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  • Your biggest fear for the new POTUS-Elect?

    What gives you a feeling of foreboding in the pit of your stomach? What has you worried, despite all rhetoric and enthusiasm? What are your biggest fears regarding our new President Elect and his term?


    Here are mine.

    1.The political pendulum has made (it seems to me) larger and larger swings every successive party-changing election since Kennedy. I fear that with a House and Senate majority, and after 8 years of Neo-Con rationalized policies, the pressure to "do something, and fast" will spur Obama to leap before he looks and make some big decisions that could potentially have even longer repercussions than some of those Bush made. He is measured and cautious, but he also has no small amount of hubris. I'm afraid that an effort to "undo" certain kinds of "damage" done by the preceding administration could lead to some very painful conditions for a lot of people.

    2. Totally unrelated to above, I'm afraid for Obama's life. As I watched his victory speech, I couldn't help thinking of how many angles and hiding places a sniper could use, and was dreading to see a dream die tonight. I hope my fear of a large group of very determined racist zealots is just a paranoia of ignorance, and not a concern based on sound reason.

    3. I'm afraid that his administration will be tempted, tricked or pressured into accepting of a "New World Order" and a global government of some sort. Apocalyptic, I know, but I didn't say this thread had to have only rational fears based on fact.
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    Re: Your biggest fear for the new POTUS-Elect?

    Originally posted by Axis of Eeevil View Post
    2. Totally unrelated to above, I'm afraid for Obama's life. As I watched his victory speech, I couldn't help thinking of how many angles and hiding places a sniper could use, and was dreading to see a dream die tonight. I hope my fear of a large group of very determined racist zealots is just a paranoia of ignorance, and not a concern based on sound reason.
    You do realize he was behind two thick panes of bullet-resistant polycarbonate glass? I venture a guess that those panes also incorporate ALON in them (resistance for .50 caliber rounds). (Source: Wikipedia)

    As for the future, the threat to him and his family is largely in the hands of the Secret Service. As for the "racist zealots" the media have put in the limelight of late, some have words put into their mouths. Others may be represented properly. The recent Nightline special on "white supremists" I felt was very bad media. They were questioning a KKK leader's son and trying to get him to incriminate (can't think of a good phrase) himself.

    Originally posted by Axis
    3. I'm afraid that his administration will be tempted, tricked or pressured into accepting of a "New World Order" and a global government of some sort. Apocalyptic, I know, but I didn't say this thread had to have only rational fears based on fact.
    Haven't we been playing "Big Brother" since the turn of he last century?

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    • #3
      Re: Your biggest fear for the new POTUS-Elect?

      I think of the "gobal war on poverty" that Obama will wage will BILLIONS of our money.
      I think of the "95% of Americans who will get a tax cut" when 40% of them DO NOT pay taxes.
      I think of the healthcare industry will will no longer be an industry but a government agency.
      I think of his plans to bankrupt the coal industry and send our energy prices sky high chasing p1sspoor global warming science.

      But one of the scariest things is the " Civilian National Defense Fund ", will they look like this ?
      http:// www . youtube.com/watch?v=neGbKHyGuHU

      But even with both houses under his control he will not be able to get that much of his radical plans approved and in 2010 America will reject socialism and force Obama to actually work together with the "bitter, clinging- mean spirited Americans" in order to get anything passed.

      I just hope the test that Biden predicted is a take-home test and not the "counts-for-the-whole-grade" kind of test the last two presidents took shortly after taking office because I don't think he will respond rationally.

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      • #4
        Re: Your biggest fear for the new POTUS-Elect?

        I have a list a mile long. But one that concerns me the most at this time is that there is no grid lock with full control. If we could have had the senate be closer, it could force more time to look over and debate bills while not allowing anyone to RAM a bill down our necks. I am just glad the DNC did not make 60 in the Senate, at least this gives something.

        Checks and Balances. And yes I was concerned when the GOP held full control as well. This is a non partisan issue for me, I just want to see some checks on the parties power.

        Silver lining of the night that I hope we call can agree, at least it was a clear victory and not something that will drag out for months longer.
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        • #5
          Re: Your biggest fear for the new POTUS-Elect?

          my first fear is the 2nd amendment. With out that one in there, the first means nothing. I can see the USA going by the way of Chicago and DC.
          that sounds like a good idea trooper.
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          • #6
            Re: Your biggest fear for the new POTUS-Elect?

            My biggest fear, as in the one that I feel is most likely and that I spend the most time thinking about, is that the AR15 that I want to get is banned before I can convince mama to let me buy it.

            Less likely, but still concerning me, are the potential of assassination attempts, the horrible economic ideas that the President-Elect has, and the nightmares about the Dems having both the Executive and Legislative branches...
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            • #7
              Re: Your biggest fear for the new POTUS-Elect?

              The only thing I kinda worry about is the almost complete Democratic control of the legislative and executive branches.

              It is a minor worry. In two years there is another election and if Dems do go crazy they can be booted out. Most the races where fairly close. And the SCOTUS is decidedly conservative.

              I am hopeful that some of the idiotic provisions of the Patriot bill will be reversed with the Dems in control.
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                Re: Your biggest fear for the new POTUS-Elect?

                Hope is scary. Quick, someone tell me what to be afraid of so I can feel safe!

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                • #9
                  Re: Your biggest fear for the new POTUS-Elect?

                  2nd Amendment being the only thing I'm worried about atm.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Your biggest fear for the new POTUS-Elect?

                    I'm afraid of the country failing to unify behind this man. At least give him a chance, he's more than earned it and America hasn't seen a president so motivated by postive hope in many decades. Last night was one of the country's proudest and most historic moments. Use it.

                    Those of you in fear of a 2nd amendment change don't have much to worry about. Furthermore being afraid of anything with a gun in your hand is a bad idea.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Your biggest fear for the new POTUS-Elect?

                      Originally posted by AMosely View Post
                      I'm afraid of the country failing to unify behind this man. At least give him a chance, he's more than earned it and America hasn't seen a president so motivated by postive hope in many decades. Last night was one of the country's proudest and most historic moments. Use it.

                      Those of you in fear of a 2nd amendment change don't have much to worry about. Furthermore being afraid of anything with a gun in your hand is a bad idea.
                      I agree, give the man a chance before you start dumping all over him or start jumping at every shadow. We'll get a window into how he'll run things in the coming weeks as he builds his administration. I say watch for him reaching out to the 50MM plus people who didn't vote for him as he looks for cabinet members.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Your biggest fear for the new POTUS-Elect?

                        Afraid? Nah. Just always that possibility.

                        I'll certainly support the man, GG for him. That doesn't mean I'm not a little disapointed.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Your biggest fear for the new POTUS-Elect?

                          My concern is less about who is in office, but the fickle support of the United States citizens. President Elect Obama ran on the ticket shouting about change. But change in the United States isn't easy. In fact, its damn near impossible to get anything changed significantly because of how our government is structured. The times we are in aren't the friendliest of times and if something gives way under the pressure that has built up over the years then the first person blamed will probably be Obama even if its a hold over of old policies.

                          Once something bad happens the support will probably swing in the opposite direction and you'll hear people saying "Change was an empty promise". In the end depending on what happens over the next 4 years there will be people in the future who will see this as some great social experience and either heap blame or acclaim upon his name.

                          And I'm with Rincewind with that bit. You may not respect the man, but respect the office at least until you have reason to prove otherwise. The fact that he won the election is to his credit, its what he does after that will determine the respect his term will deserve.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Your biggest fear for the new POTUS-Elect?

                            Originally posted by Trooper View Post
                            my first fear is the 2nd amendment. With out that one in there, the first means nothing. I can see the USA going by the way of Chicago and DC.
                            That's mine too. 'Scared' is much too strong a word but whatever. But, let's be honest. We like guns and the prospect of not being able to play with them and have them around to make us feel safe is why we're scared, or better yet, concerned. And these are little issues compared to some other, more pressing issues.

                            It's not the case that we're scared because we think we'll need to defend ourselves in an armed revolution (against who? the US armed forces?) to defend our right to free speech, and without, for instance, the ability to buy long guns with more than one "evil" feature we won't be able to do that. It's pretty crazy if that's the reason you're scared.

                            I hope it isn't the case that you think the right to free speech of people in Chicago and DC is being suppressed, and the only reason that this is happening is because people in those cities can't buy guns without special permits.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Your biggest fear for the new POTUS-Elect?

                              They say "the best president is one who does little". But we need the radical change became King George practically took us back to the Stone Age.

                              Economy. Great. Foreign Relations. Great. Taxes. Dandy. How about all of the RIGHTS we've lost!?

                              He needs to make the Constitution relevant and important again, and give us back the rights that were taken away.
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