Quote of the day

posted at 10:53 pm on August 24, 2009 by Allahpundit

“The failure of the Carter years was, in Reagan’s view, the failure of the man at the helm and the policies he had pursued at home and abroad. At no time had Ronald Reagan believed that the American covenant had failed, that America should apologize for itself in the world beyond its shores. There was no narcissism in Reagan. It was stirring that the man who headed into the sunset of his life would bid his country farewell by reminding it that its best days were yet to come.

In contrast, there is joylessness in Mr. Obama. He is a scold, the ‘Yes we can!’ mantra is shallow, and at any rate, it is about the coming to power of a man, and a political class, invested in its own sense of smarts and wisdom, and its right to alter the social contract of the land. In this view, the country had lost its way and the new leader and the political class arrayed around him will bring it back to the right path…

American democracy has never been democracy by plebiscite, a process by which a leader is anointed, then the populace steps out of the way, and the anointed one puts his political program in place. In the American tradition, the ‘mandate of heaven’ is gained and lost every day and people talk back to their leaders. They are not held in thrall by them. The leaders are not infallible or a breed apart. That way is the Third World way, the way it plays out in Arab and Latin American politics.

Those protesters in those town-hall meetings have served notice that Mr. Obama’s charismatic moment has passed.”


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“Come and Take it!”
…all enemies, foreign and domestic

Green Muse on August 25, 2009 at 1:34 AM

Let’s win this one for the Gipper

Fallen Sparrow on August 25, 2009 at 1:31 AM

You betcha!

atheling on August 25, 2009 at 1:34 AM

We Papists have our own language

Fallen Sparrow on August 25, 2009 at 1:31 AM

Yes we do. And even more, we have a distinct world outlook and way of thinking.

atheling on August 25, 2009 at 1:36 AM

Ooooh, this should be QOTD:

“Our fellow citizens have been led hoodwinked from their principles by a most extraordinary combination of circumstances. But the band is removed, and they now see for themselves.” –Thomas Jefferson to John Dickinson, 1801. ME 10:217

atheling on August 25, 2009 at 1:37 AM

E’vry now and then,
Small actions have big effects.
Like with the Swift Boats.

The Town Hall Meetings
Give each of us a chance to
Help to move mountains.

Haiku Guy on August 25, 2009 at 3:19 AM

… Faith in the country’s institutions, perhaps in the free-enterprise system itself, had given way. …

Somehow, after reading this sentence, it was clear to me that the author would likely be some sort of ‘internationalist’. These people rarely seem to understand capitalists very well.

Of course, that is what makes people like Mark Stein ‘exceptional’.

And speaking of ‘american exceptionalism’, I recall some news person trying to hammer at Gov Palin about it. Maybe they should have been asking Obama that question.

Freddy on August 25, 2009 at 3:30 AM

Reagan wasn’t perfect but he’s a hell of a lot better than anything we’ve had since…

therightwinger on August 24, 2009 at 11:18 PM

That’s the best contemporary description of Reagan I’ve ever read.

Re Sarah Palin: Michael Reagan wrote that he sees his father in her. She is his political heir.

Mike Pence is another one. Every time he speaks, I cheer.

powerpro on August 24, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Pence came across disappointinly weak on the illegal alien/close the border issue last year during a radio grilling by Sean Hannity. I felt the same about him as you do until I heard that.

Yephora on August 25, 2009 at 4:07 AM

The true measure of a man is what he is most proud of.

Reagen, pulling 77 drowning people from the water.

Obama, getting 53% of those that voted to believe his lies.

Slowburn on August 25, 2009 at 4:56 AM

I turned 18 in 1984 just in time to campaign for Reagan on campus and cast my first ever vote for him.

DerKrieger on August 24, 2009 at 11:12 PM

Yep, me too. I was more excited about getting a vote card than getting legal booze. For those who don’t remember, back then 18 was legal to buy.

di butler on August 25, 2009 at 6:05 AM

FOUAD AJAMI–great source to quote, Allahpundit.

It shall be seen whether the man swept into office in the moment of national panic will adjust to the nation’s recovery of its self-confidence.

whether how

Through his own reactionary nature, Obama is adjusting, though not properly, to the personal reality of American independence.

As to those “independents” who claim they didn’t vote for what they got, yes they did. If “independents” want to claim ignorance, then be honest. They didn’t study because Obama’s cards were all laid out on the table in his initial introductory primary campaign video. They didn’t even bother addressing Obama’s closest associates, all heavy weight Marxists and thugs. And they most certainly didn’t bother demanding a priori election any credentials.

Too many idiots assume pretty tags for themselves that seemingly have descriptive appeal contrary to content; Independent, Moderate, Liberal, Progressive, Socialist. It took a village of independent moderates to elect Obama. It will take an army of Marxist thugs to keep him in office.

maverick muse on August 25, 2009 at 6:31 AM

Those protesters in those town-hall meetings have served notice that Mr. Obama’s charismatic moment has passed. Once again, the belief in that American exception that set this nation apart from other lands is re-emerging. Health care is the tip of the iceberg. Beneath it is an unease with the way the verdict of the 2008 election was read by those who prevailed. It shall be seen whether the man swept into office in the moment of national panic will adjust to the nation’s recovery of its self-confidence.

Very true, and its why the conventional wisdom of a stronger economy benefits Obama is misleading. As people feel secure and prosperous, they are in a stronger position to fend off the influence peddling of the Democratic party. Of course Obama is trying to prevent this, but that goes without saying.

rob verdi on August 25, 2009 at 7:05 AM

The problem with having a REAL American as President like Reagan is is shows how far down our country has slid by electing Communist scum like Obama. May God help our country.

Jeff from WI on August 25, 2009 at 7:08 AM

“Socialism, is never having to say you’re sorry’.

percysunshine on August 25, 2009 at 7:15 AM

Why don’t they ever put who said the quote of the day in the quote of the days? Am I missing something?

JRWARHAWK on August 25, 2009 at 7:18 AM

atheling on August 25, 2009 at 1:36 AM

See Simon Wiesenthal for QOTD in regard to this. ;)

mankai on August 25, 2009 at 7:19 AM

I was never aware of any charisma on Obama’s part. I looked at him and saw a fast talking demagogue.

Terrye on August 25, 2009 at 7:21 AM

JRWARHAWK on August 25, 2009 at 7:18 AM

Why don’t they ever put who said the quote of the day in the quote of the days? Am I missing something?

Forces you to click through to the original story. Clever, eh? ;-)

fluffy on August 25, 2009 at 7:24 AM

fluffy on August 25, 2009 at 7:24 AM

Forces you to click through to the original story. Clever, eh? ;-)

Ahh, thanks. I guess I’m of the entitlement minded…I believe we should get the quotes for free without having to work for myself reading the actual article it came from. My bad. :-)

JRWARHAWK on August 25, 2009 at 7:31 AM

Reagan looks natural pictured in front of Old Glory.

Honestly, does Obama?

Jeff from WI on August 25, 2009 at 7:33 AM

JRWARHAWK:

My guess it is a financial incentive. If HotAir provides lots of click-throughs to to a provider like the WSJ, they probably keep a good rate.

fluffy on August 25, 2009 at 7:36 AM

Reagan looks natural pictured in front of Old Glory.

Honestly, does Obama?

Jeff from WI on August 25, 2009 at 7:33 AM

Obama looks like he is disgusted when he has to stand in front of it.

Sporty1946 on August 25, 2009 at 7:59 AM

Jeff from WI on August 25, 2009 at 7:33 AM

That’s the whole problem. Obama does not love this country.

kingsjester on August 25, 2009 at 8:17 AM


Over hill, over dale,
We must stop Herr Obama
from swinging America by the tail,
And those Caissons Go Rolling Along
Counter march! Right about!
Hear those protesters shout
While those Caissons Go Rolling Along

To the front, day and night
Where the constitutionalists against Herr Obama dig and fight
And those Caissons Go Rolling Along
Our barrage will be there
Fired on the rocket’s flare
While those Caissons Go Rolling Along

With the liberty loving blogs, boot to boot
We will join in Herr Obama’s pursuit
And those Caissons Go Rolling Along
Action front, at a trot
Volley fire with shell and shot
While those Caissons Go Rolling Along

Should the foe penetrate
Ev’ry conservative gunner for Herr Obama lies in wait
And those Caissons Go Rolling Along
Fire at will, lay ‘em low
Never stop for any foe
While those Caissons Go Rolling Along

But if fate me should call
And in action against Herr Obama I should fall
Keep those Caissons a rolling Along
Then in peace I’ll abide
When I take my final ride
On a Caisson that’s Rolling Along

For it’s “Hi! Hi! Hee!
In the Impeach Obama Artillery
Call off your numbers loud and strong
And where e’er we go
You will always know
That those Caissons Are Rolling Along

MB4 on August 25, 2009 at 12:54 AM

MB4 You are just brilliant!! I love when you write….

Onward Forward and Upward!!

RoxanneH on August 25, 2009 at 8:23 AM

go to drudge report now and vote NO. You’ll see why

ted c on August 25, 2009 at 8:34 AM

“Our fellow citizens have been led hoodwinked from their principles by a most extraordinary combination of circumstances. But the band is removed, and they now see for themselves.” –Thomas Jefferson to John Dickinson, 1801. ME 10:217

The voice of reason and logic.

ted c on August 25, 2009 at 8:35 AM

I turned 18 in 1984 just in time to campaign for Reagan on campus and cast my first ever vote for him.

I turned 18 in 1980 and my first ever vote was for Reagan, too. He was one-of-a-kind, a great man and a good man, God rest his soul.

beachgirlusa on August 25, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Once again, the belief in that American exception that set this nation apart from other lands is re-emerging.

It was Obama’s declaration during the campaign that he doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism that first made me realize just what this man is. I was astonished that remark didn’t get more attention. That a majority of the electorate would choose to elect as president a man who has so little understanding of, or respect for, the unique character, history, and role of this nation still shocks and disgusts me.

AZCoyote on August 25, 2009 at 9:02 AM

My guess it is a financial incentive. If HotAir provides lots of click-throughs to to a provider like the WSJ, they probably keep a good rate.

fluffy on August 25, 2009 at 7:36 AM

I think it’s just blogger courtesy. I do the same thing – only copy half or less. While it would sometimes be helpful to indicate those quoted ie I don’t want to read anything Megan McCain wrote, it is not permissible to “reprint” the entire article. So, to read the whole thing, you must go through the link anyway.

What I’ve found is that you usually need to read the entire piece to get context – and /or it’s just a really well written piece. I enjoyed today’s QOTD so much, I posted it as well.

And I’m really enjoying watching the left squirm – it’s what worms do best. Is it just me or are they always whining about something? To beat a dead horse, the have the power, why don’t they just use it and let the chips fall where they may? They’re like inmates that have taken over the prison and now don’t know what to do – publicly, at least.

gopmom on August 25, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Good God…

And you people have the temerity (look it up) to criticize folks who support Obama as being in a cult.

If Reagan were anywhere near the president you think he was, he would have been something special indeed. But the REAL Reagan raised taxes, increased the deficit, traded with terrorists and harmed the United States.

It’s called “reality.”

bschmalfeldt on August 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Reagan looks natural pictured in front of Old Glory.

Honestly, does Obama?

Jeff from WI on August 25, 2009 at 7:33 AM

Obama looks more natural dancing ON the flag in a dirty Chicago back alley, a la Bill “the bomber” Ayers.

runawayyyy on August 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM

I’d like to slap Obama so hard that he starves to death rolling.

Is that disrespectful?

Not in this case. It’s funny and I’m going to use the expression myself.

Lightswitch on August 25, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Reagan = the great scamster of the false Right.

Spathi on August 24, 2009 at 10:59 PM

Have another hit and take a really long nap.

Lightswitch on August 25, 2009 at 9:52 AM

How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

Ronald Reagan

Ris4victory on August 25, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Funny,

The Rise and Fall of THIS Reich only took six months,

isn’t it.

franksalterego on August 25, 2009 at 10:17 AM

And you people have the temerity (look it up) to criticize folks who support Obama as being in a cult.

If Reagan were anywhere near the president you think he was, he would have been something special indeed. But the REAL Reagan raised taxes, increased the deficit, traded with terrorists and harmed the United States.

It’s called “reality.”

No, it’s called bulls**t.
Taxes went up under Reagan because the best he could do with Democrat obstruction was to, as he put it, “slow the rate of increase”.
Reagan asked Congress (see Article I, Sections 1, 7 & 8) for tax cuts and spending cuts at the same time. Congress delivered on the tax cuts but reneged on the spending cuts.
Dan Rostenkowski said at the time that the easiest way for the Democrats to hurt Reagan and the Republicans was to tank the economy, so they did.
Reagan’s military buildup, which is largely the cause of the deficit increase was necessary to reverse the shameful policies of Carter and to finally defeat the Soviet Union without all out war. Clinton, indeed the whole country, benefitted from the peace dividend that Reagan made possible.
As for trading with terrorists, that was done by rogue elements without Reagan’s knowledge or permission.
Reagan certainly didn’t harm the United States in any way. He turned America from a path of appeasement and mediocrity and back into a superpower feared by her enemies and respected by her allies. We enjoyed the one of the longest peacetime economic expansions in American history because of Reagan’s leadership and statesmanship.
We respect and admire Reagan for his demonstrated strength, honesty and love of American exceptionalism. We don’t expect him to be perfect and we don’t worship him as a messiah like the Obamunists worship their tin demigod.

single stack on August 25, 2009 at 10:26 AM

single stack on August 25, 2009 at 10:26 AM

No, it’s called bulls**t.
Taxes went up under Reagan because the best he could do with Democrat obstruction was to, as he put it, “slow the rate of increase”.
Reagan asked Congress (see Article I, Sections 1, 7 & 8) for tax cuts and spending cuts at the same time. Congress delivered on the tax cuts but reneged on the spending cuts.
Dan Rostenkowski said at the time that the easiest way for the Democrats to hurt Reagan and the Republicans was to tank the economy, so they did…

A-FREAKING-MEN!

JRWARHAWK on August 25, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Why don’t they ever put who said the quote of the day in the quote of the days? Am I missing something?

JRWARHAWK on August 25, 2009 at 7:18 AM

You’re challenged to click on the highlighted text, and read the source material.

It’s not attributed in the QOTD page because it’s often fun to guess who said something, stripped of byline, and some of the supporting paragraphs.

massrighty on August 25, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Good God…

And you people have the temerity (look it up) to criticize folks who support Obama as being in a cult.

If Reagan were anywhere near the president you think he was, he would have been something special indeed. But the REAL Reagan raised taxes, increased the deficit, traded with terrorists and harmed the United States.

It’s called “reality.”

bschmalfeldt on August 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM

No, it’s called you can pull almost any tiny threads out of the quilt of history, and cry “look at these threads,” as if they represented the entire tapestry.

For your information:
1. I had no need to look up temerity.
2. “Reagan won the cold war, without firing a shot.” – Margaret Thatcher.
3. Under Reagan, our allies knew they had a staunch friend. Our enemies knew they had an adversary resolved to defeat them.

massrighty on August 25, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Reagan = the great scamster of the false Right.

Spathi on August 24, 2009 at 10:59 PM

Support your thesis.
Multiple, reputable, non-partisan sources, please.

massrighty on August 25, 2009 at 2:22 PM

We had to get through the failed, disastrous Presidency of GWB to get Obama. Thanks, Dubya!

dcwvu on August 25, 2009 at 12:41 AM

Posts without value.
That’s your deal.
It’s not even a very good trick – but it’s your only one!

massrighty on August 25, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Sarah Palin is the new Reagan!
You betchya.

idesign on August 24, 2009 at 10:59 PM

Michael Reagan agrees with you.

He’d know.

massrighty on August 25, 2009 at 2:36 PM

massrighty on August 25, 2009 at 2:20 PM

massrighty on August 25, 2009 at 2:22 PM

massrighty on August 25, 2009 at 2:34 PM

massrighty on August 25, 2009 at 2:36 PM

My God, you are magnificent!

lovingmyUSA on August 25, 2009 at 5:05 PM

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