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Post  Letchworth-Smythe on Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:16 am

It was obvious when he was running for president that Obama would be weak on foreign policy and diminish America’s superpower status. But now we’re actually seeing the tyrants of the world saber-rattling because of Obama’s weakness.

Sarah Palin took to Facebook yesterday to say “told ya so” after she was made fun of in 2008 for predicting that were Obama elected, Putin would invade Ukraine.
“After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next,” Palin told Foreign Policy in 2008, “

As Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell points out, conservative websites and personalities are reminding people of the quote.

Palin herself took to Facebook on Friday to remind supporters of her prediction.

“Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as ‘an extremely far-fetched scenario’ by the ‘high-brow’ Foreign Policy magazine,” she wrote. “Here’s what this ‘stupid’ ‘insipid woman’ predicted back in 2008.”

And Romney was also mocked for saying that Russia was our greatest geopolitical foe during the campaign. Amazing. This is a prime example of why you can’t trust Democrats with foreign policy. They don’t even recognize what our greatest threats in the world are. Putin keeps outperforming Obama on the world stage and America’s status in the world is diminishing.
http://conservativetribune.com/palin-predicted-ukraine-invasion/


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Re: Shills shilling for Conservatism

Post  Letchworth-Smythe on Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:21 pm

"Now many of our Christians have what I call the 'goo-goo syndrome.' Good government. They want everybody to vote. I don't want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people. They never have been from the beginning of our country, and they are not now. As a matter of fact our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down." —Paul Weyrich, 1980

In 1974, Paul Weyrich, who had the previous year co-founded the Heritage Foundation, founded the Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress. Its key purpose was to undermine the impact of liberal and labor groups that Weyrich and his compatriots were keeping conservatives from dominating the national legislature.

One of his first targets was Pat Schroeder, the Coloradan whose campaign staff I had worked on in her first run for Congress in 1972. One of the tools he helped develop was the direct-mail campaign. And among his chief impacts has been making Republican senators more aggressive in fighting against liberal and so-called liberal nominees to the federal judiciary.

As Josh Glasstetter at Rightwatch writes, the influential Weyrich, who died in 2008, had had his fingers in a lot of pies. A “founding father of the conservative movement,” he was involved in the creation of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Moral Majority, the Council for National Policy, the Krieble Institute, and others.

In 1984, he said: "We are different from previous generations of conservatives... We are no longer working to preserve the status quo. We are radicals, working to overturn the present power structure of this country." Thus did the word "radical" get tainted by an extremist.

Key to the success of the extremist conservative movement is suppression of the vote alluded to by Weyrich that Republicans have worked so diligently to implement in myriad forms, finding new pathways when any particular measure is blocked.

Unlike the days of Jim Crow when a whole category of citizens was kept from voting by laws directly disenfranchising them, the more recent efforts have been adopted with a patina of fairness attached to them even though they are designed to keep people more likely to vote Democratic away from the polls. It's all about shaving a couple or three percentage points off the totals. That can be enough in a battleground state like Ohio, Florida or Wisconsin to change the outcome. That is what the fights over voter-roll purges, overly restrictive voter-IDs, provisional balloting and early voting have been about.

Paul Weyrich knew what he was saying three decades ago. Today, right this minute, Republican operatives who were just teenagers when he said it are carrying out his vision.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/05/1156061/-Paul-Weyrich-wanted-fewer-people-to-vote-for-a-simple-reason-When-more-do-Republicans-lose

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