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This has become slightly uncomfortable, I must say.

It appears my rapturous sense of brotherhood with my fellow Obama voters last night may have been misplaced.

Zogby today published more details from the survey represented in the video and, cumulatively, I fear many of my liberal brothers and sisters are as dumb as doorknobs and probably should not have been allowed to vote.

The media bears responsibility for apparently being, in general, crooks, but c’mon, it should be each person’s responsibility to have a remote familiarity with what is actually happening in the world. Maybe you don’t have access to NewsBusters, but that doesn’t mean it’s ok to limit your information sources to cereal boxes and gum wrappers.

Click here for complete survey results.

I do not think the unprecedented ignorance of such a massive proportion of those who voted for it taints the Obama presidency or should cause more and more people to view its goals with extreme skepticism, but I do think I will have to exercise better vigilance regarding my fellow progressives because of the rampant mental torpidity in our ranks.

People talk about values. The values that have motivated me throughout my entire life as a liberal voter are grounded in the knowledge that I stand WITH, not over, the people who work and raise their kids and struggle to earn a paycheck and also, by the way, make this nation great.

Oh, sure: You can weigh the party platforms or ideologies of the day, building charts full of statistics, calling meetings, hiring experts, arguing different points of view, parsing position papers and, basically, doing all of the things that have gotten this country into the mess we are currently experiencing. That’s called the politics of the past – and THE PEOPLE are sick of it.

They are sick of the talk, sick of the infighting, sick of the backstabbing and politics of personal destruction. What the people are looking for is not the officially sanctioned “information” and “data” but the things that don’t lend themselves quite so readily to debate and statistical analysis: Things like honesty, and compassion, and clarity, and understanding.

And sometimes, the people know what is best.

The video I am about to show you was compiled as part of an upcoming study of the impact of the media on the 2008 election.

The people who commissioned the study seem to have thought they were uncovering some type of scandal but, quite the contrary, they have unwittingly unveiled the glorious reality of the sheer purity of heart that has changed our nation.

If you are anything like me, you will be moved by it … and I have to admit that after watching it three times through my heart still sings and my eyes well up each time as I watch and listen to these beautiful, forthright, focused people who I am so, so proud to stand with during this historic time.

These are my “great Americans,” who have done the impossible by overcoming the noise machine and delivering Barack Obama to the presidency. God bless them for their hearts filled with purity rather than malice. Now that they have been politically awakened, they control the future direction of our nation for generations to come, and America is well and truly fixed because of them. God bless the United States of America: now, finally, a government of the people!

Enjoy! (And have some tissues handy.)

Arnold Swarzenegger is the governor of California. He is married to a liberal of the Kennedy clan. He is Austrian. I don’t know if he ever became an American citizen. If he did, he failed the exam dealing with constitutions and how amendments are made. He is a Republican. Really? Maybe a RINO. He is mad at the U.S. Constitution because it will not allow him to become president. I don’t know why that should stop him. Not after the totally embarassing way he conducts himself as governor.

Sometime back it appears that the Supreme Court of California declared the prohibition of same-sex marraige was unconstitutional. This judgement was correct. The court stipulated that there was no law AGAINEST same-sex marraige. The judges weren’t legislating from the bench-they were doing exactly as their positions dictate. They stated that until there was a law made, same-sex marraiges were allowed. A grassroot group decided to get it put on the ballot and let the people decide. This is the correct procedure. Arnold didn’t like that and hoped the supremes would put a stop to it. Arnold overstepped his bounds. Arnold doesn’t understand the law and governing rules. The ballot initiative was called Proposition 8 and it passed overwhelmingly. The people had spoken. Arnold didn’t like that as you can see here.  Seems he doesn’t care what the people want.  Seems he doesn’t care about constitutional law.  Seems like he is running some kind of agenda.  I just think he’s pissed because he can’t be presidentof the U.S. and really show us  how he feels about the citizens.  I think Arnold is 70 years too late for his calling.

What about the homosexuals?  Are they satisfied with the will of the people?  That was a rhetorical question.  It seems that it isn’t the will of THOSE people.  The will of the people spoke for this whacked liberal congress and I have to live with it.  The will of the people spoke and elected Obama and I have to live with that.  Arnold and the homosexuals have to realize that sometimes you don’t get what you want when the will of the people speak-and they have.  Arnold; shut-up and sit down.  The people spoke and it is law.

As a lifelong liberal Democrat, it pains me deeply when unpleasant isolated events involving undocumented immigrants stir up the ire of documented U.S. citizens. Ultimately, I believe, we are all God’s children and we all have the right to live and earn a living wage wherever we so choose. These isolated events simply cast a pall over the budding environment for better multicultural understanding.

What is particularly troublesome is the apparent trend of federal and local law enforcement personnel to turn a blind eye to crimes committed by the undocumented, almost as if being undocumented provides a layer of protection from prosecution. This phenomenon has been noted frequently in our coverage of immigration issues at this blog. (Just keep scrolling and scrolling and reading back through the months).

Now comes news from Houston confirming our worst fears: There has been a widespread trend of non-enforcement of laws when the perpetrators have been in this country illegally. It appears that in an enormous number of cases, dangerous criminals are being released right back onto the street – with their undocumented status serving as a get out of jail free card.

The reason this concerns me so deeply is that, as a progressive, I have a high degree of respect for government institutions. This massive trend of non-enforcement will shake public confidence in those institutions. In fact, such a trend could definitely shake confidence to the extent that U.S. citizens might be inspired to outright rebellion and various forms of direct action. This, I fear, would be a major hindrance for our new president’s effort to implement his much-needed public policy agenda for our nation.

Let us hope there is a sea change in law enforcement throughout the U.S., so that the laws are enforced with at least equal determination on criminals who are undocumented. President-elect Obama would do well to take a strong stand for equality and fairness in the enforcement of our laws. Lighting a fire under ICE, for instance, will help build public faith in the new administration.

Although the Dallas Cowboys offensive unit spent the last six or seven minutes of last night’s game against the Washington Redskins beating the living crap out of the ‘Skins defense, it was a close contest which featured very little offense at all up until that point. The offenses on display were at best tame and the punters earned their paychecks. (And hopefully the Dallas punter’s paycheck is only $100 a week because that is definitely all he is worth, unless he is also the cook or something like that. Thirty-five yards with a two-second hang time is not much to write home about, but if you bring an assortment of exotic soups and sauces to the table, I suppose Jerry Jones might have had to take a hard look.)

These are a couple evenly matched teams with pretty good defenses, is what it all boils down to. If they played each other 10 times, each would win five games.

Thank goodness the Cowboys won because if they hadn’t their playoff chances would be nil. Not to say at this point they deserve to be in the postseason, because an offense with so little explosive potential is not going to scare anybody in January.

Granted, tonight was not a great one for passing. It was cold as hell at Fed Ex Field, and windy also. I could understand all the guys in the parking lot winging footballs around: They had been drinking for hours, so Mother Nature was to them no more than an abstract notion on the peripheries of their mental fog bank. But I am certain the players in the game had not been drinking hardly at all, and no one sober on national television would have felt remotely competent to pitch-and-catch at anything further than five yards.

Fortunately, Tony Romo returned from missing three games with an injured finger and did manage to complete some passes when it counted. And then when the time came at the end to run down the clock and preserve the 14-10 lead, Marion Barber and the offensive line did the job.

After approximately 12 consecutive Marion Barber runs, this is how the Washington defense looked. Note the slumped shoulders. If I had a better zoom, you would be able to see them panting for breath.
Cowboys vs Redskins November 16 2008 1

This is how the scoreboard looked.
Cowboys vs Redskins November 16 2008 2

And a minute later, this is how the field looked. You can see Tony Romo at the bottom just before he was besieged by the media interviewers.
Cowboys vs Redskins November 16 2008 3

Here is the first Washington press report.

Here is the Dallas report.

A few more observations:

-Terence Newman, also back from injury, played an outstanding complete game at corner. He had an interception, a critical break up, a couple important quick tackles and generally blanketed Santana Moss. This will be a huge bonus for the remainder of the season if he doesn’t get hurt again.

-Towards the end, with the ‘Skins on offense on third down, Newman motioned both arms up, as in “pump up the volume to make it difficult for the offense” – and the audience responded awfully loudly, for a visiting team. Yes, there were many Dallas fans in the stadium. Twenty years ago, at RFK, such a thing would have been as likely as garden gnomes taking over the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

-We were fortunate enough to get a pass for one of the stadium parking lots, which it turns out can take a REAL long time to get out of after the game. Unsurprisingly Redskins faithful are keenly aware of this fact, and therefore many have developed a tradition of post-game tailgating, or what seasoned alcoholics might recognize as the “second wind” phenomenon. They fire up the grill again, break out the bottles of whatever, and camp out until the wee hours of the morning. So here’s an idea matching social reality with public safety: Cheap hotels right next to the stadium. These could be really cheap – tent cities if you will – but I guarantee if there was a way to say, “Come party before the game, then party after the game, and crash here” there would be lots of takers.

-It was genuinely inspiring to see the level of friendliness between Dallas and Washington fans. Lots of them were in the same groups. Driving out, we saw a guy in a Redskins jersey grab an obviously intoxicated friend in a Dallas jersey and whisk him across the street under the gaze of Prince George’s County’s finest. Back when I used to go to RFK wearing Dallas Cowboys gear, I always felt like I might be in for a scrap. Not so anymore. We are evolving as a species.

This was the scene yesterday afternoon from the side of the Dulles Toll Road:
Rainbow in Northern Virginia

But wait, there’s more. The rainbow in Northern Virginia yesterday was actually a double rainbow.
Double rainbow in Northern Virginia
I have not seen that anywhere except Hawaii before.

I recently met up with esteemed commenters, fellow liberal Democrats and Digital Camel denizens Kevin and el Jefe up in Baltimore.

Kevin, El Jefe and Joe
(L-R) Kevin, el Jefe and Joe in B-More, loving President Obama

The main purpose, of course, was to celebrate the election of Barack Obama, which we did in grand fashion over a plate of Earth-friendly Obama Nachos and several pitchers of Hope and Change Lager. It worked, because by the third round we were all feeling more liberal than ever and well on our way to the type of change America needs.

Also, we were seeing Kevin off as he prepares to leave for Denver. I’m going to miss that guy. But thank goodness for the omnipresence afforded us by the Internet.

On which note, our discussion brought up a few interesting points relevant to this blog.

-Both Kevin and the Chief revealed strong suspicions that I was, in fact, both “Jack” and “Jacob.” When I pointed out their basic logical fallacy – to wit: I am obviously extremely lazy, ergo I could not possibly be ghost-writing two additional bloggers – they recanted, but then immediately expressed intense interest in what these flesh-and-blood “Jack” and “Jacob” characters are really like. When I explained that Jack and Jacob are both trim, well-manicured, kindly, self-effacing gentlemen more attuned to pastoral pursuits than the pell-mell of city life, both much in the mold of Supreme Court Justice David Souter, they seemed relieved. I think this foreshadows an even more elevated level of dialogue here.

-There will be another Amnesty Week at NVTH. It has been too long a time coming. We have a multitude of excellent commenters who deserve the opportunity to post whatever the hell they want on the main page. The upcoming holiday season seems a great time to put this in motion.

-A truly novel idea: We will initiate a program called “Honest Talk” which will be utterly revolutionary. Here’s how it will go: We put up a topic for discussion, and everyone has to tell what they think about it completely honestly. No artiface, no BS, no games; enforced with extreme prejudice. This will allow us all to get to the core of our various beliefs and disagreements. In sum, it will mean taking the innate human capacity for conversation and using it as our Creator probably meant for it to be used. I realize it sounds insane, but it’s so crazy it just might work. Stay tuned, it will be coming soon, and please prepare yourself mentally for the challenge.