So the elections are over, and it seems that President Obama has won re-election for a second term. I'm sure the government of Russia is delighted - not to mention the governments of Iran, Egypt, China, Venezuela, and any other country that wants to get away with anything it can, and believes (probably correctly) that President Obama will do little or nothing to stop them. Israel, on the other hand, now has little reason for restraint in dealing with Iran, since they know for sure they don't have a friend in the White House and can no longer rely on US support.
I've said on at least two occasions this year that it was irrelevant who would be elected President, as the winner of the election would find himself hamstrung by economic reality. That remains true, IMHO. Unfortunately, President Obama has shown over the past four years that he's more than capable of ignoring economic reality. He's well on the way to bankrupting this country, and I suspect that by the end of his second term, that bankruptcy will have moved from threat to reality. It's a grim prospect.
The most difficult thing for me to grasp is the collapse of honesty, integrity and moral courage in this country. Look at it this way.
- In 1972 Watergate brought down President Nixon. Public outrage at his behavior and subsequent dishonesty was so great that he had no choice but to resign. Our politicians were still held to at least some standards of honesty and integrity.
- In 1998 Zippergate damaged, but did not destroy President Clinton. He lied under oath about a sexual relationship, and was impeached (not for the relationship, please note, but for perjury). He survived a Senate trial, which disgusted me at the time because his guilt (on the charge of perjury) was so clear as to be impossible to deny; yet he was allowed to get away with this. Instead of declaring that such mendacity was unacceptable in a President (any President), his supporters made flippant excuses that everyone was dishonest in sexual matters. It was then I began to have serious doubts about the moral foundations of this nation.
- Now President Obama, a man who's lied in his teeth about so many issues that his lack of integrity is beyond question - and who's just sat back and tolerated the murder of four Americans at the US consulate in Benghazi, then lied about their deaths to cover up his own fecklessness - has been re-elected to office. His dishonesty and calculated indifference didn't appear to cost him much, if any, support at the polls.
What does President Obama's re-election say about those who voted for him? I can only conclude that they no longer care about honesty, integrity and moral courage. They care more about electing someone who'll make them feel good, who'll soothe them with political platitudes and let them ignore reality, who'll continue to hand out benefits we can't afford at no cost to them.
Perhaps Mitt Romney's remark about 'the 47%' was right; only by now it's probably more than 50%. If that's the case . . . if more than half the US electorate feels that way . . . then this republic no longer has a future in its present form. It will continue to exist, but as something very different to what our founding fathers intended, and what the Constitution was created to preserve and protect. It will no longer be America as we know it.
Mark Steyn said a few months ago: "This election represents the last exit ramp before the death spiral". I hope he was wrong . . . but I fear he was all too correct, and that for all of us, the downward slope, relatively gentle until now, will rapidly become an ever-steepening, irreversible slide into political, social and economic collapse.
America couldn't have chosen a more suitable President to preside over that process.