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See you in 2016! None of these “top choices” can win in 2012.
Palin: I like her, but she’ll be the next laughing stock of the party for liberals. Just look how she was treated and portrayed by the liberal media conglomerate in just a few months of this year’s campaign. Again, I like her, but she can’t win the presidency.
Romney: I like him, and could care less whether he’s a Mormon, but too many people will have a problem with this, including evangelicals. He can’t bring in (or bring back) voters to the Republican party. Can’t win. Period.
Huckabee: Has the best chance of the three, because he’s seen as a good and fair man, willing to “cross the aisle”. But, here we are again. He’s a very strong, evangelical Christian. Christianity, unfortunately, is out of favor these days, especially in Washington. He can’t, and shouldn’t, muffle his expression of faith, but being open about it and how it guides him in life will have the liberal religious hate squads out in full force. So, it’s highly unlikely that Huckabee can win, but, as opposed to the other two “top” choices for 2012, I think he should be a candidate. At least this would test the conservative electorate to see where their values lie.
“The S&P could retest its 2002 lows” around 800 before the current decline ends, Roque says. A comparable decline for the Dow would take the index as low as 7,300.
The S&P is at 800, on the dime, and the Dow wasn’t that far from 7300 this week. This guy was right on, and that was back in early October. So the question is are we nearing the bottom? I have a feeling we’re not quite near the bottom. I think we’ll see the Dow get close to 6000 in the next 2-3 months. But, what do I know.
and this… (but not if you have sensitive ears)…
An American Creed
I Do Not Choose to Be a Common Man
It is my right to be uncommon—if I can.
I seek opportunity—not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, “This I have done.”
By Dean Alfange
*Originally published in This Week Magazine.
Later printed in The Reader’s Digest, October 1952 and January 1954.
The Honorable Dean Alfange was an American statesman born December 2, 1899, in Constantinople (now Istanbul). He was raised in upstate New York. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I and attended Hamilton College, graduating in the class of 1922.