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The Insights of Charles Krauthammer
American Thinker, by Lauri B. Regan

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Posted By:DW626, 1/7/2014 5:43:42 AM

One Sunday night in early November I watched Bret Baier´s Special Report in which he interviewed Charles Krauthammer. In responding to a question about his inclusion in his book, Things That Matter, a 2007 column about baseball player Rick Ankeil´s fall and return to the major leagues, Krauthammer responded with a reference to a line from that article: "...the catastrophe that awaits everyone from a single false move, wrong turn, fatal encounter. Every life has such a moment. What distinguishes us is whether -- and how -- we ever come back." Several hours later, I had a terrible accident. As it

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JLoophole, 1/7/2014 6:48:35 AM     (No. 9682612)

FTA:"Those who have long held a mirror to the world and seen only themselves are apt to be shocked and panicked when the mirror is removed, as inevitably it must be."

If only. Unfortunately most simply turn away and bury their collective head in the sand of denial, burrowing deeper and deeper the longer the mirror is gone. If they can´t see the truth, it doesn´t exist. Therefore, they can continue to drive blindly on, with COEXIST slapped on their bumpers and stamped on their butts.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Flhub, 1/7/2014 7:00:36 AM     (No. 9682614)

"Things That Matter" is a must read..........no...it´s a gotta read. True worth jumps off of every page !!!!!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bubby, 1/7/2014 7:04:25 AM     (No. 9682617)

FTA "But he recognized that the Europeans
can afford social democracy without the capacity to defend themselves because they can always depend on the Untied States....
Europe can eat, drink and be merry for America protects her. But for America it´s different. If we choose the life of ease, who stands guard for us?

The Democrats and obama with help from Republicans are purposely destroying the greatest military the world has ever seen. The budget cuts, ending "don´t ask don´t tell", allowing women in combat by lessening fitness standards, the ongoing purge of officers by obama, etc have taken a huge toll. The primary purpose of our Government is to defend the country. This now takes a back seat to social programs and entitlements like the Euroweanies. So who will stand guard for us? No one.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: steveW, 1/7/2014 7:58:49 AM     (No. 9682668)

It is rumored that Barack Obama´s third autobiography will be titled "Things That Don´t Matter" and will focus on his years of golf while pretending to be president. Charles Krauthammer will not be asked to write the preface.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Passion, 1/7/2014 8:09:25 AM     (No. 9682679)

PUH - LEEEEEEEZ. Dr. K has been five years behind Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and almost every normal average Tea Party person……..why do we continue to elevate the last conservative to the party?????

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dodge boy, 1/7/2014 8:10:47 AM     (No. 9682683)

Regan does a great job putting Dr. K´s bottom line out there for us. As I have said so many times, it´s up to us now to salvage something out of America.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: rubygram, 1/7/2014 8:15:00 AM     (No. 9682692)

I am still trying to forget his “Obama is brilliant and elegant’ comment.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: gasmeterguy, 1/7/2014 8:23:08 AM     (No. 9682705)

Several years ago I came to the conclusion that the insights of Charles K. were way off the mark. In my endeavors to prove my hypothesis I searched the net to find his op-ed pieces. I couldn´t find them.

I still think Krauthammer is one of those pundits that are wrong more often than right. But when he is right, he is usually dead on.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rinktum, 1/7/2014 8:25:02 AM     (No. 9682709)

Mr. Krauthammer is undeniably brilliant. There is an elegance about him that permeates his writing and his speech. He is a joy to read and hear. I do not always agree with him but there is no denying he is a powerful force in the world of politics. It would be nice if he and other intellectual commentators would actually have an in depth conversation with conservatives like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and of course, Sarah "leave the room" Palin. He might find it surprisingly informative. There is value in common sense conservative solutions to our problems today that goes untapped because of intellectual snobbery by some in the punditry class.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: maryc, 1/7/2014 8:30:14 AM     (No. 9682719)

every time I see a coexist bumper sticker I wish that person would get a personal tour of iran and afghanistan. I would like for the women who think this is a great idea that the women in those countries understand that if they are raped it´s their fault and that in order to restore respect to their families they must be stoned to death. Our safety and freedom are another world. Now congress has decided that the military that provides this safety ,that we take for granted, is to be the victim of cuts that they can ill afford. Meanwhile our ignorant leader has just returned from at least a 4 million dollar vacation. The world is definitely upside down and the press has brainwashed generations of idiots.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: peterfleming, 1/7/2014 8:31:10 AM     (No. 9682722)

If only Charles would include the wisdom of others in his wise ways. Von Mises, Hayek,
Ayn Rand, Rothbard, Milton Friedman, Hazlitt, have been speaking the philosophical economic truth for decades.
Printing money out of thin air doesn´t work,
going into 200 trillion dollar debt doesn´t
work, unaccountable war doesn´t work, 20, 30 40 year politicians don´t work, subservient to government media doesn´t work
Charles can expand his self contained platform and cure America of its folly.





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Reply 12 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 1/7/2014 8:36:00 AM     (No. 9682734)

Yes, Dr. K is brilliant in many, many respects and I could listen to him talk all day --about any subject. He´s one of those who could probably make reading the phone book interesting. I admire and respect him.

But . . . he was so far off on 0bama that it´s still hard for me to grasp. He admitted to Brett Baier in the referenced interview, that 0bama was five weeks into his presidency before he [Dr. K.] understood that 0bama is a Socialist. [Actually, 0bama is a Communist, but I won´t split that hair.]

FTA: "Know thyself" is a highly overrated piece of wisdom. As for knowing the self of others, forget it. Know what they do and judge them by their works. Had Americans taken Krauthammer´s advice, Obama´s postage stamp-sized resume, mysterious past, and questionable associations would have prevented him from winning the primary let alone the presidency.”

But that’s not the “advice” we got from Dr. K. He told us during the run up to the first election of the Communist that 0bama would run from the Left and govern from the Center –completely ignoring Ayers, Wright, et al.

Yes, Dr. K. has had brilliant insights before and since that first election season when most of us were screaming from the top of our lungs about the mistake that was 0bama, but the fact remains that Dr. K. had a terrible lapse of reasoning during that period. I’ll never understand it.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: peterfleming, 1/7/2014 8:37:35 AM     (No. 9682738)

And, Charles, in your creativity, include two of the best scholars, both alive and well, Tom Sowell and Walter Williams. They will help your case, and are already helping America. It would be wonderful to see all you tuluy intellegent people joining hands.
Like Quincy´s brilliant, WE ARE THE WORLD !

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Ramona, 1/7/2014 8:38:29 AM     (No. 9682739)

Orchids this cold morning to Poster #9, whose sentiments I echo wholeheartedly. I would love to hear Dr. K. explain how he allowed himself to ignore the reality of the big 0, too.
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 1/7/2014 9:03:23 AM     (No. 9682778)

Read #5
Charles Krauthammer can spew all the words which I can´t but I know one thing in 2007 Dr. Krauthammer sang praises of Obama and a dolt like me had the communist figured out before that. Dr. Krauthammer voted for Obama the first time and possibly the second time. There is a large group of people who could have instructed the good doctor so now he rails with ´wordy´ words his dislikes for the president?
Welcome to the party good Doctor come right in and enjoy a drink the party has been a progress long before you arrived.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 1/7/2014 9:40:05 AM     (No. 9682824)

One weakness for intellectuals like Krauthammer is that they are loathe to listen to opinions of others less elevated in their thinking ability. But we who have no reputation to maintain can and do listen to others, and then form our own opinion and share it among ourselves. Some times these people are their own enemy, keeping themselves above the common crowd and trying to be the last word.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: ruready?, 1/7/2014 9:49:38 AM     (No. 9682842)

#15

"a dolt like me had the communist figured out"

Make that 2 dolts.

Krauthammer does have one think in common with Obama. He is not the smartest guy in any room, but has the rare ability to sound that way.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: nonsense, 1/7/2014 9:50:11 AM     (No. 9682843)

Often I cannot decide the level of trust I have in Dr. K´s comments. However I do know that I appreciate L-dotters insights , especially #9 and #11, more than I do the good Doctor´s.

I will never forget the "comeback kid" comments. They were not helpful in the fight against the Fundamental Transformation. This is not a game, we are in a fight for the future direction of America, one that will survive but will we still have liberty and freedom?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Arby, 1/7/2014 10:03:05 AM     (No. 9682866)

Nice piece. With George Will at his side, Fox News now has the conservative brain trust. Now we need everyone to listen to them.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: hoosier-luger, 1/7/2014 10:10:47 AM     (No. 9682883)

Dr. Krauthammer is quite brilliant. However, the subject of politics is not complex.

For example:

It is wrong to take from those who produce, and give it to those who have not.

The purpose of marriage is to produce, and to protect, children.

A necessary (but not sufficient) condition of freedom is that the Government stay out of the people’s purses – and their bedrooms.

The first purpose of any government is to protect its people.

Doing business with those who do not share ones’ fundamental values inevitably corrupts those values (e.g., continuing to buy Arab oil).

Attempting to tell other peoples what form of government they must have is wrong, unnecessary and ultimately destructive.

There is nothing difficult here.


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Reply 21 - Posted by: rock n robin, 1/7/2014 10:12:47 AM     (No. 9682890)

FTA: "Know thyself" is a highly overrated piece of wisdom.
...Really?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 1/7/2014 10:15:39 AM     (No. 9682895)

It cannot be said better than #10 has said it.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/7/2014 10:35:35 AM     (No. 9682933)

It always has amazed me that Dr Krauthammer was taken in by the Mulatto Messiah. Sadly, the overly educated are often incapable of seeing the truth before them. When your roots are at the elite strata, your common sense doesn´t develop as it should.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: RancherJack, 1/7/2014 10:39:49 AM     (No. 9682943)

Charles Krauthammer is dead to me. He is an Old Guard die hard rooting for the Party instead of the Constitution.

In case you forgot his other grievous deviations ...

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Reply 25 - Posted by: bobn.t, 1/7/2014 10:47:43 AM     (No. 9682972)

But what about Dick Morris?
Lest we not forget Juan Williams too.
And then there´s Dr. Marc Lamont Hill.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/7/2014 11:13:50 AM     (No. 9683013)

Dr. K is a pragmatist and a go along to get along guy, it´s that simple.

He´s not interested in the fight, just coming out even. With the Dims constantly on message the Repub establishment, including Dr. K keep adjusting to the new Normal, they will always lose.

That DOES NOT win GAMES!

I have a serious question...

If the Repub establishment is ´conservative´ as they claim then why is it every time they lost they never undo the damage when they are back in power? They always move on and accept the new Lib norm. What they don´t seem to care about is that is precisely how the Libs keep moving the goal posts...a little at a time. Each change seems not so much, but in total it is HUGE!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: hoosier-luger, 1/7/2014 11:27:46 AM     (No. 9683047)

Dr. Krauthammer is emotionally no different from many others. The path from Socialism qua statism to individualism can be emotionally wringing, intellectually taxing, and costly to established personal and family relationships. Many never make the transition. And, many never want to do so.

Mr. Obama was elected by the votes of two (2) very different groups: (i) the true believers, and (ii) those who wanted to believe.

Of course, there are those of the Stalinist persuasion who are directly implicated in “voting for a living” – i.e., those whose political, plantation-style purpose is to appropriate for themselves (via the ballot box first, and the gun barrel later, if need be) the productivity of others.

And, for many, our parents, family and pseudo-friends (likely, now “former friends”) are Progressives, collectivists, socialists, statists, Democrats, unionists, government workers, social workers, etc., etc. The terminology does not matter, as the substance of such persons is the same.

It is emotionally difficult to come to the intellectual truth that those whom we love are dedicated to a philosophy that is evil – in its conception, its functioning, and in its results.

This latter proposition has long been at the heart of the Centrists’ (and here, Dr. Krauthammer’s) conceptual and emotional difficulty.



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Reply 28 - Posted by: hoosier-luger, 1/7/2014 11:28:42 AM     (No. 9683049)

To many, the fact that a multi-racial child of no particular intellect or accomplishment can become President of the United States means that nearly anything is possible (i.e., the message of “hope and change”). Like the pronouncement of the Delphic Oracle to King Croesus, King of Lydia [[ "If you cross the river, a great empire will be destroyed…”]], the underlying, inarticulated assumption for those like Dr. Krauthammer was that the Obama “change” would be for the better.

This concept of “possibility” appeals to the American underlying spirit of egalitarianism. However, the (albeit painful) lesson to be learned from Mr. Obama is that substance -- not emotion and illusion -- must always be the guiding principle in selecting a leader. And, for many of us, substance means the realization into overriding action that those who espouse collectivism are to be disqualified, and regardless of the appearance of any other seemingly attractive “qualities” -- including the ability to read (albeit with goofy, ungrammatical phrasing, and misplaced voice-dropping) a nice-sounding speech written by someone else and put on a teleprompter.


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Reply 29 - Posted by: Felixcat, 1/7/2014 11:39:09 AM     (No. 9683064)

I really cannot add to #12´s comments. Although I might add that elites like Dr. K and Noonan were easily swayed by the Ivy League portion of an otherwise very thin resume.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: EQKimball, 1/7/2014 11:57:00 AM     (No. 9683093)

Projecting onto the core intentions of our nation´s adversaries our own hopes for freedom and peace is dangerous and naive. This Krauthammer does not do. Projecting onto the intentions of our own leaders the core values of the American people has been a time-honored extension of neighborly generosity, at times naive, but never dangerous--until now. Of this Charles is guilty, but in the judeo-Christian tradition of extending goodwill to all who enter our national house. Obama is a unique president--not in the obvious racial way, but in an enigmatic way that suggests cultural underpinnings not experienced by even a small number of Americans. All--not just most--of his calculations are political, and all directed at the creation of a future state that does not resemble the historic America. Dr. K´s initial failure to size up Obama accurately was a mistake, but one borne of a generous spirit rather than willful blindness. It does not discredit all else he should say.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Melody, 1/7/2014 11:59:40 AM     (No. 9683096)

Dr. K misses it. ´´What are the things that matter? Each of us has our own personal passions -- for Krauthammer they consist of ´science, medicine, art, poetry, architecture, chess, space, sports, [and] number theory´ to name just a few. But ´in the end, they must bow to the sovereignty of politics.´ ´´

In this nation ´´under God´´ whose motto is ´´In God we trust,´´ we should not elevate politics to that status as Number One. There is no answer to our problems except a return to God.

What Abraham Lincoln said applies today. ´´We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. ... We have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become ... too proud to pray to the God that made us!´´

There are no political solutions without our return to God. Until our people recognize that, our nation will continue to decline.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: fayebeck, 1/7/2014 12:02:28 PM     (No. 9683103)

I have a great idea on how to win in 2014 and 2016. Let´s all carry grudges again Dr. K., Noonan, and others and read out of conservatism all people who have made a mistake. Perhaps that perfect one will surface some day. But in the meantime let´s continue with the grudges.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: nevernaught, 1/7/2014 12:07:58 PM     (No. 9683113)

I have never trusted Krauthammer´s conservatism because he is a moving target, and he writes well enough to dismiss his errors of the past so eloquently.

The European analogy works because I hear our troops in Bosnia/Kosovo are coming home by Christmas past (1995 and still counting). I think he is perturbed because the future is clouded and the profession he belongs to has sold its soul.

I believe Sarah Palin is a realist and Krauthammer is a dreamer. One sees things as they are and takes action. The other sits at his keyboard, overthinks the subject and misses the mark. I bet he has a clean desk.

Count me in as one of those Dolts mentioned above.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 1/7/2014 12:20:36 PM     (No. 9683128)

A loud AMEN to nos. #10, #12, & #16!

I´m so glad that #10 pointed out the hypocrisy of the stupid COEXIST crowd who are mainly women. I used to see those bumper stickers on the SUV´s of young moms in the People´s Republic of Ann Arbor, Michigan. I would shake my head in disbelief, especially once it was revealed after 9/11/2001 how Muslim men treated women in Muslim countries.

#12 cited the best sentence in the whole, excellent article - I have bolded the best most accurate description ever for Obama´s resume: "Had Americans taken Krauthammer´s advice, Obama´s postage stamp-sized resume, mysterious past, and questionable associations would have prevented him from winning the primary let alone the presidency.”

#16 is spot on with this: "One weakness for intellectuals like Krauthammer is that they are loathe to listen to opinions of others less elevated..." Having lived in a university town where everyone you meet at social functions has a string of degrees behind his name yet has no common sense gets very tiring after a while. However, Dr. K. has somewhat redeemed himself for his gross error about Obama in 2008, and I do like to hear what he has to say.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: geronimo, 1/7/2014 12:35:07 PM     (No. 9683137)

FTA: "...the catastrophe that awaits everyone from a single false move, wrong turn, fatal encounter. Every life has such a moment. What distinguishes us is whether -- and how -- we ever come back."

Dr. K. certainly made his wrong turn when he praised the wonder and glory of Barack Hussein Obama.

Are these insights his way to ´come back´?

I´m not sure how much of his credibility he has restored.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Grandpa Bill, 1/7/2014 12:36:17 PM     (No. 9683140)

It seems nearly all posters feel as I do - while Dr. Krauthammer has admirable qualities, I look with askance at any intellect that could not recognize at the start, the phoney Obama is and that includes the good doctor.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: hoosier-luger, 1/7/2014 12:38:05 PM     (No. 9683143)

Let’s be fair to Big Brother Barack, too. Elections are not just about political philosophy. And, the Obama elections were not just about Obama – and his many rather obvious (albeit, in hindsight) philosophical and personal faults.

An election is -- by definition -- one, or the other, or neither. Enter “candidates” McCain and Romney, and regardless of their avowed semi-Republicanism.

McCain’s drawing card was that -- although not terribly bright, or successful in any endeavor -- he had been very good at taking physical punishment from the North Vietnamese. And, he had also given a few speeches in the Senate floor. Thus, McCain based his career in politics on this most thin of resume reeds.

Romney -- a smart, successful, nice-guy, and family-man – had actually run a business and a State, but would have been better off to have had a beer or two along the way, cussed a little bit, and learned how to bare-knuckle fight in grade school.

But the real bottom-line is that most Americans don’t respect those who, when attacked, won’t fight back. Such persons are perceived (rightly or wrongly) as being indecisive at best, and perhaps even cowards at heart. Specifically, if someone can’t deal with a spoiled-brat like Obama, face-to-face, how will they deal with America’s enemies? Not a lot of confidence in Obama’s opponents, here.

Hillary is expected to do a lot of this “dishing-it-out”. So, which prospective candidate is best suited to end the Democrats’ reign of terror on the Nation?

Let’s try a McCain or Romney, again…. Let’s get someone that no one really likes or respects….

Right….


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Reply 38 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 1/7/2014 12:43:25 PM     (No. 9683149)

#20: Superb post, among a lot of good ones! Kudos.

Krauthammer is brilliant, an excellent role model for overcoming diversity...but he´s not one of us.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: absalom, 1/7/2014 1:22:20 PM     (No. 9683188)

Krauthammer brilliant? Er... hardly. He has
the glibness of a Sophist, impressing those w/limited vocabularies. Yet, he´ll never be confused w/William Buckley, both a principled conservative and an original mind who also
knew his way around the Mother Tongue.
#26, mickturn, as usual, is on the mark. Our politics has been steadily leftist for the past 100 years and the R frauds and hustlers are the D´s partners in crime. Sadly far too many are in thrall to the fantasy that if we only had an R POTUS, all would be sweetness and light. Total malarkey! We have Obama because we had Bush. Cold reality. It comes down to a choice between our Republic and the GOP, as they are mutually exclusive!

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Reply 40 - Posted by: william1, 1/7/2014 1:51:00 PM     (No. 9683218)

We must not forget that Dr. K was an ardent liberal until the mid-1980´s. I believe he was still beguiled by the "Call of the Wild" with Obama.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 1/7/2014 1:59:59 PM     (No. 9683231)

Many comments here regarding Dr. K´s misunderstanding of Obama. Well, he was certainly not alone. Fox celebrity host Mr O´Reilly took 4 years to do so and I am not certain he does yet, or that he wants to. On the other hand, 5 years ago Glenn Beck and his white/black boards was pointing out EXACTLY what Obama was during his Fox TV program. He laid it out so that a child could understand all about Obama, his cronies, his background, his allies, his sycophants, his
policies, the whole works. Many laughed at him, but what he stated was spot on. Same goes for Michael Savage on his radio program 5 years ago. He had Obama pegged to a "T". I
remember each of these men´s discussions of Obama very clearly, within months of his initial inauguration.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Caveman, 1/7/2014 2:19:20 PM     (No. 9683249)

If Dr. K was to have run for office at the same time obumbo was running, I believe his rhetoric would have sounded quite similar to barky´s. Heal the worlds problems, everyone getting along, fixing the poverty of the U.S. and the world, etc. That seems to me to be the person he is inside. Now that it has all gone wrong, Dr. K. is having a hard time letting go of the dream that was odumbo.
His problem with Sarah Palin and others like her, I believe, is his hated for women in general. He always seems to dismiss any of their opinions out of hand. He seems to be a very intelligent but unhappy man.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: JediJerry, 1/7/2014 4:51:08 PM     (No. 9683407)

Will this nation endure the catastrophe that awaits at the end of this fundamental transformation from freedom to socialism and slavery to the government? Depends on a few things. How important is freedom and liberty to a once free people. What are these people willing to do to regain it. How bad do you want it. Enough to sacrifice their lives, fortunes and sacred honor? The elected people in charge of destroying this country are the enemy within. They have no sacred honor. They have no moral compass or virtue or any sense of right and wrong. They are on an ideological mission based on failed philosophies and destroy. The great CK is a great gifted man. We can learn a lot from him, and the problem is once you learn it what do you do with this new knowledge. We are fast approaching the Turning Point.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Passion, 1/7/2014 4:55:38 PM     (No. 9683414)

#41 - the entire talk radio conservative internet Tea Party combined caucus - some 30-35 million I would guess - were ahead of the "brilliant" (cough cough) Dr. K on Obama, Obama Care, etc.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: jimmiet, 1/7/2014 5:00:59 PM     (No. 9683417)

I like Charles Krauthammer and I think he has much insight for an ivy league educated elite. But he still has the intellectual barrier of seeing the left for what it is. The Obamas of the world were his classmates, his fraternity brothers and he sees much of the left as viable arguments in an elite, ivy tower, intellectual, academic debate environment. He can´t see the actual soul wrecking that takes place in flyover America.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: gone2pot, 1/7/2014 5:57:51 PM     (No. 9683465)

Are you kidding me? Krauthammer and the rest of the Weekly Standard crowd used their resources in 2008 to PREVENT the truth about Obama from being addressed. They systematically destroyed the lives of many conservatives who brought out what the WS ilk are now "discovering" about the Marxist in Chief. The man is nothing more than a traitor along with Barnes, Kristol and the entire Weekly Standard staff. Insights indeed.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Hoosier, 1/7/2014 6:36:51 PM     (No. 9683492)

#29 makes a very good, and very overlooked point about the Ivy League schools´ own "Good Ole Boy" mentality. As a Purdue Engineer, dumb as a sack of hammers, it always stuck in my craw.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: marthaville, 1/8/2014 11:50:01 AM     (No. 9684292)

To those who want to denigrate Krauthammer for his earlier views on Obama, how many of the Beltway insiders changed their view of Obama?

Every other writer or commenter I can think of that supported, or approved of Obama early on still hold the same view.

Inside the Beltway is much different from flyover country.

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Posted By: DW626- 4/6/2014 6:09:11 AM     Post Reply
The clumsiness and incoherence, if not madness, of this administration’s foreign policies are creating havoc around the world. No one wrapped up the story of the chaos better than Sultan Knish did this week: When Bush left office at the end of his second term, the region was mostly stable aside from Iran’s nuclear program. By the time Obama had finished his first term, it was in a state of endless war. [snip] Bush had sought to stabilize the Middle East by removing Saddam. Obama instead destabilized it by trying to remove every government that was in any way friendly to the

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Remember when Lois Lerner, in answering a planted question at an American Bar Association conference, admitted the IRS had targeted conservative groups but tried to pass it off as the work of rogue agents — “our line people in Cincinnati”? Today we know there were indeed federal agents involved. But they weren’t rogue, and they weren’t confined to IRS workers in Cincinnati. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request by Judicial Watch, we now have an e-mail Lerner sent to colleagues noting the Department of Justice was looking into criminal prosecutions of these tax-exempt groups. We know something else, too. These investigations


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