Monday, November 12, 2012

Free stuff, and the sad days of Beth Cox.

I just read two interesting articles dealing with conservative consternation about the "Kenyan Muslim" winning four more years in office and throwing their beloved country into a tailspin.

The first one was by Jonathan Cohn, and he wrote about conservatives and their latest meme about "free stuff". Yes America, conservatives work, and all of us other stiff just want "free stuff". Let's forget, for a minute, that most of these billies live in the poorest areas of the country that depend on a lot of "free stuff" from our government. These are the folks Mitt Romney was talking about when he referred to the 47% but they are just too dumb to realize it.

"Frustrated conservatives have a theory for why their ideas didn’t win more support on Election Day: They can’t compete with the offer of “free stuff.”
As this argument goes, President Obama and the Democrats won by promising their constituencies government goodies, but without asking those constituencies to pay for them. Women got free birth control. Latinos got more open immigration policy. The poor got food stamps. Tons of people got subsidized health insurance. And so on.

It’s basically another version of the 47 percent argument—i.e., that 47 percent of the country is dependent on the rest of the taxpaying public. It was kicking around in conservative circles even before Mitt Romney invoked it at that now-infamous Florida fundraiser. And judging by recent commentary, it’s going to keep kicking around for a while longer. Last week, National Review’s Kevin Williamson concluded that “offering Americans a check is a more fruitful political strategy than offering them the opportunity to take control of and responsibility for their own lives.” Just today, Washington Post conservative writer Jennifer Rubin wrote that the Democratic Party won by “feeding its base cotton candy.

But sometimes the argument about free stuff has a more insidious meaning—and you don’t have to strain to hear it. During the Fox News broadcast on Election Night, Bill O’Reilly declared, “It’s not a traditional America anymore, and there are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff. They want things. And who is going to give them things? President Obama.” In case the reference to “traditional America” was too subtle, O’Reilly went on to talk about Obama’s strong support among blacks, Latinos, and women.

And O’Reilly was simply saying the same thing plenty of other conservatives and Republicans had been saying, not least among them Romney himself. Months ago, after giving a highly touted speech to an African-American audience, Romney told a smaller audience of supporters he’d gotten a chilly reception because he’d said that, unlike Obama, he wouldn’t be giving out free stuff. We can debate whether Romney and others invoking the same line were tapping into racial stereotypes, consciously or subconsciously. But the idea that conscientious, hard-working “makers” were subsidizing shifty, lazy “takers” was—and obviously still is—an article of faith for many on the right." [Source]

I am willing to bet that these conservatives get more "free stuff" than the rest of us, but here in America we are to believe that "free stuff" is reserved for only certain people. Do they work harder? No. Do they pay more takes? No. Did they do anything special (such as serve in the armed forces) for our country? No. So why do they believe that they have the right to say these things? That was a rhetorical question. We all know the answer.

The second article was by Eli Saslow writing for the Washington Post.
This one focused on a Tennessee woman by the name of Beth Cox (poor Beth) in the aftermath of the 2012 presidential elections.

"She arrived early to take apart the campaign office piece by piece, just as she felt so many other things about her life were being dismantled. Beth Cox wore a Mitt Romney T-shirt, a cross around her neck and fresh eyeliner, even though she had been crying on and off and knew her makeup was likely to run. A day after the election, she tuned the radio to Glenn Beck and began pulling posters and American flags off the wall.

Her calendar read “Victory Day!!” and she had planned to celebrate in the office by hosting a dance party and selling Romney souvenirs. But instead she was packing those souvenirs into boxes, which would be donated to a charity that sent clothes to South America. Instead a moving company was en route to close down the office in the next 48 hours, and her friends were calling every few minutes to see how she was doing.

“I will be okay,” she told one caller. “I just don’t think we will be okay.”
Here in the heart of Red America, Cox and many others spent last week grieving not only for themselves and their candidate but also for a country they now believe has gone wildly off track. The days after Barack Obama’s reelection gave birth to a saying in Central Tennessee: Once was a slip, but twice is a sign....

...She had devoted her life to causes she believed were at the heart of her faith and at the core of her Republican Party. She counseled young married families at church, spoke about right to life in area schools and became a stay-at-home mom with two daughters.

Now, in a single election night, parts of her country had legalized marijuana, approved gay marriage and resoundingly reelected a president who she worried would “accelerate our decline.”...

“I’m worried we won’t see another Republican president in our lifetime the way it’s going,” a GOP volunteer said.
“What country would want more years of this?” asked the newly elected alderman.

Cox shrugged back at them. “I don’t know anymore,” she said. “What the heck happened to the country? Who are we becoming?”...

...Everything in her version of America had confirmed her predictions: the confident anchors on Fox News; the Republican pollsters so sure of their data; the two-hour line outside her voting precinct, where Romney supporters hugged and honked for her handmade signs during a celebration that lasted until the results started coming in after sundown. Romney’s thorough defeat had come more as a shock than as a disappointment, and now Cox stared at the actual results on her computer and tried to imagine what the majority of her country believed.

“Virginia went blue? Really?” she said. “Southern-values Virginia?”
“And Colorado? Who the heck is living in Colorado? Do they want drugs, dependency, indulgence? Don’t they remember what this country is about?”...

...She could sense liberalism creeping closer, and she worried about what Red America would look like after four more years. Nashville itself had gone for Obama, and 400,000 more people in Tennessee had signed up for food stamps in the last five years to further a culture of dependency. The ACLU had sued her school board for allowing youth pastors to visit middle school cafeterias during lunch. Some of her friends had begun to wonder if the country was lost, and if only God could save it...

..She closed her computer. “God put us in the desert,” she said. “We are in the desert right now...” 

...She came back into the Romney office again the next morning. The moving truck was waiting outside.

“It’s so depressing,” she said, walking into the office. “Let’s just get it done.”
They threw out yard signs, hauled office supplies into storage and donated some furniture to Goodwill. Cox swept the floor and then came outside to watch the mover climb on top of his trailer to take down the “Sumner County Republican Party” banner that had hung on the front of the building. Four months of dedication and work — the sale of 1,600 signs, 500 bracelets, 1,200 buttons and a few hundred hats — reduced to nothing in 48 hours...

...She stood in the cold and stared at the two-story building. It had belonged to a doctor’s practice that had closed, and then to a newspaper that had downsized, and finally to a campaign that had failed to win office based on its vision of America.

 She took out her phone and snapped a picture.

“So that’s it,” she said. “It’s all gone...”

..."What the heck happened to America? Who are we becoming?" [Source]




Anonymous said...

How noble of you Field. Fighting so hard to keep those poor whites getting all the free stuff from Obama that you and the demoncrats did.

What a crock of shit.

You know there are people who live in the real world and there are people who listen to your "fam" brag about how they get over on the "man"

Whitey's Conspiracy said...

"What country would want more years of this?” asked the newly elected alderman.

Cox shrugged back at them. “I don’t know anymore,” she said. “What the heck happened to the country? Who are we becoming?”...

...Everything in her version of America had confirmed her predictions: the confident anchors on Fox News; the Republican pollsters so sure of their data; the two-hour line outside her voting precinct, where Romney supporters hugged and honked for her handmade signs during a celebration that lasted until the results started coming in after sundown. Romney’s thorough defeat had come more as a shock than as a disappointment, and now Cox stared at the actual results on her computer and tried to imagine what the majority of her country believed.

Those fuckers put blinders on and walked right off the damm pier this time. Sue is priceless, she just can't fathom people actually disagreeing with her (& God! because God IS on her side!). Clueless is as clueless does I suppose.

myblackfriendsays said...

Coloradans know this country is about freedom. That's why they voted to legalize marijuana.

Also, have these republicans never heard of Nate Silver? I don't understand why they were surprised on Election Night.

Carolyn Moon said...

".."What the heck happened to America? Who are we becoming?" [Source]"

"Americans?!" word captures it all. Like your sidebar tribute to the military in recognition of Veterans Day. I still remember the personal stories and those handed down of heroism and hard times from my uncles;who fought in W.W. II and the Korean Conflict. BTW: the latter was a WAR!

NSangoma said...


Petition for Texas secession hits White House response mark

As the saying goes: if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Some Americans upset with the results of Election Day don’t quite agree, and now residents from 20 states have filed petitions with the White House to secede from the country.

All told, petitions have been filed on behalf of 20 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.


NSangoma said...


Et tu Mia

Expecting a win, Mitt Romney was 'shellshocked' after defeat

... 'It was like a sucker punch.' ...!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/romney-loss.jpg

Mia Love says election loss surprised her, but she's mum on future

Love said the outcome "absolutely" surprised her. It appeared to be her contest to lose as most polls had her leading the six-term incumbent going into Election Day.

Deseret, from the Book of Mormon,means honeybee

A bee hive is on the state flag of Utah.


Anonymous said...

Ms Cox discovered that many US citizens do not share all her values. Nor do many US citizens like to be told they are Akin, by Santorum...
Odd how dependency is US citizens having their government offer a scam-free last-ditch retirement (Social Security), or medical coverage for the uninsurable elderly, or unemployment for the times when the boss has a great big crybaby whine and fires everyone, or massive subsidies to make rural life bearable, or....


NSangoma said...


Damn, I thought she looked cullud.

Of Lebanese ancestry, with twin sister, Natalie Khawam:!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/alg-petraeus-kelley.jpg

Yes LAWD, those assets are nice; thank you Jesus:!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/kelley-red-dress.jpg

The US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is under investigation for "inappropriate" emails to a Jill Kelley, the woman linked to the sex scandal involving former CIA director David Petraeus, it has emerged.

Is that Lebanese Christian or Lebanese Arab? Is that a negligee?!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/article-kelley-1111.jpg

Attention grabbers, yes indeed:!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/kelley.jpg

Not dark enough to work with that yellow:

Ye olde share the same email address trick:

Nicely racked, 2.

Jill Kelley is a Tampa, Florida socialite who hails from a Lebanese family which immigrated to Philadelphia in the 1970s.
In 2003, Mrs Kelley and her twin sister Natalie competed in a Food Network television programme called Food Fight.
The women whipped up a "Lebanese-style" dish featuring alligator while wearing matching "slinky, off-the shoulder black outfits", the Tampa Tribune reported.


The Purple Cow said...

More evidence the Republicans are losing their minds.

Arizona woman believes husband responsible for Obama's victory, runs him over with a jeep.

Anonymous said...

CORNEL WEST: And Brother Tavis is being very kind, because he’s right. I love Brother Mike Dyson, too, but we’re living in a society where everybody is up for sale. Everything is up for sale. And he and Brother Sharpton and Sister Melissa and others, they have sold their souls for a mess of Obama pottage. And we invite them back to the black prophetic tradition after Obama leaves. But at the moment, they want insider access, and they want to tell those kind of lies. They want to turn their back to poor and working people.

CORNEL WEST: And it’s a sad thing to see them as apologists for the Obama administration in that way, given the kind of critical background that all of them have had at some point.

Is that what it is Field? Are you trying to get your bowl of Lentil stew?

Anonymous said...

Obama is still a community organizer, after getting back onto the golf course now his first meeting about the critical financial crisis the U.S is facing due to spending who is he meeting with? Unions and progressive organizers including moveon. What a ridiculous amateur. Maybe if they all click their heels three times a budget will finally be produced that is fiscally sound. HAH.

Here are the attendees for Obamas first financial crisis meeting. Don't you feel all warm and fuzzy

Maybe they can talk about Hostess closing three plants permanently due to union idiots demanding more when the company was bankrupt.

Mary Kay Henry, SEIU
Lee Saunders, AFSCME
Dennis Van Roekel, NEA
Rich Trumka, AFL-CIO
Neera Tanden, Center for American Progress
John Podesta, Center for American Progress
Bob Greenstein, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
Laura Burton Capps, Common Purpose Project
Max Richtman, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
Justin Ruben, MoveOn
Deepak Bhargava, Center for Community Change

Anonymous said...

I'd like 5 minutes with Ms Cox to ask her about vulture capitalism, chameleon candidacies, politics of the Big Lie, the myth of class mobility, corporate welfare, K Street...

wait, I'd need 5 years, not 5 minutes. And how old is Ms Cox? Maybe better to start with her kids...
nothing beats a decent education, if you can find it.


Lose The Weiner said...

Is this some of that "fee stuff" that you refer to?:




San Francisco to Offer Taxpayer-Funded Sexual Mutilation
Allowing government to take over healthcare means that the sort of people who run government will be making the decisions regarding funding priorities. This is good news for anyone who wants to use sexual mutilation to express an advanced state of psychiatric disease, and wants others to pick up the extravagant tab:

San Francisco is preparing to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents.

The city’s Health Commission voted Tuesday to create a comprehensive program for treating transgender people experiencing mental distress because of the mismatch between their bodies and their gender identities. San Francisco already provides transgender residents with hormones, counseling and routine health services, but has stopped short of offering surgical interventions, Public Health Director Barbara Garcia said Thursday after the vote was announced.

The idea for a new program that included surgeries came out of conversations between public health officials and transgender rights [i.e., perks and privileges] advocates who wanted mastectomies, genital reconstructions and other surgeries that are recommended for some transgender people covered under San Francisco’s 5-year-old universal health care plan.

This is just another step forward on the road to taxpayer-funded liberal utopia.

San Francisco in 2001 became the first city in the country to cover sex reassignment surgeries for government employees. Last year, Portland, Ore. did the same. The number of major U.S. companies covering the cost of gender reassignment surgery for transgender workers also doubled last year, reflecting a decades-long push by transgender activists to get insurance companies to treat such surgeries as medically necessary instead of elective procedures.

Indulging the sexually insane with grotesque forms of mutilation may be “medically necessary,” but life-saving surgery for those deemed by bureaurats to be too old to be worth saving will not be, if Britain’s version of socialized medicine is any guide. Even with Helicopter Ben’s magic printing press, there are only so many dollars to go around."

Anonymous said...

So either Leftists are filthy liars or just stupid. The entire cornerstone of libbies is to raise taxes on others, well the CBO says it won't do liberal squat.

But it will impact the economy, CBO says right off the bat will reduce 200k jobs. If only they could think things through and learn to control childish emotions of envy.

"Raising taxes on the rich was the cornerstone of President Obama’s reelection campaign. “If we’re serious about reducing the deficit,” Obama told a rally in Columbus, Ohio, on election day, “we’ve got to ask the wealthiest Americans to go back to the tax rates they paid when Bill Clinton was in office.”

But just how much deficit reduction would Obama’s tax hikes on the rich necessarily accomplish?

Nothing, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Letting tax rates rise to Clinton era levels for those families making over $250,000 a year would only raise $824 billion over ten years. That is not even enough revenue to undo the sequester that Obama promised “will not happen” during his final debate with Mitt Romney.

Anonymous said...

your denial will never protect any of you hobama nazi drones

your false god/global warlord hobama is indeed a food stamp/free cell phone prez

and the dreg permanent intergenerational pookie leeches have spoken

massive hobamacare and green corp scam layoffs loom

we will all actually need free stuff soon


hobama gave 23 trillion dollars worth of MUCH better/his very best free stuff to the banksters!!!!!

shame on the fleeced fooled sheeple!!!

Anonymous said...

hobamcare is pharma corps casino designed to destroy jobs and wages

we will all be poorer as we pay more for less

and it is working like a charm NOW!!!!

shame on the sheeple!!!!

Anonymous said...

Just goes show, you never can trust the wisdom or insight of someone like her...a Cox Sucker !

Seda said...

If the Republicans want to get a real sense of why they lost this election, they need look no further than the articles listed. Both report on an America that doesn't exist, and never did. They lost because they put their faith in myths. They lost the election because they've completely lost touch with reality, and no matter how much they spread and believe their Faux News propaganda, their lies cannot overcome the truth for long.

A. J. MacDonald, Jr said...

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Anonymous said...

memo to the sheeple of ohio:

hobama has bamboozled u twice


Anonymous said...

Mrs. Caux.

People heard your message and ran the other way.

Get a clue and get over it, already.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

nothing is more mythical than hobama as hope or change

nothing is as mythical as the cult of personality that is hobama and his rabid fooled fleeced nazis

reps = dems
nothing is as real and republican as hobama's global doom

shame on the sheeple who believe in hobama's dem myths!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

the greatest myth in the history of america is that hobama is NOT gwb 3.0


hypnotized hobama nazi sheeple ignored current joblessness and homelessness via hobama and his peer banksters NOW


they also ignored how hobamacare will immediately worsen BOTH permanently


shame on the sheeple!!!!!!!

Rottnkid said...

“I’m worried we won’t see another Republican president in our lifetime the way it’s going,” a GOP volunteer said.


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