Putative President Barack Obama will stay in office another four years. That our fellow travelers chose him shows how far America has declined. And America will only decline faster.
Why Barack Obama won again
The usual “talking heads” all guessed why the citizens (and maybe some non-citizens) chose Barack Obama again. Dick Morris had the most to explain. The day before the election, he said Mitt Romney would win with 325 electoral votes. The results were almost exactly the reverse. Dick Morris admitted he never counted on members of the Barack Obama coalition to show up yesterday as they did four years ago. But in saying that, he guessed that people in these “New Demographics” voted as they did because “Barack Obama cares about guys like me.” Yet Morris also said:
We must stop Obama’s socialist agenda. That’s our job for the next four years. We cannot allow Obama to magnify his narrow victory into a mandate for larger government, bigger spending, and less freedom.
But how, if half the voters are moochers and thieves at heart?
Bill O’Reilly said it best: most Americans today “want more ‘stuff’.” Free “stuff.” Free hospitals, free gas, free food, free love. But any thinking person can find things that show what the real Barack Obama world will look like. From New Jersey: no gas. From Canada: wait for an operation until it no longer matters, because you’re dead. From Africa: famine. And from Saudi Arabia: dare strut your “stuff” in that kingdom, and it’s off with your head. Literally.
But even in New Jersey, people did not think. They voted lock-step for the man who promised them a handout. The rest of the country voted for this man after Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) slobbered all over him and let him pose, effectively, as a President in an emergency. (Memo from somebody who lives here: more than two thousand of my fellow townsfolk still don’t have electric power. I might lose it again in and for the next thirty-six hours, or longer.)
Incredibly, Chris Matthews of MSNBC really offered thanks for Hurricane Sandy.
I’m so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things. No, politically I should say, not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics.
Mitt Romney can blame himself, too. He threw away one opportunity after another to show Barack Obama up. In the third debate, he never pressed the point about the Benghazi attack. (Nor did he correct the record after Candy Crowley distorted it.) He made a greater effort to relieve some victims of Hurricane Sandy than Barack Obama did, but not nearly enough. (He could and should have shown the ineffectual and nowhere-to-be-found FEMA how to do things.)
Daniel Greenfield blames the Republican establishment. The problem: picking bland candidates and running a bland campaign. Ayn Rand criticized Barry Goldwater for the same thing in 1964: running a campaign with “nothing to say.”
One thing the Republicans cannot blame is third-party candidates or movements. Those candidates barely registered in the vote count. Not one State went to Obama from “spoilage” or “vote splitting.” No, Mitt Romney failed to close the deal with those who valued their freedom. He cannot blame Gary Johnson or Virgil Goode or even Ron Paul for that failure.
What a Barack Obama win means
Immediately, last night’s results mean more gridlock. Barack Obama will stay in office four years, with a Republican House and a Democratic Senate. (And the controlling party in each chamber seems to have deepened its respective control.) Lanny Davis, former counsel to President Bill Clinton, urged Barack Obama to abandon his extreme stand and even be humble. Barack Obama is not humble. He is as overweeningly proud as the Devil himself. He said he would appeal to leaders of both parties. (See the second embed below.) But he is a full member of his base, and thinks like them. He also ran the campaign of Madame DeFarge. And everyone who voted against him is Charles Darnay d’Evremonde.
Pastor Alan B. Brown of Parsippany Baptist Church (Parsippany, NJ) sees a deeper meaning:
This last election is the product of American decline. America has declined for many years before this. Now it will decline even more rapidly.
He has more to base that on, than seeing Barack Obama stay in office. Colorado and Washington both legalized marijuana last night, along the same lines as alcoholic drinks. (A “toking age,” a limit to your stash, a license system, things like that.) But he also criticized his fellow Christians:
Too many who call themselves Christians, have [let] the culture [absorb them]. They live for free health care and other [free stuff]. That’s not what life is about. That’s not why we’re here. And they totally neglect the need to witness to their neighbors, remind them of the Grace of God and why they need to be saved.
By not sharing the Gospel, says Brown, America’s Christians let the non-Christians take over the culture, and the electorate. He told CNAV to expect the dominant culture to persecute Christians, eventually as severely as did the Emperors of Rome. But he reminded CNAV that the Church thrived in those baleful circumstances.
Tad Cronn of Godfather Politics said “the leash is off the lion.” He expects Barack Obama to act like a king. He and others called, not for open rebellion, but for leading others to understand our values, and resisting all efforts, in and out of government, to destroy them.
Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.
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