We are soon coming up on the 36th anniversary of Jimmy Carter's famous "Malaise Speech". Most of you young people will not remember it. On 17 July 1979 Carter made a national address to the nation. In that speech he preached to the American people. He said we were selfish. He said we were lazy. He accused us of not going along with his programs. He blamed us for his 20 percent annual inflation rates, surging gas prices and the housing slump. He said we were running out of oil and were too stupid to understand that, in ten years, America would run out of oil. He said we need to "think small."
So let me ask you this; if you sat down with your children, and you told them they were bad, and selfish, and stupid, would that make them better children? What if we did the exact opposite? What if we told them that we admire them, that they are capable of achieving anything if they're willing to work for it? What if we told them they can determine their own future and their future is limitless? Which approach do you believe would achieve the best results?
Alas, Obama has made Carter look like a wild eyed optimist. For seven years now he has preached the religion of "Obama". Anyone who dares disagree with him is demonized...indeed persecuted...whether it be the Tea Party, or those "wild eyed radical terroristic old people who didn't agree with having $700 billion dollars stolen from the Medicare trust fund, or the Tea Party whom the IRS persecuted, or even Congress and the Supreme Court...Obama has taken them all on and denigrated them for not bowing to "his emperorship". Of late we've had Obama telling us how racist we are because some nut shot up a church. Through every tragedy Obama has chosen to politicize and exploit the tragedy instead of offering solace and comfort and healing.
President Ronald Reagan achieved many great things, but perhaps the most important thing he did was to give America back her spirit. He brought a sense of optimism back. He vowed that our future was golden and espoused that we are limited only by those constraints we place upon ourselves. He trumpeted American goodness and American greatness. He reminded us of the special role America has played in bring both freedom and prosperity to the world. And, miraculously, Reagan won the hearts of citizens, both Democrat and Republican, because they were so damn tired of being told how bad there are!
So, again I ask; whether it be children, or citizen, what's the better approach? Do we browbeat and demonize and castigate? Or do we instill a sense of pride and hope in child or citizen? You will decide which approach you prefer in November 2016. Do we send the arrogant "preacher" packing and elect hope? Or will we elect another arrogant and corrupt, hypocritic "preacher" who will only reinforce negativity and gain negative results.? Yes, Hillary has promised to carry on in the tradition of Carter and Obama....you decide.