The El Alamein Elections of November 3rd, 2009

2009 November 3

67 years ago, November 3rd, 1942, was the beginning of the end of the Second Battle of El Alamein. By November 4th Rommel was in retreat from Montgomery’s forces.

On November 10, 1942, Winston Churchill said of El Alamein,

I have never promised anything but blood, tears, toil, and sweat. Now, however,

The bright gleam has caught the helmets of our soldiers, and warmed and cheered all our hearts….

…General Alexander and General Montgomery fought it with one single idea. they meant to destroy the armed force of the enemy and to destroy it at the place where the disaster would be most far-reaching and irrecoverable….

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

This year began with the inauguration of a president who quickly began to extend the power and reach of the federal government as his programs and policies dealt severe blows to the economy.  He developed a shadow cabinet of power-wielding czars without accountability, committed to radical leftist ideology.

Citizens slowly began to awake with concern about taxes and spending in the stimulus bill and growing consternation over the White House programs and personnel.  On February 15, Keli Carender of Seattle organized a grassroots protest and on February 19, Rick Santelli in his rant cried, “This is America!” and called for a Tea Party!  Momentum grew as Tea Party protests started taking place across the nation.  A national Tax Day Tea Party was planned.   As the government proceeded with the takeover of two of the big three auto makers and the bullying of banks, more citizens became outraged.

The Tea Party protesters were ridiculed and defamed, but they continued to make their signs and show up: veterans, grandparents, children, moms and dads, and students.  4th of July Tea Parties came with their emphasis of our heritage of liberty and the reminder that our nation was founded as a Constitutional Republic.

Then came the August Town Halls protesting the massive government debt and the proposed takeover of the health care industry.  YouTube came into its own as video after video was posted of citizens confronting Congress, revealing the breadth and depth of concern and anger over the fiscal irresponsibility and political overreach of the Obama administration and the Democrats.  On September 12th the Tea Party movement marched on Washington, D.C., and hundreds of thousands of Americans protested the programs and policies designed without regard to liberty and fiscal and moral responsibility.

Yet still Democrats moved ahead with arrogance, trying to bluff their way to the most massive government grab for power in the history of our country.  On the other side of the aisle Republican party leaders also ignored the concerns of the grassroots, but this time in NY-23, citizens and conservative leaders were able to wrench the direction of a campaign and bring to national prominence the concerns of citizens who will consent to be governed, but who will not be ruled.

So here we are, with even NPR saying: Coming Tuesday: ‘A Referendum On The President’.

Today is the end of our beginning.  May today be our El Alamein!

It may almost be said, “Before Alamein we never had a victory.  After Alamein we never had a defeat.”

Winston Churchill

In What men may do, we have done. Moe Lane wrote that today is a prologue to 2010:

…today is the day that we start to take back that which was ours.


Crossposted to J’s Cafe Nette and RedState Member Diaries.

H/T: BBC, The Churchill Society, Michelle Malkin, Hot Air, The Corner, NPR, Wikipedia, RedState.

30 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 November 3 5:25 pm
    TLS permalink

    Inc – The power of your writing is tremendous. that entry should be used in future history books to display the emotion of this moment in time.

  2. 2009 November 3 5:26 pm
    INC permalink

    Thank you, TLS, for your kind words.

  3. 2009 November 3 5:34 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    come on, NY-23, come on, nj last chance for you lot.

  4. 2009 November 3 5:37 pm
    janzam permalink

    With 8% of the Virginia votes counted it is 2 to 1 for McDonnell, at the get-go.

    INC, all I can do is say “ditto” to TLC’s opening comments about the thread you put together.

  5. 2009 November 3 5:37 pm
    janzam permalink

    sorry TLS not TLC

  6. 2009 November 3 6:00 pm
    bc3b permalink

    FNC just projected McDonnell as the VA winner. I hope they get Shep off.

  7. 2009 November 3 6:08 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Don’t put it like that. Remember it’s Sheppie sweetie we’re talking about…

  8. 2009 November 3 6:20 pm
    bc3b permalink

    There’s something wrong with a network that dumps Laurie Dhue and E.D. Hill, but keeps Shepherd Smith. Conservatives don’t watch FNC because it’s good. It’s because it’s all we have (like the Lions in Detroit).

  9. 2009 November 3 6:20 pm
    janzam permalink

    VA — 52% = 39/61 McDonnell

  10. 2009 November 3 6:21 pm
    conservativetony permalink

    CNN is having a fit. This is the actual wording on the CNN website:

    “Republicans sweeps Virginia”

  11. 2009 November 3 6:22 pm
    justrand permalink

    INC, I read Churchill’s “History of World War II” when I was in High School (yes, every volume! 🙂 ).

    I first read that quote in his book! “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

    I pray it applies tonight!


  12. 2009 November 3 6:24 pm
    conservativetony permalink

    61 Christie
    29 Corzine
    8 Dagget

  13. 2009 November 3 6:29 pm
    janzam permalink

    Tony, where are you getting those NJ figures? Are they guesses or first returns?

  14. 2009 November 3 6:33 pm
    conservativetony permalink

    Jan, those are from Fox, but Brandon at HHR (latest thread) as a link to AP which has a more indepth look.

    I’m not sure I can post the link since it is AP

  15. 2009 November 3 6:33 pm
    janzam permalink

    Psst. Don’t tell anybody, but Republicans would win control of Congress if the election were now, instead of next year.

    It’s sure to remain the biggest political secret not in the news. Naturally, the media will ignore it; the polling company that produced the survey, Gallup, even buried it under a misleading headline.

    Gallup: GOP would win the House of Representatives American Thinker

  16. 2009 November 3 6:33 pm
    janzam permalink

    Thanks Tony!

  17. 2009 November 3 6:37 pm
    conservativetony permalink

    Let me clarify, that was

  18. 2009 November 3 6:43 pm
    bc3b permalink

    FNC is showing Christie 55-38 51-42 but only 4% 5% 12% is reporting.

  19. 2009 November 3 7:04 pm
    INC permalink

    Justrand, I read bc’s post and Moe Lane’s post this morning. That sparked my thinking of WWII and Churchill’s words. Discovering the corresponding date made it all fall into place.

  20. 2009 November 3 7:11 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    I haven’t posted in weeks. I was going to do one on what a shame it was that Zelaya was returned in Honduras.

  21. 2009 November 3 7:17 pm
    INC permalink

    Go over to La Gringa and get the latest scoop. She’s an American married to a Honduran and living there. She appears to have a lot of sources. I’ve been following the wretched mess through her writing.

  22. 2009 November 3 7:20 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Well, I don’t trust Zelaya to leave, alive anyway….

  23. 2009 November 3 7:24 pm
    INC permalink

    Nope, me neither. La Gringa doesn’t trust him at all.

  24. 2009 November 3 7:44 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Zelaya is going back, but he has to stand for affirmation by the Congress before his reinstatement to President.

    Not likely.

  25. 2009 November 3 7:45 pm
    mulletover permalink

    This deal was face-saving for Obama, and a deal brokered by the OAS to get business flowing again.

  26. 2009 November 3 7:47 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Yes, still sucks. Basically he gets to sit in his office for 3 months, but with Ortega and Chavez around…..

  27. 2009 November 3 8:07 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Yup. He may not be reinstated as President, but he will stay around stinking up the place.

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