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I wonder if today will be remembered as the last day of the Republic. If Obama gets elected, lots of McCain supporters will be displeased, but I would expect an orderly transition of power. That's one possibility.

The other possibility is that McCain is elected and there is widespread suspicion, founded or not, that the election was rigged. That, for all practical purposes, will be end of the Republic. Citizens will take to the streets, the lame duck administration will declare martial law, half the country will stop paying taxes, and we will begin the long slide toward a Mad Max economy.

That means we still have all of today and a good part of tomorrow to enjoy ourselves before all Hell breaks loose. So send me links to photos of any good Halloween costumes you saw this weekend. Those are always good for a laugh.

On Friday I found myself without a costume just two hours before a party at my restaurant. So I put on a pair of pajamas that were a foot too long, hiked them up to my nipples, donned my free Motley Fool hat that simply says "FOOL" on the front, and I was good to go.

How about you?
 
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Nov 3, 2008
A lot of you seem to be against Obama. tartanmarine seems to believe the crap that the RNC and McCain campaign are spewing about him. I have not heard a single thing that McCain will do for this country. He and Palin seem only to talk about how "bad" Obama is. I'm all for socialist government. Most rich guys keep the money to themselves and then tell us that we never worked as hard as they did. No. I'm voting for tax breaks. I'm voting for sharing the wealth, I'm voting against big business.

No McCain, No Palin, No Way.
 
 
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Nov 3, 2008
Not my costume, but thoroughly disturbing: !$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!
 
 
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Nov 3, 2008
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF NO ONE VOTED?

I am an Australian, we get fined $50 if we don't vote, or at least get our name marked of the electoral role.

Corrupt or incompetent, who knows which polotician is which these days, it would say far more either way if no-one turned up and voted. It would be great if election night roles around and they tally up the votes (in record time) and out of what? 300 million about 3000 people voted, the candidates, party members, friends and family.

They would have to be thinking oh s h i t I think they're pissed off.

DONT VOTE! IT ONLY ENCOURAGES THE BASTARDS!
 
 
Nov 3, 2008
As an anti-Obamanationer, I will offer 1 reason to vote for the man: The media started beating the 'recession drum' in May or June of 2007. Their timing was perfect, as it takes a certain amount of time to convince a populace who are enjoying low unemployment, low interest rates, reasonable inflation, and prosperity like the world has never known, that life as we know it is coming to an end. A few people put off buying a house, a few more delay trading their old car in for the new model, better repair the old washer instead of replacing it, and before you know it, the media has fulfilled their own prophecy! Just in time for the election! Bush can't do anything right!
If McCain wins, expect more doom and gloom from the media, and dig in for the long haul.
If Osama wins, oh my stars, it will be the dawning of a new era! The stars will shine a little brighter, smog will disapear from the skies, the birdies song will be even sweeter, and the long dark night will have come to an end. Expect headlines trumpeting any bit of positive economic news as heralding the end of the recession. Happy days are here again!
And things will magically begin to improve. People will start shopping again. Unemployment will level off & begin to retreat. The stock market will become less volitile, and Obama will recieve all the praise.
And then, my dear friends, you can bend over & grease up, for if it is patriotic for the rich to pay more taxes, why would he deny that pleasure to the unwashed masses?
The media is the media, but what a bunch of sheep Americans are, to always dance to their tune.
 
 
Nov 3, 2008
"we will begin the long slide toward a Mad Max economy. "

Who run Bartertown?
 
 
Nov 3, 2008
Funniest costume I saw was - a guy wearing a big cardboard star around his neck (5-feet wide) with pictures from !$%* magazines glued to it: he was a !$%* star. He was traveling with a friend dressed as a can of Reddi-Whip. I went as the energizer playboy bunny. I love halloween.
 
 
Nov 3, 2008
Most Obama supporters will be disappointed, no matter who wins. If Obama is elected, it is only a matter of time before the angry mob turns on him... no human being could possibly live up to even a small percentage of what he promises. Even the MSM will turn on him after awhile.

Great expectations lead to great disappointments.

It will be some interesting times, no matter what.
 
 
Nov 3, 2008
Does this mean you are or aren't voting this time around?

Also, lets, knock on wood, say polling places along the south eastern seaboard are bombed in the first few hours of voting, destroying thousands of ballots, causing massive casualties, and suppressing turnout regardless across the county. What happens to the republic then?
 
 
Nov 3, 2008
Wow, Scott, some of your readers really have a lot of imagination. I'm not included - I can't imagine Obama being any worse than the last 8 years no matter what he does. I also can't imagine making it through a McCain/Palin term.
 
 
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Nov 3, 2008
It was definitely a FOOL who wrote this blog post.

Obama won his first two elections with underhanded legal tricksterism(you can look it up!);
he's allied closely with ACORN, who's very busy registering dead people and cartoon characters;
and who are right now under investigation in more than a dozen states for massive fraud;
he's a career Chicago machine politician, where corruption and fraud are simply a way of life;

-- and THAT"S what you call an 'orderly transition of power"?

And you think the true hero JOHN MCCAIN would be suspected of fraud ???
Indeed, sir, for today at least, you are a fool.

 
 
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Nov 3, 2008
It was definitely a FOOL who wrote this blog post.

Obama won his first two elections with underhanded legal tricksterism(you can look it up!);
he's allied closely with ACORN, who's very busy registering dead people and cartoon characters;
and who are right now under investigation in more than a dozen states for massive fraud;
he's a career Chicago machine politician, where corruption and fraud are simply a way of life;

-- and THAT"S what you call an 'orderly transition of power"?

And you think the true hero JOHN MCCAIN would be suspected of fraud ???
Indeed, sir, for today at least, you are a fool.

 
 
Nov 3, 2008
Indeed...I DREAM of citizens caring so much about their Republic that half of them would deliberately engage in civil disobedience and withhold their taxes...

I guess, Scott, it really depends on what you define as the "Republic" to begin with. In my view, the Republic as envisioned by the Founders died in 1865, when Lincoln held it together by force, killing 620,000 Americans in the process, and laying waste to half the land.

It "died" again with the establishment of the Federal Reserve Bank, and the passage of the 16th and 17th Amendments, thus ensuring (1) that all heretofore "free" Americans would forever be indebted to a central banking system, with the IRS as the collection agent, and (2) the "Senate" would become as politically meaningless as the House, as Senators were also directly elected by the easily-led sheeple. This is why it was so easy for the Congress as a whole to willingly let go of their Constitutionally-mandated responsibility to declare war.

It "died" a third time, beginning in the 1930's, when government began metastasizing into the "nanny state", regulating and taxing every aspect of our lives from cradle to grave, taking credit for private successes, despite overregulation, and blaming its own failures on capitalism's excess. Today everyone feels "entitled" to something at everyone else's expense (particularly from those damnable rich people!), and dependency-creation is the government's stock in trade to keep the support going.

The Republic has been comatose, and on life support, for decades. And it's everyone's fault. Time to pull the plug, roll up our sleeves, and get back to work, the kind of work our great-great grandparents did in building this country to begin with.
 
 
Nov 3, 2008
I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils. You can always write in my name, Kent McManigal (KentForLiberty.com).
I actually find myself looking forward to our new, exciting "Mad Max" world.
 
 
Nov 3, 2008
When I viewed today, there were three Obama ads visible while reading your prediction. Hmmmm.
 
 
Nov 3, 2008
"Being from Canada I'm not entierly certain of the American electoral process, but doesn't the Electoral College actually determine who gets in?"

Interesting point. Most states have laws saying that their electors must "vote" for the candidate chosen by majority vote in their state. This clearly contravenes the US Constitution, both because an elector is not "voting" if he has no choice, and because the framers of the Constitution left records explaining that the purpose of the electoral college is for the electors to use their judgement in case the people do something stupid.

So some electors could vote opposite their populace. This should send the election to the Supreme Court.
 
 
Nov 3, 2008
Muppet - wouldn't it be terrifying if people were too stupid to read through the same talking points without using facts and still think themselves so smart.

Obama will make Bush look like a genius. He already does.
 
 
Nov 3, 2008
Being from Canada I'm not entierly certain of the American electoral process, but doesn't the Electoral College actually determine who gets in? The people get to vote, but it's just a couple of guys in each state that look at the results and confirm or reject the mass opinion, as is my understanding. I am under the impession that is how George W Bush Jr won in Florida; he lost the popular vote but a couple of guys said yes and now he's the President. Theoretically everybody in the United States could vote for Obama, and McCain could still win because the popular vote is not the decision making body. That would probably cause mass riots, and I doubt the Electoral College would make it through the aftermath, but it's something to think about: the population's vote is merely an expression of free will (which Scott has amply demonstrated does not exist). I personally think McCain is going to win the election, from what I understand the American population will fear the possibility of a woman in power given a set of unlikely !$%*!$%*!$%*! less than they would fear a black man in power. That's pessimistic and sad to believe, but it is the feeling I get from friends south of the boarder (Canadian boarder).
 
 
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Nov 3, 2008
You missed the other scenario for the end of the Republic --
Obama wins.
He purposely destroys the economy -- blames it on Bush.
We're attacked by various enemies (Biden predicted it) -- blames it on Bush.
Obama asks for additional power (which he will gladly lay down once the crisis has ended).
Obama declares himself Emperor.

Haven't you seen the Star Wars series?

Then after a series of wars, we develop Warp drive technology and the Vulcans visit us and usher in an era of Peace and galactic discovery.

It's all happening exactly as Lucas and Roddenberry have foreseen!

Keep up the great work Scott!
 
 
Nov 3, 2008
As a continental European I'm not very used to the Halloween craze, which is part of why I didn't have any good costume when I found myself in Ireland, where they apparently DO celebrate halloween.
I decided to go the party with a votemccain.com t-shirt and an American flag.
Even though I had to explain multiple times that I'm not actually a republican (IF I were american I'd probably be a independent moderate), many people still saw me as the scariest person of the evening...
and that while there were at least ten people with the joker-patented Glasgow smile !
 
 
Nov 3, 2008
# 1 For those of you who will be uncomfortable with your new government, at the border they will say "Welcome to Canada!"

# 2 I grabbed my son's toy chainsaw and a mask. The rest of the outfit didn't matter, people drew their own conclusions.
 
 
 
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