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Patton: John Galt Calling - Had Enough?

By Doug Patton

"They believe in free stuff. We believe in free people." - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, 2012 vice presidential nominee

When I heard Congressman Ryan utter those words during his speech to the Republican National Convention in Tampa last summer, I thought they would define the 2012 race for the White House. No statement so clearly describes the deep division between the earners and the takers in this country as we stand on the uneasy precipice of another Obama term. As we all try to analyze the election results, it appears that “free stuff” won big.

More than half a century ago, author Ayn Rand — one of Paul Ryan’s social and political inspirations — saw the dangers of socialism in America. In her 1,100-page opus, “Atlas Shrugged,” she presciently predicted the direction of the country and the consequences inherent in that course. The book tells the story of how her protagonist, John Galt, has had enough of the leeches who will not work and the bureaucrats who cater to them. Galt recruits the brightest, most productive members of society to go on strike in order to deprive the nation’s parasites of the support they need to continue redistributing wealth they did not earn.

Now that Obama has won a second four-year term to continue his leftist agenda, one has to wonder just how many of the people who actually pay the bills in this country intend to “go John Galt.” I personally know a few.

A doctor in Nebraska has been telling his patients that he intends to close his practice and leave the country if Obama is re-elected. Obamacare, he says, will destroy his practice, and he has no intentions of working for the government. It appears that he has not been uttering idle threats. He has purchased property in another country and he really plans to leave.

An executive for a major Midwestern corporation, which recently merged with a similar firm in a larger city, has been contemplating relocation in order to continue working for the company that has employed her for more than three decades. Obama’s re-election has finalized her decision.

“I’m done,” she says at the peak of her career. “There’s no way I’m going back to this level of work and stress and taxation. I’m going Galt. Elections have consequences. I’m over it. You’d be surprised how cheaply I can live. They can tax somebody else.”

The owner of a Japanese restaurant tells one of his employees, who supported Obama, “If he wins, you will lose your job.” It is not a threat. He simply knows what is coming.

The owner of a picture framing gallery, who has struggled to keep her business afloat for the past three years, will close her doors by the end of this year. The final, deciding factor for her was the result of this presidential election. “No one even has the money to pick up the work I’ve already framed for them,” she laments, “and it’s only going to get worse. I’m not working this hard for nothing.”

A salesman approaching his 65th birthday, who planned to wait until age 66 to file for Social Security, is contemplating filing early. “My intention was to wait another year so that I wouldn’t be penalized for working and earning more than the allowed amount of $14,400 per year,” he says. “But with rising gas prices, regulations and taxes under Obama, I might as well do the minimum and live off the government dole like half the country already is.”

Barack Obama has already done great damage to this country. He will do much more damage over the next four years. Whether America’s producers will continue to stand for it remains to be seen.

In his gracious concession speech on election night, Mitt Romney appealed to business owners and entrepreneurs. “We look to job-creators of all kinds,” he said. “We’re counting on you to invest, to hire, to step forward…”

Perhaps they will, but if they do, it will be in spite of Barack Obama, certainly not because of him.

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© 2012 by Doug Patton, Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself more often than not. Now working as a freelance writer, his weekly columns are syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Astute supporters and inane detractors alike are encouraged to email him with their pithy comments at dpatton@cagle.com. For info on using his column at your publication or website, please email Cari Dawson Bartley at cari@cagle.com.

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  1. NewsWatcherComment by NewsWatcher
    November 8, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    “We have forgotten the basic truths that the founders of this country knew so well: that the greatest threat to human freedom is a concentration of power whether in the hands
    of government or anyone else. Throughout the western world, more and more of us are coming to recognize the dangers of an over governed society .. but it will take more than a recognition of danger.

    Freedom is not the normal state of mankind. It is a rare and wonderful achievement. It will take an understanding of what freedom is .. of where the dangers to freedom come from. It will take the courage to act on that understanding, if we are not only to preserve the freedoms that we have, but to realize the full potential of a truly free society.”
    - Milton Friedman (from the final episode of “Free to Choose”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51abNVOQjOU

    Sorry Milton, I fear America just lost this battle. It pains and sickens me that we would choose bondage over freedom for the unsustainable, empty promises of food stamps, “five pound blocks of government cheese,” etc…

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    • Grouchy OneComment by Grouchy One
      November 8, 2012 @ 9:19 am

      I happen to agree with every word you just wrote. The only problem I have is that it is a well known fact that so many recent elections, even when they came out the way I wanted them, have come about through a lot of corruption and fraud. I think the electoral college is the key to our demise as much as the people who refuse to hear the whole story because they get mesmerized by slick talkers.

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    • thinkerComment by thinker
      November 8, 2012 @ 11:12 am

      DemocRats use lies and illegal voters to win…Romney did not even tell 10% of what’s wrong with the prezzy and his ideas…..
      Fighting by different rules?
      The sly will always win, not the honest.
      I still suspect a massive fraud – many people reported that after voting for Romney, “Obama” name popped up.
      And, of course, there is this “communist pearl”:
      “It’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes.” (Josef Stalin)

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    • pypypypyComment by pypypypy
      November 8, 2012 @ 11:18 am

      The Dems have the biggest voting block in their back pockets, blacks and hispanics. No matter what the GOP does, you will never win over these people. Many of the Hispanics were children of illegals whose loyalty lies with Mexico and not America nor her Constitution. This will get worst over the next fours years and I think it would be very hard for the GOP to recover, unless you compromise and dole out “freebies” I am in no way suggesting compromise.

      At 11.15pm, Nov 6th, children became debt slaves. Welcome to the new world of slavery. The only way to jolt some of the naive moderates back into reality is some shock and awe from ObamaCare and some of BO’s poliices and then Congress (the last bastion of sanity) will have to pass some law to end this craziness. I cannot fathom that, a slight majority of Americans, chose a record of failure over a proven one and chose simple shiny objects over exceptionalism. A very sad day in American history

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    • susieqComment by susieq
      November 8, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

      Stop whining Republicans and start looking at how to remove him from office. Benghazi – Fast & Furious…that should be the focus now…it’s over and done with…move on…everybody is not glad that Obama won, myself included, but hey, life goes on whether we like who’s in office or not.

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    • wallybluComment by wallyblu
      November 8, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

      If we, and by that I mean conservatives, want to take back this country we need to beat them at their own game.

      Anyone working and making $45000.00 or less should quit and apply for all Government programs they are eligible for. They will be just as well off and not have to work.

      When this happens, the Government will go bankrupt faster and we can rebuild this country sooner.

      I’m changing the progressive slogan “from workers unite to workers quit working” and see what happens.

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    • esekhopkinsComment by esekhopkins
      November 8, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

      @grouchy

      The electoral college may well be the only thing to save us. The “takers” appear to be in the majority, so the popular vote will be going to the demorats for a time. When the country collapses in a year or two, the “takers” will have nothing to take and won’t vote. But for now, the college is the only barrier we have to complete subjugation.

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    • yoldsComment by yolds
      November 10, 2012 @ 9:32 am

      Wallyblu
      We may not have to do this on our own, Many companies will reject Obama’s policies by layoffs, closures and relocations out of the country. As this happens, the Gov’t will be starved, forced to borrow more and more, deficit spending will go rampant and a total collapse of our economy will ensue. Many Democrat liberals will whine and call us sore losers, thats fine, they think they control big business purse strings, but what they fail to understand is that they cannot force a business owner to be an employer. I am prepared for a total collapse of America, the first to fall will be the inner city poor and the elderly, sad that it has come to this but I do not see any way out of it now.

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  2. PATRIOTComment by PATRIOT
    November 8, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    America has lost the battle. Our freedoms, whatever remains will soon be a thing of the past. The socialist/progressives have worked for years to destroy our freedom and have finally put into place a power structure where they will be successful.

    We will never again see a conservative Republican candidate for the presidency due to American demographic changes. Single women, hispanics and blacks along with liberal white vote now outnumber conservatives. The tenants of conservatisim, such as responsibility, hard work and rugged individualism is exactly what the entitlement minorities (now majority) will never vote for. The only thing that will matter is free stuff. America committed suicide by allowing millions of underclass foreigners to violate our borders. The underclass Hispanic vote has contributed greatly to the demise of our country.

    The only action left for conservatives is political guerilla warfare. Conservatives must hit the progressives politically at every opportunity and make further destruction of America as difficult for them as possible.

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    • gopluvaComment by gopluva
      November 8, 2012 @ 9:05 am

      I fear for our people.I dont see how this can be fixed. We all know what is happening but it seems like conservatives cant get it together to fight.Romney should have won. He is far and away what we needed.But conservatives took forever to back him so he was left with bad handlers.

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      November 8, 2012 @ 9:37 am

      “We will never again see a conservative Republican candidate for the presidency due to American demographic changes”

      I completely disagree

      Ohio is an excellent example. The vast majority of Congressional districts in Ohio voted Republican

      Let’s look at the math

      86 out of a 100 individuals in Ohio are classified as white
      12 out of a 100 individuals in Ohio are classified as black

      so if only 53% of the 86 white vote Republican

      45.58 will vote Republican and 40.42 will vote Democrat. To round up 46 Republican, 40 Democrat

      The 12 people out of a 100 whom are black 93% vote Democrat, so 11.16 vote Democrat and 0.84 Republican, round 11 Democrat and 1 Republican

      Total for Republicans white and black vote 47
      Total for Democrats white and black vote 51

      Which means **** 4 ***** people out of a 100 need to change their mind

      Have to wonder why any would think that is impossible

      It does not involve fundamental changes and it most definitely does not involve embracing minority anything. It involves appealing to the greatest common good. Where ever the 51% lives

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    • Grouchy OneComment by Grouchy One
      November 8, 2012 @ 9:38 am

      As I have said many times, I think the real problem with this election was the candidate. Looking back, I can’t help but feel that there was a reason that Romney didn’t get the nomination in the past. I admit that I don’t especially like him and that I felt like even if he won, we would still be in a mess because I disagree with so many of the things he said. Still, I voted for him because I was more concerned about getting Obama out because I believe Obama is a dangerous man who threatens us all. I am registered as Unaffiliated because I no longer want to be associated with the religious right or the communist left but I lean Republican because I believe that without industry, without jobs, there will be no taxpayers to support the nanny state the democrats so desparately seek. I also believe that the nanny state makes us all slaves to the government and diminishes our list of freedoms.
      I see three factions in this country. The far right, the far left and the middle. I happen to be in the middle and I have come to deeply resent some of the issues that the right keeps writing into politics. For example, we shouldn’t be wasting time worrying about who marries who when there are so many real issues to resolve! Yet, I sure can identify with the nanny state dissenters because I’m one of those taxpayers who sees more and more of a fixed income eaten up because the government keeps giving away the store.
      I don’t know that I trusted Romney to create jobs and I definitely know that any such creation will make this country that much more attractive to illegals who both sides seem to think are OK. Still, I know that Obama hasn’t created any meaningful jobs and that any claim that he has is a fractured fairy tale!
      Somewhere along the line the premise that the Democrats give away the store while the Republicans support industry got clouded because politicians seem to think they have to make impossible promises to get the vote.
      I don’t mind not having all one party or the other dominating Congress because without that check and balance, Obama would have fried us worse than he already has. And look at Bush, he had the reins with his own party and not a whole lot got done to make things better when he was president, either.
      I saw the wedge being driven between the people over the years and there is no doubt in my mind that obama drove it the rest of the way just with his racist comments and suggestions.

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      November 8, 2012 @ 10:42 am

      “For example, we shouldn’t be wasting time worrying about who marries who” – Grouchy One

      I completely agree

      However, the issue is NOT “worrying about who marries who” but forcing me, you, everyone to see the creation of something (union) which does not exist for a purpose which does not concern me in the least

      Tell me why you, me, everyone needs to be made a party to their plans?

      That is the question.

      Why do I HAVE to recognize their relationship as a marriage?

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    • Grouchy OneComment by Grouchy One
      November 8, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

      jota, why not? I am not their judge and I don’t see how they are harming me or anyone else. If we pick out one group of people to persecute, who will be next? I don’t want the constitution that proclaimed freedom for all re-written to say all except so and so. I resent that so much government time has been wasted arguing this point in courts. I also believe in states’ rights.

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    • spindizzyComment by spindizzy
      November 8, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

      Jota, there lies the dilemma. It sounds like you are telling the conservatives to just be a little more like the 51% majority, which at this time in America’s history are the liberal/progressives. That’s where the GOP is already, and we see how well that is working.

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    • spindizzyComment by spindizzy
      November 8, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

      No, all this stuff certainly does matter. It is what makes up this country’s “soul”, as Reagon put it. For example, lets take abortion. I agree with you guys, what business does the government have in that facet of our lives at all. But since it does, some of MY tax dollars is going to help what I consider murdering of the innocent. WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO DO THAT? DO THEY KNOW BETTER THAN ME? And you guys can’t see where there is any harm in our government sanctioning homosexuality? Since it does, our government is making it a requirement for a lot of our “aid” to other countries contingent on them adopting the homosexual agenda with laws and statements of their own. WHY SHOULD I NOT BE ANGRY IF MY GOVERNMENT IS PROSYLITIZING SOMETHING THAT IS AGAINST MY CORE BELIEFS? No harm, is it? Gentlemen, these are all moral issues. Do you truely beleave the moral beliefs of the people of a nation have no bearing on that country’s “soul”? That is the ONLY thing that will bring back any of the good ole “conservative” ideals we here are all afraid are lost.

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    • JDZComment by JDZ
      November 8, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

      I live in California which is a preview of the country at large. It is now dominated at all levels of government from the city level up through the state legislature which just attained the 2/3 majority which will give them the power to spend and tax at will with no checks and balances. The public service unions are basically an integral part of the state government and love taxes because more and more of taxpayer funding is going to the union salaries and benefits. The Hispanic population is the fastest growing ethnic group in California and continue to run and win political positions including current mayor of LA and many local government positions and above. The entitlement culture is alive and well as the welfare and food stamp programs continue to grow and become more and more unaffordable. Both companies and solid taxpayers are leaving the state because of the high and growing tax burdens.

      The mentality that has taken over California is now beginning to spread across the country dominated by high population levels within each state. Ohio would be Republican if not for Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, and Dayton. Pennsylvania politics is dominated by Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. it is a perversive political environment that we are watching take over the country.

      It really is an ideological battle more then a political party battle. My guess is that there are Americans who are Democrats who may not like the socialist policies of the current party leaders and there are Republicans who may like them. The far left liberal/communist/ socialist ideology has taken over the Democrat political party. This is an antiAmerican ideology and contrary to our our traditional conservative value system in our country and a totally unsustainable entitlement based mindset as we see what is happening to comparable ideologies in Europe.

      The only hope i have that may ultimately turn this around is the education of the Hispanics to why their religious and work ethnic background is truly much more closely aligned to our conservative heritage. This is going to take years, maybe decades, to happen to enough voters to turn around the socialist agenda that is undermining our country. The conservative ideology in this country is not politically based, but is value based and culturally based. Yes, more Republicans call themselves conservatives then Democrats, but it did not used to be this way.

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    • Grouchy OneComment by Grouchy One
      November 8, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

      spindizzy, your tax dollars do NOT pay for abortions or gay marriages. But your tax dollars DO pay the salaries of government officials who could better spend their time doing something constructive rather than picking out people to persecute. That was my point. If you don’t believe in getting an abortion, don’t get one. If you don’t believe n gays getting married, don’t go to the wedding or don’t marry a person who’s the same sex as you. You aren’t betraying your own beliefs by minding your own business. And I don’t mean that in a mean way. I just mean that it is not ours to call, or the US government’s.

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    • spindizzyComment by spindizzy
      November 8, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

      Grouchy One, all of us tax payers are subsidizing abortions. Have you never heard of Planned Parenthood? And sooo many others whose names I don’t know and they’re not telling, all being funded with money to provide and perform abortions, mostly to inner city minorities. THEY aren’t paying for them! It’s called family planning and it is a government program, looking under all the camoflage. And its a required service mandated by Obamacare. Where have you been, man? And we probably shouldn’t even get me started on the homosexual agenda and the cost of it to our government and our society. Can we all say Chik-fill-a?

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      November 8, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

      “It sounds like you are telling the conservatives to just be a little more like the 51% majority, which at this time in America’s history are the liberal/progressives” – spindizzy

      No!

      Are you sure it is not 99.999% liberal and you are the only true conservative?

      Or maybe you think 49% of the population are pure conservative and 51% are pure liberal and to move the line we will have to accept a couple pure liberals?

      In fact, I know that is how you see it

      Here is reality, over 70% of the American people hold a significant percentage of their values are conservative

      So what you need to do is stop alienating them for their liberal views, but focus on appealing to their conservative views to get their vote for a 51% majority

      Of course, if everyone has to be just like you then it is a party of one

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      November 8, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

      “jota, why not? I am not their judge and I don’t see how they are harming me or anyone else.” -Grouchy One

      So you are telling me you don’t see how this harms you or anyone else?

      Have you give it any thought?

      Marriage is a defined term. It only exist with mankind

      Why does it exist at all? What is the purpose, the reason?

      Does it make this reason more, less, the same?

      If you answer more or the same, I have to ask how the reason for the existence of anything is unchanged by having two distinctly different things like same sex and opposite sex can still be the same thing?

      If you say more then the reason for marriage is better defined by having two distinctly different things?. Sounds like confusion to me

      So the only thing left is less. It makes marriage less than what it was before

      So I have to ask if something has been degraded how was there no harm?

      Of course, you can argue the harm is no big deal

      And I will reply, if the reason for the definition did not really matter, why is it so important to them to have the distinction?

      The whole issue of same sex marriage fails on every single argument

      And I contend the very reason for our reasoned existence is harmed, undermined by it, and makes the way you know the law less knowable, and makes tyranny a more likely

      Without clear definitions the court becomes the supreme arbiter over what anything means and completely unknowable by any one else they can modify their behavior to comply with it.

      So yea, it is a huge harm but only those who take the time to critically examine it will see it

      Of course, religious groups will say it is wrong without knowing why that their ancient text is from thousands of years of reasoning these issues which they had to deal with too

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    • sparkyvaComment by sparkyva
      November 8, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

      I have to agree with the Grouchy One on social conservatism. Personally, I would appear to be a social conservative by my beliefs, but Social Conservatives are neither social or conservative so I reject their program. Social means you strive to make friends, not tell everyone who disagrees with you that they are going to Hell. Conservative means constitutional values, smaller government and free enterprise solutions. The SC movement looks at issues and says to themselves “there ought to be a law against this”. You cannot legislate morality, you can only teach it. It is time the social conservatives take a lesson from the Master teacher and stop with their “social agenda” of threats and punitive laws. We need more rights and fewer laws. We should be doing good because we want to, not because we have to.

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    • spindizzyComment by spindizzy
      November 9, 2012 @ 8:29 am

      And Gouchy One, to put a dollar amount on the damages to this country because of the homosexual agenda wouldn’t be as easy to come up with as with the government funded abortions issue. But there are many. Most textbooks are purchased by the school districts with government funds. Do you realize that the old “Dick and Jane” books us oldtimers remember from our school days have been filled, either by homosexual textbook authors/publishers own volition or by state decrees, with homosexual stories and characters. Almost all of them. Do you realize that YOUR children/grandchildren are being taught in their schools from a VERY early age that the homosexual lifestyle is a perfectly fine, legitimate lifestyle? You see, ANYTHING the government sanctions or allows is soon forced upon the rest of us. And the homosexual crowd isn’t just happy with NO government policy, they insist that it be promoted and are intent on FORCING it upon the rest of us. “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, it’s none of your business” wasn’t good for them. THEY want to flaunt it in front of everyone. THEY insist it be an issue.

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  3. bmooreComment by bmoore
    November 8, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    THIS GUTLESS REPUBLICAN PARTY IS GOING TO LET THIS BUTCH OF “SOB’S” (PRESIDENT AND ADMIN) WALK ON OUR GUYS IN THE BENGHAZI ATTACKS, JUST LIKE THEY DID ON OUR BORDER GUARD IN THE FAST AND FURIOUS AFFAIR. YOU DUMB ***** NEED TO MANUP. FORGET ABOUT GETTING IN FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS, DUE YOUR DUTY FOR THESE FOUR HEROS AND ALL THE OTHERS WHO HAVE SERVE US WELL. AT LEAST IF YOU WERE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS TASK WE COULD SLEEP AT NIGHT KNOWING JUSTICE IS BEING SERVED.

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    • mutrockComment by mutrock
      November 8, 2012 @ 10:03 am

      I listened to a local Republican Representative here in Florida on the radio this morning talk about the coming issues. He described it as business as usual, gave the Democrats the benefit of the doubt, and talked about compromise across the aisle. They are gutless and care no more for our freedom than do the Democrats.

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    • progiComment by progi
      November 8, 2012 @ 10:51 am

      I am really disgusted with the whining and hateful tone of supposedly patriotic Americans posting here. Obama won, fair and square; both the popular vote and the Electoral College vote. Now it is our duty to get off the stick and get our senators and representatives to work on our problems. The fiscal cliff that looms can send us back into recession. Fixing Obamacare will take some compromise. Overhauling the tax code will take statesmanship and cooperation of all parties. We can’t just say no, we have to work these problems out and give a little here and there to reduce our debt, create jobs and bring back our economy. As important, we have to groom the next generation of Republican leaders. We can’t put up as serious candidates idiots like Trump and Perry, boobs like Caine, bubble heads like Bachman, religious fanatics like Santorum and serial adulterers like Gingrich. If Romney was the best of the bunch, that’s pretty poor pickings with his principles changing every day. Let’s start vetting people like Ryan and Rubio and even Christie. There have to be some good conservatives out there, let’s find them. Meanwhile let’s get Congress moving. And lets drop the junk stuff like Obama is an alien, Muslim, socialist, stupid, criminal or whatever. The American people aren’t stupid or gutless and they don’t believe that garbage or they wouldn’t have voted for him. For better or for worse, he’s our President for the next four years. Let us constructively criticize but let Congress get on with the job and fix this great country.

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    • passthewordComment by passtheword
      November 8, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

      @progi

      Romney was a viable candidate, I believe with a heart for this country. Calling people names is a democratic behavior. If you can do better why don’t you so someone couls sit and mock you for the effort? What is your claim to fame???

      Romney lost because Obama characterized him as the robber baron racist plantation owner and hater of women. Obama began running negative ads about Romney in the swing states as early as Feb, long before Romney won the nomination. Romney never fought back. He should have made a personal appeal to the people. He didn’t.

      Republicans need to understand that taking the high road against the likes of the Reprobate in Chief is honorable but doesn’t work with the mindless minions we have in this country. The Republicans should have learned that from McCain’s middle of the road debacle. These minions have their hands out and hear only sound bites and see headlines. Both of these are usually very distorted. Review Yahoo News for a good example of this.

      Will the US survive 4 years of this clown??? We can only pray, but remember the powers that be are ordained of God. The question is, Are they for good or for His judgement? nation?

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    • spindizzyComment by spindizzy
      November 8, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

      I surely disagree with you, progi. Do you think that if you were to find the good conservative candidate that you are speaking of, that he would be elected by this populace at this point in time? I don’t. In fact I bet that the more conservative the candidate actually was, the more certain it would be that he would loose. And the segment of the population that you have pointed to as being too smart to fall for all that other “garbage”, as you call it, is indeed stupid enough to either not hear, not care, not able to discern, not involved enough to know, blindly racist, or just plain DAMNED DUMB to have voted for BO this time around. Don’t tell me how smart 51% of americans with a small “a” are. And you, you aren’t saying things indicating your grand intelligence and comprehension about obviously photoshopped birth certificates, Muslim leanings as admitted to in his own writings and evidenced by the Muslim Brotherhood in positions throughout our current government at all levels, and BO’s obvious and admitted agreement with all things “social” and progressive. It sounds more like what you are saying is “so what about all that stuff?”, is that right? You see, you are a big part of this county’s problem.

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      November 8, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

      “We can’t put up as serious candidates idiots like Trump and Perry, boobs like Caine, bubble heads like Bachman, religious fanatics like Santorum and serial adulterers like Gingrich. If Romney was the best of the bunch, that’s pretty poor pickings with his principles changing every day.” – progi

      I am sure you learned of all these defect from the very same media that will give a Democrat a free pass. Maybe they should seal all their records too, then what you going to say?

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    • agnesdayComment by agnesday
      November 8, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

      progi–disregarding the legitimate aspirations of (for the sake of argument) 48% of the American public is not “fair and square.” The policies espoused by the Democratic Party as led by President Obama lead to the de-motivation of the whole population. That is the point of Mr. Patton’s article, and it’s a thing that you will face when the rest of us are browbeaten by Democratic policies (oh, shoot the moon, let’s call it socialist, because that’s what it is. This isn’t hate, it’s despair. Keep in mind, we know what President Obama will do because we’ve been around for four years. As the Russians used to say under the old system: “They pretend to pay us,and we pretend to work.”

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  4. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    November 8, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    The end of the republican party is in sight. It’s all over except the fat lady has not sung yet! The need is for a new movement a new party. The repukelicans have thrown us under the bus. Boner has given in to the devils and is contemplating new and higher taxes! Nothing short of a revolution will change things and I don’t believe there are enough real Americans left out there to start a revolution! I think all the wishy washy evangelists out ther sat on their A**** instead of voting all because of Romney being a Mormon. You people disgust me! And you call yourselves Conservatives! Phooey! You all are no better than the jerk in power!

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    • powertothepeopleComment by powertothepeople
      November 8, 2012 @ 9:21 am

      Nickster, its better to use a rifle than a shotgun to hit at folks. Blaming all conservatives is not the reason Romney lost. He lost because he made some mistakes and because the nation has crossed a tipping point where the “takers” out number the producers.

      I agree with you that the bone head Speaker will sell us down the river to protect his job. That is what all the politicians have done to this country. The parties do not matter, character is all that matters and the weasels in Washington have none.

      I am afraid the die is cast…the future is certain and it is not pretty. The sick progressives from both parties have ruined America and they will party while we all rot!

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  5. Grouchy OneComment by Grouchy One
    November 8, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    I was hit by a fury at about 11 PM on November 6 that I have never known before. Little by little, I’m calming down. I still don’t believe there is any compromise and I still believe that Obama worked hard to drive a wedge between the American people. But I also believe that the Republicans didn’t want the White House or they would have found someone that more people could identify with as their candidate. I was going to vote Libertarian again this year but I don’t agree with some of the things that Gary Johnson said and I felt like my vote was important to at least try to keep Obama out. Well, we see how that worked out. For the most part, I try very hard to only comment about politics on pages where politics are the subject but for a few days before and the entire day after the election, I lost friends because I just let it fly to make sure that people fully understand what I believe the impact of having Obama as president yet again will have. And it isn’t good! I view him as a threat and I have always viewed the Democrats as having communistic leanings that I was brought up from the cradle to despise! I’m worried. I know most of you are worried.

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    • powertothepeopleComment by powertothepeople
      November 8, 2012 @ 9:27 am

      More than worried my friend…more than worried! I too felt a sickness in my gut Tuesday night. Its that feeling when you know something really bad is about to happen and you know you can’t do anything about it.

      We are now slaves….slaves to the new make up of America. We will be expected to produce for the takers and when the producers fail, the rulers will demand more from the producers to satisfy the promises to the takers.

      I am already taking steps to reduce my income…reduce my living expenses and get off the grid. You all should do the same.

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  6. sunnybluesComment by sunnyblues
    November 8, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    I, for one, am not going to let that imposter rob me of another 4 years of my life. Why? Because I know that God is in control. When burdens are heavy, I can at least do this: I can hold fast to the things that cannot fail and that I can anchor my hopes during the days that follow. God knows that we can face ALL of life and be victorious. We may stumble and fall but God will provide the strength for us to get up and walk again. If we fall under the weight of heavy burdens and give up the struggle it is our own fault, not God’s. We must not be afraid of “them” but with boldness and courage, fight for our families, our homes and businesses. Someone once wrote: “We are not here to play, to dream and drift, we have work to do and loads to lift. Shun not the struggle, face it, ’tis God’s gift.” I, for one, will not forsake my faith in God nor my resolve to stand against that which is contradictory to what America was all about. I will do this for myself, but also for those lost souls who do not even realize what lies ahead because they put their faith in mere men.

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    • powertothepeopleComment by powertothepeople
      November 8, 2012 @ 9:30 am

      As a believer I too look to our God for strength to get through each day. I am a believer that Revelations is upon us. Obozo is either the anti-Christ or one of the four horsemen.

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    • PATRIOTComment by PATRIOT
      November 8, 2012 @ 9:43 am

      The recent election result makes me wonder what God’s plans really are for America. God could have intervened but did not; maybe because so many have turned their back on him. I have faith in God and he gave me the wisdom to see what was happening to America years ago, when others could not. I pray for devine intervention for this great nation, her people and the strength and understanding to endure.

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    • sirodComment by sirod
      November 8, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

      God did not make us as robots. He gave us free will to do what we will with our lives and our futures. Many Christians voted for Obama, I can’t understand why they did or how they could and still call themselves true Christians, but the fact is they did. Unless we learn to band together and do what is right in God’s sight, this country is doomed to cease to exist as we know (knew) it. Remember Sodom? And no civilization survives when they sacrifice their offspring to their gods. Gods such as lust, sexual freedom, money, so called fun and games, and too many other things to mention here. How could we expect God to intervene for us when few of us even speak to him regularly. If I had a little money and was not so old, I would try to find another country to live in.

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    • spindizzyComment by spindizzy
      November 8, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

      powertothepeople…I agree, or the “False Prophet”, who was given the power to decieve multitudes and do mighty miracles by the Beast. This sounds like BO’s MO, to me(o). (Sorry)

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    • katatkmsComment by katatkms
      November 9, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

      @powertothepeople: I too am a believer, I also know that God is in control and the reason this election went wrong is because there were not enough of God’s people to cry out and ask forgiveness. Plus, Obama is not the anti-christ, he may be preparing for him. How do I know this. The Rapture has not happened yet, it will any second and when it does I have no doubt my name will be called to me my King. The anti-christ will come about after the Rapture, during the tribulation period. Glad to know that I will meet my fellow sisters and brothers someday. God Bless you all.

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  7. texasbubbieComment by texasbubbie
    November 8, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    I called John Galt in the wee hours of Wednesday morning and told him: “I’m in!” How about you?

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    • tinkabellComment by tinkabell
      November 8, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

      I started trying to live the “Galt” life many years ago. I haven’t completely succeeded but am still working on it. It works great when you can find a few like minded people who understand what you are trying to do. I am not sure that those who haven’t read the book or seen the movies will have a clue what is going on as things keep falling apart and just get worse. The movies are good to get someone interested but the book is so much more important in giving a full understanding. I have read it three times over the years. I means more and different things each time. It has changed my life.

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  8. iterdexterComment by iterdexter
    November 8, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    Mr Patton is spot on. This is going to happen widely. In medicine thousands of physicians will close their practices rather than implement Obamacare. For the first time, older Americans were concerned about the future of Medicare and Social Security and were willing to vote for Romney-Ryan to save these programs for younger people. But the youth vote (unemployment 14% or greater) went to Obama. So now I will apply for Social Security as soon as I am eligible this year, and I predict that many others will do the same as soon as they reach first eligibility. And to the young people I say, “apres moi le deluge” — translation: “screw you.”

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    • Grouchy OneComment by Grouchy One
      November 8, 2012 @ 9:58 am

      I said this from the beginning, that the doctors, who were already getting fed up with all the new rules and restrictions, would just say “screw it” and walk away if they passed obamacare. In our area, we have more foreign doctors than American doctors. I don’t know it for fact, but I’d be willing to guess that our medical school population is comprised more of foreigners than Americans by now, too.
      And, as a little side note to iterdexter’s comment, the biggest mistake they ever made was to give college students, who have never paid taxes and who are inundated by idealistic communist drivel day in and day out, the right to vote in the first place.

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  9. gsreaganComment by gsreagan
    November 8, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    HEY AMERICA! WAKE UP! NOTHING IS FREE, SOMEBODY HAS TO PAY FOR IT, TYPICALLY THE ABUSED AMERICAN TAX PAYER AND BUSINESSES. THE NANNY STATE ROBS US AND REDISTRIBUTES THE SPOILS IN THE NAME OF “FAIRNESS”. WE ARE NOW THE USSA.

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  10. Texas GuyComment by Texas Guy
    November 8, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    I must admit that I, too, was sickened Tuesday night. But even more than that, I was stunned at the level, breadth and depth of the stupidity of the American people. I have lived for extended periods in countries that are the same thing that Obamass wants to turn America into so I have a better perspective of this than most. However, as in 2008, it seems that people cannot, or will not, see the freaking writing on the wall, plain as day, right in front of their grasping, greedy, lazy noses.

    My late wife’s cousin recently moved to Costa Rica. It’s very, very nice down there. Disadvantages…yes. Obamass…no. I’m selling out and moving down there. Good luck to all of you, hope you survive although I have my doubts about that. God bless what’s left of a once-great country.

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    • lwhunterComment by lwhunter
      November 8, 2012 @ 10:42 am

      I AM GOIN GALT. I have been investigating Costa Rica, there is no doubt, I am not running, I am walking with my head held high. I played by the rules, I did all the things that I was expected to; I payed my dues for citizenship, served in the military, I bought the whole dream.
      Election Night I was kicked in the ***** for the last time. I no longer care about who or why the election was lost.
      Election is over. America Lost.
      So here is the motto from me:
      Get a passport and buy more ammo.
      The Sheeple of this Nation Deserve to Get what They Voted for.

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    • spindizzyComment by spindizzy
      November 8, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

      How do we get around the new laws that start Jan. 1 that severely limit the amount of money an American can leave the country with?

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    • Texas GuyComment by Texas Guy
      November 8, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

      Current law limits cash taken out of the county without reporting it to the Treasury Department to $10,000. That is not a true “limit” because you can take more than that, you just have to report it, which means explaining why you are taking it out. There is no limit to wire transfers. A new law has been discussed, but has not yet been formed into a law or even debated. Considering the way things work (or don’t work) in Washington, January 2014 is the soonest you could expect to see a new law on the books.

      All I can say is, get out while the gettin’s good.

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  11. BobinmsComment by Bobinms
    November 8, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    My greatest fear and for me the only issue in this campaign was the debt and the impending economic collapse and worthless dollar. Now that Obama has won re-election, I am even happier with my defensive investments (gold, silver & British pounds.) Based upon the history in other countries, it can happen almost overnight. I recommend that you give some thought as to how you can best prepare.

    This is more about human nature than politics. This election demonstrates the obvious….that we are blinded by the short term frivolous gain and don’t want to talk about the longer term disaster. Like the Greeks we don’t have the self discipline to confront and deal with our economic problems. And if you don’t deal with it, the laws of economics/physics will fix it for us in a most forceful way. That is the result we now face. When it will come and how severe it will be is the unknown. But in some respects the sooner it comes the sooner our outlook becomes “adjusted” to the facts of the real world. We are living in a make believe world where we think that trivial things are important and must be “given” to us. That things are free. BUT there is no such thing as “free”. Somebody somewhere pays. Everything in this world competes for survival, except for those that survive on the government dole. Even the plants compete for space, sunshine, etc. and the strong survive.

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  12. braines57Comment by braines57
    November 8, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    I started worrying about the outcome of the election over last weekend, because it seemed to me that Mitt had lost his momentum, regardless of the reason, and the Obama machine was in full working order. Our electoral college is hard to understand, but it was designed to keep us from tyranny by someone winning the popular vote by intimidation. I am not sure that is still the foremost concern. It definitely discourages folks like myself who do not live in one of the “swing states”, so we are virtually ignored by the candidates from both sides. The electoral college was designed in the same way as our Congress with the idea that it would be closer to the true will of the people. However, we now have a very small group of states which in all reality, elect the president, regardless of what the rest of us want. Those same “swing” states, are the ones with the worst records of voter fraud, yet nothing is done to correct it. I believe that everyone who has issues with the election process should put their money where their mouth is and sign up to participate. Volunteer to work at polling places on election day. The control and the responsibility lie with each of us.

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    • Grouchy OneComment by Grouchy One
      November 8, 2012 @ 10:17 am

      I live in a swing state and I have to admit that there are a lot of things I think just should NOT be done at the polls but apparently it is legal. For example, when I lived in TX, I was not allowed to take any kind of paper into the voting booth with me but in NC, I was GIVEN a cheat sheet by Republicans and others were GIVEN cheat sheets by Democrats. Hmmmm………….
      I believe the “swing states” change from election to election.
      I believe there is voter fraud in ALL states, not just swing states..
      I believe that people should have to produce a picture ID to vote and I don’t see why that would be a hardship for anyone if eligible voters were photographed when they register to vote.
      I don’t believe that organizations of any kind should be able to walk up and down the streets knocking on doors or stop people going in stores to register them to vote — anywhere! Nor do I believe that voters should be rounded up by the busload to go vote because a busload of people comes across as a threat in and of itself. I DO however, believe that if a registered voter needs transportation to the polls there should be someone they can contact to ask for a ride but the driver should be allowed to ask for ID when they pick the people up.
      But most of all, think that the electoral college should be eliminated. They had a popular vote within minutes of the polls closing, supposedly, so why should five or six or a dozen or 50 people be allowed to say such and such a state goes to one candidate or another? That really bugs me more than anything else.

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      November 8, 2012 @ 11:05 am

      “outcome of the election over last weekend, because it seemed to me that Mitt had lost his momentum”

      Actually, was of the same impression, then caught an early morning (5:30 am) BBC broadcast it showed a clip of Obama saying something at a campaign site and showed one with Romney.

      That is when it dawned on me most of the NBC news only showed a clip of Obama, or was of a greater amount of time.

      As to why watch NBC, use an antenna for local TV and it has the strongest signal

      Using a satellite one will have to pay extra for local if it is available through another source, which it is, cable

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  13. brightnews1Comment by brightnews1
    November 8, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    What is chilling is Atlas Shrugged was written in 1939 as a novel. Unfortunately is also was a prediction. I have been a devotee of Ayn Rand since the 60′s and Barry Goldwater ran and lost. The reason why the we conservatives lost is we are in the minority. Best advice — move down South — we might just have to succeed from the union again.

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    • mutrockComment by mutrock
      November 8, 2012 @ 10:10 am

      But to where? Florida is gone, New Mexico is gone. Arizona is on the edge and Texas is even iffy. I definitely need to get out of Connecticut.

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    • mrickyridgeComment by mrickyridge
      November 8, 2012 @ 10:48 am

      Unfortunately I live in a state that is driven by the freeloaders. I vote in every election and year after year the liberal idiots get elected over and over. They have destroyed our state and now will destroy our nation.
      You sometimes you feel like your vote doesn’t count but i will not give that up. Too many have died and sacrificed to give me that right.
      The senators, the congress, and now unfortunately the president along with the moronic media who back them every step of the way control too many things. It baffles me to see how many people don’t do any research and are so gullable for the worthless soundbites and lies. It’s a very sad day for america but I hopefully wish many stupid people will wake up. When you hear many, many, people whine and continue to complain about not working, can’t afford this or that, ask them, did you even vote?
      If you did and agreed to the idiocy that has prevailed -tough luck and wise up next time you vote. Forget about american idol, singing shows, reality shows, the worthless cartoon shows and all the worthless trivia and pay attention to those elected officials
      that will affect you not only now but will affect your lifestyle, your wallets and especially your freedoms now and for the future. WISE UP!

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    • RobertRComment by RobertR
      November 8, 2012 @ 11:01 am

      Governor Perry and the Texas Legislature were correct when they passed the bill to allow the children of minorities who were brought here in their youth to go to college here and pay the same price that other Texas residents pay. He was lambasted by Romney (loser of most elections he has run for – consistent in that anyway) for giving these kids a free education. That was a lie and a whopper. Bottom line as the Governor said they’re going to be here. They’re not going to be sent home after spending most of their life here. DO WE WANT THEM TO GROW UP AND BE PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY OR DO WE WANT THEM IGNORANT AND IN THE BARIO LIVING OFF OF SOCIETY? They aren’t getting a free education. They are being given the same tuition cost as any other citizen of Texas. Being from the San Antonio area I know a lot of Hispanics. I grew up with many of them, worked with them my whole life and have many Hispanic friends that are hard workers with very good jobs/careers. They are REPUBLICANS! Keep these kids down and they become DEMOCRATS! Educate them and allow them to understand what it’s like to work for a living and be able to do more for your family and you’ve accomplished something. If America is to survive this is the route we need to take. If we don’t the South will be history as well. That is a guarantee. President Ronald Reagan, all 3 members of the Bush family, Rubio, Governor Perry and many other successful Republicans understand this issue and they have been successful. The man who wanted to build a FENCE and ‘self deport’ them lost his posterior. And deservedly so. Then again he didn’t have a problem with illegals that were doing his yard work.

      Time the Republican party became a party that represented the working people in America. Not the old white men and women who look at minorities as someone to cut their grass or wash their dishes.

      I know with this group I’ll get a 1 star. That’s fine. I expect nothing less from here.

      Where’s illuminato? Figured he’d be here cooking up some nonsense as to how Romney was going to win and how smart the citizens were to vote Obama out. Might have been more than his old heart could handle.

      Bottom line thanks to the hard core racist right we just lost the country. If it’s not lost it will never be the same after Obama and his cronies get done with it. Want to thank those ignorant people for screwing up the best place on earth. What we could have done without you…

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      November 8, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

      RobertR,

      I see the Democrats have been effective in blurring your distinction with illegal aliens and Hispanics

      We as a nation welcome more immigrants to our country now than at any time before and the vast majority are Hispanic

      The problem, after giving over a million each year an opportunity to immigrate another 1.2 million enter illegally

      My question, there are nearly 7 billion on the planet and Mexico only makes up 2.5% of the world’s population, what makes them so much more to be preferred than all the rest?

      Yea, it is all about immigration reform so more Mexicans can have preferential treatment

      Looks racist to me

      In 1950 the world census estimated the entire population of Mexico at 28 million, today 40 million Hispanic reside in the US, of which 60% are of Mexican ancestry. Obviously we have not been holding them down or holding them back, unless you are claiming they are sadistic by nature and just come here by the droves so they can be beat

      And I can promise you when the Hispanic population is a little larger they will eject the blood sucking parasites liberals who feed off any who actually work for a living

      In fact, if it was within my power, and I could catch Mexico off guard, would trade two of their citizens for one of our liberals. Actually, would goes as high as four, but you know as well as I, Mexico does not want our liberals either

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  14. wenramComment by wenram
    November 8, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    I say let them (the socialists, the Liberals, the Democrats, the progressives) have their cake and eat it too. Give them over to their “sin”. Let them wallow in their perceived luxury. In the meantime, we will start removing the engine as John Galt did. We will withdraw ourselves from the memory of our great country. When they coming weeping and say “But now we have nothing” we can shrug our shoulders and say “this is what happens when you overtax the engine of society . . . it gives out”.

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    • Grouchy OneComment by Grouchy One
      November 8, 2012 @ 10:41 am

      if only…

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    • agent007Comment by agent007
      November 8, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

      Although I sympathize with everyone that wants to do as Galt, the sad thing is it will never give us our great nation back.

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      November 8, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

      “Although I sympathize with everyone that wants to do as Galt, the sad thing is it will never give us our great nation back” – agent007

      Think you are missing the point. It is not about nations, it is about you taking your power back

      The nation rest on your shoulders, remember Atlas, he was the one holding up the world
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlas_(mythology)

      And what happens when you decide to take a few play days, two hour coffee breaks, and not come back from lunch at all.

      It is not about some dedicated, determined effort, it is about not bearing the burden

      The Soviets woke up to the same realization, why should I work so hard when my comrades get paid whether they show up or not.

      And then it collapsed

      And I believe everyone should spend a few days without electricity, you will do everything possible to change the system before you will let it collapse

      And unlike others am extremely impressed with what Romney accomplished. Personally, did not believe before the debate he would carry any states, and think if he had hit hard in the second debate, not fearing losing, he would be the president today

      But lets look to some thing where we can effect the outcome the Senate

      Come on Obama give us a reason to ignite the people again like in 2010. Life would be pretty boring without the Democrats to kick around

      Atlas may shrug but what happens if he takes up bowling? hahaha

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  15. ringComment by ring
    November 8, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    Hello Campers,

    Now we get to see Mr. Obama’s hundreds of executive orders and the 200 pages of legislation attached to the Medical bill.

    That goof ball lady from California is introducing a new gun law bill.

    FEMA just graduated it’s first class of Brown Shirt Cops. Are they going to be called the “Obama Youth”

    Remember: more guns, ammo, preservable food and garden seeds.

    Peace and keep your powder dry.

    Ring in Terlingua

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  16. distantloonComment by distantloon
    November 8, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    I came from Canada and lived in Texas for 10 years and loved living in this great country, the principles it stood for, as well as most of the people. I was willing to abandon my home country and become an American citizen when permanent (legal) residence was finally obtained 2007. Note: I always had legal resident status during my time in the USA (not one of those undocumented worker types). Two of my children were born here and have American citizenship. After Nov 6, 2012, I’m glad I made the choice in taking my family and leaving the USA 9 months ago to be closer to extended family. I miss my American friends dearly and it pains me to see the path the majority wish to take: leaching and wealth destruction and abandonment of the principles of the US Constitution. I don’t stand on any idea of geographical superiority, every country has its problems – it just is so discouraging to see this result as a person of conservative views and see my American friends and relatives have to go through another 4 years of this.

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  17. dmathew1Comment by dmathew1
    November 8, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    It is such a humorous thing to observe whining Republicans cry over their well deserved loss and the delusion that they are the “Makers” whereas everyone else (who doesn’t happen to be an Angry White Man) is a “Taker”. To all of you Republicans who wish to Go Galt, I say: Go Galt! No one will miss you and the world will be perfectly fine without you.

    The Republican party cannot possibly get any whiter, any angier, any less educated, any more gullible, any more racist, any more homophobic, any more misogynistic …

    Seems the nation doesn’t belong to you anymore!

    Good riddance.

    Some advice for you, though: If you really are going to follow the principles of Ayn Rand (who happened to take advantage of Social Security and Medicare, socialist that she was!) please do move to Somalia. From what I hear there are no taxes, no gun laws and no federal government over there.

    It is a perfect Randian paradise. It is Galt’s Gulch.

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    • anne01Comment by anne01
      November 8, 2012 @ 11:38 am

      dmathew1 Funny thing, of all the comments on this thread so far, YOURS is the most childish, angry, and uninformed.

      But, that’s just typical of the liberal-Marxist mentality.

      BTW, how old are you anyway, five and a half going on six?

      Your little temper tantrum is typical of someone that age.

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    • tinkabellComment by tinkabell
      November 8, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

      When many of the Producers of this country “Go Galt” whom will you of the Progressive/liberal leaning have left to soak? Won’t you be shocked when the Producers leave/drop out…and the takers come for you and what you have? If you think you are immune to them you are mistaken.

      “The Republican party cannot possibly get any whiter, any angier, any less educated, any more gullible, any more racist, any more homophobic, any more misogynistic …”

      You have no idea what you are saying or are just ignorant!
      You might want to discuss this comment with Gov. Martinez, Col. West, Congressman Tim Scott, Ms. Love, Sen. Rubio, Justice Thomas, Sec of State Condoleezza Rice and many others in the Republican Party or Conservative thinkers.

      Your rant sounds like a spoiled brat who is used to everyone else being “mean” to you and everything being someone else’s fault. Grow up!

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    • cherrypayneComment by cherrypayne
      November 8, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

      You will miss the money for those government programs that democrats are so free to use.

      My flag is going half mast today. I won’t miss you either.

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    • shredderComment by shredder
      November 8, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

      dmathew1…As ignorant and childish as you appear, I find it necessary to inform you that you are missing the whole premise of what you call “Go Galt”. Those of us that fit into this catagory are not making Sarandon/Baldwin threats to leave this country. Unlike their empty threats, our decisions hold consequence.
      If we decide to “Go Galt”, our decision is based more on what we have offered to society, i.e., products and services that are necessary to sustain a functioning society, and with that, a substantial number of jobs and revenue (what you call rich people tax dollars).
      Being well aware that our standing in this country has been reduced to that of a milk cow or, more accurately, a dog who’s sole purpose is be fattened just enough to be a viable host for the sustenance of parasites…we are fortunate to have options. The option to check out is viable.
      When we go, the remaining makers will not be far behind as they, too, will realize the futility in trying to sustain the parasites, with no reward for their efforts. Who’s blood will be left to suck? When the takers have this epiphany, we may return.

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      November 8, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

      “The Republican party cannot possibly get any whiter, any angry, any less educated, any more gullible, any more racist, any more homophobic, any more misogynistic” – dmathew1

      Of course, the ONLY group of people who had the most divided vote between the two parties is the racist, and you are calling them angry, uneducated, and some how any woman who did not conform to your way of thinking is misogynist

      Now, that is hilarious!

      Typical liberal claptrap

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  18. pax2419Comment by pax2419
    November 8, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    I’m sorry but you guys just don’t seem to get it. My Grandson is 21, I am 71. We were discussing this whole debacle last night and we agree, It was the RNC that is the culprit here. Just like in 2008, they gave us no choice. No one thought McCain could win, the majority of the conservatives and/or Republicans didn’t like him or want to him but the RNC nominated him anyway. The same happened with Romney, even the conservative talking heads didn’t want him. He got nowhere in 2008 so what made the RNC think he could beat Obama in 2012? (his money?..is there something rotten in Denmark?) I know a lot of people that voted for Obama in 2008 (not me) that had no intentions of voteing for him in 2012, so who did they vote for? They sure as hell didn’t vote for Romney. They either didn’t vote or they voted for some virtual unknown, Libetarian, Independent, whatever. I had to grit my teeth but I didn’t want a repeat of the Bush, Clinton, Pirot debacle. If we want things to change we have to start with a complete shake up and investigation of the RNC. They choose who THEY want then are shocked when everybody doesn’t go along with them. The RNC is the one that got Obama elected for 8 years. They (the RNC) threw us under the bus…they made their bed but WE are the ones that have to lie in it. I’m glad some of you can just pick up and move to another country,unfortunately most of us don’t have that option.

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    • spindizzyComment by spindizzy
      November 8, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

      I may be wrong, but I seem to remember a whole slew of primaries, like maybe 51 of them? Seems to me Romney came out the winner of all those primaries. But yeah, then that damned old RNC nominated him. ********!

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  19. moonshineComment by moonshine
    November 8, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    We lost this election because we had a major failure to communicate. Republicians were right on the issues, but could not communicate those positions to the mass of non-white voters, that re-elected Obama.
    Republicans are still pontificating from their Ivory tower about global issues, and not relating to the man on the street; who has been dumbed down by years of poor education and liberal indoctrination . They are talking way over his head about matters that are far beyond his grasp. He does not understand them, and consequently will not support them. The days of Rockefeller Republicans are over, and we must address the concerns of main street, not Wall Street.
    Republicans lost because they did not understand that emotional idiots are allowed to vote, and they must communicate with these idiots, not look down on them. We have no one to blame but ourselves. Not having Marco Rubio on the ticket was an egerious mistake. Now we must fight like hell, to save our great Nation from almost certain doom by the hands of the communist administration.

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    • agent007Comment by agent007
      November 8, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

      You have somewhat of a point when you identify the failure to communicate.
      But please take into account the unfair advantage the liberals have in the world of communications these days:
      The Main Stream Media are largely acting as the mouthpiece of the liberals, and do a lot to propagate lies spread by liberals about ANY republicans.
      Have you noticed how often they say “and the Republicans want to do this or that…” when often those are blatant misrepresentations or just plain liberal talking points.
      The old principle applies if you hear a lie often enough, you will start believing it is a factual truth!
      Other than the MSM, there is also the increasing indoctrination of our youth through schools. Look at where the youth vote goes more and more, 2 out of 3 young voters vote liberal now, and it will only get worse!
      Being conservative in this country means getting ridiculed by liberals, has anybody noticed this trend?
      Romney wanted to run purely on the economy, seeing how our country was (and is) headed for financial disaster, and oing in order to get nomination and support from the RNC, he had to pander to right wing positions in his party. He never liked doing so, which is why he has the label of a flip-flopper. His attitude on social conservative values, according to his record, has been one of laissez-faire, not one of pushing his personal/party agenda on such issues.
      But of course MSM and liberals focus on such social conservative values, and hammer ANY conservative on them, as such values have clearly become minority positions in this nation, and easy to ridicule!
      Romney and any other Republican candidate these days are EASY targets for Liberals, with support from the MSM, and support from Unions, and support from educational system and Foreign nations that just want to reduce our power in the world.

      On the other side, Republicans have Fox News and…. who???

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  20. gopgalComment by gopgal
    November 8, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    After 40 years in business we are calling it quits. My husband planned to work well into retirement years just because he loves what he does and to compensate for my health insurance until I am eligible for Medicare. Now that the “free stuff” generation has won the election it is not worth working hard anymore.

    Now, we are disgusted and are quickly selling our home. We plan to live out our lives modestly in a motor home, free from excess Gov’t regulations and BS. I wish we had enough to move to another country but Texas is as close to that as it comes.

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  21. cherrypayneComment by cherrypayne
    November 8, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    I am considering retiring early. Why work hard?
    i think it’s time to live on less. Been getting more thrifty anyway out of necessity and my house is paid for in 5 and a half years.

    Use cash for purchases and start to move off the grid and the information racket that using debit and credit cards create. Why give the govt. free information.
    Taking wood shop classes, and considering learning plumbing and electrical so I can take care of most of my own repairs and maintenance.
    Being self sufficient gives you options that being dependant doesn’t give you!

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  22. anne01Comment by anne01
    November 8, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    “They believe in free stuff. We believe in free people.”

    I too thought that was a defining statement…

    Just as after Obozo said “voting is the best revenge” Romney said we vote out of “love of country.”

    Unfortunately neither were defining moments, but rather demonstrated the difference between the intellectually limited liberal Marxists and the country loving free people.

    Many real American patriots are now flying their American flags at half mast, mourning the loss of our beloved country and the great experiment our Founding Fathers gave us.

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  23. cherrypayneComment by cherrypayne
    November 8, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    I have considered putting my flag at half mast as well until we get our country back into control of sane people and not in the hands of madmen.

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    • Grouchy OneComment by Grouchy One
      November 8, 2012 @ 11:24 am

      A word of caution about this from one who did it. Whatever you get now you will get for the rest of your life. That is the upside — you know what you have coming in. BUT, when you turn 65, Uncle Sam (thanks to Obama) is going to take $247 bucks away from you to pay a premium on medicare that you paid premiums for at 1.whatever percent all the time you were working. So factor that into your budged and hope that the dollar amount doesn’t get raised again before you turn 65.

      I’m not sure why this comment showed up here. I thought I was replying to the person who said they are just going to take early retirement

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    • windstormComment by windstorm
      November 8, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

      Fly your flag upside down, it is a symbol of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

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  24. moonshineComment by moonshine
    November 8, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    We should all “go John Galt”. The taxpayers are the ones getting screwed here. Our tax dollars are going to support Unions, Illegal aliens, bailouts of political cronies, the Muslim Brotherhood, etc.
    To hell with that. Let’s stop funding this wasteful ****.
    If you can afford to do it, retire, take a year off and enjoy life while you can, get another job, etc. Let this house of socialist cards collapse, and then possibly we can rebuild it better and stronger. Socialism has never worked, and it will fail here as well. Time will tell, but be prepared for the worse.

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  25. naimadComment by naimad
    November 8, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    The problem is much deeper than the 47%. We have 22 million government workers and only 11 million workers in the field of manufacturing. We have the FED litterally creating half the money they (they don’t print it, they just add zeros to a bank transaction)and borrowing the the other half. We have pension cheats, that padded the income in the final year with overtime and unused sick pay, so our pension obligations from teachers to corporate CEOs are inflated. We are all adicted to FREE MONEY. I think we to stand tough in Congress for now, but we really need to begin to reform who we are. Herman Caine suggests a 3rd Party today. It will take several election cycles for a 3rd party to win, if it doesn’t fracture before then. The Republican Party needs more partners, we need to merge with the Tea Party and the Libertarians. We need to pad our coalition with moderate to conservative minorities. The RNC should be sponsoring slick Black History Moments on TV when that month rolls around, we are Black History, the GOP has led the way or closed the deal on every Civil Right Bill passed in this country. And we passed every Civil Rights Amendment to the Constitution. Yes the Democrats are using FREE MONEY to draw them to the goverment trough, but we need to coalesce with those who avoic the FREE MONEY. Same with Latinos, Aisians, and Women. We need to grow, and we have to start now. Conservatives are 35% of the electorate. We need to focus on the 40% Independents that swing elections. I understand pulling a John Galt. But we have to address the true crisis, our economy is built on quicksand whether the jobs number tick up or not.

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    • Grouchy OneComment by Grouchy One
      November 8, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

      The TEA Party spun off from the Republican Party BECAUSE there was too little common ground left. TEA originally stood for “taxed enough already.” Had they stood with the platform only rather than start getting all sanctimonious, I’d have been one of them.
      The Libertarian Party is growing but tend to nominate people who don’t even pretend to stand with the Libertarian principles. It’s like all they want is a live body and when that live body starts interjecting too much personal opinion, it hurts them.

      Same way with the Constitutionalists. They drag way too much stuff into the mix trying to make it look like the founding fathers were thinking this far ahead when they wrote the US Constitution.

      I don’t know that the Republican Party can survive. Not because they don’t stand on some firm principles but because they, too, let too much other garbage in.
      I stepped aside from the Republican Party because I felt persecuted by religious fanatics. Even though I will defend the right for people to believe whatever they want to believe, I won’t have it shoved down my throat. I definitely don’t want anyone who’s all gung ho to force others to comply with their religion or lack there of sitting in the White House.
      So, if there is going to be a Republican Party, someone needs to find a way to make sure ALL the people know they are included as opposed to persecuted. I think that is where the Democrats gather momentum — the perception that they will somehow be included.

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