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Comparing the 1976 election to 2020

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Comparing the 1976 election to 2020

As we all know, the best thing about hindsight is that it is always 20/20. In 1976, I made the one big political blunder that I will live up to. I helped elect Jimmy Carter as 39th president of the United States.

Actually, it all started out positively but very quickly slid downhill on a steep incline. Jimmy Carter has been an unmitigated disaster both during and since his time in office. He is just lucky that Barack Obama has now taken his title as worst president of our lifetime.

SETTING THE SCENE IN 1976

On Election Day, November 2, 1976, I was a 27 year old U.S. Air Force veteran enrolled at a Christian university. I had survived the Hippie Revolution during the Psychedelic 60s. While the war in Vietnam was raging, I served tours in the Philippines and on Okinawa.

At the time of the 1968 election, I was already over 18 but the 26th Amendment lowering the voting age from 21 had not yet been ratified. Therefore, my first opportunity to vote for President of the United States was via absentee ballot from Clark Air Base, Philippines in 1972.

Richard Nixon’s political future had been written off when the standing VP lost to a young Senator from Massachusetts in 1960. But 1968 was a very turbulent year in politics. In fact, it was a very traumatic year for our entire country.

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated on a balcony in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4th. Barely four and a half years after the assassination of JFK, his younger brother and former U.S. Attorney General RFK was shot and killed at a hotel in Los Angeles just a few miles from where I then resided. Robert Kennedy had just won the California Democratic Primary when his life was so tragically ended.

Richard Nixon defeated Hubert Humphrey in the general election that year of 1968. In 1972, he was overwhelmingly re-elected against George McGovern. The best political slogan of all time that I recall was McGovern McCan’t.

So Nixon was riding high. But the man who always seemed destined to eventually self-destruct self-destructed. If you’re too young to remember Watergate, please Google it.

Nixon’s VP Spiro Agnew of Maryland had resigned due to a scandal and Gerald Ford had been confirmed as his replacement. In the face of almost certain impeachment, Tricky Dicky resigned on August 9th, 1974, just a couple months after I had returned to civilian life.

Jerry Ford was a very likable former Congressman from Michigan who was as clumsy as all get-out. America (myself included) was disgusted over the revelations of Watergate and rampant corruption in the White House.

Without belaboring the point, the time was ripe for a perceived Southern Gentleman from Georgia to bring civility back to the U.S. presidency. At their convention in Kansas City in 1976, the GOP had the chance to nominate Ronald Reagan but went with Ford instead.

I believe it was Charles Osgood who used to do rhyming reports who made the most memorable one that still sticks in my mind. This week in Kansas City fair, there was a man who wasn’t there! The GOP wanted no discussion whatsoever of Nixon’s fall.

So Jimmy Carter won.

SETTING THE SCENE IN 2020

This current discussion is not so much about the miserable legacy of Jimmy Carter which I have written about before. Suffice it for now to remind us that he was the one who failed to respond to Iran and created the hostile environment that still exists 40 years later. Carter then went on to pander to Palestinians and other Middle Eastern hostile Islamic entities.

What I’m focusing on here is how America was sick of Nixon and blamed the Republican Party for his abuses. He had actually done more good than bad following 8 years of Democrats under JFK and LBJ. But Watergate erased every bit of that.

Now, we are once again at a crossroads in history. After eight years of Democrat misrule under BHO, in 2016 our country was ready to entrust our future to Donald Trump. No need to go into an evaluation of POTUS 45.

I went into more detail about 1976 because many of you reading this today were not born yet, some were too young to yet take an interest in national events and frankly memories tend to dim after the passage of so much time unless this is a vital component of one’s sense of civic responsibility.

Today there is a lot of loose talk about a potential impeachment of our incumbent president. Many have actually forgotten or purposely buried the actual impeachment of Bill Clinton. But, the truth is that impeachment of President Trump remains highly unlikely. But this has all created an atmosphere of uncertainty.

This current article might be somewhat more apropos in 2024 when Donald Trump is completing his second full term in office. Yes, I fully expect that to happen. But there is too much that applies today to try to hold these thoughts in abeyance for 5 years.

The Democrat Party today is a far cry from what it was in 1976. Back then, Dems and GOP both seemed to love America but to have different visions of how to govern this wonderful land.

It would not be unreasonable in this day and age to question whether modern Democrats really do still love the United States of America. Do they value our shared national tradition over their own greed and political ambitions for power?

Nothing nearly as extreme as Watergate has transpired under POTUS 45. But I do observe that there is a sense of urgency in some factions to totally repudiate and distance our country from the policies and behavior of Donald Trump. To those old enough to remember, the one theme that remains constant with both Nixon and Trump is that their detractors consider them totally dysfunctional despite their actual accomplishments.

A rational decision in 1976 would have led to a vote for Gerald Ford rather than Jimmy Carter as I can now clearly see in retrospect. But Carter was soft-spoken and seductive in his political rhetoric. While the Democrat field of presidential hopefuls has yet to be winnowed down, there is a lot more chaff than wheat in the field. What is left may be less than optimum.

20/20 NEEDED IN 2020

We must avoid myopia at all costs. We must see people and their potential clearly. Those of us who supported a different GOP candidate in 2016 are resigned to the fact that Trump prevailed. Even if we would prefer someone different on our ticket next year, it ain’t going to happen.

We have to be careful not to think that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. I hate to use this metaphor when some are actually campaigning to decriminalize cannabis. I never bought into the hippie culture during my youth and never experimented with grass and definitely never dropped acid.

But the fact that we are not 100% pleased with the status quo is no excuse to replace it with something exponentially less desirable. That’s why I haven’t focused on everything Jimmy Carter did as president and as ex-president to demonstrate his incompetence. That is all part of the historical record which you can easily research for yourself if you don’t remember it first-hand.

I’m more concerned with the discontent or malaise in the country that set the scene for the election of Jimmy Carter. I share the blame with many who were deceived and misled. I have never voted for another Democrat since if that counts for anything.

For those who don’t remember Watergate, it wasn’t the break-in that led to Nixon’s downfall. It was the subsequent cover-up.

There is nothing Trump has done or failed to do thus far that would lead to impeachment. He just needs to exercise care not to overreact. As long as he continues to do the job he was elected to do to the best of his ability, following the advice of the best advisors available, he will definitely be re-elected.

But if he panics and indulges in ad hominem attacks on specific opponents, he is just making himself more vulnerable politically. That would be opening the door that should remain padlocked from the inside.

We as conservatives must first and foremost remain circumspect. We all know there is much political discontent in this country. I personally have not felt such intensity since 1968 in those who want to tear down the infrastructure of our national government and start from scratch.

The Proud of America sentiment of the 1950s was rudely and crudely displaced in the 1960s. Despite Carter and other negative influences, we made it through as Ronald Reagan restored a feeling of patriotism amongst Americans.

We are currently in the most prolonged era of international warfare that we have ever experienced. We somehow survived the fundamental negative transformation of America and social re-engineering of the Obama years.

A FORK IN THE ROAD

So, we have once again come to crunch-time. We will do well to recall the mistakes made in the 1976 election which we must not repeat in 2020.

Remember that not all that sounds good is good. Not everyone who looks good is good. Conversely, all that may at first seem bad is not necessarily bad. What initially seems to be the worst option may ultimately be the one we should take.

The biggest difference in the last 43 years of course is modern technology. We didn’t have email back then, let alone the internet and social media. Information can now be instantly transmitted around the globe the moment you click Send or Tweet.

So let’s use this to our advantage. Share the word. The message is that things today are not as bad as they seem. Sometimes we just have to dine on peanut butter and jelly rather than caviar. Truth be told, I think I like the taste of PBJ sandwiches better anyway. If you want to make this a Jimmy Carter analogy, just say he was a better peanut farmer than president.

I can’t predict today who is the probable Carteresque decoy in the Democrat Party. But I can absolutely guarantee you, there’s not even one Winston Churchill in the midst. To go back in history even farther than we usually do, FDR led us into World War II but it took Truman to lead us out.

If there is one patriot in the Democratic Party who is not a complete political animal, please step forward and be recognized. There are only two genders, so please acknowledge which one you are and be a man or woman of principle.

Cut out the crap about cages at the border. Stand up for our national sovereignty. As long as you keep pandering to lawbreakers, you don’t deserve consideration to be our next president and commander-in-chief.

SUMMING IT UP

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America, avoid the error of 1976 and don’t fall for any candidate who promises you something will be created from nothing. Only God can do that. Nobody on the 2020 ballot will be divine.

The best mortal prospect is our current and future President Donald Trump. If I had to eat crow over voting for Carter, I must accept the fact that the celebrity from New York is better, far better, than any foreseeable alternative.

I sincerely wish it were not so.

But it is so.

[Frame this and hang it on your wall, Pres. Trump, because it’s the closest thing you’re ever going to get to an endorsement from me. You don’t know me from Adam, but you can rest assured a lot of other conservatives who were disenfranchised in Cleveland feel the same way.]

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Elizabeth Pipko: Democrats ‘supported one anti-Semitic comment after another’

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Elizabeth Pipko Democrats supported one anti-Semitic comment after another

Racism is real in America and there’s a push to attach it to President Trump. Anti-Semitism is among the hot topics being discussed by legacy media, especially after the President went after Jews living in America who vote Democrat.

Despite the left’s cries to make the GOP, President Trump, and all of his supporters seem like racists, the truth is starting to come out. Much of this is at the hands of “The Squad,” who ironically attempt to use the race card at every turn. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley have gone so far as to call others racist while demonstrating their own bigotry in the same sentences.

Jewish activist Elizabeth Pipko was part of a panel of Fox Nation discussing the recent press by Democrats to reverse the anti-Semitism narrative back onto President Trump. As their party seems to be pulling further and further away from supporting Israel while attaching to the much larger worldwide Muslim population, it’s becoming increasingly clear they are at a crossroads. Today, most Jews are Democrats, but as the party embraces anti-Semitism as their new normal, how long can that support continue?

As Pipko pointed out, politicians must either condemn or support a stance. Silence is viewed as acceptance, and as Democratic lawmakers are conspicuously silent on “The Squad’s” anti-Semitism, we must take this as their measure of supporting it.

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Dan Crenshaw on the Democrats’ goal

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Dan Crenshaw on the Democrats' goal

Some say today’s Democratic Party is very different from the one in the recent past. “Evolving” views has made it impossible for anyone in the party to be pro-life, against illegal immigration, or favorable to the free market, especially as it pertains to healthcare. Others say this is the true face of the Democratic Party and has been for years, even decades, as they were biding their time until a moment in history when they could reveal their actual intentions.

From Medicare-for-All to the Green New Deal to open borders to full-blown socialism, today’s Democratic Party has openly embraced some of the most horrendous policy proposals this nation has ever seen. They’re the type of policies we’d expect to see from totalitarian regimes and communist nations, not the United States of America. But perhaps that’s the point.

Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) has done a fine job taking to Twitter to express his concerns about Democrats and other major problems the nation faces. Last week, he posted a Tweet that deserves constant attention as it encapsulates the challenges conservatives face as we prepare for the 2020 election.

Though he only touched on a few points in his Tweet, the overarching message is clear. Democrats will not rest until they’ve brought an end to our republic. They have a different vision, one that is an existential threat to America.

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America desperately needs the biggest red wave ever in 2020

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America desperately needs the biggest red wave ever in 2020

I supported a Democrat once in high school. Oklahoma’s David Boren believed in lowering taxes and reducing government intervention in business and individuals’ lives. He was once praised by conservative stalwart Barry Goldwater as someone who should be President of the United States. But he retired before I had the opportunity to vote for him. The best I could do was support his campaign from high school. That was 1990. Democrats were different then.

Today’s Democratic Party is a dumpster fire. It’s a phrase that’s often used, perhaps too often, but I personally use it only when referring to the most egregious examples of chaos and dysfunction. The Democratic Party of 2019 and 2020 qualifies.  It’s not just their lack of unity or the disestablishment of clear leadership. That will come once they nominate a presidential candidate. But there are only a few sane candidates in the mix, and none of them are actually in the mix based on polls. All of the frontrunners and anyone within striking distance is worse than any candidate the Democrats have put forth in modern history. Yes, that includes Joe Biden, who is not the “common sense” Democrat many seem to believe he is. He’s just as unhinged, much more malleable, and clearly more clueless than any of the others. And that’s saying a lot.

When Barack Obama was elected President, a lot of Republicans thought it was the end of the world. I saw him as a risk to the cultural stability of the nation, and I was right. I saw Obamacare as a stepping stone to single-payer because it was bound to fail miserably, and I was right. What I didn’t see was how he would leave the progressive wing of the party feeling unfulfilled. He didn’t meet the promises they imposed on him of transforming America towards their version of “justice.” He made strides. That much is clear. But he wasn’t the existential threat to American society that they wanted so desperately.

In other words, I saw President Obama as someone who would damage the country, but not beyond mitigation. We’re seeing this to be true as President Trump reverses policies and fixes many of the challenges President Obama imposed on this nation. I didn’t buy into the slogan that he would “Make America Great Again” during the election, but I was wrong. I expected him to be above average, staving off the judicial tyranny Hillary Clinton would have brought upon us. But he has far exceeded my expectations. He really is doing many of the things this country needs. When I’m right, I’ll say it. When I’m wrong, I’ll admit it.

There have been mistakes. Arguably the biggest was allowing his advisers to keep him from pressing for the wall and shutting down the government if necessary long before the 2018 election. They said they’d get it done afterwards. Big mistake. The ensuing battles following the mini-blue-wave of the midterm elections that lost the House for the GOP were damaging to the President and counteracted progress made at the border. In effect, the lack of GOP action reversed progress and opened up the floodgates of illegal immigration.

President Trump’s second term is necessary, but there is a big difference between a second term with GOP control of the House and Senate and a second term fighting Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, or both. It’s not a slight difference. It’s not a big difference. It’s a gigantic difference. If Democrats retain control of the House, gain control of the Senate, or both, President Trump’s 2nd term will be legislative stalemate and constant battles with the judiciary over his attempts to do something by executive order. If the GOP can retain control of the Senate and take back control of the House, his second term can be monumental.

But it’s more than just promoting the Trump agenda. 2020 needs to be a referendum against the Democratic Party for bowing to their radical progressive wing. Nancy Pelosi may be Speaker of the House, but “The Squad” has increasingly been given attention to speak on behalf of the House. And Democratic leadership doesn’t see it. They sit in their committee meetings or caucus gatherings and think “The Squad” is a minor thorn in their side. But in real America outside of the beltway, Democrats are becoming disciples of the Green New Deal. They’re becoming vocal proponents of Medicare-for-All. They’re protesting ICE and calling for open borders. They’re joining Antifa in calls for socialism.

2020 must be a purge of the radicals in DC who are bent on destroying America. The Democratic Party must suffer cataclysmic losses at the ballot box, not just for President but for as many elected offices as possible.

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