A month now after the U.S. election.
Readers of these pages will know that I am no supporter of Mr. Obama, but that I had a foreboding he would win. Many of my friends were on board with Messers. Carl Rove, Dick Morris, Michael Barone and other pundits, convinced that Romney would win. After all, no president looking for a second term with the country in similar distress had ever succeeded.
I replied to these pep talks that the country now was not the country then, not even the same country that rejected McCain in 2008.
So, I really should not be despondent. But I am.
In 2008, Mr. Obama promised fundamental transformation, and prior to the vote, one could hope that it had not been yet fully accomplished. Now it will be completed.
The guns have fallen silent, and the occupiers are marching in.
From the Huffington Post:
“Obama Meets With Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton, ‘Influential Progressives'”
White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest confirmed the meeting took place. It wasn’t listed on Obama’s schedule.
“This afternoon at the White House, the President met with influential progressives to talk about the importance of preventing a tax increase on middle class families, strengthening our economy and adopting a balanced approach to deficit reduction,” Earnest said in a statement Tuesday.
There it is.( Al Sharpton? Can you say “Tawana Brawley?”)
We have re-elected a President who sees “Progressives” as major players. Of course, he and his staff met with these people earlier in his term, but now there is no reason to dissemble. The fifth columnists and franc tireurs show themselves.
On November 13,The President met with AFL-CIO leader Trumka and Moveon.org at the White house. I’m old enough to remember George Meany, and a time where unions, having purged the radical leftists among them, were pretty solidly at the center of American politics. If Trumka ever watched “On the Waterfront,” he was cheering for the bad guys.
The comment boards are full of hopeful writers who put out their point by point programs for retaking Congress, and then the White House. Others rightly point to the institutions, schools and churches,
which must be retaken by grassroots action. The entire culture,online pundit Roger L. Simon says,must be retaken. He recommends Youtube. Or something.
And then there is the fight between those who want to dump social issues, and those who would rather see the Republic obliterated before one more fetus is aborted.
Not to mention those who recommend investing in “brass and lead” and can’t wait to shoot leftists. Let’s remember the last scene in 1970 movie “Joe” in which hippie hating Peter Boyle ends up wasting his daughter. Or the Spanish Civil War.
And of course, the United States Military, which, PC as it may have become, still can cream pretty much any fighting force on earth.. And then there is DHS, ramping up local law enforcement firepower.
So, all of this is blather, in my view. A “center right” country could have elected Obama in a fit of inattention, but such a nation could not have reelected him.
23% of Republicans viewing socialism favorably?
Do they know what socialism is? Do they know what Republicans are? Do Republicans know what Republicans are?
And then, there is this ” Americans Aged 18-29 Have A More Favorable Response To Socialism Than To Capitalism.”
Perhaps they will grow out of it, but I wouldn’t bet on it. I doubt many under 50 would have much idea of the references I’ve used here. There are those things, it seems, that have to be learned through experience rather than study.
Something has changed. And perhaps the country that those of us who despise this change mourn, never existed.
If it did, it will not return, and what takes it place will be what it will be.