The pendulum of politics is always in constant motion, usually with very wide swings before returning in the other direction. So, don’t get too comfortable or, uncomfortable as the case might be. It is bound to swing back at any given time—already having done so in the most recent election. Will it continue to swing in that direction? Good question. Two factors tell me that might just be. One, when the pen and the phone are finally about to be retired, there may be a sufficient number ready to look for a new rope or, in the least, may do what Bush did to Republican and Independent voters—kept them at home, sucking eggs on their couch. Two, one of the rules in politics is that I, as a political operative, would rather fall in with a candidate that may be lesser known, with few negatives, than a candidate that is well known, but very high negatives.
I am 66 years old, good or bad. I have very little but vague memory of Harry S. Truman. Some of my contemporaries certainly do—by contemporaries, I mean those who were about to graduate high school as I was just enrolled there. Harry S. Truman assumed office from the most liberal administration since Woodrow Wilson, having much in common with Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Harry was hard to peg—sometimes very liberal, sometimes very conservative but mostly moderate. If you consider him a “liberal”, think Hiroshima and Nagasaki. No Liberal, with a capital L would have done that. Just get over that Alice. If Harry were with us now, there would now already be 2 craters in the Middle East that would be uninhabitable for the foreseeable future. That third “holy site” would have already been dismantled in Jerusalem, brick by brick, and utilized to build outhouses in the desert.
Should this pendulum in fact complete its full swing right, you might wanna hang onto that butt floss because granny panties may be making a big comeback. Why? Guess who followed the most liberal president in our history, Woodrow Wilson? That would be 2 of the most conservative bastions in our recent history—that’s right, Coolidge and Hoover. Then what happened? It swung back to the equally most liberal in our recent history—Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This was followed by a more moderate, by default—Harry S. Truman. He was followed by another military conservative republican, Dwight David Eisenhower.
Here next is where it really gets interesting in my opinion. Following Ike, we elected one John F. Kennedy. Was he conservative, liberal or moderate? Ah, that is the question. Well, he served in the military, unlike our last 3 [Sorry, I do not consider Nat’l Guard for purposes of this discussion and I have my reasons]. This is one Administration I know/ knew quite well—etched in my memory, in fact. His number one priority was to PROTECT THE GOLD STANDARD, PERIOD! He did so quite creatively. He immediately instituted Operation Twist—increase short term borrowing interest rates, while lowering long term capital borrowing rates. Absolutely BRILLIANT!!! He shored that up by creating the first ever, INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT. I re-wrote it and retrofitted it in Oklahoma for the state tax code. Bill Clinton took my final product, as enrolled and engrossed, and put it in place in Arkansas. The other governors of the Southern Governors’ Association followed suit. What Kennedy’s ITC did was to ensure tax benefits for making an investment in jobs, plant and equipment, NOT turnover in securities to achieve gain and the Credit. Having the exact opposite effect of the Capital Gains Tax. Just that simple but it was a brilliant stroke. Did it work? Hellyeah!!! Did it work in Oklahoma? Double HELLYEAH!!!
Think long and hard on the Cuban Missile Crisis during the Kennedy years. What Kennedy finally resolved AIN’T WHAT NO STINKIN’ LIBERAL WOULD HAVE DONE. Can you imagine what this present Pansy-in-Chief would do? How about an afternoon of golf, followed by a $10,000 a plate fundraiser w/ his round up the usual pansies in Hollywood. In short, if you consider Kennedy a “liberal”, we will just go ahead and enter that debate post haste, or not. JOHN F. KENNEDY WAS TOO CONSERVATIVE TO EVEN BE NOMINATED IN THIS “DEMOCRATIC” PARTY. PERIOD!!!
What followed Kennedy? By default, LBJ. Was he a liberal? No, but he was stupid with a wee bit of political cunning—I’ll be kind and use “cunning”. He was also a racist so just get over that one too, Alice. Blacks were pawns in a political game to him, nothing more. With respect to the premise of this pendulum thingy, LBJ “don’t” even figure in; he was an anomaly.
Who’s next—back to granny panties ladies, one Richard Milhous Nixon. I would NOT consider Nixon a conservative in the same cloth of a Barry Goldwater of the same day and time. Nixon was more of a California Moderate but the pendulum did swing right nonetheless. What followed, again by default was a true gentleman, a true moderate but a really sh*tty golfer. It’s hard to calculate how many he almost killed standing by or in the fairways. However, having said that, he was dozens of strokes better than our present High-Handicapper-in-Chief. That ONE is lethal. I would not even stand behind him on the T-Box. Scary sh*tty! This would be one, Gerald R. Ford—the great healer, maybe having saved this country from a complete upheaval.
What followed next was the conservative’s conservative. Ronald Reagan from California via Illinois. How conservative was he? Well, since I have already used the allusion, let’s just say that, near the end of his term, there was no butt floss—it was granny panties ONLY! The pendulum thingy had swung FAR RIGHT! I served as the Intergovernmental Liaison on the Oklahoma Governor’s Office, amongst other things, during his term. I’m going to piss off some of my liberal friends by this but he had the best $1 per year, professional staff put together certainly since Kennedy but I believe actually edged out the latter.
I was also the Intergovernmental Liaison during the Carter administration so I can objectively speak to both. I would sum up Carter’s Cabinet and Staff as the best bunch ‘o Crackas assembled since L’il Abner. Dumber than goat spit but still heads, torsos and appendages above the most incompetent twenty-somethings ever assembled since the Three Stooges—the Obama Outhouse! The crowning achievement of the Reagan era was the end of the Cold War. Brilliant!!!
What followed next was a bit of a transition to a more moderate, Republican Gentleman’s Club-type moderate—George H.W. Bush. I knew many of his staff. They were almost to a man/ woman, down to earth, honest, congenial, and committed. I was never concerned while he was in office. I considered him to be harmless and a good and decent man. A true gentleman. What got George H.W. Bush defeated was a self-inflicted wound. “Read my lips, NO NEW TAXES!” That followed by a brilliant speech during the Democratic Convention by former Governor of Texas, Ann Richards. After that, it was OVER!
That now brings us to the pendulum swinging back the other way—more of a liberal bent, more due to the influence of his spouse than his own convictions. I will stop right here and say up front, I am/ was personally and professionally acquainted with both William Jefferson Clinton and his spouse. I know them darn well and his staff and the staff of George Nigh were very tight, again, with my being the Intergovernmental Liaison and Washington DC, “point man”. That relationship then stretched to the Clinton White House, at this time with my being a government relations dude in Washington, DC. Clinton’s Special Assistant for Domestic Policy, Carol Rasco, and I are/ were good buddies. Do I consider Bill Clinton a liberal? Hell NO! All things considered, not at all. You must keep in mind that the current occupant of the White House has lowered the bar to the depths of whale poop when I say this. Would I consider Bill’s wife [Team Mate actually] a liberal. Much more so than Bill but not on the same planet as the Imposter who beat her in the Democratic Primary. She would have been much better as President than Doofus, but hell, so would Slappy White! Bill gave his team mate the opportunity to trot out her liberal credentials by putting together ObamaCare Part I. It went down in flames and buried her in embarrassment for the rest of the Clinton Administration. Call it what you will but that is my take and I was there to see it descending to the depths of Sheol.
Next we come to the Idiot and the pendulum swinging so far left that it even has the Socialists blushing and w/o panties, butt floss OR granny. We are talkin’ Commando here. That’s all the ink I’ll give the freak. It’s over, he’s done, put a fork in it—it is best just to ignore it the next 22 months.