Published on November 5th, 2012 | by Leonard Jackson


New Hope – New Leaders

Tuesday we will go to the polls and pick a man who will lead our country for the next four years. Because of the repercussions that could result from our decisions, this is probably the most important vote most of us have ever cast. Certainly our lives will be drastically different depending on the prevailing side. We will either begin the repeal and eradication of the tangled web of massive government intervention that has been imposed into every circumstance of our lives, especially in the past four years; or we will be forced to muddle through this bureaucratic chaos and try to defend against and defeat each egregious intrusion. But let’s be clear right now. Despite what we are told by the media, this nation is exceptional. Even with what we have had to withstand these past four years we can and will survive and with proper leadership we will again be the mighty nation we once were.
The pundits tell us it will be a close race. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I don’t believe them. Actually, after what I’ve seen and heard in the last few months, I have a hard time believing most anything written or spoken in today’s media. (I have another piece ready for this topic in a later post – but I digress). I don’t believe them because I don’t believe the American people are so detached from today’s current events that they are not acutely aware of our national problems and the cause of the state of affairs in which we find ourselves.
In 2008 a combination of people made up of those drowning in white guilt, liberal politicians, uninformed do-gooders and the racial industry professionals came together and formed a coalition that was as surprisingly strong as it was unexpectedly effective. They were determined to elect our first Afro-American president and take claim for a part of this “historical” event.
Their victory in the general election was not a surprise – any Democrat, with the possible exception of Joe Biden – could have beaten John McCain. The drubbing they gave the Clinton machine was another matter. Someday we’ll find out just how that happened, but suffice it to say, it was a major upset and I will assure you the Clinton’s haven’t forgotten it.
They voted for a candidate for, arguably, the most important position in the world without any knowledge of his experience, competence, personal background or character; in short, they knew almost nothing about the man. They voted for him entirely because of the color of his skin. That had to be the case; because that was the only thing they really knew about him for sure. He was the son of racially-mixed parents and that was “black” enough for historical purposes.
But, oh, how these four years have been revealing. Calvin Coolidge said of the presidency, “It is a great advantage to a president, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.” Unfortunately our President is the very antithesis of this observation. If there were one single reason for his disastrous term it would be his failure to address this axiom.
In these four years we have exposed the weaknesses that have plagued this presidency and caused the failed program that it quickly became and seemingly deteriorated even further day by day. Even now there lurks still another scandal concerning the ineptitude and deceit that has been such a part of this administration. The friendly and compliant formerly “mainstream media” can cover up this Benghazi atrocity for only so long, but even if Obama could win this election, he would have a busy first year defending his deviant actions.
Regardless of all the failed bailouts, stimuluses, cronyisms and partisan behavior we’ve had to endure, the number one reason for this President to lose his job is unquestionably The Affordable Care Act or, more familiarly, ObamaCare. As the Wall Street Journal pointed out recently, the Democrats reached the 60 Senate votes needed to pass this abomination “because of a series of improbable and corrupt events. Alaska’s Ted Stevens lost his seat in 2008 by 3,725 votes after he was convicted eight days before the election in a trial in which the Justice Department withheld crucial evidence. He was later exonerated. Al Franken, who was trailing on Election Day, managed to steal the Minnesota recount in 2008 by 312 votes from a hapless Norm Coleman.”
They went on, “Add the Louisiana Purchase ($300 million added to Medicaid in the state for the Senator Mary Landrieu vote) and the Cornhusker Kickback (a permanent Medicaid expansion exemption for Nebraska for the Senator Ben Nelson vote), and the other special deals that President Obama used to buy Senate Democratic votes for ObamaCare, and you have the first major new entitlement in history that passed along strictly partisan lines and is as unpopular today as it was on the day it was passed.”

Those of us who are paying attention know what this legislation will do to our nation’s economy in the short run and financial stability in the future, not to mention the destruction of the best health care system in the world. We want to get rid of it as well as the entire cabal that was responsible for its dubious passage. I believe Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will be elected by a margin of 52% to 48% and, more importantly, will be an excellent president and vice-president who we can be proud of again.

About the Author

As I prepare my “reentry” into the e-world of blogging, I am advised that I should provide my prospective audience with a brief biographical résumé covering my life’s work and future aspirations so that I, and my work, can be properly categorized and thus judged in the proper venue. Since I will be joining a new group in just a few short months, it came to my attention that for a quick summary I can cover my life span in 20 year segments that pretty well sum up the route that I took to get to where I am today. In December, the Lord willing, I will become a member of that esteemed group known as Octogenarians. . Now that may be a disturbing, even scary, pigeonhole for some folks to find themselves assigned to, but I’m beginning to realize some real benefits from being maturity advantaged. The first 20 years I grew up, was educated and began my married life and my career. Second period was about 20 years in the cotton business in Memphis, TN. Trading this commodity in the world’s largest inland cotton market. Third period was spent in the municipal bond industry in Memphis, Houston TX Chicago and finally to my present home in Kansas City, MO. The fourth 20 years I served as a registered investment adviser to a number of individual clients which I continue to do in a semi-retired capacity. In addition to all this, over all these years, I have been blessed with a loving wife of sixty years, four children, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a menagerie of grand horses, dogs, cats and a donkey. Providentially, none of these, except of course my patient wife, are still living in the family home. And now the fifth period will be consumed in my new career. For the first time in all the years I have an opportunity to share my opinions with the world. I can truly express my thoughts without regard to any extenuating conditions. I can just say how I feel about any subject. How liberating. Let the blogging begin!!!! By the way – what I do in the next period remains to be seen and depends on how well I do in the fifth period.

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