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2012 election post-mortem: Part 1

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From page A8 | November 19, 2012 |

I was amazed at the breadth and depth of the Democratic victory this election cycle.

From the local elections of John Garamendi, Lois Wolk and Jim Frazier, the new Democratic supermajority in the California Assembly and Senate, the gains in the U.S. House and Senate, to of course, the resounding re-election of President Barack Obama, moderate Democrats won big.

The Republicans experienced a similar, happy election in 2010 and used their victories as a mandate to move their party to the extreme right. I hope that the Democrats learned from that Republican mistake and resist the temptation of extremist radicalization of their party. In my opinion, this year most American voters were simply trying to find a sensible, middle ground and the Democratic Party candidates came closer to that point than the Republicans.

Obviously, America’s political sweet spot lies somewhere near the middle, not at the fringe.

As we have seen in a recent Daily Republic articles and editorial cartoons, right-wing pundits like Bill O’Reilly have claimed that the Republicans lost because America, sadly, has gone from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Thomas Sowell explained that Romney was just “too nice” and couldn’t compete with big, bad, Barrack Obama.

Republican vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, blamed his loss on “too many” people voting in urban areas, but Mitt Romney had the most Bubblicious answer of all. Romney told his supporters that he lost because President Obama promised “gifts” to blacks, Hispanics and the young.

Well, I sure hope these gifts arrive by Christmas. Don’t tell my kids, but I plan on saving a pile of dough this year by erasing President Obama’s name from the gift tags and writing-in my own.

Beyond the right-wing politicians and pundits spinning and scrambling to make themselves look less incorrect and hoping to retain a shred of significance, there are some real issues that the Republican Party needs to address if it is to ever return to meaningful political importance, and not simply be relegated to the dustbin of history, forever known as that party that once stopped America from moving forward.

Why do I care about the future of the Republican Party? Because they still have a great deal of influence in what gets done in this country and their core attitudes and beliefs don’t just hurt themselves politically, they can cause real damage to our entire nation. Any improvement in either party’s vision would result in more mainstream cooperation and a better America for all. Republicans simply offer the lowest-hanging fruit.

Foremost, Republicans need to embrace science, rather than politically corrupted, faith-based belief.

I’m not saying to reject God, I’m simply saying that certain biologic principles and physical laws are pretty-well documented and have worked in the real world for the past few hundred years, so why continue to argue with them? It makes Republicans look as relevant and contemporary as Luddites smashing steam engines.

When I was fourth-grader at Fairview Elementary School, I decided that, if there was a God, nature’s laws must be its language. Simple. Obvious. No conflict because science reveals God.

Today, listening to Republicans contort science to mesh with their political or religious beliefs makes me cringe. Republican politicians dismissing evolution and climate change, or discussing how certain “lady parts” are individually manipulated by God’s hand makes normal people think that they are grossly uneducated, and when a particular party backs so many candidates making bizarre, illogical proclamations, the toxic political fallout from these brain bombs contaminates them all.

Next Monday in your Daily Republic, Part 2: The dangers of plutocracy and “Who built what.”

Mike Kirchubel grew up in Fairfield and is the author of “Vile Acts of Evil – Banking in America.” He can be reached at [email protected]

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  • rlw895November 19, 2012 - 7:29 am

    As a former Republican, I too would welcome a realistic alternative to the Democrats. And I can't wait to read Part 2, Mike. Too many people don't realize the bullet we dodged in this election, the final step onto the irreversible decline into plutocracy. Now at least have a chance.

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  • Mike kirchubelNovember 19, 2012 - 9:37 am

    Im looking forward to it too. Anything special you want me to mention?

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  • Tom ChalkNovember 19, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    RLW: Maybe there is hope for you yet. However, I must ask why a four year term of office by a victorious Romney would have been any more effective at plunging us into a plutocracy than Obama's first four years spent attempting to plunge us into big government socialism? It's Obama's second four years that worry me at this point. Unfortunately for our country, I believe we have passed the tipping point. And yes, the GOP has let us down--big time.

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  • Mike kirchubelNovember 19, 2012 - 2:51 pm

    Because Romney's plutocracy is real And Obama's socialism is imaginary.

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  • rlw895November 20, 2012 - 4:11 pm

    Tom: I understand what you’re saying, but I agree with Mike. Now we’ll never know where Romney-Ryan would have taken us. I will observe the where Obama-Biden takes us with you, from here. What is your worst fear; that the best and brightest of us will leave the country? That is a risk, but I think Obama is smart enough to avoid that problem. He wants American prosperity to be spread by what we might call “social insurance” as one of the benefits of being an American, and in a country that supports the system that generates that prosperity. But there has to be “American prosperity” for that to work. I have not seen any proposal from Obama that would hinder national prosperity without enhancing it even more. You and I have both lived through increasingly prosperous times—post-WWII until the “Reagan Revolution”—when America had policies much different than now, and all Obama wants to do is move in that direction. He is smart enough to know he can’t go all the way back, because America and the rest of the world have moved on from then, but right now, America has gone way too far down the road of deregulation and tax policy that favors the accumulation of wealth over productivity. My worst fear, had Romney been elected, was the unabated concentration of income and wealth that is the natural course of inadequately regulated free enterprise capitalism. That’s measurable, and we are at historic levels now. My tipping point was when it becomes an irreversible trend and we become stratified like a third-world country. I don’t think Romney-Ryan thought that was a particularly good outcome, they just didn’t care. They wanted to set the stage and what happens, happens. Great for people already two steps ahead, but not good for anybody else.

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  • Tom ChalkNovember 20, 2012 - 4:30 pm

    RLW: If it's true that years of de-regulation led to major problems for the country, must we atone for that by torrential and free enterprise-smothering regulatory vengeance at the hands of the federal (and some state's) government? Why does the pendulum always seem to swing too far? I hope you are correct about Obama's wisdom in these matters, but I haven't seen much to boost my confidence thus far. On the contrary.

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  • rlw895November 20, 2012 - 11:34 pm

    Tom: Maybe there is hope for you too;-). I think you will be pleasantly surprised by Obama's seocnd term. I hope I am too.

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  • rlw895November 20, 2012 - 11:52 pm

    Mike: From the title of Part 2, it sounds like you are on the right track. The trends are well documented. Understanding the causes and what to do about it are more problematical. Up until Reagan, we had a fairly progressive system of benefits and taxation. But it's not as simple as going back to pre-Reagan; we and the world have changed. It is a tremendous challenge for government, especially with people on both sides of the issue wanting to go back to some ideal past. Obama and Romney provided a very clear contrast on what to do about this issue. If you can convey that "government isn't the solution to the problem, government IS the problem" was wrong then and is even more wrong now, that is challenge enough in 600 words.

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  • Rich GiddensNovember 19, 2012 - 9:09 am

    Mikey's schadenfraude moment is indeed he and his rat party celebration of 4 dead Americans in Libya, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood attacking US Interests and Israel, economic regression, high unemployment along with high gas and grocery prices. Mikey likes the voter approved hog stuffing of both the welfare and police state in California. Yes, mikey got his christmas present but it arrived already broken.

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  • Danny BuntinNovember 19, 2012 - 8:09 pm

    Reads to me like you are "Celebrating" the idea of something to complain about. Four lives lost, gives you a reason to complain and blame someone you already do not care for. I did not hear you complaining about "W" about the three thousand lost lives on 9/11/01. Matter of probable fact, you dislike the family members whom questioned the post 9/11/01 investigation. You know where Bush and Cheney testified in private, not under oath, with no recording devices - not even pencils. Your fake outrage has been exposed Rich.

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  • RichNovember 19, 2012 - 8:56 pm

    Danny--I complained a heap about W and the fruitless conduct and strategy of the war. 911 could have been prevented--i got on TV and raised hades about the USS Cole attack--Aden was where Bin Ladin's first attack had occured 8 years earlier. We watched the bin ladin cancer grow for 10 years before the government started this half war losing strategy.

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  • Confusing say....November 19, 2012 - 9:57 pm

    BEFORE TELLING SECRETS ON THE ROAD....LOOK AT THE BUSHES

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  • Confusing say...November 19, 2012 - 10:04 pm

    EASY TO KNOW MEN'S FACES NOT THEIR HEARTS......(The perfectly possessed tell BIG lies very convincingly) ie....Who is your master?

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  • Mike KirchubelNovember 25, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    Rich, your comments, as usual, are way off the mark. I'm not sure, but I believe you are saying that YOU were thrilled that 4 Americans were killed in Benghazi because now you can blame Obama for something. If you are trying to say that I was happy about it, that is not true and you, sir, are a very sick individual. Stop projecting your diseases onto me. Seek professional help.

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  • laffsatliersNovember 19, 2012 - 3:18 pm

    Huzzah! Huzzah! The new dawn is breaking in America, welcomed by Mikey. To sum up the election in one sentence: The Tax Consumers outvoted the Tax Payers.

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  • Danny BuntinNovember 19, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    More like "every non-rich person for themselves vs collective responsibility as a nation".

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  • Mike kirchubelNovember 19, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    Actually, huzza, the income tax takers , the red states, lost to those who provide them with federal money, the Democratic blue states. Another Foxophile bites the dust.

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  • You get what you vote for!November 19, 2012 - 7:31 pm

    I'm actually happy that the Commicrats got total control of the presidency and our miserable state....It will definitely be fun to watch these Losers run our country into the ground..It will be hard to blame Bush after another 4 years, You get what you vote for!

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  • mike kirchubelNovember 19, 2012 - 8:00 pm

    I am so glad you are finally happy.

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  • rlw895November 20, 2012 - 4:26 pm

    This "takers-makers" dichotomy is way dumbed-down to keep us fighting each other. The fact is, almost everybody spends time in their lives being takers AND makers. Sometimes more one, sometimes more the other. Some of those who happen to be primarily makers right now, or think they are, somehow don't see it that way. The challenge is to encourage the “making,” and getting best value for the “taking.” Government is how we do that. It’s important that we all participate in government and not buy the also dumbed-down idea that “government isn’t the solution to the problem, government IS the problem.” The guy who said that was a good salesman, but he was wrong.

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  • Today Monday on....November 19, 2012 - 8:53 pm

    wwwinfowarscom....On the Monday, November 19 edition of the Alex Show, Alex inaugurates TSA “Opt Out Week” by covering ongoing abuses by the federal agency as the holiday season approaches. Alex also talks about Gaza descending into bedlam as the prospect of world war once again arises. On today’s worldwide broadcast, Alex talks with constitutional lawyer and the former associate deputy attorney general in the Reagan administration, Bruce Fein, and also retired CIA officer turned activist and journalist Ray McGovern about war in the Middle East and Israel's latest actions in Gaza. Alex talks with Prison Planet.com editor and journalist Paul Joseph Watson about "Opt Out Week." .

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  • Dress to Impress (Thanksgiving Haiku)November 19, 2012 - 8:57 pm

    Dressing a Turkey.............................. First pull out all the feathers................ Put Tux on cold bird...........................

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  • TestNovember 19, 2012 - 9:04 pm

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  • Ate too Much Survival Planning..November 19, 2012 - 9:15 pm

    or Maybe I should stop now?(Thanksgiving Haiku)..........My Belly is fat........My couch cushion is very flat..........Oh well, pass the pie.........

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  • Confusing say.......November 19, 2012 - 9:35 pm

    BEFORE YOU BEAT THE DOG LEARN HIS MASTER'S NAME

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  • Who is your master?November 19, 2012 - 9:50 pm

    Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

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  • Today Tuesday on....November 20, 2012 - 7:05 pm

    On this Tuesday, November 20 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Prison Planet.com editor and journalist Paul Joesph Watson talks with Press For Truth’s Dan Dicks and Ashley Jessica about the TSA Opt Out and Film Campaign. Additional guests include: Constitutional lawyer Edwin Vieira, Jr., author of How to Dethrone the Imperial Judiciary and other titles; the founder of Stansberry & Associates Investment Research, Porter Stansberry; and Ron Paul's former congressional chief of staff and the founder of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, Lew Rockwell.

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  • Book RecommendationNovember 20, 2012 - 7:32 pm

    Hell's Kitchen: Causes, Prevention and Cure of Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome by J. D. Wallach and Ma Lan.....Diabetics should read this. Dead Doctors Don't Lie by Joel Wallach and Ma Lan (Mar 29, 2004) This is the book that the famous lecture of the same name is based on. Search for this title and you'll find that lecture on the web. You must *NOT* miss this one! Why? There are things that work and things that don't. Doctors tell you how you should eat and drink, but they live only a fraction of the average persons life span (hence the books sarcastic title). That doesn't work. What does? Doctor Wallach contrasts what you've been told to eat with the diets of populations who live, work and play routinely into their hundreds. He goes further and breaks it down into exactly what's in those diets, why they work, and how to get them into your own diet. Not only will you live longer, but also much, much healthier. Aging doesn't have to be debilitating. Combine this with a controlled carb probiotic diet, and you'll live long enough to see the cure for that age old disease -- aging! Written with wit done extra wry

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  • au garde-à-vous FMMNovember 20, 2012 - 7:58 pm

    Check out this website...Interesting in a Strange Brew kind of way.....wwwfreakingnewscom DR photographers might find some strange inspiration here also. While we are at it there is also this classic.....Weirdfamilyphotoscom.........Aimer!

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  • Why Mess w/SuccessNovember 20, 2012 - 8:31 pm

    ***************http://dailycurrant.com/2012/04/23/matt-drudge-wins-web-designs-highest-honor/

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  • I made a misteakNovember 20, 2012 - 8:39 pm

    Should be...awkwardfamilyphotoscom......pardon

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  • today on....November 21, 2012 - 9:29 am

    wwwinfowarscom......On the Wednesday, November 21 Thanksgiving eve edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex details the immense threat posed to civil liberties by Obama's secretive Presidential Policy Directive 20, and also breaks down the latest consumer surveillance and prisoner indoctrination concept discreetly manifested through unsuspecting store mannequins. On today's show, Alex welcomes author, journalist, and editor-in-chief of the influential WorldNetDaily (WND), Joseph Farah, to discuss the secession movement's explosive response to Obama's re-election and the continued conflict between Gaza and Israel. We'll also reissue the call for Americans to assert their Constitutional rights at airports in light of TSA Opt Out and Film week.

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  • InfowarsNovember 23, 2012 - 10:14 pm

    On this Friday, November 23 edition of the Alex Jones Show, guest host Mike Adams takes control of the command center in Austin, Texas. Mike covers the latest post-Thanksgiving news, including Black Friday mania sweeping the nation and the knee-jerk response by law enforcement. On today's show, Mike talks with Dr. Edward Group, the founder of Global Healing Center, about the toxicity of holiday food and what you can do to protect yourself from it. They also talk about chemtrails and aluminum levels in foods. Mike talks with Mike Bundrant, an expert in mental health, about the "madness of crowds" such as the Black Friday mobs, plus dealing with holiday depression.

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