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Second Update: Well-Known Fox News Radio Host Labels Caller “Crazy;” Refuses to Discuss Possible Obama Crimes| The Post & Email

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GOP Senators Seek Cost-Benefit Analysis of Net Neutrality Rules

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GOP Senators Seek Cost-Benefit Analysis of Net Neutrality Rules

GOP Senators Seek Cost-Benefit Analysis of Net Neutrality Rules:

“Ten Republican Senators have signed on to a letter asking FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the FCC’s network neutrality rules.

The 10, which includes Kay Bailey Hutchison (Tex.), the ranking member on the Senate Commerce Committee that oversees the FCC, were putting their collective muscle behind a second request by Sen. Dean Heller, who says the FCC did not respond to a July 12 letter following President Barack Obama’s executive order asking independent agencies to ‘join executive agencies in reducing regulations that place unnecessary burdens on American businesses and the American people,’ as the senators put it in their follow-up letter Wednesday (July 27).

(Excerpt) Read more at broadcastingcable.com …”

Posted by Gunny G at Monday, August 01, 2011

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President Obama Socialist Communist Marxist Fascist Nazi

August 1, 2011 3 comments

President Obama Socialist Communist Marxist Fascist Nazi
Deflation Economy ^ | 7/31/11 | Delwyn Lounsbury

Posted on Monday, August 01, 2011 7:11:27 PM by OneVike

The alarming thing is Obama’s socialist, communist, Marxist, fascist and Nazi policies and rhetoric are intended to incite class warfare and plunge our nation into a severe economic decline of deflation and the Greater Depression. Tax the rich wealth redistribution is pure class warfare from Communism 101. Obama wants the U.S. to get wrapped up around the axle. His use of the word invests and investments (12 times in a recent speech) are covert communist code comrade for government spending on pet pork projects – pure propaganda. Other Obama fascism examples are the new financial regulations, the take over of GM, Fannie Mae and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the great increase in environmental regulations and power of the EPA plus ObamaCare.
President Obama Communist connections go back through his whole life. Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham (born 12/29/1949 died 11/7/1995) was a communist sympathizer and his father, Barack Hussein Obama, Senior (born 1936 died 11/24/1982), (who he only met twice) was an anticolonialist Marxist. By the way, only male Muslim children are named Hussein.

Black communist poet Frank Marshal Davis (born 1905) met Barack Husein Obama in 1970. Barack Junior (then known as Barry Soetoro) was about 10 years old at that time. The relationship lasted until 1978 when Obama left Hawaii for Occidental College in Los Angeles. In his memoir “Dreams From My Father” Obama talks warmly about an older black poet he only identifies as “Frank.”

In 1944 the FBI had identified Davis as a member of the communist Party’s Dorie Miller Club (Chicago-card number 47544) along with involvement in communist front organizations like the National Negro Congress, the League of American Writers, the National Federation for Constitutional Liberties and the Civil Rights Congress. There are some 600 pages in the Frank Davis FBI file including the fact he was still listed in 1973 as an endorser of a major American Communist Party front organization, American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born.
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UK Police Tells Public To Report Anti-Government Beliefs As Terrorism

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The London Metropolitan Police is encouraging businesses and the general public to immediately report anyone who holds anti-government political beliefs to the authorities as terrorists, calling on people to become volunteer informants as the state prepares for widespread social unrest.

“This was the surprising injunction from the Metropolitan Police issued to businesses and members of the public in Westminster last week,” reports the London Guardian. “There was no warning about other political groups, but next to an image of the anarchist emblem, the City of Westminster police’s “counter terrorist focus desk” called for anti-anarchist whistleblowers stating: “Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy. Any information relating to anarchists should be reported to your local police.”

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The Right To Be Left Alone… (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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http://gunnyg.blogspot.com/2007/02/police-as-standing-army.html The Right To Be Left Alone… POLICE AS A STANDING ARMY…? PART II POLICE AS A STANDING ARMY It is largely forgotten that the war for American independence was initiated in large part by the British Crown's practice of using troops to police civilians in Boston and other cities.244 Professional soldiers used in the same ways as modern police were among the primary grievances enuncia … Read More

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Cloward-Piven Paradise Now? (Good commentary)

August 1, 2011 1 comment

Combine class warfare, demonizing the rich, getting as many people onto the welfare rolls as possible, and pushing the economic system to collapse and you have a flawless formula for Cloward-Piven 2.0 — and a vehicle that ensures Obama remains in power.

Cloward-Piven is a much talked-about strategy proposed in the mid-1960’s by two Columbia University sociology professors named Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. The Cloward-Piven approach was sometimes referred to as the “crisis strategy,” which they believed were a means to “end poverty.”

The premise of the Cloward-Piven collective/anti-capitalist gospel decried “individual mobility and achievement,” celebrated organized labor, fostered the principle that “if each finally found himself in the same relative economic relationship to his fellows … all were infinitely better off.”

The duo taught that if you flooded the welfare rolls and bankrupted the cities and ultimately the nation, it would foster economic collapse, which would lead to political turmoil so severe that socialism would be accepted as a fix to an out-of-control set of circumstances.

The idea was that if people were starving and the only way to eat was to accept government cheese, rather than starve, the masses would agree to what they would otherwise reject. In essence, for the socialist-minded, the Cloward-Piven strategy is a simple formula that makes perfect sense; the radical husband-and-wife team had Saul Alinsky as their muse, and they went on to teach his social action principles to a cadre of socialist-leaning community organizers, one of whom was Barack Obama.

As the debt crisis continues to worsen, President Obama stands idly by an inferno with his arms crossed, shaking his head, and doing nothing other than kinking the fire hose and closing the spigot…

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com …

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Dissembler in Chief (Clarification of Obamaspeak)

August 1, 2011 1 comment

‘I’m the president of the United States, and I want to make sure that I am not engaging in scare tactics. And I’ve tried to be responsible and somewhat restrained so that folks don’t get spooked.” So said President Obama at his June 29 debt ceiling press conference. Two weeks later, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley asked Obama whether he can “tell the folks at home that, no matter what happens, the Social Security checks are gonna go out on August 3?” President Obama replied that whether it was Social Security checks, veterans’ checks, or disability checks, “I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3 if we haven’t resolved this issue, because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it.”

These statements are representative of Obama’s contradictions, in word and deed, over the course of the entire deficit debate. Gelatinous is an apt description (to paraphrase Speaker John Boehner) of the president’s rhetoric, for Obama has been slippery and irresolute—the opposite of the responsibility and restraint he touts.

To be responsible, a leader should express ideas to the American people in clear and informative language. Yet the deficit debate has been marked by Obama’s fondness for referring to “revenues” (taxes), “investments” (spending), the need to “reduce spending in the tax code” (increase taxes), and the importance of “further improving Medicare” (cutting Medicare) by further empowering the Independent Payment Advisory Board, whose cuts—at least under current law—would go to fund Obamacare, not cut the deficit.

He has misled people and incited envy by repeatedly suggesting that wealthier Americans don’t pay their fair share of taxes………

(Excerpt) Read more at weeklystandard.com …

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Alex G: The Revolution Will Be Televised

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Paul Joseph Watson

Prison Planet.com

Monday, August 1, 2011

Host of Edge Media’s flagship UK television show On The Edge – Alex G – talks about the importance of Edge Media and also his meeting with the legendary Patrick Mcgoohan from the cult 1960′s show The Prisoner.

Alex G – host of On The Edge – discusses why it is important to support alternative media platforms like Edge Media and how new people are stumbling across the truth every day.

Check out Edge Media at http://www.emtvonline.co.uk

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FOX BREAKING NEWS: Debt deal is indeed a BIG TAX HIKE!

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FOX BREAKING NEWS: Debt deal is indeed a BIG TAX HIKE!

FOX BREAKING NEWS: Debt deal is indeed a BIG TAX HIKE!:

“Just reported that in this debt deal is indeed a BIG TAX HIKE!

This is breaking….”

Posted by Gunny G at Monday, August 01, 2011

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Obama offers Muslims best wishes for Ramadan

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Obama offers Muslims best wishes for Ramadan

Obama offers Muslims best wishes for Ramadan:

“Obama offers Muslims best wishes for Ramadan

AFP via Google News ^ | August 1, 2011 | AFP

Posted on 08/01/2011 11:39:38 AM PDT by americanophile”

Posted by Gunny G at Monday, August 01, 2011

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Casey Anthony To Be Ordered To Serve Probation In Orange

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Casey Anthony To Be Ordered To Serve Probation In Orange

Casey Anthony To Be Ordered To Serve Probation In Orange:

“Orange Circuit Judge Stan Strickland signed amended court documents this morning that he says will have the effect of requiring Casey Anthony to serve one year of supervised probation as he originally intended back when he sentenced her in her check fraud case.

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How the Hobbits Take Washington

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The United States Congress will not pass a balanced budget amendment unless they have a gun to their head — and I think the debt ceiling negotiations has been rare opportunity to get all balanced budget on them.

There are two things wrong with the likely outcome of the debt ceiling agreement; 1. Any agreement that Harry Reid and Barack Obama are willing to sign will create election year discord among Republicans and 2. No matter how high they set the ceiling, Congress is sure to hit it by 2013.

I believe it was that great Democratic philosopher Rahm Emanuel who advised mankind that “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” And what could be a greater crisis for Washington than running out of spending cash?

So I say that the Republicans in both the House and the Senate simply should have held out for a balanced budget amendment in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.

The incumbent liberals would have been able to continue their devil-may-care ways for now, leaving their successors with balanced budget restrictions beginning five to seven years down the road; not an ideal compromise, but an effective longterm solution.

To clarify, I am talking about an amendment to the United States Constitution that would require that the federal government not spend more money than it takes in through taxes and other fees. It is the dissociation of spending and revenues that requires the borrowing, which results in perpetually surpassing the debt ceiling.

The nation has been talking about a balanced budget amendment for years; like 213 years. The earliest recorded

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Rep. Chris Gibson Won’t Address Questions About Possible Obama Crimes| The Post & Email

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During his years in the Army, Gibson served in four combat tours in Iraq, once in Haiti following the earthquake there in 2010, and took part in a narcotics intercession program in the Southwestern U.S. He has also taught Politics at West Point Academy, having earned a Ph.D. in Government.

Gibson had stated last week that he would vote in favor of raising the debt ceiling “because it includes principles of a bill he voted for last week: one that called for cuts in spending, caps on future spending and a balanced budget amendment.” He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.

Gibson’s constituent reported that he spoke with a staffer in Gibson’s office named Ann and another staffer, Mike Sheehy, who promised to investigate “WHY this particular issue (presidential eligibility) is being swept under the rug.” He stated that he finally obtained Sheehy’s response after directing six inquiries to Rep. Gibson’s office over a period of more than two months.

On July 29, the constituent told The Post & Email that “I spoke to reps for him in upstate New York who passed the call directly to the DC office. They affirmed that they had three communications from me and were sorry that no one had gotten back and someone would be directly.” He also said that he sent links to a recent article in Canada Free Press by Col. Lawrence Sellin (Ret.), of which there have been many in a series, and the Call to Action issued by Brig. Gen. Charles Jones III (Ret.) published at The Post & Email here.

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Rep. Chris Gibson Won’t Address Questions About Possible Obama Crimes ~

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GUNNY G: ARE AMERICANS STUCK IN THE DENIAL (OR ACCEPTANCE) STAGE?

August 1, 2011 1 comment

GUNNY G: ARE AMERICANS STUCK IN THE DENIAL (OR ACCEPTANCE) STAGE?

GUNNY G: ARE AMERICANS STUCK IN THE DENIAL (OR ACCEPTANCE) STAGE?

Relative to the goings on involving the government of this country and related issues, hell yes, Americans are in denial both generally and specifically, in my opinion, and many others.

I don’t care if you call it … don’t care, no guts, no brains, evil, ignorance, innocence, whatever…

It (denial) is the simplest, most direct means of a good explanation as to the prevailing mood of the country.

Enough said.

I have seen this topic alluded to and bandied about many times by many (online) in the last few years; but, again, in my own opinion, it is not pointed out enough, nor has a decent solution to the problem been seriously considered.

Matter of fact, denial may also mean, in this case, “stressed out,” but I don’t see the shrinks jumping on this bandwagon at all!

Whatsamatter, not PC enough?

Think!

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GUNNY G: WOULD THERE HAVE BEEN AN AMERICAN “CIVIL WAR” IF THERE HAD BEEN NO US CONSTITUTION FIRST? (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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GUNNY G: WOULD THERE HAVE BEEN AN AMERICAN "CIVIL WAR" IF THERE HAD BEEN NO US CONSTITUTION FIRST? http://gunnyg.blogspot.com/2011/07/gunny-g-would-there-have-been-american.html Gunny G: Would there have been an American "Civil War" if there had been no US Constitution first? Our first constitution, the Articles Of Confederation, had no provisions for a federal government; no president, no congress, no supreme court–and, of course, none of the m … Read More

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Obama’s ineligibility: Prepare to defend America – Regime change

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Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 16, that the American people are “the natural guardians of the Constitution” and should take whatever action is necessary when their representatives in the federal government concur with the usurpations of another Branch – and thereby violate their oaths to defend the Constitution.

In Federalist No. 33, Hamilton says:

“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed [the Constitution], and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.”

Every American, who is not still in denial, knows that Barack Hussein Obama is Constitutionally ineligible to be President, has officially proffered a forged Certificate of Live Birth, illegally uses a Social Security Number and has a forged Selective Service registration.

Every member of Congress is aware of the situation, but, by doing nothing, they are violating their oaths to support and defend the Constitution.

They are willing to tolerate crimes at the highest level of government because they want to maintain the status quo.

To preserve their source of power and profit, the political establishment and the mainstream media, have conspired to protect themselves by protecting Obama and hiding the truth from the American people.

Obama is, however, only a symptom and the product of a corrupt government, which has perverted the Constitution and undermined the rule of law.

(Excerpt) Read more at canadafreepress.com …

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State of Arizona breaks silence on madness in ‘Nazi’-cop town

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The town of Quartzsite, Ariz., has been in the headlines several times lately, and a state investigation was launched after such odd reports as:

* A man was ordered to give up his guns after he allegedly “glared” at a town official.

* A woman was forcibly removed from a public town meeting by police even though the mayor pleaded her cause.

* Some sort of secret decision was made to quit paying the mayor, as police officers were wrongly being fired.

* “Several hundred” emails prompted a declaration of a state of emergency.

Now the state has taken the unusual step of releasing a statement amid its investigation, confirming there is “reasonable cause” to believe officials in Quartzsite, after getting worldwide attention by having officers forcibly remove a woman from speaking at a town-hall meeting, have broken the law.

State Attorney General Tom Horne said about his investigation of Quartzsite:

Normally, we do not release the results of an investigation until it has been completed. However, because this is a matter of unusual public interest, we are prepared to say that, based on review of a video of a July 10 meeting, there is reasonable cause to believe that there has been a violation of the Open Meeting Law, inasmuch as the public was excluded.

The meeting was held under the misconception that an emergency meeting can be conducted without the public present. Independently of the question of whether the town council had a legitimate reason to hold an emergency meeting, even proper emergency meetings must allow the public to be present. The exception is if there is a legitimate basis for an executive session, and the city council did not attempt to hold a proper executive session during the emergency meeting.

(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com …

via State of Arizona breaks silence on madness in ‘Nazi’-cop town.

Obama Launches Gun Grab

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Below is the Fri. July 29 article by Paul Joseph Watson and Aaron Dykes exposing the larger program. This new mandate by the ATF– imposed without law via executive policy– clearly undermines the 2nd Amendment by conditioning the public that buying guns is illicit.

Placing suspicion on the purchase of more than two guns, filling out purchaser profile reports and making visits to customer homes all chill the notion that gun ownership is still “legal” and “a right.” A type of martial law has been imposed upon the entire Southwest zone in the name of fighting cross-border drug gangs, restricting 2nd Amendment rights and placing the burden of proof upon the seller. Obama’s newly issued Executive Order #13581 ‘Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations‘ declares a national emergency, nominally going after drug gangs like Las Zetas, yet is written vaguely enough that nearly any entity could be seized if a link is suspected. One such likely target here are the gun shops that ATF and Justice Department have repeatedly tried to link to gun violence. Will dealers who either fail to comply with this paperwork or who are suspected of supplying guns that are later sold across the border be shut down and seized?

Just as drug war border zones extending

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LIRR Widow McCarthy A Vile Enemy of 2nd Amendment

August 1, 2011 2 comments

“The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” Thomas Jefferson

Well said, Mr. Jefferson! We do not have to store, fire, own, or even like guns to understand that the Second Amendment’s requirement is a need, no American can do without. If there came a point in time, when our elected officials became so arrogant to cease abiding by the Constitution “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed” is in place so that we can protect ourselves, our country and our families against tyrannical government.

Simple enough? Right. Wrong. Too many politicians have lost sight of the intrinsic value of this non-negotiable right. Busy doling out invented rights to special groups and introducing legislation that exerts control over innocent Americans, Congress is circumventing our rights, and we ought to be paying attention.

In response to the Tuscan, Arizona shooting in January, 2011, that killed 6 and wounded 13 people including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, so-called gun safety advocates, came out in droves to denounce freedom and control innocent people.

Rep. Robert A. “Bob” Brady, of Pennsylvania, for example, introduced a bill “that would make it a crime for anyone to use language or symbols that could be seen as threatening or violent against a federal official, including a member of Congress.” http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47338_Page2.html#ixzz1SiGS5Mcs)….

(Excerpt) Read more at humanevents.com …

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Gunny G: IMAGINE: EVERY REAL AMERICAN BLOGGING! (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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Gunny G: IMAGINE: EVERY REAL AMERICAN BLOGGING! Do NOT Send That Outraged EMail! IMAGINE: EVERY AMERICAN BLOGGING! AMERICA NEEDS ALL HANDS BLOGGING NOW!!!!! READ AND BELIEVE! http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2010/07/18/gunny-g-dont-send-that-outraged-e-mail/ ********** Just get a blog and start blogging! What Needs To Happen Will Happen! Don’t worry about it—God will do the rest…. ("Build It–They Will Come") IMAGINE! All Americans BLOGGING!!!!! Send this to all you know… Blog this… and blog … Read More

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Obama’s ineligibility: Prepare to defend America – Regime change By Lawrence Sellin

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Obama’s ineligibility: Prepare to defend America – Regime change

 By Lawrence Sellin  Monday, August 1, 2011
imageAlexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 16, that the American people are “the natural guardians of the Constitution” and should take whatever action is necessary when their representatives in the federal government concur with the usurpations of another Branch – and thereby violate their oaths to defend the Constitution.
In Federalist No. 33, Hamilton
says:

“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed [the Constitution], and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.”

Every American, who is not still in denial, knows that Barack Hussein Obama is Constitutionally ineligible to be President

Every American, who is not still in denial, knows that Barack Hussein Obama is Constitutionally ineligible to be President, has officially proffered a forged Certificate of Live Birth, illegally uses a Social Security Number and has a forged Selective Service registration.

Posted by Gunny G at Monday, August 01, 2011

Debt Crisis Shows Obama Lacks Presidential Skills (Now they tell us!)

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As the negotiations and the vote-getting on raising the debt ceiling have dragged on these last two weeks, it’s became clear that President Obama really is not a good negotiator. Several times, just as a deal seemed imminent, the discussions have collapsed—and very publicly. There were leaks from the administration, he-said-she-said accounts from both sides, angry White House press conferences—just a “parade of horribles,” as lawyers would call it. The result is a rising tide of public disgust and frustration. Not only has he lost bipartisan support in both the House or the Senate, his lack of ability to persuade people to join his cause has cost President Obama the vital center of the electorate.

According to yesterday’s Pew Research national survey, with results collected just this week, only 31 percent of independent voters want to see Obama re-elected, down from 42 percent in May. Two months ago, Obama held a 7 point lead among independent registered voters two months ago, but independent support has swung 15 points the other way, giving an 8 point advantage to a generic Republican. “This is consistent with a drop in Obama’s approval among all independents. Currently, a majority (54 percent) disapprove of Obama’s performance for the first time in his presidency,” according to Pew.

Maybe it’s because Hillary Clinton‘s “three in the morning” ad was right—maybe he just doesn’t have the experience to be president. Of the top 100 jobs that would qualify one to be president, being a law professor isn’t one of them. A plumber would be better qualified than a law professor. Seriously—a plumber is a problem solver who has to keep customers happy. A used car salesman knows how to close a deal. A UPS deliveryman knows how to meet a deadline. A diplomat knows how to be, well, diplomatic. Meaning he doesn’t lecture people about “eating their peas” when he needs them to jump on board.

Think about some of our former presidents and their qualifications for the job. Bill Clinton had been a governor, a job that involves being an executive decision-maker. Ronald Reagan had headed the Screen Actors Guild and worked for General Electric, in addition to being governor. President Bush 41 had served as ambassador to the U.N., liaison to Communist China, head of the RNC during Watergate, director of the CIA during its most difficult years, and had even served as a freshman Republican in a Democratic Congress. Harry Truman had run a men’s clothing store that failed in a recession and narrowly escaped bankruptcy—certainly something that would have prepared him for the job today. Surely some of them got elected for reasons other than their qualifications—after all, the desire for economic or political change can be a powerful force among voters, no matter who is running— but certainly some presidents’ past experiences helped them once they got in office.

Peggy Noonan writes today that “the secret of Mr. Obama is that he isn’t really very good at politics, and he isn’t good at politics because he doesn’t really get people.” I think that’s right. Being a plumber or a used car salesman—or a union organizer or a men’s clothing store owner or the liaison to Communist China—requires you to know how to deal with people and how to negotiate in good faith. Being a law professor doesn’t.

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