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A Dash of Pepper

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Recently Senator John Kerry said that the Democrats woes stem from uninformed, translate "clueless," voters with short attention spans who respond to simple slogans. I guess he's forgotten that 2008 "Hope and Change" slogan, a vapid gem if there ever was one.
But this year, he has it exactly wrong. Hundreds of thousands of voters are busy informing themselves and they don't like what they are finding - not one bit.
Collectively, we feel as if we, like Alice, have fallen down the rabbit hole and awakened to discover:
· Massive federal spending. The past two years exceed the total of all of our federal spending from George Washington through Ronald Reagan.
· Frightening deficits and trillions owed overseas, largely to the Chinese.
· Scary job losses in the private sector. Unemployment at 10 percent, up to 14 to 17 percent in some regions, and over 23 percent for young minority males.
· A forthcoming program nationalizing our healthcare system, a program that will include rationing, plus a growing shortage of doctors and nurses.
· A possible Cap and Trade bill passing a lame duck Congress that will explode the cost of electricity and other utilities.
· An education system in a shambles but still eating cash.
· A Southern border that is nearing hot war conditions and a southern neighbor that is becoming a failed state.
· A rapidly growing labyrinth of federal regulations strangling businesses, large and small.
· Destruction of our energy sector via a moratorium that will have very bad consequences even AFTER the formal moratorium ends.
· A foreign policy that tells the world we are no longer interested in being a "great" power.
· A defense policy proffered by a president who said told the world he will not use the words "winning" or "victory" with regard to foreign wars.
· A U.N. Ambassador who won't speak out clearly about a Human Rights Commission that seats representatives from countries with some of the world's most horrendous human rights abuses.
· An interior department bent on swallowing huge tracts of western land.
· An administration populated by people who do not believe in American exceptionalism and often do not seem to like America.
So people are angry. Many did not swallow the hope-and-change mantra and could see what was coming. Others were duped into believing there would be some sort of new era of bipartisanship and coming together. The latter group may be among the angry, or perhaps so dispirited they will simply not vote on November 2nd
Thinking back on those 2008 voters that surged for Obama, I'm reminded of a passage from Lewis Carroll's poem from Alice In Wonderland, "The Walrus and the Carpenter" as they speak to the assembled oysters:
‘I weep for you,' the Walrus said: ‘I deeply sympathize,'
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.
‘O Oysters,' said the Carpenter,
‘You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home?'
But answer came there none -
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one."