Written By:  Guy Graybill ©

Posted: Nov. 29th, 2012

Was your vote on November 6 for a person or for a set of negative or positive values?  In our most recent presidential election, the slight majority of voters cast votes to validate the sorriest set of negative that I’ve ever seen in my seven decades of viewing elections.  WHAT IN HEAVEN’S NAME DID WE VALIDATE?  By voting to re-elect Barack Obama we didn’t vote for the man, Obama.  We voted to validate a fistful of empty promises [honesty, transparency, job creation, cooperation] that were obviously never meant to be kept!  We also validated:

* Profligate spending that exceeded that of every predecessor.

* The scolding of the august members of the U.S. Supreme Court.

* The injudicious use of the “executive order.”

* The appointment of a tax cheat to the cabinet.

* Haughty disdain for requests for facts by the U.S. Congress.

* Racism from the White House.

* The making of ale in the people’s White House, with a little pre-election publicity push.

* A belittling attitude toward people who respect gun ownership and Bible ownership.

* The pushing of legislation, without study or discussion.

* The continued hiding of much personal data.

* Presidential silence when American women were cruelly slandered.

* The reckless disregard for Americans in harm’s way of the international storm of terrorism.

* The arrogant, months-long refusal to explain anything about ugly developments in the Middle East.

* The childish practice of finding scapegoats for every one of the president’s many failings.

* The blatant and shameless presidential lying to America and, in the U.N., to the world.

* An election campaign that challenged all records for incivility.   As a nation, we’ve forgotten what

all once knew:  Leadership, without civility, is a sham.

There’s another election-cycle dynamic that we validated in our 2012 vote:  THE LICENSE OF THE PRESS

A nation can’t function while its news is being censored.  That was proved in 2012 in the United States.

Many weeks after a tropical storm devastated part of the eastern seaboard 100,000 people were still without power.  That’s a small annoyance compared with the blackout that blanketed the entire nation for months prior to the 2012 presidential election!  Despite reams of paper and hours of television time devoted to the Wednesday-morning-quarterbacking, I’ve seen no attempt to analyze the huge impact of the news blackout involved in the presidential election of 2012.  One of America’s worst catastrophes, ever, was the 2012 blackout of the news.

In its place, the journalistic community flew into action to report on Sandra Fluke’s elevation to sainthood.  The biased journalists also made no fuss over the United States’ president’s urging supporters to exact revenge at the polls.  Had Mitt Romney used such a hateful phrase, even larger truckloads of newsprint would have been rushed to the newsrooms of America and more pundits would have blasted their hapless television audiences.  The journalistic fraternity carefully skirted the issue of a leader who left Americans die at the hands of cutthroat terrorists while aid was withheld.  Those tragic deaths were allowed to occur in order to insure that there would be no pre-election military failures to embarrass the Commander-in-Chief.  Weighed in the balance, the murders of a few brave men, abandoned on official American soil while awaiting support from their country, was of little consequence to a heartless administration.  That was a small price to pay to save the nation from a Conservative onslaught on America.  Thus, the nation’s chief executive demonstrated to the world his resolve to courageously stand up to the terrorists wherever, in the United States, they threatened the polling places.

In 1735, a courageous journalist, John Peter Zenger of New York, won a victory for journalism, when he prevailed in a case where the opposition wanted to be able to censor unpleasant news.  Zenger is still recognized as a champion for press freedom.  When our great-truly great-founders penned our U.S. Constitution, they stated, in the document’s very first amendment, that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press….”  That notion has been subverted.  The amendment was to guarantee freedom of the press; not to guarantee the press the freedom to censor!  This nation has gone from vigorous press freedom to self-approved news censorship by the press.  That censorship was perverted to an exceptional degree during the election campaign of 2012.  Thus, American citizens, who should have been given balanced coverage of all controversial issues, were forced to vote under a veil of censorship.

The asinine blaming of his predecessor should have been a major item of discussion by the media in 2012; but press censorship prevented it.  We must pray that Barack Obama didn’t start a tradition for all future presidents, and that his asininity in this regard will be unique.  Imagine how stifled our national government would have been if George Washington had begun the Obama practice, by blaming George III for all the problems he encountered as the nation’s first president.  From George Washington to Barack Obama: From the Brobdingnagian to the Lilliputian.

As a candidate for the nation’s highest office, Mitt Romney was made to realize that any verbal slip or mental lapse would be pounced upon and magnified; while Barack Obama made some of history’s worst gaffes with no reportorial repercussions.  What a hellish, surrealistic atmosphere for all who wanted balanced news coverage.  In a rational nation, both party’s speakers would be called to task for questionable remarks, especially blatant lying.

The biased journalists took the intemperate remarks of two local Republican candidates and hung them around Romney’s neck like a millstone; while the most scurrilous comments about women were poo-pooed if they came from Obama’s contributors/supporters.  Why was their no indignation when Whoopi Goldberg referred to a Hollywood celebrity’s act of rape as not being a “rape rape.”?  The celebrity rapist’s action wasn’t a generalization; but an actual, criminal rape!

Decision 2012 was won by the callow and the corrupt.  There was no pretense of fairness or balanced news coverage.  Censorship, the bane of a free society, ruined the 2012 election process.  If a structure is on fire, a carefully-positioned and carefully-timed photograph will suggest that the house is not in jeopardy.  Censorship was used in America, in 2012, to invalidate the votes of millions of Americans.   Our votes were wasted, not by a superior campaign; but by the theft of American opinion that balanced news would have engendered.


In a rational national atmosphere, men like Schultz, Letterman, Matthews, and Maher would be fired for their intemperate remarks.  Not only were they not fired; but the president never voiced a word of response in defense of American womanhood.  In fact, Barack Obama was among the first who spewed venomous words against Sarah Palin, with his tasteless and gleeful observation that  “you can put lipstick on a pig; but its still a pig.”  His first election elevated Barack Obama to the role of the nation’s top misogynist.   Both Obama and the perverted quartet mentioned above should be branded forever:  American whore-mongers!

In a rational world, a national leader, who never had the grace to compromise with opposing legislators, if caught secretly promising greater cooperation to a foreign tyrant, would be tossed out of office; but not in a country where censorship makes the most bizarre activity seem normal.  One must also wonder what our unduly elected president expected from Uncle Vladimir.  As generous as he is with foreign despots, Obama will try to give him a weapons treaty highly favorable to Russia.  Knowing the president’s fondness for fawning, he may also return Alaska to Russia (That would also get rid of that annoying Alaska ‘slut’ at the same time!).

Dozens of truly great Black-American leaders could have moved into the presidency with no notice of their race; but Barack Obama never stopped playing the race card.  How sad that his race card trumped the Romney/Ryan grace card.  Also, there is a severe prejudice against Black-Americans if they happen to be conservative; hence an intense dislike, by the presumably tolerant left, of such as Michael Steele, Herman Cain and Allen West.  Those were the same members of the left who were so utterly tolerant in allowing the sick attacks on woman, from presidential candidates to candidates’ wives.  American journalism was too busy protecting the president to say anything serious on behalf of the victims of left-wing slander.

Maintenance costs for the fence around the White House could be saved by its removal.  Today’s president is fully protected by the ring of biased journalists who surround the place, waiting to crowd into the baloney-filled briefing room.  The King Ranch in Texas wouldn’t be large enough to corral Brian Williams, Candy Crowley and that great herd of sycophantic jackasses who censored our news in their successful effort to protect President Obama from himself.

Only a biased press, eager and willing to censor, would let a candidate close the last month of the election campaign with a call for ‘revenge’, the censoring of a foreign attack on a U.S. drone, calling his opponent a ‘bulls******’ (this from a man who has piled more B.S. than the Chicago stockyards), refusing  to do more than a photo-op for the sorry victims of “Sandy”, lying to the American people and the entire world community, and spearheading a cover-up of his failure of will during and since the terrorist attack on Benghazi in Libya.  Only a biased press, preferring censorship to truth, would not remind the people of Vice President Biden’s declaration that bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!  Once that quote was made obsolete by ugly events, the news media should have reminded Americans with a paraphrased:  “Chris Stevens is dead and terrorism is very much alive!”

I have nightmares of an even-less fettered president than the one who had four years of failure.  I also have daydreams of seeing a U.S. senator being handed a list of impeachment charges by a member of the U.S. House.

The blatant censorship of the news, that helped carry a collapsing candidate over the finish line, has given America its most surreal, undemocratic and bizarre presidential election.   I hope that we never have another like it.


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Guy Graybill, of Middleburg, (Snyder County) PA, is a graduate of Gettysburg College, a retired teacher, former Republican county commissioner and former GOP chairman in his county. He and his wife, Nancy, are approaching their 60th wedding anniversary. They are the parents of four children and a growing progeny. He was listed in Who's Who in America in 2000 and 2001 ("For no reason that I would know!). Since he retired, he has had five books published, including: KEYSTONE (A state history), BRAVO! (the only book that declares that the Italians did more for music than anyone else), PROHIBITION'S PRINCE, the first of a two-volume biography of a millionaire moonshiner/bootlegger and FROST! (2012), a book of 20 Russian folk tales. Most of his works are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, etc. He notes that one of his strongest concerns involves the increasing incivility and dishonesty spewing from the liberal pundits.