Obama: Don't Bash the Chamber of Commerce

It's bad history and bad politics.

As a former press spokesman for the Democratic National Committee now teaching college journalists about politics, I find shameless, maybe even shameful, my party’s tarring of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - a Washington, D.C. neighbor of President Barack Obama, a block from The White House across Lafayette Park. That’s saying a lot in a cabble-babble and net-nutty environment, where shame no longer seems to inhibit even the worst behavior.  But trying to paint the business lobby as a Chamber of Horrors that's using dirty money from foreigners, is worse than shameful for this former operative. It’s stupid politics.

Ever since the Republican-inspired Progressive Era morphed into Wilsonian Democrat social-engineering progressivism 100 years ago, the Democratic Party has tried to portray itself as a little bit holier than the party of Mammon.  We have liked to think of ourselves as the tribune of the “little guy,” standing against those fat cat Republicans who live on George Babbitt’s Main Street or reside on that greedy, seedy Wall Street.

So it’s not surprising Obama’s political advisors would attempt to boost the spirits of a sagging Democratic base with a little pre-Halloween, pre-election demonizing of the lobby that President William Howard Taft inspired.  A human symbol for detractors of big business, the elephant-sized Taft used his annual message to Congress in December 1911 to encourage creation of what became the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, so business could speak to him in a single voice.

With a little help from Sinclair Lewis’ Babbitt in the 1920s, the negative image of the Chamber is almost in the DNA of liberal Democrats.  In the fictional Zenith, Ohio Chamber of Commerce bulletin, Lewis' George Babbit writes:

...and as it's the best way of fighting the unions, every business man ought to belong to....the Chamber of Commerce. So any selfish hog who doesn't join the Chamber of Commerce ought to be forced to."

In the Republican genome, Big Labor is encoded as their bête noire, and they periodically try to pump up the GOP base with images of cigar-chomping labor goons at the AFL-CIO, the umbrella group of international unions headquartered just a block down the street from the Chamber and White House in the Capital.

When you see vilification of Big Labor or Big Business, with the Chamber and the AFL-CIO as icons, you can pretty much guess a political party is admitting, like a stand-up comedian, “I got nuthin’.”  And with that historical context in mind, let me explain why Democrats have nothing with this attack on Main Street.

The simplest way to understand why demonizing the Chamber is a fruitless tactic might be to think of the 2006 mid-term election.  The Republican base was demoralized with an increasingly unpopular president, who had embraced a budget-busting, big government piece of health legislation - more pharmaceuticals for old people.  Democrats hated Bush and abhorred his war.  And independents leaned left, also hating on Bush and the war.

Does any of that sound familiar in 2010?  Now Democrats are demoralized with an increasingly unpopular president, who has burdened our psyches with more endless war to replace the one we elected Obama to end.  Republicans hate Obama and his budget-busting piece of health legislation - corporate welfare for insurance and drug companies.  And independents now lean right, also hating on Obama and his health care “reform.”

The old lawyer joke applies.  If you don’t have the law, pound away at the facts.  If you don’t have the facts, pound away at the law. If you have neither, pound on the table.

But no amount of pounding on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is going to save Democrats from the self-inflicted wounds of endless war and over-reaching social legislation.  As a libertarian Democrat (about six of us), I have a formula that might help Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders re-connect with our base and reach out to independents of the 21st Century, to replace the spent ideology of progressivism. The short version goes something like this:

The government should assure liberty by staying as far away as possible from our bank accounts, our bedrooms, and our bodies. Spread pluralistic democracy and free markets by example, understanding that neither can be planted by force on political real estate lacking indigenous cultivators for their growth. Restore the moral authority of mid-20th century civil rights, fashioning public policy around individuals, not tribal identity groups.

 You can read the full version of the formula here.

Director of the Washington Center for Politics & Journalism, Terry Michael is a former Democratic National Committee press secretary (1983-1987). His opinion writing is collected at his “libertarian Democrat” web site, www.terrymichael.net.

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  • Chony to the Max||

    Sellout. We simply can not have people questioning Obama's wisdom at this point, especially so called "Democrats" like yourself.

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  • hmm||

    I don't ever recall a political party directly going after unions the way the current executive branch has been going after The Chamber of Commerce. My memory sucks though and I'm to lazy to research the concept. Anyone have a rough example from recent history?

  • ||

    Various Republicans and conservative commentators do so, but a President? Not that I can recall.

  • Barack H Nixon||

    I was tough, but I had to pardon Hoffa in return for illegal cash.

  • Mo||

    Reagan. He banned the fired air traffic controllers from federal jobs for life.

  • ||

    Yeah, but wasn't Reagan reacting to the guys walking off their jobs? And he warned them he would do it. This crap by Obama is a preemptive attack on a legitimate group, and it ranks among the least presidential things I can think of, except you know, for having enemies lists, vilifying certain press outlets and attacking Supreme Court decisions during state of the union addresses.

  • Barack H Nixon||

    To whom are you referring?

  • ||

    Haha. Exactly.

  • JohnD||

    Mo is an idiot. The controllers were fired for cause. Not the same thing, moron.

  • Mo||

    Jesus Christ, does everyone that comments here under the name John have reading comprehension problems? The firing was for cause, banning them from federal jobs for life was vindictive.

  • hmm's wife/doctor||

    wow, lets go with a correction of too lazy a few days later.

  • hmm||

    fail^2

  • Brian Sorgatz||

    If enough Democrats learned to think like Terry Michael, the party could win me back.

  • prolefeed||

    As a libertarian Democrat (about six of us)

    with a margin of error of plus or minus six.

  • ||

    It's not the libertarianism that alienates people around Terry, it's the crazy HIV conspiracy theories.

  • Pham Nuwen||

    Ha! I'm greatly oversimplifying his crazy but I believe Terry's argument was "Unhappiness causes the AIDS!!". Just awesome.

  • prolefeed||

    The more succinct argument, with the denial made explicit: "I'm HIV+, and I can't die of AIDS, thus something other than HIV MUST be the cause of AIDS."

  • Yonemoto||

    I dunno, it seems like the "correct" libertarian opinion is to vilify both the unions (except when they strictly participate in collective bargaining and stay out of politics) AND the chamber of commerce. So Terry Michael = libertarian fail.

  • ||

    though I am easily befuddled, I do not understand how someone can use small 'l' libertarian as an adjective for capital D (or R) party politics...

  • hmm||

    It's how you justify not completely towing the party lion to your die hard friends.

  • anarch||

    For the children.

  • JoshINHB||

    Awesome.

  • Brian B||

    I dunno, if a Dem president can't go after a GOP-partisan special interest group with shadowy funding, then who can he go after? The CoC today is not the Ohio-town chamber that its name is intended to invoke; it's a Republican attack machine. Standing up to it is both good politics and good policy.

  • prolefeed||

    The local Chamber of Commerce here is a left of center group of corporatists with a biggish government agenda.

    Dunno who is running the national association, but I doubt they are a representative cross-section of actual business owners in America.

  • Brian B's liberal butt buddy||

    Bullshit. That can't be. All big business is run by Republicans that want to exploit minority children to enrich themselves.

    No fucking way did any Dems, especially not Obama, ever get any campaign contributions from any shadowy interest groups. George Soros can attest to that.

    Liberals are like fucking children! You dumbass.

  • Mo||

    I don't think the US CoC is connected with local CoCs.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Must be that pesky word... "commerce". That's what is really chapping your ass, isn't it, Brian. C'mon, just 'fess up.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Nonsense, I'm sure Brian loves the Commerce Clause--when it's used to enforce policies he suppports.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Well, true, there IS that loophole.

  • JohnD||

    Well, we habve another idiot incapable of critical thinking.

    The CofC is a organization of businessmen and women. The Dem are and have always been anti business.
    They are not a Repub attack machine. They would attack Repus also if they were as anti business.

  • ||

    The AFL-CIO is actually has ties to the fucking mafia. They killed people. Literally.

  • Jimmy Hoffa||

    The fuck you talkin' about!?

  • coin flip||

    Yes. And the mob has no interest whatsoever in banks or gambling or waste management or government or any other "legit" business.

  • Ron L||

    Brian B|10.15.10 @ 10:50PM|#
    "I dunno, if a Dem president can't go after a GOP-partisan special interest group with shadowy funding, then who can he go after?"

    Hey, brain-dead! Define and prove "shadowy funding" or shut up.

  • Brian||

    All I know is that it didn't come from Tides, Pew, Soros or MacArthur, so it has to be shadowy. Dudes are trying to sell shit, man, that's just low and disgusting.

  • Ron L||

    And it's a shame they didn't find one more photo of Obama faking a punch. He wouldn't do that, he's from Chi town; he bought that skill.

  • JoshINHB||

    They're stealing our democracy!

  • Wind Rider||

    Terry skipped one of the more schtoopid aspects of Skippy's tactic here - way to remind everyone about campaign financing shennanigans, dude whose campaign turned of the Credit Card verification process on his website, literally inviting direct overseas donations directly un violation of the law. Just as the other team is about to quite likely seize control of the body that would be at the center of the investigation of same. From now on, he;s not just Skippy, he's Skippy, farmer of the low hanging fruit!

  • Jason||

    Big Government is accusing Brett Kimberlin, "a convicted domestic terrorist who has been described as a habitual liar", as the source of the campaign against the Chamber of Commerce.

  • ||

    When I think of the opposite of "preaching to the choir", I think of someone preaching to the congregation...

    In Mr. Michael's case, I think he may be preaching to an empty room if he's preaching to the Democrats.

    They got their emperor in the White House, nobody over there wants to hear how he's got no clothes.

  • ¢||

    I don't ever recall a political party directly going after unions the way the current executive branch has been going after The Chamber of Commerce. My memory sucks though and I'm to lazy to research the concept. Anyone have a rough example from recent history?

    Not a party, but—Reagan, air traffic controllers. (The Wiki summary is pretty good.) But that was a specific, situational, "Well fuck y'all then," failed-negotiation sort of event, with only a touch of public lesson-teaching, not this kind of multi-headed campaign of...what's the bitch-ass version of vengeance? Gossip? Shaming?

    That's not the most significant way it's not analogous. Unions were among Reagan's actual political adversaries. The Chamber is as statist as Obama is, and they're down with all but a tiny fraction of his fascist crap. Then one night they burnt the roast. Smack!

  • BakedPenguin||

    Actually, the Teamsters supported Reagan. That was b/c Carter deregulated trucking.

  • ABC||

    The US Chamber of Commerce are not pro-free market; they are pro-business subsidies, regulations etc.

    Fuck the US Chamber of Commerce

  • Mo||

    Agree. They have 7 bills highlighted in "how they voted". One is the idiotic travel promotion act, paid for with a tax on visitors, and they also supported the stimulus bill.

  • ||

    In their defense, if you look closely at the photo op they had with dear leader promoting the stimulus, you will see a gun stuck in the ribs of each of their reps.

    Their support was out of fear of retaliation. IIRC, it was right after the enemies list thing came out as well as the "hotline" to report opponents of healthcare.

  • Mo||

    That's bull. One of their key issues is support of infrastructure investments from the government. Between the infrastructure and the tax breaks, ARRA is right up their alley.

  • George V||

    WTF is a libertarian Democrat?????

  • ||

    Libertarians are mostly liberal Democrat-Lites. Need we go yet again to the voting record of a host of Reason editors? How often must this be reproved??

  • ||

    This place is but one remote corner of the "libertarian" universe. There are probably more anarchists (in the commentariat, at least) than capitalists.

  • ||

    Every time we go over it, this slander is disproved again. Of the actual 8 Reason editors, 4 voted for Barr, 2 didn't vote, and 2 (Weigel, Bailey) voted for Obama.

  • ||

    Do we still count Weigel since we now know he was a Manchurian Editor?

  • Wright's nemesis||

    +100

  • MNG||

    And iirc Barr was not on the ballot in DC where Weigel lived at the time.

  • ||

    That's right. Well if the Manchurian Editor was living in DC at the time, it's quite likely McCain wasn't on the ballot either.

  • Us Us Us Us Us Us Us.||

    THEM THEM THEM THEM THEM THEM THEM.

  • ||

    Generally someone who is more afraid of the Right than they are of the left and has convinced themselves, despite all evidence to the contrary, that Democrats really will do anything different regarding social issues and freedoms than the Republicans.

  • ||

    The Chamber of Commerce is actually left of center as ABC points out. But most people don't know that. Most people think of them as kind of the reasonable voice of business. That is why Obama is an idiot for doing this. When he goes after the Chamber of Commerce it looks to the average person like he is going after every business in the country, not robber barons or banks or any specific business that can be demonized.

    This has to be the stupidest most unproductive line of political attack I have ever seen. It just shows how insulated Obama is. Only someone living in a lefty cocoon could think this was a good idea.

  • MNG||

    "The Chamber of Commerce is actually left of center as ABC points out."

    Citation needed.

  • ||

    They supported immigration amnesty,

    http://24ahead.com/glenn-beck-.....porting-us

    They supported TARP, the auto bailouts and the stimulus.

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/polit.....onors.html

    That makes them "center left". Takes those citations and shove them up your ass sideways you dishonest rat bastard.

  • ||

    And they often support the campaigns of very liberal Democrats.

    http://hotlineoncall.nationalj.....ub_for.php

  • ||

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....01706.html

    Chamber has always been pro immigration. A better site than Lonewacko.

  • JoshINHB||

    Did you really just post a link to lonewacko's blog?

  • ||

    OMG he did!
    Off the rez John.

  • MNG||

    John LIVES off the rez dude. He never checks the quality of his sources, or his thoughts, before posting them. He's like a monkey flinging feces at his hated elite tormenters...

  • Jennifer||

    Give John some credit. Citing LoneWacko as a source is, at least, less insane than quoting TimeCubeGuy.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Yeah but he did it wrong. MLA stipulates that when citing LoneWhacko, you're supposed to include Inappropriate Capitalizations and subvert the SpacebarConspiracy.

  • MNG||

    And for every one of those things I can note something right of center they advocate. Against cap and trade, against card check, against Obama care; for veto of SCHIP, tort "reform" social security privatization...

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/ind.....egislation

    You have no idea what you are talking about...again.

  • ||

    Are those things considered right of center? I always looked at them as common sense.

    Meh, lives and learns, I guess.

  • Mo||

    The reason the Dems are fighting them is because their PAC donated 89% of their money to Republicans.

  • MNG||

    But they are left of center!!! Unpossible!!

  • RyanXX||

    It's a mistake to call them "left" or "right."

    They're pro-themselves. They will support anythign that advances the corporatist agenda.

    In fact, I think people should stop using the words "left" and "right" altogether. Usually the truth doesn't fit into an arbitrary box marked "red" or "blue"

  • DLM||

    In fact, I think people should stop using the words "left" and "right" altogether. Usually the truth doesn't fit into an arbitrary box marked "red" or "blue"

    True, but it doesn't require as much thought and is so much so much more emotionally satisfying this way.

  • ||

    "They're pro-themselves."

    Bastards!

  • Robert||

    Yeah, when I heard of this my thought was, "Is he nuts?!!" It's like attacking Mom & apple pie in a business suit. I wouldn't mind having the Chamber knocked down a peg, but this won't knock them down a peg, it'll just knock Obama down to lunatic status.

    I thought maybe Rahm Emmanuel was a bad advisor and that breaking with him would make Obama sound more reasonable. Obviously I was wrong!

    Obama, you're supposed to attack the Chamber after you assume the status and stance of a Hugo Chavez, not before! I guess maybe he's got the same size ego as Chavez, blotting out his view ahead.

  • ||

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  • ||

    I can't forward it as it is not in e-mail form, but is there a newsletter I could subscribe to so I can follow your interesting ideas?

  • Helpessly Hopeless||

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  • ||

    While you included Bible quotes, and ALL CAPS sentences, you didn't once mention the Illuminati in your rant.

    As a conspiracy theorist you get a D-.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Also, Obama's hair has been cut pretty short. He failed to explain how no one saw the "666" on his head.

  • ||

    If my history is correct, it could be elsewhere on his body. Didn't one of Damian's helpers have the number on a leg or something? Maybe that's why the news cameras were kept so far away when he played basketball with LeBron and gang this past summer.

  • iReggie||

    I know where it is.

  • ||

    Funny story. I was in Richmond, VA long ago on a bit of a road trip. It was me, my buddy Damien from Ireland and a couple of Brits Ned and Bob. We got pulled over going the wrong way down a one way street and the cop couldn't understand Damien's Irish license or his accent since we were all completely fucked up. He asked him what his name was, "Desmond, Dermon, how do you say it?" My buddy Ned, who was drunk out of his mind, rolls down the rear window and yells at the cop, "It's Damien, the fucking Antichrist!" The cop looks at him and laughs his ass off. Tells us to turn around and go back up one more block and then make our turn. Makes me laugh to this day, especially since it didn't end like a Balko story.

  • Jeffersonian||

    Brown ink.

  • ||

    +1million

  • JohnD||

    It's probably tatooed on his skinny ass.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Cool story, bro.

  • Number 2||

    In light of of what Terry has to say here, the following link to one of his earlier articles is richly ironic: http://reason.com/archives/200.....dentity-p. In it, Terry claims that candidate Obama is the man who was going to end "identity politics" in America.

    Terry was not alone. The Economist magazine also claimed that Obama was "a post-racial candidate." http://www.economist.com/node/10430308

    The man who was supposed to end American identity politics continually attacks "Big Business" while his critics are villified as "racists." "Post-racial politics" lasted about six months into his term and died the moment that successful opposition to his political agenda appeared.

    There was an awful lot of slick talk among the intelligensia about how BO was going to "change the American political template," with scant little attention paid to his actual personal, political and voting history. We were expected to believe that speeches read from a teleprompter counted for more than a life's history of being nothing more than a typical big-government "liberal" who was to the left even of Bill Clinton. Now we see the results.

  • Sometimes I wish I were wrong||

    BO has been a disappointment to those with low expectations. A run-amok Justice Department and petty race-baiting have cost him -- all "hope" of even-handedness, gone.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    BO was Fail from the moment he took office.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    ...and so would have been McCain, had he won.

  • ||

    "The government should assure liberty by staying as far away as possible from our bank accounts, our bedrooms, and our bodies. Spread pluralistic democracy and free markets by example, understanding that neither can be planted by force on political real estate lacking indigenous cultivators for their growth. Restore the moral authority of mid-20th century civil rights, fashioning public policy around individuals, not tribal identity groups."

    Terry, welcome to the Ron Paul Revolution!

  • ||

    Since the Democrat label (like the Republican) means little more than a tribal affiliation at this point, why does Terry Michael so doggedly continue to tout himself a Democrat when it's blatantly obvious even to him that that party has no interest in libertarianism?

  • ||

    LOL, never fear! Obama will throw a speech at it and make it all well LOL

    www.total-privacy.au.tc

  • Wright's nemesis||

    Can't decide whether you are a shilling troll or a trolling shill...

  • Jeffersonian||

    It's a troll-bot.

  • ||

    I see less sinister reasons for Obama's vilification of the CoC. I think the man simply has to have an enemy. He has spent his entire life fighting against things as a community agitator. In those fights, he had to present someone, anyone, as the Mr. Potter to his ebony George Bailey. I think he is in the same situation now. However, his position is national as opposed to local (and inner-city local at that), so his vilification looks like petty partisan bullshit to most Americans. To those whose "community" he "organized" for, this is still good politics, as they are eating this up with a spoon.

    Look at the polls and this is borne out. His approval rating by inner-city blacks and hispanics is over 95%. It is considerably lower when you poll these ethnic groups out of the urban centers.

    Basically, this man doesn't know how to govern. He just knows how to rail against "The evil ___________. (fill in blank)" to pad his pockets. Example A: Jesse Jackson.

  • ||

    He's going to have a rough time trying to get re-elected if his base dwindles down to just inner city minorities and dipshit honky hipsters.

  • ||

    Dave, you know there are still around 40% of Americans who will vote Dem regardless of who Team Red runs. The same goes for the Repubs as well.

    Really, he's looking at targeting 10.1% of the remaining population and this is the only way he knows how: play the politics of destruction. It's all the man and his Chicago cronies have ever known.

    And he's gonna have a hard time trying to get re-elected if Team Red runs anyone other than Palin against him. Personally, I'm hoping they talk Christie to run. Obama wouldn't have a chance.

  • Ron L||

    dave c|10.16.10 @ 11:07AM|#
    "dipshit honky hipsters."
    The Pelosi base! She's got a lock on 'em.

  • Crucifiers!||

    Maybe Born-Again-Barack sees himself as Hay-soos turning over the tables of the money-changers.

  • alan||

    That is pretty much proof that he is a Christian and not a Muslim that he doesn't appreciate capitalism. But for the fact of his apostasy we may have been spared this cretinous display in his public speech.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Obama only cares about capitalism for its ability to make money to fuel government. Otherwise, he'd find a way to kill it off entirely.

  • Wonketteer||

    Liar. Obama is a good man, and everything he does is praiseworthy.

    Oh, and... TRUCKNUTZ.

  • Michelle Obama||

    My Barack speaks with Jesus.

  • Robert||

    But couldn't he think for about 30 seconds and come up with much more suitable targets for vilif'n? Like, say, the Reason Found'n? Or the maker of the world's best bubble bath (see my link)? Or Jehova's Witnesses, or whichever one is annoying and doesn't vote?

  • Xeones||

    The government should assure liberty by staying as far away as possible from our bank accounts, our bedrooms, and our bodies. Spread pluralistic democracy and free markets by example, understanding that neither can be planted by force on political real estate lacking indigenous cultivators for their growth. Restore the moral authority of mid-20th century civil rights, fashioning public policy around individuals, not tribal identity groups.

    I'm still in my twenties with kickass longevity genes, and i don't see this happening in my lifetime. In either branch of the Major Party.

    Of course, i'm holding out for the utter collapse into irrelevancy of the current political system, and the rise of virtually-enabled panarchy in the distributed republic mode.

  • ||

    X! You're back!

  • Xeones||

    And he's gonna have a hard time trying to get re-elected if Team Red runs anyone other than Palin against him.

    I wish that "if" didn't look so big right now.

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    How did you get those smiley-bots to display?

  • ||

    The Chamber of Commerce is hotter for tariffs than most Democrats. And they have jumped on the "evil Chinese currency manipulation" bandwagon. They are a bunch of crony capitalist rent-seekers.

    I hate them. The Presidential Suit should love them.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    It's still hypocritical for Dems to bitch about the *possible* CoC/foreign donations consipracy. People in glass houses, and all that.

  • Xeones||

    Maybe Born-Again-Barack sees himself as Hay-soos turning over the tables of the money-changers.

    Well, yeah. When has there ever been anything in his rhetoric or that of his followers that would indicate otherwise?

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Jesus Tapdancing Christ... I thought Wonkette was bad, but hand to God, that is the first and last time I'll *ever* click on a ThinkProgress link.

  • Robert||

    Just click for The Urkobold and everything else will look good.

    Actually the guy is funny, but not funny enough.

  • Xeones||

    X! You're back!

    Yo, fuck not keeping you people in suspense around here.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Hey, X... how was life at the re-education camp? Did you do the Kelly's Heroes-style escape?

  • Homeland Security||

    We'll get him back. The Mind-Sluicer may not have reprogrammed him at all, but it will work eventually.

    In the meantime, good luck getting a commercial airline ticket, "Xeones". And watch your back... we are.

  • Lord Obama||

    What?? He's escaped??? You fools! NEVER let the hero escape!

    Minions! Meeting in My Office, NOW.

  • Kuwanki||

    That's Hogan's Heroes, you simple-minded cretin.

  • ||

    And I see that you're still not using threaded comments! Even ProL gave that shit up. I'd commend you on your dedication, but you won't respond on the same thread.

  • Xeones||

    I'd commend you on your dedication, but you won't respond on the same thread.

    I'll take your aborted commendation in the spirit with which it was meant. Anyway, i always knew i was stronger than Pro Lib. But that doesn't lessen how lonesome it is to be the only righteous man in dark, dark times.

  • ||

    the only righteous man in dark, dark times.

    ?

    Yeah, whatever.

    Endeavor to persevere, Xeones.

    Endeavor to persevere.

  • The Dude||

    They peed on my fucking rug, Xeones.

  • Ron L||

    "President Barack Obama acknowledged Saturday that the hope and energy he stirred during his presidential campaign may have faded in the face of a grinding economic crisis."
    Not to mention the mishandling of most of what's crossed his desk.
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/.....620D90.DTL

  • ||

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  • ||

    Whatever the truth of the matter, the American people need to know how he managed to become a "natural born" American citizen between 1981 and 2008..

    Given the destructive nature of his plans for America, as illustrated by his speech before Congress and the disastrous spending plan he has presented to Congress, the sooner we learn the truth of all this, the better.

    If you Don't care that Your President is not a natural born Citizen and in Violation of the Constitution, then Delete this, and then lower your American Flag to half-staff, because the U.S. Constitution is already on life-support, and won't survive much longer.

    If you do care then Forward this to as many patriotic Americans as you can, because our country is being looted and ransacked! TO THE WEAK-KNEED REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRAT…..TO ALL THE COMMUNIST IN THE IG,FBI,CIA,AND U.S. Senators and the left wing media outlets…..Wake up america!!!! This goverment is the most corrupt we have had in years. The good old boy network is very much in charge.Mr. obama and pelosi are the puppet masters.How many of their good friends benefited by the agreement ” what a farce. All of the u.sSenators voted for this. I am ashamed to say I voted for the these corupted self serving politicians.With good reason they picked an out of towner to be president.All u.s departments need an overhaul. We need to rid ourselves of the puppet masters and the dept heads that bow down to obama and pelosi.I am sick of the lip service I have been getting from these dummies over violations, their friends are getting away with.in the goverment . Barack Hussein Obama , threatens friends and bows to Mmslim.
    INPEACH OBAMA ,GOD OPEN YOUR EYES.///For us there are only two possiblities: either we remain american or we come under the thumb of the communist Mmslim Barack Hussein OBAMA. This latter must not occur.THE COMMANDER.
    OBAMA goes about his business by speaking the lie. II Thessalonians 2 says that he comes "with all deceivableness of unrighteousness." Revelation 13:12 says, "and he spoke as a dragon...." Revelation 17 tells us that he was a false prophet, a prophet being one whose calling it is to speak and to teach. The armies of the world may have guns and tanks and bombs to bring people into submission; but the power of speech and ideas is a mighty power. In his initial attempts to destroy the cause of God Obama used a serpent to deceive the woman with crooked speech: "You will be like God." Now he uses a "dragon" who speaks crafty, lying words. His speeches will be heard by millions who will hang on his persuasive rhetoric. The content as well as the form of his speech will attract. Like most false prophets, he will even be sincere and passionate. But he is a liar. He adds dashes of truth to the mix, so that his lie tastes like truth. He will use all the right catchwords, using the language of the church, even throwing in a Bible text or two. But he is the ultimate Liar, and will deceive many.
    OBAMA will use every tool available: school teachers, politicians, news broadcasters, artists, musicians, scientists and doctors, lawyers and businessmen. All will be pressed into the service of OBAMA to deceive men. But especially he will use those whose calling it is to persuade and to teach -- men who claim to be preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. ===================Both communists and National Socialists prospered in this climate in which the common people powerfully rejected the whole concept of a liberal democracy.
    In the 2009 election campaign obama put himself forward as the strong and decisive leader which america had been longing for. As many have commented, all the Party really offered was order, discipline and authority since they had not drawn up any detailed policies �quot; however, it was indeed the order, discipline and authority which the america were longing and craving for! Moreover the party made it clear that, when elected, they would form a dictatorship �quot; not a democracy, but this, again, was exactly what the people wanted
    THE COMMANDER,,, REPOST THIS IF YOU AGREE .. THE END OF AMERICA.

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