Keep Fighting! We're On The Cusp of a Landslide.

Cross-posted at Daily Kos and TPM

I believe this election is on the cusp of becoming a landslide for Obama, and I believe that's why the McCain campaign panicked and chose Palin at the last minute without vetting her.

We keep seeing diaries with the latest Gallup, Rasmussen, CBS, etc polling showing a tightening or expanding race. But one thing I have not seen anyone do yet is put this in historical perspective.

Once you do that, you see just how strong Obama is in this election cycle, and why the republicans are so dispirited and downtrodden.

This, more than any other election in my 31 years, is ours to lose. We MUST keep fighting, not only to win, but to utterly decimate the republican party nationwide.

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A Crisis of Confidence

In light of former Senator Gramm's remarks on the current state of affairs, we should revisit a very famous speech made by a Democratic President as another crisis was unfolding.

The year was 1979 ~ and energy prices were skyrocketing.  Interest rates were skyhigh, and the Soviet Union was sitting happily in Afghanistan (within striking distance of their cherished blue water port).

President Carter called it a "crisis of confidence", and delivered a speech on it on Jly 15, 1979.  Almost 29 years ago.  He was uniformly lambasted by the Republicans for it.  He happened to be right then.  He happens to be right now.
He said


It is a crisis of confidence.

It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation.

The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America.

The confidence that we have always had as a people is not simply some romantic dream or a proverb in a dusty book that we read just on the Fourth of July. It is the idea which founded our nation and has guided our development as a people. Confidence in the future has supported everything else -- public institutions and private enterprise, our own families, and the very Constitution of the United States. Confidence has defined our course and has served as a link between generations. We've always believed in something called progress. We've always had a faith that the days of our children would be better than our own.

Our people are losing that faith, not only in government itself but in the ability as citizens to serve as the ultimate rulers and shapers of our democracy. As a people we know our past and we are proud of it. Our progress has been part of the living history of America, even the world. We always believed that we were part of a great movement of humanity itself called democracy, involved in the search for freedom; and that belief has always strengthened us in our purpose. But just as we are losing our confidence in the future, we are also beginning to close the door on our past.

In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we've discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. We've learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose.

The symptoms of this crisis of the American spirit are all around us. For the first time in the history of our country a majority of our people believe that the next five years will be worse than the past five years. Two-thirds of our people do not even vote. The productivity of American workers is actually dropping, and the willingness of Americans to save for the future has fallen below that of all other people in the Western world.

As you know, there is a growing disrespect for government and for churches and for schools, the news media, and other institutions. This is not a message of happiness or reassurance, but it is the truth and it is a warning.

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Carter's second term

 Mccain is claiming Obama is running for Carter's second term.  Since he is an honest politician I guess he is sincere. Unfortunately he had missed most of the preceding Nixon years. Like Bush, Nixon had shredded the Constitution, run the military into the ground and created conditions for the massive stagflation that followed.
  Inheriting that mess, Carter(not Reagan) laid the foundation of a strong military, put in policies that killed off inflation and restored an honest government. I just wish he had been a better rhetorician.

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Ted & Hillary - On Trying to Save Us from Jimmy & Barack

The sad news of Ted Kennedy's recent diagnosis is causing many progressives to reflect on Kennedy's marvelous public service. And for those that remember 1980, the similarities between Kennedy and another icon of the Democratic party - Hillary Clinton - are unmistakable.

It was in 1980 that President Jimmy Carter swept through many early primaries. But as the process played out, Carter's weaknesses came to light. Kennedy came on to claim many later primaries.

The mood of the country and polls indicated Carter was nearly unelectable, but the Democratic party apparatus clung to him. Knowing the disaster awaiting in the fall, Kennedy charged ahead and fought. Even with Carter holding a huge delegate advantage, Kennedy bucked the system.

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Carter, Hamas, Israel and The Truth

We all owe a debt of gratitude to Jimmy Carter. This is a man that has consistently tried to do what others in the political arena seem unable to do, and that is to live up to their own expectations, regardless of the political costs. His recent trip to the Middle-East was Carter at his finest. While he understood all to well that the compromised, immoral regimes of both Israel and Washington did not support his mission and were unlikely to approve anything that came out of his meetings with Hamas, he chose to go in order to illustrate to the world what these two governments are really about. I believe Carter was successful in illustrating that neither America nor Israel want to pursue a realistic solution for peace. If anything, his visit proved once again, that Israel seeks not peace, but capitulation.

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