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If that is true, it is only because the ultra-liberal New York Times, followed by the rest of the mainstream media, has worked overtime to make it true. Vice President Dan Quayle was handed a flashcard with potato misspelled on it and "corrected" a child to misspell the word. How many of us, if up in front of a room full of people and cameras and handed a card with a misspelled word on it would question the spelling on the card? But the media has had a field day with it.
The incident could have been laughed off as a silly mistake, like Biden thinking he was in North Carolina instead of Virginia; or forgetting what century he lived in; or making fun of an Indian at a convenience store; or saying that the president was worried about one three-letter word, J-O-B-S. Quayle can't spell and Biden can't count.
I have never seen ruder, more boorish behavior by a politician, even on the local level, than Biden during the vice presidential debate. We had a gang leader – now in the federal penitentiary serving a lengthy sentence – run for City Council and he behaved much more civilly than Biden did in the vice presidential debate. Yet some news analysts said, in their opinion, Biden had won the debate. If you can win a vice presidential debate simply by shouting and refusing to allow the other candidate to answer a question we have entered a whole new realm of politics. Many people thought Biden was insane, and in fact several people asked me if something had happened to him because he didn't act like a normal human being. His behavior was aberrant, but the news media simply reported that he was on the "offensive" and wanted to show off his wide knowledge. It wasn't true, but most people are easily swayed.
The media has decided that anything Biden does is cute and funny. He can say incredibly rude and stupid stuff and it just Joe being Joe. Even the emperor himself, President Barack Hussein Obama, doesn't get the pass that Biden gets. And then The New York Times has the gall to write that Biden has been "transformed." The New York Times and company have transformed him.
If they presented Biden the way he is, people would know that he is a not very bright, rude, boorish, dishonest snob, but people think he is cute because what they know about Biden is what is reported.
The New York Times is free to report whatever it wants about people, but to act like this is something Biden has accomplished on his own should be beneath them. But unfortunately it is not.
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A statement that rivals Hillary Clintons in outrageousness is Obama's statement about gun control legislation: "If it saves only one life, it is worth it." That is so stupid it is hard to believe that Obama's speechwriters allowed him to utter that phrase.
Lowering the national speed limit to 45 mph would save thousands of lives. Putting a trauma center in every little town in this country and in every neighborhood in cities would likewise save thousands of lives. One of the major causes of death in homes is falls, particularly in the bathroom. Ladders and bathtubs have no constitutional protection. So if Obama outlawed ladders and bathtubs thousands of lives could be saved.
For older people, taking a shower is particularly dangerous. Outlawing showers and forcing everyone in the country to take baths would save lives.
Over 800 people die every year from drowning, many of them in swimming pools. Once again swimming pools have no constitutional protection, so Obama could just outlaw swimming pools and safe hundreds of lives.
Obama could also save lives by putting up fences around every body of water in the country. It would be ugly and expensive, but it would save lives.
People die every year surfing. Obama is from Hawaii, so it might be tough for him, but if he wants to save just one life, then he should simply outlaw surfing.
Lately several people have died from being pushed on to the subway tracks in New York. Obama could easily save those lives by closing all the subways, including the ones in Washington, DC. It would inconvenience a few million people but it would save more than one life.
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The Stupid Party is at it again. The Republican Party suffered a disastrous defeat in 2012. The Republicans were running against a president who had presided over a recovery so weak it seems like a recession. Unemployment, even according to the president, is at an unacceptable level. But it wasn't just the presidential race. North Carolina is one of the few states where Republicans made any gains. The Republicans lost ground in the Senate and have less of a majority in the House.
It was a bad year for Republicans, yet the Republican Party reelected Reince Priebus as chairman of the Republican National Committee. It seems like after suffering a stunning defeat in 2012 that the Republican Party would want to see if someone new could do a better job, but that's not how the Republican Party works.
They don't call it the Stupid Party for nothing.
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Many people who have been active in politics their entire lives – meaning not that they have run for office but that they read newspapers and watch the news on television, go to political events, contribute to candidates and generally keep up with what is happening politically – have told me that since the election they can't watch the news anymore.
Almost three months after the election they are still so upset by the choice that the country made they can't stand to watch what is going on. These are, of course, all conservatives, and they will be a huge problem for Republicans in 2014 and 2016 if the Republican Party can't give them some reason to get active again.
I understand the problem. I rarely watch the news because I know first hand how terribly inaccurate television news is, but I have to force myself to read the news because it's my job.
It is difficult because it doesn't matter what anyone reports: Obama, who I think is the worst president in my lifetime, is going to be president for 1,450 more days.
For four years conservatives had hope that the majority of the country would see what they see when they look at our president, which is a charlatan. Books were written about how misleading Obama's book – which they used to call an autobiography – is. Articles were written about how his own economic advisers said he didn't understand economics. His lack of experience showed in his interaction with foreign dignitaries. His insults to Israel and Great Britain were particularly obvious.
He put $1 trillion into the economy and most of it went to the government, not to business, and the economy floundered. His idea evidently was not to help out private industry – with the notable exception of private industry dependent on union labor – but to make sure that the government didn't have to be cut.
Around here the local governments have faired very well during the recession. Greensboro for a while implemented a rolling hiring freeze, which meant that for three months they wouldn't fill a position. This was considered a horrible burden for other city employees who had to fill in for three months, assuming that the person who left did something. But that is long gone and the city is back adding employees like it was before the recession. It was merely a hiccup for local government, while small businesses by the score went out of business....continued on page 3