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Patriot Post: Post Election. A battle lost but the fight for principles, as well as the attacks upon them, press on, and so we learn and must not ever give up!

November 8, 2012

The Foundation

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” –Thomas Paine

Halftime Is Over … We’re Back in the FIGHT!

Bullet Points From the After Action Report

By Mark Alexander November  8, 2012 PDF / 75 Comments

“Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.” –Thomas Jefferson (1775)

2012-11-08-alexander-1Tuesday, the final ballot-box battle to unseat Barack Hussein Obama was narrowly repelled, but in the process, his socialist cadres exposed the full range of weapons and tactics in their arsenal. While our unceasing efforts to defend Liberty would have received an assist by a Romney-Ryan victory, our mission in support of Liberty is not predicated upon who sits in the White House or on Capitol Hill.

While the Obama-Biden ticket’s marginal victory certainly does not constitute a mandate, Obama will pursue his statist agenda as if he had won every vote rather than just the slim 50.4 percent majority. His objective remains “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” and he will pursue the centerpiece of that objective, breaking the back of free enterprise, with vigor.

American Patriots across the nation have and will continue to engage his socialist cadres every time they step onto the field.

Future Battle Bullet Points:

Election Results

Obama: 60.6 million or 50.4 percent. Romney: 57.8 million, 48.1 percent. Turnout was down 14 million votes and Obama got almost 10 million fewer votes than in 2008. Romney received two million fewer votes than McCain in 2008, but final counts are not in yet. Voter turnout of three Democrat constituencies, black, Latino and 18-30-year-old voters, was up almost 6 percent from average election turnouts in recent decades, and that 6 percent put Obama over the top. Exit polls in key swing states won by Obama indicated that there were significantly fewer votes cast by faith-motivated voters.

The GOP Experts

Why were seasoned conservative campaign experts completely wrong in their predictions of a big Romney win in the closing days of the campaign?

Michael Barone declared, “Bottom line: Romney 315, Obama 223.” George Will predicted a Romney electoral win of 321-217. Dick Morris foresaw “a massive win for Romney.” Ann Coulter determined, “I can’t see a scenario where Romney wins less than 273 electoral votes.”

But what none of the A-team could see was Romney’s grassroots deficit. Like Mitt Romney, these erstwhile analysts were, and remain, unwittingly insulated from the reality of grassroots America. From down here at ground level, it was apparent that Team Romney had not embraced the messages needed to draw moderate grassroots Americans to his side of the ledger. The last Republican to succeed in that endeavor was Ronald Reagan.

Weeks ago, Team Patriot prepared and delivered a Memo to Mitt From Grassroots Americans to his communications director. Unfortunately, despite repeated efforts, it did not get through the gauntlet of Romney’s campaign professionals, who seemed certain that they already had the formula for a victory. Maybe it was the price of our advice that caused them to ignore it — it was free.

Could that grassroots memo have made a difference? Well, a swing of a few hundred thousand votes of the tens of millions cast in swing states would have resulted in a Romney win. Could Romney have won if his campaign had done more to invigorate grassroots voters? We’ll never know.

Miscellaneous Field Notes

So, what’s up from here? Here’s the short list: Debt, taxes, layoffs, government regulations, health care mandates, welfare, food stamps, government plantation populations, ignorance, inflation (just watch), black socialist, Latino socialist, unmarried female socialist, arrested development adolescent socialist — and Leftists on the Supreme Court to support all of the above! And a few other things that are up: Submission to China, Russia and Islamofascists, and the threat of another devastating strike by al-Qa’ida on U.S. soil.

Apparently, sometimes Obama does tell the truth: “I actually believe in redistribution.”

A handout is much easier to sell than a hand up, and, frankly, it’s remarkable that almost half of American voters still support free enterprise over statist socialist redistribution. Once again, as avowed socialist George Bernard Shaw smugly declared: “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

2012-11-08-alexander-2Obama will use his second term Senate majority to implement gun control measures. Memo to Dianne Feinstein: I recall that the first shots of the American Revolution were to repel government efforts to capture and destroy arms and supplies stored by the Massachusetts militia in the town of Concord. Bring it on!

I grieve that our young military men and women will have to continue to salute Barack Obama as their CINC for the next four years, but I remind them that their oath is to “support and defend” our Constitution, not Obama.

Former DemoGogue Chairman Howard Dean declared the only way Obama could lose would be voter fraud. The reality is, he got elected by defrauding voters.

There were reasons that our Founders insisted that voters be property owners (tax payers) — in today’s parlance, taxpayers are the only folks with skin in the game. Of course, they revolted over a three-pence tax on tea — and would most assuredly wonder why Americans have tolerated the oppressive taxes levied today.

Most revealing Leftmedia remark on Obama’s win: “I’m so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things. … The storm brought in possibilities for good politics.” –MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on the benefits of Hurricane Sandy for Obama. That prompted this response from the New York Post: “Millions of his fellow citizens encounter appalling deprivations along the way — well, to Matthews, they’re just eggs to be broken for the Obama omelet. … Matthews lives in the very rich and overwhelmingly white Maryland township of Chevy Chase — which makes his pious sermonizing about GOP ‘elitism’ just another bucket of moral bilge.”

Get ready for the 2014 midterms!

It’s a fine thing to live in a region of the nation that consistently supports our Constitution, and more particularly to live in the Great State of Tennessee, where my fellow residents gave Romney 60 percent of the popular vote and secured a supermajority in both chambers of our state legislature who will work well with our Republican governor.

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The Leftmedia still has election map colors reversed… Red most assuredly should designate those states voting for Obama.

And speaking of election maps, nice lines for secession (Colorado, New Mexico and Virginia, you can join us). In 1860 our nation was divided much along the lines of division we see today. The irony is that then, the conflict was, ostensibly, over those enslaved on rural agricultural plantations. Now the assault on Liberty is led by those enslaved on urban government plantations. I recall these words from fellow Tennessean Nathan Bedford Forrest on the Second War for Independence (as it was known in the South): “I loved the old government. I loved the old Constitution. I do not hate it; I am opposing now only the radical revolutionists who are trying to destroy it.”

Free enterprise has a powerful ability to improvise, adapt and overcome, and those attributes may spur economic recovery, not because of Obama’s socialist policies, but despite his interventionism.

I talked to my three backyard mutts about Romney’s defeat, and they didn’t seem to care. Of course, they’re already on the dole — free food, housing, grooming, toys etc.

The Patriot’s Effort

Your Patriot Team left nothing on the field coming into this election. We were all at our posts with everything we had on Tuesday, and we are all back at our posts loaded for bear Wednesday. I am proud of our team of right-minded folks!

Like millions of Patriots, I feel the burden of the larger failures of party and politics on my shoulders — and not because of pride or because I assume that my words or those of our Liberty journal occupy some grandiose place in history — but because of my devotion to our Constitution and love for our country. I take this loss very personally.

We are a humble grassroots publication, but the enormous number of Patriots we serve form the bedrock foundation for Liberty today, and the best hope for extending Liberty to the next generation.

The Fundamentals

There will be much analysis about why a majority of Americans have, for a second time, been deceived by a “community organizer” who would be King. Apparently, however, “community organizer” really is the best qualification for a charlatan like Obama, whose election depends on 60 percent of his votes coming from those enslaved on urban government welfare plantations and dependent upon statist wealth redistribution.

2012-11-08-alexander-4Many will rightly conclude that the collective ignorance displayed Tuesday is the result of the dumbing-down of generations of Americans by government schools — from K through PhD.

Not surprisingly, government schools are the Left’s primary institutions for indoctrinating neglected children with the “Marxist Model.” “The education of all children,” as Karl Marx wrote, “from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.” Marx’s disciple, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, concurred: “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

How’s that working out for the Left? According to Pew Research last year, the 18-29 age group — that third category of Obama’s most loyal constituency which put him over the top — had a more favorable view of socialism than of capitalism.

But government education is only part of the story. The real causal factor underlying the social and cultural degradation, particularly of urban centers, is tied directly to broken homes — mostly fathers who have failed their families — and now generations of fathers who know no better.

Functional fathering is the family foundation of Liberty. Democracy begins in the home.

Obama’s father abandoned him as a child, and the resulting Narcissistic Personality Disorder forms his core identity that attracts tens of millions of his cultish adherents, who are themselves the products of broken families. For them, Obama is the provider they never had, and government is the safe haven they have always desired.

Wisdom From Afar

One of the first e-mails I received after Romney’s defeat was from a Patriot named Stanislav in the Czech Republic.

He wrote, “It is now 95 years after the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, allowing the Socialists to reduce that once great nation to an ash heap. I was very disappointed with Obama’s reelection. The symbolism with today’s win of Barack Hussein Obama is more than significant. I hope the U.S.A is strong enough to resist their continued assaults on the liberty. Socialists have intrinsic defects in character. They are liars. I have lived through the tyranny of socialist regimes, and the American people are staring one in the face. If you want a reflection of America in a few years, look at the bankrupt European socialists.”

There is no stronger testament regarding the threat Obama poses to Liberty than that provided in this e-mail from a Patriot who has endured socialist oppression for many years.

I have a little personal experience with socialist regimes, having been arrested twice (call me a slow learner) in the former USSR while endeavoring to spread the seeds of Liberty among the Russian people. I was given house arrest in 1984 and jailed in 1987. (There was something about walking through seven heavy doors on the way to a deep pit in Moscow’s central jail that helped shape my love for Liberty.)

From a small window in the location where I was confined under house arrest, I could see a main entrance to the Kremlin. All day there was a constant flow of polished luxury limousines entering and exiting, carrying the privileged members of the political class past those on the streets who couldn’t find toilet paper or shoes.

I mention this because every time I see that populist potentate Barack Obama climbing aboard Air Force One for some taxpayer-funded junket, I see him through the lens of that small window in Moscow.

A Note About Prayers

I must confess that I consider the tone of the prayers that have been circulating in support of our nation to be, at best, understated. They are not imbued with the spirit of the fight. I have been humbly praying for our country as well, but the words I have chosen are predicated on the notion that unless we reverse the cultural, social and political trends in our country, we are nearing a time characterized by the words of George Washington’s trusted general, Rev. Peter Muhlenberg. He took his famous Revolutionary sermon inspiration from the third chapter of Ecclesiastes when saying, “There is a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away. There is a time to fight, and that time has now come.”

When writing prayers, we best consider whether our pens are mightier than the swords of our enemies.

“Father, I pray that you would provide us leaders in our families, in the church, in government and in enterprise, who fearlessly honor you as the one God above all men, and who love and respect our country and its people as You do. Please bless us with leaders who will uphold the Liberty “endowed by our Creator” in every quarter of our nation, and move to restore our country’s standing as a Beacon of Liberty for all people worldwide. God, I pray you strike down evil and raise up good, and give us the courage to support and defend Liberty against all enemies. Please give us leaders who will free our countrymen from the bondage of dependence and servitude, encourage self-reliance, and help us to define our national and individual character through You. Please help us, as Your people, to have grateful hearts reflected by joyful spirits for all You provide. And in all we ask that Your will be done. Amen.”

Words of Encouragement

2012-11-08-alexander-5Patriots, we were dealt an awful body blow on Tuesday, and the odds we face in our quest to restore Liberty and Rule of Law enshrined in our Declaration and Constitution may seem insurmountable. However, we can find strength and encouragement in the words from the most noble of Founding Patriots, George Washington.

In 1777, at a very dark moment amid a string of defeats in the first quest for Liberty — and just before the fall of Philadelphia and the brutal Winter at Valley Forge, Washington wrote one of his generals: “We should never despair, our Situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new Exertions and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times.”

I also recall the words of Thomas Paine from his Revolutionary pamphlet, The American Crisis: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

When Samuel Adams signed the Declaration, he said, “We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.”

Indeed, God is Sovereign in the affairs of men.

As for the challenges we face, faithful Patriots, hold fast to this wisdom from James 1:2-4: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

I had hoped today’s essay would be the shortest I had ever written, in celebration of a Romney victory. It was going to be two words: “Thank God!” At the end of the day, however, despite the Romney defeat, those two words still sum it all up.

Patriots, we have lost a battle — but not the war. Hold your head high and redouble your courage and resolve. Remain steadfast in your devotion to Liberty and hold the line. As Paine wrote, “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. … I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”

Our fight for the eternal cause of Liberty, as “endowed by our Creator,” ends only with our last breath.

On behalf of your Patriot Post Team, God bless our great nation and God bless each of you among our Patriot ranks!

Publisher’s Note: The Real Road Forward

November  7, 2012  PDF / 304 Comments

2012-11-07-chronicle-thumbnailPatriots, as the sun rose this morning on the remains of a battle lost, the odds we face in our quest to restore Liberty and the Rule of Law enshrined in our Declaration and Constitution, may seem insurmountable. However, I ask you find strength and encouragement in these words from the most noble of Founding Patriots, George Washington.In 1777, at a very dark moment amid defeats in the first quest for Liberty — and just before the fall of Philadelphia and the brutal Winter at Valley Forge, Washington wrote one of his generals: “We should never despair, our Situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new Exertions and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times.”

I recall the words of Thomas Paine from his Revolutionary pamphlet, The American Crisis: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

When Samuel Adams signed the Declaration, he said, “We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.”

Indeed, God is Sovereign in the affairs of men.

As for the challenges we face, hold fast to this wisdom from James 1:2-4: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Patriots, we have lost a battle, not the war. Hold your head high and redouble your courage and resolve. Remain steadfast in your devotion to Liberty and hold the line.

On behalf of your Patriot Post Team, God bless our great nation and may God bless each among our Patriot ranks fighting for the eternal cause of Liberty, as “endowed by our Creator”!

Editorial Exegesis

“At times like these, after a bitter and hard-fought election, it’s customary to talk about burying the hatchet, reaching across the aisle — pick your metaphor. It dawns on politicians that the public is sick of division and wants them to work together for the good of the country. This time is different, at least from our vantage point. Had Mitt Romney won the election, he would be reaching out to the other side already, without being told to. But Barack Obama is not that kind of politician or man. He thrives on division and reflexively demonizes his opponents. … The American people, by a slim majority, have chosen to go through four more years of a presidency that doesn’t seem to have a clue about bipartisanship. What’s worse this time is that America has lost four precious years to work out the tax and entitlement reforms it needs to ward off fiscal disaster. Another four years of gridlock brings national bankruptcy that much closer. Then there’s the dead weight of ObamaCare, which will soon hit the economy with full force. The next four years would be challenging even for a popular and politically masterful president. Obama is neither, and his nasty campaign has only made his job harder. … The election left the House firmly in Republican hands. Until that changes, the GOP can block the advance of Obama’s progressive agenda (at least that part of the agenda requiring laws rather than executive orders). … Obama will have other reasons to drive the GOP from its last beachhead. He owes his base some favors for its work in dragging him across the finish line. Unions will want another try at card check. Environmentalists will push for cap-and-trade and a tighter clampdown on coal. The left wing of his party will want to gut defense and ramp up social spending; he’ll be happy to go along, if he can. … The Republican Party must be willing to compromise when it is truly in the national interest to do so, but it also should be ready to fight for the Constitution, free enterprise and individual liberty.” —Investor’s Business Daily

Upright

“There are two important lessons imbedded in last night’s debacle. We are losing the votes of young people. We are losing the votes of women. Why? The simple answer is that both groups have a disproportionate number who believe that the purpose of government is to ‘supply my needs.’ … It would be astonishing that young people would go to government schools, then graduate to government colleges, or attend private colleges on government subsidies and come out with any conclusion other than ‘the purpose of government is to provide for my needs.’ Women are vulnerable to the siren call of ‘government services’ because of the sexual promiscuity of men. Men use, abuse, and abandon women. Divorced women and single moms abound because of the sin of men. We have more unmarried adults than married adults for the first time in American history. This fact has enormous political consequences.” –constitutional lawyer Michael Farris

“All that for nothing. It was the billion-dollar election that did not decide one single … thing. … Another four years with no hope of change. In this environment with this economy and all the gravely important matters pressing against the very existence of this country, it should have been a tsunami election. … Just about the only thing the election wasn’t about was the economy, which everyone agrees was the only thing voters actually cared about. People tend to really care about the economy when real unemployment reaches double digits, welfare rolls fatten by one-third, politicians rack up $16 trillion in debt and the largest tax hike in the history of the world looms just weeks away. Yet that obviously is not what decided this election. Politicians were too busy talking all about Big Bird, rape and dancing horses.” –columnist Charles Hurt

“At this point, only a sweeping new grassroots rebellion on the model of the Tea Party could change things. … Obama is willing to pay the price of national division for the sake of making the transformative changes he seeks. … [B]ecause the public has never truly seen the changes he’s enacted put into practice, Obama has an exceedingly tenuous mandate. But he doesn’t care. All Obama wants to do is to squeak by, after which he plans to depend on shifting demographics to cement his sweeping transformation in place. The question is, have Americans really changed as much as Obama thinks, or will the actual arrival of his long-delayed first-term agenda in his second term set off a populist movement that brings his plans to a halt?” –columnist Stanley Kurtz

“My counsel to you tonight: Please, do not be bitter. Do not fall prey to the Beltway blame game. Do not get mired in small things. Do not become vengeful creatures like our political opponents who voted out of spite instead of love of country. We still have boundless blessings to count — and to secure. I remain a proud, unrepentant believer in the American Dream. And I know you do, too. Freedom will endure because we will keep fighting for it. We can’t afford not to, friends.” –columnist Michelle Malkin

Essential Liberty

“Americans missed an opportunity to change course. And now the years ahead will be bitter and difficult. Our politics will be a zero-sum game, where benefits for some mean cuts to others, and a president who promised unity will inaugurate a new era of division. But it need not be an era without hope. The same principles that built this Republic can save it again. Indeed, those timeless principles are the only solution, the only vision. Our fault, as a nation, was to forget the lessons of our own success. Having triumphed in a global, decades-long struggle against collectivism and totalitarianism, we refused to celebrate that victory, failing for twenty years to teach its lessons to the next generation. And as Andrew Breitbart often reminded us, the most important battles must be cultural ones, because culture and media inevitably shape the political choices we make together. That war must begin anew. And it begins now. … The war is a fight for the hearts, minds, and souls of the American people — waged every day, in culture as in politics. In 2000, the left reacted to its peculiar loss by venting its rage against the Constitution, vowing to eliminate the Electoral College. It never did so, but never abandoned its broader ambition fundamentally to transform the nation’s constitutional foundation. Our reaction must be the opposite: to re-affirm our commitment to the Constitution, though it means losing this battle, and to find the courage for the long struggle that lies ahead.” –Breitbart’s Joel B. Pollak

The Last Word

“I cannot and will not stand by and see this great country destroy itself. Our leaders attempt to blame their failures on circumstances beyond their control, on false estimates by unknown, unidentifiable experts who rewrite modern history in an attempt to convince us our high standard of living, the result of thrift and hard work, is somehow selfish extravagance which we must renounce as we join in sharing scarcity. I don’t agree that our nation must resign itself to inevitable decline, yielding its proud position to other hands. I am totally unwilling to see this country fail in its obligation to itself and to the other free peoples of the world.” –Ronald Reagan

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis! Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team

Mandy in Glens Falls, NY Thursday, November  8, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Hispanics are 22% of the electorate.  If Romney had choosen Rubio as his vp he might be president right now.  I told all my friends when Romney choose Ryan that was a fatal mistake. Romney could have made Ryan Secretary of the Treasury which would have been an ideal position for him since no one knows how to crunch the numbers better than Ryan.  The Ryan pic gave liberals the opportunity to push the subliminal message to blacks and hispanics that we’re not going to oust a black man for 2 racist white guys.  That explains the huge turnout of minorities that put Obama over the top – even larger than in ’08. The minority turnout was so large Obama didn’t even need Independents.

If Rubio had been picked that wouldn’t have been an issue, regardless of what skeletons, real or fabricated, there were in his past.  If we’ve learned anything yesterday it is that it’s amazing what minorities will overlook if they feel a person is one of us as Obama’s re-election demonstrated.  Someone like Ryan, who had been so unfairly demonized by the left as someone who wanted to throw Granny off the cliff by cutting her SS benefits, gave fuel to the left causing the Romney campaign to waste precious time defending Ryan’s record instead of explaining the principals of conservatism and why it is better for the great ignorant unwashed.  I believe that these were the sole reasons for Romney’s defeat and had nothing to do with the Bain ads or Romney being painted as out of touch.

In a way, though, the liberals were right.  Romney is out of touch.  Because if he were in touch and had his finger on the pulse of the people in this country today, he would have realized that the majority of Americans now value the superficial over substance.  In addition to being the right race, superficial as that may be, Rubio is also a transformational speaker who is not only quick on his feet but also has that great Reagan gift of speaking that transfixes his audience and transports them up with his vision.  This was a wasted opportunity for the country, a wasted opportunity for Conservatives, but most importantly, a wasted opportunity for the minorities to break free of the viscious cycle of poverty and despair that is the hallmark of Democratic control.

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 On high alert

MOVING ON, NOW LOOKING AHEAD TO THE FUTURE:

A Program for the Bolt Hole: Hit the Books, Conservative Candidates

Heritage Foundation InsiderOnline Blog: November 2012

Posted on 11/08/12 12:59 PM by Alex Adrianson

The conservative candidates in this election were especially weak, and one reason for that is that they are the product of American higher education, says Mark Bauerlein:

[T[hose politicians didn’t study any conservative thinkers in college. When they talk, they say nothing that suggests they have read much serious discourse on the right side of the spectrum from Burke to Charles Murray. Leftists have their nostrums down pat (against racism, sexism, imperialism, economic inequality . . .), and however dated and predictable those utterances are, liberal politicians stick to the point and press it again and again. Again, one reason is that they received ample helpings of liberalism in freshman English, history, any “studies course,” sociology, etc., reading some Marx, Foucault, Dewey, Malcolm X, a bit of feminism here and multiculturalism there. In school, those future conservative politicians likely rejected those texts, but they didn’t plunge into the other side’s corpus.

It shows in the absence of depth in so many Republican candidates. When you hear them speak, nothing in the tradition comes through—no Franklin on work ethic, Madison-Hamilton-Jay on power, Emerson on self-reliance, Hawthorne on Federal employment, Thoreau on Big Government, Booker T. Washington on individual responsibility, Willa Cather on the pioneer spirit, and Hayek on social engineering. This is a fatal deficiency, and it neglects one of the strengths of conservatism (superiority in the battle of ideas). Worse, when conservatives don’t have the tradition in their background, when they lose elections, they tend to look forward by examining their relationship to the electorate instead of their relationship to first principles and values. Conservative candidates don’t need more political calculation that competes with liberalism, but rather more intellectual heft that presents a better alternative to liberalism. [Minding the Campus, November 7]

Here is the good news: The Right doesn’t need to invent anything new to fix this problem. It already has many organizations and programs that do an excellent job of teaching the foundational principles of American self-government. These organizations and programs include the Acton Institute, the American Enterprise Institute’s Values & Capitalism initiative, the Ashbrook Center, the Cato Institute’s Cato University, the Center for Political and Economic Thought at Saint Vincent College, the Claremont Institute, the Federalist Society, the Fund for American Studies, The Heritage Foundation’s First Principles Initiative, Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the John Jay Fellow Program.

Candidates of the future who truly want to defend and promote American liberty should get in touch with the organizations listed above, and conservatives who want to help develop future leaders should consider becoming supporters of all of those organizations listed above.

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Ben Domenech, author of the daily political newsletter The Transom.

In an election season full of twists and turns, there was probably no development more detrimental to politics than the proliferation of liberally biased, self-styled “fact-checkers” who actually made the 2012 campaign less, rather than more, fact-based. Ben Domenech, in his must-read daily newsletter The Transom, has compiled a list of the ten worst fact-checks of this year’s election cycle. Among Ben’s most egregious examples relate to the debates about Medicare reform and Obamacare.

(DISCLOSURE: I am an outside adviser to the Romney campaign on health care issues. The opinions contained herein are mine alone, and do not necessarily correspond to those of the campaign.)

Self-styled ‘fact checkers’ combine bias with lack of policy expertise

“The problem,” observes Ben, “is that a combination of ignorance and bias warps the perspective of fact checkers, and their focus ends up being on their own personal prism of what’s far as opposed to what’s accurate.” Here’s Domenech describing a stubbornly bad piece by Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post, in which Kessler declares that nobody dishonestly gains Medicaid eligibility because, well, the Medicaid eligibility rules forbid it:

My first interaction with a fact-checker serves as an indication of how they work and the limits of their knowledge. http://vlt.tc/jvw  Glenn Kessler, head of Pinocchio distribution at the Washington Post, wrote a fact-check of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in which he claimed Barbour was lying when he claimed that people driving BMWs were getting Medicaid in his state. This isn’t a tale confined to Mississippi – it’s a problem all across the country. But when I supplied Kessler with a half dozen news stories from that very week from all across the country about individuals owning McMansions and flashy cars getting Medicaid, but Kessler refused to reconsider his ruling. His rationale was that BMWs are too expensive for people on Medicaid to afford. http://vlt.tc/g6g  I’m serious. He did the Cars.com search and everything. In other words, Kessler essentially handed out four Pinocchios to Barbour because in his world, it is impossible for Medicaid fraud to exist.

Sadly, Kessler’s approach to the 2012 cycle proved no more accurate and in some cases even more thickheaded.

The fact-checking Lie of the Year

Let me point to the lowlight of the bunch, what we might call the “fact-checking” community’s Lie of the Year: when PolitiFact described a blatantly deceptive Obama campaign ad on Mitt Romney’s Medicare reform as “Mostly True.” The ad claimed that the Romney-Ryan plan “could raise future retirees’ costs more than $6,000,” when in fact the Romney-Ryan plan would increase future retiree’s costs by exactly zero, and in fact give them the opportunity to lower their out-of-pocket costs.

These aren’t opinions of mine—they are facts, based on the actual design of the Romney plan. The Romney plan, which was rolled out exactly one year ago today, guaranteed that all future retirees would continue to receive today’s Medicare benefits at no extra cost to them. The plan would open up the delivery of those benefits to a broad range of insurers, who would compete to offer those benefits at the most cost-efficient price. This competitive bidding process would drive Medicare costs down without compromising the care that retirees actually receive.

Six weeks after Romney rolled out his plan, Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) rolled out a nearly identical plan, with the same competitive bidding feature. (It was a previous proposal by Paul Ryan, one that Romney explicitly did not endorse, that the Congressional Budget Office feared would expose seniors to higher costs.)

PolitiFact acknowledged this discrepancy in its report, but then went on to call the Obama ad “mostly true.” Why? After interviewing one person—a senior fellow at a left-wing think tank, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities—PolitiFact decided that “we simply don’t have enough details to know how much extra money seniors might have to pay under the current Ryan plan.” Furthermore, the Obama campaign “gave itself some wiggle room by stating that the plan ‘could’ raise out-of-pocket costs by more than $6,000. On balance, we rate the statement Mostly True.” Wiggle room?

To PolitiFact’s incremental credit, after receiving a lot of criticism for this fact-checking failure, adjusted their rating to “Half True,” and added this paragraph to their report (emphasis added):

But there is one clue that the number wouldn’t be close to $6,400. A study published Aug. 1, 2012, in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that if Ryan’s plan had been in place in 2009, the cost of the second-cheapest Medicare Advantage plan (and thus the size of the premium support payment) would have been 9 percent less than traditional Medicare.

One of the three authors of this study, PolitiFact failed to note, was one of President Obama’s top health-care advisers, Harvard economist David Cutler. But PolitiFact never bothered to interview a right-of-center Medicare expert, such as Jim Capretta.

Ben Domenech’s top ten worst fact checks

But enough about my take. Here’s Ben Domenech’s list of the top ten worst fact checks from the 2012 election cycle:

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Choosing the top ten worst fact checks of the cycle proved a difficult task, and there are whole segments I’ve left out because they’ve already been hammered out in the public eye. A few that didn’t make the cut: no one was the deciding vote for Obamacare. http://vlt.tc/jvx  Obama didn’t go to Israel but it doesn’t matter. http://vlt.tc/jvy  Or get half of his intelligence briefings, but that doesn’t matter either. http://vlt.tc/hhi  No one expected that premium cost promise to work anyway. http://vlt.tc/crd  Some Republicans wanted to let the auto industry die. http://vlt.tc/4hm  Politifact does not understand numbers. http://vlt.tc/jvz  Or the Ledbetter decision. http://vlt.tc/jw0  And finally, the general inaccuracies of the welfare reform quarrel deserve a special mention. http://vlt.tc/hbm  The turn away from policy experts and reliance exclusively on HHS talking points was jaw-dropping for those who work in the entitlement reform arena. http://vlt.tc/jw1  But then, what do you expect from an approach which believes it has been empowered to identify its own “nonsense facts”? http://vlt.tc/4ou

With no further delay, here are ten different terrible methods deployed by old media fact checkers, and examples of each. They are worse than ads, worse than super PACs, worse than Facebook arguments – so no matter what the outcome of the election on Tuesday, let us work be rid of these fact-checkers by the time the next election rolls around. Fact-based reporting demands it.

10. That thing you didn’t say isn’t true. http://vlt.tc/jw2  Politifact cannot find a fact to rebut in this Crossroads ad regarding the likelihood of employer dumping into the health insurance exchanges, since it relies on numbers from the Congressional Budget Office (the CBO appears a great deal in these fact checks, so it’s a good thing it has never made a mistake or a miscalculation, and all of its predictions come true). So instead they invent “a novel new interpretation of the ad’s meaning” – one surprisingly absent from the ad itself – in order to judge it false.

9. That thing you said is true, but it doesn’t matter. http://vlt.tc/jvp  One of my personal favorites: Senior Pinocchio Manager Glenn Kessler admits that the CBO calculates the effect of Obamacare will be 800,000 workers dropping out of the workforce. But this doesn’t matter, you see, because Kessler describes 800,000 jobs as “basically a rounding error”. Kessler does this while simultaneously maintaining that the stimulus had a meaningful and positive effect on jobs – “some jobs were created, and many were saved.” Presumably the Washington Post’s headline had the jobs report shown an 800,000 increase would have been “JOBS INCREASE BASICALLY A ROUNDING ERROR.”

8. That thing you said could maybe be true, but it won’t be soon because things will get better. http://vlt.tc/jw3  FactCheck.org only makes one appearance on this list, and I generally consider them the best of the bunch in terms of the fewest obvious errors. Here, they work to rebut Newt Gingrich’s food stamp president claim. There’s a calculation error here which is key, and I assume FactCheck.org people were likely just calculating based on a misreading of the numbers – they ought to have been comparing 14.55 million (under eight years of Bush) to 14.46 million participants under (at the time) 3 years of Obama – which is not, contrary to their estimates, 444,574 fewer (I have no conceivable explanation for how they found that figure). But this less than 100k difference really sticks in my mind because of the unmitigated spritely optimism of the FactCheck.org review, which claims that things are looking up and that more people will come off the food stamp rolls in the near future, perhaps even tomorrow. Now that we have the latest numbers in hand, we see a total of 46,681,833 people on the rolls – which means Obama added 14.69 million participants to the program on his watch… definitively making Gingrich’s claim correct. http://vlt.tc/3a0  CNN at least had the decent idea of being more honest about their opinion, labeling Gingrich’s claim “true, but not Obama’s fault, because Bushlied.” http://vlt.tc/jw4

7. That thing you said is true but ordinary people will think it’s something false because of your fancy words. http://vlt.tc/jvn  Ted Cruz claims national debt is bigger than the nation’s GDP.  Yes, our national debt absolutely, incontrovertibly exceeds the nation’s GDP.  But claiming that gets you a “Half-True” because Politifact’s Gardner Selby thinks saying it’s True is mean. Unrelated, but did you know the 404 page on Politifact is an Etch-a-Sketch? http://vlt.tc/jvo  That’s half-hilarious! Or rather, hilarious to half the country. They also won the Pulitzer Prize.

6. That thing you said isn’t true because we trust this one article we Googled more than official reports. http://vlt.tc/o0  Did you know that no terrorists come into America from Mexico? Pinocchio Distribution Head Glenn Kessler attacked Herman Cain for the claim “We know that terrorists have come into this country by way of Mexico.” According to Kessler, “Cain is wrong. The Houston Chronicle has looked closely at this question and found that *no one arrested at the border* has faced terror-related charges or carried out a terrorist act.” Now of course, as anyone with a brain realizes, that is a very different statement on its face than the one Cain is making. Cain did not say we had *arrested* terrorists at the border. Cain did not say that people *arrested* at the border have carried out terrorist attacks or attempted to do so. Cain’s statement is simply that terrorists have crossed that border. This is supported by, well, the U.S. Department of Justice. http://vlt.tc/o3  And here. http://goo.gl/qqLN3  And here. http://vlt.tc/o1  But what do they know?

5. That thing you said isn’t true because everything you say is a lie. http://vlt.tc/jw5  Poor Josh Mandel. If Ohio’s Politifact outfit is to be believed, everything he says is a lie, including this statement. http://vlt.tc/jw6  Perhaps this is due to the primary writer being a longtime Obama supporter? http://vlt.tc/fgq  Or that the wife of Mandel’s opponent, Sen. Sherrod Brown, used to work in the office? http://vlt.tc/jw7  But whatever the reason, consider this fact check as a typical entry in the genre: http://vlt.tc/jw8  A Mandel ad which criticizes Brown for “supporting the job-killing cap-and-trade plan” is fact-checked. For proof, the Mandel campaign points to a statement from Brown: “I’m an environmentalist. I want cap and trade. I just want to make sure that the ratepayers in my state don’t get socked hard. And that the manufacturing doesn’t get crippled.” The ad is deemed False.

4. That thing you said isn’t true because it sounds really awful, unless something similar comes up about the guy we hate. http://vlt.tc/jw9  It’s odd how fact checkers shift to considering the motivations of a politician on some occasions, but not on others. Thus, President Obama’s stance against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act can’t mean he favors legal protection for infanticide because that sounds really nasty. The phrase “we find it hard to fathom” isn’t typically a sign that you’re fact-checking – you’re just expressing an opinion. http://vlt.tc/jwb  However, Paul Ryan is totally in favor of outlawing in-vitro fertilization even though the bill he supported says nothing of the kind, because he’s that kind of person. http://vlt.tc/jwa

3. That thing you said was never true, but you deserve wiggle room. http://vlt.tc/jwc  Here’s the rare example of a fact-check so disconnected from reality that outside forces argued it down from Mostly True to Half True: the persistent idea, run in ad after ad, that Romney-Ryan would make seniors pay $6,000 out of pocket for Medicare. In Ryan’s original premium support plan, which pegged the cost of payments to inflation, the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated seniors could see $6,400 in additional medical costs, since they’re rising faster than inflation. But Romney never endorsed that plan, and Ryan later introduced his far more modest premium support plan, based on competitive bidding (where government subsidies are pegged to the level of the second-lowest bid). Thus, this critique was aiming at something Romney never supported and Ryan had since moved on from. But Politifact found that the Obama campaign still had truth on their side, because they deserved, and I quote, “wiggle room.”

2. That thing you said is false because I have my own truth. Grand Poobah of Pinocchio Dispersal Glenn Kessler’s claim that Margaret Sanger was a “racial pioneer”. http://vlt.tc/jwd  This is a surprising new title for people who called for the “cultivation of the better racial elements in our society” and the “extirpation” of “human weeds”. http://vlt.tc/jwe

1. That thing you said is true but false. http://vlt.tc/jwf  Politifact finds Mostly False a Romney campaign claim that women account for 92.3 percent of jobs lost under Obama because context makes it not his fault. Admitting that the “numbers are accurate”, they are nonetheless “quite misleading” because “in every recession, men are the first to take the hit, followed by women. It’s a historical pattern, Stevenson told us, not an effect of Obama’s policies… There is a small amount of truth to the claim, but it ignores critical facts that would give a different impression.” This is simply a long way of saying what Glenn Kessler, Assistant Manager for Pinocchio Affairs, describes thusly, in a summation of all the insight fact checkers have to offer: http://vlt.tc/jwg “TRUE BUT FALSE.”