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R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
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WASHINGTON — I first heard it two, perhaps two and a half years ago. A sage sitting in his New York City office pronounced it. Said the sage to me: "This is going to be the dirtiest presidential campaign in history." I would pass on my prescient friend's name, but he is a gentleman of high profile. It would be best if he were to continue his life unmolested by the Living Saint in the White House, whom a benighted majority of Americanos deposited there in 2009.

Now, roughly six months from Election Day, I fear my friend was right. Financial donors to Mitt Romney have suffered unflattering attention from the press, from boycotters to labor thugs to stink bomb throwers. It is only a matter of time before the government begins harassing them with its vast array of federal agencies. Mitt Romney himself has suffered from the media and from assorted psychopaths. Yet, in time, what goes around comes around, as the phrase has it. President Barack Obama will get similar treatment, though not from the government. He controls the government, and thus far only a sole Marine has objected to him. He is Sgt. Gary Stein, and needless to say, he got the old heave ho.

I say I fear my friend was right in his gloomy prediction of a very dirty campaign, but here I am telling a little white lie. Truth be known, I relish the contumely, the dirty tricks, the ginned-up controversy of it all. I smack my lips and clap my hands. Bring it on! Let us see the full spectacle of idealists and progressives revealing their true selves, their lust for power, their libido for slander. Let us see their naked souls. Bring on the dirty stuff! Frankly, I am never happier than when I see a refined Liberal acting illiberally, even criminally.

Already we have seen the venerable "Washington Post" rummaging through Romney's past. Almost fifty years ago, he was a bully and anti-gay, committing other horrors I dare not repeat in this, a civilized forum of opinion. Well, maybe Romney was innocent. Maybe it was Adolf Hitler's high school days that the illustrious "Post" researched or Benito Mussolini's or Stalin's. It does not much matter. The "Post" gets things wrong. Romney's alleged victim is dead. His family claims the "Post" mischaracterized the unfortunate man who is now deceased. And there are journalistic problems with the "Post's" reports on all the other alleged witnesses. But who cares? It was a good story. Next will come accounts of even greater misbehavior by the otherwise suave and decorous Republican candidate.

He picks his nose in public. He has halitosis. He walked out on a bill in 1963 and never tried to pay it back.

President Obama's day will come. He was born in a foreign country, possibly a Communist country. He is a Muslim, possibly a Muslim cleric. He never washes his hands after using a public comfort station. Occasionally, he does not even avail himself of a public facility. Some sleuth will produce pictures! John F. Harris, in his presidential biography of Bill Clinton, between pages 224 and 225, produced a picture of the Boy President and Al Gore participating in statecraft in a public restroom. It was a presidential first. So we already have come pretty coarse pictures of Democrats in action, and Harris was a friendly biographer. Now let the Obama haters have their say.

Actually, I may have contributed to the impending outbreak of vitriol and mayhem in the coming presidential campaign by referring in my current book, "The Death of Liberalism" (Thomas Nelson, Inc.), to the most spendthrift president ever as "the stealth socialist." I was joking, of course, exaggerating the particulars of Obamacare, which nationalizes one sixth of the American economy, satirizing Obama's attempt to buy up heretofore private corporations, and with taxpayers' money place bets on Solyndra and other of Obama's green friends. He also has attempted to extend federal control over the banks and other financial institutions with the likes of Dodd-Frank. I think the case can be made for Obama's stealth socialism, no? How about calling it Corporatism?

Alas, apparently out there in the Kultursmog this goes too far. I can speak facetiously about Obama, the stealth socialist, on Fox News, talk radio, and C-SPAN, but not on ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN. In fact, on CNN I have been disinvited from a show. The claim was that calling Obama "the stealth socialist" was rude. Yet what about the charges against Romney? They have all been made on the above networks, and poor Romney has to go through the laborious procedure of saying he cannot recall incidents from 50 years ago. Anyway, if he was a rowdy high school jerk, he is now sorry. That is the double standard that will obtain in this election.

It is all going to be a spectacle to watch. Yet in the end, I have predicted in "The Death of Liberalism" that Romney will win. The conservatives and independents outnumber the Liberals by a staggering majority, and they are alarmed by the deficits that have been rung up by the...ah — try this, the prestidigitator of a mixed economy in the White House. How is that, my friends in mainstream media, or is prestidigitator still too rude?

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor-in-chief of The American Spectator and an adjunct scholar at the Hudson Institute. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Death of Liberalism." To find out more about R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Both Obama and Romney are terrible and deserve all the crap thats about to come their way. When will people wake up realize these are 2 corperate elitists that only care about the status quo. Vote for someone who will shake things up like Gary Johnson or Buddy Roemer.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Thu May 17, 2012 9:27 AM
Re: Chris McCoy...Sir,...At least you have an idea of who you want to lead you... Do you have a leash and collar too??? I mean, what is wrong with you??? Do you have some sort of mental defect??? Because the way I see it, every reasonably intelligent individual should be able to make the essential choices that will affect their life, and with modern technology there is no good excuse for leaving that job in the hands of representatives... We might need some one to execute the laws we make, but we need no one to make the laws for us to follow but ourselves... If you consider what the prize is for the abuse of truth we must suffer, and this continual insult to our intelligence with these insinuations and sarcasms that pass for truth among the uninformed, then you understand that the power to mislead us as to the nature of the truth is the power to command us completely... Both should be denied to anyone at the first sign of a dishonorable lie... We need the truth to survive... The truth is only so much pig iron to them, wrought to serve their purpose... And the constitution that allows such a fraud to continue with the help of the public property of the airwaves proves it is trash by the trash it permits... No other proof is needed... If good does not come out of the constitution, it does not deserve the respect of the people... Thanks... Sweeney
Comment: #2
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Thu May 17, 2012 10:21 AM
Sweeny now you're just getting plain old nasty. You think Obama is going to stand up for your "truth"? I don't know why you have a problem with someone wanting another option other than the 2 monopolistic parties.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Fri May 18, 2012 6:40 AM
Sweeny, now you're just getting plain old nasty. Thats what happens to liberals. You think Obama will stand up for your "truth"? Why do you have a problem with someone wanting an alternative to the 2 monopolistic parties?
Comment: #4
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Fri May 18, 2012 6:43 AM
Re: Chris McCoy.... I do not care about Obama... He is perhaps the lesser of two evils...He is as much stuck in a box he cannot think his way out of as all the rest...Do not be stuck... The moment you quit believing that all we have to do is change a few players and begin to think about fundamental change to the system, you have become a revolutionary... No Bomb required... Just thought...
Part of the reason our government does not work for people on the left or the right is that the house was supposed to grow with the population...It was supposed to keep the ratio of representatives to represented low...The parties fixed the number of members in the house to keep it "Manageable"... Where is managed government a goal of our constutition???...
The contitution left a loophole: Not more than one representative for every 30K... What part of a representative do we have for every 30k now... Our districts are divided by our parties that have no official part of government, which forces a reliance on the parties... If your district is divided to deny you representation, you appeal to the representative from another district, and pay for the privilage with support...But in the mean time, the house representing vast numbers from divided districts represents no one well...When redistricting comes along, party hacks demand safe districts, but these rotten bouroughs only serve to radicalize politics since the only chance of defeating any rep is in the primary stage, and even republicans and democrats in safe districts are denied representation of their choice that does for them, and which speaks to their needs...Think of it... If you represent two people at odds, with different goals and means, then you are free to act as you choose, on money or on principal... Do we want them free to do as they wish, or do we want them on our leash???
The house in limiting their number increased the power of each individual member, and now they will not give up a part of it to have peace; but the house as a whole has lost all its essential power, which the presidency and the court and the parties have gained because the House cannot speak with a loud or united voice... The house is not a check on the Senate, but is a Senate in cheap, a miniture version of the Senate that does not talk to our needs, but to the needs of party which individuals can affect but little, and which money affects a lot... The court, the least democratic arm of the government blessed this denial of democracy in the house... They said each house can set their own limits... How is this working for us???
In a sense, we have moved beyond these institutions... We do not need to speak through them which means getting our voices through the parties... We do not have to move them which means first moving parties..The House of Reps would have lasted longer and worked better if one were trying to represent 30k...One man can almost know 30 K, and it is likely that 30k districts with almost any boundry would speak with a common voice; but most of our districts are divided to deny a voice... Even safe districts have only a 5% consistent majority for either party... But the absolute areas of some of these districts covering time zones and zip codes denies the possiblity of common interests for voters...
Representing 30k would once have been possible, were it for long allowed; but representing 260k from divided districts is impossible, and the very impossibility of what they attempt makes the house a home of futility... They do not speak to our issues.. The do not solve our problems or resolve our differences...The president has gained by the loss of the people, but do we really want a dictator in charge of our affairs???... The parties have gained, but when do they stand for election??? When were the people given the choice of parties or not??? It is fine when the president judges in our favor, but what if he does not...And the question is moot...
We do not need this form of government when we can talk to each other... We need a direct democracy, and the internet makes that possible...The revolution has begun...Time to pick sides because the choice is no longer between left and right, but is between past and future.... Thanks... Sweeney
Comment: #5
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Fri May 18, 2012 8:20 AM
So then who will you be voting for in november?
Comment: #6
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Fri May 18, 2012 9:08 AM
Re: Chris McCoy... I will hold my nose and vote for Mr. Obama because I think the democrats are better at the economy, more intelligent at defense, more sympathic to working people no matter how useless they are for them... The last time I voted for no one, meaning not for lackluster Al Gore because I was so sick of the Clintons, we got George W. and we will be a long time recovering from him... And I may not vote for anyone, but only vote against some one as the republicans do, and the whole South have always done...
What, or who is their to vote for??? We are given no essential choice in our lives, and it makes people extreme, never having to actually think about consequences of actions they can never make fact... It would matter what we say and think if we were a democracy, but now people vote for the same reason they do not vote: Out of Frustration...In its proper place, and considered for what it has always been, democracy is not about attack, but about defense... What we have now is such a perversion of democracy that our defense is beyond us, and we believe our only defense is offense, and offense requires such energy that it exhausts people just like it exhausts armies...
The attitude so many of us have that we cannot defend our rights short of attacking the rights of our neighbors is one designed to destroy us all...In the old days, the Spanish Inquisition counted on the jealousy and envy of people to provide a supply of fresh and wealthy victims... But they would often move into a tight community and leave frustrated that no one would inform for them, and say, there was no money in them... Actually there was no stupidty or avarice powerful enough to overcome the obvious logic that what one does to you, you are free to do back until the whole society goes to hell...If you can stand united in defense of rights for all, then you cannot be made a victim, but majority rule which is all that is thought essential to attack rights, makes all rights indefensible...I only attack privilage... Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #7
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Sat May 19, 2012 12:15 PM
democrats are better at the economy???? Yeah Sweeney massive, corrupt spending and taking bribes from corrupt public sector unions and then giving outrageous benefits and early retirement are really sound economic policies. Nobody gives Calvin Coolidge credit for the roaring twenties economy because it led to the Great Depression yet liberals give Bill Clinton credit for the fake Internet economy because he had the fortune of it not blowing up under his watch. Just out of curiosity, how has Obam shown he has any economic skills?
Comment: #8
Posted by: Thetruth
Sat May 19, 2012 6:11 PM
Sweeny they say that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Who will stand to rise against injustice? Don't hate on me for looking towards candidates that will, even if they have virtually no chance at victory. At least its something different.
Comment: #9
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Sun May 20, 2012 5:32 PM
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