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Was 9/12/09 March on D.C. Beginning of Road to Trump Presidency?

dc-march-1More than half a million Americans gathered at the Nation’s Capitol on September 12, 2009.

There are many reasons why Donald Trump won  the 2016 presidential election but some could say that his rise to power began on September 12, 2009, when hundreds of thousands of Americans peacefully marched on Washington, D.C. and gathered at the nation’s capitol to show their disappointment in President Barack Obama’s desire to implement Obamacare.

dc-march-2I emphasize peacefully because it was a genial crowd facing the very real possibility of the government taking away their control of their health insurance and, indeed, three months after the march that fear became reality. Congress, in a late-night session, basically jammed the bill down the throats of Americans who, while researching the contents of the legislation, were told by then-House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi that it had to be passed before they could find out what was in it.

But that wasn’t the only legislation Obama had hastily embarked upon immediately after entering office. As Bearing Drift colleague Jay McConville wrote:

Soon after his inauguration President Obama went right at the heart of his opponents, supported by majorities in the House and Senate, and pursued high visibility legislation such as the massive expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, an extended Automobile Industry Bailout, and the Public Land Management Act of 2009, which added 2 million acres of land to the National Wilderness Preservation System.

He also suspended detentions at Guantanamo Bay, promising to close it in one year, lifted restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research (a hot-button issue of the Bush years) and abandoned the Mexico City Policy, which banned federal grants to international groups that provided abortions. His administration went on a regulatory tear, later described by Obama himself as an “audacious regulatory agenda.”

He lectured Americans on a host of contentious social issues, and presented himself, and the left, as the morale arbiters of our society. Boldest of all was the nearly $800 billion economic stimulus (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) in which he promised “shovel ready jobs” and which contained more pork than American’s had ever imagined (remember “Cash for Clunkers?”). The passage of that bill, and others tied to it, led directly to the creation of the Tea Party movement and the engagement of millions of Americans, once uninterested, in the political process so as to “save America” from this leftist tsunami.

Yeah. Trump’s road to the presidency began then. We didn’t know it, of course. In fact, when Obama surprisingly won a second term in 2012, it seemed the sleeping giant was permanently snoozing.

Last week the giant awakened with a roar.

dc-march-3Those protesting Trump’s election are within their right; after all, Trump spent eighteen months making enemies of one-half of the country.

However, riots and vandalism are not the answer, and in America we don’t have do-overs for the presidential election. In 2008 and 2012 conservative friends were fearful of Obama. Now the left is fearful of Trump. It happens every election cycle. The temptation to respond to someone ruling with an iron fist, which was how Obama went into office, is to strike back with an iron fist. Much of the radical agenda from the past eight years may now be in danger of being rolled back.

Which takes me back to that March on D.C. in 2009 with the sea of fiscal conservatives that converged on Washington. Standing at the capitol, there were people as far as the eye could see. It was an exercise in First Amendment rights, a protest. It was not a riot. No statues were spray-painted with hateful remarks. No property was destroyed. There wasn’t even any trash afterward as ralliers picked up behind themselves and left behind overflowing trash barrels but no trash on the nation’s mall or around the capitol or on Constitution Avenue.

Sadly, Trump, the savior that those disenfranchised Americans decided to support, is not a statesman but has proven to be a very divisive figure; indeed, he wasn’t even a Republican when the 9/12 march took place.  The “election autopsy” that the GOP did on itself after their loss in 2012 was basically tossed out the door when Trump rode into town.

dc-march-5-2Nonetheless, Trump is now the president-elect and deserves the opportunity to show what he can do to govern a divided nation. Will he be mindful of the side that didn’t support him as George W. Bush was after the extended election of 2000, or will he pursue a one-sided agenda like Obama in 2009?

America will soon find out.

Here are more photos from the 9/12/09 march.

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
September 12, 2009

Cross-posted at Bearing Drift

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Jeb Bush’s debate performance strong on issues, critical of Obama and Hillary

Jeb Bush

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The positive reviews continue to come in about Governor Jeb Bush’s debate performance Tuesday night. Ed O’Keefe in the Washington Post agreed with other pundits that Jeb had a good night (see Jeb Bush had a good night. But he still needs better ones):

Jeb Bush did something Tuesday night that he’s not done before on a presidential debate stage: He butted in.

“It’s my turn,” he told Ohio Gov. John Kasich as moderators attempted to ask him a question.

“I got about four minutes in the last debate,” he added. “I’m going to get my question right now.”

The former Florida governor — previously averse to the advice of media trainers and the need to speak in soundbites — delivered a stronger performance in the fourth Republican presidential debate. He fought more aggressively for air time. He used more personal anecdotes. He lightly mocked front-runner Donald Trump. And he relentlessly criticized President Obama and Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton — something few other candidates bothered to do. [emphasis added]
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Joe Biden says no to presidential bid

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Announcing from the White House Rose Garden, with President Barack Obama by his side, Vice President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that he will not run for president in 2016.

This has been the burning question for a long while but feelings by many who listened to him after the death of his son were that he and his family were not emotionally ready to mount such a campaign. As he often said, they were still working through their sorrow. It is interesting that Obama stood by his side as Biden defended Obama’s record of governing and noted that Democrats should stand by the Obama record.

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Jeb Bush has Thursday fundraiser in Bristol for Virginia GOP senate candidates

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

Java With Jeb. Billed as coffee and conversation with Jeb Bush at Bristol’s Birthplace of Country Music Museum, it’s the kind of team effort from a top-tier presidential contender that is welcomed by Virginia Republicans.

The former Florida governor will headline a Thursday fundraiser for the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus. As Shaun Kenney noted at Bearing Drift, “[GOP 21st senate district candidate] Nancy Dye has to be pleased. More to the point, this is the sort of team rally that candidates ought to be doing, especially in states where early support matters.” Dr. Dye is in a three-way race with Democratic incumbent John Edwards and independent Don Caldwell.

Governor Bush is paying attention to Virginia and has ties that make those connections even more important in this battleground state that has gone blue the past two presidential elections. President Barack Obama won by 6.3 percent of the vote in 2008 only to see that margin shrink to 3.88 percent in 2012. A Republican could win in 2016.

Bush has friends in high places in the Commonwealth — former Lieutenant Governor John Hager whose son Henry is married to George W’s daughter Jenna, Ed Gillespie who was right-hand man to President George W. Bush and former chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, Kay James who was a member of the George Allen and George W. Bush administrations, and Eric Cantor whose influence and connections run throughout not only Virginia but to the highest levels in D.C. and beyond.

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Trump fatigue is setting in

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Trump fatigue has set in. I’m not the only one who has noted the over-saturation of Donald Trump in the news, and it is getting old. However, an editorial in the conservative Washington Examiner caught my attention because the title said what is so puzzling to many about his groundswell of support (see Donald Trump is just like President Obama where it counts). The Examiner noted:

We would try to explain how Trump reached his high-water mark, but this would imply that there is a logic behind his rise to explain. The debate, and Trump’s shocking, boorish and sexist behavior in its aftermath, show why that is a mistaken assumption.

The editorial pointedly noted Trump’s short-fallings:

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Jennifer Rubin: WaPost’s breath of fresh air defends Israel’s Netanyahu – Updated

Benjamin Netanyahu political TV ad.

By Lynn R. Mitchell

When the Washington Post goes completely off the rails, as they have in the Benjamin Netanyahu issue, it is nice to read the rational righting-of-the-ship from “Right Turn” Post blogger Jennifer Rubin who presents a conservative perspective against a tide of liberal-think.

Amid the ongoing embarrassment of the Obama administration’s treatment of Israel in general and Netanyahu in particular for the past six years, and the unbelievable snub of not congratulating Netanyahu for his historic win on Tuesday, Rubin thumps the administration by pointing out some obvious observations (see Will Democrats follow Obema’s lead on Israel?).

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Cantor: ‘I fear Obama’s speech will inflame GOP’

Eric Cantor 6By Lynn R. Mitchell

Tonight is the State of the Union address from President Barack Obama and, beginning over the weekend, his office began leaking tidbits for eager reporters. Some topics have raised eyebrows especially after the overwhelming Republican victories in November that put not only the U.S. House in Republican hands but also gave the GOP majority to the U.S. Senate.

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has also heard the leaked policies and responded to some of the topics the president plans to address in tonight’s remarks. He has some hesitations about what the nation may hear and how some will respond to it, thoughts that he shared (see I fear Obama’s speech will inflame GOP).

Based on what I have heard so far, I fear tonight’s State of the Union will inflame and conflict with the new Republican Congress rather than bring about areas of agreement where both parties can work together to take the country forward.

But I am an optimist and remain hopeful that tonight, the nation will hear President Obama commit to get things done including pro-growth policies like the Trade Promotion Authority and revenue neutral business-tax reform by a date certain. He could also signal a push for major charter school expansion. These would all be healthy signs that he is committed to putting differences aside and is focused on where there is bipartisan agreement that can move the country forward.

Facing a new Republican Congress in 1995, Bill Clinton called for changing the way government worked, making “it smaller, less costly, and smarter.” In 2007 facing a new Democratic Congress, President Bush called for investments in alternative energy, education, and asked Congress to work with him on “comprehensive immigration reform.” In acknowledging new political realities and looking for common ground, both Clinton and Bush angered some in their own party but nevertheless sought to lead. So the question is: Will President Obama do the same?

The country, Washington and much of corporate America is suffering from short-termism, a tendency to prioritize quick gains over long term goals. But the State of the Union offers the President an opportunity to change that course, to be bigger, broader and most importantly bolder. He may only have two years left in office, but tonight is his chance to show he can still lead and bring people together to solve the pressing issues before America. Let’s hope he does. Here’s what to watch for…
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‘You let the world down’

New York Daily News Paris bombing 2Word is that Barack Obama now “regrets” not making the journey to Paris or, at the very least, sending John Kerry. The photo of world leaders linked arm-in-arm walking down the streets of Paris is now in the pages of history sans Obama.

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Time for holiday cheer or jeer?

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel P. Cortez

It will be difficult depending on which political blowhard one chooses to listen to, as to how exuberant independent voters should be in the New Year.

Like many, I remain jaded when Democrats and Republicans firmly suggest they exclusively remain “the light and the way.” Especially if they suggest divine providence ordered their political involvement … and some have.

But I acknowledge some exceptional folks on both sides of the aisle. Presidents John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and father and son Bush are at the top of my chart. Plus former Senator George Allen and Senator Diane Feinstein remain two of the more civil and dedicated politicians I’ve had the honor to work with closely.

Sadly, their ability to reach across the aisle is not shared by their contemporaries. And the collective political failure of both parties has allowed the once dominant U.S. military to be decimated by an administration bent on unilateral appeasement through sequestration.
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Election 2014: Americans want national security

American flag 4By Lynn R. Mitchell

America tends to fall asleep between terrorism attacks. Then events lead to a reawakening and national security moves to the top of the list of concerns.

It would appear security played a big part in Tuesday’s Republican victories. Republicans are seen as the party of hawks. On Tuesday, the hawks swept into office by taking over the US. Senate and padding their margin in the House.

Americans are concerned about ISIS. Beheadings. A president who addressed Jim Foley’s beheading and then went golfing 15 minutes later.

In Election Day exit polls, 72 percent of voters said they are afraid of a terrorist attack.

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Barack Obama robocalled Republican in Valley

By Lynn R. Mitchell

I received a phone call this morning from a friend in Augusta County. He was letting me know he had received a robocall from Democratic President Barack Obama asking him to vote for Mark Warner. My friend was laughing and incredulous to be on that calling list considering he has Ed Gillespie signs in his yard.


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Washington Post: Three Pinocchios to Mark Warner campaign for deceiving ad

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Three Pinocchios from the Washington Post for the latest Mark Warner campaign ad for its “slimy sleight of hand” playing loose with the facts. Ouch.

But even when faced with the facts, Mark Warner’s campaign stands by their deceiving television ad against Republican candidate Ed Gillespie and thumbs its nose at the Washington Post’s Fact Checker.

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Ed Gillespie, the sleeper

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Dana Perino has said for weeks that Ed Gillespie is the sleeper in the U.S. Senate race in Virginia. With polls tightening, the Mark Warner campaign is becoming even more negative as Gillespie exposes Warner’s 97 percent voting record with Democratic President Barack Obama. As someone who convinced Virginians he was moderate, Waner’s record hasn’t backed that up, much to the surprise of many who had supported him in the past. Will they support him again?

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Obama (again) bashes Fox News

Fox NewsBy Lynn R. Mitchell

After viewing President Barack Obama’s latest bashing of Fox News Channel (FNC), Greg Gutfield of FNC’s “The Five”  responded, “Obama bashes Fox News more than ISIS, and we don’t behead anyone.”

The derogratory remark was actually written in Obama’s speech that he gave on Thursday (see Obama Attacks Fox News by Name in Mid-Terms Campaign Speech).

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