If last night’s election results are indicative of an electoral tipping point in this country, then we are staring at a bad omen. Last night’s unfolding of events gives credence to the notion that this republic now has a voting majority that is willing to opt out with regard to individual sovereignty and opt in for the care-taking collective. Last night represented an opportunity for the people to turn away from big bloated government. Instead, they gave it a big slobbering kiss.
High unemployment, a scandalous government cover-up in Benghazi, year after year of trillion dollar deficits, a four year increase of the food stamp rolls, and increased participation within the general welfare state; none of it mattered. Governor Romney’s focus on the economy and jobs was a selling point that was unable to win the day. Otherwise, Barack Obama would have lost this election in a landslide. It would appear that voters are, now more than ever, focused on their own well-being when entering the ballot box; not the well-being of the country. Condoms, birth control pills, Obama Phones, food stamps, and social security checks. Are government freebies now what drive the selfish mindset of the American voter – young and old? Does an honest day’s work now bow out to the creature comforts of government?
If the answer is yes (and all indicators point down the Road to Serfdom), than how do we reverse course – especially after four more years under the watch of Franklin Delano Obama? The welfare state and the federal government are only going to increase in size. More people will be on the dole after this president leaves office. So, to paint this as a setback would be a gross understatement. If a plurality of the voting public can be convinced that this is the way “forward” (no pun intended), then we have bigger problems on our hands than just determining who the Republican nominee will be in 2016.
We know that Obama had the support of his liberal base as well as the hard left, but those individuals do not represent a majority of thinking; at least that was the conventional wisdom prior to last night. After all, we supposedly live in a center-right country. Left-wing ideologues did not win this election for Obama. That did not seal the re-election of the president nor has it ever been a major factor. The bigger problem is the ballooning girth of the welfare state and a growing population that now seeks comfort in the bosom of government.
The Democratic Party continues to swell it’s voting bloc with the 18-25 crowd a long with whatever minority base it can successfully propagandize and pander to. Meanwhile, the Republicans are trying to sell a bag of goods that appears to have fewer and fewer takers. Individualism and success based off of hard work appear to be silly antiquated ideas of the past.
Nanny Obama is ushering in the new “New Deal” where everybody gets a “fair shake” and everybody pays their “fair share”, but the only light at the end of his tunnel is the growing light of a freight train in the form of economic collapse. At some point, we will run out of other people’s money. Obama’s “rich” i.e. the middle class can only be shaken down so much for so long. There will not be enough people creating wealth and paying taxes to sustain the panacea that Obama is attempting to facilitate.
If work ethic and individual responsibility are now hallmarks of yesteryear, then there’s no guarantee that well-articulated conservatism can once again win the day. There’s no guarantee that even Ronald Reagan could win an election in Obama’s America of 2012. Can any message (conservative or otherwise) communicated with passion and conviction stand up to the Giver, Barack Obama? For freedom lovers, this is now our plight. The road ahead is fraught with foreseen and unforeseen roadblocks. With the future of the republic in question, this is a fight we must undertake.
We can still win the war of ideas. The main problem we have is getting enough people to listen.