November 07, 2012

Jerry's Ink

Sour Grapes

"Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason."

― Mark Twain

I'm writing this column one day before the election. By the time you read it, the results will be in.

I'm sure that Barack Obama will win the electoral vote and I'm pretty sure that Mitt Romney will win the popular vote.

More Americans will vote for Mitt Romney than for Barack Obama but in the end Barack Obama, with the electoral vote, will be president again.

Did I hear someone say "God help us?"

That said, Obama ran a brilliant campaign. His record was dismal. We had and will continue to have high unemployment . . . more Americans living on food stamps . . . more families earning less than they were four years ago . . .

He forced Obamacare down our throats against the wishes of the majority of Americans.

His "Al Qaeda is dead" was his version of Bush's "mission accomplished."

Benghazi proved how wrong he was. Yet his administration, with the help of the press, covered up his cover-up with a fable that four people were killed as a result of a movie.

So how did he win?

He successfully demonized Mitt Romney, a good man who would have been a great president.

The press went along with it. They spent weeks talking about Romney's treatment of the family dog . . his career at Bain . . . Big Bird . . . the bull crap about the "war against women."

The press concentrated on everything but Obama's dismal record and the fact that after four years he has no plan for the future other than taxing the wealthy for their "fair" share.

Obama relied on many smart Democrats to drink the Kool-Aid.

If you're a Democrat you saw the real Romney and the real Obama in the first debate.

Then you allowed the media and God knows what to cloud your minds. If ever there was a time to cross party lines, it was during this election.

Too many smart people, whom I respect, went to the polls knowing they were going to cast a vote for a man who has failed the country and gives every indication he is going to turn this country into a second-rate power financially, where your kids and mine are going to pay for his mistakes.

He successfully sold class warfare and will now work to redistribute wealth -- yours and mine.

You're not better off now than you were four years ago, but in four years you will look at this time as "the good old days."

Am I disappointed? Half the nation is disappointed. But let's look at it in the proper perspective. It's an election. We lost. It's not the end of the world.

Compare it with those poor people in New Jersey and Staten Island who lost their homes and their lives to Hurricane Sandy.

The woman whose two small children slipped out of her hands and were lost forever in the middle of a deadly wind.

The two children who were playing in their home in North Salem and were crushed to death when a tree hit the house.

The old woman on Staten Island sifting through mud where her house once stood, looking for and retrieving her wedding picture from years ago. The only possession she has left in the world.

There are so many sad stories. This is what is truly important in our world.

By comparison, this election is just another blip in history.

The other day, while driving out to the Hamptons, I listened to my first book on tape. It was Truman, about the life of Harry Truman, by David McCullough. It was great.

Truman never went to college. He was just another Senator who was chosen by Roosevelt to be his vice president.

Then Roosevelt died suddenly. Truman was in office a few days when he made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan to save the lives of many American soldiers.

He led the nation to prosperity when everyone thought we were headed for a post-war recession.

He saved a starving Europe with The Marshall Plan.

He stopped the spread of Communism with The Truman Doctrine.

He recognized Israel and became that nation's greatest friend.

As I drove, I contrasted Harry Truman with Barack Obama.

When Truman came into office, hardly anyone thought he was up for the job. This was a small, nondescript man with thick glasses, a terrible flat voice and probably, of all the presidents before and since, the worst public speaker in the nation's history.

Barack Obama, on the other hand, came into office with the whole world cheering him on. He promised us hope and change. He's handsome . . . dynamic . . . has a great speaking voice and is a wonderful speaker.

When the smoke cleared, it was obvious to me and should be to you that Truman was a great president and Barack Obama is a dud.

He's our president for the next four years and did I hear someone say "God help us?"

Oh yes, I did. It was me.

If you wish to comment on "Jerry's Ink" please send your message to jerry@dfjp.com.

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    Here's the Thing
    November 08, 2012 | 03:28 PM

    Take heart Jerry ... Things could be worse!

    Imagine if Romney had won, and then one day while walking across Pennsylvania Avenue he had an unexpected and fatal heart attack or got killed by a taxi cab. Then we'd have President Ryan? Best always, BC

    Bill Crandall
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    November 08, 2012 | 09:32 PM

    sadly i must agree with your comments.

    irving paler
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    Sour Grapes
    November 09, 2012 | 11:51 AM

    This election was an unmitigated disaster, to be sure.Romney could have pushed harder by learning to speak Spanish. We are dealing with an entirely new society.

    Hunt Marckwald
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    Your predictions
    November 11, 2012 | 10:06 PM

    Congratulations, Jerry, you finally got one right! Obama did win the electoral vote (and the popular vote, which you got wrong).

    You were also wrong, wrong, wrong, about just about everything else in your pre-election column: For instance:

    You said the president forced Obamacare down the people's throats: Maybe you forgot that in a democracy, laws are passed by Congress, not the president. And that repealing Obamacare was a core principle of Romney's platform. And Romney, like Bush, said the emergency room was a viable alternative to health insurance. That's a harsh perspective which, I doubt, won him many votes.

    You say "Al Queda is dead" was Obama's version of Bush's "Mission Accomplished." Perhaps this is a slip on your part, because it's actually Bin Laden who is dead, and he truly is dead, while Bush never accomplished much of anything, except destroying the economy and starting two unwinnable wars.

    You mock the Republican "war on women." I guess women are stupid, in your view, because they voted overwhelmingly for Obama.

    You say Obama successfully sold class warfare, yet Romney, in an unguarded moment, dismissed 47% of Americans, who he falsely said pay no taxes, as being unwilling to take responsibility for themselves. In other words, to hell with them. If that isn't class warfare, I don't know what is.

    And he repeatedly lied about the import of his 20% across the board tax cut, which would have greatly hurt those in the middle class and below, while giving a windfall to the rich.

    I suspect that is at the heart of your bitter, whiney resentment against the president -- he is for all Americans, not just the wealthy like yourself who are petrified of "redistribution" of your precious riches. To the majority of Americans, your "redistribution" is our "paying your fair share." Did you note that Mr. "corporations are people" pays less than 15% in taxes, while most working Americans pay more?

    Luckily, I believe that God will help most Americans in the next four years, thanks to Romney being given the door. So when you say, ironically, "God help us," there's more truth in that than you realize.

    Tom Farre
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    Last Word
    November 13, 2012 | 05:49 PM

    To Tom Farre, Bud Carter and Jerry ...

    As my departed rabbi Christopher Hitchens would say "God is not great" and has nothing to do with helping us through any of this.

    But for those believers who need a handy dandy cliche to throw around, how about "God helps those who help themselves." Works for me. BC

    Bill Crandall
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    November 24, 2012 | 05:47 PM

    reply to Bud Carter - you are right! Obama has no intention of leaving in four years or ever!! He will eliminate the two term law - remember Germany was a Democracy before it was a dictatorship and we are on a very slippery slope - God help America!

    mildred ostroy
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