November 12th, 2012
Conservative Refocus / The Examiner
By Barry Secrest
While the Obama administration has repeatedly indicated its strong support for all forms of energy production, both throughout the President's 2012 campaign and his first four year term, a recent disclosure stunned many White House watchers.
On Friday, the Obama administration made its intent known to close over 1.6 million acres of western US territory which had been formerly dedicated to oil shale and tar sands energy production.
The Obama Administration announcement shocked many due largely to its timing, being only three days after a major 2012 election in which American energy dependence was a central argument.
One of the reasons given for the land closing was due to a bird which has apparently been under stress of late. The increasingly endangered sage grouses and its possible environmental habitat disturbance was the reason for federal concern, despite the fact that the sage grouse is not actually considered an endangered species.
According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the sage grouse "could be a possible candidate in the future."
However, Bobby McEnaney, an environmental lands development spokesperson, indicated that the move by the Obama administration was important due to the fact that it is a step in "significantly reducing" America's land availability for leasing by energy companies.
While many Democrats laud President Obama's penchant for curtailing fossil fuel energy production, a number of others have taken issue with the Obama administration's efforts. US Senate Democrat Jon Tester, who recently won his Montana re-election race, is one of those Democrats.
Senator Tester, in 2012, was forced to distance himself from Obama's energy policies in order to gain re-election directly because of Montana's growing employment numbers from the energy development sector. In that same vein, other Democrats also found themselves squarely against Obama's unpopular energy decisions, in many cases, crucially impairing both Obama and certain members of his party's re-electability.
Indeed, another major factor in the development of America's natural fuel production is one of economic impact. Several states have undergone an economic boom, with unemployment almost completely wiped out, as high paying energy jobs have created an employment haven for previously unemployed American workers.
Since 2007, over a half million jobs have been added to the economy directly due to energy exploration and development says Joel Kotkin, a Daily Beast correspondent who frequently writes on energy.
One of those projects was the 2012 Keystone XL pipeline project which would have utilized oil piped in from Canada to augment American energy stores. The nixed 1,700 mile pipeline should have been a victory cry for Obama's opposition, believe many Conservatives. In January of 2012, Obama made the decision to call off approval of the Keystone pipeline over worries of possible ground and water contamination, leaving the pipeline oil still available to the Chinese government.
Keystone, which would have added over $ 7 billion in private sector economic enhancement and over 13,000 jobs, was to have been the heartland's major economic project easily stimulating ancillary job growth while curtailing America's dependence on foreign oil imports.
Democratic Senators Kent Conrad (N.D.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Max Baucus (Mont.), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mark Warner (Va.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Bob Casey (Pa.) were all in favor of the Keystone project which saw a large sector of bi-partisan approval, in addition to John Tester, of Montana.
Closing off large tracts of Federal land which incrementally worsens American energy independence has also been a major complaint of the Republican Party throughout the prior four years. In early 2010, Sen. Jim Demint described a massive Obama administration impetus aimed at taking over at least 10 million acres of land from Montana to New Mexico under the 1906 Federal Antiquities Act.
Under the act , which overrides virtually any state argument against federal land seizing, tracts of land can be taken by the government in order to protect endangered species. In this latest Obama land closing initiative, the lesser prairie chicken and the sand dune lizard, in addition to the badger and coyote, and earlier indicated sage grouse, were creatures listed as needful of protection.
In fact, two other Presidents have also used the 1906 Antiquities Act since its passage in 1906, one being President Carter and the other Bill Clinton. The US Government currently holds or has seized over 650 million acres of land at present, making up a total of over 29% of the nation's total land mass.
Another factor in the Obama administration's decision could ostensibly be traced to forced out EPA Administrator Al Armendariz, who claimed an overall philosophy of "crucifying oil and gas companies" by administration officials, as being operative with regard to American energy production.
November 9th, 2012
Conservative Refocus/ The Examiner
Over the days following President Obama's re-election, the US stock market has undergone a two day sell-off resulting in a loss of over 400 points. On Wednesday, immediately following the election, the market suffered it greatest single day loss of the year.
While numerous experts point to the Europe debt crisis or an approaching fiscal cliff in the US as the culprit, many business owners have indicated Obama's re-election as a direct cause of the faltering business climate and loss of confidence.
One Las Vegas business owner, after having warned his employees of a certain lay-off if Obama were re-elected, followed through with his ominous threat dropping one fifth of his work force in anticipation of a worsening environment.
The following is a list of companies which have announced layoffs directly as a result of President Obama's re-election. Many contracting businesses have indicated that the impending implementation of Obamacare, a looming threat of tax increases, and an overall anti-business environment will now prevail and perhaps even get worse, over the next four years prompting a defensive stance.
List of layoffs and closings courtesy of the website The Blaze:
• US Cellular -
• Rocketdyne -
• Brake Parts -
• Husqvarna -
• Bristol-Meyers -
Various Offices which will be closing as a result of re-election:
- Caterpillar Inc. will close its plant in Owatonna Minn.
- Mount Pleasant’s Albrecht Sentry Foods
- The Target store at Manassas Mall Va.
- Millennium Academy in Wake Forest NC
- Target Closing Kissimmee FL Location
- The Andover Gift Shop in Andover MA
- Grand Union Family Markets Closing Storrs Location CT
- Movie Scene Milford Location NH
- Update: TE Connectivity Closing Greensboro Plant – 620 Layoffs Expected
- Gomer’s Fried Chicken in South Kansas City
- Kmart in Homer Glen
- Fresh Market on Pine Street in Burlington
- AGC Glass North America to permanently close its Blue Ridge Plant in Kingsport Tenn.
- The Target store at Platte and Academy in Colorado Springs
- The Roses store on Reynold Road in Winston-Salem NC
- Meanders Kitchen losing its West Seattle location at 6032 California Ave
- Bost Harley-Davidson at 46th Avenue North and Delaware Ave. in West Nashville TN
- Townsend Booksellers in Oakland
- The Kmart store in Parkway Plaza off University Drive in Durham NC – 79 Jobs Lost
November 7th, 2012
Not a very exciting ending for Conservatives, to say the least.
Apparently, many of us misread what happened in 2010 as it could be applied to 2012. The questions of what exactly happened will swirl as we limp our way into 2013.
So, what do we take away from all of this?
Charles Krauthammer had some very interesting things to say about where we go from here. In essence, there is no mandate for Obama, the election was beyond close and still is not yet completely decided.
Romney appears to even have won the popular vote.
Further, the Republican controlled House has actually gained seats, meaning they are not going to budge, nor will many of us. We know that running a $ 17 trillion deficit, soon to become $ 20 trillion is a disaster waiting to happen. However, numerous among us, apparently, do not feel that way.
I hope, with all of my heart, that our contentions as Conservatives, as it regards the enormous deficit we are amassing, will not be proven true anytime soon. But, truth be told, if it's not us, it will be our children, and you can take that to the bank, perhaps in a wheelbarrow.
In that vein, congratulations are in order for both the Obama administration and its largest campaign donor, America's Fourth Estate, the collusive Mainstream Media, which the Conservative media was unable to overcome, at least not in this cycle.
The question for Conservatives at this point is: What did we do wrong? To answer that question, we would need to travel back in our time machine to at least a generation ago. Falling asleep at the wheel is always fraught with unwanted happenstance, and so we can observe that outcome here.
Our lack of success, despite a cornucopia of oppositional errors, is glaring in its deficiency.
But, once again, it is important to remember that Romney, at this writing, has won the popular vote, which means that Obama has no mandate to operate from, and he now knows it, not that it will have any true meaning with the re-elected President.
However, there will be other signals that come in to play with regard to the other races embedded within the 2012 election. All of that aside, I had toyed with the thought of perhaps loosening up my political perspicacity to a lesser degree with a Romney win.
Alas, that does not appear to be in the cards, despite the fact that North Carolina, my state, was switched back to a red state. something of which we are infinitely proud.
Quite frankly and as I see it now, we now have only a few more states to go, and we have four years to get it done, assuming the US is still around at that time, and if so, is still a viable entity.
The flipside of all of this is simple; Obama will now have to deal with the Benghazi betrayal. That should be interesting, to say the least.
Either way, if I know this President the way I think I know him, and I believe that I do, tighten up your seatbelts folks; it's gonna' be a rough ride from here on out.
November 4th, 2012
By Barry Secrest
In 1783, after having successfully won America's independence from her tyrannical occupiers, George Washington resigned his post as commander in chief of all American forces.
At the time, many who stood within the halls of power in the new nation implored Washington to stay on and rule as a people's appointed monarch of sorts. George Washington, being the ever wise leader and an ardent foe of governments styled after authoritarian systems, would have nothing of it.
The nation's first leader went on to unify the political divisions that existed at the time of the new government's forming and presided over the Constitutional convention of 1787, producing what is inarguably one of the greatest documents in the history of self-governance, the US Constitution. Greatly respected although hesitant, Washington would go on to become the first President of the United States in 1789 and would head the fledgling US government until leaving office with the government firmly established but appropriately limited, in 1799.
Throughout George Washington's self-limited two terms as Commander in Chief, the first President never felt himself qualified to serve as the Chief Executive of the United States, this despite the fact that he himself might have been one of only a few men in the nation immune and not seduced by the massive powers granted by the office.
Reproof Where Reproof is Due
Only history and divine providence had produced the leader that the nation so terribly needed at both the exact time and the exact place where few if any others would have proved both adequate and still humbled at the sheer magnitude of the task.
Fast forward to what many have called the post-modern America of today and we find a leadership wholly at odds with what George Washington both espoused and represented. For example, Washington would have never sought to blame the state of governmental disrepair and extraordinary monetary deficits on the previous occupiers in power, nor would Washington have ever noted that his election would serve to calm the bestormed seas from their supposed rising.
However US history is replete with leaders who came and went as the needs of both the people and the nation required of the time. During the days after Washington's relinquishment of power, John Adams would be elected. Adams was a man who was no more jealous of the power of his office, in relation to the people, than his predecessor and was a fierce advocate of rule by the people.
Following Adams was Thomas Jefferson, a brilliant thinker and inventor and yet another fierce advocate to the power of the rule of law rather than those holding such power. Jefferson was also, not coincidentally, the original author of the Declaration of Independence and a man not all excited in the delivering of speeches to his constituents.
Following Jefferson was James Madison, who established the powerful Bill of Rights as amendments to the US Constitution, and a slew of leaders after these, who set goals so lofty of the office, that few other nations' leaders could ever hope to even come close to attaining, either the honor of the office, or the power it engendered.
At least not then.
Would America have become the nation that she is today without the bedrock of leaders who laid the foundations of both process and strict procedural customs now observed under a formerly impregnable rule of law? Doubtful and yet, history had provided an exceptional nation with thoroughly exceptional leaders from the dawning of the nation to her seemingly quick decline being felt in this present day.
Welcome Back Carter
In fact, the only other leader in our generation who presided over and gave into a terrible decline was of the same ideological bent as the one currently holding office, and is even now in fact an ardent defender of the same suspect ideologies.
Peer thoughtfully into the annals of a severely damaged America of today, and we find a nation seemingly embroiled in a loss of confidence. Stock Market teetering, credit rating impaired to a AA status, fewer employed now than in late 2008, poverty and hunger more prevalent now than at any time in the last 50 years, America finds itself limping forward unable to gain any meaningful momentum.
Her greatest accomplishment in recent past? The death of a terrorist, the passage of an act which puts 1/6th of the entire economy under government control in the form of nationalized healthcare, and a financial act that has proven disastrous to businesses needing capital to expand.
Overseas, for the nation, America's condition fairs not much better.
The nation has seen nearly all of its Mideast embassies come under flag-burning protests, fatal assault, or threats of violence in a paradigm camouflaged by a sycophantic Fourth Estate. Conditions in reality being painted the exact opposite of what they would normally appear.
America's loss of wealth and influence can be directly tied to the downgrading of her people's income, which is monumentally lower than in 2008 and her military having been embroiled in a tug-of-war between those who wish to remain mighty and those who pine for a self-imposed redistribution of military equality among nations.
"If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring A Gun" ~B. Obama
Indeed, bringing a gun to a knife fight seems only appropriate for the nations domestic endeavors and only acceptable for those currently in power.
The nation is now in need of a maturity undesirous of public adulation or acclaim, and a mindset most attuned to the solving of problems rather than creating them. Since most of America's problems appear centered on the creation of wealth and prosperity, rather than its sequential degradation, the people need an ardent defender of those principles that made America the wealthiest and most prosperous of all nations rather than a detractor seeking change wholly alien to what has truly made America work.
Proudly laying fallow in the wallows of redistributional excess only detracts from the nation's competitiveness, and surely does not magnify it. If history has always provided what America has always needed, then the choice that lays before the American people is almost painful in its overall simplicity.
On the one hand we have an applicant with a record of undeniable success in the arena of creating wealth equating to jobs, and in the sector of repairing damage equating to the impending collapse by a colossal debt unimaginable in its breadth.
The nation is undergoing a severe decline of wealth, Liberties and individual determination.
On the other hand we have an incumbent with a rare expertise in delivering the platitudes of potential never realized, and an icon of the enduringly idle. An elocutionist of the grandest order whose fails to inspire even the military of which he directly leads. A man whose record and words suggests an acumen of direct opposition to the first leader of this nation and his successors, where service within the framework of the founding documents seems more a labor in deference to antiquity rather than a pursuit of the highest honor.
Redistributing the Vote
It's come down to a radical community organizer who despises the attainment of wealth versus a traditional Conservative capitalist who desire nothing but to engender prosperity. Many of us, in our astonishment, can't even imagine how these many others could even ruminate over such a choice, but many others they obviously do, so who wins this contest which will determine America's course for the foreseeable future?
The polls appear to be in a dead heat, with Electoral College models alarmingly dotting the media landscape almost as profusely as columnized odes to the greatness of Obama. What does it all mean? The answer lies not so much in the general election polls which, while more or less even, conveniently leave out a gapingly important element.
Everything changed with the 2010 election and the resurgence of Conservatism.
To explain just a bit further, general election polls historically utilize the most recent main election, in this case, 2008.
Indeed, this age-old model might work in most normal election periods but the political changes that occurred in 2010 were monumental, in scope. Over 675 state legislatures changed hands to the Conservatives in 2010, a thing not seen in over 70 years of American politics, not to mention the powerful Tea Party's influence on both political parties and their rephrasing of the issues.
This landscape altering change is not being accounted for in the polls, which means that the apparent dead heat between candidates is falsely skewed over to Obama and the Democrats' favor.
This miscalculation oversamples Democrats by anywhere from 8% to as much as 16% towards a Left-Wing advantage that simply does not exist, in reality, which brings us to an arguable truth that most within the media simply do not wish to see.
Please Stop Hyperventilating...
In order to see the difference, below is a chart detailing the Blue states for the Democrats and red states for the Republicans after the 2008 election:
Now compare the above 2008 chart with the below post-2010 election chart:
The changes in the respective party make-up is beyond remarkable. What you are seeing is a rejection of the Obama regime's "Transformation of America" and things have only gotten worse from there, since 2010.
In Fact, the states changing from Blue to Red, for the 2012 election, will most likely include the following electoral votes:
- North Carolina 15
- Florida 29
- Virginia 13
- Ohio 18
- Colorado 9
- Iowa 6
- Wisconsin 10
- Pennsylvania 20
A total pick-up for the Republicans of at least 120 electoral votes, well enough in addition to the 206 which the Liberal media is stating for Romney and easily beating the 270 needed for a Romney win.
Make no mistake, as in the 2010 election there were some serious surprises, and so will there be in 2012, a thing not easily accounted for by typical election models.
The polls have simply not been recalculated for the severe changes wrought in the 2010 election.
Romney will, most likely, break through 300 electoral votes and win the Presidential match, with Obama gaining no better than an electoral count in the mid 200's at best.
By the way, this website also predicted the 2010 result where many others did not.
However, your vote is now imperative and the final chapter, in this unfortunate sequence of events for America, ends with you, the voter.
Make it count.
When we look into virtually every sector, every walk of our lives as Americans--our religion, economy, race, family, healthcare, income, housing...
Not one single part of our lives has been left untouched or unaffected in one way or another, a problem soon to be corrected by the People's mandate.~9/5/10- Conservative Refocus, When Rising Tide Becomes Torrent
Update: Or....maybe not.