Thursday, February 14, 2008

28-12 is the new 19-0

The sports world was abuzz all fall about the New England Patriots quest to become only the second undefeated team in NFL history. If the Patriots would have defeated the underdog New York Giants in the Super Bowl, they would have finished their perfect season at 19-0.

However, as invincible as the Patriots appeared, they proved vulnerable to a hungrier, more athletic team in the New York Giants. The G-Men exposed the Patriots weaknesses, capitalized on a "tight" team of destiny who succumbed to the mounting pressure and just plain got lucky on the final drive (has anyone else ever caught such an important pass against his helmet?)

But now that the Super Bowl has passed and the 1972 Miami Dolphins have raised their champagne glasses preserving their NFL unbeaten legacy, let's move on to an even more important statistical record.

Since 1968, the Republican Party has won seven of the last 10 Presidential elections. The party of Lincoln and Roosevelt has presided for 28 of the last 40 years. The Democratic Party has only won three elections and served in the White House for 12 of those 40 years. So do we learn anything from these past 40 years? A closer look tells any young "Obamacan" just how different the two parties are:

The Nixon Years--1968 to 1974

Ok, we have to make a major leap and ask the Democrats for a mulligan on the entire "Watergate" episode but other than a few stupid Anti-Castro Cubans and former F.B.I. and C.I.A. men and their bungled break-in, let's look at the accomplishments during the "Age of Nixon:"

--Modified Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
--Secret bombings of Cambodia destroying VietCong supply routes and base camps.
--Apollo 11, 12, 13 & 14 space flights to the moon.
--U.S. troop reductions in Vietnam.
--Nixon Doctrine of Vietnamization where U.S. relies on Vietnamese control of war.
--Signing of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty.
--Tax Reform Act of 1969.
--Defense Appropriations Act of 1970.
--National Environmental Policy Act.
--Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
--Clean Air Act.
--Ending of U.S./China Act.
--Ended the Draft.
--Passage of the 26th Amendment allowing 18, 19 and 20 year olds the right to vote.
--Economic Stabilization Act enacting wage and price controls and creating a new economic system.
--China visit and breakthrough of opening relations.
--Nominated Conservative Supreme Court Justices.
--Equal Employment Opportunitites Act.
--SALT I Treaty limiting nuclear weapons.
--More bombing of North Vietnam that led to peace.
--Vietnam Peace Treaty ending war.
--P.O.W's return home.
--Drug Enforcement Agency.

The Ford Years--1974 to 1976

--Nixon Pardon.
--Helsinki Accords moving toward Detente with the Soviets.
--Nominated a Conservative Supreme Court Justice
--Survived two assassination attempts in California by two crazy women.

The Carter Years--1977 to 1980

--U.S. hostages in Iran for over a year.
--Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
--Amnesty pardons for Vietnam "draft-evaders."
--Failed rescue attempt for U.S. hostages.
--Fuel shortages at home.
--More government: Department of Energy and Department of Education.
--Panama Canal Treaty giving away our ownership of vital strategic asset to a foreign country.
--"Crisis of Confidence" Speech to the American people on national television.
--Request for resignations of entire Cabinet.
--Cut Defense budget by $6 billion.
--Announced intent to reverse 25 years of U.S. foreign policy by withdrawing all U.S. troops in South Korea and unilateral removal of all U.S. nuclear weapons based in South Korea.
--Ended U.S. aid to Somoza regime in Nicaragua resulting in rise of "Sandinista" government.
--Double digit inflation.
--Announced intent to eliminate all nuclear weapons worldwide.
--Implementation of Wheat Embargo to punish the Soviets for invading Afghanistan which punished U.S. farmers into bankruptcy.
--Enactment of Military Draft.
--Cancellation of B-1 Bomber.

Ronald Reagan--1981 to 1988

--"Reaganomics" and supply-side economics which lowered taxes and created a "trickle-down" economic growth system.
--Ended Cold War.
--"Iran/Contra" Covert operations to fund Nicaraguan freedom fighters.
--Massive military buildup of 40%.
--"Reagan Revolution" created 16 million jobs.
--Nominated Conservative Supreme Court Justices.
--Immigration Reform and Control Act effectively giving amnesty to over three million illegal immigrants living in the U.S.
--B-1 Bomber production begins.
--Pershing II Missile is deployed in Europe.
--Strategic Defense Initiative.
--Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
--"Tear down this wall" Speech in Berlin in 1987.
--Berlin Wall demolition in 1989."

George H.W. Bush--1989 to 1992

--New World Order.
--Gulf War liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi invasion.
--Collapse of Soviet Union.
--U.S-Soviet Strategic Partnership.
--NAFTA spearheaded which ultimately passed in 1993.
--Nominated Conservative Supreme Court Justices.

William Jefferson Clinton--1992 to 2000

--Longest sustained peace-time economic expansion in U.S. history.
--$559 billion budget surplus kept from the American taxpayer.
--Robbed the rich with higher taxes to give tax credits to the poor.
--Failed Universal Health Care Reform with a Democratic-controlled Congress.
--Sex, Cigars and the Intern in the White House.
--"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky" testimony.
--Impeachment acquittal.
--65% approval rating.
--Proposed Gays in the Military.
--Settled for "Don't Ask--Don't Tell" Policy.
--Brady Bill.
--Nominated Liberal, Activist Supreme Court Justices.
--Family and Medical Leave Act.
--First time Democratic Party lost both houses of Congress in a mid-term election in 40 years.
--Elian Gonzalez forceably removed from his bedroom and shipped back to Cuba.
--Janet Reno, Al Gore, Donna Shalala and Madeleine Albright.
--Jennifer Flowers, Kathleen Willey, Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones.
--"TravelGate," Vince Foster and "Whitewater."

George W. Bush--2001 to 2008

--$1.35 trillion tax cut program, largest in U.S. history.
--Philosophy that American taxpayer should keep the government's money not the U.S.
--War on Terror.
--Removal of the Taliban from Afghanistan.
--Removal of Saddam Hussein from Iraq.
--USA Patriot Act.
--No Child Left Behind Act.
--90% approval rating following 9-11 attacks--highest-ever in Gallup Poll history.
--Nominated Conservative Supreme Court Justices.
--Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld.


You can read Wikipedia and surf the web through the Presidential Libraries for your own factoids; however, even a rationale, objective "Obamacan" can come to the following conclusions based upon this evidence:

Republican Presidents favor lower taxes, less government, conservative social policies and a strong military and national defense.
Democratic Presidents favor higher taxes, more government, liberal social policies and a weak military and national defense.

We don't know who the Democrats will nominate for President but you can count on one thing from Barack Hussein Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton--bad news for the United States.

However, we do know this: John McCain will never weaken our military, will finish the War on Terror and will never use Federal Marshals to forceably remove a young boy from his home returning him to a Communist country.

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