Welcome back and thank you for joining us here on Headline America. We turn now, one last time to our instudio guest, d$, columnist and blogger for The Clouds in My Coffee Blog, read by 5s of people every day.
(turning to me) Now, d$, before we get to the wrap up that I'm sure many, or two, people are waiting for, we must talk sources. You've thrown alot of dates and figures and quotes and such at us. Can you give me some information as to where you got all, or any, of it?
Sure. Let's see--there is a list of people I can source. Um... Fox News
Fox News. Of course, quite the right leaning news channel of Fox, huh? Obama was quoted as saying "If there were no Fox News, I'd be up by another ten points"
(smiling) And if there were no Washington Post, LA Times, NYTimes, MSNBC, CNN, ABC/NBC/CBS News and more, there'd be no Obama.
Look, I'm not here to defend Fox News, but I will say they are a sight better than the others. There is a pretty equal mix of conservatives--Hannity, O'Reilly, etc--and liberals--Frost, Clark, Colmes--and a ton of moderates, like Krystol and Susteran and Rivera and more. As opposed to MSNBC, who boasts Scarborough, a moderate. The rest? Straight in the can for Senator Obama.
MSNBC is a source?
Yep. Me and the three other people that watch it. I surf the online site too. Other sources include The Associated Press, Reuters, National Review Online, CNN, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Olbermann, Hannity, O'Reilly, Limbaugh...
YOU listen to Rush Limbaugh?
Well, what's funny is that I listed at least 7 liberal leaning sites, and you stop me on Limbaugh. Yep. I listen to Rush. What's great about Limbaugh is that he plays the soundbites and segments. His critics call his listeners "Mind Numbed Robots", but I see it as "Thinking for Yourself".
Don't you feel like he takes segments and soundbites out of context?
Perhaps. I've heard a few here or there. But that's the beauty of YouTube and other sites--you can see them for yourself. I first heard Jeremiah Wright's rants on Limbaugh's show. I went on YouTube and watched about 20 minutes of the sermon that some of the bites came from. Turns out... Reverend Wright--Senator Obama's pastor AND the man Obama said spoke for the black church in America--is kinda crazy.
Jeremiah Wright SoundBites Play:
"...we're living in the US of KKK A..."
"...Jesus was a poor black man who lived in a country controlled by rich white people..."
"...Bill Clinton did us like he did Monica Lewinsky! He was riiiiidin' dirty!"
"...I am sick of negroes who just do not get it! Barack knows what its like to be a black man living in a country controlled by RICH WHITE PEOPLE!! Hillary ain't never been called a n***a!"
"...I'm so glad I gotta God who knows what its like to be in a country controlled by rich white people..."
Any other sources of note? And why not link to all these in your columns?
Do you realize it would take forever? I had five days to put this up, and mostly it was written out late at night. Well, truthfully, the reason I haven't blogged much in the last month is I spent several weeks gathering information, writing notes in my little notebook, hearing quotes, researching quotes to make sure I didn't get them out of context and to assemble my own thoughts.
I know your biggest critic, Anoymous Poster, has been all over you to talk about your sources, even going so far as to say they would write a source page for you. Any thoughts? And any thoughts on who it might be?
As far as Anonymous Poster's identity, I have no clue. They are my own Deep Throat. I have my ideas, but really, it doesn't bother me that much. AP has actually become somewhat of a joke around our home. I look under my bed for AP when I go to sleep at night.
As for the source page, I invite them to do so. I will go so far as to say I give them ALL the credit. Anonymous Poster wrote all of this, I just stole it. I don't care who gets the credit for it... all I care about is that people understand their vote, they understand any vote for Obama means a vote against the ideals that this country is founded on.
What do you say to people who don't understand Senator Obama... or don't even know about Senator McCain, or Governor Palin or Senator Biden? People who aren't sure why they are voting.
I say don't vote.
Don't vote? Are you serious? You are actually telling people not to vote?
Absolutely. Voting is a right of this country's citizens, but with that right comes a certain amount of responsibility. That responsibility includes learning and understanding who you are attempting to put into the most powerful position this country, perhaps this world, has to offer. If you don't know who you are voting for, then figure out your ideals, what you want for this country, and vote the candidate that most closely fit those ideals.
However, if you are voting, and you are only voting because your candidate talks a big game, speaks of "change" and says things that make you feel good--not think, but feel--then you need to stay home. Don't you dare help someone take office when you don't know anything about them.
Who were you supporting? Who would you rather see on the ticket besides John McCain?
Hmm. Well, on the outset, I supported Fred Thompson. I also really like Rudy Guiliani, but honestly, I don't know enough about either candidate to say at this very moment who I would want to win. Both bowed out before our state's primary came out, so I didn't vote for either. I ended up voting for Romney, but it was toss up between he and Huckabee, who I wasn't crazy about.
You mentioned Senator Biden. We've really not touched on Gov. Palin or Sen. Biden much. Let's start with Palin. What do you like about her?
She's real. As real as politicians can get, anyway. She started in local government, worked her way up to her state's head office, and I think she's great. She's got a story. She's a blue collar family gal with challenges of her own, and I think she's awesome. She's low taxes, high on the military and is just... well, genuine.
Do you think the media has been fair to her?
Absolutely not. They have been downright vicious to her. Insulting her, her looks, her family, her daughter Bristol's pregnancy issues, her Down Syndrome child, Trig... I mean, this is the kind of woman who, were she liberal, the Democratic Party would be heralding as "making it in the man's world, fighting through the challenges, succeeding despite the odds". But because she's a Republican, and a Conservative? She's called a "sell-out", a "bad mother for running for office", and they jumped all over her for her $150,000 wardrobe.
Don't you think that $150K is alot to spend on clothes?
Yeah, I think it is, but I'll be honest with you... I don't know the nature of what it takes to "clothe" a campaign. But I do know that Palin had already agreed--before the campaign--to donate all of her campaign clothes to charity, and as long as Hillary Clinton continues to pay a reported $6000 for EACH of her pant suits, then Palin can wear what she wants.
Let's talk about Joe Biden.
You're laughing. You must find him a little funny...
(still laughing). Oh, as much as I am not a fan of Senator Obama, I loves me some Joe Biden. He is truly what this campaign needs for comic relief.
Joe Biden, September 22nd... "When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’"
I love the fact he is inspired by President Roosevelt's 1929 address to the nation on television.
Joe Biden: "Mark my words, within the next -- first six months of this administration, if we win, they're going to -- we're going to face a major international challenge, 'cause they're going to want to test him, just like they did John Kennedy, they're going to want to test him, and they're going to find out this guy's got steel in his spine"
And it gets worse. Not only does he tell us that yeah, a crisis is coming, and the world, who apparently is afraid of John McCain, because the same prediction isn't made about him, the world thinks Obama is a wuss. And will test Obama. But the next bite is even worse...
Joe Biden: "I've forgotten more about foreign policy than most of my colleagues know. So I'm not being falsely humble with you. I think I can be value added, but this guy has it, this guy has it. But he's going to need your help because I promise you, you all are going to be sitting here a year from now saying, 'Oh, my God, why are they down there in the polls, why is the polling on Obama so low, why is this thing so tough?' We're going to have to make some incredibly tough decisions in the first two years, so I'm asking you now, I'm asking you now, be prepared to stick with us. Remember the faith you had at this point, because you're going to have to reinforce it."
Does this mean that they won't do anything? What do you mean we won't like it? After a crisis, when action is taken, poll numbers go up. Bush's approval rating was near 92% after 9/11. So in saying that poll numbers will tank, does that mean they won't do anything? We get attacked, and they'll try diplomacy? I know when I was in the school yard, the best way to get a bully off of me is to sit on the swings and discuss our differences. And the bully always respected my wishes.
What do you think will happen on Tuesday?
I don't know. I really don't know. I know that Obama has been campaigning in states like Vermont that he supposedly has in the bag. I also know that his own campaign is worried about battleground states like North Carolina, Virginia, Nevada and a few others. These were red states that were supposedly in the bag.
Do you expect a big win, on either side?
Not at all. Regardless of who wins, it will be close. The polls have McCain gaining fast on Senator Obama, with one or two having him within the margin of error, up or down a few points. I also know that, secretly, Obama's campaign doesn't consider a state to be for him unless they are up 10 points or more. The Bradley Effect--the theory that people will say they will vote for the black guy to keep from feeling guilty, only to vote the white guy in the booth--may or may not be a factor, who knows.
What will you do if Senator Obama wins?
Life goes on. My beautiful wife Stephanie and I will continue to pay our mortgage, we'll pay higher prices for gas, we'll pay more taxes, have less disposable income, make adjustments as necessary... we are Believers, and we know that He has a plan. I say "He", as in God, not Senator Obama. Just to avoid confusion.
Final question, d$. Why are you not voting for Senator Obama?
I'll give you four reasons...
1) The man has been lying to the American people about his tax plan. It doesn't make sense. It's widely known that his promises are to give 90% of Americans a tax break, when only around 60 to 70% of Americans actually pay taxes.
The dirty little secret is that there is no tax break. Senator Obama plans to cut payroll and Social Security taxes. That money will go back to those not paying taxes in the form of welfare. So, despite his claims that John McCain is going to cut Social Security--a out and out lie--its actually Senator Obama who will be cutting into Social Security through his "tax cut".
2) His vision for this country is not what this country is founded on. He believes in bigger government. He believes that Americans are entitled to healthcare, welfare, jobs, homes and so on. He believes that to do these things, the government programs must get bigger, needing more funding.
The problem is, they've been trying to do these things for fifty years. And nothing has gotten done. President Johnson's "war on poverty" has been a total failure, costing this country trillions, the welfare program has gotten bigger, and honestly, the black community has been nothing short of undercut at every pass by Democratic programs.
If you go to the doctor to get a cut stitched, and they cut your hand off accidentally--why do you still go back to the same doctor? Yet thats what has happened year after year when Democrats keep getting voted back into offices.
3) The Reverend Jeremiah Wright was his mentor for almost 20 years, from Senator Obama's own words. William Ayers is a friend of his, however close. He was a community organizer for ACORN...
Well, I mean, Jesus was a community organizer. Pontius Pilate was a governor, no?
And Hitler was a community organizer, Clinton was a governor. And yes, Obama was an organizer and worked with ACORN, a voter registration--federally funded, mind you--nonprofit that has been charged with voter fraud over and over and over... they are the reason one guy was allowed to vote 73 times, and the reason that Mickey Mouse is now registered to vote.
No matter what you say, when you are close to people like this, they will influence your decision making and your outlook on your life. This is not who we need influencing the President of the United States of America.
4) "Spread the Wealth". How dare you say to me that I make too much money? And that it needs to be spread around? No, I don't make $250K, or $200K, or $150K, or $120K even, but its just not right. You work hard, you save, you achieve, you make your money, its YOUR money.
Joe the Plumber has done for Senator Obama what The Swift Boat Veterans did to John Kerry, who served in Vietnam, in 2004. Joe exposed him. Joe brought out from Obama what his true intentions are... the Swifties brought out the truth of who Kerry, who served in Vietnam, is.
The "Spread the Wealth" Mentality is socialism. In its purest form. And thats not who we are as a nation, and I truly believe that if Americans understood this about Obama, and quit watching so much Olbermann (and we know that many people aren't) they wouldn't be supporting Obama in droves. Well, most wouldn't. Some are just born with a hand out.
Obama: "John McCain and Sarah Palin they call this socialistic. You know I don’t know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness."
5) No experience. I mean, 143 days in the Senate before deciding to run for president? Really? And his foreign policy experience is next to nothing. There is a reason his campaign hasn't been harping on this in ads and such... they have nothing to go on.
Plus, what has he done since he was in the Senate? No legislation worth noting ever had his name on it. He claims that he voted against the war, but was never there for the vote--he wasn't in office yet.
We are the United States of the America. We are the most powerful country in the history of the world. We have the greatest economy in the history of the world, and yes, sometimes we extend our hand too far, but we are the world's biggest helpers--the first to assist in disasters around the globe, the first to make sure our allies are taken care of, and yes, we make sure our own interests are taken care of too.
Senator Obama will do away with that. You haven't seen a recession like the one we'll have when his tax plan takes effect and hits our economy. Our enemies will know that we have elected a man who will not fight back, and will lead by Democratic party consensus. Our enemies--North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Venezuala, Palestine--will know that as long as Obama will sit down with them, and he will, they can say anything and promise anything.
Senator Barack Obama is a dangerous man to lead this country. If John McCain is elected, our problems here won't go away, and admittedly, we might have some issues that will be resolved with Obama that will magnify with McCain. But I will take those issues any day over what Obama will give us.
Well, there you have it. I want to thank you, d$, for joining us tonight, and giving us your insight. (turning to camera) When we come back, who is the real Bruce Willis? We have a revealing sit-down with him. And later, The Anonymous Poster calls in to weigh in on the whole night. Stay with us.