I still can’t believe it (denial).
John over at 3 sources in a 3 sources manner, notes that the election was “less than satisfying”. Agreed. Then he blames single women and their boyfriends. Part of the reason I’m still in shock is as a single woman myself, all the other single women I’m friends with voted Romney while at least half the marrieds went Obama.
This is my first reaction: (via a commenter at Instapundit)
“If Obama is reelected, good hardworking people should give up and go Galt. The tipping point is the 2012 election. Will the makers finally succumb to the takers? It’s pointless to think that if America reelects the most unqualified disastrous president in recent memory, we should stand our ground and continue fighting. it’s a signal that marxist free-lunchism and free birth control for everyone trump economic well-being and prosperity in the minds of the masses. Give up. Go Galt. Protect what few assets you have left, and start to hunker down for the coming storm. America is beyond screwed, well past the fiscal insanity of a number of EU countries. Think of it this way – we sit and watch California destroy itself and wonder who could be so foolish as to remain there and dedicate himself to indentured servitude in a state headed for disaster. Why don’t those fools just leave!! Same for Venezuela. as they descend into chaos and totalitarianism, do they reject Chavez more? The answer is plainly no. The spiral down the drain is irreversible and obvious. The more the government creates misery, the more they create programs to help people cope with the misery they’ve created, and we achieve a perpetual negative feedback loop. My advice is simple – if Obama is reelected, get a lawyer and a financial advisor, cash out as much of your assets as you can, and prepare yourself for a nosedive off a cliff. anything else would be imprudent and irresponsible to yourself and your dependents. Who wants to be a Dagny Taggart dedicating themselves to a life of indentured servitude trying to correct the wrongs of a heavy handed government? i will not be volunteering. I didn’t give up on America, America gave up on me.”
I had my finger hovering over the “delete blog” button and was going to start sleeping in or learning some actual useful skills at this time of day. But I didn’t. Maybe if we keep hope alive during the bad times that are sure to come, then maybe……..(bargaining)
Of course I didn’t do enough. I didn’t donate enough money or sit at the phone banks long enough. You? (guilt)
Can I crawl into a hole for the next 4 years? (depression)
Actually – I ‘accept’ this election for what it is. Neither myself or Karl Rove, Kim Strassel or even Peggy Noonan are good at predicting what’s going to happen.
I really, really thought (even though I had to quietly explain to my friends how corrupt Obama was and even though they barely believed me and responded with “but Romney…”s) that the American people were better than this. We aren’t.
We…..and by that I mean them, because I’m pretty sure most of my readers agree with me…… live expediently vs philosophically.
A change in a president is a big thing and things are “fine” now and the economy is getting better, just read the papers. And those people SHOULD be required to buy health insurance. Why should I have to cover their expenses? And “birth control” is just a part of health care so why wouldn’t it be part of insurance? Churches? No one is a staunch believer anymore. 99% of Catholics use birth control and if you just personally oppose it? Well, so what? I oppose war in the Middle East but we keep going there too.
I would like to say that this election came down the way it did because of people with a solid belief system felt that freedom was in danger. (People living their ideals is a beautiful thing)
As in….We don’t want a Republican in the house telling women what they can do with their bodies through the supreme court. We don’t want a Federal Government telling people who they can marry or not marry. We don’t want a Federal Government continuing to fight the drug war and involving us overseas.
But I don’t think that’s what swayed the election because this Federal Government will be telling us a whole lot more in the coming 4 years.
If I were in the house, I would give up on the tax increase on “the rich” and also let that payroll tax expire and then blame it on the Dems. [ps AND learn to communicate about such things!] That’s the one that us average earners will feel, but it needs to go away anyway to pay for my Social Security. Theoretically Obama will be introducing his immigration reform. I’d support it fully. We’ll hear a lot about Hispanics feeling that the GOP doesn’t support them. I’m not sure how when the GOP supports them as much as anyone, but when they vote en masse like this they are apparently not feeling the love. Is it really because the GOP would prefer a nation of laws? If the country doesn’t want that, then fine….here is the road to citizenship through amnesty, now can someone please loosen up our immigration laws so that a bazillion illegals don’t find it necessary to make the next round?
I suspect the economy will continue it’s slide and that it will continue to ruin the economies of the rest of the world and everyone will blame the rich. I suspect all the provisions of Obamacare are going to piss a lot of people off but it’s too late for that now. Being pissed off will result in universal healthcare and the US will match others in this manner. I don’t think that will be the downfall of civilization but it will definitely be another step in the disintegration of what used to be “America! F*ck yeah!”
Ps – I think Romney did a fine job. I would have done some things differently including defending my wealth and Bain Capital a lot better. But …..he did very very well. May he retire into the richness of life.
Or perhaps, the legacy media, in failing to cover Obama’s various failures and scandals, won the election for him.
He has been a most lucky man. And this year, the Democrats have been a most lucky party. They owe at least two Senate seats to Republican candidates who imploded. But, now they have to govern. Now that he has been reelected, Obama can no longer blame George W. Bush for his problems.
He must now come up with solutions.
Conservatives are certainly glum. But politics is the ever-evolving debate of a diverse people about how they wish to conduct their affairs. It doesn’t end with one election.
Is “America” over? Maybe….but we have some amazing up and comers…Marco Rubio, while their side has that hack Hillary. We may make it after all, but we’re going to go downhill fast for a while yet.
UPDATE: Here is is that WSJ link that JG in the comments refers to. It’s more positive than I’m feeling now, but we need it.
Some of our conservative friends will argue that Mr. Obama’s victory thus represents a decline in national virtue and a tipping point in favor of the “takers” over the makers. They will say the middle class chose Mr. Obama’s government blandishments over Mr. Romney’s opportunity society. We don’t think such a narrow victory of an incumbent President who continues to be personally admired justifies such a conclusion.
Perhaps this fear will be realized over time, but such a fate continues to be in our hands. There are few permanent victories or defeats in American politics, and Tuesday wasn’t one of them. The battle for liberty begins anew this morning.
UPDATE: Had a discussion with my dad this morning. He’s a fundamentalist Christian and thinks we’d be better off embracing these ideals. I disagree and would embrace more and all freedom in every form. What’s a GOP to do? Especially when the electorate likes it’s entitlements.