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Carter Redux?

Neal from PA Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 1:01 PM
What did Joseph Stalin say about America’s freedoms and greatness? “America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.” Come November, America must make a decision…are we to continue down this destructive path…or come back to the founding principles, core values, and common sense that were the catalysts for the founding of this great nation. That made America the freest, most innovative, most powerful, most progressive, benevolent and prosperous nation in history.

Every new datum on economic stagnation -- such as Thursday's Labor Department announcement that unemployment claims remain at a three-month high -- increases the temptation to compare the 2012 presidential race to 1980's. Both years feature a Democratic incumbent, elected on a surge of high hopes, who must face the voters after four years of disappointment. In both cases, the economy is a drag on the president. In both cases, the incumbent has attempted to demonize his opposition in order to avoid running on his record. In both cases, the challenger was regarded, at first, as easy to defeat.