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The most recent popular vote count showed President Obama at 60,078,199 (50.3%) vs. Governor Romney at 57,397,360 (48.1%). Electoral votes show Obama with 303 vs. Romney at 206.1 Obama scored key wins in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and collected 48 electoral college votes from those states alone, leading him to victory last night.

Barack Obama at podiumU.S. presidential elections are decided by the Electoral College and consists of 538 electors: 435 Representatives, 100 Senators, and 3 electors from the District of Columbia. 270 votes are needed to secure the election. In every state but Nebraska and Maine, the candidate who wins the majority of popular votes are given all the state’s electoral votes.

Since this was a very close election, there appears to be no “political mandate” upon which Obama can govern and direct. According to one writer,

Now, President Obama will only succeed in a second term if he governs as the president he promised to be in 2008. This year’s candidate Obama — with a campaign that sought to tear down Mitt Romney more than build upon the vision of his first four years — needs to fall away with the last counted votes of 2012.2

Only time will tell if Obama will successfully “reach across the aisle” to congressional republicans and discontinue the use of executive orders to “get things done.”

  1. Election Results. 11:20 a.m. MST; 7-Nov-12. The Huffington Post. 7-Nov-12.
  2. Klein, Rick. “Analysis: For Obama, a Mandate Only if He Now Earns One”. 7 Nov 12. ABC News. 7 Nov 12.

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Recently, Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein1 created the video We’re Blaming You, encouraging people to re-elect President Obama. Below is a copy of the controversial video which quickly went viral but shortly thereafter was marked private on Vimeo and is now unavailable.

The lyrics of the song (see below) show the rising generation blaming previous generations for the world conditions they are supposedly going to inherit under a Romney administration.

What’s your take?

Lyrics:

Imagine an America
Where strip mines are fun and free
Where gays can be fixed
And sick people just die
And oil fills the sea

We don’t have to pay for freeways!
Our schools are good enough
Give us endless wars
On foreign shores
And lots of Chinese stuff

We’re the children of the future
American through and through
But something happened to our country
And we’re kinda blaming you

We haven’t killed all the polar bears
But it’s not for lack of trying
The Earth is cracked
Big Bird is sacked
And the atmosphere is frying

Congress went home early
They did their best we know
You can’t cut spending
With elections pending
Unless it’s welfare dough

We’re the children of the future
American through and through
But something happened to our country
And we’re kinda blaming you

Find a park that is still open
And take a breath of poison air
They foreclosed your place
To build a weapon in space
But you can write off your au pair

It’s a little awkward to tell you
But you left us holding the bag
When we look around
The place is all dumbed down
And the long term’s kind of a drag

We’re the children of the future
American through and through
But something happened to our country
And yeah, we’re blaming you

You did your best
You failed the test

Mom and Dad
We’re blaming you!

Sources:

  1. Goodby, Silverstein & Partners: Full-Service Integrated Ad Agency.

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This past week saw a number of people question the constitutionality of President Barack H. Obama’s plan to reform health care in the United States.1 Michael Connelly, a retired attorney and Constitutional Law instructor, wrote that the bill is “a convenient cover for the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that has ever occurred”:

Caduceus_staff Well, I have done it! I have read the entire text of proposed House Bill 3200: The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009. I studied it with particular emphasis from my area of expertise, constitutional law. I was frankly concerned that parts of the proposed law that were being discussed might be unconstitutional. What I found was far worse than what I had heard or expected.

To begin with, much of what has been said about the law and its implications is in fact true, despite what the Democrats and the media are saying. The law does provide for rationing of health care, particularly where senior citizens and other classes of citizens are involved, free health care for illegal immigrants, free abortion services, and probably forced participation in abortions by members of the medical profession.

The Bill will also eventually force private insurance companies out of business and put everyone into a government run system. All decisions about personal health care will ultimately be made by federal bureaucrats and most of them will not be health care professionals. Hospital admissions, payments to physicians, and allocations of necessary medical devices will be strictly controlled.

However, as scary as all of that is, it just scratches the surface. In fact, I have concluded that this legislation really has no intention of providing affordable health care choices. Instead it is a convenient cover for the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that has ever occurred, or even been contemplated. If this law or a similar one is adopted, major portions of the Constitution of the United States will effectively have been destroyed.2

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  1. McCullagh, Declan. “Is Mandatory Health Insurance Constitutional?” 21 Sep 2009. CBS News. 27 Sep 2009.
  2. Connelly, Michael. “The Truth About the Health Care Bills”. 12 Aug 2009. Connelly. 27 Sep 2009.

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