Posts Tagged ‘2012’
BEN SAYS: The WASHINGTON TIMES article below is good on how Obama’s new campaign slogan, “Forward”, has extensive ties to Communism. But the TIMES article leaves out Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” and MSNBC’s “Lean Forward” ad campaign. Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” killed 45 million Chinese over a three-year period (1958-1961). So MSNBC doesn’t quite want a “Great Leap Forward” (like Mao). MSNBC just wants to “Lean Forward” — that is “lean” toward Maoist Communism. But Obama apparently wants to go all the way. Obama’s 2012 campaign slogan “Forward” is the name of Vladimir Lenin’s publication. It’s also the name of a number of other prominent Marxist magazines and journals. “Progressive” is a variation of the “Forward” Communist theme. Progressive is a kinder, gentler version of “Forward.” Obama apparently prefers “Forward” to “Progressive.” “Forward” is serious.
WASHINGTON TIMES: The Obama campaign apparently didn’t look backwards into history when selecting its new
campaign slogan, “Forward” — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.
Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name “Forward!” or its foreign cognates. Wikipedia has an entire section called “Forward (generic name of socialist publications).”
“The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications,” the online encyclopedia explains.
The slogan “Forward!” reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.
The Obama campaign released its new campaign slogan Monday in a 7-minute video. The title card has simply the word “Forward” with the “O” having the familiar Obama logo from 2008. It will be played at rallies this weekend that mark the Obama re-election campaign’s official beginning.
There have been at least two radical-left publications named “Vorwaerts” (the German word for “Forward”). One was the daily newspaper of the Social Democratic Party of Germany whose writers included Friedrich Engels and Leon Trotsky. It still publishes as the organ of Germany’s SDP, though that party has changed considerably since World War II. Another was the 1844 biweekly reader of the Communist League. Karl Marx, Engels and Mikhail Bakunin are among the names associated with that publication.
East Germany named its Army soccer club ASK Vorwaerts Berlin (later FC Vorwaerts Frankfort).
Vladimir Lenin founded the publication “Vpered” (the Russian word for “forward”) in 1905. Soviet propaganda film-maker Dziga Vertov made a documentary whose title is sometimes translated as “Forward, Soviet” (though also and more literally as “Stride, Soviet”).
Conservative critics of the Obama administration have noted numerous ties to radicalism and socialists throughout Mr. Obama’s history, from his first political campaign being launched from the living room of two former Weather Underground members, to appointing as green jobs czar Van Jones, a self-described communist.
Now that he’s in, no one can say this is a boring field
C. EDMUND WRIGHT-AMERICAN THINKER: Even those conservatives who will not vote for Herman Cain to win the Republican nomination should hope that he does run — and that his candidacy lasts a long time during the nomination process, perhaps even succeeding.
Not the least of reasons is that a Cain candidacy would be a hoot. And I do not mean that in a derisive or condescending way at all. I mean that it would be the kind of doggone honest and refreshing campaign the country needs. It would be the opposite of the stale McCain run. Cain does not speak Washington drivel, and he’s not afraid to take a strong position. Dare I say it? He’ll call a spade a spade, and he’ll reach across the aisle only to smack someone down. He will admit what McCain would not: that we do have a lot to fear from an Obama presidency.
FLASHBACK: Herman Cain is Landslide Winner of First Presidential Debate
Herman Cain for President?
According to Frank Luntz’s focus group for FOX News, Herman Cain was the landslide winner in the 1st GOP Presidential debate, held in South Carolina among candidates seeking the Republican nomination for President.
Among the 29 members of this focus group of Republican voters, Cain only had one vote before the debate began. By the end of the debate, more than half the hands went up when Frank Luntz asked how many supported Herman Cain for President.
Actually, it looked like nearly all the hands went up for Herman Cain.
Luntz’s focus group picked former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania as their second choice.
Congressman Ron Paul also got a lot of applause, especially when talking about the debt crisis.
All candidates on the stage performed well. The others were Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.
Johnson appeared to be competing with Ron Paul for the libertarian-leaning vote. They come at their libertarian positions from different angles. Johnson says he makes policy according to a strict cost-benefit analysis, whereas Paul comes at it by asking: Is it Constitutional?
Both want to reduce the size and scope of government by 80 percent or so — Paul would say cut the government down to Constitutional size; while Johnson would say less government just works better. Both emphasized their strong belief in the free-market to solve most of our economic problems.
Santorum focused largely on his strong pro-family, pro-life voting record, but also on the fact that he is solidly and reliably conservative on all issues. He said he did not believe the GOP should have a moratorium on moral and social issues, as the absent Governor Mitch Daniels suggested.
Santorum’s delivery was very good. He got big ratings from Luntz’s focus group by emphasizing his opposition to ObamaCare, calling repealing ObamaCare the crossroads issue of our time.
All were good.
The big losers in this 1st debte were those who did not show up: Romney, Gingrich, Bachmann, Palin, Huckabee, Trump, etc.
South Carolina voters interviewed by FOX News indicated they felt somewhat slighted by those who did not show up. But most of them said they were glad to learn about Herman Cain and hear his message. Most of these GOP primary voters say they are now for Cain.
Looks like Herman Cain and Rick Santorum are off to strong starts — especially Herman Cain.
About Herman Cain
Herman Cain is best known as the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. He was also the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Before that he was a top executive at Pillsbury and then Burger King. He also served as CEO of the National Restaurant Association.
Herman Cain has a solid track record of success at everything he’s done.
He earned his money in the private sector as a business leader and entrepreneur, not with his hand in the pockets of taxpayers.
If you want a successful business leader who will know how to get the economy rolling again and who shares your values, Herman Cain (not Donald Trump) is your man.
Cain was born and raised in Georgia by working class parents. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Morehouse College in 1967. While working for the U.S. Department of the Navy, he earned his master’s degree in computer science from Purdue University.
Here’s what Herman Cain had to say at CPAC earlier this year
Remember, last summer (of 2010) was supposed to be the “Summer of Recovery”
It’s now Spring of 2011. Maybe Obama and Biden meant this summer. We’ll see what happens.
JON PODHORETZ-COMMENTARY: As Barack Obama was delivering his speech on the nation’s long-term debt crisis, word came that JP Morgan has radically downgraded its projection of the nation’s short-term prospects for economic growth. Morgan now thinks the economy will grow at an annual rate of 1.4 percent this year. This comes hard on the heels of Macroeconomic Advisers lowering its growth projection for 2011 from 4 percent at the beginning of the year to 1.7 percent today.
These aren’t just horrible numbers for the U.S. economy. They are a potential death knell for Barack Obama’s presidency. There is no way tepid growth of this sort is going to make a dent in the nation’s overall employment numbers—and it stands to reason that if unemployment is higher at the time of the 2012 election than it was when he took office in 2009 (7.6 percent), he is exceedingly unlikely to win a second term. Combine that with the runup in gas and food prices, and you are looking at a presidency in serious condition—not yet critical, because these are projections, after all, and who knows? Economists get this wrong all the time. There was also good potential news today on the employment front, that the number of posted job positions is at its highest since 2004.
POP EATER: When talk show queen Oprah Winfrey announced she was publicly supporting Barack Obama for president back in 2008, she shocked many TV insiders who had always thought it best for talk show hosts to keep their political views to themselves.
Now as the 2012 election process has officially begun, sources tell me this time around Oprah’s support will be much more private.
“For 2012, much has changed for Oprah. She now has own cable channel called OWN that has been struggling to find an audience — she isn’t going to do anything to alienate them,” a TV insider tells me. “Unlike in 2008, when a drop in ratings didn’t matter as much for the queen of TV, Oprah is now fighting every day to get people to tune into OWN.”
One reason may be that Michelle reportedly hates Oprah.
SHOWBIZ SPY: Recent reports claimed Michelle has been telling her nearest and dearest that she hopes nemesis Oprah Winfrey bombs when she launches her OWN network next year.
“Michelle hates Oprah,” alleged one insider. “She’s hoping she’ll come crashing down to earth with her latest venture.”
NBC: Chris Christie said he knows he could win the White House if he ran for president next year.
The New Jersey governor and GOP rock star made the comments in an interview with the National Review last week while he was in Washington D.C., which was published Tuesday night.
“I have people calling me and saying to me, ‘Let me explain to you how you could win.’ And I’m like, ‘You’re barking up the wrong tree. I already know I could win.’ That’s not the issue.”
It’s the furthest out there Christie has gone about his thinking about the 2012 race, which many conservative pundits have been pleading with him to join, citing the weakness of the field. In a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, he acknowledged he sees the opportunity, but didn’t say that he also clearly sees a road to the White House over a field of more than a dozen potential GOP rivals.
DICK MORRIS: How did Obama ever think that his program would pass constitutional muster? How could he imagine that the Interstate Commerce clause could cover something that wasn’t interstate (health insurance cannot be sold over state lines) and wasn’t commerce (failure to buy insurance is not commerce) would stand up in court? He was so sure that he would win any constitutional challenge that he arrogantly failed to put a severability clause in the bill so that it would survive even if parts were stricken down.
The decision of the Florida District Court may or may not prevail in the Circuit Court. But who can doubt that the Supreme Court, as currently constituted, will strike it down?
So where does this leave President Obama? His stimulus package was a disaster, conceded by all to have failed. Democrats, of course, ascribe its failure to its puny size (only $800 billion)! Republicans understand that when the government spends and borrows it destroys jobs rather than create them. But, obviously, the stimulus bill didn’t work.
And now his health care bill is unconstitutional.
What happens to an arch when it loses its cornerstone? It collapses. The same fate awaits Obama in 2012.
Meanwhile, he continues to peddle the fiction that “we have broken the back of the recession.” His bureaucracy puts out a GDP growth rate of 3.4 percent for the fourth quarter. Baloney. The price deflator he used to discount the impact of inflation on the supposed GDP growth was a ridiculous 0.3 percent for the fourth quarter. But the Consumer Price Index rose by 2.6 percent in the same quarter. Almost all of the GDP growth is just rising prices, not a recovering economy.
And half of the new economic activity is just the build-up of inventories. We are now a nation of inventories. Businesses are sitting on close to a trillion dollars of cash they are afraid to invest. Banks are awash in capital handed out by the Fed as it tries to force-feed the economy by printing money. And consumers have taken the stimulus money and put it into reducing their debt load – good for them but not for the economy. Household debt has dropped by $200 billion in the past two years.
But nobody is spending. Nobody is buying.
Obama’s economic program is in ruins. His healthcare bill is unconstitutional. His financial regulation bill (Dodd-Frank) has so harassed small and community banks that they have stopped lending to small businesses. And, on top of all that, he is losing Egypt to radical Muslim fundamentalists.
What a presidency!