It might work in “Back to the Future”; it doesn’t work in logic.
But just like “Hope and Change,” what does that really mean? “Forward” in which direction? “Forward” toward communism? “Forward” toward totalitarianism? Just like “hopey changey,” this is an intrinsically meaningless slogan that pretends to stand for something.
MINGO JUNCTION, Ohio — Hope has been absent for so long from Appalachian Ohio that many people have forgotten what it’s like.
Idle steel mills run the length of several city blocks, empty and rusting on the thickly wooded banks of the Ohio River, like hulking tombstones for a past that died and the promise that died along with it.
What optimism exists has little, if any, connection to the presidential campaign, which for all its import feels distant and somehow beside the point.
James Rogers worked happily in the mills for 23 years, until he was laid off in 2009. He is studying to be a nurse; a job, true, but one he doesn’t really want. Still, at 44 he has a mortgage, a home deep underwater and two kids to put through college. He figures healthcare offers his best shot at a reliable paycheck.
With the coal mines giving out and the steel business decimated — about 1,500 people work in the few surviving mills, compared with 30,000 at the peak — the medical industry is by far the largest employer in Jefferson County. Young people here tend to escape if they can, leaving the frail and aging behind.
To Rogers, it doesn’t matter who wins the White House in November. He’s a Democrat and supports President Obama but doubts much would change in a second term.
“We elect this guy and all they do is bicker,” said Rogers, still big and burly from his days manning a blast furnace. “Nobody will do this, nobody will do that, it’s all partisan [bull] and what did we do? We lost four years.”
That utter lack of enthusiasm, shot through with anger and cynicism, is shared by many in rural Ohio, a target state for both sides in November. Timothy Bower, 30, runs Mama G’s pizza place, a few miles up the river in Toronto. Rolling and slicing a mound of dough, he described Mitt Romney, the likely Republican nominee, as a “typical empty suit. I don’t believe a word he says.”
Still, Romney has this going for him: He’s not Obama. The president frightens Bower with his expansive healthcare overhaul, his rhetorical shots at the rich and the red ink that has gushed over the last three years. More frightening still, Bowers said, is the prospect of Obama spared future elections and thus free to push even more radical policies.
Hope is looooooooooon gone in Los Angeles due to Obama’s policies. South Los Angeles has a bleaker jobs picture than they had back in the day when they burned down their own neighborhoods:
Blacks in South L.A. have a bleaker jobs picture than in 1992
Median income in South Los Angeles is lower now than during the 1992 riots, and the unemployment rate has reached even more dire levels.
April 28, 2012|By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Two decades after the L.A. riots brought pledges of help to rebuild South Los Angeles, the area is worse off in many ways than it was in 1992.
Median income, when adjusted for inflation, is lower. Many middle-class blacks have fled in search of safer neighborhoods and better schools.
And the unemployment rate, which was bad at the time of the riots, has reached even more dire levels. In two areas of South Los Angeles — Florence Graham and Westmont — unemployment is almost 24%. Back in 1992, it was 21% in Florence Graham and 17% in Westmont.
Last summer, thousands of South Los Angeles residents showed up to a job fair that brought out almost 200 employers at Crenshaw Christian Center on Vermont Avenue. The event, organized by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), was seen by some as grandstanding.
“People were really skeptical,” said Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi, a community organizer with the nonprofit Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy. “People thought, ‘Another job fair?’”
Of course, the same people who burned down their lives in 1992 are the same people who burned down their own lives when they voted for Obama in 2008 and will burn vote to burn down their own lives again in 2012.
Well, if Obama ran on “hope and change” again, even his own voters would openly laugh in their Fool-in-Chief’s face. Hope is gone because Obama has poisoned hope in America. And the only “change” you’re going to see is the change to open communism and (“hopefully”) a few cents’ worth of “change” in your otherwise empty pockets.
So we’re going to go “Forward” in some nebulous undefined direction now instead. And if we re-elect Obama, the United States is going to go “forward” into more ruin and depression and implosion than this once unconquerable nation has ever seen.
To make the hypocrisy even MORE hypocritical, Obama is selling “Forward” by pimping the past: Slick Willie Clinton is doing the voice-over for his campaign now.
What’s funniest about that is that the centerpiece of the ad is how Obama was the guy who made the courageous decision to get Obama; and the Obama campaign then asserts that Mitt Romney never would have had the balls to do that. That ad is vile for ALL KINDS OF REASONS, as I pointed out yesterday.
Beyond all the other issues – such as the fact that Obama didn’t actually make the “courageous decision” at all; Obama delegated the decision to Admiral McRaven so he’d have a scapegoat if something went wrong; such as the fact that the decision to get bin Laden was pretty much a political no-brainer given that had Obama NOT gone in to get bin Laden he very definitely would have lived in infamy as the president who refused to get the man most responsible for the murder of 3,000 innocent Americans – there’s the fact that Slick Willie is a guy who could have prevented the 9/11 attack altogether if he’d just accepted Osama bin Laden’s head when the man was literally offered to Clinton on a silver platter by the Sudanese (and see here for more background on Slick Willie and terrorism). If Slick Willie had wanted to be honest, he could have at least have said that Obama made the hard decision that Bill Clinton was too much of a gutless coward to make or something to that effect. The media would have loved him even more, if anything.
“We’re going to go forward … back to Clinton.” It works in the movies even if it has no relation to real life. Just like Hollywood liberalism itself, which Obama exemplifies as no president ever has: