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The Day After: Obama Unbound

07 November 2012 @ 22:01

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves…

—Billy Shakes, Julius Caesar, Act I, Scene ii

We are, indeed, all to blame for what transpired last night: the re-election of Julius Obamacus Nero Caesar.

We all had the duty to pull guard duty for The American Republic on a regular basis, and we all failed.  And our failure led to last night, and to the insanity of the last four years.

It appeared to me and, obviously to many of you, that there was still hope for saving The United States, but, with the clear messages sent last night, it is obvious that we were wrong — dead solid wrong.

The majority of people in this nation are perfectly happy to cede their freedoms and liberties for comforts and security, which they refuse to understand are but fragile and fleeting.  Pain, sacrificing, and hard work are permanent fixtures of Life that cannot be eliminated.  Those who promise to do so always end up inflicting worse versions of them on such delusional people.

Those Americans who have been blessed to be born in The United States over the last one hundred and twenty-five years are guilty of allowing the anti-American philosophy of Leftism to grow and flourish to the detriment of the legacies bequeathed to us by The Founding Fathers.

We the living ones were tasked with a solemn duty and responsibility to preserve, protect, and defend The Constitution Of The United States Of America, both foreign and domestic, and we have failed badly in the former and miserably in the latter.

Thus ‘the last, best hope for Man on Earth’ has turned into a degenerate Democracy, where selfishness reigns and virtue has no place in our considerations.

We are selfish and spoiled and ignorant.  Those are the reasons behind The Present Crisis.


-NOTE: Let me say first that I was wrong.  I came to believe in the last few days that Mitt Romney had a damn good chance of winning the Elections by a comfortable margin in the Electoral College.  I told several friends that ‘it smells like 1980’ when the polls had Carter and Ronald Reagan practically tied and, yet, Carter ended up conceding by 2030 EDT.  Having contemplated since last night how I got it so wrong, I now realize that I ignored what I knew deep inside: that the majority of Americans today were of less character than they had been a mere twenty or thirty years ago.   Over a century of the spreading of the Leftist cancer had considerably weakened our souls.  I apologize; I knew better.

Dicentra and I are in agreement on the cause of last night’s debacle:

Romney and the GOP didn’t get Obama re-elected…

…our corrupt populace did.

Like astronauts who lose muscle and bone mass when they spend too much time in null gravity, we’ve had it too good since the end of WWII, and it’s ruined us. Beginning with the Boomers, we’ve been so damned spoiled that it’s rotted our souls. Why vote for the Accountants In The Green Visors when you can vote for NEVERLAND!

We’re getting exactly what we deserve. We let the Left lie their heads off for 40 years, and we’ve ignored them while they insinuated themselves into the educational, cultural, and political seats of power.

It’s not just that the press lies to us, it’s that we as a populace don’t insist that they tell the truth. It’s not just that the government has gone way beyond the Constitution’s limits, it’s that we haven’t penalized politicians for doing so.

And it’s not just that the Left’s wicked premises about language and history and humanity have poisoned our collective memory and discourse, it’s that we seem to like it—or at least we’re so inured to it that we don’t care. Something funny is trending on Twitter. Gotta go!

We’re a frivolous, shallow, amoral, unserious, spoiled rotten people. Had Romney won, we’d just turn over and go back to sleep while he forestalled the inevitable (or didn’t).

Mr. Franklin, ours is the generation that failed to keep the Republic.

May the next one come during my lifetime.

Roger Kimball, it seems, will be retreating into his den for a bit:

It is said that the one unforgivable sin is despair. Depression is not quite despair, but it is an allied and a corrosive sentiment. I agree with Ron [Radosh] that “it is essential that conservative intellectuals do not abandon the effort to change the culture . . . and do all possible to challenge the ascension of a failed intellectual liberal ideology, whether it be in the form of Progressivism, liberalism or socialism.” But I misread and misread badly both the mood of the country and the depth of support for Obama’s failed policies. I will doubtless get around to rejoining Ron in the battle, but a little hiatus for reflection will not come amiss.

Stacy McCain from The American Spectator report he filed early this morning:

Late Tuesday night, the pundits on TV began jabbering incomprehensibly along the lines of, “What does it mean?”

The American people — or, at the very least, a sufficient plurality of them — decided that they want another four years of clumsy policy failures and vengeful “progressivism,” as Democrats nowadays describe their agenda for wrecking what remains of our constitutional republic. Even before the unmitigated political disaster of November 6, 2012, a date that will live in infamy, the prospects of salvaging the United States were not particularly hopeful. Now, however, we are permanently and irretrievably screwed.

Let’s not mince words, eh? It was one thing, obviously, for the electorate to choose Barack Obama in 2008, when Bush-era “brand damage” was still a fresh irritant in the wounds of a war-weary nation. Four years ago, Obama was untested and enshrouded in the glowing mantle of Hope. No intelligent person could possibly believe that “Lightworker” crap anymore, but then again, it’s been a long time since any intelligent person believed anything a Democrat said. The cretins and dimwits have become an effective governing majority, and the question for conservatives at this point is perhaps not, “What does it mean?” but rather, “Why should we bother ourselves resisting it any longer?”

Alas, as always, the duty of the Right is to manfully endure, to survive the defeat and stubbornly oppose the vaunting foe, and so this brutal shock, this electoral catastrophe, must be absorbed and digested. At some point next week or next month or next year, then, we shall recover our morale and plot some new stratagem for the future. In the immediate aftermath of Tuesday’s debacle, however, it is difficult to see any glimmer of light amid the encroaching gloom….

More from a related post by him over at The Other McCain:

…Conservatives warned that the re-election of Obama would have disastrous and irreparable consequences. In the wake of what happened, it ill behooves us to say now that the future offers anything but a descent into squalor and despair. If our arguments before Election Day were correct, we can scarcely enhance our credibility after Election Day by pretending that we can prevent what we previously said would be inevitable. The re-election of Obama heralds the advent of the post-American era.


-Evi has a perfect analogy here.

Pat Austin shows again why she is one of the most valuable Boudicas in The Rightosphere:

I’ve dusted myself off and have made a few decisions.

First among them: I’m doubling down. I will not succumb to tyranny. I will fight for America and for liberty.

So, I’m doubling down on America. I didn’t put on one flag pin this morning – I put on THREE! I will not give up. I have deleted the gloaters from my Facebook wall, not because I’m bitter in defeat (although I am) but because I do not want to be distracted by people with their heads in the sand. I will continue to talk and post about Benghazi, the lapse of national security, the generational debt, and the people who just want “free stuff” at my expense. It’s not “political propaganda,” friend; it’s the truth. You will see it soon enough.

When these people do see that they have driven America over the cliff, they will need guidance to help rebuild the country for future generations. We need to be there to do it because they will not know how to begin.


Rush Limbaugh:

We’re outnumbered.

-Jedediah Bila:

Darleen Click is worth quoting in full because I believe she captures exactly how many of us feel:

So the most feckless, puerile, race-baiting …

… class-baiting, corrupt, disengaged, coveting, narcissistic, even-makes-Jimmy-Carter-look-good, President is re-elected?

Oh yeah, because 59 million of my fellow “Americans” believe they have a right to pick my pocket, because I didn’t really “build that”.

Get off my lawn.

-Jeff Goldstein:

Mark Steyn:

A lot of the telly chatter is about how Republicans don’t get the shifting demographics: America is becoming more of a “brown country,” as Kirsten Powers put it on Fox. But New Hampshire is overwhelmingly white — and the GOP still blew it. The fact is a lot of pasty, Caucasian, non-immigrant Americans have also “shifted,” and are very comfortable with Big Government, entitlements, micro-regulation, Obamacare and all the rest — and not much concerned with how or if it’s paid for.

If this is the way America wants to go off the cliff, so be it. But I wish we’d at least had a Big Picture election. The motto of the British SAS is “Who dares wins.” The Republicans chose a different path. A play-it-safe don’t-frighten-the-horses strategy may have had a certain logic, but it’s unworthy of the times.

Jeff Goldstein again [worth quoting in full]:

Here’s the really galling part of the takeaway: socialism (or, if you prefer, liberal fascism, or Marxism, or New Leftism, etc.) is the new “moderate,” while moderate is the new “severely conservative.” Give yourselves a round of applause, boys! Well played!

I don’t know how many times I’ve written this, but with each attempt to play Dem lite by the GOP establishment, the left is able to move more left, and the result, always, is that the latest attempt at pragmatic centrism (“compassionate conservatism”, Romney’s technocratic campaign) becomes the new marker for “right wing extremism.”

If we’re going to lose as “extremists,” then why not actually run a constitutional conservative / classical liberal? Or are we content to eventually win as moderate, JFK Democrats?


A broader point that needs to sink home is that, given a choice between Party A and Party Mostly A, the country seems to be holding with Party A. The fundamental reform of taxation, entitlements, and the Federal Reserve that are truly required seem too radical for GOP candidates. If voters can’t tell the difference between candidates, it looks like they hold what they’ve got.

Chris Wysocki is feeling quite low and rightly disgusted:

The takers won. It’s all over except for the pain. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Why should I work? To give a bunch of ungrateful jerks more free stuff? Feh. I want free stuff too.

I don’t recognize America anymore. It used to be a great country. The greatness is gone. Lost. Aspire to mediocrity! Responsibility is for someone else!

There’s no point in trying to fight for Liberty. Because nobody wants it anymore.

I give up.

It appears, like many others, he may be Going Galt.

-The People’s Cube:

John Hoge:

2012 was like 1980 in all but one important respect. Demographics. We are no longer the country we were. The values of the body politic have changed. And so we appear to have voted for four more years like the last four.

I hope the choice we have made is the result of the electorate not understanding the nature of the country’s problems. Ignorance is curable. It responds to proper doses of education. Perhaps four more years will cure us before we do ourselves in. If, OTOH, we now have an electorate incapable of understanding, we’re in a helluva mess. There’s no cure for stupid.

Gator Doug is spot-on:

Finally, one apology is in order here, no, make that three apologies. To the Founders, we let you down, we failed. Too many of us fell for the lies of Leftism. Too many of us have been seduced by the false promises of Marxism. Yes, Mr. Franklin, you gave us a Constitutional Republic, no, we could not keep it.

To our military, who have defended us for 250 years, who gave all so we could be free. Sadly, we took their sacrifice and embraced not liberty, but rather, a slow march to Statism.

Finally to God, who blessed us with natural rights, and with men who founded this nation, and gave us our constitution. Too many of us failed to weigh what a blessing those natural rights are, and have increasingly rejected those liberties for things we think we are somehow entitled to.

-Bob Owens:

-Stevie West:

Jeff Goldstein once more:

The mainstream press once again bought Obama the election. Which will buy him 4 years of an imperial presidency with nothing to stop him.

End of country.

Time to maybe start a new one, I think. Because I’ll be goddamned if my family is going to work to pay for other people’s shit; and I most certainly won’t live in a post-Constitutional police state — at least, not without putting up whatever resistance I can.

My feelings exactly at this point.

[One Quibble: Obama’s is already an Imperial Presidency]

-I’ll end with another from Mark Steyn:

I appreciate the sterling if pitiful efforts of my comrades to clutch at straws these last few hours, but, on this grim morning after, I fear the most salient analysis comes from Sir Richard Mottram, Her Britannic Majesty’s former Permanent Secretary for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, albeit speaking in another context:

“We’re all f***ed. I’m f***ed. You’re f***ed. The whole department’s f***ed. It’s been the biggest c**k-up ever and we’re all completely f***ed.”

Words to ponder.


  1. dandapani permalink
    08 November 2012 @ 06:10 06:10

    The problem was already identified by Breitbart. It’s the complicity of the MSM. They have shielded the errors, failures and illegalities of this corrupt regime from the Public. But they have cut off their noses to spite their faces. There is small hope they will wake up and realize what peril they have placed themselves, their parents, their children and the rest of the nation by hiding what’s going on. They will eventually feel the pain as we do.

    Breitbart said that if the MSM were doing their job and exposing the Marxists at work, the American People would not stand for it and rise up. Obama is not at fault. He is a scorpion and cannot change. But if the MSM were to expose the true damage he is causing, he would have been stopped.

    Our enemy is not the Left, but rather the MSM. New Media must lead the way.

  2. 08 November 2012 @ 08:13 08:13

    I admire what Pat Austin said and echo her sentiments.

    I won’t lie. I am horribly discouraged by the election results and disgusted with my countrymen who seemingly have decided socialism is A-OK with them. A lower voter turnout in such an election than the previous one? I say this because it seems both Obama and Romney got fewer votes than McCain did in 2008, both with less than 60 million. That tells me a lot of eligible voters didn’t participate, maybe a quarter or a third.

    I’ll make a quick case to try and explain where my thinking is going in my attempt to regain some mental equilibrium: In a way, we are back to pre-Revolutionary days. The American Revolution was not a case of all Americans united against the big, bad Brits; one-third were Rebels, one-third were Loyalists, and one-third simply did not care. The odds now are looking much longer than they were at the beginning of this week. But our task is to change things for the better. We might never make it better and even if we do we will take some serious loss and pain in the meantime. I don’t know what else to do – surrender is not an option.

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      08 November 2012 @ 08:19 08:19

      We certainly cannot surrender because it is our duty to our ancestors and our posterity to continue the fight to restore The Constitution. However, like The Founding Fathers, have we reached a point where the only possible course is to effect a separation?

  3. John Doe permalink
    08 November 2012 @ 10:05 10:05

    What’s with this “we” shit, Bob? I voted. I am not responsible for how those roving hoards of scoundrels voted. Short of armed rebellion, which I would gladly promote, what more is a good conservative to do?

  4. 08 November 2012 @ 13:22 13:22

    I don’t do political despair, it helps nothing, so I fight even if that’s pointless too at least it will keep me busy! Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. Get off the floor and put your boots on, we have got work to do. My idea: Burn the establishment GOp down tot he effing ground and dance on its ashes, and raise up an unafraid conservative Republican party in its place. Start working now towards the nearest GOP primary to find suitable people to run against jellyfish jackasses like bawling surrender monkey cryin’ John Boehner (who is already spreading his cheeks for Bathhouse Barry as we speak). We had the left running scared for a while, because we were confident and that terrifies them, they WERE demoralized as hell, but we failed to ride right through them because our side pulled back and hesitated at the last minute what with Mitt backing off on Libya and Chrissy Christie giving Bathhouse Barry a rhetorical BJ because the jug-eared junkie showed up for a freaking photo shoot before going back to the campaign and leaving everyone to die (and they ARE still dying, by the way, I know because I have people in areas devastated by Sandy who are still in the dark with no water or food and NOBODY is helping them and they see dead people under the rubble – too bad the media will never tell anyone). The establishment GOP pussyfooted around because they are pussies; they were afraid the left would call them names that they got called anyway so they have rolled over for Obama again and again and again and refused to fight for anything that they are pretend to believe in. Fuck them, FIRE THEM.
    Do you know what the left does the day after they lose an election? They begin organizing and planning for the next one, which is what WE should be doing and now we are already a day behind so GET UP! No time for crying and no time for despair – the left WON on Tuesday and they are already planning for the 2014 and 2016 elections, GET UP, GET UP, GET UP!
    GET UP AND FIGHT or lay down and die, there are no other options.

  5. 08 November 2012 @ 13:23 13:23

    Time for two things,

    1. Operation Whig
    2. Secession and reestablishment of the CSA.

  6. M. Thompson permalink
    08 November 2012 @ 18:20 18:20

    Take a few days off, and remember, the sun will rise in the east tomorrow.

    Watch Bill Whittle’s latest ( It’s time for our own long march through culture, and leave the industrial age structures behind.

    Also, I found this via the illustrious Jerry Pournelle.

  7. 08 November 2012 @ 18:31 18:31

    Secession is looking better and better. Never thought I’d hear myself say that.

  8. 08 November 2012 @ 23:11 23:11

    As if I didn’t get enough horrible news this week, and believe me, it was
    HORRIBLE, I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, then I hear Tues nite, obummer wins.
    To say I’m disgusted is putting it mildly.
    The stupidity of voters never ceases to amaze me.
    Lord help us all.

    • 09 November 2012 @ 06:54 06:54

      I love you, Bunni. Just had to say that. (((hugs)))
      We rescued a kitten recently, she became best friends with one of our cats. I watch them play and snuggle and they are so cute I think to myself that I wish Bunni were around to make a video using these kittehs. I am sorry for you bad news and that the crappy election results kicked you while you were down. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do that would be helpful to you.

      • 10 November 2012 @ 20:15 20:15

        Awww, Zilla, Thank you so much for thinking of me!
        What a sweet story, I’m happy you rescued a kitty! I should make more vids, but I’m too sick now. Sadly, there is nothing no one can do to help me, but I appreciate the offer.

        • 10 November 2012 @ 22:20 22:20

          it’s the second cat we took in this year, the other was a grown-ish stray that was wandering around my hubby’s job and getting skinnier with each passing day. She is fat and happy now. I am so sorry that you are so ill and it sounds frightfully serious, please feel free to email me, if you do I will send you my phone # and maybe we can talk if you’re up to it. I’ll do anything I can that will help make things even a little bit brighter for you, anything at all. I’d like a chance to try. (((hugs))) My public address is but I will respond from my private one due to the leftist identity theft (a minor inconvenience) that I still have to deal with.

      • 11 November 2012 @ 19:53 19:53

        Thanks, Zilla, I’ll try and write tomorrow, I’m worn out. It is pretty awful, and I has to stay TOP Secret. Some of my RL friends know, and when they hear it, they start crying, and it’s very draining. I’m not one to complain and tell my private business, but since this is so serious, I might need some help from my pals on the internet and it’s better than just curling up in a ball and crying.

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      09 November 2012 @ 07:52 07:52

      Write me Bunni, like you did before.

      • 10 November 2012 @ 20:16 20:16

        I don’t think you’d like what you’d read, Bob! If you’re around and can respond soon, let me know.

      • 11 November 2012 @ 19:51 19:51

        I just did!

  9. 20 July 2013 @ 03:34 03:34

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