Well, the people have voted.
They have voted for more of the same.
More Out of Control Spending.
The Land of the Free and home of the Brave NO MORE
The Land of The Serf and the Home of The Greedy (and by that I mean the Freebie culture and The What’s Yours is Mine Mentality.)
Obama Care will fully implement and destroy the economy and let the government take total control of who lives and who dies.
And be nice to the IRS when they come a knocking.
Welcome Comrade to the Disunited Socialist States of Amerika.
Enjoy the fruits of other people’s labors and the joys of narcissistic greed headed by the Most Arrogant Man in The World.
The Hardcore Ideologue Wins. So he’s going to have give succor to his minions.
More of the Same.
Winning after the most divisive campaign in memory, Barack Obama now must find a way to make the scorched earth bloom. That is, if he even tries.
At times like these, after a bitter and hard-fought election, it’s customary to talk about burying the hatchet, reaching across the aisle — pick your metaphor. It dawns on politicians that the public is sick of division and wants them to work together for the good of the country.
This time is different, at least from our vantage point. Had Mitt Romney won the election, he would be reaching out to the other side already, without being told to. But Barack Obama is not that kind of politician or man. He thrives on division and reflexively demonizes his opponents. When this behavior brings him a victory, as it did on Tuesday, we can only expect more of the same from him.
To that extent, the old “hope and change” of 2008 has devolved into “no change.” The American people, by a slim majority, have chosen to go through four more years of a presidency that doesn’t seem to have a clue about bipartisanship. What’s worse this time is that America has lost four precious years to work out the tax and entitlement reforms it needs to ward off fiscal disaster. Another four years of gridlock brings national bankruptcy that much closer. Then there’s the dead weight of ObamaCare, which will soon hit the economy with full force.
The next four years would be challenging even for a popular and politically masterful president. Obama is neither, and his nasty campaign has only made his job harder. If he wants to get something done for the good of the country, he will have to find a way to conciliate.
Or he may choose not to, but rather to stay on the attack. If so, his next target is likely to be the House of Representatives.
The election left the House firmly in Republican hands. Until that changes, the GOP can block the advance of Obama’s progressive agenda (at least that part of the agenda requiring laws rather than executive orders). It can also harass the Obama administration with investigations and hearings into scandals that were kept out of the spotlight before the election by the pro-regime media. As long as Republicans keep their House majority and its hold on committee chairs, it can keep bringing up Benghazi, Fast and Furious, FEMA’s incompetent response to Superstorm Sandy and much else.
Scandals aside, Obama will have other reasons to drive the GOP from its last beachhead. He owes his base some favors for its work in dragging him across the finish line. Unions will want another try at card check. Environmentalists will push for cap-and-trade and a tighter clampdown on coal. The left wing of his party will want to gut defense and ramp up social spending; he’ll be happy to go along, if he can. He also knows that, if he can’t get a clear shot at passing his progressive agenda in 2014, he will not get a second chance.
Our hope, what’s left of it, is that the president might be slightly chastened by his close call and may at least try to build a robust coalition with the political center. Experience argues otherwise, though. The Republican Party must be willing to compromise when it is truly in the national interest to do so, but it also should be ready to fight for the Constitution, free enterprise and individual liberty.
H.L. Mencken once said, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” The voters could well suffer a bleak fate from their decision this week. But they may have thrown themselves a lifeline by keeping power divided in Washington. Gridlock is a bad way to govern, but it’s not the worst.
“I believe we can seize this future together, because we are not as divided as our politics suggest. … We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions,” he insisted. (But not greater than HIS Ambitions)