American Liberty League

The Mid Third Year First Term Presidential Slump: Perfectly Normal!

When one looks at the history of the Presidency, in the third year of the first term of a President, it is very normal that he suffers a loss in public opinion support, and is usually the low point of his first term, but often has had no effect on future electoral success.

Witness the following examples:

1, Franklin D. Roosevelt in his third year (1935) was denounced as a socialist, a communist, a fascist, and every other dirty name by opponents, including the American LIberty League, Huey Long, Dr. Francis Townsend, Father Charles Coughlin, and others. He went on to a smashing reelection victory, winning all but two states in 1936.

2. Harry Truman in 1947 was very unpopular and predicted to have no chance at reelection, particularly with the opposition party in control of Congress, and some members of his party suggesting he resign, because of the vote of no confidence represented by the Republican 80th Congress. He proceeded to win a miracle upset victory for reelection!

3. John F. Kennedy in 1963 was in deep trouble in the South because of his stand on civil rights, and he was on a campaign swing in the South, trying to mend fences, when he was assassinated.

4. Richard Nixon was at a low point in 1971 over the Vietnam War, with the Pentagon Papers being revealed and attempts of Congress to end the war by cutting funds. It was fear that his Democratic opponent might be strong that convinced Nixon operatives to become involved in the Watergate scandal, but Nixon won all states but one in 1972.

5. Ronald Reagan in 1983 had the highest unemployment rate since FDR, and low public opinion ratings similar to those of Barack Obama now (low 40s), but went on to win all but one state in 1984.

6. Bill Clinton had low public opinion ratings in 1995, particularly after the Republicans took over both houses of Congress, but won reelection in 1996.

7. George W. Bush had a lot of opposition and criticism about the war in Iraq in 2003, but went on to win reelection in 2004.

So it is not a danger sign that Barack Obama is suffering a low point in the summer of 2011, as despite many problems, he still has strong popular support personally, and the opposition Republicans are being blamed by many for the Debt Ceiling Crisis and its aftermath!

So don’t count the President out by any means, as the odds still strongly favor his reelection in 2012!

The Tea Party: Right Wing Billionaire Bankrollers! :(

Many average Americans wish to believe that the Tea Party Movement is just a group of ordinary Americans who “want their country back”!

What these people do not realize is that they are being exploited and stirred into action by billionaires who have no concern for anything, but their own wealth and power! πŸ™

As an article in the New Yorker by Jane Mayer demonstrated last week, and as further explained by Frank Rich of the New York Times, the real manipulators behind the Tea Party Movement are Rupert Murdoch of Fox News Channel, and two brothers, David and Charles Koch, with the two brothers wealthier than any Americans except Bill Gates and Warren Buffett!

The Koch brothers’ father helped to finance and promote the John Birch Society, born in the late 1950s, and the idea of corporate interests fighting government “interference” goes back to the American Liberty League, which opposed Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal as “socialism”!

The American Prosperity Foundation is bankrolled by the Koch brothers, and they are against taxes, corporate regulations, organized labor, and government “handouts” to the poor, unemployed, ill, and elderly!

They are behind the uproar about the so called “Ground Zero” mosque, and sponsored the Glenn Beck rally at the Washington mall this past weekend!

David Koch ran for Vice President on the Libertarian line in 1980, and he came out against Social Security, federal regulatory agencies, “welfare” programs, the FBI, the CIA, and public schools! The brothers are promoting denial of global warming, and work against the Environmental Protection Agency!

Republicans in office and running for office have picked up much of the agenda of the Koch brothers and Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch! Apologies for BP having to pay a so called “slush fund” for the damage it has wrought, and willingness to run up deficits to cut taxes for the rich, but not provide extended unemployment compensation or other programs for the average American who is suffering through this Great Recession, are examples of the agenda of these billionaires affecting our politics!

It is essential that Barack Obama and the Democrats fight these interests by making average Americans realize how they are being bamboozled by extremely wealthy people who look down upon them with disdain! πŸ™