Barack Obama defeats Mitt Romney
Last night Barack Obama won an electoral landslide by capturing over 300 votes, while Republicans were able to hold onto the House because the popular vote remained close all night.
At this time it feels as if the battle for the future direction of the country is over because we have already seen that Barack Obama is more than willing to use the Executive Order to pass his agenda when he can’t accomplish it legislatively and perhaps the biggest, and mostly overlooked, aspect of last night results were the effect it will have on the Supreme Court.
Barack Obama will probably have two Supreme Court nominations and possibly three; the Democrats will have the chance to implement a very liberal agenda through the judicial branch for years to come and there is nothing that we can now do about it, this was our last best hope and we failed.
So now we are all looking for answers, trying to figure out how this happened. There will be some who seek the quick answers–voter fraud, Chris Christie, media bias, Todd Akin, or Mitt Romney himself–and while these issues probably had an impact on the election they did not decide the election, this election was decided some time ago.
The truth is a bitter pill to swallow but the problem goes much deeper than the issues I mentioned above.
The truth is there has been a demographic and cultural shift in this country and to ignore it is to doom ourselves to future failures if we haven’t already.
First the demographic shift: Barack Obama ran what could be considered one of the most divisive campaigns in recent memory, purposely dividing Americans between rich and poor, black and white, gay and straight, and male and female while calling for people to vote for revenge.
While it is not unusual for a candidate to target specific demographics it is unusual for a sitting president to target groups of people and call for revenge against them for not voting the right way. It is going to be hard to repair this damage if it can be done at all, and I am not sure Barack Obama wants a healed nation because I think he feels a divided nation is easier for him to take advantage of.
The Republicans underestimated exactly how powerful this strategy was and how successful it was going to be and now they are now facing an uphill battle if they ever want to win these voters back because they ignored these groups for too long.
But that is not the most troubling aspect of last night’s election to me because with the proper messaging these voters could be won back once these groups saw everyone benefiting from conservative policies if this was the biggest concern, but it isn’t. The most troubling aspect is the cultural divide which now exists between conservatives and liberals.
The cultural shift I am referring to is the culture of government; it is in the way a majority of Americans now view our government and the role the government is supposed to play in our lives.
We conservatives believe the government should be smaller and less intrusive; we believe the constitution is a limiting document, it limits what the federal government can do. But liberals believe the constitution is an enabling document, one that grants the government powers.
Over the course of many, many years this cultural shift has been happening in this country, and it has now culminated in the reelection of the most far left politician to have ever inhabited the White House.
Our society no longer understands the founding concept of the United States and the majority of the people (around 60 million according to the election) now believe the government is here to provide for us from cradle to grave, to give us what we need and to protect us from ourselves.
And that is what makes last night’s results so devastating to the future of the country; it was our last, best chance to begin turning around the devastating effects of a bloated government about to implode under its own weight.
So how do we change this? That is a question that might not have an answer, but it appears as if it has to happen through education; teaching our children about the history of the United States and the founding documents and making them understand that people can do great things when the government isn’t holding them back.
The problem with that answer is that I would guess we simply do not have that kind of time so most likely the answer is going be a painful one; it is going to take the total collapse of the system before people realize they have committed economic and political suicide.
And even then we don’t know what type of government would arise from the ashes, it makes you wonder what type of revenge Barack Obama had in mind…..
We are all still reeling from last night’s defeat but now is not the time to give up and now is not the time to take pity on ourselves and wonder what might have been. Now is not the time to look backwards and worry about what just happened, we can’t change that now, this is the time to fight on for the future until there is nothing left to fight for.
I am not willing to give up, are you?