The Day After: Obama Unbound
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.
WHAT MY FRIENDS IN THE ETHER ARE SAYING…
-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.
@jlakely If Americans are stupid enough to be bamboozled by the lies of the Obama stooges in the media, we deserve this SCOAMF.
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) November 7, 2012
-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.
I always hear “We are a center-right country.” No. A center-right country does not elect Barack Obama twice. Time to re-evaluate.
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) November 7, 2012
–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.
I’ve now held my nose for McCain and Romney.It’s your turn next time, GOP establishment.If there is a next time, that is.
— proteinwisdom (@proteinwisdom) November 7, 2012
Serious question: does this mean people like Rove, Hewitt, Gillespie, Medved, et al, will finally get out of our way? Or do we go elsewhere?
— proteinwisdom (@proteinwisdom) November 7, 2012
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:
The next revolution will be when those who work refuse to support those who won’t. Those who won’t are now in the majority #tcot
— The People’s Cube (@ThePeoplesCube) November 7, 2012
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.
History is a harsh mistress. Those who just “won” have no idea what they have accomplished… and it isn’t success
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) November 7, 2012
The saddest part is O supporters who think they’ve won. They’ve no idea how much we’ve all lost. I guess free shit is greater than freedom.
— Stevie J. West (@StevieJWest) November 7, 2012
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.