By Dick Morris on December 31, 2011

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In this video commentary, I discuss some previous key elections in U.S. History. These are important electoral turning points to understand as we head into 2012 Presidential Election — the most important election of our time. Tune in!

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perienced and qualified to do that type of work, or do they just pick someone that they like, even though that person has never done that type of work before.

Then I ask. What criteria would you use to you hire a top executive manager to run a very large organization with thousands of employees and millions of customers around the world? Would you want to hire an executive manager who has a resume of experience and positive achievements with smaller organizations? Or, would you hire someone that has a great personality, speaks very well in public, is likeable, but has no management experience of any kind?

Do you want a leader who ignores the history of failed organizations and who is determined to follow the same path of those who have failed?

Or would you select someone that appreciates the historical structure and path of the organization that has proven to be the best in the world?

Why would you CHANGE the path of success for a path that has resulted in failures throughout history?

What makes America exceptional? You have the freedom to build your fortune from the ground up, regardless of your heritage. Entrepreneurship and capitalism are what has made America great. Restrain those elements and we will fail. Support those elements and we will prosper.

It IS that simple.

  • Douglas C. Friedman on December 31, 2011 7:40 pm

    I agree that LBJ's election was pivotal, but not for the reasons you state. Johnson's election led to the disastrous welfare (AFDC), Medicaid and Medicare programs, to a decision to fight an unwinnable war (Vietnam may have been winnable, but not the way Johnson fought it), and to a broad range of other expansions of federal power. The Voting Rights Act, btw, as written was bad. While some improvement of black voting rights was necessary, the imposition of federal will on district boundaries, etc. was not. And as with most government programs, it continues long past the point where it had any justification.

    I disagree with you that the election of 1932 was pivotal, since FDR basically extended Hoover's progressivism. The pivotal election was 1936, which cemented the disastrous New Deal.

  • Isabel Thruston on December 31, 2011 7:54 pm

    Dick, I really enjoy you comments, & watch all your videos. I was reading a prediction that there is a possibility Hillary will probably be Obamas running mate in 2012 & Biden Secretary of State? What do you think?

  • Rick Madsen on December 31, 2011 9:09 pm

    Many good points but it will be the empowerment of the states that will bring liberty and economic freedom to the United States. Too much power has been given to the federal government without consent of the people. Corruption, debt and overspending will continue to haunt those in power at the highest levels until a better morality transforms lives there.

  • Carl B. Lind on December 31, 2011 10:40 pm

    So, you think the Federal Minimum Wage Law is a good thing? It's inherently bad economics and social policy. If instituted, it should be done so only at the state level.

  • Andrew Marton on January 1, 2012 7:35 am

    Happy New Year Leon and all of your loved runs!

  • Fred W Wendt on January 1, 2012 3:28 pm

    While certainly pivotal, FDR's election in 1932 was hardly laudable. I cannot agree that Dick's praise of various FDR accomplishments is merited. Take the minimum wage. We have a government which mandates that every employee must be paid a minimum hourly wage regardless of the type of work needed or the quality of work performed, the rationale being that all workers, regardless of ability, need to have sufficient wages to live on. Does such a stance not imply that just as employers must pay a minimum to workers, consumers should be required to pay a minimum price for a good or service from all businesses? Certainly we should feel that the business owner should have sufficient income to live on.

  • Jamey Derryberry on January 1, 2012 4:43 pm

    I'm worried that if we don't nominate a strong leader who can beat Obama, we'll fail to win the election and fail to push back the massive amounts of government expansion he's ushered in, we'll be doomed. I'm also worried that if we don't have a nominee coronated by April, that Rick Perry could win the nomination by winning Texas and all 155 of its delegates. He has the money to wait it out and see how Texas goes, and if he wins his home state, and subsequently the nomination, we could see another 4 years of Obama. Let's pray the conservatives get off their butts and nominate Mitt Romney quickly, to avoid the fiasco of a Perry nomination. BTW, I'm a Conservative Republican from Texas, and I voted for Perry 4 times. But he can't win this nomination, and if he hangs around long enough to win Texas, he could do just that.

  • Art Kent on January 2, 2012 12:40 am


    You're showing your pluralist ideology, again. FDR and LBJ? Seriously, two of the worst Presidents, ever. On par with Carter and Obutthead. FDR set us on a path of SOCIALISM. Have you ever read FDR's "Second Bill of Rights? The regulations that you give FDR credit for would have happened as a result of the stock market crash regardless of who was in office, but the Social welfare programs begun under FDR have ruined this country. Largely in part because people can live a meager life of the productivity of others. It is the same failed experiment that the pilgrims tried when they landed at Plymouth the first year. Socialism, wealth redistribution, almost killed all of them, until Bradford got smart and let every man keep what he worked for. After that experiment in Free Enterprise, America flourished for 300 years (1620-1920). Although Goldwater voted against the Civil Rights Act it would still have passed under a Goldwater Admin because the people wanted it, but nanny state, social welfare, expanded federal government would have been reduced.The type of reward for irresponsibility, social welfare we see today, may have never come to be. LBJ was the enabler for GENERATIONS of people to live off the taxes of others, FOREVER. Cradle to grave Public support, a FORCED redistribution of MY income. Personal responsibility (freedoms) and national defense would have been expanded under Goldwater. Then perhaps Reagan's battle against the Soviets would have been a little less strenuous and costly. FDR was a failure, LBJ was a failure, Carter and Obama both abject failures.

    Seriously, Dick you have your political policies co-mingled. Oil and water don't mix.

    Listen to Jefferson and Lincoln,

    The democracy will cease to exist.
    when you take away from those.
    who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
    Thomas Jefferson

    I predict future happiness for.
    Americans if they can prevent the government.
    from wasting the labors of the people under the.
    pretense of taking care of them.
    Thomas Jefferson

    To compel a man to subsidize with.
    his taxes the propagation of ideas which he.
    disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
    Thomas Jefferson

    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

    You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.

    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

    You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.

    You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves…. Abraham Lincoln