Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Perspectives on the meaning of last week's election and the President's agenda

I agree with these men. The quotes are from The Patriot Post email newsletter yesterday.
Canadian-American journalist Isabel Paterson (1886-1961): "Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse, or omission. It is the result of their deliberate actions, long persevered in, which they hold to be motivated by high ideals toward virtuous ends."
Columnist Thomas Sowell: "Pundits who depict Obama as a weak, lame duck president may be greatly misjudging him, as they have so often in the past. Despite the Republican sweep of elections across the country last week, President Obama has issued an ultimatum to Congress, to either pass the kind of immigration law he wants before the end of this year or he will issue Executive Orders changing the country’s immigration laws unilaterally. Does that sound like a lame duck president? On the contrary, it sounds more like some banana republic’s dictator. ... People who are increasingly questioning Barack Obama’s competence are continuing to ignore the alternative possibility that his fundamental values and imperatives are different from theirs. You cannot tell whether someone is failing or succeeding without knowing what they are trying to do. ... The big question is whether the other branches of government -- Congress and the Supreme Court -- can stop him from doing irreparable damage to America in his last two years. Seeing Obama as an incompetent and weak, lame duck president only makes that task harder."
Columnist Dennis Prager: "Since last Tuesday’s elections, commentator after commentator on the left has declared American politics 'dysfunctional.' When Democrats win by a landslide, the left regards the vote as testimony to the great message of the left and the good sense of the American people. Only when Republicans win by a landslide does the vote reflect dysfunction. ... There is one incontrovertible proof that all this talk about the election’s being about a dysfunctional Congress -- in the president’s words 'a sign that the American public wanted politicians to work together to get things done' -- is, to put it nicely, phony. That proof is the state elections. People don’t vote for their governor or for their state assemblies because of how they feel about Washington and its alleged dysfunction. Yet the Democrats were trounced in state after state elections, including some of the most liberal states."

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