Sunday, December 23, 2012


Jessica Rekos
An American Girl, Age: 6

Perhaps finally we can all put last fall’s class warfare rhetoric to one side and try to absorb a true lesson from the Newtown Massacre.

Take one look at the picture of 6 year old Jessica Rekos in local papers.  She has the gift of her age, angelic innocence and purity.  She and her fellow classmates, twenty in all, woke up that cold Friday morning in December and after giving a good stretch for her parents, scampered down to breakfast and off to school – Sandy Hook Elementary School.  The rest is painful history.

With all the suggestions pouring into Newtown, CT from around the world, I have one that has been percolating below the media radar - it deals with us as Americans.  Please stop breaking our country into factions – especially people, like the president, who continually talk about the rich, the top 2%, as nefarious interlopers who are only interested in money and greed.  Think about it, the top 10% of income earners pay nearly 70% of the federal income taxes – is this a group shirking their obligations?

Jessica is the daughter of parents living in Connecticut (the wealthiest state in the nation by per capita income) – she and her family also live in Fairfield County which is the 9th wealthiest county out of 3,000 measured according to Ralph Stewart of the Federal Bureau of Economic Analysis.  That puts Fairfield County in the top .3% of all American Counties.  The Sandy Hook part of Newtown is a very wealthy bucolic town on the Housatonic River; a quintessential New England Village founded 65 years before the Declaration of Independence was issued.  In short, don’t blame Newtown for being the stuff of Norman Rockwell’s America.

One look at Jessica and you’ll realize how precious ALL American children are – possibly you’ll find in your heart to remove that faux rage and that manufactured anger and reach out to your fellow Americans, even among the 2% and say, we’re all in this together, Newtown, how can I help?  Word total: 335

Geoffrey G. Fisher is a federally designated highly-qualified state-certified history teacher working in southwest Florida as a guest teacher.  He holds a BA in History from the University of Connecticut and a MA in Public Policy from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.  In addition to teaching he is a former elected official and speechwriter.  Mr. Fisher now writes the political blog: THE THINKING CAP at:  

Monday, December 17, 2012

McDonald's Should Honor Christmas Day


This week, I entered a local McDonald’s restaurant here in Sarasota, Florida for breakfast and was met by a sign at the door: McDonald Will Be Open Christmas Day.  My immediate reaction was, “This is just perfect – the forces of political correctness has now conquered my McDonald’s, is anything sacred anymore?

I spoke to the manager on duty and she said it’s not her call, the decision was from Corporate.  She proceeded to hand me a soda cup and said call the number on the cup for Corporate.

I did so one day later and spoke to a very pleasant woman who assured me the decision was done locally.  I explained to the corporate spokeswoman that this decision to open on Christmas day was foolish for four reasons: 1. The solemnity of the day – to Christians it is the birthday of the savior of the world. 2. The cultural significance of the day – from the lighting of the Christmas Tree at the White House to the institution of Santa Claus who shows favor to all good little boys and girls, to the lights on Main Street across the country, Christmas is a steadfast American tradition born of English and German traditions. 3. What about the employees of McDonald’s?  Is it right to require them to come in on this solemn day especially when the majority of them are Christian or it is okay to show sensitivity to every group but Christians?  And finally number 4. A public relations brain freeze.  My political blog is a local affair presently, but if this story is picked up by the New York Times or Bill O’Reilly, Yikes!  This type of misstep reminds me of the biggest blunder in advertising history when the venerable Coca Cola Company, the makers of the coke that followed our GI’s across war-torn Europe during WWII, changed their formula on April 23, 1985.  The collective cry was you blundering idiots, you mad men muskrats, leave our American icon alone – you don’t own it, we do! 

The same is true of Christmas only more so.  We may allow members of the American Civil Liberties Union to speak freely but we certainly don’t have to listen to them nor follow their advice.  According to the most recent poll of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, more than 78% of the adults in the United States identify themselves as Christian – indeed, it is safe to say that when nearly 80% of a population is Christian then that religious designation makes this a very tolerant Christian nation.  The next major religious group in America is the Jewish faith: 1.7%, with Muslims coming in at 0.6%.  Perhaps most significant is atheists (believers in no God) come in at only 1.6% of the population.  To put this more simply the Judeo-Christian block is more than 80% of our population – that to any fair minded person would represent the religious ethos of a nation. 

Even the world of children’s programming contributes to our Christmas ethos.  Today it may boggle the mind to think that Charles Schultz insisted that Linus (van Pelt), that perennial blanket lover, quote from the King James Bible (Luke 2:8-14) on the true meaning of Christmas or that the ultra liberal new dealer Lutheran Theodor Seuss Geisel (BKA Dr. Seuss) should write an entire book chastising the idea of someone stealing Christmas – a book worthy of our times. 

The big picture for McDonald’s is not to listen to your pointy headed media people who are trying to please the Politically Correct (PC) Monster.  Rather stand for something wholesome, traditional, and quintessentially American: Honor Christmas by giving your employees the day off: "And so, as Tiny Tim said, ‘A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, every one!’"  Then we can all say: “I’m Lovin’ It”
Word Total: 635

Geoffrey G. Fisher is a highly-qualified state-certified history teacher working in southwest Florida as a guest teacher.  He holds a BA in History from the University of Connecticut and a MA in Public Policy from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.  In addition to teaching he is a former elected official and speechwriter.  Mr. Fisher now writes the political blog: THE THINKING CAP at   

Newtown Shootings Unleashes Liberal Vitriol

Dear Bob:

I see your vitriol hasn’t diminished since the election.  As you know, I do not own a gun nor have I ever fired a gun.  Yet, the second amendment guarantees gun ownership and whether you like it or not there is a gun culture in the United States that is as significant as any subculture in our mist. 

It seems your motto to celebrate our differences and embrace diversity, only applies to those cultures that you like.

My take on all of this confusion is just this: the problem of gun violence is complex and needs a multi-pronged solution.  We need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable.  Adam Lanza was a ticking time bomb that never had any sustained therapy.  Even with therapy he should not have had access to guns and jet planes for that matter.  His own mother taught him to shoot and left out the very guns he used in the slaughter – she was killed by her own son using her own gun.

A major problem of our society is the disintegration of the American family.  More than 50% of marriages end in divorce and people just walk around like that’s okay.  It has never been okay for the children of divorce.  Now the family is under attack again by well-meaning progressives who want same sex couples to be seen as just another alternative to marriage.  Really?  What’s next, same sex incest?  Is it any wonder that minors in America are so screwed up?.

A friend of mine relayed a story about the senseless slaughter in Newtown with the following conversation.  An atheist complained to a Christian about where God was during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  The Christian answered that God is not allowed in public schools anymore.

Something to think about.

Your buddy, Geoff

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

America Needs the 47% to come out of the Shadows and Do the Right Thing‏

What about that Pesty 47%?  A FUTURE WITHOUT YAWNS

Think about it – a future of active engagement in the public policy process, with all Americans participating.  This is a future of true compassion for our neediest neighbors, and most importantly the end of the era of the YAWN.  The road to this de Tocquevillian future is long and bumpy.  We need go no further than the secret and illegal Mother Jones video tape (last September) of candidate Romney at a private Florida Fundraiser saying: “…there are 47 percent who are with him (Obama), who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that's an entitlement…(t)hese are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax.

This tape more than any ad or event during the 2012 election sunk Mitt Romney – and now that the dust has settled, much of the problem was Mitt Romney’s own doing.  Every candidate should assume that someone is recording their every word, so what was Mr. Romney thinking?  The only part of this quote that was true was the last phrase, yes, 47% of Americans pay no income tax.  This by itself is an outrageous fact and no one paid any credence to it because Mr. Romney called nearly ½ of the country dead beats, his statement became a political flashbang.  The result was predictable condemnation by the media and disorientation by the electorate.  Team Obama made the most of the confusion yet the fact still remains that 47% of our country pays no income tax.

Given the tax and spending dilemma we find ourselves in now at the end of 2012, it is finally time to put the appropriate spot light on this 47% who pay no income tax.  A quick review of the IRS figures from 2008 is illuminating.  The top 1% paid more than 38% of the federal personal income tax for the nation.  The top 5% paid more than 58% of the federal income tax.  The top 10% paid 70%.  And what of the bottom 47%?  Again, they paid nothing.  In short, nearly ½ of the people of the United States paid no federal income tax at all.  This situation needs to be addressed. 

Nearly 52 years ago President John F. Kennedy challenged the nation to resist the self-indulgent wining that was in it’s infancy in the nation.

On that freezing Friday morning, January 20, 1961 he proclaimed: "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."   

Either this proclamation was just another platitude destined for the trash heap of political rhetoric or it was a national call to arms lived by the young president himself – a man who sought front-line duty in the pacific theater during World War II and suffered dearly from his experiences.  From General Washington leading his men across the Delaware River to rout the Hessians at Trenton in 1776, to the first responders entering the towers of the World Trade Pavilion on September 11, 2001, Americans have always carried their fair share.  Paying nothing is not fair, it is shameful.

In 1961, a laborer might have stopped into the neighborhood pub on his way home on a Friday to enjoy a couple of hard earned beers.  While the hops filtered through his taste buds and into his nostrils, he would have looked at his hands – hands swollen from a full day of manual labor in the cold.  This working man, most likely a Democrat, would have thought of his wife and children, and felt a strong smile coming over his face, a smile of pride and belonging to the national fabric of the USA.  He and Kennedy were both Americans, both fought the Axis powers in WWII and equally proud of there ties to their nation.

No one is asking the poor or the working poor to empty their bank accounts today but rather to pay something to the national income tax coffers.  With a US population of  nearly 315 million and 245 million potential taxpayers that equates to more than 115 million Americans who currently do not pay federal income taxes.  If each were to pay $1,000 per year on average the total would be at least $115 Billion per year or in nine years over $1 Trillion.  Some of the 47% could pay as little as $70 in Federal Income Taxes while other members of this group might pay closer to $2,000.  The point is that this 47% would belong to the national fabric of America rather than being a spectator and the derivative effect, and the more important effect would be more taxpayers actively concerned with the growth of government – this would have an immediate effect on slowing the growth of government helping to rein in our national debt rather than today’s ethos where income taxes going up causes a collective yawn from half of the country.  The days of yawn would be over.

The members of Congress need to understand that the true way out of this fiscal mess is to increase the number of Americans with a direct stake in our fiscal health.  Rather than just increasing the tax rate on the 53%, start by having the 47% pay something.  TOTAL WORDS: 895

Geoffrey G. Fisher is a federally designated highly-qualified state-certified history teacher working in southwest Florida as a guest teacher.  He holds a BA in History from the University of Connecticut and a MA in Public Policy from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.  In addition to teaching he is a former elected official and speechwriter.  Mr. Fisher now writes the political blog: THE THINKING CAP at:  

Friday, November 23, 2012



Marco Rubio is in the minds of many political pundits the front Republican running to be the GOP’s nominee for President in 2016.  This is due to obvious reasons like the need to shore up the Hispanic vote, a community that should be solidly Republican due to there strong religious profile, most are comfortably Roman Catholic, and their devotion to family and family values.  But many of the reasons are harder to articulate, but they are still key to his popularity.   

1. The poise of this 41 year old father of four is remarkable for its Reaganesque ease.  He speaks in perfect sentences with a bit of a lilting cadence of a Jack Kennedy off camera.  His rhetoric may be elegant but it is non-complicated and approachable, and most important it is genuine.  This is something that people naturally hone in on.
2. Senator Rubio’s positions are certifiably conservative. “The Greatness of our country has never come from our government; it comes from our people.” He speaks with enough detail to make his point about smaller government leads to more businesses and therefore more taxes without sounding like some “wonk” that has just been bitten by a rabid dog.  Callista’s husband comes to mind.
3. His Depth of Knowledge is impressive.  Although the exposure to Mr. Rubio gives some politicos the impression that he is more style than substance, he is never at loss for the explanation of a complicated policy question. 
4. His poise is part of a package of considerable charisma, a charisma that few politicians can master; he has a Reaganesque ability to put people at ease while giving them hope.  And of course Ronald Reagan was early on a discipline of FDR.  In addition, the package includes a college football player who graduated and married a former Miami Dolphins’ cheerleader.
5. Mr. Rubio has considerable experience already in the political arena.  He is the former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and the author of a brilliant compilation of citizen input into public policy called 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future.  He was able to marshal 34 of these citizen suggestions into Florida Statuary law. (PolitiFact, Florida)  He is also the author of a memoir called An American Son.  Republicans are already drooling over a candidate that is the son of Cuban immigrants.
6. Marco Rubio is a man of restraint.  He could have easily secured the nomination for vice-president or even considered running for president after two years as a senator, a la Barack Obama – but Mr. Rubio did not.  Rather he is now set to learn the lessons of Capitol Hill prior to running for president in 2016.  This decision not to play in the major leagues now will give him the needed temperament of a future chief executive.
7. Mr. Rubio’s comfortable with his message and himself and therefore he can leave Thomas the Traveling Teleprompter at home on occasions, unlike President Obama who is a fish out of water without Thomas.
8. Marco Rubio has the healthy ego of any US Senator but he doesn’t believe all the accolades said about him, unlike Thomas’ best friend.

The future for Marco Rubio will be to see how he compares to some of our great presidents.  Take a look.
George Washington is listed as one of our greatest presidents by historians due to his character, experience, and charisma.  As to character General Washington voluntarily gave up command of the Continental Army in 1783 when he returned to Mount Vernon, prompting an incredulous King George III to state, "If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world."  Fourteen years later Washington would again voluntarily hand over the reins of power when he relinquished the presidency.  Mr. Rubio understands this aspect of true greatness – the people form government in order to secure its God given rights.

EXPERIENCE is also vital to a great commander-in-chief.  Men like Washington, Jackson, and Eisenhower, all had well tempered experience that made being president a seamless process.  Mr. Rubio knows that he doesn’t have the needed experience yet.

CHARISMA is needed for the making of a great president but it is the least necessary of all the ingredients mentioned so far.  That being said, Washington, Lincoln, Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Reagan had it as does Barack Obama.  No one comes out of thin air to win the presidency, and then win re-election with 7.9% unemployment, and $16 Trillion in debt without charisma.

For now look to Marco Rubio as the favorite for the Republican nomination.  If the Democrats continue to label him as simply a brown face instead of a hardening super star they do so at their own peril. Word Total: 786

Geoffrey G. Fisher is a highly-qualified state-certified history teacher working in southwest Florida as a guest teacher.  He holds a BA in History from the University of Connecticut and a MA in Public Policy from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.  In addition to teaching he is a former elected official and speechwriter.  Mr. Fisher now writes the political blog: THE THINKING CAP at  

Facebook Response to Mitt and Ann Romney

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  • Geoffrey Griswold Fisher Dear Mitt:

    You were obviously the better candidate in talent and temperament. We live in a country where everyone gets to vote and when the majority makes a colossal mistake we must recognize that choice and honor it even when it makes little sense.

    In the United States the people rule and fortunately our country is strong enough to withstand a second term for President Obama. We withstood James Buchanan and William Clinton so we will survive and perhaps even prosper during the next four years. By the way, is that your daughter you’re hugging?

    With great admiration,

    Geoff Fisher
    A Conservative History Teacher

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Judeo-Christian Nation Tolerates Atheism but does Not Endorse it. A Letter to a College Professor

Dear Jane:

Not only do I agree with you but I also agree with the pledge itself.  Remember that this country was founded upon basic Judeo-Christian principals.  Just listen to two passages from the Declaration of Independence: “…to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them…(w)e hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Even Thomas Jefferson, the premiere Deist, believed in the God of the universe.  We are of course a tolerate country and protect the rights of Muslims and atheists too.

Best, Geoff Fisher

What about that Pesty 47%? A letter addressing tax reform

Dear Rommy: 

I agree that the tax code needs to be revamped.  Tax breaks for corporations need to examined.  Just think about it, the president bails out the auto-industry and Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio go for Mr. Obama.  Thank you for pointing out this fact.  I hope the president did not do this as a clever bribe to those voters.

Also, remember the 47% that pay no federal income taxes, that’s more than 115 million Americans of tax payer age.

Total population of the U.S.: 314,772,453
245,267,292 potential taxpayers
115,275,627.2 Americans who currently do not pay federal income taxes.  If each were required to pay $1,000 per year on average the total would be at least $115 Billion per year or in nine years over $1 Trillion.  Rommy, also remember with more taxpayers the growth of government would slow helping to cut the debt.

Best, Geoff

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

8 Reasons Why the Pro-Life Movement is Right


People need to take a moral stand.  Compare a bumper sticker from 2012 to a slogan from 150 years ago in 1862.
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These bumper stickers highlight the morality of the issues.  The PRO-CHOICE movement is nothing more than the POPULAR-SOVERIGNTRY movement of the 19th Century.  Blacks were always human beings, as Unborn Children are developing humans.

Remember that the U.S. Constitution explicitly labeled black Americans as 3/5th of a person for representation purposes in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Pro-Life Activists are today’s Abolitionists.  It’s a tough fight but it’s a fight for a more moral America.

During what month do your become Pro-Life?  Nearly everyone is Pro-Life during some point during a woman’s pregnancy.  The difference comes down to which month.  Pro-Life people choose conception as their moment of human life being established.  Once you’re acknowledged a month in the development of a child you’ll see the argument in its clearest terms.  If someone refuses to pick a month that they become pro-life, then you’ve met a monster, because only a monster would sanction the abortion of a 9 month old fetus.

OUR EYES NOW SEE THE TRUTH. Nearly 40 years ago in 1973 people could delude themselves thinking that the unborn child was not human - out of sight, out of mind.  Today thanks to medical technology we cannot turn our backs on the truth.  We can see the unborn child sucking his thumb, we can see the fingernails on the little hands, and we can see a developing heart beating.

VIABILITY: Thanks to advances in medical technology, pre-mature babies can achieve viability earlier in the pregnancy.  This fact now makes Roe more humane since 6-7 months or 24-28 weeks now is considered viable in the medical community.  THE TIME FRAME FOR VIABILITY IS SHRINKING AND WILL CONTINUE TO STRINK.

The strongest argument within the Pro-Choice movement has always been that it’s A WOMEN’S BODY – KEEP YOUR HANDS AND YOUR LAWS OFF MY BODY.  This has been a rallying cry for many conservative women also especially well-educated and wealthy women.  Yet, even this argument crumbles with honest scrutiny.  The issue is more complicated than feminist doctrine admits since the issue is a body within a body – no one honestly disputes this premise since the issue driving the debate is the developing baby.  There would be no debate if a woman wanted to remove her pancreas or her gallbladder.  The true debate here is a balance - should a woman be compelled to carry her unborn child to birth?  The physical and emotional stress of the woman versus the life of the unborn baby.  This is not an easy call but the life of the unborn child that is, the Right to be Born trumps the right not to carry a child to birth.  It’s life, liberty, and then the pursuit of happiness.

Contraception since 1960 has been evolving to the point of being nearly perfect.  Men and women combining contraceptive methods again increase reliability to nearly 100%.  If an unwanted pregnancy still occurs, the mother and the baby’s father need to be held accountable including jail time for irresponsible fathers.

Today, humane options are available.  Subsidize the Teenage mother whether she is living with her young spouse or her parents.  Do not penalize a teenage mother who is living with the baby’s grandparents.  Encourage the decision of adoption and make the process more streamlined. 

Provide counseling for teenage mothers and fathers to reflect the need for responsible behavior including abstinence plus fund tutoring for schooling.

Part of today’s problem is the notion that the issue of abortion and pregnancy is exclusively a women’s issue.  This leftover propaganda from the 1970s Feminists’ Movement has allowed men in general and teenage boys in particular to wash their hands of producing unborn children.  MY BABY’S DADDY has never been funny even when Michelle Obama used it to introduce her husband to a rally in 2004.  Without men there is no pregnancy.  Hold all fathers accountable.

For all of these reasons, for the first time since 1973 more Americans now identify themselves as Pro-Life by nine percentage points according to the Gallup Poll of May 2012: 50% Pro-Life to 41% Pro-Choice.  Now the country can truly concentrate on preventing unwanted pregnancies, protecting teenage mothers, and saving the lives of our most vulnerable humans, the unborn children. Word Count: 778

Geoffrey G. Fisher is a highly-qualified state-certified history teacher working in southwest Florida as a guest teacher.  He holds a BA in History from the University of Connecticut and a MA in Public Policy from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.  In addition to teaching he is a former elected official and speechwriter.  Mr. Fisher now writes the political blog: THE THINKING CAP at   

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Fate of the Democratic Party

Dear Randy:

I opened up your posting and the link you recommended and I ready every single quote.  I was stunned by many of the hateful things that I read but some of it was well within the discourse of political thinking.  Sensational rhetoric is the stock and trade of many pundits. 

I find the attack on Darwinism alarming only because I was raised to see it as fact but recently, I have seen serious scientists question many of the fundelmental pillars of that theory.  The main challenge comes from people who believe in Intelligent Design.  Even Thomas Jefferson and the rest of his Dietist friends believed in the clockmaker God.

I do not believe there is a cabal in the media but I do absolutely believe the media is biased to a liberal world view with a definite biased again religion in general and Christianity in general.  I am still in a state of shock over the Democratic National Convention from this past summer when the steering committee dropped any reference to God from its platform.  I think this is a clear sign that the atheists have found a home with the Democratic Party. 

Only when enough political pressure was exerted by the president’s agents to put God back in the platform did the delegates do a voice vote to reinstate the word God in the platform.  It took three votes to do this and most observers I think will acknowledge that the Democratic delegates never achieved the 2/3rd margin.  There were even boos from the delegates over the whole process.

You see Randy the mainstream Democratic activists seem only to be interested in
1. Homosexuality to the point of endorsing Gay marriage.
2. Abortion rights with virtually no restrictions.
3. Removing God from the public square completely.

I see your party as a once magnificent tree that is rotting from the inside.  Do Democrats even know how to have fun and enjoy life?  Romney now leads the president by 7 points: 52-45% in the latest Gallup poll.  It seems that the country is deciding to let President Obama keep the change.

Except for you, I have seen virtually no one from the IDC blogosphere speaking about their faith.  The most peaceful man to every live was Jesus of Nazareth.  I also believe him to be the son of God, and a man of peace, justice, kindness, and righteousness.  I think Jesus goes beyond the labels of Democrat or Republican but I can guarantee you he doesn’t support the killing of innocent life via abortion. 

Randy, I still respect you and consider you my friend.  I think that is why we can both debate each other in a civilized fashion.                                                       Word Total: 451  

Best, Geoff Fisher

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Why do Democrats completely ignore Biden's Scandalous Pass?

Dear Randy:

I actually know of your reference The American Taliban.  I too am an admirer of Aaron Sorkin’s anchor Will McAvoy, a moderate Republican who favors tight budgets and fair play.  The American Taliban comment was unfortunately an example of leftist elitism since the Tea Party is remarkable organic in its inception and membership.  It is not perfect, and to be sure, its members can say some stupid things – but that’s what you get in a democratic-republic.  Average and poorly educated citizens get to vent their own thoughts.  The reason is in the long run re are all better off when average citizens speak their minds.

Again, I came back to your and Bob’s complete lack of interest in stupid things from the left.  Joe Biden is the most gaffe prone politician since WWII.  In 1987 he plagiarized the heart of a speech by British Labour Leader Neil Kinnock.  This was while (Biden) was running for president.  True to form it dealt with a Democratic standard talking point: Class Warfare.  This was copied form the Daily Telegraph article from 2008.

NEIL KINNOCK at Welsh Labour Party conference May 1987:
"Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? Was it because our predecessors were thick? Does anybody really think that they didn't get what we had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment? Of course not. It was because there was no platform upon which they could stand"

JOE BIDEN IN Sept 1987 during his first presidential campaign:
"Why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go a university? Why is it that my wife... is the first in her family to ever go to college? Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright? ...Is it because they didn't work hard? My ancestors who worked in the coal mines of northeast Pennsylvania and would come after 12 hours and play football for four hours? It's because they didn't have a platform on which to stand."

I think that Al Rossi summed it up best when he said that he and his friends tend to only focus on the faults of the opposition.  It’s just human nature.  It certainly seems that way because Joe Biden should be an utter embarrassment but he has been given a permanent waiver from any real scrutiny from the left, unlike former Governor Sarah Palin.

Best, Geoff

Word Total: 414

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Double Standard of the Media: Joe Biden versus Sarah Palin

Dear Jim:

Thanks for taking the 53 seconds to view that video.  I think the authors of that video were just trying to point out the double standard the media routinely shows the president.  Texas Governor Rick Perry was panned as an idiot for his 53 seconds of trying to remember three federal agencies that he would eliminate.  The collective wisdom of the media was that his campaign was over.

This video was showing 53 seconds of Obama sounding like a prize fighter after the 12th round.  Many from the right, including myself, believe the president is too reliant on his teleprompter, as was shown in this video.  My complaint with Sarah Palin is that she resigned her governorship without due cause, and does not have the needed intellectual curiosity I want in a vice-president. 

She is however, a true leader of people.  Citizens gravitate towards her and she is able to rally her constituents.  You and Bob Jones have conveniently given Joe Biden a pass.  He is not a leader and is just this side of a buffoon.  “Stand up State Senator Chuck Graham” the only problem was Mr. Graham is paralyzed.  In 2008 Biden said, Barack believes a three letter word is most important word of this campaign.  Then senator spells JOBS.
Chris Cillizza reported on October 2, 2012: “Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina today, had this to say about the policies supported by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan: ‘How they can justify … raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years?’ ”
The vice-president is a gaffe professional while former Governor Sarah Palin is still an amateur. 

I’ll be interested in what you think of Tuesday’s rematch between the president and the governor. 
Word Total: 304

Geoff Fisher