child-bearing
years. Why? You guessed it. The Church's stance on
contraception...then and now. Except for the evil Popes of
centuries, and trying to get Fr. Martin Luther to sell indulgences, and
excesses of the Inquisition, this is the Church's deepest
wound. And it has produced indirectly the epidemic of abortions
the last many decades. Totally unnecessary and not divined by
or by the Scriptures, in my opinion. Indeed, Pope Paul VI in 1968
vote down the strong majority contrary vote of his clerical Commission
by him with addressing this issue, in order to perpetuate this
folly. Here we speak, of course, only of contraceptives that
union of ovum and egg - and NOT of those abortifacients that function
new human being has been created by that union.
Want more? The Church refuses to deal with the substantial body
scientific evidence indicating that Homosexuality is not a choice, but
biologic fact, determined by genetics and by the in utero
those individuals. Here we speak of moral and committed
individuals - and
not of the flaming and depraved libertines who gave us the spread of
who have contributed to our empty secular society.
And what is the Church's antidote for all this? Continuing to
the spirit and intent of Vatican ll. Emphasizing the Magisterium
than supporting and encouraging the Laity, the "Body of the
Church". Producing a profusion of new Saints...with
apparent conception of the meaning of "inflation" and its
effect on both faith in and the value of the currency. Even the
initiatives of the Catholic Bishops against aspects of ObamaCare are
by the Bishops' ineffectiveness in distinguishing contraceptives from
abortifacients...a uniform ploy used by the other side.
Thus, the Catholic Church is becoming irrelevant to both Catholics and
adversaries and enemies. And a "Catholic Vote" is
It pains me to say all of this. But it must be said and heard.
would begin by requiring periodic neuro-psychologic testing for all
certainly for the members of the Roman Curia.
FRIDAY, November 9, 2012
PEACE. KNOW GOD, KNOW PEACE".
On the "Today Show", Matt Lauer interviewed
one of the wives of one of the Navy Seals killed along with the US
in Libya. He asked, "What
she would say
to her children about their dad and how she would want them to remember
Her answer, and I quote, "His love for
Christ" and then continued on with a few other things.
Throughout the day and on MSN homepage,
story they have edited the "Love of Christ" part out. Why? Because
using the word Christ might offend someone!
Well, I am a Christian and I am offended! I'm
that they would edit it out. Offended that we as Christians are asked
lightly so as not to offend someone of another religion.
I think anyone who missed the original
morning should know what NBC has done. This man loved his country and
God and gave his life for both, just as Christ gave His life for him.
Please feel free to copy this and forward it
everyone on your email list.. There are e-mails that go around saying,
you believe in God" then forward this. Well, I am starting one right
right now. I am not ashamed of God but I am becoming more ashamed of my
country. It is time to take a stand.
GOD Bless America! God
Bless us one
GOD, have mercy on us!
How Race Slipped
Away From Romney
By Sara Murray and Patrick O'Connor | The Wall Street Journal – Thu, Nov 8, 2012 10:43 AM EST
Romney is one of the wealthiest men ever to run for president. And yet
the lack of money earlier this year stalled his campaign, and he never
The GOP nominee emerged late last spring from a long and bruising
Republican primary season more damaged than commonly realized. His
image with voters had eroded as he endured heavy attacks from
Republicans over his business record. He also felt compelled to take a
hard line on immigration—one that was the subject of debate among his
advisers—that hurt his standing with Hispanic voters.
More than that, Mr. Romney had spent so much money winning the
nomination that he was low on cash; aides, seeing the problem taking
shape, had once considered accepting federal financing for the campaign
rather than rely on private donations.
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The campaign's fate led on Wednesday to second-guessing and
recriminations among Republicans chagrined that a seemingly winnable
race slipped away. Some Republicans wondered whether the Romney
campaign had misjudged the power of President Barack Obama's coalition,
while others were questioning Mr. Romney's and the party's approach to
Back in spring, the Romney campaign's biggest worry was money. So the
campaign's finance chair, Spencer Zwick, huddled with political
director Rich Beeson to craft a complex schedule that took Mr. Romney
to the cities that were prime real estate for fundraising.
It meant visits to places like California, Texas and New York—none of
which were important political battlegrounds—while only allowing for
quick side trips to swing states that Mr. Romney would need to win to
On one level the strategy worked: Mr. Romney ultimately garnered some
$800 million or more, putting him in close competition with Mr. Obama's
robust fundraising effort.
But Mr. Romney paid a deep political price. The fundraising marathon
reduced his ability to deliver his own message to voters just as the
Obama campaign was stepping in to define the Republican candidate on
its terms. Mr. Romney's heavy wooing of conservative donors limited his
ability to move his campaign positions to the center, to appeal to
moderate and independent donors.
The search for cash led him to a Florida mansion for a private
fundraiser where Mr. Romney would make the deeply damaging, secretly
recorded remarks where he disparaged and dismissed the 47% of Americans
who don't pay taxes.
In the end, Mr. Romney lost nearly every swing state. Other factors
contributed to his defeat, of course, including difficulty making
voters warm to him and a dearth of support among Hispanics.
But in the eyes of top aides in both campaigns, that early summer
period when Mr. Romney was busy fundraising was perhaps the biggest
single reason he lost the election.
The Obama campaign spent heavily while Mr. Romney couldn't, launched a
range of effective attacks on the Republican nominee and drove up
voters' negative perceptions of Mr. Romney.
The problem: Mr. Romney had burned through much of his money raised for
the primaries, and by law, he couldn't begin spending his
general-election funds until he accepted the GOP nomination late in the
The money crunch didn't totally take the Romney camp by surprise. Long
before Mr. Romney secured the nomination, his closest advisers began
plotting what it would cost to wage an effective campaign against Mr.
Obama in the general election. Mr. Zwick, his finance chief, assumed
the best way to handle cash needs would be to raise money from private
donors, rather than accept the public financing the government offers
presidential candidates, advisers said.
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Mr. Zwick looked at fundraising markets in every state and sketched out
a schedule for Mr. Romney, his wife Ann, and his yet-to-be-named
running mate. He decided the payoff from fundraising was worth the
investment of the candidate's time. Analytical decisions like that one
were the campaign's mantra. In interviews, staffers called it the "Bain
In August, when Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan was announced as Mr. Romney's
vice presidential pick, Mr. Ryan's fundraising schedule was released
the same day: 10 events by the end of the month.
Mr. Romney's finance team was vigilant in its efforts to ensure
fundraising jaunts would be worth his time. Every other month the
campaign's state finance chairmen met for a roughly four-hour meeting
with Romney staffers. During the meeting, fundraisers had to stand in
front of their peers and report whether they had hit their fundraising
If the local finance chairman fell short of their targets, the campaign
sometimes canceled its fundraising stops there, a finance staffer said.
The real cost, though, was in the lost opportunity to use Mr. Romney to
do other campaigning to introduce himself to general-election voters on
his own terms. Aside from a five-day bus tour of six, mostly Midwestern
states, Mr. Romney's highest profile summer campaign event was a
problem-plagued overseas trip one aide called "total chaos." Even in
that trip's schedule were nestled two fundraisers, one in London,
another in Israel.
Meanwhile, the Obama campaign and a super PAC helping it, Priorities
USA Action, had unveiled ads attacking the centerpiece of Mr. Romney's
resume, his record as the head of private-equity firm Bain Capital. The
ads portrayed Mr. Romney as the heartless leader of a company that
gobbled up companies and then slashed jobs.
The cash shortfall hindered the Romney campaign's response; to get
through the sparse time, the campaign took out a $20 million loan.
Bob White, a former Bain executive who has long followed Mr. Romney,
formed a team to research Bain investments so the campaign was prepared
with a rapid response whenever one was questioned. Mr. White sought out
more than a dozen chief executives of companies that benefited from
Bain Capital investments to offer narratives of prosperous investments
to balance out the ones that had soured. The campaign posted more than
a dozen of them on a website lauding Mr. Romney's "sterling business
career." But they couldn't afford to air the testimonials in television
ads, an adviser said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Romney's two top strategists, Russ Schriefer and his
partner Stuart Stevens, started to craft an ad strategy around their
slim bank account. In focus groups, swing voters kept asking: What
would Mr. Romney would do if elected?
They prepared spots explaining what Mr. Romney would do in the opening
days of his presidency: approve construction of an oil pipeline to
Canada, cut taxes and replace Mr. Obama's health-care law with
"common-sense reforms." Yet the team didn't even have enough money to
air their ad in the Washington, D.C., media market, therefore ignoring
the sprawling suburbs of Northern Virginia—a key to a swing state that
Mr. Romney badly needed to win.
As Mr. Romney struggled, a group of flush Republican super PACs stepped
in to lend the presumed GOP nominee air cover. The biggest, American
Crossroads and its affiliate Crossroads GPS, realized early that the
Obama team would front-load its advertising to attack Mr. Romney when
he couldn't return fire.
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a Crossroads adviser, referred
to this phase as "the interregnum," and he reminded the group and its
donors that former President Bill Clinton used this phase to undercut
then Sen. Bob Dole in 1996 before he became the Republican presidential
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Between mid-April, when Mr. Romney effectively locked up the
nomination, and the Republican convention at the end of August, the
Obama campaign outspent the Romney camp $173 million to $75 million,
according to data compiled by the Campaign Media Analysis Group.
But thanks in large measure to super PACs, Republicans outspent the
Obama campaign and its Democratic allies over the same period by
roughly $50 million, shelling out nearly $250 million compared with
$198 million for Democrats, according to the same figures.
Still, the super PACs were better at attacking Mr. Obama than building
up Mr. Romney, and the Republican's "likability" ratings with voters
stayed low. With few public appearances and little to spend on ads, the
campaign couldn't gain any momentum. An adviser described it as a
campaign of "fits and starts."
Mr. Romney, meanwhile, kept making his conservative talking points to
donors and never moved to the political center. It was during those
months that Mr. Romney was filmed at a fundraiser in Florida dismissing
47% of Americans as Obama supporters because they receive government
benefits or don't pay taxes and wouldn't be amenable to Mr. Romney's
message of small government and lower tax rates. "My job is not to
worry about those people," Mr. Romney said in the video. "I'll never
convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for
The campaign also never figured out how to get beyond a damaging policy
position from the primary season, a tough line on overhauling
immigration laws. Mr. Romney refused to embrace legislation that might
give some illegal immigrants long in the U.S. a path to citizenship,
and instead advocated what he called "self-deportation."
Struggling to win the primary, the campaign's political team decided
Mr. Romney needed to draw a contrast on the immigration issue to
differentiate himself from the other Republicans on stage. The
candidate's hard-line stance alienated Hispanic voters, which would
prove a critical failing in the fall general election.
By early September, the Romney campaign was slumping and trailing badly
in the polls. The first presidential debate offered what might be its
last shot at a turnaround.
On a dreary Tuesday in early September, Mr. Romney and his top brass
descended on the remote Vermont estate of Kerry Healey, Mr. Romney's
former Massachusetts lieutenant governor, for debate preparations.
Beth Myers, a senior campaign adviser who was managing preparations,
decided Mr. Romney had better dive into debate preparations—which the
candidate disliked—head first. After just one mock session, senior
Romney staffers were blown away—with Rob Portman, the Ohio senator
picked to portray Mr. Obama.
Mr. Portman mastered Mr. Obama's policies and mannerisms so completely
that Romney aide Peter Flaherty referred to him as "Mr. President" even
when they bumped into each other on the trail.
"It was game on," said Mr. Flaherty, who played each of the three
Mr. Romney, meanwhile, worked on compressing his responses into
two-minute tidbits. Just days before the first debate, Messrs. Romney
and Portman, dressed in suits, took the stage at the Back Bay Events
Center in Boston for a final rehearsal. Aides there said Mr. Romney's
answers were crisp, and he parried Mr. Portman's attacks with ease.
Afterward, Lanhee Chen, the campaign policy director, called his wife
and told her, "Mitt's ready."
Minutes into the first debate Romney advisers saw their candidate was
poised and relaxed with an easy grasp of the facts behind his answers.
Obama advisers could tell the president was off his game.
Throughout the debate, the Republican nominee highlighted his work with
Democrats during his four-year stint as Massachusetts governor,
reassuring voters he planned to reach across the aisle as president,
Romney advisers say he always intended to make that point, because it
cut to the heart of voters' main complaint against Mr. Obama.
Ending partisan gridlock "was his biggest promise, and so therefore, it
may be his biggest failure," Mr. Schriefer said.
The first debate reshuffled the race. Obama aides traded concerned
emails about how to get their campaign back on track even before it
In the end, postdebate bumps in polls and money weren't enough to
change his fate. On Tuesday, Mr. Romney managed to flip just two states
Mr. Obama won in 2008, Indiana and North Carolina. (Florida remains too
close to call.) Mr. Obama won the Electoral College contest easily.
By early evening Mr. Romney said he had only written one speech: A
victory speech that stood at 1,118 words, unedited. Late that night, he
delivered a concession speech that came in at just 646 words.
"I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes," Mr. Romney told
a somber crowd in a not-quite-full ballroom at the Boston convention
center. "But the nation chose another leader."
The day after his loss, Mr. Romney stopped by headquarters to visit
staffers and thank them for their efforts.
He didn't hint at what he would do next, only saying "I'm not going
away," one staffer said.
It's a 50-50
nation, give or take
By Associated Press
– Wed, Nov 7, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) —
The election laid bare a dual — and dueling — nation, politically
speaking, jaggedly split down the middle on the presidency and torn
over much else. It seems you can please only half of the people nearly
all of the time.
Americans retained the fractious
balance of power in re-electing President Barack Obama, a Republican
House and a Democratic Senate, altogether serving as guarantors of the
gridlock that voters say they despise. Slender percentages separated
winner and loser from battleground to battleground, and people in exit
polls said yea and nay in roughly equal measure to some of the big
issues of the day.
Democracy doesn't care if you
win big, only that you win. Tuesday was a day of decision as firmly as
if Obama had run away with the race. Democrats are ebullient and, after
a campaign notable for its raw smackdowns, words of conciliation are
coming from leaders on both sides, starting with the plea from defeated
Republican rival Mitt Romney that his crestfallen supporters pray for
But after the most ideologically
polarized election in years, Obama's assertion Wednesday morning that
America is "more than a collection of red states and blue states" was
more of an aspiration than a snapshot of where the country stands.
"It's going to take a while for this thing to heal," said Ron Bella,
59, a Cincinnati lawyer who lives in Alexandria, Ky. He is relieved
Obama won, but some of his co-workers are in a "sour mood" about it.
"They feel like the vast majority of the country wanted Romney, and
the East and the West coasts wanted Obama," he said. "I'm not sure
exactly why that is, but there just seems to be such hatred for Obama
Compromise was a popular notion
in the hours after Obama's victory and an unavoidable one, given the
reality of divided government. But the familiar contours of partisan
Washington were also in evidence, especially the notion that compromise
means you do things my way.
As Democratic Rep. Steve Israel
of New York put it, "If you refuse to compromise, we are going to beat
you." Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign
Committee, said the election showed "if you are an extremist tea party
Republican, you are going to lose."
Senate Republican Leader Mitch
McConnell of Kentucky said pointedly that Republicans will meet Obama
halfway "to the extent he wants to move to the political center" and
propose solutions "that actually have a chance of passing."
In New York's bustling Times
Square, hope, skepticism and the usual polarities were all to be found
when people talked about the president. "He may not have done a great
job in my mind but I kinda trust him," said Jerry Shul. "I have faith
he will get with the Republicans and get something done."
A less-flattering George
Dallemand called this "a moment of truth" for the country. "I guess we
have to wish for the best now, but I still think he is socialism."
In Miami, Karen Fitzgerald, 55,
wore a black dress and said she was in mourning over Romney's defeat.
"It's an upsetting day," she
said. But she took some comfort from her Democratic friends on
Facebook, who have stopped chiding the other side in their posts. "Now
they're all saying we need to work together and be united," she said.
"Maybe we can."
In Springfield, Ohio, an
"elated" Frank Hocker, 67, hoped Republicans would get the message to
get out of Obama's way. "There was a backlash," he said. "For this
obstructionist House and those tea party people, I hope they learned
their lesson. I hope they learned their lesson: Don't stop the progress
of this country."
In Chicago, Obama supporter
Scherita Parrish, 56, predicted the president will reach out to
Republicans but may not get much back.
"But the people have spoken," she said. "They need to lick their
wounds, get on with it and start working with the president."
Unity is a challenge not just
for Obama but for the Republicans, who won less than 30 percent of the
growing Hispanic vote and not even one in 10 black voters. Obama built
a strong Electoral College majority, if only a narrow advantage in the
popular vote, despite losing every age group of non-Hispanic white
November 7, 2012
Election Night, 12:45 AM
a highly unlikely epiphany in President
Obama, this nation will stagnate for another four years - internally
and in the
world. We will survive. But we will not thrive. We
reaped a whirlwind. Too bad.
- It appears that Barack Obama has won
re-election in the Electoral College, while possibly losing the popular
- The U.S. Congress will remain
unchanged: the House, Republican; the Senate, Democratic.
- As i predicted months ago, this was
the Republican Party's election to lose - and it did, despite fielding
a great candidate in spite of itself.
- It is clear that a large proportion of
the American people in the last several decades has become a
nation demanding their entitled "wants" while disregarding their
personal responsibilities and opportunities. A far cry from the
admonition of President Kennedy expressed in his first inaugural
Poll: Latino Vote Devastated GOP Even Worse
Than Exits Showed
By Benjy Sarlin | TPM
– Wed, Nov 7, 2012
Romney lost Latinos by unprecedented margins -- even worse than
the initial exit polls showed -- according to a study by Latino Decisions.
election eve poll of 5,600 voters across all 50 states by the group,
which has researched the Latino vote throughout the
campaign, concluded Obama won by an eye-popping 75-23
margin. Their research concluded that CNN's exit poll estimate of 71
percent of Latinos breaking to Obama likely undercounted their support,
although they agreed with the assessment that turnout equaled 10
percent of the electorate.
the first time in US history, the Latino vote can plausibly claim to be
nationally decisive," Stanford University university
professor Gary Segura, who conducted the study, told reporters.
According to Segura, the Latino vote provided Obama with 5.4 percent of
his margin over Romney, well more than his overall lead in the popular
vote. Had Romney managed even 35 percent of the Latino vote, he said,
the results may have flipped nationally.
effect was at least as dramatic in swing states, most notably in
Colorado, which Obama won on Tuesday. There Latinos went for the
president by an astounding 87-10 margin, an edge not far from the
near-monolithic support he received from African American voters. In
Ohio, with a smaller but still significant Latino population, Obama won
by an 82-17 margin.
"This poll makes clear what we've known
for a long time: the Latino giant is wide awake, cranky, and its taking
names," Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU, told reporters
Wednesday on a conference call discussing the results.
Beyond the eye-popping margin of
victory, the internal numbers helped explain why many of the
Republican's efforts to deal with the problem fizzled in 2012. Romney
tacked hard right on illegal immigration, recommending a policy of
"self-deportation," but he hoped that by stressing his dedication to
legal immigration he might mitigate the damage.
The reason that didn't work, according
to the study, is that Latino citizens are too personally connected to
undocumented residents to separate the issue. Some 60 percent of high
propensity Latino voters say they know someone who is living in the
"You're not talking about an abstract
immigrant, you're talking about someone the respondent knows and cares
for and may in fact be related to," Segura said.
For the GOP, his conclusion was simple:
"The Republicans need to make this go away."
starting point would be comprehensive immigration reform that includes
a path to citizenship for undocumented residents, a move he says could
at least chip away at Democrats' increasing strength with the
community. But selling that to the conservative base is going to be a
tough slog and could invite a damaging backlash all its own, leaving
the future fraught with danger for the right.
SUNDAY and MONDAY,
November 4 and 5, 2012
Krauthammer puts it all in historic perspective.
"Blocking Obama's Revival Of Liberalism", in The Day Monday, November
5, 2012, pA4.
Look at this lady - Let us never
The world hasn't just become wicked...it' s always been
wicked. The prize doesn't always go to the most deserving.
recently was a death of a 98 year-old Polish lady named Irena.
WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a
had an 'ulterior motive'.
KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews (being German).
smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she
carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids).
also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi
soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.
soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking
covered the kids/infants noises.
her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500
was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her
kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept
them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.
the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and
reunited the family.
had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family
homes or adopted.
year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.
was not selected.
President Obama won one year before becoming President for
his work as a community organizer for ACORN
Al Gore won also --- for a slide show on Global Warming.
MEMORIAM - 63 YEARS LATER
is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.
more than ever, with Iran , and others, claiming the HOLOCAUST to be 'a
imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are
others who would like to do it again.
FRIDAY, November 2, 2012
YOU WANT TO GIVE
YOURSELF OR ANYONE ELSE HOURS OF PLEASURE, KNOWLEDGE AND INSPIRATION,
GOT A BOOK FOR YOU!
"IMMORTAL WORDS: History's Most Memorable Quotations and The Stories
Behind Them.", by Terry Breverton, Quercus, London, 2009.
The following is one selection, very appropriate for this election and
applicable to any outcome.
"I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike
other men with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong.
is any presumption, it is the other way, against the holders of power,
increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to
for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to
absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always
men... There is no worse herresy than that the office sanctifies
holder of it"
Lord Acton, 1887.
Folks, get used to this new "normal". Our world climate
has changed, is changing, will continue to change. The result
great population stressors, more and worse disasters,and of course
The causes are many...but man-made global warming is certainly one of
them. And it may be the only cause that we can do something
You will continue to hear from those who are either terminally STUPID
economic status depends on the status quo. They are like the
government that took 40 years to admit to the dangers of asbestos in
shipyards, or to the existence of human damage from Agent Orange and
PTSD. They are like the tobacco industry...for 40 years aptly
"disembling miscreants". Being from the Bronx, I have another
term for them: LYING BASTARDS.
Wake up, folks. There may still be something that we can do to
future. But again, there may not. In any case, forget about
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