I have recently made reference to the thought that in 1980, “Reagan was ready”. That he was, but I want everyone to know that it was a very close call.. Shall we reminisce for a few moments?
In the very latest stages of the 1980 campaign, debates involving both the presidential candidates and the vice presidential candidates were cancelled because Carter did not want John Anderson included and Reagan refused to debate if Anderson wasn’t included. Believe it or not, Carter held a “workable” lead even at that late moment and he held firm with his demand because he felt that he could afford to as the “frontrunner”..
As the end of the campaign drew near, the Reagan camp, with but just two weeks left, gave in to Carter’s demands and one final debate between just Reagan and Carter was scheduled for October 28in Cleveland, just one week before the election. The debate had three very telling moments that ended up being crucial to the outcome of the election.
The first was on the very serious subject of nuclear arms, Carter cavalierly mentioned a conversation that he allegedly had with his twelve year old daughter which reinforced his opinion on the subject.. If this “moment” was scripted by his handlers to make Carter sound “human” it flopped miserably, if this “moment” DID actually happen, it made him even scarier.. Second was Carter’s repeated claim that Reagan would cut Medicare and Social Security. Reagan’s “there you go again” response was devastating to the morose Carter. Third was Reagan’s closing statement in which he asked, “are you better off now than you were four years ago?”
These bullet points from a debate only one week away from the election actually moved the race from an extremely tight one, one that was WELL within the “margin for error” of just a few percentage points to a “Reagan landslide”..
Remember: it WASN’T Carter’s well-established list of complete failures that ended his presidency, it was a few lines spoken at a debate, a debate that almost didn’t happen. It wasn’t his foreign and domestic stupidity, it wasn’t inflation, unemployment and the cost of gasoline, it was a few moments taken from the last debate.. Since timing is EVERYTHING within the polluted world of politics, what if this debate had taken place just as it happened only ten months earlier? Would anyone have remembered these quotable lines if that much time had passed?
In almost every poll available, Carter was actually leading Reagan across the board. The REALITY of the world created by Carter that was punishing every American STILL wasn’t enough to get people to see the light.. It took a few words spoken at the final debate..
The “landslide” itself reveals a few points. Even though Carter was, until a few years ago, the WORST president ever elected, he still managed to secure 35,000,000 votes to Reagan’s 44,000,000. This was AFTER his disastrous term as president.. This was out of 86,000,000 votes cast..
Now it is time for some boring but illuminating statistics.. In 1980, there were 164,597,000 Americans of “voting age” and 113,043,734 Americans were registered to vote. (A difference of 51,553,266 who were “of age” but didn’t register..) Of the 113,043,734 registered, only 86,515,221 showed up to vote. (What were the other 26,528,513 doing that was more important than voting Carter out of office?) The turnout of voting-age population ended up at 52.6 percent. (What was the OTHER 47.4 percent thinking?) (By the way, in keeping with their blind tradition, 82 percent of blacks voted for the hopeless and hapless Carter..)
The difference AFTER this crucial debate based upon those who managed to struggle to the polls was 8,423,105 votes more for Reagan.
WHY wasn’t this amount even bigger? Carter didn’t do a single thing right during his totalitarian term yet if it weren’t for a debate one week before the election, he might have been given ANOTHER FOUR YEARS!
What does this tell us about those who are actually casting votes? The apathy of those who do not show up or who don’t even register is mere laziness but for Carter to be LEADING in 1980 until the last week of the campaign and for him to garner 35 MILLION votes is inexcusable.. Are there that many masochists and Marxists in America?
Is it better for more “voters” to stay at home, those whose ignorant votes count as much as the informed, the observant and the concerned? It would appear so because those LIVING THROUGH the torment of a liberal presidency seem to have an extreme memory loss once they part the curtains of the voting booth..
This “very close call” in 1980 portends the election of 2012..
OWEbama’s “historic” record speaks for itself. Yet, those securely manacled to the failures of liberalism will do their diligent duty and they will vote as instructed by their plantation owners. The lazy from both sides will still stay at home.. Even though his record speaks for itself, a LARGE percentage of the population simply AREN’T listening..
What MORE needs to be said to the “independents” at this stage? Here are just a few of today’s OWEbama inspired headlines.. “Home prices tumble to 2002 levels”.. (Yahoo finance dot com) “Durable Goods Demand Falls Most In Three Years” (CNBC) “OWEbama To Cut Healthcare For Troops” (Free Beacon).. Even with so many “impartial” people and organizations running interference for OWEbama, the small amount of truth that has been revealed about him should be enough to ensure his defeat..
Even with the distractions given by the “impartial” adversarial media in OBVIOUS support of the OWEbama caliphate, numerous scandals and muck ups have been revealed yet OWEbama still manages to hold onto at least 45% of people polled.. The fact remains that there is no one on the Republican side who will “say it” in the manner of Ronald Reagan..
Isn’t it hard to believe that a few words like “there you go again” could tip the balance of nationwide opinion when the unvarnished record of the socialist sociopath couldn’t? Is it hard to believe that within the world of “politics”, “politics” don’t seem to have any impact on the outcome of elections? Will we see a complete fascist failure manage to squeeze by even though he has mastered the art of domestic socialism? Will the tried and true leftists “your shoe’s untied/the sun was in my eyes/the dog ate my homework” brands of diversionary distractions conquer common sense and the HOPELESS reality that has surrounded their “hope and change”?
Based upon recent history, with Ronald Reagan BARELY winning in 1980, who will be BARELY able to beat OWEbama, the most BEATABLE president EVER, in 2012?