Saturday, May 28, 2011

Walesa Declines Invitation to Meet With Obama; Carter Era Stagflation is Back; The Down Low on Obama's Connecticut SSN; 500,00 Per Year From Central America Smuggled into America; Barney Frank's Illegal Activities at Fannie Mae;

Yahoo News reports: Lech Walesa, Poland's Solidarity-era leader, ex-president and 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner said Friday he would not accept an invitation to meet fellow Nobel winner US President Barack Obama.
"I expect this meeting would only amount to a photo opportunity," Walesa told AFP.
Expose Obama writes: The worst economic conditions in recent memory were during the Jimmy Carter era of stagflation. Stagflation was a term coined in the 1970s to describe high unemployment with high inflation. Stagflation is back. Translation: America’s middle class is getting poorer; a record number of middle class workers are out of work. If you are lucky enough to have a job, your wages aren’t going up, but you are facing higher prices for everything.
"Recent data suggests that the current economic recovery is both sluggish and slowing with unemployment stubbornly high," this from a page one story in Investor's Business Daily.
American Thinker opines: Jack Cashill recently detailed what Susan Daniels, a private investigator, has learned about Mr. Obama's Social Security Number.  In a nutshell, the president's SSN was issued in 1977 with a Connecticut Area Number (first 3 digits).
Here's what the SS official web site says, in relevant part:
The Area Number [first 3 digits] is assigned by the geographical region. Prior to 1972, cards were issued in local Social Security offices around the country and the Area Number represented the State in which the card was issued. This did not necessarily have to be the State where the applicant lived, since a person could apply for their card in any Social Security office. Since 1972, when SSA began assigning SSNs and issuing cards centrally from Baltimore, the area number assigned has been based on the ZIP code in the mailing address provided on the application for the original Social Security card. The applicant's mailing address does not have to be the same as their place of residence. Thus, the Area Number does not necessarily represent the State of residence of the applicant, either prior to 1972 or since.
One must wonder if the above was written or revised in the last three years in the wake of inquiries about Mr. Obama's SSN to draw a red herring across the trail.
The LA Times writes: Nearly 500,000 people from Central America and beyond traverse Mexico each year en route to the U.S., according to the Mexican government human rights office. Most now have to pay a smuggler, and increasingly, they are kidnapped, held for ransom and in the most brutal of cases, killed. Their tormentors are criminal gangs often working in cahoots with Mexican immigration and police agents, authorities say.,0,7733401.story
Investors Business Daily wrote this in an Editorial: Two years after politically motivated mortgage lending triggered the biggest collapse since the Great Depression, House Finance Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., has been found to have helped one of his lovers, Herbie Moses, land a six-figure job at Fannie Mae, the agency at the center of the meltdown and one he had a responsibility to regulate.
Instead of exerting oversight over this agency to serve the public, he used the agency to benefit cronies and himself. It's hardly the first time he's exacted favors for his lovers — he used his office to "fix" the traffic tickets of another lover years ago.
He didn't do it because he was a softie. New York Times reporter and author Gretchen Morgenson found that Frank "was one of (Fannie Mae's) really big beneficiaries, albeit indirectly," as she told NPR.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Texas Backs Down From Criminalizing TSA Searches; Republicans Fight Back over Punishment of Right to Work States; Members of Congress May Do Insider Trading; Herman Cain Wins Zogby Poll; Wisconsin Legislation for Collective Bargaining Repeal is Frozen; Kagen Weighed in on Healthcare; No Recess Appts. by President

The Tenth Amendment Center wrote: The U.S. Department of Justice upped the ante in a high-stakes political game of chicken. Lobbying against pending legislation in the Texas legislature which would criminalize any searches conducted without probable cause, U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy sent a letter to a few high-ranking members of Texas’ government warning against promoting the bill and threatening a complete closure of all flights to and from the state.
“If HR [sic] 1937 were enacted, the federal government would likely seek an emergency stay of the statute,” Murphy wrote. “Unless or until such a stay were granted, TSA would likely be required to cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew.”
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- wrote: Shouting “treason” and “cowards” and carrying signs and placards, the group of perhaps as many as 100 people entered the State Capitol shortly after 3 p.m. and first went to the House chamber.
There, House members quickly informed the shouting group that it was the Senate that had failed to take action late Tuesday on House Bill 1937, which would have made it a crime for security checkpoint screeners to handle the private parts of anyone they screened.
The Hill reports: "I walked through … right behind me there was a grandmother — little old lady, and she was was patted down," Rep. Paul Broun (R-Georgia) said on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal."

"Right behind her was a little kid who was patted down. And then right behind him was a guy in Arabian dress who just walked right through. Why are we patting down grandma and kids?"
The Washington Times writes: House Republicans are fighting back against President Obama’s misuse of administrative power to punish right-to-work states. On Tuesday, Rep. Tim Scott introduced legislation to protect a Boeing 787 Dreamliner production plant in his South Carolina district from the outrageous complaint filed by pro-union thugs at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The agency wants to force the airline manufacturer to close up operations in Charleston and move the jobs to Puget Sound, where the labor bosses reign, because setting up in South Carolina was allegedly an example of “unfair labor practices.”
The Job Protection Act would, if enacted, clarify that federal law gives the NLRB no power to decide where any U.S. company should or should not do business. “For the NLRB to punish a company for locating in a right-to-work state is an abuse of federal executive power,” Mr. Scott explained to The Washington Times’ Emily Miller. “This administration has clearly overstepped its bounds through the inappropriate actions of an unelected regulatory board.”
The Washington Times writes: It’s no secret that members of Congress qualify as political insiders, but a new report strongly suggests that they also may be insiders when it comes to trading stocks.
Strict laws ban corporate executives from trading on their insider knowledge, but no restrictions exist for members of Congress. Lawmakers are permitted to keep their holdings and trade shares on the market, as well as vote on legislation that could affect their portfolio values.
Even so, concerns about members of Congress enriching themselves based on inside information has prompted at least one House bill, the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, which would limit the ability of lawmakers to buy and sell stock shares.
The Washington Times writes: Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain star meter is rising among the field of GOP presidential primary candidates undeclared Republicans. According to the latest Zogby Poll, Mr. Cain has passed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:
Herman Cain leads Chris Christie as the top choice of Republican primary voters in the race for the 2012 Presidential nomination. Among all voters, no one in a list of 13 possible GOP candidates leads President Barack Obama. However, less than half of voters (42%) say Obama deserves re-election.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes: A Dane County judge has struck down Gov. Scott Walker's legislation repealing most collective bargaining for public employees.
In a 33-page decision issued Thursday, Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi said she would freeze the legislation because GOP lawmakers on a committee broke the state's open meetings law in passing it March 9. The legislation limits collective bargaining to wages for all public employees in Wisconsin except for police and firefighters.
"It's what we were looking for," said Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, a Democrat.
Ozanne sued to block the law after Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) filed a complaint saying that GOP legislative leaders had not given proper notice to the public in convening a conference committee of lawmakers from both houses to approve Walker's budget-repair bill.
The NY Post reports: Judicial Watch, a public-interest watch dog group, just unearthed a cache of e- mails showing that Elena Kagan participated in preparing the government's defense of ObamaCare during her time as President Obama's solicitor general. By all precedent -- and her promise to the Senate Judiciary Committee she'd abide by "letter and spirit" of the law -- this should oblige Justice Kagan to recuse herself when the ObamaCare cases come before the Supreme Court.
Before joining the court, Kagan said she was not involved in the Justice Deparment's preparations for the inevitable legal challenges to the health-care "reform." But the e-mails suggest otherwise:
Kaytal forwarded Kagan his e-mail to Schmaler telling her: "This is what I told Tracy about Health Care."
Kagan herself then e-mailed Schmaler: "This needs to be coordinated. Tracy you should not say anything about this before talking to me."
This is highly suspicious. Why would Kaytal have felt the need to tell Kagan "this" is what he'd told Schmaler, and Kagan to tell Schmaler "this needs to be coordinated," if they were telling the unvarnished truth?
The Justice Department withheld other relevant e-mails -- but was forced to prepare a log describing them. The log shows that Kagan was a recipient and author on e-mail chains under the subject "health care," discussing "what categories of legal arguments may arise."
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The Wall St. Journal reports: Senate Republicans late Thursday declared victory in their effort to use a procedural maneuver to thwart President Barack Obama from making any recess appointments during Congress’s Memorial Day break.
Congressional aides said the Senate will not go on a formal recess but instead will technically stay in session, making it highly unlikely the president would use his constitutional power to make appointments. The so-called recess appointments are usually reserved for longer congressional vacations that occur after the Senate has officially adjourned.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Boyne City Gazette - Commentary on The conundrum of energy independence

From the Boyne City Gazette, here is my latest Guest Commentary: 

   As have presidents before him, President Obama has enacted part of his agenda through signing statements and Executive Orders, thereby bypassing the consent of Congress.  Having failed to pass Cap and Tax, for instance, he has given the EPA the authority to impose any regulations it desires using the Clean Air Act to force companies to pay for expensive new equipment or to pay for greenhouse gas emissions. Those companies then must raise their prices to consumers. If a state refuses those mandates as Texas has, the EPA has delayed or refused gas permitting authority.   

   Michigan Country Lines wrote, "Even if Congress grants a reprieve on greenhouse gas regulations, red tape from the other EPA rule-making efforts will trigger higher electric bills.  Co-ops expect EPA's rule making will eventually have the practical effect of eliminating coal as a power plant option." As Barack Obama actually said, "So if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can.  It's just that it will bankrupt them because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that is being emitted."  Country Lines finished its newsletter to customers by writing, "We are expecting a number of power plants to simply be retired.  The cost to comply....will simply be too much."  The cost to citizens for much higher electricity rates does not seem to be a consideration in President Obama's plan.  An amendment blocking the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions was passed by the House recently, but failed to pass the Senate.

   Even as we hope for alternative energy to fulfill our needs in the future, it is far from being able to do so at this time.  Alternatives are fraught with problems, including that of using more energy in its production than it produces.  The promise of ethanol is tempered by the fact that it uses more and more farmland to grow corn which is then diverted from being used for food to the making of ethanol, causing the price of grains to skyrocket.  Wind mills sound great, but they require vast amounts of land space, they don't work when it is not windy, they need to be heated when the temperature is low, they kill hundreds of birds, and they can make a constant sound as loud as a motorcycle makes, causing humans living nearby to become clinically ill with  high blood pressure and problems produced by the infrasonic waves generated by the windmills' rotors.

    Florescent light bulbs are being demanded by our government, forcing closure of the American companies who made old fashioned bulbs, and forcing us to buy bulbs from China. Forescents cost much more, burst into flame, contain cancer-causing chemicals and become hazardous waste sites when broken or put into landfills.  The climate of the last 200 or 300 years is presented as the only predictor of man-made doom, while our planet has been around for millions of years and has endured many ice ages, many warming spells, and the extinction of many animals. An adult debate over the science is not allowed, and nay-sayers are deemed to be comparable to Holocaust deniers.

   The Bureau of Land Management, again without Congressional consent, has been using the Great Outdoors Initiative to put ever more land under government control. Our government already owns around 33% of the land in America. It regulates the activities carried on there, such as logging, gas and oil drilling, snowmobile use, and hunting. President Obama extended his imposed 6 month drilling ban off the Gulf coast, putting him in contempt of the court of a Federal Judge. This action put about 40,000 people out of work and on unemployment, and increased the cost of a gallon of gas.  Barack Obama stated that he wants gasoline to cost $4 per gallon – he just wanted it to happen gradually. His Secretary of Energy Steven Chu added, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” This would mean we evil Americans won’t use more than our “fair share” of world supplies. Mission accomplished!

   The President’s recent vow to lift his drilling ban will be believed only when his actions demonstrate his declaration.  Only when we use more American oil will we be less dependent on our enemies.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pawlenty Gets Real; Stimulus Funds for Companies With Unpaid Taxes; Obama's Security Codename is Smart Alec in Britain; Obama Considering Challenge to Indiana Planned Parenthood Law; Director of Progressive Media & Online Response; No More Cursive Writing in Some Schools; JINOs Vote For Obama; Strong-arming Banks; 57% Won't Buy All-electric Cars

RedState writes:Tim Pawlenty: "I’m here today to tell Iowans the truth, too.
America is facing a crushing debt crisis the likes of which we’ve never seen before.  We need to cut spending, and we need to cut it…big time. The hard truth is that there are no longer any sacred programs.
The truth about federal energy subsidies, including federal subsidies for ethanol, is that they have to be phased out.  We need to do it gradually.  We need to do it fairly.  But we need to do it."
MSNBC reports: Thousands of companies that cashed in on President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package owed the government millions in unpaid taxes, congressional investigators have found.
The Government Accountability Office, in a report being released Tuesday, said at least 3,700 government contractors and nonprofit organizations that received more than $24 billion from the stimulus effort owed $757 million in back taxes as of Sept. 30, 2009, the end of the budget year.
"It is a matter of basic fairness that those who take government money should be required to pay their taxes like everyone else," said Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, the panel's top Republican. "That such a huge amount of the stimulus money went to known tax cheats should be a wakeup call for Congress.'"
For Republican the report provided another way to criticize Obama's recovery package. "This shows how fundamentally flawed the failed stimulus has turned out to be when Washington jams through almost a trillion dollars in spending with little scrutiny," said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.
Yahoo News opines: Do Brits think Barack Obama is a bit of a "smart alec"?
The label certainly appears to fit in the minds of British police. Scotland Yard, the UK's police force, has given Obama the security codename 'Chalaque' for his visit this week to the United Kingdom, the UK Daily Mail reports. The term is reportedly a Punjabi word meaning someone who is too clever for his own good, according to the newspaper.
A Punjabi speaker told the newspaper that the word is 'not considered rude', but could be 'mildly offensive'. "It is also said to mean 'cheeky, crafty and cunning'," the paper notes.
Expose Obama writes: Not content that its friends at Planned Parenthood are losing out on taxpayer funds in Indiana, the Obama administration is considering challenging the law, which the state is already enforcing.

Governor Mitch Daniels signed the law, which would cut off anywhere from $2 million to $3 million the Planned Parenthood abortion business receives in federal funds via the Indiana government through Medicaid.
Planned Parenthood challenged the constitutionality of the law and filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis yesterday just hours after Daniels signed the legislation into law. It alleges the law would violate contracts already in place between it and the state and that it forces Planned Parenthood to choose between doing abortions and getting taxpayer funding.
However, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt declined to issue the injunction while she takes more time to analyze the legal issues involved in the lawsuit. That type of decision is usually an indicator that the judge will eventually issue a ruling against the party bringing the lawsuit.
Now, the New York Times reports the Obama administration may exercise its right to federal review of the law, because of the changes to Medicaid, and Obama official told the newspaper the administration will not approve the changes as adopted by Indiana.
MediaBistro writes: The White House has named Jesse Lee to a new position within its communications department titled Director of Progressive Media & Online Response. According to The Huffington Post, Lee will essentially be responsible for building up Obama’s online presence as he prepares for his reelection bid, and squashing any negative stories:
The post is a new one for this White House. Rapid response has usually been outsourced to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), if not done on an ad-hoc basis by administration officials. And it signals that the White House will be adopting a more aggressive defense of the president and his policies as his re-election campaign gears up.
If you’re going to post something online about Obama that isn’t true, Lee is going to be the one to handle you. Considering that Lee’s first tweet about his new position included a picture of The Terminator, we suggest you watch what you say OR BE DESTROYED.
American Spectator divulges: Cursive handwriting will no longer be taught in several elementary schools, according to a recent New York Times story, plus which job marketers now question the need for a college education when it's so hard to find work no matter how many degrees you have.
Townhall writes: In 2008, Obama grabbed 78 percent of the Jewish vote. Even the most wildly optimistic polling today shows that Obama's support remains high among Jews. It's a result that Republicans simply can't understand -- why do so many Jews continue to support a president who has shown time and again that he stands against the State of Israel? Why the reflexive lever-pulling on behalf of a man who appoints anti-Semites to positions of high power, attends a virulently anti-Semitic church for 20 years, and sees Israel as the cause of the West's conflict with the Muslim world?
The answer is deceptively simple: the Jews who vote for Obama are, by and large, Jews In Name Only (JINOs). They eat bagels and lox; they watch "Schindler's List"; they visit temple on Yom Kippur -- sometimes. But they do not care about Israel. Or if they do, they care about it less than abortion, gay marriage and global warming.
The Washington Times writes: The White House is hoping to strong-arm banks into paying off the mortgages of irresponsible homeowners at the expense of the rest of us. The idea is to tap financial institutions to create an unregulated $20 billion slush fund to pay off the principal for people who are upside-down and delinquent on their housing payments. Political appointees in the Obama administration would get to choose the winners and losers in the house pay-off lottery.
House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus wants Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner to pull the plug on this bad idea. “We believe that a $20 billion principal reduction fund will create incentives to default that could worsen the housing crisis and impede economic recovery,” the Alabama Republican wrote in a May 6 letter to Mr. Geithner
USA Today reports: Nearly six of 10 Americans — 57% — say they won't buy an all-electric car no matter the price of gas, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.


Monday, May 23, 2011

Obama/Netanyahu; Forgiving $2 Billion in Debt for Egypt; Al-Qaea Planning Major Terrorist Attack on London; Ed Koch Blames Obama; Get to Know Herman Cain; States Demanding Voter IDs; History's Judgement of Obama

RedState opines: I half expect Benjamin Netanyahu to come to the United States and demand the U.S. cede all territory gained from the 1848 Mexican cession back to Mexico. It, like Obama’s Middle East speech of yesterday, would be a key distraction from a date and duty Barack Obama has had 60 days to get ready for.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued a press release today stating his intention to introduce a resolution next week disapproving of the policy concerning Israel that President Barack Obama announced on Thursday.
American Thinker opines: After making his swan dive into the abyss, Obama preceded with a White House chat with Prime Minister Netanyahu followed by a press opportunity and a scheduled state dinner.

In a controlled but respectful address to the press while seated alongside the president, Bibi argued that "peace based on illusions will crash on the rocks of reality" and used the opportunity to  school the president on the facts on the ground.  Bibi flatly stated that Israel could not be secure with a return to the 1967 borders, that it could not negotiate with a state that is partnered with Hamas, and it could not agree to an Arab right of return, which would destroy Israel entirely.

Like Obama, Netanyahu has fine educational credentials, with degrees from Harvard and MIT, but Netanyahu has been personally tested in battle, where rash, unconsidered actions have immediate, fatal consequences.  Obama until now has been pontificating and swanning about.  His only real battles to date have been with straw men of his own making.
Fox News opines: President Obama's call for $2 billion in loan assistance to Egypt has left many political figures scratching their heads as they try to figure out why a debt-ridden U.S. would commit that much money to a country whose new government may not end up friendly to America.
In Thursday's sweeping address on the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, the president said he wants the U.S. to forgive roughly $1 billion in debt owed by Egypt and to provide another $1 billion in loan guarantees to free up money for job-creation efforts there.
"We do not want a democratic Egypt to be saddled by the debts of its past," Obama said.
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The UK Daily Mail reports: Osama Bin Laden's replacement as leader of Al-Qaeda is planning a major terrorist attack on London, ordering his followers to 'crush' the city.
Soon after being officially appointed caretaker chief of the terrorist group, Saif al-Adel vowed to avenge the death of his former boss.
Newsmax TV hosts Ed Koch: Democratic senior statesman Ed Koch says Israel is facing its “most dangerous and critical period” and he is ready to break with his party in the next presidential election over President Obama’s policies on the Middle East.
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, the former New York City mayor said, “Mitt Romney correctly summed it up when he said that President Obama has once again thrown Israel under the bus.
American Thinker writes about Herman Cain, candidate for President: Not the least of reasons is that a Cain candidacy would be a hoot.  And I do not mean that in a derisive or condescending way at all.  I mean that it would be the kind of doggone honest and refreshing campaign the country needs.  It would be the opposite of the stale McCain run.  Cain does not speak Washington drivel, and he's not afraid to take a strong position.  
Herman Cain is peerless among the long list of potential candidates -- and his impact on the field and the direction of the party will be in the direction of free enterprise, less government, and speaking with boldness -- you know, pretty much the opposite of what the GOP has done since Newt's Congress lost steam in the mid- to late '90s.  
10. The "race card": A Cain candidacy not only takes the race card off the table.  He does not have a white parent.  He has a slight black dialect and does not "turn it off" to impress Harry Reid or Joe Biden, nor does he "amp it up" to impress Jeremiah Wright.   

9. Been there, done that: Cain brings a lot of "been there, done that" to the office, and that is in stark contrast not only to Obama, but to almost anyone else running. Making a payroll; dealing with employees, the IRS, the INS, insurance companies; dealing with rents, lawsuits, unemployment commissions, etc. -- Cain has been there, done that.  Obama has not.

8. Not forgettable:  Cain's boldness and confidence and accent and voice will cut through the noise out there.

7. Will break every rule set for him by "strategists":

6. Will really get under the skin of the Washingtonian class:

5. Will not get in way of the 2010 Congress' momentum:

4. Never held office before:  "Everyone in Washington has held public office before.  How's that working out for you?"  Case closed.

3. Ann Coulter's second-favorite pick: While I love Christie's boldness on the issues where he is conservative, he will wobble off to the Jersey left a bit on some issues.  Cain will not. 

2. Will not be cowed by the new speech police:

And the number one reason to support a Cain candidacy?  It opens the door to a ticket of Cain and Haley Barbour in some order.  OK, maybe this is not earthshaking, but imagine the "racist Republican Party" putting forth a national ticket including a drawlin' Mississippi good ol' boy and a black businessman who still speaks a smidgen of Ebonics.
[I have met Herman Cain and have listened to his powerful message.  He is inspirational.] For full explanations of reasons, go to 
American Thinker writes: The impressive size and staggering energy of the 15 thousand folks at Olympic Centennial Park gave the rally [for Herman Cain] the feel of a winning movement. 

And there was not just a festive atmosphere and a lot of cheering, those cheers came from many cheeks moist with tears that a Cain candidacy is actually what real hope and change should feel like for America. 
You get the idea that a Cain-Obama debate would be the wise grandfather taking the arrogant silly whippersnapper to the wood shed.  That thought alone will likely bring supporters Cain's way and keep his campaign relevant for a long time to come.
The Wall ST. Journal writes: Kansas's Secure and Fair Elections Act combined three elements: (1) a requirement that voters present photo IDs when they vote in person; (2) a requirement that absentee voters present a full driver's license number and have their signatures verified; and (3) a proof of citizenship requirement for all newly registered voters. Although a few states, including Georgia, Indiana and Arizona, have enacted one or two of these reforms, Kansas is the only state to enact all three.
Other states are moving in the same direction.
In Colorado, the Secretary of State's office recently identified 11,805 aliens illegally registered to vote in the state, of whom 4,947 cast a ballot in the 2010 elections.
Fear that elections are being stolen erodes the legitimacy of our government. A 2010 Rasmussen poll showed that 82% of Americans support photo ID laws.
Carrying a photo ID has become a part of American life. You can't cash a check, board a plane, or even buy full-strength Sudafed over the counter without one. That's why it's not unreasonable to require one in order to protect our most important privilege of citizenship. But just in case any person lacks a photo ID, Kansas's law provides a free state ID to anyone who needs one. Other states have included similar provisions in their photo-ID laws.  Mr. Kobach is the Kansas secretary of state.
American Thinker opines: The white middle-American voters who put their faith and trust in Obama in 2008, and without whose support Obama could not have won, lost that faith almost immediately after Obama took office.  Similarly, the non-white racially motivated voters who identified personally with Obama and flocked to the polls for him in 2008 failed to assist him in 2010 by supporting white Democrats in the midterm races.  White Americans did not suddenly wake up to the realization that they had voted for a black man; rather, they were confronted with the unavoidable fact that Obama was not the "post-racial" president of all Americans that he promised to be.  Instead, it turned out, Obama was committed to reinventing America in order to address perceived past injustices at white Americans' expense.  Believers in identity politics (from both the left and the right), however, always knew what they were getting: a man dedicated to the inversion of America's social order.

This is one of the great tragedies of Obama's caustic and divisive political strategy; at the precise moment when we as a society were poised to move beyond race as a relevant social and economic issue, race was forcefully injected back into the national consciousness.

When Obama tells Hispanic-Americans to join with him and "punish their enemies," and when Attorney General Eric Holder scornfully tells America that bat-wielding Black Panthers patrolling a polling place do not warrant prosecution because "his people" once experienced far worse, when all who disagree with Obama's social and economic policies are reflexively labeled racists by the president's supporters, an attitude of fatalism begins to set in, and a frustrated electorate becomes cynical.  The tedious and predictable repetition of racial platitudes takes its toll on logic, civility, and unity.
The success of non-white political candidates in both broad-based and predominantly white electorates in states below the Mason-Dixon Line contributes to a growing body of evidence that the embrace of core conservative values is a viable, powerful, and uniquely American alternative to race-based politics. 
But history will judge Obama harshly.  Rather than leaving the United States stronger, more unified, and more resolute in its commitment to the founding principles of liberty and self-determination, Obama will leave behind the bitter fruits of class warfare, racial identity politics, and a redistributive economic policy that will fundamentally alter the American social compact.