The View From 1776
Monday, November 26, 2012
As Our Nation Approaches The Fiscal Cliff, Have We Already Gone Over The Social Cliff?
Jeff Lukens expresses his despair.
Was Election a Tipping-Point?
By Jeff Lukens
The unraveling of the American social fabric has now reached critical mass. Barack Obama has succeeded in radically transforming America, and the slide is now gaining speed.
For the first time in United States history, constitutionally minded conservatives are the minority of the electorate. The demographics behind the election results are ominous for what it portends. Where we have always been a Center-Right nation politically, the people have moved Center-Left, and especially on social issues.
We have finally reached a tipping-point on what has been coming on for a long time. The country is coming apart, and trouble will certainly follow.
Barack Obama successfully crafted a message to suit individual constituencies. He bought off enough young, minority, and single female voters to cobble together a majority, while characterizing Mitt Romney as disconnected and focused on helping the rich and destroying women’s rights.
Many people think they could get better benefits by voting for Democrats. It seems to be only about, “what’s in it for me?” If they bothered thinking about a balanced budget at all, it could be rationalized away by taxing the rich. And, of course, Team Obama drove this narrative home to gain their support. None of them stop to consider the numbers do not add up and this mindset could collapse the country.
Every day we saw Obama say things he knew were not true for the sole purpose of exploiting the “low-information” voter for political gain. Truth was relative. Truth was what he led the voter to believe was the truth.
The danger to America is not so much Obama but those who would entrust him with the Presidency. It would be far easier to limit and undo the idiocy of his presidency than to restore the debased culture of people willing to make, and then remake him their president.
The electorate has changed, and there are simply not enough conservatives to overcome this nonsense anymore. We can pick apart the candidacy of Mitt Romney for the mistakes he may have made. In fact, he was a good candidate and ran a good campaign. He would have made a good president.
Any chance we had to lessen the devastation of the impending sovereign-debt crisis passed with the election. Trillion-dollar deficit spending will continue. Obama is pursuing policies that have not worked, and cannot work. As he doubles down, another recession is coming, and maybe even a depression. The damage of his first term will pale in comparison to what lies ahead.
No one likes to talk about it, but we could be facing the cold reality of financial collapse, a slow-motion train wreck that will devastate everyone. Think riots and mayhem. They may not be far away.
If it is not too late, the key to a possible comeback is that Obama is wrong, and conservatives are right about the issues. Conservatives are right about free markets stimulating the business sector, about deregulation, about decreasing taxes, about reducing spending, and about rolling back the debt. Socialism does not work. As the economic misery Obama imposes upon us gets worse, eventually the masses may be willing to hear the conservative message.
Commentator Dick Morris points out that either Barack Obama’s policies are correct, or conservative policies of lower government spending and higher economic growth are correct. It can’t be both. So which is it? If conservatives are right, Obama’s economy will wither and through painful experience, people will return to free-market economics that conservatives espouse. If Obama is right, the economy will recover and Barack Obama will forever be a hero. Sensible people already know the answer to that question.
Who knows, the economic contraction in the next few years could make it clear to Democrat voters that Obama’s policies have hurt them enormously. Perhaps, it could be so severe that it could break the grip Democrats have had on the voter groups that have supported them over the years. We can only hope.
As it is now, the election marks a critical turning point. America has changed, and the future is uncertain. It will take many years and much work to return the cultural and political center of the nation to the right.
Are conservatives supposed to stop fighting, stop resisting, stop speaking out? The left would hope so. God help us if we do. No, we should never give up. We should not accept what Barack Obama calls truth. Freedom is too important.