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THE DECISION OF A LIFETIME

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Friends, I’ve had a lot of heavy thoughts running through my mind for the last couple of months, and something I remembered the other day gave me “the chestnut” that I needed to tie all my thoughts together, so here I go!

The Republican party could have run Ham Sandwich or Mop N.A. Suit for their candidate in this election year and would have had a good shot at the White House. Too bad for the party, and us, Mr. Sandwich and Mr. Suit were quite content to stay where they are. As AWD is fond of saying, ‘we’re not going to have another Reagan this time around.’ It looks like they’re going to be stuck with Massachusetts Moderate Mitt. I say “they,” not “we,” because as you all know I’m not stuck on the Republicans, I’m more Libertarian. I’m not hung up on the party of stupid or the party of evil. But then I had a thought:
Maybe I’m wrong!

Yeah, it happens from time to time… I needed to talk to my dad, but I no longer have him. So I called mom. I asked my mother what dad thought of Reagan in 1980. Oh! Dad hated him! I was only 13 when all that happened, but I remember I was nuts over Reagan. My father, not so much. After all, he was the guy who lost to the guy who lost in the previous election. But the sentiment of the day was that Carter had to go. Wait a minute, maybe there’s a connection… what other parallels might exist?

A lot of people like to compare Obammy to Carter. As far as pure “suck-tion” power, I see more parallels with FDR. More broadly, with Hoover/FDR and “W”/Obama. Hoover and George W Bush both saw massive panics in the markets. Nothing new there, look up “the panic of 1907” or “the panic of 1873.” 1907 was bigger than Black Friday in 1929, yet we recovered in mere months. On the other hand, Hoover and Bush both made the same mistake- they attempted to intervene in the economy.

Bush was in a bit of a squeeze with the election only 6 months away, but Hoover had longer- 3 years for the economy to turn around. But he tried to poke and prod it, and it got angry. This kicked off the Great Depression, and set the stage for the election of FDR in 1932.

What else was similar between FDR and Obama? Let’s see… well, both tried to hide who they really were and build a cult of personality (FDR was only hiding that he was half-crippled from polio!). Both had great rhetorical power. Both instituted huge jobs programs and nationalized industries. Both were Keynesian, and spent government money like drunk Mexican sailors. Both instituted broad new sweeping regulatory programs that stifled businesses and free markets. FDR brought inflation by confiscating gold and “revaluing” it from $20/oz to $35. Obama printed money until there was three times as much. But there’s one other thing that is similar- and this was my “chestnut”-

FDR had an extremely contentious relationship with the Supreme Court. After his National Industrial Recovery Act was found unconstitutional, he came up with a court-packing scheme that would have allowed him to appoint 6 more justices to the Court. Fortunately, Congress rejected this idea. FDR’s “signature” piece of legislation- Social Security- was also challenged in the Supreme Court on grounds of Constitutionality. This was a very contentious piece of legislation, and quite unpopular at the time. America’s first entitlement program. He argued that it fell under the general welfare clause. The Court rejected the President’s legal argument, but upheld the Constitutionality of Social Security- as a tax. Does that remind you of another recent case?!?

I’ve read the hoodoo in the “History” books in school too, just like the rest of you. The ones that paint FDR as a choirboy who was brave, and led the country out of the Depression and got us through WWII. Sound like the hoopla over “dear leader” these days?

Well, let me tell you the kicker, then- FDR did get us out of the Great Depression. By dying. Not by his death, per se, but by his removal from office. Even Truman, another Democrat, was much more a free-marketeer. Oh, great guy FDR was! Good man! After this episode in American history we even ratified the 22nd Amendment, limiting a President to two terms to prevent this kind of thing ever happening again.

I’m a “Paulie,” a “Ronulan.” Libertarian to the core. And, we Americans have been debating the very nature of Liberty since before there was an America. We can continue that debate- later! Do I like Romnoid? No. He’s a turd. He’s had more positions than the Kama Sutra. But you know, Reagan used to be a Democrat, so I guess anybody can change their mind. I held off writing this until after he made his VP pick. Ryan is better in my opinion than Mittens, but it was a tipping point for me.

I’m amazed at the progress that the Tea Party and a bunch of pissed-off Americans have made in four years. Some have declared that the Tea Party is dead, but nothing could be further from the truth. We’ve just gone from large demonstrations to quiet, behind-the-scenes work. The victories of 2010 were significant, but we’ve made a lot more progress since then. Look at the primaries this year- Mourdock over Lugar, Cruz in Texas, total takeover of Kansas GOP, Wisconsin recall efforts defeated. I could go on and on… We The People will take over the Republican Party, or we will vote those RINO-tards out of office, too. Or, we can embark on Redstater’s brave new two-party system of Republicans vs. Libertarians.

I’m optimistic, but this is truly a bottom-up movement. It will take some time to conquer the top. Is Romney any better than Obama on some of the issues? “Gay rights,” illegal immigration, abortion, etc.? Dunno. I don’t think he’s much better, but he can’t be worse. But Romney will be good for the economy. The first rule, upon finding one’s self in a hole, is to stop digging. Friends, let’s stop digging! We are in a generational crisis, and Ron isn’t going to win at this point. Maybe Romney will turn out to be a Reagan after all.

OMG- Obama Must Go!

Now, I leave you with some obligatory Music that Sucketh Not:

And after that, this will be appropriate!

And some “tip of the iceberg” reading material for any of you who may be hung up on FDR:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/140005477X/?tag=catoinstitute-20
http://www.cato.org/people/jim-powell
http://www.amazon.com/The-Forgotten-Man-History-Depression/dp/0066211700

http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/do-you-believe-the-great-depression-ended-the-day-that-franklin-d-roosevelt-died/question-908083/

Confirmed: Roosevelt Ended the Great Depression… When He Died

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23 Comments

  1. Long time no see inagada…great post. I think we do have a chance to turn this country around with the Romney/Ryan Team, as well as winning the Senate and hopefully getting more conservatives in both chambers as well. – Time will tell..but get rid of the dirty filthy administration we have now we must…ASAP!

  2. angrywhitejarhead

    I joined the Marine Corps in 1979 after our hostages were taken at the Iranian embassy. I remember Carter looking lost and flustered by the whole thing and then I remember Reagan saying something to the effect of he wouldn’t let it stand. needless to say it didn’t take long after that for insaney khomeieni to release them. Like bin Laden said, it’s all about the strong horse. Now, with Obama and Romney the severe contrast in style and substance is remakably vivid, just like Carter and Reagan. The only difference is it seems a lot of Americans these days can’t…or more likely refuse, to see the differences. This election is the turning point of our culture, our country and our way of life. Another four years of this liberal mess and we can kiss our freedoms goodbye. I’ve never seen America so divided along so many different lines…race, class, culture, religion. I only hope the hiccup of four years ago is just that. I still have faith.

  3. David in SC

    Inga, you have clarity friend. Romney is just another piece of stale bread, he just our stale bread, and we’ll eat it and think we’ve won. The real issue is we need someone from outside the establishment, the farher away from washington the better. I will say this and some may think I wear a tinfoil hat, but I don’t, all our candidates are chosen by the “establishment” and then given support by the Rothchilds(Bankers/Fed) in Europe/US. They determine who we get to choose from. And Reagan, I’m a product of the TV generation and I have to say I’ve been well educated by it. I feel like I’m watching a movie, and it’s the world. Looking back, it becomes clear how much manipulation has been foisted upon us.

    A New Declaration

    http://youtu.be/DdUO4wGaW_M

    Davy Crockett vs. Welfare

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig4/ellis1.html

    • Major Allen

      You are not alone in these ‘conspiracy nut beliefs’ .You did however forgot to include rothschild’s little bitch Soros.

    • AMEN!!! What you said is the truth… the “nuts” are the sheeple who think it could never be true or happen to us

  4. Cinnamon Girl

    We all knew that Romney would be chosen for us but so was Obama, both as a candidate and as the “winner” of the election. I’m not much into deep, deep analysis of what may happen in November but if enough people at least vote to take Obama out of office, Romney can get in, and though he’s not ideal (I’m a Paul supporter, too), he should be much better for the country than a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist.

    The worst attacks I’m seeing right now is that, of all things, both Romney and Ryan are white men. If that’s all they can stand on to oppose these candidates, we’re looking pretty good, I’d say.

  5. Espero que Romney gane la eleccion porque si no, nos va or muy mal. Lastima que solo unos cuantos estados van a determinar si Oduche tendra otros cuatro años para arruinar esta gran nacion. ARRRRRRRIBA LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS!!!

  6. Here’s something to ponder; http://moonbattery.com/?p=15770

    Clerical error my ass. National Weather Service put in requisition for thousands of rounds of .40 S&W hollow points. Check out some of the comments.

    • Cinnamon Girl

      That’s weird and scary. What the heck is going on?

    • David in SC

      They are arming the Federal employees while trying to take our guns away.

      • You know, come to think of it, it won’t be the cops and the military that come and confiscate guns, it will be the EPA, the IRS, the USDA, and all the other regulatory government agencies that micro manage our lives. Watch for the October surprise.

  7. Cinnamon Girl

    This article was written in 2001. It would be interesting to see the author compare FDR to Obama:

    http://mises.org/freemarket_detail.aspx?control=355

  8. SPURWING PLOVER

    I remember how reagan was treated by the media,hollyweed left and Gary Truduea of that DOONSBURY crap but he still won reelection agianst Carters pussiepants veep Walley Mondale

  9. inagadadavida

    Bigtimer- hey girl! Just haven’t posted or commented in a while… I’m here.

    David- clarity? Hah! I have my moments. Thanks for the compliment! And I loved your Davy Crockett link.

    Cinnamon Girl- wow, I look up to people like the author of your Mises article.

  10. Sorry to go off topic again Bigtimer, but this is relevant.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/08/fiasco_islamists_purge_egyptian_army.html

    Want to bet ‘Someone’ knew this would happen? I mean he said the call to prayer was the most beautiful sound in the world.

  11. My CAR’S bumper sticker is going to say PAUL RYAN FOR VICE PRESIDENT.

  12. Nice to see something posted by Inagada, it’s been awhile since my favorite Libertarian has posted here on AWD, welcome back friend.

    In my youth,

    I had no interest in Ronald Reagan, Republicans, Democrats, voting, or politics. When Reagan ran for office I figured him for some Hollywood washout paid to act the part of a presidential candidate because Carter was lame and everyone else was too, nobody was fit to run the country it was just too out of control for one man. So let’s just pay somebody to pretend.

    Then I heard a Reagan speech, I heard his sincerity, and got the first taste of just how important it is that “We the People” get involved and vote, not only our conscience, but our understanding of the issues.

    The only thing I knew about politics back then was Carter was a coward. And no one wants to follow a coward.

    And some may say today, that I have a neoconservative understanding of politics, but I know this much, Obama is a Charlatan and nobody wants to follow a fraud.

    • inagadadavida

      Dang Waspish, you’re making me blush! Thanks for the kind words.

      I would guess you’re just a little older than me, I wasn’t old enough to think of Reagan as a Hollywierd washout. “Dad, what’s a washout?” or something like that. But it was really hard to get interested in politics in that era until one heard a simple, plain-spoken, heartfelt speech (not the right word- parable, maybe?) by The Gipper.

  13. SPURWING PLOVER

    A few months ago i saw a bumper sticker ona car in a WALMART parking lot it show Obama and said DOSE THIS ASS MAKE MY CAR LOOK BIG?

  14. I was born under the Carter admin, and barely remember the Reagan years. But I still remember my dad cussing a blue streak about Carter. He voted for him and that was the last time he voted Dem. I follows the same path at one time. I didn’t even care to vote until Bush Jr’s first term. Then refused to vote in 2004. By then I had become a political junkie. I discovered I was pretty libertarian in my views, and didn’t care for either party. I’ll hold my nose and vote for Romney. I feel a bit better about it since he picked Ryan.
    The GOP has two options: Either dump the rinos and embrace more libertarian ideas, or be replaced.

    • Hey J,

      Before post goes down… elaborate a little on libertarian ideas and what you would like to see from government… thanks!!!

    • “The GOP has two options: Either dump the rinos and embrace more libertarian ideas, or be replaced.” – JiMS

      They assuredly need to embrace a more constitutional respect for the office they have been entrusted with. It seems most are career politicians first, party hacks second, special interest facilitators third, and somewhere at the bottom of the list representatives of the American majority.

      I was a Republican from Reagan up until McCain, but now I do not sense a conservative party in the halls of congress.

  15. This isn’t 1980, where an overwhelmingly white electorate threw out an incompetent bum because he didn’t know how to handle their money, this is the New America where the Democrats have imported millions of voters who, along with their far left companions, will vote on a racial basis, i.e., will vote to deprive whites of their money and political power. Romney will lose for the same reason McCain lost – because the issue is race and not economics. Obama supporters don’t care if he screws up the economy, they only care that he’s anti-white. Romney will have to win at least 60% of the white vote, and he’s probably not going to do it. And Romney will no more go hard on the black guy than McCain did. They’ll call him and/or his supporters racist and he’ll fold.

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