Obama supporters go blank when asked what he has accomplished

Tue, 06/16/2009 - 3:42pm
By: Letters to the ...

Opinions are like noses: everyone has one.

We know what we like in our foods, cars, and the opposite sex. These opinions are derived from years and years of research, presumably because these things are important to us.

Sometimes, though, opinions can be self-destructive. Opinions on food, drink, drugs, and fun, in the short and/or long term, can adversely affect our personal welfare.

During the fall election, I would engage Obama supporters. I would ask them why they were voting for Barack Obama. The universal response was “change.” Certainly a palpable response to the over $300 million spent on advertising by the Obama campaign.

Next I would ask them what he was going to change. Suddenly there was a “deer in the headlights” look. Ninety percent could not name a thing. Zip, zero, nada. Nothing. Ten percent would respond with “healthcare.” I then pressed them for important details, such as what would it be like and how would we pay for it. They then became nonresponsive.

Today I ask the President Obama supporters if he is doing a good job. Everyone says yes. I then ask if he is doing a good job on the economy. Again, they say yes. Then I ask “What is the best thing he has done to help the economy?” Once again I get the “deer in the headlights” look. And nothing to say.

It is the same reaction when I ask which Bush policies caused this recession.

So let’s ask this: is it wise to give opinions on things that we know nothing about?

Let’s say I went to two doctors to get an opinion on a serious medical issue. One doctor listened to the description of my symptoms and shared his treatment ideas. The other listened, ran tests, researched the results, consulted experts, and then gave his opinion. Which opinion would mean more to me? Would the first opinion mean anything?

I could go out on the street today and do an opinion survey on the monetization of our debt. I would get opinions from boatloads of people who knew nothing about the hyperinflation that comes with it.

Even other countries recognize our political ignorance. On April 27, 2009, the Russian newspaper, Pravda, published an article entitled, “American capitalism gone with a whimper.”

It mocked Americans for passively allowing socialism to take over our country. It explained how this could be happening: “Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas than the drama in D.C. that directly affects their lives. They care more for their ‘right’ to choke down a McDonald’s burger or a Burger King burger than for their constitutional rights.”

We can do better. Try looking up the Progressive movement to get a general feel for what is going on. The vast majority of the things the government is enacting are right out of the Progressive playbook. It is being done in a rapid fire, machine gun approach to overwhelm us.

Then get specific. Is this trillion dollar spending sustainable? Is “manmade global warming” legitimate? How much money will the cap-and-trade tax cost me? How many jobs will it destroy? Since Medicaid and Medicare are bankrupt, why support a new government medical plan? How has it worked in other countries? Does the President have the Constitutional right to take over private businesses, firing leaders and setting wages?

Perhaps we can all be of the same opinion on one thing: it is best to base our opinions on facts rather than feelings.

If your support of someone is based on ignorance, you are being used. If it is based on knowledge, it is deserved.

Bill Webster

Peachtree City, Ga.

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Submitted by black flag on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 2:21pm.

What did Bush do his first 3 months, 6 months, 1st term etc.? Let's see, he did take more vacation than any other president in history.

I don't know who you are asking but the most important thing to understand is that nothing will happen fast. We will have to look at the results of his decisions and actions to see in the next few years if he made the right moves or not.

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 10:21pm.

Is incurable, untreatable and generally followed by blatherings, fevers and excessive spittle. Stuttering is commonly a symptom.. Followed by.... bbbbbbush lllied.. bbbbush did it ttttooo.
Seeking medical help is useless.. Psychological help is preferred.

A little HISTORICAL Reality

"When the person who in possession of a government, shall say to a nation, I hold this power in 'contempt' of you, it signifies not on what authority he pretends to say it is..but an aggravation to a person in slavery"..Thomas Paine

Submitted by boo boo on Mon, 06/22/2009 - 8:16am.

CDS, Clinton Derangement Syndrome. What goes around, comes around, or is it the other way around...never could get that straight. Or from the juvenile stage...they can dish it out but they can't take it..

Submitted by MikePatton on Thu, 06/18/2009 - 2:02pm.

Lets be honest here. The majority of followers of any mainstream political movement are generally not very knowledgeable. The ignorance of many McCain / Palin supporters has been thoroughly documented.

Submitted by boo boo on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 2:19am.

The ignorance of the voters lie on both sides of the fence, no matter what party you belong to. You need only to go to YouTube and find the hyppocracy, ignorance.

Thank Goodness, McCain/Palin lost the election.


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Submitted by christi on Thu, 06/18/2009 - 4:28pm.

Here's an example of Obama's voters ignorance:
And there's a lot more where that came from. Just go to You Tube and type "Obama Voters Stupid".

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Thu, 06/18/2009 - 4:04pm.

"The ignorance of many McCain / Palin supporters has been thoroughly documented."

As is yours, with each and every post you make.....

Submitted by boo boo on Thu, 06/18/2009 - 10:38am.

I hardly think so..Russia, who would pay attention to anything they say, they can't even make decent toilet paper...

The below link seems to be broken but a google page comes up and if you click on the link what socialism looks like by Clarke you should get to the web site. Very interesting chart of what Socialism looks like in the USA..


Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 06/17/2009 - 7:28pm.

In the 140 or so days of the new administration, I have no idea as to what few actions taken to date will cause in resolving the recession and avoiding a terrible depression. The 750 billion Paulson and Bush spent apparently did "save" the banks and Insurance companies for at least a breather. They still have enormous sums on their books with little or no value.

If you want to know what "change" meant go back and read Obama's last year of campaigning. He explained most of it fully---whether you agree or not, I know what to expect from him.

Bush had no policies. That was the problem he allowed the enormous spending and the wild banking!

The real change however is getting away from total failure in health care, debt, unregulated banks, corporate crooks, and wars that have ruined our military and their families not to mention 35,000 wounded and 5000 dead, plus brain-shook thousands.
If Obama and his crew can improve any of that in four years they will be heroes.

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 3:16pm.

I'm sorry, but the current admin is no better than the last. They are owned by the banksters and wall street. You've got to look past the puppets and at the real power structure, please!!!

It just kills me that these people have you all fooled, you're smarter than that!!!

Actions speak louder than words!!! What actions have been taken since 1-20-09??? The policies of the previous administration continue and expand!!!

In Liberty,


Submitted by kevin king on Wed, 06/17/2009 - 4:55pm.

Hope you are well. You are such a treasure. Have a blessed day and week.


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Submitted by Tug13 on Wed, 06/17/2009 - 5:05pm.

Where have you been? Did you get my email, and the picture I sent you?
Hope you & your family are well.
I made a trip to Emory today, good report!

Take care,
Love you

Tug Smiling

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