As Barack Obama sets to work crafting his legacy as the nation’s 44th president, one achievement that is already carved in stone is his unparalleled skill as a campaigner. It’s not much of an accomplishment for a leader—not the sort of thing likely to be inscribed on a commemorative tablet or at the base of a monument—but it is nevertheless a reality: Twice he ran for the nation’s highest office, and twice he broke records raising campaign funds.
In fact, reports the New York’s Observer’s Politicker blog, he has not stopped raising campaign contributions, this despite having won re-election. “Obama’s electoral operation, Obama for America,” Colin Campbell writes, “is asking their supporters to contribute after filling out a form backing his plan to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans.” The site features an inspirational photo of the president as its wallpaper, his gaze elevated and trained Mosaically on some distant object: a third term perhaps?
Take it from someone who knows something about the Civil War. Secession is not a good idea, and signing petitions at the White House web site asking permission to secede is an even worse idea.
Since the November election, citizens in all 50 states have signed petitions at the White House “We the People” web site asking permission to peacefully secede from the Union. At least seven petitions have reached enough signatures to prompt a White House response.
After the presidential election, I found it hard to write about politics. I was So. Darn. Mad. When I thought of the two candidates – incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney—two things were crystal clear to me:
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First, the president had not solved our economic problems but had probably made them worse.
Second, whatever you thought of Romney personally, however bothered you might be about his career as a businessman and his pragmatist approach as governor of Massachusetts, there could be no question that his expertise and personality were right for the times, and that he was immensely more capable of leading the country out of financial ruin onto a sturdier foundation than the amateur in the White House.
Obviously, my view was not shared by the majority of Americans. In fact, the “whatever you thought of Romney personally” turned out to be a major factor in his defeat. Continue reading