“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.” – Alexis de Tocqueville
“Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.” – John Adams
Anyone who knows me or my political leanings has an idea of how I’m feeling right now. But as I watch Obama supporters celebrate, I’m not angry or annoyed – I’m just sad.
The results of this election are not like watching your team lose a playoff game – this was an election that had very real and serious implications towards whether our country can endure. $16 trillion in debt and counting and this president and the Democratic party as a whole have given no indication that they intend to do anything about it. We’re not special. We’re not immune to the course of the history: the only difference between us and Greece is that there’s no one around big enough to bail us out when we fall. But Americans don’t seem to care, so long as we get our goodies in the meantime.
Results aside, the fact that the vote was even that close after four years of this presidency is just sad for the USA. Divisiveness and demagoguery won the day. Americans were pitted against each other and the ruling class won.
Where do we go from here? We can keep fighting, but the electorate has been “fundamentally transformed.” Welcome to Ameritopia. Get ready for more reckless spending and consolidating power in places where the people can’t reach it while the Constitution is flouted. We may recover, but we may have lost our last chance at a republic.
If the electorate is this deluded, we might need one (or several) major “I told you so” events for conservatism to have a real shot again. By then we may be like Greece, and our republic might not be able to be saved.
One thing is for certain: This candy-assed, watered down conservatism has to stop. Moderates can’t win in today’s America. John McCain and Mitt Romney are fine men that would have been good presidents, and certainly much better than Obama, but men like them can’t run against someone like Obama who relies on deception and shallow promises to win the hearts of the American people. We need to get nasty. Not underhanded or vicious, but we need to bring the fight to the other side. Get off the defensive, and make a clear case between our America and theirs that can appeal to all of our better natures. It can be done – Reagan did it. Is it hard? Yes. Is it necessary? Absolutely. Our kids and grandkids are depending on it.
America as we know it may have been lost this election. But until we know for certain, we conservatives are going to keep fighting. That’s a promise.