Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Democracy at Work in America
In his victory speech, Obama said the public didn't vote for "politics as usual". I'm sorry Comrade President, but yes they did, they voted for exactly that. Even if no one wants to admit it. Congress has never had a lower approval rating than now, yet the same people were voted back into office by both sides. Most people said that government should be smaller and that raising taxes would not solve the debt problem yet these same people voted for the President who promised bigger government and raising taxes to deal with the debt problem. In other words, the public doesn't seem to have any sense at all. You can blame the politicians for plenty but the public that keeps voting for them cannot get off totally blameless either. Sure, the choices the public are given don't help. I was never a fan of Romney or Obama (and didn't vote for either of them). I never heard Romney make the case for smaller government, in fact I never heard him present a plan at all. He was about as dull and ordinary as they come. He was a walking contradiction and, I have no doubt, would have been simply George W. Bush Part II: tax cuts but no spending cuts and so a still bigger debt. Obama, who claimed to be the "post-racial" President, has left the country more divided by race than I have ever known it. Never before have the voting blocs been so solid. Whites vote for the Republicans, non-Whites vote for the Democrats.
I have heard numerous pundits, from the left and the right, say that America has changed, that the "face" of America has changed and the Republican Party no longer represents the mainstream. Like it or not, racial and ethnic groups have been politicized and the GOP is on the losing side of the demographic battle. Fighting over immigration at this point is rather silly -what's done is done. More than that, values have changed. One-fifth of Americans no longer belong to any church and, evidently, single women at least consider their "right" to abortion and taxpayer-funded birth control a greater priority than the overall economy, their employment status and the price of gasoline. And all of this happened because "we the people" allowed it. And we gripe and moan and complain and still vote for more of the same. So the rule of Obama will continue, the deadlock will continue and, in my opinion, things will get worse rather than better. But that's coming from my worldview and virtually no one shares it. That's why I'm not a Republican or a Democrat but just ... The Mad Monarchist.