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The US elections of 2012 was much more than Obama versus Romney. Coming to think of it I dare say that it was the testing ground for the nation to out the ideological gulf between the Republican and Democratic party. Of course the politics of future shall come around to address this.
In this bitterly fought campaign each party put out their case. In Obama’s victory we see how the Tea Party movement outplayed its hand. All that rumble and blustering of the movers of the movement did not in the end, mean anything.
The Tea Party is an antigovernment, grass-roots political movement.  It began in 2009 in protest of the bank bailout and the economic stimulus package. Is not an economic stimulus good for the growth? Oh no in the vocabulary of the GOP it smacks of federal intrusion. Such fiscal conservatism of the Party relying not on pragmatism, though the recession called for it to help small businesses, proved it was out of touch with the times.
The Tea Party became a pivotal player in the Republicans’ successful bid to take control of the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm elections. In those elections, four in 10 voters expressed support for the movement in exit polls. Its most shining hour was when in August Rep.Paul Ryan from Wisconsin was chosen as the running mate of Romney. The election proved the Tea Party had totally miscalculated. Here we see the blind side of GOP: their failure to take the pulse of the nation or speak for average American. A Party that speaks for the 1 percenters cannot gauge the impulses of Mr.Joe. The Party represented the White and continued their stand against the minorites not realizing the changing demographics had simply cut the ground from under their feet.
As recently as 1980, 80% of the United States was white, but results of the 2010 Census depict a rapidly changing nation, with the country’s non-white population growing to more than 35 percent. As ethnic and racial minorities continue to grow, these communities’ impact on America’s future—particularly as it pertains to politics and leadership—is increasing.
 
This paradigm shift seems to have escaped the calculation of the Party in the manner they tried to cast slur on the President for his middlename and his birth among other things.Even an endorsement from much respected Colin Powell invited criticism that it was racially motivated.This shows how deep rooted is the Party on old values. If only they had shown their relevance in the everyday living that would have been something.
The integration of racial minorities into what has been America’s dominant white culture is what this election indicates.
Hispanic voters comprised 10 per cent of the electorate. Mr Obama won seven out of 10 of their votes. The president also won 93 per cent of the black vote, and more than 70 per cent of Asian voters. He led by 12 points over Mr Romney among women.
Among young voters, Obama secured two thirds of the preferences of those aged between 18 and 29. They are almost a fifth of the electorate.
For the first time last year in America more babies were born to non-white parents that to whites, a trend which explains why the Republican party can no longer afford to ignore Hispanic voters, even though this campaign, with all its hostility towards immigrants, seemed so determined to alienate them.
The shift saw Mr Obama holding old southern states such as Virginia, which he had won in 2008 on the back of a euphoric wave of support which some put down to a fluke.
But as African-Americans and students turned out in droves to take the state again, it was clear that the race had heralded a new, more permanent, drawing of the political map. Mr Obama’s coalition represents the future of America: a younger, browner, more ‘godless’ and liberal America whose taxes must also pay for the retirement funds of the older, white evangelical Christian Americans that they are supplanting.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white, or Hispanic or Asian, or Native American, or young or old, or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight – you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try,” Obama said. Is anyone listening?
Tailspin:
This election also proved what a fool Karl Rove is. All that political acumen was merely adipose settled where his grey matter ought to have been. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Rove’s group spent more than $1 million in 10 different Senate races.
At the top of that group, Crossroads spent $11.2 million opposing Senate candidate Tim Kaine in Virginia, $7 million opposing Representative Shelley Berkley in Nevada, and $6 million in both Ohio and Wisconsin, opposing Senator Sherrod Brown and Tammy Baldwin, a member of the House of Representatives who was elected to the U.S. Senate.
Only Berkley lost on Tuesday.
For months, Rove’s commercials told Montanans that their U.S. senator, Jon Tester, was “a top recipient of campaign cash from lobbyists and big banks.”
Missourians were instructed to tell their Democratic senator, Claire McCaskill, “to stop spending and cut the debt.”
In those races, as in Florida and Indiana, Rove’s candidate lost. Only in Nevada, where Senator Dean Heller was challenged by Berkley, did Rove assist with a victory in race where he invested more than $1 million.
According to calculations made by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan group that seeks more transparency in campaign finance, Rove’s outfits provided dismal returns to investors. With advice from such a ‘failure’ like Karl Rove, President George Bush has had his image forever badly bruised. Karl Rove reminds me of Humpty-Dumpty after a bad fall.

(ack: Pewsocialtrends,NewYork Times of Oct.4,2012,Reuters news of Oct 7,Karl Rove’s bad night)
benny

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Man, His Fame – essay
U.S Presidents

Nothing ever remains static: the face of the earth changes with seasons and continental shelves move. Such changes take place in matter of time and it goes without saying man is of no exception.Consequently his hopes, fears,- and his glory also vanishes.
Where does that leave those who walked the earth as Colossus? Oh no these days we have US Presidents who may catch media attention even if they just had the most prosaic surgical procedures. I remember Nixon and Lyndon Johnson in this regard. Nixon’s clot (phlebitis, I think it was called) was serious as the appendicitis of the latter. After all the entire nation’s thoughts revolve about them. Every day of their four year term. Whatever they do or say creates plenty of media interest. Their days in office must be seen by all recalling the days when the entire French court watched the Sun King waking up from his ornate bed in Versailles.
What with the mass media and TV we have become a visual generation. Recalling the Andy Warhol quote each of us holds the right to fame though it may be for some fifteen minutes. It may be through reality shows or as a witness in TV coverage for 6 o’clock news. Television has killed the art of conversation and instead we have talking heads whose style and contents are what matter for the ratings. Yes fifteen minutes of fame is enough for the audience whose attention span is correspondingly becoming shorter.
Looking at the appeal of the US Presidents history judges them, as tastes govern the appeal of fashion art and literature.
The Presidency of Andrew Jackson (1829-37) has undergone swings in popularity. Jackson presided over American expansion as well as subjugated the American Indians. The New Englanders and the Eastern gentry despised him as a frontiersman and a dangerous demagogue about money and banking. The historians of the early 20th century saw him as a democratic hero, coming out of the West to fight the moneyed Eastern interests.
Thomas Jefferson is another. Jefferson, had his bitter critics to whom he was ‘Mad Tom’. Of his prodigious mind and its wide sweep no one had doubts. John F. Kennedy once invited a group of Nobel Prize winners to the Executive mansion and said thus: ‘the most extraordinary collection of talent… that has ever been gathered together at the White House-with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.’ His personal stature or his qualities are not what makes his relevance count. His policies or what he stands for must mesh with the mood of the times like teeth of gears so history on its march keeps his relevance as obvious. No president or king is as relevant as to be in step with mood of the times all the time.
Thus presidents out of office have remaining years to live in the past or setting up a library to keep posterity guessing. Was he the wrong man for the best of times or the right man for the dangerous times? Hope has nothing to do once the reality kicks in.
Ronald Reagan came to power on the belief ‘Politics is just like show business. You have hell of an opening, coast for a while and then have hell of a close’. He edged out Jimmy Carter from the Presidential race with the promise of getting the nation out of depression. ‘I am speaking of depression in the human sense. A recession is when your neighbour is out of work. Recovery is when Carter is out of work.’ Reagan was elected the President. His covert interference in Afghanistan to arm the mujaheddin and break the back of the Soviets seemed to succeed. History however shows its terrible consequences even this day. As for his economic policies paved the way for the economic meltdown and recession of 2008. The presidency of George Bush Sr. was colourless but his rating has risen against the backdrop of Presidents who succeeded him to the office.
Power is always a potent tool in the hands of a President in the US or anywhere else to shape destinies of people; and politics is the means to get the policies across but then they are on their own.
Now another Presidential election is around the corner. The somber mood of the US economy cannot be as easily replaced as hopes of man on the street at flurry of activities that the election day entails. For him a change means a change in his fortunes in the matter he blindly takes the cues from the mood of people about him. Scaremongering and mudslinging are part of making the voter change his mind in favor of one candidate over the other. Romney is yet give a single concrete workable plan to make him credible but election fever when it gets going creates its own rationale. It is democracy and scaremongering, half-truths might prevent the voter think for himself and the most undeserving might be elected or the best candidate may be left by the wayside.
Money plays a large part and special interest groups are already in the fray placing bets and they must have covered all eventualities. Another way to get votes is to give style than substance as Reagan did so well. Romney’s heart as he claims is all for America, notwithstanding his 47 percent claims. His feisty debate seems to have gone well with his backers. He is all things for everyone. What if he wins the election? He may on the job find some policies that can heal the polarized nation. Who can tell? One advantage the Presidential hopeful is that he is new and untested for the office. Democracy is in practice is triumph of hope over reality. In Romney’s favor this must be said, he might make good or dash the hopes of the nation just as Bush Jr. did. In the case of Harry Truman no one expected much but in retrospect his character and decisions he took while in charge make him more than a middling President.
Economic recovery takes time and the new President-elect may take the credit of it unjustly in most cases, but it is fruit of his success anyway. If Barack Obama can keep the Presidency for a second term he would have hell of catching up to do to take the credit of an economic boom undeniably fixed to his Presidency.
(Ack: Hedley Donovan-Time/essay Nov 9,1981)
benny

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One Roman Senator Odious Surpluss represented the Patrician class and served for one term. He loved the idea of holding power and privilege that came with his office. When Caesar fell he wanted to fill in the role of great Caesar. He harangued at the forum, same forum where Marcus Antonious urged the mob to take vengeance on his assassins,and he cited all that he could do if power were given to him. He promised bushels of grains treble the quota given to the citizens and lands for veterans who came from their service. Hoi Polloi received it all with cheer and applause. However some were raking up his past and there were quite a few unsavory details. Rumors of his greed went around the city. One evening at one house the clique that supported Octavian asked him to speak for himself. “Did you not grab the land earmarked for the veterans who came from the Gauls?”
Senator Odious slightly went pale but he defended saying, “I can bring witnesses who came from Spain and Germany”. He rolled out names of veterans from expeditions to these regions. Octavian who had silently heard these till then, laughed and Senator Odious shuddered. Octavian said,”If we ask what you were doing up North we do not want to hear what you were not doing in the West or East.”
This reminds me of a President hopeful lately trying to prove he is the most humane and compassionate man ever applied for the office.
benny

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The Mule or the Porpoise?

Before the Council of gods there were animals all lined up. Each god except Neptune  got what he wanted. Neptune found only two animals left to him and he said: Something tells me I am left with nothing but this mule and this porpoise. He was disappointed. “This porpoise hasn’t the face of a lion, it would have added to my majesty. Porpoise is not as magnificent as a leopard. I think I am unlucky”.
Jupiter said,”Tough luck.”
He suggested the mule. The Chief God was sure that the mule was direct. “This she mule is going to say what she says and if you don’t like it, that’s just too bad,”
Neptune hesitated. Jupiter urged, “She’s not going to lie, she’s not going to sugarcoat it — she’s just going to let it rip. I think that’s what she is.”
Neptune scratched his hair and said, “Still she is a mule. What I need is one who I can use under water.”
Neptune chose porpoise and it was a wise choice.
When I read the news item ‘GOP base is wild about Palin,’ I could not help thinking about Neptune’s dilemma.
(Ack:politico-Michael Falcone,Zachary Abrahamson, Sept 29)
benny

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One of my friends who is focused on the coming elections sent me this post. I am posting this since it shows up doublethink.
"I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....

* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're
"exotic, different."
*Growing up in Alaska eating mooseburgers,  a quintessential
American story.
*If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
* Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

* Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well
grounded.

* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become
the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter
registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12
years as a Constitutional Law professor,  spend 8 years as a State
Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman
of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend
4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of  13 million
people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs,
Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you
don't have any real leadership experience.
* If your total resume is: local weather girl,  4 years on the
city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000
people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000
people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest
rankingexecutive.

* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while
raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches,
you're not a real Christian.
* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left
your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a
Christian.

* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education,
including  the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of
society.
* If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only,
with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while
your  unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you're very responsible.


* If your wife is a Harvard graduate laywer who gave up a position
in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner
city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's
values don't represent America's.
* If your husband is nicknamed "First Dude",  with at least one
DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote
until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the
secession  of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable."
Democracy is what everyone praises sky high and drags in mud everything that makes it worthwhile.
benny

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I am passing something I received from a friend of mine who is very much into American politics. I have no interest whatsover. As far as any election in India or in USA is concerned my policy is this: May the worse of the two win! He/she  is not going to make any worse than the one who has God in his pocket.

OBAMA COULD STILL LOSE:
If video of him punching a baby surfaces
If Obama confesses that the blackout ending of the
series finale of The Sopranos was his idea
If pictures surface of an 8-year-old Obama in his
local neighborhood bomb-making class with William
Ayers and other Weather Undergrounders
If Bill Clinton starts campaigning on his behalf
If The Drudge Report uncovers shocking photographic
evidence that Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden were
actually college roommates. They depict Bin Laden
doing keg stands while Obama stands to the side
holding his turban and counting in Arabic.
If he was the one in the grassy noll. And there’s now
video of it.
If he’s actually John McCain‘s illegitimate black
child If the Clinton campaign digs up records in the
National Archives proving that Hawaii was not a state
at the time of Obama’s birth, thereby making him
ineligible
If Obama needs to be photographed windsurfing, and
then get eaten by a shark
If Obama, trying to fit in with the Oregon locals,
goes on a white-water rafting tour arranged by Lanny
Davis Excursions
If he’s really Rev. Jeremiah Wright (note that you
never see the Rev. & Obama in the same place)
If Hillary appeals to the Supreme Court, which, based
upon a 2000 ruling, decides that the candidate with
fewer votes wins the election
If Barack Obama publicly converts to Islam and changes
his name to Osama Hafez al-Mohammed Hussein Ayatollah
Obama, while burning an American flag in the Crystal
Cathedral as he replaces the crucifix with a
do-it-yourself **** Christ.

postman: benny

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