You know you are in trouble if one year ago, you were the darling of the mainstream media and now, one year later a Washington Post writer uses the phrase “began to wander off” to describe a crowd at one of your speeches.

It happened on Friday during a speech President Obama gave in Charlotte, North Carolina.  During a question and answer period, a woman name Doris asked the president whether it was a “wise decision to add more taxes to us with the health care” package.  She then punctuated her question with the blunt statement, “We are over-taxed as it is.”  You could almost feel the crowd lean forward in anticipation of the spirited and pithy defense the president was about to offer for his agenda.

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Panic is an ugly thing … especially when it rises out of a sense of political desperation.  Right now, the political Left is coming unhinged at precisely the moment a very real sense of cohesion is beginning to build on the political right.  At this writing, polls show a Democrat meltdown in Massachusetts with Republican Scott Brown surging to as much as a nine point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley. 

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Do you remember the saying, “When the going gets tough the tough get going?” Or, how about, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”  I think this one is my favorite, “Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise.  Dream more than others think is practical.  Expect more than others think is possible.”

These are all fairly famous quotes on desire and determination to win.  The spirit of America is the spirit of winning.  Maybe Patton said it best to his troops in the movie that bears his name.  “Americans love a winner.  Americans will not tolerate a loser.  Americans despise cowards.  Americans play to win all the time. That’s why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American.”

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“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

When I was a little boy I would often go outside on Christmas Eve and look for the Christmas star.  I had heard the story of the wise men since I was old enough to remember Christmas.  I even played a wise man in the third grade Christmas play at church but I never really understood who they were or why they would have looked for the star in the first place.

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Ask most Texans the meaning of the word potential and they will say, “It means you ain’t done nothing yet.”  It may not be eloquent but what it lacks in eloquence it makes up for in accuracy.  Merriam-Webster may have said it better defining potential as, “existing in possibility or capable of development into actuality,” but the meaning is the same.

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Mike Scruggs