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Rising gas prices, entrenched unemployment, raw racial resentment and class warfare. Add to this the fact that our astronomical national debt is growing as I type and the President and Congress will not cut spending and….. it’s  time for a sing-along at the White House!

How appropriate.  On Tuesday night, Barack Obama sang the blues with the great B.B. King.  That’s right, B.B. King, the great R&B guitarist, best known for that classic song:    The Thrill is Gone.

HT: Rush Limbaugh, King of Radio

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19 thoughts on “The Thrill is Gone

  1. Patty – let’s suppose that Obama is beaten in the Presidential election by the Establishment’s GOP candidate of your choice: what differences will he make and how?

  2. Obama represents transformational change, Allan – he wants to remake the US so that we look more like Sweden, a Democratic Socialist bureacratic government.

    So…in as few as words as possible, I see the choice as follows:

    — vote Obama and you are voting for Centralized Bureaucratic Government, power is centralized in an elite that “knows best” and a bureaucracy that is not held in check by the US Constitution.

    — vote Republican (any Republican) and you are voting for Constitutional Representative Government, a government whose power is limited and constrained by the US Constitution.

  3. Constitution “fundamentalist” WTF? so it’s a slur to support Constitutional government? – your bias is showing, Phantom.

    You are the first to advocate the Swedish model – there appears to be no Centralized Bureacracy that you would not rationalize and support –

    and you also quote and favorably refer to that Obama White House media apparatus – Media Matters – so anything you say should be understood within that context.

  4. Gingrich is a big government from the right wing side. Just as Obama is a big government guy from the left.

    The Fat Beltway Bandit supported National Health Insurance with an Individual Mandate before he was against it. On this important issue he was right there with Obama until the very recent past. Did you know that?

  5. A “constitutional fundamentalist”?!

    How splendid: government must legislate to iron out every imperfection in society (because everyone obeys laws), but anyone who demands that government obeys the highest law is a nutter!

  6. Patty –

    “– vote Republican (any Republican) and you are voting for Constitutional Representative Government, a government whose power is limited and constrained by the US Constitution.”

    You are joking, yes?

  7. The Constitution is a very old document.

    Those who take it to the lunatic extreme ( hi Ron ) can point out the fact that there is nothing in the Constitution that allows the Feds to have rules about aviation, nuclear power, national highways, or pollution.

    Each individual or each state should have their own laws on these things.

    Well, no.

  8. I’m not saying that Gingrich is my first choice for the nomination but I just can’t sit by and let you mischaracterize the guy.

    Gingrich – as Speaker – reformed Welfare, despite a Democrat in the White House (President Clinton)

    did you know that, my Statist friend?

  9. Newt did good things. But he is a huge big government supporter.

    Anyone who has heard him speak at length knows this.

    He may do some different things that Obama would, but he’d have the govt do plenty. I heard him once throw out a proposal that the govt give laptops to all high school kids as some kind of education thing

  10. “Those who take it to the lunatic extreme ( hi Ron ) can point out the fact that there is nothing in the Constitution that allows the Feds to have rules about aviation, nuclear power, national highways, or pollution.”

    You are such a Central Bureaucrat, Phantom. And, with due respect, you are ignorant and lazy as to the Constitution. The Constitution primarily sets out government parameters, parameters that include: limits of power, separation of power and representation.

    The Progressive line – since way back when – is to claim that the US Constitution is too old, too antiquated, not appropriate for the difficulties and “complexities” of modern life.

    There is a very famous Progressive named Frank Johnson Goodnow. Do you know him? A fine thinker, President of Johns Hopkins, he felt that the US Constitution was not based on first principles as set out in the Declaration of Independence – like you and Obama and other Progressives, he thought that the US Constitution was a malleable rule book – no more – and that society evolved and this evolution made the US Constitution irrelevant in many cases.

    This is a distinct point of view – not one I share – but historically important and certainly the POV that is in the White House today.

    Now, those of us who are inclined to believe in first principles, God and natural rights – see the Constitution as an instrument to limit government – necessary because men are not Angels, and we are not ruled by Angels –

    If you want to argue the POV that the point of the US Constitution is to perform as a top-down rule book for the proper functioning of society – rather than as the blueprint for the organization of the government – one that protects individual liberties and puts a cage around the government – than do so properly –

    name calling (and mischaracterization) of Paul and the Tea Party as “lunatic” is not just insulting but it’s stupid.

  11. “You are joking, yes?”

    no, I’m not. a vote for Obama is clearly a vote for central bureacrat control.

    therefore, the only choice is the Republican choice – imperfect – but being pushed to the Right by the Conservative movement and the only hope.

    a third party run is a vote for Obama.

  12. Patty –

    I agree that a vote for the Kenyan is out of the question, but I didn’t ask you about that. I queried your:

    “– vote Republican (any Republican) and you are voting for Constitutional Representative Government, a government whose power is limited and constrained by the US Constitution.”

    No-one can make that case. History suggests the very opposite. Yes, Obama has increased that debt, as you suggest, but who blew the deficits sky high and bequeathed him a $10 trillion debt?

    As for the being limited and constrained by the constitution, I won’t start on the GWB regime or I’ll be here all evening.

    Republicans have long mitigated their vote by pretending to themselves that the GOP is the lesser evil. Well, you still get evil, and the GOP only delivers evil (apart from the one, diamond-bright exception). In truth both parties are the same. It’s a con which tens of millions of Americans fall for tie and time again. Haven’t you had enough of of being lied to and deceived remorselessly?

    Look at your mitigation this time: a GOP is a must because Obama cannot be allowed to win. Four years ago you said the same. Eight years ago it was Kerry, before that Al Gore. What did you get even when you ‘won’? You lost, because you still got evil.

  13. Prosecuting the war on terror was not evil – it was the opposite of that.

    Not paying for the war – and doing the opposite, lowering tax rates so that the only ones suffering were the soldiers – was unforgivably stupid.

  14. I was going to do this post….

    So Phantom I have to ask. When have YOU ever heard Gingrich talk at length? This I gotta hear.

    Patty bubbleboy is voting for Obama and all us hayseed non NYs better get used to another 4 years of him, because all conservative are just a little slow don’t you know. and none of our guys can ever seriously challenge, a marxist, professional street agitator that has driven the economy to the level of the great depression… what’s wrong with you girl?

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