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Neville's 2008 Election Wrap-Up

By Gary Starr For The Neville Awards
Posted November 7, 2006

Whenever the Democrats win, Republicans are exhorted to unite behind the New Order...when Republican win Democrats demand that we reach out to their side in the spirit of bi-partisanship. In either case it means a compromise of conservative principles.

We at The Neville Awards are not inclined to be magnanimous because President Bush has been treated disgracefully by liberals and the Democrats for the last eight years [see the Wall Street Journal article by Jefferey Scott Shapiro at the end of this election wrapup]. In other words Mr. President-Elect, no free pass. Conservatives are not pod people in a euphoric trance. The bottom line is we have not been attacked in seven and a half years and, despite the fact that Bush inherited the Clinton recession and 9/11 occurred eight months into his first term the economy stayed healthy for six years. The president gets no credit from the "loyal opposition". We will not forgive nor will we forget.

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For the last eight years liberals undermined the war on terror by threatening to cut off funding, called our troops murderers, called for the impeachment of the President, called him a war criminal, said he stole the election twice, whined about tax cuts for the rich, and on and on. All of it was baseless and led to what we call Bush Hatred Syndrome.

What we do know about Obama are his ties to very questionable people (Wright, Ayres, Rezco, Khalidi) and his socialist desire to redistribute wealth and raise taxes. It's all been documented on this site ad nauseum. As conservatives the only thing we shouldn't do is allow ourselves to slide into the 'Obama Derangement Syndrome' world of baseless hate.

So we move on. Here's what we can expect from the new President and the Democratic-controlled Congress right out of the gate:
  • Although he says he will govern from the center (all liberals say that) expect Obama to easily be pulled to the left by Congress...that will be easy as he already is a creature of that world.
  • Expect an attack on free speech through a re-establishment of the Fairness Doctrine.
  • Expect thuggish tactics to silence dissent when the 'Dear Leader' is challenged(can you say Joe the Plumber?).
  • Expect a sellout of Israel.
  • Expect a sellout of the U.S. to the U.N.
  • Expect a de-funding of the military.
  • Expect the closing of Gitmo and ACLU lawyers for terrorists.
  • Expect "incomprehensible immigration reform"...amnesty for illegals (with Liberal Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham leading the charge).
  • Expect reporting of the economy and the War on Terror (Iraq and Afghanistan to suddenly and magically turn prositive with Obama getting the credit.
  • Expect nanny-state legilation and higher taxes. The same crowd that brought you Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are still there with no oversight.
  • Expect the most corrupt administration in U.S. history...after all Chicago has come to washington...will the Mainstream Media cover it up?
There are a few silver linings in this horrible election cycle:
  • Gay marriage went down to defeat in Florida and California
  • 55,000,000 Americans supported conservatism
  • The Dems will overreach. In 1992 when Clinton supported "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (gays in the military), had a slew of disastrous cabinet appointee hearings, and then came Hillary care. Congress flipped in 1994. These current Dems will follow suit.
  • The Democrats will probably not get their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate
So how do we move on? For a full blueprint read the Neville Award article The Great Leftist Con Game-How the New Left is Hijacking the U.S. in Plain Sight and How to Fix It for the long term solutions to conservatism in the wilderness. For the short term here is what we must do now:
  • No more moderate 'Bob Dole/Gerry Ford' presidential nominations, no more RINO lifetime achievement awards. The only time McCain caught fire was at Saddleback and when he nominated Palin.
  • Take back one or both houses of Congress in 2010.
  • Begin to take back our schools and universities and cities. (This is discussed at length in The Great Leftist Con Game)
  • It's easy to win elections when the MSM covers up for you -- Ignore the MSM and relegate them to the ash heap of more "gotcha interviews" and appearances on Letterman, Leno, morning chatshows and the Network News
  • No 100 day honeymoon for Obama and the Democrats...go after them relentlessly.

Consider this from Jeffery Scott Shapiro writing in the Wall Street Journal:

NOVEMBER 5, 2008

The Treatment of Bush Has Been a Disgrace--What must our enemies be thinking?


Earlier this year, 12,000 people in San Francisco signed a petition in support of a proposition on a local ballot to rename an Oceanside sewage plant after George W. Bush. The proposition is only one example of the classless disrespect many Americans have shown the president.

According to recent Gallup polls, the president's average approval rating is below 30% -- down from his 90% approval in the wake of 9/11. Mr. Bush has endured relentless attacks from the left while facing abandonment from the right.

This is the price Mr. Bush is paying for trying to work with both Democrats and Republicans. During his 2004 victory speech, the president reached out to voters who supported his opponent, John Kerry, and said, "Today, I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent. To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support, and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust."

Those bipartisan efforts have been met with crushing resistance from both political parties.

The president's original Supreme Court choice of Harriet Miers alarmed Republicans, while his final nomination of Samuel Alito angered Democrats. His solutions to reform the immigration system alienated traditional conservatives, while his refusal to retreat in Iraq has enraged liberals who have unrealistic expectations about the challenges we face there.

It seems that no matter what Mr. Bush does, he is blamed for everything. He remains despised by the left while continuously disappointing the right.

Yet it should seem obvious that many of our country's current problems either existed long before Mr. Bush ever came to office, or are beyond his control. Perhaps if Americans stopped being so divisive, and congressional leaders came together to work with the president on some of these problems, he would actually have had a fighting chance of solving them.

Like the president said in his 2004 victory speech, "We have one country, one Constitution and one future that binds us. And when we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America."

To be sure, Mr. Bush is not completely alone. His low approval ratings put him in the good company of former Democratic President Harry S. Truman, whose own approval rating sank to 22% shortly before he left office. Despite Mr. Truman's low numbers, a 2005 Wall Street Journal poll found that he was ranked the seventh most popular president in history.

Just as Americans have gained perspective on how challenging Truman's presidency was in the wake of World War II, our country will recognize the hardship President Bush faced these past eight years -- and how extraordinary it was that he accomplished what he did in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

The treatment President Bush has received from this country is nothing less than a disgrace. The attacks launched against him have been cruel and slanderous, proving to the world what little character and resolve we have. The president is not to blame for all these problems. He never lost faith in America or her people, and has tried his hardest to continue leading our nation during a very difficult time.

Our failure to stand by the one person who continued to stand by us has not gone unnoticed by our enemies. It has shown to the world how disloyal we can be when our president needed loyalty -- a shameful display of arrogance and weakness that will haunt this nation long after Mr. Bush has left the White House.

Mr. Shapiro is an investigative reporter and lawyer who previously interned with John F. Kerry's legal team during the presidential election in 2004.
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